This latest WWE DVD is an interesting one. Whilst many of the
matches/stories featured are likely to be in a lot of wrestling fans
collections, they have never been compiled like this.
The Top 25 Rivalries set is a really great effort at letting us see
just how important feuds are in the world of wrestling. What is also
nice is the way the WWE are embracing the products of other companies
too. Which means that even though this is a WWE heavy effort, we do
see some WCW, NWA, ECW and other promotions classic encounters
Of course what any fan of wrestling will know is that it is a good,
well-planned rivalry that will make us tune in each week to see what
is happening next. I for one have been a fan for almost 30 years so
have seen my fair share of top quality feuds and witnessed their
final pay-off match-ups too.
Here we get to see the top 25 rivalries from across all the
promotions already mentioned. Now fans of the more modern day WWE
will feel a bit put out as many of these scrap/storylines here are
from eras gone by. But you know what give them a chance as this is a
wonderful way to learn about the grapplers that wrestling industry we
Many of the faces and matches here feature some of the industries
legendary names. Now our host Renee Young and her references to the
periodic table did confuse me, but that is only a minor thing for me
and does in no way take anything away from the show here.
So what can you expect here? Well you will get to see Sabu and Taz
battle it out in ECW, Mr McMahon and Stone Cold have the feud that
took the WWE to a whole new level, Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat have
matches that we all wish we could have seen live in the NWA/WCW, Edge
take on John Cena in some thrilling encounters, Hulk Hogan at his WWE
prime, Undertaker and Mankind's most brutal outings and much more.
What I personally enjoyed here were the references to the 1980s
legends who paved the way for the rise of the WWE's 'Attitude Era'
and WCW's now period. This is where we get to see the Fabulous
Freebirds, Von Erich's, Bruiser Brody and many more old school stars
The talking heads with each rivaly are well sourced and give us a
nice insight into the affair at hand. Be it former announcer Mean
Gene, Billy Gunn, Shane Douglas or Road Dogg, they all have a fair
point and story to tell.
It is a shame that due to Hogan and others being in TNA we do not get
any up to date interviews with them. But its no real big deal they
are not here.
Now a few feuds featured I have not mentioned yet are the ones that
will enthral many viewers the most. These are the infamous Shawn
Michaels and Bret Hart one, which of course led to the Montreal
Screwjob for the WWE title. There are also nice looks at Hulk Hogan
and Randy Savage feud. Plus of course the way that the WWE (then WWE)
built WrestleMania into the monster it is today.
The first disc here features the 25 rivalries countdown. The others
house the matches and other extras. All of which are well worth a
WWE The Top 25 Rivalries is available from all good retailers on June