Timeline of ECW 1997 DVD Review
by Alan Wojcik
Suicidal, Homicidal, Genocidal & Intelligence personified? Bet your not used to seeing that last one when someone talks about former ECW World champion Sabu. If you don’t think that way then you probably didn’t see Kayfabe Commentaries YouShoot DVD with Sabu as the profiled star. It is definite recommended viewing before or after you get the next evolution from Kayfabe Commentaries. In 2010 the company in conjunction with www.thehistoryofwwe.com continued its stellar Timeline: History of the WWE series. Sean Oliver and his great production team decided why not expand out with the one promotion you always hear people talking about at shows across America, Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Extreme Championship Wrestling was spawned from Eastern Championship Wrestling owned by Tod Gordon and booked by Paul Heyman in the early 1990’s. Sean and crew chose 1997 as their launching point and Sabu as their storyteller. Some friends and listeners of Online World of Wrestling Radio (Alan Wojcik hosts Tuesday 9pm EST www.wildtalkradio.com) questioned why 1997 and why Sabu?
To be honest I am not an ECW person so I had little interest in this DVD but I am a wrestling history buff so I am always willing to sit at the Learning Tree (thanks Ernie Ladd) to soak up some knowledge. Thanks to the home site (www.onlineworldofwrestling.com) and Graham Cawthon’s extraordinary site I found out why 1997 and why Sabu. 1997 was the year of ECW’s inaugural attempt at the PPV market with “Barely Legal.” 1997 was the year WWE went into full “Attitude Era” mode many say thanks to the WWE seeing ECW’s success as it was helping ECW promote their PPV on Monday Night Raw programming. 1997 was the year Raven and others left for World Championship Wrestling and were later found to be aided by ECW founder Tod Gordon. 1997 was the year of the “Born to Be Wired” event that saw Sabu & Terry Funk nearly kill each other. So Sabu is the perfect person because of his matches with Taz, Funk and other stars of ECW. Sabu was part of the angle that brought WWE roster members Jerry “the King” Lawler & Jim Cornette into the ECW Arena. Sabu was in the party crowd that ruled ECW so he will give you all the dirt on New Jack, Tommy Rich, Tracy Smothers and others.
Like the YouShoot DVD, Sabu answers everything put in front of him. Sean and crew have made a conscious effort to change the visual look of the Timeline DVD to give the WWE series one look while the ECW one a different look. You are still given facts and figures but unlike the WWE series, the ECW series is melded with FanCam footage from RF Video’s “ECW Year in Review 1997 Volumes I & II” DVD’s. If you are a super fan you can buy both of those DVD’s with the Timeline DVD for $39.95 or just get the Timeline DVD for $20. I recommend either one to create a new section of your DVD collection.
According to www.kayfabecommentaries.com the next releases include Guest Booker with Al Snow, Timeline: History of the WWE 1985 with Greg “the Hammer” Valentine, Guest Booker with Bill Eadie (formerly of Demolition & the Masked Superstar) and until April 2nd you can submit questions for YouShoot with Perry Saturn.