This one has been hinted at, rumoured and almost scheduled in the past, and it was even a standout winner of our 2011 DVD poll.
So for this week’s Fantasy Concept I present…
WWE: War Games – The Match Beyond.
Rules of War
The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger, Tully Blanchard, & J.J. Dillon) vs. The Road Warriors, Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes & Paul Ellering
Atlanta, GA • July 4, 1987
The Road Warriors, Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes, & Paul Ellering vs. The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard) & The War Machine
Miami, FL • July 31, 1987
Flair vs. Dusty
The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, & J.J. Dillon) vs. Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, Lex Luger, Steve Williams, & Paul Ellering
Greensboro, NC • July 16, 1988
Unseen War Games
The Fabulous Freebirds & The Samoan Swat Team vs. The Road Warriors, The Midnight Express & Steve Williams
The Great American Bash • July 23, 1989
The Four Horsemen
Sting, Brian Pillman & The Steiner Brothers vs. The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious, & Larry Zbyszko)
WrestleWar • February 24, 1991
Victims of War
Sting’s Squadron (Sting, Nikita Koloff, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat & Barry Windham) vs. The Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Steve Austin, Larry Zbyszko & Rick Rude)
WrestleWar • May 17, 1992
Sting, Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes & The Shockmaster vs. Sid Vicious, Big Van Vader & Harlem Heat (Kane & Kole)
Fall Brawl • September 19, 1993
Dusty Rhodes, Dustin Rhodes & The Nasty Boys vs.Terry Funk, Arn Anderson, Bunkhouse Buck & Robert Parker
Fall Brawl • September 18, 1994
Going into battle
The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Lex Luger & Sting) vs. The Dungeon of Doom (Kamala, The Zodiac, The Shark & Meng)
Fall Brawl • September 17, 1995
WCW vs. nWo
The nWo (Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & Sting) vs. Lex Luger, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson & Sting
Fall Brawl • September 15, 1996
The nWo (Buff Bagwell, Kevin Nash, Syxx & Konnan) vs. The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Steve McMichael, Chris Benoit & Curt Hennig)
Fall Brawl • September 14, 1997
Team WCW (Diamond Dallas Page, Roddy Piper & The Warrior) vs. nWo Hollywood (Hollywood Hogan, Bret Hart & Stevie Ray) vs. nWo Wolfpac (Kevin Nash, Sting & Lex Luger)
Fall Brawl • September 13, 1998
War Games for the New Millennium
Triple Cage Wargames Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner & Vince Russo vs. Sting Goldberg, Booker T, Kronik
Nitro • September 4, 2000
The Legacy of War Games
Injures in the War Games
War Games as a Fan
The Greatest Matches
The Evolution of War Games
Plus, a collection of more than 20 pre and post match comments from many of the War Games competitors, including the following superstars: Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Arn Anderson, The Road Warriors, Sting, Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, nWo and many more!
With all of the great feedback this set has received in the past – surely WWE should be looking at this one as a serious release for late 2012/13? When rumours first came out about Dusty Rhodes hosting a DVD (which turned out to be May’s Clash of the Champions set) everyone thought that it should/would be War Games. How long can WWE keep denying their fans of this release?
Does this proposed WWE DVD interest you?
It’s great to hear your feedback, so please sound off in the comments below!
I hope to bring you more fantasy concept DVD sets in the coming weeks and months – so stay tuned to the site. You can follow me on Twitter: @_MarkD_. I’m also looking for suggestions for future concepts.
Great concept, glad it came out!!! Make the others happen Mark!
Make it happend!
Great idea and amazing cover! One question… what font was used for the ‘War Games’ logo?
War Games 1992= ‘Nuff Said.
i hope the wwe and vince would just think about the money concept instead of there pride they won so why not just get over the im not fone of making all these wcw dvd’s and just give the fans what they want i mean the best of wcw monday nitro was #2 behind wrestlemania so whats that tell you??
i think this concept is an outstanding idea… im more into the 80s nwa and mid atlantic crockett promotions etc… i would buy this dvd n a heart beat.. i really wish they had all rights to the nwa and put out a history of the nwa dvd set but that probably wont happen anyways great idea
Hell yeah!! I have been wanting a war games dvd set since wcw got shutdown. WCW was way better than WWE. War Games matches are amazing and this would be a fantastic dvd set
The problem with War Games for me was that no matter how I tried, I just couldn’t seem to get all of the rules in my head, or understand what it was all about. The Rumble is so straightforward, with War Games I was always like…why is there more than one ring? Lol. I dunno, I obiously just didn’t have the patience to get to grips with the concept, and I never really needed to because they never showed the WCW PPVs on TV in the UK anyway, lol. I was always more of a WCW guy, but War Games was the most confusing thing they ever did for me.
you must be retarded, it’s as simple as it gets
Fantasy Concept #9 – History of the World Tag Team Championship?
I think it would really cool if wwe produced a wargames match dvd and i would go to walmart at midnight to pickup a copy
I’m not sure why they havent done that. Maybe they felt with the elimination chamber it would be overkill. The elimnation chamber was kind of a War Games revamp in the first place. But I agree. Or maybe they could use it for the Bragging Rights pay per view. It would give either one a good shot in the arm. It certainly doesnt make sense not to release a match anthology like the hell in a cell or elimination chamber dvd. It would be an incredible set. If they did decide to lose survivor series as was rumoured a while ago, then I think it would be a great way for it to end. I’d rather they keep it though and bring back War Games in a serious way.
@Vincenzzzzzo That would be a cool concept, but I don’t think it will ever happen, as I’ve heard/read somewhere once that Kevin Dunn really hates the 2 ring set up. 🙁
WWE Survivor Series : War Games
Needs to be the PPV for November every year for WWE. They can update the classic Survivor Series format with War Games as the main event.
@Nikster I’m not giving out any covers to anyone, sorry.
Mark, can you please send me the cover to this? I tried asking you on your Twitter. I don’t care if it’s LQ or not. I’d love to use this for my WarGames comp. It looks amazing. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the cover. Thanks man
Love the cover and the whole idea. I think there were a lot of War Games matches that were done around the country in 87-88 that never made TV or were filmed.
I thought there was one from 1988 that was released on DVD, can’t remember whose but I don’t think it was the one you listed.
I just want the 92 War Games to be put on DVD somewhere. Is that too much to ask.
@Marty I felt that I should only go with the matches which I had actually seen footage or categorically knew existed in WWE’s archive. I would hope that footage of those two matches exsists so that they could be released, as they featured different superstars – for the time, as a number of the Wargames of the time were The Horsemen vs Dusty, Road Warriors etc
Mark, that 1988 WarGames match appears to be one of many that year that didn’t get televised:
That said, I don’t think most of us knew of the WarGames match in ’88 that wound up on the Horsemen set until we saw it. So who knows about the Cincy match?
As for the match in ’91, I have no clue. Not much I can find on it except on Graham Cawthon’s History of WWE site.
WOW! Your best concept so far!!! AMAZING! They should definitely do this set and have you do the cover art… 😉 NICE!
cunts with too much time on their hands!
Thanks for the great comments. Unfortunately there wasn’t much I could do about disc 3, which was why I thought it should have some classic promos. I’ve included all of the Wargames matches which exist in WWEs Library, I think.
There were two especially which I would have liked to include, but I don’t believe they exist on tape:
1. The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Road Warrior Animal), Sting, Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff defeated The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and James J. Dillon) Cincinnati, OH – July 21, 1988
2. Sting, Lex Luger, The Yellow Dog, and El Gigante defeated Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff, Kevin Sullivan, and The One Man Gang; Magnum T.A. was the special guest referee. Norfolk, VA – July 6, 1991
Nice cover design and kudos to you Mark.
This look a lot like the Best of WCW Nitro. Great first and second disc, but disc three doesn’t really have a good showing like the first two. But definetly a great way to remember the NWA/WCW.
i agree with Marty about disc 3.
i remember the final war games on wcw nitro. it looked promising to be an awesome main event but vince russo killed it when he eliminated kronik from the match upon his entrance. and the tainted ending did nothing for this match … wcw should have just put the belt back on goldberg therefore he wouldnt have gone and did the second winning streak.
WWE should hire you. Your a great cover artist and you come out with great content ideas for fantasy wwe releases that all hope that should come out one day. I think it’s if WWE ever conisder hiring you i think you should come out with the ideas for future WWE releases and content and the matches that we would love to see involved because your genius what you do. I hope you can come with a fantasy future wwe release like the best of WCW halloween Havoc, Bash at the beach, Superbrawl, plus documentary of the best WWE talk shows that involved like Piper pit,Brother love show, Funeral parlor, the Barber Shop, The kings court, heartbreak hotel, the Highlight real and the Cutting edge think about that idea. But overall brew your doing a good job. Also one more if when WWE does release Ted Dibiase Sr DVD see what you can up come up and the content of it thanks.
Not entirely crazy about the back and front covers both using black and white photos but I would buy the hell out of this.
if and when the wwe releasing their own network might not be a good thing for dvd collectors,in time they will put unrealeased wwe wcw ecw matches on the wwe network before to dvd.the war games is one of the gems they could be saving for the network.
Mark, there is not a single thing wrong with this set. You have it exactly the way it should be.
Disc 3 looks awful, of course. But having those matches tells the tale perfectly of the fall of War Games, after such a meteroic rise.
They really need to do this one! I woulld like to see the old war games logo with the tank on the cover.
Or, more likely, just before WWE holds their own War Games match, thus rendering the set immediately incomplete.
I agree with srb. Maybe if Mark could release wwe DVDs like this we’d have a bunch actually worth buying!!! Wwe sure has proved they won’t give real fans the real wrestling they want on DVD lately. Long live nwa /wcw!!
We’ll see this when Vince dies. The Elimination Chamber seems to be the closest we’ll get to any mention of War Games in his lifetime.
Showing me this artwork and content is like chaining me to a wall without food for a day and then putting a small bowl of rice one inch out of my reach. Stop punishing me! lol
Amazing job here man. Maybe thought green would work better for the title text, but nonetheless, this could be on the shelves! Wow.
And great content listing.
Love the concepts, but if i can add a suggestion, A side project could be making DVD coverslip printouts for DVD’s that dont have them, I.E. Wrestlemania Insiders History, Mattel DVD’s, etc.