DVD Review – WWE Sasha Banks & Bayley – Iconic Matches

Welcome to the latest WWE DVD review and the first for a little while. Today we will be taking a look at one of WWE Home Video UK’s new and exclusive in this case releases in the form of Bayley and Sasha Banks Iconic Matches.

They are sold separately but due to the amount of matches on both the review has been broken down into one short review. I will be giving my thoughts on each of the matches and then as usual giving you a rating at the end of it.

The first one we will be looking at out of the two is Sasha Banks : Iconic Matches. Both females in their time as superstars in the company are two success stories of NXT and some would say pioneers in the women’s division of the current era to start off with.

The first match is from NXT Takeover Rival between Sasha, Bayley, Charlotte and Becky Lynch and features the Boss claiming her first title in the WWE but instead of it just being an average match, it’s an enthralling match I remember with fondness from back in the day when I used to be addicted to watching NXT. All 4 women show what they can do in this match which is what makes it so good and preempts their rise as a result.

Another TakeOver match follows that and it is one that is very well-known as another pioneering moment in the women’s division as Bayley took on Sasha Banks in a thrilling Iron Man match but not only that it was the first ever women’s main event on a WWE PPV showing the faith that was being instilled in the likes of Sasha and Bayley to succeed and despite the fact Sasha didn’t end up winning and Bayley was the one who was the main winner it serves as a big moment in Sasha’s career as well.

Speaking of big moments in Sasha’s career, the final match of the first DVD is between Sasha and Charlotte from RAW in 2016 which saw Sasha become WWE RAW Women’s Champion for the first time in another big moment in her career. It was also part of one of the best rivalries of that year and this was one of their best matches to date and it was one of their first. Still though the feud gets better and better and it’s worth rewatching if you have the DVD’s or the Network.

In terms of Bayley : Iconic Matches, the first one is from Takeover Brooklyn in 2015 and features her first title win in a similar format to the other DVD and it’s a cracker and known as one of the best female wrestling matches of all time which shows the chemistry between the pair as a lot of their matches are seen as up there and what makes it is the crowd mainly for me and also the fact that their performances are so high. This is a great advert for both wrestlers and the NXT brand.

Following this it is her vs Nia Jax from Takeover London, Pictured as almost David vs Goliath it seemed like a task that was going to be an uphill struggle for Bayley but her grit and determination as well as the catchy Hey Bayley chant allowed her to win in one of her best matches on NXT. Also great to see a PPV in London ;).

Finally it is Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs Sasha Banks & Bayley from Battleground 2016. This is the first sign of Bayley in a main roster WWE ring and the pop she gets from the crowd when she comes out makes this. This is probably the only reason why this is on the DVD as it is forgettable otherwise.

Rating – 6/10 – A good set of releases that are worth a punt at their short price tag. A good addition to the collection as well as even at this early stage stocking fillers for Christmas. A good set of matches which encapsulates some of the best of both Bayley and Sasha Banks.

Only problem of course is the fact that there is only 3 matches on both releases but like alluded to the price tag means that it gets a higher rating than usual.

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Interview – Luke Menzies

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Luke, thanks for your time, first of all could you introduce yourself to the readers??

Hi Thank you for having me. My names Luke Menzies, from liversedge in Wakefield West Yorkshire. Former professional rugby league player turned professional wrestler. 6ft 1, 260 lbs/118kg.

2. You are known as transitioning from rugby league to wrestling, have you always been into wrestling or is it more of a recent thing??
I’ve been into wrestling from around age 8 when I used to watch re runs of world of sport with my nan on the old Sky Channel bravo…….I think it was bravo anyway.
Then I progressed to WWE and found myself mesmerised by the likes of undertaker, triple h, the rock and especially Stone cold Steve Austin. I knew deep down that I wanted to do this. 
3. Speaking of the transition, why did you make the decision to transition and how did you go about getting into wrestling training as a result??
To be honest I was burnt out of rugby and had been for a few years. I tore my quad playing for Salford and as a result they decided to terminate the deal whilst I was on honeymoon in Mexico. That was the straw that broke the camels back.
I’d searched for schools years before but put off the idea(too bothered about the opinions of other people). I came across a tweet from William Regal recommending the training of Marty Jones. I got in touch, flew home the next day and the following day attended my first wrestling session.
4. You are known as well for gaining a successful WWE tryout, when are you reporting to the PC and how did it feel to be successful in that tryout and gain a contract??
Yeah the try out went better than I could’ve ever imagined. After the second day I was told that they were interested in hiring me. Shook hands with triple h and the scene was set. I trained at the PC for 4 days at the same time as getting my health assessment and blood work done. That was last February. I was due to report to the PC last may but my visa got rejected due to my lack of wrestling experience.
So fast forward to August of last year I set out on the British and European circuit to establish a name for myself. 
The visa process will start again any time now. That takes 6 weeks all in all. We’re looking at mid March but it maybe after mania as it’s manic over there at this time.
5. You have been wrestling on the British Wrestling scene making a name for yourself, what are your thoughts on the current state of it at the moment and are you proud to be a part of it??
Yeah the British scene is booming at the minute. I’m proud to be a British wrestler and a Yorkshire wrestler. With the training of Marty I’m looking forward to plying my craft in as many countries as possible. Bringing something physical and slightly different than what fans have been used to seeing up and down the country.  I’m still a novice only having 22 bouts to my name so I’m lucky to have been able to learn from guys such as Johnny Moss and Rampage Brown along the way.
6. Do you think that due to your success in terms of becoming a wrestler from being in a different sport that it will potentially inspire other sportsmen to give it a go in the future??
If I can cause a positive career change in anyone’s  life, not just a Rugby League Player or any other athlete it would be fantastic.
You only get one life and it’s too short to sit on your hands and wonder what if or what people might think. Everyone will have an opinion but you can’t pay your bills with other people’s opinions or doubts. Get out there take a risk and do it, if that’s what you want to do. For me it’s about not just floating through life but doing what I want to do and creating a life and legacy that I can hang my hat on and my family can be proud of. You just have to jump in with two feet and go for it.
7. You had the chance recently to wrestle for DEFIANT against Jurn Simmons, what are your thoughts on that and also the fans at the WCPW/Defiant shows??
With Defiant I was grateful for the opportunity and hoped I could give a good account of myself. There’s things I need to work on and you learn with every bout and the match with Jurn at Defiant was no different. The fans were great I got a decent welcome due to being the local lad despite nobody knowing I was scheduled to wrestle.
8. What are your future ambitions in wrestling and who would you say is your dream opponent??
My future ambitions are obviously to make it to the top and be regarded as a good hand who can work with anyone. Main roster is a goal. Mania is a goal but there’s work to be done before I even truly set my sights on those goals. At the minute it’s taking each day, each training session and each bout as it comes and learning as much as possible.
As far as dream opponent there’s too many to choose from. Obviously stone cold, Bret Hart, I like Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes. I’d love to be able to wrestle Marty, Terry Rudge, Dynamite Kid, William Regal. All these people that I could learn so much from.
They would all definitely tie me in knots but the learning curve would be phenomenal.
9. Where can the readers find Luke Menzies and where can promoters book you for future shows in 2018??
 I’m on Twitter @luke_menz88
 Instagram as Lukemenzies88
All my booking info is featured on both of those accounts.
10. Have you got any future dates where the readers can see you live to end off the interview??
I’m in Barcelona for RCW on the 3rd of feb, then Tidal Championship Wrestling in Leeds on the 4th.
Target wrestling 10th feb
3cw 24th feb/squared circle in Oldham.
Dates to be announced on social media accounts.

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Interview – Louis Napoleon

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival, thanks for agreeing to do this interview, could you firstly introduce yourself to the readers??

The pleasure is all mine! My name is Florian Klonig  and I was born in Paris, France.  I currently wrestle under the gimmick “Louis Napoleon” altho i have had several previous gimmicks, masked and unmasked ever since i’ve set foot in a wrestling ring

2. Did you watch wrestling growing up or was it later on and who would you say inspired you as a result to become a wrestler??

When i was a kid, i used to watch with my dad alot of hero action movies starring legends like JCVD, Jacky Chan, Bruce Lee, etc. I became inspired to become myself an actor/stuntman just like them and dreamt of starring in a movie aswell. One day i stumbled upon this strange yet incredibly fascinating Sports Entertaining show on tv, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before and i couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. The match was Rey Mysterio vs Psichosis, two phenomenal athletes, a hero and a villain fighting! That was the day i found out i wanted to become a pro wrestler.

3. How did you then get involved in wrestling training, who trained you and have you got any tips for any up and coming wrestlers??

I’ve started my training with Wrestling Stars training facility in France under the head trainer and promoter Flesh Gordon. Mainly all my training came from there plus wrestling really good athletes and watching alot of wrestling.
I kept working hard and that’s how i got noticed and offered a spot with Michinoku Pro Wrestling, under Dick Togos wing who saw in me a great potential and to be honest, Japan has always been my absolute dream, so to me, it was like winning the lottery. I took nothing for granted, and kept doing my best giving it my all, honouring Togo san and the teachings of Great Sasuke and of all those who helped me out.
If i have a piece of advice for young and coming wrestlers is to always be humble, always be the first to get there, last to leave, first one to pick up a piece of the ring and always shake everyone’s hands from staff to coworkers. We are all a part of the show.

4. Your of course known as Louis Napoleon, how did this name/gimmick come about and would you agree it makes you stand out compared to other wrestlers currently on the scene??

I wanted to have a gimmick more inspired of the French Stereotype without it falling into ridicule or too funny (baguette + beret + onions), that was not at all what i had in mind. I’ve watched what other french co-workers were doing to try and find my own uniqueness and distance myself from any of their ideas.
My passion for japan, goes beyond wrestling, i love the culture aswell, and am a massive fan of video games, manga and anime. While watching a few anime, i noticed a few characters were named Napoleon and how the Japanese see Frenchman, often blond, blue eyes, with an elegant appearance almost royal prince like.  That’s how Louis Napoleon, the Emperor was born.
When i took the gimmick to Japan it was an instant hit, earning myself alot of commendations from my peers and a great reaction from the Japanese fans.

5. Your from France, what are your thoughts on the wrestling scene over there and are you proud to represent the country in places such as Japan??

Unfortunately the wrestling scene in France has suffered alot in the past few years, there’s some talent but very few places to actually work. I remember years ago when France was “hot”, i used to wrestle 4 times a week, every single week, was a very prosperous time. Wrestling Stars was the main company, they made money, i made money, it was great. At some point, small structures started appearing and undercutting, with that the business came downhill and right now, it’s impossible to wrestle as much as i did, back then. A true shame, all i can hope is that things get better, and business picks up once more.
What i can say for sure is that i am immensely proud to be the only French Professional Wrestler to export to Japan and be a constant representative ever since Andre the Giant.

6. Speaking of Japan, you wrestle quite a bit for Michinoku Pro, how has this been for you and are you heading back out there at some point in 2018??

Working with Michinoku Pro has been an amazing experience! I mean, whenever i tour with them, i work loads of shows, i have fun, my passion for wrestling burns ever so much brighter, i am and feel truly happy. Hard work does pay off, and i managed to go up the ranks and become a regular there, a member of the roster, not just a visitor and that makes me immensely proud of myself and motivates me to keep grinding and putting in the work ever so much more.
I most definitely will be going back to japan this year again!

7. Of course the blog is called TheBritishWrestlingRevival blog, do you want to come over here to wrestle at some point and if so who do you want to face??

Most definitely! There are so so so many incredible workers in England, i want to wrestle them all!!! Learn from them, gain more experience, get even better!
If i have to mention names, i’d say Travis Banks, i’ve been watching his matches, studying them, to me he’s one of the top stars in the UK today. Also Joseph Conners, he’s like a total package, he’s funny, looks great and is a great worker; others also truly amazing include Mark Haskins, Will Ospreay, Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Zack Sabre, Grado, Marty Scurll, there are so many!!!! #bookit

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

We can’t say for sure what tomorrow will bring us, all i can say is that i’ll keep working hard and go as far as i can in this business. My ultimate dream would be to make it into NJPW, that’s the one place i’ve always ever dreamt of being a part of and i know it will be hard, i may or may not make it, but i’m sure the journey will be worthwhile.
Japan is definitely in my plans for the years to come and also debut in the US in the near future aswell as a comeback to the UK. Really looking forward to the next chapters in my book.
9. Where can the readers find Louis Napoleon and where can promoters contact you regarding future bookings??

You can find me on social media under @Napolegion on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook. For any interested promoters please drop me an email under fklonig@gmail.com. I’m looking forward to and grateful for any opportunities one may want to give me.

10. Have you got any future dates or projects you wish to plug?

I’ll be doing some training with UK schools in February. If you want to see more of my work, catch me feb 23rd for Varsity Pro Wrestling!  Or in France March 17th at Ouest Catch where i’ll defend my Delta title against two other athletes.
For more dates please check my social media for announcements!

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Blu-ray Review – WWE Survivor Series 2017

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Welcome back to another post and after reviewing the Best PPV Matches of 2017 we have the last Pay-Per-View of last year in the form of Survivor Series.

In terms of future releases, we have a review out early next week or potentially the weekend if I can get them watched over the next night or so of Sasha Banks : Iconic Matches and Bayley from the same series.

More information in that review but watch out for this but we are back on the Blu-Ray’s this time out for this Pay-Per-View.

Start of the show was brilliant, we had the Shield vs the New Day. Full of great action and one of the best tag team matches on a WWE PPV in my opinion last year, they put in a real good show and it really hyped the crowd up which is a new technique WWE have been using to keep the crowd hot throughout the show and it works. When all 6 men got back to his feet and battled there was only going to be one winner though and that was the Shield who hit the triple powerbomb after a long opener which was brilliant throughout.

Following that we had Women’s Elimination Match between Team Smackdown which was made up of Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya, Naomi & Tamina vs Team RAW which was made up of Alicia Fox, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Asuka.

The match started with Becky Lynch and Alicia Fox but after some early offence, Bayley was tagged in and rolled the lasskicker up to eliminate her early doors. Bayley though was then eliminated by Tamina after Bayley thought Carmella nailed her with a superkick which allowed Tamina to pick up the pieces hitting her Superfly Splash to eliminate her.

Tamina then basically eliminated Nia Jax following that, she hit two superkicks that sent her to the floor which was followed by Naomi helping the cause by hitting her with a crossbody. Tamina then hit another Superkick then got onto the ring steps and jumped onto her to take her down and so she was eliminated by countout.

Fox was hit with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker in a bit of a messed up spot which allowed Naomi to score an elimination and an easy Bank Statement then eliminated Naomi from the equation.

Carmella was then gone being hit with a knee to the face and a kick to the head after building up some momentum but it wasn’t fruitful against the Empress of Tomorrow Asuka who scored the elimination.

Sasha Banks was next gone being eliminated by Natalya after Banks looked to be in pole position locking in the Bank Statement but Tamina was there to help and it allowed Natalya to hit the Sharpshooter to eliminate ‘The Boss’. Tamina was next to be eliminated being tapped out by an armbar from Asuka.

Asuka then ended up winning for Team RAW with her trademark Asuka Lock to defeat Natalya with the two best wrestlers right now from both teams remaining, it was an alright match but nothing which will set the world alight, still worth a watch though.

Following that is Baron Corbin vs The Miz in a battle of the United States and Intercontinental champions. It was a pretty good match but one between two heels so it is hard to get behind one specific wrestler. It was Corbin who took the win via pinfall. The finish happened when Miz went for an attack in the corner only for Corbin to hit the End of Days for the victory after just under 10 minutes. It was a match full of action but the heel vs heel element meant that it restricted it a bit from truly flourishing.

Sheamus & Cesaro vs The Usos came next and as expected, it was brilliant. There were a lot of near finishes throughout which definitely meant I stayed glued to the screen and of course it helps that they are two of the best tag teams in the company right now. The finish came when Jimmy hit a dive on top of Cesaro and then Jey hit a top rope splash onto Sheamus which allowed him to grab a pinfall victory. A very enjoyable match overall like most of this PPV so far.

Charlotte vs Alexa Bliss in another Battle of the Champions between SmackDown and RAW. This was a proper good match and despite it’s slow build really built up well to a great match. The last five minutes especially really made the match with the near misses really keeping the intrigue alive as to who would win in the battle between the two brands but the loss for Bliss meant it was 3-2 to SmackDown going into the final two matches.

Next up was the penultimate match and it was between Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles, this is the best match on the card by a mile. Lesnar is brilliant and brings the best out of his opponents and that is whoever he faces so add Styles into the dynamic and you get a bonafide match of the year candidate. Both men went through the rigmarole with Lesnar clutching his knee and really selling his injuries at the finish. It is his F5 though showing his strength which won him the match. The other main good thing about this match as well is that it doesn’t go on for too long at less than 20 minutes which for a match of this quality means that it is all action from the word go and that is exactly true in this case.

Finally we have the traditional Survivor Series Match between Team RAW which is Kurt Angle, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman and Triple H vs Team SmackDown which is Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena. This match was a disappointment with Triple H & Braun Strowman winning for Team RAW, for me it seemed like there was stacks of talent but they only focused on the older guys in the form of Triple H and Shane O Mac, Strowman was taken out of commision for a whole in a sort of ganging up move a bit like at the Royal Rumble which will probably be the spot they use this Sunday haha. The match just felt a bit disjointed to be honest, it gave victory to RAW so you could see why what happened ended up happening where Hunter turned on his brother in law and the SmackDown GM but they could of booked it in so many other ways. It could lead to a feud going into Mania I’d say with a battle between the pair with potentially Strowman involved if he doesn’t go on to Main Event but if not this is a wasted booking.

Rating – 7/10 – A quality PPV for the most part. The main event though let it down but barring that most of it if not all was great and I would definately recommend giving it a watch if you get a chance,

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DVD Review – WWE Best Pay Per View Matches 2017

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Hello and welcome to a new year of British Wrestling Revival, due to other projects personally the site has been on the backburner a bit but as we encroach our 5th year in existence I believe it will be a big one.

Of course continuing on from previous years though we have a WWE review to start off the year and we have 2 in the next few days with a look back of the year prior with Best Pay Per View Matches 2017 to start off with.

This will be a short review due to me already doing in depth reviews of the matches involved having reviewed every WWE PPV last year but of course I will give my thoughts on the choices picked by WWE for the set and my recommendation whether it is worth purchasing.

We start off Disc 1 with the only match on the set from the Royal Rumble and that is AJ Styles vs John Cena, the Rumble for me is a notoriously bad PPV barring the actual match which is always something I will watch live every year to mark out at the returns or debuts on offer. Watching it back for this review it was as brilliant as it was the first time round watching it, one of the main matches I remember from last year and also due to Cena tying the record. Off to a great start.

Next up was two matches from Elimination Chamber, Randy Orton vs Luke Harper and the Elimination Chamber match were included and rightfully so in many ways. Orton vs Harper was as expected a great bout and was one of the first matches either man has put on in a while that I sat and watched and was captivated by. The same can be said about the actual Chamber match which saw Bray Wyatt become the champion defeating AJ Styles lastly and this set up quite a few matches at WrestleMania with of course John Cena losing it shortly after winning it and a stacked line up produced a quite good match to end what was quite an average PPV by all accounts.

We then and understandably so got 3 matches from WrestleMania to end disc 1, the first match on there was AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon to start the event and in my opinion it was one of the best matches of the night. Full of great spots and of course AJ Styles it was always going to be up there. Shane looked like he was even going to win this and potentially get one of the wins of his return to WWE so far but Styles prevailed in a real good kick start to the show.

From the great to the not so and that is John Cena and Nikki Bella vs the Miz and Maryse which the proposal aside which was a great moment was a rubbish match and despite the moment that comes with it, this DVD should be based off matches alone with it being seen as the best and in my opinion Owens vs Jericho could be one you could replace this with or potentially the Hardyz returning to the WWE.

Finally from WrestleMania we get Goldberg vs Lesnar which was there for storyline reasons only as it ended Goldberg’s run in the WWE and his feud with Lesnar with Brock going over and despite not being a match that will set pulses racing it is good to see the end of this feud and a legend who will now be in the Hall of Fame this year bow out albeit in a dominant loss for Lesnar.

Disc 2 begins and it starts with Alexa Bliss vs Bayley from Payback, this saw Alexa winning the title in a very good match between two of the best female wrestlers in the company. I even said at the time that after years of WWE booking women’s matches wrongly they have really started to knock it out of the park and I stick by that now still and hope that continues into 2018.

Next from this show which was very solid by the way is Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns which was brilliant and was underlined by the chokeslam from Braun into the broadcast table and lots of near falls. It wasn’t too long which is good as unless it is really really good I can get bored so this was a very good change and was an absolute brawl with two of the best big men in the world of wrestling.

In terms of the next PPV, Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton takes centre stage from BackLash. This was a very good match (you might be starting to see a trend), Jinder came out of the blue with one of the wins of the year to win the WWE Championship. The only down point was the way he won but it was typical heel with the Singh Brothers helping him win and like alluded to shocking the WWE world in the process.

Following that was the fatal 5-way Extreme Rules match between Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt. 5 of the biggest faces of the company and it lived up to expectations. A brilliant match where all of them had a chance to stand out and he made Balor, one of the main favourites for the match pass out with the Coquina Clutch after he looked like he was going to win and he would go onto face Lesnar in a future match on the set.

The Women’s Money in the Bank was on the set in a first for the company with another one coming up shortly in the form of the Rumble. This was a great opener to the event and while not the best match of the year served a big part of the history of WWE and a reminder of the strength of the revolution that has been in play over the past few years.

Following that was the aforementioned Lesnar vs Joe match from Great Balls of Fire. This was brilliant and really showed that Joe is up there as a serious threat in the future of WWE and the title scene. Joe came really close to beating the Beast Incarnate and looked unbeatable and this could of set up a future feud between the two which would be brilliant as they showed in this case it is worth exploring and it was a brilliant end to the PPV as a whole.

The Usos vs The New Day was next up from Battleground which was a brilliant opener to the card and you could say is their best match between each other. The chemistry between each other showed and their matches seemed to get better and better as the year goes on so a good pick.

To start disc 3, it was Sheamus & Cesaro vs Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins which was a very good and the card really needed it after quite a poor card and this isn’t usually the case especially with SummerSlam. Sheamus and Cesaro are brilliant anyway and are a team albeit thrown together are a really great watch and of course you know what you get with Rollins and Ambrose.

Following that it was an amazing match between Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman which was a complete chaos from start to finish but chaos in a good way and the type of chaos that makes you want to keep watching. Definitely worth watching from this set.

Next up was from a different PPV which featured 2 out of the last 4 matches on the set, the 5 way was between Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Emma. A brilliant match and probably in my eyes the best women’s match of last year. It was a shame though as it was the last time we saw Emma on a WWE PPV.

Also there was John Cena vs Roman Reigns, this as well was a quality match and was a real highlight of the PPV, there was also some signs that potentially it could be Cena’s last PPV match which left it on a sombre tone after a brilliant match.

From Hell in a Cell, it was the outstanding match between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens which while lengthy makes up for it in terms of being a great watch. Shane does his elbow from the cell and Sami Zayn enters the fray to turn heel in a great storyline starter after a good match and so it wasn’t just a throwaway.

Finally we finished on a brilliant note with the match between Finn Balor and AJ Styles from TLC 2017. The best bit was the thrilling last few minutes where it was full of action with either wrestler potentially winning but it was Balor who did so in the end in what I remember being one of the better PPV’s of 2017.

Rating – 8/10 – Really enjoyed this release and a great start to the 2018 schedule and one that is very packed. Full of great matches that barring 1 should of all been included, well worth picking up as opposed to buying every PPV as you really get a full flavour of the current state of WWE.

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Interview – ‘Bronco’ Brendan White

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

Well, what can I say? Pro wrestling workhorse, Bronco, the Suplex Slinger. I throw people in many ways, many times.

2. In terms of getting into wrestling, were you a big fan of wrestling growing up and would you say this inspired you to start wrestling training??

I was always a huge fan of Wrestling as a 3 year old watching the first ever King of the Ring tournament. I’ve always wanted to be a professional wrestler and finally getting to break into the scene has been the best decision of my life.

3. You were trained at the Dragon Pro academy I believe which is known as one of the best in the country, how did you get involved in wrestling training and who had a hand in your training??

Well, in my teenage years I used to ‘backyard’ wrestle and 2 of my best mates stuck with wrestling as we grew up. When I made the decision to pursue wrestling one of them ended up being one of the main coaches at Dragon Pro and later became the head coach of Dragon Pro as we know it now. There’s been several people who’s had a massive hand in training me. Mike Bird was and still is a huge help, along with Mark Andrews, Big Dog, Big Grizzly and of course Wild Boar who’s the main coach and continues to help in and out of the ring. Flash Morgan Webster the other of my close friends is also instrumental in my training but more so outside of the wrestling bubble. The school also brings in outside wrestlers and I’ve had great seminars from the likes of Pete Dunne, Doug Williams, Jigsaw, Chris Hero and most recently Low Ki amongst many others. So I’ve had a great learning experience thus far.

4. You wrestle for Attack Pro Wrestling as well, what are your thoughts on the crazy rise of the promotion and do you believe there is still a lot more to come??

Attack Pro wrestling is a huge part of why I remained a fan of wrestling! I used to go to as many Attack Shows as I could to see Flash and Boar wrestle long before I ever got into it. The British wrestling scene is the best in the world at the moment and the pedigree of talent that works for Attack speaks for itself as they’re either working all the top places in the country, world or contracted to the WWE. Attack continues to deliver and the Attack fans (The best people ever!) continue to support them. It’ll continue to grow because it’s one of the best products in the country.

5. You wrestled as part of a Golden Opportunity Ladder Match for Dragon Pro earlier this month which included some suplexes onto ladders, what are your thoughts on that match and would you say it is worth a watch back on demand??

My elbow is still bruised from that match. That match? All I know, is that I threw people many times on and off Ladders and got thrown off Ladders onto other Ladders. It was brutal, high stakes and I came up short. However, and more importantly, that match set the tone for the Ultraviolet show. The biggest show in Dragon Pro’s 10 year history. The whole show is worth a watch back it can be regarded as the catalyst for bigger and better things for the Dragon Pro Neon shows. Buy Ultraviolet on Demand and buy tickets to the next Neon show: Beyond Good or Evil, Februrary 4th 2018 which are available from fatsoma.com/dragon-pro-wrestling/ now!

6. Another promotion you have wrestled for who have had a brilliant rise is Pro Wrestling Chaos, what do you also make of that and also the likes of Emma, Will Ospreay etc being part of the promotion already next year??

Pro Wrestling Chaos is one of many great promotions in this country. Run by 3 great guys Nick, Dave and Rob. I’m proud to have worked for them and hope do to more and more in 2018! I’m prouder that I can bench press more than Rob too. (140kg Rob, top that buddy). The place always draws top talent and it’s great Emma is coming over next year and Will is making a return to Chaos in 2018 too! Can only mean great things for Chaos in 2018 and I wish them all the best.

7. What would you say are your future ambitions in Wrestling in 2018 and beyond??
Wrestle as frequent and as many places as possible. Establish myself in as many current and future shows and establish myself as a wrestler in 2018. I want to be everywhere in 2018 and the goal is to become a full time professional wrestler in 2018. Beyond that? The dream goal is to get signed by the WWE and fufil a childhood dream. But all the hard work starts now. 2017 was a successful year, 2018 is the year I really want to establish myself.

8. Finally where can the readers find ‘Bronco’ Brendan White on social media and where can promoters book you for future shows??

You can get me on twitter at Bronco_Brendan on Instagram at Bronco_PW and on Facebook follow Bronco Brendan White. Promoters can make enquiries at broncobrendanwhite@yahoo.com

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DVD Review – WWE Tables Ladders and Chairs 2017

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Welcome to the latest and final WWE DVD review of the year, this time it is the turn of WWE Tables Ladders and Chairs 2017. It won’t be the last post of the year with the BWR Awards being posted when I have a free hour or so over the festive period to write it.

It has been another great year reviewing for WWE Home Video UK and I am hoping for another good one next year. Having said that we take a look at TLC which is the last PPV I’ll be reviewing for a while with the Best PPV Matches 2017 to come in early January.

We start the PPV with Asuka vs Emma, An alright main roster debut for Asuka which wasn’t as dominant as you would think especially considering it is her debut and she has been billed as one of the fiercest competitors in WWE. This match was also significant as while it was the first main roster appearance for Asuka, it was the last for Emma who I thought was surprisingly released and someone I hope to see live next year and meet on the independent scene over here next year as she was one of my favourites but I guess with the likes of Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan etc coming uphe was no longer needed.

Following that was a decent tag team match between Brian Kendrick, Jack Gallagher, Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann. Alexander gave his team the win after less than 10 minutes with a Lumbar Check after Gallagher had taken both himself and Swann out leaving the remaining two to fight it out with Alexander winning. I don’t really watch a lot of 205 Live so this doesn’t really make much sense to me in terms of where they will go from there but it was quality wrestlers putting on a solid match so worth a watch.

After that solid match was yet another in the form of Alexa Bliss taking on Mickie James. It saw Alexa retaining her WWE Raw Women’s Championship once again hitting Mickie with a DDT. A bit like Charlotte and Natalya’s endless battles, this is another match that is good for the reason that one of them involved is brilliant at selling and that is Mickie with a perfect example being this match and while I would love Mickie to have another run and get one over Alexa, it is great to see someone I grew up watching against someone who is more this era and so definitely worth a watch.

The next match was between Kalisto and Enzo Amore for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. This was a quite bad match and preferring Kalisto doesn’t help. It was the finish that annoyed me with Enzo doing an eye poke before doing his finishing move to complete the win and become the new champion. I really enjoyed Enzo with his old tag team roots where he was with someone who is brilliant in the ring but in singles it does show that he isn’t the greatest on the roster Kalisto was never going to have a long reign as he doesn’t have the support of the crowd as much for one despite Enzo being a heel.

On the other hand, Finn Balor vs AJ Styles was a brilliant match as you can kind of expect. Balor ended up winning with the Coup de Grace hitting it after close to 20 minutes in a thrilling last few minutes where barring them having finishing moves followed by near falls had it all. For Styles the Springboard 450 splash that missed was the big mistake and allowed Balor to become victorious and it will be interesting to see what comes of this match for both men in the run up to the Royal Rumble but I reckon he will be a potential favourite for the Rumble in January if he doesn’t win the title before then or isn’t deep in a feud by then or Styles potentially.

Before the main event, we had a match between Jason Jordan and Elias. It was ok and nothing special but I believe it will be a future feud. This wasn’t brilliant though as both men aren’t really main eventers and are more mid carders so they kind of needed to have a more experienced main eventer to potentially elevate them but like with any feud despite this first match not being the greatest I am looking forward to seeing where this goes.

The main event was the TLC match between the returning Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as the reformed Shield with the last minute addition of the legend due to Reigns getting injured vs Kane, Braun Strowman, The Miz, Sheamus & Cesaro in a 3 vs 5 match with the weapons surrounding the ring and the first pinfall winning. It was the team of 3 that came up on top wth Angle having a successful return to the fray at a WWE PPV. It was a good match but in my opinion went on for too long and I don’t say this a lot in wrestling. Certain parts were entertaining but in the case of the garbage truck with Strowman leaving to even up the numbers persay didn’t really make sense barring to make him look strong. Angle having the spotlight towards the end of the match was brilliant in my opinion desposing of Cesaro and Sheamus and then leaving Rollins and Ambrose to set it up for a finish and like alluded to him winning on his return was brilliant and made this a must watch. Like I say I’d watch this but it isn’t the best match of the year despite the talent involved.

Rating – 6/10 – Quite an average PPV, nothing terrible but nothing barring Balor vs Styles being really amazing. Well worth picking up though if you can take advantage of potential sales or offers over the Christmas period as for me it was a contrast to what I usually watch which is a double feature in a  whole weekend which takes it out of me while with this it was quite an easy watch.

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