Facts from TNA British Bootcamp Series 2 UK finals, York Hall, London, August 16th 2014

August 17, 2014

borashWell, I say “facts”. When Jeremy Borash began the TV taping, he asked us not to release details about the show on the internet. Seems fair enough to me. The series doesn’t air till October, and I hate having wrestling shows spoilt for me (hilariously, TNA are actually the most culpable for this – posting results and what’s going to happen in upcoming taped programmes on their social media, forgetting every single week that the UK doesn’t see it until three days afterwards). Embargoes aren’t unusual for journalists who are going to press screenings of shows, and that’s the mindset I approach this with.

So with no further ado, some hints at what went on in East London last night… Read the rest of this entry »


Interview: Johnny Moss talks about his new wrestling school!

August 3, 2014

BuEMfFNIEAAHpHZ“I have wanted to set up a school for years but never really gave it a lot of serious consideration until recently,” says Johnny Moss, who’s just announced that he’ll be opening a wrestling school in Egremont, Cumbria.

Followers of Moss’s career will know that as a novice he used to travel down from his home overnight on a National Express coach to London, where he’d then take the train to the Hammerlock School of Wrestling in Sittingbourne.

It’s perhaps not a surprise, then, that such a dedicated Hammerlock graduate would give a nod to his roots in the name of his own wrestling school – Mossy’s School of Hard Knocks and Hammerlocks.

“I want to continue the legacy of Hammerlock wrestling and its school, which produced so many great talents,” he explains.

Hammerlock always had a reputation for tough and intense training – but it had results, with the likes of Wade Barrett and Zack Sabre Jr passing through the school.

“I am a very thorough and precise coach,” says Moss. “I really do believe in practice makes perfect, and will drill holds over and over until they are second nature.

“So anybody coming to learn at the school can take comfort in the fact that I will spend the time with them they need to become polished professionals.” Read the rest of this entry »


Interview: Rockstar Spud talks British Boot Camp Series 2, Dixie Carter, EC3 – and Spike TV

July 30, 2014

IMG_0023Rockstar Spud has just declared to the world that he’s a jerk.

“I am a jerk. I’m a jerk in and out of the ring,” he says.

When you’re Dixie Carter’s chief of staff, that’s probably a given. Since winning the first series of British Boot Camp, which aired at the start of 2013, Spud has become a fixture on TNA’s television shows. And he very rarely gets stagefright.

“The only time I’m ever nervous about being on camera with Dixie is when I have to save her from a near-death experience. I am literally saving that woman’s life. I am a hero. I’m Mr Carter’s hero [Ethan Carter III] as well. I was born a hero. This,” he concludes dramatically, “is what I was born to do.” Read the rest of this entry »


Question: what next for TNA?

July 28, 2014

You’ve probably seen by now that gossip site TMZ are reporting that Spike TV will no longer be airing TNA programming on their channel.

There have, of course, been rumblings for a while suggesting that Jeff Jarrett’s new promotion, Global Force Wrestling, would be aiming for a slot on Spike.

Leaving that aside, the current TNA/Spike deal is reported to run till October, so it won’t be disappearing from American TV screens quite yet.

And of course it’s possible that in the interim, the company will find another TV channel to air its programming.

But perhaps this is a big opportunity for TNA.

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Facts from Future Pro Wrestling Summertime Brawl, Wallington Hall, July 19th 2014

July 20, 2014

10443190_762168837137379_284521731173671993_oI usually do a little write-up of shows, taking care to personalise it and make sure that I’m documenting my experience and perception of facts.

I’m not going to do that for last night’s FPW show – but what I will do is state an undeniable fact…although it’s disappointing that Joel Redman and Martin Stone weren’t kept on in WWE for longer, it’s absolutely brilliant to have them back here in Britain.
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Interview: FPW on Stone, Redman and Summertime Brawl

July 13, 2014

10446315_762168933804036_6988851626079354166_oI constantly recommend FPW for anyone looking for a family-friendly promotion with high-quality wrestling – and I’m clearly not the only one, as they’re into their fourth year of life in an industry that chews up and spits out companies very swiftly.

“Our fans are the fuel that drives our company,” says co-founder Matt Burden. “They’ve followed us for three years and now into the forth and we feel truly blessed to have the support and energy they provide.”

The audience will have a little treat direct from WWE at next weekend’s Summertime Brawl, with Martin Stone and Joel Redman (NXT’s Danny Burch and Oliver Grey) making their debuts and facing each other. Read the rest of this entry »


Question: what do WWE have in store for Emma?

July 6, 2014

I’m still not entirely sure what to make of this week’s Emma-related saga. (Melodr-emma?)

After news broke of her arrest for sixth-degree larceny (or ‘shoplifting’, as it’s known), WWE were swift to update their website with news of her release.

By the time I woke up the next morning, she’d been reinstated, and WWE were talking ominously of the further action they intended to take in recognition of her law-breaking.

I found the entire episode quite puzzling. Read the rest of this entry »


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