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The Resurrection Of Jake The Snake Roberts

January 18, 2016

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Steve Rockamaniac joins Tony Stabile of The Rowdy Wrestling Podcast to review The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts documentary. Spoiler alert: We loved the film!

Not much to say here other than go download this epic documentary and support a man who has pulled himself from the brink of death.

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DVD Review : Wrestling Underground

November 19, 2008

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In recent years, if one thing has made itself clear, its just how much Extreme Championship Wrestling and its style can be worth. The WWE has held the reunion ppvs, put out numerous DVD’s as have other orginizations and now Infinity Entertainment laces up their wrestling boots with the release of “Wrestling Undergroud”. A two disc, nearly 4 hour set,featuring all the big names stars of ECW enganging in violent battles.

Seperated into 4 episodes, hosted by Former WCW and TNA announcer Scott Hudson, Wrestling Underground features action from “The Wrestling Zone”, which is really just a compliation of footage taken from various indy feds during the early 2000 years, most notably 3PW. The production value is surprisingly good for an independent release, The action is shot with 2 cameras, edited together rather flawlessly, and features new play by play with Scott Hudson.

Looking at the match lineup you will notice that it has just about every big name ECW star as well as a couple of WCW’s stars thrown in for good measure. Episode 1 entitled Origin of Mayhem features Mikey Whipwreck vs CW Anderson, Rodney Bagnaud (Mack) with Jazz vs Pitbull Gary Wolfe,  Justin Credible w/ Francine vs Diamond Dallas Page, and Balls Mahoney teaming with Axl Rotten against New Jack and Murder One.  Episode 2 entitled Violent Behavoir features Gary Wolfe vs Kevin Sullivan, Jasmin St Claire/Blue Meanie vs Missy Hyatt/Rockin Rebel, The ageless Terry Funk takes on Justin Credible, Sandman and Fonzie take on Sabu and Tod Gordon, and Blue Meanie Takes on Raven. Episode 3 entitled Hardcore Hatred features CW Anderson vs Steve Corino, Kid Kash vs Sabu, Balls Mahoney vs The Sandman and Nova vs Rob Van Dam. Finally, Episode 4 entitled Back Alley Destruction features Public Enemy vs Chris Chetti/Danny Doring, Little Guido vs Kid Kash,  Simon Diamond with Dawn Marie vs The Sandman with Missy Hyatt, Balls Mahoney vs Rob Van Dam, and Dusty Rhodes vs CW Anderson. Unfortunately some matches are clipped during a slow period of a match but doesn’t necessarily take much away from the overall product. Also worth noting is that there is some interview promo’s hyping certain matches as well.

Ive been a big fan of ECW and its stars for years, and in this day and age of wrestling where it seems that we’re all clamoring for that nostalgia factor (see DX’s constant reunion, Austin’s yearly appearances, and WWE’s documentary DVD sales figures) Wrestling Undergound is able to fill your need for the hardcore stars of the 90’s, and with a 12.99 price tag on Amazon, it would be hard to say that this is anything but a recommended buy .

Wrestling Undergound is available now on DVD, For more information you can check out the dvd profile at Infinity Entertainment Group website, via http://www.hepcatdistribution.com/prodDetail.cfm?item=IEG002048, and you can pick it up on amazon via http://www.amazon.com/Wrestling-Underground-Not-Applicable/dp/B001DZOCLY, and to read my previous DVD reviews check out http://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 : Guest Booker with Jerry Jarrett : Rebooking WCW 2000

October 15, 2008

DVD Review : Guest Booker with Jerry Jarrett : Rebooking WCW 2000

Reviewed by : Steven Wilson of MainEventRadio.com

If there is one question that seemingly never gets old and has a million different logical answers, it’s what or who could of saved WCW in its dying days. In their latest DVD release, Kayfabe Commentaries once again looks at the end of WCW, this time with Jerry Jarrett at the helm of the Guest Booker series. Flashback to April 2000, WCW brings back Vince Russo, gives him the book, they clear the slate with a total reset and we all remember what enused, and although it’s been documented in the past that WCW was dead in the water at that point due to the corporate changes going on within the parent company AOL-Time Warner, notably documented in KC’s previous WCW themed DVD with Kevin Sullivan. However in the guest booker format, WCW gives Jerry Jarret the power instead of Russo and he attempts to revive the company in this DVD.

The opening third of the 90 minute feature focuses on establishing Jarrett’s booking policies and philosophies, such as looking at the balance of in ring action against promo’s or backstage skits. Jarrett also shares stories on how he was part of a group who attempted to purchase WCW at the time, and how WCW consistently used to contact him through the years to use him in various roles.

Moving into the actual booking part of the feature, Jarrett’s first move is to fire the entire roster advising them to chase their dream at a job in the WWE. An Unorthadox move to say the least, but he would footnote it with giving the opportunity to those who want to work within a new structure and possibly help rebuild a company to the point where they would make more money in the future. Jarrett also throws out all but the big 3 titles (World,Tag, US) He also allows those who were champion at the time (Sid, Harris Twins, Jeff Jarrett) to retain their belts instead of vacating them citing viewer loyalty. Jarrett then puts in motion long term feuds between Hogan/Sid, Harris’s/Harlem Heat, and Jeff Jarrett/Curt Hennig. Jarrett keeps it rather simple in terms of build and execution, which many may consider a thing of the past, while others have called for its return to return credibility to wrestling titles in this day and age.

The somewhat unique thing about this edition of the guest booker series is the guest doesn’t spend the majority of the time with explaining every little week to week thing, which had at times been a complaint from some viewers who found the features slow paced. In between the main chapters the behind the scene inserts provide for some of the most interesting moments of the DVD, specifically when the topic of TNA and Jerry’s relationship with his son Jeff and how it nearly brought him to his grave and why their relationship may never be the same.

You may have heard this topic addressed countless times in the past 7 years, but ultimately Jerry Jarrett is able to provide yet another intriguing answer to most debated upon question this decade. Even if you’ve found yourself somewhat burned out on the topic, this DVD is able to provide much more than just the hypothetical answer, thus a recommendation to just about every wrestling fan out there.

Guest Booker with Jerry Jarrett : Rebooking WCW 2000 is now available on DVD from Kayfabe Commentaries. For more information check out KayfabeCommentaries.com 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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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.

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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