LION FORGE COMICS AND STONE VILLAGE PARTNER ON ANDRE THE GIANT BIOPIC

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Los Angeles, CA – Lion Forge Comics and producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russellhave partnered to develop a feature film about the life of legendary pro wrestler Andre “the Giant” Roussimoff, based on the authorized graphic novel biography published last year,Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven. Roussimoff’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff will consult on the film and assigned the exclusive rights for the biography to the producers.
 

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“Andre the Giant rode the wave of the rse of wrestling in America, while suffering from the painful health condition of gigantism; there’s an Elephant Man story here,” Steindorff said.   

Lion Forge CEO David Steward II agreed, saying, “As a lifelong wrestling fan, I can say with conviction that no one was bigger than Andre. His presence and charisma were so powerful, and you could tell there was much more to him under the surface of his ring persona. It’s been an amazing experience telling that story in the book with Robin’s help. With all the spectacle, action, and emotion there on the page, a feature film just made perfect sense.”

Written by Eisner Award-nominated writer Brandon Easton and illustrated byDenis Medri, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heavenwas nominated for the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity and three Glyph Awards. It recounts the famed wrestler’s life from his earliest days working on the family farm in France along with the rise of professional wrestling itself, from a global circuit of underground matches to the global phenomenon it is today, due in large part to Andre the Giant’s celebrity. It is being republished in a new edition this month.    

Steward and Lion Forge CCO Carl Reed will produce with Steindorff and Russell of Stone Village Productions, with Joel Falderon as a co-producer and Barry Alexander as an associate producer. Jimmy Thomas will executive produce.

“I’m really excited to watch this story come to life on the big screen,” Robin Christensen-Roussimoff said. “It’s been a labor of love for everyone involved, and we’re really looking forward to making it available to a larger audience.”

ABOUT LION FORGE

Lion Forge is a St. Louis-based new media company that revitalizes licensed franchises and develops exciting on-trend original properties through comic book publishing. Drawing on a diverse roster of talent from book publishing, print comics, animation, mobile apps, marketing, retail development, and brand management, Lion Forge titles are carefully curated and brought to market with focused attention and support. Committed to diversity in the entertainment field, and the comics industry in particular, Lion Forge aims to employ a wide array of staff and creators that reflect the makeup of our world and bring fresh voices to our titles. For more information, please visit lionforge.com or the Lion Forge Facebook (facebook.com/LionForge) and Twitter (twitter.com/lionforge) pages.

ABOUT STONE VILLAGE PRODUCTIONS

Stone Village Productions (“SVP”) is an independent, privately owned media finance and production company led by Producer and 18 year industry veteran Scott Steindorff and co-founder Dylan Russell.  The company specializes in the production of commercial, studio quality television and film content.  SVP has a premiere slate of commercial intellectual property and projects in development with A-level talent involved.  Drawing on its past experience to attract A-level stars to its content, SVP populates its television and films with renowned actors.  Past television success includes the syndicated NBC series “Las Vegas” which starred James Caan and Josh Duhamel and the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning HBO mini-series “Empire Falls” which starred Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Joanne Woodward and Robin Wright.  Recent films include The Weinstein Company film “Jane Got a Gun” starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Ewan McGregor; the Open Road film “Chef” starring Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, and Robert Downey Jr., the Lionsgate film “Lincoln Lawyer” starring Matthew McConaughey;  and the Lionsgate film “Gimme Shelter” starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson and Brendan Fraser.

Why do I believe that the New Generation Era is the most underrated era in WWE history?

In my opinion WWE New Generation Era (1992-1997) is the most underrated era of all time.

I mean a lot of WWE Fans consider Ruthless Agression Era great and only second to Attitude Era. I don’t know how we can call that underrated. Yeah, Ruthless Agression Era is a very good era. We have awesome wrestlers and matches.

But, with WWE New Generation Era, a lot of WWE Fans consider it’s slow and cartoonish. Yeah, that’s true. WWE had a lot of stupid cartoonish unrealistic gimmicks during this era. But, anyway this era is pretty much underrated.

WWE New Generation is the era which made The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart Legends what we saw today. It wasn’t Attitude Era which made them what they are today, instead during Attitude Era they’re just helping newer stars such as The Rock and Steve Austin.

And also WWE Fans shouldn’t keep saying this era is bad. I mean, we have Bret Hart as our Icon. This man put on great matches after great matches every single night. Who can forget Bret vs Owen at WM 10 and Steel Cage Summerslam 1994? Also who can forget Bret vs HBK at WM 12 IronMan match? And HBK vs Razor Ramon Ladder WM 10 and Summerslam 1995? Also the great battles in Boiler Room Brawl and Buried Alive matches between The Undertaker and Mankind?

Also, Diesel has held the WWE championship for over a year.

I know WWE New Generation Era had a lot of bad things, but it’s one of the best era ever in WWE History and the era I started watching wrestling back In 1993. Those matches mentioned above are Legendary matches and it made many careers out if it. But in my conclusion, The ruthless Aggression (2002-2008) and The New Generation Eras (1992-1997) are my favorites. The faces of this era were Bret Hart, Diesel (Kevin Nash), Razor Ramon (Scott Hall), Undertaker and Shawn Michaels and Sid.

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Who is Mr. Wrestlemania: The Undertaker or Shawn Michaels?

By Julian Cannon

There has been one question I have started to think about ever since WrestleMania 29. Who is the real Mr. Wrestlemania? Is it The Show Stopper Shawn Michaels or The Phenom The Undertaker. I’m going to take an overall look from their early Wrestlemania matches to the middle and the climax of their matches against each other a few years ago. Here we go.

THE BEGINNING

Shawn Michaels came into the WWE before The Undertaker as a member of the tag team The Rockers with Marty Janetty in 1988. The team would have great tag team matches with teams such as the Killer Bees, the Quebecers, Hart foundation, Demolition and more. The Rockers were arguably the start of the high-flying tag teams we would see now in the 21st century. Shawn would break away from the team and become a singles competitor . At WrestleMania VIII, in his first pay-per-view singles match, Michaels defeated El Matador. Both men had simultaneously eliminated each other from that year’s Royal Rumble and the feud started from there until Wrestlemania VIII. Shortly after that, he would wrestle his only one-on-one match against Randy Savage for the WWE Championship at the UK Rampage PPV in April 1992. Wrestlemania 10 would be the next Wrestlemania for Shawn, as this time it was against Razor Ramon for the undisputed Intercontinental Championship. The match was extremely great and HBK was starting to be the “Show Stopper” that he was becoming in the future.

The Undertaker made his debut in the 1990 Survivor Series as the mystery tag partner for Ted Dibiase. The gimmick was an unseasonable wrestler and this scared the kids around the world. I don’t think that anybody else can pull this character off like The Undertaker did at the time. His first two Wrestlemania opponents were Jimmy Snuka and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Their matches were OK but not that special. Then in Wrestlemania 9, he faced the Giant Gonzales and many fans and observers call this the worst match in Taker’s career. I don’t think that it was his fault, though. Undertaker wins here by disqualification (his only Wrestlemania win by DQ). The next Wrestlemania, which is Wrestlemania 10, Undertaker missed this event due to an injury.

There was the first part. Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker were on the rise to fame and their paths have not crossed yet. At this time Shawn had the better matches than The Undertaker, but let’s blame Giant Gonzales for that horrible match at Wrestlemania 9. Next I will cover from Wrestlemania 11-17.

RISE OF WRESTLEMANIA STARDOM

What can I explain about Wrestlemania 11? The match card was a little out of place. Shawn Michaels would go against his bodyguard, Kevin Nash, by winning the Royal Rumble earlier that year. He would not win the match, but he put up a hell of a performance. Undertaker would go face-to-face with King Kong Bundy and he would pick up the win here in a short match. I would guess that Wrestlemania 11 got too much attention from Bam Bam Bigelow vs Lawrence Taylor, that it overshadowed all the other matches on the card. 1996, we would get The Undertaker vs Kevin Nash which was a very underrated feud in my opinion. The feud started when The Undertaker made his return during the Cage Match for the WWE Championship between Nash and Bret Hart by costing Nash the championship and the match. Their match at Wrestlemania was The Undertaker’s best performance in a Wrestlemania since his Wrestlemania debut. Shawn Michaels would go against Bret Hart in a 60 minute Iron Man match, which would go on as one of the greatest Wrestlemania matches of all time. Shawn picks up the WWE championship for the first time in this one. By the end of 1996 to mid 1997,the WWE was going through a rapid change due to WCW kicking their ass in the ratings every week and ECW being an alternative to both WWE and WCW. From January to March, there was going to be a rematch between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 13 but due to many backstage incidents, it was scrapped. So the main event for this Wrestlemania was The Undertaker going against Sid for the WWE championship in which the undertaker wins the belt for the second time in his career. Shawn did not wrestle in this event so taker takes the lead in this one. Now, in the summer of 1997,their paths finally crossed when Shawn became the referee for the undertaker vs Bret Hart match for the WWE title in which Bret wins due to Shawn costing the undertaker the match. weird huh? Well they would later have their first match against each other for the very first time in the very first hell in a cell match in which The Undertaker’s brother Kane made his debut. Shawn gets the win here and these two would face each other for the final time in a match for quite some time at the royal rumble 1998. During this match, Shawn would get a back injury that would eventually lead to his first retirement. Now to Wrestlemania 14. Undertaker squared off against Kane, a feud that has been going on for 6 months leads to this. The match was far from excellent and it was really the first time that the brawler side of the undertaker came out. Shawn Michaels put his WWE title on the line against the rising star Steve Austin. Everyone knew that Shawn was out the door and Austin was going to be the next face of the company so Shawn did the match despite the back injury. That’s right, while Undertaker would wrestle on the following Wrestlemania in a hell in s cell match, Shawn is at retirement. Taker’s next match would be against triple h. This time The Undertaker was doing the biker gimmick and he was more like himself instead of the unread wrestler. This match was my second favorite of the night and taker picks up the win after a nearly 25 minute brawl that went to outside the crowd.

What can I say about the second part. While Shawn had the better matches at this period, it was The Undertaker at this period that was starting to give us the moments of Wrestlemania that we all talk about. Shawn retired in 1998 and undertaker became one of the 5 faces of the WWE from 1998-2000. We are in the 21st century in this part now and I will cover from Wrestlemania 18-24

THE UNDEFEATED STREAK/RETURN OF THE SHOWSTOPPER

In the beginning of 2002, Undertaker was the hardcore champion for a few months before loosing it to the tough enough winner Maven by the help of Ric Flair. Ric flair then challenged undertaker to a match at Wrestlemania 18 in which the undertaker won. Jim Ross on commentary noted out that The Undertaker is now 10-0 in Wrestlemania. After that comment I thought to myself  “damn 10-0 already, he has an undefeated streak going on”. Also in that year, Shawn Michaels made his return to WWE as a member of the NWO. Yes the WWE version. Anyways, Wrestlemania 19 in 2003 was on the way and Shawn Michaels feuded with a wrestler that idolized him and that was Chris Jericho. This match was the match of the year in my opinion and both these guys wrestled like it was a mirror match. Undertaker went against the big show and A Train in a handicap match which was quite OK but not bad. This would mark the final Wrestlemania for the biker gimmick for the undertaker. Wrestlemania 20 marked the return of the undead wrestler gimmick with a new look. That’s right he knows how to change with the times too. He defeated Kane for the second time in a quick match. The main event was a triple threat match for the world title. It was Triple H vs Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit. This was a mix of everything here with Triple H’s brawling style to Shawn’s high-flying to Benoit ‘s technical shoot style. Overall I consider this the best triple threat match in WWE history. 2005 I would say was the peak of the Ruthless Aggression era. John Cena and Batista were the new faces of raw and Smackdown and this PPV had awesome matches. The match between Kurt angle and Shawn Michaels was a match I never thought would happen. Two points to make here. Nobody could out wrestle Kurt and nobody could out perform Shawn. When these two clashed, it was a war to see who was better than the other. Kurt would win here but it also proves that these two can work great matches together and they did. In the same PPV, Randy Orton challenged the streak and this was the first time that the undefeated streak became the focus of Wrestlemania. The part of the match that still gets me to this day was when taker went for a choke slam only for Orton to give taker the RKO out of nowhere. Taker wins by countering the tombstone attempt by Orton for a tombstone of his own injuring Orton in the process as well. Wrestlemania 22 was in 2006 and I believe this was the most underrated Wrestlemania of all time. Mark Henry attempts to break the streak in a casket match but the Dead man wins here. Also, Shawn Michaels went against Vince McMahon in a street fight in my mind or even Vince’s mind was his best match he ever had. After that spot from the ladder to the table I was really afraid that McMahon would get a heart attack.

The time now is 2007. The last two left in the royal rumble that year was The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. This was the first one on one confrontation between these two since the royal rumble 1998. I would also consider this the best ending to a royal rumble match ever. Taker eliminates Shawn Michaels here and he goes to Wrestlemania to face Batista for the world championship while Shawn Michaels go against John Cena for the WWE championship. Oddly both of their matches were given a 5 star rating from many pro wrestling magazines and the question was, which match was better? in my mind I thought The Undertaker vs Batista match should have closed the show since he won the royal rumble a few months prior. And if you notice, the undertaker has now defeated every member of evolution at Wrestlemania (Triple H, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Batista). Shawn Michaels lost the match against John Cena and about a month later, these two would wrestle again on Monday Night Raw from 9:59 pm all the way to the end of the show at 11:05 pm. That hour long match I would consider the greatest raw match of all time.

WrestleMania 24 came along the way and the next opponent for Shawn Michaels would be Ric Flair. The story of this was back in September 2007, Vince McMahon cut a promo on Ric Flair and since he is the chairman of the WWE, he makes the rules. the major rule that got me hooked on this storyline is that the next time he loose a match, his career will be over. I had no idea who was going to retire Ric Flair and then Shawn would make the challenge. meanwhile at Smackdown. the undertaker wins an elimination chamber match to become the #1 contender for edge’s world championship. the story behind this one was that both edge and the undertaker are undefeated at Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels defeated and retired Ric Flair and weather if you are a fan of Ric Flair or not, the emotion to see this guy retire was just heartbreaking. Edge vs The Undertaker closed the PPV on this show and many time I actually thought Edge would break the streak. Undertaker proved me wrong after those run in’s by Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder. undertaker is now 16-0

There you have it. Both The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels made an impact on Wrestlemania in the 2000’s. both has made their mark in sports entertainment and both are glorified legends at this point. here is the final part in which I will cover from Wrestlemania 25 and 26

FIRST ENCOUNTER AND SECOND AND FINAL ENCOUNTER

By 2009, the streak has become the most important thing in Wrestlemania..even more important than both the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn has made the challenge  to The Undertaker, pointing out that the last time they had a match was at the 1998 royal rumble in which the undertaker gave Michaels the back injury. undertaker accepts and then Shawn Michales cut some promos about how he will defeat the streak. to be honest, there were only three people before Wrestlemania 29 that really got me to believe that the streak will be broken. and that was Randy Orton, Edge and Shawn Michaels. and I would tie Shawn with CM Punk as the only two who actually came close to winning it.

So the match is now set up for Wrestlemania 25 with a lot of high expectations. From the moment this match started, I was glued on to the TV screen. The fans were back and fourth and did not know if they should cheer for the undertaker or Shawn Michaels. There were a few great spots including when the undertaker did a dive to Shawn Michaels outside the ring only for Shawn to move out and let the camera man take the bump instead. The moment when taker did the tombstone piledriver and Shawn kicked out stunned the entire audience and the world. Then Shawn went for the diving moon sault only for the undertaker to catch him and perform the tombstone again to get the victory here. Both these men stole the entire show here and many fans considered this out did the ironman match between Shawn and Bret in Wrestlemania 12 . I have to agree with the fans here and Dave Meltzer from the wrestling observer newsletter gave this match a 5 star rating. The first match in the united states to get this rating since the first hell in a cell match back in 1997. By the rest of the year of 2009, The Undertaker returned at Summerslam to feud with CM Punk and Shawn and Triple H reformed Degeneration X and would capture the tag team championship as well. At the beginning of 2010, Shawn Michaels wanted a rematch with the undertaker. Taker refused his request. Then at the elimination chamber ppv, Shawn Michaels made a run-in and give Undertaker the super kick for Chris Jericho to get the pin and become the new World Heavyweight Champion. On the next raw,undertaker accepted his challenge ..under one stipulation. If Shawn wins, the streak of 17-0 will be broken. If Shawn looses, not only the streak goes to 18-0 ,but Shawn Michaels wrestling career will be over. By this time I knew his career is coming to an end. I have watched him since 1994 and he left a lot of memories. I did not want to see it happen but it did. The match was absolutely great but the match the year before was better in my opinion . Also this was the last match on the card so it was that important to us since it was the end of Shawn Michaels.

FINAL THOUGHTS

After Shawn Michaels, it was Triple H two times and then CM Punk. Also back in 2009, I made a theory that when Undertaker reaches 20-0,he will loose the next Wrestlemania. Undertaker defeated CM Punk and he is now 21-0 .The question is, how long can the dead man go and who will break the streak. That we will leave to the WWE writers but as a fan point of view, its just a question that cannot be answered right now. Who is Mr.Wrestlemania? I would have to say the moment Shawn Michaels lost the second time, he also lost the title of “Mr. Wrestlemania “. The streak became the title that everyone wanted to break since 2005. It even had a number 1 contender match on raw this year when CM Punk defeated Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus. Shawn Michaels set the bar on his matches and he made himself an icon. The Undertaker has made his mark at Wrestlemania and now he is the one who to be hunted. So for now, The Undertaker can be called Mr.Wrestlemania

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Triple H: THY KINGDOM COME REVIEW

Julian Cannon here to give everyone a new movie review. This time, it is something I picked up not too long ago: the recently released “Triple H: THY KINGDOM COME.”


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The DVD starts on how Triple H (Paul Levesque) broke into the business after winning bodybuilding competitions. He then talks about his training with Killer Kowalski and Terry Taylor. There were clips of a younger Triple H when he was cutting promos and doing matches. For a guy that young, he knew what he was doing and he learned pretty fast. Killer Kowalski gave him the name “The Terrorizer,” although Triple H hated the name because it was too “generic.” He, however, just wanted to wrestle so he took the name no matter what. After a few months, Triple H found a local wrestler in the gym who worked for WCW, who then sent in a word to Eric Bischoff for him to join WCW for a two year contract. Triple H said that he only wanted one year just because he did not want Bischoff to spend a lot of money on him until he sees what he can do in the ring. When he went to WCW, he tweaked his ring name to “Terror Rising.” He was a major player in the mid card division for a while until he met Ric Flair. The two have been friends ever since. At the end of 1994, Triple H was repackaged and brought back with a French gimmick and teamed with William Regal for a short time until in 1995, when he was called up to WWE (then WWF.)

When he arrived in WWE, he used the name “Hunter Hearst Hemsley” with a similar gimmick he had before he left WCW. Then we get interviews from Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels and Sean “X-Pac” Waltman. They all remarked that they all took him under their wing (including Scott Hall and Justin Credible) as the backstage group was formed as the Kliq. Triple H and Kevin Nash mentioned that Lex Luger was the one to come up with the Kliq name and hand gestures. Things would go great for them until the Madison Square Garden incident in May of 1996. It was Hall and Nash’s last night before heading to WCW.  This was also the night when they, along with Triple H and Shawn Michaels, all came out and embraced in the ring out of character (breaking “kayfabe”). In the wrestling world back then, this was an extremely taboo move because behind the scenes alliances were never to be shown, especially between a heel and a face, since this would render the gimmicks as fake. Since Hall and Nash left and Shawn was the champion, Triple H was the one who had to take the fall for it. When the interview went to Vince McMahon, he said that Triple H would have gotten fired but he put him on the bottom of the ladder instead. McMahon also said that “you are going to eat plates of sh**, and you are going to like it”. That meant that Triple H would just job out in the mid card for a year, including taking the 1996 King of the Ring winner spot away from him and booking Steve Austin to win it. Triple H did not see any light until he won the Intercontinental Championship in 1997 and, later that year, going on to win the King of the Ring.

Now the attention goes to the feud with Mick Foley. Foley said that he always thought he saw something in him in WCW. Triple H said that Foley brought out the brawling style of him in every way possible. From the steel cage match to the Falls Count Anywhere match, Foley and Triple H considered those matches as their classics.

The next portion is the formation of D-Generation X. Both Hunter and Shawn needed a bodyguard when they just happen to meet Chyna (Joanie Laurer) at a gym around this very time. Vince McMahon was originally against the idea but Shawn and Hunter fought for her. Another thing I did not know was that WCW was about to sign her, which led to Shawn to contact Shane McMahon to convince his dad to give Chyna a chance. That is interesting news but, however, nobody ever mentioned that Chyna and Triple H were dating, too. None of them talked bad about Chyna at all. The next person to talk was The Undertaker. This was the first time in a very long time that Undertaker has been interviewed in a WWE documentary so seeing him in it was worth every word he said. He talks about WCW kicking their ass every week and DX being part of the reason why WWE shifted from the New Generation Era to the Attitude Era. Eventually, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac comes into the interviews and talked about DX’s success with the fans, merchandise, the feud with the Nation of Domination and their attempt to raid WCW Nitro. By 1999, Triple H wanted to break away from the group. Billy Gunn was the only one to not agree with that direction because he felt that DX was not ready to break up.

When DX inevitably did meet its demise, Triple H changed his entire look and attitude for his journey to become the next WWE Champion. His first title shot occurred on Summerslam 1999 in a Triple Threat Match involving the current Champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Mick Foley. It was wildly rumored that Austin did not want to drop the belt to Triple H on PPV but all 3 of them on the DVD discussed their own version of that rumor. Mick Foley won the belt but, however, Triple H won the belt for the first time the next night on Raw.

A few months later, the storyline of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon started and the next portion of interviews are from Stephanie, Vince and Linda McMahon along with DX, The Big Show and The Undertaker. The McMahon family talked about Triple H and Stephanie dating and that Vince did not allow Stephanie to date the wrestlers at all. However, Linda McMahon knew and let them two secretly date. Once Vince found out, he told them the risks of what could happen and he eventually gave Triple H his blessing. This may have been good but they were now the target of the entire locker room. Both Hunter and Stephanie were aware that all the wrestlers were talking about them but they did not care at all. Footage of their wedding shows from 2003 to end the segment.

The year 2000 also was a great feud between Triple H and The Rock. The Rock talks about the matches they had, including the second ever 60 minute Ironman match at Judgment Day 2000. The Rock then says that Triple H is the best in-ring worker he has ever worked with.

Going into 2001, Hunter talks about him teaming with Steve Austin and capturing the Tag Team, Intercontinental and WWE Championship. Next, we get footage from his first knee injury as Jim Ross and Paul Heyman mentioned that they were really scared for Triple H and that they were both surprised that he actually finished the match. The next footage is from the knee surgery that many WWE fans remember when it first aired on television along with the recovery and rehabilitation period. Now we get to the night Triple H returned from his injury on the first WWE Raw of 2002. Hunter said that he had no idea to how the crowd would react and that he thought the crowd would be silent.

Moving forward to late 2002 to early 2003, we get interviews from Randy Orton and Batista about how they were chosen to be part of Evolution, which consisted of Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Batista. The idea of the group was to have both Orton and Batista to become the future of the WWE. I should mention that the Blu-ray edition has special clips and one of them was from a former WWE Superstar Mark Jindrak. He talks about how he was actually supposed to replace Batista as a member of Evolution but, due to time constraints, it never happened. This portion of the DVD is my favorite but it would have been great if they had talked about their Wrestlemania matches.

Next, we get the feud between Triple H and John Cena. Triple H commented that Cena is one of the most hardest working guys in the locker room and has not wrestled anybody like him before. John Cena says that it was a huge honor wrestling Hunter at Wrestlemania. Cena also feels that Triple H was the hardest opponent he has faced at the time, too.

Right after the Wrestlemania match, the DX reunion begins. The fans loved every single second of it but, however, Shawn Michaels and Triple H kind of disliked it. That goes to show that they’ve matured from those days of pulling pranks, but it was fun times nevertheless.

Triple H now talks about the same knee injury he had in 2001 but, this time, it was on the other knee. It happened in WWE New Year’s Revolution in 2007, which caused him to have to go through another operation.  Triple H was supposed to face John Cena at Wrestlemania 23 for a rematch before he got injured but Shawn Michaels took the spot instead. He returned 7 months later and in 2008, he won the WWE Championship and got drafted to Smackdown. Stephanie McMahon and Vince McMahon felt that Triple H going to Smackdown would help out young talent such as Jeff Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, MVP and more.

Going into 2009 was the feud between Triple H and Randy Orton. During this feud, the entire McMahon family was involved and the real life marriage of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon was put into the feud as well. Triple H said that his match against Randy Orton could have been better, especially since the match between Shawn Michaels and Undertaker overshadowed the main event.

Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Vince McMahon now talk about Hunter’s duties as the COO of the WWE. They talk about him bringing talent in, training the students, board meetings, and more stuff about the duties in the corporate offices in the WWE.

Then finally, we get closing interviews from Brock Lesnar, Shawn Michaels, Batista, The McMahon family and Undertaker along with closing details about the Hell in a Cell match at Wrestlemania 28.

MY THOUGHTS OF THE DVD:

If I would have to choose between this DVD and the Mick Foley DVD that came out a few months earlier, I would have to tie them both as the best WWE documentary of the year. Although there were a few things left out, a lot of other features made up for it. The most worthy footage from this DVD is seeing and hearing The Undertaker being interviewed out of character. This was the first time in a long while that The Undertaker has been interviewed for a documentary and it was great to see him being interviewed. The details about Triple H’s relationship with Stephanie McMahon and how he went to the WWE from WCW is very newsworthy for the younger fans that was not aware about any of what is going on behind the scenes along with many of the other interviews as well. I believe that they made Triple H look way too good in those interviews but I do not have a problem with it. For non Triple H fans, it is still worth it to pick it up and watch this. Another fact I want to bring up is that this may be the longest documentary WWE has produced, clocking in at 2 hours and 27 minutes. I give this a thumbs up so go to your video store and add this to your collection.

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Wrestleshock Episode #20 – Top 5 Feuds

Hey all and welcome to another episode of Wrestleshock.

In this episode we have the return of Mike Lacey as Mike and Chris sit down and go through another top 5 list drawn up by you! Before they get to the submitted lists, Chris talks about the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Triple H – Thy Kingdom Come which you can now pre-order at www.wwedvd.co.uk. The trailer is in the audio as well!

There are so many feuds to go through but Mike and Chris go through your list and talk about a particular rivalry that pops up from everyone’s list.  We will hopefully be doing more of this.  Before the show ends, Chris unveils who wins a Blu-ray copy of The Top 25 Wrestling Rivalries courtesy of WWEDVD.CO.UK and Mike unveils who wins the DVD of the same title.

Make sure to stay tuned as Ben Reid (RealbenreidNew) on Youtube and Operation Retroshock’s own Allan Price submit audio versions of their top 5 feuds!

Thanks again to all who took part sending in emails to be read out in this podcast!

http://operationretroshock.podbean.com/2013/09/03/wrestleshock-episode-20-top-5-feuds/

Wrestleshock interviews Jeremy Graves from WWEDVD.co.uk

Hey guys

Been a while since there has been an interview on the podcast but that has now been rectified with Jeremy Graves who works with WWEDVD.co.uk, the home for all your WWE DVD and Blu-Ray needs.

Jeremy answers what his favourite wrestling ppv is, how the acquisition of WWE Home videos came to them and the launch of Wrestlemania 29 which was the same day as the interview (monday 10th June)

Remember to head over to www.wwedvd.co.uk to pre-order the new upcoming titles, buy three titles and get 10% off and to sign up for their Newsletter as well.  On their webpage it will also lead you to their Twitter and Facebook pages where you can keep your eye out for competitions and much more!

Itunes is also the place to get all your digital WWE content with Wresllemania 29 and the hall of fame all ready for your purchases!  Available in HD and SD it is a worthwhile exercise!

Thanks go to Jeremy for the interview and stay tuned for more wrestleshock reviews!

Wrestleshock Reviews #21 – Top 25 Rivalries

Hey guys and gals and welcome to another episode of Wrestleshock Reviews brought to you courtesy of wwedvd.co.uk

Chris had the chance to sit down and digest the fantastic upcoming item (released June 24th) Top 25 Rivalries and there will be SPOILERS!! if you dont want this fine item spoiled then please dont listen until you have actually watched it.  if you are wanting to know who made the top 25 and who didnt then please listen on!

Chris also reminds you that there is the competition for the blu-ray and dvd of The Best of WCW Monday Night Nitro vol 2.  email chris at vinto316@gmail.com with your answers.  Jeremy Graves from wwedvd.co.uk will also be appearing on the show on Monday 10th June so if you have any questions, please send them Chris by Sunday 9th June

Thanks for listening and until the next review!

Wrestleshock Reviews #20 – Wrestlemania 29

Hello all and welcome back to another edition of Wrestleshock Reviews

Thanks to our good friends at WWEDVD.co.uk Chris is able to give you a review of the upcoming Wrestlemania 29 DVD/Blu-ray release (out june 10th in the uk/europe) and Chris goes through the matches and talks about what was his match of the night!

Chris then talks about the hall of fame class of 2013 and who inducted who and what was the star inductee.  like you need any hints there!

There is also a chance to win a copy of WCW Best of Monday night Nitro Vol 2 on DVD AND Blu-ray.  Chris gives you one question for the DVD and two questions for the blu-ray.  please make sure your subject reads WCW DVD or WCW blu-ray if you are wanting to enter for one of the prizes!  Competition closes on the 17th June 2013.  Make sure to email vinto316@gmail.com and good luck!

Keep an eye on wwedvd.co.uk as a lot of great upcoming releases there and also don’t forget that you can buy matches or full pay-per-views now on Itunes in HD or SD!  great idea and the full royal rumble matches are also there!  Some of Chris’ personal favourites!

Wrestleshock Reviews #19 – Royal Rumble 2013 and For all Mankind!

Welcome all to another review show brought to you courtesy of our good friends over at wwedvd.co.uk the home of all upcoming WWE DVDs and Blu-rays in Europe!  Make sure to follow them twitter – wwehomevideouk and on Facebook www.facebook.com/wwehomevideouk.  Also their newsletter has plenty of information about upcoming items so you are always in the know!

Chris first reviews the traditional January ppv which is the Royal Rumble 2013.  The main event is CM Punk vs The Rock.  Would CM Punk’s 434 day reign as WWE Champion come to an end at the hands of “The Great One” The Rock?  Who would return for the Royal Rumble?  What number would everyone get and how would it hold up against last years

After Chris goes through his thoughts on the Royal Rumble Card, he the reviews For All Mankind – The Life and Career of Mick Foley.  Whether it was Cactus Jack, Mankind or Dude Love, Mick Foley seemed to have a persona for every situation.  We find out in this documentary how he got into professional wrestling and many stories that you may not be aware of.  What is Chris’ opinion of this set?  Mick Foley isn’t one of his favourite wrestlers so will that have any bearing on the outcome of the review?. Order 3 DVDs/Blu-rays and get 10% off any pre-orders or orders from www.wwedvd.co.uk

Follow Chris on Twitter – @Vinto316 and also check out his Youtube Channel – Vintomania where there is plenty of Wrestling talk going on there!

There will be a few weeks of a break as Chris and his pals attend Wrestlemania but stay tuned to wwedvd.co.uk for any upcoming pre-orders!