Wrestling's most incredible Steel Cage Matches Review

Review Format:

DVD

Running Time:

338 mins

Steel cage matches have always been known for their brutality and disregard for human safety. They are used as the ultimate finale to epic feuds, and are only used on special occasions. Confined to a ring, surrounded by a 15-foot steel cage, 2 wrestlers must battle it out in the ultimate test of survival. The only way to win the match is to exit the cage either via the door, or climbing over the top.

Over the years, Championship belts have been won and lost, friendships have been destroyed, and a lot of blood has been shed within the confines of the cage. Not only is the structure a formidable obstacle from which to escape, but is also a punishing weapon in its own right.

For the first time, fifteen of the greatest Steel Cage Matches from 1979 to 2002 have been compiled to form the definitive collection. Thanks to Vince McMahon’s acquisition of World Championship Wrestling, WWE has also included archived footage from classic NWA and WCW matches. Hosted by Jonathon Coachman, the program contains insightful contributions from many WWE Superstars and staff.

Starting off with Bob Backland and Pat Patterson’s 1979 confrontation, the disc also features classic encounters involving Bruno Samartino and Larry Zbyszko, Bob Backland vs. Jimmy Snuka, Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard, Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff, and Ric Flair vs. Ronnie Garvin.

While Steel Cage matches have been around for a long time, it was Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka’s 1983 match against Don Muraco that inspired a generation of new wrestlers. In a feat of either bravery or stupidity, Snuka stood on the top of the cage, and launched himself onto his opponent below. While death-defying leaps are common nowadays, they were practically unheard of in the early 80’s. A young Mick Foley happened to be in the Madison Square Garden crowd that evening. A 1997 Summerslam match up between Mick and Triple H, would find Mick paying tribute to this moment in his own unique way. Both matches are included in their entirety on this disc, complete with introductory commentary.

Representing the 1990’s ‘Attitude’ era of wrestlers, matches include; Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, Triple H vs. The Rock, Edge and Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz, Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit and Edge vs. Kurt Angle.

Look out for an early 1995 appearance from Kane, formally known as Isaac Yankem. It’s clear how far he has come, when watching him against Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. Another match worth noting is ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s hilarious confrontation against Vince McMahon. This exhibition turned into more of a beating then a wrestling match, and lead to a very entertaining, and somewhat surprising conclusion.

While Pay Per Views tend to contain a number of filler matches, every contest on this 2-Disc compilation is of Main Event standard. With over 3.5 hours of bonus material, including 11 complete matches, ‘Wrestling’s Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches’ is one of the most solid compilations on the market. This rarity is a ‘must-own’ for long-time wrestling fans, and shows newcomers what they have been missing!

Special Features:

- Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum TA
- Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. Andersons
- Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart
- Mankind vs. Triple H
- Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty
- Edge vs. Kurt Angle

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