WWE, TNA, RoH, MEXICO, JAPAN even some MMA...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

SHOOT INTERVIEWS : A Modern Phenomenon





Sometime around the collapse of kayfabe a strange new thingy appeared on the wrestling fans radar...The Shoot Interview





Now I have to say I like a well done shoot  which ideally is full of cool stories and minimal bitterness, which sometimes is the whole fn show....I get they think they were hard done by (mostly by Vince) but to make a living bitching about it is just a bit weird


There are a lot of podcasts doing these things but me personally im a fan of the video ones 
As near as I can tell, the most popular companies are Kayfabe Commentaries, RF Video, Highspots and a recent discovery GNW or HannibalTV.com if you like .




Some of my favourite shoot have been done by the following  contributors 





JAMES .E.CORNETTE...KEVIN NASH..SEAN WALTMAN...DEMOLITION...KONNAN...RAVEN...JIM MITCHELL...HONKY TONK MAN AND DDP.


Quite possibly Cornette does the best shoots, cause his a wealth of wrestling knowledge and refuses to change with the times...I was a fan of territiories BUT I dont want them back with all those dodgy payoffs, pointless squash matches  and the boys getting treated like shit, but thats another blog for another day.




Big Sexy does a great shoot as well , and when he hooks up with Waltman the resulting conversation is both profound and hilarious

Raven also is the master of the shoot and inevitably is entertaining beyond belief, his though process is brilliant when it comes to the why fors and how comes of wrestling characters.
There are a few kinds of shoot which i find vastly interesting , these are mostly Kayfabe Commentaries creations

YOUSHOOT...BREAKING KAYFABE...TIMELINES...GUEST BOOKER





Of course there are some guys that refuse to give up the old kayfaying and their shoots are both funny and annoying the three most prevalent practioners of this kind of shoot are 


LARRY ZYBZKO....GREG GAGNE and  ARN ANDERSON.



I tried to watch them, probably cause I own em, but its awfully hard,when you know its a work and they know its a work, but treat the viewers like fkn idiots...You have to ask why they even bother...The Larry shoot with Tom Pritchard was particularly painful , Larry spent two hours kayfabing a booker FFS...ridiculous





So anyway, heres is some shoots for your edification, enjoy  them ...seeya at the matches.





WILLIAM REGAL




DEMOLITION




JAKE THE SNAKE





SCOTT HALL



NASH AND WALTMAN




TERRY FUNK and MANNY FERNANDEZ




CORNETTE and BEARER




JIM CORNETTES RING SECRETS




KAZ and DANIELS 


























Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Cruiserweights are Back in WWE







G'day, The Crusierweight Challenge from WWE will be a deadset cracking event....with personal faves Damian Slater, Noam Dar, Jack Gallagher and the probable winner Zack Sabre Jnr all taking part...so here is most of the lads  the lads stats, some of 'em dont exist apparently...ENJOY the tourney




Rich Swann
USA, 5’8”, 165 lbs., 25 yrs old
Notable titles: DGUSA King of the Gate (2013), FIP Tag (w/ Roderick Strong), FIP World Heavyweight x2, RevPro British Tag (w/ Ricochet)

Tommaso Ciampa
USA, 5’11”, 210 lbs., 31 yrs old
Notable titles: Chaotic Heavyweight, ROH World Television

Akira Tozawa
Japan, 5’7”, 205 lbs., 30 yrs old
DG Open the Brave Gate (under 83kg), Open the Owarai Gate, Open the Triangle Gate (Trios) x2 (current), Open the Twin Gate Championship (tag) x3

Lince Dorado
Puerto Rico, 5’7”, 170 lbs., 28 yrs old
Notable titles: Dreamwave Alternative, FIP Florida Heritage, NWA Florida Underground Flash x2, SCW Florida Cruiserweight, SCW Florida Heavyweight



ARYAN DAVARI
5 ft 10 in , 190 lb 
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Tehran, Iran
Notrable Titles: F1RST Wrestling, Wrestlepalooza Championship (1 )
HOW Undisputed Championship (1), ICW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Shawn Daivari
NWA Midwest X-Division Championship (1 time), NWA Wisconsin Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Dysfunction

BRIAN KENDRICK
5'7" 172 lb
Venice California
FIP Tag Team Championship , ICW Tag Team Championship , World Tag Team Championship (1 time) , WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) , TNA X Division Championship (1 time)NWA/UPW/ZERO-ONE International Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time), Zero1-Max United States Openweight Championship (1 time)

CEDRIC ALEXANDER
5'11"  209lbs, Charlotte North Carolina
PWF WORLD-1 Heavyweight Championship (1 time), EVO Heavyweight Championship (1 time)




CLEMENT PETIOT 
5"10", 198 lbs - Amiens France
ECTA Heavyweight Championship, ICWA France Heavyweight Championship, ICWA Heavyweight Championship, N'Catch Major Championship, PWS Heavyweight Championship

DA MACK - Ludwigshafen Germany
6'foot, 191lbs 
EWP Tag Team Championship, GSW Tag Team Championship, International NCW Cruiserweight Championship, wXw Shotgun Championship, wXw World Tag Team Championship (2x)



DAMIAN SLATER 
5'11" 196 lbs, Adelaide South Australia
EPW Heavyweight Championship,  WR Australian National Championship (2x)


Alejandro Saez - Pudahuel, Santiago de Chile, Chile
6' 1" (185 cm)
216 lbs (98 kg)
LWA Maximo Championship, LWA Tag Team Championship, RLL Regional Championship
X-LAW Junior Heavyweight Championship, XNL National Tag Team Championship, XNL World Championship (3x)



Drew Gulak
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5' 11" (180 cm), Weight:185 lbs (84 kg)
CWFH Heritage Tag Team Championship , CZW Tag Team Championship [x2}
CZW Wired Championship, CZW World Heavyweight Championship
EVOLVE Tag Team Championship, UWN Tag Team Championship

Fabian Aichner
S├╝dtirol, Italy 
Height: 6' 0" (184 cm)
Weight: 231 lbs (105 kg)
NEW Hardcore Championship, NEW World Heavyweight Championship (2x), POW Tag Team Championship




Gurv Sihra 
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Height: 5' 10" (178 cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (91 kg)
Canadian Unified Junior Heavyweight Championship, ECCW Tag Team Championship (5x)
GFW Tag Team Championship,NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Championship
NWA ECCW Pacific Northwest Junior Heavyweight Championship, RKK Tag Team Championship

Harv Sihra
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Height: 5' 10" (178 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
ECCW Tag Team Championship (5x), GFW Tag Team Championship, RKK Tag Team Championship



Jack Gallagher
Manchester, England, UK
Height: 5' 8" (173 cm)
Weight: 189 lbs (86 kg)
FSW Championship (2x) ,FSW Tag Team Championship,  GPW British Championship

Jason Lee 
Hong Kong China
Height: 5' 8" (172 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
ZERO1 International Junior Heavyweight Championship (2x), ZERO1 World Junior Heavyweight Championship (2x)

Johnny Gargano
Lakewood, Ohio, USA
Height: 5' 10" (178 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas Championship (2x), EVOLVE Tag Team Championship, Open The Freedom Gate Championship (2x), Open The United Gate Championship



Lince Dorado Puerto Rico 
East Pennsauken, New Jersey, USA 
Height: 5' 7" (170 cm)
Weight: 191 lbs (87 kg)
DREAMWAVE Alternative Championship, F1 Heritage Championship, FIP Florida Heritage Championship, FOW International Championship, GSPW Championship , NWA FUW Flash Championship, RIOT Tag Team Championship, SCW Florida Cruiserweight Championship,   SCW Florid Heayweight Championship

Mustafa Ali - Pakistan
Bolingbrook, Illinois, USA
Height: 5' 10" (178 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
DREAMWAVE World Championship, FW Championship, JAPW Light Heavyweight Championship, PGP Franchise Championship



Noam Dar
Tel Aviv, Israel (via Scotland)
Height: 5' 9" (175 cm)
Weight: 169 lbs (77 kg)
1PW Openweight Championship, BCW Openweight Championship, ICW Zero-G Championship (2x), PBW Tag Team Championship, PCW Championship, PCW Cruiserweight Championship

Raul Mendoza
Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexiko
Height: 5' 7" (171 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
DTU Alto Impacto Championship

Tony Nese
Ridge, New York, USA
Height: 5' 10" (178 cm)
Weight: 213 lbs (97 kg)
FBW Heavyweight Championship, FWE Tag Team Championship, IWC Super Indy Championship, NYWC Fusion Championship, NYWC Heavyweight Championship [x2}, NYWC Interstate Championship , NYWC Tag Team Championship, Open The United Gate Championship, PWS Suicidal Six Way Championship




Tyson Dux
Lyttleton, New Brunswick, Canada
Height: 5' 11" (180 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
AIW Tag Team Championship (2x), BCW Can-Am Tag Team Championship (3x), BCW Heavyweight Championship, BSE Suicide Six Pack Championship , MPW Arctic Championship MPW Triple Crown Championship (2x), SCW Premier Championship, SCW Tag Team Championship (2x)

Zack Sabre Jr.
Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England, UK
Height: 6' 0" (182 cm)
Weight: 180 lbs (82 kg)
All England Championship, GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (2x),GSW Breakthrough Championship, IPW:UK British Tag Team Championship (2x)
NWA United Kingdom Junior Heavyweight Championship, PWG World Championship
RevPro British Heavyweight Championship, TXW Championship, wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship, wXw World Lightweight Championship , wXw World Tag Team Championship PWG BoLA 2015 




Kota Ibushi 
Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
 height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
 weight 94 kg (207 lb)
IMGP World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), Independent World Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time), Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (3 times), KO-D 6-Man Tag Team Championship (2 ), KO-D Openweight Championship (3 times), KO-D Tag Team Championship (5 times) , Go-1 Climax (2014)

Sean Maluta - American Samoa 
Age: 27 years
Staten Island, New York, USA
WXW Cruiserweight Championship (3x), WXW Heavyweight Championship (2x) , WXW Tag Team Championship,  WXW Television Championship

Yoshihiro Tajiri
Yokohama, Japan
Height: 5 ft 9 in)[2]
 weight 95 kg (209 lb)
BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time), CZW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time), CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time), ECW World Television Championship (1 time), ECW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) , WCW United States Championship (1 time), WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time), WCW/WWF/E Cruiserweight Championship (3 times), WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) ,World Tag Team Championship (1 time) 

Ho Ho Lun
Hong Kong
 height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
 weight 162 lb (73 kg)














 @wirlif








Friday, June 10, 2016

Yep, They Do Wrestle in South Australia By BoxCar Ox


Guest blogger this week, its over to Boxcar Ox....

In the older times of South Australian wrestling there wasn’t much to choose from. A bit before I moved back into the thick of the city there were companies like Joint Promotions holding shows. 




Move on 10 years after Joint Promotions and there are many promotions in Adelaide and a few of these old veterans have split their contributions to different ones, I’ll note down a few I believe to be the biggest or well known companies.




You have promotions like Riot City Wrestling which boasts a large roster and has had other wrestlers from interstate and overseas to compete. You have such wrestlers like The Bassos, The Armstrongs, S.M.A.S.H, Brodie Marshall and many more local talent. 



Up in the northern areas of Adelaide you have the crew of Snake Pit Pro Wrestling. These guys have garnered a following with their weekly shows with a couple being held each week. Again another promotion with many wrestlers and trained by John E. Radic from the old Joint Promotions days, they definitely have a strong roster to support these shows.






For the creme de la creme and the promotion I know most of Wrestle Rampage. Run by such guys as Jag Hartley Jackson, Jonah Rock, Damian Slater to name a few this company has featured numerous faces from the old JP days before it split into the different companies and all these wrestlers formed different paths. 



This company believes in good wrestling and expects the best which is obvious considering quite a few people that have walked through the doors are now mainstays on the WWE roster. People like TM61, Buddy Murphy, Peyton Royce, and Billie Kay have found success after being picked up. 




From these promotions though I find the best wrestlers from Wrestle Rampage they are true professionals which have a good sense for the business also leading the renowned Pro Wrestling Dojo they teach a lot of great talent....Even going through the dojo myself I have learnt quite a lot from these guys in all different facets of professional wrestling.



In closing the landscape of professional wrestling in South Australia will continue to grow especially with all the veterans spread out in different companies also teaching their wisdom over their years in the business, and hopefully this will evolve into bigger success for professional wrestling as a whole.
















Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MCW v TMDK Australian Wrestling does enjoy a WAR




all MCW talent photos courtesy of Melbourne City Wrestling and corylockwood.com

G'day, 

Since  I started being a wrestling fan in mid 1969,  i've  got to see just about all the major, occurences and issues from Kevin Steen swerving El Generico to the nWo invading, the first Starcade and Wrestlemania , from Magnum and Tully in that cage match, The Roadies turning heel on the Midnights, from Bryan Danielson v Nigel Mc Guniess at Sydney Uni  to Ronnie Miller beating Harley on national tv in Australia...Yep, Ive had the great good fortune to see all these occurences either through being there or the use of technology....BUT...and I will never ever change my mind on this, the greatest thing Ive ever seen was something that occured in Aussie in the early 70's . the media called it "THE WAR" ...and it was a promo fans dream....here's a couple of my favourites











all the faces of WCW Australia, and their was quite the collection, Mark Lewin, King Curtis, Spiros Arion and Wadi Ayoub among others, got into a almighty stink with Big Bad John and his army which in its time included Bulldog Brower, Waldo Von Erich, Abdullah the Butcher, Hiro and Hito Tojo and Killer Karl Kox ( but he turned on John and the rest) .







Now Its a given that any good heel has to sell his intentions like he actually believes it and to this point Big Bad John done an outstanding job cranking up the heat on the angle, basically, he believed in his heart that Lewin and his crew were getting all the top money , or gravy as he called it, and they werent sharing amongst the boys, this got him annoyed and thus the war began.




Lewin, Curtis and Arion were all at one time, or sometimes even at the same time,  jumped by The Army and the carnage was immense, blood was flowing in the aisles of all the buildings that hosted the wrestling, there were cage matches, six man and 8 man tags , refs were getting snotted on a regular basis, commentators were threatened, yep there was mayhem on an epic scale, cant honestly believe if any of the attending aussie crowds got hot enough to attack the heels or not, after all we aint the yanks, some of those fans over the years have even took pot shots at heels .




Highlights (lowlights) included  the Tojo brothers  throwing salt in Mark Lewins eyes and Lewin trashing the set...and there was a cage match where Fuji got sloppy with his blade and sliced his arm wide open.....Big Bad John and Brower hanging Lewin in the ropes, the voice of aussie wrestling, Jack little reminded us that the  ropes were steel cable wrapped in HARD RUBBER and the resulting schmozz with  blood flying everywhere was great...Big Bad John brain busting Wallaby Bob McMaster (  the best ref ever) on t.v...or to quote commentator Mike Cleary, Wallaby Bob is down and  knocked rotten

The War, I think its safe to say was the greatest angle in aussie wrestling history and i firmly believe that it still stands up today as sheer genius in booking




So as you can tell, I enjoy a bit of turmoil and rampant aggravation in my wrestling, and over the years since the war in aussie I got  to see some great heels , Kenny Dunlop, Lofty Pickford and The Black Scot for starters and then in slightly more recent times all the members of Four Nations (Jack Bonza, Mick Moretti, Madison Eagles, Sean Kustom and Adam Hoffman) Davis Storm, Michelle Hasluck, Adam Brooks and Kelly Anne have impressed with their evilosity and general sneakiness.



BUT at the top of my heel list of the modern era is one Jag Hartley Jackson, who I first saw in a tag team with Havoc back a while ago, admittedly I havent seen a lot of him since I busted my neck, but his called the South Australian Serial Killer, so I reckon its safe to say he has been fairly constant in his demeanour, ring wise, , and thus to this blogaroo subject.



Jag and his mates in TMDK invaded Melbourne City Wrestling, and like Big Bad John, he seem highly offended that MCW are calling themselves the premier group in Aussie wrestling, when its quite obvious that Jag firmly belives that "The Mighty Dont Kneel" are far and away the best group in Aussie (world ) wrestling.




Alongside Mr Jackson we have Jonah Rock, Slex and Marcius Pitt...

 Ive seen Slex around for a while now  and have been watching his run to become to the first 2 time MCW champ, let me just say thet Slex like Jag has been fairly consistent in his demeanour over all the time Ive seen him.....






Then come's  Jonah Rock who i've seen mostly in EPW and his quite briliant as the monster heel with a bad attitude, the fourth member in this crew of miscreants is Marcius Pitt who Ive seen only in EPW Im told he worked Newy Pro but i didnt see those shows, matter of fact Jag, Rock and Pitt were included in what ive said was the greatest six man tag in recent memory when they participated in the EPW State of Origin S.A v W.A...an absolutely BRILLIANT hit out for all three guys, mind you Rock and Pitt were against each other after Rock turned on Pitt and joined team SA and recently Pitt has been almost Pillman like in his MCW run, threatening to whip out little Marcus and pee on the MCW straps, suffice it to say they will continue to blur the lines of heeldom/faceism OR maybe I should stick to one promotion and I wont get so dizzy ;)




ANYWAY, Jag and the boys have hit MCW hard and fast at Ballroom Brawl the conflagration came together when the TMDK boys hit the ring during the MCW title match between Jag and Elliot Sexton ( who I also thought was in TMDK, Im getting a migraine) and then after Slex swerved every f**ker the TMDK flattened everybody who hit the ring including strangling Edmund the ref with the bottom rope ...




they then gave all the MCW fans a friendly farewell (not) and boogied on out of Thornbury ready to rumble ..




then recently came New Horizons and TMDK had finagle themselves a raft of title shots, two of which they won ,Slex and Pitt got the tag straps off Juicy and JXT and Jonah got himself the InterCommonwealth strap after some evil sheanigans by his TMDK cohort Slex, Jag had another shot at Sexton but his mates charged in and a DQ was called, and after yet more mass carnage,  Jag  stated quite eloquently that he dont need the MCW strap the only intials he wants areTMDK...



rest assured this aint over by a long shot and whatever happens I do enjoy turmoil and Jag and his mates and the MCW crew are supplying my wants and needs rather well thanks.



This is gonna get interesting methinks