ECW!!! ECW!!! ECW!!!
Three letters, one simple message: dedication to one of the most extreme (pun intended) professional wrestling organizations in history (and yes, I am aware of CZW, or Combat Zone Wrestling, and also JCW, or Juggalo Championship Wrestling. And for the record, I hate the Insane Clown Posse! Deal with it!)
Before I get to the review, I do have a tiny confession: I really didn't watch ECW growing up. I was into WWF and WCW more. I look back and it made me wish I did see ECW back in the day.
Enough of my confession, let's get to the review. The main question is is the DVD worth watching? The answer is you bet it is! It's one of the best documentaries I've seen (no offense to the other documentaries I watched).
So what's the good? The first good is that it is uncensored, meaning the interviewees can curse and swear all they want. This DVD would've sucked if it was censored.
The next good thing is that it's 3 hours long. So it's 3 hours, big deal. It is a big deal (at least to me) because this gives those involved with the old ECW a chance to tell their tale of when they were with the company. I'm pretty sure they could've gone on longer, but I'm happy with 3 hours (better than nothing, right?)
The first mixed thing is that there are bonus matches. It's good because this gives the viewer who hasn't seen ECW before gets an opportunity (yes, I know that WWE Network has ECW pay per views). The bad is that one match really spoiled the bunch (won't tell you which match, though).
Is there anything bad about this DVD? Of course NOT! This DVD was such a huge success, that ECW One Night Stand was created, and to make things even better, the ORIGINAL ECW Alumni partook in this event!
On a scale of 1 to 5, this DVD gets a 5 out of 5! If you haven't seen this DVD, go see it NOW!!!
Survivor Series of 1989 took place on November 23 at the Rosemont Horizon (now known as the AllState Center). Like the previous two years, the emphasis is on survival and team work. We already saw two mediocre survivor series, so will this the be charm? The answer is sort of.
The teams this time around are even better than in the previous two Survivor Series. The roster was also well laid out and the rivalries complemented each other (to an extent).
Were the matches any good? Absolutely! While none of the matches really stood out, each one brought out their own unique charm.
Another positive was that the survivors of each match helped those who were new to the World Wrestling Federation help make a name for themselves, thus making their careers more memorable. The only exception being Rhodes and Beefcake (although the latter lasted longer in the WWF).
Now for the negatives. The first being that Zeus overworked his character (his "vulnerability" should've been carried over to Survivor Series). Another negative being that Tully Blanchard got fired for failing a drug test and Bobby Heenan took his place. Really?! I understand being fired for failing a drug test, but couldn't the WWF have come up with a better substitute than Heenan? I'm aware he's an awesome manager, but a wrestler? Not really.
On a scale of 1 to 5, this event gets a 3.5 out of 5. Check back in a few days for my next DVD review: The Rise and Fall of ECW.
Here's something I haven't done in a while: a pizza review (oh joy!) This time, I'm going to review Frechetta's pepperoni pizza and see if it can top the Garlic Bread pizza.
The first thing you'll notice is the size. The size isn't bad, but I just wished it could've been a little bit bigger. After all, a self rising crust should be bigger, and this one wasn't big enough (to be fair, I wasn't expecting New Yorker pizza size (anyone remember those from Pizza Hut?))
The next thing is the value. I paid nearly six dollars for this (prices WILL vary depending on what state you live in) and to me, that kind of price would get me two garlic bread pizzas and an awesome taste left in my mouth. Speaking of taste...
The taste of this pizza can be only described in one word: BLAND! You're not really getting any satisfying taste after a bite. Instead, you're really eating cheesy bread with a very slight hint of pizza sauce.
Does this make the worst pizza I've ever eaten? The answer is yes. This pizza is too pricey, not very tasty, and just isn't worth it.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this pizza a whole 1 out of 5. If I were you, stick with the Garlic Bread pizza. It's cheaper and tastier than this.
You know, I've been around the online game world for quite some time. I've seen my fair share of both fun and boring online games. Some with good service and some with bad (more on that later). But right now, with only about a month or so left, it's time for us to say goodbye to one of those...and thank goodness!
I'm sure you know what GFW stands for, so I'll leave it as an acronym. But for those who don't know what GFW stands for, it's really simple. It stands for Games for Windows. What is it? It's another online service provided by Microsoft. To put it in lament's terms, it's essentially a Windows version of Xbox Live.
I'm actually happy to hear that this service is going to be unplugged soon because this was a stupid idea to begin with. We already have plenty of online game services, and they're good. But where did GFW go so wrong? Hmm....well, let's see.
For starters, their DRM is terrible! From what little I know about GFW, the DRM wasn't executed very well. I've heard people had problems with the concept that you can only install a game a certain number of times (I know this is more frequent with SecuROM, more on that later) otherwise you'd have to call a specific number to either reset the key or get a new one (I'm not sure which. If someone can check on that, that would be great).
Another problem with GFW is that the connection can be cut unexpectedly (I personally didn't have too many problems with it, but that's only one person's opinion).
A third issue would be (Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition is a good example) is that you need two forms of online services. My question is why two? (That game uses both Steam and GFW). My point is that this game should NOT have both! In my opinion, I hope this game gets converted over to Steam.
I'm sure there's more, but this is just a start. With that said, let's say goodbye and good riddance to GFW and let Steam (and UPlay, and Origin, and ALL the other online services) live on!
The second annual SummerSlam took place on August 28, 1989 at the Meadowlands Arena in Eastern Rutherford, New Jersey. The main event was a tag team match between Hulk Hogan and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake against "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Zeus. It is safe to say that this event was WAY better than the previous year's event. How? Let's take a look at the good side first.
The first good about the event was the InterContinental match (which, in my opinion, should've been match 3 instead of 2). This match clearly outshines their WrestleMania V match by leaps and bounds, and with Ultimate Warrior getting the win, all the better.
The second good was the opening tag match between the Hart Foundation and the Brain Busters was also really good. My only gripe was that the tag titles weren't on the line, but whatever. The match was really fun to watch and the ending was well done.
The bad about the event was pretty much everything else, but where do I start? Oh, I know. How about the two six man tag matches. Both were really terrible and uninteresting to watch. And the ending to their respected matches? Don't ask!
The next bad about the event was having two REALLY bad matches back to back. While Ted DiBiase vs Jimmy Snuka was the lesser of two evils, I felt like that this match could've been better. And Greg Valentine vs Hercules? Ugh! This ranks up there with my least favorite match (at this point, as I'm confident I'm going to find a match that's even worse than this. Trust me!)
What about the main event? Was it good? Not really. Was it bad? No. This is something I like to call Neutral. I didn't like the match, but I also didn't hate it either. The ending was somewhat predictable, but I really liked how Miss Elizabeth showed she wasn't afraid of "Scary" Sherri.
On a scale of 1 to 5, this event gets a 3 out of 5. While this SummerSlam was better than the previous year, I feel like this is a sign of things to come (
Ken Kriho is a videographer, producer and director. He has a YouTube and Twitch channel (links at homepage). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.