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WWE True Giants DVD Review

I actually received this DVD as somewhat of a surprise, and in fact didn’t even know it existed until I got it in the mail. However, it was a pleasant surprise, and far more enjoyable than I would have guessed.

I’m not a fan of a lot of the “big men” in wrestling, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that there have been some great ones over the years, and this DVD set covers a lot of them. Yes, there are some duds in here as well, but they are far outweighed by the truly great ones on this set. Even the duds come off as somewhat legendary thanks to WWE’s great documentary-style production.

The first disc is the documentary part, and covers a total of seventeen of the biggest men pro wrestling has ever seen. Each wrestler in question gets their own segment, featuring either an interview with the performer in question (such as the Big Show and Mark Henry), or an interview with someone really close to the performer due to the performer either being unavailable (King Kong Bundy) or deceased (Andre the Giant). The segments are very well done, with stories about each giant, as well as footage and rare photos, highlighting each person’s strengths. Some of the segments definitely stand out from the rest, especially Andre the Giant (told by his former handler and probably closest friend, former referee Tim White) and the One Man Gang. Kevin Nash’s segment is also surprisingly entertaining, especially due to the fact that he has no problem whatsoever admitting his start in the business sucked (Oz, Vinnie Vegas), and he was lucky to sign with the then-WWF when he did. Also surprisingly entertaining is the segment on Giant Gonzales, hosted by his former manager, Harvey Whippleman. I didn’t realize Harvey literally met Gonzales the day of his WWF debut at the 1993 Royal Rumble and the two were simply thrown together. Now, anyone who is familiar with Gonzales’ work knows he was one of the absolute worst performers in pro wrestling history, but the way this segment is produced, you’d think the guy was a massive icon. Say what you will about WWE, but they know how to mask faults when they need to. Same can be said for the Great Khali, who gets a segment later on in the DVD, hosted by friend and former manager Ranjin Singh.

Despite featuring seventeen different giants, the documentary DVD is surprisingly short. Granted, a lot of ground is covered in that time, but it still seems very short. However, the same can’t be said for the other two discs in the set, which are nothing but matches. And man, is there a wide variety of matches to choose from on these discs. While not all of them are winners, much like the Macho Man DVD, many of them are very rare and never-before-seen by most of today’s fans. Even if they aren’t the greatest, I truly appreciate WWE digging deeper into their vault for some of this stuff as of late, instead of recycling all of the matches we’ve seen a million times like they have in the past. Overall, there are 27 matches on the set, starting with Bruno Sammartino vs. Ernie Ladd from 1976 and ending with a bodyslam challenge between the Big Show and Mark Henry from 2009. I don’t know if anything on here would be classified as an all-time classic, but there are definitely some highly underrated matches on the set, including Diesel winning the IC title from Razor Ramon, a handicap match featuring Vader vs. Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, and Sycho Sid vs. Bret Hart, the real catalyst for Hart’s great heel turn in 1997.

While not a perfect set, True Giants is still pretty enjoyable. The match selection is solid, and while I would have liked to have seen more in the documentary portion, what’s there is really enjoyable and pretty informative (if the Andre the Giant segment doesn’t at least get you a little choked up, there is something wrong with you). I’d like to see WWE do future sets like this with other types of wrestlers: technicians, high-flyers, etc. It’s a little bit different from some of their other sets, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.

DISC 1

Main Feature:
*Larger than Life Athletes
*Big Show
*Gorilla Monsoon
*One Man Gang
*Haystacks Calhoun
*Giant Gonzales
*Big John Studd
*Kevin Nash
*Ernie Ladd
*Mark Henry
*King Kong Bundy
*Sycho Sid
*Vader
*Yokozuna
*Great Khali
*Andre the Giant
*An Attraction onto Themselves

Complete Match Listing for WWE True Giants DVD and Blu-Ray

DISC 2

WWE Championship Match
Bruno Sammartino vs. Ernie Ladd
Madison Square Garden * March 1, 1976

WWE Championship Match
“Superstar” Billy Graham vs. Gorilla Monsoon
Madison Square Garden * May 16, 1977

Haystacks Calhoun vs. Nikolai Volkoff
Philadelphia, PA * March 25, 1978

American Heavyweight Championship Match
Ernie Ladd vs. Kerry Von Erich
WCCW Star Wars * June 1, 1981

Andre the Giant, Dusty Rhodes, & Junkyard Dog vs. Ernie Ladd & Wild Samoans
Mid-South Wrestling * January 14, 1982

King Kong Bundy vs. Dusty Rhodes
Mid-South Wrestling * September 15, 1983

WWE Championship Match
Big John Studd vs. Hulk Hogan
Madison Square Garden * September 22, 1984

Steel Cage Match
Kamala vs. Andre the Giant
Maple Leaf Gardens * October 21, 1984

One Man Gang vs. Shawn Michaels
World Class Championship Wrestling * January 11, 1985

King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd vs. British Bulldogs
Championship Wrestling * May 17, 1986

UWF Heavyweight Championship Match
One Man Gang vs. Ted DiBiase
UWF Power Pro Wrestling * November 18, 1986

WWE Championship Match
Andre the Giant vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Madison Square Garden * September 29, 1988

DISC 3

Battle of the Giants
El Gigante vs. One Man Gang
WCW Great American Bash * July 14, 1991

Sid Justice & Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan & Rowdy Roddy Piper
West Palm Beach, FL * February 18, 1992

Yokozuna vs. Earthquake
San Jose, CA * January 25, 1993

WWE Championship Match
Yokozuna vs. Hulk Hogan
King of the Ring * June 13, 1993

Rest in Peace Match
Giant Gonzales vs. Undertaker
SummerSlam * August 30, 1993

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Razor Ramon vs. Diesel
Superstars * April 30, 1994

2-on-1 Handicap Match
Vader vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson
WCW Clash of the Champions * August 1, 1995

Diesel vs. Isaac Yankem, D.D.S.
Superstars * January 20, 1996

WWE Championship Match
Sycho Sid vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart
RAW * February 17, 1997

WWE Hardcore Championship Match
Big Show vs. Rhyno
RAW * May 21, 2001

WWE United States Championship Match
Big Show vs. Eddie Guerrero
No Mercy * October 19, 2003

#1 Contender Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Mark Henry vs. Rey Mysterio
SmackDown * January 20, 2006

No DQ #1 Contender Match for the WWE Championship
The Great Khali vs. Shawn Michaels
RAW * May 7, 2007

Monster Mash Battle Royal
Mark Henry vs. Big Daddy V vs. Kane vs. The Great Khali
ECW * October 30, 2007

Body Slam Challenge
Mark Henry vs. Big Show
RAW * September 7, 2009

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