With the announcement of the WWE Network debuting in February, there’s buzz amongst wrestling fans and beyond. All eyes are on WWE to see if they can make this network successful which could lead to other forms of entertainment, most notably sports, following in their footsteps.
WWE have announced that every WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view will be available as the network launches. Therefore, all of those PPV events that were released on Coliseum Video will be available for viewing too. Meanwhile, those poor releases that have seemingly been forgotten about will stay shelved. However, if you have been a Coliseum Video collector over the years and still own a VCR, you can watch them, hold them and keep them forever.
This edition of Coliseum Corner looks at “10 Coliseum Videos You Must Own“. So for those of you who own the following tapes… hold on to them. For those who don’t… get ’em! The tapes have been placed in order of when they were released.
The Big Event
In front of 74,000 fans at the Toronto Exhibition Stadium, WWF presented the Big Event on August 28, 1986. Considering the date and its outdoor venue, you could consider it a SummerSlam before there was SummerSlam.
The main Event saw Hulk Hogan face his latest foe and former friend ‘Mr Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff. The eleven match card also featured legends such as; the Funk Brothers, Harley race, Junkyard Dog, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Lou Albano’s Machines, Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan in action and a snake pit match between bitter rivals Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat and Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts.
This event is truly one of the greats from the eighties.
Inside The Steel Cage
This release featured… yes, cage matches. However, some of these wars haven’t been re-released nor seen later on WWE Classics on Demand.
Can you imagine Seeing Bruno Sammartino and Roddy Piper in a cage match? Just watch this video. This Coliseum Classic was made available in early 1987 so it’s no surprise that the WrestleMania 2 cage match is included.
In other offerings: Andre the Giant vs Kamala and Big John Studd, respectively, Randy Savage & Adrian Adonis vs. Tito Santana & Bruno Sammartino, Greg Valentine vs. Tito Santana, Bruno Sammartino vs. George Steele, Bob Backlund vs. Pat Patterson and the infamous match between ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka and the Maginficent Muraco of which Mick Foley was a spectator.
Prior to the very first SummerSlam came WrestleFest on July 31, 1988. The event was held at the Milwaukee County Stadium and was headlined by Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant in a cage match. Ten matches were broadcast and released on video, but Terry Taylor and Mr. Perfect were left out, as was Ted DiBiase vs. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage – who was WWF champion at the time… shocking!
Other notable matches were; Bret Hart seeking revenge from Bad News Brown who had walloped the unsuspecting Hitman at WrestleMania IV, Jim Duggan vs. Honkytonk Man, Jake Roberts vs. Rick Rude, Demolition vs. The British Bulldogs and The Ultimate warrior taking on Bobby Heenan in a Weasel Suit Match, where the loser would model this crazy item of clothing. Considering Bobby was nicknamed the weasel and that he was a manager fighting a future world champion, you can guess the way this match ended and the crowd loved it.
The event was held in an unusual setting compared to what you would see every week on TV. However, this made for interesting viewing and the World Wrestling Federation put on an entertaining show.
Now this is worth owning just for the fact that you can see a few of the matches that were broadcast on WWF’s first European Tour.
World Tour featured two matches from London (Bret Hart vs. Dino Bravo and Honky Tonk Man vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan) and two matches from Paris (Rockers vs. the Rougeaus and Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage).
Ultimate Warrior vs. Ted DiBiase just after WrestleMania VI and a special profile on Jimmy Snuka were also added to the video.
This seems to be quite underrated when it comes to Coliseum Videos. But this two hour gem is one to remember.
First and foremost there’s the guilty pleasure of seeing Hillbilly Jim wrestling his dog on a mattress in his kitchen at home, while his Granny makes us all feel welcome in their humble abode. In other offerings, we see Davey Boy Smith in one of his first matches after returning as a singles wrestler to take on Haku.
Bret Hart against the Barbarian is a short but fun match and of course Sgt Slaughter the Iraqi sympathiser meets the man who chants USA louder than anyone, Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Hulk Hogan meets Dino Bravo and the Big Bossman battles Bobby Heenan in a ball and chain match. There are a further four matches on this video, including Randy Savage vs. Ultimate Warrior in a cage match.
This video includes all matches from the Tuesday in Texas PPV (possible for the WWE Network).
This was the fallout from Survivor Series ’91 between Hulk Hogan and the Undertaker and an interfering Ric Flair. Randy Savage also went absolutely berserk looking for revenge after Jake Roberts’ cobra had bitten him!
The video also features a special profile on Undertaker, an amusing episode of Tax Tips with IRS, followed up by a match with Bret Hart and the action packed opener – The Mountie, Earthquake, & The Nasty Boys vs. The Legion of Doom, The Big Bossman, & Jim Niedhart. A fantastic Coliseum Video indeed.
This was the sequel to Rampage which was released a year earlier.
A great release that includes: The Undertaker vs. Razor Ramon in the Bad Guy’s CV debut. Another Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels match, a 40 man battle Royal, The Beverly Brothers & The Genius vs. The Legion of Doom & Paul Ellering, Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster before they were a real team vs. Virgil & Tito Santana, and more.
However, what you just have to see is the segment “Make up tips with Sensation Sherri”. She gives a make-over to a plain Jane and gives her the Sherri Look which leaves this poor girl traumatised!
1992: The Year in Review
A European release only, so if you can get your hands on it you’ve done well.
This not only features matches from PPVs of 1992, but it has regular footage from television during the year. For example in the run up to WrestleMania VIII, Roddy Piper defends his Intercontinental Championship in a rematch from the Royal Rumble against the Mountie. Bret Hart comes into the fray that teases a battle right there.
You also see the feud between Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty where Marty is thrown through the glass window on the Barber Shop and his surprise return in the fall of ’92. A brilliant three hours of viewing if you liked 1992.
Smack ‘Em Whack ‘Em
Now, you may have seen this video mentioned multiple times in Coliseum Corner, but it really is one of the best.
Firstly the crazy Bushwhackers spend the entire video with Lord Alfred attempting to renovate a house. A special profile on Bret Hart is an attractive edition to the video as you can see a special interview with the WWF Champion as well as the very first ladder match against Shawn Michaels, and his victory over Ric Flair for his first World title.
You may also remember from Coliseum Corner that “Cooking with Yokozuna” is featured!
Wrestling Grudge Matches
This is one to watch.
Repo Cam is legendary, and a little less legendary is… Sean Mooney on his honeymoon caring for his sick wife who is making weird noises under WWF sheets. Didn’t they only make them for single beds?
Elsewhere on Grudge matches: Bossman and Virgil vs. the Beverly Brothers, Crush vs. the Model, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage vs. Papa Shango, Shawn Michaels defending his Intercontinental Championship against Bob Backlund, and Ric Flair vs. Undertaker to mention a few.
So there you have it – the Coliseum Videos you must own! Got your own favourites too? Share them with us. WWE Network or not, these Coliseum Videos will never be forgotten.