The Legacy Begins
is a sport that doesn't always reward the innovators. Workers
like Karl Gotch and Lanny Poffo were years ahead of the game,
and while they had followings, they weren't rewarded with
titles or huge pushes. I hope that this fate does not befall
Urban Empire Wrestling, as the in-ring product they present
on their DVD, The Legacy Begins, is absolutely some
of the best wrestling in the world.
behind Urban Empire Wrestling is a smart one: take wrestlers
off the indy circuit that will appeal to the young, urban
demographic and have them work off the chart matches with
each other. The wrestlers are some of the top high spot artists
in the world: Sonny Siaki, 1990s Super Indy God Mike Quackenbush,
Julio Dinero, Sonjay Dutt, and Qenaan Creed. These guys are
all top-notch athletes who can all work above the heads of
ninety percent of the world's wrestlers.
matches are admittedly hurt to a degree by the small audience.
The matches still look amazing, each with a strong build and
a smart chain of moves. The opening match, featuring Creed
and Ruckus, was very strong and long. Sonny Siaki, who the
WWE should be getting a hold of very soon, was about as good
as you're going to find regularly wrestling in America. He
has an excellent style that works power moves in with mart
high spots. He reminds me of many of the Mexican Wrestlers
who stayed in Mexico instead of coming to the US when Lucha
was all hot in the late 1990s. These wrestlers worked a style
that was incredibly fast-paced, but made sense.
Dinero, who I think could be a HUGE star given a little bit
of time and a serious push, shines in his match with Mikey
Quackenbush. Every match in the tourney is at least very good,
but there are a couple that just go far beyond anything you're
likely to see on a regular wrestling video.
is the commentary. The three announcers, the luscious Tyi
Flood, Keith "From up the block" and DJ Omega (who
also provides UEW's official soundtrack) aren't bad, as they
seem to try to keep up with things, but they fall apart and
at times seem to be more of a morning radio program than a
wrestling announcing team. I understand what they are trying
to do, and it does speak to their desired demographic, but
it does distract a bit from the matches at times. There are
some moments where it works, especially when they get more
into calling the matches than going on about exterior topics.
could work if they had a Mike Tennay, Joey Styles, or Jim
Ross-type play-by-play to carry the important of the matches
while the others added the humor and gave the event the pitch
that they need to achieve. There were a few miscalled moves,
which doesn't hurt too much for the casual fan, but can seriously
damage the long-term effect of certain moves if they are not
is a freestyle MC battle in the middle of the DVD, and Mary
Sweet Mother of God, I dug it. Normally I would be annoyed
to have this crowbarred into the middle of a wrestling DVD,
but it works so well with the attitude, and the drops are
just so damn solid that I can not complain at all.
of the package for me is Sonjay Dutt. He busts out the most
amazing moves and seems to work effortlessly. He's a huge
star on the East Coast scene, and unfortunately, he's also
in what I believe to be the shortest of the matches on the
DVD. Still, for the Royal Octopus Variations that he pulls
out of what look to be spinning headscissors, I dip my hat
a promotion that should make a big impact once they get regular
syndication. With talent of this level, they should be able
to compete by providing an alternative for many types of fans:
those who are in it for the wrestling, those who are in it
for the spectacle, and those who are in it for the personalities.
it's always hard to enter into a cage with an 800 pound gorilla
like Vince McMahon, UEW could easily carve a niche for itself.
And it should do it soon, as the world is ready for what they
have to offer. Be sure to check out www.urbanempirewrestling.com
to learn all about UEW and to order this DVD that may just
end up being the first of a legendary cycle.