Release Date: February 15th, 2005
Directed by: Jeremy Borash
Cast: Terry Funk, Konnan, Sabu, Shane Douglas, Francine, The Sandman, Tod Gordon, The Blue Meanie, Axl Rotten, Raven, Jerry Lynn, Joey Styles, Terry Taylor, Pitbull Gary Wolf, New Jack
Big Vision Entertainment, 128 Minutes
In concept, Forever Hardcore should be the better documentary than WWE’s The Rise and Fall of ECW.
Reason being, it doesn’t need to have the WWE slant on history, which all their documentaries have because for some reason, Vince McMahon likes to put his personal influence into everything his company commercially releases to the world.
However, this doesn’t live up to the hype that it had when it was coming out.
I definitely enjoy the interviews and insight of all the people involved but the editing and overall narrative felt choppy and disjointed.
Additionally, this didn’t get as many people as the WWE release and it didn’t really give a comprehensive history of the ECW promotion with the depth and detail of Rise and Fall. Plus, it wasn’t as organized in how it presented the story.
This is still a good companion piece to the better documentary, though. It gives different perspectives from people that the WWE didn’t bother to interview or those who chose not to participate in that one because of their own reasons and preferences.
The real highlight of this, for me at least, was Terry Funk. He sat out of WWE’s piece and saved his stories for this one. It was also cool hearing Sabu actually speak and give his two cents on the angles and history that he was directly involved in.
For die hard ECW fans, this is definitely worth checking out. For the casual fan, it probably won’t mean much.
Pairs well with: WWE’s documentary The Rise and Fall of ECW.