Make no mistake about it - WWE has done an incredible job mining the WCW library it purchased for a song in 2001, making money off of it on DVD. Between the Monday Night War (and the subsequent WWE Network series), comprehensive collections on everyone from The Road Warriors to The Four Horsemen, best of PPV and Nitro retrospectives, and special looks at Starrcade, War Games and The Great American Bash, it's fair to say to Vince McMahon has more than made his money back on the WCW investment.
However, every once in a while, Vinnie Mac must feel the need to crow about how much better his company is than WCW, and this is what OMG! Vol. 2 - The Top 50 Incidents in WCW History is all about.
For those who haven't seen the first volume of OMG! before, it's a VH1-style look at interesting moments or matches. For the first volume, which focused its attention on WWE, I would say about 90 percent of the content leaned towards the cool/interesting category, whereas 10 percent of it was focused on the strange or laughable. On volume 2, it's almost the exact opposite.
For those who never saw WCW during its heyday and learned about the promotion solely from watching this DVD, you would think that all WCW did was come up with dumb ideas that had no rhyme or reason to them. And while there's some truth in that assessment -- a lot of what they did ended up coming across as silly or second-rate -- the fact of the matter is that WCW produced many top notch matches and storylines over the years and forced WWE into changing the way they went about business.
For example, OMG! Vol. 2 features The Shockmaster tripping through a wall; Abdullah The Butcher getting fried in an electric chair; mini-movies with the likes of Sting, Cactus Jack and Jake The Snake Roberts; David Arquette and Vince Russo winning the World Championship and many other head-scratching moments.
But when it comes to truly amazing feats that made the cut of this DVD collection, they're few and far between. Sure, there's the reveal of Hulk Hogan being the third member of the new World order and Bill Goldberg defeating Hogan in the Georgia Dome, and those moments were truly amazing. But the scale is far more tilted towards The Giant falling "off the roof of Cobo Hall" and Warrior showing up in the reflection of Hogan's mirror, those type of stunts.
And while I'm on the subject.... it's extremely telling that the two people used on the DVD jacket to promote WCW are Vince and Shane McMahon. A shocking moment, sure, but given the political sensitivities, perhaps they could have put Bischoff, or the founding nWo members, or really anyone else on the cover instead.
Along the way, bit-sized interviews are dispersed in each incident, including the likes of WCW alumni Tony Schiavone, Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan, Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page, Larry Zbyszko, Scott Hall, Vince Russo, David Arquette, Dennis Rodman, Chris Jericho and Kevin Nash (at one point Jericho quips "You should ask Kevin Nash why that was done" leading to an explanation by Nash). To give the documentary a more modern feel, they also include comments from Cody Rhodes, The Miz, John Cena and others.
Beyond the Top 50 portion, which clocks in at over an hour, there are two full discs of the moments that were introduced in the documentary portion. We're talking The Road Warriors vs. The Midnight Express in a scaffold match (which technically predates WCW by a couple of years); Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader (the match where Mick Foley was powerbombed onto the concrete floor and was written off so he could film the infamous "Lost In Cleveland" vignettes); Sting vs. Vampiro (Human Torch match); and the six-man tag team match from 1996 where Hogan turns on WCW and joins the nWo.
There are also hours of the "silly" stuff, like appearances by Chucky, Robocop and Judy Bagwell on a forklift. While a lot of these moments could be discovered through a bit of hard work on YouTube, there's something to be said having WCW's version of WrestleCrap all together in one convenient collection.
Is OMG! Vol. 2 for everyone? Probably not, especially because so much of the material is available on other DVD's or the WWE Network. But the countdown itself makes for some fun viewing, and I suppose that isn't the worst thing in the world.