30th Sep2015

‘The Best Of WCW Monday Night Nitro Vol.3’ Review

by Paul Metcalf


I will admit I was much more of a WWE fan than WCW, but even with that being the case I remember some classic matches from Nitro that caught my interest. With The Best Of WCW Monday Night Nitro – Volume 3 being released I was wondering if we’d get some, but the cracks are starting to show, and a lack of focus is at play.

My problem with this release may come from the fact that over the last month or so I’ve reviewed WWE: The Kliq Rules, and WWE: Monday Night Wars Vol. 1 which had a focus on the NWO. This wasn’t a bad thing, it showed them at their best and when they were entertaining. The problem is The Best Of WCW Monday Night Nitro – Volume 3 decides to once again give their years a focus, which weren’t some of Nitro’s best.

With the fact that many of the best NWO matches have already been covered we tend to get the more annoying side of things here. There are too many run-ins, too many matches ending in disqualification and too many of those fights where it was painfully obvious just how scripted everything is and how the older guys were struggling to keep up. We all know that wrestling is scripted, but the fun comes from the organised chaos that we see on the screen so regularly. The NWO ring invasions just look a little too…slow.

Not everything is bad in this collection, when the cruiserweights are actually included we see some quality matches. There are plenty of matches featuring Bret Hart, Sting, and even Hulk Hogan showed he could keep things together and pull off a good match. I did find myself wondering where some of the wrestlers were, for example to find Jeff Jarrett’s better matches you need to go into the Blu-ray exclusives. Want to see a glimpse of Mysterio? He appears in the ring unmasked in the exclusives too, but not in action. It just makes you wonder where the “best” that was promised actually is?

Other positives here are the fact we see more Diamond Dallas Paige matches, we even see Hardcore Hak, Mike Awesome, and Dancing Stevie Richards. The lack of Lance Storm is questionable, but the likes of Raven, Kanyon, and Billy Kidman are reminders of some of the interesting times in WCW, as is of course Vampiro.

I guess now we are at WWE: The Best Of WCW Monday Night Nitro – Volume 3 we will start to get some of the stranger decisions from WWE as to what matches were the “Best.” For my taste there is too much NWO and not enough actual matches. Watching this collection, I found myself getting tired of seeing segments showing NWO invasions that were not even matches. There was an ugly egotistical side of the group that doesn’t need to be focused on, it’s just a shame it got too much attention on these discs.

The fact is if you can wade through the poorly chosen matches, there are plenty of good ones too, especially in the Blu-ray exclusives, and they do remind us how WCW did have its moments. I’m not sure who actually makes the match choices, but personally I want to see more cruiserweights, less NWO and “Main Events”, and more focus on wrestling. Hell, give us a collection of the Luchador and Cruiserweight matches to show just how good WCW could be. That is what we deserve, not NWO strutting around the ring trying to work out where their acting skills disappeared to.

***½  3.5/5

WWE: The Best Of WCW Monday Night Nitro – Volume 3 is available in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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