This release had serious potential. It could have been an insightful glimpse into the serious risks Vince McMahon took in launching the first-ever world-scale wrestling show. Instead, it simply grazes the surface with a few untold stories before leaning back into a puff piece.
I was really hoping for more. It begins well. The Rock-N-Wrestling connection, closed circuit venues, the celebrities, but it gets boring after about 30 minutes.
The biggest issue to be had is the glossing over several years of shows with next to no mention of the matches that fans would have appreciated more insight and feelings.
This is, without a doubt, the WWE version of history. They tow the company line really hard so there a some parts were you really have to grit your teeth.
On the whole, this documentary is well-made from a production standpoint. This is a story that needed to be told, but without the heavy WWE spin.
But what can we expect? After all, it is THEIR documentary.
Standard documentary (FYI, currently on Netflix)
Disc Two (with appearances aside from Mania Anthology)
WM 1: Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff (also on Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology and Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story)
WM 3: Intercontinental Champion Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat (also on History of the Intercontinental Championship, Macho Madness: The Ultimate Randy Savage Collection, and Ricky Steamboat: The Life of the Dragon)
WM 3: WWE Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant (also on Hulk Still Rules, The History of the WWE Championship, and Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology)
WM 7: Retirement Match - The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage (also on The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior and Macho Madness: The Ultimate Randy Savage Collection)
WM 10: Ladder Match - Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (Shawn Michaels: From the Vault and History of the Intercontinental Championship)
WM 14: Mike Tyson is Special Enforcer - WWE Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Steve Austin (also on The History of the WWE Championship)
WM 16: Ladder Match - Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian (also on Edge: A Decade of Decadence, Jeff Hardy: My Life, My Rules, and Wrestling's Highest Flyers)
WM 17: Street Fight - Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon (also on Mr. McMahon DVD)
WM 18: The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan (also on on Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology, The Rock: The Most Electrifying Man In Sport's Entertainment, and The Greatest Superstars of WrestleMania)
WM 19: WWE Champion Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar (also on Brock Lesnar: Here Comes the Pain)
WM 22: WWE Champion John Cena vs. Triple H
Matches Exclusive to the Blu-ray Release
WM 24: Money in the Bank Ladder Match - Carlito vs. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin
WM 25: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (also on Shawn Michaels: My Journey)
WM 26: WWE Champion Batista vs. John Cena
Elliott Saltares is a sports pundit, fan, and contributing writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on twitter @elliottsaltares.
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