WWE Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time Blu-Ray Review

Disc One,

Documentary – I honestly don’t know where to start with this, but to say I was blown away is an understatement. This is now my favorite Documentary of all time of any kind, it was pure gold. The format of it was excellent, Austin was talking majority of the time which is how most Documentaries should be. The total running time was around 2 and a half hours and it honestly breezed by, I couldn’t believe how fast it went. WWE even managed to bring in Paul Heyman to be interviewed for this which was incredible. The content of the Documentary was amazing. Without giving too much away, it’s filled with stories you’ve probably heard before, but being discussed in full by the man himself, Steve Austin. They really didn’t spend time on his childhood which I think is a positive factor since everybody just wants the meat and potatoes of the damn thing anyways, and I truly think the whole presentation was that. They went through his WCW days and cleared up any misunderstandings or whatnot about Austin getting fired from the company. Austin told a funny story about being introduced and being billed from Hollywood, California for the first time. He moved onto ECW and talked about how he was on fire with his promos and such. When they finally got to WWE it was just jaw dropping from there, everything you need to know and more was talked about. Like I said before, I don’t want to give anything away but my favorite two things I took out of this was his regret of turning heel at WrestleMania X-Seven and his reason for walking out in 2002. I have heard stories and rumors but to hear all of this coming out of Austin’s mouth was what I needed. There were a lot of other things he cleared up for as well but I think those were the best two. They were definitely straight forward with this one, nothing kayfabe at all which is how a Documentary should be. There were also some really cool extras that didn’t make the cut but were still great. I can’t praise this enough, this is definitely the Documentary of 2011 without a doubt, and in my mind the best of all time.

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple H vs. Undertaker (No Mercy ’99) ***

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle (Raw 10/8/01) *** ½

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle vs. RVD (No Mercy ’01) *** ½

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WrestleMania XIX) ****

Overall Disc One: 9.75 (Documentary 10.0)

Disc Two,

– Stunning Steve Austin vs. Gentleman Chris Adams (USWA 5/90) ** ¼

– Stunning Steve Austin & Ric Flair vs. Sting & Ricky Steamboat (WCW Saturday Night 7/30/94) *** ¾

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts (King of the Ring ’96) N/A

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (WrestleMania 13) *****

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Rocky Maivia (In Your House: D-Generation X) **

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 14) *** ½

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Dude Love (Over the Edge ’98) ****

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker (SummerSlam ’98) *** ¾

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Big Show (Raw 3/22/99) ** ¼

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WrestleMania XV) *** ½

– Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock (WrestleMania X-Seven) *****

Overall Disc Two: 9.0

Disc Three,

Segments – I don’t think any previous DVD has had a whole disc dedicated to segments and promos, but Stone Cold is damn worthy of being the first. I don’t even think anybody but Austin and a few others could even make a whole disc with only segments and have it work. They definitely had everything down intact, not a single important promo or segment was left off. It was very easy to sit down and just watch these great promos one after another. The Blu-Ray even had more segments including a hilarious one with Rock and Austin after Raw went off the air which was my personal favorite. There were also some more Blu-Ray exclusive special features, and I loved all four of them. The tour around his Ranch was really, really cool and the Twitter Q&A was pretty insightful, he even mentions he wouldn’t mind getting back in the ring. Definitely an amazing unique disc of great entertaining footage and I had a blast watching and reliving it.

Overall Disc Three: 9.0

Overall Thoughts – This was just an awesome Blu-Ray to watch from start to finish and now one of my personal favorites. I’m proud to have this one in the collection and so happy that WWE did a phenomenal job on this. Like I stated before, this is my favorite Documentary of all time, I think that alone is worth the 25 bucks. The matches were great even though this could have done without a few of them but that’s nothing to complain about. There was actually a forgotten gem that I had no idea happened on WCW Saturday Night on here, very underrated match. The Alternate Commentary was another cool feature they did which was awesome to hear JR and Austin’s thoughts on the matches as they were happening. I think that’s a very misused feature and WWE should start doing it a lot more with other DVD releases. If this is indeed the last Stone Cold DVD then this is a perfect way to leave off especially with the previous release being lackluster and I know Austin wasn’t satisfied with it. I highly recommend this to be picked up as soon as possible; this is DVD of the year no questions asked.

Recommended? – Yes

Overall Score: 9.5


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