Fact: The “Divas’ Revolution” needs to be bigger than WWE thinks

July 24, 2015

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“That’s a good-looking belt…that’s a women’s WRESTLING belt!” declared Alundra Blayze on the occasion of her Hall of Fame induction, holding her once-discarded women’s championship aloft.

Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, three-quarters of NXT’s four horsewomen, have now joined Paige on the main WWE roster, leading some to announce that a “Divas’ Revolution” is now under way.

Enough has been written about the way NXT treats women’s wrestling – the women are characters in their own right, with motivations beyond “jealousy” and “boyfriends”, and the belt itself is for women, rather than “Divas”. (Can you imagine the men having a “Superstars’ Championship”?)

But a true revolution will never be successful until there’s a change from top to bottom. Read the rest of this entry »

Facts from Monday Night RAW, O2 Arena, April 13th 2015

April 13, 2015

Well, if I type quickly, I might get this published before the show airs…spoilers, if so…

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Facts from CHIKARA, Garage, Islington, April 6th 2015

April 6, 2015

I can’t remember being this absolutely thrilled by a wrestling show. I mean, I’m sure I must have been, but the sense of occasion combined with the show itself has induced a high that I fear it will be both tough and heartbreaking to recover from it. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Alundra Blayze’s WWE Hall of Fame induction speech was amazing

March 29, 2015

CBOl4oiWAAAvqskThe 2015 Hall of Fame headliner may be ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage; Connor ‘the Crusher’ Michalak’s posthumous prize of the “Warrior Award” may commandeer the most column inches.

But Alundra Blayze’s acceptance speech was one that will live with me for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »

Theatre review: LARDO, Old Red Lion Theatre, March 6th 2015

March 7, 2015

tn-500_ld1Parts of this review originally appeared on BroadwayWorld UK.

All the other reviews I’ve read of this play are prefaced with a little note that the critic isn’t a professional wrestling fan, and they go on to use terms such as “bonkers” or “far-fetched” to describe it.

Well, I am a professional wrestling fan, and ‘Lardo’, while funny and surreal in places, is very much rooted in life. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: some stereotypes of British wrestling linger for a reason

March 5, 2015

If you indulge in social media at all, or if you read newspapers, you’ll have probably caught some of the kerfuffle around a certain article in the Guardian this week.

Tying in with Simon Cowell’s musings about bringing British wrestling back to television, TV writer Stuart Heritage brought some of his ‘World of Sport’ memories to the fore when sketching out what this new series might look like.

If you have even the vaguest interest in British wrestling history you’ll know exactly the kind of thing it included – middle-aged men with beer bellies, angry grannies in the front row berating the heels, shows staged in local leisure centres, all a plodding, working-class contrast to the glamour and polish of WWE.

Wrestlers and fans alike have been outraged. Read the rest of this entry »

Facts: The Destruction Of The Shield, WWE DVD

March 2, 2015

DESTRUCTION_OT_SHIELD_DVD_3DIt’s no secret that whenever I see the moment when Seth Rollins turned on his brethren, I still feel sick. Dean Ambrose’s face of horror as he realises the betrayal unfolding in front of him remains a tragic piece of television.

The months prior to that fateful day, however, were marvellous. The Shield fought for their own brand of justice, they walked out through the crowd, and once they even had a helicopter.

So I was torn about watching this DVD compilation. Read the rest of this entry »


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