Judge Daryl Loomis shares a birthday with Diesel, and thinks he deserves to call himself Judge Daddy Cool.
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"There's no place like home, Todd, there's no place like home. For knowledge and discipline, there is no place like home. But as much as I love…[licks the side of a boiler]…every square inch within these hallowed halls, it's time to leave, because destiny awaits on the other side. But as for you, Dead Man, take this simple warning: do not come in here, because outside the walls awaits you a fate worse than death, and a possible course of events that could alter the future of all mankind! Have a nice day!"—Mankind from the boiler room, in comments to the Undertaker.
As we move into the 1990s, the world has changed and so has wrestling, but not enough to keep the woefully ignorant racial angles out of the mix. The years that span this set were a strange time for the WWE, in which they were being beaten in the ratings, having their stars poached, and nearly going bankrupt. When Volume 3 begins, the company would just start hitting its stride, but these five are some of the most dire for the company. That doesn't mean they didn't have good matches. Quite the opposite; because of the down period, they were more willing to take chances on wrestlers and storylines that they never would during good times. They're at a crossroads during these five years, moving into the years they dubbed "Attitude" while still clinging to some of the old cliches nobody wanted to see anymore. While this set is much more inconsistent than the first volume, they are years of historical importance in wrestling, not to be missed by any fan.
Just like the first set, this anthology is bare-bones, but its fine given the monstrous running time of the set. Video and audio are identical to their original broadcasts, and generally very good, but with little interesting to speak of. There are no extras and, once again, the big downside of the sets is the packaging. Efficient? Yes, but the cardboard scratches the discs. Only two of the five in this collection skipped for me, but you're on your own about how many will work for you.
Thank goodness they cut out a lot of the (overt) racism as the years rolled on. For all its flaws, this set is still not guilty. WWE is admonished to hire an engineer to redesign their DVD cases but, otherwise, case dismissed.
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