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VINE VOICEon November 1, 2009
I got this DVD mainly for the rare matches included that I had never seen before. Andre the Giant and The Iron Sheik will always represent for me my genesis period of watching wrestling in 1983. The panel discussion session had Freebird Hayes, Dusty Rhodes, Mike Graham, and Pat Patterson with host JR. Dusty considering his outgoing wrestling persona didn't speak as mush as I thought. The matches include:

Spectrum - 1/21/84
Iron Sheik(WWF Champ) vs Tito Santana

Spectrum - 3/31/84
Iron Sheik vs Bob Backlund w/Hulk Hogan

MSG(WM1) - 3/31/85
Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff vs Barry Windham/Mike Rotundo(tag champs)

MSG - 8/25/86
Iron Sheik/Nikolai Volkoff vs Dan Spivey/Mike Rotundo

Allentown - 9/13/80
Andre the Giant vs Hulk Hogan w/Fred Blassie

Spectrum - 4/30/83
Andre the Giant/Rocky Johnson vs Big John Studd/Don Muraco

MSG - 9/29/88
Andre the Giant w/Heenan vs Randy Savage(WWF Champ) w/Elizabeth

Sheik/Santana had Tito taking the offense early and often. Sheik/Backlund rare rematch had a pumped up Hulkster trying to steal the thunder. The WM1 match favored the heels. Sheik-Volkoff/Spivey-Rotundo was just so-so. Andre/Hogan was a TV taping so the match was just a sample. Andre-Rocky/Studd-Muraco had a lot of stalling and some messed up video in the middle of the match. Andre/Savage had Heenan 'stalking' Elizabeth for a lot of the match.
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on May 1, 2014
The round table discussion was not to great but the matches were worth the whole thing.... if you are an andre fan or maybe you have a soft spot for the sheik... which ever it maybe the matches are good fun.
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on November 9, 2010
This DVD on Andre The Giant and The Iron Sheik was originally part of a regular series on WWE 24/7 called "Legends Of Wrestling" which had a panel consisting of Jim Ross, "Freebird" Michael 'P.S.' Hayes, Championship Wrestling From Florida legend Mike Graham, 1st ever I-C champion Pat Patterson and "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes!

First, The Iron Sheik is discussed. Some of the highlights include talking about his real wrestling background and his hand in training some of the stars of pro wrestling (including the late Kerry Von Erich). Then, some outrageous stories on his time outside of the ring including a funny story involving himself, Michael Hayes, Jim Garvin and some "Mary Jane."

The last half-hour focuses on Andre The Giant. Some of the highlights were stories on his legendary drinking, how he could make or break you if you worked with him and the story behind WrestleMania III with Hulk Hogan and his own impact on wrestling in terms of mainstream acceptance.

Now to the bonus material:

The Iron Sheik vs. Tito Santana (WWF/WWE Title Match) - This was one of the first and few title defenses The Sheik had prior to his losing the title to Hulk Hogan (thus the birth of "Hulkamania"). This was a wild affair which saw The Sheik even do a foward Sentan splash that missed! Still, to see that in 1984 was well ahead of its time in the U.S.! Ends in a double DQ!

Iron Sheik vs. Bob Backlund - This was pretty much a revenge affair for Backlund as he was looking to get back at The Sheik after losing the WWF/WWE title to him in December of 1983! With Hulk Hogan in his corner, The Sheik was pretty much outnumbered here! Things really got out of hand when Hogan came in after The Sheik nailed Backlund with his "loaded" boot! Another wild match!

Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff vs. The U.S. Express (Barry Windham/Mike Rotunda) - This was at the first WrestleMania and it was for the WWF/WWE Tag Titles. It was a classic "face Vs. heel" bout that saw the first ever title change at a WrestleMania as Sheik and Volkoff took the belts from the future IRS man (Rotunda) and the future Horseman (Windham).

Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff vs. U.S. Express (Mike Rotunda & Dan Spivey) - This was long before his "Dangerous" days in WCW as Danny Spivey was known as "The Golden Boy." Not a great match but not bad. Volkoff and Sheik take the win here in classic heel fashion!

Andre The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan - This one was in the early 80's and was almost a teaser of what was to come! Hogan actually BODYSLAMS Andre in this one (long before he did it at WrestleMania III) and makes The Giant bleed! A rare feat in those days. This one ends in a no-contest.

Andre The Giant & Rocky Johnson vs. "Magnificent" Don Muraco & Big John Studd - Andre teamed with "Soulman" Rocky Johnson (the father of future WWE star The Rock) to take on Don Muraco and the late Big John Studd in a good tag team bout. Look for it to break down at the end as special referee Swede Hanson gets involved.

Andre The Giant vs. King Kong Bundy - This was right after a vicious attack where Bundy actually hurt Andre in the sternum area (again, it was rare for someone to injure Andre in those days). This was your classic big man brawl BUT we do see some surprising wrestling out of Andre as he used an armbar/head scissors combination to ground Bundy for awhile (would probably be a submission these days)! Ends when Big John Studd (who was Bundy's tag team partner at that point) interferes.

Andre The Giant vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage (WWE Title Match) - This takes place a few months after Savage won the tournament at WrestleMania IV (the ONLY reason to even few that particular WM but that's another story). Much of the match centers on the late Ms. Elizabeth as Bobby "The Brain" Heenan kept chasing her, which in turn distracted Savage, which gave Andre the advantage. Finally, the referee kicked Heenan out of the match but it mattered little as Andre held the advantage for much of the contest. Savage managed to gain an offense for a bit but Savage managed to retain the title despite losing the match by countout.

This program was definitely a contrast in styles here in you had the awesome Andre and the technical Iron Sheik. Worth adding to your collection!
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on December 18, 2015
I LIKE THE ONE THE WAS NOT ON WWE ON DEMAND, SO OF THE BEST MATCHES WHERE TAK'IN OUT!! I GIVE IT 4 STARS
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on March 26, 2015
Just what I wanted. Great for old-school wrestling fans who want to know the history of these two wrestlers. Excellent commentary.
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on August 13, 2015
Good
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on December 22, 2014
got this today. Delivery, price, and condition all great. I have the other Legends Of Wrestling on DVD and I can't wait to watch this tonight.
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on December 3, 2013
Excellent viewing for what it is. Is worth the price for the Pat Patterson stories of Andre The Giant and Michael Hayes stories on The Iron Shiek. Really enjoyed the insight the panel gave on these two legends.
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