What: A recently released DVD and Blu-Ray set from WWE chronicling some of the greatest stars, matches and storylines from the legendary Louisiana-based territory
Where: Anywhere that carries new DVDs and Blu-Rays
Why: Mid-South Wrestling was awesome. "Cowboy" Bill Watts was the promoter and preferred a distinct brand of hard-hitting wrestling and logical storytelling.
WWE bought the promotion's video library from the Watts family this year and promptly released this DVD set, which features a chronological look at some of the best stuff to come out of the territory in the '80s.
At lot of the wrestlers here should be familiar, but many of them are closer to their athletic prime than they were as national stars and are wrestling a more hard-nosed style.
Case in point: "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan. Jim Duggan in Mid-South was a wild brawler with an intelligent interview style, completely different from the buffoonish Jim Duggan you know from WWE and WCW. After watching this DVD, you'll be convinced that that Duggan is one of the greatest wrestlers of the '80s.
Among of the best and most notable matches on the set are:
- Andre the Giant, Dusty Rhodes and Junkyard Dog vs. Ernie Ladd and the Wild Samoans in an all-star dream match voted on by viewers of Mid-South's TV show.
- Jim Duggan vs. Ted DiBiase in a coal miner's glove on a pole loser leaves town tuxedo match inside a steel cage. Don't worry: It's actually awesome and there's a reason for every single gimmick.
- Junkyard Dog vs. Butch Reed in a "Ghetto Street Fight" that's possibly the greatest match of JYD's career.
- The Midnight Express vs. The Rock 'n' Roll Express at the beginning of their legendary feud.
- Shawn Michaels and Rick Steiner as rookies
- Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs. The Snowman (w/ Muhammad Ali in his corner)
- Rick Flair vs. Ted DiBiase in a bloodbath of a NWA World Heavyweight Title match. It's their only match together that exists on videotape.
- Some of the best big-man matches you'll ever see involving Terry Gordy, Steve "Dr. Death" Williams, One Man Gang and Big Bubba Rogers (Big Bossman) fighting over the UWF Heavyweight Championship.
As always, the Blu-Ray includes a slew of exclusive matches and other segments. In addition, for matches that did not air on TV at the time, Jim Ross provided new commentary where he did an impressive job acting as if he was calling it live.