Fact: Revolution Pro Wrestling and IPW:UK are now two separate promotions

August 30, 2012

As you may have seen over the weekend, there have been some changes afoot at IPW:UK.





Revolution Pro Wrestling will now be the promotion putting on the shows primarily at Sittingbourne, while IPW:UK is going to operate at Swanley.

This is because Daniel Edler and Andy Quildan, the pair previously behind IPW:UK, had a disagreement on the future direction of the company, and over the past week or so agreed to go their separate ways – with Edler retaining the IPW:UK name and Quildan setting up as RPW. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: UK fans can meet top TNA stars on the Road To Lockdown Tour

August 28, 2012

Hurrah and huzzah, new fan interaction packages have just been announced for TNA’s Road to Lockdown tour!

The limited tickets go on sale on Friday, and will give you a pass to meet a guaranteed eight TNA superstars.

The Greatest Man That Ever Lived Austin Aries, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kaz, and Magnus are all on the tour line-up, alongside Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, James Storm, AJ Styles, Mr Anderson, Rob Van Dam and Gail Kim. Plus Miss Tessmacher if you like that kind of thing.

Fan Interaction tickets can be bought from http://www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk / 0844 826 2826. Those purchasing Fan Interaction tickets must also have a regular event ticket, sold separately, in order to gain access.

TNA Road To Lockdown

Wednesday January 23 Glasgow Braehead Arena
Thursday January 24 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Friday January 25 Manchester Arena
Saturday January 26 Wembley Arena

Fact: why professional wrestling in the UK looks extremely amateurish

August 26, 2012

The very name ‘professional wrestling’ seems a bitter irony to me at the moment.

Because from where I’m standing, there is a lot of very amateurish conduct going on all round.

I’m a professional journalist. I hate to see amateurish writing – badly constructed, badly subbed, partisan gibberish, the kind of tawdry nonsense you see all over the internet. Amateur writers are happy to churn out their work for free, glad that their efforts are honoured with a byline, because they love writing so much. Meanwhile, the rest of us are left gritting our teeth at the name of our trade being dragged through the dirt – and of course, publishers don’t want to buy our work, because why would they when they can get mediocre content for free instead?

I mention this because I can see something similar happening in British wrestling. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: a fabulous bank holiday weekend of UK wrestling approaches

August 24, 2012

Everyone’s favourite king of the arm-bar, Zack Sabre Jr, makes his final three UK appearances of the summer this weekend before he disappears off to Japan for another three months.

Triple X Wrestling are hosting a show at the Coventry Sq Club (adults-only, of course) which features Prince Devitt; IPW:UK have their summer show in Sittingbourne, where ZSJ faces Johnny Gargano and Marty Scurll takes on Sha Samuels; and Comic Wrestling Alliance have their debut show in Maidstone – set to be one of the most exciting cards of the year.

Promoter Graham Beadle admits to a few nerves prior to CWA’s first-ever show (not surprising – he’s also the afternoon’s MC), but he’s very sure about the quality of his talent. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: LDN Wrestling’s Hakan

August 20, 2012

How did you first get into wrestling?

I was a wrestling fan growing up like most kids my age; I loved WWE and it was something I aspired to do. I’m generally quite an athletic person, I play football on the weekends when I’m not wrestling and used to work in a leisure centre as a lifeguard.

I was trained by LDN Wrestling and by Paul Ashe, I trained with him for two years. In the last six months of my training I was working shows and learning off my opponents such as the great Jon Ritchie and others. The LDN school was pleasant and I learned a lot. I feel learning on the job helped me enormously too. I really enjoyed it and met some future friends and wrestling enemies, including my biggest rival in the ring, Travis.

You’re an exclusively LDN wrestler, aren’t you? Tell me a little bit about wanting to work for just one promotion and why you made that decision.

Yes, I exclusively work for LDN, I trained here and will be to the end of my career hopefully. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Zack Sabre Jr talks about Japan, NOAH and his future plans

August 17, 2012

Zack Sabre Jr announced earlier this week on Twitter:

I talked to him a fortnight ago, just after his return from his second trip to Japan and NOAH, and found out a little bit about his time out there. Frankly, he seems to have had such a great time and they seem to have loved him so much that the news of this third excursion doesn’t really come as a surprise.

“There wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t over the moon to be there,” he said. “I made an effort to try everything and explore every town that we were in. I’ve been there for three months – you get so settled. It might be a different experience if you’re just there touring. You get so relaxed into everything. It felt like I had been there for months, a month into my second trip. It might be because I’ve always wanted to be there so much, so it feels natural for me to be there.” Read the rest of this entry »

Question: why have WWE released Sofia Cortez?

August 12, 2012

It seems impossible that there are now only two alumni from the last series of Tough Enough still with WWE.

There’s Christina Crawford, aka Caylee Turner, who continues to display weak ring ability (if the NXT episode last week is anything to go by) and cut one of the worst promos I have ever seen on poor Bill De Mott who tried desperately not to laugh at her.

And there’s Ariane Andrew, aka Cameron, who graces WWE programming as one of Brodus Clay’s Funkadactyls and who announced proudly that her favourite ever wrestling match is Melina v Alicia Fox.

WWE used to employ another female graduate of that series, Ivelisse Velez, aka Sofia Cortez, who’s been wonderful on FCW and more lately NXT, teaming up with Paige to form the Anti-Divas.

Except now she’s been future endeavoured, and nobody seems to know why. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Graham Beadle, promoter of CWA, talks ‘Origins’

August 3, 2012

You’re a wrestling fan – why set up your own promotion?

Both Jack Lawrence, my co-founder, and I started off making Demon’s Pit [their podcast] as a kayfabe thankyou to all the federations in the south-east whose shows we attend (IPW, FPW, Hammerlock and Progress), so really it just snowballed from there. Whilst talking to guests like Jimmy Havoc and Terry Striker about their experiences, we just thought that we could book the kind of show that I’d like to take my kids to see and from there it was a natural progression for us to combine the comics angle, what with Jack being a comic artist and me owning a comic shop.

You have a fantastic card – how did you manage to put that together at relatively short notice?

We had a lot of help with the revised card. Initially when the date changed there was real panic from us. Read the rest of this entry »