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SLAM! Speaks: DVD me!
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




Over the next few months, WWE Home Video will be releasing a number of biography DVDs.

Following on the success of tributes to Ric Flair, Eddie Guererro, Chris Benoit, The Road Warriors and many others, WWE is putting a lot of their video resources towards single-focus compilations. Over the next while, The Undertaker, the Ultimate Warrior, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Bret Hart and Jake Roberts will be immortalized in DVD format, with word continuing to spread that Dusty Rhodes and Four Horsemen DVDs are in the planning stages.

Since there is nothing we like more at SLAM! than being able to have discs saluting our favourites, we thought we'd offer our suggestions for who should be next on the bio DVD list. Here's what we had to say.

Bob Kapur

A few potential subjects come to mind: Terry Funk, Jerry Lawler, Bruno Sammartino, or a collection on the most famous managers and their stables.

But the one I would really like to see is a career retrospecitve on Ray (Big Boss Man) Traylor. I've always been a big fan of his, and a DVD package of his greatest moments would be a great addition to my library. No set on his career would be complete without his steel cage match against Hulk Hogan from Saturday Night's Main Event, the highlight of which was Boss Man getting superplexed from the top of the cage.

Chris Sokol

The next WWE DVD bio should be on "The Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase. Dibiase was a major reason for WWE's success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Feuding with Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and other top grapplers of the time, Dibiase played a huge part in the rise of the company. The DVD set would have to include his vignettes and promos where he called "crowd members" to do things for cash and his match with "Macho Man" Randy Savage from Wrestlemania IV, being that it was probably the most important bout in his career. Dibiase had a tremendous run and would be an interesting topic of reflection.

Ryan Nation

I've always wanted to see a DVD of the McMahon Family. Love or hate them, I think it would be unique to have an insiders look into their past. I'm not talking about putting a huge focus on the current members either. Most fans know very little about Vince Sr. and even less about Jess McMahon. Does a picture of Jess McMahon even exist on the 'Net? I've never found one.

As far as single bio DVDs, I would love to see a Terry Funk one made. The three way dance at ECW's Barely Legal PPV and numerous battles he's had with Foley in Japan would have to be included.

Greg Oliver

Given the footage that WWE owns, and their drive to snatch up more, consider this a plea for a Midnight Express DVD package and, should the company take on World Class footage as expected, a Fabulous Freebirds package.

The Midnights were the top team for most of the '80s, a competitive blend of aged skill (Dennis Condrey), high-flying (Bobby Eaton) and flash (Stan Lane). Throw in manager Jim Cornette, and later Paul E. Dangerously with the Randy Rose-Condrey version of the team in the AWA, and you have a plethora of interesting storylines. But since they never appeared in the WWF, it's highly unlikely.

The Freebirds did appear in the WWF, but they barely downed a morning-after cup of coffee. Yet they were the cool heels that everyone wanted to be like, and helped define today's business in many ways. Michael Hayes works backstage as a WWE agent, so this one seems more likely.

Jon Waldman

While it might seem like a cop-out answer to some, I have to go with Chris Jericho. Jericho's career in wrestling, from his early days in Tony Condello's promotions all the way to his WWE success, runs across every major North American promotion (excluding TNA), several Japanese promotions (including the Super J Cup tournament), Mexican leagues and well-respected indy territory Smokey Mountain Wrestling. The highs and lows he's gone through and the transformation he had in WCW were never truly documented, and deserve to be immortalized on DVD.

There are certainly enough moments from Jericho that would be no-brainers - his bouts with Ric Flair, Rey Mysterio Jr. and Dean Malenko in WCW and his WWE title bouts with the likes of The Rock, Triple H and Steve Austin would definitely be included. There is one bout that I believe needs to be present here - TLC III. This bout took place on Smackdown a few years ago, and featured Jericho/Chris Benoit defending their titles against the Hardy Boyz, E&C and the Dudley Boyz. It was a truly amazing bout that few remember, and should definitely get on the disc.

Who do you want to see on a WWE DVD compilation? E-mail us with your thoughts. Reader requests will be posted next week.


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