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If you have seen The Rise & Fall of ECW DVD, you'd have been hard pressed to believe that this one would fall so short. Considering Eastern Championship Wrestling, later on becoming Extreme Championship Wrestling, had a life span far shorter than WCW and its Jim Crockett Promotion ties, this disc should have had tons more info to share.
The ECW disc was so informative, and not just from the stand point of the players involved. It spoke on its biggest feuds, changing points in the company, the ways they were able to grow and compete with the "Big 2" and made you understand how important and revolutionary their company was. It spoke on the history of its biggest players and how them coming to ECW helped their business. It was also shown in detail of how the company ruined itself. Some of that was in the WCW disc, mostly the competing with WWE, but not enough.
And while I know I may sound like a mark, I am a big WCW fan and feel there will never be a bigger angle in the history of wrestling bigger than the NWO, for better or worse. But I was a fan of WCW even before then. So why not recap the history of the "Big Gold Belt" briefly. I mean WWE still uses its likeness, so why not show it some love. Talk about how it was separated from the NWA Championship and the whole 9 yards. I think one would believe it was the same belt from the Crockett Promotion glancing over this.
Another strange thing to me is how Sting-Hogan is just refused to even be mentioned, it wasn't mentioned in the Monday Night Wars disc either. If you think about it, it is one of the last feuds to take that 80's and earlier approach in where Sting and Hogan had a long, drawn out program before fighting at Starrcade.Read more ›
Jim Crockett Promotions
Georgia Championship Wrestling
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Crockett Sells to Turner
Greatest Talent in the World
Bill Watts Era
Bill Shaw Hires Eric Bischoff
Hulk Hogan Arrives
WCW Ratings Champ
Goldberg vs. Hogan
A Corporate Merger
McMahon buys WCW
Legacy of WCW
I have to say that the most interesting parts were the history of Jim Crockett Promotions, Black Saturday (in reference to when Vince McMahon temporarily took over the Georgia Championship Wrestling show in 1985) and thru the Bill Watts era. Where it gets muddled a bit is when discussing Bischoff, Russo and the nWo angle. Surprisingly, many take up for Bischoff though they ultimately admit he was one of the reasons for its downfall! Still, its is an interesting take on what happened.Read more ›
The beginning of this documentary was well done, with Jim Crocket and David Crocket talking about their father and the taking over of the business, but after that, it completey takes a left turn.
This is zero mention of how Vince Jr wanted to take over the WHOLE wrestling industry in the early 80's and was intent on moving into other territories ironically enough against his own father's wishes, which caused so many wrestling factions to shut down when Vince stole his talent and moved into their territories.
Nor does it talk about how Vince Jr told the cable operators that if they showed Starrcade '87 instead of the intial Survivor Series that he would ban them from having any rights from airing Wrestlemania VI the following year, which in effect caused massive losses from pay-per view and box office receipts. This indirectly led to JCP having to sell to Ted Turner who appointed people that had zero knowledge of wrestling or promoting it.
Nor does the DVD talk about how close the WWE was to bankruptcy in 96 with 6 million in losses. You see, the people at WWE that produce these DVD's have a warped sense of reality and short memory. They are very biased to make the WWE look like they were honest and had intergrity, when in actuality it is just the opposite. And you know what? That is fine. It is business.Read more ›
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Not a bad documentary at all some good insight and footage. Sad that wwe didnt include the standard two discs of bonus materials. Worth seeing and owning.Published 22 days ago by Brandi and Elvis Proctor
concentrates more on the fall then the rise but solid wwe release .Published 2 months ago by horror movie man
Bought this for a gift for someone else. I know almost nothing about Wrestling. The guy I bought it for liked it.Published 9 months ago by slow
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Well it's wasn't "the beginning of the end" more than it just really was "the straw that broke the camels back." It was one of those screwjob/bait & switch tactics that WCW pulled one too many times & this was the one time where it ticked off so many people that they just... Read More
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