Review: ‘Timeline: The History of WWE 1992’ DVD – As Told By Bret Hart

August 10, 2014 by Mark D

Kayfabe Commentaries Bret Hart - WWE Timeline 1992 DVD Review

Should I begin by saying this release was a 4/10 or has that joke been beaten into the ground already?

As is the norm with the “Timeline” releases, Kayfabe Commentaries front man Sean Oliver sits down with the interviewee and they chronologically discuss the events and major milestones of the year in question.

1992 in WWE will always hold a special place in my heart (or Hart – see what I did there?) as this was the year in which I became a fan. So to say I was looking forward to this one when it was first announced a few months ago would be somewhat of an understatement. What made it even cooler for me was the fact that my second favorite Superstar of the era (sorry Bret, Randy Savage took the #1 spot) would be the featured star. Honestly, I don’t know that the folks at Kayfabe Commentaries could have found a more qualified or appropriate interview subject. 1992 was the ascension year for Bret Hart, coming from being Intercontinental Champion, to headlining the biggest SummerSlam in history to closing the year as “the man” and WWE Champion, all amidst a backdrop of scandals and controversies which were rocking WWE to its very core.

The total run time for this feature is a tiny bit over 2 hours, 15 minutes and the set is available as both a physical DVD as well as On Demand via WWNLive.com. In addition the DVD was available to 50 individuals as a special “signature edition”; for those unaccustomed the signature editions feature a bonus signed disc and a special alternate cover art.

However despite my anticipation for this set, I did have one hesitation going in… would Bret’s status with WWE influence the answers he gave, i.e. would he tow the company line? This was something which really hurt Fit Finlay’s 2006 “Blue” WWE Timeline release in my opinion; however after only a few minutes my concerns were quickly dispelled as the interview progressed. Additionally as the interview progressed forward it was clear that Bret became more comfortable with Sean and the guys as the further we got into the interview his willingness to open up increased, similar to what we saw with the Roddy Piper Timeline a few months back (also a release worth checking out).

Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline The History of WWE 1992 with Bret Hart DVD Review

As you may have expected Bret does have an axe, and his axe is always in need of sharpening – especially when it comes to discussing Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair (Flair in particular, whom Bret takes a number of shots at during the interview). The willingness to take a shot at “Naitch” is especially evident when discussing Flair’s matches with Hogan in the early part of the feature and again when discussing the famous story of when Vince McMahon sent Ric Flair and Randy Savage back out to the ring to completely do-over their WWE Title change match in September 1992.

As you may have expected the big topics of the year are covered in great detail, particularly the rumors of Bret seeking his fortunes in WCW and exactly how far these discussions went, the WrestleMania VIII match with Roddy Piper, the build to and events surrounding the SummerSlam match with Davey Boy Smith and of course his capturing of the WWE Championship in October.

Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline The History of WWE 1992 with Bret Hart DVD Review

Are there events/milestones which weren’t covered? Of course, but unless the format is changed to a four or five hour interview then everything was never going to be covered. Other hot topics for 1992 would of course be the steroid scandals which were really kicking into a higher gear along with the sex scandals – particularly involving “ring boys” and the alleged rape towards Rita Marie (the female referee). Bret doesn’t really dish any “dirt” on these topics, but I think it would be unfair to expect him to, he does however provide his personal view point on these events.

Another segment of the interview which was fun was the segment where Bret discusses what makes up the ideal wrestler, I’m sure most wouldn’t agree with the weightings which he gave some guys – especially those pertaining to himself; but I guess you’ve got to have an ego in the ‘rasslin biz. Finally some of the most fun topics which were discussed surrounded the original, original plans for SummerSlam 1992 and just who Bret’s opponent was to be, discussion of the WBF (World Bodybuilding Federation), ICO-PRO and Bret’s memories of working with Simon Cowell (of X-Factor/American Idol fame) on the SlamJam album.

Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline The History of WWE 1992 with Bret Hart DVD Review

I really enjoyed this WWE Timeline with Bret Hart; the Timeline series has become my absolute favorites series of Kayfabe Commentaries releases. I would highly recommend this release in particular as I’m more than confident that you will find it a highly entertaining 2 hours, 15 minutes. Overall I would be more than happy to give this 4 + 4 out of 10″ (or simply put: 8/10).

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“Timeline: The History of WWE – 1992” is available now at KayfabeCommentaries.com as a physical DVD or to stream instantly as VOD with WWNLive.




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9 Comments left on this article...

  1. Mr Disc says:

    I enjoyed this timeline of 1992 with Bret. He does come across as a huge mark for himself as usual. But he does have some interesting tales including a match between himself and the Warrior was scheduled for Royal Rumble 1993 and the plan was to have Warrior submit to the sharpshooter. I actually find this story hard to believe but it’s an interesting theory though.

  2. Steven Jackson says:

    Great review Mark D. 1992 is the year I was born, and probably my favourite year as well, especially for hidden gems.

    I am going to buy this interview just because it is Bret. Yep I’m a Bret Hart mark, but I do not care, as I always find his opinions, matches and interviews enthralling. Looking forward to checking this out =)

  3. SRB says:

    Bret is one of the very few who I could sit and listen to discuss the business and never get bored. Not many guys can do it like he can. I even prefer him over guys like Flair and JR as far as memory recollection goes. I still pull out the HBK/Hart Greatest Rivalries release to watch him talk about Montreal and going to WCW. He really is fascinating to listen to and can turn anyone into a wrestling fan.

  4. Rob says:

    What was the original plans for summerslam 1992?? His match with Bulldog was amazing!!!

  5. David says:

    Good review!

    Love the Timeline series, easily my favorite from Kayfabe Commentaries. I thought the ECW ones were pretty weak, except for 1997 with Sabu. Didn’t really enjoy Shane Douglas 1994 and Sandman 1995. Haven’t seen 2000 with Justin Credible, but looked interesting based on the preview.

    1992 with Bret, 1995 with Nash and 1997 with Cornette are probably the best WWE ones, but all the others were pretty enjoyable.

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