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The Monday Night War: WWE Raw vs. WCW Nitro (2004)

Vince McMahon , Eric Bischoff  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vince McMahon, Eric Bischoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: World Wrestling
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001CCXCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Now it can be told. In 1995, two wrestling companies squared off on Monday night television to compete head to head in an unprecedented confrontation. On one side, Vince McMahon, the promoter who created WWE and made the industry what it is today. On the other, WCW, owned by media giant Ted Turner, and run by an ambitious man named Eric Bischoff. This is the whole story, told by those who created it, lived it, and survived it. The Monday Night War.

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55 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Battle Line Has Been Drawn... (4.5 stars) March 21, 2004
While I don't really pay attention to wrestling like I did in the past, I started getting into WWE (back then known as the WWF) right when the Monday Night Wars were at their most intense peak. This was when Stone Cold was the most popular WWE superstar and his rivalry with Vince McMahon was getting out of control each week. This was also when The Rock was a heel that quickly grew on you, as the crowd would always repeat all of his sayings when he'd try to talk. Bash the crowd, he would, but that wouldn't stop the crowd from "singing along" with him. I admit that I didn't really pay attention to the WCW, but I knew of the battle between the two corporations.
"The Monday Night War" finally reveals to you the complete (or as complete as it's going to get) story about the rivalry between the two giants, the WWE and the WCW. Here, you get all of the dirt and the low-down tricks that were implemented by each group. In one corner there's Vince McMahon, who takes his Monday night programming to new and subtle heights. In the other corner is Eric Bishoff, who manages Ted Turner's WCW company. Determined to bring new blood and a new flavor to the game, Bishoff takes it up a notch by offering unpredictable wrestling programming that would endanger Vince's empire. The changes would force Vince to change the face of wrestling entertainment as we now know it. The fight between the two was brutal, vicious, and threatened the careers of hundreds upon hundreds of wrestlers on both sides.
This DVD was really interesting to watch, as I had no idea how close the WWE was to going out of business, and I had no idea of the impact that Bischoff had on the WWE.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I MISS THOSE DAYS!!! January 31, 2006
What a great time in wrestling do i miss those days...a great dvd,only reason i give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because this dvd is from a WWF/WWE point of do you really think all the truths from a WCW point of view surface here??mmmmm no.but regardless it does a good job of showing how ted turners empire lead by the NWO and strong japanese/luchadore in ring action nearly buckled vince's WWF.With Ted Turner's seemingly endless supply of finances,Bischoff does talent raids grabbing stars like Savage,Hogan,Hall,Nash,Bret Hart,Luger to name a few...but as the NWO angle dragged on for nearly 3 years,growing stars such as Austin,The Rock,Triple H,and Mick Foley headlined a new "Attitude" charged WWF,Vince began using new angles and ideas which won the fans back for the majority of 1998 and all of 1999.the difference...WCW was not able to rebound because of its lack of making new stars and blowing lucrative amounts of money on Jay Leno,Dennis Rodman,Karl Malone,KISS etc. (this is not showcased on the dvd) WCW could have pushed their younger talent in 1999 such as bagwell,jericho,big show,benoit etc.,instead,they all went to WWF,bringing in vince russo was a disaster...and when the dust settles,Vince Mcmahon buys what was a 350 million $$ buisness 3 years prior...for a pathetic 6 million $$ in 2001,although it was viewed at the time as a victory to many did nothing but kill competition...since 2002,WWE stock regarding everything has dropped,as the swelled audience and many true wrestling fans have left due to tasteless/trashy angles and storylines the current WWE product puts out,there will never be another one of these wars to the magnitude between 1995-2001,its a must have for ALL wrestling fans...HOLLER!if ya hear me
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see February 15, 2004
By A Customer
If the Monday night battles between Raw and Nitro fascinated you then you need this DVD. They go into great detail regarding contract talks, why stars left for the competition and how WCW rose from a money losing company to a company turning a profit.The story itself is just over 90 minutes. The DVD extras are...-Steve Austin & Shawn Micheals vs Owen Hart abd British Bulldog.-Shawn Micheals & Triple H vs the Legion of Doom (I believe this was the 1st time HHH & HBK teamed up before creating D-X)-Bookert T vs Chris Benoit (Nitro)-Hulk Hogan vs Goldberg (Goldberg wins the WCW title.)-Steve Austin gives Vince Mcmahon a Stunner for the first time.-Jim Cornette commentary regarding supposed icons in wrestling.-Vince Mcmahon's "Bret screwed Bret" interview.-D-X invades Nitro.-nWo in the production truck.-Eric Bischoff challenges Vince McMahon to a match at Slamboree.-Ric Flair returns to WCW to reform the Horsemen.-Ric Rude appears on Raw and Nitro on the same night.A great investment!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great To Have...But Not Detailed Enough! March 6, 2004
By A Customer
Despite my title, you should still buy this because it is enjoyable! I won't repeat too much from the other reviewers. Here's my synopsis of the Monday Night Wars from the WCW perspective side (that was not told as much as it should):
1995 - Nitro debuts with Lex Luger(!) appearing in WCW since losing the WCW title to Sting in 1992. He wrestled in the WWE just one day earlier! He explained that he was not under contract that day.
1996 - WWE starts losing notable wrestlers like Hall, Nash, Savage, etc. Hall and Nash form The Outsiders. Then, Hogan drops the bombshell by turning "heel" and forming the NWO. NWO changes the transition from "studio (old school) wrestling" to "WCW version of sports entertainment". I really liked afterwards when Hogan was making comments like "If it wasn't for Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff would be..." and then he told the fans to "Stick It!" Shocking even today!
1997 - WCW owns the Monday Night Ratings as the 83 week-streak is still intact. Luger regained the WCW title but lost it 5 days later to Hogan. The Four Horseman officially disbands when Curt Henning turns against Flair and Arn Anderson is forced to retire. Then the NWO does a humorous skit particularly Nash portraying Anderson about "unpaid bar tabs..."
1998 - The first part of the year, WCW owns the ratings as the streak ends...and all downhill for WCW. Different factions of the NWO like the Wolfpack and the LWO. Too many changes happening. Too much confusion.
1999 - More confusion (Why didn't Nash stay away from Hogan's potent finger to give away the WCW title?). WWE runs a long winning ratings streak and never looks back. Too many title changes (WCW title changes hands 11(!) times!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't what I expect it and probably won't watch it again but I do...
It was enjoyable and insightful as at the time this was happening I was only 10-11 years old and had no idea that WCW existed until the Invasion story line happened. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erick
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
This is a great story and awesome theme music. Has extras of matches and stuff.
Published 1 month ago by Seth
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monday Night War
Good documentary on the ratings battle between WWE and WCW in the 90s. No doubt the war between the two companies help bring the last great boom period in wrestling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick Small
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great dvd, great seller
Published 2 months ago by L&RW
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Greatest, Best for the Uninitiated
The Monday Night War is not the best documentary WWE has ever produced. Having said that, in fairness, it is one of the earlier entries in the various 'history' documentaries... Read more
Published 3 months ago by library dude
5.0 out of 5 stars I grew up with this...
This covers the biggest boom in the history of the wrestling business, and surprisingly it does it fairly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Evan Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars History is Written by the Winners
As the title says, History is Written by the Winners. It's funny to see this now, twelve years later and see how the tone changes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Run for Pancakes
5.0 out of 5 stars RAW is WAR
Really great information about the Monday night wars between WWE and WCW.... if you are a wrestling fan this is really fun to watch
Published 8 months ago by Hoser34
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!!!
I somewhat enjoyed this WWE dvd but was very disappointed in that so many great MNW moments were left out and so many of the major players were not interviewed.
Published 8 months ago by Taylor Bible
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great.
The Monday Night War: WWE Raw vs. WCW Nitro is a good but not great DVD. The entire DVD is about 1 hour and 30 mins. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John Drought
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