Question: is this the stupidest news article about wrestling ever?

July 31, 2013

Here’s a piece from today’s Telegraph, talking about the ring invasion by a fan, who proceeded to hit Randy Orton with a low blow, during WWE’s South Africa tour.

See if you can spot what’s so exceptionally stupid about it (apart from the appalling subbing).

stupid telegraph

Yes, that’s right – it’s another “wrestling isn’t real, so nor are the injuries” story! Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Pollyanna talks Japan

July 29, 2013

pollyannaPollyanna 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 »

Question: what’s wrestling training like in Britain?

July 29, 2013

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.

Review: IPW:UK Ferocious Females, White Oak Leisure Centre, July 20th 2013

July 20, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARhia 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 »

News: latest media round-up for Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops

July 19, 2013

Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops Front CoverIn case you missed it…

Collar and Elbow gave Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops a great review this week.

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!

Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops is available via Amazon – currently priced at £3.82 for the Kindle edition!

Preview: Rhia O’Reilly and Iestyn Rees talk about IPW:UK’s weekend double header

July 17, 2013

ipwukposterThere’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.

“He’s a big boy, but he’s got a lot to learn,” says Rees. Read the rest of this entry »

Question: who’s going to turn face at Money in the Bank?

July 12, 2013

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.

So what will it be?

News: all the latest from ‘Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops’

July 12, 2013

Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops Front Cover

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!

Interview with Wrestling Fusion

Interview with Alternative Wrestling magazine 

Interview with WWE Blog

Guest on Interesting People Talking Wrestling (podcast)

Competition on Wrestlegasm

Guest blog for the Mirror on British wrestling and its TV coverage

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!

I told you it had been busy…
If you’ve not yet got your copy, click through to Amazon now!

Fact: TNA are launching an online slot-machine game

July 5, 2013

Velvet Sky

I’ll preface this with the admission that I know nothing about gambling or Vegas, but you have to hand it to TNA, they’re really keen on innovation.

Their latest is an “online slot-machine game” via the Sky Vegas website, which features Kurt Angle, Mickie James, Sting, Bobby Roode, plus Velvet Sky, whose promo picture for this (left) makes me weep for feminism.

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.

Interview: Joseph Conners on House of Pain: Evolution

July 3, 2013

hopeNext 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 »