WWE - Austin vs. McMahon - The Whole True Story
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(Feb 05, 2002)
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The most talked about rivalry in the history of sports-entertainment! For the first time, the whole true story has been put together. See how it all began for the Texas Rattlesnake in his battle against authority - owner of the World Wrestling Federation, Vince McMahon. These two men have put each other through hell and come out fighting. Screwed at every turn, Austin gets revenge in ways that have created some of the most memorable moments in Federation history. Now you can have a front row seat for the greatest match-up in the world.
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Among the key highlights:
1. His battles with The Rock, Mick Foley, Kane and the Undertaker, the Corporation and the Ministry
2. Classic segments such as the Monster Truck incident, the Beer Truck, the Zamboni, and McMahon's corvette, the "Hostage Taking" and the "Hospital Incident."
The feature is good in that it tried its very best to include EVERYTHING. The downsides, in my opinion, were the pacing of the video. A lot of the key angles were not covered until the last 20 minutes of the video. The majority of the beginning seemed to be filled with a lot of useless filler, particularly the interviews with certain WWF officials. Also, the thing that I personally could have done without was the "Documentary Narrator voice" which just seemed to kill the "feel" of the video for me. It seems like it was over pushed as a big "formal" type of documentary that you'd see on A&E or The Discovery Channel or TLC or something like that.
Honestly, the DVD itself has got to be one of the most crappiest DVDs WWF Home Video has ever put out!!! It contains NO special features which while a crime isn't that bad, because other DVDs have been released with no special features. The CAPITAL offense though is that the DVD does not even have anything as much as chapter or title breaks/selections!!! No navigation to speak of. It's basically the WWF burning the original VHS version (released in 1999) to DVD as is!!! Goodness, AT LEAST dress it up a little by breaking it into chapters!!! (A bonus match or two would have also been nice).
At the very least, the legendary feud is hereby preserved for "digital posterity" if nothing else.
While the DVD sucks, the feature itself is worth the view and the purchase. This is after all, "THE GREATEST FEUD IN MODERN WRESTLING." If you tuned into wrestling after it was over, this is a great recap of it. If you lived through the Austin vs. McMahon feud (like me) then this is a great collection that recaps the feud in all (or most of it anyway) its glory.
The documentary begins talking about the beginnings of both men in the wrestling business before getting into one of their earliest confrontations over how Vince forcing Austin to defend the Intercontinental Championship evolved into an confrontation off the air where Vince was ready to fight Austin with a chair. After Austin won the Royal Rumble & in the title match at WrestleMania against Shawn Michaels, we pick up with Vince making it clear he didn't want Austin as champion leading up to the confrontation the night after WrestleMania where Austin made it clear that he wasn't going to be a corporate champion. The following weeks were shown next with Austin going "corporate", his match on RAW against Vince when Dude Love appeared, Austin's chairshot to Vince at Unforgiven, Vince's "assault" on Austin & paying for it the next week, and the highlights of the Over The Edge match against Dude Love with Vince as the special referee. After seeing how Austin lost & regained the championship from Kane, we go into Vince's "master plan" to use Kane & Undertaker to take the title off Austin before reliving the famous incidents with the zamboni along with Vince paying for screwing Taker & Kane by getting his ankle broke, "Dr. Austin", Vince's car having concrete poured into it, Austin being fired by Vince & rehired by Shane, and being screwed at Survivor Series. The story picks up again at the Royal Rumble where Vince & Austin had their first official physical confrontation building up to their Steel Cage Match & Austin's title victory at WrestleMania XV. The story finishes off talking about the "Higher Power" story leading to Austin becoming the C.E.O. of the company, the King Of The Ring ladder match for control of the company, the "End Of An Era" first blood match against Undertaker & the final goodbye the next night on RAW.
In the end, I really loved the concept of this video in completely focusing on a feud & they did that well here as this completely focused on "Austin vs. McMahon" & not any of the other feuds that happened during this time period as well involving either man (Austin/Taker in 1998 for example). The only negative thing I can really say here is that they started the feud when Vince forced Austin to defend the Intercontinental Champion yet it started before that when Austin stunned Vince for the first time months earlier. Otherwise this was the storyline that really defined the early years of the "Attitude Era" & put Austin over the top as the biggest box office draw in WWE (according to them) so this is a tape that I would recommend going out of your way to get.
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