Breaking The Code: Behind The Walls Of Jericho DVD Review
When I first heard that the WWE was going to finally put out a Chris Jericho DVD set I was stoked. It also came at good time after my fifty plus match DVD went missing a couple of months ago. So I figured this came just in the nick of time.
Now before I get into the heart of my review. Let me just say that this DVD set is perfect for a newbie Jerichoholic. It provided a little history, some Jericho essentials, and some nice commentary work by many of Jericho's former and present foes.
This is where the compliments stop.
It was a bad omen when I first picked this DVD set up and saw the cover. The cover features Jericho locking in his Boston Cr……, I mean Walls of Jericho on Edge. I think it would have been a bit more appropriate if they would have had at least a pic of a real Walls of Jericho.
I decided that that I would look past this.
Disc 1 Jericho's history
So I get home and pop in the first DVD. In the first part of the collection we get a history lesson, or lack of, on Jericho. It starts off with pictures and videos of him as a kid. I was ok with this; in fact I thought it added a nice touch to the set.
We then move on to his early years in the squared circle.
It starts with his time with the Hart school, and how he became tight with lance storm. We get a few minutes of highlights and pics, but no mention of his early years when he toured with Christian and Edge. I decided to give this error a pass.
After all, Jericho was still an unknown, it doesn't make it right but I got why they didn't talk much about it.
Next stop is his venture to Mexico.
I guess the WWE felt it wasn't worth mentioning that he and Storm went to Japan before going to Mexico. I thought for sure we would get some good Jericho 101 here. After all, he did spend close to two years there.
Let me fill you in on some of his time in Mexico. This info will not be on the DVD set. Jericho wrestled Mil Mascaras there; it was also where he first met Eddie Guerrero. Probably one of his biggest moments was when he beat a few well known guys like Silver King, Ultimo Dragon, and Negro Casas, to become the NWA Middleweight Champ.
I know some may be wondering why he winning that belt may be a big deal. Let's think about this; a baby face white wrestler takes a belt from three Mexican legends, and holds onto it for almost a year. Call me crazy, but I think it is at least worth a mention.
Also, before I hear something like "It was only the NWA title". It is worth noting that the NWA Middleweight title was a big deal in Mexico. I guess because it wasn't a belt owned by the WWE it wasn't worth talking about.
Next stop land of the rising sun.
The WWE does a decent job mentioning his time in WAR (Wrestling And Romance). Jericho talks a little about the culture and style of wrestling he had to learn there. They even gave us a little footage from his match with the Ultimo Dragon.
What bothered me with this part of the history lesson was how they left out his year in 1995 in Japan. That was the year Jericho wrestled in the Super J cup Tourney. It was during this Tourney Jericho wrestled one of his true classics.
He had a match with a wrestler called the Pegasus Kid. In case some fans have been living under a rock over the last ten years, that wrestler also went by the name Chris Benoit. I know the WWE wants to black ball this guy, but how could they not even mention that match?