Yes, I know with the WWE Network you can watch any match from any event, but I still believe that DVD’s still hold value. Plus, the Network still messes up from time to time, so it’s smart to have the physical copy on hand. The only annoyance is that “Please Don’t Try This at Home” stuff, especially since they closed the whole press stop twice loophole. So, I have picked the top five WWE DVD’s that I’d love to see in the future and while you might disagree with one choice, I think it would be an interesting concept. Unfortunately, you won’t see anything Memphis related since I believe that the rights to that would never be sorted out. I’ll be writing for the Observer before that ever happens.
Ah, Halloween Havoc. Most people are put off by the general over the top nature of the card with the gimmicks, but I loved the Halloween Havoc cards as a kid. Some of the gimmicks worked live The Thundercage, Spin the Wheel had mixed results and The Chamber of Horrors was outright awful. Overall, the card did produce some really good matches plus the cheese factor still holds up. It seemed like the one night a year in-which WCW let its freak fly and do whatever they wanted to do. With that, you could have a pretty good compilation of matches, and make usage of Sting by having him host it. Bonus points for the cheesy opening segments with the haunted house and vaguely pedo-ish Tony Schiavone. Negative points if you include the monster truck sumo match unless you have Matthews and Road Dogg making fun of it, and the subsequent anal violation of Hulkamania by the Yeti. Oh, and an interview of Dusty trying to explain just what the hell he was thinking behind The Chamber of Horrors.
Yes, I know that you’re tired of hearing about this match and HOW MY CLIENT BROCK LESNAR CONQUERED THE UNDERTAKER’S UNDEFEATED WRESTLEMANIA STREAK. *Clears throat*, sorry I’m required to say that like Paul Heyman whenever this subject comes up. I know the match wasn’t the greatest ever, but the story about the ending of the streak could make some money. It’s not like the WWE isn’t against pulling the curtain back and talking about the finish of the match, they talked about Montreal for nearly a decade before killing off any interest in that. I also think that with the idea of The Undertaker retiring, we’ll see his embargo on giving interviews lifted and this would be a good start. You can get his perspective along with the perspectives of McMahon, Brock, Heyman, Hunter and various people on the roster. In order to pad it out, you could talk about the previous history between Taker and Brock including their 2002/3 rivalry. I just wonder if they’d include the “You Wanna Do It?” video after Brock/Cain. I would do that to my brother at random times if I saw him to just to piss off. Brotherly love.
3. A Championship Wrestling from Florida DVD
Championship Wrestling from Florida was ran by Eddie Graham was one of the leading NWA territories in its heyday. All the big names in pro wrestling passed through the territory including The Funks, Briscoes, Dusty, Watts, Sullivan, Hogan, Race, Flair, Patterson, Wahoo, Freebirds, Brody and the list just keeps going on. The alumni list on Wikipedia reads like an All-Star team for professional wrestling, and that’s not counting other talent that got their start in the territory. It also had the legendary Gordon Solie calling matches with Buddy Colt and many memorable angles and promos. I think that CWF would be ripe for a good DVD, despite the footage not being in the greatest shape. A problem would be that both Eddie and Mike Graham are dead, but you still have Dusty and Sullivan to carry the narrative. If not, they could go the route they went with for the Mid-South DVD, a compilation with interviews with various Mid-South talents in-between. Plus, Eddie Graham was always on good terms with the McMahons; CFW was the only territory that acknowledged Hogan winning the WWE Championship in 1984. It could work either way, but I’d love to see a documentary about the company.
2. The Best of Primetime Wrestling
This DVD wouldn’t even need to have to matches, despite their being a good selection of matches you could probably use. That was the great thing about Primetime Wrestling, you could get some squash matches, but they’d show a Bret Hart/Dynamite Kid match that would blow your mind. Since Primetime consisted of matches taped at various venues, you’d get that good match every once and a while. You know why people would really buy it, through? Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon. You could probably have an entire disc of just the segments between Monsoon and Heenan, seeing those two was the reason why I ordered the Network in the first place. Seriously, how can Primetime Wrestling not be up guy? You could have a mini-documentary of just employees talking about the chemistry these two had. One of the staples of my childhood deserves a frigging DVD. Plus, you could include the Bobby Heenan show as extras since the world needs to see Heenan insulting idiots and fat women.
1. A REAL Andre the Giant DVD
If there is one wrestler I’ve grown to love over the years, it has to be Andre the Giant. If you get a chance, read the graphic novel that came out about him recently. While it retells some of the stories you’ve heard of before, it’s a great read. Despite that, we’ve seen an actual DVD dedicated to Andre from the WWE. Sure, they rereleased a Coliseum video dedicated to him; it seemed natural for an actual Andre DVD to be released at some point. For all the worship they do of Andre (Battle Royal, Various appearances in WWE media/merchandise, statue, and second picture in the intro) you’d think that they would film a documentary going over his life for god’s sakes. Even if they just use clips from the A&E special, any documentary about the Princess Bride spliced in with new footage of people talking about Andre. The matches might not be great, but you access for a large library and you could even include the battle royal and the making of the trophy and statue. This could be a great DVD for the company to release, a reflection of a man who did so much for the industry.
Robert Goeman has been writing for CamelClutchBlog since 2014 and has written for FiveOuncesofPain and What Culture. Follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/RobertGoeman. After every article, Robert usually does “Talking Points” on twitter, bringin up points that didn’t make the article.
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