I honestly do not recall the first volume of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) moments that lived in infamy were, but the title of this World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) release was summed up by the "OMG!" exclamation/acronym, so I was wondering what it was that the folks in Connecticut would do that go get to another layer of professional wrestling/sports entertainment fun. But it was pleasantly surprising.
The WWE production team, rather than attempting to one-up whatever the content in the first volume of this "OMG!" iteration was, used OMG! more to describe the infamy, chatworthiness or general jaw-dropping nature of what occurred in and out of the squared circle. And that means not only the good, but the bad and the ugly. Using interviews with many of the participants involved, more than one occasion those affected subjects recounted their embarrassment about participating in the more comical segments. So on one hand, while we get to see interviews with some of those involved in the infamous "I Quit" match between Tully Blanchard and Magnum T.A., we also get The Shockmaster, the Monster truck tug of war(?) and the creepy pro wrestler James Bond segments of Davey Boy Smith and Sting, to name a few.
Along with interviews from those at the time and the WWE contemporaries, there are two discs full of matches to go with the two-hour long countdown of the Top 50 moments in WCW history. The match list includes the following:
The Road Warriors vs. The Midnight Express (Scaffold Match - Starrcade - November 27, 1986)
Sting, El Gigante & The Steiner Brothers vs. Big Van Vader, Diamond Studd, Cactus Jack & Abdullah The Butcher (Chamber of Horrors Match - Halloween Havoc - October 27, 1991)
Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader (Super Grudge Match - WCW Saturday Night - April 24, 1993)
Dustin Rhodes vs. The Blacktop Bully (Sumo Monster Truck Match - Halloween Havoc - October 29, 1995)
Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant (WCW Heavyweight Championship Match - Halloween Havoc - October 29, 1995)
Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant (WCW Nitro - May 27, 1996)
Kevin Nash & Scott Hall vs. Sting, Lex Luger & Randy Savage (Bash at the Beach - July 7, 1996)
La Parka vs. Randy Savage (WCW Nitro - July 7, 1997)
Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs. Goldberg (WCW Nitro - July 6, 1998)
Sting vs. Vampiro (Human Torch Match - Great American Bash - June 11, 2000)
Jeff Jarrett vs. Kevin Nash (WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match - Great American Bash - June 11, 2000)
Buff Bagwell vs. Kanyon (Judy Bagwell on a Forklift Match - New Blood Rising - August 13, 2000)
Booker T vs. Vince Russo (WCW World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match - WCW Nitro - September 25, 2000)
Booker T vs. Jeff Jarrett (WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match - WCW Nitro - October 2, 2000)
Admittedly I am not going to spoil the list so the viewer can watch it, but we can all assume at this point that the New World Order and some of those moments are liberally dusted throughout the feature. Which is fine, because as one who recalls watching those moments as they unfolded on my television at the time, they were jaw dropping. There were other moments that I had forgotten but their inclusion was welcome because looking at them now, they were just too fricken silly. I mean, who puts two guys on top of a flatbed truck with a bunch of haystacks and think that it's going to be a good match? Well, guys in Atlanta I guess. But when the matches and stories clicked, they worked, and it made for great viewing.
While I will presume the first part of the WCW story covers their rise and fall, the nice part about this thing is you can watch this and not require a lot of background to it. The WWE (formerly World Wrestling Federation or WWF) was playing second fiddle to these guys frequently. That they had the gall to put their most prestigious title onto David Arquette's waist, or let the stars of the show control the programming for the remainder of it, shows you why they are no longer around. Not only having Vince McMahon and the WWE buying the extensive WCW was a positive, but folding the talent into the WWE and letting them talk about some of the more "interesting" times at WCW is an added benefit.
The interviews are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and look good, with not only interviews taken from various eras, but the matches from the early ‘90s until 2000. All of the matches are in excellent shape and the interviews look good with nary a post-production image processing instance to be concerned about. Image detail is not exhaustive but colors look faithful and though there are occasional moments of image noise, they appear to be inherent in the source. All in all a fine presentation.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 surround soundtrack is a fair option though considering the nature of the material, one is not going to be hugely blown away by it as it does not have consistent (or even existent) level of immersion to it. Dialogue sounds fine and the satellite channels do not get involved that often, other than to mirror the action in the front speakers. Subwoofer action is not available, nor any real directional effects or channel panning. It sounds fine, nothing spectacular.
Save for the matches, nothing to speak of.
The OMG! look at the Top 50 moments in WCW history covers not just the great ones, and for that reason alone it makes for something that wrestling fans should check out. Technically, it is not the prettiest girl at the dance but it has enough going for it both sonically and visually that makes it decent. While there are no extras per se, the set does have two full discs of matches and the moments discussed in the feature that makes it a tidy set, one of the better WWE-produced joints in my recent experience.