When the Shield first emerged at the end of 2012, smarks happily name-dropped about how they’d seen these guys wrestle on the indy circuit (or in FCW) under their previous names.
Just over a year later, nobody refers to them as anything other than Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
That proves just how successful the Shield have been – not only did they obliterate most of the roster, they’ve also obliterated the baggage that inevitably comes with a pre-WWE wrestling career in the internet age.
You might have seen the kerfuffle on Twitter this week as The Rock defended himself against the accusations of a wrestling blogger.
As The Rock picked up the Slammy for “LOL Moment of the Year” for the song in which he called Vickie Guerrero “bee-yotch” and likened her to “a hooker, but not the expensive kind”, he tweeted her to warn her to to get her “stink pickle halitosis” on his award.
And The Rock defended himself by saying: “Vicky [sic] and I are actually good friends” and later adding: “[W]e all write our promos – together.”
Taking The Rock’s words at face value – I have no reason to doubt them, though I’m fairly sure if a good friend of mine called me an ugly whore on international TV I’d be moderately upset – does Vickie’s agreement to these skits make them OK? Read the rest of this entry »
As the WWE approach their end-of-year Slammys (see image, credit: WWE), which are always a srs awards ceremony and not at all a farcical joke that detracts more than ever from their wrestling, I thought it was about time we did an awards ceremony here on TOWIS with equal gravitas, to recognise our favourite performers in 2013.
Do feel free to invent your own categories and award-winners in the comments…
Reading like a who’s who of UK wrestling, barely a page goes by without a top name being quoted or a report from one of the country’s many independent companies, and it’s clear that this has been a labour of love for Dunn. The affection she feels for the industry pours from the page, and the relationships she has built over the years with the wrestlers themselves pays dividends here, as they open up and are unflinchingly honest about their trade.
And other reviewers have been equally kind.
We have named the book The British Wrestling Bible when discussing it on the show and it is every bit as good as we have been describing it. (The Wrestling Mania)
It is a book that is difficult to put down, is a pleasure to read, and will appeal to fans both old and new, casual or hardcore. (Screen Jabber)
Much more than just a catchy title, Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops is a fascinating read for both ardent wrestling fans and those with just a passing interest in the sport…truly essential reading. (CollarandElbow.com)
Plus so have some stars of wrestling – cover star Magnus describes the book as “a well-researched book that shows that the author clearly has an enormous passion for this industry” and Nigel McGuinness called it “thorough and extensive”.