A very happy New Year

December 30, 2012

How can you not be looking forward to 2013 when this is the image WWE are kicking off the New Year with? (Spoiler alert!) Read the rest of this entry »

Merry Christmas from TOWIS!

December 26, 2012

And remember, if you do something bad by accident and you’re really sorry and your best friend witnessed it and hasn’t stopped crying since…


it’s fine for self-appointed vigilantes to seek vengeance.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: TNA Gut Check is coming to the UK

December 21, 2012

Gut-CheclWe at TOWIS are very excited at the prospect of the TNA Gut Check being held in Nottingham next month – the only one in Europe during this tour, and the first one here for a couple of years.

Wrestlers can put themselves forward (admittedly for a fee, but we imagine the idea is that the publicity they’ll get will more than justify the outlay).

So who from the UK scene would you like to see compete? Read the rest of this entry »

Review: When Wrestling Was Golden, BBC 4, December 13th 2012

December 13, 2012

screengrab wwwgThe subtitle of this latest documentary to fill the Timeshift slot is ‘Grapples, Grunts and Grannies’. That gives you a very clear indication of the material it covers in the space of an hour.

It starts off in fascinating fashion, with footage of Mick McManus v Jackie Pallo from 1962, dug out of an archive by hard-working researchers.

Then it moves on to cover a narrative that will be familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of British wrestling history – Adrian Street and his sexual ambiguity; Kendo Nagasaki and his mask and mysticism; Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, and their lack of athleticism combined with their undeniable audience appeal; and wrestling’s eventual disappearance from mainstream television. Read the rest of this entry »

Last-minute end-of-year TOWIS competition! Win MERCH!

December 12, 2012

I have a goody bag of merch sitting here next to my sofa, so thought I’d send it out to one lucky TOWIS reader as a festive treat.

There’s a condition, though.

Yep, there’s a question you’ll have to answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: the Miz does not look nice

December 12, 2012

After doubting that Seth Rollins has the right facial composition to make a convincing bad guy, I feel I should also point out that Miz has the opposite problem.

He is difficult to take seriously as a good guy because he looks like what he pretty much seems to be – an over-the-top, annoying, smug loudmouth.

LOOK AT THIS FACE. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Seth Rollins does not look evil

December 12, 2012

As you know, Seth Rollins is one-third of the new WWE vigilante posse, The Shield.

Having spent the previous few months moshing his two-tone hair around NXT as a face champion, it seems odd to now see him attempting to be evil alongside Dean Ambrose and The Wrestler Formerly Known As Leakee. This is particularly the case as his promos, supposed to be seething with rage, are looking fairly unconvincing next to the barely suppressed insanity of his cohort Ambrose.

But seriously. Look at this pretty visage.

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Facts from Preston City Wrestling Festive Fury, Sunday 9th December 2012

December 11, 2012

209585_10152336669305374_366720305_oThis is the show I’ve been looking forward to most this year. Ever since March, when John Morrison was announced as the show’s top-line import, I’ve been counting down the days to the show and getting myself over-excited at the thought that I would meet him in the afternoon’s meet and greet session.

Yeah, I’m a fangirl. So sue me.

Turning up at Lava Ignite at 2pm, I wasn’t surprised that the pre-show (‘Before the Fury’) appeared to be running over the advertised times. Fortunately, they let me in to wait rather than forcing me to stand outside in freezing conditions, and I was able to watch the end of Lionheart’s penultimate match on the big screens there.

I’ll talk about the Q&A with Morrison, Chris Masters and Eugene (and special guest contributor Mad Man Manson) later in the week, so I’ll skip ahead to the meet and greet. I felt a bit bad for Masters and Eugene, who weren’t anywhere near as in demand as Morrison, but I’m sure they expected that. As for Morrison himself, I was near the front of the queue and thought him quite delightful in person.

So, the show then. Read the rest of this entry »