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The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions DVD Review

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The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions DVD Review

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© 2012 WWE, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Clash of the Champions began in 1988 as a way for Jim Crockett Promotions to get revenge on the WWE for damaging their first two shots at pay-per-view. The first Clash of the Champions special ran for free on WTBS against WrestleMania IV. Over the course of nine years, this event featured many memorable matches and moments in the history of both the NWA and WCW.

Review and Recommendation

Format of the DVD: The DVD set is hosted by Dusty Rhodes, one of the people responsible for the creation of this event. The 3-disc DVD set features 24 matches and has an approximate running time of seven hours. There is a 2-disc Blu-ray version of this available which features a few additional matches.

Packaging Note: The match listings for the DVD are printed on the inner sleeve of the package. There is one notable error on the packaging. The match between the Rock 'n' Roll Express and the Midnight Express is for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship, not the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

Rating and Editing Issue: Unlike current WWE programming which is rated TV PG, this set is rated TV 14 V. The biggest editing issue is the overdubbing of many entrance theme songs. Additionally, Jesse Ventura's commentary has been deleted from this set which impacts the two matches featuring Brian Pillman.

Match Selection: Of the 24 matches on this DVD set, eight of them have been released on other DVD sets. As far as the other 16 matches go, I think there is a good reason why quite a few of them were never released on DVD before. In many cases, these matches feature at least one wrestler that would go on to become famous in the WWE. Unfortunately, while those matches may be interesting from a historical perspective, they are far from being "The Best" matches in the history of this event. They were barely relevant when they happened and are inexcusable to be on this DVD considering just how many great Clash moments and matches are still not available on DVD.

Special Editions of the DVD Set: WWEDVDNews.com is reporting that there are two special promotions being run for this DVD release. Best Buy has a special edition of the set which includes two bonus matches (US Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics from Clash #1 and WCW Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair from Clash #33). FYE is running a deal where the DVD set also includes a free copy of the 3-disc DVD set The Rise & Fall of WCW. Both of these deals are for the DVD only and aren't available for the Blu-ray version of this set.

Overall Recommendation: One of my favorite time periods of wrestling was the NWA in the late-80s. When this set was announced, I was excited to see some great matches and moments from that era finally get the DVD treatment. Unfortunately, I was let down.

My recommendation for this set is based upon the size of your wrestling DVD library. If you have a big wrestling DVD library, I would probably avoid this set as the best stuff on this one have already been released. If your wrestling library is small, this isn't a bad way to get a feel for WCW and see the changes that took place in the company over the course of nearly a decade.

While I have only seen the DVD version of this set, it is also available on Blu-ray. If I was paying money for this set and had to choose only one, I think I would pick the DVD over the Blu-ray set. All of the matches were filmed before HD was created and the bonus matches are not worth spending the extra money on.

Matches on This DVD Set

For matches that are available on other non-PPV DVDs, I will note the DVD it is also available on in parenthesis and italics.

Disc One

  • Clash of the Champions: NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair vs. Sting ("Nature Boy" Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection)
  • Clash of the Champions: NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Lex Luger & Barry Windham (Ric Flair & The 4 Horsemen; Legends of Wrestling: Heetseekers)
  • Clash of the Champions II: NWA World Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Sting & Dusty Rhodes (American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story)
  • Clash of the Champions III: Russian Chain Match - Ricky Morton vs. Ivan Koloff
  • Clash of the Champions IX: "I Quit" Match - NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk (The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection; Legends of Wrestling: Roddy Piper & Terry Funk)
  • Clash of the Champions X: Mil Mascaras vs. Cactus Jack Manson
  • Clash of the Champions XI: NWA US Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express vs. Rock & Roll Express
Disc Two
  • Clash of the Champions XII: US Champion Lex Luger vs. Ric Flair
  • Clash of the Champions XV: The Young Pistols & Z-Man vs. The Fabulous Freebirds
  • Clash of the Champions XVI: 15-Man Battle Royal
  • Clash of the Champions XVII: US Champion Sting vs. Rick Rude
  • Clash of the Champions XXIII: 2 out of 3 Falls Match - WCW Tag Team Champions Steve Austin & Brian Pillman vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson (The Stone Cold Truth)
  • Clash of the Champions XXV: Brian Pillman vs. Steve Austin (The Legacy of Stone Cold Steve Austin)
  • Clash of the Champions XXVI: Television Champion Steven Regal vs. Dustin Rhodes
  • Clash of the Champions XXVI: Elimination Tag Team Match - Sting & Ric Flair vs. `Ravishing' Rick Rude & Vader
Disc Three
  • Clash of the Champions XXVIII: Unification Match - WCW World Champion Ric Flair vs. WCW International Champion Ric Flair (The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection)
  • Clash of the Champions XXVIII: US Champion Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat (The Legacy of Stone Cold Steve Austin)
  • Clash of the Champions XXIII: Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair & The Giant
  • Clash of the Champions XXIII: Medusa vs. Bull Nakano
  • Clash of the Champions XXXIII: Match for the BattleBowl Ring - Diamond Dallas Page vs. Eddie Guerrero
  • Clash of the Champions XXXIII: WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat vs. The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger
  • Clash of the Champions XXXIV: WCW Cruiserweight Champion Ultimo Dragon vs. Dean Malenko
  • Clash of the Champions XXXV: WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho vs. Eddie Guerrero
  • Clash of the Champions XXXV: WCW Tag Team Champions Scott Hall & Randy Savage vs. Diamond Dallas Page & Lex Luger
Blu-Ray Exclusive Matches (source: Silvervision)
  • Clash of the Champions IV: Ric Flair and Barry Windham vs. Midnight Express
  • Clash of the Champions XVIII: Sting Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude and Steve Austin
  • Clash of the Champions XXII: Thunder Cage Match - Dustin Rhodes, Sting, & Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader, Paul Orndorff and Barry Windham
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