"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"...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)"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"...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."