WWE puts out a glut of DVDs a year, but few have as much historic significance and entertainment value as War Games: WCW's Most Notorious Matches.
Fans in the U.S. can get their hands on a comprehensive look at "The Match Beyond" on Tuesday, June 25 when the DVD and Blu-ray sets go on sale. The United Kingdom and Australian versions will come out on July 1.
For either purpose of nostalgia or discovering the past, the War Games DVD won't disappoint.
The steel cage variation produced some of WCW's best matches ever and was a brilliant way to provide the climax for feuds. This convergence of rivalries and treasure chest of violence pitted the company's top stars against each other in a compelling format.
A giant cage covered two rings stood side by side. Members of each time entered at timed intervals, transforming a one-on-one match into an eventual chaotic brawl.
WWE fans may have access to just about every Hell in a Cell and Elimination Chamber match in DVD form, but now a whole new world of cage-based carnage will be available.
Dusty Rhodes, the innovator of the War Games concept, narrates the DVD and as Shaun Blackford said in his review, Rhodes "is the perfect person" for the job. Rhodes' charisma, passion for the business and personal ties to the gimmick match as both a booker and a wrestler make his thoughts on War Games worth our attention.
For some, the DVD will be chance to relive the past.
Seeing The Road Warriors, Nikita Koloff, The Four Horsemen and Sting in action will stir up memories for many. The match began in 1987 at the Great American Bash and showcased some of the biggest stars of that era.
This is no mere nostalgia trip though. The War Games' propensity to create great matches makes this sure to be a DVD teeming with classics.
Two War Games earned a rare five-star rating from Dave Meltzer.
Beyond those matches in 1991 and 1992, War Games has been home to battles between warring wrestling factions. The Four Horsemen, the nWo, Dungeon of Doom and The Road Warriors have all clashed with their foes in that steel structure.
Its history features Hall of Famers aplenty from Ric Flair to Ricky Steamboat, Steve Austin to Curt Hennig. For fans of Chris Benoit longing to see WWE show clips of his great wrestling, War Games will help satisfy that feeling. The much-maligned Benoit will be featured on the DVD in the 1997 match that he fought in.
WrestlingDVDNews.com reports that this match is shown with minimal editing, though, commentary mentioning Benoit has been muted.
There will be few DVD releases that offer such quality content, and content that is not widely available elsewhere. Legends, brutality and hyper-charged emotion will be the strengths of this release.
There will be plenty of other WWE offerings to pull out the credit card for, but War Games: WCW's Most Notorious Matches looks to be an early candidate for WWE DVD/Blu-ray of the year.