A Beginner's Guide to Wrestling - A Journey through 25 DVDs

A Listmania! list by Mystery Reviewer "Steve" (UK)
 
The Unreal Story Of Pro Wrestling [DVD]
1.  The Unreal Story Of Pro Wrestling [DVD] 
The list author says:
  "Despite the lacklustre cover, this excellent documentary by the History Channel covers the first 100 years of professional wrestling.  It explains how the sport became "sports entertainment" and is a perfect place to start."
£3.65   Used & New from: £2.01

WWE - Greatest Wrestling Stars Of The 80's [DVD]
2.  WWE - Greatest Wrestling Stars Of The 80's [DVD] DVD ~ Ric 'The Nature Boy' Flair
The list author says:
  "The 1980s was the most popular era in wrestling history.  This set contains 15 mini documentaries covering some of the most famous wrestlers of the era.  A nice introduction to some of the legends, with some great matches in the extra section too."
Used & New from: £2.48
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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WWE - The Spectacular Legacy Of The Awa [DVD]
3.  WWE - The Spectacular Legacy Of The Awa [DVD] DVD ~ Wwe
The list author says:
  "The first DVD on this list explains the concept of pro wrestling, but this explains the business of wrestling.  This documentary explains how wrestling went from regional to global.  More interviews with veterans and extra matches included."
Used & New from: £3.70
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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WWE - Wrestlemania 5 And 6 [DVD]
4.  WWE - Wrestlemania 5 And 6 [DVD] DVD ~ Wrestlemania
The list author says:
  "Wrestlemania is the most famous wrestling event ever.  I think Wrestlemania V (from 1989) is underrated and is a personal favourite of mine.  Wrestlemania VI culminated in the famous Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior match.  There's a lot of enthusiasm here, and many classic wrestlers are showcased."
£29.99   Used & New from: £17.63
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

WWE - The Self-Destruction Of The Ultimate Warrior [DVD]
5.  WWE - The Self-Destruction Of The Ultimate Warrior [DVD] DVD ~ Wwe
The list author says:
  "After that massive Wrestlemania VI conclusion, take a look at what the wrestling community think of Ultimate Warrior now.  Probably quite unfair, but very interesting and amusing."
£23.75   Used & New from: £4.26
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

WWE - In Your House 13/In Your House 16 [DVD]
6.  WWE - In Your House 13/In Your House 16 [DVD] DVD ~ Wwe
The list author says:
  "Two events from the "New Generation" era just before the infamous "Attitude Era".  There are many 90s wrestlers on show here, and the final match of In Your House 16 is a wonderful celebration."
£19.87   Used & New from: £6.55
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Hitman Hart - Wrestling With Shadows: 10th Anniversary Collectors Edition (Plus Owen Hart Bonus Disc) [DVD]
7.  Hitman Hart - Wrestling With Shadows: 10th Anniversary Collectors Edition (Plus Owen Hart Bonus Disc) [DVD] DVD ~ Bret Hart
The list author says:
  "...but then things change drastically!  This independent documentary was made about the WWF's biggest star of the time, Bret Hart, following him through the year 1997.  The ending is shocking! (This edition comes with another disc about Bret's brother Owen Hart)"
Used & New from: £26.85
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Wrestlemania 2000 [DVD]
8.  Wrestlemania 2000 [DVD] 
The list author says:
  "This Wrestlemania from the Attitude Era (probably the best mainstream wrestling period ever) contains only team matches of one type or another.  A lot of people are critical of that, but I think you get a lot of wrestlers for your money.  The second disc is a goldmine, showing extensive highlights of the first 15 Wrestlemanias."
£43.68   Used & New from: £7.99
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Beyond The Mat [DVD] [2000]
9.  Beyond The Mat [DVD] [2000] DVD ~ Terry Funk
The list author says:
  "A contraversial award-winning documentary about the darker aspects of the industry."
£7.06   Used & New from: £0.43
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Summerslam 2000 / Summerslam 2001 [DVD]
10.  Summerslam 2000 / Summerslam 2001 [DVD] 
The list author says:
  "Summerslam 2000: One of the best-rated events of all-time, with an amazing tables, ladders and chairs match.  Save Summerslam 2001 for a bit later..."
Used & New from: £17.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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WWE - The Monday Night War [DVD]
11.  WWE - The Monday Night War [DVD] DVD ~ Wwe
The list author says:
  "The biggest power struggle in wrestling business history was the 1990s battle between Vince McMahon's WWF and Ted Turner's WCW.  Find out what happened and who won."
Used & New from: £2.15
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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WWE - The Rise And Fall Of ECW [DVD]
12.  WWE - The Rise And Fall Of ECW [DVD] DVD ~ Wwe
The list author says:
  "Extreme Championship Wrestling had much lower budgets than the big two, but they made up for it with amazing innovation and dedication.  Here's the story of how they got caught in the crossfire."
Used & New from: £5.45
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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WWE - The Rise & Fall of WCW [DVD]
13.  WWE - The Rise & Fall of WCW [DVD] DVD ~ Ric Flair
The list author says:
  "So, it's pretty obvious who won, but get the full story here.  It's essential and very interesting, but remember that history is written by the winners.  Now you can watch Summerslam 2001 to see how the WCW wrestlers are fitting in to the WWF."
£21.99   Used & New from: £2.21
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Starrcade: The Essential Collection [DVD]
14.  Starrcade: The Essential Collection [DVD] 
The list author says:
  "Wrestlemania was famous, but not very original.  The NWA started their version "Starrcade" two years ealier.  A great documentary about how the annual thanksgiving holiday event came about, and the top 25 Starrcade matches shown in full."
£14.99   Used & New from: £3.58
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

ECW - One Night Stand 2005 [DVD]
15.  ECW - One Night Stand 2005 [DVD] DVD ~ Ecw
The list author says:
  "Years after ECW folded, new owner Vince McMahon allowed the original team free reign to do one last pay-per-view.  A great event with probably the most enthusiastic crowd ever!"
£19.99   Used & New from: £5.43
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Forever Hardcore [2007] [DVD]
16.  Forever Hardcore [2007] [DVD] DVD ~ Terry Funk
The list author says:
  "Meanwhile... former ECW wrestlers not signed with Vince McMahon made their own unbiased documentary about the ECW phenomeon.  The things you didn't discover in the previous ECW are shocking!"
£4.99   Used & New from: £0.97
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Heroes Of World Class [DVD]
17.  Heroes Of World Class [DVD] 
The list author says:
  "One of the biggest wrestling promotions of the 70s and 80s was Texas based WCCW.  Before being bought out by Vince, this documentary was made to show the extreme highs and lows of this family business."
£2.80
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

WWE - The Life and Times Of Mr Perfect [2008] [DVD]
18.  WWE - The Life and Times Of Mr Perfect [2008] [DVD] DVD ~ Wwe
The list author says:
  "One of the most technically proficent wrestlers of all-time, this documentary shows the contast between the on-screen villain character and his off-screen family life."
£15.99   Used & New from: £1.11
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

20 Years Too Soon: Superstar Billy Graham Story [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
19.  20 Years Too Soon: Superstar Billy Graham Story [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] 
The list author says:
  "An interesting and complex individual who was gound-breaking in the business with some of his asthetic innovations, but whose abuse of steroids nearly destroyed the entire industry and himself.  A fascinating account."
£9.29   Used & New from: £9.28
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

WWE - Shawn Michaels Story - Heartbreak and Triumph [DVD]
20.  WWE - Shawn Michaels Story - Heartbreak and Triumph [DVD] DVD ~ Wwe
The list author says:
  "An extremely talented perfomer, who has obviously made some very poor decisions in his early life has turned it all around for good."
Used & New from: £4.69
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The Wrestler [DVD]
21.  The Wrestler [DVD] DVD ~ Mickey Rourke
The list author says:
  "Darren Arronofsky's acclaimed film portraying the fictionalised account of a washed-up 80s wrestler that could so easily be any number of real life people.  An incredible film with an amazing performance by Mickey Rourke.  Called the wrestling "Raging Bull" and with good reason."
£2.53   Used & New from: £0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

WWE - Batista I Walk Alone [DVD] [2009]
22.  WWE - Batista I Walk Alone [DVD] [2009] DVD ~ Batista
The list author says:
  "Most people would agree that since the WWF (now WWE) bought out virtually all competition, the industry has suffered.  But there have still been great new things in wrestling since the 2001 absorption, like Batista.  I knew virtually nothing about Batista before watching this documentary, but I defy anyone not to love him after seeing this.  He comes accross as such a genuine, caring person."
£12.99   Used & New from: £4.88
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Card Subject to Change: Pro Wrestling's [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
23.  Card Subject to Change: Pro Wrestling's [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] 
The list author says:
  "An amazing documentary about the independent wrestling circuit.  As it was succinctly put by Kevin Sullivan, you're born here and you die here.  See how the old-timers share the ring with up-and-coming hopefuls in the sidelines of the wrestling spotlight."
Used & New from: £10.03

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WWE - Macho Madness - The Ultimate Randy Savage Collection [DVD]
24.  WWE - Macho Madness - The Ultimate Randy Savage Collection [DVD] DVD ~ Randy Savage
The list author says:
  "I haven't seen this set because I gather the presentation is awful, but Randy "Macho Man" Savage was one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time, and this box set contains so many amazing classic matches that it's a must have."
£25.00   Used & New from: £6.45
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

WWE - From The Vault: Shawn Michaels [2003] [DVD]
25.  WWE - From The Vault: Shawn Michaels [2003] [DVD] DVD ~ Wwe
The list author says:
  "...and finally, another collection of great matches.  While the previous Shawn Michaels contains the great documentary, this set contains the very best matches of the man the WWE say is the greatest wrestler of all-time.  Debatable, but a fantastic way to finish this introduction to the wonders of professional wrestling."
£13.70   Used & New from: £0.34
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 08/03/2013
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