February 10, 2017
Rhia O’Reilly has been a Friend of TOWIS almost since its inception – so what better way to mark our relaunch than by catching up with her?
The last time we met up, you were about to have your match in EVE with Nikki Storm…
I remember! I’ve probably seen her more since she went to America than I did when she was in Scotland. It’s funny – the first person I was friends with who went to WWE was Bayley, but she’s American, that’s what they do, they go to WWE. Then it was Paige. To see this small, angry Scottish woman on telly is weird – but I’m so happy for her. Read the rest of this entry »
October 10, 2014
Check out Part One of our exclusive chat with Kharma/Amazing Kong – she talks reality TV, signing for WWE, and thoughts of retirement.
One of the quotes I really like from you was a very gracious and interesting one – you don’t think the Divas get enough credit. Did you mean from WWE or the fans or both?
I dare say both, actually. And I actually used to be one of those people. Before I got to WWE, I was very dismissive of their Diva division. Once I got there, especially the night I debuted, Michelle McCool and Layla had a match, and they left it all out there, and I respected that. The attitudes and the work ethic that I witnessed there from all the girls was extremely admirable and one that rivalled the work ethic I experienced with the Knockouts.
It’s just a shame that the Divas have to overcome such a pigeonholed reputation from the past – they’re fighting against that right now, and it’s a shame. Read the rest of this entry »
October 8, 2014
In Part One of our exclusive interview, Kharma aka Amazing Kong talks to TOWIS editor Carrie Dunn about her return to the independent wrestling circuit, why she was thinking of retiring, fighting against injury – and why she loves reality television…
It’s fantastic to be talking to you – and fantastic to have you fully back on the indy scene.
I am fully back on the indy scene – not necessarily a full schedule, more like a half-schedule, I am working against injury, two bulging discs, so I’m working a half-schedule just to make sure my name stays semi-relevant, and media-wise I’m ramping it back up. I disappeared there for a while – the only person on my Facebook was my manager, and I hadn’t tweeted in forever. I went from winning awards for tweeting to just being ghosted out, so I’m coming back!
Why did you take a step back? Was it deliberate?
A little bit. I think after leaving WWE and just focusing on that and figuring what’s my return plan – if there’s a return plan – what’s next, who am I, what do I do? Read the rest of this entry »
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 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 »
July 30, 2014
Rockstar Spud has just declared to the world that he’s a jerk.
“I am a jerk. I’m a jerk in and out of the ring,” he says.
When you’re Dixie Carter’s chief of staff, that’s probably a given. Since winning the first series of British Boot Camp, which aired at the start of 2013, Spud has become a fixture on TNA’s television shows. And he very rarely gets stagefright.
“The only time I’m ever nervous about being on camera with Dixie is when I have to save her from a near-death experience. I am literally saving that woman’s life. I am a hero. I’m Mr Carter’s hero [Ethan Carter III] as well. I was born a hero. This,” he concludes dramatically, “is what I was born to do.” Read the rest of this entry »
July 13, 2014
I constantly recommend FPW for anyone looking for a family-friendly promotion with high-quality wrestling – and I’m clearly not the only one, as they’re into their fourth year of life in an industry that chews up and spits out companies very swiftly.
“Our fans are the fuel that drives our company,” says co-founder Matt Burden. “They’ve followed us for three years and now into the forth and we feel truly blessed to have the support and energy they provide.”
The audience will have a little treat direct from WWE at next weekend’s Summertime Brawl, with Martin Stone and Joel Redman (NXT’s Danny Burch and Oliver Grey) making their debuts and facing each other. Read the rest of this entry »
May 29, 2014
MVP’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 »
May 29, 2014
Did 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 »
March 8, 2014
You may have seen the Blossom Twins’ Twitter feed and noticed that they’re heading back to the UK to take part in Sport Relief. We caught up with them and asked them to tell us what’s going on with them…
Hello, ladies! For the benefit of non-UK readers, can you tell us about Sport Relief?
Sport Relief was created by Comic Relief and BBC Sport to bring the nation together through sporting events to help raise money for children all around the world. Celebrities, Sainsbury’s (UK grocery store) schools and all kinds of associations come together and take part in different sporting tasks to raise money to help shelter children and adults across the UK, to help provide fresh water and an education to communities across the world and so much more Read the rest of this entry »