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DVD Review : You Shoot With The Iron Sheik

January 15, 2011

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of

If you’ve ever seen one of Kayfabe Commentaries’ You Shoot DVDs, then you know that featuring The Iron Sheik as the lead participant of the fan directed shoot interview could be the recipe for the alcohol induced insanity that we’ve all come to know and love from Sheiky baby”. However Kayfabe Commentaries specializes in offering something different with their shoot DVD releases. A couple of years back they offered up the investigative special “Rebuilding The Sheik” which gave us an inside look at the Iron Sheik’s life behind the character that has become known for its over the top drug addicted actions, and Kayfabe Commentaries You Shoot with The Iron Sheik DVD continues along that path as we get a much more somber and truth spewing Sheiky with just the right amount of entertainment to keep you laughing along the way.

A two and a half shoot interview with the Iron Sheik may often touch on alot of the same old things, but for once I found myself actually hearing and for that matter seeing things I had never seen before. For example, did you know that The Iron Sheik had a massive erection during his match with Hulk Hogan in Madison Square Garden in 1984? Ok that might of been talked about before, but for the first time on video Sheiky is forced to watch the footage and you get to see his reaction while host Sean Oliver giggles away at the sight of Sheik giving Hulk Hogan the camel clutch with a raging erection. It’s a sight thats hard not to laugh at. (Pun Intended)

Did you also know that Sheiky was once the spokesman for Toyota Motor Vehicles? If anything when Sean Oliver plays that commercial for Sheiky you realize how different of an era in professional wrestling we are in.

You may also not be aware that Sheiky once got his fellow WWF wrestlers to cut promos backstage for him for use in a court case as character witnesses where he was being sued for assault in Connecticut.

These are just some of the examples of a new twist in this installment of the You Shoot DVD series as Kayfabe Commentaries has finally figured out a legal way to feature footage they dont own the rights to on screen (God Bless You Tube by the way), and the best part is you are seeing Sheikys reaction to it.

Beyond that, this is still You Shoot, where the fans call the shots. The afformentioned videos were referenced to by fans, and beyond that we also get a wide array of the typical Sheiky related questions, but as eluded to, instead of getting Sheik’s rant filled insanity, he generally responds calmly and informatively, a nice break from the normal Sheik DVD. Some examples of this is when Sheik discusses the offer he had to break Hulk Hogan’s leg in their title match, Sheiky doesnt start screaming about Hulk Hogan being a homosexual or piece of excrement, instead we find out who exactly was making the offer and how much we was really being offered as it was not just Verne Gagne who was in on this all along.

We also get the hands down worst chapter on the DVD (just kidding Eric!) as super agent Eric Simms joins Sheik to answer questions from the fans that revolve around Sheiks relationship with his agent. We get to hear Sheik’s honest thoughts on Simms as his agent, and Simms thoughts on guys like Dan Mirade and their treatment of his client. Although informative, be prepared as you willl get annoyed by Eric Simms long winded answers!

Fans of the “crazy” Iron Sheik need not worry, you still get some of your classic Sheiky fix in this DVD, this includes moments such as whenasked who is a worse jew, his agent Eric Simms or the bible character Judas, Shiek responds by asking if Judas was the one who picked him up at the airport!

Sheiky also plays the typical you shoot games of what a dick, the ho bag, and whats in the bag and wraps up with an offer of sex from a hot “rat”, which seemingly gets his “Hogan erection” moving.

Overall 2011 has started off on the right foot for the Kayfabe Commentaries crew as they offer up a new and highly entertaining twist on a Iron Sheik DVD shoot interview. I found myself laughing out loud throughout, and the 15 minutes covering those 3 afformentioned videos easily made the DVD worth watching.

You Shoot with The Iron Sheik is now available from Kayfabe Commentaries, For more info or to order your own copy head on over to


DVD Review : TNA Hardcore Justice

November 9, 2010

Reviewed by : Steven Wilson of

Closure is a great thing to have. It’s a statement that rings true with everyone. When it comes to ECW, fans and wrestlers thought that 2005 and 2006 was going to be their closure, but as we would see from 2006 to 2009, closure was never achieved, instead it was a revival in order to murder a legacy once again, so when TNA announce they would be holding Hardcore Justice earlier this year, the question was whether or not this would be the closure so many were looking for. In the end, the guys may have been a bit older, a bit slower, and restricted by some legal worries but in the end they said they achieved their closure, and now you can decide whether or not you have your closure as TNA has released a special 2 Disc DVD set of Hardcore Justice.

Tommy Dreamer is quoted on the back cover of this DVD as saying “ This is it for an event like this, and it’s the perfect send off we never thought we’d receive” and while the reviews for the event were mixed amongst fans and critics, if Tommy’s statement is the truth then it’s hard for me to criticize some of the negatives of this event because what I may have found horrible, they used as their closure, and im glad they seemingly got it.  One thing’s for sure, this event was nostalgic, which nowadays garners much attention and appreciation and thus this does become a memorable event of 2010.

The first disc contains the event as a whole including what became a memorable main event not only because of the circumstances leading up to it, but what ended up happening. Jerry Lynn was scheduled to face Rob Van Dam in the main event but suffered an injury leading up to the show and was forced to pull out, RVD would choose to face Sabu. Over the years Sabu has done everything to his body that you can think of and in recent years has been paying the price as his body broke down and limited him in the ring. Despite this he and Rob Van Dam pull off a classic (all things considered that is) main event matchup and if this were to be the final “ECW” type of event that was the proper way to send it off into the sunset.

The event also featured the final chapter in a long lived ECW feud between Tommy Dreamer and Raven, as well as an Old School Philadeplhia street fight between Team 3d and the team of Axl Rotten &Balls Mahoney, while this tag match was sloppy as hell (Team 3D’s words in fact) it was certainly nostalgic, and a post match appearance by the gangstas was a nice surprise as I would not of expected New Jack to be allowed into the state of Flordia again following incidents in prior years, not to mention heat he had with Team 3D. All in all there was some good stuff and some bad stuff, also a very weird choice of lighting for the show, I wouldn’t necessarily consider this closure for myself as a fan of the extreme genre, but it was certainly better than “WWEcw” from 06 to 09.

The second disc is what makes this DVD worth the purchase as its 90 minutes of bonus features not seen on TV or PPV. This includes a 30 minute post show Q&A session with Mick Foley and Tommy Dreamer , a 30 Minute documentary featuring interviews with the stars of the show before during and after the event talking about what the show meant to them, as well as 20 minutes of interviews not used in the afformentioned documentary. It wraps up with a music video and old school photo gallery all of which is a nice nostalgic touch.

For the current Black Friday Sale price on ShopTNA’s website of 12.99, this is worth the purchase, especially for the second disc.

Hardcore Justice is now available on DVD from TNA Home Video. For more info or to order your own copy check out



DVD Review : Hunt To Kill starring Stone Cold Steve Austin

October 29, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of

Coming off his role in the box office smash hit The Expendables, Steve Austin is looking to continue his transition into the acting world with the straight to DVD release of the action thriller “Hunt to Kill”

This is the 3rd straight to DVD release which stars Austin in the leading role, the prior two being Damage and The Stranger, and much like the previous releases, this film takes a familiar route to an enjoyable yet somewhat “by the book” film.

Austin plays the role of US border patrol agent Jim Rhodes who is not only trying to get over the loss of his murdered partner but is also trying to raise his teenage daughter as a single father, which as you may guess  with any girl of that age, is rebellious to the bone. This ends up getting both her and her father in some major trouble as Austin’s daughter is taken hostage by a group of criminals and when Austin’s character walks in on the kidnapping, he is forced into assisting the group in hunting down one of their former colleagues who is hiding out from them in the mountainous woods of Montana, a place that Austin knows very well having worked there on a daily basis.

As they embark on the hunt through the mountains, the movie begins to follow the typical storyline  playout of the bad guys turning on eachother, and Austin’s character taking advantage of this to begin outsmarting them in a survival of the baddest type of situation.

I couldn’t help but have a bit of a déjà vu feeling while watching the movie, That being said it is far from being a bad movie, in fact I enjoyed it very much as would any other Austin fan or fan of the action thriller genre. The timing and playout of the story is well done, and the climax is fast paced enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, but it was hard to kick the fact that I felt I had seen this before.  Perhaps that’s the downfall of some movies in this day and age, where everything has been done before and even slight twists on the outline of what a thriller is supposed to be, still comes off as by the book.

Austin does play his role perfectly, perhaps because it’s designed for him as who wouldn’t portray Austin as a rugged, tough as nails guy who can kick your butt, but also the lead villain played by Gil Bellows serves as a bad guy whose performance compliments Austin’s role greatly.

DVD Bonus features for the standard DVD release of Hunt to Kill include audio commentary with Director Keoni Waxman and actor Michael Eklund, as well as a behind the scenes of Hunt To Kill featurette.

Having been a fan of Austin for many years, im glad to see that his acting career is coming along nicely, not every retired wrestling star gets this chance in the movie mainstream and starts to succeed, Austin is quickly establishing his own movie career, which may not get to the level The Rock has, but will certainly be a respectable one.

Hun to Kill is out on DVD and Blu Ray November 9th from Anchor Bay Entertainment, For more information check out or Anchor Bay’s page for the film at



Book Review : Countdown To Lockdown : A Hardcore Journal By Mick Foley

September 11, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of

The hardcore legend Mick Foley is back with his fourth book of memoirs entitled Countdown to Lockdown : A Hardcore Journal, hitting bookshelves this October. This time around Foley looks at the weeks leading up to his in ring debut with TNA at their Lockdown PPV in April 2009, but  alsotouches on a wide variety of important topics along the way as well.

Written in a similar format to his last book “The Hardcore Diaries”, Mick tells us the story of what was mostly self inflicted pressure that he dealt with In preparing for his in ring return against Sting at last year’s Lockdown. Foley has often set the bar high when it comes to what he hopes to get out of a program. I recall watching Beyond The Mat seeing Foley get stitched up following a brutal I quit match with The Rock at The Royal Rumble 99 while he questioned and hoped that the match had come off well enough ensuring the fans got their money’s worth, I realized it then, and reading Countdown to Lockdown made me realize it again, Mick Foley cares, If only everyone was like him nowadays, perhaps the wrestling world wouldn’t be in the slump it seems to be in.

Putting my state of the wrestling business rant aside, Foley’s story is told via a series of diary entries which gives you a interestling look into TNA’s backstage world, dealing with Vince Russo’s creative ideas, the budgetary issues that sometimes throw wrenches into the products direction and having Dixie Carter as a boss.

While Foley’s “Countdown To Lockdown” is a intriguing story in itself, there is plenty of other meaty subjects he has to touch on. This includes his departure from the WWE, The Chris Benoit Tragedy, Steroid Use in Pro Wrestling and Kurt Angle’s overly sensitive personality amongst many other topics.

Keeping with Foley’s writing tradition, he avoids any major burial of those he has disagreed with over the last few years. While his final days with the WWE and the weeks of problems he had with Vince McMahon yelling expletives in his ear while attempting to announce the weekly Smackdown matchups is covered, he decides not to provide the specifics of what was said, and offers only a small insight into some of the rules announcers in the WWE have to deal with, Apparently Vince hates pronouns so I hope he doesn’t read this review!

Meanwhile one of the chapters I found most capturing is one entitled “Kurt Angle, The Sensitive Olympian” Foley tells a story of a day where he and Kurt crossed paths with UFC star Mark Coleman, a former amateur wrestling rival of Kurts. Over the last few years we’ve heard many stories of Kurt’s mental and physical shape, and have also heard of the tough times he has dealt with in his personal life with the ending of his marriage.  The story told by Foley is from around the time Angle’s marriage was coming to an end, he was visibly upset, but would proceed to breakdown after Mark Coleman had a slight botch in memory saying he beat Angle at a championship meet in 1992, Foley tried to talk some sense into Angle but there was no stopping his breakdown, a saddening story to read, and makes one hope that Kurt is doing better nowadays.

Add in a touching appeal to the young up and coming wrestlers in the business to not go down the abusive road that so many in the past have and you have yet another great read from the hardcore legend.  I’d definitely recommend checking it out when it hits bookshelves in October.

Countdown To Lockdown : A Hardcore Journal will be available as of October 1st from Grand Central Publishing with a suggested retail price of $26.99. To get your hands on a copy check out your favorite online retailer or head on out to your local book store.


DVD Review : “Woodshop” starring Jesse The Body Ventura

September 9, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of

Jesse Ventura has had quite the adventurous life. In the early 70’s he was a Navy Seal, In The Mid 70’s and over the  2 decades that would follow, he would make a name for himself in the world of professional wrestling as ”The Body”. It’s without a doubt that his time in pro wrestling opened up many avenues for him, one obviously being the political route which saw him serve as a mayor and later governor in Minnesota, but like many wrestlers before and after him, it opened up doors in the acting world.  Over the years Ventura has had roles in Predator, Zorro, and Demolition Man, but now in 2010 he is featured in a much smaller scale film entitled “ Woodshop” which is now available on DVD from  42 Productions.

This independent production is a teenage “dramedy” set in a high school woodshop class. The film plays out over a single Saturday at the high school shop class where class valedictorian Chris Johnson is sent to serve out a detention for having accidently concocted a mini rocket in chemistry class. Little did Chris expect to have to face quite the number of obstacles to survive the day. Amongst his fellow Woodshopers are all your typical high school characters, the best friend, the bully, the tomboy, and the stoner with a hidden genius.

Ventura plays the role of Mr. Madson, an ex army ranger who now teaches woodshop at the local high school. Longtime fans of Jesse will be reminded of his days as The Body as his character is reminiscent of his days in the wrestling world. To be honest, Ventura is the bright spot of this film, his performance is quite enjoyable.

It’s no major spoiler to say that the premise of the film is dealing with a high school bully. Director Pete Coggan deserves credit for doing a decent job of capturing the teenage character type of this day and age, although its done in a slightly cheesy and typical type of way in that the characters traits are spot on but the play out of the story is slightly off, but then again this is the movie world so I guess you have to expect such a thing.

With a low budget film comes the potential for some low quality production, In the case of Woodshop, the audio quality is what suffers. Eventhough the majority of the film is set in what is a fairly empty school, and fairly empty shop class, where in real life the audio would come off the way it does, echoy and hard to understand, this however is a film, and unfortunately its sometimes hard to understand what the characters are saying due to the poor audio quality. I sometimes had to refer to the subtitles to make sure who said what. Meanwhile I found the video quality to be more than acceptable as in this day and age with high quality cameras coming down in price its hard not to get some decent looking footage.

The IMDB page for Woodshop lists the Tag Line as “ It’s easy to convince yourself that life is a collection of unhappy memories where no good deed goes unpunished… It’s not” And although that tag line is no where to be see on the DVD cover, it is the basic message this film tries to get across. If you’re a big Jesse Ventura fan, or for that matter a fan of independent film, Woodshop is worth a look, Im not sure that many indy films hit the rental shelves anymore, but if this does I’d call this a Rent It.

Woodshop is now available on DVD from  42 Productions, You can pick up your own copy at local retailers or via online retailers such as Amazon. For more information check out , and to read my previous DVD Reviews check out


DVD Review : The Sheik – Wrestling’s Greatest Villian

September 6, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of

In 2010 its rare to have a independent company put out a documentary on a legendary wrestler featuring high quality footage from years past, but that’s exactly what Independent New Service, a seemingly new company on the scene has attempted to do with their first wrestling themed released entitled  “ The Sheik : Wrestling’s Greatest Villian” now available on DVD.

Ed Farhat, better known as The Sheik, and famed uncle of ECW legend Sabu was a hardcore before hardcore was cool, he lived kayfabe to the fullest and protected the business at all costs, in fact he blew much of his earnings from wrestling by living his character 24/7/365, and this new 2 disc DVD set attempts to give you a taste of what the sheik was all about. Hosted by Robert Vito, the first disc features a 1 hour documentary, that for many dedicated wrestling fans may seem somewhat incomplete in comparison to the documentaries on wrestling stars that we have gotten used to nowadays, however it serves a somewhat of an homage to what the sheik stood for. Instead of taking the time to seek out and interview wrestling experts and wrestling supertars, Executive Producer Mark Nowotarski keeps it simple interviewing some Detroit area fans, and former Sheik manager Dave Drason. Something tells me The Sheik would of liked it that way, as his personal life and backstage reputations are not touched on, and his greatest feuds only grazed over, in fact even his time in Japan is not touched on in depth, and although it could be easy to rip on a release like this, when you think about it, The Sheik would not of wanted it any other way. The documentary portion reminds me of those later 80’s early 90’s WWF superstar tapes that keep it kayfabe while only giving you a glimpse inside the off camera life.

With that being said, this 2 disc set still contains some rare gems that make it an interesting buy for old school wrestling fans. This includes complete matchups from the Detroit area in the 80s and 90s with new commentary from the likes of Sheiks manager Dave Drason, executive producer Mark Nowotarski, and others. Opponents of The Sheik in these matchups include Malcolm Monroe, Bobo Brazil, and Luis Martinez. You also get a glimpse of the younger Sabu who used to accompany his uncle to the ring, and even some FMW footage from when The Sheik  was in a barbed wire flaming ring match with Onita which resulted in  severe injury. To say the least, very few independent releases in this day and age can feature real footage from this time period as WWE has bought up so many libraries over the years, so this is one of the brightspots of the release.

The vast array of Bonus Features on this release continue with a 20 minute interview with Dranson talking about his time in the wrestling world, A featurette on some famous pro wrestling ads from the Detroit area during the time period where The Sheik was king, as well as a featurette on a scrapbook that was maintained by George Crybaby Cannon.

Longtime fans of The Sheik will undoubtedly appreciate this release even with the 30$ US price tag as it pays homage to a wrestling legend in a way that legend would of wanted it. Meanwhile casual fans who are used to today’s documentary may not find this release as worthy, but considering the rarity of the footage included, it does make this release a positive addition to your wrestling collection.

The Sheik – Wrestling’s Greatest Villian is now available on DVD from Independent News Service, For more information or to order your own copy check out their website at and read all of my previous dvd reviews at


DVD Review : You Shoot Live with Dixie Carter

August 10, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of

Any fan past or present of Total Nonstop Action has probably at one time or another been so frustrated with something they saw on Impact or PPV that they just wanted to call Dixie Carter up and ask WHY!?! Realizing this Kayfabe Commentaries rolled out the You Shoot red carpet to the TNA president, and surprisingly she not only accepted but also accepted to do it live, and thus we now get the newly released DVD “You Shoot Live with Dixie Carter”

When I first heard about this DVD release I wondered to myself just how badly certain fans would take it to Dixie, After all 2010 has been the biggest roller coaster year in TNA’s history and never before has there been so much difference of opinion, I also wondered if Dixie would truly “shoot” or be a pro at dancing around the questions, ultimately what we get from her is a mix of both.

The DVD begins with some of the typical questions such as were you a wrestling fan growing up, how and why did you get into the business, etc.  Besides that, as you would expect there is plenty of questions about Vince McMahon, WWE, Vince Russo, Hulk Hogan,Eric Bischoff, and WCW comparisons. Some topics Dixie does well at avoiding while others she gets into.

For example, when asked which 1 WWE star she would want should they ever become available, Dixie basically responds that she is happy with her roster and wouldn’t really want any specific star from the WWE roster, and while I understand she wouldn’t want to put over a WWE talent and make it seem like she would desperately want a bigger star, we all know that if a Cena, Orton,  or whoever were available Dixie would be on the horn immediately trying to sign them up, and for that matter they don’t even need to be that big of a name as we’ve seen in 2010 with the likes of Orlando Jordan.

While on the topic of Vince Russo, Hogan and Bischoff, this DVD does become more insightful.  Former TNA employee and Professional Vince Russo hater, Jim Cornette submits a video question asking Dixie about why Vince Russo continues to be employed, to no surprise Carter defends Russo and explains that many times where a Fire Russo chant rang out, whatever was going on in the ring wasn’t even written or booked by him, sometimes they were instead booked by Cornette’s good friend Dutch Mantell.  Dixie reveals that one day she flipped on the creative staff and told them if there is another fire russo chant for something he had nothing to do with someone will lose their job.

The live aspect was a interesting idea, while it could have been epic, it did not necessarily make this edition of You Shoot any better than previous editions. Had their been more knowledgeable fans who were not nervous to ask Dixie questions to her face, it could have been a barn burner of a interview . Nonetheless another solid installment of the you shoot series, and you have to give some props to Dixie for having the sack to sit down and do this with seemingly no pre screening of the questions. Dixie Carter often reminds me of Sarah Palin, you never know what is gonna come out of her mouth, for that reason alone, check out this DVD release.

You Shoot Live with Dixie Carter is now available on DVD from Kayfabe Commentaries. For more info on this and their other DVD releases, check out