There are times when it feels great to be a wrestling fan. For months and months you watch as characters grow and develop. But then a dramatic situation comes along that makes you feel even better.
Held at the Hi-Fi Bar in Melbourne, Australia, this past November, Wrestlerock 14: Get In The Ring once again combines hard rocking, in the form of Guns ’N’ Roses tribute band Appetite For Destruction, with wrestling action, headlined by a match that was almost a year in the making, with Australia’s weapon of mass destruction Chris Knight renewing his heated rivalry with the man who put him on the shelf, tough as nails Wrestlerock Champion Jag.
This release features five matches, and although I’ve been highly impressed with Wrestlerock shows in the past, only three out of the five really floated my boat. Reluctant heel Carlo Canon’s match with perennial underdog Cletus was a great way to open the show, and Daniel Swagger’s bout with Slex also made for great viewing, but the Dowie Cup match between Temo member Bryan and Mad Dog did leave a little to be desired.
Then there’s the match featuring radio disc jockey Ian “Dicko” Dickson against mad bastard Krackerjak. While it’s commendable that Wrestlerock managed to get some mainstream publicity from the angle, I couldn’t help but think of Jay Leno’s trip into WCW territory a few years back. Granted, Dickson did well, but this match won’t go down as my favourite Krackerjak moment.
As for the main event, it’s a hard hitting affair between the two old rivals, and although the match itself is excellent, it’s what happened afterwards that really grabs your attention. It’s an event that came out of the blue, and could possibly go down as the greatest moment in Wrestlerock history.
There’s the usual DVD extras, in the form of a set from the aforementioned Appetite For Destruction, as well as highlight videos and more.
Wrestlerock 14 may not be the best DVD in this promotion’s short history, but it’s certainly the most dramatic, and that alone is worth the price of admission.
Rating: 4 stars
Extras: 3 stars