But Alundra Blayze’s acceptance speech was one that will live with me for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »
If you indulge in social media at all, or if you read newspapers, you’ll have probably caught some of the kerfuffle around a certain article in the Guardian this week.
Tying in with Simon Cowell’s musings about bringing British wrestling back to television, TV writer Stuart Heritage brought some of his ‘World of Sport’ memories to the fore when sketching out what this new series might look like.
If you have even the vaguest interest in British wrestling history you’ll know exactly the kind of thing it included – middle-aged men with beer bellies, angry grannies in the front row berating the heels, shows staged in local leisure centres, all a plodding, working-class contrast to the glamour and polish of WWE.
Wrestlers and fans alike have been outraged. Read the rest of this entry »
As always with TNA tour blogs, the spoilers are strong with this one… Read the rest of this entry »
When Sami Zayn won the NXT title I was moved to tears three times – when he secured the victory, when he and Adrian Neville hugged – and when his best friend Kevin Owens turned on him. Read the rest of this entry »
If your crowd are booing the man you want to be your next big babyface, if they’re practically rioting in the car park after your pay-per-view, if one of the top Twitter trends across the world urges people to withdraw money from your company…you’ve probably got a PR problem.
This isn’t about Roman Reigns, who took the brunt of the crowd’s disgust in Philadelphia after the Royal Rumble. I’m fairly sure that nobody genuinely dislikes him. It’s about the way WWE run roughshod over crowd reaction and attempt to rewrite history, about the way they throw in nostalgia trips (like the Rock) in an attempt to manipulate their audience, and about the way they scorn the very people who pay for their product.
It seems misguided at the least when their business model seems to be to shunt all their content online and expect people to subscribe.
People aren’t going to subscribe to programming they’re not engaged with.
And sure, there’s a long way to go until the showcase event of the year. Anything could happen. But the Royal Rumble tends to be a reliable indicator of the quality of the coming months. And three months of Reigns’ awkward promos, still green main events, and being shoved in our faces with all but a flashing neon sign saying LIKE THIS MAN, HE’S OUR NEW CENA is unlikely to herald a classic Wrestlemania.
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 »
I’m not going to do that for last night’s FPW show – but what I will do is state an undeniable fact…although it’s disappointing that Joel Redman and Martin Stone weren’t kept on in WWE for longer, it’s absolutely brilliant to have them back here in Britain.
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