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A staple of the Attitude Era, DX thrilled fans of the WWE with the likes of X-Pac, Chyna, and The New Age Outlaws amongst their number at various times. Heading the group were Triple H and Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, who co-founded the stable in 1997. The group's anti-establishment stance, coupled with supreme technical skills, saw them stand out in the finest era pro wrestling has ever seen. Following a brief return in 2006, Michaels and Triple H gave it one last shot in 2009, finally drawing the curtain on the group when Michaels announced his retirement in March 2010. With such a long and illustrious run, it should be remembered when judging DX: One Last Stand to base any verdict on what it is, rather than what we might prefer it to be. Let's be honest, fans of pro wrestling, and the WWE/F in particular, would much rather have a complete history of D-Generation X. Instead, perhaps in an attempt to milk the cash cow as much as possible, WWE have instead focused this latest release on the short final run of one of wrestling's most influential and entertaining stables.
The first thing that becomes apparent when watching DX: One Last Stand is how watered down this incarnation of DX is in the current PG era of WWE programming. The in-ring skills are as sharp as ever—despite the decade's worth of pummeling their bodies have taken—but the attitude has been toned down to sit with the company's current family focused product. The result of this is a series of just plain goofy skits that see the group reborn as wrestling's version of Abbott and Costello, who also take every opportunity to promote their latest merchandise. What's even more frustrating is having to see these genuine superstars play second fiddle to the likes of John Cena and Randy Orton, who, if we were to be honest, would have been mid-carders during DX's heyday. Oh, and Hornswoggle becoming a member of DX? Really?
These promos and skits, that when used sparingly on Raw and Smackdown are an amusing diversion, prove to be truly annoying when stacked one on top of the other as they are in this set. Disc Three, which is especially heavy on Hornswoggle, is really tiresome, and is perhaps the very reason DVD players come equipped with a skip function. DX: One Last Stand isn't even redeemed by the one area it should excel in: good ol' fashioned wrasslin'!
The matches included in this set are as follows:
• DX vs. Legacy (SummerSlam 2009)
• DX vs. Chris Masters and Randy Orton (Raw 09/07/2009)
• DX vs. Legacy (Hell in a Cell 2009)
• DX vs. Jeri-Show (Raw 10/05/2009)
• DX vs. The Hart Dynasty (Raw 11/23/2009)
• DX vs. Jeri-Show (TLC 2009)
• DX vs. Jeri-Show (Raw 12/14/2009)
• DX vs. The Hart Dynasty (Smackdown 12/25/2009)
• DX vs. The Big Show and Chavo Guerrero (Raw 12/28/2009)
• DX vs. Jeri-Show (Raw 01/04/2010)
• DX vs. Chris Jericho and Mike Tyson (Raw 01/11/2010)
• DX and Hornswoggle vs. The Big Show, The Miz, and John Heder
• DX vs. Show-Miz vs. S.E.S. (Raw 02/08/2010)
The series of matches between DX and the team of Chris Jericho and The Big Show, a.k.a. Jeri-Show, are some of the best on the disc. Jericho is always watchable, being one of the most charismatic performers in the WWE (as well as being one of the better technical wrestlers in the business), and together with the raw power of Big Show forms a tag team worthy of taking on DX. While not all their matches quite reach the heights one would hope (their matchup at the inaugural Tables, Ladders & Chairs PPV being a prime example), they at least stay clear of the stunt casting that hinders the latter matches DX find themselves in. The six-man tag match, which pits DX and Hornswoggle (accompanied to the ring by Don Johnson) against The Miz, Big Show, and John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) barely gets going, and is memorable only for Heder's OTT entrance. Likewise, Mike Tyson's return to the WWE, which sees him teaming up with Jericho to take on DX, is hindered by the involvement of a non-wrestler. Rather than reaching a rousing crescendo, the final days of DX fall into farce.
Bringing the curtain down is Shawn Michael's farewell speech. There's nary a dry eye in the house as Michaels' confirms his retirement with a heartfelt thank you to the fans and industry that he has been a part of for over twenty years.
Taken from the WWE HD broadcast, picture quality is very good, with a similarly impressive audio track. The sole extra, "DX Unfiltered," sees Michael's and Triple H behind the scene rehearsing with other wrestlers and offering a small insight into how different angles are worked out. At only 4 minutes, it's too short, and really isn't really much of an added bonus.
Overall—thanks in no small part to the incompatibility of Attitude Era-superstars in the PG era—this set is a disappointment. Too many matches fall short of expectations, while the promos that are so prevalent often fall flat. Rather than this sad end to a great stable, fans may be best served waiting for a complete history of DX.
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