Format: Three-Disc DVD Set
Studio: WWE Home Video
Review by: Bill Jones
WWE is digging into WCW’s archives once again, this time to release the three-disc DVD set, The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions. But while the show’s history seems like something deserving of such attention, the DVD set here seems to indicate otherwise.
Dusty Rhodes narrates the three discs, outlining the story of a show that abrasively debuted as a free program rivaling WWE’s top pay-per-view event of the year, WrestleMania. It wound up continuing over the years, but if the matches contained on this set are the best the show had to offer, it’s probably a good sign why WrestleMania continued mostly unfazed, and why WCW ultimately went out of business.
There are plenty of big-name matches, but most of them fail to really wow. Old-school competitors like Sting, Ric Flair and Terry Funk mostly just seem old and rather sluggish in their matches. Only in bouts later on the disc, with the likes of Stunning Steve Austin, does the set find a few gems.
But more often than not it is bad battle royals and matches that don’t live up to the hype. One thing in particular struck me as funny when watching this set — a boring battle royal that sees someone fail to go over the ropes correctly from an El Gigante clothesline to end the battle. Why would they bother putting this in the collection? A better question may be, why was this collection even released?
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Pads & Panels received a copy of the DVD set courtesy of the studio for review purposes.