WWE - Unforgiven 2006
World Video // Unrated // $24.95 // October 17, 2006
Review by John Crichton | posted November 29, 2006
Highly Recommended
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This year's Unforgiven took place on September 17, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Air Canada Centre. In addition to Umaga's first PPV appearance, we also see newly introduced tag team "the Highlanders" taking on the male cheerleaders for the championship belt. We're also subjected to (what will hopefully be the final) match between DX and Vince McMahon. However, the best (and saddest) match out of them all is Trish Stratus' final match.

Here's the card:

  • Intercontinental Championship [Johnny Nitro vs. Jeff Hardy] - Johnny and Jeff put on a pretty good match with a lot of high-flying by Jeff and some good spots by Nitro. I'm not sure if it was me, but it seems as though Jeff was a bit more limber than Johnny, even thought they're roughly the same size. Oh yeah, Melina's up to her usual shrieking and shenanigans ringside.

  • "the Marine" Feature - A short featurette pimping John Cena's flick "the Marine".

  • Matt Hardy & Jeff Hardy In the Hallway - As Jeff makes his way to the locker room, he bumps into his brother Matt. Oh, and Lita too.

  • Kane vs. Umaga (w/ Armando Alejandro Estrada) - After five undefeated months on Raw, this is "Umaga"'s first PPV appearance. JR points out at the beginning of the match that this may not be the Bristol Club classic with arm drags and head locks, but it will resemble more of a battle between extreme monster trucks. He's right. This is basically a brawl that escalates with both men wrestling in the crowd until it just...ends.

  • Mr. McMahon In His Office - An interlude where we see Vince watching a replay of his match against HHH on Raw, included on this disc, before taking a cheap shot at Canada.

  • World Tag Team Championship [Spirit Squad vs. the Highlanders] - Unlike some of my contemporaries, I happen to like the Highlanders. However, I would agree with them if they said that it was way too soon for them to be in a championship match. Then again, I think it's ridiculous that a team made up of five male cheerleaders hold the belt - so what do I know?

  • 2-On-3 Hell In A Cell Match [D-Generation X vs. the McMahons & Big Show] - There's a rumor going around that Show's on his way to retiring due to heath problems. While I hope that's not true (both, his retiring and his health is bad), I was paying particular attention to him during this match and he looked pretty winded. To be honest, I think Vince is overusing him. I mean, he's the ECW champ, he's been on SmackDown! god knows how many times and he's been on Raw even more. Give the guy a break!

  • Women's Championship [Lita vs. Trish Stratus] - During the previous match, JR commented that the Cell match was the reason people would buy this PPV. Well, that would be wrong - it would be for this match right here. In fact, this is one of the reasons I wanted to review this particular PPV. You may not have noticed it, but i'm a fan of Trish. In fact, as i've mentioned before, Trish was the reason I started watching the WWE again. Vince must hold her in the same high regard since he lets her go out on top which, considering that Unforgiven takes place in her hometown and it's a title match, is pretty impressive. The match itself was great, as Lita (yes, Lita) helps Trish go out on top with a move that gets one of the biggest pops of the night (if not the biggest) - Bret Hart's "Sharpshooter". It's a damn shame she's retiring, but it was a helluva ride. Here's hoping Vince puts out another Stratusfaction DVD.

  • Todd Grisham Interviews Randy Orton - Randy says some disparaging things Trish to enrage that guy that was her boyfriend for five minutes, Carlito.

  • Carlito vs. Randy Orton - This wasn't that interesting of a match. I do like both wrestlers, but something about it just didn't click for me. Perhaps it was the emotions from the previous match. Nonetheless, both fellas pull off some good moves, the highlight of which was Carlito's "back cracker".

  • TLC Match For the WWE Championship [Edge (w/Lita) vs. John Cena] - Well, I can't say I was surprised by the results of this match. It's a shame that this TLC only had one competitor familiar with how to wrestle using tables, ladders and chairs. Oh, how I long for the days when i'd hear "Bubba! Get the tables!" I also really wish they'd make Edge something other than a "transitional" champion. Maybe once Lita "retires"?

In addition to all of those matches, we're also treated to these extras from this year's WrestleMania:

  • Unedited Footage Of DX - This is raw, unedited footage of DX vandalizing Vince's jet and WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut that was shown on Raw's August 14th 21st, 2006 episode airing from the Arena At Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

  • Trish Stratus Farewell Interview (1:27) - A short interview with Trish as she takes her final walk to the locker room.

  • DX Begins To Make Their Way to the Ring [Raw 9/11/06] (1:49) - As they make their way to the ring, Show, Shane, Cade and Murdoch hand DX their asses to make sure that Mr. McMahon has an advantage in his match against HHH.

  • Triple H vs. Mr. McMahon [Raw 9/11/06] (10:50) - Vince "surprisingly" pull out a win, thanks to events in the previous segment.

Video: Surprisingly, Unforgiven's picture was probably one of the most disappointing i've seen recently. While the picture was colorful and vibrant, there was some terrible pixelation and compression issues - even where there weren't any pyro and graphic elements onscreen. As usual, it's presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio.

Audio: Though the picture might not be up to the WWE's usual standards, the audio track is. It's in a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that 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: I realize i'm biased, but there's one reason this is a Highly Recommended disc - Trish's last match. However, if I were to take that match away, I still think this is a pretty damn entertaining PPV. While I was disappointed by the normally reliable picture quality, the content on the disc upholds my earlier biased rating.

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