December 25, 2005
Bodyslam Boxing Day WWE style
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Well, the holiday season is done, and once again, Aunt Sylvia has given you a knit sweater chock full of snowflakes.
Yes, it is an unavoidable truth that at least one of your gifts will not meet your expectations.
Fortunately, for us up in Canada, Boxing Day is the time of year when we are able to forget about the fruitcakes and get ourselves a little something (for up to 90 percent off the regular retail price).
As wrestling fans, this year's post-Christmas shopping spree has a lot of stops along the way. Whether you venture through Future Shop or Toys 'R Us or Indigo, you are sure to find something better suited for your top-rope tastebuds. Here's a sampling of some of the goodies that are sure to be available to you this Monday (well, at least before noon).
If World Wrestling Entertainment has succeeded anywhere in the last couple years, it has been in their WWE Home Video division. (And they admitted as much on their most recent financial conference call.)
The Fed has offered up some truly amazing recordings over the last while, but the most recent compilation, Bret Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be, may very well be the best of the bunch.
While the documentary portion is somewhat lacking in comparison to previous efforts on Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit, the match selection for the three-disc set is second to none. Combining all-time classics with rare matches, Hart's career in WWE is well represented here, save for the noted absence of his title match against Ric Flair.
Of course, if you're going to watch anything about Hart, you'll probably be inclined to balance it with a helping of his arch-nemesis, Shawn Michaels.
While HBK's DVD doesn't go that much into his career, his autobiography, Heartbreak and Triumphdoes. With help from Aaron Williams, Michaels vividly tells his lifestory, with a good helping of how he went from being part of one of the better tandems during the Fed's "golden era of tag-team wrestling" to one of the greatest single stars in the company's history.
The book, like the Hart documentary, floats a bit towards the egotistical side, but shows enough to be entertaining and delving deep into HBK's persona.
While some might think that playing games is far beyond what we should be doing at our age, the board game industry is still going strong.
Part of the success of the business can be attributed to the rather recent phenomenon of DVD board games. This has recently arrived in the wrestling market in the form of the simply-titled WWE DVD Board Game.
The game takes you into the fantasy role of either Raw or Smackdown's general manager. As you advance through the month-long board, you are faced with matches, trivia and other stumbling blocks as you attempt to build the best brand in the Fed.
There is a definite party attraction here, and makes for a fun night of simulated action before watching a pay-per-view with friends.
For all your Boxing Day needs, visit the SLAM! Wrestling Store.
Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! since 2000.