YouChoose Reviews: Zack Ryder: Superstar Collection
Welcome to a brand new set of reviews that I’ll be writing up for 411. I have a huge wrestling collection and this is a decent way to justify watching (and buying more DVDs) to my wife!
Here’s where the “YouChoose” gimmick comes in. At the end of each review, I’m going to list three options that will range from compilations, single events, shoot interviews, and everything in between. YouChoose what I’m reviewing next. These three DVDs and tapes will be selected at random. How will they be chosen at random? Well that’s simple. I’m going to send my three year old daughter, Madison, to the shelves and let her grab whatever seems appealing to her at the time. At the end of each column you can decide to make me watch something awful, or perhaps you’ll throw me a bone? It’s up to you. This should be interesting.
Also, a huge thanks to @KhrisJWilson for the banner!
– Okay, so there’s no voting this time considering this is the first report. I’m sending Madison over to the collection to select my first review. Lets see if she’s going to be eating gourmet or bread and water for dinner. She’s pulling them out, looking at the covers, and putting them back. She has decided!
Madison: “THE ONE WITH THE GLASSES!”
– She’s running to me and I have no idea what the hell she means. She’s holding… “Superstar Collection: Zack Ryder.” Well, it’s time for some Ryder matches. Don’t wanna read it? That’s fiiiiiiine, but scroll down and vote for the next DVD you want me to enjoy or suffer through!
– The DVD starts off with a quick little video package of clips from “Z True Long Island Story” and Ryder entering the ring a bunch of times. Anyways, they gloss over a majority of the clever jokes he’s made during the show. My personal favorite was him trying to “get over” a fence. The video package concludes with him holding up the Internet Championship outside of an arena before we head to our first match.
The bell rings as we come back from break. They lock up to kick things off and Ryder shoves Christian into the corner. Christian chops him across the chest when Ryder doesn’t let go quick enough. Ryder is FAR more believable as a heel here. The intensity is all there, his movements are a bit robotic but would become more fluid in time. I’d really like to see Ryder get a real shot at a heel run before Creative says that they have nothing for him. Christian goes right to work on the left arm of Zack. Ryder battles out of an ARM BAR and hits the ropes! Christian ducks twice and delivers a nice elevated dropkick! Ryder lands throat first on the bottom rope and Christian proceeds to choke him out. Ryder gets to his feet by using the ropes to assist himself up before getting nailed with a stiff clothesline. Christian goes for an Irish whip one too many times and Ryder blocks it and sends him chest first into the adjacent corner. Christian always took that spot well. Ryder goes for an axe handle from the top but Christian catches him and delivers a flapjack! Sunset flip by Christian! Ryder kicks out that and rolls to the outside for a breather. Christian hits him with a dropkick through the ropes followed by a crossbody from the top rope as we go to break! Good match match so far.
Christian is climbing to the top rope as we return from break. Ryder shoves him to the outside and Christian collides into the barricade. Ryder focuses on the mid-section of Christian with a bevy of strikes. Christian hits the ropes but Ryder catches him with a knee to the gut. Ryder gets a two count and stays in control by applying the body scissors on Christian. Christian fights out and Ryder corners him and delivers two shoulder thrusts. Christian tries to fight him off and go to the top rope but Ryder is quick to follow. SUPERPLEX~! Both men are down for the count. Ryder lifts Christian up to his feet and puts him on top of the adjacent corner. Christian pushes him off and hits a huge crossbody! ONE. TWO. NO. Christian slaps him in the face and hits a reverse DDT. TWO!!! Christian goes back up and delivers a missile dropkick. He gets up and delivers a second one! TWO. Ryder escapes a tornado DDT attempt and hits the Rough Ryder for two! Christian hits the tornado DDT this time and he goes for a cover… TWO AND A HALF. Ryder charges at Christian in the corner but there’s nobody home. Christian hits the Killswitch and it’s over. These two put on a terrific sprint of a match. Christian was bouncing all over the place and really took a lot of punishment for Ryder. ***
One of the better uses for a guest host.
We’re back as Ryder delivers a nice dropkick off of the second rope on Truth. In comes Cena and Awesome Truth begin to double team him. Truth locks in a sleeper hold and Cena makes it to his feet. Truth stays in control by cornering Cena and pummeling him with a flurry of rights. Truth locks in another headlock as the crowd continues to rally on another Ryder tag. Truth hits a nice face buster for two and tags in Miz. They’re doing a good job keeping him on their side of the ring. Miz chokes Cena on the bottom rope and tags in Truth. I wish their conspiracy theory angle actually had an ending. Truth beats him up some more and tags in Miz. Cena ducks a clothesline and dives to TAG IN RYDER! DOUBLE BROSKI BOOT IN OPPOSITE CORNERS! Ryder misses the Rough Ryder on Miz and Truth catches him with a punch to the face. Miz and Truth give him a double gut buster and Truth locks in a camel clutch. Quick tags from the heels as they continue to beat down Ryder. Miz has a front face lock applied on Ryder as Ryder reaches for Cena. Ryder grabs a quick roll up for TWO! Miz quickly regains control and delivers his clothesline to Ryder in the corner. Miz tags in Truth and they hit a nice double team series of kicks, Truth locks in a headlock. He has it locked in for what feels like an eternity before Ryder escapes and we get the double clothesline spot. Both men are down. Hot tags to Cena and Miz. Cena hits his moves of doom on both Miz and Truth before calling in Ryder for the double five knuckle shuffle. Ryder tosses Truth to the outside. Miz escapes an AA attempt and manages to cover Cena. Truth holds Cena’s legs down from outside of the ring which allows Miz to get the three count. All things considered, this match was just plain bad. The crowd wanted Ryder and he was on the apron or getting his ass kicked the majority of the time. That would have been fine if he ever had a moment in the spotlight that he didn’t have to share with Cena. By the end of the match, the crowd was no longer invested. When you have the audience rabid right out of the gate and proceed to lose them, you’re not doing your job right. 3/4*
WE’RE BACK. Orton hot tags Ryder in and Ryder takes control of Barrett. BROSKI BOOT! He sets up for the Rough Ryder and Barrett tosses him over head. He lands right into a right hand from Ziggler on the apron. Ziggler in! Ryder gets a roll up on Ziggler for TWO! Ziggler quickly gets back in control and locks in a one legged Boston crab on Ryder. Ryder tries to reach for Orton but Ziggler pulls him back to his team’s corner and tags in Barrett. Barrett delivers a stomp to the gut of Ryder and locks in a headlock. Barrett’s headlocks are actually fun to watch because he really wrenches them in. Ryder fights out and tries jumping over Barrett to tag in Otton. Barrett catches him and attempts to hit the Wasteland but Ryder delivers a tornado DDT. In comes Orton and Ziggler. Ziggler takes a series of clotheslines and a nice gutwrench neckbreaker. Ryder and Barrett end up brawling on the outside and Barrett sends Ryder into the barricade. Roll up by Ziggler! TWO! Ziggler misses the Fameasser and gets hit with an RKO! It’s over! This was a really fun tag team match that never slowed down for the ten minute duration. My only complaint is that again, Ryder was nothing but an afterthought when the dust settled, which seems odd for his compilation DVD. I assume it’s not easy to find a handful of Ryder matches in which he was the focus however. He did get a decent amount of offense in this tag match compared to the Awesome Truth match from earlier. ***
VOTING TIME! I’ve sent my daughter to the good old wrestling collection and she’s going to pick three DVD’s for you guys to choose from. I’d appreciate if you vote! Either in the comments section, to me on Twitter ( @MikeBenjamin411), or via email ([email protected]). She’s heading back to me with the picks! Here we go!
CHOICE ONE: Daniel Bryan: Superstar Collection (Seriously? Another one!?)
CHOICE TWO: ECW: Cyberslam 1999
CHOICE THREE: WWE: Backlash 2006
PLEASE VOTE! And as always, thank you for reading!
The 411: I'm not a huge fan of the Superstar Collection series. They seem to be a random assortment of matches from a specific point in somebody's career that doesn't focus on quality or substance. This DVD wasn't bad but I can't recommend it. You can find the best matches on the disc elsewhere without having to sift through the boring stuff. Go out of your way to see that Ziggler/Ryder match though.
|Final Score: 4.0 [ Poor ] legend|