Five Second Review : Rob Van Dam ; One of a Kind (2 Disc Set)
I love that there's no doc on this set since I don't have to waste any time talking about what I thought about the doc and actually rating it, because I find talking about documentaries to be quite boring and tedious as opposed to match comps where I can just throw STARZ out there and tell you how I felt about the DVD as a whole. First of all I should address the format of the DVD ; RVD talks about something, there's a match, RVD talks about something else, there's a match. I really like this format because he spends 3-4 minutes talking between each match and we get a fair amount of background knowledge, while not eating too much time up.
The extras are really diverse and something that I feel is missing from alot of sets nowadays. We have various confidential features, a look at RVD's singlets and who makes them, RVD touring JAKKS to look at some action figures (well known geek and action figure collector himself) , as well as various introductory vignettes, promos, and the like. Really diverse selection here, and while some might say it's completely unnecessary, I seem to enjoy it alot. We get three extra matches that just so happen to be IMO the weakest three of the entire set, but I think that's a perfect segway to dive in and take a look at some STARZ!
Robby V vs Scotty Flamingo (WCW 1993) : **
Rob Van Dam vs Axl Rotten (ECW 1995) : ** ½
Rob Van Dam vs Sabu (Hardcore Heaven 1996) : ***
Rob Van Dam & Sabu vs The Eliminators (Crossing the Line 1997) : ***
Rob Van Dam vs Lance Storm (Barely Legal 1997) : ** ¾
Rob Van Dam vs Jeff Hardy (RAW 1997) : AWESOME SQUASH
Rob Van Dam vs Tommy Dreamer (November to Remember 1997) : ***
Rob Van Dam vs Bam Bam Bigelow (ECW 1998) : ***
Rob Van Dam vs Jerry Lynn (Living Dangerouly 1999) : **** 1/2
Rob Van Dam vs Jerry Lynn ( Guilty as Charged 2001) : *** 1/2
Rob Van Dam vs Jeff Hardy (Invasion 2001) : *** ½
Rob Van Dam vs Chris Jericho (King of the Ring 2002) : *** ¾
Rob Van Dam vs Christian (Ladder ; RAW 2003) : *** ½
Rob Van Dam vs Balls Mahoney (Anarchy Rulz 99) : **
Rob Van Dam vs Sabu (Hostile City Showdown 96) : ** ½
Robbie V vs Pat Rose (WCW 1993) : * 1/4
OH FUCK YEAH. The name of the game on this DVD is FUN , and it shows through one of the funnest match listings I've sat through in a really long time. Most of the ECW stuff is insanely polarizing, and I could see somebody rating a ton of it *
, honestly. I know RVD's stuff in ECW can look extremely choreographed at times, and to be honest it takes a little bit of the magic away for me that others may see in it, but I'm not willing to completely dismiss the matches as awful.... Because they're actually pretty awesome. On disc one we see mostly REALLY FUN ECW style crazy Van Dam matches, such as his matches with Sabu, Tommy Dreamer, Axl Rotten, and Lance Storm. These feature a ton of spots and a ton of nearfalls in nearly all of them, and while they may not hold up to a ton of people, personally I enjoy them from time to time.
The BEST matches and the legitimately fun AND great ones come once we hot the Bam Bam / Jerry Lynn matches. The Living Dangerously match is probably a top 3 ECW match EVER with Lynn and Van Dam going balls to the wall and the fans wanting more and more. Guilty as Charged is awesome in it's own right as well as being historic for being the very last original ECW PPV match. The Bam Bam match is great to see two completely styles clash and mix together to create something awesome. The extra ECW matches are still fun, but the quality is pretty MEH as far as the Balls Mahoney and second Sabu matches go (even though Styles claims it's the greatest match he's seen from either man, yeah right). We also get a pair of WCW matches that are really just showcases for the young Van Dam to show his impressive and unique moveset on TV (think ; every single Antonio Cesaro PPV match
). STILL FUN FUN FUN
Once we get to the WWF/WWE matches , we really start to get nonstop fun matches, but these matches also happen to be great at the same time. We get a pair of Jeff Hardy matches, one being a SQUASH (YAY JEFF GETTING SQUASHED) and the other being the insanely fun Hardy-RVD Invasion matchup with one of the ballsiest bumps I've ever seen from Jeff. The Christian match is another Van Dam spotfest, but a great one between a fantastic worker like Christian and a ballsy motherfucker like RVD. My favorite of disc two would be the KOTR match vs Y2J, in which the SPOTZ are toned down and focused more on actual wrestling... Perhaps the best pure "wrestling match" in the entire set... NAH RVD-LYNN OWNS MORE.
Most importantly ... THERE'S NO KAMALA OR NWO MATCHES ON THIS ONE (automatically driving it up about 78 points in my book
). Seriously, you won't find a single BAD or non enjoyable match on this set, but wrestling purists be warned.... You aren't getting many mat classics here. You get what you pay for, and if you love a good ol fashioned slobberknocker with some great moves and awesome atmosphere, then this is the DVD for you. If you aren't a fan of RVD's style... Then why the fuck would you buy the DVD ?