WCW was a long-standing rival of WWE and attempted to take the battle to Monday nights with Monday Nitro, a show that competed directly with Monday Night Raw for 6 years, creating a wealth of famous in-ring moments for sports entertainment fans. Now, for the first time ever, the greatest moments and matches in the history of Monday Nitro are collected in The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro, a 3-disc set that captures the best of WCW from the show that almost ended WWE.

Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
Year: 2011
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Run time: 180 minutes
Rating: PG

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 DVD
Region: 1

I was always a WWE fan throughout the Monday Night War, but I still watched the replays late at night of Monday Night Nitro to see if I missed anything. It was generally understood that WCW had all the star power and the Monday night shows were always a trainwreck and you never knew what would happen. The wrestling wasn’t always so great, but the politics and behind the scenes gossip made the shows news worthy every week. I was glued to the internet every week to see what was happening and who disliked who on the WCW side.

This DVD brings back everyone of those memories. By the time disc one was over, I was thinking, “Yeah, I know why I always watched WWE now”. Don’t get me wrong, WCW had good stuff too. If I was Diamond Dallas Page, I usually stopped to watch. He hosts the DVD and I think he was an excellent choice. I also watched the Ric Flair spots and if Major Gunns was on the screen, I usually stopped. Funny thing, I didn’t see any of Major Gunns or the other girls. Toward the end of WCW, the wrestlers each had two or three girls that they hung out with, usually strippers or something they had got on the show. A lot of the segments would be them sitting around in the back and plotting what they would do next with a room full of women. I bet they miss that gravy train.

Anyway, by the third disc, the train leaves the tracks and it is the mess I really remember it being. Kevin Nash ended the streak of Goldberg, one of the hottest wrestlers in the industry at the time, and soon after, there was nothing special about WCW at all after that. Once the momentum was gone, there was no catching Austin and his crew. Stone Cold was too hot at the time. Goldberg was right with Austin for the longest time, but WCW or Kevin Nash, decided to end it because he was getting too big and they ruined for themselves and everyone else.

If you were around for this time in wrestling history, your going to love hearing the horrendous commentary from Schiovone and whoever else. The superstars who did the least they could get by with and we still fell for it for a while, until we caught on, or they just got too lazy for us to buy it any longer. Then the end, when “the powers that be’ came in with their internet style booking and tried to let everyone be an insider. Oh, it gets really bad at the end…so bad. But your going to love seeing all this again. Its a fun trip down memory lane.

DISC ONE

WCW History Lesson

Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. Jushin Thunder Liger
September 4, 1995

Hulk Hogan vs. Big Bubba Rogers
September 4, 1995

“Macho Man” Randy Savage & Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair & Arn Anderson
January 8, 1996

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

WCW World Tag Team Championship Match
Sting and Lex Luger vs. The Road Warriors
February 5, 1996

Parking Lot Brawl
Lord Steven Regal vs. Belfast Bruiser
April 29, 1996

Eddie Guerrero vs. Ric Flair
May 20, 1996

Scott Hall Nitro Debut
May 27, 1996

Kevin Nash Nitro Debut
June 10, 1996

Migrating to Hot’Lanta

WCW World Tag Team Championship Triangle Match
Sting & Lex Luger vs. The Steiner Brother vs. Harlem Heat
June 24, 1996

nWo is Taking Over
July 8, 1996

nWo Awoke a Sleeping Giant

The Outsiders attack WCW Superstars
July 29, 1996

Sting & Lex Luger vs. The Outsiders Scott Hall & Kevin Nash
August 12, 1996

nWo takes Over
August 26, 1996

“Sting” attacks Lex Luger
September 9, 1996

The Enigmatic Sting

Sting walks out on Nitro
September 16, 1996

Rowdy Roddy Piper confronts Eric Bischoff
November 18, 1996

Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Dean Malenko
December 30, 1996

DISC TWO

Badda Bang!

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Mark Starr
January 13, 1997

Harvey Schiller suspends Eric Bischoff
March 3, 1997

Sting attacks the nWo
March 17, 1997

The High- Flying Cruiserweights

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Syxx vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.
April 21, 1997

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs. Lex Luger
August 4, 1997

Disregard for Tradition & Authority

nWo mocks the Four Horsemen
September 1, 1997

Diamond Dallas Page vs. Buff Bagwell
September 29, 1997

Sting Saves DDP from the nWo
October 27, 1997

Sting vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
February 2, 1998

Jericho’s 1004 Holds
March 30, 1998

Who’s Next?

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs. Goldberg
July 6, 1998

WCW World Tag Team Championship Match
Kevin Nash & Sting vs. Scott Hall & The Giant
July 20, 1998

Non-Title Match
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chris Jericho
August 3, 1998

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Juventud Guerrera vs. Billy Kidman
September 14, 1998

Tradition Returns!

Ric Flair Returns to the Four Horsemen
September 14, 1998

WCW United States Championship Match
Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Diamond Dallas Page
October 26, 1998

Ric Flair vs. Eric Bischoff
December 28, 1998

DISC THREE

Cracks in the Armour

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Kevin Nash vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
January 4, 1999

Goldberg Spears The Hitman
March 29, 1999

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page
April 26, 1999

Solidifying a Legacy

Eddie Guerrero vs. Juventud Guerrera
June 21, 1999

Hulk Hogan & Goldberg & Sting vs. Kevin Nash & Sid Vicious & Rick Steiner
August 9, 1999

Billy Kidman vs. Diamond Dallas Page
August 16, 1999

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. Goldberg
December 20, 1999

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Kevin Nash vs. Sid Vicious
January 24, 2000

Last Ditch Effort

The Bischoff & Russo Era Begins
April 10, 2000

Steel Cage Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Jeff Jarrett vs. Diamond Dallas Page
April 24, 2000

Tag Team Ladder Match
3 Count vs. Jung Dragons
July 18, 2000

WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match
Booker T. vs. Lance Storm
August 7, 2000

Triple Cage War Games Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
September 4, 2000

Vince McMahon Buys WCW
March 26, 2001

Sting vs. Ric Flair
March 26, 2001

Celebrating WCW

Movie Quality: 9/10

Final Thoughts

I hope they make another set of DVD’s covering Nitro b/c they left out a ton of great matches. Especially the cruiserweights who had some of the most exciting matches in wrestling. I would love to see more!!!! But all in all, the DVD is worth buying and a fun trip down memory lane and reminding me of when me and my buddies would flip back and forth between Raw and Nitro on Monday’s trying to watch everything!
Overall Rating: 9/10