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The True Story of WrestleMania DVD Review

The True Story of WrestleMania is one of the most anticipated WWE DVDs of the year. The new WWE home video chronicles the growth of the WrestleMania over 27 years. It may not all be true, but the DVD tells a heck of a story about the biggest event in pro wrestling history.

A documentary on the history of WrestleMania highlights the three disc DVD set. Disc 1 is the WrestleMania documentary which features a variety of guests sharing anecdotes and offering opinion on past WrestleMania events. Discs 2 and 3 offer fans a comprehensive WrestleMania match collection spanning all 26 years of the historic World Wrestling Entertainment event.

Quite honestly I felt as if the first and second hours of the two hour documentary were like two completely different videos. There is definitely more of a story to the first hour which focuses on the challenges and back stories to the first several WrestleMania shows. The second hour features more of a retrospective on different WWE stars, favorite matches, and the WrestleMania experience. Hour one is the story, while hour two is the fluff in my opinion.

The guest list of interviewees also changes quite a bit from hour one to the second hour. Hulk Hogan is featured quite a bit in the first hour and rightfully so. Hogan is discussed with such reverence that I almost thought that the video must have been produced a year and a half ago before he joined the opposition. It was nice to see Hogan given his due because whether you like it or not, he was Mr. WrestleMania 1-8. Hogan is only heard from once during the second hour.

Another notable figure in the first hour is WWE Hall of Fame ring announcer Howard Finkel. Hearing Howard talk about the first several WrestleMania shows makes you wonder why the WWE doesn’t tap into him more when it comes to their historical pieces. It should also be noted that while Dr. D David Schultz claims credit for the term “WrestleMania” it is Howard who takes credit for on the DVD.

Fun WrestleMania trivia note: Did you know that Howard Finkel is the only WWE talent to have appeared on every WrestleMania event?

One of the most annoying interviewees on the DVD is Stu Saks from the Pro Wrestling Illustrated group or as the old school fans would call the “Apter Mags.” I assume Saks is meant to give outside credibility to the DVD as a “wrestling journalist.” Unfortunately his opinions probably come off as the least credible which should really be no surprise if you read his magazines (So you’re the one!).

My favorite part about this entire documentary is the behind the scenes production for WrestleMania IX. There are a lot of really cool video clips of Vince McMahon and the production team setting up the arena for the “world’s largest toga party.” The wrestlers on the show are also seen preparing for the event and walk around a bit out of character. There are quite a few of these candid production moments on the DVD but this was my favorite.

Another gem on the DVD is a segment which shows Vince McMahon producing a promo between Hulk Hogan and Gene Okerlund to hype WrestleMania. I can’t ever recall seeing any tape of McMahon producing promos from the “golden era” of the WWF. It was short but really something to see if you are an old school wrestling fan. Like the arena production, there are a few similar moments sprinkled throughout the DVD.

I also enjoyed the story about why the WWE did not go with Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair for WrestleMania VIII. We have all heard it before but this is the first time I can recall the WWE actually addressing the subject with such detail. Looking back on the time period it really didn’t make a whole lot of sense when you had Ric Flair come over not to match him and Hogan up at WrestleMania 8. Now I do recall doing an interview with Sid Eudy (Sid Vicious/Justice) and Sid saying that he was promised the main-event against Hulk Hogan as part of his deal with the WWE. The basic explanation in the DVD is that Hogan vs. Flair didn’t draw well on the house shows (it didn’t) which is why they made the change.

The second hour of the documentary should have been titled, “What does Chris Jericho think about WrestleMania?” Jericho was featured so much in the second hour that if you actually timed it, I’d bet he was on camera talking more on this DVD than his own. I am a Jericho fan but it got old after about a half of an hour. Edge was also heavily featured on the second hour but for some reason he didn’t annoy me nearly as much as the Jericho overkill.

Various WWE superstars and producers talk about The Undertaker and his influence at WrestleMania. Edge at one point said that The Undertaker’s match at WrestleMania is now bigger than any of the WWE title matches at WrestleMania. Sheamus reflected on Triple H vs. The Undertaker from WrestleMania 17 which is kind of ironic since the announcers are not allowed to currently talk about the match in the hype to WrestleMania 27.

The True Story of WrestleMania turned into the very Unreal Story of WrestleMania in the second hour when the subject of John Cena and WrestleMania came up. Several interviewees claimed that Cena is to WrestleMania in this era as to what Hogan was in the 80s. Some called Cena and Hogan the biggest WrestleMania stars. Triple H was kind enough to throw Steve Austin in there.

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I call bull on this one. I get it but how can someone be a “Mr. WrestleMania” who has never had a memorable WrestleMania match? I may be drawing blank but I couldn’t even tell you more than two Cena WrestleMania matches. Hogan only had a handful of great WrestleMania matches, but his first five were truly memorable. Most of Steve Austin’s WrestleMania matches were memorable. Comparing Cena to Hogan or Austin is a huge stretch in my opinion.

On the other hand, the real Mr. WrestleMania Shawn Michaels had a nice segment in the second hour. Of all of HBK’s WrestleMania matches which do you think he liked the best? If you said the WrestleMania X ladder match against Scott Hall you would be correct. I was surprised since I wouldn’t call it his best WrestleMania match, but to him it was his favorite. How can I argue with Mr. WrestleMania?

Overall it was a pretty fun DVD. As more of an old school fan, I was much more interested in the first hour which focused primarily on the first 12-13 years of WrestleMania. However, the candid WrestleMania production moments shoots this video into the must-see category of WWE home videos.

Disc 1:

The Beginning

WrestleMania is Born

New York, Chicago, Los Angeles

Bigger, Better, Badder !

Influencing a Generation

Battle of the Billionaires

Atlantic City Hotspot

O’ Canada

Hulkamania is WrestleMania

Emotionally Charged

Dream Match…Not a Reality

World’s Largest Toga Party

Back on Broadway

Axxess

Hall of Fame

New Generation

Baddest Man on the Planet

Celebrities

To the New Millennium

Seismic Shift

Mr. WrestleMania

The Crowd Effect

Living Out a Dream

The Music of Mania

Citrus Bowl

Preparing for the Moment

Greatest Match Ever?

Undefeated

The Legacy

Disc 2:

Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper & Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff
WrestleMania, 31st March, 1985

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage vs. Ricky ‘the Dragon’ Steamboat
WrestleMania III, 29th March, 1987

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
WrestleMania III, 29th March, 1987

Retirement Match
The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage
WrestleMania VII, 24th March, 1991

Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania X, 20th March, 1994

Disc 3:

WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
WrestleMania XIV, 29th March, 1998

WWE Tag Team Championship – Triangle Ladder Match
The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge / Christian
WrestleMania 2000, 2nd April, 2000

Street Fight
Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon
WrestleMania X-Seven, 1st April, 2001

The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
WrestleMania X-8, 17th March, 2002

WWE Championship Match
Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar
WrestleMania XIX, 30th March, 2003

WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Triple H
WrestleMania 22, 2nd April, 2006

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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