Last chance to enter the TOWIS first birthday competition!

September 30, 2012

Normal service on TOWIS will resume shortly – but in the meantime, we’re busy being distracted by our fabulous first birthday competition!

We’ve got goodies from TNA and DragonGate (thanks to A-Merchandise), Lion Kid, CWA, Progress, IPW:UK, FWA, and even two $25 vouchers for IVP Videos.

To enter and be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question –

Who was TOWIS’s first interviewee?

a) Mickie James

b) Miss Tessmacher

c) Kelly Kelly

Email your answer to us by 3rd October – the winners will be announced soon after!

TOWIS: first birthday competition!

September 21, 2012

TOWIS celebrates its first anniversary at the start of October, and thanks to our friends at various promotions and companies, we’re delighted to announce a fabulous competition with some terrific wrestling-themed prizes (full prize list to be announced).

To enter and be in with a chance of winning one of these goody bags, just answer the following question –

Who was TOWIS’s first interviewee?

a) Mickie James

b) Miss Tessmacher

c) Kelly Kelly

Email your answer to us by 3rd October – the winners will be announced soon after!

On WWE and the Susan G Komen Foundation

September 18, 2012

I’ve been mulling this over for several days now, wondering whether to write about it or not.

In the end, I decided that I would, mostly because I know most of TOWIS’s readers are from the UK, and the awareness about Komen isn’t perhaps as high as it is in the US.

As we know by now, WWE announced last week they would be linking up with breast cancer charity The Susan G Komen Foundation for the month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“This partnership will reach millions of women and families with breast cancer education and awareness messages, while raising funds for Komen research and health outreach programs in the communities we serve,” said Dorothy Jones, Vice President of Marketing for Susan G Komen, in their joint press release.

She’s right – I spoke to the WWE press team this afternoon, who confirmed that five million women in the US alone watch WWE’s weekly programming. Add to that the other 144 countries they broadcast in, and that’s a lot of women who can be reached with education and awareness campaigns.

The questions I have, however, focus more on the ways in which WWE are partnering with Komen, and indeed about the operation of Komen as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »

Facts: More details about TNA’s British Boot Camp with Marty Scurll, Rockstar Spud and the Blossom Twins

September 13, 2012

Hooray! We finally have more details of what constitutes the TNA British Boot Camp!

We already knew it’d feature Friend of TOWIS Marty Scurll, the invariably out-of-tune karaokist Rockstar Spud, and former champions of OVW (TNA’s development territory) the Blossom Twins.

Now we learn that Challenge TV and TNA are intending to “search for a UK superstar” as the quartet head to the US and are trained by high-profile coaches, apparently including Hulk Hogan and Rollerball Rocco.

The press release also oddly states that “the finalists will enter the TNA developmental system”, bearing in mind the Blossoms have already been there and have presumably been watched by TNA previously, but hey ho.

The six-part series, airing in December, will end with a match at the TNA Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida, when they’ll be assessed by a judging panel plus TNA president Dixie Carter for their chance to win a contract.

More news again when we have it!

Fact: Dusty Rhodes thinks Paige “should have been born a guy”

September 8, 2012

Dusty Rhodes, the NXT commissioner, has an odd Twitter account. The spelling and syntax are both terrible, but the profile picture is him at home and his eldest son tweets him, so even though the account isn’t verified, I think we can be fairly sure it’s him.

He tweeted last week about NXT’s Anti-Diva, England’s very own Paige, and enthused thus:

Obviously this was meant as a compliment – Paige is incredibly talented in the ring. And I wanted to object to it and claim that she can shine just as well as a female wrestler.

But it’s not true, is it? Read the rest of this entry »

TOWIS: one year on

September 6, 2012

In four weeks’ time, TOWIS will be celebrating its first anniversary.

Over the past 12 months we’ve had exclusive interviews with top stars from the British scene as well as further afield, and broken big stories such as the licensing issues in UK wrestling.

TOWIS’s success is down to a combination of fantastic loyal readers, the talent on the UK wrestling scene, and the cooperation and support of British promotions.

We’re delighted to say that some of the UK’s top companies (including IPW:UK, Progress and CWA) as well as stars (including Lion Kid and the guys at DEFEND) are giving us some goodies for a celebratory giveaway.

Keep an eye on the site over the next couple of weeks to find out how to enter!

Fact: Marty Scurll, Rockstar Spud and the Blossom Twins are off to TNA Bootcamp

September 3, 2012

I mean, I’m not sure what TNA Bootcamp is, but I DO know it’s going to be on Challenge TV at the end of the year.

And I am DELIGHTED that we have four British reps on it.

Friend of TOWIS Marty Scurll told me last week: “I’ve always loved America, and wanted to work out there, and get contacts and a contract out there.”

This looks like a first step towards doing that.

The Blossom Twins have been working in OVW, TNA’s development territory, for a while, with both of them holding the women’s championship, so this is progress for them too.

More news when we have it!