As everyone knows, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was one of the mainstays of the Attitude Era and one of the men who was responsible for turning the WWE around and their victory in the Monday Night Wars. The Rock eventually transcended wrestling (or “Sports Entertainment”) to become a legitimate movie star. Unlike Hulk Hogan and Piper, his films haven’t all been universally panned to death. He’s come back to the WWE since, hosting Wrestlemania XXVII and main eventing Wrestlemania XVIII with John Cena.
Anyway, enough about The Rock’s movie career, time to talk about the DVD. This going to be a bit of a short review, because there’s not really I can say about it. It’s a long, and in my opinion an ultimately unsatisfying look through the Rock’s career. It does document most of the Rock’s feuds and classic matches, which is definitely a positive. However, if you’re expecting any interviews or inside info on one of the most iconic careers in WWE history it’s extremely unsatisfying. It isn’t just limited, it’s non existent.
The format of the DVD follows a pretty dodgy narration which follows the Rock from his days as Rocky Maivia through to the Nation Of Domination to being the Corporate Champion through to The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection and through to his battles with the McMahon/Helmsley Regime.
That all being said, there isn’t much I can say. It’s pretty much in Kayfabe so there’s nothing revealed whatsoever. However, it is a pretty decent collection that does chronicle the first career of a man who is a true icon of the attitude era. There is also a collection of promo’s which are of course entertaining! I do wonder if they couldn’t’ve been slotted in in the main feature, it would’ve provided a little colour to the narration as well as help show the build towards some of the matches.
This rounds up another edition of “Ringside Review.” Overall, I’d still recommend the DVD, provided you can get it for the right price. It is a good collection of his matches, even if we’re still left waiting for the definitive inside track on Dwyane Johnson the man and the career of “The Rock.” Perhaps this was rectified in “The Epic Story Of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson,” we’ll definitely be checking it out at some point in the future, but that’s for another time.
Ta Ta For Now!
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PS: Below is the match list for the DVD as a guide to what’s included.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. Rocky Maivia RAW (13/02/97)
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: Owen Hart vs. The Rock RAW (06/04/98)
King of the Ring Quarterfinal Match: Triple H vs. The Rock RAW (22/06/98)
WWE Championship Match (Final Round): Mankind vs. The Rock Survivor Series (15/11/98)
Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship: Mankind vs. The Rock St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (14/02/99)
Ladder Match for the WWE Championship: Mankind vs. The Rock RAW (15/02/99)
WWE Championship Match: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock WrestleMania XV (28/03/99)
Steel Cage Match: The Rock vs. Triple H RAW (05/07/99)
World Tag Team Championship: The Rock / Mankind vs. Undertaker / Big Show RAW (30/08/99)
No Holds Barred Match: The Rock vs. Kane SmackDown! (30/12/99)
WWE Championship Match: Triple H vs. The Rock Backlash (30/04/00)
Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship: The Rock vs. Shane McMahon RAW (01/05/00)
WWE Championship Match: Kurt Angle vs. The Rock No Way Out (25/02/01)
WCW Championship Match: Booker T vs. The Rock
WWE Undisputed Champion: Chris Jericho vs. The Rock Royal Rumble (20/01/02)
Icon v Icon: The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan WrestleMania X8 (17/03/02)
Triple Threat Match for WWE Undisputed Championship: Kurt Angle vs. Undertaker vs. The Rock Vengeance (21/07/02)
The Rock vs. Eddie Guerrero RAW (22/07/02)
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock WrestleMania XIX (30/03/03)