By Brian McGurn
There is only a small list of moments in the wrestling industry that become revolutionary: the birth of the Attitude Era, Undertaker going 20-0 at WrestleMania, Hogan slamming Andre the Giant in front of 93,173 fans, the Montreal Screw job, just to name a few. Rightfully so, all these moments are earth-shattering (at least in the wrestling industry) in their own special way. In 1996, three men had the chance to make that earth-shattering moment in history. Those three men are the following: “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall, and together they formed the infamous New World Order (n.W.o.) of professional wrestling. The n.W.o. left their mark on professional wrestling forever, and some would argue that they were the catalyst that started the WWF Attitude Era.
There’s no denying that the birth of the n.W.o. was the catalyst that started the war… between WCW and WWF. The Monday Night Wars officially kicked off: WWF Raw is War vs. WCW Monday Nitro. The wars would continue to heat up when “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon and “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel made the switch from WWF to WCW. This move would eventually change the tide of the WCW, WWF, and their yearlong rating battle. The move they played was the debut of the New World Order.
Over the years to come, the n.W.o.’s intentions would soon be realized—to claim WCW as their own. But to do that, they would need much more than three men. They enlisted the help from many popular wrestlers, pro-athletes, and managers throughout the years ahead. Ted Dibiase Sr., Vincent (a.k.a. WWF Virgil), Randy Savage, Dennis Rodman, and many more. Together they would become the most powerful faction in wrestling history.
Without any further delay, here’s my review of n.W.o.: The Revolution.
Unfortunately, this hour long documentary (plus matches) is more infamous than the group itself. To be honest, this DVD is as much of a disappointment as the debut of Kizarny (What ever happened to that guy?); however, this could be an entertaining and insightful documentary if you’re a newcomer to wrestling or grew up in that era, but it’s not worth your money. Quite frankly, it’s almost like a documentary that you would see on the biography channel. Yes, I said the biography channel.
n.W.o.: The Revolution annals the history of the group from its upbringing to its ultimate demise. You get a wide variety of interviews from Hulk Hogan (2003), Kevin Nash, Scott Hall (2003), Eric Bischoff (2003), Vince McMahon, and so on. But most of the time the interviews really seem repetitive and boring. Not only that, but I really wish they had updated interviews from Hogan, Bischoff, and Hall. Due to Hogan and Bischoff being contracted employees of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) that’s not happening.
Throughout the whole documentary they go from one point to another; never fully going into details about all the segments and whatnot; however, I did enjoy that little part they had about Sting.
Kevin Nash, who’s the only original n.W.o. member with an updated opinion, is the only relevant and important part of this documentary. He provides his opinion on the whole situation and why the n.W.o. didn’t work out going into the late 90s. To be honest, he’s the only pivotal role in the whole documentary (I’m not counting the dated commentary from Hogan, Bischoff, and Hall). If it wasn’t for him, this documentary would have no chance in hell.
Surprising to me, Vince Russo made a surprise appearance on the DVD; however, they only showed him in two short parts. Nevertheless, his idiotic comments reaffirmed us that he is a pure idiot when it comes to creative thinking.
During the latter part of the documentary, we saw the ultimate demise of the n.W.o., and a short-lived resurrection in the WWF (WWE). I enjoyed the latter part (last 20:00 minutes), but again, to me, it’s nothing that astonishing.
The most impressive part of this DVD was the matches; however, that doesn’t make up for the poor excuse of a documentary. What really tears me apart is the lack of originality. It does nothing to separate itself from its predecessors. I’ve got two words for yah…Repackaged Trash!
Honestly, was another DVD really needed? This is nothing new that we haven’t seen before. n.W.o- Back in Black, The Rise and Fall of WCW—all share the same opinion as n.W.o: The Revolution. It’s just a ploy by WWE to generate some easy cash, if you ask me.
Going into this, I didn’t expect a 5-Star documentary, but I expected it to be somewhat better than what it was, especially after coming off a great streak of wrestling docs. The n.W.o. will always be remembered and revered as one of the greatest faction in pro-wrestling history, but I can’t say the same for this documentary. Without all the original members, it just doesn’t cut it. As wrestling fans we’re always yearning for more, but WWE fed us too much with another nWo/WCW documentary. Save your money and buy something worthwhile. If you’re really curious about this documentary, I would recommend buying an $8.99 (First month free) Netflix Membership.