Booze helps stories flow in Naturals shoot DVD
RICHARD KAMCHEN - SLAM! Wrestling
Have another drink – this round is on Highspots.
The Naturals are the subjects in Highspots’ second Full Case of Tales DVD in which Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens talk (and occasionally rant) about their wrestling careers over mixed drinks and beers.
The tag team partners come across like a couple of buddies from work chatting, griping and ribbing each other over drinks at a bar. (Except in this case, the venue seems to be a warehouse filled with wrestling merchandise -- who gave them a lift home afterwards?)
If the alcohol doesn’t help the interview, it sure doesn’t hurt. For much of the first half of the segment, Stevens does most of the talking as he recounts his time in an out of the ring, staying up all night drinking and carousing, and getting in parking lot brawls. Douglas gets a few words in edgewise, but mostly giggles, sounding eerily like Butthead.
By hour two, Douglas seems a bit perturbed by being left out, especially when Stevens interrupts him as he tries to answer a question posed to him.
“No, go ahead -- take my part too. I haven’t talked at all yet anyway,” Douglas says with resignation.
Either the alcohol or a change in subject finally loosens up Douglas, and in a big way. One of his biggest beefs is with the poor job the TNA office did in booking The Naturals on the independents, either getting them dates at below their asking price or pawning off other talent at their expense.
Both Stevens and Douglas don’t spare the whip in beating on their former employer TNA, taking turns berating the organization not only for how their own tenure came to an end, but for focusing too much on copying the WWE, and sacrificing and underpaying home-grown talent in favour of luring high priced big names.
The $19.99 three-disc DVD set is a good value but you wouldn’t necessarily know that from reading the back of the case, which drastically underestimates the running time at a mere two hours. Not including the 13 bonus independent card matches, the interview itself goes on for three-and-a-half hours.
Highspots spent a couple of years in following up its First Case of Tales series with Terry Funk and
Harley Race but couldn’t find anyone willing to open up in a boozy environment. But then The Naturals came along and they don’t disappoint.
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Winnipeg correspondent Richard Kamchen can be e-mailed at email@example.com.