CM Punk : Best in the World DVD Review
Disc 1 : Documentary + Extras
Not going to take up too much time talking about this because I can't really say much that hasn't already been said. Great, GREAT documentary here as we get something that all of us have been waiting for , for a LONG time : WRESTLING TALK. No bullshit entertainment garbage that only blind sheep/children care about, we get wrestling storyline talk from the indies to the top of the mountain of the biggest Wrestling Company in the world. The insight from Punk and company really gives you a gauge of where Punk was at every time during his career (both professionally and mentally) , and it didn't seem like they were holding much back at all for this one...Compelling stuff. I would have liked to hear better input from guys such as Cena, Trips, and a Vince appearance would have been amazing, but what we got from PUNK was so astoundig that it almost makes up for it.
The second thing that makes this documentary so great is the personal touch. Punk lets us in to his life and basically lets us know that he can be an absolute dick sometimes, which is fine given the circumstances of where he is and what he does for a living. We see into the whole "straight-edge" lifestyle, his relationship with who he perceives to be his family, his real BLOOD family, and the trials and tribulations along with the triumphs he gathered over the course of his now 13 year career. This documentary is one of the most inspirational out there for an individual superstar, as it contains quite an amount of introspective and philosophical material for a WWE release. Check this documentary out for sure, as it's a must watch feature on one of the greatest wrestlers of all time (It's what I believe , damnit) , and PROBABLY the best Superstar documentary that the WWE has ever done.
Disc 2 : Matches
vs Brent Albright OVW : ** 3/4
vs Justin Credible ECW 06 : **
vs John Morrison ECW 07 : ****
MITB IV (Wrestlemania XXIV) : **** 1/4
w/Kofi Kingston vs Priceless Raw 08 : ** 1/2
vs William Regal Raw 08 : *** 1/2
This disc was OKAY , but I don't think it was as good as it could have potentially been. First of all, what the hell was up with the inclusion of the OVW match on the disc ? That match was pretty good, but it's kinda fucked with this whole injury angle that the match completely stops for a LONG fucking time. Everything else I believe earns it's place on the DVD for being a significant moment in the career of Punk (he wins a major match in every match on the disc besides the first one). Match of the disc is MITB IV , which just so happens to be one of the best pure spotfests in history and the second best match on the WM XXIV card. The Morrison match happens to be an underrated damn near classic encounter as well that's required viewing.
Disc 3 : Matches
vs Jeff Hardy SS 09 : ****
vs Rey Mysterio OTL 10 : **** 1/4
vs John Cena MITB 11 : *****
vs Chris Jericho WM XXVIII : **** 1/2
vs Daniel Bryan OTL 12 : **** 3/4
OH. FUCK. YES. Do I even need to describe how amazing this disc is ? AT ALL ? This is easily a top 5-10 disc of matches EVER IMO (up there with the 4th disc of "The Streak" DVD , the 2nd disc of "The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection" DVD, and the 3rd disc of the "Best there is......" DVD), featuring NO matches under **** , that is IN-FUCKING-CREDIBLE. We get an AWESOME TLC match with Jeff Hardy (Hardy's third best singles match ever btw, his best being the Cage match with Punk) , the third best WWE MOTY for 2010 IMO with Rey, one of the greatest matches EVER (MITB 11) , the match of the year for this year (OTL 12) along with the third best WWE championship match in Wrestlemania HISTORY IMO. I know this sounds like an incoherent rambling, but FUCK! This disc features potentially THREE of my top 50 WWE matches ever and is the second best disc of the year (besides the 4th disc of The Streak DVD, which features 2 ***** matches, 1 **** 3/4 matches, and 1 **** 1/2 matches) by far. I'm not giving it the PERFECT score (which I've only given to like 5 discs ever) , but it's DAMN close.
This DVD is a must buy (if you're a DVD buyer anyways) as two of the three discs are almost PERFECT. The second disc could have used a little more polishing and some better matches, and I wish that they included some classic Punk moments and promos on the first disc (that would have gotten it a 10 IMO). The documentary is a top 3 WWE Doc ever, while the third disc is one of the best modern collection of matches that I have ever seen. LOVE this DVD. I've rambled on far enough, go out and get this shit, or download the entire thing.