Tags: Wrestling - WWF - 90’s - Sports
Starring: Bret Hart, Diesel, Yokozuna, The Undertaker, British Bulldog, Goldust, Razor Ramon
MPAA Rating: NR
Studio: Titan Sports LLC. & Coliseum Home Video
Release: Holiday 1996
The World Wrestling Federation and Coliseum Home Video put out some of the greatest collection tapes of the nineties. These tapes would contain matches that you didn’t get to see on television or pay-per-view. Today I am looking at WWF Confirmed Hits! A compilation tape that was released during the holiday season of 1996. I just picked this up on eBay for two bucks, let’s check it out.
This is a collection of dark matches and matches from other events such as the ‘96 Royal Rumble and In Your House 5. Not necessarily the greatest matches or anything. But a respectable collection from some of the biggest names in the World Wrestling Federation at the time. The biggest match that the box art is highlighting is the Championship match between The British Bulldog and WWF World Heavyweight Champion, Bret “Hitman” Hart.
The program is hosted by Doc Hendrix, the former Freebird, Michael P.S. Hayes. Who introduces the matches and provides commentary alongside legendary pro-wrestling commentator, Jim Ross.
The first match is WWF World Champion, Diesel taking on the grizzled behemoth, Yokozuna. It’s a very short match-up. But I am a fan of both wrestlers. I was happy to see them do battle.
Next, we join a match for the WWF Intercontinental Title. The bout is between Goldust and Razor Ramon, and it’s already in progress. This is a much better affair. Goldust is a tremendous performer that goes so far into this very strange character. I love it. Razor a typical toxic masculine caricature that looks to put the beaten on poor Goldie. This looks like it’s also the first appearance of Goldust’s voluptuous valet, Marlena.
The next match is a great one. It’s Bret Hart taking on his Brother in Law, The British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith. Our commentary is provided by Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler. This is a match from In Your House 5 out of Pennsylvania. You can tell you are in PA due to the large abundance of ECW chants. You can see how much of a master Bret Hart is in that ring. We are also graced with the presence of Diana Hart and Bulldog’s manager, Jim Cornette. Definitely one of the best matches I have on VHS.
Next is The Undertaker facing Issac Yankem DDS on Monday Night RAW. This is a rare match with Undertaker wearing a protective mask. It’s kind of weird looking. Paul Bearer is there, we get Vince and Jerry back on commentary again. Very nostalgic, but a forgettable match. Issac Yankem wouldn’t click with me until he became Kane.
Owen Hart, Yokozuna & Hakushi vs. Bret Hart, Razor Ramon & Savio Vega is the final match. A strange bout with some seriously thrown together teams. I appreciate seeing all of these competitors though. And it’s a good enough match.
The end of the tape has Todd Pettingill hosting some tips and tricks for the ACCLAIM game, WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game. We even get a cameo from WWF Superstar, Bam Bam Bigelow.
These Coliseum releases are always great to have in a collection. They are the standouts from a better era of WWE. A time when they wanted to focus on showing what these individual performers could do. These original nineties releases always looked so smart too. I love the box art. If you find this one, pick it up. It’s definitely worth $5 - 6 bucks for sure.