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  • Actors: Chris Benoit
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WWE Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00028G6TO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,991 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By DaveyBoy on April 29, 2005
Format: DVD
NOTE: The 3 Japanese matches on this disc come with 2 alternate commentaries each. The first is a pretty straight forward, but sufficiently informative, commentary by Michael Cole & Tazz. It's probably best to jump straight to this, unless you understand Japanese, or have a lot of time to spare. The 2nd commentary is by Benoit, Dean Malenko & Todd Grisham. It's nothing controversial or highly enlightening, but it's informative enough & fascinating because most of it is coming from Benoit himself.

vs JUSHIN 'THUNDER' LIGER for the IWGP Junior HeavyWeight Title. August-19, 1990: Benoit was under the mask here wrestling as 'The Pegasus Kid'. He was the challenger to Liger's title & defeated him in this 15 minute clinic of a match, to win his 1st ever Japanese title. The first 6 or 7 minutes of this bout, is a submissions based match, where basically every flashy submission move on the planet is used by one wrestler or the other. If I was to be in any way critical, I actually doubted the psychology of it all, but it was as entertaining as hell, and nothing lasted too long to get anywhere near monotonous. What followed was some fast-paced, high-flying, chain & counter wrestling which was right up there with any Benoit vs Angle match that you've seen. Benoit wins with a tombstone piledriver followed by a top-rope legdrop. As always with Japanese matches, it's also interesting to see how the crowds react to everything. Match Rating...9

vs TOO COLD SCORPIO. WCW SuperBrawl. February-21, 1993: I always thought Scorpio (who later became Flash Funk in the WWF) had a unique wrestling style that sometimes really worked & sometimes really bombed. You just knew that it would work to some extent with Chris Benoit.
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99 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Nelson on June 26, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Do I still watch and love the Naked Gun movies even though OJ Simpson was in them? Yes. How about listening to music Phil Specter produced? Yep. For all you obnoxious knee-jerk reactionaries (most of whom I see have posted only ONE review, this one)... there's real life, and there's fiction. You want an easy answer, to just go ahead and blot out history? IF what this person did is entirely true, it is terrible. But it's time to separate an entertainment DVD from real life. The WWE is pulling all trace of Benoit from its company. As for Amazon, it is not, and should not be their job to censor. Nothing will change the fact that there are great matches on this one, part of wrestling history. If you try to rewrite or erase history, too, you can never learn from it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lord Akiyama on July 30, 2004
Format: DVD
I have been a wrestling fan since 1990 and Chris Benoit is without question one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time, currently the best active wrestler right now. Benoit has more than paid his dues and continued to wrestle with his head held high before finally reaching the top of the mountain. This 2-disc DVD perfectly tells his story from when a blushing 12-year-old met his idol the Dynamite Kid to when a man in his 18th year as a professional wrestler won the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX. The editing of the main feature is wonderfully woven together, hitting upon specific moments in his life and career that were important and shaped the man seen today. The inclusion of the two Confidential segments as well as the short look at surgery on Raw add to the depth of the storytelling. And then there are the matches:

-Pegasus Kid vs. Jushin Liger

IWGP World Junior Heavyweight Championship

This is a wonderful match to watch as a masked kid took on a national hero. ****

-Chris Benoit vs. Too Cold Scorpio

WCW SuperBrawl 1993

An exciting and thrilling match as the clock was ticking and no one was gaining the upperhand. ****

-Wild Pegasus vs. Black Tiger

Super J Cup Semi-Finals

Benoit vs. Guerrero long before their WWE days and they put on a heck of a performance. ****

-Wild Pegasus vs. Great Sasuke

Super J Cup Finals

One of the best matches I've ever seen and left practically everyone watching in sudden awe. *****

-Chris Benoit vs. Sabu

ECW November 2 Remember

The entirety of this match is better off on the main feature as they explain it more there.

-Chris Benoit vs.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By JayRo on August 18, 2004
Format: DVD
Great DVD that chronicles the career of Chris Benoit. There are 2 discs to this great DVD. Disc one contains the biography on Chris Benoit's life. It follows his days as a youngster traing in Stu Hart's dungeon and follows his career through New Japan, ECW, WCW, & WWE. It is a very interesting DVD because you see all that Benoit has been through. Intersting to see Benoit's take on WCW. Good video at the end to the song "One Thing" by Finger 11. Disc 1 contains six bonus matches in the extra features.

1. Pegasus Kid vs. Jushin "Thunder" Liger (1990 - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title)

It is kind of different to see Benoit in the mask. Great match. They are two similar styles. Both men are mat based technicians that use their power strength mixed with some high flying moves. Very important match becuase of how prestigous this title is in Japan. (9/10)

2. Chris Benoit vs. Too Cold Scorpio (WCW Superbrawl 1993)

I don't know how many will agree with me, but I think this is the best match on disc 1. I don't really remember Too Cold Scorpio, but he really is a great athlete. Great back and forth technical match. Very innovative moves on behalf of Too Cold Scorpio. Great match. (9.5/10)

3. Chris Benoit vs. Black Tiger (1994 Super J Cup Tournament - Semi-finals.)

Black Tiger is actually Eddie Guerrero. It is a pretty good match, but not as good as I think these two could have put on. (8.5/10)

4. Chris Benoit vs. Great Sasuke (1994 Super J Cup Tournament - Finals)

Benoit fought this match in Tokyo in front of Sasuke's hometown crowd. On a side note it is interesting to see how different the Japanese crowd is from American crowds.
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Miss You Chris
I give this topic a thumbs up. This is a great set if you want a look back at the Chris Benoit the wrestler.
Jun 21, 2008 by KlownArt |  See all 9 posts
WWE should allow fans to purchase the DVD if they so desire
Well, I know I am going to probably get blasted for saying this but while I understand why the WWE is doing what they are doing, they are only thinking of short term reaction plus the protests of some people who feel Benoit's name shouldn't be mentioned ever again.

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Jul 7, 2007 by Ervin Griffin |  See all 14 posts
Beyond the Mat -- appropriate for a 13 yr. old.
Another wrestling DVD to check out regarding this subject would be Brian Pillman's "Loose Cannon" because of the fact that it goes into detail about him overdosing on medication to perform instead of just letting the injury heel. Another one to suggest would be "Superstar"... Read More
Jun 28, 2007 by D.P. |  See all 10 posts
Goodbye Chris Benoit
I am saddened as well. Benoit was THE consumate wrestler in my opinion. His passion for wrestling always showed in his matches, no matter who he was up against. He will be sorely missed.
Jun 25, 2007 by J. May |  See all 39 posts
Benoit's legacy
I won't know for sure over time what his legacy will be because this incident is still fresh in everyone's mind. It just depends on each person because eventhough O.J. Simpson was a funny actor & a great football player, he's always going to be remembered more than anything as a... Read More
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