Plot: What’s it about?
As we all know, Paul Heyman and his ECW wrestlers changed the face of American sports entertainment, thanks to their outrageous approach. Although hardcore matches had been taking place for years in Japan and Mexico, America hadn’t seen much of it, until ECW stormed the scene and set a new standard. ECW was a smash success and produced many great events & superstars, but after a glorious and memorable run, it wound up usurped into Vince McMahon’s corporate world in the end. But we still have the good old days, when ECW had all the chairs, impact moves, high risk attacks, and hilarious microphone work we all loved, including this event, Cyberslam ’99. As usual for an ECW card, even the opening matches deliver immense thrills, but of course, the action escalates as the matches are completed. This one features some terrific talent too, like Rob Van Dam, “The Franchise” Shane Douglas, Super Crazy, 2 Cold Scorpio, Taz, Chris Candido, The Dudley Boyz, and many other gifted athletes. If you’re a fan of the extreme antics of ECW, then Cyberslam ’99 is more than recommended. Below is a listing of all the matches you’ll find on this release.
1. Jerry Lynn vs. Yoshihiro Tajiri
2. Nova & Chris Chetti vs. Rod Price & Skull Von Krush
3. Super Crazy vs. Mosco de la Merced
4. Taka Michinoku vs. Papi Chulo
5. Rob Van Dam vs. 2 Cold Scorpio
6. Taz vs. Chris Candido
7. Shane Douglas vs. Justin Credible
8. The Dudley Boyz & Mr. Mustafa vs. New Jack, Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten
Video: How does it look?
Cyberslam ’99 is presented in a full frame transfer, as intended. As ECW was not the slickest federation in terms of production values, some softness is evident, but this is due to how the event was filmed and not this treatment, so no worries on that front. The image looks clean and as sharp as possible, with strong color presence and well balanced black levels. I can’t imagine how this image could be much better, as this edition trumps any others I’ve seen, including the original broadcast, so kudos to Pioneer on another top notch ECW disc.
Audio: How does it sound?
As this is a live event, the audio is not too dynamic and doesn’t need to be, so long as the basics are well covered. And the basics are taken care of here, as the slams, thuds, chair shots, and table breaks come through loud & clear, no problems in the least. The entrance music sounds good also, as do all of the interviews, in ring vocals, and assorted crowd noise. So not too memorable, but it sounds as good as it needs to. I’d also like to commend Pioneer for including a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a most welcome gesture indeed.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some match histories, which help put the feuds in perspective, in case you weren’t an ECW viewer at the time.