As it is, my collection starts and ends at Shawn Michaels: From the Vault. I ordered Mick Foley - Hard Knocks and Cheap Pops and will have The Ultimate Ric Flair collection soon enough. Those are mandatory for obvious reasons.
From then on, I want to be able to get different aspects of the WWF/E, WCW, and ECW, preferably in the last seven or eight years (as if there's much from before that). I want to go for the best combo of cheap and diverse, which is why I'm not certain buying PPV events fits into the equation yet. Here's what I'm thinking so far:
-Beyond the Mat Director's Cut -ECW Best of Cactus Jack -Best of Raw Vol 1 and 2 -Bloodbath
I also NEED a copy of Wrestling with Shadows, but from what I understand it only comes in VHS.
What else do I need? Is there any PPV event (like nWo 02 or WMX8, for example) worth the money? What DVD would give me the best overall ECW experience? Is there anything good with WCW? Are the Confidential, Brock Lesnar and nWo DVDs, for example, worth it?
But damn, it'll kick so much ass if the Angle and Foley discs are like the Flair and HBK ones. Not to mention if they release an Austin (will happen), Jericho (may happen), Benoit (won't happen) and Bret (I'd give up my left nut) in the same style.
You need the Wrestling Gold DVDs. They're out there for pretty cheap, nowadays.
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Well, I agree that the Wrestlemania DVDs are mandatory too (especially XVI and X7 because of the great extras). I'd also recommend as I have in the past the 2000 Royal Rumble, so you could see what happened after the superb street fight, as well as the Royal Rumble matches from '99 and '98 in their entireties, I believe. And yeah, Summerslam 2002, because it was the greatest one EVER! The extras are iffy, but the show is more than worth it.
I have heard good things about Hulk Still Rules as well. Hard Knocks and Cheap Pops is a good choice, but the Three Faces of Foley is a classic, and also on DVD now, so you can't go wrong with BOTH Foley videos. Oh, on the non-WWE front, the FMW DVDs are killer too, according to my brother.
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The Fmw videos are so/so....They can go from showcasing great japanese talent(Taka,Hayabusa,Mike Awesome,Tanaka) ,then go to the lamest garbage can wrestling ever!....Then back up to the most brutal/awesome women matches ever(toyada retirement).
Ecw Deep Impact is cool....Steve Austin trying a Hulk-a-mania gimmic....and what looks to me like forming his current gimmic...Also a great Tajiri/Psicosis match.
Ecw Path of Destruction looks good, but havn't seen it yet.
Gotta agree with summerslam 2002 Wm 17.
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I got the WrestleMania 2000 2-disc set: Disc one is the show (with the swank Benoit/Jericho/Angle match, the first Triangle Ladder Match and a couple good undercard bouts) and Disc two is a retrospective of the previous 15 Manias. Good stuff, and well worth the twenty bucks I spent.
Also, Royal Rumble 2003 is good, if only for the Benoit/Angle awesomeness. Generally, stick to WrestleManias and the shows where your favorite wrestlers face each other.
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I too have but a very small wrestling DVD collection. You already mentioned the Ultimate Ric Flair, but I feel I should mention it again. This DVD set is the absolute penultimate for any wrestling fan. If there is anyone reading this that doesn't already have it, go buy it now. If for no other reason than to laugh at Bradshaw when he tries to do the Flair "Wooo!"
Also, any of the Backyard Wrestling DVD's are good if you like to laugh at stupid people. Just don't buy the shitty game.
Like thatdude mentioned, the FMW dvds are a mixed bag. Some really great action, both strongstyle and garbage, but the commentators just may be the absolute worst in the history of the business.
The Stranglemania series is fantastic if you find humor in Insane Clown Posse, and even if you don't there's some good hardcore action (part 2 has the Funk/Pogo match where Mr. Pogo almost legit died).
"ECW Best of Cactus Jack" is my very favorite wrestling dvd. They left out a couple of the promos I would've loved to see in there (the one about his uncle being a WWII war hero and after seeing what we did to Japan he hopes the bastard was eaten by the sharks and died slowly still sends chills down my spine every time I watch it... criminal that it wasn't included on there). If you plan to also get the one about The Dudleys make sure you buy it first so you aren't trying to judge it against Foley's.
I still love the first Rock vid. Forget which one it is but seeing all the NoD stuff and him calling Triple H "half a queer" every time he mentions his name is priceless.
Someone needs to get in touch with JR Benson and get "Exposing the Business" on DVD. Quite possibly the most insane 90 minutes of footage just for one match ever. I reviewed it back in January and it still gets feedback to this day.
If it's going to be a complete set, you should probably have some XPW in there too... but don't lose any sleep if you don't (the death match tourneys are OK).
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I've got to add the new TNA DVD. They have 3 new DVD's but the X Division DVD is the showstealer...here are the matches...
AJ Styles vs Jerry Lynn vs Low Ki vs Psychosis 6/26/02 AJ Styles vs Jerry Lynn vs Low Ki (Triple Ladder Match) 10/02/02 Syxx Pac vs AJ Styles vs Kid Kash vs Jose Maximo vs Joel Maximo vs Ace Steel vs Tony Mamaluke (Ladder Match) 10/09/02 AJ Styles vs Jerry Lynn 11/06/02 Kid Kash vs Paul London 2/19/03 Kid Kash vs Amazing Red 3/5/03 Kid Kash vs Amazing Red 4/30/03 Flying Elvises vs AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn & Low Ki 6/19/02 Low Ki vs Kid Romeo vs Tony Mamaluke, vs Jerry Lynn vs Elix Skipper vs Christopher Daniels 7/10/02 Amazing Red vs Jimmy Yang 11/13/02 Amazing Red vs AJ Styles 12/11/03 Jerry Lynn vs Juventud Guerrera 2/26/03 Amazing Red & Jerry Lynn vs Jason Cross & Shark Boy vs Chris Sabin & Johnny Storm vs Triple X 4/9/03 Bonus Footage: The complete first-ever Ultimate X match featuring Michael Shane, Chris Sabin and Frankie Kazarian. Comments from AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn, Michael Shane, Chris Sabin and Frankie Kazarian.
No doubt a winner in my book!
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A couple good ones that most people probably skipped:
*The Hardy Boyz: Leap Of Faith. The feature is pretty much par for the course - although Jeff Hardy's house is... interesting. (It reminds me of how Stephen King described Tom Cullen's house in "The Stand".) As usual, the extras are where it's at - featuring the first Hardyz/E&C ladder match, the first three TLC matches and a few other lesser matches.
*WWF Action!. This seemed like it was going to be the first of a series, but it didn't seem to take off. It was a look at the first half of 2001 - stuff like Austin's crazy heel run, the Spike/Molly Romeo and Juliet storyline and the early, good days of the WCW/ECW Invasion. Again, there's a ton of cool extras - including the great match where Kurt Angle won the WCW title from Booker T, a steel cage match between Austin and The Rock from the night after Wrestlemania X-Seven, a Kurt Angle title defense against Steve Austin and Edge's KOTR coronation ceremony (complete with a great exchange with Billy Gunn) - plus about half a dozen other matches.
I really don't think enjoying your gimmick is necessarily a cure-all, but it certainly helps. The dX example kind of makes my point, though. Sure, they're enjoying what they're doing but it is at the same time embarrassing and lame.