Pollyanna is the latest British wrestler to be packing her bags, flying to Japan, and moving into a dojo for five weeks of intensive training.
She approached the legendary Emi Sakura after they were on the same card at Pro Wrestling EVE back in February. “I spoke to her and said I wanted to improve and felt that would be the best way. She was very understanding and asked me to send her some footage of my stuff, and then she said yes.
“I was a bit stunned. I expected it to be about how many squats I could do, or how many push-ups I could do, and that I’d have to send photos – and I just said how much I wanted to learn and she said I could come, and I was like, ‘Thanks, Emi!'” Read the rest of this entry »
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me link to a survey earlier today.
I’m doing a bit of research on the kind of training that wrestlers in Britain currently get, and how they’re introduced to working on shows – as you might have seen if you’ve read ‘Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops’, there’s been an ongoing debate about the quality of schools on offer, and the qualifications trainers have.
As such, I thought it’d be useful to gauge how people choose their training schools, how much experience people have before they become trainers themselves, and how much training people have before they start working shows.
You can find the survey on GoogleDocs here – it’s all completely anonymous, although any text answers might be quoted in future articles. Please do share the link on your own social networks – it’d be great to get as many responses as possible.
Rhia O’Reilly told us last week that this all-female matinee card at IPW:UK was a taster of women’s wrestling in the promotion.
If anyone had any doubt that the ladyfolk can put on a great show, this would have allayed their fears.
The card was built around a three-women, three-match round-robin tournament, featuring O’Reilly, Penelope, and the extremely impressive Liberty, who emerged victorious in the main event – she and O’Reilly (who ended up bleeding from the mouth) traded some stiff blows and powerful moves. Read the rest of this entry »
Carrie was a guest on this week’s Off The Top Rope podcast, talking about RAW, Smackdown, Impact, and then a special feature on 1997’s One Night Only WWF pay-per-view. She also tried to convince the show’s host that his wife would enjoy WWE because all ladies love the Shield.
Carrie will be at IPW:UK in Swanley, Kent, tomorrow (Saturday 20th July), selling and signing copies of the book. It’s a double-header event, with the matinee card Ferocious Females beginning at 4pm, and the evening show Face Off starting at 7pm.
She’ll then be at Total Action Wrestling in her hometown of Dunstable next Saturday, 27th July. There may also be a little bit of local press around that – but watch this space!
There’s innovation down in Swanley this weekend, as IPW:UK hosts its first ever women’s show as the first part of an impressive-looking double header of wrestling.
“It’s very exciting,” says Rhia O’Reilly, who’s part of a round-robin tournament in the afternoon with Liberty and Penelope. “This is a taster show for women’s wrestling.
“And it’s very exciting to have Saraya Knight down – a former SHIMMER champion, and the most experienced wrestler working on the European scene. It’s great to have her on board – she always brings something great to the card.”
“She could probably beat up most of the blokes on the evening card,” admits Iestyn Rees.
After issuing his Skinny Boy Challenge to wrestlers he considered too small, Rees is taking on someone rather more his own size – Joel Masters.
I love my WWE heels, as you know, and a ladder match for a World Heavyweight Championship contract contested by Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Fandango, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro makes me a very happy woman.
Except – who am I supposed to want to win? Or perhaps more importantly, who’s supposed to be the good guy?
Barring anything interesting happening on Smackdown (I mean, seriously, this seems unlikely), something is going to have to happen during the match itself, surely.
It’s been a busy six weeks since the publication of ‘Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops: Inside the Business of British Pro Wrestling’ so thought I’d flag up some of the media and podcasts that have featured the book – and TOWIS!
And there are also two lovely reviews up on Amazon now!
Thank you to Future Pro Wrestling, who invited me down to their Summertime Brawl last weekend to draw their raffle and judge their sign competition.
Thank you also to Triple X Wrestling, who featured flyers for the book at their show last weekend; and to House of Pain: Evolution and Insane Championship wrestling, who are featuring flyers for the book at their shows this weekend.
I’m also delighted to say that I’ll be in my hometown of Dunstable on Saturday 27th July at Total Action Wrestling’s show at the Leisure Centre, signing and selling copies of the book.
I’ll also be a guest on this week’s edition of Off The Top Rope podcast – I shall post a link when it’s live!
TNA President Dixie Carter’s press quotes enthuse thus: “I recently returned from such a great visit to the UK where I announced the 2014 TNA Tour, and I’m thrilled to continue expanding TNA’s brand reach in the UK and Ireland with this, first ever online slot game.
“I hope age-appropriate fans will play and enjoy!”
If this is your cup of tea, do let us know in the comments a bit more about what the game is and what you make of it.
Next weekend (Sunday July 14) sees the launch of an exciting new promotion, House of Pain: Evolution.
Stemming from the Nottingham-based training school, it promises to use only British talent – the likes of Doug Williams and Mark Haskins – as well as act as a showcase for the school’s graduates.
Joseph Conners is one of those graduates, having joined the school seven years ago, and since then formed a successful tag-team The Predators with fellow student Paul Malen. With HOP:E, though, he’ll be performing in singles work, and on the first card will be facing CJ Banks – for the first time.
“There’s a lot of new offerings here – it’s such an exciting project to be part of,” he says. “It’s got a big show feel to it already – and it’s only our first event.” Read the rest of this entry »