Interview: MVP on TNA Slammiversary, PCW, Japan…and Nando’s

May 29, 2014

IMG_2567MVP’s not been in England 24 hours, and he’s already craving some of our finest cuisine.

“I haven’t had my Nando’s yet! I have a serious Nando’s fetish, an obsession with Nando’s, I LOVE NANDO’S,” he declares. “Later on, I’ll slide over to the Curry Mile.”

He talks enthusiastically about the delights of Manchester, including his as-frequent-as-he-can-make-them jaunts to Old Trafford to watch his team Manchester United. (And you can tell he’s a genuine football fan, because he doesn’t call it “soccer” like most of his compatriots do, and he knows very well that “soccer” as a word was a bastardisation invented by the English: “You guys invented that word! And now when we say it we get in trouble.”)

MVP surged back on to TV screens at the turn of the year as TNA’s new “mystery investor”, and is delighting in his role. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Jeremy Borash talks TNA Xplosion, Knockouts, X Division and Rockstar Spud

May 29, 2014

Jeremy Borash Promo 01_mrDid you grow up watching wrestling on the television every Saturday? Is that what hooked you for life?

Jeremy Borash feels the same.

“It’s how I started watching wrestling – with my dad,” he says. “I don’t think I’d be here [in TNA] if we hadn’t had that show. And I didn’t have a whole lot in common with my dad, but one thing we did was we’d go to the wrestling together, and we’d watch the wrestling together every Saturday morning. I’m so excited about it.”

And now TNA’s establishing themselves in that market with a relaunch of Xplosion, to air on Challenge at 9am on Saturday mornings. Read the rest of this entry »

Facts from Monday Night RAW, Live in London, O2 Arena, May 19th 2014

May 19, 2014

I’m writing this shortly before the programme goes to air, so spoilers within, of course… Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Future Pro Wrestling, Crowning Glory, Sunday May 11th

May 8, 2014

1016957_721897107831219_941307119_nThe FPW tag belts will finally be awarded on Sunday as four teams battle it out to become the champions – and to take on the visiting Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels in October.

“I’m very excited to see the tag final elimination match,” says Matt Burden, FPW co-founder. “It’s been a long time coming, and 16 teams later we’re here at the final four.  Read the rest of this entry »

Question: how does WWE view its global audience?

May 6, 2014

I can’t say I particularly wanted to watch the pre-show for Extreme Rules. I know from bitter experience that the entire thing would have been set up with an undercurrent of laughter at the very idea of small people attempting to wrestle, and a disturbing overtone that those small people aren’t quite REAL people. You know, like US.

Nevertheless, I logged on to YouTube – and realised that WWE aren’t showing pre-shows on there any more. The only place to see them is on the WWE Network.

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Facts from WWE Extreme Rules, Sunday 4th May 2014

May 5, 2014

Some reactions to last night’s pay-per-view. Spoilers abound throughout, as does enthusiasm about good professional wrestling.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: West Ham need to adopt Emma

May 4, 2014

Seeing Fandango get his tour of Goodison Park (home of Everton, for those of you not into football) was both hilarious and bizarre.

Now, seeing as WWE are heading back to the UK, Emma needs to get herself down to Upton Park. OK, so the Premier League season’s over, but they have an excellent bubble machine, as well as a song about bubbles. Read the rest of this entry »

Question: what are your predictions for tonight’s Extreme Rules?

May 4, 2014

It’s come round very quickly, but tonight it’s Extreme Rules! What’s going to happen?

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