Here – sprawling over three discs – we have the story of Eric Bischoff, dubbed “Sports Entertainment’s Most Controversial Figure” and if that’s a big call, then it’s also a pretty large call thinking he’s worth a feature-length DVD with bonus matches and ephemera. But, the doco is pretty good – Bischoff has been a commentator and interviewer, a manager, and a lot of in-between roles in pro-wrestling. He’s even, as is the case with anyone that sticks around long enough, taken a bounce or two in the ring.
Bischoff’s story – or significant parts of it at least – has been told before. Given he’s a crucial element of the WCW/WWE Monday Night Wars and the takeover and the “dumping” of Bischoff was one of Vince McMahon’s favourite ‘payback’ moments.
It’s an interesting story – seeing all the vestiges of Bischoff’s rise. A model and entrepreneur who first touched down with wrestling in the very late 70s/early 80s, associated with the AWA. From there he gets a chance to do ringside interviews and commentary and when the AWA folds and the WCW becomes a thing Bischoff – with good looks, a passion to succeed and some natural talent on the mic – makes the most of his opportunities.
This sort of story – a behind-the-scenes-type player, not a marquee wrestling name anyway – adds a nice difference and the documentary is really interesting.
The bonus materials – well, this is for the completist. This is where double-ups and trainspotting collide.
But the main event here – including particularly the stories around the creation of Monday Nitro and the signing over of several ex-WWF/WWE big names (Hulk Hogan et al) – is one of the more interesting stories around the madness of 90s pro-wrestling.