Welcome back to the Phat Daily Column. The ratings are in, with some surprising results as well. Lots of news flying around as well with some of the WCW wrestlers signing the releases. Also on today's column, I have brought back a rare feature to the PDC, so enjoy. Enough small talk, on to the PDC!!!
-Also, Chris Benoit has finally signed the release to get his full release from WCW. What's next for him? Some say Japan, but I say the WWF. He would be crazy not to go there now, because the addition of him would really help pad the WWF roster. Benoit, however, is very well respected in Japan and it seems like his best move financially. That's Japan though. Not to knock Japan, as it has some fabulous wrestling promotions, but many American wrestlers prefer the US market for exposure. Benoit would go to the WWF to get that exposure, and slowly climb to the top. Besides, you don't know how bad I want to see a Chris Benoit vs. Steve Blackman match where the winner gets charisma.
-The thing that gets me is the ONLY clause for the two's releases. The clause states that they can't make any negative statements towards WCW. What the hell would WCW do if either one just did a shoot interview on how bad WCW was to them? Can they sue them for using negative comments toward them? Oh please. However, they SHOULD abide by it because WCW was very nice to give the wrestlers their FULL releases. That's enough where I would give some respect not to say anything.
-Some people are craving to know what happened to Bobby Duncum Jr. I could care less, as he was a great wrestler in my mind. Rest in peace Bobby. I just hope no critics jump all over wrestling for his death.
-From Calvin's report earlier, you saw that Terry Funk was released from the WWF. That's pretty classy of the WWF, as they could have busted WCW's balls for it the whole time. Many were saying that the WWF was using Funk to pressure WCW to release Flair, but in the end, it shows that the WWF can be nice at times too. They could have pressed legal action upon either Funk or WCW, but they didn't. WCW should one up that favor somehow, and maybe they did by giving the disgruntled "future of wrestling" their releases.
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One match I didn't expect to see on the tape was the actual match between Jerry Lawler and Andy Kaufman. I was shocked when I saw it, because I've never seen it before. I must say that seeing Andy act and how he was shouting in the interview in the back, that Jim Carrey did one hell of an acting job during the wrestling scenes. The whole tape had a bunch of wrestlers that I haven't seen in a while, like everyone's favorite, the Missing Link. They also featured many younger wrestlers at the time, like Ricky the Dragon Steamboat. They had the Flair match where he defeated Harley Race in the cage for the title, and the also had the most feared tag team at the time, the Road Warriors on the tape. Hawk had his odd mohawk puffed out. Classic.
My overall impression of this tape is that it was a great collection of great matches and features on certain wrestlers. PWI did a great job, but there is one concern. The WWF was up and coming in those days, and they only mentioned them once. I suppose the WWF was pricks then by not letting anyone use their footage like they do today. The whole tape was mainly classic NWA wrestling and World Class. My grade for this one is an
@That's it for today. I have Sting: Back in Black in hand, and ready to watch for the second Video review, as I'm hoping to bring it to you either Thursday or Friday. Hopefully. Well, that's all the goodies I have for you today. I'll be back tomorrow, bright and early again, to keep the ball rolling known as PDC. So just chill, till the next episode.
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