I really never watched WCW back in the ‘90s; I wasn’t really a wrestling fan in the ‘90s. I saw one or two pieces of Nitro and remember seeing Hulk Hogan, sporting that fake black beard and riding a motorcycle, and something else involving the NWO but that’s about it. At that point I watched ECW (if I watched wrestling at all). I personally believed the people walking around in NWO shirts were idiots and professional wrestling was for children and rednecks. I still believe this, even though I’m a fair-weather fan, but there is something more to professional wrestling than steroid fueled muscle heads posing to kiss.
My buddy Justin suggested I watch The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro, a DVD released by WWE recently. Actually, he suggested I only watch a stellar match between Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio Jr. After talking to other wrestling fans, who claim the old men running around and carrying WCW’s flagship show are worthless but the smaller wrestlers (Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Mysterio, Dean Malenko, etc.) really carried the program. I can see that. Here is the match between Jericho and Mysterio from 1998. It’s a good example of quality wrestling on free television.
Later on the disc is a match between the late Eddie Guerrero and Juventud Guerrera (taken from 1999) which is another fine example of professional wrestling at its best. Guerrero is featuring his trademark mullet (in a braid) and this back and forth match makes WWE’s current product look like garbage. The speed of the two performers in this bout is unmatched by anybody currently wrestling – at least on American television. Of course, TNA has a great deal of fast little guys rounding out their X-Division but many of those wrestlers don’t have the charisma and presence of Guerrero. Click here to watch this match.
The rest of the disc is garbage featuring Hulk Hogan, the NWO, Sting, and a bunch of other performers who are either horribly boring or were in boring feuds. I can see why WCW went under – it was poorly booked and the only thing holding the promotion together was the cruiserweights; all the big performers from the ‘80s were on their last legs and just milking their past fame. The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro is the kind of thing you’ll end up fast forwarding through unless you’re a fan of banal wrestling and enjoy watching old men bitch about nothing in particular.
Here is the trailer.