Hello everyone and welcome to the first edition of Coliseum Corner presented by @ColiseumVideo. We are extremely excited to partner with WWEDVDNews.com and look forward to reconnecting you with your WWE childhood memories on a weekly basis. For those who have been supporters of us on Twitter, this blog now gives us the opportunity to go in-depth well beyond our 140 character limit. Each week we will be going into the vault to dust off the memories (and VHS cassettes) on a time in professional wrestling that we all grew up loving!
Since this is our introduction post, we wanted to leave you with the first article that was ever published about Coliseum Video in the pages of the WWE Magazine. It was the August/September 1985 issue that featured the classic picture of Rowdy Roddy Piper, Nikolai Volkoff, Iron Sheik and Cyndi Lauper on the cover!
See you next week for an exciting new release…
Until then… #BeKindRT
A cardboard figure display of World Wrestling Federation Champion Hulk Hogan stands in a video shop. “Take Me Home”, the print on the display says. So a customer picks up the figure and starts to cart it out of the store.
“No way,” says the store owner. “It’s an ad.”
The Hulkster figure is an advertising display for the new series of official WWE home video cassettes, featuring live WWE action, not only of recent years but of the past. Video store owners report that some customers are taking the display literally and trying to take the cardboard Hulk home with them. Well, that’s a no no. But now you can bring Hulk and the other top WWE wrestlers into the living room on videotape cassettes.
The cassettes, between 75 and 80 minutes long are a product of Coliseum Video, a branch of A&H Video Sales of New York City, which owns the Video Shack retail chain and is one of the largest distributors of home video cassettes in the world. A&H distributes videos for most of the major motion picture studios.
The WWE videos are produced by veterans in the business who also happen to be longtime fans of the WWE. They know the video business, and they know wrestling. The result is a series true to all the action and drama of WWE competition through the years. Three types of programs are available in a series of six video cassettes. One features the best matches in the WWE, including classic bouts between Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zybysko, Jimmy Snuka, and Roddy Piper and Gorilla Monsoon and Heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali.
Another series of video profiles top stars. Already on sale is a cassette on the Hulkster and Hulkamania. It tells something of the champ’s background, describes his secret conditioning methods and looks at some of his favorite matches, including his win over the Iron Sheik for the WWE title. A third series features some of the oddities and humor of the WWE ring, starting out with a cassette called Wrestling’s Bloopers, Bleeps and Bodyslams. Covered in the video are some of the classic moments on WWE’s TNT television program, including the wedding of Paul “Butcher” Vachon.
Additionally the video series enables WWE fans to relive the wild excitement of the greatest closed-circuit wrestling show ever presented. A special cassette has been issued on WrestleMania which, when it occurred March 31, was hailed as one of the most thrilling sports entertainment events ever. – WWE Magazine August/September 1985