The Rise & Fall of WCW DVD


 This DVD came out today and I would love to pick it up within the next month or so. I have WWE’s “The Rise & Fall of ECW” and if WCW documentary is nearly as good as the ECW one then this will be a great DVD.

I got into WCW (as much as one could get into the WCW product) towards the very end, but I enjoyed what I saw. I mean, I ripped it when I saw crap and I praised it when I saw gold (like the cruiserweights in their only shinning moment, not like they were treated in WWE as lighter heavyweights, or the joke that the X-Division has become in TNA). And I’ve only seen bits and pieces of WCW on any WWE DVD. They had one, ONE!, ladder match on the Ladder Match dvd, and it was pretty entertaining. I don’t buy everything that the WWE puts out, but the things I have purchased usually, and rightfully so, sway towards the WWE product. But, I’d enjoy to see something that wasn’t produced by WWE every now and then. Its the same reason why I watch TNA from time to time. If the WWE product is a little stale, I don’t have that many other places to go for anything different. And, like most people think, I feel that not having the competition like they once did is truly hurting the product.

I can’t wait to see this DVD documentary, I’m disappointed that Eric Bishoff did not do any commentary on it. I did enjoy, and have a copy of “The Monday Night Wars” dvd that came out a couple of years ago, but thought that it was a good attempt at what could have been a great documentary. So, I’m putting my eggs in the Rise and Fall of WCW basket, hoping that it doesn’t disappoint.

Here is the list of chapters and matches on this three disc set:

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. The Southern Boys
Great American Bash – July 7, 1990

WCW World Tag Team Championship Match
The Steiner Brothers vs. Sting & Lex Luger
SuperBrawl – May 19, 1991

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Sting vs. Big Van Vader
Great American Bash – July 12, 1992

WCW International World Heavyweight Championship Match
Rick Rude vs. Sting
Spring Stampede – April 17, 1994

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan
Bash at the Beach – July 17, 1994

Disc 3

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Ric Flair vs. The Giant
Nitro – April 29, 1996

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Dean Malenko
Clash of the Champions XXXIII – August 15, 1996

War Games Match
Team WCW- Sting, Lex Luger, Ric Fair & Arn Anderson vs. Team n.W.o.- Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & a Mystery Partner
Fall Brawl – September 15, 1996

United States Championship Ladder Match
Syxx vs. Eddie Guerrero
Souled Out – January 25, 1997

United States Championship No Disqualification Match
Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko
Uncensored – March 16, 1997

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Title vs. Mask Match
Chris Jericho vs. Juventud Guerrera
SuperBrawl VIII – February 22, 1998

WCW Unified World Tag Team Championship Match
The Steiner Brothers vs. The Outsiders
SuperBrawl VIII – February 22, 1998

Diamond Dallas Page & Karl Malone vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan & Dennis Rodman
Bash at the Beach – July 12, 1998

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Goldberg vs. Diamond Dallas Page
Halloween Havoc – October 25, 1998

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Booker T vs. Lance Storm
Nitro – August 7, 2000

I don’t remember watching the final match that they placed on the DVD, I don’t want to knock Lance Storm, he was and is a tremendous performer, but I’m shocked that they ended with a Nitro match with Booker T vs Lance Storm and not something more definitive. Maybe I need to watch the documentary and see if there is a reason why chose that one, or perhaps they just figured it was a good place to stop.


 It will also be interesting to see who comments back at what is mentioned here. Judging by the commercials that were on during Raw they rip into the top three guys that are usually blamed for the fall of WCW (Eric Bichoff, Vince Russo and Kevin Nash). I’d be interested in hearing their point of views on this DVD.

Leave comments here, if you’ve seen the DVD, leave a review.


PS is it just me or is the belt that Hogan is holding upside down?

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