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WWE: Monday Night War Volume 1 - Shots Fired
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Two companies. One goal - to be the only name in sports-entertainment. This 20-episode WWE Network series delivers the in-depth stories of both Vince McMahon's WWE and Ted Turner's WCW, as they battle head to head in a primetime power struggle that forever changed the face of sports entertainment. Part four follows the path of Stone Cold Steve Austin from relative no-name in WCW to era-defining megastar in WWE. WCW unveils a potent new weapon, Goldberg. Plus, WCW cruiserweights take to the skies.]]>
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One section of The DVD is Devoted To The NWO it really kickstarted The War as WCW starting that long winning streak over WWE and pushed WWE to give birth to WWE Attitude. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash really helped turn the tide in WCW. Hulk Hogan turning on WCW and being the leader of The NWO was perfect. I would have liked to hear WWE also mention one of the NWO's key rivals in the recently passed away 'Hot Rod' Roddy Piper. Piper vs Hogan was great in WCW and I tuned in to see that. Though Piper and The Hulkster were not in their prime the magic was still there and it was awesome. After each segment Triple H, Sting and Renee Young discuss the episode.
One Section has to do with DX which was the counter to The NWO. What stuck out for me is I am not the biggest Triple H fan but when HBK retired he really took the ball and ran with it as the leader. The rivalry he had with The Rock was great resulting in Summerslam 98 one of the greatest Ladder Matches ever. X-Pac helped turn the tide back in WWE's favor. X-Pac was always a great wrestler and he had a nice comeback in WWE in 98 and nice run with The European Title he made the title mean more. The New Age Outlaws were one of the greatest and hottest tag teams of the 90s. It showed WWE knew what they were doing when they teamed those two up. HBK and HHH were the founding fathers of DX and they really got things started to be headed in the right direction. Though Shawn's career ended in 98 for the meantime he passed The Torch To Austin to help lead WWE forward in The War.
One Segment was to do with Bret Hart. Bret Hart is one of the more depressing stories of The Monday Night War. His Match with Austin made Stone Cold the New Face of WWE. Bret Hart in WWE put on classic matches but Bret Hart clearly would never fit in with the WWE Attitude Era because he was old school and Vince let him go to WCW. The politics in WCW wasted Bret Hart. He could have had the ultimate big money match with Hulk Hogan that fans dreamed of but instead The Hulkster made sure that match never happened. Nash and Hall never wanted to work with Bret. It was probably jealousy. Flair put Hart over to his credit. Macho Man has a good brief feud with Bret. Bret faced Sting and Lex Luger. Bret's character would turn from face to heel back and forth as WCW seemed to be obviously not sure of what they wanted to do with Bret. As a big fan of Bret's I enjoyed his time in WCW I don't think he was ever given a chance to make a difference there and I think people were jealous of him and wanted to see him fail. I still thought he did a great job in WCW with his matches with DDP, Piper, Luger, Henning, Savage, Flair and Goldberg.
Another Section was Goldberg. This was another sad tale of politics helped kill the hottest thing WCW had. Nash and The Hulkster instead of letting Goldberg continue to ride his momentum with WCW as Champion had his streak killed off. It was an awesome period though with Goldberg. He beat Hogan on The Greatest Nitro ever. Goldberg went through almost every wrestler on the roster until Scott Hall used the taser to assist Nash in cooling Goldberg's jets with a big loss. I did think Goldberg came back strong after the loss from 99-01. Why WCW never gave him another title run remains a mystery. Goldberg was The Face of WCW. It would be better to make him the champ than David Arquete, Jeff Jarrett or Vince Russo. The Heel Goldberg idea I thought was a good one but Goldberg's heart wasn't in it so they scrapped it. But I remember liking Goldberg as The Heel fighting Nash who was the Face at WCW Bash At The Beach 2000 this was when WWE was burying WCW in the ratings. Goldberg was The Franchise I think towards the end 2000-2001 one of the key mistakes was not putting the belt back on Goldberg. It was too bad Goldberg injured Bret Hart and ended his career. I think it was just an accident. Goldberg had a great career in WCW and will be remembered as one of the greatest stars of Pro Wrestling and The Monday Night War.
One Segment is Devoted to Austin. Stone Cold single handly saved WWE from going out of business. He was the one that shifted the ratings in WWE's ratings. Stone Cold and Vince worked great together with the right chemistry. The Rock came into his own having the greatest rivalry in Wrestling. Stone Cold had countless kick ass matches on RAW and by far the most memorable moments were with him. He deserves a lot of credit he was the leader and The WWE lockeroom followed his lead. Stone Cold is the greatest star in the history of wrestling in my opinion. I hope one day there will be another wrestling star like him but there will always only be one Stone Cold.
There are other sections I will not go into in detail Mick Foley, Embracing Attitude Era, Cruiser weights, Foundations of War.
It was cool to have both Triple H and Sting talk after the episodes. It was good to get their thoughts. Overall this was a awesome dvd and a must for any wrestling fan or fan of wrestling in the 90s. I hope a lot more dvds on The Monday War are released. I see they already have a part 2 coming out in the future. Cheers and Enjoy!