Coliseum Corner: Hidden Gems on WWF Tapes! Brothers Battle, HBK vs Flair

October 1, 2012 by Dan Duffy

We’re back with another entry into Coliseum Corner. Now you may be wondering, where has this column been? Well, we’ve been locked in the WWF Video Vault for a few weeks. Luckily it has given us a chance to find some hidden gems that Coliseum Video have produced over the years!

This week we have for you – Part 1 of some of those great matches that were released on Coliseum. It’s bound to get those memories come flooding back..

 
WWF Supertape 92 Coliseum Video In the days following the 1991 Survivor Series, an impromptu pay-per-view was broadcast. “This Tuesday in Texas” was to be a pay-per-view which would quickly settle some scores. Hulk Hogan had just controversially lost his WWF Championship and wanted not just a rematch, but revenge. On this same pay-per-view Macho Man Randy Savage was desperately seeking revenge on Jake “the Snake” Roberts after being brutally bitten by his cobra. This match was Randy Savage’s first match after being reinstated by President Jack Tunney following his loss to Ultimate Warrior.
WWF Jake The Snake
Now this pay-per-view was never released on Coliseum Video under its own title. “This Tuesday in Texas” was included in the Supertape series (92). In an aggressive and emotional battle Savage and the Snake ripped into each other, even before the opening bell. This is a must see match if you like old school WWF drama.

 
WWF Invasion 92 Coliseum Video Invasion 1992, featured “Lord” Alfred Hayes and Sean Mooney parading as Star Trek type characters as they introduce the matches on this Coliseum Video. One match in particular which has stood the test of time, is Ric Flair (in his early days in the WWF) VS Shawn Michaels.
WWE Ric Flair vs Shawn Michaels
At this time the Nature Boy was as ever a big star. Shawn Michaels, however, was still in the tag team ranks and hadn’t begun the huge climb to stardom. This encounter displays the chemistry that both of these men had together. To think that just over 16 years later, Ric Flair would put his career on the line against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XXIV.

 
WWF Wrestlefest 1994 Coliseum Video WrestleFest 1994 most certainly offers a classic, Coliseum exclusive. Bret and Owen Hart meet the Steiner Brothers in a Tag Team match that could be described as pay-per-view quality. This match was taped in January 1994 in between the falling out of Bret and Owen at Survivor Series 1993 and the heel turn of Owen Hart at Royal Rumble 1994.
WWF Harts vs Steiners
In this Brothers vs Brothers encounter, all four men displayed their incredible wrestling skills to bring to you a very entertaining match. Who wins? Not easy to predict. Check this match out for a knock down drag out affair. It’s a classic.

 
WWF Paul Bearers Hits from the Crypt As 1994 progressed, feuds between Superstars became heated. Lex Luger had a long standing rivalry with Yokozuna and was never able to quite get the big win over him. Former friends Randy Savage and Crush had an incredible rivalry. Crush had betrayed his friend and aligned himself with Mr Fuji and Yokozuna.
WWF Lex Luger
From the Coliseum Video, “Paul Bearer’s Hits from the Crypt” Lex Luger and Randy Savage team up to meet rivals Yokozuna and Crush. This match was shot exclusively for Coliseum Video and these two teams naturally had the crowd on its feet. Make sure you find this match to see 1994 at its best.

 
That’s all for this entry, Coliseum buffs! Look out for Part 2…

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  1. Connie says:

    Howabout some of CHV great tapes on DVD? The Wrestlefest 92 and 94 for starts?

  2. SRB says:

    How about a huge box set of all/most of the CHV tapes? Tons of gems in that purchase. I doubt most would get it though since it would only be for people who have a Bachelor’s Degree and who are vegetarians.

  3. john rega says:

    Tuesday in Texas was one of my favorites. I enjoyed those mentioned but also the Bret Hart vs Skinner match was a great one. It showed Hitman could put on a great match with almost anyone. But I actually have all of these on CHV

  4. Anonymous says:

    Invasion 1992 was in my opinion one of the greatest Coliseum Home Videos ever. I really liked the Michaels/Flair match and I thought that the Flair/Hart match was probably the best one the two ever had against each other while cameras were rolling. Hopefully both of these matches get released on DVD soon as they’re at the very top of my want list.

  5. Vincenzzzzzo says:

    WWF Hits From the Crypt aired a few months ago on Classics On Demand. One of my favorite rivalries from 1994 was Lex Luger vs Tatanka. That whole “who sold out” storyline was great, in my opinion. They wrestled pretty much the whole year, from SummerSlam 1994 until afterthe new year sometime.

    • Dave says:

      Luger vs Tatanka was a great feud. They also had a pretty good cage match from Sunday Night Slam that aired March 26, 95 which is pretty rare. I forgot they even had a cage match until i found tapes with my PPV recordings and WM11 has that episode.

      Hits From the Crypt is pretty good tape, i also watched it on Classics and forgot how good the Headshrinkers vs Quebecers match was…Headshrinkers were pretty over and very underrated tag team. They also had a great match with the Steiners at WM9 which I thought was the best match from the ppv. Very underrated.

      HBK vs. Razor seem to always have good matches together too.

      • Vincenzzzzzo says:

        Dave, actually I think Luger and Tatanka had a steel cage match on a Coliseum Video as an exclusive match. I think it was on “WWF Off The Top Rope”, the video was called. Came out in 1995 sometime I believe.

        • Dave says:

          I took a look at the match listing for “Off the Top Rope” and it wasn’t the cage match. According to some reviews it was taped exclusively for Coliseum Video from Oct. 19, 1994.

          • Anonymous says:

            The cage match you guys are talking about appeared on the VHS called Raw Hits. It’s a 60-minute tape.

            On the topic of Luger, he’s certainly a bit underrated. For example, if you think this match is special, you’ll find the some of the stuff he did between late 1986 and 1992 to be comparatively outstanding. He’s certainly had numerous matches, cage and otherwise, that just blow this one away. In particular, I’d say his peak in matches and even character was 1987-1988 or 1990. The WWF and post-WWF versions of Luger are the primary examples of why Luger often gets knocked.

    • Harry Faversham says:

      Lex Luger sold out to the Million Dollar Man! Same time as the Undertaker did in the summer of 1994. Everybody has a price!

  6. Jörg says:

    I still have every tape…I liked everyone…have not watched for a long time…

  7. legend_killer says:

    On a side note, it was “observed” that WWE is ending its deal with Silver Vision to offer a “bigger and better thing” as far as distribution in the UK is concerned… whatever that may mean (as Silver Vision is almost synonymous to perfection).

  8. Dave says:

    Steiners vs. Bret/Owen was an amazing match! i’m surprised it was actually not on ppv or at least television. Glad this made it on the Hart Family Anthology DVD.

    The Coliseum Video tapes had some great gems…Wrestlefest 1994 is a really good tape, besides Steiners vs Hart Brothers, there are some other good gems like Bret vs Diesel, Razor vs. HBK, Rick Martel vs Randy Savage and Headshrinkers vs. Jannetty & 123 Kid.

    Overall a great tape…i think i have it somewhere. Might actually convert it to DVD.

    • HankHill says:

      Inside the WWF is an awesome tape, too! Yoko/Bret in the cage, Bret/Adam Bomb, Taker/Crush, Savage/Doink, Razor/Borga…and the Johnny Polo touring WWF Headquarters stuff is gold.

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