Review and Recommendation
The List: If you want to see the list before buying this DVD, I have put it on the following page. While I don't want to spoil this list, I have to mention that it is worse than anything the BCS has ever done. Any list that ranks Hulk Hogan as the 23rd top superstar of all time is a total joke and can't be taken seriously.
Thoughts on Disc One: This was tough to get through. All 50 clips were very similar and you didn't learn anything about most of the stars except that a few current stars thought that they were great. I would rather have seen them do this totally differently with a Legends roundtable-style video where a few wrestlers could debate this list. I think they couldn't do that because no one could talk about the Hulkster being 23 with a straight face.
Match Selection: While disc one would make a fine coaster, the following two discs make this DVD worthy of thinking about purchasing. It featured a nice selection of matches that really showcases how wrestling has changed throughout the years.
Overall Recommendation: This is a tough one to rate because disc one of this set might be my least favorite single disc of any WWE DVD set I have reviewed while I enjoyed the second two. If you buy this DVD, I would recommend going straight to disc two. Older wrestling fans will appreciate some of the classic matches on this DVD set. However, younger fans probably won't enjoy the old school style featured in some of these matches. If you are interested in buying a DVD that features both old and new action, I would recommend buying either the History of the WWE Championship or the History of the World Heavyweight Championship before getting this DVD set because they feature three DVDs that are worthy of being put in your DVD while this one only has two.
Matches on This DVD Set
- Buffalo: NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz vs. Argentina Rocca - Argentina was also known as Antonino Rocca. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995. Lou Thesz held the NWA Championship for longer than any other man, with combined title reigns of over 10 years.
- Championship Wrestling From Florida: NWA World Heavyweight Champion Dory Funk Jr. vs. Jack Brisco – Despite this being listed as a match for the title on the DVD menu, the title was not on the line in this match.
- MSG 6/16/75: Women's Champion The Fabulous Moolah vs. Susan Green - Moolah held the title for 19 years at this point and this title reign lasted another nine years after this bout.
- Philadelphia 6/2/76: Gorilla Monsoon vs. Muhammad Ali - This incident starts as a match between Gorilla Monsoon and Mikel Scicluna
- Championship Wrestling From Florida 2/6/77: NWA World Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk vs. Harley Race – Despite the name of the territory this bout is from, this match actually took place in Canada.
- Puerto Rico 9/23/77: Andre the Giant vs. Gorilla Monsoon (Andre the Giant) - "Jersey" Joe Walcott was the referee for this bout.
- MSG 9/26/77: WWE Champion Billy Graham vs. Dusty Rhodes (American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story) - The Texas Death rematch of this bout the following month can be found on the Billy Graham DVD.
- MSG 12/28/84: WWE Champion Hulk Hogan vs. The Iron Sheik - This event is most famous for the backstage incident between John Stossel and David Schultz.
- MSG 2/23/87: Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, & Junkyard Dog vs. Randy Savage, Adrian Adonis, & Harley Race – This elimination match was billed as Piper's final appearance at the Garden. Ironically, this turned out to be the final MSG appearance of his WrestleMania III opponent, Adrian Adonis.
- MSG 12/26/87: Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude - These two men would go on to have a big feud in WCW for the US Championship.
- AWA 8/13/88: AWA Champion Jerry Lawler vs. Curt Hennig - This was a rematch for the title that Hennig lost to Lawler a few months earlier.
- MSG 12/28/89: Jake Roberts vs. Ted DiBiase – This is a No Disqualification Match where Virgil has been barred from ringside.
- Saskatoon 10/12/92: WWE Champion Ric Flair vs. Bret Hart - The Smack 'Em Whack 'Em logo that appears on the screen is the name of the Coliseum Video that this match was recorded for.
- Halftime Heat 1/31/99: WWE Champion The Rock vs. Mick Foley (Mick Foley: Hard Knocks & Cheap Pops) - This was an Empty Arena Match.
- SmackDown 12/7/00: WWE Champion Kurt Angle vs. The Rock vs. Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker - The Hell in a Cell Match that took place a few days later was won by Kurt Angle.
- RAW 4/23/01: Undertaker, Kane, Matt Hardy, & Jeff Hardy vs. Steve Austin, Triple H, Edge, & Christian - At Backlash six nights later, Steve Austin and Triple H won the tag team championship from the Brothers of Destruction.
- SmackDown 5/16/02: Edge & Triple H vs. Kurt Angle & Chris Jericho - Three nights later at Judgment Day, Triple H beat Jericho in their Hell in a Cell Match, and Edge beat Kurt Angle which makes this the final match where Kurt Angle left the ring with hair on his head.
- SmackDown 4/15/04: WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero vs. Big Show – The title is not on the line in this match. However, Big Show's WWE career was as he promised to quit if he lost this match.
- WrestleMania 22: World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio (Rey Mysterio: Biggest Little Man; The Greatest Stars of WrestleMania) - The live POD performance of Rey's theme song is on this DVD. The contacts used by Rey as part of his Aztec Warrior costume were later used by the Boogey Man.
- No Way Out 2007: World Tag Team Champions WWE Champion John Cena & Shawn Michaels vs. World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker & Batista - The tag team titles were not on the line in this match that featured the two main event title opponents at the upcoming WrestleMania 23 forced to team together.
- WrestleMania XXIV: World Heavyweight Champion Edge vs. The Undertaker - This is the only match shot in HD that is on this DVD set. The post-match pyro display that injured some fans at this show was not shown.