On Tuesday the WWE released its newest three-disk DVD set, this time centering on the King of the Ring Tournament. The DVD contains 22 matches while the Blu-ray has five extra matches. The collection his hosted by Booker T, decked out in complete King Booker apparel, so just know that you're going to have to tolerate him talking with an old English accent for the whole thing. Although he does forget and talks without the accent at times.
Now be forewarned that this collection has matches from the KOTR shows from 1993 when it started as PPV events. But there is a quick rundown of the previous tournaments and its winners. After that the matches consist of the finals of every tournament except for 1995 and 1999 when Mabel and Billy Gunn won respectively. Losing those two matches isn't too bad as those were easily the weakest of all of the finals.
In between the finals, there are memorable matches from the PPVs past including the infamous Hell in a Cell match between the Undertaker and Mankind, the Street Fight between Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon, and the WWF Title match between Shawn Michaels and the British Bulldog. Yet for those great matches, there are those few that could easily be dropped altogether.
The WWF Title match between Hulk Hogan and Yokozuna could have been dropped but was only there as a mockery of Hogan as Hogan didn't want to drop the belt to Bret Hart and didn't want Yokozuna to get a clean victory over him so Hogan was blinded by a fireball in the fight by Harvey Wippleman.
Two other matches that could get dropped would included the IC Title match between Goldust and Ahmed Johnson and the Light Heavyweight Title match between Jeff Hardy and X-Pac since they really had no impact within the history of the King of the Ring PPV. Another match that could have been scrapped was the match between Hulk Hogan and Kurt Angle as it was another match that no overall importance to the history of the event.
These matches lead to my biggest complaint about the collection, there isn't a documentary about the event. When the WWE wants to do a documentary about anything they do a damn good job of it (I'm thinking of the ones done for Starrcade and the history of ECW).
I'm pretty sure a documentary about one of the bigger events in WWF history would be interesting to watch, especially about how the idea for the tournament came about and how participants had felt being a part of the tournament. With something like that on the first disk, it would have allowed younger fans who may not have known that the tournament was an actual PPV instead of a tournament on Raw and SmackDown.
Another thing that would have been nice would have been to have a visual at the bottom just to let viewers know who is commentating. While most will recognize the voices of Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, and Vince McMahon, many younger viewers may not know who Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are.
So all in all, the collection is worth buying, even at the $20 retail price. The only reason that I'm not giving this collection a perfect score is the lack of a documentary, a couple of matches that could have been dropped from the collection with ease, and having to deal with Booker T talking with an accent. Other than that, this has a fantastic lineup of matches that cover the majority of a once cornerstone event of the WWF/E.
Overall Rating: 8.0 out of 10