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  • Actors: Curt Hennig, Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter, Shawn Michaels
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: World Wrestling
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SXW4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Spectacular Legacy of The AWA:

It started in the Midwest, and grew in stature until it was rivaling WWE and WCW for national supremacy, its champion on par with their promotions. The AWA launched hundreds of careers, including Ric Flair, the Road Warriors, Sgt. Slaughter, Jessie Ventura, and so many more. It's the promotion where the Immortal Hulk Hogan first rose to prominence and the Showstoppa Shawn Michaels took center stage. THE SPECTACULAR LEGACY OF THE AWA profiles the amazing rise of the promotion to where it was considered one of the "Big 3" through its end. The DVD also includes memorable matches from the promotion's entire history.

Customer Reviews

Still, he seems like a good old man.
Ervin Griffin
If you really watch this DVD, you'll fine that if it wasn't for the AWA, I don't think the WWF would be where it's at today.
Gary L. Dibert
Disc 1 has the feature and some pretty neat special feature interviews.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Movie Fan on November 21, 2006
When the WWE announced this set, I really thought they would butcher the AWA's legacy and put their

own spin on everything. To my surprise, with a few exceptions, they told the truth for a change in

this documentary and gave credit to Verne Gagne for all his accomplishments in making pro wrestling

what it is today.

More than Vince McMahon, Verne Gagne deserves credit for making wrestling into the cultural phenom

it has become, because it was Verne who paved the way for this to happen. The documentary acknowledges

Verne as wrestling's first big television star. The man had endorsement deals, appeared on the Steve Allen

Show and was responsible for helping to make wrestling one of tv's first hit programs when it launched in

the 1950s. It's hard for people to imagine this today, and it did have a lot to do with the lack of stations

to choose from, but Verne's wrestling show drew a 24 rating at it's peak. A 24! I think the highest rated

RAW was a 6.2, Verne had 24 million homes a week tuning in! This was huge and it laid the foundation

for promotions to promote their product and get fans to go to the matches. All this is talked about in

the documentary and Vince gives Verne the credit.

All the great characters and personalities that many young fans believe got their start in the WWF, actually

started in the AWA and that is finally talked about on this DVD release. Mean Gene Okerlund, Jesse Ventura,

Bobby Heenan, Iron Shiek, Ricky Steamboat, Adrian Adonis, Sgt. Slaughter, Jim Brunzell, Shawn Michaels,

Curt Hennig and Hulk Hogan all developed their characters in the AWA before going to the WWF.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D.P. VINE VOICE on December 14, 2006
Before I get started, let me just say that I'm an unbiased fan because I never had the chance to actually see & follow the AWA when it was around unlike how I was able to with WCW & ECW. This is the 3rd attempt at WWE telling the history of another promotion & based on their previous two DVD sets of promotions, this documentary was either going in one of two directions. It was either going the way of "Rise & Fall Of ECW" where they spent time & went into heavy detail about how it's ideas had a heavy influence in professional wrestling today...or "Monday Night War" where they heavily focused on the negatives of the company & downplay the influence that company had on professional wrestling. Well, this DVD I saw went the way of the Monday Night War where I just saw a burial of the promotion by everyone involved except the main players of the company. And by the way, Ric Flair isn't interviewed or even mentioned until the closing the of documentary when they were naming off the wrestlers Gagne trained despite being on the cover, talk about false advertising! Bottom line is that this DVD follows the path of WCW in "Monday Night War" & Ultimate Warrior's DVD in which they build them up only to completely knock them down & out by the end of the feature.

Verne Gagne's background growing up kicks off the documentary along with the story of how the National Wrestling Alliance was born & eventually split up into the WWE, AWA, and NWA. How Gagne ran his territory & trained wrestlers followed by his innovations into the wrestling business (ala "The Wrestler" movie) are also glossed upon along with his strict rules & his idea of keeping "kayfabe.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Morra on October 3, 2006

there will be a one hour and 45 minute documentary focusing on Verne Gagne and it will largely be about the later years, Hulk Hogan and the Superclash shows.

Interviews featured on the DVD include Jim Brunzell, Michael Hayes, Baron Von Raschke, Greg Gagne, Eric Bischoff and Nick Bockwinkel. The match listings on the DVD are as follows:

*Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens vs. High Flyers

*Verne Gagne vs. Baron Von Raschke

*Pat Patterson & Ray Stevens vs. Frank Hill & Billy Robinson

*Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon vs. Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura

*Verne Gagne vs. Nick Bockwinkel

*Gagne & Brunzell vs. Ventura & Adonis

*Bockwinkel vs. Hulk Hogan

*Ventura vs. Von Raschke

*Hogan vs. Masa Saito & Massao Hattori

*Road Warriors vs. Crusher & Larry & Curt Hennig

*Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty vs. Buddy Rose & Doug Somers

*Bockwinkel vs. Curt Hennig

*Jerry Lawler vs. Kerry Von Erich
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Lund on January 16, 2007
The years 1975-80 were my prime wrestling watching years. There was and still are no personalities like the AWA stable of stars: "Mad Dog" Vachon; "Baron" Von Raschke; Nick Bockwinkel; The Crusher. These guys are the true spirit of wrestling. It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyways)- It was a different time of wrestling. I still enjoy some of todays wrestling and personalities, but it's not quite the same. This DVD is a small dream come true for us who were there and actively following these titans. I loved the documentary, although I agree with a few others here in wishing there was more. More matches from the 70's is my only minor complaint. They could also have a whole DVD of just "war stories" from Brunzel, Raschke, etc. Also, another DVD could be filled with the pre- and post-match interviews, which are almost better than the matches themselves. All in all a fascinating DVD. If you weren't 10 years old in 1976, I doubt you may relate to my yearning for more Pomero Firpo "The Wild Bull of the Pampass," but "that is all the people need to know!"
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I agree, yet a lot of the matches are ones I never saw since I was born in 1978 even the matches from the late 80's I think I only saw one or two of them if that. I watched AWA wrestling when I came home from school pretty much when it was falling apart, but I enjoyed it just as much as WWF... Read More
Apr 26, 2007 by J.J. Skywalker |  See all 6 posts
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They were up there with the WWF and NWA when they were a powerhouse. In fact, it seemed at one point the AWA was over the WWF. Why else would Vince buy up all their talent?
Jun 3, 2007 by Michael Westbrook |  See all 12 posts
Too bad. But, better than nothing.
what you described is what i was hoping this would be, matches from the 60s & 70s. hopefully next time
Nov 21, 2006 by David J. Bonaime |  See all 2 posts
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