i've mentioned in previous reviews, there was a period in my life where I was
not watching the WWF/E. I'd like to state precisely when I stopped, but I know
it was sometime during the late 80's. Since I didn't start watching again until
the lovely Trish Stratus captivated me in 2002, I missed out on at least 12
years of WWF/E - which is a blessing and a curse. A curse, because I was absent
for the entire attitude era - I missed the rise of Stone Cold, the Rock and the
real DX, amongst other things. However, thanks to Vince and WWE Entertainment,
they continue to release DVDs showcasing individual talent to let those of us
who weren't there the first time around catch up on what we missed.
Brian Pillman - Loose Cannon is a 2-disc DVD
set. The first disc contains a 93 minute long documentary and is rounded out
with some testimonials and a few matches, while disc two contains thirteen
matches. The documentary is broken up into the following chapters:
- A Troubled Beginning
- Demonstrating his ability to overcome adversity at an early age, Brian has
over 40 operations to remove polyps on his vocal cords that he was born
with. He suffers another loss at the age of two when his father passes
- Football Career
- After realizing they weren't handing out
scholarships for hockey in Cincinnati, Brian takes up football.
Despite his disadvantage thanks to his small size, he has an intensity that helps him
set records and win awards.
- Calgary Stampede Wrestling
- This chapter details his time training with Stu Hart.
- Flyin' Brian
- To make up for his initial lack of wrestling skills, Brian decides to use
the ropes to his advantage and comes up with some high-flying moves. In
fact, many consider him one of the first innovators of the "flying
style" of wrestling. Thus, he was given the nickname "Flyin'" Brian.
They also mention him teaming with Tom Zenk.
- Light-Heavyweight Championship
- After splitting up with Zenk, Brian becomes the first to win the WCW light-heavyweight
championship. The WCW Superbrawl is mentioned, as well as how Brian helped pave
the way for smaller wrestlers.
- Footage from his wedding to Melanie is shown.
- Hollywood Blonds
- Before he became "Stone Cold", Steve Austin teamed with Brian and they
became the Hollywood Blonds. Since they were a randomly thrown together
tag team (like most of the teams in the WWE nowadays), there were no
expectations for the duo. However, thanks to the charisma of both men,
they went over huge. Unfortunately, their time together was cut short
thanks to backstage politicking. Dusty Rhodes states that the "old
timers" were responsible for the team breaking up and JR states "anytime an active
wrestler is involved in the process of management or creative, it is a
recipe for disaster because you can throw objectivity right out the window".
It's a shame, really.
- Four Horsemen
- After splitting with Steve, Pillman helped Arn beat Flair during a match
at the Fall Brawl in 95. Shortly thereafter, he became one of the
- Loose Cannon
- After going to Bischoff and suggesting that he become a "loose
cannon", Eric gave him the green light to run with character. In fact, Brian was so good at it, he even flustered
Bobby "the Brain" Heenan. They also briefly talk about his match with "booker" Kevin
- Brian's "controversial" time at ECW is discussed, as well the possibility
of him whipping out his "johnson" during his first appearance.
- Car Accident
- After an interview at a radio station, he was in a near fatal car crash
and thrown 40 feet from his hummer. While he was recovering, he was working
with ECW and supposed to go back to WCW, but signed with WWF.
- WWF -
We're shown some of Brian's emotional press conference after he
announces his signing with the WWF. His reunion with Steve Austin is
also discussed and leads us straight into the...
- Infamous Gun Incident
- A "controversial" segment where Austin
goes to Pillman's house and attempts to attack a waiting - and armed - Brian. This is
mentioned as the first time the WWE/F aired a "controversial" segment
blurring the line between a work and a shoot.
- Hart Foundation - This chapter goes from
showing Brian beating the shit out of Austin to him being a part of the Hart
Foundation. Since I wasn't around the first time, I really would've like to have seen
how he became a part of the foundation.
- To keep him at Raw, JR arranges for Brian to join him handling
announcing duties. Apparently, Brian considered announcing as "settling".
- Hiding the Pain
- This chapter talks about Brian overmedicating himself with prescription
pain killers, thanks to back problems and severe ankle problems from his accident,
which were exacerbated in the ring by Austin.
- Goldust / Marlena
- After the previous revelations, the documentary jarringly jumps Brian's
final storyline with Goldust and his ex, Marlena. When he's forced to
wear a dress due to losing a match the night before, the rematch states
that if he loses, he'll leave the WWF forever. Howver, if he wins, he gets to have Marlena
as his "personal assistant" for 30 days.
He wins and that gives birth to "Brian Pillman's XXX Files", which was another
blurring of reality and fantasy, since Terri was his ex. Unfortunately,
there was never an ending since Brian passed.
In addition to the documentary, the
remainder of the disc is rounded out with some "controversial" moments, a couple
of matches and some recollections from friends, co-workers and colleagues:
- Road Warrior Animal: Rental Car
- Stone Cold: First Meeting
- Stone Cold: How To Remember Brian
- Eric Bischoff: Pillman Living the Character
- Jim Ross: NAPTE Convention Center In
- Jim Ross: Pillman Asks J.R. For A
- Bill Cunningham: Tribute Show For Brian
- Mick Foley: First Match Against Brian
- Calgary Stampede Wrestling 3/26/88 [Bad
- Pillman's XXX Files
- WWE Raw 11/4/96 [the Gun Incident]
- Calgary Stampede Wrestling -
International Tag Team Championship [Bad Company vs. Midnight Cowboys]
- WCW Halloween Havoc - U.S. Heavyweight
Championship [Brian Pillman vs. Lex Lugar] 10/28/89
- NWA - U.S. Tag Team Championship
Tournament [Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk vs. Fabulous Freebirds] 2/12/90
- WCW Saturday Night 6/5/93 [Flare For
- WCW 1995 [Flyin' Brian: Up Close]
contains the following matches:
- WCW WrestleWar [Brian Pillman, Sting &
the Steiners vs. the Four Horsemen] 2/24/91
- WCW Halloween Havoc [Brian Pillman vs.
Richard Morton] 10/27/91
- WCW Clash Of the Champions XV "Loser
Leaves Town" Match [Brian Pillman & El Gigante vs. Barry Windham & Arn
- WCW Saturday Night [Brian Pillman &
Barry Windham vs. Johnny Gunn & Tom Zenk] 12/26/92
- WCW Slamboree [Hollywood Blondes vs.
Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas] 05/23/93
- WCW SuperBrawl 2 "Thundercage" Match [Brian Pillman, Sting & Dustin
Rhodes vs. Paul Orndorff, Steve Austin & Rick Rude] 2/20/94
- WCW Nitro [Brian Pillman vs. Justin
"Thunder" Liger] 9/4/95
- WCW Nitro [Brian Pillman vs. Dean
- WCW Clash Of the Champions XXXII [Brian
Pillman vs. Eddie Guerrero] 1/23/96
- WWE Raw [Brian Pillman vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin] 6/16/97
- WWE In Your House: Canadian Stampede
[Hart Foundation vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust & LOD]
- WWE Ground Zero
[Brian Pillman vs. Goldust w/ Marlena] 9/7/97
- WCW SuperBrawl II - World
[Brian Pillman vs. Justin "Thunder" Liger] 2/22/92
Brian Pillman - Loose Cannon's picture was colorful and vibrant.
Since the majority of the footage found on both discs were pretty recent, there
were few, if any, compression issues. It's presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio.
Audio: As usual, the Dolby Digital
5.1 sound was crystal clear and enveloped my living room while I was
Conclusion: After watching this disc, i'm sorry that I missed Brian's
time in the WWF. While I realize there was a lot more footage which could've
been included, I felt that
Loose Cannon gives viewers a very good glimpse into the life of Brian Pillman. Highly Recommended.