The History of the WWE Championship
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For more than forty years, the WWE Championship has been one of the most prestigious titles in sports entertainment, This three-disc set contains some of the greatest matches in the history of the WWE Championship from the 70s through today. Fans have been given the opportunity to participate in the creation of the DVD, as they voted on wwe.com for their favorite matches from each era. The DVD set will include a comprehensive timeline with multimedia highlights from every title change. Hosted by legendary announcer Jim Ross, matches on the three discs will feature all the great champions in WWE history, including Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Undertaker, Triple H, John Cena, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, and more!
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Things definitely pick up steam by Disc 2, when the Hitman arrives. Two great matches & the transition to HBK which eventually gets to the Stone Cold "Attitude Era."
Disc 3 may have been the Ultimate Jackpot. Street-fight from hell with Cactus Jack and Triple H and the Disc never slipped with each proceeding match. If you like a little blood then Mick Foley delivers. Some of these matches I had already seen (Undisputed Jericho) but Rock and Austin I never saw in full & they definitely brought down the house. Hard to top that match, even at Wrestlemania 19.
Definitely worth having if you're a wrestling enthusiast....
The History of the WWE Championship
If you ever read that bit of information at the top of all my wrestling reviews, you'll learn that I started watching wrestling in 1996. I am not a fan of old school wrestling. Most wrestling from the 70's, I can't even stand. If you were a fan of it, you might want to honestly disregard a lot of my matches on first disk.
With that being said, this is a good compilation of some of the most memorable WWE Championship matches. The fans voted on which matches they wanted on this DVD set, so I cannot blame WWE for what I got. I can only blame the fans. Regardless, you got a lot of matches that were worth watching and great. However, if you are a modern fan, disk one may entice vomiting.
-Disc 1- (1970s-1980s)
WWWF Championship (2/8/71)
Ivan Koloff(c) VS Pedro Morales
This match basically consists of the near 300 pound Ivan Koloff running away from Pedro. Ivan uses a bunch of heel tactics to get the advantage, which is nice to see. You also get a cool ending. Still, the match is extremely slow and drags on. Also, the quality of the video is very poor and even screws up at times.
WWWF Championship (4/29/71)
Bruno Sammartino(c) VS Killer Kolwaski
This is another match that seems to drag on forever with really little substance. Any modern fan is going to have trouble even staying awake while that do the same moves over and over again. This is all added to the fact that the match is joined in progress, so you miss some of the match anyway.
WWWF Championship (4/30/77)
Bruno Sammartino(c) VS "Superstar" Billy Graham
Here we go again. This is yet another boring match. The quality of the video is really bad too. You do get to see Graham get his title victory by cheating. Also, there are a few good power displays.
WWWF Championship (2/20/78)
"Superstar" Billy Graham(c) VS Bob Backlund
This match is clipped and you only see the ending where Bob Backlund beats Graham with an Atomic Drop.
RATING- No Rating
Steel Cage Match (1/16/82)
Bob Backlund(c) VS Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
This is another match that is clipped up. You see about 3 minutes or so of the match. What you see is good, I wish they wouldn't have clipped it up.
RATING- No Rating
WWF Championship (5/23/83)
Bob Backlund(c) VS Sgt. Slaughter
Okay, we have finally reached a good match on this set. This is a brawl. It's still really slow and drags a bit, but it does achieve a wild brawl though. This match has plenty of great wrestling for even modern fans.
WWF Championship (1/23/84)
Iron Sheik(c) VS Hulk Hogan
This is the day that Hulkamania was born. Hulk Hogan wins the belt quickly, but not before exciting the fans and putting on a great show.
Steel Cage Match (Wrestlemania II)
Hulk Hogan(c) VS King Kong Bundy
Bundy and Hogan put on a decent Cage Match here. One thing that really brings down this match is how Hogan no sold Kong's Avalanche. The Avalanche was the same move that put Hogan out of action for a while before that. Typical Hogan match.
Steel Cage Match (1/3/82, Saturday Night's Main Event)
Hulk Hogan(c) VS Paul Orndorff
This match was better than the last match, but still not great. Orndorff does get some good offence on Hogan. There is a good part in the match where both guys hit the floor first, and they restart the match.
WWF Championship (Wrestlemania III)
Hulk Hogan(c) VS Andre The Giant
You knew it had to be on here somewhere. This match is probably considered the biggest WWE Championship match in history. Andre works over Hogan's back after Hogan hurt it trying to lift Andre. The match is fairly average, but the emotion and ending bring this one up.
WWF Championship (2/5/88, The Main Event)
Hulk Hogan(c) VS Andre The Giant
This match is often forgotten about because it's the one that Hogan lost to Andre. Not only that, but there is a huge screw job ending. Hogan kicks out at one, but the referee just keeps counting to three. You get the same type of action as you saw in their previous match.
WWF Championship (Wrestlemania V)
Randy Savage(c) VS Hulk Hogan
The story here is a love story. Miss Elizabeth doesn't know who she loves more, Hogan or Savage. I personally hate this story. The entire match is pretty boring and not worth a watch. Hogan wins in typical fashion.
-Disc 2- (1990s)
WWF Championship/Intercontinental Championship (Wrestlemania VI)
Hulk Hogan(c) VS The Ultimate Warrior(c)
This DVD just took an amazing turn for awesomeness. Hogan defends the WWF Championship against Warrior, who is defending his Intercontinental Championship against Hogan. There are a lot of power struggles. There are a few too many rest holds though and Hogan's fake knee injury only hurt the match.
Steel Cage Match (Summerslam 1994)
Bret Hart(c) VS Owen Hart
Brother VS Brother in a Steel Cage. It doesn't get much more personal than this. Both men are trying so hard to say they beat the other man. They are diving for the cage door just to try and get out. This is one of the better cage matches in history.
Iron Man Match (Wrestlemania 12)
Bret Hart(c) VS Shawn Michaels
In my personal opinion, this match is very overrated. It is an extremely well played out match, but that doesn't mean it's not boring in spots. Also, if you know who wins already, most of the emotion of the match is gone. If you don't know who wins, stop reading reviews so you don't find out.
WWF Championship (In Your House- Mind Games)
Shawn Michaels(c) VS Mankind
I'm sorry but this match is nowhere near as good as what other people say. It is still a very solid match; it just lacks something to make it special. Still, this has some good wrestling and a few nice spots.
WWF Championship (Wrestlemania XIV)
Shawn Michaels(c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
The Stone Cold Era begins right here. These two battle all over the arena. The story is about Mike Tyson though. People are trying to figure out whose side he is on. Michaels is wrestling with a broken back.
-Disk 3- (2000s)
Street Fight (Royal Rumble 2000)
Triple H(c) VS Cactus Jack
I personally have always enjoyed their Hell in a Cell match at WWE No Way Out 2000 more, but this is still a great match. Many weapons are used including thousands of thumbtacks. The Rock makes an appearance as well. Fantastic ending to this match.
WWF Championship (Summerslam 2000)
The Rock(c) VS Triple H VS Kurt Angle
I'm not sure why this match is even on here since the entire thing is a mistake. Triple H attacks Angle before the match starts and Pedigrees him through a table. Angle is injured from this and is out the majority of the match. From that point, The Rock and Triple H are on damage control. They seem lost and don't seem to tell any story in the ring. The match only picks up when Angle returns near the end of the match.
WWF Championship (Wrestlemania X7)
The Rock(c) VS Stone Cold Steve Austin
This is considered by many to be the grand finale to the Attitude Era. These two put on an amazing show with plenty of weapons and brawling. There is a weird moment where both contestants seem a bit lost, but they quickly get back into the match. There is a great twist at the end of the match.
Undisputed Championship (Vengeance 2001)
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Chris Jericho
Austin had just beaten Kurt Angle to retain his WWF Championship. Jericho had just won the WCW Title from The Rock. These two men were now going to fight to decide one champion. The match is really short and nothing of interest really happens. This is on here for the historical value.
Undisputed Championship (Vengeance 2002)
Rock VS Undertaker(c) VS Kurt Angle
This is one of the coolest Triple Threat matches you'll ever watch. There are finishers galore in this match up. The wrestlers even use each others finishing moves multiple times throughout the match.
Undisputed Championship (Summerslam 2002)
The Rock(c) VS Brock Lesnar
The Rock rockets to the ring to start the match. Each man gets an equal amount of offence in the match. The crowd is going insane for both Lesnar and The Rock. Heyman gets Rock Bottomed through the announce table. Brock Lesnar even uses the Rock Bottom. I thought the ending was too anticlimactic and the match was too short.
WWE Championship (Royal Rumble 2003) (Match of the DVD)
Kurt Angle(c) VS Chris Benoit
They topped it. The match starts off at a mellow pace but builds quickly. Angle takes a DDT on the apron and busts his nose. Once the match picks up these guys are going counter for counter. In the end Benoit loses to the Angle Lock, but he proved he can be Champion.
WWE Championship (Vengeance 2005)
John Cena(c) VS Christian VS Chris Jericho
This was a good way for this DVD set to close. John Cena is WWE's new poster boy, and he can put on good matches from time to time. Everyone gets a chance to shine in this match. Many Christian fans go insane after Christian appears to get a three count after a reverse DDT. This is a very strong match.