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".
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
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
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
- And two "Home
Video Exclusive Interviews" with Luther Reigns [32s long] & John Cena
[1m 15s long]
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.