Fact: It’s Hair vs Dice at FPW’s Futuremania

April 30, 2012

On Saturday night, Friend of TOWIS Phil ‘The Warden’ Ward takes on Greg Burridge in a hair vs dice match – whoever loses gets their characteristic appendage snipped.

Regardless, you should totally sponsor The Warden in case it is he who gets his head shaved – like FPW’s raffle, it’s all in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Fact: Noam Dar is going to face AJ Styles this summer

April 30, 2012

Congratulations to Friend of TOWIS Noam Dar, who’ll be facing AJ Styles on Saturday 14 July in Ayr for Lionheart’s Pro Wrestle Elite promotion.

Review: IPW:UK Revolution, The Troxy, Saturday 28 April 2012

April 30, 2012

When it’s bucketing with rain, East London isn’t the most salubrious place to go. As you head up from Limehouse station towards the Troxy, you’ll be struck by the amount of scary-looking semi-derelict pubs and the plethora of fried chicken offerings.

Still, my reason for heading here was the IPW:UK Revolution show. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Danny Garnell talks Hammerlock, Andre Baker and Japan

April 27, 2012

Tell us a little bit about how you got started in wrestling.

I started with Hammerlock in 1998; at the time, it was really the only wrestling school there was. I was doing amateur wrestling and stuff at the time, but my dad used to take me to see the pro shows – the All Star shows – when I was little, and then I saw an advert for Hammerlock in PowerSlam magazine.
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Interview: Johnny Moss talks coach trips, TNA and The Apprentice

April 25, 2012

When and how did you first become interested in wrestling?

My first memory of wrestling was my dad taking to to watch wrestling at Whitehaven Civic Hall when I was eight years old; I can remember Fit Finlay and Big Daddy being on the show but nothing else really.

My interest really picked up though when I first watched WWF on Sky Sports back in 1990 and I was hooked from then on. I would collect every magazine possible and was fascinated by all the different promotions and wrestlers from all over the world. I quickly found a tape trader and would get tapes from virtually every promotion possible – I was hooked!

I finally decided to take the plunge after seeing an advert in Power Slam magazine for the Hammerlock School of Wrestling and attended my first training camp in 1997. This was a bit of a trek for me as Hammerlock was based in Kent and I lived in Cumbria;  I also wasn’t driving at the time so I would take a nine-hour National Express coach overnight to London then get the train to Sittingbourne. I did this on a regular basis and it could be quite brutal as I would finish work on Friday, travel overnight, train Saturday and Sunday then travel home Sunday night, but I didn’t care, I loved it! Some people these days think they’re going out their way if they have to drive an hour – they’re the ones that should just probably pack it in. Read the rest of this entry »

Review: DemonCon 3 featuring NWA Hammerlock, Exchange Studio, Maidstone, Sunday April 22nd 2012

April 24, 2012

Before you ask, I’m not going to do a full review of the matches at DemonCon (Jimmy Havoc v Devin Byrne, Kurupt v Danny Garnell, Dean Champion v Technico). They were little five-minute snippets, intended as a bit of light entertainment amidst the serious business of the comic convention, and it was great.

What I did want to comment on is just how great wrestling is and can be when it’s aimed at the right audience in the right place. We all know the kind of stuff the NWA Hammerlock guys can do in the ring – but this was supposed to be comedy, family-friendly fun, and it was. When you have kids laughing and cheering (and smaller kids crying at the noise the ring makes when someone takes a bump), you know you’re doing your job properly.

“Hammerlock’s always a good family-friendly show,” says DemonCon organiser Graham Beadle. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: El Ligero talks Hulk Hogan, Sid Justice and Atlanta strip clubs

April 22, 2012

When and how did you first become interested in wrestling? 

I first saw wrestling when I was 8, when my dad borrowed a tape of WWF WrestleMania 8 from my cousin, as he thought I would like it. The first match I ever saw was the main event of Hulk Hogan and Sid Justice, and I was absolutely hooked. I just loved how bright, flamboyant and engrossing it all was, and I’ve followed it ever since.

I first found a training school in 2001, when my cousin saw an advertisement for an NWA-UK Hammerlock affiliate in Sheffield. My dad, who I honestly owe a lot to, drove us down, and we had our first session. I was immediately addicted to it, and whilst my cousin never went back after that first session, I did, and at 16 years old, I started training every week.

You’ve wrestled all over the world – where has been your favourite country to wrestle, who has the best fans, and who has the scariest fans?

Well, I definitely have to say the UK first of all, as that’s where I’m best known, it’s where I make my bread and butter, and it’s got my favourite talent to work. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Marty Scurll talks about IPW:UK show featuring Carlito, Masters and Nash

April 20, 2012

It’s almost time for the amazing IPW:UK show at the Troxy, featuring the likes of Carlito, Chris Masters and Kevin Nash.

It all takes place next weekend, and there’s some top UK talent on the bill too, including Friends of TOWIS Mark Haskins, Lion Kid and Noam Dar.

Another Friend of TOWIS, Marty Scurll, is also in the line-up, and he faces a hell of a match against Sami Callihan. “I can’t wait,” he says. “I’m really excited – he’s done so much, he’s one of the best in the world. I’ve always wanted to wrestle him – I was supposed to wrestle him last year – so I’ll go into the ring and try to match him. I’m just delighted – it’s a great platform for the show.” Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Nathan Cruz talks Progress, Marty Scurll and Rampage Brown

April 20, 2012

Well, first of all, congrats on becoming the first Progress Wrestling champ and getting your hands on that peculiar staff…how did you enjoy the first-ever Progress show, and particularly that epic main event?

The show was amazing. It’s the first time I’ve had the chance to really perform in front of an audience like that, and I truly loved it. The main event was something I’m very proud of. I’ve always wanted to get the chance to do a big match situation with Marty as I knew it would be something special and it truly was.

As far as the re-match goes [at Progress: Chapter Two], I can’t wait. Marty is a fantastic wrestler and I know he’ll push me again. And with it being two out of three falls, it’s just even more promising for a great match. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Lembit Opik is a wrestler now

April 19, 2012

So Lembit Opik – 47-year-old former MP and ex-boyfriend of a Cheeky Girl and a weathergirl – is now a wrestler.

No, seriously.

Last week he was a “guest” at Welsh Wrestling’s show at Welshpool, and intervened by accusing Kade Callous of cheating to get his win over Iestyn Rees, and then by costing Callous a win in the Rumble later on.

And this is what happened. Read the rest of this entry »