Someone Bought This: “Free For All”? Well, you get what you pay for…

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WWF Free For All Coliseum Video

In the mid-90’s, the WWF would air a free match on the Pay-Per-View channel before a Pay-Per-View would start, to entice you to buy the event.

They called these free matches “Free For All”.

Get it? ‘Cause they were free… for all!

What they often were not, were very good matches.

This VHS tape put out by Coliseum Home Video in 1997 is a compilation of those matches from 1996 and 1997.

It features the following thrilling match-ups:

Godwins VS Bodydonnas (Tag Team Championship Tournament Final, Wrestlemania XII)

Bodydonnas VS New Rockers (King of the Ring 1996)

Justin Bradshaw VS Savio Vega (In Your House: International Incident)

Steve Austin VS Yokozuna (Summerslam 1996)

Savio Vega VS Marty Jannetty (In Your House: Mind Games)

Jesse James, Aldo Montoya, Bob Holly, Bart Gunn VS The Sultan, Justin Bradshawn, Salvatore Sincere, Billy Gunn (Traditional Survivor Series Match, Survivor Series 1996)

Rocky Maivia VS Salvatore Sincere (In Your House: It’s Time!)

Mini Mankind, Mini Vader VS Mascarita Sagrada, La Parkita (Royal Rumble 1997)

In other words, a lot of really lousy matches featuring guys who weren’t ready for prime time yet.

Ironically, the tape wasn’t free. It would’ve set you back about $20.

That’s money better spent on… well, just about anything else you can think of.

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12 Responses to "Someone Bought This: “Free For All”? Well, you get what you pay for…"
  1. Andre R. says:

    And virtually every one of them have been inducted into Wrestlecrap. Coincidence?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh wow that looks like crap.

  3. Alexandru says:

    Yeah, on paper, these look horrible, and a couple of these I’ve seen they are just that

  4. Anon says:

    Look at some of the names though.

    Horrible yes but it can’t be denied that a few of these people would make millions for the company in the next years or at least be a bigger role in the huge boom period that would come.

  5. The Scanian Maniac says:

    Well, in 1997, if you wanted to watch those matches, how many options did you really have except paying for that tape?

    Remember the world before the internet? 🙂 Some funny reminders on this web page:

  6. Sean Bateman says:

    This VHS is a Wrestlecrap role call

  7. Meme Event Mafia says:

    At first they put this on the Preview Chanel in the upper 8th of the screen while the listings scrolled by.

  8. Mister Forth says:

    It was a shame when these would become just segments.

  9. Doc 902714 says:

    WHAT?!! No Bikini Beach Blast Off from SummerSlam 96 and no exclusive footage of TL Hopper finding the Snickers (turd) at the bottom of the pool…..I’ll PASS!

  10. Don says:

    Naturally, it includes a “traditional Survivor Series match” from when it suddenly became “traditional” to make them 4-on-4

  11. El J says:

    I think it says a lot that the final of the tag tournament wasn’t good enough to be put on the main show of the Wrestlemania that featured the Backlot Brawl

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