Badseed's Bottomline #385:
Top 10 DVDs the WWE Has to Make
Hey yo! I write this from beautiful Miami, Florida. It has been a really, really long time since I wrote a Badseed’s Bottomline from out of New York.
The last time I did, I was in Arizona and The Acolytes were dominating the tag-team scene and Rikishi was still very popular. The year before that, I had written my column from Canada when Chris Jericho debuted on Raw in the infamous confrontation with The Rock.
Anyways, so I haven’t watched wrestling and I thought to myself, what can I write about? So, I decided to write about DVDs. They bring me back in time to when I first started enjoying wrestling. But, there are just some DVDs that the WWE hasn’t touched and that need to be made. I compiled a list of 10 most wanted DVDs on my list.
1. Ricky Steamboat: His memorable matches in the WWE against Jake Roberts, Don Muraco and Randy Savage are enough reason alone to create a DVD, but when you factor in his classic feuds with Ric Flair, Rick Rude, Steve Austin and his tag-team wars where he teamed with Dustin Rhodes against Brian Pillman and Barry Windham or when he teamed with Shane Douglas against the Hollywood Blondes, you have at least…at least an awesome two-DVD set. He is a legend that needs to be honored.
2. Randy Savage: Love him or hate him…think he’s crazy all you want, but Randy Savage’s career in the WWE alone deserves a DVD release. Great battles with Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Ted Dibiase and the Ultimate Warrior, as well as his two world title reigns and one of the longest IC title reigns in WWE history include memorable encounters with Honky Tonk Man, Razor Ramon and Ric Flair. In WCW, he even had an awesome clash with Diamond Dallas Page that is worth documenting. Savage’s career is worth reliving.
3. Ted Dibiase: Everybody has a price. Ted Dibiase became one of the biggest heels in WWE history. When he tried to buy the WWE title from Hulk Hogan, it set off a feud that resulted in one of the most famous title changes in WWE history. His battles with Randy Savage were classics at a time when we were used to Hulk Hogan brawls. His series with Jake Roberts produces memorable moments. Ted Dibiase never had a bad match and he even made his tag-team title reign with IRS look good. Dibiase’s career was actually cut short way too soon and I don’t think we ever truly got to see the best from him.
4. Rowdy Roddy Piper: How do you not have a DVD for him? Hulk Hogan was nothing without Rowdy Roddy Piper helping to make him. Hogan was only as good as his heels, as evidenced when he bombed fighting Kevin Sullivan and his band of evil doers in WCW. Piper bashed Jimmy Snuka in the head with a coconut. He interrupted a wedding that made Uncle Elmer seem important. Piper’s battle with Bret Hart over the IC title was probably one of the best matches in his career and who can forget his battle at Wrestlemania III with Adrian Adonis or what led up to that feud. How about the updated battled later on in his career with Goldust. His Piper Pit segments alone deserve a DVD. Piper’s anthology should be the first DVD set the WWE makes.
5. The Von Erichs: WWE just purchased the old Von Erich footage that includes classic footage of Ric Flair. The Von Erichs helped to revolutionize the sport with intriguing storylines that federations copied later on. Kerry Von Erich even spent some time in the WWE where he won the IC title as The Texas Tornado. The story of the Von Erichs is not just of triumph, but also of sadness and would probably be one of the most disturbing DVDs the WWE could put out. This should be the first release from the World Class Championship Wrestling library, which includes battles with Chris Adams, Gino Hernandez, Dingo Warrior, Rick Rude, The Freebirds (awesome feud – remember when Kerry Von Erich and Michael Hayes teamed up) and more that has to be distributed to the masses.
6. Rick Rude: I feel Rude was the most underrated superstar in the WWE. He really made a name for himself in WCW, but Rick Rude first started in World Class Championship Wrestling where he had some great battles with Chris Adams. In the WWE, he had a tremendous feud with Jake Roberts over trying to kiss The Snake’s wife. The feud was groundbreaking for its time. He also had a feud with The Ultimate Warrior that provided him with an IC title run. But in WCW, he beat Sting to win the U.S. title and went on a great run as champion that he only lost because of an injury before Starcade where I believe he was supposed to battle Ron Simmons. Anyways, Rude came back to have a tremendous feud with Dustin Rhodes and some great battles with Ricky Steamboat. He had a great confrontation with Ric Flair before he ended up having to retire. But even then, Rude made an impact, showing up in ECW to make life hell for Shane Douglas, while at the same time helping to create Degeneration X in the WWE and then right after, showing up as part of the NWO on the same night the WWE showed what they claimed to be live footage of Rude with Degeneration X. An attempt to make a comeback never materialized, as Rude passed away sadly before his time.
7. The Best of the AWA: This one is simple. Look at who came out of the AWA. You had Hulk Hogan, Bobby Heenan, The Road Warriors, Shawn Michaels, Curt Henning, Scott Hall and just so many other stars. The AWA was the hotbed of wrestling until the WWE expanded and destroyed its competition, leading to a disastrous, but memorable Team Challenge Series. We do have to remember Jerry Lawler’s run with the AWA title and his series of matches with and against Kerry Von Erich that created what they called the first undisputed world champion. This would be an interesting story to tell.
8. The British Bulldogs: Tag-team wrestling was a science and the British Bulldogs were masters. The classic battles they had with the Hart Foundation, The Rougeau Brothers, The Islanders, The Dream Team and so many others, warrants a DVD, but when you add the drama that befell Dynamite Kid due to steroids and when drugs took out Davey Boy Smith, this DVD is not only a collection of great matches, it’s a sad story with a lesson that needs to be shared.
9. The Four Horsemen: How do you put out a Ric Flair DVD and not follow-up with one focusing on the classic members of The Four Horsemen? You had Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, Lex Luger, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious, Sting, Chris Benoit, Brian Pillman, Dean Malenko…and…um…Paul Roma…along with Ric Flair. The group took on Ronnie Garvin, Dusty Rhodes, Magnum T.A., Sting, Paul Orndorff, Junkyard Dog, Nikita Koloff, The Rock-N-Roll Express, Raven, Saturn…I mean, there are just so many classic matches and classic storylines to showcase. Remember War Games? Remember Barry Windham turning on Lex Luger? Remember Sting turning on Ric Flair? There is almost too much to include, but when you think about it, this should be a Four-DVD set. It only makes sense.
10. UWF: They don’t own this footage, but they should buy it. This was ECW before ECW knew hardcore…well, before they were even created, but the fact of the matter is that the UWF bred stars like Ted Dibiase, Hacksaw Jim Duggan (before he became an idiot), Steve “Dr. Death” Williams, One Man Gang, Koko B. Ware, The Freebirds, Jim Ross, Eddie Gilbert, Sting, Rick Steiner, Terry Taylor (before he was the Red Rooster) and just so many others. Remember when The Sheepherds were actually blood thirsty animals who had classic bloodbaths with The Fantastics? I really miss the UWF. It was a classic federation that will never truly die in a real wrestling fan’s minds.
Well, that’s all for now. I have a ton of other DVDs I would like to see created for such wrestlers like The Fabulous Freebirds, Sting, Paul Orndorff, Junkyard Dog and Curt Henning. But I will make their cases at a later date. Until next time, it’s off to the beach. Peace.
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