September 26, 2004
Latest Past, Present, and Future PPV more violent
By "BLOODTHIRSTY" BOB KAPUR - SLAM! Wrestling
With NWA-TNA's move from weekly to monthly Pay-Per-Views, they have had to abandon their low-price strategy. For some fans, ordering the occasional $10 show was a fairly inexpensive way to get their wrestling fix without breaking the bank. For those people, "Pro Wrestling Superstars: Past, Present, and Future" may be the answer. At only $5.99, the monthly hour-long shows offers a wide array of wrestling from various promotions featuring stars of tomorrow and the years gone by.
The next show of the series premieres on Viewers Choice Canada East and West on Tuesday, Sept 28, with two replays that night, and multiple replays the following Saturday. Toronto-based producer Aaron Weiss has once again compiled a number of solid matches which will cater to all sorts of tastes, ranging from extreme hardcore to classic old-school.
The first match features the legendary Bruiser Brody in a tag match with Dick Slater against the heel team of Jim Duggan and Bob Sweetan. For fans of history, this is a great opportunity to see Brody in action, as many people only know him by reputation, and have never seen the man behind the lore. It's also interesting to see Duggan play a bad guy, as most people only know him from his 2x4-wielding days in the WWE and WCW. The match itself is a solid tag-team affair, and all four men use their power moves and brawling ability in keeping the crowd interested in the story.
A modern-day tag match follows, which introduces a hard-core element to this edition of PWS. Wrestling madman Sabu teams up with Scott D'Amore (Team Canada's "coach" in NWA-TNA) against former WWE stars Cyrus and Terry Taylor in a table match. As is customary anytime Sabu is involved, it doesn't take long before the notch is turned up and somebody tastes the bad end of a chair or two. By the end of the match, though all four men are beaten up pretty bad, it's ECW's Simon Diamond that feels the worst, having been put through a table twice for interfering in the matchup. A fun match from Border City Wrestling featuring some of that promotion's (and NWA-TNA's) key players.
The "viewer discretion" warning before the third bout suggests that it will not be for the faint of heart. From Montreal's IWS promotion, this one pits Green Phantom and Sexy Eddy against The Arsenal and The Hard Core Ninja, in a death match. Highlights are shown from this brutal affair in which fluorescent light tubes are the primary weapon of choice. They are swung like baseball bats and smashed against heads; people are thrown onto huge bundles of them; and in one creative spot, one of the wrestlers duct tapes several of them onto his back and then hits his opponent with a front somersault senton, adding his weight to the crushing impact. Brutal! What's even more impressive than that -- and the use of other weapons like tables and garbage cans and even flaming panes of glass! -- is that throughout the encounter, the four still manage to insert some great high-impact wrestling moves into the mix. This is the second PWS show in a row that has included IWS matches, and based on the action I've seen thus far, I will have to make the trip east one day to see their stuff live and in person.
The main event is another from the Border City Wrestling library: Jerry Lynn goes up against Johnny Swinger in a 2-out-of-3 falls match, with each match having a separate gimmick: falls count anywhere for the first match; the second is a tables match; and the third is a no-DQ submission match. Lynn and Swinger are perhaps two of the most under-rated performers today, and this match really shows what they are capable of doing. They both are very technically versed, but they aren't afraid to turn up the extreme factor if they need to. The matches build off of each other, with solid psychology employed throughout the 20-minute-plus encounter, right up to the ending.
Weiss seems to have found a decent formula for "Pro Wrestling Superstars: Past, Present, and Future" -- offering entertaining wrestling at an affordable price. For those looking for their mid-week PPV action, this month's edition is a worthwhile purchase.
"Bloodthirsty" Bob Kapur has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 1999. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.