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  • Actors: Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Triple H, Edge, Chris Jericho
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NXSRNY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.

Customer Reviews

This is a step below their SmackDown match (on Undertaker's DVD) but still great.
D.P.
I don't like giving matches perfect ratings, because I feel like people do not take it seriously, but this one gets a perfect rating.
Ole Miss Rebel
I personally liked the documentary as the early parts were very refreshing to hear about and while short it was fun to view.
Jonnathan Ritland

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Steve on October 30, 2009
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 By D.P. VINE VOICE on 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 By Ash on November 22, 2011
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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Weyer on December 13, 2009
Format: DVD
I was quite surprised at how excellent the documentary part of this DVD was. It really goes in depth to the creation of the NWA and the progress of the World title though the years. Lots of the old-timers are put over: Thesz, Rogers, the Funks, Race and more, stunning to see a WWE DVD highlight non-WWE stuff as so fantastic. They also delve into WCW pulling out of the NWA and how the belt fell out of favor due to the constant title switches of the late-'90's. But they still put over Flair, Dusty, Vader, Ron Simmons and more and you get the wide respect everyone has for the lineage of the belt. The matches are a good selection with some stuff long overdue for DVD (Hogan vs Flair from Halloween Havoc '94, Flair vs Vader and much more. This is a terrific addition to any wrestling fan's library, a showcase of how wrestling history was much older than WWE and nice of them to ackowledge that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason N. Cruce on 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 By Jonnathan Ritland on 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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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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