WWE: Greatest Stars of the '90s
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The 1990s may have been the most turbulent decade in the history of sports entertainment. The biggest fight of the era was not in the squared circle, but rather between rival companies WWE and WCW, and survival was at stake. Like any good match, it saw its twists and turns, particularly when WCW brought WWE to its knees, winning the Monday-night ratings battle for more than 80 consecutive weeks. While WWE eventually prevailed, the real winners of the war were fans who got to see birth and rebirth of some of the biggest stars and factions in the history of sports entertainment. The Greatest Stars of the 90s profiles 15 of them. Hosted by SmackDown announcer and former ECW champion Tazz, the 3-disc set is packed with matches, interviews, comedy, and more.
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Of course, as Tazz even says in the DVD, people will complain about what superstars deserved to go into the collection and which were left out. My only complaint is Lex Luger. I have to ask in what way was he considered at equal footing with the likes of Sting, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, etcetera, while people like Vader or Goldberg or Anyone from ECW gets left out. But there I go again bitching and complaining.
The typical mini-biography format for every wrestler involved is excellently done, and special features and such includes great footage to see, including such things as the Undertaker and Paul Bearer's promo against Yokozuna, and Triple H's "riff raff" promo as Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Great laughs.
I was highly pleased to see an entire segment devoted to the "Big Three" promoters of the 90s: Vince McMahon, Eric Bischoff, and Paul Heyman. Of course Paul Heyman is my wrestling hero promoter person. It's also quite refreshing to see them cover Sting so honestly and put him over so well, despite him having never worked for the WWF/WWE ever, and even acknowledge that fact, without burying him.
The entire segment on Owen Hart summed up to me feeling one powerful, pervading thought: Why does Owen Hart not have an entire DVD collection devoted to him?
But there's problems, of course, enough for me to drag this down a star:
Censorship: Blame those Pandalovers who filed that lawsuit on the WWF, and forced them to name-change to WWE. It's a huge distraction and instantly rips to shreds all immersion and intensity of a promo when one of the wrestlers says WWF, only to have all sound muted out on the "F". It's annoying, say, during Razor Ramon's promo in his car, hearing him say "Doubleyou, Doubleyou, _____" and have that noticeable gap while his lips still move, and even have the background music sloppily skip pace.
As well, all scratchy WWF logos are blurred out, causing huge visual eyesores in many of the Attitude-era matches.
But that's not all as well. Perhaps due to all this I hear about a "PG-ifying" and family friendly-izing of the WWE, words and blood are heavily censored as well. Words that they even still say on occasion on TV (like the A word, which is apparently even censored on Amazon) are censored. And any time blood is shown on screen, the image goes monochrome, like we're supposed to think that black goo on a wrestler's face is oil or boisenberry syrup!
Disc 1 has Chapters on all of the Greatest Stars of the 90's, in this order:
Women of The 90's
Not So Great Stars Of The 90's
Bret "Hit Man" Hart
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Disc 1 ends with Special Features in this order:
Razor Ramon - Restaurant Vignette
Undertaker Builds A Coffin For Yokozuna
Bret "Hit Man" Hart - New Generation Vignette
Owen Hart Inside A Steel Cage
Shawn Michaels Press Conference Before Wrestlemania XI
Hunter Hearst Helmsley - "Riff Raff"
Mankind - "And God Created Mankind"
Scott Hall & Kevin Nash - "Modern Day Gladiators"
D-Generation X Reenacts The Montreal Incident
The Rock Reads Stone Cold Steve Austin's Eulogy
Stone Cold Steve Austin Remembers The Shockmaster
Disc 2 Matches in this order:
Madison Square Garden - 11/30/91
HULK HOGAN VS. RIC FLAIR
Survivor Series - 11/25/92
BRET "HIT MAN" HART VS. SHAWN MICHAELS
King Of The Ring - 6/13/93 - WWE Championship Match
HULK HOGAN VS. YOKOZUNA
Wrestlemania X - 3/20/94
BRET "HIT MAN" HART VS. OWEN HART
Superstars - 4/13/94 - WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
DIESEL VS. RAZOR RAMON
Slamboree - 5/22/94 - International World Heavyweight Championship Match
STING VS. VADER
Royal Rumble - 1/22/95 - WWE Championship Match
BRET "HIT MAN" HART VS. DIESEL
Raw - 4/3/95 - Women's Championship Match
ALUNDRA BLAYZE VS. BULL NAKANO
Disc 3 Matches in this order:
In Your House - 9/24/95 - All Titles On The Line Match
DIESEL & SHAWN MICHAELS VS. YOKOZUNA & BRITISH BULLDOG
In Your House - 2/18/96 - #1 Contender For The WWE Championship Match
OWEN HART VS. SHAWN MICHAELS
SummerSlam - 8/18/96 - WWE Championship Match
SHAWN MICHAELS VS. VADER
SummeSlam - 8/3/97 - Steel Cage Match
MANKIND VS. HUNTER HEARST HELMSLEY
Nitro - 8/4/97 - WCW Championship Match
HOLLYWOOD HULK HOGAN VS. LEX LUGER
SummerSlam - 8/30/98 - WWE Championship Match
STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN VS. UNDERTAKER
Halloween Havoc - 10/25/98 - United States Championship Match
STING VS. BRET "HIT MAN" HART
Fully Loaded - 7/25/99 - Strap Match
TRIPLE H VS. THE ROCK
The Monday night wars between WWF Raw and WCW Nitro. Some of the best and original talent to come down professional wrestling's highway(Including Undertaker in late 1990,as well as the likes of Triple H,The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin,to name a few.) The birth of the controversial NWO and the Rebellious faction known as D-Generation X....hell,the birth of the WWF's Attitude era for cryin out loud! A bunch of good classic matches and many fairly thorough profiles for each superstar.
If you're a fan of this era and the talent that is synonomous with it,this one's for you folks!
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Spent some good time with my brother and father looking back when times were better. Thanks WWE for all the good memories!