DVDs - VGames - Books RADICAN'S DGUSA DVD REVIEW SERIES: "Fearless" - Hulk vs. Dragon Kid, Mochizuki vs. Richards
Aug 27, 2010 - 2:15:13 PM
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By Sean Radican, Torch columnist
RADICAN'S DVD REVIEW SERIES
JANUARY 23, 2010
THE CONGRESS THEATRE
CHICAGO RIDGE ILL.
DGUSA released the "Fearless" PPV back in March. The show was edited for PPV and the entrances were and post-match angles were edited. Some of the entrances and post-match angles were also cut. On this deluxe release of "Fearless," a lot of extra footage has been added to the show and the show is presented as the live crowd experienced it. All of the entrances are included for all of the matches and most of the post-match action is left unedited, save for a couple of occasions where the camera cuts away to something else after a couple of the matches.
All of the matches included on the PPV are included on the first disc of this two disc set. "Fearless" will best be remembered for the FIP Hvt. Champion Masaaki Mochizuki-Davey Richards, DGUSA Champion BxB Hulk vs. Dragon Kid, and Yoshino & Doi vs. The Young Bucks vs. Shingo & YAMATO matches, which were all excellent with the three way tag match being the highlight of the show.
One of the changes on the presentation of the show is that the TJP-Gran Akuma match was originally scheduled to be a bonus match, but because it was so good, it was included on the PPV edit. On the DVD release, this match is shown first and then the announcer is shown hyping the crowd for the start of the actual PPV taping, but on the PPV, this match was shown as the second match.
The only extended angles on this show revolve around Tommy Dreamer's DGUSA debut. These angles couldn't be shown on the PPV because Dreamer had a WWE no-compete clause in effect. The show begins with Kendrick and Moxley interrupting the music that was playing and cutting an impromptu promo to kick off the DVD. Moxley runs down Dreamer on the mic and calls him out, but Kendrick convinces Moxley to leave because he had a match to get ready for after Dreamer didn't show.
After the Jacobs-Kendrick match, Moxley is shown clotheslining Lacey right in front of Jacobs, which was where the PPV edit cut off. On the DVD, Dreamer ends up hitting the ring and attacking Moxley while Jacobs and Kendrick brawled to the back. Dreamer and Moxley brawl all over the building and Dreamer ends up hitting the DDT on Moxley for a pop from the crowd. This angle nicely sets up the Moxley-Dreamer match that took place at the "Mercury Rising" PPV taped in March during WrestleMania weekend.
There is an option included to turn the commentary off for the "Fearless" DVD edit on Disc 1 as well as the matches on the bonus disc. I think this is a nice option to have, but I generally like Lenny Leonard's commentary and there wasn't a match on here really worth going out of your to watch without the commentary outside of the three-way tag match.
The packaging looks fantastic once again. I think DGUSA has the best DVD packing on the independent market. There's a great picture of BxB Hulk and Dragon Kid on the cover commemorating their main event match. When you open up the packaging, there are two high-quality pictures of Jimmy Jacobs and YAMATO under each DVD. In the middle of the two DVDs is the actual poster from the "Fearless" PPV featuring BxB Hulk. The back side features a picture of Tommy Dreamer with a listing of the matches and another fold out with some action shots from the show.
The Bonus disc is once again very strong. The bonus disc features a number of good bonus matches from Japan and the bonus card from the “Fearless” PPV taping.
(1) Kyle O'Reilly beat Jon Moxley and Arik Cannon and Kyle O'Reilly and Johnny Gargano and Lince Dorado and Brad Allen to win a six man elimination match. The eliminations came quickly. Moxley ended up eliminating himself and leaving with Brian Kendrick during the early stages of the match. O’Reilly ended up getting the pin after pinning Cannon. (**3/4)
(2) AAW Champion Silas Young beat Hallowicked. This was a basic match with Young dominating most of the action. This wasn't very exciting while it lasted. (*1/4)
(3) Masaaki Mochizuki beat Davey Richards to become the new FIP Champion. This was an awesome match, but I would have liked to have seen it in front of a different crowd. Mochizuki worked Richards's leg early. Richards then went after Mochizuki's arm. Mochizuki won in the end with a kick to the head. I liked this match a lot and adding Lenny Leonard on commentary never hurts. (***3/4)
(4) DGUSA Champion BxB Hulk beat Susumu Yokosuka. Yokosuka dominated the first part of the match working over Hulk's leg. The match featured a lot of interference from Real Hazard on behalf of Yokosuka. The finish was really good and the crowd actually got hot for some of the more heated segments of the match. Once again Lenny Leonard sat in on commentary. Hulk also did his pre-match dance routine, which is always great. (***3/4)
Overall recommendation: (9.0) DGUSA’s DVDs are among the best releases on the independent market today. The artwork is top notch. The show itself wasn’t one of DGUSA’s strongest events, but it was still a very good show with a number of good matches as I touched on in my review earlier.
The bonus disc adds a great deal of value as well with two excellent Dragon Gate matches from Japan that were taped in December of 2009. I highly recommend picking up this release. DGUSA puts out a premium product and the packaging and bonus features enhance what was already a very good stand alone show.
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