OMG! Volume 2- The Top 50 Incidents In WCW History DVD Review
By Ben Spindler
Posted On 01-09-2014 12:14 GMT
Tags: WCW, WWE, Eric Bishoff, Vince Russo, Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan, Sting

It seems that demand for WCW content has never been higher, or more in vogue, than it is right now. WWE is promoting the hell out of their Monday Night Wars series on the WWE Network as the latest way to pull in more subscribers, there are still heavy rumours that Sting, one of the standout stars from WCW’s time, is set to wrestle at some point in the future for the company, not to mention the releases earlier this year on DVD of ‘WCW's Greatest Pay-Per-View Matches Volume 1’ and ‘The Best of The Great American Bash’. Those two releases were brought out to almost universal acclaim and so it is no surprise to see them continue to cash in on the demand for it with another 3 disc release- ‘OMG! Volume 2- The Top 50 Incidents In WCW History’.

Disc 1 takes you through each of the top 50 moments in the list, with talking heads a-plenty, including new comments from William Regal, Dave Finlay, Kevin Nash, Booker T, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan and many others, as well as older footage from the likes of Eric Bishoff and Ultimate Warrior. Of course, this being a WWE release, there is a knowing blend of genuinely great moments for the company such as the Hogan heel turn, the Bret Hart/Goldberg chest protector angle, DDP’s decision not to join NWO and many others, and those moments that are included for their ridiculous nature, or poor booking.

Vince Russo’s time as WCW’s head of creative is featured heavily for example- the Piñata on a poll match, Judy Bagwell on a forklift match, the Goldberg and Jim Duggan heel turns, the title being put on David Arquette and even Russo himself all feature in the list. Also, plenty is made of WCW’s penchant during the early 90s to mix wrestling with movies and so the Robocop involvement, as well as the infamous Dusty Rhodes ‘mini-movies’ are all included. Furthermore, WWE just couldn’t help but place their own purchase of the company as high as number 2.

Despite the way this release works, even now, 13 years removed from the end of the company, the end of the Monday night war, and the end of WCW’s threat to WWE, as a way to mock the company as often as possible, this is still a very enjoyable 2 hours that passes in a flash. With each of the moments covered in enough depth to satisfy but not run over time, and relevant talking heads who were instrumental in the creation of so many of these moments (even Vince Russo and Dusty Rhodes are given time to explain their ideas) this is another worthy edition to the WWE DVD library.

The extras are less attractive however, given the number of good matches already released earlier this year on those box sets mentioned above; most of what appears in the extras demonstrates the more ridiculous side of the list. For example, as enjoyable as it is to see people talk about some of this stuff, does anybody really want to watch Buff Bagwell vs. Kanyon in their Judy Bagwell on a forklift match? Is it really necessary that we’re offered the chance to see Rick Steiner and Chucky’s duelling promo in full? Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant in a Monster Truck Match anybody?

Having said that, there are some worthy extras, such as the complete Hogan vs. Goldberg match for the WCW title at the Georgia Dome on Nitro and Scott Hall turning up in WCW for the very first time.

All in all though, the 2 discs worth of full matches and angles feels like an excuse to pad out the release, make it a 3 disc set and sell it for more money- a single disc would definitely have sufficed on this occasion. That single disc would have been right up there again with the best releases of the year, as it is, the extras weight it down slightly.

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

Tags: WCW, WWE, Eric Bishoff, Vince Russo, Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan, Sting




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