The Best of the 80s Volume 1: Southwest Championship Wrestling (2013) – By Jason S. Lockard

Wrestling is the oldest sport known, but the wrestling we see today is little like the original sport. In the 1980’s and 90’s professional wrestling soared to highest that it had never scene before thanks to stars like Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Steven Austin, The Rock and many more. During this time it wasn’t only the World Wrestling Federation and NWA/WCW reaping the benefits of this wrestling craze, local promotions did as well! Now with the new release The Best of the 80s Volume 1: Southwest Championship Wrestling we can relive some of the great stars that you may or may not have heard of!

This DVD includes 19 matches featuring such stars as a very young Shawn Michaels, Cheif Wahoo McDaniels, Mark Lewin, Mongolian Stomper, Tommy Rich, Stan Hansen, Tully Blanchard (Long before his 4 horsemen days), Adrian Adonis, Manny Fernandez, Larry Zbyszko, Ricky Morton, Hacksaw Duggan (before he became the flag wheedling patriot), Abdullah the Butcher, Bruiser Brody, The Sheepherders (aka Bushwackers), The Terminator (Tugboat, Typoon in WWF) and AWA World champ Nick Bockwinkel. This is a whose who of the 80s to say the least.

In my opinion the producers of this collection could have found some better matches to include, but they are still classic confrontations of a forgotten era. This collection also includes a never before seen music video of one of the stiffest workers ever Bruiser Brody. Now to the hosts of this program former wrestlers Rock Parsons & Ox Baker. It feels as though Rock Parson wants give this program the respect it deserves; while Ox Baker, a very good heel wrestler in his day, comes off just as bad comic relief. His jokes fail and when he tries to talk about the wrestler he fumbles his words.

All in all, this is still a good collection of 19 matches from the heights of the wrestling that we will never see again. My hope is Volume 2 will give us better matches with more background storylines of these matches. So if your a fan of old style wrestling of the 80’s this one is for you. I highly recommend you head over to and pick this one up.

Moral Rating: Violence & Blood
Audience: Teens and Adults
Genre: Sports
Length: Almost 3 hours
DVD Released: 2013
Our DVD Rating: B-