I'm strolling through my local Strawberries and decide to take a look in the DVD wrestling section while the Misses picks out a CD for her sister's Birthday today. Usually they have standard WWE stuff some backyard promotions and some XPW, but today I found a series called 'Takedown Masters'. They had a collection of DVD's with comps of old Southern matches with big names like Rhodes, Funk and Flair. They also had a few ROH DVD's. One was called Round Robin or something like that and the other, which was the one I picked up, was called 'The Era of Honor'.
Now the older Legends comps all had match listings on the back and the ROH ones had nothing. Just the same promo type thing about the promotion on the back, so I took a gamble on one...why not for ten bucks. I found the match listings for this DVD on the net and it looks real good, but boy did they slap the packaging together on this.
I've only had a chance to watch the very begining of this DVD, so I can't give you any kind of review on it. What I'm getting at, I guess is has anyone heard or seen anything by this Takedown Masters series? They have a website address in bold on the cover www.takedownmasters.com, of course it doesn't work. Does anyone know if ROH hooked up with these guys because of the whole RFVideo thing? They're selling all the DVD's at ten bucks a shot, and Strawberries overinflates ALL their prices. Granted there are no extras, but still that's a hell of a price for some good wrestling.
Sounds like pirated DVDs, based on the packaging. ROH already has their layout for specific DVD covers. Anything different means someone has gone out of their way to construct new ones, because they didn't have the original.
I have three DVDs from them. The ROH "The Era of Honor Begins" which is pretty good, and the video and audio quality is top notch, so I doubt it is a pirate version of anything, but then again, I have never looked at the ROH website, so I cant compare any of it to this DVD.
I also picked up DREAM The AMerican Dream Dusty Rhodes DVD. Features a LOT of mid to late 70s-early 80s (pre Crockett) Dusty matches, mainly from Florida, and has Dusty introducing the matches. Pretty good, with some promos and stuff from WAY back in the day. Video quality is what you would expect from the tape sources being so old, but it is worth the ten bucks if you are a Dusty fan, or an old school fan. Matches include: Dusty and The Haiti Kid (midget) vs Bobby Duncum Sr and Gary Hart
Dusty and Eddie Graham vs Bob Roop and Bob Orton Jr
Dusty and Bill Watts vs Dick Murdoch and Buddy Colt
Dusty vs Harley Race
Dusty vs Lars Anderson (no relation to Arn, Ole or Gene)
and Dusty winning his first NWA Title, which I had never seen, Vs Harley Race (from a historical perspective, this is worth the ten bucks)
I also bought another one, called Mike Graham Presents Classic Championship Wrestling. Good quality, but most matches are short. But, some CLASSIC wrestlers you probably havent seen in thier heyday. Matches include: NWA Florida Tag Champions The Sheephearders vs the Cuban Connection
Terry Funk vs Mike Rotundo (plus a promo from Funk where he calls the fans dumb Florida crackers)
Lex Lugar, Ron SImmons and Kendal WIndham vs Bad News Allen, Bruiser Brody and the Cuban Assasin.
NWA Southern Heavyweight title match (Champ) Lex Lugar vs Bad News Allen
THe Black Ninja (GREAT MUTA!) vs Prince Iaukea (NOT the one from WCW) Possibly the first moonsault in North America included in this match
NWA World Heavywieght Title match Champ Harley Race vs Dusty (different than the other match on the other DVD)
Boxing Match Kendall Windham vs Kendo Nagasaki
Video of Hiro Matsuda training Ron Simmons (and some other chump who never amounted to anything)
NWA Florida Title Champ Barry Windham vs Ron Bass And, a AWA World Tag Team match Road Warriors vs Harley Race and Stan Hanson.
For ten bucks, you cant go wrong really, all three are okay to great quality in the video department, and the chance to see old school stuff is great.
Originally posted by OMEGAI've seen those ROH DVDs at my local mall as well. I seem to remember reading something about ROH distrubuting some of their shows outside of the ROH website. Not sure if this is it or not.
Yeah that's them if they look like bootleg's. That's why they're so cheap. It's also the only way ROH could get their stuff into the stores. I geuss it's better then nothing but I can't see too many casual fans picking one up.
WWE now serving only -> "DIET CHAVO - All the taste - Half the fat!"
I picked up the ROH Round Robin Challenge DVD at my local FYE for ten bucks, too, and they jack up the price on everything. However, the show itself contained more matches than were on the actual DVD so while bootlegging never crossed my mind I didn't assume this was straight from ROH. You can always go to Ring of Honor's website and check out their merch section to find the listings for their DVDs/shows. They also had the TakeDown Masters series, but I've been burned by them before.
I would be down with the rumored fatal four-way, but everyone knows whose shoulders are getting pinned to the mat if that match takes place. Hint: It ain't Hogan, it's not 'Taker, and it's certainly not Triple H. At least, that's the way I see it.