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nWo: The Revolution WWE DVD Review

Monday 07th, January 2013 / 11:39 Written by

Much like many consider WWE’s “Attitude Era” the greatest era in professional wrestling history, there’s one specific angle that is considered the greatest angle of all time as well, and that was the monster known as the nWo. In 1996, three wrestlers began a revolution in the sport that lasted nearly 6 years, and helped shape professional wrestling into the monster success it is today. Those three men were Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, the original founding members of the nWo.

This set chronicles the history of the group, and I must say, does a great job. Over the course of the documentary, we see coverage of the entire history of the group, from their historic rise to their less-than-stellar conclusion. Over the course of the documentary, there are comments from men who were involved directly with the group, as well as several who worked for WCW at the time, as well as several others who simply got to witness it as fans.

All of the major angles are covered in the documentary, from the ill-fated “nWo Monday Nitro”, the first Souled Out pay-per-view event, the bringing in of Dennis Rodman, and many more. The reasons behind several of the members of the group being initiated in are explained in detail, too, providing some extra information that some fans might not know. Some of the best stories on the DVD come from, oddly enough, Cody Rhodes and Matt Striker. Although neither were involved with WCW at the time (Cody was only 11 when the angle started), both offer insightful viewpoints.

As the child of Dusty Rhodes, who was not only in WCW at the time, but also a member of the nWo at one point, Cody has many interesting behind-the-scenes stories, kind of from the viewpoint of someone who was there, but because of his age, didn’t understand what was going on. Cody backs this up by recounting many of the stories his dad would tell him about the nWo during that time, with Dusty still hanging onto kayfabe with his own son. As for Striker, yes, he comes off as a tool on television, but the guy is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to professional wrestling, and is probably too smart for his own good. His insights from the perspective as a fan who watched the whole thing unfold are very interesting, and are viewpoints that I think many fans around the world likely shared at that time, including myself.

Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall make appearances on the set, but their interviews are pre-recorded from previous years, same with Eric Bischoff. These are probably pieces you’ve seen before, but they still add a lot to the set. Kevin Nash appears in both new and old interview segments, along with several other original members like Sean “Syxx” Waltman and Ted DiBiase. Nash actually gets a lot of talk time in the set with the new interviews, and he has a lot of candid, unbiased things to say about the nWo. Specifically, he talks about how the first few black and white interview segments were absolutely terrible because Hulk Hogan was still stuck in the 80s, and it was only through an incredible editor that the videos came off better than they had any right to be. He also offers up the opinion that Souled Out was one of the worst events they ever did, which can be backed up with hard numbers.

While several employees from that time in WCW make appearances here as well, including Bill DeMott and Billy Kidman, the best appearance is from Lex Luger. I was honestly extremely surprised to see him appear on the set, due to a rough history with WWE, but that surprise was extremely pleasant. Luger gets quite a bit of talk time here, and comes off as extremely intelligent and insightful, giving a completely unbiased opinion on the entire angle.

I think the best part of the set is listening to all of the stories about the low points of the group’s history. While the nWo was certainly revolutionary and provided a lot of great moments, there were still bad points, just like any other angle or feud in the sport. In addition to the two shows I mentioned, the set focuses a lot of time on the Jay Leno fiasco, the Wolfpack, and even nWo 2000. Booker T offers up the best comments here (and I look forward to the day he gets his own set, BTW), pointing out exactly why these angles didn’t work and where they hit their worst points. While Cody Rhodes and Matt Striker lose me a little in talking about Jay Leno, I still understand their points. While the angle was atrocious, both men make good points about how Leno’s inclusion brought the group even more mainstream attention. Granted, it was the wrong kind of attention in many cases, but as the old saying goes, any publicity is good publicity. Still, the Leno bit was bad for business in the long run (especially since it took place at the annual money pit known as Road Wild), and it really hurt the group’s standing as the unstoppable bad guys who were cool to root for.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot left out of this set, considering the run time of the documentary is only about an hour long. This should have easily been a 3-hour set, and it’s unfortunate it was so short. Having said that, it’s amazing how much information is crammed into the 60 minutes on this set. Nearly the entire history of the group is covered in that time, with a lot of the major players involved getting to speak their mind at length. Honestly. While I would love a much longer set in the future, if possible, I am truly impressed with what was done here in the limited time frame.

So, having covered the documentary, that leaves the matches and bonus features, which cover roughly six hours of run time. These are somewhat hit-or-miss, but considering that the popularity of the angle was the group itself rather than the matches that were had during that time, it’s not surprising. Both Hall and Nash’s debuts are featured here, along with the aforementioned Jay Leno match and the famous in-ring debut of Dennis Rodman. Three matches included on this set are really surprising. The first off is Syxx vs. The Bounty Hunter from “nWo Saturday Night”. In case you have forgotten this, when WCW Saturday Night was on the air, after the nWo debuted, they began getting a weekly match on the show. They would record the match earlier in the day when the fans weren’t allowed in the arena, and they consisted of members of the group squashing random jobbers. This is one of those matches, and there’s no more to it than that.

Syxx squashes the guy, and that’s the end of it. The second one is Sting vs. Hogan the night after Starrcade ’97. I would have thought they would have included the match from the PPV itself, due to its historical significance. Instead, we get the rematch from the next night that not only do most people forget, but wound up being the beginning of the complete undoing of Sting’s title win the night before. The last of these three is the War Games Match from Fall Brawl ’98, pitting Team WCW vs. Team Hollywood vs. Team Wolfpack in a three-way match. This is considered the worst War Games Match in history, and there’s a good reason for it. Not only did it feature scrubs like Stevie Ray in the main event, but the rules were nonsensical. While traditional the traditional version of the match pitted either 4 on 4 or 5 on 5, with the decision being made by either submission or KO, this match could only end in pinfall or submission, and the person who scored the fall would be the new #1 contender for the WCW title. So, even though it was 3 on 3 on 3, it essentially was a 9-way match, making the idea of teams completely useless. On top of that, this was during Warrior’s embarrassing WCW run, and the match was marred with his stupid parlor tricks like disappearing in a cloud of smoke and reappearing elsewhere around the ring (with the help of the late Rick “Renegade” Wilson, playing his double).

Still, with these complaints, I had a good time watching this DVD. Much like The Attitude Era, I really enjoyed this set, as it felt like a trip down memory lane. I distinctly remember being a fan during this time, and because of where I lived, Nitro and RAW came on at different times, which allowed me to stay loyal to WWF but still enjoy WCW’s skyrocket in popularity as a result of the nWo (and many other things, truthfully). Despite watching many of these moments, nearly 20 years later, I had forgotten many of them, and some of the matches included here were ones I had never even seen, which is something I always look forward to on these sets, regardless of match quality.

If you were a big nWo fan, this set should be on your wish list. If not, I still say pick it up, if for no other reason than its historical significance. The cultural impact of the nWo and WCW on a whole at the time can not be underestimated, and this DVD does nothing but enforce that fact. No pun intended, the nWo was a revolutionary concept, and that revolution can still be felt in wrestling today.

DISC 1

Stars Align

Free Agents

The Outsiders

Bash at the Beach

Here’s the nWo

Element of Reality

Fan Interest

nWo vs. WCW

Rivalry versus Sting

The nWo. Goes Mainstream

Internal Strife

Restoration Attempt

nWo 4 Life

Scott Hall’s Nitro Debut
Nitro – 27th May, 1996

Kevin Nash’s Nitro Debut
Nitro – 10th June, 1996

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper confronts Eric Bischoff
18th November, 1996

Hollywood Hulk Hogan confronts “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
30th December, 1996

The nWo’s WWE Debut
No Way Out – 17th February, 2002

DISC 2

The Outsiders vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Sting & Lex Luger
Bash at the Beach – 7th July, 1996

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
The Giant vs. Hollywood Hogan
Hog Wild – 10th August, 1996

WCW World Tag Team Championship Match
The Outsiders vs. Harlem Heat
Halloween Havoc – 27th October, 1996

Syxx vs. The Bounty Hunter
nWo Saturday Night – 9th November, 1996

WCW World Tag Team Championship Match
The Outsiders vs. The Steiner Brothers
Souled Out – 25th January, 1997

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Hollywood Hogan vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
SuperBrawl VII – 23rd February, 1997

Hollywood Hogan & Dennis Rodman vs. Lex Luger & The Giant
Bash at the Beach – 13th July, 1997

DISC 3

Las Vegas Sudden Death Match
Diamond Dallas Page vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage
Halloween Havoc – 26th October, 1997

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Sting vs. Hollywood Hogan
Nitro – 29th December, 1997

No Disqualification Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Hollywood Hogan vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage
Nitro – 20th April, 1998

Match for Control of the WCW World Tag Team Championship
Sting vs. The Giant
Great American Bash – 14th June, 1998

Hollywood Hogan & Eric Bischoff vs. Jay Leno & Diamond Dallas Page
Road Wild – 8th August, 1998

War Games Match to Determine the #1 Contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Team WCW vs. Team Hollywood vs. Team Wolfpack
Fall Brawl – 13th September, 1998

No Disqualification Match for WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash
Starrcade – 27th December, 1998

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Goldberg vs. Bret “Hit Man” Hart
Nitro – 20th December, 1999

Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash & Scott Hall vs. The Rock & “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
RAW – 11th March, 2002

BLU-RAY EXTRAS

nWo Legends of Wrestling Roundtable Discussion featuring Kevin Nash, Jim Ross, JJ Dillon, & Michael Hayes

*The Beginning
*The nWo Concept
*Hogan Turns his back on WCW
*Putting Vince out of business
*Ratings war
*Pointing fingers
*Goldberg
*Cutting Edge & Controversial
*Downfall
Invitation only
WCW Saturday Night – 27th July, 1996

Nothing Personal
WCW Saturday Night – 3rd August, 1996

Modern Day Gladiators
Monday Nitro – 19th August, 1996

Worldwide
WCW Saturday Night – 7th September, 1996

Room Service
Monday Nitro – 30th September, 1996

It’s Not Easy Being King
Monday Nitro – 20th January, 1997

The Real Hot Rod
Monday Nitro – 17th March, 1997

The Madness
Monday Nitro – 28th April, 1997

All Over But The Crying
WCW Pro Wrestling – 15th June, 1997

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