Interview: Eddie Dennis talks Defend, Doug Williams, PROGRESS and ENDVR

August 14, 2013

eddieLast 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 »

Fact: Eddie Dennis is off on a US tour

July 26, 2012

Bon voyage to the Pride of Wales (and friend of TOWIS) Eddie Dennis. He’s off to the US for three weeks and will be wrestling on various bills while he’s out there:

28th July – CSW, against Craven and Mr.450 Hammett
29th July – Galli Lucha against good friend of DEFEND Matt Knicks
4th August – Dreamweave (match unannounced)
11th August – Justice League of Wrestling (match unannounced)

If you’re that side of the pond, check the shows out!

Fact: TOWIS is Defending Indy Wrestling

December 8, 2011

You already know that I’m a fan of the UK indy scene (check out my interviews with Lionheart, Eddie Dennis and Mark Andrews if you haven’t done so already).

Dennis and Andrews are both part of the Defend Indy Wrestling merchandise brand (and they finally joined Twitter, so you can follow them too) – when I do my guide to wrestling merchandise suitable for Christmas stockings over the weekend, their shirts will be high up on the list.

If shows in civic halls and function rooms aren’t really your thing, check out clips on YouTube – and as luck would have it, here’s Dennis and Andrews in adversarial action (in a tiny ring. Although Eddie assures me: “It’s huge Carrie, It’s just I’m so massive I make it look small!”).

Interview: Mark Andrews on marketing, merchandise and university

November 16, 2011

I saw Mark Andrews at the NSW show a week and a half ago – in my report, I called him “a sparky little face” and made a note of his name.

After the show, I asked whether he’d be interested in doing an interview with me. He said yes, we swapped phone numbers, and then the next day my phone exploded at the Smackdown house show.

So I dropped him a line on Facebook, and he said he’d still be up for the interview, although he was very busy with his university studies at the moment. These British indy wrestlers and their academia…

First of all, what are you studying at university – and how are you getting on? Is it tough to combine study with your wrestling commitments?

I’m currently studying creative technology at the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff, and it’s going pretty well! In my second year now, and only occasionally missing lectures for matches! Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Eddie Dennis talks hilarity, homecoming and Stone Cold Steve Austin

November 14, 2011

“Brilliantly hilarious” was the way I described Eddie Dennis at NSW’s show in Digbeth last Sunday.

“That’s ‘The Pride of Wales’ you’re talking about…..more like Extremely Handsome or Terrifyingly Intimidating!!” was the response from his Facebook page. So to set the record straight I thought I’d better talk to the brilliantly hilarious, and self-proclaimed extremely handsome, terrifyingly intimidating Pride of Wales Eddie Dennis. Read the rest of this entry »