TAPE 980

Quality: EX (*MASTER*)

Length: 9.3 hrs (3 DVD)

WWF: THE HISTORY OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Mixed bag DVD set covering the history of the WWF World title. I say mixed bag because they did online voting for matches to include and then didn't include some of the rarities they could have - like Backlund/Race. Still, there's lots to like here. I've got a master so VQ is EX.)
Pedro Morales vs Ivan Koloff, MSG, 2/8/71 (Morales wins WWF title) Bruno Sammartino vs Killer Kowalski, MSG, 4/29/74 (JIP - horrible match) Bruno Sammartino vs Superstar Graham, Baltimore, 4/30/77 (Graham wins WWF title) Bob Backlund vs Superstar Graham, MSG, 2/20/78 (JIP - Backlund wins WWF title - the WWF takes the lazy way out and give us the previously-released version of this match instead of going and digging up the full version. BOOOOO.) Bob Backlund vs Greg Valentine, Philly, 1/16/82 (Cage - Clipped) Bob Backlund vs Sgt. Slaughter, MSG, 5/23/83 Hulk Hogan vs Iron Sheik, MSG, 1/23/84 (Hogan wins WWF title) Hulk Hogan vs King Kong Bundy, WM2, 4/7/86 (Cage) Hulk Hogan vs Paul Orndorff, SNME, 1/3/87 (Cage - the famous "tie" match) Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant, WM3, 3/24/87 Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant, The Main Event, 2/5/88 (Andre wins WWF title) Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage, WM5, 4/2/89 (Hogan wins WWF title) Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior, WM6, 4/1/90 (Warrior wins WWF title) BRET HART VS OWEN HART, Summerslam '94, 8/29/94 (Cage) BRET HART VS SHAWN MICHAELS, WM12, 3/31/96 (Ironman - Michaels wins WWF title) SHAWN MICHAELS VS MANKIND, Mind Games, 9/22/96 Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels, WM14, 3/29/88 (Mike Tyson guest ref - Austin wins WWF title) Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs Cactus Jack, Royal Rumble 2000, 1/23/00 (Street Fight - ***1/2 - Excellent match that sees HHH cuts his leg hardway; very violent & bloody) THE ROCK VS HUNTER HEARST HELMSLEY VS KURT ANGLE, Summerslam 2000, 8/27/00 (No DQ - Way better than I ever expected this could be) The Rock vs Steve Austin, WM17, 4/1/01 (No DQ - Austin wins the WWF title after getting an assist from Vince McMahon, of all people) Steve Austin vs Chris Jericho, Vengeance, 12/9/01 (Jericho unifies the WWF & WCW titles in an historic match) The Rock vs Undertaker vs Kurt Angle, 7/21/02 (Rock wins the Undisputed title) The Rock vs Brock Lesnar, Summerslam '02, 8/25/02 (Lesnar wins Undisputed title) KURT ANGLE VS CHRIS BENOIT, Royal Rumble '03, 1/19/03 (Incredible moment after the match as the fans give Chris Benoit a standing ovation for his performance despite losing. Truly a unique, powerful moment.) John Cena vs Chris Jericho vs Christian, Vengeance, 7/26/05