Thursday, September 14, 2023

[PREVIEW] The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestling [DVD]

World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) is one of the most influential wrestling promotions of all time, and The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestling is a documentary that tells its story- the rise and fall of the promotion, as well as the tragedies that befell the Von Erich family, who were some of WCCW's most popular wrestlers.

This documentary that is a part of this 2-disc DVD set features many interviews, including ones from the WCCW days with Fritz Von Erich and Kerry Von Erich, and modern interviews with Kevin Von Erich, Michael Hayes, and many other members of the pro-wrestling industry as they look back at a promotion that was both successful and tragic. It also features rare footage of WCCW matches and promos, as it explores how WCCW became popular, why it experienced its downfall, and the impact of the Von Erich family on WCCW, as well as the deaths of Kerry, David, Chris, and Mike Von Erich. Gino Hernandez' death is discussed as well.

Although it wasn't mentioned in the documentary, I think one of the most important parts of WCCW's legacy is the Texas Heavyweight Championship, which was one of the most prestigious championships in the promotion's history, and the first top championship in WCCW. I have written a detailed history of it, which you can read here.

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