There are two types of fans when it comes to professional wrestling: those who like the sport and those who like the plot. World Wrestling Entertainment’s Unforgiven 2003 will appeal to neither of them.
Fans of the athletic aspect of the field will be disappointed with a show that, despite a lineup of several superstar wrestlers, desperately lacks intense, memorable matches. Despite the fixed outcomes, pro-wrestling still offers impressive athletic feats within the moves and beatings of a match. In Unforgiven, to keep with the trend of the past five years, WWE reverts to half-naked women and large amounts of blood to convince viewers they are actually seeing something exciting. The act has grown stale, though, and every WWE show is beginning to look the same.
Other fans may look to the show for exciting plot development. They, too, will come away with nothing as the show offered very few significant twists and turns. The most important event of the show is a predictable World Title change that Triple H, the defending champion loses due to a real-life injury, evident from a terrible limp in his running.
But what really makes the DVD so bad is its lack of extra features. Generally, fans who care enough to buy these DVDs have already seen the shows when they ran live. To push sales WWE adds bonus material such as interviews with wrestlers and their comments on the matches. But this DVD has no inside looks, no behind-the-scenes peaks and no additional information. It doesn’t even include the newly crowned World Champion Bill Goldberg’s thoughts on winning one of the top wrestling prizes in the world. Neither does it have Ric Flair, perhaps the most celebrated and prolific wrestling champion ever, comment on Randy Orton, his protÃ©gÃ© of sorts, taking on another legend, Shawn Michaels.
WWE runs 12 pay-per-view events each year, along with two new programs each week. Anything that fans want to see, they have already seen countless times before. The company has a roster full of legends that could offer experience and a unique perspective, but they instead try to let the show sell itself during a time when, at best, WWE is putting out its worst product since legend Hulk Hogan first left the company in 1993.
They have the resources, and there is no reason for WWE not to take advantage of them.