Fact: Randy Orton winning the Royal Rumble is annoying – but maybe not for the reasons you think

January 30, 2017

The bookies were right. Randy Orton won the 30th annual Royal Rumble to secure his place at WrestleMania.

Except…Randy Orton was always going to be at WrestleMania. He’s Randy Orton. The Viper. The Legend-Killer. The Evolution of the Legacy. His place on the big stage is assured.

But he’s a safe choice – and when it came down to the final two, with Roman Reigns the other man still standing, an Orton win was the only way to assure cheers rather than boos as the show went off the air.

Something else that would have assured cheers would have been a more exciting, more interesting choice for the winner – somebody who’s not already guaranteed a shot at the year’s biggest show. Read the rest of this entry »

Facts from WWE NXT’s UK Tour and Takeover: London, December 2015

December 19, 2015

Last weekend I went up to Blackpool for the NXT tour show at the Empress Ballroom – I thought that would be a special evening simply for the return of William Regal. (I was right.)

And on Wednesday evening I was at Wembley Arena (in the very back row) for Takeover: London.

Here follow my thoughts, for what they’re worth… Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: the Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens feud is amazing

January 29, 2015

owens and zaynIf you’ve read TOWIS over the past few years, you’ll know that I’m very liable to become emotionally invested and moved by professional wrestling.

When Sami Zayn won the NXT title I was moved to tears three times – when he secured the victory, when he and Adrian Neville hugged – and when his best friend Kevin Owens turned on him. Read the rest of this entry »

Question: how does WWE view its global audience?

May 6, 2014

I can’t say I particularly wanted to watch the pre-show for Extreme Rules. I know from bitter experience that the entire thing would have been set up with an undercurrent of laughter at the very idea of small people attempting to wrestle, and a disturbing overtone that those small people aren’t quite REAL people. You know, like US.

Nevertheless, I logged on to YouTube – and realised that WWE aren’t showing pre-shows on there any more. The only place to see them is on the WWE Network.

wwe-network-logo Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Renee Young is proving a disappointment

February 23, 2014

Remember when Renee Young turned up on NXT? And how ace it was to have a woman on-screen in WWE – with a great career in sports reporting, remember – who seemed bright and interested in wrestling? And how novel it was to have her permitted on the commentary desk and voicing her opinions?

Yeah, that’s not happening so much any more. Read the rest of this entry »

Facts on Naomi, injuries, Divas and women in WWE

February 16, 2014

Did you see the pictures of Naomi’s broken eye socket?

If you did, it’s likely you didn’t see it on her Twitter account. She posted it, and then deleted it.

Why? Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: the Road to Wrestlemania is not interesting to watch on NXT

March 31, 2013

paigeYou already know how much I love NXT. Here’s a list of things (by no means comprehensive) I enjoy seeing on it:

1) Paige killing bitches by kicking them in the head
2) Big E Langston killing bitches and pinning them for five
3) Adrian Neville being amazing
4) The one true Ascension
5) A plethora of magnificent beards
6) Emma’s dancing
7) Kassius Ohno speaking truth to William Regal

Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: NXT is the best wrestling show on television

January 19, 2013

I’ve always enjoyed watching NXT since its reboot (I gave up on NXT Redemption in horror, around about its 4,659th week of competition). I wrote about some of its plus points last summer, but since then it’s improved even further – and the last two episodes have been amazing.

First of all, the NXT universe and the WWE universe have finally collided. Champion Seth Rollins turned heel, accompanied by his Shield cohorts Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose (finally making his NXT debut several weeks after his WWE debut). And Big E Langston was there as an enforcer to mete out his own brand of justice. Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: the new NXT is amazing

July 6, 2012

Thank goodness the epic torture of NXT Redemption is over.

What’s more, thank goodness for the new incarnation of NXT – apparently the replacement for FCW, which was regularly awesome in its own right but usually occurred in front of an audience of eight, albeit including William Regal.

Here are some reasons for the brilliance of the new NXT. And I will brook no argument. Read the rest of this entry »

Question: is the WWE product ‘stale’?

December 3, 2011

After the shenanigans in the comments about Smackdown’s title picture, I thought I’d take a closer look at the various WWE products at the moment and assess their varying degrees of entertainment or staleness. Of course, if you don’t agree, feel free to battle it out in the comments again… Read the rest of this entry »