Vids I Dig 332: Arn Anderson: Ask Arn Anything – 12/31/2019

From Arn Anderson’s YouTube description: Nobody had a career like Arn Anderson. For more than three decades he has been the epitome of “old school.” Hear him as you’ve never heard him before every Tuesday at 6am Eastern as you gives you a peak behind the curtain for the first time ever. Each week Conrad Thompson will examine Arn’s days in the territories, becoming an Anderson, creating the Four Horsemen in the NWA, becoming a Hall of Famer, and being a producer behind the scenes for years for WWE proving “The Enforcer” has a story unlike anyone else. Known for his trademark Spinebuster and incredible “promos” in front of the camera, it’s his timing and wit that has kept “the boys” in stitches behind the scenes.

Vids I Dig 327: Chris Van Vliet: David Benoit Interview

From Chris Van Vliet’s YouTube description: Chris Benoit’s son David sits down with Chris Van Vliet for his first on-camera interview in Las Vegas. He said nothing was off limits and that he would talk about anything. David opens up about his father’s last days, his favorite memories of him, wanting to follow in his footsteps, whether Chris Benoit should be in the WWE Hall of Fame, how AEW got him back into wrestling, he addresses the conspiracies surrounding the murder/suicide and much more!

Documentary Review: Harley Race: The Greatest Wrestler On God’s Green Earth (2014)

Release Date: 2014
Cast: Harley Race, Ric Flair, Terry Funk, Jim Cornette, various

Ellbow Productions, Highspots, 112 Minutes

Review:

I’m not 100 percent sure on whether or not this came out in 2014 but that’s the earliest date I saw attached to a trailer with pre-order info. Also, it’s hard to get all the credit details, as this doesn’t even have an IMDb page or really anything more than just the title and running time.

Anyway, I got this, along with three other wrestling documentary/compilation box sets from Highspots. The shipping was lightning fast, which was great considering all the COVID-19 shenanigans. So while I’m mostly self-quarantining, Highspots’ quick turnaround was able to ensure that I wouldn’t be bored, at least for one weekend.

As for the documentary, itself, it was a pretty engaging piece. But look, I’ve always loved the hell out of Harley Race ever since I met him as a kid and saw him in the ring, growing up in NWA country. So I might be somewhat biased but he’s an interesting guy that had a tremendous career in the professional wrestling business.

This documentary is also special in that a lot of it just features Harley talking about his life and career. Other greats also chime in like Ric Flair, Terry Funk, Jim Cornette and many more but the absolute highlight of this is hearing Harley talk about Harley in his own words.

This also covers a lot of ground but as I said, this guy had a legendary career that spanned decades and multiple federations.

I also found this refreshing in that it didn’t play like a big budget WWE style documentary with quick, careful edits and a sort of agenda behind it. This actually plays more like a Ken Burns style documentary in that it is slow but it’s also really informative and builds up a sort of romantic affinity for the wrestling business during the intriguing territory era.

Plus, this comes with a second disc full of matches and other moments.

Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: other documentaries on wrestling legends.

Vids I Dig 318: Arn Anderson: Ask Arn Anything – 12/3/2019

From Arn Anderson’s YouTube description: Nobody had a career like Arn Anderson. For more than three decades he has been the epitome of “old school.” Hear him as you’ve never heard him before every Tuesday at 6am Eastern as you gives you a peak behind the curtain for the first time ever. Each week Conrad Thompson will examine Arn’s days in the territories, becoming an Anderson, creating the Four Horsemen in the NWA, becoming a Hall of Famer, and being a producer behind the scenes for years for WWE proving “The Enforcer” has a story unlike anyone else. Known for his trademark Spinebuster and incredible “promos” in front of the camera, it’s his timing and wit that has kept “the boys” in stitches behind the scenes.

Book Review: ‘4 Ever: A Look Behind the Curtain’ by Arn Anderson

Since Arn Anderson is one of my favorite wrestlers of all-time, I’ve always wanted to pick up this book and read it. Sure, it’s over twenty years old but it did come out just after he retired and it covers his in-ring career.

Arn is a great storyteller and he doesn’t really hold back here. My only complaint is that this feels like it should be a much larger book.

While it covers the big moments in Arn’s life and career up until 1997 or so, there are a lot of angles and feuds I would’ve liked to read about that were left out.

He gets into his relationship with Ric Flair and the formation of the Four Horsemen. He also goes into some detail about his time in the WWF and his return to WCW but there are so many stories that could’ve been told and added into this too thin book.

Still, for fans of the man, this is certainly worth reading. Luckily, he gets into much more detail about his career on his podcast, which I’d suggest that people listen to. It’s one of the better ones out there on the insides of the wrestling business.

Rating: 6.75/10
Pairs well with: other wrestling biographies, as well as books about the territory days.