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I just got a DVD player for X-mas. I'm itching to get some good content for it; some of which will be comprised by wrestling content.

Can anyone make any recommendations on good pro wrestling DVDs to purchase? If it helps with suggestions, some of my favorite matches this year included:
Most of Wrestlemania X-7, Rock vs. Austin excluded
No Way Out 2001
Most of Backlash 2001
Any Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy or Chris Jericho match

I also used to have Wrestlemanias 2-4 on videotape, and might enjoy seeing those again - but I may not get those, if they've dubbed over Jesse's and Gorilla's commentary.

Wrestlers I enjoy watching:
Kurt Angle
Triple H
Rob Van Dam
Chris Benoit
Rhyno
Dudley Boys
Hardy Boys (before their post-Wrestlemania slump this year)
Molly Holly (pre-Mighty Molly days)
Lita
Edge & Christian

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!



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Most Haves:
Best of Raw vol. 1 and 2- Just to see where everything got started and the nights when Mick and HHH win their first Heavyweight titles. Good Stuff.

King of the Ring. - Its a good PPV, but the first ever audio commentary is on it. Shane and Kurt discusses their match, good stuff.

Any of the Wrestlemania. Both have a ton of good stuff representing the Super Bowl of Wrestling. 2000 has a nice feature of previous Wrestlemanias.

Hardy Bozy and Lita- Ton of good extras and the match that made the Hardies and EC: No Mercy 1999.

Good overall PPVs:

SummerSlam 2000.- One of the best PPVs ever, the feature has some nice stuff, but get just for the matches.

No Mercy- Once again, just get it for the matches.

Royal Rumble 2001. Has some good stuff and it was a great PPV.

Survivor Series. Not a great PPV, but has some good matches. The selling point is that it has all the good stuff from the Raw afterwards ie Heyman's firing and the return of the King and WOOO! Ric Flair.

Action- Has a ton of underrated matches through out the first part of the year.


Average:

Everything else. Unless someone else has seen any other good DVD, let me know, but those are the top ten.

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'Best of Cactus Jack in ECW' is really good. Mostly for the great interviews and the angles, as some of the matches, especially the first few, are of the old American garbage style and didn't age too well since it's been improved upon by the WWF. But the interviews are probably the best I've ever heard.

Summerslame 2001 is very good also.
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WrestleMania 2000 is pretty good, and features exclusive Chris Benoit/Chris Jericho/Kurt Angle commentary from their matches. I don't really feel like the WWF is putting a whole lot of effort into their new releases on DVD, not really adding any new features other than the Heat matches that take place the night of the ppv. Still, though, I get them for PPVs I really loved (like InVasion or Summerslam from this year, or Royal Rumble or WMX-7).

Best of Raw Vol. 1 & 2 are excellent (tho I don't believe HHH and Mick Foley's title wins are included as complete matches on either), as are Mick Foley -- Hard Knocks and Cheap Pops and The Rock -- The People's Champion (from 2000). Foley's DVD has GREAT GREAT matches, and Rock's has GREAT GREAT PROMOS.

The ECW DVDs... I haven't found anything interesting in them. If they released every big show they did in 1995 on a box set, maybe. The only ones I recommend from them are Barely Legal and Heatwave 98, which I know are good PPVs and ones I would want to watch again and again. I got both of their commercial compliations (the first on VHS, the second on DVD) and I haven't been inclined to watch either since I watched i the first time.



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The Lita, it just feels right is pretty cool because it has a bunch of actual matches in the extras section. the main content is a pretty cool overview of her life if you're interested in her. the only problem I have is the contrast fades in and out. on the EZ board a guy said it was the anti piracy software built in. I tried hooking the player up through a RF converter but I still have the problem. No way of transferring it to tape at all.

I just got four FMW dvd's from tokyopop. they are all full of great matches and feuds. clippage does abound on alot of the undercard matches and even in some of the main events. John Watanabe and Dan Lowvranski (liveaudiowrestling.com) call the matches decently enough, although some of their information gets repetetive. but at least they're talking about the matches and not off on a million different rants the way JR/Cole et al do.
The ones I got are final judgement,yokohama deathmatch,international slaughterhouse, and war of attrition. Lots of ECW vs FMW and Hayabusa 2 (Mr. Ganosuke) vs. H (original Hayabusa.) there are also a few womens matches. the extra matches have the original Japanese commentary with no voiceover which is actually kind of cool.

you can get them from tokyopop.com/fmw . There are a bunch of other ones I want to get, especially "Torn to shreds."



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Originally posted by bigwavedave
the only problem I have is the contrast fades in and out.



That's the anti-copying shitware named Macrovision in action, unfortunately.



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#7 Posted on

ECW's Best of Cactus Jack, Best of the Dudley Boyz.
Both have a ton of promos and interviews and several sweet matches.

In Europe they are putting out some decent ECW ppvs.
Fun stuff with the usual RVD vs anyone matches that are pretty awesome..I don't know if you can order those, perhaps at amazon.co.uk?

WMx7 is a given. TLC2, angle vs benoit, taker vs hhh, etc!

Pretty much every PPV of this year had at least something going for it so those are optional..
Some of them have some extras, just compare what you like best.

Raw 1&2, Action have some great stuff on it..

Also, if everything goes well this time, there should be a double dvd set of HHH coming out soon.






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First of all, thanks to all for the suggestions.

Some of you have mentioned the Wrestlemania DVDs. Do they have the earlier Wrestlemania (read: Wrestlemania 1-10) on DVD? If they do, do they still retain the original commentaries by Jesse Ventura and Gorilla Monsoon, or do they have that Michael Cole-Kevin Kelly redub crap?

Any help you can provide with this is much appreciated. Thanks!



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#9 Posted on

Originally posted by RageRockrr
First of all, thanks to all for the suggestions.

Some of you have mentioned the Wrestlemania DVDs. Do they have the earlier Wrestlemania (read: Wrestlemania 1-10) on DVD? If they do, do they still retain the original commentaries by Jesse Ventura and Gorilla Monsoon, or do they have that Michael Cole-Kevin Kelly redub crap?

Any help you can provide with this is much appreciated. Thanks!



As far as I know they haven't.
WM16 has some extra dvd with it with the best of all previous wrestlemanias i believe..
But other than that, No, they haven't given the old ones the DVD treatment yet. And when/if they do I am sure they will leave the original commentary on it.
I think WM DVD's start at 15?



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Lessee, where to start..

First off, my recommendations.

Pretty much all of the wrestler-specific WWF DVDs are great, with the possible exception of the new Rock DVD that just came out (The Rock: Just Bring It). It came off kinda flat to me, but the others are superb, especially the Hardyz DVD, the Lita DVD, the Foley DVD and the Undertaker DVD.

As far as events, you can't go wrong with..

* Royal Rumble 2000 (Cactus-HHH)
* WrestleMania 2000 (Two-DVD set including the history DVD)
* Royal Rumble 2001
* WrestleMania X-Seven
* Invasion

I have had no problem at all with any ECW DVDs, which have all been good, especially Best of Cactus and Best of Dudleyz.

I wish I still had my big DVD review thread I posted over on EZBoard - I can't seem to find it.

Random stuff:
A Fan - Shane-Angle wasn't the first one with commentary on the match. In that form, yes, but other WWF DVDs had match commentary by the stars:
WrestleMania XV: Rock and Austin on their main event
SummerSlam '99: Austin, Foley and HHH on their main event
WrestleMania 2000: Benoit, Jericho and Angle on their triple threat match

And I think the coolest part of WrestleMania XV was being able to use the wonders of my DVD player to frame-by-frame slomo Bart Gunn getting his head knocked off by Butterbean.

joecollins - The WWF has gotten EXTREMELY lazy on DVD release features since Sony took over distribution. I dunno if it's because of Sony or what, but since..*checks*..Unforgiven or so, the DVD menus have been only passable (which isn't TOTALLY bad, no extra stuff) and the extras are horrid, if they exist at all.

I might go through my set and redo my "Wrestling DVD Review" list sometime, if I get really bored. And I usually do.

Mike



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#11 Posted on
I just got a DVD player in the past week and have been looking at the same thing. So far, all I have is Mick Foley: Hard Knocks and Cheap Pops, which is great. I haven`t watched all the bonus matches yet. The Hardyz` Leap of Faith is on my list, as are the past two Rumbles. Looking at some of the more recent DVDs, I see that they`ve tacked on material from Heat and from shows leading up to the PPV and/or the post-PPV Raws, which is pretty sweet.
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#12 Posted on
Thanks for the info on the audio commentary, Mike. I might pick up the Wrestlemania 2000 one since its easily my favorite out of the three. Can anyone give me a run down of Taker and Mick's WWF matches on their respective DVDS. Thanks.

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#13 Posted on
Can anyone give me a run down of Taker and Mick's WWF matches on their respective DVDS.

The bonus matches on Hard Knocks and Cheap Pops are:

- Mankind vs. HBK (Mind Games)
- Mankind vs. Austin (RAW)
- Mankind vs. Rock (Halftime Heat)
- Dude Love vs. Austin (In Your House)
- Al Snow vs. Big Boss Man KENNEL IN A CELL with Mick & Kevin Kelly on commentary
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Almost all the ECW PPV DVDs suck big. I recommend getting the numberous "Best of..." DVD. Also, you can't go wrong with Path of Destruction, Hardcore History, ect.
If you are looking of an alternative, I suggest you pick up some of the newer FMW DVDs. The Best of Masato Tanaka and Best of Hayabusa are excellent.
The Mick Foley DVD is probably the best DVD the WWF has out right now. Lita: It just feels right has a lot of cool footage too.

Good Luck!



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I don't have the DVD in front of me, but from what I remember on the Taker DVD:

Badd Blood, Hell In A Cell, v. Shawn Michaels
WM14, vs. Kane
Unforgiven, Inferno Match, vs. Kane
WMX7, vs. Triple H

I think I'm forgetting one, but I'm not sure. I'll check when I get home.

RADIO EDIT: I did forget one: v. Kurt Angle from Fully Loaded.

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#16 Posted on
If the WWF, ECW DVDs aren't your fancy, you should check out the Wrestling Gold DVD set. It's a lot of old matches (of varying quality, of course) with intros from Jim Cornette and Dave Meltzer. If you want to see wrestling back when it was just in the regions, before Vince took his promotion national, the Wrestling Gold set is a good place to start.



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OMG- I forgot all about the Wrestling Gold DVDs set. Rob your mother for the money for this one. As a set, they're great, and the addition of the Meltzer/Cornette commentary probably makes it the "smartest" wrestling product ever produced.



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#18 Posted on
OK, 2 recommendations for Wrestling Gold - but who wrestles on them?
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
unless it's been mentioned, Beyond the mat is a good, but sad, behind the scenes look at the WWF...and wrestling in general

Poor, poor, Jake the crackhead...



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#20 Posted on
Originally posted by BenoitFan7
OK, 2 recommendations for Wrestling Gold - but who wrestles on them?




The Rock & Roll Express, Jerry Lawler, Austin Idol, Randy Savage, Terry Funk, Nick Bokwinkel, The Sheik, Andre The Giant, Bobby Heenan, Tully Blanchard, Gino Hernandez, Magnum TA (as jobber Terry Allen), Lanny Poffo, Rick Rude (as ROOD), Jim Neidhart... and a bunch of other people, too.

No Flair, though.

They should do a set of Stampede DVDs. That stuff ruled it old school. And some old-school WWF DVDs.



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