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The Rise and Fall of WCW DVD Review

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The Rise and Fall of WCW DVD Review

The Rise & Fall of WCW

© 2009 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Starting as a regional territory in North Carolina, Jim Crockett Promotions morphed into the largest wrestling company in the world. However, a series of events led to the company being bought by Vince McMahon. This 3-disc DVD set features a documentary covering the rise and fall of the company as well as 20 matches from both Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling.

The Review

This 3-disc set features a documentary and a few special features on disc one and matches on discs two and three. The documentary runs approximately an hour and 45 minutes. It features many of the insiders of the company speaking frankly about both the good and bad things that happened. With the exceptions of Kevin Nash, Vince Russo, and Jeff Jarrett (who all happen to work for TNA), every person was fairly critiqued. Most of the interviews used in the documentary are new while a few are from previous interviews people filmed while with the WWE.

The 20 matches featured on this DVD feature only three that have been on other DVD sets, a vast improvement over the recent Starrcade DVD set. I do have to wonder why a few of the matches on the set were included and would have liked to have seen some of "fall of WCW" matches that were mentioned in the documentary.

My biggest problem with this DVD is disc one. That disc runs only about two hours (the other two run about three each). As if having to sit through the "Don't Try This at Home" PSA isn't enough, there was a commercial for the National Guard on the DVD that can't be fast-forwarded through. I really hope that this isn't the start of a new trend.

Overall Recommendation: This DVD belongs in the wrestling library of any fan that used to follow WCW. Even newer fans that never followed WCW will enjoy this set as many of the stars of WCW also had great success in the WWE. If you don't own a copy of The Rise and Fall of ECW, I recommend buying this DVD at Best Buy because they are including that DVD for free with this one.

Matches on the DVD

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

  • TV 1985: Ric Flair vs. Magnum TA – I always wonder what wrestling would have been like if Magnum hadn't have been in a car accident.
  • TV 1988: Sting, Lex Luger & Barry Windham vs. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard – The crowds during this era were amazing.
  • Great American Bash ’88: US Champion Barry Windham vs. Dusty Rhodes – Ronnie Garvin left the NWA before Dusty could get his revenge.
  • Chi-Town Rumble ’89: NWA Champion Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (Greatest Wrestling Stars of the ‘80s) – This is the first match of the famous 1989 trilogy between these men.
  • Wrestle War ’90 - The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express – This feud was going on for six years at this point and is still going on today.
  • Great American Bash ’90 – US Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express vs. The Southern Boys – The Southern Boys were a team that consistently put on very good matches but just got lost in the shuffle of all the great tag teams in the NWA at that time.
  • SuperBrawl ’91 – WCW Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger – This match won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Match of the Year Award.
  • Great American Bash ’92 – WCW Champion Sting vs. Big Van Vader – Jesse Ventura's commentary was edited from this match.
  • Spring Stampede ‘94 – WCW International World Heavyweight Champion Rick Rude vs. Sting – Rude was forced to retire a few weeks later due to an in-ring accident.
  • Bash at the Beach ’94: WCW Champion Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan (Hulk Still Rules; Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology) - 15 years later and Shaq is still getting involved in wrestling.
  • Nitro ’96: WCW Champion Ric Flair vs. The Giant – The Giant is now known as the Big Show and he doesn't hide his hatred for WCW, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash in the documentary.
  • Clash of Champions 33: Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko – Exactly what you would expect from a match featuring these men.
  • Fall Brawl ’96: Sting, Lex Luger, Ric Fair & Arn Anderson vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & a Mystery Partner (nWo: Back in Black) – This match led to Sting banishing himself to the rafters for over a year.
  • Souled Out ’97: Ladder Match – US Champion Syxx vs. Eddie Guerrero – This was an nWo branded PPV event and their control of the show led to some interesting theme music for the WCW wrestlers.
  • Uncensored ’97: No DQ Match: US Champion Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko – Just like I wrote about Dean's prior match on this DVD, it is exactly what you would expect from these two men.
  • SuperBrawl VIII: Cruiserweight Title vs. Mask - Chris Jericho vs. Juventud Guerrera – Just like his current tag team partner, Jericho's hatred for the company comes out in the DVD. Maybe it is their mutual hatred of WCW that led to Big Show and Jericho being such a formidable tag team.
  • SuperBrawl VIII: Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers vs. The Outsiders – This marks the last time the Steiners appeared as a tag team on PPV for over nine years.
  • Bash at the Beach ’98: Diamond Dallas Page & Karl Malone vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan & Dennis Rodman – The hatred between Malone and Rodman was on display a few weeks earlier during the NBA Finals.
  • Halloween Havoc ’98: WCW Champion Goldberg vs. Dallas Page – This match is most famous for many cable companies shutting it off because the PPV ran too long. WCW replayed the match the following night on Monday Nitro but lost lots of money due to refunds they had to provide the fans.
  • Nitro 8/00: WCW Champion Booker T vs. Lance Storm – The overweight woman eating the platter of ham sandwiches during this match was Heidi, the girlfriend of Mike Awesome. This was during the phase of his career when he was known as "The Fat Chick Thriller".
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