Saturday, 15 September 2007

New Jack: Hardcore - DVD Review

Without a doubt the true highlight of last year’s “101 Reasons Not To Be A Pro Wrestler” was former ECW star New Jack, who came across as the most open and personable man in that particular documentary.
So it was no surprise that film maker Michael Moody sought out the man again for his latest wrestling documentary, New Jack: Hardcore.

In a series of segments that resemble shoot interviews, New Jack is given free reign to talk about his life and the wrestling business, and comes across even better in this outing.

New Jack talks openly about his time in ECW, of how great the company was, and what lead to it’s downfall, and how he rejected offers from both WCW and WWE out of loyalty. There’s also the story behind the birth of the Gangstas tag-team, which began in Smokey Mountain Wrestling, before really hitting the big time in ECW a few years later.

New Jack also talks openly about the most controversial incidents in his career. He goes into detail about the infamous Mass Transit incident in ECW. There’s also footage from a bout in 2004, a bout which resulted in New Jack being prosecuted for assault and attempted murder.

But perhaps the story everyone wants to know about is also here. New Jack talks about his infamous match with the ageing Gypsy Joe, how the 75 year-old grappler actually requested a hardcore match with him, and how the old man went into business for himself, refusing to sell, which is the reason New Jack beat down the old man, and the promoter stopped the match due to “unnecessary roughness”.

New Jack will not go down in history as the greatest wrestler ever. Indeed, some view him as the worst thing to ever happen to professional wrestling. But one thing is for sure - New Jack isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. He isn’t swayed by ego of the politics that have crept into every part of the professional wrestling business, and that’s what makes him so compelling to watch. New Jack doesn’t wear any masks. What you see is what you get.

With thanks to Michael Moody for supplying a copy of this DVD. For more information on this release, log onto

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