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 Secondly, most of the interviews were outdated or featured people who weren't even involved in the angle.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.
The documentary ran through how the nWo first formed back in 1996 with Hulk Hogan turning heel and whatnot. With that being one of the most monumental moments in wrestling history, one would think that they would have spent more time on it than they did, adding more information and exclusive information that we didn't already know. But no, they simply covered it as briefly as possible as if it was as significant as anything else on the DVD.
This, unfortunately, was a recurring theme throughout the documentary, as most of what was talked about was already common knowledge among most wrestling fans. It is fine to have that kind of stuff in documentaries, but I watched this DVD in hoping I would get a better understanding of the New World Order than I had beforehand, not to hear information recited that I had already heard multiple times in the past.
Honestly, the documentary portion was so forgettable that I can't even remember most of what was said and featured (I watched it a month ago, can you blame me?). I only watched the documentary portion, but I can't imagine the matches were much better let alone worth the purchase of the DVD.
It wasn't a terrible DVD by any means, but it simply didn't live up to the lofty expectations I had for it. I might have set my standards too high based off how great the nWo was in its days, but I expected WWE to do a much better job with the DVD to recreate the magic the original group once had.
If I wanted to know about the death of the nWo (and the WCW for that matter), I would have just watched "The Rise and Fall of WCW" DVD (which I will probably watch again at some point soon). Simply put, don't waste your time with this DVD if you already know the basics of the New World Order and have no desire to hear it all again.
Should you watch this movie? No.