Thursday, April 30, 2015

Seven Levels of Hate

This outstanding documentary by Adam Pearce focuses on the feud between himself and Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana over the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and gives us a look behind the scenes at a turbulent time for the National Wrestling Alliance.

As with all my DVD reviews I’m not going to give away all the fine details for I fully believe you need to watch it for yourself, but I will summarize the highlights.

The documentary features extensive sit down interviews with “Scrap Iron” Adam Pearce, Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana, and Championship Wrestling from Hollywood promoter David Marquez.  It also features from comments from:
Robert Trobich – former NWA executive
Bill Behrens – former NWA executive
Fred Rubenstein – former NWA executive
Stu Stone – Manager The Family Stone, Championship Wrestling from Hollywood
Rick Knox – referee, CWH, PWG, and more
Angelo Trinidad – Ring Announcer CWH
Sheldon Goldberg – Promoter New England Championship Wrestling
Mick Karch & Ed Hellier – Promoters for Steel Domain Wrestling
Chris Couch – Promoter Metro Pro Wrestling
Jeff Manning – Promoter West Coast Wrestling Connection
Ben Gilbert – Promoter Warzone Wrestling, Australia
Dan Murphy – writer Pro Wrestling Illustrated
And others

In the beginning we learn that Colt Cabana and Adam Pearce grew up 17 miles away from each other near Chicago and have known of each other since their high school years.  Later they trained together at Steel  Domain and their careers crisscrossed each other since then.

Their feud began in the summer of 2010 at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood and culminated on March 6, 2011 with Colt Cabana winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and a fantastic match up. 

Then in a regrettable move, the NWA had Cabana lose the belt cold to The Sheik.  Pearce, Cabana, and other discuss why this happened and why they thought it was a mistake.   I’ve read online that some feel the Sheik bought his title reign then forgot that wrestling was a work and then didn’t want to lose it.  Ultimately the NWA stripped the Sheik of the championship and wanted to put the title back on Adam Pearce and essentially have Cabana and Pearce do their feud again. 

Pearce only agreed if Cabana was to get the title for a year as he felt Cabana was the man who was perfect to carry the company based on his following and fan base.  Initially Cabana was hesitant to agree to this because of what happened previously, but in the end he agreed. 

Their feud began anew this time with then teaming together for a time before Pearce turned on Cabana which led to their match on April 8, 2012 in Glendale, CA at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood where Cabana recaptured the NWA World Championship in another fantastic match. 

The rematch became the best of seven series entitled “7 Levels of Hate” with Adam Pearce vowing that he would leave the NWA forever if he didn’t best Cabana in the series.

As a wrestling fan when I first heard about this I was so excited.  This series between two of the best wrestlers in wrestling today for the coveted NWA World Heavyweight Championship was going to be nothing short of awesome, and it truly was!

Stage 1 May 13, 2012 First Blood Match, NWA Wrestling From Hollywood, Glendale, CA
                Winner: Colt Cabana

Stage 2 June 8, 2012 Boston Street Fight, New England Championship Wrestling, Bridgewater, MA
                Winner: Colt Cabana

Stage 3 July 7, 2012 I Quit Match, Steel Domain Wrestling, Hopkins, MN
                Winner Colt Cabana

Stage 4 July 21, 2012 Best 2 out of 3 Falls Match, Metro Pro Wrestling, Kansas City, KS
                Winner: Adam Pearce – NEW CHAMPION

Stage 5 August 18, 2012 Dog Collar Match, NECW Bridgewater, MA
                Winner: Adam Pearce

Stage 6 September 30, 2012 Texas Death Match, West Coast Wrestling Connection, Salem, OR
                Winner: Adam Pearce

Stage 7 October 27, 2012 Steel Cage Match, NWA Warzone Wrestling, Berwick, Victoria, Australia
                Winner: Colt Cabana

Stage 6 was set to take place on August 4, 2012 at NWA Legends Fan Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina and needed to be changed.  Stage 7 was to conclude at NWA Wrestling From Hollywood in Glendale, CA however the NWA had other things in mind.

Behinds to scenes in the NWA at this time it was quite turbulent.  In January of 2012 R. Bruce Tharpe filed a lawsuit against Rob Trobich and Pro Wrestling Organization LLC siting an insurance fraud claim.  For more details check out Mike Johnson’s article at PWInsider.

 During the series the lawsuit was settled with Tharpe gaining ownership of the NWA and all its entities.  They also switched the National Wrestling Alliance from having shareholding members to a promoters paying licensing fees to use the NWA name.

You’ll hear about how the new regime of the NWA did not want Colt Cabana to represent them as Champion, how they didn’t want to final match to take place at Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, how they tried to get Pearce to drop the title before the final match, and ultimately why the NWA announced that they would not be sanctioning the title match in the final stage of the “7 Levels of Hate.”  Witness the post-match fallout as Cabana and Pearce renounce the NWA leaving the belt in the ring as both men walk out.  It’s truly an amazing turn of events.

This is one of the finest wrestling documentaries I have ever watched and anyone who is a fan of not on the NWA but wrestling in general needs to watch it. 

This two disc set features the over 2 hour documentary, all 7 matches, the historic series aftermath, and backstage interviews and extras.  It is completely sold out on the official website 

I also cannot find it on the internet anywhere.  So if you locate this DVD don’t hesitate to buy it as you will not regret it!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Is the NWA World Championship still a premier Championship? Part 2


In May 2007 TNA ended their relationship withdrawing from the NWA and creating their own new World Heavyweight and Tag Team Championships.  TNA had brought the NWA national recognition by featuring the World Championship on their weekly show and monthly PPV’s.

According to the ELLBOW Productions documentary on the History of the National Wrestling Alliance, TNA was looking to renegotiate their deal with the NWA and it was unfavorable to the Alliance.  Also the NWA was looking to regain control of their championships once again, as the NWA World Champion under the TNA banner rarely if ever worked the smaller NWA promotion shows.

The NWA was at the highest peak visibility wise that they had been in 14 years thanks to TNA and they needed to work hard to keep that momentum going.  None of the NWA Promotions at that time had national television distribution however in 2007 with the capabilities of the internet and resources such as You Tube and Facebook it’s much easier to get yourself in the public eye than ever before.

With the Championships vacant the NWA announced their intention to crown a new World Heavyweight Champion with a 16 man tournament starting on June 2, 2007 and culminating with the final match on September 1, 2007.  The tournament featured 4 mini brackets where the winners would advance to the final bracket.  The called it “Reclaiming the Glory!”

Lou Thez Bracket
June 2nd Salyersville, KY            Brent Albright defeated Osamu Nishimura
June 9th Meza, AZ                       Fred Sampson defeated Glamour Boy Shane

June 30th Chula Vista, CA           Brent Albright defeated Fred Sampson

Terry Funk Bracket
June 16th Danvers, MA                Claudio Castagnoli defeated Pepper Parks
June 30th Lebanon, TN                 Sicodelico Jr. defeated Roughneck Ryan

July 21st Wallingford, CT             Claudio Castagnoli defeated Sicodelico Jr.

Jack Brisco Bracket
June 16th Vancouver, NC, CN       Bryan Danielson defeated Nelson Creed
June 30th Qunicy, MA                   Fergal Devitt defeated Mikey Nicholls

July 21st North Tonawanda, NY   Bryan Danielson defeated Fergal Devitt

Harley Race Bracket
June 2nd Cornelia, GA                   Chad Parham defeated Damian Wayne
June 2nd Lodi, NJ                           Adam Pearce defeated Aaron Aguilera

July 13th Covina, CA                     Adam Pearce defeated Chad Parham

Semi Finals
August 12th Charlotte, NC            Brent Albright defeated Claudio Castagnoli
August 18th Vancouver, BC, CN   Bryan Danielson defeated Adam Pearce

September 1st Bayamon, PR          Adam Pearce defeated Brent Albright

"Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce 5 time NWA World Champion

A week prior to the finals Bryan Danielson was injured in a match with Takeshi Morishima fracturing his orbital bone.  Danielson was unable to compete in the finals so the man he defeated Adam Pearce was placed in the match.  Danielson was made the special enforcer and ended up counting the pinfall after the referee was knocked out.  I remember watching the promo videos and all the hype when this first happened and I always got the feeling the Bryan Danielson was going to win the tournament

The NWA World Championship would remain in the public eye thanks to Adam Pearce working hard to keep the title relevant by being a touring champion and on June 7, 2008 Ring of Honor officially recognized the championship at their Respect Is Earned 2 PPV taping. 

Pearce would go one to defend the NWA World Championship at Battle for Supremacy in Dayton, OH on June 27, 2008 against ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness.  The match would end in disqualification when then NWA rule of no throwing your opponent over the top rope was enforced.

On August 2, 2008 at Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor VI event in New York City and culmination of a near year-long feud would take a new turn as Brent Albright would defeat Adam Pearce for the NWA World Championship.  The feud would end at ROH’s Glory By Honor VII in Philly when Pearce would capture his second championship on September 20, 2008. 

Brent Albright NWA World Champion 8/2/2008 - 9/20/2008

In the 16 months since the NWA World Championship left the national exposure of TNA, the NWA had done a great job in keeping it a premier championship.  After winning the tournament Adam Pearce would tour with the title, bring it to ROH and maintain an excellent feud with Brent Albright.  But then the NWA Board of Directors decided to put the championship on Blue Demon Jr. and the NWA World Championship lost all footing it had gained in recognition and relevance.

On October 25, 2008 in Mexico City Blue Demon Jr defeated Adam Pearce to win the NWA World Championship becoming the first Mexican and Masked Luchador to win the title, it is also the first time that the Championship changed hands in Mexico.  Blue Demon Jr. is the adopted son of Blue Demon a legendary Mexican luchador.  Blue Demon Jr. is an excellent wrestler having debuted in 1985 and headlined arenas all over Mexico.  I can see why putting the championship on Demon Jr. would be a way to jump start recognition of the Championship in Mexico, however, it was not worth the damage it did to its recognition in the United States.

Blue Demon Jr. NWA World Champion 10/2/2008 - 3/14/2010

Demon Jr. held the Championship for 505 days rarely making an appearance in the United States primarily competing in his own promotion NWA Mexico.  In my eyes this hurt the NWA World Championship because it was now essentially exclusive to Mexico.  Historically the NWA World Championship was always defended around the world but it always maintained its strongest presence in the United States, especially the Southern United States and now it wasn’t even being defended there.

On March 14, 2010 Adam Pearce defeated Phil Shatter and Blue Demon Jr. in an elimination match to win his 3rd NWA World Championship.  Pearce once again began touring as Champion to bring recognition back to the title in the United States. 

NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood promoted by Dave Marquez, premiered on KDOC-TV Los Angeles on September 17, 2010.  It is a 60 minute, multi-camera studio wrestling show that is crisp, has great production, and is a throw-back to old studio wrestling days of Georgia Championship Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling.   This show is also available on the internet to watch. 

The NWA World Championship was prominently featured on the show and an excellent feud was built between Adam Pearce and Colt Cabana culminating in Cabana winning the NWA World Championship on March 6, 2011 on the show. 

Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana 2 time NWA World Champion

Forty eight short days later The Sheik defeated Cabana for the Championship in Jacksonville, FL.  There is a lot of controversy behind this title change.  It’s been said that The Sheik bought the title while others refute that.   Bill Behrens stated in the documentary “7 Levels of Hate” that Sheik winning the title was previously decided before Cabana winning the belt.

On July 11, 2011 the NWA stripped The Sheik of the Championship.  Much controversy surrounds this with many different versions of what really happened.  It’s been said that the Sheik didn’t know about the match or what his pay off would be.  That was refuted by the NWA stating that the date was known and that the pay for the Champion is a preset amount that has to be met by the promoter to book the Champion.  Others feel that Sheik didn’t want to lose as it would hurt his position in Zero-1 where he was getting a push.

The Sheik NWA World Champion 4/23/2011 - 7/11/2011

At the end of the day the Sheik was stripped and Adam Pearce started his 4th reign as champion defeating Jimmy Rave, Chance Prophet, & Shaun Tempers in a fatal four way match at the Ohio State Fair on July 31, 2011. 

According to Adam Pearce the NWA basically said we made a mistake let’s just redo the feud with you and Cabana.  When Cabana was approached about this he was hesitant to do it.  They had built a feud for 10 months to result in a short reign when Cabana was ready to take the title around the world using is already established reputation. 

 In my opinion as a fan you’re watching and following a great feud with Cabana and Pearce that meant something and then after it culminates in this exciting moment of Cabana winning is all for naught as 6 weeks later with no build or rhyme or reason you switch the championship to someone else, and there is no follow up after that.

Pearce had made a deal with the NWA that he would take the Championship but Cabana would get it back and have a year-long reign.  Eventually Cabana agreed and they started a program where Pearce saved Cabana and they teamed in a feud with Stu Stone and the Stone Family that eventually lead to Pearce turning on Cabana.  Then on April 8, 2012 Cabana defeated Adam Pearce for his second NWA World Championship.  


After the title win Cabana and Pearce entered into a Best of 7 Series called the 7 Levels of Hate.  As a wrestling fan this was so exciting to anticipate because each match was a special stipulation and it was going to take the NWA World Championship to a huge level of recognition as these two would battle across the country and around the world in this series.

The 7 Levels of Hate

Stage 1 May 13, 2012 First Blood Match, NWA Wrestling From Hollywood, Glendale, CA
                Winner: Colt Cabana

Stage 2 June 8, 2012 Boston Street Fight, New England Championship Wrestling, Bridgewater, MA
                Winner: Colt Cabana

Stage 3 July 7, 2012 I Quit Match, Steel Domain Wrestling, Hopkins, MN
                Winner Colt Cabana

Stage 4 July 21, 2012 Best 2 out of 3 Falls Match, Metro Pro Wrestling, Kansas City, KS
                Winner: Adam Pearce – NEW CHAMPION

Stage 5 August 18, 2012 Dog Collar Match, NECW, Bridgewater, MA
                Winner: Adam Pearce

Stage 6 September 30, 2012 Texas Death Match, West Coast Wrestling Connection, Salem, OR
                Winner: Adam Pearce

Stage 7 October 27, 2012 Steel Cage Match, NWA Warzone Wrestling, Berwick, Victoria, Australia
                Winner: Colt Cabana

Stage 6 was set to take place in at NWA Legends Fan Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina and needed to be changed.  Stage 7 was to conclude at NWA Wrestling From Hollywood in Glendale, CA however the NWA had other things in mind.

Rob Trobich
E. Bruce Tharpe

In the middle of this Series the law suit filed by R. Bruce Tharpe against Bob Trobich and Pro Wrestling Organization LLC was settled and the ownership of the NWA and all its entities were now in the control of a new LLC headed by Tharpe.  To read more about it follow this link to Mike Johnson’s article at PWInsider.  

According to the documentary “7 Levels of Hate” after Stage 6 Fred Rubenstein contact Adam Pearce and stated they were no longer interested in doing business with Colt Cabana. Another issue was after the lawsuit and the way the structure of the NWA changed Championship Wrestling from Hollywood withdrew from the NWA on September 9, 2012. 

Originally State 7 was to finish in Glendale, CA where it started, now that Championship Wrestling from Hollywood was no longer part of the NWA they didn’t want the match to happen there.  Eventually Ben Gilbert of NWA Warzone Wrestling in Australia agreed to host the final match.  To Pearce and Cabana this was good for the feud and for the NWA because now the “7 Levels of Hate” was going international and it would be the first time the NWA World Championship would change hands in Australia.

The NWA strongly objected to Cabana becoming the Champion and told Pearce to drop the title the first week of October while he was in Virginia.  Pearce refused for several reasons.  First he was already book on several shows as Champion including a show for new NWA head Bruce Tharpe.  Pearce felt that the other promoters had already spent money on advertising, paid for airfare and paid deposits to Pearce for his appearances.  Also the feud with Cabana had running for two years and to have Pearce drop the title cold to someone else made no sense. 

Pearce strongly felt that Cabana had to win this feud and deserved the be the NWA World Champion and that Cabana was the right man to lead the NWA especially considering his large following and fan base.  As it was their right, the NWA felt different.   It was agreed that the match would be a non-sanctioned match by the NWA and that it would no longer be for the title. 

All of these actions drove Pearce to want to leave the NWA and he decided that he would step down as Champion after the match with Cabana, and that’s exactly what he did.  Cabana won and Pearce said that Cabana was the rightful champion.  Cabana cut a promo basically saying the NWA was the past and he was the future and that he didn’t want it.  Pearce also stated that because he lost the match he would honor his agreement that if he lost he would leave the NWA forever and if Cabana didn’t want the title, then neither did he.  The both dropped the belt in the ring and left it. 

Fred Rubenstein
After the fallout the Vice-President of the NWA Fred Rubenstein went on the Kayfabe Radio show in November 2012 and said the reason the NWA would not sanction the match was because the promoter of NWA Warzone had not paid his licensing fee, even after he was given two extensions to pay it.  When R. Bruce Tharpe became the owner of the NWA they switched from having shareholding members to having licensees.   According to the documentary “7 Levels of Hate” a licensing fee had nothing to do with it.

Kahagas NWA World Champion 11/2/2012 - 3/16/2013

 The NWA quickly crowned a new champion in Kahagas on November 2, 2012 in Clayton, NJ when he won a multi-person elimination match.  Rob Conway won the title in San Antonio on March 16, 2013.  NJPW rejoined the NWA where currently R. Bruce Tharpe is a heel manger leading a faction of wrestlers representing the NWA at NJPW shows.   

Rob Conway 2 x NWA World Champion

Conway has had several matches in NJPW on their major cards defending the Championship in many high profile matches against Satoshi Koima, Manabu Nakanishi, and Jushin Thunder Liger while at the same time defending his title in the States. 

 Satoshi Kojima NWA World Champion 1/4/2014 - 6/2/2104
On January 4, 2014 at Wrestle Kingdom 8 Conway lost the Championship to Kojima.  Kojima successfully defended the title in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States before losing it back to Conway on June 2 in Las Vegas.

The current NWA World Champion is Hiroyoshi Tenzan having won the Championship on February 14, 2015 in Sendai Japan.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan NWA World Champion since 2/14/2015

The NWA World Heavyweight Championship has certainly suffered it’s up and downs over the years and while it is not currently being featured on a weekly nationally televised wrestling company in the United States it is still a very active championship and one only need to turn to the internet to keep up to date on it.  Most casual fans do not do that though, they look no further than what is fed them on television each week to get their wrestling fix.

I’m from Maine, in the Northeast the WWE has been king since 1963 and most casual fans aren’t familiar with anything that isn’t the WWE.  The NWA has always and will always been more highly regarded in the south and in Japan were in Japan professional wrestling is always held in a higher standing there than it is here in the United States, also Japan believes heavily in history and tradition. 

The basis of my tattoo
For a die-hard fan like my friends and I we watch good wrestling no matter who is producing it.  We follow it on the internet and social media.  We watch the shows on You Tube and buy the DVD’s.   When I think of the NWA I think of Ric Flair, I think of Jim Crockett promotions, I think of Georgia Championship Wrestling, Starrcade 1985 “I Quit” match with Tully Blanchard and Magnum TA inside the steel cage.  Hell, I have the NWA ring skirt logo tattooed on my arm because that to me is my favorite time of wrestling.

Magnum TA vs. Tully Blanchard "I Quit" Match for the NWA United States Championship Starrcade November 28, 1995

So the question is, is the NWA World Heavyweight Championship still a Premier Championship in wrestling?  When I started this I thought I already knew my answer which was no, not any more.  That answer though is why I started down this path writing this article.  I didn’t like that answer, I want the NWA World Championship to be highly regarded as a premier championship in wrestling.

The NWA is alive and well just not up here in the Northeast or in the whole country for that matter.  The NWA is highly active in the South East from Ohio/West Virginia down to Florida and Texas area and to those fans the NWA World Heavyweight Championship is THE premier championship. 

The NWA doesn’t need a national television deal to be a premier World Championship.  It only needs the fans that believe in it, the wrestlers that strive to compete for it, and the history that is behind it.  With this it will always be a premier World Championship, and that makes me very happy. 

On a personal note I would like to see the NWA start a YouTube show where the NWA Champion is featured weekly.  It doesn’t need to be a full hour of wrestling, just a 15 minute documentary style show like the Candice and Joey Show, Brian Myers Making Towns, or Kevin Steen’s Weekend Escapades that would show us what the Champion is doing, where he’s going, life on the road as champion. 

I think the NWA Champion needs to tour and hit every state in the country.  I don’t think the NWA World Championship has ever been defended in Maine, I think it should be.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Wrestling Isn't Wrestling

Growing up I was huge fan of Jon Landis movies, Kentucky Fried Movie, Three Amigos, Trading Places, Coming to America and more.  And now his son Max Landis has made my all-time favorite short film called Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling.

Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling is a 24 minute short film that was released on You Tube on March 16, 2015 and as of this posting has hit 1.5 million views.   It tells the story of the career of wrestler Triple H from 1995 to 2014 in a comical way with the wrestlers portrayed by women.  This was not done in a mocking way and in fact he states in a follow up post that it was girls to “divorce it visual from the iconography of wrestling.” 

Triple H even tweeted his endorsement.

Landis shows that he is truly a huge fan of wrestling and has been following it since he was a kid based on this presentation.

Making cameos in this is; John Morrison, Colt Cabana, Joey Ryan, Justin Roberts, Chris Hero, JTG, Shad Gaspard, Ryan Nemeth, Bill Goldberg, Frankie Kazarian, Becky Bayless, and Christopher Daniels.

Non-Wrestlers you may have recognized; David Arquette, Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage of Mythbusters, and Haley Joel Osment and others.

This is so entertaining you don’t even have to be a wrestling fan to watch it! 

So here it is:

Later Readers!

Colt Cabana's Wrestling Road Diaries

 It’s not a mystery that Colt Cabana is one of my favorite wrestlers between is in ring ability and how entertaining he is with his podcast and you tube series it’s hard not being a fan.  In 2011 he released “Wrestling Road Diaries” and I reviewed the documentary back in 2011 and have included that review below.  In 2014 he released “Wrestling Road Diaries Too” and I figured it’s about time I put up my review for that one too.

This time around we have former WWE Superstars; Cliff Compton a former WWE Tag Team Champion as Domino of Deuce & Domino fame and Luke Gallow aka The Big LG aka Festus aka Doc Gallows aka Sex Ferguson, the aka’s could go one forever. 

These two documentaries couldn’t be more different in style, look, and content, but they are both amazing and are must haves!  I paid the extra $5 for both editions to get the Bonus disc with deleted scenes and in the case of “Too” a video of the live Art of Wrestling podcast they recorded at the end of the journey. 

At the beginning Gallows is picked up at the airport making a grand entrance being pushed in a wheelchair wearing purple tights with a star on the crotch and his satin Ribera Steakhouse Jacket.  He had just recently torn his groin muscle but didn’t want to miss his bookings.

The trio travel from town to town showing us how life on the road can be exciting and yet monotonous as at times there is a lot of just waiting for the show to start.  They talk candidly about their experiences and disappointments when working for the WWE.  Colt opens up about it a lot more than the first Road Diaries which he filmed just after his release.   They discuss what it takes to make a living in wrestling not being in WWE. 

We also get to see a side that one normally doesn’t when Gallows is forced to seek medical attention as his injury keeps getting worse.  It’s one of the nastiest bruises I have ever seen. 

The comradery between the three is amazing as is what they do to entertain themselves.

I really don’t want to give away too much because I think you just need to buy it and watch it for yourself and just trust me that it’s wicked awesome and you won’t regret your purchase.  I’ve linked the trailers below a well as to Colt’s merchandise page where you can order them both with the bonus discs for only $40, saving $10. 

I look forward to his next installment and hope it doesn’t take as long for him to do this time.  It would be cool it Wrestling Road Diaries 3 showed us Colt on an international tour in Japan or Europe.

Later Readers! 



Wrestling Road Diaries

Filmed              fall 2009
Release Date    3/21/2011
Run time           02:40:30

Featuring: Colt Cabana, Bryan Danielson, & Sal Rinauro

Also Featuring a 100 or so Independent Wrestlers, some you will know others you won't. 

I pre-ordered Wrestling Road Diaries based on the trailer and teaser I saw on you tube and because I am a fan of Colt Cabana & Daniel Bryan/Bryan Danielson.  There have been so many documentaries on wrestling of the last couple of years that have never been released on DVD ( Hard Knocks, Bloodstained Memoirs, Card Subject to Change and more) and I’m glad to see this one made it. 

I ordered the DVD plus paid the $5 extra to get the bonus disc with over and hour of additional footage.  I received my movie on Thursday March 24th in a plain unmarked envelope like I was ordering porn or something.  The DVD insert was signed by Cabana & Danielson.  The image above is the paper insert and the disc itself is screen printed.  The bonus disc is a plain disc with no writing or markings of any kind.  It came in a white sleeve with “bonus” written on the sleeve and it is just placed in the case.  Clearly that $5 is 95% profit. 

I watched the feature that evening and that is what this review is on.  I will do a write up on the bonus disc once I watch it. 

The primary focus of the feature is a 10 day tour the trio embarked on in September 2009 after Danielson was offered a contract with the WWE.  It also highlights the final Ring of Honor shows that Danielson worked September 25th & 26th in Boston & New York. 

This documentary, over anything I have ever seen or heard of, truly shows that heart and dedication one must have to make it as an independent wrestler.  Starting from a HD Net television taping at a packed The Arena in Philadelphia to barley attended event in Connecticut they show the trials and tribulations of independent wrestling.

The friendship between the three is evident based on the thousands of miles driven and the accommodations stayed at.  The candid comments and behind the scenes footage gives insight to independent shows of every level and how they each approach and feel about their style of professional wrestling.  You also see a personal side that you would only see if you knew them and spent time with them. 

The only negative item of note is that at times the audio is difficult to make out.  It appears as though the only microphone used during filming is the one attached to the camera.  So if they were to far away or looking away from the camera the dialogue is faint, however this is less than 3% for the film.

This is a must buy for any wrestling fan not just fans of Cabana and Danielson or fans of only WWE or TNA, but for all fans of professional wrestling.

So use one of the links below and buy a copy, you won’t regret it.  Not to mention Colt could use the money to fix the giant crack in his windshield.

Later Readers!