December 19, 2015
Last weekend I went up to Blackpool for the NXT tour show at the Empress Ballroom – I thought that would be a special evening simply for the return of William Regal. (I was right.)
And on Wednesday evening I was at Wembley Arena (in the very back row) for Takeover: London.
Here follow my thoughts, for what they’re worth… Read the rest of this entry »
July 24, 2015
“That’s a good-looking belt…that’s a women’s WRESTLING belt!” declared Alundra Blayze on the occasion of her Hall of Fame induction, holding her once-discarded women’s championship aloft.
Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, three-quarters of NXT’s four horsewomen, have now joined Paige on the main WWE roster, leading some to announce that a “Divas’ Revolution” is now under way.
Enough has been written about the way NXT treats women’s wrestling – the women are characters in their own right, with motivations beyond “jealousy” and “boyfriends”, and the belt itself is for women, rather than “Divas”. (Can you imagine the men having a “Superstars’ Championship”?)
But a true revolution will never be successful until there’s a change from top to bottom. Read the rest of this entry »
April 13, 2015
Well, if I type quickly, I might get this published before the show airs…spoilers, if so…
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April 6, 2015
I can’t remember being this absolutely thrilled by a wrestling show. I mean, I’m sure I must have been, but the sense of occasion combined with the show itself has induced a high that I fear it will be both tough and heartbreaking to recover from it. Read the rest of this entry »
March 29, 2015
The 2015 Hall of Fame headliner may be ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage; Connor ‘the Crusher’ Michalak’s posthumous prize of the “Warrior Award” may commandeer the most column inches.
But Alundra Blayze’s acceptance speech was one that will live with me for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »
March 7, 2015
Parts of this review originally appeared on BroadwayWorld UK.
All the other reviews I’ve read of this play are prefaced with a little note that the critic isn’t a professional wrestling fan, and they go on to use terms such as “bonkers” or “far-fetched” to describe it.
Well, I am a professional wrestling fan, and ‘Lardo’, while funny and surreal in places, is very much rooted in life. Read the rest of this entry »
March 5, 2015
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 »