My Top 10 WWE Promotional Videos
Aside from Vince McMahon, the wrestlers and fans, the people who deserve the most credit for the success of the WWE are the production gurus who make the excellent video features. Many of these videos are used to build up a particular wrestler’s match or to let you into the personal life of a performer. I have selected 10 videos that I feel are the best they have ever produced. Hope you enjoy!
10. Randy Orton vs. Ric Flair- Taboo Tuesday 2004
Though they only had one PPV match, Orton vs. Flair told one heck of a story. The nice instrumental track and fantastic interviews from both really gave their encounter a solid and realistic build.
9. Edge & Rey Mysterio vs. Los Guerreros vs. Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit- Survivor Series 2002.
Oh the days when the tag titles actually meant something. This was during the period in late 2002 when these three teams were fighting over the newly created Smackdown tag titles and having classics on a weekly basis. The feud climaxed with a triple threat match at that year’s Survivor Series. Good stuff.
8. Jeff Hardy- Rooftops
This video aired during the buildup to Jeff Hardy’s WWE Championship match with Randy Orton at the 2008 Royal Rumble. Jeff’s career was really beginning to take off at this point.
7. Chris Benoit Tribute- Monday Night Raw
The most emotionally conflicting tribute WWE ever produced. Very hard to watch when you take into consideration the way his life ended. At the same time, I still have a deep appreciation for what he accomplished inside the ring.
6. HHH Desire
What do you get when you combine one of the most enduring stars in company history with one of U2’s biggest hits—pure magic. This is exactly what this video was. HHH was on the shelf for most of 2001 after suffering a quadriceps tear. Though he was one of the best heels (bad guy) in the business at the time he left, this video made him into a super babyface (good guy) upon his return. His return in January 2002 was such a success that many consider it the greatest comeback in WWE history.
5. Ric Flair Farewell
This originally aired in the weeks leading up to Ric Flair’s final WWE match against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24. The musical selection and the variety of clips used is just further evidence of why Flair is considered by many as the greatest of all time.
4. Randy “Macho Man” Savage Tribute
Randy Savage will forever be remembered as one of the most intense and charismatic performers to ever grace the squared circle. Following his untimely death last year, WWE delivered one of its most beautiful tributes ever.
3. Rock Comes Home
The big story of WWE in 2011 was the return of the Rock. To celebrate his 39th birthday, Monday Night Raw was transformed into a 2-hour celebration of his life. On a show featuring appearances from singers Pitbull and Mya, and pre-recorded birthday shout outs from a plethora of celebrities including LeBron James and Samuel L. Jackson, there was little doubt that the most memorable moment of the evening occurred when Vince McMahon came out and offered a sincere thanks to the Rock for all he had done for the company and for finally coming back home. This video followed and truly showed how far the Rock had come as one of the biggest stars the industry ever created.
2. Jim Ross- WWE Hall Fame Induction
Jim Ross is by far the greatest commentator in the history of pro wrestling. The sincere compliments he received from his peers, not to mention the prolonged standing ovation he got from the fans, shows why J.R. is held in such high esteem and will forever be known as the voice of WWE.
1. Edge Career Retrospective
This video originally aired on the edition of Friday Night Smackdown following Edge’s retirement. In my opinion, Edge is vastly underrated when it comes to being considered as one of the best all-round talents the industry has produced over the last 20 years. This video really gives you a feel for the performer he was and all the sacrifices he made to entertain the fans.