WWE - The Rise & Fall of WCW [DVD]
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Documentary telling the story of World Championship Wrestling from its beginnings in the territory system through to Ted Turner's acquisition and the battles with WWE for sports entertainment domination in the 1990s. The film includes interviews from insiders of the sport including Jim and David Crockett, Goldberg, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan.
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Thus WWE "enemies" such as Vince Russo and Ole Anderson get the blunt end of the stick (although to be fair they deserve criticism for their role's in WCW) whilst those currently "in favour" with Vince McMahon, such as Dusty Rhodes and Bill Watts, get to tell their side of the story without being questioned about their roles in the "downfall" of WCW. Quite why Mike Graham is allowed to take credit for so many inventions that were absolutely nothing to do with him can probably only be explained away by Vince McMahon wanting to wind his old buddy Bischoff up.
That said the documentary has it's moments. Goldberg's contributions are fun (credit to the WWE for letting this era's success shine through) and there is a sense of the chaos that the Bischoff and Russo era's ultimately brought to the promotion as WCW finally dies and is snapped up by McMahon for a pittance.
The documentary tells long-term fans nothing they didn't already know and, if we're being honest, doesn't even touch on some of the classic controversies you might have expected. All in all though, anyone who ever watched WCW will find the documentary an entertaining, if superficial, look at the doomed promotion.Read more ›
Overall it is ok - some good stuff on Jim Crockett Promotions - though this could have been explored wider on a DVD about that!! It covers off the story behind WCW and its boom etc but doesnt really do anything more than scratch the surface - a large focus on the backstage politics of the Execs and VPs but not between the wrestlers!!
I was expecting something like the Rise and Fall of ECW DVD which is excellent - focus on the wrestlers, individuals who mad ethe company and major incidents both positive and negative!! To have no feature on Sting and his year long fight vs NWO and gloss it over is a disgrace - yes I know he wrestles for a rival promotion but this is a DVD about WCW and Sting was Mr WCW!!
There are a few potshots at Jeff Jarrett towards the end as well which arent really needed (and again could be because he went and set up TNA)
It is watchable dont get me wrong but seems to be a little bit revisionist and missing large chunks of who the main wrestlers were and what WCW was
I really hope that a counter DVD is released like 'Forever Hardcore' was - with actual WCW wrestlers commenting (only WWE contracted ones spoke) to get some more of the story!!
Get "the monday nights wars instead" much more interesting and abit more complete, shame no impartial documentaries exist
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It could be better with the War Games match the real stand out.Published 2 months ago by Mark Robinson
VERY PLEASED WITH DVD, THANK YOU. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SELLER A+++++++Published 8 months ago by MARK REEVE
This collection released by WWE concerning the rise and fall of their former rival promotion World Championship Wrestling has received some backlash due to it one sided in terms of... Read morePublished on 7 May 2014 by Gatekeeper197
Enjoy to the postal can be new review. Enjoy watched this DVD. Avoidance the WWE's takeover on WCW. Save The Entertainment of Jim Crockett & Ted Turner.Published on 8 Oct. 2013 by Ali Firaas Hassan
It good, shame there not enough Goldberg matches or any Chris Benoit matches but none the less it worth a watchPublished on 25 April 2013 by Jake Hall
Excellent DVD, its a great insight into WCW from the good to the bad. Top notch matches also on the dvd extra's.Published on 1 Sept. 2010 by Gavhhh
I think other reviewers are being a little harsh on the documentary portion of the set, personally I found it to be a really interesting look at WCW that goes right back to the... Read morePublished on 8 April 2010 by Ashy Vengeance
The journey of wcw under the roof of ted turner in 1988 until its demise in 2001 was filled with massive highs and crazy lows and this dvd doesnt detail it enough for me. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2010 by sean paul mccann