In the rich history of professional wrestling, not many eras can match that of the Monday Night War. In the 90\’s billionaire Ted Turner bought WCW with the hopes of competing with Vince McMahon\’s WWE (then-known as the WWF). To combat WWE\’s Monday Night Raw– which was 2 hours long and taped in advance- Turner hired Eric Bischoff who birthed the inception of WCW Monday Nitro– a weekly live three-hour program that was live.
It didn\’t take long until many of the WWE\’s top stars jumped ship to WCW. Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Lex Luger, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Bret “Hitman” Hart,“Ravishing” Rick Rude, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and countless other names found themselves heading south to Atlanta to see what WCW had to offer.
The outcome was one of the top-rated shows in professional wrestling history in Monday Nitro and Monday Night Raw found itself squirming for life at times. WCW as atop the wrestling world for years and even now- 14 years after WWE purchased WCW- the brand still has a loyal following and has found a home on the WWE Network.
It took awhile, but in 2011, WWE released the first (and then, the only planned) volume of The Best of WCW Monday Nitro. After a high demand from fans, WWE released a second and now third volume of The Best of Monday Nitro, which recently released.
The three-disc set is hosted- once again- by WCW Legend Diamond Dallas Page, who had a loyal fanbase of his own during his run in WCW- the same man who hosted the first two editions of the series.
The three-disc set includes numerous fan-favorite matches and moments. From the NWO kicking out The Giant, DDP chasing after Macho Man during their iconic 1997 feud which won the award for Feud Of The Year, NWO occupying Monday Nitro, and more, the moments will bring back so many memories for those who had a chance to live the War.
As far as matches, where do we even begin? Matches featuring Goldberg, Lex Luger, Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Macho Man Randy Savage, Vampiro and more, there are moments from the first year of Nitro up to the very last episode in March 2001 during the annunal Spring Breakout in Panama City Beach.
This is the quintessential collection for any diehard WCW faithful and any true wrestling fan. All we can do is hope WWE releases a fourth volume in the next year or two.