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 »
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 »
January 29, 2015
If 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 »
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.
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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 »
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 »
March 31, 2013
You 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
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