08th Apr2013

‘The Best Of WCW Monday Night Nitro Vol.2’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat


World Championship Wrestling was the number one competitor to the World Wrestling Federation during the late 1990’s to early 2000’s with their flagship television show, WCW Monday Nitro. Following on from the success of the inaugural release, The Best Of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2 brings you more wrestling action taken from 5 years worth of programming.

Host Diamond Dallas Page returns to present Volume 2 of the wildly successful Best of WCW Nitro, with eight more hours of the revolutionary nWo, electrifying cruiserweights and unparalleled star power that delivered an endless supply of timeless matches and moments. All the greatest WCW stars are included such as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Kevin Nash, Rey Mysterio, Eric Bischoff, Goldberg and more.

WCW never really had the same huge exposure here in the UK as it did in the States. Originally broadcast on regional ITV during the early 90s (I remember watching WCW WorldWide at a friends house as he got Granada TV and we only got Yorkshire…) just as the WWF was exploding on Sky television, it wasn’t until years later that the brand got its due on British TV, first with the weekly broadcast of Monday Nitro on TNT, which was at the time the third most watched show on satellite and cable TV (only beaten by WWE Raw and football on Sky Sports), then the transmission of WCW WorldWide once again, this time on Channel 5 in 1999.

That lack of exposure led many fans, myself included, to keep up to date with the goings-on in the WCW through which ever home video releases we could get our hands on. So this compilation, like the first volume, contains a number of matches and promos that I have never seen before, so this second volume actually features matches that feel fresh and new, despite the majority of the matches being over 15 years old!

It’s interesting to note that this compilation, unlike the just reviewed WWE: Best of Raw & Smackdown 2012, doesn’t suffer from the same disjointed presentation. The stories are laid out and detailed by host DDP whilst the matches often speak for themselves…

Besides a whole heap of wrestling matches (some of which were never-before-released on DVD), The Best Of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2 includes more Nitro Girls, Nitro parties, WCW’s spring break bashes, and what became WCW’s “trademark” in the latter years – celebrities: including that most infamous of WCW celebrity superstars, Dennis Rodman.

The Best Of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2 is released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 29th and it’s yet another essential purchase for fans of WCW and good wrestling in general.


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