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nWo: The Revolution WWE DVD Review

One of the most anticipated WWE DVD released I can remember has to be this three-disc set. I went out as soon as I had a chance and bought the new documentary, “nWo: the Revolution.” Granted they put out a documentary of one of the most influential groups in the last 20 years about ten years ago, yet I was excited for the new material for this DVD release and a different perspective. Throughout this blog, I’ll be giving some of my thoughts on what was discussed in the documentary.

“We shall rule FOR LIFE!” proclaims the leader, Hulk Hogan in the opening scene of the documentary.

The documentary opens with the explanation of Jim Crockett Promotions being sold to Ted Turner. In 1993 Eric Bischoff came in and took office and the book, and came up with the brilliant idea of the invasion. Bischoff followed a long line of WCW bookers who had very short lives.

Jimmy Hart was interviewed and talked about the heel turn Hogan did at the Bash of the Beach 1996 pay-per-view, when he dropped the leg on Randy Savage and revealed that he was the third man with the Outsiders. Jimmy mentioned that he had been managing Hogan since he came into WCW. He also mentioned that over the two plus years that Hogan’s been getting more and more boos monthly, so in his opinion it was about time WCW gave the fans what they wanted and turn Hogan heel.

In an interview that was done ten years before for the first documentary, the 2002 Hulk Hogan mentioned that it made sense for him to lead the invading group because the Hulk Hogan character was head-to-toe New York made. He became famous up in the WWE in the 1980s and early 1990s and helped make the company what it was before he left. So along with the two former main eventers from the WWE that came down to invade, it’d be best for the guy who helped make the WWE huge to be the leader.

Two surprises for the DVD were two different interviewees I never expected Vince McMahon to bring in to interview, Vince Russo and Lex Lugar. I’m surprised about Russo because Russo wasn’t involved at the start of the nWo (due to working in the WWE at the time as a writer) and the nWo storyline was pretty much finished when he went to WCW. I was surprised to see Lex Lugar because he hasn’t made any kind of appearance, to my knowledge in the WWE since WCW closed up in 2001.

Kevin Nash talked about the evolution of the “nWo commercials,” how he and Hall didn’t want their promos to become just “another wrestling promo,” where he, Hall, and Hogan would come out, Hogan would cut an old-school promo, and they’d leave. One of the producers suggested the black-and-white filmed promos and doing it in the sound-bites fashion. With those two simple changes, their promos became new and set them apart.

One of the biggest things I remember throughout the DVD was how large the nWo became and how it killed them in the end. Lex Lugar mentioned that if they would have kept their numbers down, it would have worked out a lot better than what it turned out to be. In a 2003 interview with Eric Bischoff he mentioned that the reason why the group got as big as it did is because he was hoping to make the nWo its own wrestling company. He wanted to have it separate and looking different from WCW, with two different shows like what Raw and Smackdown did in 2002 (yet with the product looking different).

One thing that made me laugh was when Kevin Nash said that the nWo Souled Out pay-per-view was one of the stupidest ideas ever done, specifically since they had an nWo ref that none of the nWo guys should have lost (a WCW guy even won a title on the card). I heard a review on the Wrestling Observer website reviewing the pay-per-view on the Bryan and Vinny show and both guys echoed that statement.

In the end if you want this DVD in your collection for the historical aspect of it, go out and buy it. I wanted to buy it for the matches on the second and third disc. I was hoping to get more out of the documentary but they already had one release ten years ago which covered everything. If you’re into the documentary itself and not into the bonus material, don’t buy it. I’d suggest the “Back in Black” documentary they put out on the nWo in 2002.

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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