trailer). WWE stuck to the same formula as the first volume with Joey Styles introducing the feature, and chiming in every few matches to set up the next chronological match in ECW’s history that was never before released on a WWE home video product. Vol 2 sees Joey Styles gain a cohost in Tommy Dreamer. The two are a great pairing and seem to have actual meaningful insight to give on past ECW talent to help establish the matches, and Tommy is a hoot poking fun at himself and how he will never retire, ribbing Zach Ryder for casting him out of WWE’s ECW in 2009 and surprised how ECW stayed in business as long as it did. Tommy obviously is still passionate about ECW’s legacy, so it was cool to see him and Joey reminisce about the product every few matches.
Like the previous volume, there is a ton of content on here with a whopping 27 matches on this BluRay, with six of them exclusive to BluRay that totals to nearly nine hours of content on two discs. Like the last volume, a majority of the entrance themes are overdubbed with painfully generic house themes from WWE. I feel guilty for starting to remember which overdubbed generic themes belong to what wrestlers now. I will also give props again for WWE allowing the option of subtitles here, which especially helps in the 1993/94 years when ECW’s in-arena microphone left a lot to be desired.
I was bummed to see a Cactus Jack/Terry Funk match get thrown out after Public Enemy interferes and the four just wind up brawling as the match got thrown out. The same happens in one of the BluRay exclusive matches with the Dudleyz and a returning Public Enemy match in 1999 after interference from Joel Gertner, Sign Guy Dudley and New Jack results in a big schmoz and the match getting thrown out. These “matches” are actually nice palette cleansers with enough interesting action as a little breather inbetween the longer matches featured. Probably the shortest match on here is another BluRay extra with 911 obliterating Doink in a 1994 contest after three quick chokeslams.
Moving on there is a couple of nonsensical matches filled with extra weapons and blood everywhere that the crowd ate up for the time, but seem rather overkill now. Those bouts are a 1995 match between Dreamer and Raven and Public Enemy’s last match before going to WCW in 1996 against the Gangstas. Vol 2 features not one, but two Chris Jericho matches. One Styles admits is a debacle to endure, which is billed as a “Hardcore Shoot Fight” against Taz and features all kinds of dumb shenanigans with ECW attempting to cash in on UFC’s first wave of popularity in 1996. The other bout is much better in an entertaining spotfest against Sabu. Like a lot of Ring of Honor matches, there are a lot of nonstop spots in here with no real consistency or story to the match, but I got a little more out of this since it was the first time I saw Jericho bust out a ton of moves I have rarely seen him do before as he kept up with Sabu move-for-move with surprisingly no botches from Sabu!
If you remember ECW’s first PPV like I do, you remember the six-man Japanese match stealing the show with their lightning-fast, nonstop, high-flying action. I had no idea they had another match in ECW a month before that with Dick Togo, Terry Boy and TAKA Michinoku taking on Hamada, Niniwa and the Great Sasuke in another epic affair that is definitely worth watching. There is also another bout filled with nonstop high-flying action as Rob Van Dam & Sabu take on Chris Candido & Lance Storm for the tag titles in another cannot miss bout. Another awesome tag title match is one of the Dudley’s final matches in ECW as they take on Spike Dudley & Balls Mahoney in a match filled with all kinds of risky and scary-to-watch weapon spots.
That puts a wrap on ECW Unreleased: Vol 2. Like the previous collection, this one has a well rounded mix of vintage hardcore matches filled with tons of weapons and blood, along with a good dose of traditional and hardcore tag team matches, and a dose of high-flying spotfest matches, and a small-yet-noticeable dose of traditional, technical matches. There were a couple patches where I needed a breather from a few too many hardcore matches in a row, but for the most part the matches are paced pretty evenly. Overall though, this is another recommended collection of matches, with mostly highs and the few lulls seemingly intentionally peppered in so you can catch your breath. I will give the slight nod to this collection over the first with the welcomed addition of Dreamer cohosting with Styes as it was a blast to watch the two get nostalgic over the product.
Past Wrestling Blogs
Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2
Bobby The Brain Heenan
Daniel Bryan: Just Say Yes Yes Yes
Dusty Rhodes WWE Network Specials
ECW Unreleased: Vol 1
For All Mankind
Goldberg: The Ultimate Collection
Its Good to Be the King: The Jerry Lawler Story
Ladies and Gentlemen My Name is Paul Heyman
Legends of Mid South Wrestling
Macho Man: The Randy Savage Story
OMG Vol 2: Top 50 Incidents in WCW History
RoH Supercard of Honor V
RoH Supercard of Honor VI
RoH Supercard of Honor VII
RoH Supercard of Honor VIII
ScoobyDoo Wrestlemania Mystery
Superstar Collection: Zach Ryder
Top 50 Superstars of All Time
Tough Enough: Million Dollar Season
Warrior Week on WWE Network
Wrestlemania 3: Championship Edition
The Wrestler (2008)
Wrestling Road Diaries Too
WWE Network Original Specials First Half 2015
WWE Network Original Specials Second Half 2015