Wrestling Uncensored EP. 131 now online

Wrestling Uncensored Episode 131. Original air date: April 13, 2013. Hosted by Dave Simon and Johnny North.

This is a special international edition of Wrestling Uncensored featuring phone calls from around the world. Eric in Chicago, Andy in England and Niall in Ireland all joined Dave Simon to discuss the results from Wrestlemania 29.

Simon and North discussed the results of Wrestlemania 29 including Triple H’s win over Brock Lesnar, John Cena winning the WWE title from The Rock and The Undertaker defeating CM Punk.

Simon and North talked about Dolph Ziggler becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion, Fandango’s rise to prominence and the electric crowd for the most recent episode of WWE Monday Night Raw.

All this and much more pro wrestling on this 2-hour episode.

Wrestling Uncensored EP. 124

Wrestling Uncensored Episode 124. Original air date: February 23, 2013. Hosted by Dave Simon and Johnny North.

Simon and North discussed results from WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view including The Rock retaining the WWE title versus CM Punk and where John Cena and The Undertaker fit in their plans for Wrestlemania.

Simon and North talked about Jack Swagger’s recent arrest, his character causing controversy in the media and Swagger winning the Elimination Chamber to earn a World Heavyweight Title shot versus Alberto Del Rio at Wrestlemania.

Simon and North also discussed Team Hell No breaking up, Mark Henry v. Great Khali and Vince McMahon’s challenge to Paul Heyman from Raw.

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

WWE: WrestleMania XXVII 2-disc DVD review

The Rock made his triumphant return to WWE home video guest hosting WrestleMania XXVII and laying the smackdown on John Cena and The Miz causing havoc in the main event.

Starting off the biggest WWE show of the year, The Rock promised to ‘bring it’ and he did so by hitting on Eve Torres, a face-off with long-time rival Stone Cold Steve Austin, and using his authority along with his move set against Cena and Miz. Fair to say that The Rock’s larger than life presence made this year’s Mania special.

The Undertaker putting his 18-0 WrestleMania streak on the line against HHH in a No Holds Barred Match was clearly the match of the night. HHH and Taker put on an exciting display of showmanship, athleticism, and dramatic pauses. HHH brought his brutal side that night, violently hitting Taker with numerous chair shots even a shot that nailed Taker on the head. HHH made sure that no matter the result Taker will no longer be the same ever again.

Jersey Shore’s Snooki made her WWE in-ring debut in a six-person tag team match as she teamed with Trish Stratus and John Morrison against LayCool and Dolph Ziggler. Surprisingly, Snooki displayed some impressive maneuvers that included a cartwheel handspring back elbow. This bout included a bit of controversy backstage as Morrison gave Stratus ‘the cold shoulder’ as their team celebrated. WWE announcer Michael Cole made his singles in-ring debut against Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the guest referee. Almost every time Austin tries to talk audio is completely cut due to the amount he swears and WWE doing their best to keep their PG rating intact. Austin followed his own rules and raised hell like he usually does. This caused three announcers to go down allowing Jim Ross and Lawler to commentate on Taker-HHH, the six-person tag and Cena-Miz.

This is one of the rare WWE DVDs that has no extra content whatsoever. If you’re looking to watch the Hall-of-Fame ceremony, the United States Championship match between Sheamus and Daniel Bryan and quite a few more extras, you have to get the 3-disc Collector’s Edition. This edition only shows you the original broadcast that has been edited. Undertaker does not come out to Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave” just his WWE theme, HHH does not have Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” for his special Mania entrance, Cole against Lawler was edited down due to the finger salute from Austin to Cole.

The 2-disc set is only recommended for those that only want relive the WrestleMania XXVII event. With Edge’s last ever WWE match defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio, the return of WWE Attitude stars The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, JR returning to the announcers booth and quite possibly one of the last matches ever for The Undertaker, WrestleMania XXVII has so many historic moments all jam-packed into one night.

WWE: WrestleMania XXVII

Rated: PG

Distributed by Entertainment One

Released on May 10, 2011

Runtime of four hours

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WWE: WrestleMania XXVII full card

WWE Championship – John Cena VS. The Miz

No Holds Barred Match – Undertaker VS. HHH

World Heavyweight Championship Match – Edge VS. Alberto Del Rio

Jerry Lawler VS. Michael Cole with special guest referee Stone Cold Steve Austin

Rey Mysterio VS. Cody Rhodes

Randy Orton VS. CM Punk

Trish Stratus & Snooki & John Morrison VS. Dolph Ziggler and LayCool

The Corre VS. Big Show & Kane & Kofi Kingston & Santino Marella

WWE: The True Story of WrestleMania DVD review

The greatest sports entertainment spectacle for the last 27 years, created by World Wrestling Entertainment’s Chairman Vince McMahon Jr., is given an intriguing and emotionally charged two-hour origin documentary in The True Story of WrestleMania.

Along with two discs of a few classic WrestleMania matches over the years, this three-disc DVD set takes you back all the way to WrestleMania I and ending at 26. The people working behind the scenes at WWE back in the early 80’s and now in 2011 explain how the biggest gamble of McMahon’s career paid off in a big way.

McMahon explains how he wanted to monopolize the wrestling industry in the 80’s. In order to stand out from the other territorial federations, McMahon included celebrities along with his superstars. McMahon got the best talent at the time and made the biggest sports entertainment event at Madison Square Garden. WM1 was also the most watched event on closed circuit with over one million viewers. In a neat behind-the-scenes footage, McMahon is instructing Mean Gene Okerlund and Hulk Hogan that they need to clearly explain to the audience that it will only be watchable on closed circuit and not free access television.

While WM1 angered wrestling purists, the success and recognition WrestleMania received made it a draw to celebrities. The following year celebrities were calling to come and participate in the event. WM2 and III are highlighted next, but then there is a quick jump to WM23 due to being in Detroit along with III. Donald Trump’s involvement with WM23 flows nicely back into WM4 and WM5 as they were both held at Trump’s Palace. While the concept of WM4 is explained, the matches and WM5 are featured very quickly, unfortunately a few Manias end up this way.

The controversy surrounding the death threats towards Sgt. Slaughter, McMahon and their families around WM7 time is showcased with the ant-American segments Slaughter was in. For his contributions to WM1 through IX, Hogan is given a few minutes of praise for being the main attraction of Mania. While Hogan is criticized for his fear of Andre The Giant and winning the WWE Championship at WM9, not even the WWE superstars or McMahon deny how there was no WrestleMania without the Hulkster.

The ninth edition of Mania features a few never before seen footage of the making of the entire WM9 day. Footage of Bret Hart wanting to know where some Roman Coliseum girls are and the late Bam Bam Bigelow talking to an elephant are just a few of the neat exclusives shown. Exclusives the rest of the way are just from superstars past and present giving their thoughts on Manias and the Fan Axxess experience.

The documentary ends with a discussion on having Mania at the large open arenas or in the closed arenas and how the Undertaker’s streak has become a yearly attraction. The arena debate is interesting as not everyone likes to wrestle in front of a lot of people when the sound goes up as it does in the opened arenas. However, for some like Chris Jericho it does not feel like a Mania without over 50,000.

If you buy WWE DVDs, especially WrestleMania collections, you have probably seen all matches listed. The documentary is however a fun watch even if you already know almost everything discussed or know the secrets they reveal. The home video presentation done by WWE is beyond fantastic. Their production team did an amazing job capturing the thrills and excitement Manias have generated for nearly three decades. WWE perfectly executed the change in styles over the years with each Mania, not only in terms of their stage production, but in how WWE has evolved in the ring as well.

WWE: The True Story of WrestleMania

Entertainment One

Rated: PG

Released on Mar. 15, 2011

$29.50

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WWE: The True Story of WrestleMania DVD set listing

Disc 1:

The Beginning

WrestleMania is Born

New York, Chicago, Los Angeles

Bigger, Better, Badder !

Influencing a Generation

Battle of the Billionaires

Atlantic City Hotspot

O’ Canada

Hulkamania is WrestleMania

Emotionally Charged

Dream Match…Not a Reality

World’s Largest Toga Party

Back on Broadway

Axxess

Hall of Fame

New Generation

Baddest Man on the Planet

Celebrities

To the New Millennium

Seismic Shift

Mr. WrestleMania

The Crowd Effect

Living Out a Dream

The Music of Mania

Citrus Bowl

Preparing for the Moment

Greatest Match Ever?

Undefeated

The Legacy

Disc 2:

Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper & Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff
WrestleMania, 31st March, 1985

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage vs. Ricky ‘the Dragon’ Steamboat
WrestleMania III, 29th March, 1987

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
WrestleMania III, 29th March, 1987

Retirement Match
The Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage
WrestleMania VII, 24th March, 1991

Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania X, 20th March, 1994

Disc 3:

WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
WrestleMania XIV, 29th March, 1998

WWE Tag Team Championship – Triangle Ladder Match
The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge / Christian
WrestleMania 2000, 2nd April, 2000

Street Fight
Shane McMahon vs. Vince McMahon
WrestleMania X-Seven, 1st April, 2001

The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
WrestleMania X-8, 17th March, 2002

WWE Championship Match
Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar
WrestleMania XIX, 30th March, 2003

WWE Championship Match
John Cena vs. Triple H
WrestleMania 22, 2nd April, 2006

WWE: Elimination Chamber 2011 DVD review

The Rock made his triumphant return to World Wrestling Entertainment home video delivering a war of words against John Cena in the special features on the WWE: Elimination Chamber 2011 DVD.

A week before the last pay-per-view prior to WrestleMania, The Rock appeared on RAW to announce that he was going to guest host the biggest WWE event of the year. The Rock did not waste time stating his dislike for Cena dissing him while he was away from WWE. The Rock delivered classic and new material against Cena, who responded the following week on RAW with a freestyle rap against The Rock. WrestleMania is now a lot more intriguing thanks to this new storyline twist.

Canada’s own Trish Stratus also made her return to WWE, but it was at the Elimination Chamber event as she revealed her role on the new season of WWE’s Tough Enough show. Stratus did a hybrid of Booker T’s and The Rock’s catchphrases and delivered some Stratusfaction by saving Kelly Kelly from a beatdown from LayCool later on in the show.

Elimination Chamber starts off with a solid encounter between the no.1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, Alberto Del Rio, against the Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston in a non-title match. Del Rio showed an aggressive streak throughout the match that Kingston had difficulty keep up with at the start. However, once Kingston got an opening he seized it and unloaded his typical offence against Del Rio. Del Rio though delivered a stunning neckbreaker with Kingston caught in the top rope and finished off Kingston soon afterwards.

The first Elimination Chamber of the night saw Edge defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Rey Mysterio, Big Show, Kane, Drew McIntyre and Wade Barrett. Despite Edge having to start the match he was able to outlast all five other competitors to move on to the WrestleMania showdown with Del Rio. Edge started off battling Mysterio until the big men got involved and started throwing the superstars into the glass pods. Carnage reigned supreme until Mysterio and Edge teamed up to take out the giants. Mysterio jumping off the top of the cage and the abuse Barrett took going through multiple pods was merely the start of the chaos to come.

While Barrett had a rough night, his teammates from The Corre had a better time against the WWE Tag Team Champions Santino and Kozlov. Capturing their second tag team titles, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater continued their rise to fame in sports entertainment. The Miz also believed he continued his rise with a victory over WWE Hall-of-Famer Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. When Alex Riley was ejected to the backstage Lawler got a fair fight, but it was not enough to beat Miz. Miz now believes he lived up to the claim of the greatest of all the world champions.

The main event saw John Cena, CM Punk, John Morrison, R-Truth, Sheamus and Randy Orton battle for the last chance for a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania. Sheamus and Morrison stood out the most in this match, putting their bodies on the line countless times. This allowed for Orton to come in and dominate until Punk came in. When it came down to Cena and Punk, Punk was badly beaten with blood coming down his leg and some bruising on his back following an Attitude Adjustment on the steel floor.

WWE is clearly picking up momentum as WrestleMania draws near. The return of ‘Attitude Era’ stars has been a great mix to the current batch of WWE superstars. The Rock and Cena confrontation is one that fans have been waiting for a while now. The Elimination Chambers delivered the price of admission, and if you missed it live, well worth the price of the DVD.

WWE: Elimination Chamber 2011

Entertainment One

Rated PG

Released today Mar. 22, 2011

$24.59

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2011 card

Alberto Del Rio VS. Kofi Kingston

Edge Vs Kane Vs Rey Mysterio Vs Big Show Vs Wade Barrett Vs Drew McIntyre – World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber

Santino & Kozlov VS. The Corre – WWE Tag Team Championships

The Miz VS. Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler – WWE Championship

Sheamus Vs John Cena Vs CM Punk Vs John Morrison VS. R-Truth VS. Randy Orton – No.1 contender match for WWE Championship at WrestleMania

WWE: Bobby "The Brain" Heenan DVD review

Bobby Heenan is considered by his peers and his bosses to be the greatest professional wrestling manager, one of the funniest personalities to ever wrestle in the squared circle, and a brilliant colour commentator. Almost getting shot by a fan did not stop Heenan from being his ‘weasel-like’ character.

The last World Wrestling Entertainment DVD release of 2010, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, is a fun look back for WWE fans of the 80’s growing up hating Heenan and his wealth of talented wrestlers in his stable known as ‘The Heenan Family.’ Disc one contains a standard WWE documentary on Heenan’s career, memorable moments from his days managing, hilarious segments with Gorilla Monsoon, and the display of his sharp wit while commentating in WWE and World Championship Wrestling. Disc two features a couple of Heenan’s matches, commentary along with Gorilla Monsoon for the Royal Rumble ’92, and the commentary work he did at WrestleMania 17 for the Gimmick Battle Royal.

WWE did not put a lot of time into Heenan’s biography as 50 minutes is far too short for such an amazing talent. However, Heenan has lived an amazing life where he influenced a lot of wrestlers to become champions and is considered by Vincent Kennedy McMahon Jr. to be the best ever. The bio explains how he made his difficult route into pro wrestling and how he only went to WWE with the blessing of former World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel.

Throughout every organization Heenan showed that he put the business over his own image, as every evil deed he started ended up with him losing in the end. The clips of The Bobby Heenan Show are neat to see, but it’s disappointing there are no highlights from his show in the extras. His entire wCw run is considered a miserable time, although many fans of the 90’s best remember Heenan from wCw. His commentary there was comedy gold, but WWE almost completely ignores it.

Heenan is not interviewed for the biography, although he does have some comments in the extras. Heenan’s jokes about women can easily be taken the wrong way, especially by women who are sensitive about their weight. Heenan’s wife and sobbing daughter show how he is far from a sexist person in real life. Heenan’s partnership with Monsoon is showcased as arguably the greatest commentating duo ever in WWE, even Jerry Lawler admits Heenan and Monsoon are better than Jim Ross and Lawler.

The Heenan DVD set is one that will leaving you wanting more and hopefully this is only one of many Heenan DVDs to be released. If you’re a fan of WWE’s The World’s Greatest Wrestling Managers or preferred wrestling when there was no Monday Night RAW, Heenan was one of the best reasons to watch wrestling in that era.

WWE: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Rated: PG

Entertainment One

Released on Dec. 28, 2010

Disc 1 Documentary Chapters:

Chicago Root

Manage like a Wrestler

Orange Fire

Weasel Suit

Remembering AWA

Bright Lights, Big City

Heenan Family

WrestleMania

I Am Not a Weasel

Manager of Champions

Primetime

The Bobby Heenan Show

Commentating with Gorilla

Leaving WWE

WCW

Health Issues

Hall of Fame

Disc 1 Extras:

The Executioners

AWA Manager of the Year 1976
AWA All-Star Wrestling – 25th December, 1976

The Wrestling Bear

Centerfold

“Honey, I’m Home!”

The Other Weasel Suit

“I Am Not A Weasel”
Tuesday Night Titans – 2nd October, 1984

Bobby Heenan & Gorilla Monsoon go to Busch Gardens
Prime Time Wrestling – 12th December, 1988

Get Your Popcorn Ready

Golfing Tips with Bobby Heenan & “Mean” Gene Okerlund
Sterling Farms Golf Course – October 1991

Bobby’s Big Entrance
WrestleMania IX – 4th April, 1993

Gorilla Monsoon Fires Bobby Heenan
RAW – 6th December, 1993

The Humor of Bobby Heenan

A Farewell to Gorilla
Nitro – 11th October, 1999

The Wedding Eulogy

“Freakish Noises”
WrestleMania XX – 14th March, 2004

Bobby Heenan’s Induction into the WWE Hall of Fame
WWE Hall of Fame – 13th March, 2004

Disc 2:

Battle of the Managers
Bobby Heenan vs. Lord Alfred Hayes
AWA St. Paul, MN – 13th January, 1980

Weasel Suit Match
Bobby Heenan vs. Greg Gagne
AWA St. Paul, MN – 17th August, 1980

Handicap Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Heenan
AWA – St. Paul, MN – 2nd May, 1981

Bobby Heenan vs. Salvatore Bellomo
Madison Square Garden – 26th November, 1984

Weasel Suit Match
Bobby Heenan vs. Ultimate Warrior
WrestleFest `88 – 31st July, 1988

The Royal Rumble Match
Royal Rumble – 19th January, 1992
Commentary By: Bobby Heenan & Gorilla Monsoon

Gimmick Battle Royal
WrestleMania X7 – 1st April, 2001
Commentary By: Bobby Heenan & Gene Okerlund

WWE: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan DVD review

Bobby Heenan is considered by his peers and his bosses to be the greatest professional wrestling manager, one of the funniest personalities to ever wrestle in the squared circle, and a brilliant colour commentator. Almost getting shot by a fan did not stop Heenan from being his ‘weasel-like’ character.

The last World Wrestling Entertainment DVD release of 2010, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, is a fun look back for WWE fans of the 80’s growing up hating Heenan and his wealth of talented wrestlers in his stable known as ‘The Heenan Family.’ Disc one contains a standard WWE documentary on Heenan’s career, memorable moments from his days managing, hilarious segments with Gorilla Monsoon, and the display of his sharp wit while commentating in WWE and World Championship Wrestling. Disc two features a couple of Heenan’s matches, commentary along with Gorilla Monsoon for the Royal Rumble ’92, and the commentary work he did at WrestleMania 17 for the Gimmick Battle Royal.

WWE did not put a lot of time into Heenan’s biography as 50 minutes is far too short for such an amazing talent. However, Heenan has lived an amazing life where he influenced a lot of wrestlers to become champions and is considered by Vincent Kennedy McMahon Jr. to be the best ever. The bio explains how he made his difficult route into pro wrestling and how he only went to WWE with the blessing of former World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel.

Throughout every organization Heenan showed that he put the business over his own image, as every evil deed he started ended up with him losing in the end. The clips of The Bobby Heenan Show are neat to see, but it’s disappointing there are no highlights from his show in the extras. His entire wCw run is considered a miserable time, although many fans of the 90’s best remember Heenan from wCw. His commentary there was comedy gold, but WWE almost completely ignores it.

Heenan is not interviewed for the biography, although he does have some comments in the extras. Heenan’s jokes about women can easily be taken the wrong way, especially by women who are sensitive about their weight. Heenan’s wife and sobbing daughter show how he is far from a sexist person in real life. Heenan’s partnership with Monsoon is showcased as arguably the greatest commentating duo ever in WWE, even Jerry Lawler admits Heenan and Monsoon are better than Jim Ross and Lawler.

The Heenan DVD set is one that will leaving you wanting more and hopefully this is only one of many Heenan DVDs to be released. If you’re a fan of WWE’s The World’s Greatest Wrestling Managers or preferred wrestling when there was no Monday Night RAW, Heenan was one of the best reasons to watch wrestling in that era.

WWE: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Rated: PG

Entertainment One

Released on Dec. 28, 2010

Disc 1 Documentary Chapters:

Chicago Root

Manage like a Wrestler

Orange Fire

Weasel Suit

Remembering AWA

Bright Lights, Big City

Heenan Family

WrestleMania

I Am Not a Weasel

Manager of Champions

Primetime

The Bobby Heenan Show

Commentating with Gorilla

Leaving WWE

WCW

Health Issues

Hall of Fame

Disc 1 Extras:

The Executioners

AWA Manager of the Year 1976
AWA All-Star Wrestling – 25th December, 1976

The Wrestling Bear

Centerfold

“Honey, I’m Home!”

The Other Weasel Suit

“I Am Not A Weasel”
Tuesday Night Titans – 2nd October, 1984

Bobby Heenan & Gorilla Monsoon go to Busch Gardens
Prime Time Wrestling – 12th December, 1988

Get Your Popcorn Ready

Golfing Tips with Bobby Heenan & “Mean” Gene Okerlund
Sterling Farms Golf Course – October 1991

Bobby’s Big Entrance
WrestleMania IX – 4th April, 1993

Gorilla Monsoon Fires Bobby Heenan
RAW – 6th December, 1993

The Humor of Bobby Heenan

A Farewell to Gorilla
Nitro – 11th October, 1999

The Wedding Eulogy

“Freakish Noises”
WrestleMania XX – 14th March, 2004

Bobby Heenan’s Induction into the WWE Hall of Fame
WWE Hall of Fame – 13th March, 2004

Disc 2:

Battle of the Managers
Bobby Heenan vs. Lord Alfred Hayes
AWA St. Paul, MN – 13th January, 1980

Weasel Suit Match
Bobby Heenan vs. Greg Gagne
AWA St. Paul, MN – 17th August, 1980

Handicap Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Nick Bockwinkel & Bobby Heenan
AWA – St. Paul, MN – 2nd May, 1981

Bobby Heenan vs. Salvatore Bellomo
Madison Square Garden – 26th November, 1984

Weasel Suit Match
Bobby Heenan vs. Ultimate Warrior
WrestleFest `88 – 31st July, 1988

The Royal Rumble Match
Royal Rumble – 19th January, 1992
Commentary By: Bobby Heenan & Gorilla Monsoon

Gimmick Battle Royal
WrestleMania X7 – 1st April, 2001
Commentary By: Bobby Heenan & Gene Okerlund