DVD Review – WWE Double Feature : Great Balls of Fire and Battleground 2017

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Welcome back to yet another WWE DVD review which seem to be common fare at the minute on the site! More interviews and posts different to reviews are on the way but like anything having to wait back on them is the main problem and as a result, there will either be loads at once or none for a while but I apologise.

Today is yet another Double Feature set which I enjoy reviewing mainly due to their value for money and it means I no longer have to review 2 titles over the space of two weeks and can get them done quickly for the readers.

The two main contrasting matches from the two shows are Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe from Great Balls of Fire and Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton in the resurrected Punjabi Prison match at Battleground so straight way it seems like a good pick up to see both of them two.

As usual with it being a Double Feature set, a quick opinion from myself on each match followed by an overall rating and explanation for this which will help you make the decision whether to purchase this title or not.

Starting off with Great Balls of Fire, the first match on the set was between Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt which is quite weird to start off with but like I have previously said with WWE PPV’s they seem to be going in the opposite direction with having a good match to start the PPV to get the crowd hyped which is pretty good from WWE, this match was pretty average, not amazing considering the two competitors but you could tell it was almost a warm up for future matches between the pair.

This was due to Wyatt doing the dirty on Rollins poking him in the eye and then hitting a Sister Abigail for the win which nods towards this in the future but you can tell with these two that the winner of the feud will potentially challenge for the title in the future towards the end of the year heading into the start of WrestleMania season again.

Enzo Amore vs Big Cass followed which was poor as expected but that was the match quality as it was just there to squash Amore but also leave the audience thinking that slowly Enzo might actually get a win in the end and potentially go on a run and show that despite Cass being bigger than him that the underdog will prevail so despite it being a squash it had more meaning for the future.

From poor to excellence, The Hardys vs Cesaro & Sheamus came next which was a storming match especially towards the end. I am not a big fan of Iron Man matches as with wrestling with me I like to just get transfixed into the action and not having that reminder that the match will end in this time which might sound silly to some but that’s just the way I see it. Cesaro and Sheamus ended up winning 4-3 as expected with it not being a main PPV but it really gave the audience what they see with both teams and that is quality which has not been lacking but has not been the best recently when they face off and with Cesaro and Sheamus winning it has to have either a resolution with The Hardys winning back the titles or potentially which may be disagreed with, The Hardys splitting up and Matt and Jeff going on singles runs but it will be interesting to see what route they go down but overall a great match to cancel out the previous two.

Following this was another quality match with Alexa Bliss the champion and Sasha Banks facing off. Like I say this was more quality and like with the previous matches it alluded to the feud continuing which with these two it is all good. Despite the brilliant match, Alexa did the typical heel ending which was by taking the countout loss to make sure that she kept the title which that teamed with a brawl which left Bliss’ mouth busted open suggests that they are no way over and like with the previous match I envisage Sasha potentially getting the title eventually whether that is a back and forth deal like Sasha and Charlotte were or a definitive ending but that will be interesting as well but like I say a very good match which shows how good the Womens’ division in the WWE is at this moment in time.

The Miz and Dean Ambrose then faced off for what felt like the millionth time and this was quite poor and not exactly PPV standard. I think that this feud will be ended soon as it has been going for some time and there is only so many times you want to see it a bit like with Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt a while back but it was a pretty easy win for the Miz especially with his Entourage at Ringside as well as Maryse with Ambrose looking like he potentially might of won they got involved costing Ambrose the win through The Miz then hitting the Skull Crushing finale for the victory and to retain his Intercontinental title which for my money has gone from being a title which is changed most weeks to a very solid title only really held by the two people involved in the match but still better than it used to be towards the start of it’s new belt run.

An ambulance match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman was next and continues a very entertaining feud between the pair with me saying previously that their last match was one of the best I had seen on a WWE PPV or some time and especially considering I don’t like the people involved that much it shocked me and once again these two really went to war with this time it being an ambulance match. It was Braun who won to stack up his chance of a potential title match with the winner of the main event down the road putting Reigns into the ambulance after a war which anyone of them could of won which like a lot of matches on this card shows that they are potentially heading for a huge barnburner in the future which especially with these two will be absolute quality and Reigns afterwards got into the ambulance and drove it into a trailer with Braun inside which shows this is not over yet.

As they checked on Braun, we had a throwaway match between two of the jobbers as such of the WWE and that is Curt Hawkins and Heath Slater. It lasted the shortest time and they went back to the previous match and the aftermath with Braun stumbling out to show how powerful the guy is that he can come from a crash and walk off. We didn’t actually see the finish as they were using the jaws of life to free Strowman but it wasn’t worth anything anyway.

Finally in the main event we saw Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar (C) face off in the match we were all waiting for. This match was a brilliant end to the card and really showed that Joe is up there as a serious threat to the main event of the WWE. Samoa came close to beating the man known as the Beast Incarnate who despite losing easily to Goldberg on multiple occasions almost looks unbeatable and this could set up Joe for a future reign with Lesnar only winning when he looked like he was on the jaws of defeat which is not the decimation we are used to. I think in the future depending what Joe does it will be one to really look back on and say that this was one of the first signs on the main roster of Joe being a star and it is usually these PPV’s that do it where they can go out and put on a real show. A great end to the PPV!

Battleground 2017 on the otherhand was the one headlined by the Punjabi Prison Match. It started off with The Usos vs The New Day. Their previous matches have been very good and I have said previously that they have great chemistry and this match was even better than their last match against each other and it helped that not only they have good chemistry but the crowd were very much invested in it and that is a good thing especially for the opener.

Next up was Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin, this on paper was going to be a great match but was very good for a different reason, Corbin’s heel side. After a back and forth affair between the two competitors, Nakamura was on the verge of victory and when he set up for the Kinshasa, Nakamura checked on Corbin and Corbin sneakily low blowed him for the DQ which was classic especially as he’d rather lose by DQ then have to lose by pinfall and as a result he looks strong which was further underlined with Corbin hitting him with the briefcase followed by end of days. I expect to see another match between these two to potentially settle the score and potentially if Corbin cashes in to win, Nakamura could be a challenger for the Lone Wolf.

Following that we had a women’s 5 Way Elimination #1 Contender’s Match between Charlotte Flair, Lana, Becky Lynch, Tamina & Natalya. This wasn’t the best match and it is probably because of the fact that I am not a huge fan of 2 out of the 5 and them being included in my opinion shows that they are lumping these wrestlers in to fill space and time on the PPV. Natalya ended up winning which I didn’t see coming but if you know what happens in the future it makes sense which was Nattie winning the title from Naomi which is something WWE fans have been calling for, for some time and it has finally happened. As a result Nattie will face Charlotte at Hell in a Cell which if any of their previous meetings are anything to go by will be brilliant.

The next match was a disappointment given the wrestlers involved and that was AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens. There was a ref finish at the end when they had a double pin at the same time which spoiled it and overall they weren’t given the time which is what they deserved that at the very least. These two will face off again with the stipulation potentially involved which will be interesting and could end the feud but even though that occurred it disappointed me and the crowd weren’t into it either, not really worth watching if you see this on the card and want to watch it as it is a big disappointment.

Speaking of disappointment, the next match was a disappointment before it even started and that was a flag match between Rusev and John Cena. Like the previous match both men deserve better than a stipulation that shouldn’t be used anymore. Both men didn’t look interested and neither did I or the crowd for that matter. The last part of the match was exciting but you don’t watch a match for the last minute and don’t watch this unless you want to waste 21 minutes of your life cause that is how long this mess lasted.

Following this, Sami Zayn faced Mike Kanellis in a match on paper that should be brilliant what we got was a very average match that was finished in no time at all which was a shame. Sami got revenge on Kanellis after he beat him on the previous week on SmackDown. This was good to go before the main event and was unlike the previous PPV where they found two jobbers to wrestle in the form of Slater and Hawkins and I would love to see these two really go at it if they have a programme in the future. I am glad though that Kanellis and of course Maria has been brought in and I thought before they went to the other company, they should of joined the WWE and it will be interesting to see how the do.

In the main event we had Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison match in the return of the format devised for the Great Khali. This like the the Flag match was god awful and I remember the original match being rubbish as well. It gets a few points from me for the Great Khali returning and even that I am not exactly overjoyed at as he’s not one of my favourites but the novelty of it was worth it. They had the cage climbing teases and brawling but it just didn’t deliver at all and it was a match I was looking forward to but just didn’t deliver. I like Mahal and am glad he’s being given a chance but I don’t believe he will have the title for a lot longer.

DVD Rating – 5/10 – Great Balls of Fire was very good and was a PPV full of matches I really enjoyed it for not only that but the setting up of the next matches in feuds and gets the 5 while Battleground apart from the tag team match was poor and not worth watching and it is probably why it didn’t get a stand alone release. Watch the first PPV but not the second but as usual I would recommend the double feature releases for the value alone so take that into account.

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Interview – ‘The Rogue of Neverland’ Killian Jacobs

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Killian, thanks for your time, could you please start by introducing yourself to the readers??
I’m Killian Jacobs, I represent the group Next Wave 5. I’d recognise myself as an unaffiliated Disney Luchadore. Big Disney fan who works the lucha style of wrestling. I’v been involved in wrestling for over 10 years now (possibly the slowest rise in British wrestling) but still looking to learn and progress in this business that we all love.
2. Were you into wrestling from a young age and who would you say were your favourites growing up and would you say they inspired you to start wrestling??
Yes, I can always remember having wrestling in my life. The British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith was the guy who hooked me on wrestling. As a child he was my hero. Other favourites were Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Vader. As I got into my teens and the attitude era, I was a fan of The Rock, Chris Jericho and The Hardy Boys. I would say these were the guys who inspired me to get into wrestling.
3. Speaking of starting wrestling, how did you get involved in wrestling training, who had a hand in your training and if you could have a seminar with any wrestler dead or alive who would it be and why??
I started training at 16 in Birmingham with K Star Wrestling. I live in the middle of nowhere, so getting to training every Sunday was a mission itself. At 16, I would get 2 buses and 2 trains, there and back to learn under the guidance of Carl Brookes. In my opinion one of the most underrated trainers in the country. Great question, 3 names spring to mind immediately. Bret Hart and Chris Jericho, i’d love to learn from. Also with more recent influences I would have loved to have met and learnt from Perro Aguayo Jr.

4. You wrestle quite a bit for Ironfist Wrestling who seem to be getting better and better, what do you make of that and you are part of Next Wave 5 who lost to Hooked Up recently, have you got any words for Hooked Up after the loss??
Ironfist is my home promotion, it’s slowly getting recognised by more and more fans which is great, I feel Ironfist always puts on good shows with great talent, so is definitely worth checking out if you can. Next Wave 5 is a group originally formed by myself & Millie McKenzie, now introducing Joey Scott. The idea was to showcase a group that could hang with the more established workers on the scene now, Millie is doing great things elsewhere and is proving that. Myself and Joey will keep on showcasing why we should be ones to watch. As much as losing sucks, Hooked Up are great, Xander Cooper (probably the most underrated worker in the country, in my opinion) is great to work with. Alongside Mel & Abel they are very entertaining to watch. I’d suggest keeping an eye on NW5 & Hooked Up in the future.
5. You have also wrestled for Fight Club Pro this year, how was this for you and what do you make of the rise of FCP over the past year or so??
Yeah, I appreciate the opportunities given to me at FCP, during my time there I learnt ALOT from Pete and Zaki. What did anyone expect? They have a great team with hard working talent, for me the rise was both expected and earnt. They will keep getting bigger and better too.
6. Recently you made your debut for Pro Wrestling 4U representing Ironfist Wrestling in a losing effort, how was it representing your main promotion and will you be back at PW4U in the future after your initial debut??
Going into this I was a little unsure what to expect, I don’t think you ever do, going into a new promotion. I can say though, it was a great experience. One of the most professional set ups iv been apart of. A great team led by Phil, with a hard working roster. I wanted to make a good impression whilst representing Ironfist the best I could. I like to think I did that, I would love to return soon and try to correct that win/ loss record. Nothing but good things for PW4U, another promotion id urge fans to check out.
7. What do you make of the current state of British Wrestling and are you glad to be a part of that??
It’s certainly the best state it’s been in for years. It looks to keep getting bigger and better too. I am indeed. If you look across the top UK Indy promotions and many of the unfamiliar UK promotions too, all the guys and girls on the scene are the most hard working, hungry talents in years. When everyone is working that hard, we all win, as do the fans checking out the shows.
8. What are your ambitions in wrestling and where do you see yourself in around 5 years time??
Honestly I just want to make a living from this great business. My immediate goal is Mexico, I would like to go out and train in Mexico City either at the Star Gym (AAA) or with CMLL at the Arena Mexico and work on a regular basis out there. I’m a fan of the lucha libre art form, many of the workers I like to watch now days apply their craft there, so for me it seems like an ideal fit. So hopefully 5 years from now I could be working out there regularly.
9. Where can the readers find ‘The Rogue of Neverland’ Killian Jacobs on social media and where can promoters book you for future shows??
I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram if you search Killian Jacobs, or @KillianJacobs you should be able to find me there. Again promoters can get in touch through any of these profiles.
10. Have you got any future dates or projects you wish to plug??
I’m a regular at the following promotions, Ironfist Wrestling, Full Force Wrestling, Wrestling in Hinckley, Pro Wrestling Subjective all of whom have shows coming up so check them out. I’m also flying out to Malta next month as part of Pro Wrestling Malta, which I’m very excited about. Cheap plugs for Next Wave 5 (Myself, Joey Scott) who I believe, people will be talking about in the next year. Readers should also check out Chris Royals (One of the hardest workers I know). Alongside Millie McKenzie, who is already turning heads now, check out guys and girls like Heaven, Domina, Athena & Hooked Up. Thanks for the time guys, and hopefully I’ll catch some readers at shows in the future.

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Interview – ‘The Poison Princess’ Jayde

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Jayde, thanks for your time, could you please introduce yourself to the readers to start the interview off??
‘The Poison Princess’ Jayde. She’s got the eyes of a panther and lips like Satan. Leaving a destructive path, chopping and kicking her way across the UK. Nothing will stop her. She wont be the one left behind.
2. To start off with, did you watch wrestling growing up and if so who would you say were your favourites to watch/inspired you to train to become a wrestler??
One night when I was around 6/7 I was watching TV with my Dad when he put wresting on, i instantly fell in love to the point i immediately stated to copy the moves. Jumping off the sofa and putting him in headlocks etc and from that day on my love for the sport just escalated to the point i’d watch wrestling everyday. Growing up my favorites were the likes of Chris Jericho, The Hardy Boyz and DX but when I saw Lita for the first time that was the game changer for me. That’s when I knew this is what i wanted to do.
3. Speaking of becoming a wrestler, how did you get involved with wrestling training, who trained you and how would you rate the experience??
When I originally began to look for wrestling schools I couldn’t find any that were local to me, most were in the cities far away so I took up Judo as an alternative as that was the closest thing I could find. But I admit it didn’t last long as i soon realised it was nothing like wrestling. Quite some time passed then I began to look again quite a few years later and found a school 30/40mins away called UBW and began to train there under Darren Nottingham and Paul Ashe where I began to get the mechanics down. That was for about a year then I moved onto HOPE wresting in Milton Keynes as it was more local and thought it is always good to learn different styles. This was under the head trainer Paddy Townsley and then I guess the rest is history.
4. I know you very well as part of Team M.A.D with Hustle Malone, Chase Williams and Danny Mayhem, how did this stable form and how pleased are you to see that all 4 members are making real strides in British Wrestling at the moment??
They saw the potential in me, they’re not stupid. I’m the matriarch of MAD no need to explain anything further. It’s great to see my boys getting the recognition they deserve all i’ll say now is watch this space.
5. In a spate of debuts recently you debuted for IPW against Chakara, how did that come about, how would you rate the experience and are you returning or was it a one time thing??
It is all down to getting yourself out there, showing what you can do and giving 100% every match. The word soon spreads and doors open! The experience itself with IPW was amazing, i really enjoyed myself everything was so well organised and everyone was so welcoming. I had so much fun working with Chakara as well, but if she dares to powerbomb me again then i’m talking the girl out 😉
6. Recently you also debuted for GOOD Wrestling, how was that and how did it compare to other shows like APEX and Sacrifice Pro that you also wrestle for lets say and are you there at the next show Keep On Movin on September 16??
GOOD was a great experience too, i loved it even if i did get kicked in the back of the head a few times! As it was an over 18s show compared to the child friendly shows like Sacrifice and Apex there were no boundaries and there are things we cannot repeat that went down…and who knows, maybe head on down to the show and see who turns up…
7. Another debut has been announced and that is for British Empire Wrestling n September 3rd against Charli Evans then whoever wins that faces Thunder Rosa in the evening show to crown a new AIWF International Women’s Champion, do you have any words for Charli and how determined are you to get through to face Thunder Rosa and claim that title??
I was robbed!
8. What are your future ambitions in Wrestling and where would you say you see yourself in 5 years time??
I love wrestling, i just enjoy doing it as much as I can. In the next few years i’d love to do a tour of Japan, Europe and the USAand ultimately take it as far as I possibly can. The wrestling industry is like nothing else as you never know what is round the corner. I’m just going to see where the ride takes me and enjoy it along the way.
9. Where can the readers find ‘The Poison Princess’ Jayde on social media and where can promoters book you for future shows??
I have finally embraced social media so I can be contacted on the below;
Facebook – Jayde Wrestler
Instagram – jaydewrestler21
Twitter – @JaydeWrestler21
10. Have you got any future dates or projects you wish to plug to end the interview??
Sacrifice Pro is a promotion where ALL earnings go to charity. Many wrestlers have already given up their time for free to come and entertain and make money for the chosen charity with many more getting in contact. Help support and come one down!
Another would be with HOPE Wrestling as they have now launched an all female show called Foxes which debuts in October. This is a fantastic opportunity for us female wrestlers to show what we can do, that we can keep up with the guys and we hit just as hard. It’s great exposure for all the hard working female talent we currently have in the UK that are just going under the radar. Check it out and help us show that us female workers are the ones to watch!

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DVD Review – WWE Unreleased 1986-1995

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Welcome to another WWE DVD review, it’s been a few weeks since the last one but we have a few reviews on the way in the next few weeks including a Double Feature one of Great Balls of Fire and Battleground 2017 which adds to the couple that WWE Home Video has released so far.

This week though it is the turn of Unreleased – Never Before Seen Matches 1986-1995 which as the title suggests is quite self explanatory and includes matches that are probably not on DVD sets or the Network that have all been put on to these three discs which depending on the spreading out of the set means there is a lot.

To me this set looks fantastic on paper especially with me being a big fan of old school wrestling and especially considering that I wasn’t born in those years it is a history lesson for me as well.

Firstly the big thing with this set which is why it has been hyped so much is that these matches were only for for people in attendance and not just off tv specials and episodes of RAW, it is what it says on the tin and for big wrestling fans, 45 matches is a staggering amount which is why I am going to keep this short and sweet.

Personal highlights include the Dingo Warrior aka The Ultimate Warrior in his early days before he became the Warrior we all knew. This is not only a great example of early Warrior but also includes some offence not usually used by him but towards the end he shows that the Ultimate moveset is coming together with some well known moves from later on in his career.

Also Rick Martel vs Jake Roberts in a Blindfold match was also brilliant and was a tester for the WrestleMania VII match and it was brilliant as it is something that being a WWE fan who has watched it in the modern era is a novelty and the crowd were really into it which is something we wouldn’t see today if lets say Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman did it but it shows that the WWE fans back then appreciated every facet of wrestling and even though this isn’t 5 star, it is still brilliant to me.

Bret Hart vs British Bulldog was also brilliant but because of the match itself, looking at both men on paper before hand you’d think it would be and it is. It is a real hidden gem of the disc amongst the comedy matches like the next one I want to talk about is, The Toxic Turtles vs Tommy Stevenson & Ron Preston which is one of the best matches on the set but for the funniest reasons and that is because they are a blatant rip off of TMNT. I swear I have seen this before but it must of just been pictures or a similar gimmick they did in the WWE but this is still good to watch but not for all the right reasons like Bret vs Bulldog.

Shawn Michaels vs Mr Perfect which wasn’t amazing but it includes a weird ending where Perfect wins the title but due to a mix up Michaels was disqualified which technically could of meant a third IC title reign for Perfect but overall like I say it isn’t brilliant like their Summerslam match later on but the ending means it is worth the watch.

A final mention before I get onto the final verdict for this set, Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake vs Money Inc which was after the King of the Ring which was the last time we would see Hogan in a televised WWE match in the 90’s and going back to what I said previously, this match might not be the best for it’s wrestling content but the crowd makes up for it that don’t take wrestling too seriously and take it for what it is especially in that era as entertainment and in my opinion that is what wrestling nowadays is lacking.

Also on the set includes  Macho Man vs Andre The Giant and Ultimate Warrior vs Undertaker in a casket match which are both interesting watches and of course as you can guess there is a lot of Hulk Hogan throughout the DVD which is never a bad thing.

Rating – 5/10 – This is not brilliant by any means and most of the matches are what I would call dud matches. There is probably only a few matches that are good and even some aren’t good it is only seen as that by me as I like the wrestlers involved and it is nostalgia. If you are wanting a release full of excellent content with matches you haven’t seen before you are only going to get the latter. But at the end of the day I guess if they were amazing they wouldn’t have taken so long to be released.

I would say though if you go into this set with the mind set that it will be entertaining with the Toxic Turtles embodying it you will be entertained and probably love this set but for WWE fans that wanted to see a release full of hidden gems look elsewhere. Finally though I would say that I’d buy it for the likes of Earthquake, Taz, Tatanka and Billy and Bart before they became that in their tryout matches which of course is a very good nostalgia pop but overall I wouldn’t recommend this release unless you buy every single set or love the period.

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Interview – ‘Dragon Heart’ Danny Jones

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Danny, thanks for your time, could you please introduce yourself to the readers to start the interview off??

Hey BritWresRevival! My name is Danny Jones, I’m 21 years old and I’m from a small town called Ebbw Vale in South Wales.

2. Let’s talk about growing up for you, when did you first start watching wrestling growing up and who would you say inspired you to pursue wrestling ??

I have been watching wrestling ever since I can remember. My father has been watching wrestling since the 80s and when my eldest brother was born, he was also big in to it. Naturally, when I was young I was interested as it was always on. There wasn’t a specific wrestler that inspired me to pursue it, but just watching it all the time is what made me want to become one when I was older.

3. In terms of pursuing wrestling, how did you get involved in wrestling training, who trained you and how was that experience for you??

When I was around 15 I was actively interested in giving wrestling a serious go but I didn’t know how to and I didn’t think it existed in the U.K., let alone Wales. One day when I was on the bus to school, I saw a banner on a institute that was on the way and it was advertising a wrestling show. After looking into it for a while and speaking to different people, I found DragonPRO Wrestling which was based in Newport at the time which had Mike Bird as the head trainer and I had A LOT of help and guidance from The Wild Boar, Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster. From then on, it was just all I wanted to do.
Overall training was (and still is) a pleasant experience. Mike has a wealth of knowledge and having my start with him benefited me greatly in ensuring I took the right path. Having looked at DragonPRO’s current track record, there’s no denying it’s the place to be in Wales/South West England.

4. You are currently in Japan on tour for AJPW, how has been the experience so far for you and what have been your favourite moments??

I’m currently 3/4 weeks into my tour with All Japan Pro Wrestling and the experience has been insane so far. I feel incredibly blessed to be out here, completing a goal I’ve had for years and to do it with a company like AJPW is something I never expected.
To pick a select few favourite moments is difficult, but having traveled a lot here already and wrestling the likes of Jun Akiyama, Takao Omori, KAI, Kento Miyahara and many other All Japan wrestlers has given me memories I’ll remember for a long time!

5. Continuing on with that subject, how did the opportunity come about and when are you back in the UK??

The opportunity came by as Atsushi Aoki (AJPW wrestler and head of talent relations) came to Scotland to hold two weeks of seminars and tryouts. I attended and to my own surprise I was one of the two picked.

6. You wrestle for ATTACK Pro Wrestling when back in the UK, what do you make of the rise of ATTACK over the past year or so and are you looking forward to going back and wrestling for them again??

I can NOT wait to get back to ATTACK! Pro once I’m back. I feel like the rise of ATTACK! is thoroughly deserved. The roster is loaded with talented, hungry and all round amazing people so I love being involved.

7. Another promotion firmly on the rise is Pro Wrestling Chaos who you were tag team champions for with Richie Edwards until recently as Modern Culture, similar to ATTACK what do you make of their rise and will you be back after the titles when back in the country??

The same can be said for Pro Wrestling Chaos as well, they have such a professional team with again talented and hungry performers. To be involved with their rise is also fantastic!
When I’m back me and ol’ Richie will be gunning for them titles for sure.

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

My ambitions are to just keep going further and further with wrestling. I want to keep travelling as much as I can, I want to become more well known and more importantly I aim to make this a sustainable, stable living. Obviously the end goal for a lot of people will be WWE, but I know I have a lot of time to reach that goal so in the meantime and 5 years time if I’m making a healthy living from doing something I’m passionate about and something I love then I’ll be mega happy!

9. Where can the readers find ‘Dragon Heart’ Danny Jones on social media and where can promoters book you for future shows??

I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so I can be found on all the mainstream platforms:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dannyjoneswrestling
Twitter: @dnjonesuk
Instagram: @dannyjonesuk
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DVD Review – WWE Double Feature – Extreme Rules 2017 and Money In The Bank 2017

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Welcome to another WWE DVD review, thanks for reading and continuing to do so as we have just reached our 4 year anniversary and if the blog wasn’t read we probably wouldn’t have got to this point so thank you!

This week we have another one of the Double Feature releases. A few days later than expected but that was only due to me having a busy week personally which is why also there haven’t been any interviews out this week but when I received this last week I was really looking forward to adding it to the pile to review in the coming weeks.

As usual with these Double Feature releases with them being two PPV’s I will be running through the matches in a shorter way and then giving my recommendation at the end of the review as to whether you should purchase this release.

Let’s start with Extreme Rules, which started with Dean Ambrose vs The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. with this match it had an added stipulation that if he ended up losing by disqualification he would lose the Intercontinental title. The Miz ended up winning the title for a 7th time, this came about through Maryse accidently slapping him then being ejected. Maryse argued with the referee about this and The Miz took advantage whipping Ambrose into the referee. The referee and Ambrose had some words but The Miz hit his Skull Crushing finale to pick up the victory and the title in a pretty good match to start the show off. A lot of cool spots and nearfalls that you don’t usually get in an opener and it made it really feel like you were watching a sub main event or at the least a midcard match and as usual the WWE put a good match first in order to get the crowd excited which is what has been lacking in PPV’s previous to this year.

Next up we had Noam Dar & Alicia Fox vs Rich Swann & Sasha Banks which was quite average compared to the previous match and it was used to continue the feud and to put Rich Swann and Sasha Banks over. Not really watching WWE regularly I didn’t really get this match that much but if you watch it I guess you will know what has gone on previously. It ended up being that we had Sasha Banks hitting a double knee attack followed by Swann’s finisher showing the chemistry between the pair as a team and it added to it as Swann ended up winning in his hometown which of course would be a brilliant moment for him which means personal gain as well as for the team.

Next up despite it being an Extreme Rules PPV we had a weird match type in the form of a Kendo Stick on a Pole match between Alexa Bliss and Bayley which would be a good or bad match depending on which wrestler you favoured as Alexa Bliss made Bayley look poor and exerted her dominance as the champion winning quite easily and it is fair enough if it was against an external jobber or from someone not really used in the company but Bayley is seen as a big star to the fans in terms of the Women’s Division. I think though that being booked poor like this will make her come back and sooner rather than later beat Alexa for the title.

Following this we have The Hardy Boys taking on Cesaro and Sheamus in a Tornado Steel Cage match for the RAW Tag Team Champions. This was an alright match as is everything with the Hardys. Due to the setting unlike the Hell in a Cell match, it is quite restricted so you can’t really get the unique offence that the Hardy Boys are known for. Jeff ended up leaving the cage early which put the Hardys on the back foot and then when Matt was being beaten up, Jeff was there to climb up the cage and hit a Whisper in the Wind which proved fatal as when Matt ended up trying to get him out the cage which gave Cesaro and Sheamus an opportunity and they got to the floor at around the same time that the Hardy Boys did meaning that they won the title which I didn’t expect and probably will continue the feud all the way to SummerSlam with hopefully in terms of The Hardys will mean that they win the titles back from the champions.

Next up following that we had a Cruiserweight match and without prior research I guess Austin Aries’ last appearance in a WWE ring as he took on champion Neville in a submission match and this wasn’t amazing but wasn’t poor which was a theme of this PPV overall and with it being a submission match it is all about the ground work early and this type of match doesn’t really suit the style but like I say it wasn’t at all terrible. I am a big fan of Neville and don’t think he will be unseated unless in a shock loss at any time soon.

Finally we had a Fatal 5-Way Extreme Rules Match between Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor & Bray Wyatt, I’d probably say the 5 faces of the company in terms of RAW and this match lived up to expectations. This match was for the chance to face off against Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire the next PPV and it was Samoa Joe who ended up winning the shot against ‘The Beast Incarnate’. All 5 men had chances to win as expected and it meant that Samoa didn’t look like he was the strongest but of course he was and ended up making Finn pass out with the Coquina Clutch with Finn looking like he might end up winning before this point hitting the Coup De Grace before that before being made to tap out.

The next PPV was Money In The Bank 2017 which started off with the Women’s Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match which was between Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Tamina, Carmella (w/James Ellsworth) & Natalya. This was like with the previous PPV a great opener between 5 of the best women in the division. Carmella won the match and of course the contract surprisingly even though she had of course a certain James Ellsworth with her, I didn’t think it would come off and of course it was Ellsworth who helped out Carmella by grabbing the briefcase for her and throwing it onto her. Even though it might annoy some people, I don’t reckon Carmella will win the title when she tries to cash in which will be a victory for all people who don’t like the duo and the result of this match.

Next up we have the Usos vs the New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team titles. This was a very good match which started off with some great back and forth tag team action but then had a brilliant ending which was typical heel when the Usos left the ring after it looked like Jimmy and Jey Uso were going to lose and that meant that the New Day ended up winning the match by countout which me being a big fan of heels was a really good moment but I bet that other people thought of it differently and that is fair enough. I enjoyed the Rap Battle in particular before the match on SmackDown with Wale and so this was a match I was very much looking forward to before review and even though it wasn’t amazing it delivered.

Next up was Naomi vs Lana which was for the SmackDown Women’s title, this looked like on paper that it would be very average and maybe even the dud match of the event and even though it was very average, Lana in particular who was the big concern wasn’t as bad as I thought she would be and even though some of her offence left a bit to be desired, some of her moves showed that some work had been done. Carmella came out at the end to heighten the match and potentially tease a big MITB cash in but she decided against it and this allowed Naomi to win easily despite some late offence by Lana due to the distraction which could have handed her the title.

Next up we had Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton which was for the WWE title of course held by the Modern Day Maharaja. This was a very good match between the two who are two of the hottest properties on SmackDown right now. I love how they have used Mahal since his return to the fray in WWE and how he has finally become more than just a jobber like he was the 3MB and I think he would of never been released had he stayed with his gimmick that he started with in WWE> The finish that occured included two staples to Jinder and that is the Singh Brothers. Orton attacked both of them at the end but this proved fatal to Orton who went back into the ring just to be hit with the Khallas for Jinder to retain the title which showed that while Jinder has someone by his side he will be forever powerful.

Then we had a throw away match before the main event between Breezango and The Ascension which was there to of course heighten the former team as opposed to the latter who I think will be on the release list come the end of the year. Overall just a boring filler match that lasted 4 minutes and basically didn’t give either team any favours in the long run.

Finally in the main event we had the usual Money in the Bank Ladder Match which was between AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin & Shinsuke Nakamura and as expected this match was excellent when you think about on paper that was always going to be the case. Zayn was the best part using the cliche with the Money in the Bank that they will do anything to win, Styles and Owens also were brilliant and of course Styles facing off against Nakamura was the part fans were most looking forward to and is a wrestling mark’s dream and also nods to potentially a future match between the two. I was not surprised at all that Baron Corbin grabbed the win and the briefcase as this match despite having the established stars is always there to make someone else a new star and it did it with Corbin in the ATGBR and it has done again with the Money in the Bank. This was up there as to one of the best ladder matches I have seen over the years so overall a great end to the show from WWE.

Rating – 6/10 – Not a great set as both PPV’s of course have stand out matches but nothing spectacular but I guess if your going to part with your hard earned cash you will do knowing that you got both PPV’s for only around £7 each as opposed to paying the usual retail price for individual PPV’s that may not be that good but at least with this you have security on that front. Not as good as the other double features and a would not recommend from me unless you are a collector then go for it!

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DVD Review – Kurt Angle – The Essential Collection

 

kurtangleHello BWR readers and welcome to another WWE review and this time we have Kurt Angle – The Essential Collection for my perusal and to give my overall recommendation on it! I know that this is a week late this is due to me taking my annual break last week and also having interviews that were done before this to be released so I apologise for that but for future releases I am here and ready to complete the reviews on time and even before release in some cases!

Like I say today we have the release of Kurt Angle – The Ultimate Collection to check out and this is one that I have been looking forward to for quite a while for the reason that compared to some wrestlers that WWE releases DVD’s and Blu-ray’s about I am actually a big fan of Kurt Angle and I believe that he should have returned a lot sooner than he did to the biggest company in Sports Entertainment but that is beside the point.

This release was as expected with the title being collection full of Kurt Angle matches and I read online when looking at the match listings that there is about 25 matches on the DVD which means real value for money which is wha you want froma r elease like this and it was expected with a release like this as he was in WWE for quite a number of years and you could probably release multiple DVD’s with the amount of matches he had in WWE in his initial run.

So I will be giving you a rundown of my favourite matches on the release and all depending a rundown of those that I don’t think should be on the release and why accomponied by the usual /10 rating and my recommendation and overall thoughts to end off.

Like a lot of WWE releases where matches involved I believe they have improved a lot and once again they are using a method that I am a big fan of where over the course of three chapters they give an indication of how a wrestler has improved and like with the Orton set in particular this is no different here

We start off with his Pay-Per-View debut at Survivor Series 1999 and even back then he was quality and even though for other sets we usually go down the developmental route for Angle because he literally went from the Olympics to the WWE it is astonoshing to see just how good the guy was even at the start of his career. We also got his match with Val Venis where he picked up the European title on SmackDown and even though it wasn’t brilliant compared to some of Angle’s matches it serves as the start of Angle’s haul of titles in his career.

We then get two matches from pay-per-views in the early 2000’s with No Way Out 2000 and King of the Ring 2000 featuring his IC title match against Jericho and his King of the Ring final match against Rikishi, both serve as good examples like with the Val Venis match of his pursuit for gold like he won at the Olympics when he started in WWE and while some wrestlers have to wait a few years for a push he was given it from the word go. His match with Jericho was very good and both men have brilliant chemistry in the ring that sadly was never properly explored in a feud while the Rikishi match wasn’t terrible by any means and was a good watch, both are good additions to the set.

We then get one of the matches I have seen before in the form of Kurt Angle vs Triple H vs Chris Jericho from an episode of RAW at Madison Square Garden, I am not a big fan of this match and especially considering it has been on previous releases it is one I wouldn’t pick but there is always matches like this but considering his first PPV main event from SummerSlam was left off this is a pretty weird substitute

To end his first year in WWF we got his first WWF title win against the Rock which is a pretty good match and this is then followed by his first ever title defence against the Undertaker at Survivor Series the PPV he made his debut at 12 months prior to this match and what it shows is like I have said multiple times how dominant he was in the first year and how big of a push he ended up getting.

We start 2001 with his match vs Triple H at the Royal Rumble which was quite poor in my opinion and compared to Chris Jericho their styles just do not mesh which is a shame but I would say that if you are going to skip a few matches on the set due to the amount there is more than anything it would have to be this one but still deserved t be on here as it showcased him in a title match to start his second year.

We end the first disc with one of my favourite matches on the set involving Shane McMahon and Kurt in a Street Fight at the 2001 King of the Ring PPV which I still really enjoy now, probably because it’s so brutal and includes quite a bit of blood which I enjoy in spells in wrestling with some people hating it but compared to the previous match this one is a must watch!

Disc Two starts with Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Kurt Angle in a brilliant match from Unforgiven 2001, this is of significance as Kurt ended up winning his title back in his home town and especially after a very good match it adds to it and usually when it is a hometown sort of deal, the result goes in the opposite way but this is a good start to the second disc.

Next up we got a double dose of his feud with Edge with his match from Backlash 2002 first on show which like the match previous against Stone Cold was excellent and especially in the elevation of Edge this did him a great deal of good and despite him losing he looked great and is one of both men’s  best matches in Angle’s early goings of his WWE run.

Next up we got a feud ender on SmackDown of all places in a Steel Cage match which once again was excellent (you can see a theme developing with a lot of these matches), Edge lost lots of blood which shows the whole concept of the Steel Cage being unforgiven and really emphasises the end of a long running saga between the pair that also took in a Hair vs Hair match at Judgement Day.

Following this we got a match vs Hulk Hogan from King of the Ring in 2002 which was a good match despite the fact that Hogan of course wasn’t as good at this point as he used to be but unlike a lot of wrestlers who when getting older look bad in the ring and sloppy, Hogan even towards the end of his in-ring career kept the entertainment value up through his charisma and gimmick which still resonated with the WWE Universe in his recent run. Not an amazing match but entertaining to watch nonetheless.

Next up we have a match that about 90% of WWE fans have seen regardless of what era you started watching it in and that is Kurt Angle vs John Cena from SmackDown which is important as it’s Cena’s debut of course. A brilliant match that really puts the young upstart at the time over like he does against Edge on previous matches and it is overall a match you have to see.

Following this we have a quality triple threat match between The Undertaker, The Rock and Kurt Angle which in my opinion is one of the must watches on the set. The names say it all before you even get to the match and they put in stellar performances with all the drama you want added in and despite me not being a big fan of Undertaker I really enjoyed him in this and its his earlier stuff that really is rewatchable for me as well as him vs Shawn at 25 and 26 as they are two of my favourite matches ever.

Next up like with the Edge and Cena matches we get one vs Rey Mysterio and in particular it is Rey’s PPV debut back at SummerSlam 2002 and this is a brilliant match that like the Edge match meant that even though Mysterio lost he made a real impressive debut and that is thanks to Angle and how good he is with up and coming talent and overall despite it not being hugely long, it is good and still leaves the fans satisfied and it left me satisfied seeing it for the first time.

To end Disc 2 we got Angle vs Lesnar from SummerSlam 2003 which like most of the matches on Disc 2 is very very good and weirdly they had two matches to choose from between these two with their match at WrestleMania in their main event as well but WWE must of thought that the viewers could do with seeing different matches and ones that are underrated mixed in with his essential ones and this one is very good and features both at their finest.

Disk 3 has his match with John Cena from No Mercy which was one that surprisingly I hadn’t seen and is a bit of a hidden gem in terms of Kurt Angle matches go, he then takes on Eddie Guerrero in an alright match from SummerSlam but it isn’t a patch on their contest from WrestleMania and even though this is like that match it isn’t the same and I think they should have used the former. Following this we get a weird match from SmackDown! in Iraq from 2003 which although plays of the idea that Angle is a patriot for his country doesn’t really need to be on the set but you are always going to get matches that aren’t 5 star classics unlike the next one which is Kurt’s match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 21 which is a personal favourite of mine and in the wrestling business is seen as a classic between two of the best ever in WWE and they almost repeated it at RAW Homecoming a few months later in a 30 minute iron man match which was nearly as good as their Mania match, if your going to watch 2 matches on this set watch these two!

We end the set with a good 3 way between the 3 main showcased men in Cena, Angle and Michaels from Taboo Tuesday and even though this wasn’t amazing it was a good end to the matches between the 3 and is worth a watch but we then finally end it with a match between Angle and RVD from ECW in 2006 which is one of Angle’s last matches and like quite a few matches on this set is a hidden gem and that might be a bit biased as I am a big RVD fan but I really enjoyed it and it brought back memories of the old ECW which I enjoyed at the start of its revival back in 2005/2006 and then we get bits from the HOF and his return as GM to end the set off.

Rating – 8/10 – Even though there is some rubbish on this set, there is also some absolute hidden gems that are worth watching and buying the set alone for, Angle is a true legend and even though he’s not my favourite wrestler of all time he is up there and I hope he gets into those WWE ropes one last time for a match and I think that will happen sooner rather than later!

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