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Monday Night Mayhem DVD Review: Guest Booker With Sheepherder Luke: Re-Booking WWE 1993, Hardcore

Produced By: KayfabeCommentaries.com

Written By: “Wild” Bill Brown

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Content: 8.5

KFC challenges one of the leading territorial bookers in the history of our business, with the ultimate task of changing the WWE from a cartoon-friendly, kiddie-style promotion — with such characters as Doink The Clown & Mantaur running throughout to a cutting-edge, more-violent serious promotion that true fans may wish to follow. The timeline chosen is 1993, a period just before ECW would start making their footprints, and Japanese companies were booking Bomb & Barbed Wire matches. The WWE was involved in a steroid controversy, and a new direction was needed now. Sheepherder Luke is the man assigned the job of getting fans to rally behind a more-serious product & turn the corner into the future before the other companies leap ahead. Want to find out how The Godwins can be hardcore in a Farmyard Match with all kinds of weapons & draw money? Thurman “Sparky” Plugg, Duke “The Dumpster” Droese, The Smoking Guns, they all are about to become important parts of the WWE roster, via the new hardcore concept. This topic is a lot of fun but will also have you in stitches at times.

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Audio & Video: 8.5

Clear & crisp commentary as always during the entire discussion between Sean Oliver & Luke Williams. Dolby Surround in two channels. For the entire near two hours, you won’t miss a word. The gimmicky roster is displayed on screen for the viewer to follow & understand the players. Camera work is basic, but exactly what you need.

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Overall Recommendation:

Get this DVD. If you lived through all of this, it is a great listen. If you did not, you will be taken back. If you respect old-school smart booking with hardcore issues & heated vendettas and believe it would still draw, take a comfortable seat & listen to Luke tell you how. Not only that, but Luke Williams talks quite candidly about many past issues in his many years in this sport, as he wrestled through territories all throughout the world. The knowledge & understanding that Luke has been through is a must hear. Luke also without any partner sitting next to him is a great talker & really lets out stories you have never heard before. There are plenty of times as well where it gets so funny, you may not be able to stop laughing your posterior off. From wacky to serious, stories & laughter, this DVD has it all.

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Final Thoughts:

Sometimes it’s always good to suspend disbelief, which for the most part today is virtually impossible. This production (produced by Kayfabe Commentaries) can bring that great feeling within you.

As always, anytime KFC provides us with a topic like this, the results are always very interesting to the listener, coming from a major talent’s business point of view.

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Overall Rating: 8.5

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DVD Reviewed By “Wild” Bill Brown. This DVD was reviewed By “Wild” Bill Brown. Visit the official website & MySpace pages of The Mayhem’s official DVD reviewer at www.BBrownVideo.com & www.MySpace.com/BBrownVideo.

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