WWE Brothers of Destruction Greatest Matches DVD Review

bodsmallThe Undertaker and Kane are two of the most iconic wrestlers in the history of the WWE. Half brothers in kayfabe, the two men are both multiple time World Heavyweight Champions, and one could attribute much of their success to the existence of one another, as Kane’s character was created to be a foil to that of the Undertaker himself. Despite all of their rivalries and violent history with each other, the brothers went on to also be a successful tag team, to the surprise of many. Kane and The Undertaker became the Brothers of Destruction, becoming multiple time WWF and even WCW tag team champions. This DVD/Blu-Ray release takes a look at some of the most important matches from the tag team career of the brethren from hell.

It starts with a short introduction to give a broad perspective of the careers of both men, displaying images from Undertaker’s debut all the way back in 1990, to his brother Kane’s debut in 1997; a nice little video package to set the mood. We’re kicked off with the first match, a match with gold at stake which would help spark the careers of two cocky Canadians.

 

No Disqualification Match for WWE Tag Team Championship
vs. Edge and Christian
SmackDown • April 19, 2001 (Michael Cole and Tazz on commentary)

This match takes place towards the end of the “Attitude Era”, just before the WWF acquisition of WCW, and it really shows in the atmosphere and style of the match. The Brothers of Destruction were mid-feud with The Two Man Power Trip, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Triple H, and the stipulation was that if they were to win this match, they would face them at Backlash with the WWF Championship, Intercontinental Championship and the Tag Team Championships all being on the line in a winner-takes-all match.

Edge and Christian, current WWF Tag Team Champions, were the up and comers in this match, being accompanied by ECW alumni Rhyno. One thing to note is, despite the age of the footage, it looks pretty great in HD, especially with the WWF logo being displayed in its full uncensored glory for the first time in years, which in the past was incredibly jarring when viewing old footage. This match could be seen as somewhat of a vision of the future, as both Edge and Christian would go on to become multiple time World Champions themselves.

The Undertaker makes his way to the ring, wearing his biker attire. Unfortunately, WWE had to dub over his Limp Bizkit theme, most likely due to copyright issues, but they replaced it with the still likeable instrumental of his other biker era theme, “You’re Gonna Pay”. The match demonstrates a lot of the signature moves of the Brothers of Destruction, showing the incredible power and speed of both men. It comes to a conclusion in a way commonplace for main events in the Attitude Era – The Two Man Power Trip run in and almost cost the Brothers the match, but ultimately the good guys triumph over all odds and walk with the Tag Team Championships around their waists. The Winner Takes All Match that took place at Backlash following this clash also happens to be an extra on the Blu-Ray.

Tables Match
vs. Dudley Boyz
Raw • July 30, 2001 (Paul Heyman and Jim Ross on commentary)

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Now we jump forward to a few months later, where even in a short time period, a lot has changed. WCW and ECW have officially been acquired by Shane McMahon and have staged their allied invasion on the WWF, and this was poised as an Alliance VS WWF match. Former ECW Tag Team Champions, and arguably one of the best heel tag teams of all time, The Dudley Boyz, took on the Brothers of Destruction in this explosive match.

This match was a follow-up to the proceeding RAW’s storyline, where the Dudley Boyz put Undertaker’s wife, Sara, through a table. This match also features another staple of the Invasion era, corrupt WCW referee Nick Patrick, who saves the Dudley Boyz from losing early on. Again, this contest is a good example of the style of wrestling during the Attitude Era – thick, fast, and full of character. Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page makes a run-in towards the end of the match, almost causing the brothers to lose, but alas, they become victorious once more. One could look back at this as a great example of a RAW match – very impactful, time conscious and pleasing to the eye, as well as furthering storylines on a broad level. This continued the invasion storyline, the animosity between the Brothers of Destruction and the Dudleyz, and on a personal level, brought forward the feud between DDP and The Undertaker.

WCW Tag Team Championship Match
vs. Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire
SmackDown • August 9, 2001 (Michael Cole and Tazz on commentary)

Yet another Alliance VS WWF match, this match was especially prolific as it broke many rules set in wrestling, as two WWF wrestlers walked out with WCW Championships. This was unheard of in many years beforehand, although this wasn’t the first time the opposite faction made away with enemy championships during the Invasion. Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire came off of their successful WCW run as tag team champions, and actually called out anyone from the WWF to face them for their titles, and they were surprised by one of the most dominant tag teams in wrestling history.

Even with Tazz working as the heel commentator, he voiced his admiration of the Brothers of Destruction, putting over their credibility as athletes, despite him technically being on the side of the Alliance and the WCW Tag Team Champions. As previously said, O’Haire and Palumbo fell in a classic wrestling story, as the bad guys ran their mouths too much and paid for it. Another fantastic example of how prolific Kane and Taker were, as they are used here as the foil. The match ended with a finish that has become iconic; the double chokeslam.

Steel Cage Match with both the WCW and WWF Tag Team Championships on the line
vs. DDP and Kanyon
Summerslam • August 19, 2001 (Paul Heyman and Jim Ross on commentary)

Following on from the previous match, this yet again, was a very fresh contest, as both big wrestling companies tag team championships were going to be held by one team by the time the match was done. This match, like many others at the time, combined several stories into one and this steel cage match was the result.

kanetakerAs Kane and Taker enter, we finally get to hear the full version of You’re Gonna Pay with the lyrics. DDP teamed with fellow WCW wrestler Chris Kanyon, in a match type which is quite difficult to pull off – a tag team steel cage match. A regular tag team match is sometimes hard to follow enough on its own, but in this environment, by enclosing all four men within the confines of the steel, it just limits the area in which they can fight even more. Given any other wrestlers, this could have been a disaster of a match, but with three ring veterans and the promising relative newbie Kanyon, an impressive match took place.

A fantastic display of the brutality of Kane and Taker, this cage fight really showcased the strength and violence of the two men, as well as the fantastic cowardly heel work of Chris Kanyon, and especially DDP. The Brothers of Destruction made history by becoming both the WCW and WWF Tag Team Champions.

A short interval takes place as we take a look into the future, five years into the future, to be exact. Kane had been demasked, and the Undertaker had returned as the immortal deadman. We fast forward to December 15, 2006…

FIVE YEARS LATER

vs. MVP and Mr. Kennedy
SmackDown • December 15, 2006 (JBL and Michael Cole on commentary)

We kick off the more modern era of the Brothers of Destruction with a match from 2006, featuring them facing Mr Kennedy and MVP, both men who were set to do great things, but funnily enough both ended up becoming wrestlers for TNA, for better or worse. This tag team match in particular, was intended to build up to two matches – a Last Ride match with Mr Kennedy facing the Undertaker, and an Inferno match with Kane facing MVP. All four competitors of both of those matches were to face each other in this tag team turmoil.

Quite a fantastic example of quality of the Smackdown era of the time, this contest shows off the fantastic characters of Kennedy and MVP, as well as the evolution of Kane and Undertaker since the Attitude Era. Now sporting a bald head and an empty face, Kane teams for the first time in five years with his now dead-again half-brother. JBL does an especially good job on commentary during the Undertaker’s entrance, going off on the Deadman, showing a lot of continuity. The match ends in a slightly cartoonish way, with Undertaker using his “magic powers” to materialise in the car alongside Kennedy, saving his brother, but overall it makes for an enjoyable match.

vs. Mark Henry and Big Daddy V
SmackDown • February 1, 2008 (Michael Cole and Jonathan Coachman on commentary)

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This is the first match on the disc from when WWE started to shoot in HD, and you can truly tell. Undertaker’s entrance is breathtaking on a full HD set, and is only second to actually seeing it in person.

A clash of colossi, this contest doesn’t disappoint with the throws, bumps and falls from all four men being extremely impactful, and believe me when I say this, it’s like watching a car wreck in motion. If anything, the brawl is a great testament to the adapting in-ring style of both Undertaker and Kane, going from working with lighter, more cruiserweight based wrestlers, to wrestlers that surprisingly trumped them in size, with both Big Daddy V and Mark Henry weighing in at over 400lbs. Saying that, this match sticks to a lot of pre-established tropes. As has happened in previous matches, Kane takes most of the beating, selling his injuries fantastically, with his brother finally coming in for the save, but this time the match ends with Undertaker executing the Hell’s Gate submission. This was only the second time Hell’s Gate was used, and it went on to be one of the most feared submission moves in all of wrestling.

vs. The Miz and John Morrison
ECW • April 15, 2008(Mike Adamle and Tazz on commentary)

ripmizmorrisonThe main portion of the disc ends with a match that took place right here in the UK! The Brothers of Destruction, current World Heavyweight and ECW Champions in Taker and Kane respectively, face the WWE Tag Team Champions, John Morrison and The Miz in a non title match. This match, much like the first match on the disc, is a precursor to a successful career, as The Miz went on to be a WWE Champion, but unfortunately for John Morrison, he dwindled and did not become the star many believe he should have.

Despite their clashing in work styles, yet again Taker and Kane have a great match with men very different from them in the ring, and even though the World Heavyweight Champion and ECW Champion walked out with the victory, the losers Miz and Morrison looked very strong in the process. This section also features the infamous Mike Adamle on commentary, who is a laugh riot to listen to. Yet another great example of the evolution of the style of the brothers, this match was enjoyable, although it ended in quite a textbook affair. Ending very similarly to the previous match VS Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire, two double chokeslams seven years apart tie together almost a decade of destruction from the duo.

All in all, this is a great watch for any fan of Undertaker and Kane, and is a great introduction to their tag team legacy. Unfortunately it does not feature any of the matches with the siblings facing each other, or any interviews or documentary sections. However, if you like quality matches from the Brothers of Destruction, and especially considering some of the stellar matches on the Blu-Ray special features, this is a great watch and a fantastic addition to any fans collection.

Blu-ray Extras:

vs. Steve Austin and Billy Gunn
Raw • September 21, 1998

vs. Steve Austin and The Rock
Raw • October 12, 1998

WWE World, I-C, & Tag Team Championship Match
vs. Steve Austin and Triple H

Backlash • April 29, 2001

w/ Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield
Raw • April 22, 2013


All images credit WWE.

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