Saturday, 15 September 2007

GWF Brutes, Bumps & Bandages - DVD Review

In the early 1990’s a new wrestling promotion burst onto the scene, promising great things, including connections with wrestling promotions around the world. They held shows at the legendary Sportatorium in Dallas. However, things didn’t quite go to plan for the Global Wrestling Federation, although some great stars passed through their doors, as is evident in this release, Brutes, Bumps & Bandages.

Now, when I found out who some of the wrestlers were on this, I couldn’t believe my luck. Just look at this list;

The Patriot - who went on to challenge Bret Hart for the WWF title in 1997.

The Lightning Kid - Sean Waltman’s persona before he went on to great success in the WWF as The 1-2-3 Kid and X-Pac.

Jerry Lynn - the man who later went on to become ECW World and WWF Light-Heavyweight Champion.

The Handsome Stranger - Marcus “Buff” Bagwell’s first wrestling gimmick.

“Exotic” Adrian Street - a British wrestling legend if ever there was one.

Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy - one of the original Fabulous Freebirds.

Cactus Jack - Mick Foley’s first successful gimmick.

Scotty “The Body” Anthony - a pre-Raven Scott Levy, future ECW and NWA World Champion.

However, when I put this DVD-conversion into my player, I was instantly disappointed when I found out that this lasted just sixty minutes.

Which meant one thing - very limited highlights. In fact, highlights so brief that if you blinked you missed some of the action. For instance, a Cactus Jack v Terry Gordy match, which any reasonable fan would literally salivate at the prospect of watching, was given just over two minutes of highly clipped footage here.

And it was the same throughout this release. We saw the likes of perennial jobbers Black Bart and Barry Horrowitz on numerous occasions, while all we got from the Lightning Kid was a loaded boot kick to his opponent’s head.

In conclusion - disappointing to say the least. On paper this had the makings of a great release, but in reality it wasn’t worth the tape it was recorded on. If a company was to get hold of the old GWF footage, and if they released DVDs of full matches, with the talent the company used they’d have a sure fire hit on their hands, and they would have had a few years back if they’d treated this footage with a bit more respect.

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