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 »


Facts from TNA Impact Wrestling, Phones4U Arena, January 30 2014

January 31, 2015

As always with TNA tour blogs, the spoilers are strong with this one… Read the rest of this entry »


Fact: the Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens feud is amazing

January 29, 2015

owens and zaynIf you’ve read TOWIS over the past few years, you’ll know that I’m very liable to become emotionally invested and moved by professional wrestling.

When Sami Zayn won the NXT title I was moved to tears three times – when he secured the victory, when he and Adrian Neville hugged – and when his best friend Kevin Owens turned on him. Read the rest of this entry »


Fact: the Royal Rumble was a failure, and the road to Wrestlemania has veered off course

January 26, 2015

If your crowd are booing the man you want to be your next big babyface, if they’re practically rioting in the car park after your pay-per-view, if one of the top Twitter trends across the world urges people to withdraw money from your company…you’ve probably got a PR problem.

This isn’t about Roman Reigns, who took the brunt of the crowd’s disgust in Philadelphia after the Royal Rumble. I’m fairly sure that nobody genuinely dislikes him. It’s about the way WWE run roughshod over crowd reaction and attempt to rewrite history, about the way they throw in nostalgia trips (like the Rock) in an attempt to manipulate their audience, and about the way they scorn the very people who pay for their product.

It seems misguided at the least when their business model seems to be to shunt all their content online and expect people to subscribe.

People aren’t going to subscribe to programming they’re not engaged with.

And sure, there’s a long way to go until the showcase event of the year. Anything could happen. But the Royal Rumble tends to be a reliable indicator of the quality of the coming months. And three months of Reigns’ awkward promos, still green main events, and being shoved in our faces with all but a flashing neon sign saying LIKE THIS MAN, HE’S OUR NEW CENA is unlikely to herald a classic Wrestlemania.


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