For the past few weeks you guys and girls have been voting in the first ever WrestlingDVDNews.com March Mania Tournament in an attempt to crown the greatest WWE DVD.
We began with almost 400 WWE DVDs from WrestleMania XV right up to the recent Shawn Michaels: Mr WrestleMania and we have ended with just one.
The initial stages of nominations whittled the field down from the nearly 400 to your 128 favorite DVDs. These 128 WWE DVDs were then randomly paired and placed in one of the four brackets and we began the process of eliminating DVDs until we were left with just two: Bret “Hitman” Hart – Best There Is, Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be and The Rise and Fall of ECW.
These two DVDs seen off stiff competition from the likes of: WrestleMania X-Seven, Greatest Rivalries: Bret vs. Shawn, The Rise & Fall of WCW, Raw 20th Anniversary Collection, Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Bottom Line and the Definitive Ric Flair Collection. Checkout Bret Hart’s and Rise and Fall of ECW’s full route to the finals in our previous post by clicking here.
Bret Hart vs. Rise & Fall of ECW
These DVDs were released exactly 1 year and 1 day apart from each other (Bret Hart on 11/15/2005 and Rise & Fall of ECW on 11/16/2004). While Bret Hart had the longer DVD (given it benefited from an additional disc) the ECW documentary is 43 minutes longer than Bret Hart’s.
Historically both of these DVDs will be fondly remembered for very different reasons. Bret Hart’s DVD marked the first time in which Bret Hart had been involved with any WWE project following his departure from the company after the 1997 Survivor Series and the tragic death of his brother Owen. Initially without Bret Hart’s involvement his DVD was set to be titled: “Screwed: The Bret Hart Story” and was to follow the format of the Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior. Bret Hart even revealed during his recent UK tour that he was very upset by some of the comments made by talent in the set; in particular Hulk Hogan and Jerry Lawler.
The Rise and Fall of ECW is regarded as one of the very best selling WWE DVDs in the history of the company, in fact the DVD sold so well, it sparked a renewed interest in Extreme Championship Wrestling. So much so that WWE held an “ECW PPV” less than 7 months following its release and then even went on to adopt ECW as WWE’s third brand which provided a breeding ground for many of today’s top stars. ECW can even be linked with the current NXT developmental system.
The Rise and Fall of ECW went on to defeat Bret Hart with 57% of the final vote.
On behalf of everyone here at WrestlingDVDNews.com I would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in any (or every) round of the tournament. We really hope that you have enjoyed the tournament, same time next year???