year's edition of Vengeance took place at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in
Charlotte, North Carolina on June 25, 2006. This was the first pay-per-view that
took place after Vince decided to bring back ECW, so it features an
ever-so-brief appearance by some of the company's "Extremists", as well as
Cheech & Chong - I mean, Sabu and Rob Van Damn - along with their newest
acquisition, Kurt Angle (who, as of this writing, just signed with TNA - go
figure). Along with the appearance of ECW wrestlers, we're also treated to the
first and only PPV appearance of "Imposter" Kane and, most importantly, the
recently reformed DX's first PPV match in six years.
Here's the card:
- ECW's Kurt Angle vs. Raw's Randy Orton
- In addition to the shock of Kurt Angle leaving the WWE for ECW, we had to
brace ourselves for the reappearance of Randy Orton. Fresh off a sixty day
suspension, Orton provides his standard level of arrogance with adequate
wrestling skills, while Kurt puts on a good show - one that's definitely worthy of the
pretty substantial (and well-deserved) push he received once Vince decided
to start up ECW again and Kurt "signed" with them. It's a damn shame he's no
longer with the company.
- Mr. McMahon in his office
- Eugene vs. Umaga -
Why, oh why are we subjected to matches like this? Sure there was a point
where I actually did enjoy watching Eugene wrestle (back when he was
involved with Regal), but this ultimately proves to be a squash match. And if
squashing Eugene wasn't enough, they drag out "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Doink the Clown and
Kamala! If this holy trinity gets squashed, Umaga must truly be
unstoppable. Let the squashing commence!
Todd Grisham interviews Mick Foley
- 2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match [Ric Flair vs.
- After referring to Foley as nothing but a "glorified stuntman", Flair
challenges Mick to this match that has both men putting their bodies on the
line (as they usually do). I have to admit that i'm not much of a Foley fan,
but i'd watch anything Flair does. That said, this match was good, but not
- Triple Threat Match For the
[Shelton Benjamin vs. Johnny Nitro vs. Carlito]- This was a great
spot-filled match that saw Benjamin, Nitro and Carlito really play off each other.
It's a shame that it only lasted a painfully short, but highly entertaining, twelve minutes.
Spirit Squad in Mr. McMahon's office
WWE Championship Match [ECW's Rob Van Dam vs. Edge] - Don't bother
trying to figure the logic in having a WWE belt on an ECW wrestler - when
all is said and done, there is none. Just sit back and enjoy this match
between the high-flying Van Dam and the not-as-annoying-as-he-used-to-be
Edge. Too bad it wasn't a TLC match.
ECW Extremists in the locker room
- Yes! You read right - ECW Extremists!
- Kane vs. "Impostor" Kane
- Yet another in a long line of storylines that the WWE drags out, does
their best effort to shovel it down the fan's throats, and when it flops
(like 75% of WWE storylines seem to do nowadays), is quickly dropped and
forgotten. Shelton Benjamin's mother, anyone?
- Extreme Rule Lumberjack Match [Raw's
John Cena vs. ECW's Sabu]
- The homicidal, genocidal maniac makes his WWE PPV debut. From what i've
read, Sabu was quite popular in ECW, and is comparable to Kurt Angle and
Chris Benoit in terms of skill and respect. So who does the WWE choose as
his first opponent? John Cena. I guess he must've pissed someone off in the
- 5-On-2 Non-title Handicap Match
[Spirit Squad vs. D-Generation X] - In yet another improbable storyline,
HHH and HBK who, after quite a few years of feuding, giving
each other dirty looks and basically beating the shit out of each other, have decided to team up and reform DX. And,
MAN does the audience eat it up. Wonder how long it'll last?
Unlike past WWE PPV's, the WWE has included a
ton of extras showcasing DX's "return" to Raw. So many, in fact, that they've
decided to include them on a bonus disc. Included are:
- Eighteen Visions music video "Victim"
- Melina confronts Mick Foley
- Rick Flair interview [Raw 06/26/06]
- Torrie Wilson WWE Magazine Cover Shoot
- Raw's John Cena vs. ECW's Rob Van Dam [WWE
Championship Match - Raw 06/26/06]
- Spirit Squad vs. Triple H [Gauntlet Match
- Raw 06/12/06]
- Mr. McMahon receives gifts from DX [Raw
- Spirit Squad gets slimed [Raw 6/19/06]
- DX vandalizes Mr. McMahon's office [Raw 6/19/06]
- DX humiliates Coach [Raw 6/19/06]
- DX Returns [Raw 6/19/06]
- DX impersonates Mr. McMahon & Shane [Raw
- DX entrance video
As is the standard for WWE PPVs, Vengeance's picture was colorful and vibrant. The decision
to put the plethora of extras on a separate disc was a great one, as it frees up
some space on the discs, which results in fewer compression issues due to pyro and
graphic elements than previous PPV DVDs. It's presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound
was crystal clear and enveloped my living room while I was watching it.
Viewers are also given the option of watching the disc in Spanish.
Conclusion: Even though there were two or three matches that I could
care less about, and there was surprisingly no Diva matches or foolishness,
this was an entertaining DVD. Even though I wasn't around for the original
run of DX, I have to say that Shawn & Hunter's antics are amusing (for the
most part) and will most definitely be one of the reasons you should check
out this disc. I was surprised (and pleased) that the WWE segregated the
extras to a separate disc and hope the trend continues. It also wouldn't
hurt to include more relevant content from the weekly shows, either. This is
a Recommended disc.