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DVD Review : You Shoot With Maria Kanellis

July 31, 2010

Reviewed by  Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

Maria’s release from the WWE was one of the more surprising firings in 2010, It would set a trend that would later see Mickie James released while sending a firm message from the WWE to its talent…If you think your going to take your fame and roll it into success outside of the ring then you better give us complete control over it otherwise take a hike. Now a free woman, Maria made one of her first post WWE stops in the hot seat known as the You Shoot, which as you probably know by now has established itself as the no holds barred shoot interview for the fans.  As Maria reveals in this interview, she considers chances like this “Wrestling Therapy”,or in other words her chance to blow off some steam and move on from the WWE. With an admission like that it should be a give in that she is a great candidate for the You Shoot seat.

Despite the fact that she had just recently been released by the WWE, throughout the interview Maria does not come off as intentionally bitter, or intentionally timid in her responses to the questions, she comes off honest and to the point, which is somewhat refreshing for a recently released WWE star in a shoot interview format.

As the interview goes along you learn that Maria  may have played a bit of a ditz on WWE television, but in reality she is the complete opposite. A down to earth, smart woman who could of helped the WWE so much but because she’s  a woman, the limitations held her and other divas back. This is evident when she shares her thoughts on a variety of topics, such as how the divas have been used at recent wrestlemanias, why the guest host idea was overkill, why the divas are not marketed properly and why the WWE drops the ball on using opportunities like her musical project to create bigger prescence in the mainstream culture.

Meanwhile the marquee You Shoot games are featured, including Maria revealing whose racks are real and whose are fake in the Divas lockerroom, Discussing which male roster members were the biggest dicks and Maria playing the Guess the wrestling playboy playmate game.

Although Maria may have gotten into the wrestling world through what many wrestling fans and critics consider a joke (the diva search) After watching this interview Maria showed that if your willing to work hard at it you can become a good mind and a decent worker. This installment of the You Shoot series may not of been crazy and over the top (with the exception of the disturbing video submissions from the Off The Mark Crew) But this installment was great for the honest and playful nature of Maria.

Oh and for the pervs out there who probably don’t care about how honest Maria is or what happened during her run in the WWE, Maria drops a line in the shoot saying “Sometimes I like to play with myself” For that line alone Im sure you’ll be satisfied.

You Shoot with Maria Kanellis is now available from Kayfabe Commentaries, For more information or to order your own copy check out www.kayfabecommentaries.com

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DVD Review : AMY VS JOY

August 14, 2009

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Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

The WWE Diva search served a conduit for many models and actresses to get a spot on the WWE roster. Two of those who profited from this were Joy Giovanni and Amy Weber. Although they did not win the competition they did end up with prominent roles on WWE TV. Weber would score a prominent role in JBL’s cabinet on Smackdown, while Joy debuted as a “massage therapist” and would align herself with the Big Show who happened to be feuding with JBL at the time. Thus the two girls found themselves on opposite camps, and Throughout their respective runs in the WWE they feuded both on air and reportedly off air, and thus to settle the score once and for all, Big Vision put together one of their latest DVD projects entitled Amy vs Joy.

Running just over 49 minutes in length, the DVD offers up a decent balance of profile interviews & promo buildup, sexy photo shoots, training footage, and actual confrontation footage. The program is hosted by Nikki Padilla. Fellow WWE alum Daniel Puder also appears as he helps Giovanni train for the matchup.

DVD Extras include some trailers and bonus matches from other female wrestling DVDs put out under the Big Vision banner such as Wrestling Vixxens : The New Era, as well as the old school GLOW footage.

The question is are you such a fan of the WWE Divas that at one time or another you found yourself saying “I wish they could get more television time allowing them to build up a feud with a bit more depth than “I want your title” Well if you ever said that or ever wished for a feature compiling an entire feud between two divas  then Big Vision Entertainment has put out the perfect DVD for you. If you don’t fall into that category then this can be hit or miss, and if your that curious, the website offers a Video On Demand service so you could save a few bucks in comparison to the DVD and still enjoy the beautiful sight of Weber and Giovanni  in bikini’s.

AMY VS JOY is now available on DVD and Video On Demand from Big Vision Entertainment. For more information or to order your own copy/viewing head on over  to www.amyvsjoy.com and to read my previous reviews check out http://www.wrestlingdvdreview.com

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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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DVD Reviews : “Glamour, Glitz and Divas : The Untold story of American women’s wrestling” & “Wrestling Vixxens : The New Era”

August 9, 2008

DVD Reviews : “Glamour, Glitz and Divas : The Untold story of American women’s wrestling”  & “Wrestling Vixxens : The New Era”

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

There is no debating the fact that women’s wrestling has never been as popular as it is now. Numerous all female federations have popped up throughout North America, meanwhile the TNA knockouts have been taking it a step further scoring the highest rated segments for the company week in and week out, and even main eventing TV on occasion. This influenced the WWE to create a second woman’s championship and give their females some more time to wrestle instead of pillow fighting. Therefore it’s no surprise that more and more female wrestling products are hitting the market, and today we look at two of the latest female DVD releases from Big Vision Entertainment in “Glamour, Glitz and Divas : The Untold story of American women’s wrestling”  and “Wrestling Vixxens : The New Era”

This is actually an “Outside The Ropes” production, meaning it’s a documentary cut together using footage from RF Video’s extensive shoot interview archive. The first such production was entitled Life in the fast lane, which was about life on the road as a wrestler, and while that was enjoyable, the cutting and flow of the stories were somewhat random at times as I mentioned in my DVD review many months ago. However I was pleased to see that in “Glamour, Glitz and Divas” there is more of a specific flow to the DVD.

The main feature begins with tales of childhood and whether or not they were a fan of pro wrestling. The divas featured is quite an impressive line up from every era of pro wrestling, beginning with Moolah and Mae Young to Sensational Sherry to Luna Vachon to Sunny to Chyna and to today’s stars like Velvet Sky and Jackie Gayda, You get a perspective from a wide array of generations of Divas. From tales of childhood we now move into the decisions to enter the business and the training they sought out and whether they thought the fact that it’s a male dominated industry would hurt them.

Next up is a on the road feature with current female stars Talia Madison aka Velvet Skye and April Hunter. They touch on some of the afformentioned topics as they wait for their breakfast to arrive. This proves to be an interesting little feature as you get to see a day in the life of a independent wrestling diva in hyper speed.

Love stories is the next topic which is a look at the divas mixing business with pleasure so to speak as many of them found love within the business. This includes Sunny revealing the intimate details of her and Shawn Michaels relationship from the 90’s which nearly resulted in her leaving Chris Candido to move in with Michaels.

A training seminar with Luna Vachon gives you a look at the diva taking the time to pass her knowledge on to those who are training and trying to get better on the scene today.

The inevitable subject when it comes to a divas documentary is catfights, lots of heat thrown Sable’s way here as well as Jackie Gayda’s way from Sunny, Even Moolah gets in on the cat fights ripping into Judy Gable. April Hunter main events the cat fights with Allison Danger with a worthy rant.

Some random spots wraps up the main feature and then the DVD extras offer up some solid female indy wrestling matchups with the up and coming stars of today. 6 matches in total including Sara Del Ray vs Nikki Roxx, Cheerleader Melissa vs Mercedez Martinez, April Hunter vs Talia “Velvet Sky” Madison, Sumie Sakai vs Daizee Haze, Kylie Pierce vs Angela with Special guest referee Sherri Martel, and finally Luna Vachon vs Alicia.

I really enjoyed this DVD, as I mentioned it flowed well, perhaps one segment was misplaced but the 95 minute main feature and the hour worth of bonus matchups easily justify the 14.99 asking price and makes for a nice little addition to your wrestling DVD collection.

Pulling a 180 now, we look at “Wrestling Vixxens : The New Era”. The original Wrestling Vixxens was a pornographic based website featuring mainly Missy Hyatt and Sunny many years back. This new incarnation takes many of the TNA knockouts as well as a couple of the other hottest divas on the indy scene today and for the most part has them pose for pictures in various sexy outfits set to sultry music and put in slow motion. So Cal Val, ODB, Talia “Velvet Sky” Madison, Rain aka Peyton Banks as well as Daffney and my personal favourite ROH/WSX star Lacey are the vixens featured. The DVD’s back cover might promise the chance to get to know the girls behind the gimmicks, but very few talk segments are on the DVD, Talia Madison probably gets the most talk time, but considering the point of this DVD is to serve as hot semi pornographic material as opposed to a documentary then it certainly lives up to expectations and if you’re a fan of any one of these girls then picking up this DVD could be of interest for you.

“Glamour, Glitz and Divas : The Untold story of American women’s wrestling” as well as “Wrestling Vixxens : The New Era”  is now available on DVD from Big Vision Entertainment. Check out BVDVD.com for more information or to order your own copy. You can also ready my previous DVD reviews at MainEventRadio.com/Reviews.htm

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DVD Review : Quick Shooting With Allison Danger

May 9, 2008

DVD Review :  QUICK SHOOTING WITH ALLISON DANGER

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

Strong Style Productions is the latest company to form and dive in to the wrestling DVD market. Their first release is “Quick Shooting With Allison Danger” , Which is a 2 disc, nearly 4 hour sit down shoot interview that is anything but “Quick” but rather intriguing at the same time.

For the non-mainstream fans reading this review, you might be asking who is Allison Danger and what makes her qualified to speak on the world of pro wrestling for nearly 4 hours? Well Allison Danger is one of the most talented and powerful female wrestlers out there today that is not under the WWE or TNA umbrella. Danger, alongside Dave Prazak run Shimmer Women Athletes, which is a all female independent wrestling company that has helped almost all of TNA’s and some of WWE’s female rosters rise to new levels in the world of professional wrestling. Danger has also been a regular in Ring Of Honour for years having best been known for managing Christopher Daniels in that promotion,  And for those who still don’t know who she might be, perhaps her real name would help, that being Cathy Corino, which makes her the younger sister of former ECW star “The King Of Old School” Steve Corino, so to say the least her 8 years in and around the business has permitted her to see and experience a hell of a lot, and she gets a chance to take the knowledge she has gained and give her opinion on the wrestling business in this DVD.

Presented in a widescreen format, Quick Shooting With Allison Danger is visually impressive, it transitions flawlessly between topics, and generally the audio is very clear, although since it was recorded on different days and Danger wears different outfits, there is one period where the sound suffers, but getting to the actual content of the DVD, This is not your cookie cutter shoot interview, where you start from the person’s childhood and go through every aspect of someone’s career. Instead Danger is asked her opinions on a variety of topics including her thoughts on working for WWE or TNA, being a woman on either roster, her actual thoughts on every single woman on those rosters, bra and panties matches, women who take part in “custom wrestling video shoots” and what she thinks young girls who are looking to break into the business need to do. Danger also answers some more personal questions such as her experiences with promoters, whether she would sign on with the WWE or TNA, who in the wrestling world she has had a crush on since she was young girl and what she plans to do once her time is up in the business.

I must say that once you watch this DVD you’ll probably be surprised how smart to the business this woman really is, she has seen and lived through so much in the business that she has some uber interesting things to say. Can it sustain your attention for nearly 4 hours? That depends on what type of fan you are, if you only watch WWE, or TNA, or have never seen Shimmer, then there is a chunk of the DVD that will drag for you, Personally I have followed all 3, and thus knew everyone and everything she was speaking of making it highly appealing to me and time flew when watching it, so if you’re a fan of at least the two major feds, and or a Indy fan who follows Shimmer, ROH and the circuit that those stars follow then this DVD can be just as appealing to you.

 “Quick Shooting With Allison Danger” is now available on DVD from Strong Style Productions. For more information you can check out the company’s website at www.strongstyleproductions.com and to read my previous DVD reviews check out www.maineventradio.com/reviews.htm