Preview: Rhia O’Reilly and Iestyn Rees talk about IPW:UK’s weekend double header

July 17, 2013

ipwukposterThere’s innovation down in Swanley this weekend, as IPW:UK hosts its first ever women’s show as the first part of an impressive-looking double header of wrestling.

“It’s very exciting,” says Rhia O’Reilly, who’s part of a round-robin tournament in the afternoon with Liberty and Penelope. “This is a taster show for women’s wrestling.

“And it’s very exciting to have Saraya Knight down – a former SHIMMER champion, and the most experienced wrestler working on the European scene. It’s great to have her on board – she always brings something great to the card.”

“She could probably beat up most of the blokes on the evening card,” admits Iestyn Rees.

After issuing his Skinny Boy Challenge to wrestlers he considered too small, Rees is taking on someone rather more his own size – Joel Masters.

“He’s a big boy, but he’s got a lot to learn,” says Rees. Read the rest of this entry »

Facts from FPW Reloaded, Wallington Hall, February 3rd 2013

February 3, 2013

421034_510234235664175_1422120349_nA cold Sunday afternoon in February requires some kind of illumination. Future Pro Wrestling, in their first event of 2013, provided the stars and warmed a sell-out crowd at the Wallington Hall in south London.

Once more the hero of the afternoon was the Cockney Crusader Greg Burridge, dice-thrusting as always, who led his team to victory in the opening six-man tag.

He celebrated by proposing to an obsessive ladyfan in the front row: “I love you TOO, honey! We love EACH OTHER! Let’s get married! We could have a wedding at a show! We could book Jake Roberts to do a run-in!” which garnered loud cackling from those of us of a certain age but went over the heads of the youngsters. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: British wrestlers are supporting Movember

November 7, 2012

A quick plug for Friends of TOWIS Danny Garnell and Iestyn Rees, both of whom are spending the month growing face furniture in order to raise money for prostate cancer research through the Movember initiative (significantly better organised than Susan J Komen for the Cure). If you have a spare few quid, throw it their way.

Interview: Iestyn Rees talks IPW:UK and tagging with Jimmy Havoc

June 22, 2012

Saturday night sees Iestyn Rees return to IPW:UK to tag with Jimmy Havoc against the Bhangra Knights.

Frankly I don’t think I need to say anything else. That sounds awesome enough.

“It’s great going back to the promotion where I have had the most success and high profile matches,” says Rees.

It’s been a tough few years for Rees, admittedly.

“Obviously the last two years plus, I have been mainly sidelined with various injuries and two knee surgeries,” he says. “However, I’m back fully fit and in the best shape I’ve been in so my plan is to get back to the top in IPW and get in the hunt for the gold.” Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Lembit Opik is a wrestler now

April 19, 2012

So Lembit Opik – 47-year-old former MP and ex-boyfriend of a Cheeky Girl and a weathergirl – is now a wrestler.

No, seriously.

Last week he was a “guest” at Welsh Wrestling’s show at Welshpool, and intervened by accusing Kade Callous of cheating to get his win over Iestyn Rees, and then by costing Callous a win in the Rumble later on.

And this is what happened. Read the rest of this entry »