WWE's court appeal against The World Wildlife Fund failed in 2002, which meant that all "WWF" videos and DVD's would have to cease, effective from November 2002. Fortunately, WWE have since been able to re-release archive "WWF" events on DVD, provided that any verbal references to the "WWF" are edited out.
As the appeal only affected the UK, this new "Tagged Classics" series is a UK exclusive. In essence, fans are getting two super shows for the price of one back when the events were available on video.
This particular DVD set features Wrestlemania 1 & 2. Wrestlemania 1 took place in March 1985 and put the then-WWF on the map. Due to the influx of celebrities on the show (such as Boxing legend Muhammed Ali and singer Cyndi Lauper), there was far more emphasis on entertainment than actual wrestling. Then again, this was Vince McMahon's vision: Wrestling had to be more of a show, more like "sports entertainment".
By today's standards, the actual in-ring action of WM 1 looks wholly inferior (which is because it is). But there are still some good matches on the show. For example, Hulk Hogan and Mr T (from the A-Team) have an entertaining tag-team main event with Roddy Piper and Mr Wonderful, Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo (IRS) have a surprisingly decent match with Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik, Ricky Steamboat has a very good battle with Matt Borne (the original Doink The Clown) and Tito Santana sets the stage for WM well in a good opener against The Executioner. To be honest, the only true stinkers on the show are King Kong Bundy VS S.D. Jones, Andre VS John Studd and Wendi Richter VS Lelani Kai (boy, the Women's division has come a long way!)
The appeal of WM 1 lies in it's overall entertainment effect. It served it's purpose of gaining wrestling a whole new fan base and taking the business in a new direction. For any fan, it remains an historic collector's item to this day.
Wrestlemania 2 took place in 1986 and was the first (and last) time that the WWF alternated between 3 venues (Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York). It wasn't really a good idea as it conned the fans and led to allot of unnecessary hassle.
Once again, Hulk Hogan's match (a bloody Cage Match against Bundy) is the best, although the tag-title match between The Bulldogs and The Dream Team comes in a close second. Other worthy bouts include The Funks VS JYD and Santana, the 20-Man Battle Royal (which was Andre's career highlight), and a wild bout between George Steele and Randy Savage.
As with WM 1, there are some diabolocal bouts to endure. These include Moolah VS Velvet McIntyre, Adrian Adonis VS Uncle Elmer, Kirschner VS Volkoff, and Roddy Piper VS Mr T in a Boxing Match (seriously!)
However, like WM 1, WM 2 should be perceived as historical evidence as to how much the actual in-ring product has improved today. Old-school fans like myself will probably appreciate it more.
Overall, WM 1 and 2 are both enjoyable in their own right and are a worthy purchase for any fan. It's unfortunate that there are no DVD extras on offer, but the fact that these 2 hour shows are being sold 2 for 1 and are on great quality DVD's, is a good consilation.
on 17 May 2004
As stated in earlier review there are no extras on these discs but the quality of sound and picture is very good. Not quite sure about the reviews referring to region access as most dvd players in europe can view all regions. If you enjoy seeing the wrestlers of the 80's then this is for you, hopefully other discs to be released might include extras but we will see.
on 21 June 2012
As other reviewers have stated, you get two events for the price of one with the "Tagged Classics" range, so this one (Wrestlemania 1 and 2) is no exception!
Wrestlemania 1 took place in March 1985 in Madison Square Garden, New York City. Literally, this event 'started it all' for professional wrestling and "sports entertainment" today.
The nice thing about the "Tagged Classics" range is that there are no edits, unlike WWE Home Video's output. So, essentially, all of the 'famous' footage is intact, which is really what I paid to see!
Wrestlemania 1 features some great bouts. The legend that is, Tito Santana, had the pleasure of opening the Wrestlemania event against The Executioner. King Kong Bundy beat SD Jones in a record 1 minute, 6 seconds!! Ricky Steamboat has a great bout with Matt Borne; what a Legend Steamboat was!! Andre The Giant fights Big John Studd (great historical footage here, watch and see why!). Finally, Hulk Hogan teamed up with Mr. T of A-Team fame and fought Roddy Piper and 'Mr. Wonderful' Paul Orndorff. Now, if historical value or footage is your thing, then you will love this match; plenty of 'famous' scenes here. Note: Muhammad Ali is the special enforcer during this bout, while Billy Martin of New York Yankees fame is the time keeper.
Finally, there is a nice (if not odd) inclusion of celebrities for WM 1: Cyndi Lauper makes an appearance, Mr. T teams up with Hulk Hogan (personally, I never saw the significance of this), Muhammad Ali acts as a special enforcer and Billy Martin acts as a time keeper.
Overall, Wrestlemania 1 is a highly enjoyable event to watch, especially if historical value is your thing. Great setting, too, in Madison Square Garden!!
Wrestlemania 2, in my view, is the perfect example of just how ambitious the WWF (at the time) were about the event. The event took place in 3 different cities in one night: New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. One reviewer has mentioned that they felt this was conning the fans and was a lot of hassle; I couldn't agree more. Plus, it ultimately meant that nobody could watch the full event!
Still, we have some great matches here: George 'The Animal' Steele fights Macho Man Randy Savage, Roddy Piper fights Mr. T in a boxing match (yes, you've read it right folks!!), did anybody really think it would last that long, though?? WWF adds its' rendition of The Superbowl at WM2 as Superstars from the WWF and the NFL fight in a 20 man over the top Battle Royal. This is singled out as a career highlight for Andre The Giant; it's not hard to see why. The British Bulldogs fight Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine and Brutus Beefcake in a classic contest and, finally, Hulk Hogan headlines his second Wrestlemania in a Steel Cage against King Kong Bundy. Not a classic match, by any means, but at the time this was certainly historic stuff!
Overall, I highly enjoyed the experience of watching the first two Wrestlemania events. As I've repeatedly stated, they are great for historical value/footage and (as I've heard) they are Collector's Items today, so get your hands on them, fast!
I do have some complaints though about the set. Here are some:
-For each match, wrestlers do not make an entrance to the ring, as they would today. I do not know why this was! If you like, you would be watching a match and it would end, but then you would be whisked into the next match straight away, without any 'introduction ceremony' for that match, so to speak. I just wanted to point that out because, for some, it may lead to confusion. Out of interest, was that the way it was back then? Did superstars not make entrances to the ring? If anyone has any info, don't hesitate to let me know.
-Wrestlemania 2 has no introduction ceremony. At the event, Vince McMahon invites Ray Charles to the ring to sing 'America the Beautiful'. However, this is not included on this set, for some reason. Again, I do not know why. I found it a little strange upon first viewing because Mean Gene Okerland opens Wrestlemania 1 with 'Stars and Stripes Forever'. Just so you are aware, this set could feature 'some' edits, after all!
Anyway, that's it. All things considered, you should buy this set for its' Historical value. No doubt, it is fast turning into a Collector's Item, so buy it now!!
on 12 July 2007
Although this DVD set is good value (in that's quite inexpensive compared to the Complete Anthology collection) and the events it presents are interesting in their own right, it fails because you really are getting what you pay for. Ie not a lot.
The lack of extra features is understandable, because beyond showing bits of other shows from around the same time (such as Wrestling Challenge) to build up and elaborate on the storylines, there's not a whole lot that could be added.
The trouble is that the lack of features just draws your attention to the fact that the discs included are just straight copies of the old VHS editions of Wrestlemania I and 2 that Silver Vision put out. Nothing has been done to clean them up or improve the sound and, most crucially, they were hacked to bits way back when to fit the running time of VHS, and this hasn't been rectified. The editing is clumsy and intrusive, one match has the first few minutes cut off while another is moved away from before they manage to explain the count out ending that the commentators didn't notice.
It's a bit disappointing really as it makes a trade off for your options when buying these events. Either this cheaper, heavily edited version that still uses the old WWF name and logo, or the more expensive, "censored" version that's more complete.
on 12 November 2014
Bought this for my nana for Christmas she is into the old wrestling shows more then the new Wwe shows and no doubt she will love it and iv even had a watch and some amazing matches!!
on 3 August 2010
Again a brilliant dvd, my son loved it, he said he would get all the wwe dvd's.
if your into wresstling these would be a good item to have, plenty of action on them all.
on 6 April 2004
WHEN THESE TITLES WERE DELETED IN NOV 2002, THERE WAS AN OUTCRY. BUT THANKS TO THE ENGLISH COURTS, SILVERVISION HAVE TO RIGHT TO PUBLISH ALL WWF CONTENT ON DVD WITHOUT EDITING WWF LOGOS OR ADS WHICH IS GREAT. TO BE FAIR THESE WRESTLEMANIAS ARE 20 YRS OLD AND CANT BE COMPARED TO WRESTLEMANIA 19 OR 20 BUT IF YOU WERE AROUND TWENTY YEARS AGO, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN P**SING YOUR PANTS WITH EXCITEMENT.THESE DVDS ARE DIRECT COPIES OF THE WWF COLISEUM VIDEO VERSIONS AND CONTAIN NO EXTRA FEATURES AT ALL WHICH IS THE ONLY BAD POINT BUT THE PICTURE AND SOUND IS WAY BETTER. WRESTLEMANIA 3 AND 4 ALONG WITH KING OF THE RING 93 AMD 94 ARE AVAILABLE ON DVD SOON. NO CONFIRMATION OF RE RELEASED VHS VERSIONS YET FOLKS. ...... THE BEST THING THOUGH IS THAT THESE DVD ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN BIG MOUTH YANKEE LAND. WHEY HEY
on 26 August 2007
This is good for historical reasons, but to be honest there's really not much here to get excited about, but I'll give it a 7 because it's the one that started it all!. The Main event is solid but that's really about it, not to say that the matches are boring it' just there Meh, and not really that exciting, I did like the enthusiastic crowd though!.
Tito Santana Vrs The Executioner-Winner Tito Santana. This was an OK Match, nothing spectacular, as it was just your typical filler opening, the crowd was hot for it though so, anyways Tito wins with the figure four. ** out of 5
S.D Jones Vrs King Kong Bundy-Winner King Kong Bundy. This match was of course crap, because it only lasted about 9 seconds!, King Kong Bundy wins with the avalanche and his splash. BOMB out of 5
Matt Borne Vrs Ricky Steamboat-Winner Ricky Steamboat. This was an OK match, but again nothing spectacular, Ricky made this match better then it should have been though, Ricky wins with the flying cross body off the top. ** out of 5
David Sanmartino Vrs Brutus Beefcake-Winner Double DQ. This was a mediocre match overall, Brutus was still young, however the crowd was really hot for Bruno and David, and the managers (Lucious Johnny Valiant) and Bruno got into so that was kind of fun. *1/2 out of 5
Intercontinental Championship. Greg "The Hammer Valentine"(C) Vrs Junkyard Dog-Winner Junkyard Dog, reverse decision. This was a decent if unspectacular match, Greg is always solid in the ring, and JYD was fun, Greg originally won the match by using the ropes but Tito came out and argued after so the Ref reversed it. **1/2 out of 5
WWE Tag team titles. Mike Rotundo(IRS) and Barry Windham(champions) Vrs Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik-Winner Volokoff, and The Iron Sheik. This was a so so match,nothing really exciting, but the crowd was hot for Rotundo and Windham, anyways Volkoff and Sheik win with the help of Freddie Blassie's cane. ** out of 5
$15,000 slam match. Big John Studd Vrs Andre The Giant-Winner Andre The Giant. This was entertaining if nothing else, wouldn't really call it a wrestling match, but the end was funny with Bobby stealing the money anyway. **1/2 out of 5
Women's Championship. Leilani Kai(C) Vrs Wendi Richter-Winner Wendi Richter. This was a solid women's title match up, the crowd was hot for Wendi, and they took some good bumps, Cyndi Lauper was fun,anyways Wendi won with reversing the high cross body. *** out of 5
Hulk Hogan&Mr. T Vrs Rowdy Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff-Winner Hulk Hogan and Mr T. This was very entertaining the 1st wrestlemania event ever, Hogan was entertaining and Mr. T wasn't all that bad, Hogan got a huge pop, and lots of fun stuff happened, anyways Hogan and T won with Cowboy Bob Orton accidentally hitting Orndorff with the cast. ***1/2 out of 5
Overall a must see for every wrestling fan since it was the 1st Wrestlemania ever, other then that there's really nothing to get excited about, but I'll give it a *** out of 5 due to it being the 1st Wrestlemania.
This is a barely above average Wrestlemania, is nothing really that great, and the Idea of using three different locations was just dumb in my opinion!. The Main event while good, was still a bit disappointing, especially after the very good buildup, and some of the matches were too short for my tastes, although I did enjoy the celebrity introductions, and the crowds were reasonably hot for all 3.
Matches "Magnificent Muraco" Vrs Paul Orndorff-Winner Double DQ. This was a mediocre match, that was too short to really make much of it, anyways it ends in a double DQ, not really worth talking too much about. *1/2 out of 5
Intercontinental Championship. "Macho Man" Randy Savage Vrs George "The Animal Steele-Winner Macho Man Randy Savage. This was entertaining, in a goofy sort for way, mainly due to the Machoman, he is just such an incredible wrestler, and Steele's goofy antics were fun, anyways Macho Man wins with his feet on the ropes. **1/2 out of 5
George Welles Vrs Jake "The Snake" Roberts-Winner Jake The Snake. Basically just a squash match for Jake, it was really mediocre, Jake wins with the DDT. * out of 5
"Rowdy Rody Piper" Vrs Mr. T in a boxing match-Winner Mr.T by DQ. This was a surprisingly rather entertaining boxing match, that had some fun antics by Roddy, Mr.T wins by DQ after Piper shoves the ref, and Piper got a lot of face pops!!, even though he was supposed to be a major heel. **1/2 out of 5
Women's Championship Velvet Mcintyre Vrs The Fabulous Moolah-Winner Moolah. This was too short to make anything out of it, Moolah wins when Velvet misses a splash off the top rope. BOMB out of 5
FLAG match. Corporal Kirschner Vrs Nikolai Volkoff-Winner The Corporal. This was a bad match, that was thankfully short, crowd was hot for Kirschner though, anyways The Corporal wins by using Blassie's cane. * out of 5
20 Man battle royal-Winner Andre The Giant. This was a decent if unspectacular battle royal, that had a decent amount of action it, crowed booed loudly when "The Fridge got eliminated, and I must say having the football players in was entertaining, anyways Andre wins by tossing The Hit-man out. **1/2 out of 5
Tag Team Titles match. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine" and Brutus Beefcake Vrs The Bulldogs-Winner The Bulldogs. This was a great tag team match, and the best match on the show in my opinion, as there was lots of solid wrestling and it moved by quick, the bulldogs won after head butting Valentine. ***1/2 out of 5
Hercules Vrs Ricky Steamboat-Winner Steamboat. This was an average match, nothing bad but nothing good, Steamboat made it watchable though, and he wins with the flying cross body off the top. ** out of 5
Adrian Adonis Vrs Uncle Elmer-winner Adonis. This was a terrible match,that was boring and rather pointless actually, and not worth talking about, anyways Adonis wins with a splash off the top. BOMB out of 5
The Funk Brothers Vrs Tito Santana and The Junkyard Dog-Winner The Funk Brothers. This was a pretty decent match up actually as Terry Funk took some good bumps for that time, and it moved quickly enough, anyways The funks win with the help of Jimmy's mega phone. **1/2 out of 5
Steel Cage WWE Championship. Hulk Hogan(C) Vrs King Kong Bundy-Winner Hulk Hogan. This was a good and entertaining match up, but also quite disappointing considering the awesome buildup, Hogan got a huge pop, and it has some blood too and it's exciting, anyways Hogan wins by climbing over the cage. *** out of 5
Overall Barely above average worth the watch but not much else. **1/2 out of 5(barely)
on 19 January 2009
As we approach wrestlemania 25 this year,it is worth looking back on where it all began,this tagged classic features wrestlemania 1 and 2,1985 and 1986 were the years,and a very different side of wrestling was captured here.
Both events contained some good bouts and some real howlers,i guess you could say nothing has changed but matches such as adrian adonis vs uncle elmer and corporal kirscher vs nikolai volkoff must rate as some of the worst of all time,and what the heck was the WWF thinking of having mania 2 in three different locations plus female commentators was a very bad idea,soon to be forgotten of course.
This was a less glamourous side of the WWF,celebrities feature but the events were primitive looking,that isnt a complaint just an observation,worth a look for historical value or to see how far the business has come along,some may argue it isnt as good,thats your call,buying these isnt a necessity however.
on 17 January 2015
excellent very pleased