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SLAM! Speaks: Readers create DVDs
By SLAM! Wrestling Readers




A couple weeks ago, the staff at SLAM! sounded off on who they would like to see next on a WWE bio DVD. Now it's the readers' turn to voice their opinions, and did they ever.

A record number of responses made their way to the SLAM! office. We will now share some of those thoughts. Thanks to everyone who sent in their thoughts!

Michael Simmons
I would like to see a DVD set of the "Best of Saturday Night's Main Event." Some of the best WWE matches of the '80s took place on this show.

Tony Brice
I would like to see the WWE do a DVD tribute to the career of one of my all-time favorite wrestlers: the one and only Rowdy Roddy Piper. He was as responsable for their success in the late '80s and early '90s, as Hulk Hogan was, and he also was a major player in the NWA and had a major impact there as well.

On this DVD, they could feature his famous matches from the then WWF like his tag team match against Hulk Hogan from WrestleMania I and his famous matches from the NWA like his Dog Collar match against Greg "the Hammer" Valentine which was the first dog collar match ever. They could also feature the best of his Piper's Pit segments like the one with his infamous attack on Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and could spotlight his most famous feuds from both the WWF and the NWA like his feuds against Hogan, Snuka, Adrian Adonis, his war against the infamous rock and wrestling connection from the WWF and his feuds against Valentine, Ric Flair, and Buzz Sawyer from the NWA.

Clement Wang
There should no doubt be a Chris Jericho DVD made. The inclusion of TLC III and the match Benoit and Jericho won their tag titles in would be perfect for the disc. Jericho truly deserves one. I agree 100% with Jon Waldman.

I also think a disc on "Macho Man" Randy Savage would be great. Savage is one of those pinnacle figures of WWE, and it would be awesome to see a disc which includes the Savage/Steamboat match from Wrestlemania III.

Greg Hamilton
I would love to see something on the British Bulldogs. Davey Boy's power and Kid's speed made them one of the best.

Brian Chatburn
The one I agree with most was The Four Horseman. I fondly remember when I really got into wrestling, watching Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, J.J. Dillon and, of course Ric Flair talking trash to the rest of the locker room (Ole had just recently left before I started watching). I wish I was into taping TV when I was younger so that I wouldn't need to buy a DVD to see their interviews or watch their great matches one more time. But, the DVD would have to include any and every match where they competed as a group in Eight-Man matches!

However, one suggestion I can't believe you guys missed seems so obvious to me, and that is The Von Erichs! Maybe it's the fact that only Kerry wrestled in the WWF for a short while (at least, that's how I remember it) that keeps people from thinking of them when talking about great wrestlers, but they had excellent matches in the AWA. Their family history alone is worthy of the DVD treatment, with the tragedy of losing so many beloved members of one great wrestling clan.

Christian Lowery
I think a DVD set of the Von Erich Family would be cool. It would be a neat perspective of a talented family who were so great and had such a tragic downfall. A biography of the family could be on one disc and then the other discs could be matches, interviews, and other stuff. Possible good matches would be Kerry vs Jerry Lawler at Superclash 3, Kerry against Mr. Perfect for the IC Title as well as the many various matches from Kevin, David, and Fritz. It would be a good set for nostalgic fans, and people who are interested in wrestlings past.

EDITOR'S NOTE: There already is a Best of the Von Erichs DVD put out by Wrestling Gold. You can order it in our SLAM! Wrestling store. Of course, once WWE owns the World Class footage, it could release its own DVD.

Jim Barr
2 DVD's that I would like to see come out are:

1. Randy Savage - Even though the guy is a loose cannon, many consider his match with Steamboat at WrestleMania III to be one of the best ever. [I'd like to see] Savage winning the title at Wrestlemania IV going through their first ever WWE tournament for the Heavyweight Title, along with a very good match with the Ultimate Warrior at one of the WrestleManias and his long-standing feud with Hulk Hogan. I think this is another DVD that would do really well.

2. Ricky Steamboat - Even though he did not get quite the push in WWE that he should have, his matches with Flair in WCW are required viewing and, of course, his match with Savage at WrestleMania.

Avi Krebs
I think one superstar who deserves a DVD tribute is none other than the late King of Hearts, Owen Hart. After the incident which cost him his life, most people could only get an idea of Owen Hart's career through the pages of published books such as Broken Hearts or Lord of The Ring (Stu Hart). The former is great for getting a better idea off the life of Owen Hart inside and outside of the squared circle, and the latter is good for getting a thorough explanation of the incident that ultimately cost Owen his life.

However, there are those of us who would love to see some of Owen's greatest matches again, which a DVD set would be able to provide. It would be refreshing to see Owen Hart make his transition from a babyface green rookie, to his early tag team days with Koko B. Ware and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, to the days he was deemed "The Rocket". His heel turn into the snotty little brother is one of the best heel turns ever conducted during the WWF's more fan-friendly storyline days. His match with brother Bret at Wrestlemania X arguably catapulted Owen to (with some pun intended) to rocket-like ascension up the superstar ranks. His career was capped with a King of the Ring victory (the second to win it behind Bret) Intercontinental, Tag Team and European title reigns; and who can forget Owen Hart's two infamous Slammy Awards, which he carried around as much as Kurt Angle does with his gold medals?

It would seem like a great injustice to not bring this footage out from the wrestling vault so a new generation of fans can appreciate one of the best pure wrestlers who never was able to win the big one (which I think would have happened if he was still around today). If he doesn't get a DVD, he better be a shoo in for the Hall of Fame. Long live the "Black Hart", the sole survivor.

Nathan Glenn
I would like to see a Rick Rude compilation as he was one of the best in the business and gets very little credit. I mean come on he had to carry the Ultimate Warrior.

Steve Northey
I would like to see a compilation of all Hulk Hogan's friends who turned on him because of his ego. (Paul) Orndorff, Andre, Savage and most recently HBK. The turns and the resulting grudge matches would be a good refresher.

Eric Shorba
When I was growing up in the '80s I remember all the wrestling videos at the video stores. That's actually what got me started on loving to watch Bret "The Hitman Hart", my favorite wrestler ever, is those old school videos. You had Smack'em Wack'em, WrestleFest, etc. The two-hour ones or three-hours, however they are. They need to take all those videos and make them into DVDs.

Jeff Pinsky
Lots of tag teams were mentionned, so how about a 2-disc look at the top ten tag teams? Dudleyz, Hardys, E&C, NAO, Rockers, Freebirds, LOD, Midnight Express, etc.

Mark Hinkley
This one is easy - Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Interview the man while he can give an interview, clip package of his best managerial moments (I still chuckle when Heenan was cutting a promo on "The Machines" and had Studd/Bundy under paper bags, claiming they were the next big tag team from Japan), and play by play moments from WCW which were television gold. The only reason I kept watching Thunder was because Heenan was doing colour commentary. That man is a genius and should be idolized.

Richard Klein
Two come to mind:

1. Davey Boy Smith. Plenty of highlights as part of the British Bulldogs and then as a singles competitor with classic matches against Bret Hart, Shawn Micheals and Owen Hart. Plus, his story would work well in a documentary setting.

2. Randy Savage. [I] can't believe there isn't one already. He was one of the three biggest names in wrestling at one point with Hogan and Flair.

Rob B. from Saskatoon
Some DVDs I wouldn't mind seeing are ones like a look back at Tazz. From the insane Tazmaniac to the fighter Taz, to Smackdown colourman, the entire history is covered.

Another good DVD would be a look back on the life of "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith. Tag Team Champion, IC Champion, the First European Champion ... the Bulldog was not only the strongest man in the WWF, but also one of the most gifted on the mat.

-- compiled by Jon Waldman


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