review for "The Monday Night Wars"
Feb 17, 2004
Review by eightiesfan1
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The biggest rivalry in wrestling history was not between two wrestlers or two factions of wrestlers, but rather between two entire companies. Between 1996 and 2001, WWF and WCW went head on every Monday night on cable TV for one of the richest prizes in the industry: ratings. This DVD that was released by the WWE chronicles this rivalry from before the wars to after the buyout of WCW by the WWF. It is a very well done DVD that has great insight into the highs and lows of both companies by the wrestlers and employees that witnessed it first hand. The actual documentary part of the DVD is about 90 minutes long. It shows some great footage and some of the high points of the Monday night wars. The DVD also includes a bunch of extra footage and matches as well.
1. Early days of WWE and WCW
2. Raw arrives, talent leaves
3. Birth of Nitro
4. The war begins
5. WCW takes the lead
6. The nWo
7. WCW and Austin
8. Mr McMahon and Austin
9. WWE wins a round
10. WWE takes the lead
11. Ric Flair
12. WCW struggles
13. Talent goes to WWE
14. More changes in WCW
15. The last chapter
1. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin & Shawn Michaels vs Owen Hart & The British Bulldog: Great tag team match with four very technically sound wrestlers. This was just as Steve Austin was getting popular after his Wrestlemania match against Bret Hart.
2. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin stuns Mr McMahon: This was the first stunner of many in one of the best feuds in wrestling history - Austin vs McMahon.
3. Jim Cornette commentary: this is a very interesting piece of footage. It was aired on WWF Raw is War on Monday night but it talks about both WWF and WCW wrestlers. WWF basically just let Jim Cornette vent his feelings on the wrestling industry bar none!
4. Vince McMahon "Bret screwed Bret" interview: infamous interview that took place a week after the infamous Montreal screwjob at Survivor Series 1997. Great interview.
5. Shawn Michaels & HHH vs Legion of Doom: Awesome tag team match with a lot of great action. This was at the beginnings of DX.
6. DX invades WCW: hilarious segment where HHH, X-Pac, Chyna, Road Dogg, and Billy Gunn show up at the Norfolk Scope right before Monday Nitro was to go live at that arena.
7. The last Nitro: good segment about the last televised day of WCW. There is some great comments by some of the wrestlers that were there.
8. nWo in the production truck: funny segment involving Scott Hall and Kevin Nash right at the beginnings of the nWo. This is when they were the coolest thing in the world.
9. Eric Bischoff challenges Vince McMahon: Segment from Nitro where Eric challenges Vince to fight him in the ring at their upcoming Pay-Per-View Slamboree.
10. Chris Benoit vs Booker T: classic WCW match that showed why these two wrestlers are now two of the biggest names in WWE. This was one of their classic "Best of seven" series from the summer of 1998.
11. Goldberg vs Hollywood Hogan: Not the best match in the world, but it contains more emotion than most entire shows have. I remember watching this live and thinking that it the greatest day ever.
12. Ric Flair returns to WCW: great segment from Nitro in September of 1998. This was the final rebirth of the Horseman, comprised of Ric Flair, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Steve "Mongo" McMichael. Arn Anderson does the introduction.
13. Rick Rude appears on Nitro and Raw on the same night: weird segment that was even weirder when you saw it live for the fist time. This was possible because Nitro was live on Monday nights and Raw was pre-taped.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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