No Holds Barred

NHB Blu Ray

DVD Release Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

~MATCH #1~
From SummerSlam: Feel the Heat, 8.28.89 – Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake (w/ Miss Elizabeth) defeat Randy Savage & Zeus (w/ Sensational Sherri) at 15:04. This is an ultra-weird version of the match, because Hogan comes out to a generic song instead of “Real American,” and Jesse Ventura’s commentary is absent. They do a typical 1980s main event tag team match, nice and formulaic. The big draw is Hogan and Zeus facing off, and eventually they come face to face. Hogan staggers Zeus with a series of right hands that knock him down on one knee. Sherri tries to interfere and Elizabeth dumps her into the ring! The referee is distracted and Savage goes up top with the purse, but Beefcake knocks him down. Hogan gets control of the purse and levels Zeus with it. He’s then able to bodyslam the big man. Hogan finishes Zeus off with the Leg Drop for the pin. Sure, Zeus was a terrible wrestler but as a kid he scared the crap out of me and that’s what they were going for. The match was a fun main event that sent the crowd home happy. Savage did the bulk of the work for his team so it worked out. This is very reminiscent of the first SummerSlam main event, or WrestleMania.
Rating: ***

~MATCH #2~
From No Holds Barred: The Movie/The Match, 12.27.89 – Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake defeat Randy Savage & Zeus (w/ Sensational Sherri) in a No Holds Barred Steel Cage Tag Team Match at 9:27. Hogan gets trapped outside the cage at the beginning of the match, and Sherri locks the door to keep him out! That would be bad news for Beefcake if there was no other way for Hogan to get in, but he just climbs over the top and comes in to clean house. The bad guys get their way for a little bit too, and Sherri interferes every chance she gets. Sherri takes the referee out and gives Savage a chain to use, but Beefcake gets a hold of it instead and decks Savage with it. Beefcake escapes the cage and wakes the referee up. He pulls Savage to the floor, leaving Hogan and Zeus all alone. Hogan does he thing – he Hulks Up and bodyslams the big man. He repeatedly rams Zeus into the cage and then bodyslams him again. Three Leg Drops later and Hogan gets the pin. That was quite enjoyable, a pretty typical Coliseum Video type of match to send the crowd home happy.
Rating: **¾

A2Z Analysiz
This is a pretty great bonus feature section for the No Holds Barred Blu-ray. The SummerSlam match of course can be found on other releases, but the cage match hadn’t been on anything else so it’s nice to finally have that. Neither match was a masterpiece, but it’s a cool deal to have both matches in one place, as they’re a nice accompaniment to the film.

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About Jake Ziegler

I've been in love with the movies for almost 20 years. I follow the Oscars obsessively, and try to see as many movies a year as I can. I'll watch anything good bad or otherwise, and my life long dream job has always been to be a bona fide film critic. View all posts by Jake Ziegler

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