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Product Details

  • Actors: Abdullah the Butcher, Ric Flair, Jerry Lawler, Sunshine, Mark Lewin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: World Wrestling
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC3IKQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Collects some of the greatest matches in WCCW history, reliving electrifying moments for a generation of old-school fans and introducing new fans to the adrenaline-filled excitement of World Class Championship Wrestling. Catch the exploits of the Von Erich brothers and their rivals the Freebirds. See where NWA stars of the era - Bruiser Brody, Ric Flair, Jerry Lawler , Abdullah the Butcher – began their epic careers, and how local heroes Gino Hernandez, Mark Lewin, Tim Brooks and more paved the way for today’s Superstars. Even the Ultimate Warrior got his start here as the Dingo Warrior.

Customer Reviews

The extras on disc one are also good.
This DVD brings back many great memories for an old school wrestling fan like me, who was able to experience all the great promotions that existed in the eighties.
Mark P. Vancak
Growing up I wanted to be just like these guys!!!

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ervin Griffin on December 18, 2007
Format: DVD
I have now watched this piece at least 6 times since I bought it this past Friday and let me say it is worth the money. While it isn't perfect, I am just glad to see some of this old footage as it brings back memories of me watching World Class on ESPN during the mid to late 80's. Yes, ESPN used to air them and AWA at one time.

Anyway, back to the product, it was great to see Gary Hart, Skandor Akbar and "Wild" Bill Irwin again and to hear their stories. Its also great to see Kevin Von Eric still around to give us his stories about his dad and brothers. Time has been kind to them but not so kind of the former Fabulous Freebirds, especially Buddy Roberts and "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin! Michael Hayes still looks pretty good and I like hearing his views on World Class as well. I also liked seeing guys that often are forgotten like the late Missing Link, Kamala, The Great Kabuki (kayfabe "father" of former IWGP and NWA Champion The Great Muta), "Iceman" King Parsons, "The Mercenary of Mayhem" Bruiser Brody, Abdulah The Butcher and Gino Hernandez.

If I have any problems with this release, I would've liked to have heard from "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. True, he didn't wrestle for World Class (it had changed to USWA by the time he started) but he was trained by "Gentleman" Chris Adams so I would've liked to have heard from him about Chris. I mean, we heard from Mick Foley, HHH and Shawn Michaels so why not Austin? Oh well, you can't have everything.

The ending of the promotion wasn't as sad as all the deaths like Gino Hernandez and the Von Eric brothers. David's was particularly sad because it has been said he was next in line to be NWA World Champion in 1984.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on January 22, 2008
Format: DVD
From 1982-1985, WCCW had the "It" factor; a syndicated-TV show - with state-of-the-art production - which aired main-event-quality matches, major shows which captivated national audiences and a Rock-n-Wrestling connection that did not make the talent into cartoon characters.

Though, for some of the talent, it became a party to the abyss. And, when it all began to fall apart, there were oftentimes very tragic consequences.

This two-disc set does a good job in capturing the growth of WCCW from a regional business into a powerhouse and its slide into irrelevance while it tried to hang on in the late 1980s as the independent WCWA and - from 1988-1990 - during the last gasp in the fatal merger with AWA and CWA.

While the documentary on disc one fails to mention the 1986 oil crisis which depressed the territory and the major talent wars with the upstart, UWF, the candid commentary by the legendary Gary Hart makes for compelling viewing. And no matter how many times the tragedy surrounding the Von Erichs is told, it remains a sad journey of the perils when business - at all costs - takes precedence over family.

The second disc - though Gino Hernandez is not in any of the bouts - features a good overview of the superior matches during the glory years; including the historic steel cage match of Kerry Von Erich versus Ric Flair and a steel cage match featuring two legends who invented hardcore, Bruiser Brody and Abdullah the Butcher.

This is a must purchase for fans who fondly remember WCCW or those who want a better historical understanding of the great heights and dramatic demise of a company which had so much, but for many of the wrestlers, it was too much, too soon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. O on June 3, 2008
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I thought WWE would do a better job with this, especially since the promotion is dead and no longer a threat! If you were a big fan of World Class, you're probably going to be dissapointed. If you were a casual wrestling fan, this will suit you just fine.

My biggest issue was with the choice of matches included. This promotion had some of the most exciting wrestling matches of it's time and very few are included on this set. WWE has the entire WCCW library at its disposal and it was unfortunate that this is the best they could come up with. Clearly this compilation was put together by somebody who didn't love the promotion. If they did, the matches would have been better.

The Von Erichs and Freebirds are discussed in detail and even if you thought you knew everything about both, you will come away with new information. The deaths of all the brothers are narrated in uncomfortable detail, often by Kevin, who comes across as remarkably composed for somebody who has dealt with all that he has. Despite his positive demeaner you can't help but see the pain in his eyes as he talks about the past and what could have been.

Michael Hayes is featured prominately, and his off the cuff comments about his involvement with the promotion that made him a major figure in pro wrestling were refreshingly candid. ("my agent called me and said you have GOT to see what's going on in Texas,") Jimmy Garvin and Buddy Rodgers add significant commentary as well, although Garvin's role in the company (among many others) could have been highlighted more.

The promotion was more than just those two groups and while Ice Man King Parsons, Gino Hernandez, and "Gentleman" Chris Adams get mentioned, the rest of the supporting cast get very little credit.
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Info On WCCW
the von erichs (papa fritz & his sons david, kevin, kerry, & mike) were the main stars of the promotion. fritz owned the promotion until he got out of the business & sold it to kevin & kerry.

the biggest star of the four brothers was david; tragically, he passed away in february of 1984 while... Read More
Jun 3, 2007 by James Mclain |  See all 9 posts
Check Out the Heroes of World Class DVD
The Heroes of World Class DVD is OK but be aware that they are still trying extremely hard in that production to protect the Von Erichs. It is obvious that they were trying to maintain the "Heroes" even at the expense of the truth. It is still a very good documentary though and is a... Read More
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