Theatre review: LARDO, Old Red Lion Theatre, March 6th 2015

March 7, 2015

tn-500_ld1Parts 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 »

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Fact: some stereotypes of British wrestling linger for a reason

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 »


TNA British Boot Camp 2, episode 8: or the one with the winner

December 30, 2014

We’re down to the final three, then. (If you don’t know how we’ve got to this point – one two three four five six seven.)

This week our trio of contestants face off against TNA talent in an effort to make a final impression. Obviously there’s a lot of recapping and exposition, including some great footage of UK shows – get yourself along to your nearest promotion, what you’ve seen on Boot Camp is just the tip of the iceberg! (Also, buy my book!) Read the rest of this entry »


TNA British Boot Camp 2, episode 7: or the one with Bagpuss

December 30, 2014

Previously on British Boot Camp! This, this, this, this, this and most recently this!

Tonight there is some wrestling, beginning with a tag match between the contestants, which will then cut the field down to three. Da-da-daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Read the rest of this entry »


TNA British Boot Camp 2, episode 6: or the one with Grado’s flatulence

November 28, 2014

Previously, five episodes have happened! (One, two, three, four, five.)

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Our six contestants have arrived after their road trip, and the first thing they need to do is build a ring in what seems a very poorly-lit arena. Read the rest of this entry »


TNA British Boot Camp 2: Episode 5, or the one with the White House

November 17, 2014

What’s happened so far? This, this, this and this!

Now our six finalists – Kay Lee Ray, Rampage Brown, Dave Mastiff, Mark Andrews, Noam Dar and, of course, Grado – head to the US to meet Dixie Carter, see some sights, and, of course, wrestle. Read the rest of this entry »


TNA British Boot Camp 2: Episode 4, or the one with the audience

November 15, 2014

What’s happened so far? This, this and this!

This time round, we get to see them in the ring, fighting each other, in front of a live audience in York Hall.

Disclaimer – I’ll note here that I was at this show, with a VIP wristband, sitting in the front row. (If you peer closely you can see me in my Zack Sabre Jr t-shirt every so often.) What I saw on the night and what happened on television seemed rather different – because, obviously, this is reality TV. In this recap, I’m recapping what was aired – not my in-person opinions. Read the rest of this entry »