Pretty much everything WWE has presented since The Attitude Era has been presented in one format or the other, either on myriad DVD sets, WWE's own website and now, through the WWE Network. To find three discs full of content that (mostly) hasn't seen some sort of commercial release before is something of a rarity.
Enter The Best of Raw After The Show, seven hours or so of previously-unreleased footage of what happens after Raw signs off for the week. Since WWE wants to "send fans home happy", often times the main event wrestlers will present some sort of ad-libbed sketch designed to give fans a chuckle or even some closure before they leave the arena.
Clearly the king of After The Show antics was Stone Cold Steve Austin, as evidenced by him landing the DVD cover and having a disproportionately-large number of featured segments. Austin was known for going out well after even the alloted overrun, drinking beers, stunning heels and just having a lot of fun.
Of particular note is Austin's 2002 post-show confrontation with Hulk Hogan (something I wasn't aware even existed), although his interactions with the likes of Eric Bischoff, Booker T, Lillian Garcia, Chris Jericho, Shane McMahon, The Rock, Triple H, Rob Van Dam and even a camerman are equally fun to watch.
But Stone Cold is hardly the only one to put on a good show. The Rock, D-Generation X, John Cena, Too Cool and others manage to have fun with the audience, each in very different ways.
Perhaps the silliest segment, interestingly enough, involves The Undertaker, with everyone from Booker T to Vince McMahon and Triple H to Goldust trying to get The Dead Man to perform a "Takerooni" in the middle of the ring. The best part is watching Taker try not to break character by laughing.
Some aren't all fun and games, either. For example, the Ric Flair celebration in North Carolina from 2003 (which I believe is also available on The Definitive Ric Flair Collection DVD) is touching and shows how much respect the boys in the back have for Naitch.
There are also a handful of dark matches on here (Triple H vs. Randy Orton, John Cena vs Edge) that are fun but nothing to particularly write home about.
The Best of Raw
AFTER THE SHOW
Overall, I'd say this DVD collection is unique, especially if you enjoy wrestlers breaking character a little and having some fun. My only issue is that there really isn't much replay value here. Once you've seen these sketches, it's tough to want to watch them again. So I'd say this would be better off as Netflix or WWE Network fare than buying it outright, if you catch my drift.