August 27, 2014
Les Kellett is one of the most mysterious figures in British wrestling.
Simon Garfield’s epic quest to meet the man ended with failure despite the proliferation of letters he sent.
But the anecdotes from his co-workers of the time were terrifying. (Pat ‘Bomber’ Roach seemed to be the only one who found time to mention a kinder part of Kellett’s personality.)
He may have been hilarious in the ring, but he was also physically tough – and terrifying.
“To get to anything about Les Kellett is almost impossible – the myth, the nonsense,” admits screenwriter Harvey Auzorst.
Researching and writing a biopic of Kellett, then, must be one of the most difficult tasks – but Auzorst has had a helping hand along the way, courtesy of William Regal.
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August 17, 2014
Well, I say “facts”. When Jeremy Borash began the TV taping, he asked us not to release details about the show on the internet. Seems fair enough to me. The series doesn’t air till October, and I hate having wrestling shows spoilt for me (hilariously, TNA are actually the most culpable for this – posting results and what’s going to happen in upcoming taped programmes on their social media, forgetting every single week that the UK doesn’t see it until three days afterwards). Embargoes aren’t unusual for journalists who are going to press screenings of shows, and that’s the mindset I approach this with.
So with no further ado, some hints at what went on in East London last night… Read the rest of this entry »
August 3, 2014
“I have wanted to set up a school for years but never really gave it a lot of serious consideration until recently,” says Johnny Moss, who’s just announced that he’ll be opening a wrestling school in Egremont, Cumbria.
Followers of Moss’s career will know that as a novice he used to travel down from his home overnight on a National Express coach to London, where he’d then take the train to the Hammerlock School of Wrestling in Sittingbourne.
It’s perhaps not a surprise, then, that such a dedicated Hammerlock graduate would give a nod to his roots in the name of his own wrestling school – Mossy’s School of Hard Knocks and Hammerlocks.
“I want to continue the legacy of Hammerlock wrestling and its school, which produced so many great talents,” he explains.
Hammerlock always had a reputation for tough and intense training – but it had results, with the likes of Wade Barrett and Zack Sabre Jr passing through the school.
“I am a very thorough and precise coach,” says Moss. “I really do believe in practice makes perfect, and will drill holds over and over until they are second nature.
“So anybody coming to learn at the school can take comfort in the fact that I will spend the time with them they need to become polished professionals.” Read the rest of this entry »