Today sees the release in the UK of the latest WWE DVD set ‘Daniel Bryan: Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes’. In this blog post, Craig reviews that set. The answer to the question “should I buy this?” is featured in the set’s title…
Much like the ‘Destruction of The Shield’ and ‘Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe’, this was originally a documentary shown on the WWE Network as ‘Journey to WrestleMania’ but based on its success, as with the other two, it’s unsurprising that it also found its way onto DVD release and here we have it.
The documentary portion of the set tells the story of Daniel Bryan’s journey from Shawn Michaels’ Texas Wrestling Academy to becoming one of the most popular superstars in wrestling today with behind the scenes footage from Wrestlemania XXX weekend which saw him win the gold at the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans.
Despite the strength of the WWE at producing sets of this ilk, they’ve changed the formula with this one and it really boosts it. It’s difficult to really put into words, but the whole set has a different vibe to other sets of its kind.
Much of this is down to the way that the interviews are filmed and the locations that they are set. Daniel Bryan is interviewed in his car; at the water cooler and discussing
The documentary has a familiar yet unique feel. This is achieved with the interviews which were shot slightly differently; many were captured over the WrestleMania XXX weekend, which means that they weren’t recorded in the usual studio setting but rather backstage at events. It is really sometimes all the little touches which make something that bit more awesome, an example here is the fact that the on-screen titles look to be in Daniel Bryan’s own handwriting!
Another cool scene which was added was one with Bryan in a car discussing the impact that wrestling moments can have on the fans, as well as his earliest wrestling memory of seeing a live match between Rick Rude and the Ultimate Warrior, which comes complete with a story about how his family bonded over the sight of Rude’s ass!
Other scenes added included Bryan working his physical therapist prior to WrestleMania XXX, Bryan and Jack Swagger discussing American football with Jack Swagger.
Naturally, it’s not only on his WWE career that the set features – we also take a look at his time with Ring of Honor – it is great that an agreement has clearly been reached to allow footage to be featured in WWE sets.
It’s an impressive set of talking heads that are part of the documentary with the likes of John Cena, Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, William Regal and more giving their thoughts on Bryan and the journey he has made.
It’s also great to hear Daniel Bryan providing his thoughts on various aspects of his career and discuss various topics ranging from CM Punk’s departure and the original planned finish in his match with Sheamus through to his battles with injury.
The DVD set also features some fourteen matches while there are an additional four matches on the Blu-ray. The matches cover his entire career from an early try-out match in 2000 through to his bout with Roman Reigns at FastLane from this year. Certainly the most interesting match featured here is the 2000 try-out match featuring Shawn Michaels’ students taking on established WWE performancers for a chance to make it with the company.
The American Dragon Bryan Danielson and Shooter Schultz partner up to face Brian Kendrick and Lance Cade in a surprisingly lengthy match – which is explained in the preamble – that led to Bryan being signed to a development deal.
There’s also his first official WWE match – on the first episode of NXT against World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho and a stonking match, again on NXT, against William Regal – not the one, however, where Regal’s intro music is mixed with his previous “Man’s man” theme.
As is the norm with WWE sets, the documentary feature is strong enough as a stand-alone piece so it is improved further with the addition of the bonus matches that feature on the other two discs. While, if you saw the WWE Network special, you will have seen much of this already it’s still really worth checking out.
In many respects what we have is a two disc match compilation set (which would have been a good DVD on its own), however it is improved by being packaged along with an extended version of the great WWE Network, “Journey to WrestleMania” special. It’s hard to deny that Daniel Bryan is the everyman and his journey to WrestleMania is an incredible one that makes for a fantastic story. It’s captured wonderfully in this set and is worthy addition to any DVD set.