WWE US Championship: A legacy of greatness

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WWE US Championship: A legacy of greatness review

As someone who was a huge fan of WCW, arguably at points more so than WWE when I was younger, the US championship holds a place of high esteem in my heart. As WCW seemed to have a steadier focus on rankings when determining whom would receive a title shot, the US title became an important goal for competitors from a storyline perspective, but also a great way to establish a wrestler as a major draw prior to a full main event run. You look at some of the absolute greats that have held the title, the likes of Ric Flair, Harley Race, Lex Luger, Sting, Rick Rude, Ricky Steamboat, Steve Austin, Scott Steiner, Booker T, Eddie Guerrero, and countless others, and it’s easy to see why it is considered to be a title of some history.

wwe us championship legacy of greatness 2016 blu ray packshotThe WWE’s history of the US championship is essentially very brief on historical facts, choosing to focus on the quality of matches form the archives. The quality of matches is overall very high. Highlights include Lex Luger vs Sting, Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat (with Andre the Giant as referee no less!), Tully Blanchard vs Magnum TA in a steel cage "I Quit" match from the first Starrcade. As you can tell, there is a heavy focus on 1980s and early '90s NWA/WCW, which is arguably when the title was at its most prestigious, but there is plenty to enjoy form a more modern period here. In the late '90s WCW still put a lot of stock in the US title, and it shows here with great matches including Bret Hart vs DDP, Raven vs Goldberg, Curt Henning vs The Giant.

Unfortunately, for me the quality drops off somewhat in the post-WCW era. With it becoming a regular mid-card title in WWE and arguably behind the established Intercontinental title in the WWE pecking order, much of the prestige was lost for the belt. That being said, the quality of wrestling is still very high, with an excellent bout between Test and Edge,  MVP taking on Matt Hardy, as well as great work from Rusev, John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro and Tyson  Kidd, which has helped re-elevate the US title as the "workhorse" belt, greatly increasing its importance.

A Legacy of Greatness is a very entertaining set for long time fans. There really is no shortage of great in-ring material here, and it really spans the whole life, and legacy of the US title. JBL is informative without being overbearing with the links to set up each match and things move at a nice steady pace without ever skipping through the historical context, which is really helpful with getting into and finding the requisite investment in each bout here.  This is, from at in-ring perspective at least one of the best WWE releases in years, and while it may not be such a big hit with younger fans, this is a must-purchase for older fans, or anyone who enjoyed the more "wrestling heavy" side of the old NWA/WCW style.

EXTRAS: A nice selection of various extra matches, including one from NXT featuring Neville and Dean Ambrose, as well as matches featuring Ravishing Rick Rude, Dustin Rhodes and many more.

Tom Mimnagh is Screenjabber's Wrestling Editor and a Contributing Writer to the site. He's a lover not a fighter (unless you’re having a pop at John Carpenter), a geek extraordinaire, raconteur and purveyor of fine silks. He also enjoyed Terminator Genisys more than the average person (as in, a bit), but don’t hold that against him.

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