From the top rope to the ring below, to the outside, off a 20 foot ladder or off the top of a 15 foot high steel cage. Any way you slice it the wrestlers featured in this 3-disc collection are truly the highest flyers in pro wrestling. Hosted by Josh Matthews, we have some short video packages on each superstar then a match that showcases them, along with demonstrations of some key moves off the top rope by a few superstars.
-10/25/92, WCW Halloween Havoc, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Brian Pillman: Lost classic here as Steamboat works on Brian's arm with his trademark arm drags, arm ringers and chops to the shoulder. Pillman displayed some dirty tactics too, grinding Ricky's face into the canvas and choking him against the ring rope. The action stays at a good pace and the momentum shifts enough for the flow of the match to stay about even. Ricky reverses a roll-up and pins Pillman to win this good, solid match. 8/10.
-6/11/09, WWE Superstars, Evan Bourne vs. Zack Ryder: I've been a fan of Bourne's since I saw him as Matt Sydal on TNA's Victory Road '04 PPV and this match is good and does showcase some of Evan's best moves, including Ricky Steamboat like arm drags but there's more mat wrestling from these two. Ryder works on Evan's ribs with suplexes, bearhugs and leg locks and a nice dragon sleeper, Bourne comes back with his unique set of kicks then eventually hits Air Bourne and makes the cover to win. 7/10.
-2/20/84, MSG, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka vs. Samu: Its a short one here, Jimmy hits some chops and fists to the head and a nice crossbody for 2. Samu comes back slamming Snuka into the corner then works on Jimmy's throat and his trap with a nerve hold. Snuka comes back hitting big moves including a flying headbutt then hits a crossbody from the top and makes the cover to win. 6/10.
-7/13/97, WCW Bash At The Beach, Juventud Guerrera, Hector Garza & Lizmark Jr. vs. La Parka, Psychosis & Villano IV: Loved this one here as I've always been a fan of La Parka, just thought he had a cool look and style. There's a little bit of mat wrestling to start out but the wrestlers quickly start taking to the air in some dazzling fashion, including triple dives by Garza's team and a series where all the men hit moves to the outside, the best being Juvi hitting a huge dive. There's just too many cool spots to list any more, Villano V comes down, behind the refs back but Garza hits a standing moonsault on V and covers him to win. 9/10.
-5/2/05, Raw, Gold Rush Tournament Match, Shelton Benjamin vs. Shawn Michaels: In all the 20+ years I've watched wrestling I've never seen a more naturally gifted wrestler than Shelton Benjamin and you see why in this match. Great, great match here, both show some good mat based wrestling, Shelton seemed to have Michaels' number throughout this whole match and almost had him beat on a few occasions. This match was crisp, both were on their game and Shelton only made one mistake as he jumped from the top rope but got hit with one of the biggest Sweet Chin Music's in history as Shawn covers to win. 10/10.
-11/24/96, WCW World War 3, J-Crown Cruiserweight Championship Match, Ultimo Dragon (Champion) vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.: Always been a fan of Ultimo's work and style and this is quite a good match between two great high flyers. The 8 belts Dragon came to the ring with were from him winning a match that gave him those titles from 3 different countries and Rey had a chance to win them all. Both their styles mixed well, Rey hit his usual hgh impact, quick moves while Dragon used some straight wrestling, stiff kicks and good high flying moves of his own. This is another one thats better to be watched and enjoyed, Dragon wins after hitting a snap powerbomb for 3 to retain his titles. 9/10.
-7/21/95, ECW Hardcore TV, ECW World Television Championship Match, Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko: Its a classic as most of their matches were usually, plenty of good mat wrestling, back and forth exchanges of submission holds and high flying moves. The momentum changes quite often and the pace rarely if ever slows down for the 15 minutes of this match. Dean reverses a roll-up and pins Eddie for the 3 to win the TV title in his hometown of Tampa, Florida. 9/10.
Special Features on Disc 1:
-3/16/97, WCW Uncensored, Ultimo Dragon vs. Psychosis: Good one here as both trade arm drags and mat wrestle for the first few minutes, nice headstand in the corner by Dragon then both trade the camel clutch submission move. Psychosis hits a nice dive to the outside onto Ultimo, then a slingshot leg drop to the outside, Dragon comes back with the Asai moonsault off the second rope. More high flying action as both hit high risk moves but can't keep the other down, Ultimo hits a Tiger suplex and makes the cover to win. 8/10.
-4/18/08, Smackdown, Chavo Guerrero vs. Jamie Noble: Both these guys are good workers and can put on a good match, but this isn't one of them. There is some good submission wrestling and exchanges from both men, but that spark just isn't there so its kinda blah. Chavo wears down Noble, who makes a come back with a nice Northern Lights Suplex, Chavo hits a hotshot on Jamie then hits the frogsplash for the win. 5/10.
-Flight Turbulence: A video package of high flying moves that didn't end well, like Brock's Shooting Star Press at Wrestlemania, Kurt Angle's moonsault off the top of a cage, Shane's 50 foot fall at Summerslam and others.
-7/13/97, WCW Bash At The Beach, WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match, Chris Jericho (Champion) vs. Ultimo Dragon: Its such a fun match to watch as both know each other so well from wrestling in Mexico and Japan, they worked quite well together, whether it was on the mat or in the air. Early on they trade arm drags, flips and even back kicks and the pace keeps the crowd energized, then Dragon hits some stiff kicks and locks on a nerve hold, but Jericho comes back hitting a double snap powerbomb. There's plenty more action as both can't keep the advantage for long, Jericho ends up hitting a victory roll for the win to retain his title. 9/10.
-8/27/95, Summerslam, 1-2-3 Kid vs. Hakushi: This was a very enjoyable one as Kid hit some great kicks and high flying moves while Hakushi got in some good moves of his own which got quite a reaction from the crowd. There's good wrestling by both, along with some stiff kicks by both men especially Hakushi, who hit a handspring into a flip over the top onto the Kid. After a splash from the top rope only gets two, the Kid attempts a spin kick, but gets caught and slammed into the mat and Hakushi pins him for 3. 7/10.
-7/30/09, Superstars, John Morrison vs. Tyson Kidd: Pretty good wrestling here by both guys, John hits some good arm drags, while Tyson relied on dirty tactics and using a sleeper hold to wear him down. Morrison comes back hitting his unique array of kicks and a clothesline over the top rope, then a twisting splash to the outside. John ends up hitting Starship Pain and covers to win. 6/10.
-4/2/00, Wrestlemania 2000, Triangle Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, The Dudley Boyz (Champions) vs. The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian: The prelude to the TLC series of matches and quite a good one as all three teams get some good spots in. Christian hits a dive to the outside onto Matt and Bubba Ray, later Bubba hits a cutter on Christian off the ladder, the best spot was when Jeff Hardy hits a big swanton onto Bubba off of a ladder through a table. Matt is up trying to get the belts when Edge knocks him off and he falls through a table in the ring, Edge & Christian grab the titles to become the new champions. Great match, 9/10.
-6/12/05, ECW One Night Stand, 3-Way Dance, Super Crazy vs. Little Guido vs. Tajiri: Good three-way that has lots of high flying, some double teaming early on and a huge moonsault by Crazy from the balcony to the floor onto both guys. Guido gets misted by Tajiri then a Whipper Snapper from Mikey Whipwreck and Guido is gone. Crazy and Tajiri trade moves, including a swinging DDT from Tajiri, but he misses the Buzzsaw Kick and Crazy hits a moonsault and makes the cover for 3. 7/10.
-6/18/95, WCW Great American Bash, Brian Pillman vs. Alex Wright: Really good one here despite a couple of botched moves by Wright (who was 20 at this time and a rookie, mind you). Pillman did show some early signs of his famous Loose Cannon character as he tried to be nice early one but after the botched moves he got more angry and aggressive, which brought a big reaction from the crowd. There's plenty of good wrestling and high flying here and neither can keep the other down for 3, until Wright reverses a sunset flip and pins the veteran Pillman for 3 much to the crowds dismay. 8/10.
-3/21/91, WCW/Japan Supershow, Great Muta vs. Sting: Very rare and good one here featuring two of my favorites and its a classic. The Japanese setting added a cool feel as the fans really wanted the action to stay in the ring and booed any dirty tactics mainly by Muta. The action starts off fast as Muta hits the handspring elbow and hits a dive to the outside, Sting takes over using his power and press slams Muta to the floor, then dives over the rope onto Muta. The pace stays very quick, with some wrestling mixed in, each counters the others trademark moves, then Muta sprays Sting with the green mist and hits a crossbody from the top and covers for 3. 9/10. Afterwards Sting is furious, attacks Muta and locks on the Scorpion Death Lock.
-8/5/01, Sunday Night Heat, WWE Hardcore Championship Match, Rob Van Dam (Champion) vs. Jerry Lynn: Forgot all about Lynn being part of the WWE, but that being said this was a good match albeit short. Given how they both knew each other from the storied rivalry in ECW, they were able to counter each others moves and each guy hit some good high spots. There's not much weapon use, just a chair but they make it count and RVD hits the frog splash on Lynn who was laying on the chair and covers for 3. 6/10.
Special Feature on Disc 2
-9/27/98, Sunday Night Heat, The Hardy Boyz vs. Kai En Tai: Its a quick one here where Kai En Tai wear down the younger Hardy's, Matt hits a dive over the top and Jeff crashes and burns on the outside when he misses a splash over the top. After Funaki gets hit with a flag, the Hardy's hit a tandem splash and leg drop move from the top rope and cover to win. 4/10.
-8/18/96, Summerslam, WWE Title Match: Vader vs. Shawn Michaels (Champion): This was probably Vader's best match in WWE as he almost had Shawn beat on a few occasions, Vader hits all kinds of fists, clotheslines, even a powerbomb on the outside. Shawn out quicks Vader, hitting a nice dive over the ropes to the outside. Shawn wins the match via count out, Jim Cornette demands the match be restarted and it is, Michaels uses Cornette's racket for a DQ finish, Cornette again demands the match restart and it does, Vader even kicks out of Sweet Chin Music, the referree gets knocked out, here comes a Vader bomb that Michaels kicks out of. Vader goes for the moonsault but misses, Shawn hits a moonsault of his own and pins Vader to retain his title. 9/10.
-2/17/96, ECW Cyberslam, ECW World Television Championship Match, 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Sabu: Good one here with the underrated Scorpio taking on ECW's daredevil Sabu, its a great mix of high flying, wrestling and hardcore action. It goes on for quite a while, 30 minutes in fact and rarely slows down, Sabu hits a dive over the top rope into the crowd on Scorpio but only a 2 count, 2 Cold comes back with a huge powerbomb then a top rope leg drop. The 30 minute time limit expires and 2 Cold Scorpio retains his title. 8/10.
-5/14/10, Smackdown, Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals, Kofi Kingston vs. Christian: Pretty good one here that mixed wrestling early on but picked up once it was taken to the air. Kofi misses a dive on the outside, Christian counters with a dive of his own nailing Kofi. After Christian tries wearing down Kingston, Kofi comes back with a big crossbody then hits the Boom Drop but only a 2 count. More near falls occur then Kofi rolls out of a sunset flip attempt and hits Trouble In Paradise and covers to win the I.C. title. 8/10.
-2/15/98, In Your House: No Way Out, WWE Light Heavyweight Championship Match, Taka Michinoku (Champion) vs. Pantera: This was an enjoyable one, Taka hit some high moves and Pantera also had a good showing, like when he hit a dive over the top rope onto Taka. There's some good quick exchanges, then Taka hits a very impressive springboard dive to the outside. Later Taka hits the Michinoku Driver and covers to retain his title. 8/10. Side Note: The commentary from Jerry Lawler and Brian Christopher was fairly annoying as they ripped apart both guys mainly Taka.
-12/6/04, Raw, WWE Women's Championship Match, Trish Stratus (Champion) vs. Lita: After coming back from her neck injury and dealing with the loss of her child (a horrifying storyline to say the least), we have this great main event of Raw. These two always had good matches and the back and forth hard hitting action in this contest was just magic, Lita dived to the outside and looked like she snapped her neck. Trish used her protective mask to gain an advantage and just beat Lita down and targeted her neck. Lita counters the Stratusfaction, hits the Twist of Fate then hits the moonsault and covers to win the title. 8/10.
-1/9/00, ECW Guilty As Charged, ECW World Television Championship Match, Rob Van Dam (Champion) vs. Sabu: Given how they were both trained by Sabu's uncle the Original Sheik, these two always did well when they faced off. The action had the expected high spots and hardcore action, Sabu hit his trademark dive from the top into the crowd onto RVD, who comes back with his own dive over the top to the floor. Great spot where Sabu dives off the top and drives RVD through a table on the outside, later RVD hits the frog splash and covers Sabu to retain his title. 8/10.
-1/7/08, Raw, Steel Cage Match, Jeff Hardy vs. Umaga: WWE Champion Randy Orton wanted Hardy softened up before their match at the Royal Rumble so enter the Samoan Bulldozer Umaga. This isn't a bad cage match, Umaga dominates with his strength, Jeff came back with his unique offense but got yanked off the ropes when he tried to escape. Later Jeff attempts to escape again, gets to the top but Randy is waiting on the floor with a chair, so Jeff hits a massive Whisper in the Wind off the cage to Umaga and covers him to win. 7/10.
-10/26/97, WCW Halloween Havoc, Mask vs. Title Match: Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Eddie Guerrero (Champion): What a fast paced, great match. The timing of these two couldn't have been better. Rey pulls off a sick flip off of the top rope into a DDT on Eddie, great move. Eddie also works over Rey's back with some great wrestling moves and I can't really say much more about it, just watch and enjoy. Rey wins in about 14 mins. to become the Crusierweight title. 11/10.
Special Feature on Disc 3
-11/22/98, WCW World War 3, WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match, Juventud Guerrera vs. Billy Kidman: This had the 3 ring set up for the main event battle royal. Good match here as both display some great wrestling and the usual high flying moves, Juvi lets his cockiness get in the way of beating Kidman on a couple of occasions. Billy seemed more aggressive than normal hitting a stiff clothesline, hitting a dropkick as Juvi was jumping from the top rope, then stomping him into the mat. Juvi hits a great series of moves including a dive to the floor, then a springboard dropkick from one ring to the other but only for two. Later Juvi hits the Juvi-Driver but can't follow up. While both are on the ropes, Rey Mysterio comes down holds Kidman's tights, Juvi falls to the ring and Billy ends up hitting the Shooting Star Press to win the title. 8/10.
This was an enjoyable collection, not too many repeats though the Halloween Havoc '97 match could've been replaced. Its an amazing match but its been on enough DVD sets all ready, I also would've replaced the Chavo/Noble & Hardy Boyz/Kai En Tai with something better as both were just average. But its more than worth having in your DVD library especially if you like cruiserweight action.