Wednesday, November 29, 2006

History of the AWA DVD

I got a chance to watch this DVD over Thanksgiving as well, and thought it was disappointing. The story concentrated way too much on the period after Hogan left, and it seemed more about the demise of the AWA than what made it successful. As such, it spent a lot of time covering a period that wasn't particularly important. AWA was basically irrelevant for half the 80s, and just living on fumes from their previous success. Going back to the 60s and 70s more was essential to telling a more interesting story. And Verne didn't help himself either by coming across as an out of touch and ridiculous figure. At one point he asks what was the point of Vince going national, because he didn't make any friends. Money, Verne. It was about money. He made a lot more money because he went national. And then Verne said in 2006 that Hulk Hogan didn't have what it took to be champion. Wow. That's much more close minded than even the WWE approach to wrestling these days. Vince wasn't much better, claiming that he didn't try to get people to leave promotions without finishing their commitments. That's just him lying because he expects no one will know the difference. Anyway, it's still probably worth picking up, because it's interesting to hear all these people talk, but it's not what I would call good.


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