Biggest, Smallest, Strangest, Strongest
One of the earliest Coliseum Video releases, 1985's Biggest, Smallest, Strangest, Strongest has a bit of everything and celebrates the WWF's circus atmosphere. In addition to Andre The Giant bouts and a quartet of midget matches, this also featured skits involving The Moondogs, Captain Lou Albano and Tony Atlas.
Years before there were DVD and Blu-Ray releases for everything related to wrestling, and years before you could find matches on YouTube or the WWE Network at the click of a button... there was Coliseum Video.
The official distributor for WWF video releases from 1985 until 1997, Coliseum Video produced dozens and dozens of titles for the burgeoning home video market, creating "Best of" complilations, theme videos and other titles for any fan who had a VHS or BetaMax to watch them on.
A few notes in compiling this particular list: this one is COMPLETELY based on my own opinion and not nearly as scientific as most lists. While I managed to rent (or own) pretty much every title in the series, there were a handful I remember not being available at my local Videoflicks or Jumbo Video.
Oh, and I've also disqualified any video that was simply a PPV (or large event) presentation, so you won't see any SummerSlam or Wrestling Classic-style events on this particular list.
So what's left? In counting down the Top 50 Coliseum Video Releases, Canadian Bulldog's World considered the following criteria:
How much variety was on the title?
Were there a number of decent matches?
How rare were the matches (e.g. were they just copied and pasted from television tapings or Saturday Night's Main Event)?
How memorable is the title, decades later?
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1987's Best Of The WWF Volume 11 was one of the better ones in the collection. It featured a rare six-man elimination match featuring Randy Savage, Harley Race and Adrian Adonis against Rowdy Roddy Piper, Junkyard Dog and Ricky Steamboat, plus a tribute to Piper, who was retiring.