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Friday, July 3, 2009

Alan J. Wojcik's Review Of 'Ringside With Demolition'

Kayfabe Commentaries newest release might be their best to date. The Ringside series debuted a few months ago with guest Big Van Vader/Leon White. But the next guests take it to a level that a shoot style interview rarely gets to. On this edition Sean Oliver sits down with Bill Eadie & Barry Darsow who my generation knew as Ax & Smash the tag team called Demolition. Before they begin viewing the matches Oliver somehow talked the duo into putting on the legendary makeup in front of the cameras. During this time they discuss the creation of the characters, leaving former characters behind (Eadie worked as Masked Superstar, Darsow as Krusher Krushev), working with Hall of Fame manager Mr. Fuji plus their family life on and off the road. Here are the matches Demolition talks about:

Demolition vs. Strike Force (Tito Santana/Rick Martel) March 27, 1988 Atlantic City, NJ; WrestleMania IV

Demolition vs. British Bulldogs, July 31, 1988 Wrestlefest, Milwaukee County Stadium Demolition vs. Hart Foundation, August 29, 1988 Summerslam, Madison Square Garden

Demolition in the January 15, 1989 Royal Rumble, the Summit, Houston, TX (they drew #1 & 2 respectively)

Demolition vs. Powers of Pain (Warlord/Barbarian), February 3, 1989 , the Main Event, Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI (night the Mega Powers exploded)

Demolition vs. Brain Busters (Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson) October 2, 1989, Wheeling, WV Superstars taping

Demolition vs. Andre the Giant/Giant Baba, April 13, 1990, US/ Japan Wrestling Summit, Tokyo Egg Dome

In the pre-viewing dicussion mentioned above Oliver brings up the obvious question about comparisons to the legendary Road Warriors and I was surprised at the answer given by Eadie & Darsow. Like with the Vader DVD, Oliver gets his interview subjects to open up in areas you might not expect to hear and stories which will have you falling over laughing. The only flaw as mentioned in the Vader review is you aren’t watching the matches, you’re watching people talk about the match. For a while it works but then again it also doesn’t help. Log onto www.kayfabecommentaries.com for their next releases which include History of the WWF: 2000 with Rikishi and Guest Booker with Jim Cornette.