August 14, 2013
Last time I interviewed Eddie Dennis (for Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops), he was telling me that he’d readjusted his goals in wrestling in order to prioritise his personal life and his day job.
And since then his in-ring career has gone from strength to strength – most recently taking on Doug Williams at PROGRESS.
“That’s the first time I’ve wrestled an established TV talent,” he says. “I’ve wrestled guys who have gone on to be on TV, like Joel [Redman, now Oliver Grey in NXT], but never someone who is already established. Doug is probably one of the biggest active British names – [William] Regal, maybe, is the only person above him in the echelons of British wrestling, so how could you not be excited about wrestling him?” Read the rest of this entry »
May 2, 2013
I hate to break kayfabe, but I don’t think Mad Man Manson’s actually that mad after all.
That’ll come as no surprise to anyone who saw him in the pre-PCW Festive Fury Q&A alongside John Morrison, Chris Masters and Eugene, when he held forth on the state of the UK wrestling scene and what he perceived as unprofessional, unbusinesslike conduct.
And that’s what we’re discussing now.
“It is a business. It is a job. You charge your price,” he says. “I’ve got my price; if you can’t afford it, fair enough, good luck with your show, and if you need me again, give me a call. But other people, who love wrestling so much, they’ll go down in their price. They’ll say they charge fifty quid, and the guy will hum and hah and say, ‘Oh, well, I can’t really afford that, can you do forty?’ and they’ll say OK.
“That doesn’t work in Tesco if you go in to buy a loaf of bread and it’s priced at 50p and you say, ‘Well, I’ll give you 40p.’ It doesn’t work, because Tesco doesn’t love you. But these guys love wrestling so much that they’re screwing themselves.”
And they’re screwing the other wrestlers on the scene, of course. Read the rest of this entry »
January 23, 2013
Previously on TNA British Boot Camp! All this happened, and now we’re on a mega-double-episode-feast to find out who’s going to win the contract.
Last time we saw our quartet, they had just arrived at OVW, where Doug Williams had his characteristic ‘faintly amused’ expression, and Al Snow taught everyone how to run the ropes properly while being entirely puzzled by the very concept of twins.
Spud talks about Al’s knowledge being a “godsend” (though presumably not about human genetics) because there are not many veterans in Britain; or at least not ones who want to train the next generation, mostly because of their aversion to “American-style wrestling”.
Marty talks about Doug being an ambassador for wrestling and SERIOUSLY SCURLL WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WEARING?
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January 16, 2013
Previously on TNA British Boot Camp – this, this and this!
This week they’re off to Nashville to see Dixie Carter at TNA HQ. Spud’s eyes are like saucers. “Dixie, this place is enormous!”
Oh, honey, everywhere is enormous compared to you, except maybe a model village. Read the rest of this entry »
May 28, 2012
“I’ve wrestled in Dunstable before,” mused Doug Williams to me, “but that was at the Queensway Hall.”
Ah, Dunstable. The place where Henry VIII divorced Katherine of Aragon. A market town whose market now closely resembles a car boot sale. And the small town where I grew up.
I don’t remember seeing wrestling shows advertised in Dunstable when I was a kid, to be fair, but the Queensway Hall would have been a fabulous place for it – a huge civic arena with plenty of seating and great sight-lines.
Sadly the Queensway Hall is no more. It was knocked down, and now there’s an Asda in its place.
So Total Action Wrestling host their events at the Leisure Centre – across the road from the Queensway Hall’s former site. Read the rest of this entry »
April 25, 2012
When and how did you first become interested in wrestling?
My first memory of wrestling was my dad taking to to watch wrestling at Whitehaven Civic Hall when I was eight years old; I can remember Fit Finlay and Big Daddy being on the show but nothing else really.
My interest really picked up though when I first watched WWF on Sky Sports back in 1990 and I was hooked from then on. I would collect every magazine possible and was fascinated by all the different promotions and wrestlers from all over the world. I quickly found a tape trader and would get tapes from virtually every promotion possible – I was hooked!
I finally decided to take the plunge after seeing an advert in Power Slam magazine for the Hammerlock School of Wrestling and attended my first training camp in 1997. This was a bit of a trek for me as Hammerlock was based in Kent and I lived in Cumbria; I also wasn’t driving at the time so I would take a nine-hour National Express coach overnight to London then get the train to Sittingbourne. I did this on a regular basis and it could be quite brutal as I would finish work on Friday, travel overnight, train Saturday and Sunday then travel home Sunday night, but I didn’t care, I loved it! Some people these days think they’re going out their way if they have to drive an hour – they’re the ones that should just probably pack it in. Read the rest of this entry »
April 1, 2012
Right, let’s get this bit out of the way first. This Wrestling With Ethics show was for charity, raising money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and that has to be the primary thing to take away from the afternoon. They could have put the worst card ever on, and it would still have been a commendable enterprise.
However, it was by no means the worst card ever. Some of the top UK promotions put together showcase matches, with titles on the line all round, and it was great to see some of the best British talent on the same bill. Read the rest of this entry »
March 2, 2012
Hello Doug, and welcome back to the UK – you’ve been working very hard while you’ve been here…
The past week I’ve done four shows, all over the place – they’ve all been good, they’ve all been well attended. I’ve been working with people I knew before as well as newer guys like Martin Kirby, and guys I’d seen before like Dave Mastiff – all tremendous characters.
Do you enjoy coming back home?
I do. There’s no huge pressure, so I just have fun and a very nice experience – especially as it’s in isolation, I think if I had this schedule all the time it wouldn’t be so much fun! But it’s good to see fresh talent and see how the UK scene is improving. It’s definitely on the up, and I hope and think it’ll keep going that way.
Currently on TNA we’re seeing your former British Invasion partner Magnus having a run as tag-team champion with Samoa Joe – do you feel abandoned?
[laughs] Not at all. It was my turn in 2010, as X-Division champion, so I did the same to him then! Read the rest of this entry »
January 8, 2012
Indy wrestlers are usually careful about irritating the big promotions in order not to cut off their noses to spite their faces.
But Lionheart and Nigel McGuinness are just two of the British stars who have been ranting on Twitter about what a stupid decision it is from TNA not to take Doug Williams on the UK tour this month.
Lionheart said: “Sorry TNA but the fact you don’t have
@DWilliamsTNA on the European tour is f**king ridiculous,” with McGuinness following that with: “Have to say it. It’s a disgrace Doug Williams isn’t on the TNA European tour.”
Poor Williams is being wasted by TNA at the moment (as his former tag partner Magnus gets a bit of a push, shunted together in a pairing with Samoa Joe and groped by ODB).
Are you going to any of the TNA shows in the UK? Who are you hoping is on the bill?
December 8, 2011
Dixie Carter, President of Impact Wrestling, posted on Facebook last night: “I’ve just put pen to paper on something really big for our great fans in the UK and Ireland. Full details in the morning…”
My enquiries lead me to report that when she says “the morning”, she actually means “the morning in America”, so early afternoon our time (tsk, Americans).
So what could it be?
An apology for constantly jobbing out poor Doug Williams?
John Morrison making his TNA debut on the UK tour?
Speculate to your heart’s desire in the comments!