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WWE - The Rise & Fall of WCW [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Hulk Hogan, Sting
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Clear Vision Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jan. 2010
  • Run Time: 471 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YCMUO6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,899 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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This is a three disc boxset. The Rise and Fall of WCW examines the storied history of WCW, from its beginnings in the territory system to Ted Turners and the battle for supremacy over the WWE/F.

Disc 1

Jim Crockett Promotions

Georgia Championship Wrestling

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling

Black Saturday

The Expansion

Crockett Sells to Turner

Greatest Talent in the World

New Management

Bill Watts Era

Bill Shaw Hires Eric Bischoff

Hulk Hogan Arrives

Nitro Debuts




WCW Ratings Champ


Goldberg vs. Hogan

Mistakes Begin

Vince Russo

A Corporate Merger

McMahon buys WCW

Legacy of WCW

Bonus Features

* Lost in Cleveland

* Bill Watts Defends Himself

* Spam Man

* The Origin of Goldberg

* Bischoff Gives Away RAW Results

Disc 2
$1,000 Challenge Match
Ric Flair vs. Magnum T.A.
NWA World Championship Wrestling - June 15, 1985

Sting, Lex Luger & Barry Windham vs. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon)
The Main Event - April 3, 1988

United States Championship Match
Dusty Rhodes vs. Barry Windham
Great American Bash - July 10, 1988

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Ric Flair vs. Ricky `The Dragon' Steamboat
Chi-Town Rumble - February 20, 1989

The Rock `n' Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express
Wrestle War - February 25, 1990

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match
The Midnight Express vs.
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Right from the off, the fact that the WWE attempts to tell the entire story of the "Rise and Fall" of World Championship Wrestling in a documentary that lasts less than two hours should tell you that this cannot possibly be the "full" story. Exacerbating this fact is that some of the interviews on the DVD are from previous WWE releases (anyone who has The Monday Night Wars DVD might recognise some of Eric Bischoff's contributions on this set, for instance) and the fact that with the WWE being the ultimate "victors" in the war against WCW they can rewrite history as they see fit.

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.
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I have a lot of Wrestling DVDs - and it is a shame that there is yet again a lot of repackaged footage of the same stuff (if you have the Monday Night Wars at various points you will be 'oh yeah that same person saying the same thing again')

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!!
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the rise part is fine, it explains a lot about how WCW grew but then fails to mention the many reasons they lost to WWE. No mention is made of Austin being on WCW roster then failing to breakthrough going to the WWE and having the same problem until they let him be himself. No mention of the rock, undertaker....its all WCW, when your talking about their failure you have to mention the wwe.Also yet more Vince Russo bashing from wwe...same as "monday night wars" documentary he is blamed heavily for continuing the downward spiral....if this is the case why have so many of the people who appear to hate him in both that superior documentary and this one joined TNA? Misses the importance of the rating wars and only mentions that Biechoff was obsessed with them briefly.

Get "the monday nights wars instead" much more interesting and abit more complete, shame no impartial documentaries exist
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