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DVD Review : Timeline – The history of the WWE : 2000

August 13, 2009

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Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

The year 2000 was quite the busy one for the WWE. It would turn out to be the final full year of the Monday Night Wars, and the company was in the midst of an expansion that would see the opening of its own restaurant, the launch of its very own radio show, and even an announcement of plans for what would turn out to be a short lived football league.

Meanwhile on the wrestling side of things, Triple H, The Rock, Steve Austin and The McMahon’s were ruling the top spots, but one midcarder who was on the rise and would see himself involved with some of those big names by year’s end was none other than Rikishi.  So who better to host the latest installment of the Timeline DVD series from Kayfabe Commentaries than the big samoan himself as he and Sean Oliver take you on a ride of the history of the WWE in the year 2000.

Rikishi is quite the laid back character who is openly honest with his opinions throughout the DVD while not coming off as someone who is bitter because they find themselves on the outside looking in. When tackling subjects such as his run as the IC champion that year, or his questionable heel turn, the ever changing hardcore championship, or Triple H’s spot in the company, Kishi comes off as genuine as opposed to kayfabey or crybaby. This is always a welcome breath of fresh air on DVD shoot interviews.

The big samoan also touches on Too Cool, the origin of the stinkface, what he thinks of Johnny Ace, jokes about Pat Patterson, and shares his thoughts and memories on the death of fellow samoan family member Yokozuna. He also shares a very interesting story on how he helped former WWE Diva Victoria get her start in the business.

Topics that don’t directly involve Rikishi that are discussed include : The Radicals jumping ship to WWE, Taz winning the ECW title while under WWE contract,  the XFL, and even Goldberg / Gillberg!

It’s hard to believe that nearly a decade has passed since the events discussed in this DVD. The Timeline series is a welcome walk down memory lane and Rikishi turned out to be a great host. If you haven’t picked up the first installment with the Honky Tonk Man covering 1987, Id recommend getting both as this series will eventually be a very cool collection to have.

Timeline – The history of the WWE : 2000 is available now from Kayfabe Commentaries. For more information or to order your own copy head on over to www.kayfabecommentaries.com

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DVD Review : You Shoot with Kevin Sullivan

March 9, 2009

DVD Review : You Shoot with Kevin Sullivan

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

The You Shoot DVD series has become so wildly popular that not only has it become apparent that the producers have trouble getting in all the submissions in the allotted time, but even wrestling stars are stepping in to submit questions. This time around the bookerman Kevin Sullivan is in the hot seat facing the barrage of questions, many out of this world, others more obvious, and of course the Benoit tragedy.

This is the third DVD produced by KC featuring Sullivan, the previous 2 covering the end of WCW and fantasy booking the WWF in 1984. This is also the 5th entry in the You Shoot series which has seen a lot of wackiness, and coming off of insane editions with the likes of Sandman and Jamie Dundee, Sullivan is a welcome toning down.

As with previous editions of You Shoot the submissions come from a wide array of characters. The problem here being that as the series continues to grow in popularity, so does some of the poor submissions. Numerous times in this DVD there are questions that are unintelligible and thus have to be skipped over wasting a minute of time as Sullivan either doesn’t know what the hell the individual is talking about or just cant understand a word they are saying. A tip for those out there submitting videos, speak up and at least try to make some sense! Making a joke is one thing, throwing a character into it is another, but saying things that make absolutely no sense is counterproductive. That being said, this edition of You Shoot still contains some entertaining topics and answers. It’s the first that features submissions from other wrestlers, as Missy Hyatt, Nikolai Volkoff, and the Iron Sheik all submit questions.

It was quite obvious that when Sullivan was announced as the featured participant in this edition of You Shoot that a million questions about the Benoit tragedy were going to be submitted. Host Sean Oliver smartly rolls all the questions up into one big ugly ball and allows Sullivan to speak his piece, and for the most part he like many others have, criticizes how the situation was handled by the media and shares some insight on how it affected the rest of the families. Other topics covered include the dungeon of doom and everything WCW, including of course the infamous “feud” between Sullivan and Brian Pillman who coined the phrase bookerman while working the boys in the back leading up to the memorable “shoot” on PPV between the pair.

Also You Shoot’s trademark games return as Sullivan ranks the best bookers of all time, play’s what in the bag and assumes the role of rumour killer as he distinguishes between what infamous wrestling rumours he believes and thinks is total BS. Overall another strong entry from Kayfabe Commentaries who are promising to continue to revolutionize the wrestling dvd market this year with new series featuring big name wrestling stars heading back to ringside to watch and relive some of their biggest matches of their careers, as well as starting a lengthy year by year review of the history of the WWE hosted by a big name star of the time.

You Shoot with Kevin Sullivan is now available on DVD. For more information or to order your own copy check out kayfabecommentaries.com

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DVD Review : The Great Debate 08 – Race vs Sammartino

November 19, 2008

THE GREAT DEBATE 08 – HARLEY RACE VS BRUNO SAMMARTINO

Coming off of the historical presidential race, Kayfabe Commentaries treats us to pro wrestlings version of the presidential debates with The Great Debate 08 Harley Race vs Bruno Sammartino. During which these two legends of the ring sit down to discuss and debate a variety of topics and luckily for the viewer, host / moderator Sean Oliver does not pull a Tom Brokaw as the rules are relaxed with no constraining time limits, allowing for real answers as opposed to rushed or pre written ones, men can take opposing sides or agree on the topics, and no winner is needed, instead the hope is to have the fans be the winner by being entertained witnessing these two men express their ideas on some of the longest standing questions in the pro wrestling world.

The 85 minute debate covers a lot of ground and amongst the questions asked are : Qualities of a great pro wrestling champion?, Can you consider the WWWF championship a real championship at the time compared to the NWA title? Can Ric Flair even be considered as the greatest champion of all time? Who is the greatest champion of all time? Great Heel/Babyface qualities? Harder to become successful heel or face? What does paying your dues mean? Why was Vince Sr. a great wrestling promoter? Great Referees in the business? Greatest Announcers in the business? Do you like the idea of Boxer vs Wrestler matchups?

Certainly for those who grew up and watched these two legends in their heyday your going to want to see this DVD, However if youve seen and heard these men discuss such topics in numerous interviews over the years then this is nothing groundbreaking. For the newer generation of fans this is an interesting watch as it provides for a look in at the territorial days of the NWA and WWWF and serves as a prime example of the differences between today and yesteryear.

The Great Debate 08 Race / Sammartino is available now from Kayfabe Commentaries, For more information or to get your own copy check out www.kayfabecommentaries.com, and to read my previous DVD reviews check out www.maineventradio.com/reviews.htm

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DVD Review : TNA’s Ultimate Matches

October 17, 2008

DVD Review : TNA’s Ultimate Matches

Reviewed by : Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

When you hear of a DVD entitled Ultimate Matches one could jump the conclusion that it is sure to offer some of the best matches the company has had to date, in many ways that is true with TNA’s latest dvd release, but the best way to describe this DVD is TNA’s Ultimate “Gimmick” Matches as the entire lineup is comprised of the innovative and over the top matchups that TNA’s creative team has come up with over the years.

Complimented with short interview clips explaining and hyping each match, the 2 Disc, 6 and a half hour feature serves up a look at some of the unique type of matches TNA offers to its fans, some confusing at first look, but usually highly entertaining.

Matches include : King Of The Mountain 3,4, & 5 from Slammiversary 06-08, 5 Ultimate X matchups (Final Resolution 05, Destination X 05, No Surrender 06, Victory Road 07, and Bound For Glory 07), 3 Six Sides of Steel matches including the infamous  Turning Point 04 match where Elix Skipper nearly killed himself walking along the top of the cage and pulling off the hurricarana, Also AJ Styles vs Abyss from Lockdown 05, And Abyss vs Christian Cage from Lockdown 06,  Then TNA’s version of Tables Ladders and Chairs, adding in Chains for Full Metal Mayhem featuring Jeff Hardy vs Abyss from Against All Odds 05 as well as Abyss vs Christian Cage from Sacrifice 06, Then we have 2 Monster’s Ball matchups from Bound For Glory 05, and 06, all capped off with the excellent ladder match between Christian Cage and Kaz from Genesis 07.

Id recommend this DVD mainly to those new to TNA or those who are thinking of getting into the company. Within this one dvd you get to know all the major players, and the special matches these feuds  build up to. For the hardcore TNA fan if you don’t already have most of these matchups on DVD whether it be the PPV dvd’s or the other best of releases then ultimate matches is worth the add to you collection as the amount of footage for the price is worthy.

TNA’s Ultimate Matches will be available on DVD across the continent on October 21st, Check out ShopTNA.com or TNAWrestling.com for more details, and to read my previous DVD reviews check out http://www.maineventradio.com/reviews.htm

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DVD Review : Fight Hard : The Allison Danger Story

October 9, 2008

DVD Review :  Fight Hard : The Allison Danger Story

Reviewed by : Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

Earlier this year Strong Style Productions sat down with Allison Danger to film two DVD projects, the first of which was the 4 hour “Quick Shooting with Allison Danger” shoot interview released back in April. Now work has been completed on their second project, “Fight Hard : The Allison Danger Story” which is a documentary on the life and career of Allison Danger. 

With a main feature runtime of 2 hours and 15 minutes, Fight Hard is able to offer up something completely different from the previously released shoot interview as the shoot focused more on her thoughts and opinions on the world of professional wrestling, picking apart the WWE, TNA and Shimmer rosters. In this feature you learn what it was like growing up as the little sister of Steve Corino, how her entry to the world of professional wrestling came about, how much involvement her brother had in her training and of course her eventual international career is covered in depth. At times there is spots were there is an assumption that you know what was going on with the storylines she is speaking of, but luckily that gets corrected as the documentary goes along. Overall there is very little downtime and makes for a fairly interesting watch. Chapter listings are as follows : 1) Growing up Corino, 2) Entering the business, 3) Ring Of Honour, 4) Hitting her stride, 5) Branching Out, 6) The girls step up, 7) USO Tour, 8) Debut of Shimmer, 9) Wrestling Takes it toll, 10) 100% Strong Style!, 11) A farewell to ROH, 12) Crowning a Shimmer Champion, and finally 13) What does the future hold?

Strong Style Productions does a decent job in dealing with the limitations an independent company faces when creating a documentary in this day and age.  Video and Photo footage of Danger in action in Shimmer, ROH, Chikara and Chickfight  finds itself sprinkled throughout the feature which to say the least is a nice addition and has become a must for a documentary nowadays, However being unable to spend a ton of cash to travel,interview, and film those she has worked and been influenced by, written quotes were instead obtained for the DVD from the likes of Francine, her brother Steve, Rebecca Knock and many others. Despite all this the video and audio quality deserves top marks. The documentary also features music from California band “theSTART” as well as irish band “Eden” and some of the musical choices are great and placed well, however sometimes the producers try a little too hard to use the music, as 10 second bits that end abruptly are more annoying than helpful.

The second disc offers up an hour of deleted scenes from the documentary which could of easily been included in the main feature and not brought it down a bit. Stories including her time hanging out in the ECW locker room, as well as hilarious stories of teasing the guys in ROH about how she got to make out with Mickie James, how Matt Hardy’s dad made her cry and why she is deathly afraid of Curry Man! Also included is 2 matchups, first up is Danger against Daizee Haze from Chikara in March 2005,  Then we have 6 way women’s action from February 06 in Chikara as Haze, Sumie Sakai and Mickie Knuckles team up to take up Danger, Rain and Ranmaru.

I was generally impressed with the overall quality of this DVD. Its rare to find a documentary of high quality that tells a interesting story and actually enables you to learn about someone who has done so much for the business, specifically for women’s wrestling which right now is more popular then ever, so if your looking for something different in your wrestling library give Fight Hard a look when it comes out next week.

Fight Hard : The Allison Danger Story will be available from Strong Style Productions on October 14th, For more information or to order your own copy check out www.strongstyleproductions.com, And to read my previous DVD reviews check out www.maineventradio.com/reviews.htm

 

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DVD REVIEW : TNA KNOCKED OUT : WRESTLINGS GREATEST WOMEN’S DIVISION

September 26, 2008

DVD REVIEW : TNA WRESTLING : KNOCKED OUT –  Pro Wrestlings Greatest Women’s Division

Reviewed by : Steve “Rockamaniac” Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

There is no doubt that over the past 12 months, TNA has taken women’s wrestling to a whole new level with the addition of their Knockouts division and now the Knockout’s story is told in the latest TNA DVD release “Knocked Out : Pro Wrestling’s greatest women’s division”

Knocked Out is a fitting title for this DVD because for once, TNA knocked it out of the park when it comes to a solid DVD package. A nearly 3 and a half hour main feature accompanied with a special bonus disc featuring “Gail Kim’s Final TNA Interview” has finally taken TNA DVD production to another level.

The main feature offers interview segments with every member of the Knockout division , with the exception of Awesome Kong, who instead is covered by the other knockouts, each of them speak on their beginnings in the wrestling business, what the knockouts division has meant to them, why the knockouts division is better than the Divas, and even the personal stuff like their personal hobbies. Peppered throughout the interview segments is actual photo’s and video footage of the knockouts from their pre TNA days, which is something that TNA has only included on their DVD’s on the rare occasion. Another improvement is the natural progression of the feature, Often on previous TNA DVD’s featuring interview segments you would be interrupted by a constantly repeating 5 seconds of music with a graphics board to introduce the next segment, this time however you have a smooth transition cutting with just a graphic board. For anyone who saw the original TNA Knockouts DVD from a few years ago this is no comparison as it blows the original out of the water and uses a very different format.

Also in the main feature is some of the best matches from the knockouts division over the past year, beginning with the obvious choice of the “match that started it all” the TNA knockouts battle royal from Bound For Glory 07 which crowned Gail Kim as the first ever Knockouts champion, Next up is Roxxi Laveaux vs Gail Kim vs Angel Williams vs ODB  from Genesis 07, Then we have the two knockouts matches from Turning Point 07 in The Beautiful People vs Roxxi Laveaux/ODB, and the first battle between Awesome Kong & Gail Kim, which is followed up by their subsequent battles at Final Resolution and Impact in January of this year. The So Cal Val-Jay Lethal wedding from Slammiversary 08 is next up, followed by the Sacrifice 08 Knockouts Makeover Battle Royale in which the loser had her head shaved bald. The Lockdown Tag Team Grudge match between Gail Kim / ODB and Awesome Kong /Raisha Saeed as well as the Awesome Kong vs Taylor Wilde 25,000$ Challenge for the knockouts title from Impact  wraps up the match lineup.

The DVD bonus disc features Gail Kim’s final TNA Interview, which is an audio only interview set to photos and videos of the knockout which was recorded on August 21st 2008 at 4:30pm, Running 3 minutes in length, Kim expresses that she has been debating with one of the hardest decisions of her life and had made the tough choice to leave the company. She goes onto speak of her favorite memories of her run in the company. There is obviously no mention of the WWE and why she chose to leave, and when I got the DVD, I wondered why a bonus disc hyping her departure was included, obviously it was added late in production thus the need for it to be on a second disc. A bonus match is included on this disc as well as Gail Kim takes on Awesome Kong in a street fight on Impact. This would turn out to be her final match on television for TNA and keeping with wrestling tradition she goes out on her back, Whether or not she returns is unknown at this point but if she does depart to return to the WWE then this is a nice added touch to complete the package because the documentary portion does put over Kim often as a huge part of the success of the division and the impact she has had on those around her.

I’d definitely recommend picking this DVD up, its one of the best DVD’s ive seen from TNA. Recently it was announced that TNA was near completion of it fully  featured and dedicated production studio, and if this DVD was any indication of where they are going then TNA has finally “crossed the line” into a major player in the wrestling dvd market.

“TNA Knocked Out : Pro Wrestling’s Greatest Women’s Division” will be available nationwide on October 7th, Check out your favorite DVD retailer to get your copy or head over to ShopTNA.com to order online. (Amazon has it up for pre order

 

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PWG Sells Out : The best of Pro Wrestling Guerilla Volume 1

August 9, 2008

DVD Review : PWG Sells Out – The Best of Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Volume 1

Reviewed by : Steve “Rockamaniac” Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

When a cult favorite band signs a major record deal, some of their fans turn their backs claiming they sold out, so when southern california’s Pro Wrestling Guerilla signed a national DVD distribution deal with Big Vision Entertainment, they decided to pre empt those cries, and title their Volume 1 release “PWG sells out” However unlike any musical act, you wont be hearing fans of PWG crying this as they’ve built up a loyal fanbase with their impressive in ring action and just as impressive roster, which not only features some of the best that So Cal has to offer, but also boasts the big names of today with the likes of Samoa Joe, CM Punk, Christopher Daniels, Bryan Danielson and AJ Styles, and what better way to familiarize yourself with PWG then with The Best of PWG Volume 1 now available on DVD.

Over the last few years ive been watching a lot of indy wrestling, although much of that was from here in Canada, slowly but surely the guys I had grown to enjoy here were expanding into the US, IWS stars Kevin Steen and El Generico are two examples of this, and one of the reasons I discovered PWG. As I began to watch more and more US stuff one thing was always constant, and that was PWG’s solid roster, solid lineup and  solid in ring action. Month in and month out, Id take a look at the card and every time there was multiple matchups I couldn’t wait to see, and multiple big name talent from other companies all on one show. PWG’s greatness didn’t stop there as they always throw in a dash of humour, ranging from some of the most unique show names to the somewhat over the top announcers.

Looking more specifically at this DVD, PWG Sells Out is a 3 disc, 9 hour best of package offering up over 20 matches. The first thing you should notice is that 21 matches over a 9 hour period equals out to an average of 25 minutes a match, and in this day and age of people complaining about too much talk and not enough wrestling, then you are about to enter wrestling heaven with this DVD. It’s literally impossible, after watching the 9 hours of action to pick and choose some of my favorite matches without forgetting something just as worthy, that’s how good this DVD is, so instead here is a quick match listing…

Disc One : Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe,  Cage match for the title Adam Pearce vs. Frankie Kazarian,  CM Punk vs. Super Dragon, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels vs. Jack Evans,  Samoa Joe vs. Super Dragon,  AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe and  AJ Styles vs. James Gibson


Disc Two : . Titles vs. Masks Chris Bosh & Scott Lost vs. The Aerial Xpress , 8 man tag Super Dragon, El Generico, Jack Evans, and  Kazarian, vs. Scott Lost, Ricky Reyes, Davey Richards, & Joey Ryan,

Super Dragon vs. “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen in Guerilla Warfar.

Tag Team Titles – Jack Evans & Roderick Strong vs Super Dragon & Davey Richards
Cage match for the title Joey Ryan vs. B-Boy
CIMA vs. El Generico as well as El Generico taking on Pac

Disc Three :  Guerilla Warfare Match for the World Title : Joey Ryan vs. Human Tornado
Mr Wrestling Kevin Steen vs Pac,

Kaz Hayashi vs. PAC
Tag Team Championship – Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. PAC & Roderick Strong
Tag Team Championship – PAC & Roderick Strong vs. El Generico & Kevin Steen

and  minutes after that match El Generico vs. Bryan Danielson

 

For those who may not enjoy some of the humour the announcers have to offer, a atmospheric audio track is offered which regardless of the announcers is always a nice option in my books because it allows you to enjoy the matches as if you were there.  The DVD’s menus are also incredible with faceoff  video clips before each match as well, all of which is just another added touch making this DVD the total package.

 

The back cover of this DVD jokes about how you should stop reading and quickly head to the register because someone might figure out that your ripping them off paying such a low price for a such a high quality product and I couldn’t agree more. When it comes to bang for your buck, this is the DVD of the year, buy it now, you wont regret it.

PWG Sells Out : The Very best of Pro Wrestling Guerilla is now available on DVD from Big Vision Entertainment. The 3 Disc set sells for 14.99 over at Big Visions website at bvdvd.com, You can also check out PWG’s official website at prowrestlingguerilla.com for more info.