Brothers of Destruction: Greatest Matches

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DVD Release Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

MATCH #1: No Disqualification Match for the World Tag Team Championship – The Brothers of Destruction vs. Edge & Christian, SmackDown #88, 4.19.01

Edge and Christian have been the Champions since 4.1.01, and this is their second defense. They have Rhyno in their corner, and he immediately helps them attack Kane before Undertaker has even made his entrance. It is no-DQ after all. But, this being Undertaker and Kane, it sure doesn’t take long for them to overcome the odds and go on offense. Kane, who is coming into the match with an injured arm, pretty easily handles both Tag Team Champions with his superior size and power. Rhyno has to interfere and hit Kane with a Gore to give Edge and Christian control. The Champs focus on Kane’s injured arm and keep him away from his brother. When Kane gets over to make the hot tag Edge has the referee distracted do he won’t allow it. I always liked that heel tactic in tag matches, seems like they don’t do it anymore. Kane is able to hit a one-armed back suplex, and this time he succeeds with the hot tag. The crowd goes banana for Undertaker as he cleans house. Undertaker sends Edge to the floor and goes for a Chokeslam on Christian but Rhyno cracks him with a steel chair. Christian covers for two. Rhyno gets in the ring and sends Kane out with a clothesline, but then gets destroyed with a big boot to the face and a Chokeslam on the ramp. Now Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin attack Kane from behind. Meanwhile Edge and Christian go for a Con-Chair-Toe but Undertaker avoids it and sends Edge to the floor. Undertaker then hits the Last Ride on Christian to get the pin at 8:14. They certainly made the most of the No-DQ stipulation, but this was clearly about furthering the Brothers of Destruction versus the Two-Man Power Trip feud for Backlash, rendering Edge and Christian as mere background players. It was fun enough while it lasted.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Tables Match – The Brothers of Destruction vs. The Dudley Boyz, RAW is WAR #427, 7.30.01

Kane and Undertaker have Sara Calaway with them. They attack right away, with Undertaker battling Bubba Ray on the floor and Kane bringing D-Von into the ring. Kane and Undertaker are dominant in the early going, but the Dudleyz fight back and try to even things up, but you just know 2001 Undertaker will have nothing to do with that. D-Von takes Kane out with a drop toehold into the stairs, and then stalks after Sara and Undertaker comes to her rescue. That gives Bubba the chance to attack and the Dudley Boyz take the advantage. Bubba and D-Von bring a table into the ring but can’t put anyone through it. Undertaker goes for a Chokeslam through the table, but referee Nick Patrick moves the table at the last second. Diamond Dallas Page runs out and hits Undertaker with a low blow, and then manhandles his wife. DDP puts her up on Bubba’s shoulders for the powerbomb, but Undertaker and Kane won’t allow it, and Undertaker Chokeslams Bubba off the second rope and through the table to get the win at 4:56. They packed in quite a bit of action, but of course the Dudley Boyz looked like jobbers and never once appeared to be a legit threat.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: WCW Tag Team Championship Match – The Brothers of Destruction vs. Chuck Palumbo & Sean O’Haire, SmackDown #104, 8.9.01

Palumbo and O’Haire have been recognized as the Champions since 6.25.01, and this is their second defense. The challengers have Sara Calaway with them again. Kane and Palumbo start the match, and momentum quickly shifts a couple of times in the opening moments. That all changes when Undertaker tags in, as he goes to work on O’Haire, hitting him with Old School. The battle spills to the floor and Palumbo takes Undertaker out with a clothesline off the apron. The referee loses control as all four men brawl on the floor. O’Haire throws Undertaker back in the ring and Palumbo tries to follow up but Undertaker hits him with a DDT. Kane gets the hot tag and he’s a house afire. He throws both Champions around and grabs them both by the throat. The Champs escape his grasp and go for a double vertical suplex. Undertaker breaks that up and he and Kane hit stereo Chokeslams to get the pin at 4:48. Palumbo and O’Haire got more offense in than I expected it, but still they couldn’t last more than five minutes and never had the Brothers in any serious danger.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Steel Cage Match for the World Tag Team Championship and WCW Tag Team Championship – The Brothers of Destruction vs. Diamond Dallas Page & Kanyon, SummerSlam, 8.19.01

DDP and Kanyon have been the World Tag Team Champions since 8.9.01, and this is their second defense. Kanyon is also the current United States Champion. Undertaker and Kane have been the WCW Tag Team Champions since 8.9.01, and this is their second defense as well. They have Sara Calaway in their corner. This is pinfall, submission, or escape rules. Instead of acting like men, DDP and Kanyon look terrified to even start the match, and immediately start getting destroyed by the WCW Tag Team Champions. Kanyon and DDP get a small amount of offense in, but this is mostly a squash, with Undertaker and Kane throwing them around the cage and generally treating them like jobbers. To be somewhat fair, the crowd is losing their mind for Undertaker, so at least someone is enjoying this. Undertaker and Kane allow Kanyon to escape the cage, leaving DDP all alone. Just guess how that goes. DDP gets beat up for a while and then Undertaker hits the Last Ride to get the pin at 10:15. I actually don’t so much mind the idea of DDP being left alone in the ring to get his comeuppance, but to build up to that by making both him and his partner look like ineffectual buffoons does no favors for anyone. This is a good microcosm of what went wrong with the Invasion, as the WCW guys were treated like jokes.
Rating: *

MATCH #5: The Brothers of Destruction vs. MVP & Mr. Kennedy, Friday Night SmackDown #383, 12.15.06

Kane and Kennedy start the match, and it’s all Kane from the get-go. Kennedy gets thrown around and quickly tags out, but MVP gets more of the same treatment. Kane goes up top and hits the flying clothesline. Undertaker tags in and he unloads on MVP with strikes. He goes for Old School but Kennedy distracts him and MVP pulls him down off the top rope. Now MVP and Kennedy use some questionable double-team tactics to isolate Undertaker and keep him away from the Big Red Monster. Finally Undertaker gets tired of selling and fires away on MVP with a flurry of strikes. Undertaker goes up and connects on Old School this time. He goes for Snake Eyes but Kane makes a blind tag and drills MVP with a big boot. Kennedy comes in and tries to help, but the Brothers throw MVP to the floor and flatten Kennedy with a double Chokeslam. Undertaker goes for the Tombstone but MVP pulls Kennedy out of harm’s way. That just angers Undertaker, who chases MVP up the entrance ramp. Kane goes out to fight Kennedy, and all four men get counted out at 6:36. That was decent for the time they were given, but I wonder why they wouldn’t have picked a match that the Brothers actually won for the DVD.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: The Brothers of Destruction vs. Mark Henry & Big Daddy V, Friday Night SmackDown #441, 2.1.08

Henry and V have Matt Striker in their corner. Kane and Henry start the match and Kane is slugging away. Undertaker tags in and continues where his brother left off, leveling Henry with a big boot for two. Kane comes back in for more abuse. Henry reverses a whip and squashes Kane in the corner and is able to make a tag. After some awkward brawling the Undertaker tags in and V takes him down with a clothesline. Henry tags in for more strikes. Kane comes back in and hits Henry with the flying clothesline from the top rope. Striker distracts Kane long enough for his team to regain control. Henry and V keep Kane in their half of the ring and wear him down with their brute strength. Kane eventually catches a charging Henry with a big boot, and then he goes to the second rope for a flying clothesline. Both men are down, but Kane is able to make the tag and Undertaker comes in a house afire. Undertaker hits Henry with Old School and then slugs V on the apron for fun. He hits Henry with a DDT and V breaks up the cover. A brawl breaks out and the Brothers hit V with a double Chokeslam! Undertaker measures Henry and hits a huge Chokeslam. He then locks on Hell’s Gate to get the win at 10:42. That was about as good as you were going to get out of these four, and it really wasn’t all that bad. They stuck to the tag team formula and the monster heels got their token offense in.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: The Brothers of Destruction vs. The Miz & John Morrison, ECW on Sci Fi #97, 4.15.08

Miz and Morrison are the WWE Tag Team Champions at this time, but the titles are not on the line here. Kane is the ECW Champion, but obviously that title is not at stake either. He starts the match with Miz, and immediately throws him around the ring. Undertaker tags in and hits Old School, and then takes out Morrison and throws Miz to the floor. He goes for the apron legdrop but Morrison cuts him off with a clothesline. Nice move there. We go to commercial and when we come back the Champs are in control of the Undertaker. That doesn’t last long and Undertaker is right back on offense. Kane gets the tag and Morrison quickly tags out, leaving Miz to get destroyed by the ECW Champion. Miz and Morrison persevere and are able to take Kane off his feet. They wear him down for a few minutes, but Kane fires back on Miz with a big boot. Tags are made and Undertaker unloads on Morrison, squashing him in the corner and hitting Snake Eyes followed by a big boot and an elbow drop for two. A brawl breaks out and the Brothers hit stereo Chokeslams. Undertaker then finishes Morrison off with a devastating Tombstone Piledriver at 7:41 (shown). Miz and Morrison got a nominal amount of offense in, but this was otherwise a fine tag match for TV, and it’s nice to see something from ECW on Sci Fi popping up on a DVD finally.
Rating: **½

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About Jake Ziegler

I've been in love with the movies for almost 20 years. I follow the Oscars obsessively, and try to see as many movies a year as I can. I'll watch anything good bad or otherwise, and my life long dream job has always been to be a bona fide film critic. View all posts by Jake Ziegler

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