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The Greatest Cage Matches of All Time DVD Review

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The Greatest Cage Matches of All Time DVD Review

The Greatest Cage Matches of All Time

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The latest three-disc DVD set from the WWE is dedicated to the steel cage match. Traditionally, the steel cage was used to settle the fiercest rivalries. The set features 24 steel cage matches from multiple promotions. The AWA, NWA, WCCW, WCW, and WWE are all represented on this DVD set. The one thing all these matches have in common is that a steel fence is used to trap the competitors. However, the way that one goes about winning a bout differs depending on where a cage match was held.

The Review and Recommendation

Format of the DVD: Josh Mathews is the host of the DVD set. He makes occasional appearances throughout the set to discuss certain topics. There is no documentary. The cage matches are shown in chronological order with the exception of one match due to an error on the part of the WWE involving the Jimmy Snuka vs. Bob Backlund match. They mistakenly list that match as taking place in 1980. I am glad that there is not a documentary on this set. Several years ago, the company released a DVD set entitled Bloodbath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches. That set featured a documentary and a confusing mishmash of highlights of certain cage matches and full matches. This set corrected the fatal flaw of that DVD set.

Rating: Over the past few years, WWE has had a strict no-blood policy to keep their product rated TV-PG. There was no editing of blood in this set or turning the screen black & white when a wrestler got busted open. Because of this, the DVD has a rating of TV-14.

Match Selection: I would like to give the WWE some credit for featuring many promotions in this set. Unfortunately, they didn't dig too deep into the vault as both matches from the WCCW were previously released on the same DVD set. This is a problem throughout the DVD set as 15 of the matches have been already been featured on a non-PPV DVD release.

Overall Recommendation: I enjoyed this stroll down memory lane. It was fascinating watching the evolution of the business over the past 30+ years. My recommendation for this DVD set depends on the size of your DVD collection. If your DVD collection is small, I would pick this one up. However, if your collection is large, I would give some serious thought about buying this. While it is nice having all of these matches in one place, there are no must-see matches that aren't available on other DVD sets.

Matches on the DVD

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

  • MSG 9/79: WWE Champion Bob Backlund vs. Pat Patterson (Bloodbath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches [highlights])
  • MSG 6/82: WWE Champion Bob Backlund vs. Jimmy Snuka (Bloodbath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches [highlights]; Greatest Wrestling Stars of the '80s; Legends of Wrestling: Hulk Hogan & Bob Backlund)
  • Shea Stadium 8/80: Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko (Bloodbath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches [highlights])
  • Christmas Star Wars 1982: NWA World Champion Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich (The Triumph & Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestling)
  • Starrcade '85: NWA Tag Team Champions Ivan & Nikita Koloff vs. Rock ‘N’ Roll Express
  • WrestleRock '86: Road Warriors vs. Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin
  • Cotton Bowl Extravaganza '86: Abdullah the Butcher vs. Bruiser Brody (The Triumph & Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestling)
  • Brawl in St. Paul '86: Non-title Match - Midnight Rockers vs. AWA Tag Team Champions Buddy Rose & Doug Somers (Spectacular Legacy of the AWA)
  • WrestleFest '88: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
Disc Two
  • Capitol Combat '90: NWA Champion Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger
  • SummerSlam '90: WWE Champion The Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude (The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior)
  • MSG 1/91: Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage
  • White Plains 8/93: Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty (Bloodbath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches)
  • SummerSlam '97: Mankind vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Bloodbath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches; Greatest Wrestling Stars of the '90s)
  • St. Valentine's Day Massacre '99: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Mr. McMahon (Bloodbath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches [highlights]; Mr. McMahon)
  • Rebellion '99: WWE Champion Triple H vs. The Rock (Bloodbath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches [highlights])

Disc Three
  • Survivor Series '01: WCW Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Hardy Boyz (Allied Powers: The World's Greatest Tag Teams)
  • SmackDown 7/25/02: Edge vs. Chris Jericho
  • RAW 5/10/04: Chris Jericho vs. Christian
  • Taboo Tuesday '04: Randy Orton vs. ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair
  • Unforgiven '05: Matt Hardy vs. Edge (Twist of Fate: The Matt & Jeff Hardy Story)
  • RAW 10/2/06: WWE Champion John Cena vs. Edge
  • RAW 11/3/08: World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Chris Jericho
  • SmackDown 8/28/09: World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy (Jeff Hardy: My Life; My Rules)
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