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   November 24, 2014



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Volume 2 proves the Attitude Era wasn't always great
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
The Attitude Era is the most romanticized era in WWE history. And leave it to WWE to cash in on those feeling nostalgia. WWE Attitude Era: Vol. Two released on WWE Home video last week, following up on the 2012 release of WWE: The Attitude Era.
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Martel DVD great -- when it sticks to the timeline
By BERTRAND HEBERT - SLAM! Wrestling
Kayfabe Commentaries Timeline DVD series are often either a hit or a miss. The new entry about the WWE of 1981 as told by Rick Martel would have to be somewhere in the middle of that. Rick Martel is great, as usual, attempting to recall to the best of his abilities his first stint in New York as well as the impressive cast of characters he worked with there—many of whom would change the business in the next couple of years.
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Book a worthy celebration of 30 years of WrestleMania
By BERTRAND HEBERT - SLAM! Wrestling
I have difficulty explaining to my children what a momentous event the first WrestleMania in 1985 was. Even Hulk Hogan's explanation about the feeling around it -- "There was a buzz around the entire country. It was something I had never felt before" -- doesn't do it justice. But now a magnificent new book, "30 Years of WrestleMania," will help me teach them.
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Foley's comic turns WWE stars into 'crime noir'
By MATTHEW BYER - SLAM! Wrestling
When it comes to the comic industry over the last couple of decades there have been a number of celebrities and screenwriters who have been involved in a comic book series. Typically, these announcements have been treated with an equal measure of excitement and scepticism due to questions surrounding how much participation in the series they would have, in what capacity they would contribute, what the quality of the end product would be, and whether the public felt they were well suited with the craft involved with developing a comic book.
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Third time's the charm for Jericho books
By LANCE LUMLEY - For SLAM! Wrestling
Writing one book is a challenge, but when the writer has written two bestsellers, the third book may start to lose momentum -- unless your name is Chris Jericho. With “The Best In The World At What I Have No Idea” Jericho proves that he still has plenty to write about.
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John Cena: Greatest Rivalries different from the rest
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
Another John Cena DVD?! While many wrestling fans will be guffawing at another selection featuring the WWE's most polarizing figure, "John Cena: Greatest Rivalries" is a bit different from the three previous releases on "The Doctor of Thuganomics."
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New Jack should never have been asked to remember ECW of 1998 for DVD
By BERTRAND HEBERT - SLAM! Wrestling
Kayfabe Commentaries has really one of the most interesting and creative lines of DVDs. With its Timeline series, you get to relive a year in the history of a company with one of the stars commenting on the different stories, angles and matches from that year. On paper, this is great concept, but to deliver you need someone who actually remembers that year and also can bring something to the story from that year and for that company.
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Brothers of Destruction DVD gives small glimpse of the tag team
By NOLAN HOWELL - SLAM Wrestling
Though they will forever be embroiled in rivalry, the two have proven to be one of the toughest tag teams in recent memory when on the same page. In the new Brothers of Destruction: Greatest Matches DVD, their best matches are shown against the likes of The Natural Born Thrillers, The Dudley Boyz, and Edge & Christian.
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Brodus Clay tons of fun in YouShoot
By MATTHEW ASHER - SLAM! Wrestling
It's a total cliché to say "never judge a book by it's cover" but it still is often true. This time, the book is Brodus Clay -- BC Monster during the interview -- as he's the newest participant in Kayfabe Commentaries YouShoot series. And while BC may look like a big, dumb jock, his discussion with Sean Oliver as he answers fan questions proves that he's anything but.
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Sting's WWE DVD full of holes
By JOHN POWELL - SLAM! Wrestling
Although the term is thrown around so much it has almost lost its true meaning, Steve Borden is a true living legend in the wrestling industry. Growing up in Canada with limited access to regular WCW broadcasts and live events until the 1990s, I never fully appreciated the popularity of Sting until WCW brought their show to the outdoor CNE Coliseum in 1990. On that card, Sting fought Vader in the main event and it was a memorable event for any fan in attendance with Sting at his best not only in the ring but outside of it, as he whipped the crowd into a frenzy with all of his trademarked moves and his rock star-like persona.
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