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DVD Review : John Morrison – Rockstar

February 27, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

John Morrison is the self proclaimed Shaman of Sexy, Guru of Greatness and Your Friday Night Delight, but more importantly he is one of the quickest rising stars in the WWE today. The proof of that can be demonstrated on many levels, but one of them is the fact that he allready has his very own DVD release entitled Rockstar which is out now from WWE Home Video.

Running just over two and a half hours in length, Rockstar offers a mix of documentary like clips with in ring action. In total Eight matches from WWE television are offered up, starting with Morrison vs CM Punk on a September 2007 edition of ECW. One of the immediate let downs is that instead of using the full arena footage of the matchups, they use the TV feed which means it fades in and out of black during the matchups offered on this DVD. The other matchups include Miz & Morrison vs DX from Raw’s 800th show, Morrison vs Evan Bourne from April 2009 on ECW, Morrison vs Jericho from Superstars in June 2009, Morrison vs Edge from Smackdown in June 2009, and finally Morrison vs Hardy IC Title match in September 2009.

Documentary wise this release also leaves much to be desires. Don’t expect Morrison’s days in Tough Enough to be covered, nor his days as Johnny Nitro. Instead expect a lot of 5 minute markish segments.

Morrison intro’s the DVD saying he is going to give you a glimpse into his life, which is probably the best way to put it, a glimpse into his life. The first segment can be entitled the best of the dirt sheet, which was a weekly webisodic entry on WWE.com where he and The Miz made fun of fellow wrestlers. Not one full episode is featured, and it jumps around playing 10 second clips of random episodes.

Next up is “Straight from the palace of wisdom” where Morrison takes time to answer 10 markish questions submitted to WWE.com for him. From there, Morrison shows you where he trains as a Parkour expert, and later puts it into action where he runs around empty arenas doing the moves. Morrison then takes time to explain how he came up with his unique aerial attack, taking time along the way to tell you when he first used the moves in question. Next up is a segment where Morrison takes time to learn how a surfboard is made. I kid you not, then he puts the board into action and goes surfing. The documentary closes out with a Thank you for coming segment.

This DVD release will remind you more of the old school character home video releases as opposed to some of the great indepth DVD releases we have become accustomed to from the WWE. I honestly feel that the WWE didn’t really try with this release, and have barely tried with many of their DVD releases this past year. Only a couple have offered up more than fluff while many including this one were half assed, which could partly explain why sales were down 32% in 2009.

Perhaps I had too high of an expectation for this DVD, I realize that Morrison hasn’t been around that long, but so much more could have been done with this DVD. No interviews with other stars, no discussion of any part of his career, not even discussion of the matches being shown for that matter.

I was hoping that they would start off 2010 on the right foot and head back to putting out solid DVD sets like they were in 2005-2008. Sets being worked on for release later this year show more promise such as the Hart Family DVD and a Ricky Steamboat DVD, however John Morrison Rockstar does not live up to WWE’s normal DVD package standard. Matches included this DVD check in at about 2 hours and 40 minutes, perfect for the WWE’s PPV airings of DVD’s they release and unless you’re a hardcore JoMo fan that is prob the best place to watch it, on PPV.

John Morrison – Rockstar is now available from WWE Home Video, For more information or to order your own copy check out www.wweshopzone.com

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Book Review : WWE Encyclopedia : The Definitive Guide to World Wrestling Entertainment

March 17, 2009

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Reviewed by : Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

The title of the book is a claim that is sure to leave many skeptical. In order to be the definitive guide to a company with 45+ years of history you need to work endlessly to make sure you don’t leave anything out. Vince McMahon’s forward to the book proclaims it to be the “first ever official documented history of the WWE”, Throughout the years we’ve all heard about superstars and events going down in the history books and now we have an officially recognized WWE history book, and quite frankly it’s an extremely impressive one.

Authored by former WWE employees Brian Sheilds and Kevin Sullivan (no not the taskmaster) and coming in at over 350 full colored pages, profiling nearly a 1000 superstars and utilizing over 1500 images from the WWE and PWI archives, the WWE encyclopedia is packed with more than enough information for you to become an expert on the who’s who and the what’s what of the WWE.

As with any encyclopedia, the book runs from A to Z. The majority of entries are the profiles of the superstars of the WWE. This includes the obvious big names such as Stone Cold, John Cena, Taker and Michaels, but also includes the names you possibly never heard of or tried to forget such as the Battle Kat, Mystery Man and Friar Furgeson, It even includes those you probably didn’t even expect to be in the book. I speak of course of the names WWE chooses to forget sometimes, the most obvious being Chris Benoit who is recognized with a half page bio with no mention of the 2007 tragedy. Those who have crossed Vince McMahon, those who have sued him and those that are currently working against him in TNA are all recognized as well, which to me was a sign that for once the WWE was not going to censor a product because of a grudge they have with someone, which scores it bonus points in heading towards the goal of being the definitive guide.

A title history for every single WWE title is featured in the book. From little known titles such as the Woman’s Tag Team Championship or the World Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship to the most obvious WWE Championship, every single champion is recognized. The one odd thing is that the WWE officially recognized the entire US title history while in WCW but did not recognize the World Heavyweight championships history prior to their adopting of it in 2002

Pay Per Views and Television is also recognized. A complete history of Wrestlemania caps off the book, while other PPV’s include a recap of the main events of said shows. 30 years of WWE television is also documented with a short explanation of each show. Spotlghts on WWE merchandise, Video Games, Fan signs and superstars in themovies are also included.

The book has a suggested retail price of 45$ American but is available via Amazon for 30$, The book is hardcovered and sports large 12 by 9 pages. I was legitimately impressed with the presentation of the book and its wealth of information, For those wondering for the most part the book is kayfabed. No real names, identities of masked superstars or post WWE career information is included, but nonetheless this book is a must for any true WWE fan and can be a reference tool for those who write or speak about the company as you can certainly learn a lot about the company’s history. Is it the definitive guide to the history of the WWE? It’s pretty darn close, I would definitely consider this the definitive guide to the kayfabe side of the WWE, while the definitive guide to the business side of the company and how it evolved through the years could easily fill another book, and or has been covered in an array of other books over the years.

The WWE Encyclopedia is available now, You can order it via amazon via http://www.amazon.com/WWE-Encyclopedia-DK-Publishing/dp/075664190X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237312553&sr=8-1 or check out the publishers official website via http://us.dk.com/ . To read my previous book and dvd reviews head on over to wrestlingdvdreviews.vze.com or add the myspace via myspace.com/wrestlingdvdreviews