Falls Count Anywhere Competition

Once again, the good folks over at Silvervision have supplied us with more prizes for our loyal listeners. We have 3 copies to give away of the frankly brilliant Falls Count Anywhere collection.

For those interested in a trailer and review, check the review done by Angelina which is available here: http://dropkickradio.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/blu-ray-review-falls-count-anywhere/

To be in with a shot of winning, you just need to answer the following question.

At the St Valentines Massacre PPV in 1999, in which unusual place did the final pinfall take place?

a) Taxi

b) A Bin

c) Bank of the Mississipi River

Send your answers to Dropkickradio@hotmail.com with the subject heading “WWE Competition” by mid day on the 24th of September

Good luck!

Please note: Prizes can not be exchanged for any other prize or for monetary value. Our decision is final, and winners will be notified first thing in the afternoon of 24th of September

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Blu-Ray Review: Over The Limit 2012

Buy from Silvervision for £11.99

Review:

Continuing WWE’s year of outstanding Pay-Per-Views comes May’s offering. It begins in a strange fashion as the event starts immediately with an in-progress Battle Royal, not with the traditional video package and introduction from the commentators. This is different but not in a bad way, there’s something to be said for being thrust directly into the action, especially a multi-man match which has an important prize; The winner can choose whether to take on the Intercontinental Champion (Cody Rhodes) or the United States Champion (Santino Marella) later in the show. It spoils nothing to tell you that Christian wins and takes on Cody Rhodes later in the show, as the match is advertised in the Blu-Ray description. As with all Battle Royals, there are a handful of people who you believe have a chance of winning, padded out with a bunch of people who have zero chance of success, but it’s still fun nonetheless. I believed The Miz or Christian had the best chance of victory, as nobody else looked on their level, but I still had fun watching the hectic rumble.

The Battle Royal reaches it’s conclusion

The second match is as exciting as the first as the team of R-Truth and Kofi Kingston defend their Tag-Team Titles against Vickie Guerrero’s charges Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. This match contains all the enjoyment that you would expect from the four men involved and leads nicely into a feel-good Diva’s championship bout when Champion Beth Phoenix defends her title against a returning Layla. Layla really has improved during her year-long hiatus and this is one of the better Divas matches in some time. As Layla was a surprise entrant it becomes obvious that the crowd were expecting the return of the formidable Kharma and seem deflated that it wasn’t her, which is a real shame as Layla’s return was a genuine shock and also an impressive outing for the UK born Diva.

The Mexican Aristocrat shows his vicious side as he double-stomps Randy Orton to save Jericho (and the World Championship) from the pin in the exhilarating Fatal Four Way.

The second best match of the night is next as the World Heavyweight Championship is on the line in a Fatal-Four Way. The Champion Sheamus takes on three of the best in Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and long-time rival Alberto Del Rio in this scintillating encounter. On any other PPV this would have been the best match of the event but there’s no shame in taking the  second-prize to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. This is hard-hitting, relentless and at times technically beautiful as all four men bring their A-Game. Definitely one of my favourite PPV matches of the year thusfar and it is as exciting to watch the second or third time around.

I’m laughing as I upload this ridiculous photograph. Oh Miz…

The Miz takes on Brodus Clay in a throwaway match, however, The Miz dances like Michael Jackson in perhaps the most bizarre moment I have seen in some time, and honestly, is one of the reasons to watch this show as it hasn’t failed to be as hilarious or cringeworthy on repeat viewing (and I have watched it A LOT!) Which segues into the match that was set-up earlier in the evening as Battle Royal victor Christian chooses his opponent to be Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes. This match is, of course excellent, even if I didn’t agree with the result. Although Cody’s unwavering certainty that Captain Charisma will choose to take the ‘easy win’ over Santino as he sucks up to Christian backstage in a bid to save his title on such short notice is very amusing. Cody Rhodes is such a special talent. I hope WWE realise this and elevate him soon.

A picture-perfect dropkick from the “Uncommon Son of a Common Man” as Cody Rhodes defends his IC Title against Captain Charisma.

This is for the World Title, this should have been the main event, CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan is not only the match of the night but also a strong contender for WWE Match of the Year. If you were wavering on whether or not to purchase this disc then this is your decider, it is just fantastic. A technical masterclass by two of the best wrestlers in the world. These men are no strangers to each other from their time on the Independent circuit, and it shows. This is just a phenomenal match-up between two men who are at the top of their profession, a real joy to watch. Expect this to show up on many ‘Best of’ compilations for years to come, simply breathtaking.

Daniel Bryan applies a Mexican Surfboard to CM Punk in this amazing WWE Title Match

Ryback takes on Hunico’s amigo Camacho in a decent little bout which features more competition than Ryback’s usual  squash matches to calm down the crowd after what should have been the main event of the evening. I don’t envy the quasi-comedy match of John Cena vs John Laurinaitis having to follow that white-hot encounter between Punk and Bryan. The match is okay but is basically a timewaster or TV match and in no way should have headlined a Pay-per-View. The finish was obvious from the moment that John Laurinaitis fired The Big Show on the previous Monday’s Raw and the stipulation was pointless. It’s enough of a distraction to not put a dampener on the night’s festivities, but it has no re-watch value.

Hunico tries to help his friend in his outing against Ryback

The Blu-Ray exclusive features include an incomplete episode of Monday Night Raw and a match and segment from Smackdown. All of these releases should include at least one complete episode of each show to show you what led to the PPV and, ideally, the follow-up episodes of Raw and Smackdown from the week following the PPV to see what the fall-out was. For £17 (£12 on sale here) it could stretch to two discs to include these features and it would make it more appealing to me and I suspect, others too.

The two Johns take time out to do a touch of commentary in a genuinely funny comedy spot in their match.

All in all this release deserves: 8/10

Contents:

20-Man People Power Over the Top Rope Battle Royal

Open

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler

Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins receive their assignments from Eve

Divas Championship Match
Layla vs. Beth Phoenix

Matt Striker Interviews Randy Orton

Fatal 4-Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton

Eve and Cody Rhodes discuss People Power

Brodus Clay vs. The Miz

Intercontinental Championship Match
Cody Rhodes vs. Christian

Josh Mathews Interviews CM Punk

WWE Championship Match
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan

Eve and David Otunga discuss the main event

Ryback vs. Camacho

John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis

Special Feature

Home Video Exclusive
Matt Striker Interviews Sheamus
Over The Limit – 20th May, 2012

Blu-ray Exclusive Content

Monday Night Raw 14th May, 2012
Triple H addresses Brock Lesnar

Big Show vs. Kane

Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. The Miz, Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger

John Cena confronts John Laurinaitis

SmackDown 18th May, 2012
John Laurinaitis disagrees with The Board of Directors

CM Punk vs. Kane

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Blu Ray Review: Falls Count Anywhere

 

 

Buy it from Silvervision for £22.99

Review:

Presented by the amiable and always entertaining Mick Foley, this set kicks off in style with the former Cactus Jack explaining to us in his own silly style just what the term ‘Falls Count Anywhere’ will encompass in this DVD. He also tells us he is wearing casual dress slacks, and as such is a corporate sell-out, which is adorable (this isn’t the last we hear of his discomfort in wearing this garment) and it is moments like this that help this release give the fun (and often brutal) feeling that it has obviously set out to deliver.

Mick Foley presents a Cactus Jack Match. BANG! BANG!

Much like the UFC “Ultimate Knockouts” series, which is pure beer, pizza and buddy viewing, I think this was the intended audience for this set too. It really does have that dip in and out, frenetic pace which works so well as Saturday Night viewing as these gimmick matches are often appealing to non-fans and never super-serious feud enders. They always have the dangerous yet fun factor so the presentation is perfect.

To say it is a fun disc set is in no way to suggest it is a thrown-together compilation. It is VERY well-researched and compiled. We begin with a long forgotten 1981 “Alley Fight” between Sgt. Slaughter and Pat Patterson. As usual the picture is 4:6 with the blurred borders, but it’s not distracting at all, actually a lot of the archive footage is shown this way and it’s not a problem. This match is old, but it stands up well next to the other matches and is a cool insight into how the match-style has progressed. I love when the WWE feature rarely seen matches on Home Video Releases, it’s such a great way to use their extensive archives as this footage is unavailable in any other DVD. The same can be said for the fun mixed person Atlanta Street Fight from Starrcade 1985, which is up next.

The Referee’s face tells the story.

After that we head straight into the Nineties, and are treated to an eclectic mix of WWE, WCW and ECW and the running order is fabulous. Not only is it served up chronologically but it’s also the madness of the Attitude Era and the pressure of the Monday Night Wars but also the threat of an upstart company doing things better (ECW) that mean the competition and realism is stepped up and the result is some fantastically crazy and brutal matches. Bam Bam Bigelow vs Taz is excellent, but even the pre-Attitude Era Crush vs Macho Man from Wrestlemania X is really enjoyable, and a lot cleverer than I recalled. Great bout.

Randy Savage, an innovator in many ways

There is honestly no match on this selection that isn’t worthy of it’s place and every match is so much different than the last. The Shane vs Vince Street fight is so engaging and along with his ‘Love her or leave her streetfight’ shows what a daredevil Shane McMahon really was.  The Divas are even represented with an amusing encounter between Mickie James and Melina. I think every base is covered here, and it is an absolute delight.

Even the Boss gets Brutal.

The set features a great deal of Smackdown and Raw matches too which goes along with my view on the old matches, it is exactly the correct usage of the WWE Library to showcase not only matches that are unavailable elsewhere, but also to show just how good their TV Matches are and can be. There’s not a single wasted moment on this Boxset and the segues with Mick Foley are just the icing on the cake. I cannot see how this could possibly be improved upon and I am so thrilled by WWE’s strong output recently, that for at least the third time in as many months I will give this Blu-Ray top marks, which is something I will never do lightly. The added BR features really add to an already packed release and feature some great and memorable encounters. I cannot wait to see what World Wrestling Entertainment has to spoil me with next.

10/10

Content:

Disc 1:

The Names May Vary

Alley Fight
Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter
Madison Square Garden – 4th May, 1981

Atlanta Street Fight
Jimmy Valiant & Ms. Atlanta Lively vs. Midnight Express
Starrcade – 28th November, 1985

Street Fight for the NWA Tag Team Championship
Doom vs. Barry Windham & Arn Anderson
Starrcade – 16th December, 1990

A Fresh Face

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Sting vs. Cactus Jack
Beach Blast – 20th June, 1992

Falls Count Anywhere Match
“Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Crush
WrestleMania X – 20th March, 1994

Windy City Mayhem

Chicago Street Fight
Booker T & Sting vs. The Road Warriors
Uncensored – 24th March, 1996

Chicago Street Fight
Ahmed Johnson & The Legion of Doom vs. Faarooq, Savio Vega & Crush
WrestleMania 13 – 23rd March, 1997

Street Fight
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret “Hit Man” Hart
Raw – 21st April, 1997

Disc 2:

Multiple Personalities

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Cactus Jack vs. Triple H
Raw – 22nd September, 1997

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Tazz vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
Heatwave – 2nd August, 1998

A Brand New Title

Hardcore Championship Match
Al Snow vs. Hardcore Holly
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre – 14th February, 1999

Fully Loaded Strap Match
The Rock vs. Triple H
Fully Loaded – 25th July, 1999

Love Her or Leave Her Greenwich Street Fight
Test vs. Shane McMahon
SummerSlam – 22nd August, 1999

Dictators on a Power Trip

WWE Championship Match
Big Show vs. Kane
Raw – 20th December, 1999

Hardcore Championship Match
Crash Holly vs. The Headbangers
SmackDown – 16th March, 2000

Street Fight
Mr. McMahon vs. Shane McMahon
Raw – 29th October, 2001

Street Fight
‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs. Mr. McMahon
Royal Rumble – 20th January, 2002

Disc 3:

Greatest Comeback Story

Unsanctioned Street Fight
Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H
SummerSlam – 25th August, 2002

Street Fight for the World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H vs. Kevin Nash
Insurrextion – 7th June, 2003

Inside the Divas’ Locker Room

Falls Count Anywhere Match for the WWE Women’s Championship
Melina vs. Mickie James
Raw – 5th March, 2007

Street Fight
Triple H vs. Umaga
Cyber Sunday – 28th October, 2007

Street Fight
John Cena vs. Umaga
Raw – 16th June, 2008

New Stars on the Rise

Submissions Count Anywhere Match
D-Generation X vs. Legacy
Breaking Point – 13th September, 2009

Street Fight
Rey Mysterio vs. Batista
SmackDown – 11th December, 2009

Street Fight
Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
SmackDown – 4th November, 2011

A Little Tidying Up

Blu-ray Exclusive Content

Boiler Room Brawl
Mankind vs. Santa Claus
Raw – 20th December, 1999

Street Fight
Triple H vs. Sheamus
Extreme Rules – 25th April, 2010

Falls Count Anywhere Match
Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
Extreme Rules – 1st May, 2011

Street Fight
Randy Orton vs. Kane
SmackDown – 22nd July, 2011

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WWE Over The Limit 2012 Trailer and Competition

It’s that time again everyone, as the lovely folks over at Silver Vision have been kind enough to supply you, the lovely listeners of Dropkick Radio, with some prizes. This time we have 2012 PPV event of Over The Limit, featuring a main event of John Laurinitis vs John Cena, with Laurinitis’ WWE career on the line, as well as a standout WWE Title match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.

We have 3 prizes of a DVD of this event, and the first lucky winner may even have a chance to upgrade to Blu Ray.

For your chance to win, just please answer the following:

Which year was the inaugural Over The Limit PPV in WWE?

A: 2008

B:2009

C:2010

D:2011 

Send your answers in to Dropkickradio@hotmail.com by the 17th of September for a chance at winning.  All prize decisions are final, there are no alternatives, and please make sure your DVD player is capable of playing region 2 DVD’s before you enter if you are outside of Europe.

Good Luck!

 

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DVD Review: WWE The 50 Greatest Finishing Moves in WWE History

Angelina once again provides us with a review of a title soon to be released in the UK. Please go and check it out. :)

DVD Review: WWE The 50 Greatest Finishing Moves in WWE History.

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COMPETITION!

In a joint venture from http://www.dropkickradio.com and http://www.luchareviews.wordpress.com, we would like to launch a great competition to win WWE DVDs. All you have to do is send your answer to the following question to DropkickRadio@hotmail.com.

First Prize:

WWE Wrestlemania 28 (3 Disc Set)

WWE Live in the UK 2012

WWE Elimination Chamber 2012

 

Second Prize:

WWE Wrestlemania 28

WWE Elimination Chamber 2012

 

Third Prize:

Wrestlemania 28

 

Question:

Which Mexican Legend was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 28?

a) El Santo

b) Mil Mascaras

c) Blue Demon

The winners will be drawn and contacted by 12pm (Gmt) on Monday 13th August)

GOOD LUCK!

 

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DVD Review – WWE Elimination Chamber 2012

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WWE Elimination Chamber

Released June 4th 2012.

Buy it here for just £10.99

Review:

The road to Wrestlemania is a tough trek, but it is not without it’s rewards. However, those prizes are deeply hidden. Thus is the concept of The Elimination Chamber. Whilst the last chance to enter Wrestlemania as World or WWE Champion is just a pinfall away, it is also only available at the steep cost of your health, inside ‘Satan’s Structure’. Six men enter the cage and four of those men are then locked inside bulletproof pods until their time to enter the fracas presents itself. Two men start the match and trapped inside an enormous metal cell, anything goes. But, you have to wonder, is it beneficial to begin the match and try to outlast five other opponents or is it in your favour to come out last and fresh, but by that time, you have watched the damage and danger your fellow competitiors have endured, and the claustrophobia and anxiety has set in.

With that in mind, it is time to watch the carnage unfold, as CM Punk and Daniel Bryan head into the Chamber as champions, and try to leave the same way.

We open the show with the WWE Championship Match. The Champion, CM Punk and high-flyer Kofi Kingston begin the contest in exciting fashion, once co-holders of the Tag Team Championships together and still fan favourites, these two men know each other well and their styles mesh beautifully in the outset of this match. Part of the fun of this match-type is watching how the guys in the pods react and interact to the action. Here CM Punk’s nemesis, Chris Jericho, is taunting Punk from behind his plexiglass and Dolph Ziggler is using his pod as a personal gym, there’s always something going on (R-Truth and The Miz round out the line-up). The main story of this match is Jericho taking a bump to the outside which leaves him incapacitated, but that is far from the only memorable part of this fast-paced and exhilarating bout and it is perhaps the best Chamber match in recent memory.

Dolph Ziggler doing what he does best, Showing Off.

The divas title is then defended in a regular match (The Elimination Chamber is only used for the WWE and World Heavyweight title matches) by Champion Beth Phoenix against Tamina Snuka. Although Tamina is somewhat an unknown quantity as far as PPV matches are concerned, she holds her own wonderfully against the dominant Glamazon, in a genuinely enjoyable Divas match. This should be the standard at which WWE demands from their female competitors if the Women’s title is to ever be taken seriously.

Next up is a break from the action with an amusing in-ring segment featuring John Laurinatis gathering support to usurp Teddy Long and become General Manager of both Raw and Smackdown. This features appearances from Mark Henry, Alberto del Rio and Christian returning from injury to show allegiance to Laurinaitis. This is fun but in retrospect it makes little sense because ADR didn’t return until after Wrestlemania, so wasn’t on Johnny’s team and Christian has since returned as a Fan Favourite who has gone against the opinions he holds here. Nevermind, we still get this visual:

David Otunga; Wrestler, Bow-Tie Enthusiast, Lawyer, Photographer…

Surprisingly, it is already time for the Smackdown Main Event as World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan defends his title against Santino Marella, The Great Khali, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes and Big Show. Interestingly, Bryan starts his Elimination Chamber at a greater advantage than his Raw counterpart as he begins his defense inside a pod. So it is the Giant and the Bareknuckle fighter who kick this match off with more of a fight than the previous Chamber match. Looking at the combatants in this bout may give you the feeling that this is a weaker match than the excellent encounter earlier in the night with two lumbering giants and a ‘comedy act’ but you’d be wrong, this is every bit as enthralling as this type of match promises and despite us following Marella in a number of Rocky style montages, he is all business once the bell rings and the crowd support for him is heartwarming.

The following match is good but had it just been added without the ridiculous preceding segment featuring a dwarf and a flatulent Diva, it would have felt so much better. Justin Gabriel and Jack Swagger tangle over the United States Championship in a great little impromptu match in a battle of the criminally underused talent. They both deserve so much more and such better treatment, I can only hope that the cream will rise to the top sooner rather than later. Skip the stupid segment and enjoy this on it’s own merits because it’s how it should be viewed.

Great Wrestlers who deserve better

The main event is next. An Ambulance Match between Kane and John Cena. Can I just reiterate, the main event of the last PPV before Wrestlemania  28, entitled Elimination Chamber featuring box art of the ‘demonic structure’ is an Ambulance Match between two guys who aren’t even champions. Yes, that happened. The point of this match is to incapacitate your opponent and stuff him into the back of an Ambulance. This is, of course, a no-holds barred match. For what it is, it is enjoyable enough, it harkens back to the feud that made this match necessary, which is a nice touch and has enough spectacle to keep your attention, it’s not Main Event-worthy though and certainly not to the calibre of the cage matches, but it doesn’t matter, it’s good enough to not annoy.

2012 is another strong year and Elimination Chamber keeps it’s momentum going. A great event which is worth buying for the Raw Match alone and it is at a ridiculously low price at Silvervision’s website. I’d recommend this highly. The video and sound are both excellent, as is the presentation, the only special feature is an interview with Daniel Bryan, which is amusing, but you’ll only watch once. A Blu-Ray is available too, which has much better extra features.

7/10

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