When World Wrestling Entertainment procured the rights to the vast WCW library in 2001, fans worldwide wondered if they had lost their favorite wrestling alternative. Though it was obvious that there was money to be made from the WCW library, but with Vince McMahon as the sole proprietor, one didn’t know what would happen. After all, this was the company that almost put the WWF out of business in the mid 90s. And the billionaire McMahon isn’t above burning a few million dollars in revenue just to keep his pride. Luckily for wrestling fans, that is not the case. World Wrestling Entertainment will release the Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2 on February 12th.
Following in the footsteps of the very successful Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 1, the second installment will also feature top notch marquee matches from the highly popular series. WCW Monday Nitro ran from September 1995 until March 2001. After a merger between Time Warner and AOL, World Championship Wrestling was sold off to the highest bidder. Despite Eric Bischoff being a frontrunner for the company, after a television deal was negated, Bischoff and Fusient Media Ventures pulled out of the deal. McMahon then swooped in and bought all the crumbs for a reported sum of only five million dollars.
The Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2 will feature some very high profile matches from the mid 90s. The first bout on the 3 disc set is a contest between the energetic babyface Sting and “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. The two rivals had a successful feud in the late 80s and rekindled their feud on the first edition of WCW Monday Nitro. In a fitting tribute, Sting and Ric Flair was also the main event for the very last episode of Nitro in March 2001.
Another featured contest on the DVD is a match between the Steiner Brothers and the Road Warriors. Fans of the current product are not privy to great tag team wrestling. In the mid 90s, WCW Monday Nitro featured some of the best tag teams in the industry. This includes the aforementioned Steiner Brothers and Road Warriors. At the same time, WCW also had Harlem Heat, Sting and Lex Luger, and the Outsiders.
Disc three of the Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2 features a cornucopia of wrestling legends. Many of the bouts are considered dream matches. There is a match between Roddy Piper and Bret Hart that, although pales in comparison to their Wrestlemania classic, is still a fun match to watch.
The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2 is a great treat longtime fans of the sport. And for new fans, they’ll be able to experience what the Monday Night Wars were all about. It was a moment in time that will never be seen again. It’s a pleasure to relive the grandiose days of yesteryear.