John Cena defends the WWE Championship against Rob Van Dam in a very hostile ECW environment. Also: Mick Foley, Edge, Sabu, Rey Mysterio, Terry Funk and much more.
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[chanting to Edge
Fuck you Edge!
The DVD version has very little editing when compared to the original pay-per-view broadcast, though thankfully no music was changed (a major complaint of last years DVD release). One change that was made, is that when Jerry Lawler and Randy Orton each come out, originally their names were placed on an ECW name plate graphic. This was changed to a RAW name plate graphic on the DVD, which makes sense when compared to the other non-ECW wrestlers. The other noticeable change is that most of the commercials have been edited out the DVD (including on-screen graphics listing upcoming live tour dates), but in an effort to make it look like a continuous broadcast (instead of fading in and out), some shots and commentary dialog have been edited out from these spots. The brief list is as follows:
- After the F.B.I. vs. Tajiri & Super Crazy match (at 54:30 on the ppv/53:51 on the dvd), while on a shot of Big Guido on the floor outside the ring, Tazz said "I'll tell you what. I never saw anybody do that to Big Guido, that's for sure. He has no idea what hit him." The last sentence was edited from the DVD. Following that was a commercial, then a two-shot of Tazz and Joey Styles showing Tazz taking off the tape on his hands while he and Joey Styles talk about it. This bit of the shot was edited out of the DVD, which immediately cuts to the conversation about the championship matches.
- After John Bradshaw Layfield addresses the crowd (at 1:00:00 on the ppv/58:51 on the dvd), the crowd shot from the live broadcast has been replaced with a wide shot of the ring to mask the removal of a commercial.
- After Sabu enters the ring for his match (at 1:01:42 on the ppv/59:49 on the dvd), there was originally a "brought to you by X-Men The Game" ad. By taking it out, the DVD also removed a few shots of Sabu in the ring warming up.
- As Sandman leaves the arena after chasing Eugene out (at 2:08:45 on the ppv/2:06:36 on the dvd), the "Sandman is heading for the bar" line and the crowd shot were removed, and the Eugene on the bus joke was moved up with it now starting over the shot of Sandman leaving the arena instead of on a two-shot of Tazz and Joey Styles (it was originally placed after the ad that was removed).
Referenced in WWE Raw: Episode #14.23
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