Today we celebrate the holiday that is Wrestlemania. In dedication to this special day I viewed two WWE movies on Netflix streaming and will let you know if they’re worth watching. Let me preface these reviews by explaining the two times in my life that I was a wrestling junkie. In the late 80’s/early 90’s I was all about the WWF and all of its characters.(Who wasn’t?) My personal favorite was Jake the Snake Roberts. I bought into it hook, line, and sinker. Then at the end of the 90’s I somehow got suckered back into watching WWF during the “Attitude” era. I could not resist the theatrics of Stone Cold, Mankind, The Rock, Jericho, and so on. That phase only lasted for around 2 years but I am not ashamed to say I loved wrestling for it’s stories and drama. It was my soap opera.
The Rise and Fall of WCW
I am biased because I never got into the WCW, but as a WWF fan there was no denying that WCW had its heyday. I almost found myself jealous that they had NWO, Sting, and Goldberg. This movie goes to WCW’s roots with Ted Turner in charge and ends with Vince McMahon buying WCW and eliminating it entirely. This pseudo-doc is very well done and is able to portray the excitement of the 90’s at WCW. Though it’s not entirely the most valid source of WCW history seeing as it was made by WWE, its former competitor. Worth watching for former fans of WCW and man-children.
WWE: Top 50 Superstars of all Time
This is a glorified list movie. Could you go online and read the list and save yourself 2 hours? Of course. Though if you do that you will miss highlights like the Undertaker throwing mankind off of a 30 foot hell-in-a-cell cage, or the Big Show breaking the ring. As a former junkie, it was nice to see great wrestlers talk about who their inspiration is and pat each other on their gigantic backs. If you have a favorite, this list is sure to include them. Though there are a few surprises: Hulk Hogan is only number 23. I recommend this movie to people who make posters at pay-per-view shows and for people who can’t sleep and don’t want to watch anything too involving.