The future Goldust took the fight to the big man, and he spent the majority of the match with just one boot on, having used the other one to clobber Vader. Dusty is more natural and likeable in this interview setting, with my only takeaway is for a couple of the interview clips he kind of rambles on without saying anything of note. The match began with Austin and Windham, which was a pretty even match-up, although Austin soon found himself wearing the crimson mask. And the nWo matches are enjoyable for different reasons, as they both play big roles in that amazing storyline of 1996-7. But with the Horsemen team winning the coin toss and getting the one man advantage Anderson was saved from a further beating when Blanchard entered the match. But it is cool to hear of the match and its inception, stemming from a visit to Mad Max Beyond ThunderDome. And besides the nWo plot developments, the last few matches are largely confusing.
Members of the team do not enter all at once. Edge enhancement and image haloing is virtually nil, and there are moments of crushing, but those would appear to be inherent in the source. But just when it looked like he was going to get the win and take the title shot smoke filled the cage as the Warrior made his entrance. Instead of all the teams coming out at the beginning those not involved stayed backstage until it was their time, giving this part of the match a Royal Rumble feel. Disc one ends with a War Games from the 1989 Bash which lacks blood but has more exciting moments of actual wrestling and is a really good match, actually. But there was only one match that went beyond The War Games. The older matches are in good condition, and there does not appear to be anything in the way of image processing that would deter anyone from watching the matches.
The first War Games I counted four, yes four wrestlers dawning the crimson mask! Then, in between the fighting and the bleeding they began to loosen the top rope, eventually prying it away from the ring post. As the numbers grew some of the others began to join in on the blood letting stakes, and after all ten men had entered the fray Rhodes' team began to take advantage of the Horseman's weak link. It's just Submission or Surrender. It's well worth a look. The Discs: Video: The set is presented in 1. I never realized the match was a house show staple for a few years.
I was a little surprised to hear from Dusty in the interviews that he said that marked the beginning of the end for War Games as it made it happen at the same time every year instead of there being a reasonable booking decision to have it happen when it was appropriate for the rivalry. An excerpt from that interview is played before each match and it helps set the stage for each encounter. In fact the most dramatic part of this match came after it had ended. But the film could have been bolstered by interviews with say, Anderson and Blanchard, or even newer participants like Hart or Austin, who no doubt saw the rise in popularity in War Games and their desire to be part of it at some point. Once again they began with Rhodes against Anderson, but the order was switched around as the match went on. He began to gloat as smoke filled the ring again, and when it cleared he was only holding the Warrior's jacket, and the next time the face painted one appeared his was rushing down the aisle towards the cage.
I can't blame him for that. The 2000 War Games transpired on Nitro when Vince Russo was nearing the end of his booking run in the company and he completely changed up the rules. Disc Two February 24th, 1991 The Horsemen are back as Ric Flair, Sid Vicious, Barry Windham and late replacement Larry Zybszko take on Sting, Brian Pillman and the Steiner Brothers at Wrestle War. As fans we've seen wrestling go to some extreme measures that led to some epic encounters over the years. Simply put, if you own the compilations for Steel Cage, Hell In A Cell and Elimination Chamber matches, this round-up of War Games will complete your structure-enclosed collection. Extras: Nothing to speak of. In the end it was the Machine who proved to be the weak link.
The referee was having none of it though, and reluctantly Parker enter the battle ground. This led to several attacks on Pillman's injured shoulder, although the smallest man in the match kept coming back, always giving as good as he got. There are a few duds in this anthology, but most of the War Games matches are wild, visceral and bloody brawls well worth going out of your way to check out. Having spent quite a bit of time doing further damage to Pillman he went to take him down with a powerbomb, but with the cage being just an inch or two above his head it meant that he couldn't execute the move properly. There's a new entrant every two minutes. Hogan, the penultimate man to enter the fray, entered the cage before his time and clobbered everyone else with lead slapjack, getting a helping hand from Ray along the way. Hogan quickly laid him out with his piece of lead.
September 18th, 1994 The creator of the match returns as Dusty Rhodes teams with his son Dustin and the Nasty Boys against Terry Funk, Arn Anderson, Bunkhouse Buck and Colonel Robert Parker. It looked a little better this time around, but as soon as he hit the mat he was out of it. July 23rd, 1989 It's a different cast for the pay per view Bash, with the Road Warriors, the Midnight Express and Steve Williams taking on the Fabulous Freebirds and the Samoan Swat Team. It is a collection of almost every single War Games match telecasted. Rhodes is the de facto host for the film, but he is also the only interview subject. Then, after a coin toss, another wrestler off one team enters usually from the heels; actually, it was always someone from the heel team.
But once again it was the managers who proved to be the weak links of their respective teams. As Rhodes, Koloff and Ellering tried to hold off the Horsemen the Warriors took care of Dillon, taking him down with the doomsday device and bloodying his face. While all three were variations of the steel cage match, when two wrestlers would be put in a ring with 20 feet of chain link fencing surrounding and dwarfing the ring, War Games was the double mint gum of steel cage matches. He is far better here, instead of giving short, over-the-top sound bites that explain nothing, Dusty is interviewed at length about the history of the War Games and how he created the match. Well, like the Tower of Doom match it's a triple cage affair, but with the combatants starting in the bottom cage. Hennig was the last man to enter for the Horsemen, and as soon as he entered the cage he took off his sling and took out two pairs of handcuffs. Once there they'd have to fight their way to two other cages, with trap doors opening every two minutes.