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WWE Greatest Stars of the 90s DVD Review

Re-posted from April 2009 – This WWE documentary takes a look back at the 1990s. The time has come to start recognizing the legacy of the 1990s. The 90s have become the forgotten decade in wrestling. From The Rock-Ric Flair, Steve Austin-Bret Hart, the newest WWE home video remembers them all.

The WWE Greatest Stars of the 90s home video is a three-disc set. The first disc is a documentary. Discs two and three are full of matches, interviews, and extras. The format is very similar to the WWE Greatest Stars of the 80s set released last year, compacted on to disc one. The matches are a mixed-bag depending upon how big a fan of the 90s you were. Regardless, it is nice to see WWE getting full use out of the countless libraries they have acquired.

Disc 1 is the documentary of the set. The documentary is very good. I would call it a must-see for anyone, whether you are a fan of the 90s or not. Tazz opens up the video, yet the video is full of comments from WWE stars. The comments are both new and taken from previous home videos. The opinions are a lot of fun, but remember that this is a WWE home video. It is payback time for guys like Mick Foley and Lex Luger.

Lex Luger gets his usual WWE whipping on the disc. Lex Luger is routinely spoken of as a guy who did not live up to his potential. I find this an arguable point to make. It is obvious he doesn’t possess the skills of someone like Jushin Liger. However, the key to pro wrestling is drawing money. The guy drew money! I can’t even get through a match of his past 1994 without being bored to death. Yet the guy drew money and for someone like CM Punk to take a shot at him is kind of ridiculous in my opinion.

Mick Foley’s segment is a peculiar one. The disc definitely pays homage to the legacy of Mick Foley in the WWE. At the same time, the WWE doesn’t go out of its way to pump him up either. One thing of note is that they talk about the “Rock – This is your Life” segment from WWE RAW. It is never mentioned that the segment was the highest rated segment in RAW history. I don’t think that was an accident.

Contrary to this, is the tribute given to Sting. The WWE does a great job of chronicling the impact Sting had on WCW. This comes at an interesting time where Sting is the top star of WWE’s biggest competitor. It is obvious that the WWE have plans for Sting following his TNA career. I don’t think it is any coincidence that Sting’s name was brought up for Hall of Fame consideration this year. Sting fans will be pleased with his segment.

WWE is also fair in giving praise to other wrestlers no longer with the company. Kevin Nash has a very big segment on the disc. CM Punk takes another shot which could be considered subtle by saying anyone associated with Shawn Michaels at the time was cool. I loved Shawn Michaels as a wrestler and hated Diesel at the time, so I don’t think that is very accurate. I think a fair argument which was avoided was his questionable booking in WCW. I wasn’t a big fan of it, but that doesn’t make it bad. I think it would have been perfectly just to open it up for discussion.
Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan are the only wrestlers to be profiled on this set and the 80s set. There isn’t much that you haven’t already heard about how great these two legends are. Triple H has a bit of revisionist history when he recalls the Hogan-Flair house show series as a huge success. Actually, not only was it not a success it was considered a huge flop. Hogan also has a bit of revisionist history when he says he faded away from the WWE before the fans got sick of him. If I remember right, the fans were pretty sick of Hogan by that point. Regardless, these guys were both major played in the 90s so it is nice to see them included.

Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman are lumped together for one segment. I don’t agree with that whatsoever. I think both guys had such impact on the 90s, that both deserve their own segments. It is arguable whether the WWE Attitude era would have even happened if it were not for ECW or WCW. It was nice to pay tribute to these guys, because let’s face it. They don’t have to do mention them at all. I just think their single accomplishments are enough to warrant individual segments.

There are a lot more guys and girls covered on the set. I can sit here and rundown every segment, but you really need to see this DVD. I think everyone will have their own opinion of the segments based on their own fan loyalty and knowledge. Tributes to the Rock and Steve Austin overshadow everyone else and rightfully so. The 90s were really their decade, yet they only came on strong in 1997. From a business standpoint, the last three years are enough to call those two guys the greatest of the era in my opinion.

There are some great matches on the set. Rather than break down each and every match with a critique, I’d rather list them. Again, what I like may be different than your tastes based on your background. I think the collection is fantastic nonetheless. The matches, promos, and angles are a must for any collection.

The set includes the following matches;

Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan – Madison Square Garden – November 30, 1991

Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels – Survivor Series – November 25, 1992

Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna – King of the Ring – June 13, 1993

Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart – WrestleMania X – March 20, 1994

Diesel vs. Razor Ramon -Superstars – April 13, 1994

Sting vs. Vader – Slamboree – May 22, 1994

Bret Hart vs. Diesel – Royal Rumble – January 22, 1995

Alundra Blayze vs. Bull Nakano – Monday Night Raw – April 3, 1995

Shawn Michaels & Diesel vs. Yokozuna & British Bulldog – Triple Header Match – In Your House – September 24, 1995

Owen Hart vs. Shawn Michaels – #1 Contender Match – In Your House – February 18, 1996

Shawn Michaels vs. Vader – SummerSlam – August 18, 1996

Mankind vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley – Steel Cage Match – SummerSlam – August 3, 1997

Lex Luger vs. Hulk Hogan – Monday Nitro – August 4, 1997

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker – SummerSlam – August 30, 1998

Sting vs. Bret Hart – Halloween Havoc – October 25, 1998

Triple H vs. The Rock – Strap Match – Fully Loaded – July 25, 1999

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