December 9, 2004
SLAM! Speaks: All I want for Christmas...
By SLAM! Wrestling staff
Ahh, the holiday season.
A time for family to get together and share quality time with one another. A time for freinds to sing and be joyous. A time for presents.
Yes, the kid in all of us looks forward to December more than any other time of the year. This is when we anxiously count down the days to Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Festivus (for the rest of us), waiting to rip open our packages and find the treasures inside.
Well, being that this is a wrestling site, the gang at SLAM! has gathered together for our holiday party, and over some egg nog, we shared our thoughts of what we wanted as a holiday gift with a wrestling theme.
Think about it -- we're never going to see bio DVDs for guys like Christian, Lance Storm or Owen Hart, and a second Chris Jericho DVD is not likely at this point. There was also a lot left off of the Chris Benoit release.
Imagine having all of your Canadian heroes together on one compilation. You could put Edge's haircut match vs. Kurt Angle on there, the rarely seen Bret vs. Ric Flair Saskatoon match, Jericho and Benoit vs. Triple H and Steve Austin, Storm vs. RVD, Owen against... well, anyone. Plus, throw in some of their early stuff from Stampede, Condello stuff, Smokey Mountain or ECW; the list goes on and on.
But on a more serious note, what would make my Christams season complete would the complete video library of Abdullah The Butcher along with Bruiser Brody. Because these two wrestled mostly for indies throughout the world, it is very difficult to get what seems even remotely close to a complete library.
Of these my current addiction is the popular Ring of Honor promotion on the East Coast. Simply put, it's some of the best wrestling I have seen in a long time with some of my current favorite wrestlers.
Thus, for the holidays I would love to have the entire Ring of Honor collection, from The Era of Honor begins featuring the classic Christopher Daniels vs. Low Ki vs. American Dragon match, to today when stars like Samoa Joe, CM Punk, Austin Aries and many others never fail to make me cheer from my living room.
Rhino or some other ambitious music company should collect up the various wrestling novelty records that have come out over the years (I personally volunteer to do the liner notes). You'd have one CD with Freddie Blassie's Pencil Neck Geek, Michael Hayes' Badstreet U.S.A., something from Adrian Street, maybe a song from the French albums by Vivian Vachon (or even Mad Dog Vachon), Jerry Lawler's Memphis, Tennessee plus, you can include a second CD of songs written by bands about wrestlers. The essential one here is The Cramps' The Crusher, about Milwaukee's finest wrestler. A sample of the lyrics: "Raid! Do the hammer lock, do the hammer lock, do the hammer lock, you turkey neck."
For the past few months, I've really become nostalgic for mid-'80s WWF stuff. I guess I'm just trying to recapture those fun memories of my youth, back when the product was fresh and exciting, the stories were inoffensive enough that a child could watch them yet compelling enough to keep adults watching and the backstage curtains were still tightly closed. Those figures represent that period of time perfectly.
So what wrestling item do you want for the holidays? A Xanta Clause figure? A CD of Santadust's greatest hits? Francine to show up at your front door holding mistletoe over her head? Shoot us an e-mail
and let us know. Keep in mind that your gift must be a physical object.