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Our reviews of WWE: SummerSlam 2008 (published October 10th, 2008), WWE: SummerSlam 2009 (published November 6th, 2009), WWE: SummerSlam 2010 (published November 7th, 2010), WWE: Summerslam 2011 (published October 27th, 2011), WWE: Summerslam: The Complete Anthology, Volume 2 (1993-1997) (published May 16th, 2009), WWE: Summerslam: The Complete Anthology, Volume 3 (1998-2002) (published October 5th, 2009), and WWE: Summerslam: The Complete Anthology, Volume 4 (2003-2007) (published October 15th, 2009) are also available.
"Cut the music! What I'd like to have right now is for all you fat, ugly, inner city sweat hogs to keep the noise down while I take my robe off and show the ladies what a real sexy man looks like. Hit the music!"—"Ravishing" Rick Rude.
WWE, formerly the World Wrestling Federation, took giant steps to popularize professional wrestling in the mid-1980s through their innovation of Closed Circuit broadcasts and, later, Pay-Per-View. Wrestlemania was a massive success, and continued to get larger as the years passed, so Vince McMahon and Company decided to expand their PPV broadcasts with a summer spectacular. Taking place every year approximately six months after their big event, this show would give them the opportunity to finish feuds and start new ones as they hit the downhill slide to the next Wrestlemania. Let's take a look at a year-by-year rundown of the events, starting with the first volume, encompassing the first five events, from 1988 to 1992.
WWE has previously released the entire anthology of Summerslam events, and are now breaking the collection down into more reasonably priced sets so fans of particular eras can choose what they like. It's a good way to go, and old-school fans who left wrestling with the new breed of talent will continue to get a kick out of revisiting their old favorites. While some of the action on these five discs is high quality, much of it is sub-par, far below the level their competition was putting forth. McMahon had national penetration, though, making his wrestlers, lame as some of them were, household names everywhere instead of the particular region that most promotions worked in. The set itself is bare bones, but contains every event in its entirety, including those awful interviews by Lord Alfred Hayes. The image quality is on par with their original broadcasts, and get better as the years go on. Sound is completely clear but, as with the image, it reminds one of the advances in technology over twenty years. There are no extras. I have but one complaint about the collection: the packaging. I am completely in favor of eliminating the wasteful keep cases. This collection, to its credit, is a slim cardboard foldout package with slots for each disc. However, there is no protection for the discs; they slide around fairly freely, virtually guaranteeing damaged discs. Four of the five discs on this collection skipped directly out of the packaging. A little bit of cotton would help and add nothing to the weight or size to boot. Oh, well; can't win 'em all, I guess.
Not a great group of matches, but still not guilty. They'll get better as time goes on.
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