To look deeper into the set, each of the volumes offers a real variety. Volume 1, disc 1, features a quick yet engaging documentary, like I mentioned earlier, which is a treat and goes by in a flash. The remainder of that volume is basically an assortment of matches and moments. Some standouts include Mike Tyson joining DX, Triple H taking control of DX as leader in a promo from March of 1998 which remains one of my favourite wrestling promos of all time, and matches such as an entertaining four-corner tag match between Austin and The Undertaker, Kane and Mankind, The New Age Outlaws and The Rock and D’lo Brown, over the WWF Tag Belts, which featured a wild crowd who were popping for just about everyone in the match. The first volume alone is worth the price of admission, but this is just the start.
Volume 2 is more of a compilation style set, without a documentary, which I liked. Hosted by Michael Cole, this features more of that crazy, brash, nostalgic insanity that made The Attitude Era so memorable and iconic. Some exciting and fun matches featuring guys like Owen Hart, The Rock, Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Shawn Michaels and X-Pac feature, and I had fun going back and watching them, including the memorable Austin versus McMahon match from RAW which would help launch WWE into an even bigger place. There are also many of those “moments” we think about when we recall this era, from “Sexual Chocolate” to The Godfather, to the rise of Lita and promos from the best of the time, it’s endlessly fantastic stuff and made me remember just how much I adored watching RAW during this period.
Volume 3 is a bit different, with the idea of it being “unreleased” matches that haven’t really been seen before. I liked this idea, because it meant I could watch a bunch of stuff I knew and loved, and end things with a bunch of stuff I hadn’t seen. Steve Austin against Bret Hart is a smashing clash, as well as Mick Foley against The Undertaker, and many more bouts that took me by surprise. Some of these matches were between guys who would later go on to have incredible and memorable feuds in WWE. It’s very cool that this volume exists, and it offers something really unique to this set overall, a nice ending to what is an incredible release.
The Attitude Era was a time where characters were vital to the presentation, where each week there was something unexpected and wild going on. The crowds were blistering in their reactions, too, and seeing all those crowd signs and hearing the responses when theme music hits is still goosebump inducing. I have so many fond memories of the 90s and early 00s, and while I’m still a big fan of WWE today, I do enjoy going back in time with sets like this and watching some of my favourite stars again. Whether it’s Steve Austin hitting everybody and their brother with a Stone Cold Stunner, or seeing Mick Foley put his body on the line for our entertainment, or watching Mr. McMahon attempted to squash the dreams of his Superstars only to be thwarted in the end. I love this period of pro-wrestling, and this DVD set highlights so many of the things I love about it. For the price, this is a steal, and you simply can’t go wrong. Un-be-lievable!