WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVDWWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

It’s time to review WWE Greatest Rivalries: Shawn Michaels VS. Bret Hart, the DVD I’ve been looking forward to most this year. It’s released later this month in the United Kingdom (when ordering here) and the United States (over here).

If you’ve followed this website for some time you probably heard this release replaced another WWE had planned, Stone Cold VS. The Rock. I was anticipating that one for months, but in actual fact became more excited on hearing a sit down interview with Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart was in the works. After all, this rivalry became real.

So let’s now look at that main feature, in which Jim Ross conducts an interview with the two WWE Hall of Famers that many would never have thought possible. It lasts just over 2 hours.

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

Beginnings..

It all starts with a nice introductory video package, produced in a “story book” theme referring to the story of Shawn vs Bret. The voice over hypes up their feud saying that as both superstars achieved success in WWE their rivalry grew, evolving to the point of hatred both on screen and off. Nicely done. You gotta be ready to hear them talk after that.

JR introduces the feature and the two men sitting facing him. Almost immediately we hear a reference to Montreal, with JR saying that whilst their careers cannot be defined by Survivor Series 1997 they will certainly talk about it at length today. The feature kicks off with a look at both of their beginnings – Shawn in San Antonio, Bret in Calgary. A video package is shown which looks at how both stars got into the business. We know all this already, seen a few times in DVDs but I guess we need a bit of introductory to make the story complete.

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

The Rockers vs. The Hart Foundation…

Now the two sit down and discuss Bret’s perception of Shawn when he entered WWF, since Bret was already there. They look back on The Rocker’s bad boy reputation causing friction in dressing room. It’s interesting to hear that despite their rep Bret thought they were good workers and had respect for them, feeling the company needed a fresh team and another for the Hart Foundation to work with. Shawn agrees the reputation in the locker room was justified, as two young guys living their dream but thinks the talent shined through. Shawn recalls The Rockers’ plight to get in a match with the Hart Foundation but they were new, and felt frustrated they couldn’t get to them because of their size. We hear about the un-aired match they eventually had where the ring rope broke loose and both guys agree it was a terrible, anti-climatic pay off. You can see that match still bothers them today.

Heartbreak Kid vs.The Hit Man…

On to the next video package (they’re only short and played at fitting times) which says Shawn showed more charisma and controversy to get the top with his new look and brash attitude following The Rocker’s break up, on to reigning as the Intercontinental Champion. Their ladder match is shown, summarised as Bret vs Shawn being wrestling technician vs risk taker.

Bret talks candidly about being confident in his ring work at the time but not his interview skills, relying more on Neidhart. He credits Curt Hennig as the guy who opened the door for him to be pushed, and once the IC title was on him he felt he carried the flag for the smaller guys in the locker room. Shawn agrees that championship was the work horse title, as they discuss their matches being much smarter than those of the top guys like Hogan and Warrior. They don’t hold back on criticising the main eventers of the day, saying they looked good but it was same old when the bell rang. Good stuff, very honest.

Now Shawn and Bret bring up what many people may not know, that they always got along well from the beginning, to the point that Bret considered Shawn one of his better friends and were very close. You can’t help but feel for Bret and how it ultimately turned out, as he points out he often praised Shawn to management, putting in a good word for him and likes to think he contributed in getting HBK to the top. Shawn agrees here and feels it was both of their missions to get the top and change the business for the better in terms of wrestlers their size.

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

“Dinosaur” vs Clique…

So no real tension mentioned so far. The interview gets more juicy as Bret talks of how he felt Shawn was the star of the show when he went up against Diesel at WrestleMania, and that Nash was out of his depth carrying the title. It’s here their real life feud heats up as Shawn and Bret explain how they now felt in direct competition with each other and their friendship was no longer the same. Bret recalls feeling like a placeholder or “yesterday’s news” to management, despite having the WWE Championship and quality matches. The seeds are planted for more interesting conversation, as Bret explains this is where his own animosity toward Shawn started to build, and that the Clique had a lot to do with it. He perceived that Shawn was planning to work only with all of his friends, and makess it clear that he felt Shawn was positioning all his friends to get in on the money so didn’t have the right mindset to be the champion.

Oddly, on a few occasions in the interview Bret vividly remembers conversations with Shawn on topics like this one, that Shawn now doesn’t recall happening. Either way, Shawn can see with the attitude he had back it made him take care of his buddies first, whilst he and the Clique alienated themselves in the looker room because they just “didn’t give a damn”.

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

Fact vs Fiction…

They reveal that tensions between them going into Iron Man match at WrestleMania were subtle rather than anything major, and they were more excited about that opportunity foremost. Their comments about the match itself, particularly Brets, show they felt it was a masterpiece, perfectly executed as they planned and talked about before hand. Interestingly Bret clarifies that he felt happy for Shawn winning, and when queried by JR about leaving the arena quickly after, he says it was all to keep up the pretence. They confirm they wanted the overtime and sudden death at the end of the match, and think people’s perceptions of their hatred here was overblown. Bret says although Shawn did say to Earl “tell him to get the hell out of the ring”, it was already the plan for Bret to walk out looking pissed, so it wasn’t anything that triggered bad feeling. Bret paints a good picture here that he was striving to let everybody think there was big heat between them because of those events and the lack of handshake, to keep money in the story. Both men joke that ultimately they “worked themselves into a shoot” as it later became real.

Host JR introduces the edgier attitude of WWE now, from around 1996 onwards. Time for another video package as the feature now shows a great one documenting this period of their feud, particularly focusing on their promos including the infamous “Sunny days” comment, through to the build up to their match at in Montreal at Survivor Series 1997. These are great to look back on and I feel are an integral part of re-living their rivalry, which makes it unfortunate there is only these flashbacks to the segments on the DVD.

Fittingly, JR discusses how promos at the time had a fine line between fact and fiction. Another juicy topic is brought up with Bret not believing Shawn was hurt when he had the knee injury, but rather felt he had a lack of commitment, quitting on the team at a time WCW was looming. He admits now that he doesn’t feel it was fair to judge that but the things HBK did (like a back flip in the ring) made him and a lot of others think he faked it. Shawn is not very clear in his response concerning the injury but says it was real to him, as told by a doctor, and thought he couldn’t wrestle at the time which made him emotional. It sounded like a case of one doctor saying not to wrestle again, whilst others may clear him.

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart

Crossed wires…

Bret remembers his feelings of being shafted by Shawn as he was working with Stone Cold at WrestleMania 13 when he had just done the same at Survivor Series, with the opinion there wasn’t much left to their story. Awkwardly Shawn jokes that maybe they were put together simply to “tear the house down”. Whilst the match was indeed fantastic, Shawn’s comment here feels quite dismissive. Shawn agrees their feud was getting personal now, as he had been furious hearing Bret might have said something about his parents “not being proud of a son like him” (Bret says it was always in character, Shawn couldn’t tell the difference). HBK admits he didn’t want to work with Bret, that he felt it was a backward step. He recalls feeling he was held to a different standard than everybody else back then, and what he wanted most was Bret’s validation so was frustrated he didn’t get it.

In the interview here Bret accepts accountability for a lot of what he said in promos but makes it clear what he was saying was always in character, though in delivering them so seriously Shawn took it to heart. It’s very insightful to hear that Bret thought it was ok to keep doing that, laying the groundwork in the feud, because his ultimate goal was to put Shawn over as the next guy. If they are both being completely honest here in the interview, it sounds to me they both wanted the same thing without knowing it. Similarly, Bret thinks Shawn was attacking him in real life rather than the story so in the end both guys were saying stuff in promos that were legitimately offending each other.

An ugly turn…

In a nice touch JR asks what the difference is between Hart putting sunglasses on kids at ringside, and Michaels bringing them in the ring to dance. Bret says there’s a big difference because Shawn was doing uncomfortable strip tease style dances with them. Bret is very adamant about this and Shawn looks totally uncomfortable. We get the picture that the “Montreal Screwjob” may not have happened at all if Bret had given Shawn the recognition he longed for, earlier than he planned to. It’s clear Bret just kept up to everybody that they actually hated each other to make more money and Shawn’s comments give the impression he knows that he didn’t have the emotional ability to look at anything as strictly business back then. Bret refers to the Sunny days comment as crossing lines into his personal life, and the start of it becoming ugly. Bret and Shawn reveal they even tried a number of times to get together to talk things through before it spiralled out of control. Luck wasn’t on their side in cases like Shawn being angry his super kick to Bret in the wheel chair on Raw didn’t make air, thinking Bret sabotaged the segment to make himself look better, when actually according to Bret in this interview he didn’t.

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

The final straw…

Now some more cool insider talk as it’s discussed how the plan was for Bret to go against Shawn at WrestleMania 14. Bret recalls approaching Shawn to tell him this news (Shawn doesn’t seem to remember) and said he had no problem putting HBK over in that match. Bret explains Shawn replied bluntly that he wouldn’t feel the same way about putting Bret over, which felt like “throwing shit in his face”. By the sounds of it this was the final straw leading into Montreal. After this, Vince proposed dropping the belt to Shawn at Survivor Series, so Bret declined it given what had just happened. You get the impression from what Bret says that Vince had began siding with HBK here because although Vince was on Bret’s side when he told him about what Shawn had said, in a meeting Vince set up he didn’t bring up that incident and simply said to Shawn they are putting the belt on him. Bret felt from then on that situation pushed him out of the company and it was one of darkest days of his life signing the WCW contract. Bret is quoted to have said “I’ll drop belt to anybody you want, but not Shawn in Montreal” and he kept declining dropping to Shawn in Canada because of Shawn’s attitude in their verbal encounter. Other ideas were suggested at various times but Bret kept getting the call it was back to the original. Watching the interview at this point you get the feeling Bret was already expecting foul behaviour at the PPV.

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

Montreal plot…

Shawn’s clarifies that rather than being involved from the beginning about what would happen in Montreal, he was instead waiting for updates on how the match was going to go down. Now for the part in the interview that I may have found most intriguing. Shawn recalls himself, Triple H and Vince discussing how to get Bret to drop the title, and that Triple H’s reaction to Bret’s stance was “F that, we’ll have to do business for him”. By the sounds of it Vince and Shawn were supportive of that notion and then ‘plotted’ how to go about it. Shawn was worried all the backlash from the accident would go down on him. His comments here suggest this was all quite last minute, rather than a long term plan and before he knew it the night had come. He says that he couldn’t know exactly how it would go down until they were in the ring together.

So now I ask myself if Bret can already sense it is coming, why did it actually happen? One reason may be how Bret describes meeting with Earl Hebner in Detroit over his concerns of Shawn screwing him the next night in Montreal, to which Earl responded he swears on his kid’s lives he would never do it, with tears in his eyes. That gives great insight into why Bret was confident he wouldn’t be screwed if Earl was refereeing the match. He also says that he thought there was no real reason for them to do it anyway, given the other options available. Bret assumes now that Earl was told to do it right before the match. Shawn says although the perception of him back then was he was a bad person, he still was a human being and the whole situation of knowing before hand wasn’t fun.

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

Pulling the trigger…

Shawn gets emotional here recalling it, and it’s genuine I feel. Bret points out that the two even had a good conversation about respect and their careers prior to the match, which made it more puzzling. You feel for Bret even more as he says he was very reluctant to even sign with WCW, having never even made the meeting with Bischoff, and thought he did everything right for WWF. Shawn recalls the guilt of doing it, but was assured by the boss it would be ok after it. Boldy Shawn admits here in the interview that he did not have any desire of calling it off because he felt like a soldier doing what he was told. He recalls it as easily the lowest point of his career and denied all responsibility for it, on Vince’s orders, saying that Vince wanted to take as much responsibility as it could. Bret didn’t believe Shawn had nothing to do with it but didn’t want to react on Shawn just in case what he said was true.

Now for Bret recalling the moment it happened. Bret gets very emotional and speechless. JR takes over talking about Bret’s reaction after it happened, punching Vince backstage. You can see Bret felt very betrayed and humiliated by Vince, and he refers to the feeling like his heart being cut out in the ring, after years of wrestling sick or hurt for Vince and never missing a day. He makes it clear that he would never have screwed Shawn if the shoe was on the other foot (Shawn sitting next to Bret looks very apologetic) because he considered himself one of the boys first. Bret still doesn’t know why it couldn’t be sorted out with everybody sitting down, since he had never refused to do a job in the past. He explains now how is forgiving of Earl as he believed what was said in Detroit and can understand the pressure of being told by the boss to do something right before the match.

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

The aftermath…

Now a video package highlights how both wrestlers’ careers progressed following Montreal, with the misfortunates of Bret with Owen’s death, concussion and his stroke. It also shows how Shawn was forced to retire. It talks of the reconciliation between Bret and Vince, Bret’s Hall of Fame induction and then Shawn’s five years on. Lastly how 12 years after Montreal Bret and Shawn’s are face to face again on Raw.

So back to JR to discuss how all that went down. First, Bret’s experience in WCW and how he felt it was everything he feared, a company with no heart. He reveals that he was very bitter about what happened so didn’t watch anything WWF put out at the time and had no idea what he’d do if he saw Shawn in the street. It’s a very heartfelt listen as he recalls all the blows he had during this time period, losing his friends and feeling he had lost his smile for real following the stroke. He feels the stroke was probably related to the stress of it all, and perhaps it was a wake up call to put the past behind him. We hear the very moving story of whilst in hospital getting a call from Vince which Bret appreciated greatly, motivating him to keep strong, and he sensed the hatred had dramatically reduced right there. Bret wanted to be remembered for his contributions, not have them hidden away, which led to the DVD release. He feels despite it all he had his own influence on what happened in Montreal, and wasn’t completely innocent himself.

WWE Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart DVD

The reconciliation…

Bret credits Shawn vs Taker at WrestleMania as the stand out match that made him very proud of the two and the company as a whole which led to him making plans with WWE to come back. Bret says he wasn’t doing it to make a profit and does not regret it, but feared the “old Shawn” might come out again after a few weeks. He was uncertain of coming back because of this, but Shawn was respectful and made the peace. Bret feels like he lifted a big rock off Shawn and set him free. The two are both emotional in reliving this time.

Shawn says the reason he waited so long to call Bret was because he was scared, and had no idea how to start a conversation. They agree the TV segment where Bret and Shawn were face-to-face for the first time since the incident, was the real first reconciliation between them. Shawn regrets how he was back in the day, not having the mental ability to act different, and certainly not having his “head screwed on”. Shawn again proposes that the main reason for his behaviour toward Bret was his need for Bret’s respect and affirmation

The conclusion and message you get out of the interview is that of reconciliation and finding peace. Bret says it helped confirm the incident was legit, and is another step in the two becoming friends again. Shawn feels the sit down discussions were healing and the two have now come full circle. They both feel they couldn’t make peace half way and they can now sit and genuinely talk to each other, having a laugh like it used to be in the beginning of their friendship.

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DVD Verdict

The two hour interview feature is truly great viewing. Listening to them even for another hour wouldn’t have hurt! It becomes more of a feel good story of reconciliation between the two (so don’t expect an impromptu fight with JR refereeing), but certainly covers a lot of juicy topics along the way. Shawn and Bret agree on most things when reflecting back, but Bret certainly doesn’t hold back on what he felt and it’s HBK who seems a little more dismissive. The fact that the interview covers their whole story makes it very special and they paint a great picture of exactly how their animosity evolved.

It was particularly interesting to hear how the decision was made for Montreal between Shawn, Vince and Hunter and also Shawn’s admittance that he had no second thoughts about doing it. You could certainly say a lot of the interview is focused on Bret Hart, but perhaps rightly so given that he was at the center of the Montreal Screwjob. He delivers what he is saying perfectly and is a joy to listen to. Shawn is great too, and despite him not recalling some of the moments that Bret does, it does seem he’s just legitimately forgotten about them.

9.5/10

For the amazing main feature and the career spanning matches included on disc 2 and 3 I’m giving this a 9.5 rating. However, WWE has chosen to exclude the Survivor Series 1997 match and some some classic promos from the DVD edition and make them exclusive to the Blu-ray. Whilst that is smart to push Blu-ray sales, the DVD feels a little incomplete without them. Therefore the Blu-ray would probably get 10/10 from me because it has that match. That said, both versions could do with having lots of their old promos rather than a small handful.

Buy your copy…

UK/Europe – (released October 14th, 2011) at Silvervision.co.uk

USA – (released October 25th, 2011) at Amazon.com or WWEShop.com


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  1. [...] Also be sure to check out our in depth review of the DVD’s 2-hour interview over here. [...]




  2. [...] Also be sure to check out our in depth review of the DVD’s 2-hour interview over here. [...]

  3. Simon says:



    PS. Also, why wasn’t the Survivor Series 1992 match mentioned? For all the talk about Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior, you’d have thought they’d made time to discuss them headling a PPV with one another.

    I was also disappointed they weren’t shown shaking hands at the end of the interview. I thought that would’ve been a nice way to round things off.

  4. Simon says:



    Just watched the documentary and was disappointed. Firstly, it should be called “The Bret Hart Story – featuring Shawn Michaels”. It’s not evenly balanced at all. Then again, only Hart was willing to open up; and that’s coming from a huge HBK fan.

    I also thought JR skirted around the difficult questions. On the SNME fiasco, he should’ve asked Hart, “Why weren’t the titles switched to the Rockers at a later date”? I’m not implying Hart is guilty, but at least challenge him on it.

    The voiceover suggesting that Michaels’ demons caught up with him in 1993 (when he was suspended), when HBK flat-out denied taking drugs in his Heartbreak & Triumph DVD, was insensitive and poorly researched.

    The suggestion from Hart that young children were stripping in the ring with Michaels is slander, and it’s a disgrace that this was allowed to air without being corrected. It’s only a step away from accusing Michaels of being a paedophile.

    It’s a major letdown that the backstage fight, which led to Michaels storming out of the building, was only briefly touched upon in passing. JR never asked about it, Michaels never commented, and Hart only mentioned it in passing. Considering this was the only physical altercation during the real-life feud, and a defining moment at that, it should have been breached.

    I also thought they wasted far too much time on the background of the duo and their independent career developments. This DVD is entitled ‘Michaels vs. Hart’ – but the first hour more or less reads as ‘Michaels AND Hart versus the world’.

    Next. Michaels hasn’t overcome the “y’know” that he inserts every other word (see: My Journey), and it’s almost impossible to actually work out what he’s trying to say by the end. Why can’t he speak normally anymore?

    Overall, I enjoyed the feature (despite the above criticisms), but no way near to the extent I thought I would. A great deal of important plot points weren’t addressed, and ultimately, I didn’t learn much more than I already knew in the first place. JR only asked a handful of questions (which gave both, mainly Hart, free reign to waffle on incessantly for what felt like forever), and only on occasion actually challenged them on anything. I felt this was all too comfortable. It should’ve been more edgy. Some of the answers seemed rather poor, but they were never challenged on them. For instance, HBK’s doctor told him he shouldn’t wrestle again in February 1997, but could Michaels have competed if he’d really wanted to? Or was he just hiding behind the doctor’s note?

    I’d give it a 7/10. Enjoyable, but I didn’t learn anything and I don’t think JR did a good job of really grilling them.

  5. Avatar of Brett Mix Brett Mix says:



    None of that logic adds up sadly Hey Yo, Bret was visibly way madder at Vince on talk shows before the Owen thing and they were doing a documentary on Bret’s life and career and he knew this would be his last WWF match at S Series he wanted everything taped no matter what. People who think this was a work are in serious denial, sorry

  6. Hey Yo says:



    I have a strong feeling that the Montreal Screwjob was a work.

    Why?

    -Bret’s “Wrestling With Shadows” DVD. Coincidence that he got everything on tape?
    -Bret said the screwjob “murdered” the Hitman character. If you ask me, the screwjob re-vitalized the character. His character was murdered at WrestleMania 13 or whenever he turned heel. He was a heel being booed everywhere in the USA. If the screwjob never happened, he would’ve been booed at WCW, too. Instead, he got a second chance to be the original Hitman character: a wrestler who has integrity & always does what’s right.

    Maybe the plan was to revitalize his character, bring in a new era in the WWF, and make everybody money.

    Maybe Owen’s death is what brought about Bret’s hatred for Vince, not the screwjob.

    I hate thinking this way, but I don’t want to be a blind believer of whatever I’m told to believe.

  7. HitmanVanDam says:



    Most people are pretty crushed if they are betrayed.

  8. Avatar of Brett Mix Brett Mix says:



    Hey Yo-, there’s a million reasons Bret so crushed by it. Bret was willing to put over Shawn at any time for years and Shawn said back to Bret just so you know I’ll never do that for you. That’s reason #1 because Bret hated him for little cocky things like that. Reason 2 was Vince and Bret were like father and son and Bret never missed a day, wrestled even when he was sick where-as Shawn faked an injury to getting out to job to Bret at WM 13. Third, Bret is a top 50 Canadian ever, so he’s a Canadian hero ranked by our country and in his contract it read he can leave on HIS OWN terms and getting screwed by the guy you hate in YOUR OWN MOVE in YOUR OWN COUNTRY during this patriotic angle was such an embarassment. Earl crossed him, as did Vince and Shawn. Bret was being forced to WCW, he never even wanted to leave the WWF and that’s another reason. I can’t stand how some people think it was all over a belt. No, it’s not.

  9. Steven says:



    I remember on Wrestling with Shadows that Bret said he disagreed on the way the direction WWF was going which was more attitude and edgier. I like how on Bret’s dvd they played the DX song and titontron video. Mick Foley quit his job too but he back the next day and the only reason Rick Rude left was because of his friendship with Bret, but DX for me is HBK, Triple H, and Chyna.

  10. Hey Yo says:



    Controversy creates cash, so there’s a chance the screwjob was a work.

    If you think about it though, somebody was going to get screwed. Either Bret retained the title & left to WCW as WWF’s top guy (in the process burying Michaels, and making WWF look foolish) or Bret got screwed (and in the process Shawn Michaels takes his place as top guy, Bret’s image is tarnished, and WCW loses an opportunity to brag about their free-agent catch).

    I haven’t read Bret’s book yet, but I hope it (as well as this DVD) explains what the big deal was. Why was Bret so crushed by it?




  11. [...] review, written by Daniel Bee of WWEDVDNews.com is definitely worth reading, going into great detail recapping the feature, offering up remarks [...]

  12. Avatar of Brett Mix Brett Mix says:



    Oh and as far as Wrestling with Shadows goes, they were doing a Featue on the Hitman’s life at the time so all of that got caught on camera.

  13. Avatar of Brett Mix Brett Mix says:



    Bret lost a ton, he never wanted to leave the WWF, nobody knew both would end up gaining in the long run, legal action also was brought up over this, Rick Rude quit his job…there’s to much evidence to suggest it wasn’t a work. Why? Because Montreal WAS NOT A WORK. That’s not my opinion, that’s a fact

  14. Doug Houston says:



    I really thank ss 97 was a work with all 4 guys. Everyone gained an nobody lost an don’t say bret did because he was maken the money. I could go on forever but I really don’t see how anyone could watch the dvd release hitman wrestling with shadows an not see this deal was a work.

  15. Anonymous says:



    Amazing dvd!I´ll get it soon!

  16. Brad Attitude says:



    i wanna see a randy orton dvd review :P

  17. Dave says:



    Can’t wait to get this! picking up the Blu-ray first thing in the morning on the 25th.

  18. Avatar of Brett Mix Brett Mix says:



    All in time the Blu-Ray will come in eventually, just never considered it a must, now it’s appearing so. Excellent review here.

  19. Anonymous says:



    I’m actually really surprised that one of the writers on this site wouldn’t have upgraded to blu-ray yet. As you noted, in this case the blu version is clearly superior. Any reason(s) in particular for sticking with DVD? I can’t imagine it’s a cost thing. The blu version is only $2 more on Amazon. Heck, you even can get a decent player for under $100 now.

    • Avatar of Daniel Bee Daniel Bee says:



      I upgraded to Blu-ray a long time ago. Due to this site, WWE sends advance copies to me for review and that’s DVD only (anything is appreciated). Don’t worry, I’ll be making sure to get the BD version for my collection and I pointed out some benefits of that in this review.

  20. Rocko says:



    This is one of the few sets that is must buy on bluray for me. I feel it’s a cheap tactic on their part to only include the Screwjob on the BR but the set wouldn’t be complete without that match, so that’s how it has to be. Plus this interview looks fantastic, I can’t wait to give it a view myself.

    I think the only drawback to this set is that they did the biggest one first. If Greatest Rivalries is going to be a series based on the biggest feuds, they blew their load by going with the obvious one first. This is the one that had a lot of legitimate behind the scenes tension which boiled over into the ring and had a lot of layers of realism. Any following entries won’t have that and I feel won’t resonate as well. I mean, did Austin and the Rock ever have legitimate heat? Did Undertaker really set out to hurt Foley? While I will be excited for those potential sets, I feel like they won’t be able to measure up to the raw emotion of Shawn and Bret’s rivalry.

    But again, that’s just my opinion and I don’t want to sound like I’m dissing this set.

  21. dt says:



    Cannot wait to get the blu ray on this!!!

  22. Steven says:



    WWF at the time of 1996/1997 had to get edgier and attitude, I believe that is the real reason Shawn and Bret have the beef in the first place, Bret didn’t like the entire DX sophomore antics and the fans loved it, but I’m still mad the Screwjob match is not on the dvd, which the dvd fans got shafted.

  23. nick says:



    I think the interview went great. JR did a great job and should do future interviews for this kind of dvd. I thought Shawn didn’t contribute much as bret was doing most of the talking but I think Shawn needed to listen as to what bret was saying and how he felt. Very honest and something different to watch but another hour would’ve been to much. They got out everything that they needed to otherwise it would’ve been one of those highspots interviews that never stops.

    As for future dvds I would like to see a Austin/McMahon or Rock/HHH interview.

  24. neverAcquiesce says:



    Didn’t read your main review cos I don’t want to spoil the program itself, but I am beyond stoked for this. I bet Shawn’s forgotten some of the stuff cos he didn’t obsess over it all these years the way Bret has. Can’t wait to get my hands on this Blu-ray, and the 25th can’t come soon enough.

  25. SRB says:



    I really dont think fans will 100% ever really know what happened that night in Montreal, who was mostly behind it, who knew and who didnt. It’s one of those legendary, historical wrestling moments that in many ways will remain somewhat of a mystery. I dont love what happened in Montreal, but I do love how big it has become and how the subject to me never gets old. As far as the DVD one word that comes to my mind to describe it is, NECESSARY. This DVD needed to come out. Although I havent watched it yet, i can say that to me this is probably the most necessary release to the WWE for fans. This is truly an old-school fan release and I’m thankful we got this over another Cena release. I have waited for a DVD like this for a very long time that tells the truth and shows real life. I simply cannot wait for this release and I expect it to be nothing short of amazing. Great review.

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