Preview: a sneak peek at Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops

April 30, 2013

Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops Front CoverFor the month of May, TOWIS will be rebranding as…er…TOWIS.

In the four weeks prior to the publication of Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops, The Only Way Is Suplex becomes The Only Way Is Spandex, and you’ll have the chance to read excerpts of the book (which is already available to pre-order).

So before we get to 1st June, here’s a little hint at what you can expect to read in the book:

  • British wrestling in the media – how important is TV coverage really? There’s also an exclusive look back at 2001’s ‘Faking It – Ballet Dancer to Wrestler’ featuring NWA Hammerlock, with interviews with the key participants
  • Competition – how much collaboration between promotions is healthy? (This section includes an extended look at last year’s FPW Futuremania shenanigans.)
  • Wrestling training in the UK – the dangers of a bad school
  • How wrestlers cope with serious injuries, and how they balance the bruises with having to go into the office for their day job
  • How ring announcers and referees learn their role and make it possible for wrestlers to shine
  • And, obviously, interviews with British and British-based and -trained wrestlers – including the likes of Magnus, Doug Williams, Nigel McGuinness, Zack Sabre Jr, Marty Scurll, the Blossom Twins, Rhia O’Reilly, Saraya Knight, Majik, Danny Garnell, Jimmy Havoc, the Owens Twins, Nikki Storm, Prince Fergal Devitt, El Ligero, Iestyn Rees, Noam Dar, Mark Andrews…and more.
  • If you’ve enjoyed reading TOWIS over the past two years, please support Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops, available to pre-order now and will be in all good bookshops – plus it has its own Facebook page.

Facts from Southside Wrestling, Raw Deal 2, Stevenage, April 27th 2013

April 28, 2013

haskinsIf I’m completely honest, my favourite part of Southside Wrestling’s Raw Deal 2 came at the start of the second half, as the partisan crowd voiced their objections to Stixx and his very own voice of the voice of the voiceless Harvey Dale.

Rather than being outraged and offended by the really rather pathetic homophobic abuse, the pair did what any self-respecting Punk/Heymanesque duo should do, and hugged instead.

And much as I like El Ligero, I was sneakily pleased that Stixx picked up the win as well. Read the rest of this entry »

More about the forthcoming ‘Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops’

April 25, 2013

Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops Front CoverWith just over a month to go until the release of ‘Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops’, TOWIS editor Carrie has been chatting to Wrestling Fusion about her wrestling fandom and the book itself.

Next week here on TOWIS there’ll be more about the book – plus some sneak previews!

You can join the book’s Facebook group – and pre-order it on Amazon now!

Facts from Friday Night Smackdown taping, not live from London, April 23rd 2013

April 23, 2013

20130423_182128[1]Tonight I headed back down the Jubilee line to the O2 Arena, courtesy of the WWE’s very nice PR firm, and took my complimentary seat to witness what looks like it’ll be a pretty good Smackdown. (They also taped Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event, but we in the UK will never get to see them, so it doesn’t really count.) Again, spoilers… Read the rest of this entry »

Facts from Monday Night RAW, Live from London, April 22nd 2013

April 22, 2013

20130422_182447[1]It was an impulse purchase after the announcement of that six-man tag match, OK? I don’t normally hold with paying six quid in booking fees, but I felt the investment would be worthwhile. And it was, kind of. (Spoilers if you’re reading this before the show airs, or if you particularly care about what happens on Superstars.) (Though why you should when WWE don’t, I’m not quite sure.)
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Interview: Harvey Dale on House of Pain: Evolution

April 19, 2013

3640_599965370031325_70861814_nIf you follow wrestling news on Facebook, it’s likely you’ll have seen the launch of House of Pain: Evolution, who recently announced their first roster members, including Friends of TOWIS Mark Haskins and El Ligero.

So what’s it an Evolution from? What’s the plan? We asked creator Harvey Dale to give us the gossip…

“What we hope to achieve with the brand is to look beyond the usual boundaries that promotions work within,” he says. “You so often find a promotion that is willing to spend out anything from £300 to £2000 to bring in a US import or other overseas worker, yet the promoter will tell you they cannot afford an extra £30 in fuel costs to drive someone UK-based in from another area! It’s reasons like this that mean that there are so many talented guys who people in certain areas will miss out on seeing live. With HOPE, we aim to make sure that we do not restrict ourselves to using only the guys based around the Midlands area.

“I think you will see with our announcements over the coming week that we have gone for a very wide range of guys from all corners of the country to make up a very exciting roster.” Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Diogo Pacheco, creator of Chibi Wrestlers

April 18, 2013

Diogo Pacheco’s work came to my attention a couple of years ago thanks to Twitter. Since then his gallery has developed – and WWE stars have been enjoying his art as well.

Look, it even makes CM Punk smile!

CM Punk Surprise Chibi Photo

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Fact: Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops is out on June 1st

April 12, 2013

Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops Front CoverAs you may or may not know, TOWIS editor Carrie has a book about the UK wrestling business out on June 1st. It’s called Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops: Inside the Business of British pro wrestling, it’s now listed on the publisher’s website, and it’s available to pre-order on Amazon.

Here’s the blurb –

A fun look at the thriving UK professional wrestling scene, and how it’s reviving itself for a smart, sceptical 21st-century audience. Carrie Dunn talks to some of Britain’s top wrestlers, as well as promoters and fans. She finds out what really happens behind the scenes at shows and training schools, about turf wars and dreams of mainstream fame.

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Facts about Wrestlemania 29: CM Punk deserved to lose to the Undertaker

April 8, 2013

taker punkerAll internet carping aside, I really enjoyed the extension of the Undertaker’s streak for 21-0.

That is despite being a devoted CM Punk fan, and an admirer of Paul Heyman’s work to the extent that I believe he is the best thing to happen to WWE in the past two years.

Because, let’s face it, Punk deserved to lose. Read the rest of this entry »

Facts about Wrestlemania 29: Everyone believes in The Shield

April 8, 2013

shieldI wasn’t going to stay up to watch Wrestlemania (and indeed I went to sleep long before the end), but I was delighted to see that the first match (not counting the sadly predictable and depressing pre-show) was Sheamus, Big Show and Randy Orton v The Shield.

Call me a smark (most people do), but I’m loving seeing these boys progress to the WWE’s showcase events. Read the rest of this entry »