Title: Best Pay-Per-View Matches 2011

Format: Three-Disc DVD

Studio: WWE Home Video

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Review by: Bill Jones

World Wrestling Entertainment continues its now-annual tradition by releasing its own collection of Best Pay-Per-View Matches, this time for 2011. The latest three-disc set from WWE features the company’s picks for the best matches previously shown on pay-per-view in the 2011 calendar year, starting January 30 with a World Heavyweight Championship Match between Edge and Dolph Ziggler and ending Oct. 23 with a World Heavyweight Championship Match between Big Show and Mark Henry.

Ultimately, there are some great matches on these three discs – Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk (Capitol Punishment), John Cena vs. CM Punk (Money in the Bank) and Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry (Night of Champions) — but there are many more that simply fail to impress. The fact that WWE is still trying to convince me that the Undertaker vs. Triple H match from WrestleMania was a great bout makes me get the feeling that WWE has an agenda in its choices rather than simply picking the best matches, because that match was an utter disappointment. Another downright dumb decision is including the Raw Money in the Bank Match from the titular pay-per-view, when the Smackdown match was infinitely better.

Ultimately, this collection is good for the wrestling fans who have been holding onto a bunch of pay-per-view DVD releases for a good match here and there that might now be available in one simple collection. But ultimately, the picks could be better, and there’s nothing extra here to help sell the set. If this is the best WWE had to offer in 2011, it’s no wonder that if it weren’t for CM Punk, 2011 could have been a very disappointing year for the company all around. I do, however, like the decision to use a collage of pay-per-view posters as the inside art for the set.

For more info, wwe.com

Pads & Panels received a copy of the DVD set courtesy of the studio for review purposes.