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WWE: The History of the World Heavyweight Championship (2009)

Ric Flair , Hulk Hogan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Triple H, Edge, Chris Jericho
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: World Wrestling Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NXSRNY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "WWE: The History of the World Heavyweight Championship" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

It’s one of the most distinctive and storied championships in the world of sports entertainment and its titleholders are industry standard bearers. Now, for the first time ever, fans can own the definitive DVD set devoted entirely and exclusively to the World Heavyweight Championship.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Steve
Format:DVD
This is the match listings for the upcoming WWE "History of the World Heavyweight Championship" DVD:

Disc 1: Documentary & NWA Matches

Chapters:
*Origins of Wrestling
*"An American Hero" Frank Gotch
*Ed "Strangler" Lewis
*National Wrestling Alliance
*Lou Thesz
*Buddy Rogers
*New Breed of Champions
*1970s World Champions
*A Flair for the Gold
*Crockett's World Champion
*NWA to WCW
*WCW Withdraws From NWA
*Revolving WCW Champions
*The Undisputed Championship*World Championship Returns
*Legacy Lives

Matches
*Chicago 1961 - 2 out of 3 Falls: Pat O'Connor vs. Buddy Rogers
*Florida 2/11/69 - Gene Kiniski vs. Dory Funk Jr.
*Florida 12/10/75 - Jack Brisco vs. Terry Funk
*Florida 8/21/79 - Harley Race vs. Dusty Rhodes
*AWA SuperClash - Ric Flair vs. Magnum TA
*Great American Bash '90 - Ric Flair vs. Sting

Disc 2 - WCW

*Clash of Champions XIV - Ric Flair vs. Scott Steiner
*Great American Bash '91 - Lex Luger vs. Barry Windham
*Baltimore 8/2/92 - Vader vs. Ron Simmons
*WCW SaturdayNight 10/16/93 - Vader vs. Ricky Steamboat
*Halloween Havoc '94 - Career vs. Career Steel Cage Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair
*SuperBrawl VIII - Sting vs. Hollywood Hogan
*Nitro 7/6/98 - Hollywood Hogan vs. Goldberg
*Bash at the Beach '00 - Jeff Jarrett vs. Booker T
*No Mercy '01 - The Rock vs. Chris Jericho

Disc 3 - WWE
*Unforgiven '02 - Triple H vs. Rob Van Dam
*Taboo Tuesday '04 - Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
*No Way Out '06 - Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker
*SmackDown 4/7/06 - Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton
*Armageddon '07 - Batista vs. Undertaker vs. Edge
*Survivor Series '08 - John Cena vs. Chris Jericho
*Extreme Rules '09 - Ladder Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Edge
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over 100 Years Of History Behind One Championship January 2, 2010
Format:DVD
You can call it the NWA Championship, the WCW Championship, and depending on what show it's on...you can call it the RAW/SmackDown Championship but either way, this belt was always the World Heavyweight Championship. This presentation is different than any other "History Of..." DVD set regarding a championship in that you get a documentry highlighting the history of the championship complete with rare archival footage & facts along with three disc of matches highlighting the championships history through it's top three promotions in NWA, WCW, and WWE. Throughout the documentry, you'll hear from current WWE talent/employees such as John Cena, Batista, Edge, C.M. Punk, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Triple H, Big Show, Chris Jericho, Ricky Steamboat, Dusty Rhodes, and Jim Ross. The special treat is that you'll also hear from people that you normally don't hear from (including some archival interviews) like the former NWA President Bob Sigel, Bill Watts, Mae Young, Larry Hennig, Jim Crockett, Lou Thesz, Jack Brisco, Mike Chapman who is the head of the International Wrestling Institute & Museum, Verne Gagne, Fabulous Moolah, Bobby Heenan, Gene Kiniski, Cheif Jay Strongbow, Dory & Terry Funk, Mike Graham, Goldberg, Jim Cornette, Eric Bischoff, Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page, Ron Simmons, and of course Ric Flair.

The documentry starts off talking about how far back wrestling goes to the point where it's mentioned in the Bible to former U.S. President Abe Lincoln was once a wrestler to the first World Champion in Frank Hackenschmidt. "The American Hero" Frank Gotch was talked about next including stories about how he would wrestle for over 2 hours & was the man who inspired wrestling to be taught in high schools & YMCA's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest documentary ever November 22, 2011
By Ash
Format:DVD
i wanted it since i saw the add for the first time, and i loved every second of it. The dvd was amazing, it has the best documentary i have ever seen and some really great matches. Every true fan has to buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service January 18, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Good service. So many good wrestlers have held this title.From Terry Funk to Ric Flair to Ricky Steamboat. What a history!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good doc. and plenty of good matches. September 4, 2011
Format:DVD
Trailing the lineage of something that dates back over 100 years seems like quite the daunting task, but that doesn't stop WWE from putting together a documentary about the history of the world championship.

This doc. tells the story from the early 1900's when a russian named George Hackenschmidt was so dominate he was named the world wrestling champion and remained unbeaten until amercian Frank Gotch defeated him via an ankle lock submission. Gotch retired undefeated four years later, allowing others to hold the championship until Ed "The Strangler" Lewis won it in 1920 and was described as very boring despite his great nickname, even telling a story of how he wrestled a man for 5 hrs. and 20 mins. This lead to wrestling changing and becoming a little more entertaining and putting time limits on matches.

From here it talks about how the regional territories formed the National Wrestling Alliance and how the first champion was named as voted on by the board. Lou Thesz became the champion and was a major celebrity for a wrestler and held the title on numerous occasions including a 7 year run. When the original nature boy Buddy Rogers became champion, a new age was ushered in, bringing more theatrics and showmanship into it. Thesz won the title back but lost it to Gene Kiniski in 1966 and held it for three years before losing it to Dory Funk Jr.

Champions in the 70's are talked about including both Dory Jr. and Terry Funk (becoming the only brothers to ever hold a world title), Jack Brisco and of course Harley Race. These stories were pretty good and I liked how honest Jack was about the schedule of being champion was too much for him and how after he lost the title he flew home and didn't leave his house for weeks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good dvd
It spanned the whole life of the world heavyweight title. I loved it, it was an excellent dvd really cool
Published 1 month ago by Matthew J Yorkonis
5.0 out of 5 stars wwe: the history of the world heavyweight championship
I like my recent purchase of the wwe: the history of the world heavyweight championship dvd, I enjoyed watching the various world champions in the different wrestling federations... Read more
Published 1 month ago by anthony harris
1.0 out of 5 stars bad and bad.
The dvds came ok it playble but the case was broken smelt like smoke wish never bought I should of bought from store
Published 7 months ago by michael d.
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor choice
Extremely lame documentary... Was lookin forward to it but big let down, only reason I gave it 3 stars was because of the 3rd disk and first few matches on the 2nd aside Fromm that... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dk
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice history
This has a nice historical overview. However, I always feel that the WWE products understate the impact of the NWA history. Read more
Published 12 months ago by TheBigShot
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for true wrestling fans
I was so impressed at the matches included in the series. I am souch a historian buff and this is souch a great set for that and tracing the roots of the World title. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joel M. Magnuson
4.0 out of 5 stars decent
i was hoping ofr a glimpse into every title change not full matches, but it was cool. they held back on key title matches though
Published 12 months ago by Nicholas Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another perfect Christmas present
I gave this to my husband for Christmas. Another "spot on gift". He looked like the little boy who go the bb gun riffle on Christmas morning.
Published 15 months ago by Anne Hart
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for all wrestling fans.
I enjoyed the DVDs very much, I think that WWe did a reasonable job in putting it together, but little less of Ric Flair might have been better all round.
Published 16 months ago by Johnno
5.0 out of 5 stars WWE: The History of the WHC
Item arrived in perfect condition. It was an Easter gift for my niece, and she is very happy with it.
Published 24 months ago by Maryanne Gerardo
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Upcoming WWE History Of The World Heavyweight Championship DVD
If it goes back to the NWA days, I'll most likely buy it. However, I'm waiting for the match listings to get excited about this release.

One thing though, I wouldn't hold my breath for Chris Benoit to appear on any commercially released DVD any time soon. WWE does not want to... Read more
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