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Review: WWE US Championship - A Legacy of Greatness (Blu-ray)

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Richard Cosgrove takes a look at the history of the WWE US Championship with their new Blu-ray...

WWE releases come in two flavours, the regular PPV sets that are always good for reliving those favourite moments, and the releases that focus on a particular topic or aspect of the WWE’s illustrious history. These latter releases have proved to be exceedingly well put together over the last few years, having established a winning template of including a feature length documentary accompanied by a couple of dozen matches.

I was somewhat disappointed to discover, then, that the new WWE US Championship – A Legacy of Greatness release doesn’t include a documentary, as I would have thought that the long and varied history of this often overlooked belt would have been ideal for this treatment.

Instead we get a bumper crop of matches that are introduced in groups by short clips of John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield awkwardly reading off his autocue and not entirely convincing the viewer that he really wants to be there. As a commentator, JBL is great as he in only required to spout semi-controversial remarks about whoever is in the ring, but as a presenter I’ve always found him lacking and so didn’t really engage with him as the presenter of this release.

Once we’re past the fact that this release is essentially a collection of matches, it’s hard to fault the content, with matches represented from as far back as 1978 (Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat, refereed by Andre the Giant) right up to conclusion of John Cena’s impressive and entertaining run with the title in 2015.

As a historical document, WWE US Championship – A Legacy of Greatness is worth picking up because many of the matches featured have never before been available on Blu-ray, and there are some long forgotten matches that, while not classics, are interesting to revisit, such as Kurt Angle facing The Undertaker for the title on Raw in November 2001, during Taker’s often now overlooked American Badass period.

The nature of the US Championship belt means that it’s not only WWE matches covered here, with plenty of WCW action being offered up, among them a great early ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin match against The Great Muta which gives us an early look at Stone Cold taking on his heel persona.

Overall, while it’s disappointing that WWE didn’t take the opportunity to put together one of their superb documentaries, anybody with even a passing interest in the history of the US Championship will find this release entertaining and informative as a historical record of the belt.

WWE US Championship – A Legacy of Greatness is out now on Blu-ray and DVD

3 stars


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