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WWE - No Mercy 2004
World Wrestling Entertainment // Unrated // November 9, 2004
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Review by John Crichton | posted February 23, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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Out of the two brands that Vince McMahon and the WWE puts out weekly, SmackDown! has to be my least favorite [let's admit it: Velocity and Sunday Night Heat doesn't count]. That said, I erroneously chose this DVD forgetting which brand it was. Well, let's soldier on...shall we?

Considering the potential of material and the matches scheduled here, No Mercy runs a lean 2 hours and 42 seconds long. However, some of the matches *cough*London v Kidman*cough* will make it seem as if it's neverending. As with most WWE DVD releases, this is a pretty nice disc.

If you're a fan of Smackdown!, that is.

There are eight matches and, at least in my opinion, Vince did a good job arranging them. They are:

  • Eddie Guerrero vs. Luther Reigns - I could care less about Luther, but watching Eddie is always entertaining.

  • Backstage: Dawn Marie Interview

  • Spike Dudley vs. Nunzio - It's a shame that Vince got rid of the FBI team, but it was good to see Spike fighting someone his size.

  • Paul London vs. Billy Kidman - Wake me when this one's over kiddies. Yeah, Billy can do the "shooting star press". And..?

  • Backstage: JBL Interview

  • Kenzo Suzuki & René Duprée vs. Rob Van Dam & Rey Mysterio - Rey and Rob's athleticism is always entertaining, and while I didn't care for René when he was on Raw, he fared slightly better here. Kenzo? There was someone named Kenzo in the ring?

  • Big Show vs. Kurt Angle - Two of my favorites wrestlers on Smackdown! Great match.

  • John Cena vs. Booker T. - I used to love watching the team of Booker T. & Golddust on Raw. Since he's moved to Smackdown!, the writers don't seem to know what to do with him. When he was first drafted over, he was pissed about being on a "lesser" show (I totally agree). Now, I guess he's okay with it since he's made friends.

  • Rico, Charlie Haas & Miss Jackie vs. the Dudley Boyz & Dawn Marie - Once they broke up "Team Angle" and sent Shelton Benjamin to Raw, I felt both wrestlers improved. The Dudleys are the Dudleys. However, i've noticed that there seems to be a lack of some good "Tables, Ladders, and Chairs" matches lately. Hell, does D-Von even tell Bubba to "Get the Table" anymore? Hard to believe Jackie suffered through "Tough Enough" for this...and, didn't someone else win with her? Oh, also, this was Rico's last PPV with the company.

  • JBL vs. Undertaker - JBL wins the "Most EXTREME Metrosexual Make-Over For A Wrestler...EVER" award. And while he's picked up one or two different moves since chopping his locks, I wasn't that interested in this "Last Ride" match thanks to "the Dead Man". Not even an appearance from Heidenreich could salvage this one for me!

In addition to these matches, the WWE have also included these bonuses:

  • Three Promos - John Cena vs. Booker T, Big Show vs. Kurt Angle & JBL vs. Undertaker [roughly 35 seconds each].
  • An interview with Booker T (Labelled a "WWE Exclusive") [31 WHOLE seconds long].
  • Two extras from Sunday Night Heat - An interview with Billy Kidman (yay!) [1m 11s long] and a 4 minute long match featuring Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Mark Jindrak.
  • And two "Home Video Exclusive Interviews" with Luther Reigns [32s long] & John Cena [1m 15s long]

Video: Content aside, the one thing that the WWE seems to excel at regarding their DVD releases is the quality of the picture. No Mercy is no different. Much like Survivor Series, this was an attractive transfer. It's presented in the full frame 1.33:1 ratio and the picture is pretty sharp. Colors are bright and there were only slight instances of compression artifacts.

Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound was crystal clear and enveloped my living room while I was watching it.

Conclusion: Well, you already know my feelings about Smackdown!, so make of my Rent It rating what you will. Don't get me wrong, there ARE some good wrestlers here, sadly they're saddled with unappealing opponents.

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