Facts from Future Pro Wrestling Summertime Brawl, Wallington Hall, July 19th 2014

July 20, 2014

10443190_762168837137379_284521731173671993_oI usually do a little write-up of shows, taking care to personalise it and make sure that I’m documenting my experience and perception of facts.

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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Interview: FPW on Stone, Redman and Summertime Brawl

July 13, 2014

10446315_762168933804036_6988851626079354166_oI 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 »


Preview: Future Pro Wrestling, Crowning Glory, Sunday May 11th

May 8, 2014

1016957_721897107831219_941307119_nThe FPW tag belts will finally be awarded on Sunday as four teams battle it out to become the champions – and to take on the visiting Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels in October.

“I’m very excited to see the tag final elimination match,” says Matt Burden, FPW co-founder. “It’s been a long time coming, and 16 teams later we’re here at the final four.  Read the rest of this entry »


Preview: FPW Reloaded 3.0 – with a Rumble and a Havoc/Burridge singles clash

February 2, 2014

1399591_660798833941047_1736202766_oThere’s lots going on at the Wallington Hall next Sunday (9th February).

First up, there’s the semi-final matches in the ongoing tag-team tournament. FPW have made a point of looking for new talent to add to their roster, and Will Ospreay – one half of the Swords of Essex, who face Project Ego – is one of the newcomers now firmly established as a favourite.

“Will was someone we’d noticed in late 2011,” recalls FPW co-founder Matt Burden. “He’d sent us a compilation video of some of his matches and we were impressed with his athleticism immediately. It was a highlight reel, so of course it was high spots and flips and a pounding bass-line. The fact that he’d edited it himself impressed us and so we asked around. The word from Lucha [where he’d trained] was: ‘Just wait. Let us work with him.’

“And at Summertime Brawl 2012 Will debuted – and now he’s had more training at Lucha, ring experience and a tag-team partner and mentor in Paul Robinson. His work with Mark Andrews at Progress over the past 12 months has been a joy to watch as we’ve witnessed his evolution first hand; Rev Pro have seen his worth also and we’re proud to have been even just a small part of this talent’s growth.” Read the rest of this entry »


Fact: FPW are raising money for Help the Homeless

September 13, 2013

fpwcycleOne of our favourite family-friendly promotions, Future Pro Wrestling, are partnering with The Estate Agents Foundation to raise money for Help The Homeless.

FPW co-founder and ring announcer Matt Burden is one of the Andrews Estate Agents staff who’ll be taking part in a sponsored cycle ride from Purley to Brighton.

And if helping a good cause isn’t enough for you to reach for your credit card, if you donate and then email FPW you’ll be entered into a draw (to take place on Saturday 28th September at 9pm) to win a copy of their latest show DVD, Summertime Brawl III.

Get giving!


Facts from Future Pro Wrestling Crowning Glory, Wallington Hall, May 12th 2013

May 12, 2013

20130512_145528[1]One of the things I enjoy most about wrestling is when there’s something you can get behind and follow – someone to root for and to urge on to triumph, someone to want to see suffer and get their comeuppance. Not too difficult to do (one would think) when you’re broadcasting globally every week; but a bit tougher when you’re a UK company and run a handful of times a year, and your audience is bound to have a collectively short memory.

How fortunate, then, that FPW, for their second anniversary show, ‘Crowning Glory’, hit on the simplest and best of all wrestling fables – the title challenge.

It might seem odd that FPW have managed to run for two years without crowning a champion; as compere and co-founder Matt Burden said in the ring today, it was something they’d discussed as soon as they came up with the idea for a promotion. So this may be judged as long overdue, and well deserving of the occasion being immortalised in cupcakes (see image, above left).

And it was just as straightforward and compelling as anyone could have wished. Read the rest of this entry »


Preview: ‘Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops’ – behind the scenes at FPW

May 8, 2013

 740788_510234235664175_1422120349_oThis is an extract from the forthcoming book ‘Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops’, taken from a chapter profiling some of the top promotions in the south-east of England. Obviously this isn’t the complete section – you’ll have to buy the book to read that! – but some edited highlights. Hope you enjoy.

When you walk into the Wallington Hall, it’s a state of organised chaos. Something about it is reminiscent about an end-of-term disco, as a clutch of boys huddle together in the corner, and the grown-ups march around setting out the furniture, with a group of men wiring up the lights and a group of women in the kitchen laying out the wares for the tuck shop.

Except this is February 2013, not the height of summer before six weeks of holidays, and this is the venue that Future Pro Wrestling have declared home. Read the rest of this entry »