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.)


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 »

Facts from 4FW, Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, March 8th 2013

March 9, 2013

1874_10152654594240374_750499510_nI’ve done a fair bit of travelling to see wrestling shows, but the village of Chipping Sodbury on a rainy, foggy Friday night? Well, I have to be honest and say that the attraction was the main event, pure and simple – Kenny Omega v friend of TOWIS Zack Sabre Jr.

I know there’s a school of thought which criticises the use of imports on UK shows, but the fact of the matter is that if you’re a British wrestling fan attending shows regularly, you’ve seen pretty much all the best talent multiple times, and the chance to see them wrestle each other for the nth time isn’t necessarily going to get people to pay for a ticket. The use of imports – booked and used correctly, without over-expenditure – can be a draw, and there’s no denying that – I heard a couple of casual fans after the show enthusing, “I enjoyed the Canadian guy [Omega], he was something a bit different!”

And sure, some other matches on the bill looked interesting – the card also featured Sha Samuels v The Saint, and Dave Mastiff v Eddie Ryan, as well as Pete Dunne v Fujita ‘Jr’ Hayato – but it was the lure of seeing a couple of the world’s best that convinced me that being crushed into a car with six wrestlers and driving for three hours was a good idea.

I’m glad I went, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Video: White Lightning Mark Andrews celebrates 2011!

January 4, 2012

Regular TOWIS readers will be well aware of Mark Andrews’s existence by now – if you’ve still not had chance to see him in action, make it your resolution to do so this year!

In the meantime, he’s put together a compilation of some of his best bits from 2011. Enjoy! (And share. DEFEND INDY WRESTLING, right?)

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 »