James Dixon: Sean Mooney starts sexily, asking us to get comfortable while he does the same. Then he unbuttons his jacket… Hmm…
The REAL World’s Champion
President Jack Tunney declares the WWF title vacant, after shenanigans involving Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker and Ric Flair at This Tuesday In Texas. He announces that the winner of the Royal Rumble match will be the new champion. We cut to footage of the Rumble, starting with Ric Flair’s entrance at number #3. This is just a few random highlights of the match, until we get to Hogan’s entrance, then the rest of the match is shown from there. The crowd really comes unglued as he runs to the ring and gets into a brawl with The Undertaker and The Berzerker. Hogan eliminates both in quick succession, and Virgil and Hacksaw Jim Duggan eliminate each other. Skinner is a huge anticlimax coming out next, but the action in the ring means the crowd are not particularly bothered. Even though this is one of the highlights of Ric Flair’s career and the perfect execution of a Royal Rumble match, it is interesting to think about some of the other scenarios that could have played out. Just imagine if Roddy Piper has won the match and made history by winning both the WWF title and the IC title in the same night, finally giving him the world title reign his contributions to the company deserved, even if his character didn’t particularly need the belt. Possible matches with Hogan, Flair or Savage at Mania could have been superb. Even more interesting would have been if Hogan had won the title, but then lost it to Ric Flair in the Mania main event. It was the dream match everyone wanted to see, a fantasy clash between two different company figureheads. Hogan could have put Flair over before he left, which would have done wonders for Flair’s credibility with WWF fans, many of whom were less than ready to now fully accept him as one of their own. Ok, winning this match went a long way towards doing that anyway, and he did have an epic with Savage at Mania, but he could have had even more had Hogan laid down for him. Sid Justice would have been a good choice too, because what an incredible impact that would have made. Speaking of Justice, the crowd reaction is left unchanged here as Justice eliminates Hogan to a thunder of applause, before Flair throws him out to win the title. There are so many scenarios that could have been very interesting indeed, but there is no taking away from what actually happened; it remains one of the best matches the WWF ever did, even when clipped down to highlights.
The Mountie vs. Bret Hart.
This comes from Amarillo, Texas in February and is a revenge match of sorts for Hart, as he lost the IC title to The Mountie just a few days before the Rumble event, under shady circumstances. The Mountie is a strong contender for worst IC champion ever, despite his reign’s brevity. He seems like such a strange choice, even for a mere caretaker run. I guess he was in the right place at the right time. Mountie spends much of the match on the offensive, having jumped Hart before the bell with a chair, as he was giving his sunglasses to a fan. The highlight of the exchanges is a perfectly executed piledriver from The Mountie, though Bret does look impressive when he makes him comeback. Hart locks on the Sharpshooter and the Nasty Boys make the save for their stable-mate. Hart’s upcoming WrestleMania opponent. Roddy Piper, comes out to chase them off, and the rivals stand briefly shoulder-to-shoulder, before then going nose-to-nose and having a few words. Your typical Mountie match, only without the shine, so you know the score there.
Final Rating: ½*
Roddy Piper vs. Shawn Michaels
Well, well! This should be a good one! I was expecting this tape to be all clips from the PPV’s but this has a surprising amount of new stuff on it, so far at least, with this coming from the March to WrestleMania VIII program that the company aired to build up to the supercard. We are in Biloxi and Piper is the IC champion, but this is a non-title match. Sherri has a look under Piper’s kilt, so Roddy slaps her arse. This raises Shawn’s ire and they have a shoving contest, before going at it tooth-and-nail. They cut a furious pace for the first few minutes, and then brawl on the outside, before Michaels takes over in the ring. This has been completely chaotic, just a wild back-and-forth brawl. The referee gets bumped, leading to the usual Coliseum non-finish. There are afters of course, giving Bret Hart chance to repay the favour from the last match and help Piper out. This was a cracking little contest, but sadly far too short. For what it was though, it was excellent. These guys could have had a really good feud and some cracking matches. It’s a shame Piper left after Mania, because if he had stayed around he really could have elevated Shawn. Bret and Piper argue after the match, further building to their ‘Mania contest.
Final Rating: ***
A Tribute To Hulk Hogan
We get a very brief shot of Piper putting the IC title around Bret Hart’s waist following their Mania match, and now we cut to a tribute to Hulk Hogan, presented by Vince McMahon. This also featured on the aforementioned TV special. Vince is sombre as he talks about how Mania could be Hogan’s last match. That was twenty years ago at the time of writing and we are STILL waiting. Vince introduces Hogan-Andre from WrestleMania III for the millionth time, but it is clipped right down, and Gorilla and Heenan provide retrospective commentary. The tribute continues with highlights from the Hogan-Warrior match at WrestleMania VI, with Heenan and Gorilla on commentary again. We get clipped to the finish, as Warrior moves out of the way of the legdrop and pins Hogan following the splash. Vince says Hogan proved he was gracious in defeat in that match. If you class kicking out right on three then hogging your opponent’s spotlight as gracious, then I guess he was… Vince does a sit-down interview with Hogan next, and they discuss the meaning of Hulkamania. This is just gobbledygook, but Vince seems captivated by it all. He looks longingly into Hulk’s eyes, almost telepathically begging him not to leave. This is like an amicable lovers split, where the two partners have decided to remain friends for the sake of the children. If Hogan genuinely did think it might be his last match, he should have laid his shoulders down and done the clean job to Sid. Instant megastar right there if he had. Vince thanks Hogan for being Hogan. How lovely.
The Rockers Split
This is one of the most famous and well executed angles of all time. The Rockers had a falling out, so they came on The Barber Shop to try and patch up their differences. Jannetty tells Shawn to make his mind up, and either walk away or carry on rocking. Michaels shakes his hand and they remain friends… only they DON’T because Michaels gives him a superkick and then throws him… Hang on a minute, where is the footage of Michaels throwing him through the window!? If this was live, I would be front and centre chanting “bullshit” right about now. Sean Mooney makes things worse by trying to sell Jannetty being out for seven months because of the superkick. Who was he kicked by? Randy Orton? I am very angry about this. While I am simmering, we get footage of Jannetty’s surprise return to the company. In a cute angle, Michaels is posing in a mirror as he customarily did pre-match, and then suddenly he sees Jannetty behind him. Jannetty jumps him and then goes to hit Michael’s with the mirror, but accidentally nails Sherri instead when Michaels pulls her in the way, and Shawn scarpers. So they will show vicious man-on-woman violence but not the classic Barber Shop skit in full? That mirror was smashed to smithereens over Sherri’s head! I assumed the Barber Shop angle was cut because of the tape rating, but it is now clear it was merely Coliseum incompetence. For a change!
WWF Intercontinental Championship
Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Marty Jannetty
According to Gorilla Monsoon, this is a Coliseum exclusive, and he may well be telling the truth, because it doesn’t appear on anything else that we have covered. We are in November 1992 for this one. Jannetty is dressed in very similar attire to what he worse with the New Rockers some years later. I hope that is not a bad omen, because The New Rockers were the pits. Jannetty is a house of fire to begin with, and the action is as fast and furious as you would expect from these guys. It is highlighted by an impressive slingshot plancha from Jannetty early on, which Michaels responds to with a whip into the post on the outside that sends Marty inside out. Two big bumps from Jannetty there, who has not lost his big bumping, high-impact style that he was the master of during the Rockers’ heyday. Michaels impresses as he wears down Jannetty, but he goes to the well once too often on a headscissors takedown, and gets clotheslined on the ropes. Jannetty mounts a fight back, but a misguided back elbow sends him careening through the ropes in another big bump. Michaels hits the superkick, but Jannetty escapes the teardrop suplex into a sunset flip for a close fall. Jannetty is able to land on his feet from a backbody drop and hits a superkick of his own, which gets a two count. They bridge out of a pin attempt and Jannetty flips over a backslide and gets another close fall. Lovely little sequences, and this has been one of the better matches I have seen between these two, which is high praise indeed, because they had some belters. They go hammer-and-tongs in the corner, and continue to go back-and-forth until Michaels takes a big bump into the buckles and to the outside. Michaels begs off, but Jannetty continues the attack, this time connecting with the back elbow for a close two count. The incredible pace continues and Jannetty hits a bulldog, but gets clotheslines on the top rope out of desperation by Michaels. I love how they are using the same moves and counters as each other, which makes so much sense for former partners. Michaels shows his genius by undoing the top turnbuckle pad, but keeping it balanced on the ropes until the last minute, before quickly knocking it off and hitting a slingshot into the steel for the win. That kind of smart touch is what would eventually make Michaels one of the all-time greats. The ref notices the pad and questions Michaels, and Jannetty clocks him and takes the belt. He beckons Michaels to come back in the ring and take it back from him, laying down on the mat. Shawn is too chicken at first, and when he tries, Jannetty kips up and scares him off again. That was nothing but great from start to finish. A wonderfully executed match, featuring more action than most of the rest of the roster managed in the whole year of 1992. Absolutely superb. What a shame they never had one this good when they did it on pay-per-view.
Final Rating: ****¼
The Berzerker vs. The Undertaker
Back to April 1992 for this match, which features a semi-famous angle. It actually blows the mind that we can go from that incredible fast-paced back-and-forth “Rockers explode” match, to this. 1992 really was all over the place, ranging from all-time classic matches to shitfest cartoon bollocks. This falls firmly into the latter category unfortunately. Fuji grabs the urn from Bearer before the match starts, and then Berzerker nails the manager with his shield. He assaults Taker with the same weapon, before cracking him in the back with his sword. With Taker down, he tries to stab him through the heart with his sword, but Taker moves out of the way at the last minute. They continue to brawl, and Berzerker hits a piledriver on the exposed concrete outside the ring, but Taker gets up and stalks him down the aisle. Well, at least we didn’t have to watch them wrestle! Actually a pretty good angle, despite how absurd it was. It didn’t lead anywhere of course, and instead of Berzerker, Taker faced the even worse Kamala in a series of dire matches for the remainder of the year…
The Undertaker vs. Kamala
And here is one of them… This is the blow-off match to the feud between these guys, and took place at Survivor Series ‘92. Like all PPV events, it is covered in full elsewhere in this book by Arnold Furious. I get why they went with Taker against Kamala on paper, because in the 80s the latter was a fearsome monster who cleanly beat the likes of Ricky Steamboat and Tito Santana, and even worked with Hogan for the title. But in 1992 he suffered the same treatment that all of the roster did, in that he became an overblown cartoon. He has gone from eating a live chicken to hyperventilating over the sight of a casket. This ranks low on the list of casket matches, and that is bad when you consider that Taker has contested some stinkers under this gimmick with the likes of Yokozuna, Mabel, Kama and Mark Henry. The casket match does not lend itself to quality wrestling matches. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the difference between WWF shows in early 1992 to the ones at the back end of the year, is huge. I don’t mean show quality wise, I mean just the general look and feel of them. The group used to feel so massive prior to this, with loads going on, but the roster was so depleted and the crowds were bored to tears by what they were seeing. The whole thing just has a very dark and dingy feel to it. I guess they did lose a lot of guys over the course of the year as the likes of Warrior, Hogan, Bulldog, Warlord, Hercules, Marty Jannetty, Sid, Bravo, Valentine, Snuka, Barbarian, Ax, LOD and a number of others all departed. The people brought in to replace them were pretty bad too. The steroid trial is largely to blame of course, because it meant the departure of all the muscle guys and also a loss of concentration from Vince. Anyway, this is over thank god. Don’t ever let Undertaker do any DIY for you, his hammering ability is sloppy. Tony Garea looks on in disgust, I can only assume having realised that the birdhouse Taker built for him probably wasn’t going to last.
Final Rating: ¼*
Newcomers: Papa Shango
Papa Shango cuts a promo from inside a crypt, and it is bloody great. Over-the-top and completely ridiculous, but still great. I absolutely adore the gimmick, it is one of my favourites from the plethora of crap in 1992, it’s just a shame that Charles Wright was a shitty wrestler. He plays the gimmick perfectly though, and really throws himself into the character.
Papa Shango vs. Brian Brieger
This match doesn’t happen either, because the lights go off and then the darkness is interrupted by a laid out Brieger with his boots on fire. When the lights come back on, Shango is standing over him, and black goo is dripping from Brieger’s face. It is actually a fairly famous angle, and the crowd were genuinely terrified. The screams when the lights go out and the fire starts is really the sign that people were paying attention to the character. If they had just let him set fire to more people (like, say, The Bushwhackers) rather than do any actual wrestling, they could have been onto a winner.
I love Nailz! He’s one of my favourite heels of all time! He might have only had one move and his promos were shouty and shouty and then shouty some more, but he scared the living hell out of me as a child, and in fact, still does to this day. We get to see the beating Nailz dishes out to Bossman, and to me, it remains one of the all-time great attacks to set up a feud. Nailz is absolutely vicious, and the shocking pictures of Bossman all banged up and bruised in the months following, only further added to the realism. Ok, so the players involved might not have produced the best matches, but the intensity was off the charts.
What is with this tape just showing half of angles and feuds? First The Barber Shop, then we only got the beating and not the pay-off from the Nailz-Bossman stuff, and now here is Rick Martel to screw with Tatanka’s shit. “You smell, you stink” says Martel as he sprays his perfume around. Them’s fighting words! Tatanka pushes Martel off the apron and tries to tomahawk chop him, but Martel counters with perfume to the eyes. Ok, the last two angles were awesome, but this is lame. Shouldn’t Tatanka be blind? Like Jake Roberts was? Maybe the perfume is less potent in ‘92 than it was the previous year.
WWF Tag Team Championship
The Natural Disasters (c) vs. Money Inc.
I have covered this before, as part of the Best of the WWF Tag Team Champions tape release. This is from October in Saskatchewan, this taking place from the same set of tapings as Bret Hart’s WWF title win over Ric Flair. The Nasty Boys follow Money Inc. down the aisle to confront Jimmy Hart about his involvement with Money Inc., because they believe this to be their title shot. The Nasties reject a DiBiase attempt to bribe them, taking the money but then brawling with Money Inc. anyway. This was the Nasty Boys’ face turn, though they didn’t last a great deal of time in the company afterwards. IRS sells a knee injury on the outside, and DiBiase is down in the ring as the champions come down the aisle. What curious booking this is, knowing what the finish is. Spoiler alert: Money Inc. beat the Disasters and win the titles. That, despite the fact that they are literally half the size of their opponents and that they have just had their clocks cleaned prior to the bout. If they were babyfaces it would make sense, but all this serves to do is make the Disasters look like shit. Well, they were shit, but that is not really the point. Two Typhoon matches on the same tape by the way. What were they playing at? The issue actually is not with Columbia, it goes back further to Vince McMahon. He never should have hired Fred Ottman in the first place, much less put a title belt on him. The credibility of the tag titles was forever tarnished beyond repair once that lummox wore them. We get more interference here as the Headshrinkers come down to ringside while Earthquake is in control of the match. Quake gets sent out of the ring by DiBiase, and hits his head on the guardrail. It’s a stupid bump for Quake to take, because it looks so phoney. A guy that size just wouldn’t move so far from being whipped by DiBiase, or anyone, really. Typhoon shows his incompetence again, helping roll the hurt Quake back in the ring. That’s a quality partner right there, just the kind of guy you want watching your back. Quake survives a sleeper from both guys, then gets caught in the Million Dollar Dream and passes out, and thus Money Inc. win the belts. Nice one Tugger, way to help out. He just stands there looking gormless and unsure what is going on, as his partner fades away and they lose the titles. Maybe he realised that by the time he had taken five minutes to get into the ring, it would have been too late anyway, so he plumped for the much easier “sleep” option. Dire stuff.
Final Rating: ½*
Post match, Jimmy Hart celebrates with Bobby Heenan at the announce desk, but the Nasties come out to confront him about selling them out, and they end up hurling him from the stage onto Money Inc., fully cementing their babyface turn.
Next we see the final moments of the wonderfully booked Savage-Warrior match from SummerSlam ‘92 at Wembley Stadium, with Flair and Perfect doing a number on the Macho Man’s leg. This leads into a video tribute to Savage, which carries with it a lot more potency when viewing in 2012, little over a year after his death. What a superb talent, and what a shame he never got one last run or at the very least, appearance, in a WWF/WWE ring after 1994. If he is still not in the Hall of Fame by the time you read this, write, call and e-mail them and complain every day until he is.
Randy Savage (c) vs. Ric Flair
This is from September, and there is an interesting story to this one: what you are seeing here is actually the second match the two had at this taping. They were only supposed to have one, but the first one was apparently so poor, that Vince McMahon sent Bobby Heenan to ringside, and he told them to cut it and head to the back. Flair and Savage stopped what they were doing dead, and left the ring, to the surprise and confusion of the crowd. According to many who were there, McMahon chewed both out for not doing things as he had laid them out, and sent them to do it again from the start. Savage had his leg worked on in the first match, and thus to protect what little kayfabe they had left following the debacle, he sold it from the start of the match, with the commentary team playing it off as if the leg injury was from SummerSlam. It is crazy, business exposing stuff. This is obviously not a patch on their WrestleMania VIII classic, and is really slow and actually, dare I say it, a little boring. It is a shame Flair didn’t turn up in 1988 with the Horseman like he was going to, because Savage in the 80s when motivated against Flair in the 80s when motivated, would have been off the charts. We could have been talking about Savage-Flair as possibly the greatest match ever, rather than Steamboat-Flair. This has been fought at a rather laboured pace, with Flair taking out the champion’s leg, with Savage throwing in the odd punch here and there. Perfect gets involved at every opportunity as well. Savage sure does sell well, and even now I believe his leg hurts, even though I know otherwise. But that does not change the fact that watching someone roll around selling is boring, even if it is Randy Savage. Flair continues the assault, throwing Savage over the top rope, where he further damages the leg. Savage manages a brief comeback with a back body drop and a clothesline to the outside, before sending Flair into the guardrail. Savage hits a suplex on the outside and then threatens Perfect with a chair. He hits a back body drop on the outside and then throws Flair into the rail again, but he forgets about the leg and goes up top with a double axe handle, which turns out to be a mistake, as he hurts himself further. The last few minutes with Savage on offence have been good. There have been occasional flashes of excellence in this, just not enough. Razor Ramon comes down the aisle and attacks Savage’s leg, and then Flair puts on the figure four in the middle of the ring. After a long time in the hold, Savage eventually passes out from the pain, and Flair wins the title for a second time, and thus that is the end of a rather disappointing reign for Savage. Not a terrible match, but a poor one by their lofty WrestleMania VIII standards.
Final Rating: **
We get brief footage of Bret Hart celebrating with the WWF title, after having beaten Ric Flair six weeks after the last match to win the gold. Bret has been, erm, screwed, on this tape far, with his classics against Piper and Flair both omitted! We get to see him beating some jobbers like Virgil to prove he is a fighting champ. It’s like playing a video game on easy mode and then claiming to be good at it, when you beat people of that calibre.
Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels
This comes from Survivor Series ‘92 and I hand you over to Arnold Furious: They’re selling Bret as a fighting champion with the most title defences for such a short reign. Shawn’s logic is that Bulldog beat Bret, he beat Bulldog, so he should beat Bret. This is Shawn’s first PPV main event, barring UK events, and it’s rare to see anyone win the title in their first time at the dance. Bret seems relatively calm because of that and he’s slotted happily into the champion’s niche. These guys already had great chemistry from the Harts vs. Rockers matches and they’d had a few singles bouts over the IC title too. Including the WWF’s first ladder match about four months before this. So they’ve already got history. The crowd isn’t buying into Shawn as a main eventer and it doesn’t help that they’ve got elevated together. This would work better a year or so down the line when Bret was firmly established as “the man”. Shawn finds himself in a strange position where he’s in there with someone who actually gives a shit and will sell for him. In the early going he’s not sure how to react to that. Bret outwrestles Shawn on the mat, thus freaking the challenger out. He needs a Plan B and opts for cheating. But Bret never shied away from his ability to bend the rules a little if suitably provoked, having had extensive heel runs, he expects the shortcuts. The hair pulls become a major psychology point because Earl Hebner keeps catching Shawn going for it, so he has to be sneakier. Good work all round. The basic storyline they go for here is simple. Bret’s the better wrestler so Shawn has to hit him with sucker punches. But Shawn’s ability to cheat is exceptional and not just limited to simple strikes. His speed and morally grey approach allows him to get in charge. This approach is aided by Bret’s willingness to take nasty bumps including into the ring post and the front turnbuckle. No one takes a front turnbuckle like Bret Hart. Some of the execution on moves during this are terrific due to both men’s abilities. When Bret hits a swinging neckbreaker it’s perfect. Unfortunately not everything in this match is. For example Shawn’s stomps are lame and clearly miss. This is the difference between the two at the time. Bret was the finished article in the ring, Shawn was terrific but rough around the edges. By 1996 and his big title win, Shawn was a complete wrestler. He was also a complete asshole, but that’s wrestling for you. Shawn’s penchant for overselling doesn’t help as Bret was more of a realist in that respect. Bret has more snap on his big moves too. The Russian legsweep, the backbreaker and the second rope elbow. It all pops. Shawn is just that quarter step off, for now. The back-and-forth is terrific and Shawn even has it won with a superkick (before it was his finisher) only to opt for posing and going to his actual finish; the teardrop suplex. Which Bret kicks out of. Vince attributes Bret’s failing to beat Shawn on his tiring schedule, at which point Bret catches Shawn coming off the top and finishes with the Sharpshooter. Perhaps a little lacking in key areas, things that Shawn had fixed by the time he became champion, but this was a way of him showing the WWF he was almost ready. Great match considering Shawn’s lack of experience at main event level, though he’s never been lacking in confidence. Shawn going to the top of the mountain and coming back empty handed this early into his singles career could have hurt him. The WWF was aware he might have been getting too much too soon and managed to re-sign Marty Jannetty. The two men tore up early 1993 with some great contests before Shawn moved on to Razor Ramon and the feud that really made his career as a singles star.
Final Rating: ****
WWF Intercontinental Championship
Bret Hart (c) vs. The British Bulldog
And now, the famous main event of SummerSlam ‘92. This, for my money, is a frontrunner for greatest match of all time. It really had everything, from the enormous crowd to the superb in-ring action. The storyline going in was excellent too, with two family members, both babyfaces, competing to see who was better. It was so simple, but incredibly effective storytelling. The crowd was very much behind Bulldog, but Hart had an incredible army of fans too, and the atmosphere is absolutely electric. It is probably the most vociferous audience you are ever likely to hear. Listening to it again, it staggers me that WWE haven’t tried to run another major pay-per-view event in a massive UK stadium since. The argument against it is that the time difference would mean it had to be shown at an inconvenient time in the US, or on tape delay, and that would affect orders. I really don’t think it would, and the revenue generated from holding a show in such a monster setting, would surely offset any buy rates lost. Maybe not for something like WrestleMania, but for SummerSlam or even Survivor Series, it could work. You get a unique feeling when watching a perfect match, and you definitely get that here. It was no coincidence that the two greatest WWF matches at this point both came at the two shows with the biggest audience. The very best workers up their game and are able to perform at the very highest level. This match really defined Bret Hart as the finest worker in the company, and indeed of his generation. It has been well documented that Davey was out of shape and blown up during this, having come into the match off an injury which kept him out of the ring and the gym. The fact that Hart manages to carry and lead him into a bout of such stunning quality, is a testament to his abilities. It is probably his greatest match ever when that is taken into consideration. He has had a multitude of great bouts which are a level just below, and a few that were as good technically (against brother Owen Hart at WrestleMania X for example), but none that combined the in-ring stuff with the setting, atmosphere and emotion. Two other matches that Bret often gets the full 5* for are his cage match with Owen at SummerSlam ’94 and the famous WrestleMania XIII bout with Steve Austin -both of which are very different to this- but I don’t think either comes close. Actually, I think both are often slightly overrated, and I prefer the match he had with Austin at Survivor Series ’96 to either. When Furious reviewed this, he ummed and ahhed about the rating, complaining about the use of chinlocks to call spots. I thought he was nuts and I told him as much, because I don’t think thirty seconds of slight slowdown can ruin 30-MINUTES of pure perfection. This match is untouchable, and without question a clear and easy 5* rating. If you call yourself a wrestling fan and you have not seen this match, rectify the situation at once. Bret-Bulldog will be remembered long into the future, and may be the best bout ever to take place on British shores. Anyone in doubt? Just listen to that crowd when Davey wins the title. That reaction will likely never be matched.
Final Rating: *****
Summary: An incredible tape, that does a wonderful job of capturing the very best moments of the year. Despite being three hours long and focusing on a transitional period in the WWF’s history, the match selectors, for once, have got it spot on. The tape does a grand job of highlighting the key feuds and matches, but also throws a few unseen bonuses in too, that make this absolutely must see. One of the finest WWF tapes ever produced, and certainly one of the best of the decade. Highest recommendation.