Coliseum Corner: Enter the Vault & See How WWF Videos ALMOST Looked

February 28, 2012 by @ColiseumVideo

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest installment of Coliseum Corner! Sean Mooney here and this week we have an exciting release that is sure to please fans of all ages. This week we are taking you behind the scenes to show you what some of your favorite VHS releases ALMOST looked like! We are going to show you things that you have never seen before and probably will never ever get the opportunity to see again.

We want to hear from you… Can you spot all of the variances? Did Coliseum Video’s graphics department make the right decisions?

Comment and tweet us @ColiseumVideo with the hashtag #ColiseumCorner. Enjoy!

 

 Can You Spot All Of The Variances In “Rampage 91”?

 

Ric Flair And Razor Ramon Artwork Was Removed From The Final Production Version.

 

Final Production Version Featured “Opposites Attack!” Artwork

 

Vader Artwork Replaced And Final Release Renamed Simply “Tour De Force ’96”

 

“Masked” Undertaker Replaced With Bret Hart And Diesel In Ring Artwork

 

The Ultimate Warrior Was Removed From The Final Mega Matches ’96 Cover

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  1. The British version of US Rampage had Davey Boy Smith on the cover

  2. SRB says:

    All I know is that Spring Explosion 96 contains the highly acclaimed music video “We’re All Together Now.” Bret Hart on Harmonica with Skinner on Bass Drum. Lead vocals by Yokozuna and Baston Booger

  3. Isrs4life says:

    Um, NA… Post below me.
    That was a dum question…
    PPV’s back then were called In Your House those tapes
    were just hour or so long mixed tapes.
    WWE has never had much problem releasing PPV’s on VHS
    VHS ran them through the full event well worth the quality
    back then.

  4. neverAcquiesce says:

    I wonder if the WWF maybe had a weird deal with the pay-per-view providers back then where they couldn’t release the events on home video, or at least had to alter it from its broadcast name for some reason. Licensing rights are a pain in the ass. Anyway, I wouldn’t put it past Vince to find some way to circumvent the PPV companies, if my totally hypothetic scenario was indeed true.

  5. Wow, those covers from ’96 are really bad.

  6. NWO 4 Life says:

    I hope in the coming months or next year, WWE release a Kevin Nash set it would sell great with Attitude Era fans and NWO fans and wrestling fans in general.

  7. Harry Faversham says:

    Brilliant post. I think most of them were the right decision. Really interesting. Would like to see more.

  8. Isrs4life says:

    I remember seeing a number of these.
    The VHS cases accually use to be big and taller and i believe
    u use to get a pencil or something on the side.

  9. RabidHeat says:

    Lol, this intrigues me! I just found a little list online. In the US, In Your House PPVs were released on under the below weird titles (sometimes it would be two incomplete halves of two events on one tape, as in the case of Winter Combat ’96):

    – Winter Combat ’96
    – Spring Explosion ’96
    – Wrestlefest ’96
    – Slamathon ’96
    – Maximum Impact ’97 (terrible name for the awesome ‘Canadian Stampede’ show!)
    – Rampage ’97 (the awful title for alternative title for ‘IYH: Badd Blood’). How could they make an event that had the first ever HIAC match sound like it was just part of the Rampage series? Sheesh.

    Vince really was still stuck in the 80s/early 90s in his mind wasn’t he, to think that fans would still want their tapes to be named as such? I mean, these were genuine PPVs that furthered storylines in the WWF canon, not simply specially-filmed, yet ultimately pointless match compilations like ‘Wrestling Grudge Matches’.

    It must have been really annoying for fans who just wanted to purchase the shows they were at or bought on PPV under it’s original name, rather than having to research whether the tape’s contents matched up prior to purchasing. I bet loads of fans didn’t even bother buying these tapes, just seeing the cover and presuming they were the exclusive match type compilations of old, and thus probably missed out on owning some pivotal PPV stuff.

  10. Dave says:

    I always wondered the reason for the different names as well. In the UK they were all labeled In Your House 3, 4, 5, etc.

    I guess those names were just a way of marketing.

    I remember for In Your House 2, in the US it was labelled “Terminators” and in Canada “Lumberjacks”.

    I always liked the name Wrestlefest though.

  11. SRB says:

    @Rabidheat. I agree with you. I always thought it was weird that titles like Slamathon 96 were really IYH #14 in disguise. I always thought about it and wondered why that was. I really wish the same stuff was released world wide. The fans shouldn’t have to go on a hunt for a video

  12. RabidHeat says:

    They probably should have left Flair/Razor on Survivor Series ’92 actually. Otherwise it just made it seem like they were nothing compared to The Perfect Team. At least they corrected the spelling of Razor’s last name though! I think all of the other choices above were made with good reason really; one superstar alone is kinda rubbish for a cover.

    I really HATED that for some reason they released the In Your House events in the US on video with the old ‘compilation’ titles likes WrestleFest, Spring Explosion and Mega Matches.

    I never understood why they would shaft buyers in their OWN country like that with inaccurate titles, when us in the UK got them named accurately on video (and now in the Tagged Classics) as In Your House events.

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