March 2, 2015
It’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 »
January 31, 2015
As always with TNA tour blogs, the spoilers are strong with this one… Read the rest of this entry »
January 29, 2015
If 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 »
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.
December 30, 2014
We’re down to the final three, then. (If you don’t know how we’ve got to this point – one two three four five six seven.)
This week our trio of contestants face off against TNA talent in an effort to make a final impression. Obviously there’s a lot of recapping and exposition, including some great footage of UK shows – get yourself along to your nearest promotion, what you’ve seen on Boot Camp is just the tip of the iceberg! (Also, buy my book!) Read the rest of this entry »
December 30, 2014
Previously on British Boot Camp! This, this, this, this, this and most recently this!
Tonight there is some wrestling, beginning with a tag match between the contestants, which will then cut the field down to three. Da-da-daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Read the rest of this entry »
November 28, 2014
Previously, five episodes have happened! (One, two, three, four, five.)
Our six contestants have arrived after their road trip, and the first thing they need to do is build a ring in what seems a very poorly-lit arena. Read the rest of this entry »