By Jerome Wilen
I finally watched the documentary part of the Rise and Fall of WCW which I ordered on Pay-Per View. I have been wanting to see this for quite some time as I own a copy of the Monday Night War DVD. For those who think that the Rise and Fall of WCW is just another version of the Monday Night War DVD, in a sense you are correct, but this version has more history and great old footage that the Monday Night War DVD does not. Yes, they used old interviews of Bischoff and Hogan, but these interviews were not in the final cut of the nWo or Monday Night War DVD’s.
Watching the two hour documentary and seeing the old footage of Nitro during the peak of the Monday Night War reiterates the fact that Pro Wrestling is in need of another Monday Night War. You never knew who would show up on what show. This is why I think TNA at least testing the waters on January 4, 2010 is healthy for the industry. It will bring out the best in Vince McMahon. If TNA shows signs of at least coming close to beating RAW or surprises everyone and actually wins, then I think we will have a new era of a new Monday Night War that will begin.
Hopefully Dixie Carter has watched the Rise and Fall of WCW and will listen to both Hogan and Jarrett who were a part of the original Monday Night War, which was said in the Rise and Fall of WCW, that the mistake WCW made was they (Bischoff) were too concerned with putting Vince out of business and not focusing on their own product more with the talent they already have in place. If TNA can do this, then they could be a Monday Night success. Do I think Vince is concerned about TNA if they move to Monday night’s, well that would depend on what talent leaves his company for TNA.
The Rise and Fall of WCW is a great piece of wrestling history that has great interviews and old footage that brings back memories of watching the NWA/WCW on TBS every Saturday and pumps me up for what could be another Monday night wrestling battle.