Monday, 21 January 2008

Wrestlerock 7 - DVD Review

Having missed out on the best selling Wrestlerock 6, we’re finally making a belated return trip to Australia as we take a look at Wrestlerock 7, with Jag facing Mad Dog in the main event.

The show begins with Lazer arriving at the building, apparently upset at the events of Wrestlerock 6. Then, Julian James make the in-ring introductions, and announces that Wrestlerock Champion Karnish has been stripped of the title for pulling a no show, and proceeds to shoot on the former champion, saying that he’ll never work for Wrestlerock again.

On to the first match, with Lazer taking on American star Kennedy Kendrick. This one starts quickly, with Kendrick pulling off some good moves, before Lazer takes over with his faster-paced attack, and goes into full heel mode with his tactics, including several low blows. Kendrick came back well, but not even two of his neck breaker finisher could put him away, and in the end, it was Lazer with a TKO followed by an axe kick that finished the visitor off. Afterwards Lazer came back into the ring and delivered two more axe kicks to the back of Kendrick’s head, this time with a steel chair lying on the mat. Indeed if it hadn’t been for the intervention of Spike Steele, Lazer would have caused more damage. An explosive opener for the show here. Kendrick accounted for himself pretty well, and Lazer was great as always.

Tag-team action follows, with C & G Music Factory, Gino Gambino and Carlo Canon, taking on The Bastard Brothers, Krackerjack and Logan. Well, I guess it’s an original name, and Wrestlerock is aimed at the slightly older wrestling fan. Anyway….this was certainly an interesting match. This was the first time I’d seen Logan in action, and I was impressed. However, I was more impressed with Krackerjack. The mad sod just seems to get better every time I see him. So what we had here was a good little match, with Gino and Carlo clearly having problems getting along from the start, which led to Gino deserting his partner and leaving Carlo at the mercy of the Bastards, and even though Carlo put up a good fight, he didn’t really stand a chance against the two bigger men, eventually getting taken down with a Logan power bomb. Logan then slammed his own partner onto Carlo for the winning pin, and, as a show of respect, they raised Carlo’s arms in the air, praising him for his efforts. A good performance from three of the four in this one, with a great storyline throughout, so that’s two good matches in a row!

Back to singles action, as Brave Dave goes up against Spike Steele. Those of you who have read my previous Wrestlerock reviews will remember that Dave is the self-appointed spoiler of the company, a self-appointed censor, always trying to spoil everyone’s fun and tone down the brutality of some of the matches. Dave has his intern Joel Bateman along for company for this one. So what we have here is Dave’s old school kind of approach against Steele’s fast paced attacks, and although it had some good moments, this one just seemed to be lacking in a few places, and it did seem to drag at times. Eventually Steele got the win, after some miscommunication between Dave and Bateman. As Bateman stood on the ring apron holding a steel chair, Steele reversed the Irish whip and sent Dave crashing into the offending item. Then, after a hard forearm, Steele got the pin. Dave then chastised Bateman for his actions, and fired him, and then finding out that Bateman arranged for him to face Krackerjack in a hardcore match, much to the annoyance of the brave one. Not bad, but as I said, a little overlong and lacking in certain areas.

Before the main event, championship committee member Rohan Herbstreit comes into the ring and announces that the main event will now be for the vacant Wrestlerock title. So now it’s Jag facing Mad Dog for the Wrestlerock title, a match that begins before the introductions are even made as the two men come down the aisle brawling. For some reason Jag reminds me of eighties wrestling star Outlaw Ron Bass. Don’t ask my why. Now, as Rohan announced that there must be a winner in this match, it essentially became a no disqualification match, so although a barbed wire chair and a table were involved in this one, we also had some pretty good wrestling. This Jag guy made a good impression on this writer, and worked well against the Dog here. But the real drama came when the referee walked out of the match after Jag threw the Dog over the top rope and through a table, disgusted that he had lost all of his power during the match. This brought out Wrestlerock Sheriff Tony Russell Junior, taking over as referee, and after Mad Dog recovered and put Jag through a table, a simple roll up was all that was needed to get the Dog the title winning pin. Quite a simple way to end a dramatic match.

In conclusion - another tremendous show from the Wrestlerock guys here. Although the Dave/Steele match lacked in quality in some places, this was more than made up for by the other matches. I’m really becoming a fan of Lazer and Krackerjack, and if you live in Australia and you’re able to get to one of their shows, then do so. However, if you can’t, then get the DVDs instead. Either way you won’t be disappointed.

With thanks to Rohan Herbstreit for supplying a copy of this release. To find out more about Wrestlerock and to get a copy of this and the other DVD releases, visit www.wrestlerock.com. Remember folks, even though they’re based in Australia, they do ship overseas!!!!