After hearing some of your comments and feedback about the match listing for “The History of WWE” which was revealed earlier this week, it’s evident some of you were disappointed with the selections which were made. I do feel that the choices were relevant to the subject and it was inevitable that some repeats were going to be featured.
My feeling from the time when we first confirmed this particular release was going ahead, was that it deserved to be more than a standard 3 disc set. To properly highlight their history at least one more disc would be required. As a result, this Mini-Fantasy Concept will look at what I think should be featured on “Disc 4”.
So for the purposes of this particular concept, I will consider all of the planned footage for discs 2 and 3 to be a given and I will look for enough content to fill an additional 4th disc.
My biggest disappointment with the match and moment selections for The History of WWE (a view shared by others) was with the earlier years of the company and a number of the key players of the earlier days not being represented fully. In fact the early era is only represented with one match, and granted it is a very historic match – the end of Bruno Sammartino’s championship reign, but just one match none the less.
Unfortunately WWE didn’t begin broadcasting their Madison Square Garden shows on the MSG Network (and even HBO at the time) until the early 1970s and I am not sure what or how much footage actually exists from prior to this time, however all of the matches and moments which I have included do exist.
There were also a number of individuals who I felt needed representation in superstars such as: Gorilla Monsoon, Lou Albano, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Pedro Morales, Bob Backlund and The Fabulous Moolah. Additionally, I felt other events and historic moments should be spotlighted including the likes of: Saturday Night’s Main Event, MTV & The Rock n Wrestling Connection, The New Generation stars and of course the Austin vs. McMahon feud. As a result I came up with content for “Disc 4” which comprises matches and moments that I feel would better help tell “The History of WWE”.
Gorilla Monsoon vs. Capt. Lou Albano
Madison Square Garden • June 30, 1973
Andre The Giant vs. Chuck Wepner
Shea Stadium • June 25, 1976
Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko
Championship Wrestling • February 2, 1980
Best 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
The Wild Samoans vs. Pedro Morales & Bob Backlund
Showdown at Shea • August 9, 1980
Piper’s Pit with Jimmy Snuka
Tuesday Night Titans • July 17, 1984
WWE Women’s Championship Match
The Fabulous Moolah vs. Wendi Richter
Brawl to End It All • July 23, 1984
WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Bob Orton
Saturday Night’s Main Event • May 11, 1985
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
Maple Leaf Gardens • July 26, 1986
The Slammy Awards • December 17, 1987
The Wedding of Macho Man Randy Savage & Miss. Elizabeth
SummerSlam • August 26, 1991
The Barber Shop with Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels
Wrestling Challenge • January 12, 1992
Diesel & Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon & 1-2-3 Kid
Action Zone • October 30, 1994
“The cure for the common show”
Raw • December 15, 1997
Corporation Gauntlet Match
Raw Saturday Night • February 13, 1999
Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship
The Rock vs. Mankind vs. Triple H vs. British Bulldog vs. Kane vs. Big Show
Unforgiven • September 26, 1999
Vince McMahon’s Address
SmackDown • September 13, 2001
You will probably have your own opinions of what should and shouldn’t be included. Of course some will also argue that the matches and moments I have selected aren’t “unreleased”. However I don’t feel this is particularly important providing that a balance is achieved between unreleased and previously-released content.
Many of the matches which I have listed here can be found online, including sites such as WWE.com, YouTube and DailyMotion – check them out.
It’s great to hear your feedback, so comment below or tweet me @_MarkD_.
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