"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
"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.
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.
- 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.
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.