DVD Review: 'Second 2 None: World's Toughest Tag Teams'
While many professional wrestling fans, critics and even ring announcers consider tag team wrestling an art of the past, the spirit of two-man tandem in-ring action lives on in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
In a company promoting itself as an alternative to mainstream World Wrestling Entertainment, TNA's tag team division shines through like a ray of light in the heart of darkness.
WWE, a company that once featured a number of famous and highly prominent tag teams and stables of wrestlers and managers, has pushed it's tag team division to the back of the shelf, allowing TNA to capitalize.
With its newest DVD release, "Second 2 None: Word's Toughest Tag Teams," TNA showcases four of its current top tag teams, while simulataneously introducing fans and newcomers to other teams from the past and present.
"Second 2 None" features four top TNA tag teams sharing stories of the childhood roots, early involvement in pro wrestling and the legacy they hope to leave behind.
Team 3D, the Motor City Machineguns, Beer Money, Inc. and the Latin American Xchange share their stories with fans.
While much of Brother Ray and Brother Devon of Team 3D's history has already become engrained in wrestling history, the other teams delve deep into their pasts, revealing information that may come as a surprise to many wrestling fans.
Of particular interest in the LAX portion of the documentary, featured on the second disc of the two-disc set. Homicide and Hernandez tell their individual stories of how they climbed very different paths on the ladder of wrestling success before becoming one of the most exciting teams in wrestling today.
Interspersed with portions of the documentary are a variety of tag team matches involving the four featured teams.
The featured matches provide a variety of match stipulations, from triple threat tag matches to steel cage matches to hardcore street fights. There's something for everyone included in the selection.
In addition to the Team 3D, LAX, MCMG and Beer Money, the collection also features other teams of the recent past and present including Abyss and Matt Morgan, Lethal Consequences, Voodoo Kin Mafia and A.J. Styles and Tomko.
Among the highlights of the included matches are matches from the World X Cup featuring the Motor City Machineguns against wrestlers from other countries including Mexico and Japan.
Including these matches on this collection also allows TNA to showcase it's relationship with other wrestling companies across the globe, primarily New Japan Pro Wrestling. Team 3D and the Machineguns currently hold NJPW's heavyweight and junior tag team titles.
TNA continues its DVD structure of mixing documentary with matches.
This system has been used on other DVD releases, including "Knocked Out" and "Jeff Jarrett: King of the Mountain," but this time, the "Chapters" subsection of the menu separates the documentary segments and matches into individual chapters.
This allows for easier navigation of the menu for those who just want to watch the matches on subsequent views or when wanting to introduce a friend to the fast-paced action of TNA's tag team division.
While this set-up still requires time to grow on new viewers, TNA has taken steps in the right direction in terms of setting up the DVDs.
This collection has appeal for current TNA fans and also has the potential to draw new fans to the company.
By showcasing four of the hottest tag teams in today's professional wrestling arena, TNA has a chance to draw in casual fans who have been reluctant to give the company a try.
By placing an image of Team 3D, recognizable from their storied careers in WWE and Extreme Championship Wrestling as well as TNA, was a good marketing move to attract these type of fans.
For non-wrestling fans, this collection can serve as an introductory lesson, but it's not likely to be something they would grab on the shelf. Without knowing the teams involved or the status of TNA's tag team division, this may not appear as a standout addition to a DVD collection.
The main complaint one could raise with this collection is a lack of a historical look at TNA's tag team division.
While the company currently reigns supreme in tag team wrestling, it also has a rich history.
With teams like Team Canada (Robert Roode and Eric Young), America's Most Wanted (James Storm and Chris Harris) and Triple X (Senshi, Christopher Daniels and Elix Skipper, there should have been more room to showcase some of these teams.
All of the matches included on this collection are from 2007, 2008 and 2009. A company as young as TNA, founded in 2002, should have been able to wrap in more than three years with this collection.
Overall, though, the collection accomplishes its goal of promoting TNA's current tag team division.
For $20, this would be a sensible buy for all wrestling fans.
Match Selection: 4/5
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