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Friday, July 18, 2008

Alan Wojcik Reviews PWG Sells Out!

Courtesy of Alan J. Wojcik:

In 2003 a small promotion in California made its debut with a show called Untitled (The Debut Show). They soon followed with interesting names for their events like the Tango & Cash Invitational, Free Admission (Just Kidding), All Nude Revue, Enchantment Under the Sea and their own multi-night tournament the Battle For Los Angeles. They made their reputation with excellent online promotion, their die-hard fans that traded the DVD’s and their wrestlers who broadened their resumes by working outside of California. The promotion is Pro Wrestling Guerrilla founded by Southern California based wrestlers Disco Machine, Joey Ryan, Excalibur, Scott Lost, Super Dragon and Top Gun Talwar.

The first time I heard of PWG was through current TNA Wrestling star Frankie “the Future” Kazarian who was part of their debut event and the lovely So Cal Val who managed Lost & Ryan at one time. Both recommended I check them out. Good thing I did because in 2005, Ryan and the Human Tornado came to Florida for the annual Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup making hundreds of new fans on the weekend. Now everyone that hasn’t bought a PWG DVD online or at a show can get their first national release the appropriately named PWG SELLS OUT: THE BEST OF PRO WRESTLIGN GUERRILLA VOLUME 1.

If you watched the short lived MTV series Wrestling Society X some of these names in the match listings will sound familiar. If they don’t then you need to stop reading this review and watch the NINE hours of matches spread over three discs….go ahead I will wait. Seriously I will wait. Sorry that is just an example of the tongue in cheek humor PWG provides to their fans with their excellent in-ring product. The DVD features two audio tracks with one getting the crowd noise and the other the original DVD commentary. Here is the listings…see you at the end of it:

Disc One
1. "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson vs. Samoa Joe, The Musical - April 17, 2004
2. Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship Steel Cage Match "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce vs. "The Future" Frankie Kazarian, The Reason For The Season - July 10, 2004
3. CM Punk vs. Super Dragon, The Reason For The Season - July 10, 2004
4. "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels vs. Jack Evans, Free Admission (Just Kidding!) - November 13, 2004
5. Samoa Joe vs. Super Dragon, All Nude Revue - February 12, 2005
6. AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe, All Star Weekend Night 1 - April 1, 2005
7. AJ Styles vs. James Gibson, Guitarmageddon - June 11, 2005

Disc 2
8. Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Tag Team Title Match - Titles vs. Masks
Arrogance ("Photogenic" Chris Bosh & Scott Lost) vs. Aerial Xpress (Quicksilver & Scorpio Sky) 2nd Anniversary Weekend Night 1 - July 9, 2005
9. El Generico, Jack Evans, Frankie Kazarian, & Super Dragon vs. Scott Lost, Ricky Reyes, Davey Richards, & Joey Ryan, 2005 Battle of Los Angeles Night 2 - September 4, 2005
10. Guerrilla Warfare Match, Super Dragon vs. "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen Astonishing X-Mas - December 18, 2005
11. Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Tag Team Title Match
Super Dragon & Davey Richards vs. Jack Evans & Roderick Strong, Hollywood Globetrotters - March 4, 2006
12. Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship Steel Cage Match
Joey Ryan vs. B-Boy Threemendous - July 16, 2006
13. CIMA vs. El Generico, 2006 Battle of Los Angeles Night 3 - September 3, 2006
14. El Generico vs. "The Man That Gravity Forgot" PAC, All Star Weekend 4 Night 2 - November 18, 2006

Disc 3
15. Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship Title Guerrilla Warfare Match
Joey Ryan vs. Human Tornado, Based on a True Story - January 13, 2007
16. PAC vs. Kevin Steen, Holy Diver Down - February 24, 2007
17. Kaz Hayashi vs. PAC, All Star Weekend 5 Night 2 - April 8, 2007
18. CIMA vs. Bryan Danielson, DDT4 Night 1 - May 19, 2007
19. Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Tag Team Title Match
Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. PAC & Roderick Strong DDT4 Night 2 - May 20, 2007
20. Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Tag Team Title Match
PAC & Roderick Strong vs. El Generico & Kevin Steen Giant Size Annual #4 - July 29, 2007
21. Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship Title Match
El Generico vs. Bryan Danielson Giant Size Annual #4 - July 29, 2007

Nine hours is a lot of wrestling and each match on here is excellent. Disc 3’s Ryan vs Tornado and Disc 2’s BOLA matches are worth the price they are charging which is $14.95. The commentary tracks are funny but sometimes are too over the top. This is a must buy for your collection if you can’t watch Monday or Friday night wrestling without a bottle of No Doz pills. Log onto www.bvdvd.com or www.prowrestlingguerrilla.com to buy the DVD or other PWG events.