Wrestling never really paid much attention to its history, or at least Vince McMahon didn’t until it realised the money to be made in it. Thus, the WWE release a DVD set dedicated to an act that, as a complete faction, never wrestled in the WWE. And given that the Four Horsemen are THE greatest faction to have ever been assembled in the wrestling world, this should have been a five-star DVD all the way. Sadly, it falls short.
The main problem is Arn Anderson. It’s the 21st Century and we all know that wrestling is a “work.” His comments on the DVD, which sound as if he’s telling the “story” as reality, jar on what otherwise is a perfectly sound run through the Horsemen story. My only other complaint on that score would be that the story pays scant attention to the in-ring action, content to give us insights into the Horsemen’s real-life predilection for living the high life.
The other problem is the bonus matches; indeed out of all the classic Horsemen moments, they could have put some better games on than the collection that is there. Yes, the War Games is a classic, but Blanchard/Rhodes is awful and few of the rest is must-see.
Still there are definite highlights (watching Tully Blanchard is always a pleasure, Ric Flair has some great stories and Paul Roma’s stint in the Horsemen generates some of the funniest moments on the DVD) to pursue, yet there is a sense of disappointment that this could have been so much better.