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Greg "The Hammer" Valentine vs. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper - dog collar match for the NWA United States title, starrcade 1983
Sgt. Slaughter vs. Iron Sheik - Madison Square Garden, May 21, 1984
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine vs. Tito Santana - lumberjack match for the Intercontinental Title, MSG, March 17, 1985
Junkyard Dog vs. Randy "Macho Man" Savage (with miss Elizabeth - the wrestling classic tournament final, November 7, 1985
Ultimate Warrior vs. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan - June 25, 1988
WWE: The Greatest Wrestling Stars of the '80s The '80s were a boom time for professional wrestling. This documentary presents 15 memorable matches from that decade. Included is a 1983 dog-collar match between Roddy Piper and Greg "the Hammer" Valentine, a 1986 battle between longtime rivals Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair, the legendary main event from the original Wrestlemania, and a battle for the AWA heavyweight crown between Jerry "The King" Lawler and Kerry Von Erich. This release contains matches from each of what were at the time the three biggest pro wrestling organizations: the WWF (later known as the WWE), the NWA, and the AWA. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Overall Customer Rating
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100% of customers recommend this product.
I LOVE THE 80s!!!!!
Posted by: MRMAYE from: Richmond, VA on
Lately I've been (and always have been) on a nostagia kick, more so than the average fan. It's something about the 80s (the WWF) that I love so much I just can't identify it (I know I sound markish, but bare with me here!). This 3 DVD set about the Greatest Wrestling Stars of the 80s is a definite testament to the trend setters as far as the 1980s go. Maybe the reason why I appreciate the 80s so much is because if it wasn't for the 80s, there wouldn't be a wrestling business today, and for that, I appreciate the decade of the 1980s. Here's my review of the matches with a little extra material as well:
(Note: Workrate fans, try not to take these ratings TOO seriously. This is the 80s I'm talking about here, so even though there is ONE 5 star match, try not to search for TOO MANY of them here. My ratings are based on real feelings and nostagic purposes. I hope you understand.)
Also, I use WWF here, as this was the 80s, a different time and era.
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
The Junkyard Dog
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper
Greg Valentine vs. Roddy Piper - NWA United States Championship Dog Collar Match - Starrcade 11/24/83, ***1/2 (We begin with a very good match from the NWA. They entertained me with this one.)
Sgt. Slaughter vs. Iron Shiek - Madison Square Garden 5/21/84, ***1/2-**** (I honestly have to watch this match again. I truly enjoyed the brutality of this match, as this one was WAY before the hardcore material that was populated in the 90s. As for the Sheik and Slaughter, they brutalized each other in this one, and had the MSG crowd roaring.)
Greg Valentine vs. Tito Santana - WWE Intercontinental Championship Lumberjack Match - Madison Square Garden 3/17/85, *** (A decent in the long feud between these two.)
Junkyard Dog vs. Randy Savage - Wrestling Classic Tournament Finals - Wrestling Classic 11/7/85, DUD (I'd have to say that this match had no redeeming qualities, but for nostagic purposes, it's fine.)
Ultimate Warrior vs. Bobby Heenan - Weasel Suit Match - Madison Square Garden 6/25/88 (Not really a match, but for comedic purposes, there is none better from this time period.)
Junkyard Dog performing "Grab Them Cakes" at the 1986 Slammy Awards
Sgt. Slaughter story about going to Verne Gagne's Training Camp
Sgt. Slaughter story about meeting President Reagan
Piper's Pit - Haiti Kid - Tuesday Night Titans 3/7/86
Valentine Back Rub - Tuesday Night Titans 7/17/86
Bobby Heenan Show with Guest Jameson Winger - Prime Time 7/10/89
Disc 1 "Easter Eggs"
Highlight & click the Chapters option on the main menu & highlight the Roddy Piper button and push the right arrow button twice. A promo by Roddy Piper in Mid-Atlantic will play of Piper talking about wanting the World Title.
Highlight & click the Extras option on the main menu & on the third page of the extras section, highlight the Pipers Pit - Haiti Kid and push the left arrow button twice. An interview will play with Roddy Piper telling the story about doing a promo about Dusty Rhodes having six liters of puppies.
Jerry "The King" Lawler
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair - NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1 Million Dollar Challenge Match - Starrcade 11/22/85, ** (What can I say about this feud? Yep, they drew money back then, as Flair was one of the ONLY performers to this day who get something fairly watchable out of Dusty Rhodes, this match included.)
Ole & Arn Anderson vs. Wahoo McDaniel & Billy Jack Haynes - NWA National Tag Team Championship Match - Starrcade 11/28/85, ** (This is your semi-standard NWA tag team match here.)
Jerry "The King" Lawler vs. Kerry Von Erich - Championship Unification Match - AWA Superclash III 12/13/88, *** (A pretty good match. I'm not familiar with a lot of the AWA's material, but this match stands out for fans of the former promotion.)
Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair - NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match - Chi-Town Rumble 2/20/89, ***** (WOW! One of my favorite matches and one of the greatest matches of all time, Flair and Steamboat's series will go down as the greatest series of all time. This match, along with the two rematches later in 89, set standards that will never be equalled.)
Ric Flair vs. Jay Youngblood - Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling 2/3/82, *1/2 (An average match here. You can safely say that Flair was still honing his style in a way to eventually emerge as the Nature Boy.)
Dusty Rhodes Promo - World Wide Wrestling 5/7/85
Jerry Lawler after winning AWA World Heavyweight Title - AWA All Star Wrestling 5/15/88
Ricky Steamboat Gets His Name
Arn Anderson Interview - NWA World Championship Wrestling 1/21/86
Four Horseman Interview - NWA World Championship Wrestling 6/21/86
Jerry Lawler's Worst Injury In Wrestling
Disc 2 "Easter Eggs"
Highlight & click the Chapters option on the main menu & highlight the Dusty Rhodes button and push the right arrow button twice. An interview with Roddy Piper talking about Dusty's promo ability will play.
Highlight & click the Chapters option on the main menu & highlight the Ricky Steamboat button and push the left arrow button twice. An interview with play with Ricky Steamboat telling a story of how a blizzard caused himself & Shane Douglas to wrestle a WCW Tag Team Title match against Steve Austin & Brian Pillman in front of 18 people.
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
"Cowboy" Bob Orton
Jimmy Snuka vs. Bob Backlund - WWE Championship Steel Cage Match - Madison Square Garden 5/19/80, *** (A good match here. Two of MSG's favorites during this period.)
Iron Shiek vs. Bob Backlund - WWE Championship Match - Madison Square Garden 12/26/83, *1/2 (A shocking moment as the Sheik captures the title from Backlund. Behind the scenes, Backlund claimed that he had no knowledge that the towel was going to be thrown in.)
Paul Ordorff vs. Salvatore Bellomo - Madison Square Garden 1/23/84, *1/2 (Worth a look to see the early days of Paul Orndoff.)
Iron Shiek vs. Hulk Hogan - WWE Championship Match - Madison Square Garden 1/23/84, *1/2 (Not a great match to be sure, but Hogan capturing the WWF title for the first time started the ball rolling for the phenom known as Hulkamania.)
Bob Orton vs. Jimmy Snuka - Madison Square Garden 2/18/85, **1/2 (Above average match. Snuka and Orton could perform with the best of them around this time.)
Roddy Piper vs. Hulk Hogan - The War To Settle The Score - Madison Square Garden 2/18/85, **1/2 (Above average here. I always wanted a TRUE one on one match between these two on a WWF PPV.)
Iron Shiek Swings the Persian Clubs - All Star Wrestlling 12/7/83
PoseDown: Paul Orndorff vs. Tony Atlas - Tuesday Night Titans 11/27/84
Cowboy Bob Orton Goes to the Doctor - Tuesday Night Titans 5/10/85
Jimmy Snuka - Tuesday Night Titans 6/26/84
Hulk Hogan on Hercules - Saturday Night's Main Event 11/29/86
Disc 3 "Easter Eggs"
Highlight & click the Chapters option on the main menu & highlight the Jimmy Snuka button and push the right arrow button twice. A clip will play of Jimmy Snuka accepting the Victory Magazine, 1983 Wrestler Of The Year Award.
Highlight & click the Extras option on the main menu & on the first page of the extras section, highlight the Jimmy Snuka vs. Bob Backlund (5-19-80) Steel Cage Championship match button and push the right arrow button many times. The (10-5-82) episode of Buddy Rogers Corner will play with Jimmy Snuka & Caption Lou Albano.
Highlight & click the Extras option on the main menu & on the first page of the extras section, highlight the Bob Backlund vs. The Iron Sheik (12-26-83) Championship match button and push the right arrow button twice. The post-match interview with The Iron Shiek & Freddie Blassie will play.
Highlight & click the Extras option on the main menu & on the second page of the extras section, highlight the Hulk Hogan vs. The Iron Sheik (1-23-84) Championship match button and push the left arrow button twice. The post-match interview with Hulk Hogan celebrating with Andre The Giant, Ivan Putski & Rocky Johnson will play.
Highlight & click the Chapters option on the main menu & highlight the Hulk Hogan button and push the left arrow button twice. A clip will play of Hulk Hogan's pre-match interview talking about The Ultimate Warrior from WrestleMania VI.
Overall, if you're a long time fan like myself, then this set is for you. If you're a new fan and you want to know what the 1980s was about, feel free to check this out. I recommend this highly. I LOVE THE 80s!!!!!!!!!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Don't like format, but the matches are good
Posted by: theJawas from: Milwaukee, WI on
I would have probably preferred a set of just matches to the profiles of each wrestler that were done. That said, it was a good selection of matches.
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