By Graham "GSM" Matthews
As a major mark for the nWo, I was highly anticipating the release of this DVD. I read all about the New World Order in "The Death of WCW" book a few years back and was anxious to learn even more about the controversial stable. I watched an hour-long documentary about the nWo on YouTube about a year ago, and in all honesty, that was probably better than this DVD. I wanted to get this DVD when it was released last year, but after hearing it receive negative reviews from a number of people, I was skeptical about purchasing it. Regardless, I saw that it was available on Netflix last month and decided to give it a watch.
First off, the documentary portion of this DVD was way shorter than I expected it to be. It ran approximately an hour and a half, if even that. Secondly, most of the interviews were outdated or featured people who weren't even involved in the angle. I mean, Cody Rhodes? Seriously? Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Cody, but what did he have anything to do with the nWo? I realize this father Dusty Rhodes was a part of the faction briefly and he gave his experience as a fan, but that was a bit of a stretch. The interviews from Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall, two of the integral members of the group, were from a decade ago with Hogan being with TNA at the time this DVD was made and Hall being in the shape that he is currently in.
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Although I am not much of a fan of Triple H the wrestler, I do respect the hell out of him as a person. Honestly, when I first heard that a DVD retrospecting his career was in the works, I rolled my eyes. I mean, how many HHH DVDs have we had up to this point? Would this have been this third? Possibly fourth? However, my view of the DVD changed when I later heard it was going to be a documentary. Now, we all now how amazing WWE can be when it comes to their documentaries. From CM Punk to Chris Jericho to Edge (all DVDs I have reviewed in the past), a substantial amount of WWE's most recent documentaries have been absolute gems. So, I decided to give HHH's DVD a chance. That was in addition to the fact that the commercials for it looked cool as well.
No less than 24 hours after the movie was released online, I gave it a viewing and was throughly impressed by it. Since I am no HHH fan and have only been watching wrestling for approximately (although my knowledge of the product goes much further than that), I was completely unaware of the early beginnings of his career. One thing I do know, though, was the fact that he was trained by Killer Kowalski in Massachusetts, so it was cool to see some footage of HHH training with the late, great WWE Hall of Famer. I also had no idea HHH was at one point under contract with WCW before jumping ship to WWE. Typically, Eric Bischoff let him slip right through his fingers, and it certainly wasn't the first time that had happened (remember "Stunning" Steve Williams?).