Here at WrestlingDVDNews.com we had the opportunity to view an advance copy of the latest WWE DVD release – War Games: WCW’s Most Notorious Matches.
This 3 disc DVD and 2 disc Blu-ray set has been eagerly awaited by fans for many, many years and based upon the quality of the matches alone this set delivers. It’s comprised of all NWA/WCW War Games matches which exist within WWE’s video library, and the Blu-ray even includes versions of the match from Smoky Mountain Wrestling and ECW.
The set is hosted by the man who created the match way back in 1987 – “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. During the initial chapter Dusty recalls a story of his inspiration for the match as well as discussing the physical creation of the cage by veteran wrestler turned JCP/WCW backstage assistant Klondike Bill.
Unfortunately the quality of the first two matches isn’t exactly “HD” (and this could be the reason we haven’t seen either match released before now) but it is very watch-able, especially given the historic significance of the matches. Unfortunately WWE has removed Jesse Ventura’s commentary from the 1992 & 1993 matches and the 1988 match does not include commentary (similar to how it appeared on Ric Flair and The Four Horsemen).
No need to discuss each match in detail here, as Joe Israel will be providing an in-depth review very soon. It’s worth noting that Dusty’s segments between matches provide an insight into the wrestling world and WCW at the time; unfortunately he doesn’t provide any real background to the matches and the feuds going into them. This could have made the set a little better, as all the matches had a build to them (remember: The Marietta Massacre, Masters of the Power Bomb, nWo vs. WCW and The Dungeon of Doom?).
All in all, War Games: WCW’s Most Notorious Matches is a very good watch and matches range from very enjoyable to awesome. If you are a fan of WCW or NWA I’m sure you are already counting down the days until next Tuesday, but if you aren’t a huge WCW/NWA fan this set will not disappoint. Check out some exclusive screenshots and video previews below.
WWE will release War Games: WCW’s Most Notorious Matches next Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray formats.
It follows on to UK/Europe and Australia next month.