WWE OMG! Volume 2 – The Top 50 Incidents In WCW History DVD review

CaptureWhile many fans long for the days of the Monday Night Wars where we had two rival companies fighting for top dog status in the wrestling industry, it is a treat for long term wrestling aficionados to be able to view compilations of ECW, WCW and other companies released under the WWE banner. There’s a huge amount of rich history going back through names such as Ric Flair, Sting, Lex Luger and all the biggest names in the industry over the years, and between the DVD releases and the WWE Network (available for 9.99 most places… though not here yet!) we’re really spoiled for choice. Releases such as the Monday Night Wars, Best of Monday Nitro and War Games have all highlighted just what was so special about WCW and how it managed to beat the then-WWF on many an occasion. Vince McMahon certainly didn’t have it his own way all the time!

Unfortunately for all the fantastic high quality releases that WWE put out covering WCW’s legacy, there can be the occasional one that doesn’t paint Ted Turner’s company in the best light and OMG! Volume 2 falls into that category. Even the cover speaks volumes, with Vince and Shane being chosen out of decades of WCW history! How about Goldberg? The NWO? Sting? There are many icons of WCW that fans would love to see covered more, and I don’t think Vince or Shane really fall into that category. It would be a bit harsh to say that this is a complete burial of WCW – after all, if you want to see a WWE style burial, watch the Self Destruction Of The Ultimate Warrior – but the tone certainly leans towards the comedic eye rolling of ‘what did they do this for?’ rather than celebrating the best of the company.

From the 1980s all the way through to 2001, the incidents included in the list cover a broad spectrum of storylines. Whether it’s the top dogs fighting over the World Championship or more personal battles, WCW always brought something memorable to the table – even if it wasn’t always for the right reasons! Whether you agree with the order or not is pretty irrelevant here as most of those included are pretty ridiculous. With the list lasting for just over two hours, you get quite the interesting overlook of WCW history and if you’re unfamiliar with it, you’ll be wondering how it lasted so long! Don’t take this release as a representation of the company as a whole, but rather as some of the funnier and strangely entertaining parts of what they had to offer. Focus on ones like the dumping of the Women’s Title, the Outsiders invasion and the rise of Goldberg as these speak to the quality of WCW rather than the trash. Robocop and Judy Bagwell on a forklift definitely aren’t the high points!

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Despite the slightly shoddy slant on the product, OMG! Volume 2 does prove to be enjoyable and a nice summary of what WCW was all about. While the WWE Network still remains unavailable in this country, it’s nice that WWE are still putting out home release offerings to fans that are interested in such a product. To see guys like Goldberg and Sting in their prime, as well as the NWO, you can see why WCW did so well at times. WWE’s attempts to humanise Goldberg meant we never got the true monster he was originally, and the NWO were way beyond their peak once they joined WWE. Even now the appetite for Sting is strong, and it’ll be interesting to see whether he appears on-screen for WWE any time. On the opposite end, we get to see people like Warrior appear beyond their WWE prime in a sad state in WCW, so it always went both ways.

Unfortunately the lasting memory from anyone watching this release will probably be ‘well that’s why they lost’ and that’s because so much of the countdown does focus on the most stupid things WCW ever did. If you want a more balanced view then do check out the other releases and once the WWE Network is available, watch episodes of Nitro and everything else. There was some top quality wrestling action – especially the Cruiserweight division – and some great innovation. OMG! Volume 2 manages to condense all of this into an intriguing and slightly bemusing collection of moments that are worth a watch, but not if you’re into a balanced view of wrestling history. Even the matches and segments don’t speak true of what WCW was overall, and that’s a real shame.

OMG! Volume 2 – The Top 50 Incidents In WCW History DVD and Blu-ray are out now.

Full run down of the countdown and match/segment listing are HERE.

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