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DVD Review : You Shoot With The Iron Sheik

January 15, 2011

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

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 http://www.kayfabecommentaries.com

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DVD Review : UFC 121 Lesnar vs Velasquez

January 14, 2011

Reviewed by Tony Stabile of MainEventRadio.com

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is back again with what can be seen as one of their biggest events yet: UFC 121 LESNAR vs VELASQUEZ. This event was held on October 23rd, 2010 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The UFC set out to shake the world and they indeed just that as in the main event of the evening Cain Valesquezdefeated Brock Lesnar to become the new UFC World Heavyweight Champion. The fans in attendance certainly got their money’s worth and now you can too, in the comfort of your living rooms.

The card is stacked from top to bottom and like always, this DVD is incredibly well produced and put together.

We start the night off with Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaubvs Gabriel Gonzaga in a Heavyweight bout. These too men take some time to feel each other out in the 1st round, but Schaub finishes strong as he swarmed Gonzaga with solid punches. Round 2, begins in the favor of Schaub again as he capitalizes on Gonzaga’s mistakes. This continues into the 3rd round and Schaud take the fight via judges’ decision.

Next up is a Light Heavyweight fight “teacher vs student” featuring “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz vs “The Hammer” Matt Hamill. Tito opens strong, with many strikes until Hamill takes him down. The spend most of the round standing and boxing hard. Hamill takes the fight to the ground in the 2nd round, where he dominated. Hamill takes this on after going the distance via judges’ decision.

The 3rd fight of the night is Diego Sanchez vs Paulo Thiago in the Welterweight division.  These two men hit hard and go the distance (for the third time tonight) and Sanchez takes this fight via Judges’ decision, as he dominated Thiago to finish this fight.

We continue the night again in the Welterweight division as Jake Shields took on Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann. These men go the distance, making this a lengthy evening for the UFC as Shields picks up the win by judges’ decision.

Finally, we get to the bout that everyone has been waiting for: Brock Lesnarvs Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. What a shocker this is as Lesnar gets shook hard and never recovers. Velasquez is your new UFC Heavyweight Champion as he wins via TKO in the 1st round.

The bonus features of this 2-disc DVD set include the preliminary fights from the evening, Countdown to UFC 121, The Weigh-In Show, and the usual behind the scenes and other promos.

The crowd in Anaheim is vocal the whole way through, and really gives this event an epic feel. So whether you’re just a casual follower or a die-hard, this is a must own. Your night will be action pack and filled with many different examples of why the UFC is the leader in MMA.

UFC 121 – Lesnarvs Velasquez is now available on DVD From Anchor Bay Entertainment; you can pick it up at your favorite local DVD retailer, or order it online, For more information check out http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com and www.UFC.com

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DVD Review : UFC Ultimate Knockouts 8

January 14, 2011

Reviewed by Tony Stabile of MainEventRadio.com

There are three ways to end a fight in the Octagon of the UFC; judges’ decision, submission or the most exciting of the three: KNOCKOUT! “They leave no doubt, by way of Knockout!” is what Mike Goldberg utters during the intro, and that is exactly what these men do in UFC’s latest DVD/Bluray release: “UFC’s Ultimate Knockouts 8.”

This release only features one disc.  However it features over 80 minutes of insane knockouts from all the best in the UFC. This DVD starts off strong with what was probably one of the more surprising knockouts in the history of the UFC in the fight between UFC knockout legend “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell and Shogun Rua in Montreal at UFC 97. It goes on to feature names like Drew McFedries, Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin, Frank Mir, Frank Trigg, Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar.

The Bonus features are somewhat light but acceptable for a small highlight release like this one. It features Promos for other releases from the UFC and “Total TKO’s.” This is where the production shines. “Total TKO’s” is a six minute highlight reel of some of the best TKO’s in the history of the UFC, nicely spliced together with quick match highlights and tough music to blend it together.

For the casual fan it’s a great way to spend an evening reliving some of the UFC’s best knockout finishes! For 20$, this is a must to any MMA DVD/Bluray collector. It continues the hard-hitting action from itspredecessors.

UFC’s Ultimate Knockouts 8 is available now on DVD and Blu Ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment for more information or to pick up your own copy check out www.ufc.com or Anchor Bay’s Web page for the release via www.anchorbayentertainment.com

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DVD Review : Guest Booker With Dutch Mantell – Exposing TNA

November 26, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

A year ago the wrestling world was abuzz over the announcement that Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff were going to TNA to shake up the company and bring it to the next level. A year later we all saw how that has turned out, as the Monday night wars part 2 was somewhat of a failed experiment,  the re-launch button was nearly pressed again a few months later  when Paul Heyman was in negotiations to take over the company, and now Dixie Carter’s mom, Janice has been put in charge of approving all new spending,. To say the least its been a rollercoaster year for TNA.

One of the individuals who had been with TNA for years, but found himself on the outside following the takeover by the Hogan-Bischoff regime is Dutch Mantell and now he is given his chance by Kayfabe Commentaries to show us how he would of booked the new TNA roster if he had been in charge during the latest installment of the Guest Booker DVD series.

As with previous installments of the Guest Booker series, this installment serves up more than just the guest booking purpose as it takes a look at the TNA booking structure prior to the Hogan/Bischoff regime and If you’ve been a fan of TNA at any time in recent years then you’ve probably found yourself scratching your head asking why something just happened or how they came up with such an idea, which is why this DVD is such an interesting watch.

Starting with the early days of TNA’s booking by committee, Mantell shares his frustration with getting some logic into the booking process and how the booking process often ended up being a court room more than anything as it was rare the individuals all agreed and everyone was throwing in their small ideas along the way. Mantell explains why the lack of a sole director in charge of TNA’s creative caused what is an exceptional roster to not be used correctly. However he does not come off as one of those disgruntled former employees which can often be the case in some of these DVD shoot interviews, in fact he is fairly politically correct in his comments and opinions.

Mantell also shoots from the hip when it comes to him being blamed for angles that drew “Fire Russo” chants, something that had been implied in Dixie Carter’s You Shoot DVD earlier this year, Mantell calls that pure BS and implores Russo to own up to the piss poor angles he is responsible for such as the Abyss/Sting Last Rites match that drew a big Fire Russo chant.

When it comes to his expectations for Hogan and Bischoff, Mantell expected a “hell of a lot more”, which is something I think many of us shared over the past 12 months, but could Mantell do better? Well that’s what the Guest Booker portion of the DVD attempts to show.

Mantell admits that being faced with such an inflated roster of  50 to 60 guys is a tough task as it’s a recipe for exactly what happened in TNA this year, too much to get over in such a small period of time. At the same time he would find it hard to send people home as it’s a time where your trying to make sure that you want the roster to be behind you, and thus its one of the reasons creative in TNA has always been overwhelmed and stretched.

Mantell  then goes on to explain his vision of January 4th, which would have had Abyss with Jim Mitchell,who he had taken time to rebuild as a monster for the month leading up to the January 4th event and have him confront Hogan to start a major angle.

Mantell then share his plans for RVD, Jeff Hardy, Mr Anderson and Desmond Wolfe, however amongst the flaws is the fact that they don’t take into consideration that RVD was not accepting to a TNA spot until March.

One of the things Mantell preaches throughout his vision is the slow build and reveal of the new arrivals to the roster as opposed to blowing the load every few seconds.

Along the way he explains some of the flaws in what happened in reality, and how Jim Cornette would often point these type of flaws out in TNA’s product while he was still there, which eventually led to his hatred for Vince Russo exploding.

Overall this is an interesting watch for any TNA fan, especially those have been frustrated over the years with some of the booking decisions, so if you have a TNA fan on your holiday gift giving list you may consider this installment of the Guest Booker.

Guest Booker with Dutch Mantell – Exposing TNA is now available on DVD from Kayfabe Commentaries, for more information or to order your own copy check out www.kayfabecommentaries.com, and to check out my previous DVD reviews check out www.wrestlingdvdreviews.vze.com

 

 

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DVD Review : TNA Hardcore Justice

November 9, 2010

Reviewed by : Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

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 ShopTNA.com

 

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DVD Review : UFC’s Ultimate Submissions

November 2, 2010

Reviewed by Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

When you enter the octogan a lot of things can happen, but one of the most exciting results  is when one of the fighters are pushed to their absolute limit and are forced to tap out. The submission is often considered an art, and it has become the subject of the UFC’s latest best of DVD & Blu Ray release as they put out “UFC’s Ultimate Submissions”

This is a 1 disc release that features 30 matchups from the UFC’s video library that ended in a submission victory. With a run time of 70+ minutes only the preview and highlights of each fight is shown, but still gives you a feel for the numerous different submission possibilities an MMA fight can end with.

The 30 featured bouts include the likes of Georges St Pierre vs Matt Hughes, a trio of Frank Mir fights vs Tim Slyvia, Brock Lesnar and Chieck Kongo, Demian Maia vs Chael Sonnen, BJ Penn vs Kenny Florian amongst many others.

The strength of this DVD release is truly in the bonus material, which in a way is backwards as you’d think the main feature would be the release’s main attraction, but if there is one reason to buy this DVD its for the bonus matchups which feature 20 full length fights broken down into 2 sections.

The first being “Submissions From The Vaults” including early day UFC gems such as Ken Shamrock vs Royce Gracie 1, Scott Morris vs Sean Dougherty, Royce Gracie vs Jason De Lucera, Dan Severn vs Anthony Macias, Oleg Taktarovus vs Ernie Vedizia, Marco Ruas vs Larry Cureton, Tank Abbott vs Steve Jennum, Mark Coleman vs Dan Severn, Randy Couture vs Tony Halme, and Kazushi Sakruaba vs Marcus Silveira.

The section section solely titled “Bonus Submissions include  Tank Abbott vs Frank Mir, 4 fights from UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes ( vs Frank Trigg 1, vs BJ Penn 1, vs Georges St Pierre 1, and vs Frank Trigg  2) as well as Forrest Griffin vs Bill Mahood, Joe Stevenson vs Melvin Guillard, Dustin Hazelett vs Jonathan Goulet, Bj Penn vs Jens Pullver 2,

The bonus materials wrap up with a short featurette on fighters who refuse to submit. Overall the bonus materials run nearly 90 minutes.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, this could be a easy gift idea for the MMA fan in your life. Holiday shopping aside, for 20$ this is easily a good addition to your collection.

UFC’s Ultimate Submissions is available now on DVD and Blu Ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment for more information or to pick up your own copy check out www.ufc.com or Anchor Bay’s Web page for the release via

 

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DVD Review : UFC 118 – Penn vs Edgar 2

November 2, 2010

Reviewed by Tony Stabile of MainEventRadio.com

The UFC is a legit sport that always sets out to please and impress fans. “UFC 118 Edgar vs Penn 2” headlined by the UFC Lightweight Championship fight between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, was no exception to this philosophy. Adding to an already stacked card was a “boxer vs MMA fighter” match pitting two heavyweights in their own sports against each other. Randy Couture set out to prove MMA fighters were better than boxers by facing world-renowned boxer, James Toney. The fans in a attendance at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts certainly got their money’s worth. And now you can check it out for yourself on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Starting the night out in Welterweight division; the crowd got treated to Nate Diaz VS ‘Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis.The crowd was wildly alive with an anti Diaz chant. Davis was cut open very early into the first round. A close call for the bout as the doctor wanted to take a second look at Davis’ eye. But good judgment by UFC Referee Yves Lavigne kept things alive.  By the end of round 2, Davis was drenched in blood from the cut above his eye. Diaz ultimate won the bout via guillotine choke near the end of the 3rd round.

The next bout of the night came with the Lightweight confrontation between Kenny Florian and “The Bully” Gary Maynard. These guys went the distance and finished all 3 rounds, keeping the very vocal crown on their feet. However, in the end Maynard won via unanimous decision.

The middleweight bout for the evening was set between two Brazilian fighters, as Demian Maia took on “Super” Mario Miranda. Maia was in total control for the majority of the first round. Both men seemed to be holding back and the crowd noticed it. The second round started the same way as the first with Maia staying on top of Miranda on the ground. The third round saw more action on the behalf of “Super” Mario, but it was to no avail as they went all the way and it was in the hands of the judges. In the end the judges gave it to Demian Maia by unanimous decision.

Next up was the co-main event in a boxer versus mixed martial artist bout. There was a lot of hype leading into this one. James “Lights Out” Toney VS Randy “The Natural” Couture was a match that had the crowd going wild during the intros.  Not 30 seconds into the match does Couture take Toney down on the mat. From there it was just a matter of time before he locked in the arm-triangle choke for the submission victory. The class shown by Couture post fight is really something to see.

The main event was Frankie “The Answer” Edgar VS “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn for the Lightweight Championship. This was a needed rematch from their previous match where Edgar won the title from Penn. Both men wasted no time getting to the ground and throwing multiple submission attempts. Edgar taking Penn down many, many times during this bout. Penn was dominated throughout the five rounds. Frankie Edgar won via unanimous decision.

Like all major UFC DVD releases, this one comes with a bunch of awesome bonus material, including the special Countdown to UFC 118, Weigh Ins, UFC.com featurette, UFC Promos and BSN Promo. But the best bonus on this DVD is the Behind the Scenes look. This time they got to focus on the Fan Expo from Boston and really took the time to hype up the Toney VS Couture fight.

UFC 118 had some awesome fights in a city with a fantastic crowd that helps make this event feel even bigger. All that makes this DVD well worth picking up.

UFC 118 – EDGAR VS PENN 2 is now available on DVD From Anchor Bay Entertainment; you can pick it up at your favorite local DVD retailer, or order it online, For more information check out http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com and www.UFC.com