Thursday, 12 July 2007

FWA Vendetta 2005 Fan Slam - DVD Review

Last month, the Frontier Wrestling Alliance presented Vendetta 2005 at the Broxbourne Civic Hall, and just a few weeks after the event, Red Church Productions have released their DVD of the Vendetta Fan Slam, held before the show and featuring interviews with some of the company’s top stars.
Host by “Hardcore” John Atkins, the event has more of an informal press conference feeling than a fan convention feeling. First up, Atkins talks to Jonny Storm and Andy Simmons. Out of all the interviews here, this is probably the weakest on the DVD. It’s okay, but nowhere near as good as the others.

Atkins then talks to the American Dragon himself, Bryan Danielson. I’m a keen fan of Danielson’s work, and I was looking
forward to this section, what with it being my first Danielson interview. He certainly came across very well, and seemed more than willing to talk about recent happenings in his career, including recent rumours surrounding his retirement, and why he grew that damn beard!

Danielson was followed by the man who could represent Britain at the Olympics, if talking ever became a sport, FWA British Champion Alex Shane. It was refreshing to see Alex talk out of character about a wide range of subjects, including his current multiple title reigns, and the plans for the upcoming Universal Uproar show. Alex may have many critics, but there’s no denying the passion he has for the business.

The final interview of the day came from a veteran of the British scene, Robbie Brookside. The main focus of this segment centred around Robbie’s recent appearances during WWE’s tour a few months ago, and how he turned down their recent contract offer.

The sole extra on this DVD comes in the form of an interview with Chris Hero, held during the New Frontiers Fan Slam. This was the best interview of the entire collection. I’ve never really been a fan of Hero’s work, but her certainly came across very well here.

In conclusion - an entertaining DVD, but this may not be to everyone’s liking, particularly if you’re a fan of the numerous
shoot interviews series from the numerous companies that are trading at the moment. It’s good, but because of the
press conference feel to it, it will probably look a little dated if viewed in a few year’s time.