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Wed, 5 July 2006
by: Killer App
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Here's my first review for Buttonhole and I'm as excited as Jerry Lawler at a child care centre! I get to write about wrestling and other things I love (and at last somebody might even listen)! Another of my goals in life has been reached. The only one left is to star in an episode of "Home and Away" as the flamin' mongrel who kills Alf.
Anyone that has been into wrestling for ages can tell you that the sport(s entertainment) is always changing. Sometimes for the better, other times for the worse. One of the things that used to be a vital part of wrestling, but you don't see much these days, is managers. Back in the olden days when I was just a little fella, wrestling managers were always a big part of the show. Guys like Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Jimmy Hart and Mr Fuji would lead their men to the ring and usually interfere in the match to help them get a victory (which the ref would never notice, because we all know wrestling referees are about as smart as Essendon supporters... sorry Sammy!). Sammy's note: Kicking a dude when he's down, how low can you get?!
Wrestling managers were usually very entertaining and could give great promos. One of their main roles was to be the "mouthpiece" for wrestlers who weren't so good at doing interviews. They could also add instant credibility for the guys they took under their wing; like anyone who joined the Brain's evil "Heenan Family" stable was instantly considered to be a threatening bad guy...except maybe the Brooklyn Brawler.
There are a few managers going around at the moment, like The Great Kali's little mate Daivari on Smackdown and the awesomeness of Armando Alejandro Estrrrrrrrrrrrrada on Raw, but it is nothing like it was back in the day. This here DVD, called World's Greatest Wrestling Managers, takes a look at some of the best managers ever, back when these men and women were a really big deal. Here's who is listed on the back of the DVD: Captain Lou Albano, Paul Bearer, "Classy" Freddie Blassie, Jim Cornette, Miss Elizabeth, Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, Paul Heyman, Sensational Sherri, Arnold Skaaland, Sunny and The Grand Wizard.
|Mr. Fuji = Legend |
There's a little bio on each of them, as well as various wrestlers (and some of the actual managers themselves) discussing what it takes to be a wrestling manager. The video of these legendary managers in their prime that plays throughout is fun to watch and a great trip down memory lane. The information is not very in depth though, so it is only really useful for younger or new wrestling fans that don't already know what made these managers great. Most the WWE DVDs that come out now have heaps of information and footage on them, but this one doesn't. What's on here is mostly good, there just is not enough of it. The running time listed on the case is 180 minutes and, with so many different people to talk about, that's not really enough time. Also, the DVD's "presenter", Todd Grisham is a total dickhead who should be shot. Sorry, but he really drives me up the wall.
There's some bonus footage on the DVD, like several manager promos and one of Bobby Heenan's "weasel suit matches" against Greg Gagne. Everyone really should check out the crazy "Fuji Vice" thing (starring Mr Fuji and Don Muraco) at least once in their life too. But there's really not much else to see. It seems like a bit of a wasted opportunity because there's so much more good stuff from all those managers that could have been included. Maybe they don't want to remind people how good managers used to be and that wrestling was better off with them around.
There's a real art to being a good wrestling manager and I am just one more long time wrestling fan that misses having them, so this DVD is a bit disappointing. They could have made something really awesome with the subject; a two or three disc set that really went into things in detail and was packed with all kinds of great footage. With The World's Greatest Wrestling Managers it seems like they've done the bare minimum and rushed it all together. It is like watching an episode of "Skithouse" - if you're lucky, you might laugh once or twice, but at the end you wonder why they bothered, if that was the best they could do. Unlike Skithouse though, Greatest Wrestling Managers is actually pretty good while it lasts and worth watching through once or twice, but there's not enough content for it to be worth buying. Renting it would be the best way to go.
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The Worlds Greatest Wrestling Managers is fun, but it could have been so much better. Not the usual extensive WWE DVD. Fans should rent it.