The Only Review of WWE’s Falls Count Anywhere DVD That You’ll Ever Need

WWE has been on a kick as of late with their releases. Trying to cover every nitch they can possibly think of. From plenty of Top [insert number] lists, to best-ofs for everything ranging from high-flying to b-series PPVs. This one right here I feel is one of their better ideas, because I love a good hardcore match. Don’t get me wrong, CZW and similar trash aren’t my bag, but there’s nothing better than a war in the ring. When both wrestlers need no restrictions so they can make sure things end in blood.

SGT Slaughter vs. Pat Patterson
– Alley Fight – MSG – May 4, 1981

It’s so mind-blowing to see these early shows
compared to the HD era. I am interested to see how this match ends in a fall if
there’s no ref. So far,
about 90 percent of the match is whipping each other with a belt, and it
doesn’t even get interesting until Slaughter hits one of the bloodier blade
jobs I’ve ever seen. After this, Patterson hits Slaughter with his cowboy boot,
and smashes his face into the top of the turnbuckle. I know this may
have been something back then, but man alive this was boring as hell. It was a
lot of hitting with a belt, then a shoe, and I was waiting for a swatch
of Pat’s jeans to be used. The ref just awards the match to Patterson out of
the blue. 
Patterson is just given the match at 14:13 | **

Midnight Express vs. Ms. Lively & Jimmy
Valliant – Atlanta Street Fight – Starrcade 1985 – November 28, 1985

You know, it’d be nice if they gave us a little
history here. I mean, all of a sudden, there’s Ron Garvin in drag. Match isn’t
much and doesn’t last long. There’s a lot of powder thrown, and of
course, belts. 
Garvin pins Eaton after an uppercut at 6:36 | **

Barry Windham & Arn Anderson vs. DOOM – WCW
Tag-Team Championship – Street Fight – Starrcade 1990 – December 16, 1990

A shame this match wasn’t longer, because it’s
pretty damn great. Some of that classic early 90s WCW tornado tag-team brawling
that ended up building ECW. They’re
all over the place, blood flowing, weapons left and right, and both teams
keeping up with each other for every measure and beat. If it had gone
longer, we’d have a classic.
Both teams fight to a no-contest at 7:19 | ***

Cactus Jack vs. Sting [C] – Falls Count Anywhere –
Beach Blast – June 20, 1992

This during a time when they didn’t have much for
Sting, so they wanted to feed him a string of bad-guys to keep him strong.
Naturally, Mick went out there and did his absolute best to make it work
and WCW did their absolute best to cut the nuts off of it by making it
non-title. Regardless, this match is awesome, and not only one of Mick’s
best, one of the best of the early 90s. He made Sting look like a million bucks
by bringing the insanity and Sting not only keeping up but bringing it
himself. Great stuff. Too bad we didn’t get to see the promo where Mick
head-butts a wooden crate, sending his skull through it and crashing to
the concrete. 
Sting hits Mick with a flying clothesline for the
pin at 11:24 | ****1/4

“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Crush – Falls Count
Anywhere – WMX – March 20, 1994

Bryan Adams has almost gone through as many
transformations as Ed Leslie. Crush goes to blind Macho with a fist full of
powder, but he slaps Crush’s hands, causing him to blind himself. I
think it would have been cooler had Macho been blinded, then recalled the time
his sensei had him serve tea with a blind-fold, and then made the blind
come-back, causing Crush to say metai. The match is fine, and more than acceptable
for a mid-card match at WM. But for Macho’s last WWE match? No. 
Macho ties up Crush’s feet, making it so he can’t
make it back to the ring at 9:49 | **1/2

The Road Warriors vs. Sting & Booker T –
Uncensored – March 24, 1996

Oh why oh why is this match on here? I’m not even
kidding when I say I fell asleep twice during this match. This bout should have been 50-60 percent shorter,
easy. They went a full half an hour in some of the most boring wrestling I’ve
ever seen. If this was 10 minutes, and filled with actual brawling;
tables, chairs, other non-domestic objects, then we’d probably have something.
But at this point, we have washed up Road Warriors who even in their
prime couldn’t work a great match that was 10 minutes long, along with a bored
Sting. I can’t believe this was on the same card as the Doomsday Cage
Match. This is the kind of PPV you’d ground your child over. 
Booker pins Hawk after Stevie Ray hits him with a
chair at 29:34 | *

Nation of Domination vs. Ahmed Johnson vs. LOD – Chicago Street Fight –
Wrestlemania 13
March 23rd, 1997
Man, the original NOD was so weird. Ahmed should
have pulled a Dusty and worn the make-up too. Animal executes about the worst
piledriver I’ve ever seen to Faarooq, who later makes up for it by taking
a body slam through a table, immediately earning props from me. Anyone who took
a straight table spot before the current tables gets props, because those
sharp, metal monitors always got popped in the air and came crashing down. D-Lo
lays in some shots before he was even D-Lo. He’s looking a bit more like the
original Otunga. They really went out there and had a great brawl. This was definitely
a match that helped WM13 from being called the worst. 
Crush gets the original 3D, the Doomsday Device,
and then a 2×4 shot for the pin at 10:45 | ***1/2

Stone Cold vs. Bret Hart – Street Fight – RAW – April, 1997
I was frothing at the mouth for this when it was
live. At the age of 14, Stone Cold was a God to me, and I viewed Bret as a
whiny little bitch. This is one of those deals that was not so much a
match as it is an extended segment. It’s still great, and led to Bret Hart –
Evil Leader In A Wheel Chair, which was awesome. Stone Cold slaps on the
Sharpshooter and refuses to let go for quite a while. Eventually he’s wheeled
back, and we get Owen in all his greatness. “WATCH HIS KNEE YOU
IDIOT!” Of course, Stone Cold is driving the ambulance in one of
the greatest moments in wrestling history. I remember jumping off the sofa and
losing my mind with how overjoyed I was at all of this. You really need to see the
entire night’s worth of clips to appreciate this in full, with that said, the
deal gets *****


Cactus Jack vs. HHH – Street Fight – Raw –
September 22, 1997

Raw in 1997 really did have a lot of great moments
and this is no exception, and arguably the best one. This isn’t just the match,
this is also the awesome promo that first introduced Cactus Jack into the WWE
after a 2-year hiatus. Not only is the promo great, but HHH seals the deal by
reacting exactly as he should have; terrified. It’s a great brawl that you’d
see thousands of times more, with a lot less talented people. It also has one
of the sickest finishes I’ve ever seen to a match.
Cactus Jack piledrives HHH through the table for
the win at 8:47 | ****

Taz [C] vs. Bam Bam Bigelow – Falls Count Anywhere
Death Match – FTW Heavyweight Championship – ECW’s Heat Wave – August 2, 1998

The story here is that Bam Bam had been screwed
over by the Triple Threat and needed help in getting revenge. He begged Taz for
weeks, but Taz kept telling him to f--- off, until the day he came he told him
that he wouldn’t be his partner, but his savior. Naturally, Bammer turned on
him, and we were off and running. This was the return bout after their match
from Living Dangerously where they fell through the ring. With this bout, it
has its moments, as Bam Bam and Taz have chemistry while in the ring.
Unfortunately, most of the match doesn’t take place in the ring. It’s
interesting to note that Taz almost kills himself as he foolishly T-Bone
Tazplexes Bam Bam into the audience from the entrance ramp, and while doing
that he cracks his head on the guardrail. Divine intervention kept him from any
serious injury though. Also, because Paul loved a good idea, he had them fall
through the ramp this time.
Bam Bam taps out to the Tazmission at 13:21 | ***

Hardcore Holly vs. Al Snow – WWE Hardcore Title –
St. Valentine Day’s Massacre – February 14, 1999

This match isn’t much, honestly, but I think it’s
worth seeing at least once. They go all over the place, and even have a few
cool spots, like the busting of tile on faces. It’s pretty cool to see
the guys do battle down into the Mississippi River, as well as use the various
things they find by the water bank.
Holly wraps Al into a roll of fence and gets the
pin at 10:45 | **1/2

The Rock vs. Triple H – Strap Match – Fully Loaded
– July 25, 1999

This isn’t a touch all corners style of match,
it’s more of a dog collar sort of match. They’re stuck, and it’s go time.
Honestly, the only thing that really stuck out for me was The Rock doing the camera spot,
which I always dig, and the fact it took Hunter and two other folk to put The
Rock down. 
Triple H hits the Pedigree for the pin at 19:04 |

Test vs. Shane McMahon – For The Right To Date
Stephanie – SummerSlam – August 22, 1999

I did a list of the greatest matches that kicked
ass that had no right to, and this was number 1, baby. Test was unproven, and
well, he was never proven, to be honest, but at this point we really knew
nothing. And Shane McMahon? He’s the freaking son of Vince, no wrestler’s son
has ever been s---, well, except Erik Watts and David Flair [back in 1999, that
is]. Fantastic match that has everything from living room set-ups, mailboxes,
and framed pictures being shattered over heads. Love it. We get a shot of
Steph, pre-boob job, and it reminds me of what she said about them on Howard
Stern. She said they looked like “melted packs of butter”. Man, I can’t think
of a less-sexy way to describe boobies. Yikes. Anyway, it’s one hell of a match
where they both gave their all, and thankfully this led to Steph being drugged
and legally married to Hunter.
Test hits the pump-handle slam, then a flying
elbow for the pin & the peak of his career at 12:04 | ***1/2

Big Show [C] vs. Kane – WWE Championship Match –
Raw – December 20, 1999

During a very short time when they were making
sure to justify Big Show’s contract. I gotta be honest, I was not looking
forward to this match. However, these two went all out and delivered one hell
of a hardcore match. They went all over the place and used quite a variety of
weapons, great stuff. The angle here was that if Kane lost, Tori had to spend a
weekend with X-Pac. Perhaps it’s just me, but I feel like my girlfriend
spending a weekend with X-Pac is akin to her being thrown into the needle pit
from Saw 2. Great finish too.
Big Show powerbombs Kane through the announce
table and gets the pin at 6:47. Hopefully Tori had a Silkwood shower put in her
apartment | ***1/2

Hardcore Holly [C] vs. The Headbangers – WWE
Hardcore Championship – Smackdown – March 16, 2000

This was when Crash was defending the strap 24/7.
At first, it was a really funny concept until it wore out its welcome. This
takes place at Fun Time USA, and we go through slides, test-your-strength
machines, and a ball pit. It’s very entertaining, and serves its purpose.
Crash escapes the onslaught after about 4 minutes
| no rating

Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon – Street Fight –
Raw – October 29, 2001

Review: Ugh, this match is terrible. A lot of
people like their bout from WMX7, and I don’t even like that one. This is just
slow, and a bad-example of a hardcore match that involves a lot of run-ins.
Angle hits Vince with a chair thankfully giving
Shane the pin and ending this at 11:07 | 1/2*

Ric Flair vs. Vince McMahon – Street Fight – Royal
Rumble – January 20, 2002

Man alive. Vince is absolutely huge. This match
reminds me of one thing I truly miss, Lawler being a heel announcer and kissing
Vince’s ass to no end. It’s fantastic. The match itself is pretty much what you
expect. I read Flair’s book, and he says that he wasn’t nearly at the level of
confidence that he should have been, thanks to WCW. So, if he had, we might
have had a better match. There’s a cool spot where Flair hits Vince with the
monitor, then demands they play it back so he can watch it. Very cool. I’d also
like to say that Vince is one of the very few who does the Figure 4 right, as
he puts the pressure on the injured leg.
Vince taps to the Figure-Four at 14:54 | ***


Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H – Unsanctioned Street
Fight – Summerslam – August 25, 2002

I think it’s great they call it unsanctioned, but
if they’re gonna do that, can’t they at least not use an official ref? This match is one of my all-time favorites,
and it gets better every time I see it. They were just having one of those
nights where everything was executed perfectly. Absolutely text book on how to
have a match, I believe. It’s also one of those bouts where they have 5
stars about 3 quarters of the way through the match. 
Shawn gets a bridge pin at 27:20 | *****

Kevin Nash vs. Triple H [C] – Street Fight for the
World Heavyweight Championship – Insurrextion – June 7, 2003

Flair and Shawn are in each other guy’s respective
corners. As the match starts Shawn ends up chasing Ric, so Ric blades. The focus
is soon back on Triple H and Kevin Nash as they battle to the top of the ramp
and tease the powerbomb spot from the Judgment Day PPV a month earlier. Back to the ring and they trade
momentum and blade jobs for a while. Honestly, not a bad match. There were
weapons, blood, and no slow spots. That’s all I ask. 
Triple H hits Nash with the sledgehammer when he
was trying to Jack-Knife Ric Flair at 16:33 | ***1/2

Mickie James vs. Melina [C] – Street Fight for the
Women’s Championship – RAW – March 5, 2007

Any time I falter on thinking Mickie James is the
hottest of all time in wrestling, I need only see her. The match attempts to
start in the ring, but Melina runs to the back with Mickie giving chase.
They do battle in the Diva’s lockeroom, giving us a few innovative spots such
as Kelly Kelly using hairspray to thwart off an interfering Victoria and
Melina whipping a towel off of Candice Michelle.
Match ends when Mickie
seriously screws up a huricanrana, landing on her head and neck, allowing
Melina to grab the pin at 4:27 | **

Triple H vs. Umaga – Street Fight – Cyber Sunday –
October 28, 2007

They start off in the aisle, soon battling up to
the entrance. They quickly add a star to the match by crashing through a wall.
Anytime you want a star from me, crash through a wall. Triple H
eventually breaks out trash-can, and as always I wonder if those are specially
made for wrestling, or there are trash-cans that soft. Great table spot where
Triple H is laid out on the third table in a row, with Umaga running along the
other two and finally splashing Hunter through the last one. One of my
favorite matches, as well as one of the reasons why 2007 was the year I
returned to being a smark. 
Triple H hits Umaga with a sledge-hammer shot
& Pedigree for the pin at 17:21 | ****1/4

John Cena vs. Umaga – Street Fight – Raw –
June 16, 2008

Gotta love the ‘he’s too big’ body slam spot.
Something you don’t nearly see enough of. This match is really average, and
there isn’t much to speak of except for the sweet moment when Cena goes
to give Umaga the FU, but just can’t keep him up, so they both fall with Umaga
squishing John’s head. Neat visual. 
Cena of course eventually does hit the FU,
grabbing the pin at around 8 minutes | **1/2

DX vs. Legacy – Submissions Count Anywhere –
Breaking Point – September 13, 2009

I’m sorry, but DX at this point were about as
uncool as you could get. The bit with Shawn and Montreal is pretty funny
though. For those wondering, when you venture into the crowd in Canda,
it’s not security, it’s Securitie. Eventually they’re brawling by the merch
stands, while a crowd gathers and starts a soccer chant. I’m still unsure
why Cody has the Triforce on his boots. Pretty sweet submission moment where
Cody is threaded through a chair that’s stood up, with Triple H applying a
Boston Crab and Shawn a Camel Clutch. Brutal. Later, after Shawn takes a
10-foot dive from the seating section, Triple H and Legacy do battle in the
back, with DiBiase taking a spine-buster through a concessions table.
They eventually out-number Triple H, leaving him for dead, and then focus their
remaining energy on the weakened Michaels. It’s a pretty great match
that made Legacy look strong as hell, far better than the Hell in a Cell match
a month later. They made sure to go everywhere and really use the ‘submissions
anywhere’ rule. Good stuff. It also made sure to fulfill the rule of If Shawn
Wrestles In Montreal He MUST Submit. 
Shawn Michaels taps out while in the Figure 4 and
Million Dollar Dream at  | ****

Rey Mysterio vs. Batista – Street Fight – Smackdown – December 11,

A fan really let’s Dave have it by holding up a
BAD-tista sign. Snaps. Soon, Batista is whipping Rey with some camera chords,
causing Stryker to say “those are wire and hardened plastic….rubber,
I’m sorry”. Who the hell was in his headphones saying “PLASTIC?! YOU
A group of Rey Mysterio fans have their own signs in the form of 6, 1, 9. At
the moment, the guy with the 1 isn’t paying attention. Rey has only had 2 moments so
far where the momentum has been on his side, but they’ve both been in pretty
spectacular fashion. His second run ends ridiculously. You guys ever see
that In Living Color skit where Jim Carrey is a karate instructor? He wants his
students to try and stab him, so he instructs them on the way to come at
someone with a knife? That’s exactly what Rey did, as he ran at Batista with
the chair in the air, only to catch a spear. Not a bad match, but really
just a Main Event Squash. 
Batista levels Rey with a chair shot about 7
minutes in |  **1/2

Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes – Street Fight –
Smackdown – November 4, 2011

Too bad Cody doesn’t have the bags anymore,
because someone has to cut out the holes, and they would have finally had
something for Ryder to do. This match is showing how much better Cody was in
this gimmick as opposed to Angry Heel #216, as he throws his bag handlers in
Randy Orton’s path. Speaking of Mr. Apex, am I the only one who thinks
he has tanning bulbs in his car? The best part about this match is that it
hasn’t been the Randy Orton Show. Cody Rhodes has been more than capable
of holding his own, and has had Randy’s number on many occasions. Great stuff.
Randy hits the RKO and the pin at the 15 minute
mark | ***3/4

Blu-ray Exclusives

Boiler Room Brawl
Mankind vs. Santa Claus
Raw – December 20, 1999

Street Fight
Triple H vs. Sheamus
Extreme Rules – April 25, 2010

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
Extreme Rules – May 1, 2011

Street Fight
Randy Orton vs. Kane
SmackDown – July 22, 2011

Showcase Showdown: Falls Count Anywhere, Street
Fights, Last Man Standing, all of those types of matches are my favorite. So
when I heard they were going to release a set like this I figured it’d
be an easy lock for an all-time favorite, along with Jericho’s set, and the
Hell in a Cell release. The first disc leaves a little to be desired, as these
types of matches weren’t very common before the late 90s. Once the second disc
hits the set starts to really earn its money, while the third solidifies this
as purchase worthy. There’s honestly a million more matches out there
that fit this description, should they go for a second volume; Mick’s match
against Van Hammer at the Clash, [although now it’s on the new Mick set, so good deal] the long awaited to DVD Jericho vs
Triple H – LMS, Regal vs Finaly – parking lot brawl from Nitro, Jericho &
Shawn’s brutal unsanctioned match, and hell, for historical sake, the
FCA match between Khali & Cena, as it’s Khali’s only decent match. Ever.
Bottom line, great set. 
4 & 1/4 Head-Butts out of 5

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