Judge Franck Tabouring slams this event for offering viewers cheap wrestling entertainment.
Our reviews of 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 1 (1988-1992) (published May 16th, 2009), 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.
It's the biggest blockbuster of the summer.
Too bad it's not really worth watching.
Facts of the Case
Raw, Smackdown and ECW present WWE's Summerslam 2008 in Indianapolis. Here's a quick overview of what the PPV looks like: Mark Henry and Matt Hardy face off for the ECW title; Jeff Hardy takes on MVP; Cm Punk defends the World Heavyweight title against JBL; and Kofi Kingston and Mickie James fight Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix. Also, Triple H battles the Great Khali; Batista goes head to head with John Cena; and Edge and the Undertaker compete in a Hell in a Cell Match.
Here's the complete lineup of the event:
• Jeff Hardy vs. MVP
• Kofi Kingston & Mickie James vs. Santino Marella & Beth
Phoenix in a Winner Take All Match
• Shawn Michaels Announcement
• Mark Henry vs. Matt Hardy in an ECW Championship Match
• CM Punk vs. JBL in a World Heavyweight Championship
• Triple H vs. Great Khali in a WWE Championship Match
• John Cena vs. Batista
• Edge vs. Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell Match
The picture quality on the disc is fine as usual, and the audio transfer delivers just what you would expect from a television event such as this one. The DVD's technical aspects are solid.
I always complain about the lack of passable special features on these discs, and while the bonus material this time is not one of the best, it has a little bit more in store for viewers than usual. Besides a ridiculous interview with Shawn Michaels after the event, the extra stuff also include "WWE Summerfest," a 49-second spot with footage from the WWE promo event before the PPV. Also featured on the DVD is the ECW Championship rematch between Mark Henry and Matt Hardy at the regular ECW show following Summer Slam 2008. It's not a particularly awesome match, but I've seen worse.
An awesome summer blockbuster this is not. The final two matches of the night deserve some praise, but overall, the event counts among the weaker ones I've seen so far this year. Better luck next month!
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