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Official Trailer for WWE’s 2019 ANDRE THE GIANT DVD, Review of ‘Best of RAW & SD LIVE 2018’ DVD

WWE Andre The Giant - Doing It Like A Giant!

Behold! It’s the official trailer for the eighth marvel of the world, “Andre The Giant”.

This WWE/HBO Sports activities collaboration is about for launch on DVD worldwide starting Might 2019 and it will embrace the current documentary function on Andre along with 7 of his largest matches.

ANDRE THE GIANT

From HBO Sports, WWE, JMH Movies and Ringer Films comes Andre The Big, a documentary analyzing the life and profession of one of probably the most beloved legends in WWE historical past.

The formidable, wide-ranging film explores Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated WWE profession and his forays into the leisure world. It consists of interviews with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Ric Aptitude, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, relations and more.

WWE 2019 Andre The Giant DVD - Full Cover Artwork


Let’s take a look now at this week’s WWE DVD — “The Best of RAW & SmackDown Live 2018”.

“The Best of RAW & SmackDown” is a straight-forward assortment of matches from the weekly TV exhibits encompassing a calendar yr, and the same components applies for the 2018 version. We get more than 20 bouts from January by way of to November (the discharge date of this DVD apparently precludes content from December being thrown in), together with a number of segments that made fans smile (Daniel Bryan being cleared to return), snigger (the Seattle followers drowning Elias and Kevin Owens in boos) and cringe (Dean Ambrose’s promo about why he left The Defend, which included a reference to Roman Reigns’ leukaemia).

With over 9 hours of content material, we definitely aren’t short-changed in phrases of how many matches are right here, however are they any good on the whole? It’s time for the evaluation!

THE MATCHES

WWE RAW – January 1, 2018
United States Championship Match
Roman Reigns (C) vs. Samoa Joe

This was held on New Yr’s Day, and this forgotten gem kicked off 2018 with a bang. The result was in query, given the truth that Joe had not been defeated by Reigns up thus far, and the action could be very rewarding. If solely this might have been the match that may headline Backlash a number of months later.

WWE 'Best of RAW & SmackDown Live 2018' DVD - Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe

WWE SmackDown Reside – January 16, 2018
United States Championship Event Ultimate
Bobby Roode vs. Jinder Mahal

This was the final of a event to crown a brand new United States Champion, though then-Basic Supervisor Daniel Bryan determined to deliver the match ahead from the planned destination of Royal Rumble. At the time, this appeared like the genesis for an enormous push for Roode; it didn’t fairly end up that means, although he and Chad Gable have held the RAW Tag Staff Championships.

WWE RAW – January 29, 2018
Asuka vs. Sasha Banks

Asuka had just gained the first ladies’s Royal Rumble match, together with her celebration being interrupted by the debuting Ronda Rousey, who pointed at an indication. Regardless of the hype for her arrival, Ronda didn’t appear on the post-Rumble RAW, but we did get this top-notch ladies’s division contest, one which saw Sasha take some major risks and bumps.

WWE - Sasha Banks & Asuka Destroy Each Other In A Match!

WWE RAW – February 5, 2018
Asuka vs. Bayley

One week later, The Empress Of Tomorrow took on Sasha’s bestie Bayley. The Hugger had beforehand clashed with Asuka in the direction of the top of her NXT stint, and it was cool to see the two of them go at it once again on the primary roster. Indeed, it’s an entertaining battle, though it is a step under the previous Asuka/Sasha bout.

WWE SmackDown Reside – February 27, 2018
AJ Types vs. John Cena

This was part of the storyline where Cena was desperate to get to WrestleMania, and that included making an attempt to get into the Fastlane fundamental occasion by beating AJ here. And that he did, although Types would finally win the next PPV showdown to retain his WWE Title and depart some egg on Cena’s face (not that we’d know, since we will’t see him).

WWE - Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn Watch John Cena vs. AJ Styles Match on TV Screen

WWE RAW – April 9, 2018
Ember Moon & Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James

This was the post-WrestleMania episode of RAW, and so we had an NXT call-up right here within the type of Ember Moon, who finally ends up getting the profitable pinfall for her staff. It’s truthful to say that WWE hasn’t given as much attention to Moon as she deserves, although I anticipate her profile to rise beyond Mania this yr as soon as the Ronda/Becky Lynch storyline has been wrapped up (Becky vs. Ember might be something particular).

WWE SmackDown Reside – April 10, 2018
SmackDown Ladies’s Championship Match
Charlotte Flair (C) vs. Carmella

Twenty-four hours later, on the post-Mania edition of SmackDown, Carmella cashed in Cash in the Bank on Charlotte, after an assault by two extra call-ups in The IIconics, to seize the SD Ladies’s crown. My solely problem with this was how predictable it was; as quickly as Billie Kay and Peyton Royce marched to the ring, you sensed that it might be Carmella’s time, which flies within the face of MITB being a device to create one thing sudden and unprecedented.

WWE SmackDown Reside – April 10, 2018
AJ Types vs. Daniel Bryan

That very same night time, we had Daniel Bryan’s first non-PPV match since 2015, and his first WWE battle towards AJ. It felt rushed on the time, however it’s nonetheless a more-than-adequate meeting of two of WWE’s best in-ring performers. Shinsuke Nakamura, who had just turned heel, interrupts to cause a non-finish, and on the time, individuals questioned once we would get a Bryan vs. Nakamura showdown. Ten months later, we’re nonetheless questioning, particularly since both at the moment are villains.

WWE - Bloody Daniel Bryan Doing The 'YES!' Arm Signal
WWE 'Best of RAW & SmackDown Live 2018' DVD - Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor

WWE RAW – April 30, 2018
Intercontinental Championship Match
Seth Rollins (C) vs. Finn Bálor

One of the downsides of the weekly three-hour RAWs is how genuinely great matches might be simply forgotten because we’re so accustomed to lengthy encounters based mostly on excessive work-rate and a number of near-falls. Even so, this IC Title match stood out, at a time when Rollins was on hearth, and it’s arguably the most effective TV match of 2018 for WWE.

WWE RAW – Might 7, 2018
Money In The Bank Qualifying Match
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens

I mentioned how matches could be forgotten previously. Nicely, until I watched this DVD, I had absolutely no recollection of this specific battle between Strowman and Owens, with a spot within the men’s MITB match at stake. In hindsight, had the Braun-KO storyline ended here, few fans would have complained.

WWE SmackDown Reside – Might 15, 2018
AJ Types vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Disc one ends with a WrestleMania rematch, held in London, and with Shinsuke getting his solely televised victory over AJ. It’s a robust bout, though nonetheless a shade under what many felt the 2 have been capable of. That this was their fourth televised contest inside six weeks didn’t help both, however it’s still value testing.

WWE SmackDown Reside – Might 29, 2018
Six-Man Tag Staff Match
The New Day vs. The Miz & The Bar

As a result of The Miz is such a fantastic heel, around this time, he was needling The New Day about which member can be within the MITB match in an try and create rigidity. Kofi Kingston ended up being the chosen social gathering, but earlier than that, the threesome proved simply how harmonious their bond was and stays, and in addition how good they’re within the ring by putting on an exciting match towards Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro.

WWE - Samoa Joe And Daniel Bryan Wrestling Each Other In WWE!
WWE - Daniel Bryan With A Dragon Sleeper on Big E!

WWE SmackDown Stay – June 19, 2018
#1 Contender’s Gauntlet Match
Massive E vs. Samoa Joe vs. Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz vs. Rusev

RAW’s Braun Strowman ended up profitable MITB, and AJ completed his rivalry with Nakamura with a Last Man Standing victory, all of which meant that SmackDown needed to find out a new number one contender for the WWE Championship. This Gauntlet match served that objective, in addition to advancing different storylines (akin to setting the stage for the upcoming Miz-Bryan feud), and Rusev’s eventual triumph was a very welcome shock.

WWE RAW – June 25, 2018
Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler (C) vs. Seth Rollins

Another shock occurred 24 hours earlier when Dolph Ziggler captured the IC crown from Seth Rollins. This is able to result in a collection of matches between the two that may go on for months, starting from wonderful to slightly uninteresting. This was one of their better contests, although, and fans are really invested into the action from the opening bell. Great things.

WWE SmackDown Stay – July 17, 2018
United States Championship Match
Shinsuke Nakamura (C) vs. Jeff Hardy

At Excessive Guidelines, Shinsuke pinned Jeff Hardy in a matter of seconds following a pre-match low blow. The two would have a proper match in the primary event slot of SmackDown two nights later. It’s well-worked, although inferior to the previous Ziggler-Rollins match, and Shinsuke finally manages to carry onto the US Title. This is able to lead to a rematch at SummerSlam, the place Nakamura would win as soon as more.

WWE 'Best of RAW & SmackDown Live 2018' DVD - Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

WWE RAW – July 23, 2018
#1 Contender’s Event Remaining
Bobby Lashley vs. Roman Reigns

After “Bob” pinned Roman at Extreme Guidelines, he acquired extra momentum than at any point since his WWE comeback. However eight days later, he would lose a rematch to Reigns that had larger stakes: a showdown with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam for the Universal crown. Roman was victorious, which didn’t please many fans at the time, though this is still an underrated Raw essential event with a big-fight really feel.

WWE RAW – August 6, 2018
Ronda Rousey vs. Alicia Fox

It seems strange to look again now, since Ronda competes on RAW virtually each week, however it took greater than six months for WWE to put Ronda in motion on regular TV. Little question, this was partly resulting from Rousey nonetheless learning on the job prior to this, however it’s humorous considering how everyone assumed, even at that point, that she wouldn’t wrestle a full-time schedule. Anyway, she picks up the apparent win right here, forward of her turning into RAW Ladies’s Champion at Alexa Bliss’ expense at SummerSlam.

WWE - Ronda Rousey's First Match on RAW Against Alicia Fox, Destroys Her!

WWE SmackDown Stay – August 7, 2018
#1 Contender’s Tag Group Event Ultimate
The New Day vs. The Bar

SmackDown held one other event around this time to determine who would face The Bludgeon Brothers for the SD Tag Workforce Titles at SummerSlam. The New Day and The Bar reached the ultimate stage, and what the contest lacked in originality, they made up for with nice action and pleasure, as The New Day picked up the win to earn another title opportunity.

WWE RAW – August 20, 2018
Universal Championship Match
Roman Reigns (C) vs. Finn Bálor

Finn Bálor stepped up as Roman Reigns’ first challenger for the Common Championship, and the two put on an excellent important event as Bálor gave it his all in an try and regain the title he was pressured to vacate on account of damage. Roman wins, and is threatened post-match by a MITB briefcase-wielding Strowman, solely for a reunited Defend to save lots of the day in a real shock.

WWE - The Shield Reunite in 2018 to Stop Braun Strowman Cashing In Money in the Bank Briefcase!

WWE SmackDown Stay – August 21, 2018
SmackDown Tag Staff Championship No Disqualification Match
The Bludgeon Brothers (C) vs. The New Day

Though New Day have been unable to unseat The Bludgeons at SummerSlam resulting from BB getting disqualified, they have been capable of seize the blue and silver title belts in a No DQ rematch. This was mainly as a result of an damage that sidelined Rowan, thus necessitating a title change, and he has solely lately resurfaced as Daniel Bryan’s new bodyguard, while Harper stays in the WWE wilderness as far as followers of the weekly television exhibits are involved.

WWE RAW – August 27, 2018
Intercontinental Championship Match
Seth Rollins (C) vs. Kevin Owens

I personally most popular the match that these two had on RAW a number of months earlier in London (partly because I used to be there to see it), but this is one other robust bout in entrance of a super-hot crowd in Canada. Submit-match, KO determined to “quit”, which might have arrange a really intriguing storyline. As an alternative, he returned one week later as if nothing had ever happened.

WWE - Sad Kevin Owens Sitting In Chair, Quits WWE!

WWE SmackDown Reside – September four, 2018
Daniel Bryan vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas

For his first few months on SmackDown, Andrade was given very little alternative to showcase the talents that made him one of the highlights of NXT. This battle towards D-Bryan was the beginning of a sluggish reversal in his fortunes, as the 2 men placed on one hell of a TV contest. If Andrade ever turns face, or if Bryan turns back face, this can be a rivalry I want to see.

WWE SmackDown Reside – September 18, 2018
United States Championship Match
Shinsuke Nakamura (C) vs. Rusev

Placing aside this phase of the DVD for a second, is it not crazy that the Shinsuke-Rusev storyline started in mid-to-late September, yet (except for a Kick-Off Present battle at Crown Jewel) their hostilities solely actually entered the ring in December? And crazier still, little more than a month later, Rusev is now a heel and teaming with Shinsuke, who performed a key position in injuring his wife Lana? I don’t have an evidence for all this, so let’s move on.

WWE RAW – September 24, 2018
RAW Tag Staff Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre (C) vs. The Revival

Heel vs. heel matches don’t often work that nicely, although in the storyline, The Revival had earned a title shot which bullying heels Dolph and Drew had snatched away by pressure, leading to this showdown. Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder have been favoured by the gang greater than their opponents right here, and it’s a enjoyable match, although Ziggler and McIntyre managed to stop a Revival title win, one thing the challengers are still wanting for now.

WWE - Dolph Ziggler And Drew McIntyre Holding Tag Team Championship Titles
WWE - Becky Lynch Speared Through SmackDown Stage by Charlotte Flair!

WWE SmackDown Reside – October 9, 2018
SmackDown Ladies’s Championship Match
Becky Lynch (C) vs. Charlotte Flair

The most well liked WWE feud of the autumn season involved Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, who placed on some of one of the best ladies’s matches of this period. One of their battles occurred here, on the 999th episode of SmackDown, and leads to an enormous schmozz (to cite Bret Hart) that leads to Charlotte spearing Becky by means of the entrance means, chopping her hand pretty badly within the process.

WWE SmackDown Stay – October 9, 2018
WWE World Cup Qualifying Match
Huge Present vs. Randy Orton

I’m not likely positive why this match is here, aside from their collective star power. It’s a fast filler match, gained relatively straightforward by Orton following an RKO, and that was that. I’m guessing the production workforce had a few minutes of area left over, therefore the rationale why this bout was included.

WWE RAW – October 22, 2018
RAW Tag Staff Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre (C) vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose

Feelings have been excessive for this one, following Roman Reigns saying earlier within the night time that he can be vacating the Universal Championship to battle leukaemia. This meant that followers have been hoping for a feel-good title change for his Defend brothers, and that is what we get… solely for Ambrose to show heel on Seth in a jaw-dropping moment. That their feud was a letdown, and that Dean is leaving WWE after WrestleMania, shouldn’t take away the influence of this heel turn, which was one of probably the most memorable in trendy historical past.

WWE - Dean Ambrose Shocking Heel Turn, Beats Up Seth Rollins!
WWE - Trish Stratus & Lita Reunite And Tag Together on RAW in 2018!

WWE RAW – October 29, 2018
Ten-Lady Tag Workforce Match
Trish Stratus, Lita, Bayley, Sasha Banks & Natalya vs. Alicia Fox, Mickie James & The Riott Squad

Trish Stratus and Lita’s in-ring returns have been somewhat glossed over resulting from every part else happening in the ladies’s division at that time. They usually popped up once more as half of this ten-woman attraction the night time after the all-women’s PPV Evolution, with Lita pulling off arguably her greatest ever moonsault en route to the finish.

WWE RAW – November 5, 2018
Kurt Angle vs. Drew McIntyre

This was an awesome instance of a respected veteran with identify worth really placing over a younger star, and in such a fashion that it solely makes you despise the heel even more. It’s a little sad to observe in case you noticed Kurt at his peak, but the format of the match could not have accomplished extra to make McIntyre look robust. If Drew ultimately does capture a prime title in WWE, this contest can be deemed an important part of his journey to the gold.

WWE SmackDown Reside – November 6, 2018
Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas

On paper, this was just one other match, and a solution to build up Rey as a member of Workforce SmackDown for Survivor Collection. In follow, although, it’s a incredible little bout, with all types of flying and high spots from each males. Rey wins in what can be a preview of their even better SmackDown clashes firstly of 2019; the two are still feuding now, which can in all probability result in their greatest battles but at an upcoming PPV.

WWE - Daniel Bryan Turns Heel on AJ Styles, Wins The WWE Championship!

WWE SmackDown Stay – November 13, 2018
WWE Championship Match
AJ Types (C) vs. Daniel Bryan

Fittingly, the DVD ends with crucial TV match of 2018, as AJ Types’ long WWE Championship reign comes to an abrupt finish by the hands of Daniel Bryan (or slightly the legs, as a boot to the balls and a operating knee ends the contest). Bryan turning heel was a real jolt, especially to those hoping that he would have a fairytale comeback leading to a babyface WWE Title win, but Bryan has been a terrific heel ever since, and so in hindsight, this title change was the correct choice, even when the timing was a bit peculiar.

THE VERDICT

As is often the case for this annual collection, “The Best of RAW & SmackDown Live 2018” is more than acceptable from a match high quality standpoint, with lots of notable encounters. We get a good few barnburners from Seth Rollins, some necessary showdowns involving AJ Types, and a number of other examples as to why the ladies’s division in WWE is at an all-time peak.

I was disillusioned on the lack of content material from SmackDown 1000 (I can forgive RAW 25 being omitted as a result of that show having its own DVD), and I found that many of the matches have been very comparable, even the perfect ones. A match is more more likely to depart an enduring impression if it gives something totally different, which is why Angle vs. McIntyre is extra memorable than, say, Rollins vs. Owens, despite the fact that the latter bout was extra thrilling. However, for fans who’ve followed this House Video collection since it started initially of this decade, that is another jam-packed compilation and one that’s worthy of your consideration. I wouldn’t recommend that it is must-see, however it does present lots of entertainment.

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