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Whatcha gonna do when OMG moments run wild all over you?!
What is your favorite WWE moment? Is it the Montréal Screwjob? The moment when Roddy Piper smashed a solid coconut across Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka's head? Mick Foley's terrifying fall from the top of a steel cage? Some of the biggest moments in the wrestling company's history are included on a compilation that takes you to the edge…and then pushes you over!
I've enjoyed watching a lot of these WWE/WWF compilations. It's no secret I have a soft spot in my heart for wrestling that goes back to my time as a youngster watching Hulk Hogan body slam Andre The Giant or "Rowdy" Roddy Piper lock Randy "Macho Man" Savage in a sleeper hold. I loved those matches and still get a kick out of revisiting them. I can remember a lot of OMG moments (for those not in the know, OMG stands for "Oh My God"), so the thought of sitting through this clip show was enticing to say the least.
Sadly, I can't say WWE: OMG! The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History is worth your hard earned cash. Fervent fans of the WWE may want this in their collection, but casual wrestling fans will want to skip it altogether. The whole thing starts to feel redundant after only a few segments; how many times will I be forced to watch Steve Austin drive into the ring in various vehicles (concrete mixer, a zamboni, a beer truck) while being told it's a milestone "OMG" moment? Then there are all the clips you know are complete bull honkey (well, that's technically every moment), like Triple H crashing Stephanie McMahon's wedding or another wrestler interrupting Big Show's father's funeral. It's all exceptionally silly and so over the top that it begins to feel like really bad community theater. One segment where Gene Snitsky kicks a baby into the crowd smacks of tastelessness (something the WWE has worn proudly on its sleeve every since the mid-1990s).
Part of the problem is that the interview subjects act as if everything we're watching actually took place in the real world. I know wrestling is fake. You know wrestling is fake. The wrestlers know wrestling is fake. Just about everyone on the planet knows the whole thing is about as real as Carmen Electra's body. So why keep up the ruse? During one segment, Stone Cold Steve Austin "breaks into" another man's house who then proceeds to pull a gun on him. The interview subjects start talking about how 'scared' they were for Steve and his safety. Uh-huh. It's intelligence-insulting moments like this that will have most viewers rolling their eyes.
These compilations would be a lot more interesting if the participants actually gave you some real insight into the fakeness of the whole enterprise. So, either these DVDs were made for kids who still believe wrestling is real, or the filmmakers just think their audience are complete mongoloids. Seriously, people…Does anyone think that when Vince McMahon's limo was blown up that he was actually inside? After watching this collection, you may wish he had been.
My final gripe is that this collection seems heavily skewed towards the current version of the WWE, leaving out a lot of the classic moments I recall (and hoped to see). A few of these are touched on—including Jake "The Snake" Roberts attacking Randy "Macho Man" Savage with an actual snake—but they feel few and far between. The focus here is on The Rock, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and other current superstars. What gives?
Presented in a decent 1.33:1 full frame transfer, most of the clips are obviously taken from video shot years ago. The soundtrack is what I can only assume is Dolby 5.1 Surround (WWE is notorious for not offering up spec info on the audio and video portions of their discs), and does the job as needed. There are some surround sound effects employed, but to little effect. No alternate subtitles or language tracks are available.
On par with WWE's previous releases, the bonus features are a jumble of random happenings throughout the years, including interview segments, outrageous moments, and clips that feature wrestlers pounding the living snot out of each other; 21 clips in all. Although the runtime says this is "9 hours long," the feature program is only a few hours. The remaining runtime is padded out with clips from various WWE events.
WWE: OMG! The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History is passable entertainment for diehard WWE fans, but will do little for those looking for a complete history of big moments in the WWE's history. Although, it does slightly redeem itself by including a moment featuring an 85 year old woman getting body slammed onto a table from the ring.
WWE: OMG!? More like WWE: YAWN.
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