Fact: Eddie Dennis is off on a US tour

July 26, 2012

Bon voyage to the Pride of Wales (and friend of TOWIS) Eddie Dennis. He’s off to the US for three weeks and will be wrestling on various bills while he’s out there:

28th July – CSW, against Craven and Mr.450 Hammett
29th July – Galli Lucha against good friend of DEFEND Matt Knicks
4th August – Dreamweave (match unannounced)
11th August – Justice League of Wrestling (match unannounced)

If you’re that side of the pond, check the shows out!


Some facts about RAW 1000, July 23rd 2012

July 24, 2012

Last night was the 1000th episode of RAW, and marked a new era – from now on, we’ll have three hours of live promo action with a bit of wrestling every Monday night!

So here are my thoughts on last night’s show. Spoilers abound, obviously. Read the rest of this entry »


Review: FPW Summertime Brawl 2, Wallington Hall, Sunday July 22nd 2012

July 22, 2012

On the first sunny day London has had all year (pretty much), it was pleasing for any fan of British wrestling to see so many people queuing to get into Wallington Hall.

FPW returned to their home venue after all sorts of shenanigans stopped them from hosting Futuremania there back in May, and today’s show was basically a celebration of their obstinacy and tenacity in continuing in the face of adversity.  Read the rest of this entry »


Review: The Wrestlers – Fighting With My Family

July 19, 2012

I wanted to review this Channel 4 documentary following the Knight family, but I ended up becoming so caught up in it I forgot to take notes.

A summary: it was initially intended to track the progress of the whole clan, but ended up following 18-year-old Saraya-Jade as she transforms into WWE Diva Paige. She leaves behind her parents Ricky and Julia, but also her older brother Zak, who was at the same WWE tryouts but was told to shape up before they’d consider signing him.

I was disappointed on Sweet Saraya’s behalf that the programme didn’t bother mentioning her own stellar wrestling career too much, focusing instead on her daughter’s, but with an hour to fit in so much narrative, I suppose it was an understandable choice. (Kudos to her for managing to sneak a SHIMMER t-shirt in to shot, though.) Read the rest of this entry »


Question: What is going to happen in the WWE championship contract Money in the Bank match?

July 15, 2012

Everyone’s attention is focused on the Daniel Bryan v CM Punk title match, with AJ as special guest referee, but something weird is going to happen in the Money in the Bank match for former WWE champions.

Yes, OK, there seems to be a consensus that John Cena will win so everything else is academic, but there’s more to this match than there initially appears.

For starters, there is no way it’ll just have four contestants, with two of them being Kane and Big Show. It would be the most tedious ladder match of all time.

So one can only predict some kind of late entrant – or two. Who else would be eligible? Read the rest of this entry »


Fact: today’s jobbers may be the future’s main-eventers

July 9, 2012

Bored with Ryback squishing local jobbers with ridiculous names and a fondness for rhyming?

Well, take notice of them. Here are two videos from the turn of the millennium (ht to @michaelbyron97 for finding these for me).

From 2002 –

 

And from 2003 –

 

So note down the names of those humiliated local jobbers – because in ten years’ time, they could well be your world champions.


Fact: the new NXT is amazing

July 6, 2012

Thank goodness the epic torture of NXT Redemption is over.

What’s more, thank goodness for the new incarnation of NXT – apparently the replacement for FCW, which was regularly awesome in its own right but usually occurred in front of an audience of eight, albeit including William Regal.

Here are some reasons for the brilliance of the new NXT. And I will brook no argument. Read the rest of this entry »