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WWE - Taboo Tuesday 2004
Sony Music // Unrated // November 23, 2004
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Review by John Crichton | posted March 8, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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"ta·boo - Excluded or forbidden from use, approach, or mention"

Vince has never been one to miss the pulse of pop culture and current events. Be it the controversy of the Desperate Housewives/NFL promo, to the discrimination other nationalities might be experiencing [the French and Iraqis]. For this pay-per-view, he decided to make the fans a part of the show by allowing them to control certain aspects of each match during "Taboo Tuesday".

What's "taboo" about it? Beats me.

Fans who went to WWE.com were given options such as "What should the Divas wear during the Battle Royal?" to "What weapon should Kane and Snitsky use to beat each other senseless?". Being of a conspiratorial mind, I truly believe that most, if not all, of the matches were already predetermined. In fact, during the PPV, after Coach announces the options, he tells the audience which one they've chosen even if it wasn't the one that got the loudest applause. And it was always the one that the online fans chose too. Coincidence? Hmm...

Taboo Tuesday took place on October 19th, 2004 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The disc runs 2 hours and 50 minutes which, as with other WWE discs, considering the potential of the material here is pretty short.

  • Coach Announces the Divas Match

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Match [Chris Jericho vs. Shelton Benjamin] - I have to admit, even though I think the majority of the "options" were predetermined, this match doesn't seem to be one of those. Yes, Benjamin was in the middle of a push, but Jericho and Benjamin had never faced each other in the ring...and it shows.

  • Edge, Chris Benoit, & Shawn Michaels Interview

  • Fulfill Your Fantasy Diva Battle Royale For the Women's Championship [Trish Stratus vs. Victoria vs. Molly Holly vs. Jazz vs. Nidia vs. Gail Kim vs. Stacy Keibler - Enjoy this match while it lasts. It's the last time you'll see Jazz, Nidia & Gail in a PPV since they were fired at the end of the month to make way for the much more athletic and interesting new wave of Divas. Yay!

  • La Résistance Interview

  • Kane vs. Gene Snitsky [steel chain match] - I'm kinda ambivalent about Kane, but I really don't care for Snitsky. That said, I was hoping for the steel pipe.

  • Edge Interview

  • Eugene vs. Eric Bischoff [loser must get his head shaved bald] - Vince forces Coach to wear a dress and Eric gets a buzz cut. What more needs to be said?

  • Shawn Michaels in the Trainer's Room with Edge

  • World Tag Team Championship Match [La Résistance vs. Chris Benoit & Edge] - This was an impressive match. Impressive because of one person: Chris Benoit. I won't spoil it for you.

  • Triple H Interview

  • Christy Hemme vs. Carmella [lingerie pillow fight] - As of this writing, Carmella hasn't been seen in a while [which is a shame because she was SO GREAT as a "heel" to Christy's "face"]. This match is indicative of the direction Vince wants to take the Women's division. A shame, really.

  • World Heavyweight Championship Match [Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels] - Ho hum. Nothing we haven't seen before.

  • Recap the Results of teh Voting and Matches

  • Randy Orton vs. Ric Flair [steel cage match] - This was a great match. LOVE Flair.

"Extras" include:

  • Taboo Tuesday Promo [4 6s]
  • Taboo Tuesday Infomercial [3m]
  • Taboo Tuesday Press Conference [1m 18s] - It's a shame the entire thing wasn't included on here.

and a "DVD Exclusive":

  • Shelton Benjamin Interview [1m 52s] - Takes place immediately after his match with Chris Jericho.


Video: For the amount of content on the disc, 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. You're also given the option of watching the disc in Spanish.

Conclusion: As i've said in past WWE reviews, Raw is my favorite brand of the two and this disc has some pretty good matches [the Benoit and Flair matches stand out]. I do wish that they'd decided to make the Press Conference "extra" a bit longer, but I realize that would probably compromise the video/audio quality. Regardless, this is another great disc from the WWE that would be Recommended for wrestling fans.

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