Wrestling Uncensored EP. 164 now online

Wrestling Uncensored Episode 164. Original air date: December 7, 2013. Hosted by Dave Simon and Johnny North.

Simon and North discussed the contract signing between WWE champion John Cena and World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton on Raw for their Unified Championship match at WWE TLC.

Simon and North discussed the WWE Slammy awards and Shawn Michaels potentially handing out the Superstar of the Year Slammy to Daniel Bryan.

Simon and North talked about the return of Sin Cara, CM Punk versus The Shield and Big Show’s current direction.

All this and much more pro wrestling on this 1-hour episode.

Wrestling Uncensored EP. 144. Now online

Wrestling Uncensored Episode 144. Original air date: July 21, 2013. Hosted by Dave Simon and Johnny North.

Simon and North re-capped WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view including Randy Orton and Damien Sandow winning Money in the Bank briefcases and when they could potentially challenge for a title.

Simon and North discussed John Cena choosing Daniel Bryan as his opponent for Summerslam and the possibility of Daniel Bryan becoming WWE champion.

Simon and North talked about Dolph Ziggler versus Big E Langston, Rob Van Dam’s excellent match with Chris Jericho on Raw and the CM Punk-Brock Lesnar confrontation.

All this and much more pro wrestling on this 1-hour episode.

Wrestling Uncensored EP. 143: WWE Money in the Bank preview. Now online

Wrestling Uncensored Episode 143. Recorded July 11, 2013. Hosted by Dave Simon and Johnny North.

Simon and North previewed WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view on this episode and reviewed the latest episode of Monday Night Raw. Simon and North discussed Kane being attacked by the Wyatt Family and how it may effect his participation in the Money in the Bank All-Stars ladder match.

Simon and North talked about Sheamus and Daniel Bryan’s match on Raw, the strange conclusion to the Alberto Del Rio- Sin Cara match and Del Rio’s upcoming World title defense versus Dolph Ziggler.

All this and much more pro wrestling on this 1-hour episode.

WARNING: Language used on this show may be offensive to some listeners.

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WWE Money in the Bank.

Sunday July 14, 2013- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Cena (C) v. Mark Henry- WWE Championship match

Alberto Del Rio (C) v. Dolph Ziggler- World Heavyweight Championship match

CM Punk v. Daniel Bryan v. Christian v. Kane ** v. Randy Orton v. Sheamus v. Rob Van Dam- WWE Money in the Bank All-Stars Ladder match for a WWE Championship opportunit/ briefcase

Antonio Cesaro v. Jack Swagger v. Cody Rhodes v. Damien Sandow v. Wade Barrett v. Dean Ambrose v. Fandango- WWE Money in the Bank Ladder match for a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity/ briefcase

Curtis Axel (C) v. The Miz- Intercontinental Championship match

A.J. Lee (C) v. Kaitlyn- WWE Divas Championship match

Chris Jericho v. Ryback

Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins (C) v. The Usos- WWE Tag-Team Championship match ****

**Kane is advertised as being injured and questionable to participate after being attacked by The Wyatt Family on Raw

****pre-show match

WWE: Extreme Rules 2013 DVD review

erFormer UFC champion Brock Lesnar was locked inside a cage to end his rivalry with 13-time World Champion Triple H using The Game’s own sledgehammer against him to end Extreme Rules 2013.
Despite Lesnar’s fighting background he was on defence most of the match and without timely interference from Paul Heyman, Lesnar looked as if he was going to suffer another loss. The match was nowhere near the brutality level of their WrestleMania encounter, but it had impactful and hard-hitting moments. Not the best Lesnar match since his return, yet still more entertaining compared to their first encounter.
The WWE Championship Last Man Standing match between John Cena and Ryback also provided some explosive action, literally. Ryback sending Cena through the stage is a moment that will be remembered as an OMG stand-out. Lots of back and forth action between the two, making them appear even and leaving you with the likelihood that their rivalry is only beginning with this match.
In one of the last big matches of his decade-plus WWE career, Mark Henry fell to Sheamus in a Strap Match. Henry was been a monster tearing through most in his way, however, Sheamus and his Brogue Kick were the answer to stopping Henry from touching all four corners first. Again another back and forth affair but Sheamus used his speed advantage to get past Henry when he needed to.
This event was quite possibly the biggest one ever for The Shield as each member captured championship gold. Dean Ambrose won the U.S. Championship from Kofi Kingston and Rollins and Reigns defeated the long-reigning Tag Team Champions Team Hell No. Thanks to Tornado tag rules the tag match was exciting from start to finish.

Extreme Rules is usually one of the better pay-per-views and again this year it’s one of the better shows by WWE this year. The gimmick matches help, but you also get some decent non-extreme matches as well. Despite the PG-rating this presentation was definitely extreme.

WWE: Extreme Rules 2013

Rated PG

eOne Films

Run time of 180 minutes

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WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History DVD review

rivalriesBloodshed and a high volume of violence is the norm when watching WWE’s latest DVD release, The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History DVD exploring the vast history of classic wrestling feuds.

WWE, NWA, WCW, ECW, AWA, WCCW, rivalries from every federation is covered. Should have some made the list? Of course. Like the majority of WWE DVD releases of this nature, no ranking system or explanation for how this list came together. For all complaints about feuds not included in this 3-disc DVD set, send to http://www.wwe.com/help/contact-us/show-feedback

The DVD is hosted by new announcer Renee Young, who is playing a chemistry expert gimmick to go with the theme of how two opponents can make magic in and out of the ring. Albeit if this was a PG-rated DVD Young’s character would be appropriate, she even refers to the audience as kids. However, this a TV-14 production, there are graphic photos and highlights of some brutal confrontations. Mick Foley VS. Triple H was barbaric at times and not suitable for any children to watch. Bruiser Brody VS. Abdullah The Butcher only works in a mature setting unless you’re trying to give youths nightmares.

Now if you’re over the age of 14, a fan of the Attitude era, and enjoy uncensored raw footage, you’re going to find a lot of enjoyment in the over 7 hours presentation.

Not only is there violence, but an incredible history lesson throughout the eras in wrestling. Austin VS. McMahon, Hulk Hogan VS. Andre The Giant, Tommy Dreamer VS. Raven, some of the biggest drawing wars that took place in the ring are revisited. 13 matches are accompanied in this set, with great highflying action from Sabu against the Suplex Machine Tazz, to the battle of national wrestling champions with Kurt Angle against Brock Lesnar.

As long as you can look past the questionable list and take time to enjoy the entertainment provided you will see this release is well worth the purchase. The match selection is decently varied with some rare matches along with a few that hardcore DVD collectors have already. For the rich history it’s definitely worth watching once.

WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History

Rated TV-14

eOne Films

Run time of about 7.5 hours

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Match listing–

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
The War to Settle the Score • February 18, 1985

“I Quit” Steel Cage Match for the NWA United States Championship
Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A.
Starrcade • November 28, 1985

Bruiser Brody vs. Abdullah the Butcher
World Class Championship Wrestling • July, 1987

Badstreet Rules Match
Kevin & Kerry Von Erich vs. Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts
World Class Championship Wrestling • February, 1988

Hulk Hogan & “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase & Andre the Giant
SummerSlam • August 29, 1988

The Undertaker vs. Mankind

King of the Ring • June 23, 1996

Grudge Match

Tazz vs. Sabu
ECW Barely Legal • April 13, 1997

The Final Battle

Tommy Dreamer vs. Raven
ECW WrestlePalooza • June 6, 1997

“Winner Take All” Handicap Ladder Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon
King of the Ring • June 27, 1999

WWE Championship Match
Triple H vs. The Rock
Backlash • April 30, 2000

WWE Championship Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock
Rebellion • November 3, 2001

WWE Championship Match
Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar
SummerSlam • August 24, 2003

Steel Cage Match for the WWE Championship
John Cena vs. Edge
Raw • October 2, 2006

WWE: For All Mankind: The Life and Career of Mick Foley DVD review

foleyA 16-foot fall off a cell was only the start of extraordinaire pain for Mick Foley, he suffered a concussion, lost teeth, thumbtacks covering his body, in the end him and The Undertaker created one of the most barbaric matches in WWE history.

That defining moment is discussed in detail in WWE’s latest home video release, For All Mankind: The Life and Career of Mick Foley. From his peers to his bosses and a bonus commentary track Foley recorded with former Extreme Championship Wrestling voice Joey Styles, fans get a different take on the near 15-year match that is still considered one of the most memorable matches of all-time.

The two-hour plus documentary on disc one takes you through a decent portion of Foley’s wrestling career, his early beginnings, WCW, ECW, WWE, and his eventual retirement. Not every angle, moment, match or standout performance is covered because there are just far too many for a three-disc set. However, Foley did have an amazing career and what is covered is still intriguing and different as WWE for the first time ever had Foley’s friend Shane Douglas comment on Foley making it in the business and talking to his kids that are starting to grow up.

Match selection for this set is also unlike most releases as it features bouts that mostly have never been released on home video by WWE. There is his first WWE match against The British Bulldogs but this time provided with alternate commentary. Only shame is that there is only three bonus commentary tracks, but definitely must listen material. Styles and Foley making fun of Douglas and trying to talk about Foley struggle through his match with Undertaker is quality viewing.

WWE: For All Mankind: The Life and Career of Mick Foley

Rated TV-14

eOne Films

Run time of 6.5 hours

Released on Apr. 16, 2013

Disc 1

A Happy Story
Idyllic Childhood
Huge Fan
Training School
Working the Road
WCW
Sting
Vader
ECW & Japan
Mankind
Dude Love
Hell in a Cell
Mr. Socko
The Rock
Author
Triple H
Commissioner
Going Away
Randy Orton
Making a Difference
Edge
Retirement
Stand Up Comic
A Complete One-Off

Disc 2

Jack Foley / Les Thornton vs. The British Bulldogs
Superstars September 1986
Alternate Commentary: Mick Foley & Joey Styles

Cactus Jack / Gary Young vs. Scott Steiner / Billy Travis
AWA All Star Wrestling October 1988

Cactus Jack Manson vs. Brickhouse Brown
Wild West Wrestling April 1989

Cactus Jack vs. Keith Hart
Power Hour March 1990

Submit or Surrender Match
Cactus Jack vs. Sting
Power Hour November 1991

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Cactus Jack vs. Van Hammer
Clash of the Champions XVIII 21st January, 1992

Barbed Wire Match
Cactus Jack vs. Sandman
Ft. Lauderdale, FL May 1995

Cactus Jack vs. Shane Douglas
CyberSlam February 1996
Alternate Commentary: Mick Foley & Joey Styles

Mankind vs. Rocky Maivia
IYH: Cold Day in Hell 11th May, 1997

Mankind vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley
IYH: Canadian Stampede 6th July, 1997

Disc 3

Dude Love vs. Rocky Maivia
RAW 17th November, 1997

Hell in a Cell
Mankind vs. Undertaker
King of the Ring 28th June, 1998
Alternate Commentary: Mick Foley & Joey Styles

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Mankind / Kane vs. New Age Outlaws
RAW 13th July, 1998

WWE Championship Match
Mankind vs. The Rock
IYH: Rock Bottom 13th December, 1998

WWE Tag Team Championship
Mankind / The Rock vs. Triple H / Shane McMahon
SmackDown 2nd September, 1999

Mankind vs. Al Snow
SmackDown 16th December, 1999

Hell In A Cell – Retirement Match
Cactus Jack vs. Triple H
No Way Out 27th February, 2000

Wrestling Uncensored EP. 115 now online

Wrestling Uncensored Episode 115. Original recording date: December 20, 2012. Hosted by Dave Simon and Johnny North.

Simon and North discussed the results from WWE TLC including The Shield’s performance in their win over Team Hell No and Ryback and Big Show retaining his World title versus Sheamus in a Chairs match.

Simon and North also talked The Slammy awards on Raw and the return of the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair to the WWE.

Simon and North talked about Ryback’s victories over Antonio Cesaro on Raw and Smackdown, Tommy Dreamer’s return to the WWE and the debut of Big E Langston.

All this and much more pro wrestling on this 1-hour episode.

WWE: CM Punk Best in the World DVD review

CM Punk dropped a pipebomb of a promo that completely changed the landscape of the WWE and his own status as he went from on his way out with the company to WWE Champion.

Now for the first time WWE home video has released a 3-disc DVD set that includes a two-hour documentary on Punk’s wrestling career. Punk’s career is covered from his time wrestling in a makeshift ring, surprisingly IWA MidSouth and Ring of Honor, OVW, WWE’s version of ECW and finally on RAW and Smackdown.

Punk speaks on growing up as a punk kid, distant from his blood family, his friendship and matches with Colt Cabana and Chris Hero, and one of his greatest feuds in ROH with Samoa Joe. The format of the documentary follows the same as the Randy Orton: Evolution of a Predator DVD where a camera crew is following Punk around with flashbacks to his past.

Never before has WWE explored the depths of a beginning like they have with Punk. Footage of Punk’s IWA and ROH matches are shown and the moment Punk signed his first WWE contract in ROH is also shown. Also, while there is a lot of positive reaction to Punk by Paul Heyman, Lita, his close friends, there is also negative feedback on Punk as well. Michael Hayes openly talks about how Heyman overhypes guys he likes and stands by his decision not to give Punk the ECW Championship at ECW: December to Dismember. Current WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston, Curt Hawkins and others talk about their awkward first impression of Punk.

Despite the doubts on Punk, no one ever denies his determination and his belief in himself in being the best in the world. After two short World Heavyweight Championship reigns and getting pushed down the main event ladder by The Miz, Punk decided he had enough and was planning to leave WWE. A night of airing his grievances changed his outlook and direction completely.

Disc 2 and 3 contains a showcase of Punk starting in OVW, then in ECW, then as a mid-carder until finally in the main event championship matches, all hand-picked by Punk himself. For the first time WWE gives you exclusive content of matches as you get to see all the action of matches that go to commercial break.

Whether you like Punk or not, the story, the matches, and the special features all worth having. It’s rare WWE releases a DVD like this and they may never release anything like this again.

WWE: CM Punk Best in the World

Rated PG-14

eOne Films

Run time of 540 minutes

Released on Oct. 9, 2012

 

Disc 1

A New Day

Spaceboy

Backyard Fame

Taking to the Road

Launching Pad

Constantly Learning

Dark Cloud

Not The Prototype

Outcast Champion

Having Fun

A Challenge

Saving Society

Frustrated Beyond Belief

Hometown High-Pressured Situation

The MAN

Special Features

High School Sports

CM Punk – The Name

Scull Fracture

OVW vs. Albright

From Extra to Champion

December to Dismember

The Hat

“The Most Insulting Thing You Could Say To Me”

A Conversation with Liars

Title in the Fridge

Natalie’s T-Shirt

“Teenage Anarchist”

Disc 2

Finals Match in the OVW World Heavyweight Tournament
Brent Albright vs. CM Punk
OVW 3/1/06

CM Punk’s WWE in Ring Debut vs. Justin Credible
ECW 8/1/06

ECW Championship Last Chance Match
CM Punk vs. John Morrison
ECW 9/4/07

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Wrestlemania 24

World Tag Team Championship Match
CM Punk and Kofi Kingston vs. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase
RAW 10/27/08

No DQ Match for IC Championship
CM Punk vs. William Regal
RAW 1/19/09

Disc 3

TLC Match for World Heavyweight Championship
CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy
Summerslam 2009

CM Punk’s Hair vs. Rey Mysterio Joining SES
CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
Over the Limit 2010

WWE Championship Match
CM Punk vs. John Cena
Money in the Bank 2011

WWE Championship Match
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
Wrestlemania 28

WWE Championship Match
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Over the Limit 2012

Wrestling Uncensored EP. 102 now online

Wrestling Uncensored Episode 102. Original air date: September 22, 2012. Hosted by Dave Simon and Johnny North.

Simon and North discussed the results from WWE’s Night of Champions pay-per-view including Kane and Daniel Bryan becoming the new WWE tag team champions.

Simon and North talked about John Cena v. CM Punk ending in a draw and John Cena’s surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.

Simon and North discussed Sheamus once again defending the World Heavyweight Title versus Alberto Del Rio and who could be next for Sheamus.

All this and much more pro wrestling on this 1-hour episode.

WWE: Superstar Collection Kofi Kingston DVD review

The hi-flying excitement that Kofi Kingston brings to the ring makes him one of the most energetic and must-see talent in all of WWE, great career moments shown in Superstar Collection Kofi Kingston DVD.

The match that put Kingston in the spotlight and noticed by the WWE Universe in a big way was his match with Chris Jericho at Night of Champions 2008. Jericho had just started his feud with Shawn Michaels and was set to battle a mystery opponent, who happen to be Kingston with the IC Championship on the line. Jericho looked like he was going to score the victory until HBK made a distraction that allowed Kingston to nail his Trouble in Paradise finisher and score the biggest win of his WWE career. It was Kingston’s first championship win, but not his last.

Kingston winning the tag team titles with CM Punk against Legacy on RAW is the next match featured. A close back and forth encounter that Kingston used his aerial abilities to take care of Legacy’s back-up in order for Punk to score the win. The entire WrestleMania 25 Money In The Bank Ladder match is shown next. Kingston being innovative with walking with two ladders was one of many moments he had in the match.

Kingston’s attempt to get into the main event is the next match as he battled Randy Orton at TLC 2009. While Kingston showed a fighting spirit in the match, he was clearly out matched as Orton did not even need Legacy in order to defeat Kingston. Kingston winning the IC Championship again this time against Dolph Ziggler on Smackdown is the last match on the DVD.

Although the description on the back of the DVD states there are three ladder matches there is only one on the DVD. Regardless, considering this is the only DVD WWE has released on Kingston, it is the only opportunity for fans to watch some of the moments that helped build Kingston into a Superstar.

WWE: Superstar Collection Kofi Kingston

Rated PG

eOne Films

Run time of 90 minutes