Killer App can "crotch chop" with the best of 'em
Fri, 6 October 2006
by: Killer App
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As the DX theme song asks, "are you ready"? Well, Bonesaw might be ready, but I'm not sure if I am. I was ready for D-Generation X, during their first run; but the revised current version tends to leave me a bit cold. Lucky for me then, that this DVD is actually a conversion of a VHS tape that came out in the 90's and is therefore dedicated to the group as they were during their prime (in my opinion).
The original incarnation of D-Generation X was comprised of the same two men who are using the name again in the WWE right now - Shawn Michaels and Triple H (back then, though, the group also included the man-ish Chyna and, briefly, Rick Rude). When Michaels left wrestling for a while, due to injuries, DX moved on to its second phase. Triple H became the leader of the group and was joined by X-Pac (Sean Waltman, who also went by the name of Syxx when he was part of the NWO) and the New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and "The Road Dogg" Jesse James).
|Chyna is probably better hung than HBK |
The gang was sort of WWE's version of the NWO (New World Order). Except, rather than aiming to take control of the wrestling world, like that group, DX were more interested in being obnoxious rebels and going out of their way to cause offence whenever possible. They started out as heels, but their shtick was usually funny enough that people quickly took a liking to them. Before too long they became extremely popular fan favourites. They often pushed the envelope with their edgy material and were a big factor in bringing about what became known as the WWE's "attitude era"; one of the most prosperous periods in the history of the wrestling business.
Let's take a look and see what's on this disc. Firstly it features a bunch a "zany" sketches with the DX crew. It also provides some info and footage of the group's formation and goes over various highlights of things DX was involved in - such as the angle with Mike Tyson and the time they "invaded" WCW. So there is some pretty cool and fun stuff amongst that. It would've been nice if WWE had updated it all a bit though. For instance, adding more recent footage and maybe getting Hunter and Shawn to take a look back at it all and share some thoughts on their past.
There are a bunch of matches included too and some of them are very good. Michaels vs. Undertaker in a casket match is one of the highlights (it was during that very match that HBK's back injury occurred). HBK & Triple H vs Mankind & The Undertaker is a really good tag match, which took place before Michaels and Hunter had "officially" joined forces. Shawn vs. Owen Hart is another good one. All up, it would've been nice if there were a few more of them, but most the bouts that are here are worth watching.
This DVD does a decent job of showcasing all the things that made D-Generation X such a successful and entertaining group. If you're new to wrestling, this would be a good way of catching up with what DX was all about. For those who followed wrestling at the time and want to relive some DX memories; you'd likely get a kick out of this one too. But if you already have the original VHS tape, the improved picture and sound quality of the DVD version is unlikely to be enough of a reason to buy a second copy.
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by: Killer App
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This is clearly a rushed port from VHS to DVD looking to cash in on the recent D-Generation X reformation. Some updates and additions would have made it more impressive. But there is still some cool stuff on here, so DX fans should check it out.