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TNA Wrestlings Greatest Moments – DVD Review

November 7, 2010   ·   0 Comments

DVD Review
TNA Wrestlings Greatest Moments
By Michael Campbell

If theres one thing that cannot be said about TNA, its that the promotion is dull. Theres always something wacky and outlandish on the cusp of happening. At its best, Impact!  Is unpredictable and all but guaranteed to provide a couple of belting collisions. That said, often such occurrences turn out to be utter drivel but not always. Over the past couple of years, theyve been particularly notable on the news-worthy radar. Moving to Monday Nights (and back again), handing over creative reigns to Hogan and Bischoff, bringing in the likes of Jeff Hardy, Rob Van Dam, and Ric Flair, 2010 in particular, has been huge.
But has it been genuinely good? And is this DVD release more than just a highlight reel of events that are still fresh in our head?

Whats on it?

Roughly speaking, the show is split into six portions, all of which are potentially broad in content, well bar one. They are: Hogans greatest TNA moments, Championships, Between the Ropes (basically clips of action from matches) Debuts, Best of the rest, and Fans Top Ten Moments. Supposedly, were covering 2007 until the present day, but in reality, an awful lot of the material here is from the past twelve months or so.
The choice of chapters is baffling, with the Between the Ropes portion seemingly unspecific and pointless, while stuff like a whole section on Hogan would have been better served split up through the entire show. Best of the Rest is random enough to actually summarise the entire DVD, while unsurprisingly, the best moments are simply those that show the better roster members doing what they do best in the ring.
This three-hour production starts out in odd style, with a run-down on Hogans debut in TNA, followed by the entire segment from Impact! In his interview discussing the deal, Hogan speaks in a semi-in-character jive, and generally talks nonsense. Joining TNA is plainly not the greatest moment of Hogans career. This chapter also includes the full encounter that saw Hogan team with Abyss to face Ric Flair and AJ Styles. Its an appalling match-up.  
Thus, the format of the release, is a random subject, introduced by the usual talking heads, followed by the incident/debut/match/subject itself. Its a solid enough structure, though one that offers up some unsatisfying conclusions. Dixie is always a pleasant subject, and interview segments with her and Mike Tenay are interesting, but like much of this material, they dont add up to much. Likewise, theres much discussion of the significance of events, but theyre followed by ridiculously abridged versions of the action. RVDs title win is shown via a highlight package accompanied by music, but obviously, this offers no perspective on the opinion of the match itself. Kurt Angles winning of all the gold at Hard Justice is covered, but all we actually see of it is the final moments of the turn. In doing this, TNA remove exactly the elements that fans enjoy about their show.
At the same time, much of the fan picked moments is worth watching. Ken Anderson vs. Kurt Angle in a steel cage was rousing entertainment, while the Olympic Heros earlier loss to Jay Lethal remains a thrill . The debut of RVD against Sting and fine title victory over AJ provided great moments, however ill-advised.  They also wisely remove the dismal post-match angle that saw Sting blast the newcomer
However grand some of these incident feel, I do feel that the majority would rather enjoy the full matches in question, even a wider selection of them, and thats what this compilation really lacks. Showcasing a bunch of title wins is also all well and good, but there is no context here, just an onslaught of clips and highlights, and its difficult to see exactly who that is supposed to appeal to.

Add to basket?

You could be forgiven for assuming this would be a stand-out release from TNA. Amongst the many frustrations and examples of incompetence, the group has occasionally given us genuinely thrilling moments. Some of the action here is truly stirring, but at other points its risible. Its also woefully unbalanced, with far too much emphasis on the past few months, and rubbish involvement from Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair flapping about with his knockers out.  Additionally, the frankly weird touch of having many (but not all) talking heads, speak in character, is unsettling. Its reminiscent of watching the Horsemen DVD, with everyone breaking Kayfabe, expect for Arn Anderson, who looked quite the fool. Here, the likes of AJ waffle about being the greatest in history, whilst doing his best Ric Flair impersonation, just doesnt cut it.
At the end of the day, TNA fans will want this DVD anyway, because it does contain many of their most important moments. However, more than enough of us dont particularly agree with all of those moments being great in the first place, (Hogan giving Abyss his HOF ringerm) and want nothing more than to forget them. Greatest Moments wont convert anyone then, but neither is it likely to disappoint enthusiasts.

Its much ado about nothing then. A poor companion piece to The Best of The Asylum Years release.

TNA Wrestlings Greatest Moments is available now from www.tnawrestling.com and all the usual retail stockists.

Thanks for taking the time to check this out. I welcome any and all feedback and  I can be contacted  at bazilalfonso@hotmail.com or can be found on Facebook.

Credit: Michael Campbell, The Wrestling Observer www.f4wonline.com


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