Interview – Christi Jaynes

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Christi, thank you for accepting to do this interview, first of all could you please introduce yourself to the readers??

Christi Jaynes Born in Brasil I reside in Austin TX.

2. Next of all let’s speak about growing up for you, did you watch wrestling growing up and who would you say inspired you to train to become a wrestler??

I moved to the USA and that’s when I started watching wrestling. I didn’t speak or understand English so I didn’t know what they were saying. I just remember thinking wow that’s really cool! these people must have some kind of super powers to do this.

3. You are originally from Brazil I believe but are now based in Austin, Texas, how long have you lived in America and is there any wrestling scene in Brazil at all or is it non-existant??

Now yes there is a wrestling scene in Brasil but I can’t speak for when I was younger I was never exposed to Pro Wrestling till I came to the USA

4. Next of all, how did you get involved in Wrestling training, who trained you and how was this experience and also if you could have a seminar with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why??

I Started Training in Austin,TX with George De La Isla. I had a friend tell me I should look into it so I googled Pro Wrestling Schools and 3 came up 1 was in Houston, the 2 wanted too much $ just for a try out to see if they wanted to train me and 3 was an old man that wanted me to show up at 11 pm Friday night. I took #3. ( hahaha yeah I’m crazy, but you kinda have to be, to be in this business) i spent a year just doing basics I still go to training 3x a week 2x I go twice a day and gym 7 days. I learned that most people won’t support you threw your journey and will always put you down. I’ve built a pretty thick skin and know I absolutely love this. I would want a seminar with HBK , Jericho, Beth Phoenix, Macho Man, Undertaker, Drago, Blue Demon, Rey Mysterio, Dark Angel, AJ styles, Charlotte, Bayley Not only am I a fan of these Wrestlers but the quality of there work is phenomenal

5. You are currently on tour with Stardom I believe and you are returning home shortly, how did you getting into Stardom come about, has it been a good experience wrestling and living in Japan and do you have any plans to return this year or in the future??

Yes, I just got back from being on Tour with Stardom. It was a truly surreal experience. I did a Show in California and Kairi Hojo was there. I never thought I was going to be picked to go to Japan. Some wrestlers spend their whole career and never get the opportunity so I felt truly blessed. I would absolutely love to go out there again and well see. wrestling is an interesting animal

6. Speaking of Stardom and also British Wrestling which of course is the topic of the blog, you are coming over here in June for the International Grand Prix 2017 for British Empire Wrestling alongside the likes of Santana Garrett, Toni Storm and Katarina Leigh, are you looking forward to coming over here and taking part in the tournament and are you over here for a while or just the one date and if so what other promotions do you plan to wrestle for??

I am very excited to be coming across the pond. I will be wrestling for BEW Grand Prix, Southside, PCW and HOPE Wrestling. I will be out there from June 1-19 so if any other Promotions have a spot open message me

8. What are your future ambitions and where do you see yourself in 5 years time??

I just want to travel get better, possibly a contract isn’t every wrestlers dreams. 5yrs is a long time hopefully still healthy and able to do this

9. Where can the readers find Christi Jaynes on Social Media and where can promoters get hold of you for bookings??

ChristiJaynes on Twitter and Instagram my facebook is full so probably best to follow me on the other 2. Promoters can email me at CJayneswrestling@gmail.com

10. Finally to end the interview, have you got any future dates or projects you wish to plug, if so please do??

I can just give you my calender hahaha. But for sure LLF.MX May 19 Riot Monterrey MX May 20, IHWE May 21, ACW MAY 21, Wrestle Circus May 27, Hope Wrestling June 2, BEW June 3,4, PCW June 17, Southside June 18, Wrestle Circus June 23, ACW june 25

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Interview – Hard Flyer

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Hard Flyer, could you please introduce yourself to the readers of the blog who may not know you??
Basically I would define myself as a pretty crazy boy, since I was little I always liked to draw attention and who knows me knows that my madness does not end when I leave the ring
2. Let’s speak about growing up, who did you enjoy watching growing up and who would you say either wrestler wise or personally inspired you to become a wrestler??
My passion for wrestling began with the SmackDown 1 video game, but I did not feel the desire to become a fighter until I met Jeff Hardy, he was my inspiration for years. I think I somehow identified with him.
3. How did you then get involved in wrestling training, who trained you and if you could be trained by anybody or have a seminar with anyone who would it be and why??
For years  I practice backyard wrestling due to the lack of resources and possibilities of training in a school. After 6 years began to feel that perhaps it was an unattainable dream, put aside that dream and began to train in Capoeira, thanks to this I got out of my town and live in a big city that is Lisbon and where I was able to resume my dream of being a fighter training in the CTW training school . Currently I have the opportunity to train with great fighters, but if I had to choose to train with any fighter would be AJ Styles why to me he is a very complete fighter and I would love to learn from him.
4. You have wrestled over here previously for PRIDE Promotions including recently against Kelly Sixx and Lucha Underground’s Jack Evans, what are your thoughts on the UK and how was it to take part in a 3 way with one of the best in the UK and the USA??
Fighting in the UK is always a fantastic experience the audience delivers and lives every moment during the fight. I feel very comfortable every time I am there and it will always be a pleasure to return. About my last fight it was something incredible to be in the ring in front of a superstar as is Jack Evans, a fighter I continue to admire and respect. The fight was not easy, Kelly Sixx is a great rival, very intelligent and in the end managed to take the victory … finally we will see the faces Kelly hahha
5. You also wrestle for CTW in Portugal I believe, how does this compare to the UK would you say and being from Spain what is the wrestling scene like in Spain??
Sincerely in Spain and Portugal the sport is not yet at the level of uk but it is up to us to make this change and one day people have a different vision. This is going to help promote new schools, new fighters and more opportunities
6. You recently wrestled at the IBERANIME show I believe which is a comic con type of event, how was that experience and would you say events like that are big for getting promotions and wrestling in general bigger in a country??
Personally it is always a challenge for me to face an audience that is not used to watching wrestling but of course it was a great experience, I had a lot of fun and the public enjoyed it a lot. I am totally in favour of this kind of events
7. You call yourself the king of Rashasha style, what does this mean??
I knew that someday I would be asked to see how I explain it … my english is not very good and clear in one of my trips to UK I was with a great friend Ultimo Tiger then met a girl and not knowing how to speak English ask me Friend I tell him and he answered do not worry tell him – no kiss just rashasha hahah I think I’ve taken it too far
8. What are your future ambitions in wrestling and where do you see yourself in 5 years time??
I think like most wrestlers I would like to be able to live in wrestling and serve as a reference for many people, professionally I would love to fight in CZW and PWG as I feel that I would fit into their fighting style
9. Where can the readers find Hard Flyer on social media and where can promoters book you for up and coming shows??
I am always active on Facebook and Instagram for everyone who wants to know something more about me or if I can help in something do not hesitate to write me
10. What future dates have you got where the readers can see you live and have you got a message to end the interview off??
In the coming months I will be in Riot Barcelona in Spain, day 4 June in ctw and pride in July in CTW, October in Belgium Brussels in November and here an exclusive this year I also going to go and fight US soon more information will be revelaed, finally I just want to say for all those who have a dream that do not leave, fight, nothing is easy but to get different things you have to go different paths focus engage and please don’t just dream this life go and live your dream.

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DVD Review – WWE Double Feature – Elimination Chamber & FastLane 2017

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Welcome to the latest WWE review and the first one in a few weeks, this time is quite a weird one as it’s of a Double Feature DVD set and not just two small DVD’s like in the olden days where they used to put compilations together occasionally, this time it’s two PPV’s in the form of Elimination Chamber and FastLane, billed as the last two PPV’s before Mania these two have final implications before the big event and now that they are RAW and SmackDown separate it makes sense to slap them in a Double Feature Set.

For me of course it means more work as both are around 3 hours each so I was glad I received these a week or two earlier as otherwise I would struggle to get a review out this week, I am glad that it’s double feature though as I would usually have to review both separately anyway so it is better to have both at the same time! Due to there basically being two reviews in one, I will refrain from my usual long winded review and keep it short and simple but my recommendation and rating will be the same format in the end!
The first event is Elimination Chamber which includes John Cena vs AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose, The Miz and Bray Wyatt inside the Elimination Chamber, Randy Orton taking on Luke Harper and Alexa Bliss vs Naomi as well as my favourite women’s wrestler Becky Lynch vs the returning Mickie James in quite a short Pay-Per-View in truth.

First of all, we had Becky Lynch vs Mickie James to open the show which was a good match with James spending most of the match working on the arm of Lynch to weaken her down and prevent her from getting her submission which of course is her biggest threat so it was good from Mickie there. Lynch ended up getting a bit of momentum and won the match overall after countering a roll up and she then made a cover using her legs and then ended up winning thus. This was surprisingly to hear probably because I don’t watch WWE as much as I would like to her first match back on a WWE PPV since her return, I was surprised when Mickie left in the first place and I think her returning could pave the way for other Females of the past few years to return to the company like her and Maryse have including Maria and dare I say it maybe AJ Lee one day. I think we will see another match between the pair with James winning and then there being a rubber match to end it all off.

Next off we had a weird match between Dolph Ziggler vs Apollo Crews and Kalisto, it was quite poor and was just a quick match to try and hype the crowd up but it didn’t work especially on the part of Apollo Crews who didn’t garner the reaction of the crowd. Kalisto got a good reaction but that was only when the match was coming to an end which is due to him being attacked by Ziggler and him coming in late. Kalisto got the team closer to the victory with a handspring roundhouse kick followed by tagging in to Apollo Crews who hit a powerbomb for the victory. Overall a poor match that you should skip over to be honest.

3rd match was the SmackDown Tag Team Turmoil match with American Alpha the champions taking on Breezango, The Vaudevillains, Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Uso’s and The Ascension so basically the whole SmackDown tag division. American Alpha ended up retaining as expected, a good match showcasing the whole tag team division which embodies a final chance before WrestleMania as anyone can win the tag titles and as they always say the odds are stacked against the champions. American Alpha vs The Usos was the best part and I would say it was good to see the likes of The Ascension who don’t get that much of a showcase. Compared to the previous match well worth the watch.

Next match was between Nikki Bella and Natalya, this was held in Phoenix, Arizona and with Nikki from Scottsdale which is nearby she garnered a very good reaction from the crowd. This match was good in my opinion, the fact it ended in a double countout didn’t bother me as such as I know that this way it shows the feud is still proper hot and keeping going. As a result of Natalya grabbing Nikki so she wouldn’t return kept the animosity up which followed up with a brawl on the ramp. Overall a very good match that felt more like a brawl and like a good feud should be that there are some real problems between the pair that so much so they end up counting each over out and fighting some more. I can’t wait to see the next match between these two thus to see where the feud ends.

Following this was Randy Orton vs Luke Harper which as expected was very very good, some great near falls as expected and surprisingly for me Harper got lots of great offence in and it was believable that he was going to pick up the win up to the final few seconds when if he would have executed the discus clothesline he would have won but Orton came through with his signature RKO to get through to WrestleMania. One of Orton’s best matches in quite a while and Harper put in a very good performance, before the Pay-Per-View I thought this might be just okay or maybe a bit rubbish as I am not a big fan of either wrestler but this impressed me, give it a watch and you won’t be disappointed.

Sub main event was between Alexa Bliss and Naomi, to be honest I am not a massive fan of either. I like a lot of males think Alexa is very attractive but I have never been that enamoured by anything she has done in the ring and am a bigger fan of the likes of Becky Lynch and Charlotte and even Nikki Bella. This match was okay but not as good as the first women’s match which was on the card in my opinion. Naomi ended up winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship which in my opinion is long overdue with Naomi one of the most deserving of a title on the roster right now. I would say that I was surprised that Alexa’s reign lasted for such a short time but I guess maybe a switch to RAW after Mania with Charlotte coming to SmackDown to feud with Naomi could be the main reason. In terms of the finish to the match Bliss went up to the top for a moonsault and Naomi blocked it and then hit a split legged moonsault off the ropes for the victory which shows of course that it could have gone either way like the previous match.

The main event to the first show was the Elimination Chamber match between John Cena, AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, The Miz and Dean Ambrose so a stacked line up. Baron Corbin first was eliminated which didn’t surprise me as he is probably the weakest in the match but he was eliminated by a roll up of all things by Dean Ambrose which of course weakens Baron that he can be eliminated so easily. Dean Ambrose was next to be eliminated, Corbin stayed in and hit Ambrose with the End of Days which allowed The Miz to potentially not only set up a feud between Corbin and Ambrose but also an elimination for himself. The Miz paid for this shortly after wards though. Miz went to the top and went for a cross body block but was hit with an Attitude Adjustment which eliminated him. Next up was the most surprising part in a way and that was Cena being eliminated by Wyatt meaning a new WWE champion would be crowned. Cena got some great offence on both Styles and Wyatt but when he went for an AA on Wyatt to eliminate him basically he got out of it and hit Sister Abigail which made the crowd react well to Cena’s elimination. AJ Styles was the final elimination when it looked like he was on the edge of winning. He tried hitting a Phenomenal Forearm but Wyatt avoided it and then hit Sister Abigail to get the victory and become the new WWE champion which for me was a big surprise but not in the context of him deserving it as he does and has done for a long while. He will be a great champion and will allow Cena to team with Nikki at Mania. A great match overall.

FastLane was next on the set.

First match was between Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn, this was a good match that was of course mainly a showcase of how good Samoa Joe is to hype him up. This about a year ago would main event any NXT show or TakeOver so it shows how opposite on the scales both men are that Samoa is booked in a kind of dominant role with Sami the one to take the brunt of it and be walked over which is a shame as if this was a bit more even and went even longer it would be brilliant. Joe got his Coquina Clutch submission to win after Zayn went for the Helluva Kick to be stopped. I expect to see Joe become WWE Universal Champion very soon after this mega unstoppable push is over and I think he would be a very good well suited champion.

Second match was between Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson and Enzo Amore & Big Cass which was pretty poor to be honest, it was the typical Enzo and Cass match we are used to where Enzo ends up getting proper fired up to then tag in Big Cass followed by Cass getting back in and losing the match, I am looking forward to seeing The Hardys at WrestleMania which is a bit of a spoiler as in my opinion they will breathe life into quite a stale RAW tag division so to know this will only really go on one more time for a while is good.

Next up we have Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks which was a good match in my opinion, Nia ended up dominating for the most part which in all honesty I kind of expected due to her size compared to Sasha but it was Sasha who grabbed the win after Nia went for a Samoan Drop but was countered with Sasha getting a bridged pin for the win. It was quite a surprise that Nia lost in all honesty though as it would have been like Sami winning in the opener but I guess we will have a final match after their one at the Rumble down the line at some point with someone becoming the definitive winner and maybe even getting a title shot but we should wait and see.

Next we have Cesaro vs Jinder Mahal which was poor which wasn’t Cesaro’s fault, Jinder Mahal got no reaction from the fans in attendance and even chants of boring were heard. Cesaro was good and was the only saving grace I would say in this match and executed an uppercut to grab the win after about 8 minutes after being distracted by Rusev who was at the announce table.  Rusev ended up getting into the ring and punched Mahal a few times followed by a running superkick to set up another feud which will probably be boring let’s face it when it’s these two. Time will tell.

Speaking of Rusev, he was next in action was Big Show and this match was alright with Big Show going over which didn’t surprise me one bit with him meant to be on the way out to go to retirement after Mania it seems like they are trying to give him a good send off at WrestleMania and that includes this win against Rusev. This of course had no relevance to a feud and as a result was a downside to it as it’s basically just a filler match. Show ended up winning without much fuss after getting out of the accolade with 3 chokeslams followed by his Weapon of Mass Destruction a.k.a WMD KO Punch for the win. I am going to miss Big Show as he was definitely a favourite of mine growing up and is someone I will always associate with my childhood.

Neville vs Jack Gallagher was next which was brilliant. Gallagher who I say time and time again is a BWR alumni and I am very proud of that killed it here with some great offence including headbutts and a great back suplex off the top rope. Neville ended up winning with the Red Arrow to end a good match which kept Neville strong but also made Gallagher out to be a major title contender in the future as opposed to squashing him. I have always been a big fan of both men so I didn’t mind how this one panned out at all compared to the previous two this one was worth a watch.

Next up we had Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman which without Owens vs Goldberg would be the main attraction and a potential main event spot but in this case, it is 3rd from main event. This was a good match between two of the best powerhouses in the WWE at the minute. The spot with the powerslam through the table showed that and made it out to be a proper fight. Also, other notable moments included Reigns executing a spear for a near fall followed up with two Superman Punches by Reigns before Strowman tried for the victory with a Diving Splash but was promptly speared for his undefeated streak to end and for Reigns to win. Reigns was kept strong due to his match with the Undertaker at Mania and this is no surprise. This like most of the matches on the card had no storyline meaning to it but this one at least was good so even though it didn’t mean much it would hype the crowd up a bit.

The sub main event was between Bayley and Charlotte who in my opinion are the two best females in the WWE right now and I really like how much the women have been elevated so much so that they have gone from opening the show to closing it and props have to go to WWE, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H mostly who have elevated not only women’s wrestling in the WWE but also the young talent in NXT and with talents such as Nixon Newell, Evie, Ruby Riot (Heidi Lovelace), Kimber Lee etc coming through or about to join up with WWE as well as Asuka holding up NXT’s women’s division it represents a great time for the women’s division both in WWE and NXT. This was a good match, not amazing but good none the less. Charlotte dominated proceedings almost punishing Bayley including a forearm to start off with before leg vices, knees to the back, neckbreakers and moonsaults to try and weaken her with her even asking Bayley where Sasha was to help her. When it looked, like Charlotte had got the win through Natural Selection but got a 2 count, Sasha came down prompting Charlotte to go after her and thus help Bayley retain the title through a Bayley to Belly for the second time which thus represented the end to the streak for Charlotte. This obviously sets up a match between the three alluded to. Like I say a good match and a good time for women’s wrestling.

Finally, we got the poor end to the show that we were all expecting. Goldberg challenging for Kevin Owens’ title and what happened was exactly what happened to Brock Lesnar previously with Goldberg getting the job done in quick time. Chris Jericho’s music hit as a distraction followed by him coming out and as a result Goldberg stalked him and speared him followed by a Jackhammer to win in only 21 seconds. It’s good for the storyline development between Goldberg and Lesnar as it means we get the rubber match at WrestleMania but something like this could hurt Owens and is annoying to fans who want to see a good match but are left with a 20 second demolition job again.

 

Ratings –

Elimination Chamber – 7/10 – An alright Pay-Per-View and the better of the two, the Elimination Chamber was very much a highlight with Alexa Bliss vs Naomi and Apollo Crews & Kalisto vs Dolph Ziggler being the poorer matches in my eyes. Worth a watch but not the best pay per view of the year by any means

FastLane – 5/10 – Pretty poor PPV with only Reigns vs Strowman, Neville vs Gallagher and Bayley vs Charlotte really saving it a worse rating. It was a bunch of nothing matches that didn’t mean much and this all lead to the main event which speaks for itself in only lasting 20 seconds. If you’re going to pick one to watch, pick Elimination Chamber.

Elimination Chamber/FastLane 2017 Double Feature is out now from wwedvd.co.uk and participating retailers for the price of £14.99

 

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Interview – ‘The Vulture of Valour’ Jay Garner

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1.Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Jay, thank you for your time, please first of all introduce yourself to the readers??

Hey man sorry this took so long been really backed up, to answer your questions… my name is Jay Garner, formally known as the vulture of valour,

2. Let’s speak about growing up for yourself, did you watch wrestling growing up and if so who would you say inspired you to become a wrestler at the time??

I watched wrestling from a very young age but my parents disapproved and tried to stop me watching it and I completely idolised Rey Mysterio Jr in wcw and wwe.

3. How did you then get involved in Wrestling training, who trained you and how would you rate this experience??

I fell out of love with wrestling for years for the before mentioned reasons and one day I was searching the internet bored and thought I’d look up Rey and see where he’s at now and I found a training school in Milton Keynes and went the very next day and I’ve been performing ever since, I’ve been trained by name like Gene Munny, Paul McSherry, Jigsaw and Will Ospreay and I’ve lived every second and every bit if knowledge passed down to me.

4. Carrying on from that who would you like to have a seminar with or be trained by whether they are dead or alive and why??

I’d like to be able to pick Dolph Ziggler’s mind about selling and other such things as I fully believe that guy is an artist at what he does

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5. You are facing off against Ashley Dunn on Sunday at APEX Unbroken for the Division A title, have you got any words for Ashley ahead of the match and how determined are you to walk away with the title??

This Sunday is a big deal to me, I’ve never faced ash one on one and I’m determined to show him he’s not the only one that can throw down round here, this Sunday I’m coming for that belt and I intend to succeed

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6. You wrestle for Sacrifice Pro but are not part of their next show as a result of being suspended, do you have any words for Commissioner Harvey Dale or Hustle Malone who you wanted to face at the next show??

I have a tonne of words for both of them none of which are pg, I’m going to go to sacrifice and I don’t care whether they want me there or not I’m gunna get that little egg head malone, and Harvey better hold his tongue when I do

7. You faced Will Ospreay in a brilliant match in my opinion for HOPE at Slambo #5, how did it feel to not only be given the opportunity to face one of the best in the world but also to go toe to toe with him and did he have any encouraging words after the match??

The match with Ospreay was unreal, I was incredibly grateful to be given a match with such an idol of mine and he whispered a few words to me at the end of the match that really made me feel like I’d earned his respect, would love to work with him again and I think he really is going to be a turning point for British Wrestling

8. What would you say are your future ambitions in Wrestling and where do you see yourself in around 5 years time??

I’ll keep going till I break lol, I’m not sure where I’ll be but I’ll keep improving my style and performance in the ring until I’m just unable to anymore

9. Where can the readers find ‘The Vulture of Valour’ Jay Garner on social media and where can promoters book you who are reading this??

The Vulture of Valour can be found on most popular social media platforms YouTube and Facebook: Jay Garner, twitter @garner42093, Instagram: jaygarnerwrestler and promoters can book me by privately messaging any of these pages or at jay.garner@mail.co.uk, Thanks for the opportunity pal.

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Interview – ‘Predator Slayer’ Oliver Carter

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Oliver, thank you for accepting to do this interview, first of all could you please introduce yourself to the readers??
Thank you very much for having the interest and let’s hope it’s gonna be a good read. So my name is “The Predator Slayer” Oliver Carter and I’m a wrestler from Switzerland with Swiss and Ghanaian blood.
2. Next of all let’s speak about growing up for you, did you watch wrestling growing up and who would you say inspired you to train to become a wrestler??
I started watching wrestling very young, as my brothers used to watch it with me while taking care of me at home. So you could say I watched wrestling while learning to speak and walk 😂. One of my all time favourite and an insperation to start wrestling was The Rock. In my eyes he had it all. Wrestler like HBK, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin made me fall in love with this business.
3. Next of all, how did you get involved in Wrestling training, who trained you and how was this experience??
I used to play football for about 9 years and always had the love for wrestling. So football got boring and I thought to myself it’s time that I start what I really want to. I checked in the internet where there was possibilities in Switzerland or Germany. I found both and being only 15 years old at that time, I chose the only wrestling school in Switzerland called WAR. My trainer is/was called Marshal T who himself was trained by Cesaro. The first training is something I think no wrestler will ever forget. I went to train and I was a little bit nervous, but also with my mind focusing on giving it my all. I said to myself today will tell if it’s something I could do or the dream stays a dream. Luckily the training was so good, that I knew I had to stick to this and it’s something I can and love to do!
4. You are from Zurich, Switzerland I believe, what is the wrestling scene like over there and do you think that in the future it could rank up there with Germany or even the UK wrestling wise??
Man, I love UK. Always used to as a kid and the love will probably never fade away! The wrestling scene in the UK is crazy and I love the fact that most of the promotions are doing great jobs and pushing wrestling further and further. Of course I’m looking forward on coming back to the UK. I would love to wrestle as much as possible in Your scene and make my name too.
5. Going onto the UK, you have been over here a fair bit as of late competing mostly for RevPro as well as wrestling for Vertigo Pro Wrestling, what are your thoughts on the UK as a country and also the wrestling scene and are you looking forward to returning??
Man, I love UK. Always used to as a kid and the love will probably never fade away! The wrestling scene in the UK is crazy and I love the fact that most of the promotions are doing great jobs and pushing wrestling further and further. Of course I’m looking forward on coming back to the UK. I would love to wrestle as much as possible in Your scene and make my name too.
6. Carrying on with the theme of the UK you are part of a 6 way match including Matt Walters, PJ Knight, British Wrestling legend Jonny Storm, Brad O’Brien and Peter Nixon to face Rey Mysterio for WAW, how big of an opportunity is this for you and do you have any words for the other wrestlers in the match ??
It’s a huge opportunity man and having this opportunity in my debut match is awesome! If the other wrestlers want to know something, that would be i make my nickname “Predator Slayer” justice. that means I can strike them from different places be it from the sky, standing position or even on the mat while lying down. I make it dangerous being with me in the ring.
7. Last week you faced Mot Van Kunder for the PWS Junior Heavyweight Championship but lost, are you going to return to go after it and if so do you have any words for Mot??
Yeah that’s true. Let’s say the hunt isn’t over yet. I can only say Mot – You are very very very special one of a kind freak 😂
8. What are your future ambitions and where do you see yourself in 5 years time??
Never stopping and keep on growing and learning, making a name for myself in different places and keep having fun in what i love to do. In 5 years i see myself as somebody people will definitely know.
9. Where can the readers find Oliver Carter on Social Media and where can promoters get hold of you for bookings??
You can find me on Instagram: simply_wrestlercarter, Twitter: olivercarterGH or Facebook: Oliver Carter. Promoters can either contact me on my social media or via e-mail: wrestlercarter@hotmail.com
10. Finally to end the interview, have you got any future dates or projects you wish to plug, if so please do??
Yeah, like previously mentioned, I’ll be wrestling for WAW on the 13th of May come check it out! But it won’t be the last time You see me on a UK show, time will tell – YaaaaMan!

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DVD Review – Finn Balor : Iconic Matches

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Welcome to the latest WWE review and this was done earlier than release for probably the first time in a long time, I have probably done it about 3 times in the 3 or so years I have done reviews for WWE Home Video UK and this is for a few reasons, I am busy all bank holiday weekend meaning that my review time is limited and also it is quite a short review to do so I can do it as soon as I get it in the post!

That DVD is the Finn Balor : Iconic Matches DVD which was out yesterday , this DVD includes 3 of Finn’s ‘iconic’ matches while he has been in WWE from his time in NXT so before people question the matches involved it is only exclusive to one brand and discover why his quiet, deadly precision and his periodic transformation into the ‘terriying’ Demon King has made him a firm fan favourite in WWE.

As you can tell there are only 3 matches and I was pretty gobsmacked when I opened this release which I had been anticipating as of course it’s Finn Balor to find out that there s only 3 matches but they are not charging over the odds for it which is great and it is a £4.99 price point so is especially good for a child or someone just returning to WWE or starting watching it who may want to see some matches but not sit through a 3 hour PPV.

I remember when I first got into wrestling at the tender age of 8 I had these Best of Raw and Smackdown releases with a few matches that were really cheap and these fit under this category with previous releases I believe including John Cena and Roman Reigns, no disrespect to WWE as I am reviewing for them but in my opinion putting these releases out is a stock gap in order to sell something new while they have nothing to release which is fair enough. Also this is perfect just to add to the collection if you are buying something anyway

Onto my thoughts on the matches –

Finn Balor vs Neville –

The first match is from NXT Takeover Arrival where they took each other on in the NXT title No.1 Contenders tournament and this was a period that I watched NXT avidly which I don’t really anymore due to certain wrestlers like Finn leaving the product and so I remember this match well. This was at time when Finn had only just really debuted a few months prior. This was a brilliant match full of aerial moves of course with both men known for this and also some great technical wrestling, this is probably on this Iconic Matches set for a reason and that is because it is when he became the Number 1 Contender for the first time and this was just after Neville really lost his title so was about putting the young upstart Finn Balor over and it did just that. It elevated Finn Balor’s spot up the card due to his number 1 contender status and it also begged the question whether we would see Neville in NXT again but overall a brilliant match and probably the earliest success Balor had in a long storied career in NXT.

Finn Balor vs Tyler Breeze –

The second match was another from the Takeover specials and one that even though I watched it at the time initially forgot what Pay-Per-View/Special it was from unlike the first match. At the time it was a 3 way with Hideo Itami involved but he was taken out. This match wasn’t the best on the show by anymeans but it is a Finn Balor compilation and this was still quite good, they started off quite slow but when they grew into it there was some really nice near falls including him hitting the Beauty Shot after throwing Breeze into the exposed turn buckle but he turned it around to win and become number 1 contender for the second match running on this DVD set with a dropkick and double stomp. Overall not Finn’s best match in NXT but not his worst by any means and with it all leading up to the next match it makes sense to include it.

Finn Balor vs Kevin Owens –

The final match on the set was between Kevin Owens and Finn Balor from the Beast In the East PPV, at the time this was billed as Finn’s historic return to Japan after only a short time away after his storied exploits in New Japan Pro Wrestling. This match was brilliant at the time when I reviewed it on the blog and is the same now and I would probably say this was his best match while under the NXT banner. To see him win the title in front of the home crowd of sorts in Japan was something special and even know we knew it was going to happen when the match was announced it was brilliant. Owens matched him throughout and people really thought that he was going to retain and steal the moment away from Balor but of course he didn’t. If they release a Finn Balor DVD/Blu-Ray in a few years in my opinion this will be on it.

Overall Rating – 6/10 –  A good set for the price but of course not the definitive set but in my opinion this will come in a few years and like alluded to in my opinion this is just a stock gap but maybe for the big Finn Balor fan or a child getting into the WWE this might be a good set to buy them, a good easy review for me though before we get PPV’s and Documentaries to come over the coming weeks so it gets the rating based on the price alone and the good matches but is definitely one that you don’t have to pick up.

 

Finn Balor : Iconic Matches is out now from wwedvd.co.uk and participating retailers for the price of £4.99

 

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Interview – Zoe Lucas

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Photo Credit : The Ringside Perspective

1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Zoe, thank you for accepting to do this interview, first of all could you please introduce yourself to the readers??

Hey thanks for having me! I’m Zoe Lucas I’m a female wrestler based in Portsmouth, UK.

2. Next of all let’s speak about growing up for you, did you watch wrestling growing up and who would you say inspired you to train to become a wrestler??

Growing up with two older brothers it was hard not to watch wrestling! Me and my brothers would pull the cushions off of the sofa to make the ring with the back of the sofa being our top rope. Growing up I loved watching Edge, Eddie Guerrero and Mickie James.

3. Next of all, how did you get involved in Wrestling training, who trained you and how was this experience??

I was at university in Guildford when I decided to pursue wrestling. There was a promotion back home(Norfolk) that I decided to go to called Falling Starr Wrestling. They were really friendly and super helpful but with living in Surrey for the majority of the year it didn’t work out. Which is when I googled wrestling in my area and found out Revolution Pro Wrestling wasn’t that far away. The head trainer there is Andy Boy Simmonz.

4. You are currently on tour with Stardom I believe and you are returning home shortly, how did you getting into Stardom come about, has it been a good experience wrestling and living in Japan and do you have any plans to return this year or in the future??

Stardom came completely out of no where! One moment I was at home eating chocolate the next I was in a Dojo in Tokyo and I have Declan Kellett who runs BEW and Sonny Gutierrez who works at Stardom to thank for that. I had an amazing experience in Japan and can’t wait to go back!

5. You are part of this years British Empire Wrestling ‘International Grand Prix 2017’ tournament facing off against Little Miss Roxxy in the first round, are you looking forward to making your BEW debut in the tournament and do you have any words for Roxxy ahead of the match??

I’m so excited to make my BEW debut and can’t wait to wrestle Little Miss Roxxy. She’s taken the wrestling scene by storm this year! Saying that she hasn’t crossed my path yet so we’ll see who comes out on top on June 3rd! (Me!)

6. Going back to Stardom you have wrestled at the world famous Korakuen Hall while you were there, how was that experience and how was the atmosphere??

It was incredible I’ve never felt anything quite like the atmosphere there. Stepping out from behind the curtain I had to hold back tears! And to be able to experience this with some amazing people was unreal!

7. You are known for wrestling for Revolution Pro over here, are you looking forward to returning to Rev Pro when you come back to England and what are your thoughts on their rise over the past few years??

The rise of Rev Pro over the last few years just goes to show what hard work and determination can do! I honestly don’t know how Andy Quildan does it! I can’t wait to make my return, I love wrestling everywhere but Rev Pro will always be home!

8. What are your future ambitions and where do you see yourself in 5 years time??

I’d love to make wrestling my full time career and in 5 years hopefully I will have toured the globe with some of the best companies in the world.

9. Where can the readers find Zoe Lucas on Social Media and where can promoters get hold of you for bookings??

You can find me at…. Twitter: @ZoeLucasPro Instagram: Zoebeckie Facebook: Zoe Lucas Promoters can contact me on any of my social medias and can also email me at: zoelucasbookings@gmail.com

10. Finally to end the interview, have you got any future dates or projects you wish to plug, if so please do??

We’ve obviously already talked about BEW and I’ll be debuting for Pride and I’m looking forward to some more exciting times with RevPro!

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