Wednesday, 3 November 2010

TNA Greatest Moments - DVD Review

It’s time to take a look at the latest DVD release from the folks at TNA, and this time they’re looking back at their recent history in Greatest Moments. But does this live up to it’s lofty billing.

The release features six chapters, beginning with…..

Chapter 1: Hulk Hogan’s Greatest Moments In TNA Wrestling
As the title suggests this segment looks at the brief tenure of TNA’s biggest acquisition, from the press conference at Madison Square Garden through to the events at Lockdown.

It’s the usual kind of stuff. Hogan stays in character throughout, ranting and raving at the screen in front of a black background, although it looked like he was sitting in front of a blue screen and they couldn’t decide what to put up behind him.

This segment also features Hogan’s in-ring return, teaming with Abyss against Ric Flair and A.J. Styles in one of the worst matches I’ve ever seen. There were times I thought that Flair and Hogan were moving in slow motion. A greatest moment? I think not.

Chapter 2: Championships
A more interesting segment that focused on some of the more memorable title victories, beginning with Kurt Angle becoming the first TNA World Champion through various wins for the likes of Gail Kim, Team 3D, A.J. Styles and more. No full matches here though.

Chapter 3: Between The Ropes
This segment looked at some of the in-ring actions, including the empty arena match between Sting and Kurt Angle, and the moment when Team 3D choke slammed Abyss through a flaming table, setting the monster alight. It rounds out with highlights of one of the best matches of 2009, the three-way involving A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels.

Chapter 4: TNA Wrestling Debuts
Whenever a WWE star heard the words future endeavours it’s pretty obvious where the biggest names will end up, and that’s what this segment is all about. It features the debuts of Taz, Booker T, Ric Flair, Ken Anderson and more. Basically the cast-offs talk about how great it is to work for TNA instead of “the other company”.

Chapter 5: Best Of The Rest
The longest chapter on the disc features things that don’t fit anywhere else.

It’s basically highlights from various backstage and in-ring segments from the past couple of years, such as the formation of Fortune, Mick Foley shaving Eric Bischoff’s hair, Jeff Jarrett hitting Bischoff with a guitar (which is misspelt on the caption), and the best thing on this disc, the verbal confrontation between Ric Flair and Jay Lethal.

Chapter 6: Top 10 Greatest Moments
The final chapter saw the fans voting on the top 10 moments from recent years, beginning with the classic encounter between Desmond Wolfe and Kurt Angle and moving on to….well, I’ll leave you hanging there.

In conclusion - I’m not really sure what to make of all of this. It’s over three hours long and features lots of match endings, ton of promos and only two full matches, Rob Van Dam’s squash job on Sting and the Hogan/Abyss/Flair/Styles debacle.

The talking head segments left me scratching mine at times. While some were made in character and were in full kayfabe mode others were made completely out of character.

So I don’t think I can give this the regular thumbs up. Overlong promos is one of the reasons I only watch the pay-per-views these days, and I’d probably have enjoyed this much more if they’d included full matches instead of highlights. This would only appeal to hardcore TNA fans. Sadly it didn’t appeal to me.

With thanks to the powers that be at TNA for supplying a copy of this release.

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