Ahh a documentary, something I rarely, if ever review. There have already been a few ECW Documentaries. Rise and Fall Of ECW, which is just fantastic, and Forever Hardcore, which, to be honest, I never really cared for. Barb Wire City is the latest, well not the latest it actually is a labor of the last 12 years. It just got released last. This one is very clever. It intertwines the past of the present. As we are taken through the history of ECW we are also viewing Shane Douglas's ECW reunion show.
This one uses Fan Cam footage, raw footage filmed with a hand held camera. Its all they can use as WWE owns the commercial footage. This one is almost a cautionary tale of how not to run a company. We hear from fans and wrestling journalist about the highs, and lows of ECW. We see Axl Rotten when he was active in ECW, and now after suffering Bells Palsy and still competing in hardcore matches. We see Balls Mahoney taking chair shots, then footage of him now, where IMO he just looks terrible. This is a very nice compilation piece. Will you learn anything new, no because if your a fan you know the stories. This one is cool though, because of the handheld footage. It embodies that gritty blue collar look that ECW was always known for.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars