DVD Review: WWE WrestleMania 34

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Welcome to the latest WWE DVD review, it has been a while since anything has been posted but this now changes now I have got some personal issues out of the way which have prohibited regular posts. Today it is the turn of WWE’s latest release and their biggest event of the year in the form of WrestleMania 34.

After today, a review of Randy Savage: Unreleased will be posted over the weekend which was released before this at the end of May. As well as that before the next release on the 25th June, any titles that have not been reviewed that I possess will be reviewed so expect a lot more alongside the return of regular interviews in the coming weeks.

As usual, I will give my thoughts on every match as well as the overall rating as well as whether I think you should purchase this title and why to end it all off.

To start off with it was the Intercontinental Championship three way between The Miz, Finn Balor & Seth Rollins. This was an excellent opener to the main card with a lot of fast paced action and in the end it was Rollins that claimed the title becoming the new champion. Rollins hit the Stomp on Balor and then on the Miz in quick succession with the Miz taking multiple finishers in losing showing how high stakes that it is that it takes a lot for the wrestlers involved to lose. Rollins as a result of winning the IC title has now won the Grand Slam (every title in the WWE). It is a shame for the Miz that he lost but it will bring him hopefully a new feud now he has lost the title.

Next up we had one of my favourite matches on the card. Charlotte vs Asuka. I am a big fan of both and both played their part in a brilliant match that saw Charlotte finally break the streak. Some of the best parts were the Spanish Fly by Charlotte off the apron and of course her Figure Eight submission at the end to claim the win. Charlotte and Asuka have both come a long way especially Charlotte who has created her own career for herself after being accused of not being a great wrestler initially and of course having her dad involved but I myself think she is one of if not the best in the world Women’s wise and as is Asuka so it was no surprise this match was class.

Randy Orton vs Bobby Roode vs Jinder Mahal vs Rusev was next up for the US title and it was an alright match. The crowd was hot for Rusev which was no surprise really with the whole Rusev Day angle which I have loved personally and am pretty annoyed that they seem to be ending it prematurely. Barring that though, all wrestlers had their opportunities to have their chance to shine on the WrestleMania stage but putting it on straight after the Charlotte vs Asuka spectacular kind of killed the momentum of it. Saying that though I am glad that Jinder has claimed another title, I was a huge fan of him in the early days and so I am glad he is getting a push again.

Next up was my favourite match on the card. Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle vs Stephanie McMahon & Triple H. I have been a big Ronda Rousey fan for years so was overjoyed when she joined the WWE and her debut lived up massively to expectations. It didn’t look like a debut and looked like she had been there years, Stephanie played her part in the match as the vindictive boss of the WWE and she also sold very well for Rousey considering Steph isn’t a frequent in ring performer. It was also good to see Kurt Angle once again back in a WWE ring, one of my favourite wrestlers of all time so definitely popped for the entrance as usual.

The next match was The Usos vs The New Day vs The Bludgeon Brothers. This was a dominant performance from the repackaged Harper and Rowan with them laying to waste two teams that are two of the  best of the past two years showing how much they want to push them. Winning claimed them the SmackDown tag team titles and they did so by hitting two powerbombs in quick succession from either member to get a win in just under ten minutes.

The Undertaker vs John Cena was a quick win for the Deadman against a legend of the game which was surprising and not what I want. I have always been more of a fan of Cena throughout my time watching WWE so this left a sour taste in my mouth. It vindicates Taker’s loss last year but it sucks that we didn’t get an extended match between the duo.

Following that it was Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn which was a great match and it was great to see Bryan back in the ring after a very long absence. Bryan did what he has done in his whole career in this match he was seemingly down and out and came back to win the match. At the end of the match he hit the running knee to Zayn and then slapped on the Yes Lock to win after just under 20 minutes. It was exactly the feel good story that was needed in the return of a wrestler that has suffered so many knock backs but didn’t look like he has lost a step.

In addition following that it was Nia Jax vs Alexa Bliss with Jax claiming the RAW Women’s title for the first time. It was a quick win with her hitting the Samoan drop to claim the title and her having most of the offense despite Bliss keeping her hand in with some offence on the knee. This will probably mark different paths for the both of them with Jax looking to defend her title and Bliss potentially going to SmackDown to go after that title. Not as long as I expected it to be but it shows Jax’s dominance as a new champion.

WWE Championship time next in the form of AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura which was billed as a massive dream match. It wasn’t five star by any means but was very watchable. Styles worked on the left knee of Nakamura for the most part and quick exchanges at the end including an exploder Suplex followed by a set up for the Kinshasa knee was halted with the Phenomenal One hitting the Styles Clash to claim the victory. This probably suffered due to it’s position on the card, swap this with the Intercontinental title and it would have been brilliant but still a good clash.

Following that it was a moment that will live in the memory from this WrestleMania and that was Braun Strowman ‘picking’ a kid from the crowd to team with. Strowman dominated with Nicholas of course not getting any offence. This shows how dominant he is as he claimed his first title in the WWE. It makes a bit of a mockery of the tag team division especially for an established team like The Bar but if they were trying to create a WrestleMania moment they certainly did so.

The main event between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar followed a similar script to most matches involving the latter which was a shame. It was a dominant performance from the Beast Incarnate but one that showed Reigns to have a lot of fight despite him being up against it. He took six F5’s on the way to losing kicking out of everyone until he couldn’t take another and despite him getting two spears in he did not win the match. As usual due to his status as one of the leading lights in the company, Lesnar did not lose his title despite rumours at the time that he was going to go to the UFC after Mania. He didn’t and then he faced Reigns at the Greatest Royal Rumble in a god awful cage match. It’s just a shame it had to end the show like this and the crowd thought so to.

Rating – 7/10 – A good show overall but not as good as some of WWE’s efforts as of late which was a shame. Some matches suffered but only due to their positioning on the card, the start was better than the end with Charlotte vs Asuka and Rousey/Angle vs Steph/Hunter being the highlights of the show. The title matches barring the Intercontinental title left a lot to be desired including two squash tag team title matches, it shows dominance for certain teams/wrestlers but it does leave a sour taste on those who have become invested in certain stories.

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Interview – Fraser Thomas

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Fraser, could you start by introducing yourself to the readers??
First and foremost, thank you for having me. My name is Fraser Thomas, I am professional wrestler based in Wolverhampton and train at the Fight Club Pro Dojo under Travis Banks, Martin Zaki, Clarkeward and the Hunter Brothers. I have been in and amongst the British Wrestling scene for roughly 11 years. Having leaving the scene in 2014 for 3 years to lost weight and look after my terminally ill Mum I am currently viewing this as my re-debuting year.
2. Lets start with you getting into wrestling, how did you get into wrestling growing up and who would you say inspired you??
I first discovered wrestling around the age of 6 or 7 when I was scrolling through the channels early on a Saturday morning looking for cartoons and I remember being mesmerised by the colours and the larger-than-life characters. As I grew older I gained a greater appreciation for the small, more technically proficient wrestlers such as Eddie Guerrero. I’d say my biggest influence on my taking up wrestling in first place would probably be Samoa Joe. As a larger dude, seeing Joe, flying through the air doing running single leg drop kicks and kicking the crap out of people, it heavily influence me to try wrestling training but I quickly learnt whilst capable of those things I had no ability to know when and where to use the more athletic moves at the right time and rested on the easier style of an 1980’s type larger wrestling such as King Kong Bundy or Earthquake.
3. How did you then transition into starting wrestling training and do you have any tips for the readers who might want to go down that path??
Without a doubt, wrestling training is the single, toughest feat I have ever undertaken. You will either love it or hate it. It’s incredibly taxing in your body especially your joints and lower back. If readers are seriously considering training then they have to considered as they willing to deal with the chronic pain that comes with the adrenaline rush that is performing in front of a live crowd? Furthermore, it’s of paramount importance that potential trainees find the right school, with reputable trainers and to train as much as possible in as many places as possible. In my preparations to return to the ring I moved from Hertfordshire to Wolverhampton to training at Fight Club: Pro to ensure I was getting the best training possible as regularly as possible but before my move I trained back up at my old school in Gloucester of Pro Evolution Wrestling as well as Knucklelocks in Brixton. I’ve even travelled to Dragon Pro in Cardiff just to find the best training available. If it’s something that your readers aren’t comfortable with doing just yet, then enrolling in gymnastics, theatre/drama and judo would be advantageous for them to transition to wrestling training when the time is right for them.
4. You ended up losing a massive amount of weight after initially weighing over 30 stone, how proud are you of what you have achieved and do you hope to be an inspiration to other people in the process??
My weight loss is something I am enormously proud of as without having done something I have no doubt in my mind would have continues to have gotten bigger and bigger until it wouldn’t have been possible to do even the simplest of tasks. During this process, I was always aware of highlighting and documenting this process should I decide I wanted to return to the ring which I did via blogs/vlogs. This is just to provide an extreme weight loss journey that was relatable to someone looking to make the first step and I was extremely humbled at the responses that people sent me and how I had inspired them and to this day it makes me proud to have started that. I still see myself as a larger person due to my excess skin but I am so much happier in my body now then I was when I started this back in 2013.
5. You recently made your debut for GOOD Wrestling in Milton Keynes, what did you make of that and also the atmosphere in the Craufurd Arms??
I did!! It was tremendously fun! I got to get into the ring with other wrestlers I hadn’t previously wrestled such as Rhia O’Reilly AND wrestle Lee Hunter. who I initialled wrestled on the circuit during my first foray into professional wrestling so it was fun to wrestle a different style with him. I enjoyed the close proximity the crowd were to the ring as it allowed for a more intimate setting which I enjoy as wrestler and would jump at the opportunity to go back to GOOD Wrestling at a later date!
6. You have also wrestled for Attack Pro Wrestling, one of the fastest rising promotions in the British Wrestling scene, how is it to be a part of and do you think GOOD could have a similar rise??
Since returning to wrestling, I’ve viewed ATTACK! as a second home to Fight Club: Pro. Everyone there has been so welcoming and readily available to provide advice and feedback. When ATTACK! Management asked me if I wanted to wrestle Bronco Brendan in the pre-show I was humbled and delighted that they put their faith in me to wrestle on a card that featured some of the best named talent in the UK and the world. Whether I’m filming the show as part of the production or just helping with merchandise, I’m honoured to be a small part of the weird and wonderful world of ATTACK! Pro Wrestling and in the future hope to become a regular name for them on their shows. GOOD definitely have a similar feel to the ATTACK! Shows as their both shot and edited incredibly well, with heavy audience participation with tremendously talented wrestlers on their shows. They way things are progressing for GOOD, they could become a tremendously fast growing promotion and I’m excited to see where time takes them.
7. What would you say are your future ambitions in Wrestling and who would be your dream match and why??
My goals are to wrestle as much as possible and as many different people as possible in a variety of scenarios and match stipulations as it will only benefit me as a professional wrestler and improve my capabilities with each match. I wanted to continue to wrestle for Anarchy Pro, the fantastic Riptide Wrestling in Brighton, ATTACK!, GOOD, Wrestling League amongst many others. One day in the future, when my abilities warrant it I would love to debut for Fight Club: Pro, PROGRESS Wrestling, Rev Pro, HOPE, NGW, NORTH, ICW, Dragon Pro, Kamikaze, IPW:UK, Defiant, HUSTLE to name but a few. The sheer plethora of promotions at fans doorsteps makes for an exciting time to be a fan of British Wrestling and I’m thrilled to be given the opportunities to showcase myself and make my Mum proud. As for dream opponents? Is no secret that I have great admiration for Mark Haskins, in my mind he is the best professional wrestler in the country. Also being he is one of my best friends and he even married my sister from another Mister, Vicky. So the opportunity to build a program and have a series of matches with him would be truly magical. Other names would be Chris Brookes, Kid Lykos, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven, Pete Dunne, El Phantasmo, Aussie Open, Dan Maloney, Morgan Webster, ZSJ and so many others. The talent that is out there now is staggering and I want to fight all of them.
8. Finally where can the readers find Fraser Thomas on social media and where can promoters book you for future shows??
My IG and Twitter is @_FraserThomas_. I don’t have a Facebook page set up but my account is a personal one for friends and family so please don’t be downhearted if I don’t accept your request but my DM’s are open on my other social media so feel free to message! For promoters I have an email address of FraserThomasPro@gmail.com but you could always slide into my DM’s also!

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Interview – ‘Young Legend’ Anthony Mafia

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Anthony, could you start by introducing yourself to the readers??

Yo. My name is Anthony Mafia. I hit hard, spit bars and leave scars. I’m a just Wrestler who happens to know how to Rap.

2. How did you get into wrestling growing up and who would you say inspired you??

I grew up actually playing Wrestling games first then following along with Wrestling on TV. Started with WWF Attitude and Smackdown 1 on PS1 and started watching alongside each other in ’99. Once i was familiar with the Characters, their moves & music i was invested. It’s extremely easy for Wrestling to leave a tremendous impression on us when we’re young, it’s captivating. It’s why a lot of Wrestlers will tell you they started watching when they were kids. It’s the perfect alternative to Magic.

As far as influences go, Shawn Michaels is the first and least surprising answer but there’s no shame in that. The man was pretty much the Best all round Wrestler in the world at one point. A true total package and moved around the ring and sold in a way no one else did at the time and is often imitated now. But my major influences was the Rock and Stone Cold. They were literally Superstars and Treasures of the business as far as commanding respect from the crowd and dripping with Charisma.

That’s what i’m more fascinated by. Moves and athletic spots are a credit and are one thing but to have everybody in the palm of your hand, shout your catchphrases back at you and have iconic everlasting appeal is quite another. Once you figure that part out your set for life.

3. How did you then start training and would you recommend it to any of the readers??

I started training in 2009 at The Rough & Ready Martial Arts School in Northampton, which is now the Training School of WIN Wrestling. Jem “MTX” Brown took the Pro Wrestling classes there at the time and was my very first trainer. After a while i ventured out to Leicester and started training with Joseph Conners and that’s where it all first started to make sense to me, the things i didn’t understand yet.. The difference between being a good Wrestler and a good Worker.

Jem taught me everything i knew up to that point about what makes you Wrestler. You know the Moves, The Intensity, The look and how to come out of your shell and be an alter ego but Joseph taught us about Storytelling, about where to put moves and how to improvise. I credit Conners for giving me a greater understanding of the Physiological aspect of Wrestling which is both a science and an art form in of itself. The importance of Character and gimmick came from a Mad Man Manson seminar i attended and it was invaluable. Completely changed my perspective on Wrestling and getting people to relate to you, react and remember you is long term more important then anything else we do in the ring.

4. You faced Beano at the most recent GOOD Wrestling show in a losing effort, do you have any words for him after that and what do you make of the crowd at GOOD??

I was really excited when i was booked against him and the match was a lot of fun. I’m not sure we could’ve had the exact same match in many other places and get away with what we did and got the reactions we did. Beano is pro man, very talented, solid and reliable. Exactly the kind of guy you wanna work with and he’ll be a top UK star sooner or later.

The crowd at GOOD are darlings man. It’s a unique, intimate, boutique but kind of underground punk rock feel. They’re truly supportive and make it so easy for us to perform for them. It’s one of my favourite places to Wrestle. Plus you can experiment more too. Try some truly eccentric stuff and comedic nonsense that may would be frowned upon elsewhere, but the fans they love that. They know where they can go if they wanna see more traditional serious Wrestling but they come here instead. But we do get down to business and give them the solid stuff too. They get the best of everything.

5. You recently made your debut for HOPE’s FUTR brand in a losing effort to Fowler, what did you make of your debut and are you hoping to return in the near future??

I think it was challenge me and Fowler were both up for because it was a clash of styles. Fowler is an incredible Martial artist and a legit fighter and he’s incorporated that into his style, he’s no nonsense so we had to figure out how to balance some of creativity and the character based stuff i tend to lean towards and i think we did well.

I was proud to be a part of FUTR and was real excited about working there and i’m looking forward to going back. It’s all about using the Brand recognition of HOPE to help give exposure to whole generation of incredible talent that a lot of people may not be familiar with. A lot of us are from the Midlands but the UK itself is a treasure trove of underappreciated and underutilised talent. We all know how good we are and all we want is a stage to hone our craft and earn our crust.

6. Also you are one half of the current APEX tag team champions with Kent Nelson, how did it feel to win those and what do you make of your tag team partner??

Those Tag Team Championships are actually my first Championship victory in my career and it was completely unexpected especially considering the talent in the match. Sometimes you look at a Title match you’re booked in and you see who else is in it and you don’t even entertain the idea of them going with you.

Not to mention the story we told, as i turned on my regular partner at the time Morgan Black to win the Titles with Kent Nelson, it didn’t make any sense whatsoever how we did but i wasn’t gonna protest when i’m about to win my first gold strap! So yeah, extraordinary circumstances.

I actually enjoy teaming with Kent. He’s bigger than me so we have a dynamic and he’s a cynic. We’ve got a similar sense of humour so we get on and that always contributes to your teams chemistry and productivity. Also, Kent’s actually crazy young! He’s good now so just imagine how much better he’s going to get. That’s the scary part.

7. What would you say are your future ambitions in Wrestling for 2018 and beyond??

Last year was a real good year, i reinvented myself got into even better shape and started figuring it all out. I used to get really frustrated with every aspect of wrestling and used to take it all seriously. Now i just keep out of the bollocks and just enjoy it and take pride instead.

All i wanna do is Wrestle and last year i debuted for many new promotions, this year i wanna debut in more and more and wrestle every weekend. It’s all i think about pretty much.

And beyond? I’ll be honest and not many people are gonna like it but i want Fame and Recognition. I want people to be talking about me the same way they talk about Pete Dunne, i want them to worship me the same way they do Conor McGregor. And i wanna leave a legacy like Kanye. That’s how good i wanna be but it’s all up to me, no one else.

8. Finally where can the readers follow the ‘Young Legend’, Anthony Mafia and where can promoters book you for future shows??

I, would mad appreciate it if you could follow me on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YoungLegendMafia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MafiaMurderBag
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mafiamurderbag
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/anthonymafia

And if anybody would like to book me to mess it up at their shows, then please just DM me on any of the above. Ain’t nobody got time for Kayfabe Gmail addresses.
Safe.

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Interview – Wheeler YUTA

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival, could you start by introducing yourself to the readers??

Thanks for having me! My name is Wheeler Yuta, I’m 21 years old and I have been wrestling for about five years now.

2. How did you get into wrestling growing up and who would you say inspired you??

My cousins first turned me on to the WrestleMania XIX video game when I was about four years old. I had no idea that real people actually did this on TV. The first wrestler that really hooked me was Rey Mysterio. After that, I dove deeper and deeper. When I was a teenager, I found the internet and was really spoiled in the amount of wrestling I could watch. I really enjoyed watching guys like Ricky Steamboat in the US, but I also fell in love with the World of Sport style from England. Of that group of guys, Rollerball Rocco has to be my favorite. I also developed a love of the Junior Heavyweight style in Japan. Tatsumi Fujinami and the original Tiger Mask stood out as some of my favorites.

3. How did you then start training and would you recommend it to any of the readers??

I began training in the defunct AIWF Academy in Myrtle Beach, SC when I was sixteen. When I was 18, I moved to Philadelphia to train under WWE Superstar Drew Gulak. I also received additional training at the Chikara WrestleFactory with the likes of Mike Quackenbush, Chuck Taylor, and Fire Ant. I had great experiences with all of my trainers and would recommend them to anyone. I was lucky to have a variety of inputs, which I think was invaluable.

4. You were part of the recent NOLA festivities surrounding WrestleMania, how was that and what were your thoughts on the matches you had while you were there??

I had a great time in New Orleans. Being a part of the biggest wrestling week of the year is always a blessing. I didn’t come up victorious, but sharing the ring with the likes of MJF, Tessa Blanchard, Mia Yim, Hornswoggle, Chris Dickinson, and a plethora of others was a wonderful experience regardless.

5. You also took part in Best of the Best recently losing in the first round, how was it for you to wrestle in one of the best tournaments there is and are you hoping to return in the future??

Wrestling in Best of the Best has been a goal of mine for years. Last time I was at the event, I was working ringside security. To be in the ring this year gave me a great sense of pride and accomplishment. Even though they have a reputation for being incredibly tough, I’ve always loved the CZW fans. They tell you how it is and refuse to let anything get past them. I can’t wait to get back in a Combat Zone ring and continue to prove myself.

6. You wear a mask as part of your wrestling attire, how did that all come about and was it inspired by anything??

I like to think of my mask as a piece of armor. It helps me block out any distractions and focus on the task at hand. The design and lights are all inspired by my love of cyberpunk culture.

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

I’d love to know where I’m going to be in five years but honestly I have no idea. In a job as unpredictable as wrestling, you never know where you’re gonna wind up. Honestly my goals are just to see as many cool places and meet as many cool people as I can. I’ve already been able to see many different states and countries on another man’s dime, and I certainly can’t complain about that.

8. Where can the readers find YUTA on social media and where can promoters book you for future shows??

To find me on social media, head to @WheelerYuta on Twitter and Instagram. Like me at Facebook.com/YUTAWrestling and shoot me an email at YUTAWrestling@gmail.com. For promoters, email is definitely the easiest way to contact me, but any other medium is fine.

9. Speaking of future shows have you got any dates you wish to plug??

I’ve got plenty of upcoming shows, but my schedule is constantly changing. If you head to my twitter (@WheelerYuta), my pinned tweet has my entire schedule and is consistently updated. This weekend, I’ll be debuting for Maryland Championship Wrestling and returning to NOVA Pro in Virginia.

10. Finally have you got any merchandise the readers can order and do you have a message to end the interview off??

I have online stores at teespring.com/YUTAmaskmerch as well as teespring.com/yutacartoon if you’re interested in purchasing a t-shirt. At shows, I have shirts, pictures, buttons, stickers, and more. Just find me and I’ll hook you up!

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Interview – ‘The Archangel’ Marcus Antony

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Marcus, could you start by introducing yourself to the readers??

Thanks for having me. I am ‘The Archangel’ Marcus Antony. People ask why I refer to myself as The Archangel, its symbolic Archangel’s protect the world from evil. After overcoming so many obstacles, evil and personal demons I’ve found myself at peace, now I aim to rid the wrestling world of all its wrong doings. If you are wicked, villainous a demon or a cheat The Archangel might just pay you a visit.

2. How did you get into wrestling growing up and who would you say inspired you??

I watched wrestling occasionally from a very young age. But the main turning point for me was Shawn Michaels V Bret Hart at Wrestlemania XII in an Iron man match. I’d never been so drawn into something in my life to that point. Seeing HBK sit in the ring with the title has always stuck with me. Those who inspired me the most were Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Stone Cold, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero.

3. How did you them start training and would you recommend it to any of the readers??

I was trained by Alex Shane for a very short while back when I was 14. A full 15 years went past until I decided it was now or never to give it another shot, so I headed down to the London School of Lucha Libre where I have been trained by Greg Burridge and Garry Vanderhorne. It’s truly an amazing school, I can’t recommend it highly enough. They will encourage you constantly, get you out of your comfort zone and get you doing things you were convinced you couldn’t do. If you want to train to be a wrestler, this is the place.

4. You face Tengu at the next Pro Wrestling Clash show at the end of the month, what do you make of your opponent and have you got any words for him ahead of the match??

Well this leads on nicely from the last question. Tengu and I trained together at the LSLL and been on shows together for London Lucha League several times, despite his amazing talent he has continued to align himself with the most evil and untrustworthy people he can. Using underhanded tactics and sneak attacks to get what he wants. So Tengu on April 29th, Pro Wrestling Clash Hot and Fresh Out the Kitchen, you’ll pay for it, for you the winds are about to change…I’m gonna cut you down.

5. You were part of the Fatal 4 Way No.1 Contender match at London Lucha League this past weekend but lost out, where do you go from here would you say in your pursuit of the title??

It was a hell of a battle but I fell short. There has been several reasons why I have failed in my opportunities to become champion, but I’m not here to make excuses. I just need to keep grinding, fighting and eventually my time will come. Am I in pursuit of the title? I would hope everyone is, I will do whatever it takes and put my body through hell to become the LLL World Champion.

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

My only ambition is to go out there and perform in as many places/promotions/countries that I can and try and tear the house down and send the fans home happy every single time. No greater feeling than when fans tell you they loved your match. As for 5 years time its hard to say. I feel so blessed for every opportunity I have been given to do what I love, so I’ll be doing this as long as my body lets me.

7. Where can the readers follow ‘The Archangel’ Marcus Antony on social media and where can promoters book you??

Facebook – The Archangel Marcus Antony
Twitter – MarcusAntony__
Instagram – archangel.marcus.antony
For bookings just contact through Private message on any of my social media accounts.

8. Finally have you got any future dates you wish to plug that the readers can potentially see you at??

Pro Wrestling Clash, Hot and Fresh out the Kitchen at 96 Shenley road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, April 29th.
Next Month will be back at London Lucha League at Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green- date to be confirmed.

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DVD Review – WWE Royal Rumble 2018

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Welcome to another WWE DVD review and the first in 3 to be released in the coming days/weeks. Today we get the first Pay-Per-View of 2018, the Royal Rumble which is always a personal favourite event for me both now and growing up mostly for the returns and debuts that come with it.

This has decreased more so over the past few years but the addition of a Women’s Royal Rumble is a welcome one and will of course include plenty of returns from recent and past names vying for that first win.

By the way I am aware this is late in release, being busy personally took over but I will be having multiple reviews to make up for it in the next few days alongside some more interviews.

First match was between AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and saw AJ retain in a pretty good match to start proceedings. This is probably the first time in a while that the WWE Championship has opened the show but with this it shows the real emphasis they put on the Rumble matches on this PPV. All 3 are great wrestlers so it was expected to be a good opener and it was exactly that, this stays alongside WWE’s trend of putting a good match on to hype the crowd up and it worked in this instance.

Next up the Uso’s defeated Gable & Benjamin 2-0 in a 2 out of 3 falls match toa assert the dominance of the Samoan duo. Both teams produced a really good match though and the scoreline in the end can do one of two things. It can be used to kill off a team and almost embarrass them or it can be used to make the other team fight back stronger. In my opinion this will do the latter and the feud should continue into WrestleMania season.

Following that was the main Royal Rumble match which was a bold choice from the WWE but shows their faith in the women of WWE to put on a brilliant main event and to make history again. This Royal Rumble match though was one of the best of recent memory, of course not the best of all time but it was never going to be that. It was great to see 2 new but well known superstars from NXT enter the fray in the form of Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and of course Adam Cole ‘BAY BAY!’ as well as two wrestlers I grew up watching in the form of the Hurricane and Rey Mysterio. The winner though was the best part for me and that was that Shinsuke Nakamura ended up claiming the rumble in a stacked final 4 that include Cena, Reigns & Balor.

Nakamura immediately afterwards called out AJ Styles with us getting a match all WWE fans wanted at WrestleMania between two of the best wrestler’s in the world at the moment. It was a Rumble that really surprised me and for all the right reasons this time.

Following that we got a fairly average tag team match between Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan vs two of the stalwarts of the WWE Tag Team Division in Cesaro and Sheamus. The match though acted more as a handicap match with Jordan getting injured early on and Rollins fought valiantly to try and retain the titles. This was in vain though as Cesaro & Sheamus regained the titles for a record setting time. It was the fourth as a team and for Cesaro the fifth time which is a pretty impressive stat.

After that before the main event we saw an appearance from the WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar who defended his title against Kane and Braun Strowman. This was pretty average with Brock as usual winning quite easily in only around 10 minutes which of course shows the domination of the Beast Incarnate but the fact that we know that he will be facing Reigns at WrestleMania means this match means nothing which probably took away from it slightly. Braun looked good at the end but it is a shame to see Kane used in this match as almost the afterthought despite him being one of the best the WWE have had in my opinion.

Finally we got the big main event and another mile stone in Women’s Wrestling. After years of women’s wrestling being the opener and almost the afterthought, it has been revived and this is another showcase of that. Previously the likes of the Iron Man match in NXT and the Hell in a Cell Main Event but now a Royal Rumble main event is a just reward for the real forerunners in the revolution. This was such a good match and one I’d been looking forward to since it was announced.

Of course Asuka ended up winning it and this protects her as this undefeated figure and whether or not she will walk out of WrestleMania still as that. For me the returns made this match. We had the likes of Molly Holly, Michelle McCool Torrie Wilson and Trish Stratus even the likes of Vickie Guerrero, Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly with Brie Bella also making a return.

It was almost my childhood growing up watching WWE in a match with all but Eve and Kaitlyn returning for it to be the perfect Rumble. The in ring action was brilliant with Nia Jax’s streak showing how good she is. Nikki Bella coming runner-up would have been unpopular with some but I have always been a big Bella Twins fan so to see both in the final four was good.

This match though will always be remembered for Ronda Rousey making her WWE debut afterwards and it wasn’t even part of the match. I for one am really looking forward to her debut match whether it is outstanding or awful. Teaming with Kurt Angle and the echoes of You Suck going round the arena on WrestleMania night will give me chills as well. ‘Rowdy’ is someone I have wanted in WWE for quite sometime and I am looking forward to seeing what she brings to an already stacked women’s division.

Rating – 9/10 – WWE started the year off with a bang with this one. Most matches were brilliant mostly being the Women’s and Men’s Rumble matches majorly impressing me. It always sets it ff well for WrestleMania season and this firmly did making me majorly excited for Sunday. Well worth picking up.

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Interview- ‘Pure Evil’ CJ Carter

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival CJ, first of all could you introduce the readers to ‘Pure Evil’??
‘Pure Evil’ is the most sadistic, vicious and heartless wrestler in the country. I have 0 compassion for anyone but my self. I, like everyone else should, have realised that doing things the ‘right way’ or for good gets you absolutely nowhere. Life isn’t fair, it sucks, bad things happen to everyone and good never prevails so you might as well just embrace that and enjoy causing as much misery, destruction and pain to everyone around you as possible. Once you embrace the darkness inside you, you will get much further in life and in wrestling. I don’t like anyone so the fact that people boo me means nothing, I hate every single person I step in the ring with and the fans even more.

2. How did you get involved in wrestling training and who had a hand in that??
I started training to wrestle when I was 14 and was originally trained by Alex Shane at the FWA. More recently I trained at The London School of Lucha Libre in London with Greg Burridge and Gary Vanderhorne and that is where I learnt the most and crafted the skills I have now. I don’t think there are many places in the country to train than there to be honest.
3. You were up to Sunday the APEX Wrestling champion losing to TG from Italy, what are your thoughts after that match and are you after a rematch in the future??
Losing the Apex Pro Wrestling championship is just a small blip on my journey, I’m sure I will win more gold in the coming months and years and I’m sure I will lose some as well, whats important is the end result and the journey I am on. I want to leave a mark on British wrestling, I want people to remember me as the most evil, nasty and viscous wrestler that ever walked onto the British wrestling scene. Along the way I will collect championships but they are just one part of the bigger picture. I am sure I will cross paths with the new Apex Champion TG again sooner or later and when I do he will regret ever stepping in the ring with me.
4. You face Sammy Smooth and Cara Noir on April 29th for Pro Wrestling Clash with the new title on the line, what are your thoughts on your opponents ahead of that match and how determined are you to make yourself the first champion??
Pro Wrestling Clash is what I am focused on now. I have possibly the biggest match of my entire career against 2 of the best wrestlers in the country, in Sammy Smooth and Cara Noir. Getting through both them will test me to my absolute limits but I will walk away the first ever Pro Wrestling Clash Champion and 2 of the countries best will be left humbled on April 29th in Borehamwood. I will leave absolutely everything in the ring that day and it will a sight not to be missed I promise you that.
5. Recently you debuted for GOOD Wrestling in a losing effort, what did you make of your debut and are you hoping to return in the future to show the fans even more Pure Evil??
Debuting for GOOD Wrestling was a massive mile stone for me, it was something I have wanted to do for almost a year and it gave me the chance to wrestle alongside some of the countries best. It didn’t go the way I’d planned but you know what, that’s just life. Life never goes the way you want, but I’ll be back there mark my words and I will show everyone at GOOD Wrestling what Pure Evil is all about!! I will make people sit up and notice, trust me.
6. What would you say your future ambitions are in Wrestling going forward in 2018??
My ambitions for this year are simply to be up amongst the best in the country and continue to work for the best promotions, continue to win championships but most importantly make people sit up and take notice of Pure Evil. If I have to go to every single promotion in the country and continue to destroy the best they have to offer then that’s what I will do, plain and simple. I’ve been wrestling for 10 years now and its about time people sat up took notice.
7. Where can the readers find ‘Pure Evil’ CJ Carter on social media and where can promoters book you for future dates??
You can find Pure Evil on social media at;
Facebook: CJCarterWrestling
Instagram: CJCarter
Twitter: CJCarter_87
8. Finally have you got a message for the readers to end the interview off??
Do I have a message for the readers? You will all see this year that I am one of the best this country has offer. Good gets you no where in life people, remember that, only evil and darkness can truly prosper in the end. And let me just say, I hate you all, truly from the bottom of my heart, I don’t give a damn about any of you, just remember that. What I am doing right now is for me and no one else.

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