Blu-ray Review – WWE Royal Rumble 2017

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Welcome to a new week BWR readers, I would like to first of all apologise for the lack of content released by myself over the past week or so, I have been having internet issues which have only just been resolved but I am back and ready to release more!
Anyway onto today’s review and it is the first Pay-Per-View of 2017 in the form of Royal Rumble 2017. I am a big fan of the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View and always have been but not so much the matches that pre curse it so I usually until I review it on the blog skip over those matches and just watch the Rumble.

The past few years in terms of the Rumble have been quite poor even though Styles ended up debuting last year to critical acclaim the lack of surprise entrants and also wrestlers being in it that may not be deserving of certain spots has annoyed many people myself included so will this be another flop or will it be a surprising start to the year both in terms of the undercard matches and the main event?? Let’s see!
First of all we had Charlotte vs Bayley for the RAW Women’s Title, as I say every time I have been raving about the women’s division recently and how good it has got with wrestlers like Charlotte and Sasha really heightening it again and making it worth watching and this match was no different, it wasn’t brilliant but it was still a good watch to start the card off with Charlotte hitting the Natural Selection on the ring apron for the victory and another retaining of her title which I think she may lose shortly either on RAW or FastLane on the run up to WrestleMania before potentially winning it again or maybe even being drafted after to SmackDown. Overall this wasn’t Charlotte’s vintage that she has been producing as of late but still worth a watch and a good start to the show!

Next of all we had Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Title with 2 stipulations on board with Jericho who has been interfering in Owens’ matches and helping him win and in this case even though It was No-DQ as well unless someone else helped he would have no choice but to be on a level playing field. This match was brilliant and a worth a watch even if you don’t really like Reigns that much. There was weapons with Tables and Chairs for example used with Owens crashing through the chairs for example and Reigns was put over as being the more likely to win throughout so the fans would actually believe that it could happen and that finally Owens would get beat but oh no that didn’t happen. Braun Strowman came down to the ring and threw Reigns into the ring post and gave him a chokeslam onto the German Announce desk before giving him a running powerslam through a table in the ring before Owens pinned him crawling over to grabbed the victory. Afterwards of course Jericho came down from the shark cage and congratulated a hurt Owens and speaking of hurt Reigns looked annoyed at ringside and this will definitely make a match at Mania between Reigns and Strowman so it was worth it to set it up. Great effort!

Next up we had Neville vs Rich Swann for the WWE Cruiserweight Title and you could call this a filler as bad as it sounds before Styles and Cena metaphorically main event the show. This match was alright though but suffered massively as the crowd wasn’t into it and I don’t know why but it could be a number of reasons as if I was there I would be looking forward to the Rumble match so unless a match was amazing I wouldn’t be that bothered. Neville won after throwing Swann off the top rope with a super plex and then applying a submission hold pulling back on Swann’s head before grabbing the victory and the title in the process. I don’t really watch 205 Live so for me it doesn’t have ramefications as such but it is great to see Neville back on top heel or not and he will be a good Cruiserweight Champion for sure

Next of all we had John Cena vs AJ Styles the match before the Rumble. I had been told multiple times to watch this match as it was meant to be brilliant but I waited until this review to watch it and I tell you what the person was right. Absolutely brilliant match which was better than the SummerSlam effort which was at the time hard to top. Cena did his typical never give up mantra and he kept coming back after Styles threw the kitchen sink at him. Cena was always going to win sooner rather than later to tie with Ric Flair and a brilliant time to do it with such a great match ending with 2 Attitude Adjustments back to back finally downing the ‘Phenomenal One’. In my opinion even though Styles lost he should be proud of his efforts and in my opinion he will win it back sooner rather than later and as a result of this match the Rumble will be a hard act to follow but it shows one thing always watch the undercard on the Rumble as you never know what gems you may unearth.

 

Finally we have the match that everyone waits for every year good or bad, the Royal Rumble match. I am not going to go too in depth with the match but I will just say the good and bad points so if you haven’t seen it you can make a judgement later. In my opinion first of all it was a good rumble match and better than last years for definite, they had to pull it out of the hat this year as the last few years had been poor and with some big names albeit current WWE superstars added such as Goldberg, The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar it made it a great watch. It was good as well due to the fact Tye Dillinger was part of it which even though I would have loved to have seen Samoa Joe, Finn Balor or someone similar from NXT we got the guy we were expecting to come in at 10 to a huge pop. We got the usual brilliant Kofi Kingston moment which we come to expect. Reigns even though he came out to boos as many people thought Balor would come in then was a good entrant to bring in as he was easily dumped out to the joy of the crowd and also it set up a match with Taker without them having to do as much work. Goldberg got rid of Lesnar again easily to set up a potential match at Mania with him in basically the rubber match and basically overall it was a great watch. My only problems with this years was like alluded to, it lacked star power/surprise entrants just someone like DDP would do or even Jerry Lawler but I would rather have this one event a year where we get surprises than just got a lot of mid carders I can see on RAW but don’t let that put you off as it was a great match and a great end to the show with Orton winning which was a surprise to me!
Overall Rating – 8/10 – Brilliant PPV and a great start to the year from WWE. I was a little apprehensive coming into this as Royal Rumble seems to be getting worse year on year but WWE pulled it out of the bag with some great undercard matches with Reigns vs Owens and Styles vs Cena particularly starring and putting on a pretty good Rumble match. Overall I would recommend watching this for sure whether buying it from our friends at WWE Home Video UK or on the Network!

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Interview – Icarus

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Áron, thank you very much for agreeing to take part in this interview, first of all could you please introduce yourself to the readers??

Thank you very much for having me! My name is Áron Kiss (yes it’s my real name) aka Icarus from Budapest, Hungary. I’m one of the founders and media director of Hungarian Championship Wrestling (HCW). Pro wrestling was a big thing in Hungary till the 40s but the nazi and communist regime banned it from the country. Because of this the world got so many famous hungarian wrestlers like Zoltan Boscik, Tibor Szakács, Lou Thesz, etc. We decided in 2010 to rebuild the hungarian wrestling scene again.

2. Let’s first of all talk about growing up for you, did you watch wrestling growing up and if so who inspired you at the time to train to become a wrestler??

I started to watch wrestling with my tag partner Dover when we were around 12 years old. I was totally amazed by The Rock, Triple H, Kurt Angle back then but I always knew that i’m not gonna be a big heavyweight so I had to look after a more legit role model for myself so I ended up at Jeff Hardy, Rob Van Dam, AJ Styles, Matt Cross and on and on. They’re clearly influenced my style of wrestling.

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(Icarus taking on one of the wrestlers who inspired him growing up ‘M-Dogg’ Matt Cross)

3. Next of all let’s speak about training for you, what are your thoughts on your training experience, who trained you and if you could train with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why??

It was a hard thing since there was no pro wrestling training here in Hungary. We learnt most of the basics from DVDs and other footage, then Gabriel Angelfyre arrived from Holland and he showed us everything in a proper way. Then everything started to work out. I’ve had sessions with Sami Zayn, Nigel McGuinness, Gangrel, Joe E Legend, Tengkwa, Paul Tracey. I consider Aleister Black (Tommy End) as my headtrainer. I travelled almost every month in the Netherlands for 2 years to train with him and also to gain experiences on shows. He showed us the direction perfectly and gave really honest and straight feedback. I couldn’t have wished for better

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(Icarus with Sami Zayn/El Generico of WWE fame as discussed above)

4. You are from Hungary of course, what are your thoughts on the scene over there and are you proud to represent Hungarian Wrestling when you go abroad to countries like Italy and Romania??

The scene here is getting bigger and bigger. My home promotion HCW is the only official and legit pro wrestling organisation and I’m proud of every brick in this amazing product. It keeps getting better day by day. Yes, I am proud that there is a Hungarian flag in this business again.

5. Speaking of Hungary you team with Dover as The Arrows of Hungary, how did you two form as a team and you faced off against Dave Mastiff and El Ligero recently how was that experience??

We grew up together, we train together, we travel together, we built HCW together. We’re two different guys but still more than brothers. The Arrows of Hungary basically always existed. It was lovely to work with the Origin Banter Edition. I’ve met El Ligero in Italy once and everything went good so HCW could make this match happen. One of my favs for sure.

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(Icarus with Dover his tag team partner as the Arrows of Hungary and him and Dover with BWR alumni’s ‘The Bastard’ Dave Mastiff and ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero)

6. You are part of the HOPE Wrestling Kings of Flight Tournament next month, is this your first time over here and if so are you looking forward to it and do you have a message to the fans who have never seen you who are coming along and the other wrestlers part of the tournament ??

Yes this will be my debut in the UK and I can’t wait. This means so much to me and I can promise that I will show my love and respect in that ring with my unique Hungarian style. This Arrow will reach everyone! Thank you for the opportunity!

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(Icarus is coming to HOPE Wrestling to make his UK debut as part of their Kings of Flight Tournament)

7. Going back to the theme of countries you have visited the likes of Italy, Germany, Romania recently, are there any countries you want to visit next and which one has been the best one so far and why??

I work nowadays most of the time at GWF Germany and I love it. They really feel it and almost my second home now. If you have time check their product. I also love Belgium Eurostars, Rising Sun Italy and now Czech started his own stuff. Thank God I’ve been in many countries now but the travel and learning process will never end.

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

I really want to make a name for myself in the UK. That’s the number one priority now. Then Japan and the US. I love the way of learning this business and getting always new impacts from different people and places.

9. Where can the readers follow the progress of Icarus on social media and where can promoters book you for shows if they are reading this??

Twitter: @icarusaaron

Instagram: @icarusaaron

Facebook: @icarusaaron or @icaruswrestler

10. Do you have any future dates or projects that you want to plug to end the interview off??

I hope I’ll be in the UK more from now and see you in the rows. Also if you have time check out the hcwhungary YouTube channel or the HCWpankráció Facebook page. Cheers and stay safe!

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Interview – ‘Godzilla’ Jax Dane

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1. Hello Jax and welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival thanks for your time, could you please give the readers a quick introduction to yourself to start the interview off??
Hello guys ! My name is Jax Dane – I grew up in Bakewell – Tennessee (right outside of Chattanooga). It’s a real small farm town with a population of a few hundred.   I tip the scales at roughly 311lbs and just a hair over 6’4 inches ! Oh.  And I love cats ! 
2. Lets speak first of all about growing up for you, did you watch wrestling growing up and overall who inspired you to pursue a wrestling career in terms of wrestlers you were watching at the time??
Of course I was a fan growing up.  I’d guess most of us that are lucky enough to have a career in wrestling all started off as fans.   I was your typical kid that liked larger than life athletes.  Hogan. Dusty. Road Warriors.  Nikita Koloff. Steiners.  Then a little later the Rock, Stone Cold.  APA.  You know.  The normal ones that your average fans fell in love with. 
3. Speaking of growing up, how did you get involved in wrestling training, who trained you and how would you rate the experience looking back on it now??
I played college basketball and I had relationship in place that introduced me to Dr Tom.  From there I made it up to OVW – climbed into the ring.  I was trained by Dr Tom, Rip Rogers, Nick Dinsmore and Rob Conway.  Had a few life situations along the way that postponed the climb a time or two – but I think everything happens for a reason and I’m right where I’m supposed to be right now. 
4. Many of the readers will know of you from recently joining Ring of Honor, how did you get your opportunity to be in Survival of the Fittest and how has your experience been like so far??
ROH was coming to Texas and we had some discussions in the past about me coming on board. They thought I’d be a good fit for the Survival of the Fittest especially with it being in my back yard.  A handful of conversations later we agreed on a few dates.  I finished up with the NWA and started over w ROH almost immediately. 
5. Before Ring of Honor you were part of the NWA where you were the Heavyweight Champion for over a year, is this a title you want to regain in the future or would you say this is in your past and how did it feel to hold a prestigious title like that for so long??
First off.  Holding the NWA WORLDS HW CHAMPIONSHIP is literally a dream come true. The lineage and the prestige of that title speaks for itself and it is an honour to forever be listed with those guys.  You never want to say never to anything but as of right now my focus is beyond the NWA and what I was able to accomplish there.  I’m really grateful for those guys and grateful for those opportunities (NWA GRANDSLAM HOLDER).  I still wrestle for a handful of their promotions and I’m pulling for their success.  (The more places that are successful means there is more opportunity for Wresters to lace their boots). 
6. You also wrestle for WrestleCircus who seem to be a promotion on the up at the moment, what are your thoughts on what WC are doing at the moment and is the Ringmaster title in your sights in the future??
Wrestle Circus is on fire.  It’s great to be a part of such an innovative show that delivers some really interesting match ups.  The locker room there is fantastic.  So many different styles and flavors represented in a grouping of some of the best wrestlers in the World. Al and Lexi Lenhart have done  a tremendous job getting that thing off the ground and providing some really top notch competition.  
7. Of course the blog is called TheBritishWrestlingRevival, do you want to come over here in the future if given the chance and if so who would you want to face and why??
I’m heading over pretty soon.  I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag yet – but I’m fairly confident you will see me shortly.   There is a boatload of talent over there and I’m looking forward to seeing how I stack up.  
8. What are your future ambitions in Wrestling and when you retire one day what one thing do you want to achieve before then??
I just want to be the best Professional Wrestler I can be.   Maximizing ones potential should always be the focus.  So wherever this journey takes me.  Becoming the best Jax Dane I can be.  That’s the goal. 
9. Where can the readers find Jax Dane on social media and where can promoters book you for upcoming shows??
Twitter – @theJaxDane
Instagram – Jax_Dane 
Facebook – @thejaxdane (J Dane Laymon) 
10. Finally have you got any future dates and projects you want to plug??
Hell yeah man. I got some great ones coming up. 
March 17 – WrestleCircus vs Jeff Cobb 
March 25/26 AML – Big Man Bash (Tournament w Drew Galloway) 
April 21 – NWA New South vs Jocephus Brody 
May 13 – NWA Smoky Mountain vs Ryback 
June 4 Brave Immortal Combat vs Hernandez. 

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DVD Review – WWE Roadblock : End of the Line

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Welcome to the latest WWE DVD review, we are back with another Pay-Per-View DVD release today and in fact the last Pay-Per-View of 2016. I have Royal Rumble 2017 right next to me on Blu-Ray to review next so will this end the year great or will it end it on a more sour note. The main spotlight for this pay-per-view as seen on the cover was the Universal Championship match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens. This review wasn’t out earlier as I had interviews with John Skyler and Dezmond Xavier ready to go and I don’t like to put out more than one post a day out so it puts focus on the specific article that day but anyway onto the matches –

First of all we had the RAW Tag Team Championship match between Big E and Kofi Kingston and Cesaro and Sheamus, this match was a great start to proceedings, I really like all 4 men especially the New Day and I really enjoyed their Oscars mick take the other week on RAW. Like I said a great start and it was full of near falls which made the action thrilling but also as if it was going to end at any second which it didn’t. Surprisingly to a certain extent Sheamus and Cesaro ended up capturing the titles in this instance after Kingston hit Cesaro with his finishing move the Trouble in Paradise but because Sheamus was still the legal man he used it to his advantage and got the pinfall. Like any long running reign though over the years such as Nikki Bella last year when she lost it to Charlotte it is always going to end when it surpasses the record and it was always just a case of when with the New Day and I reckon though they may reclaim them at a PPV in the future especially if they still garner a red hot reaction from the crowd.

The next match was between Braun Strowman and Sami Zayn where Zayn would win if he survived 10 minutes which was the limit. In my opinion this match was alright as you can expect it was mostly just Strowman beating up Zayn for most of it which isn’t that fun and even though Zayn ended up winning by surviving the time limit we only really saw his offence for literally the last few minutes and when Strowman looked like he was going to end Zayn, he went full throttle and ended up with a Helluva Kick as the clock expired to win the match. I would love to see a match that goes longer between these two where it is more evenly matched in terms of the offence I don’t mind who wins as this match was just Strowman being shown as this machine with Zayn showing his fight so it is probably more of a pre-cursor

Next up it was Seth Rollins vs Chris Jericho, this usually would be a main event on a Pay-Per-View like this but because they are going of in different WrestleMania programs it makes sense with Rollins after Triple H and Jericho facing Kevin Owens which may be a pre-cursor for the main event. This match none the less was good, Rollins picked up the victory and like with the New Day match there was a lot of near falls which like I say I like. Rollins of course was glad as it is revenge for Jericho costing him winning the Universal Title which is held by Kevin Owens and speaking of Owens he did make an appearance with Rollins looking like he would lose but he didn’t hitting the Pedigree which is of course Triple H’s move to get the win which could show a rift between Owens and Jericho to appear in the future and also teases Rollins’ feud with Triple H which aforementioned is currently taking place.

The next match was between Rich Swann who is the Cruiserweight Champion at the time of the PPV taking on Brian Kendrick and BWR alumni TJ Perkins. As I always say I am a big fan of Cruiserweight/ High Flying/ Lucha wrestling and always have been it is up there with hardcore so to see this style on WWE programming regularly is brilliant. This match was good but not up to my standards, still worth a watch though. It ended with my favourite move in wrestling, the superkick with double to the face of Kendrick before Swann hit a great uppercut back kick on Perkins for the win. Not the best match I have seen but it was bettered by Neville coming out and hitting Swann witha forearm and then beating up Perkins who tried to save Swann and it was cheered by the crowd even though it was a signal of a new era in WWE for Neville and also the start of his push for gold and sending a message to the champion for future events including 205 Live.

Next up we had a 30 minute Iron Man match between two of the best female wrestlers on the roster in Charlotte and Sasha Banks for the RAW Women’s title. To be honest I have changed my opinion on both women over the past year or so with Charlotte being higher in my estimations, I was actually looking forward to this match more than Reigns vs Owens. I have never been as big of a fan of Sasha as most people are but I don’t mind her and recognise she is one of the best if not the best in the current division. This match was excellent and probably stole the show for me. At the start I nearly turned off as being into action packed/ straight from the word go wrestling I thought this would be boring but when it got into it, it was a brilliant match. In my opinion though the only thing that really let this down was the pinfalls for the eliminations especially the last one where Sasha tapped out right at the last second as opposed to logically with a few seconds to go and also the crowd were terrible at the start with both women putting in a mighty good performance it was a shame to have that but I hate to say it but there might still be that stigma there with certain audience members about women’s wrestling which frankly should be gone by now but still Charlotte who I prefer held the women’s title aloft for what felt like the millionth time to end the year off and even though Bayley is now champion I reckon she might win it again at WrestleMania.

The main event was between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal title and the crowd being quite tepid towards the great match between Charlotte and Sasha meant this one would probably get more crowd reaction as a result as opposed to it being flat. In my opinion this match was good but not amazing. I was waiting all match for Jericho to pop up and that is not how it should be at all and it was the same a few years back with Rollins at Mania but it was more of a feel good story as he walked out with the title. This wasn’t main event standard which was a shame. Jericho of course interfered running down to the ring and caused an intentional disqualification by putting him in the Codebreaker in front of the ref. While this is good for storyline purposes it made a poor end to the show and I expected better. We ended with Rollins and Reigns dispatching Owens and standing over him to end proceedings and get revenge for proceedings in match 3 and the main event so the fans got at least some retribution for Jericho interfering as well with the Shield reforming sort of again.

Rating 7/10 – This was an alright end to the year but some of the matches were quite poor and it definately was more of a B-/C PPV with Charlotte and Sasha once again stealing the show and the main event failing to live up to the hype. I am hoping though that the Royal Rumble is better and gets me hyped up for Mania and you will see that review very soon!

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Interview – ‘The Kardiak Kid’ Dezmond Xavier

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

– My name is Desmond Xavier, I am from Dayton, Ohio USA. I am a Hybrid (High Flying and Striker) wrestler that is loves to have a good time in the ring, yet can switch gears and flip it up a notch at a moments notice.

2. Let’s first talk about growing up for you, who would you say inspired you to become a wrestler and did you always want to be one or did this come later on??

– The wrestlers that inspired me at first were “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, Shawn Michaels and AJ Styles. I always wanted to be a wrestler, I would have matches with my cousins and siblings using the couches for safe places to slam and do flips from the armrests.

3. How did you get involved in Wrestling training, who had a hand in this and how would you rate your experience??

– I was serving in the United States Air Force when I got wind of a school opening up in my area. Being curious, a few friends of mine and I went to check things out. Took a few bumps and fell in love on a different level. I was originally trained by Earl “The Pearl” and “Ramblin” Rich Myers at the Gillberg Pro Wrestling Academy. My training was really good. Made sure I had the fundamentals locked down before I progressed to the more difficult things and were there to push me to get better.

4. You wrestle for Combat Zone Wrestling mainly, how did this come about, who is your favourite opponent so far on the CZW roster and would you ever do a deathmatch in CZW if given the chance and if so with who??

– I gained my spot on the CZW roster when DJ Hyde witnessed a match of mine from my home promotion of Rockstar Pro in Dayton, Ohio. I debuted officially as a faction known as Scarlet and Graves with my brothers Dave Crist and Zachary Went along with our manager JT Davidson. My favorite opponent from the roster would have to be Shane Strickland. We have had some great matches and people across the country have been clamoring to have it happen around them to see it live. I have considered doing a deathmatch but it would only happen with one person. And that is AR Fox.

5. You and ‘Speedball’ Mike Bailey faced each other recently for a match in Alpha-1 Wrestling which you both wanted, what were your thoughts on the match and are you glad to have been given the opportunity to wrestle Mike in a match you both wanted??

– Yes, I was ecstatic to face off with Speedball. Every since i had seen his work, I’d wanted a chance to test myself against him. It was a great match and I really look forward to the next time that we can do it.

6. You came over here to the UK for a short while for PCW and TIDAL Wrestling I believe, are you looking forward to coming to the UK and if given the chance to face anyone other than your current opponents on the tour in the UK who would it be and why??

– I loved my time in the UK and I can’t wait to get back. The last time that I was there was surreal. Being in a foreign country is crazy enough but to have to win over such a group of rowdy fans is nerve racking. But, everyone seemed to accept me well and have been awaiting my return. Which makes me very happy to hear.

7. What are your ambitions and goals in Wrestling and what do you want to achieve within 5 years would you say??

– My goal is to be remembered for how I wrestled. My unique offense, my charisma, my style are all things I want to be a major part of the legacy that I leave behind. I want to do more traveling. Wrestle in countries across the globe, wowing crowds with my abilities all while having a good time and touching the heart of as many people as I can. I would love to work for one of the major companies like Lucha Underground, WWE, Ring of Honor as well.

8. Where can the readers find Dezmond Xavier on Social Media and where can promoters book you if they wish to do so??

– I’m very easy to find on social media. Both Twitter and Instagram are DezmondXavier. Promoters can reach me at everhart25@gmail.com. Also I have an online store that ships worldwide at www.bottomlinemerch.com/dezmondxavier.

9. Have you got any future dates you wish to plug or a message to the readers??

– Yes, I make my PWG debut against Shane Strickland on March 18th. I will be taking place in numerous shows during Wrestlemania Weekend , March 31st- April 2nd. And I will be returning to the UK for a short tour, May 5th – 29th working for numerous places, so be sure to check my social media pages for specific shows and dates.

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Interview – ‘The Southern Savior’ John Skyler

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog John thank you very much for agreeing to take part in this interview, first of all could you please introduce yourself to the readers??

I am “The Southern Savior” John Skyler, world-traveled professional wrestler, been all over TV sets across the world, so if wrestling fans don’t know me already, they are living under a rock.

2. Let’s first of all talk about growing up for you, did you watch wrestling growing up and if so who inspired you at the time to train to become a wrestler??

I grew up a huge wrestling fan as a kid. As a kid I loved, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect, Eddie Guerrero, and Steve Austin. I ended up training to wrestle at 20 years old. But if anything inspired me to be a wrestler it was Shawn Michaels winning the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 12 in the Ironman Match. I remember watching the training videos leading up to the match, and thought it was so cool that Shawn would talk about being 12 years old and wanting to be a pro wrestler and that always stuck with me.

3. Next of all let’s speak about training for you, what are your thoughts on your training experience, who trained you and if you could train with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why??

Training was kind of a breeze for me because I wanted it, I wanted to be in the ring. I initially started training with a guy named Bob Keller in South Carolina. Then I became polished by training and travelling with guys like Lodi, Chris Hamrick, Rock N Roll Express, Steve Corino, Jack Victory, CW Anderson, Joey Mercury, Luke Gallows, and countless other coaches. That’s where you really learn is on the road. Its on the job training. Guys need reps, do the job over and over and over again.

4. You are part of the ROH Top Prospect Tournament and have just got through the first round defeating Sean Carr, how did you getting into the tournament come about and would you say that this tournament will open doors for you ??

I initially heard rumblings about me being the tournament late last year, and then I got the official word back in January. ROH still reaches a lot of homes, and a lot of people of power from other companies have their eyes on ROH. So, I think this opportunity is bound to open up more opportunities for me, whether it be in ROH, Japan, or anywhere else for that matter. I am ecstatic to be apart of the tournament, and I look to show the World why I belong in ROH.

5. In about a months time you are facing Cody Rhodes at Ode to Tradition for PWX, are you looking forward to taking on Cody and do you have any words for him ahead of your match??

Working with Cody is something I have wanted since I got word he left WWE. Cody is a great talent. He was born into this business and has worked for everything he’s gotten. PWX has made a lot of noise as of late, Cody has made a lot of noise as of late, and I think what people are forgetting is I, John Skyler, have made a lot of noise as of late. The World will be watching this match, so your damn right I’m looking forward to it. And if I had to tell Cody anything, no matter how much I respect him, his family, and what he stands for. I am going to show him that he made a huge mistake leaving me off his “list”. In fact, I have my own personal list…..and Cody has been on it for awhile. And my list, is much more dangerous.

6. You recently took on the Hardys at the Omega Bowl teaming with CW Anderson, how was it taking on the Hardy’s and also teaming with CW??

Getting the opportunity to work with the Hardys was a dream come true. They paved the way for guys like me and countless others to make a name for ourselves in the Carolinas. CW falls under the same category, I have had the opportunity to team and learn from CW for over a year now, and it has been an amazing experience. I really enjoyed the match, and look forward to doing round 2…who knows, maybe it’ll happen in Ring of Honor?

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

5 years time, who knows. A lot of factors come into play. I definitely see myself sticking around for many more years. I am hoping to be wrestling somewhere full time on tv somewhere in the next five years. So, that would imply a full time contract somewhere. I have put in the time over the last 9 years, and I have had close to 1,000 matches….so my time is approaching quickly.

8. Of course the blog is called TheBritishWrestlingRevival, would you ever come over to the UK if given the chance and if so who would you have your eye on facing??

Well actually, I have wrestled all over the UK, I did two summer tours with Brian Dixon’s All-Star Wrestling and have had the chance to work with the likes of Marty Scurll, James Mason, Pete Dunne, Nathan Cruz, Sam Gradwell, CJ Banks, Rampage Brown, Tony Spitfire, Dave Mastiff, Tyson T-Bone, Frankie Sloan, Zack Gibson, The Hooligans, I can go on and on honestly. As far as guys I want to face from Britain in the near future. I recently stepped in the ring with Zack Sabre Jr. for the first time, and I rank it as one of my top 5 favorite matches I have ever had. So I would definitely love a re-match. Im a big fan of Martin Stone, and haven’t had the chance yet to step in the ring with him. Will Osprey is great. Also would love to work with Mark Andrews, Mark Haskins, and Tyler Bates. All incredible talents.

9. Where can the readers follow the progress of ‘The Southern Savior’ John Skyler on social media and where can promoters book you for shows if they are reading this??

Fans can like my Facebook Fanpage, “The Southern Savior” John Skyler, or they can follow me on twitter and instagram @TheJohnSkyler, promoters can send me a private message or email me at jmbrumbaugh87@yahoo.com in regards to bookings….I have a valid passport and love to travel!

10. Do you have any future dates or projects that you want to plug to end the interview off??

Thanks for the time, I encourage folks to continue following my career. I’ll be wrestling Cody coming up soon for PWX, which is doing some great stuff right now. And continue watching me on Ring of Honor, because as The Top Prospect Tournament comes to a close, no matter the outcome, I am excited about my future with Ring of Honor! Continue watching other promotions as well, because literally the last 10-12 months have been a whirlwind for me, and you never really know where I will pop up next!

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Interview – Will Cuevas

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Will thank you very much for agreeing to take part in this interview, first of all could you please introduce yourself to the readers?? 

Hello everyone! I’m Will Cuevas, the Moneymaker, from San Francisco, CA. 

2. Let’s first of all talk about growing up for you, did you watch wrestling growing up and if so who inspired you at the time to train to become a wrestler?? 

I began watching wrestling around the age of 7. My grandfather who’s from Puerto Rico would watch USWA wrestling on ESPN and then watch Lucha Libre on the weekends. Once I saw my first match I was hooked.  My favorite wrestlers when I first watched wrestling was Gentleman Chris Adams and the Fabulous Freebirds.  The Freebirds had an electricity that would make arenas go crazy.  Eventually as I grew up, Shawn Michaels became my favorite performer hands down. 

3. Next of all let’s speak about training for you, what are your thoughts on your training experience, who trained you and if you could train with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?? 

I first began training in 1998 at the All Pro Wrestling Boot Camp in Hayward, CA. My first trainers were Michael Modest and Frank Murdoch.  After returning to wrestling when I left the military my trainers became Vinnie Massaro And Robert Thompson. Michael Modest was a trainer that demanded respect and perfection. He was able to incorporate the physical aspects along with the mental aspects.  We were encouraged to watch all other wrestling besides the WWF/WCW at the time. This is where I created an immense love for Japanese, Mexican and European style of wrestling. 

If I could train with anyone dead or alive I would say Mitsuharu Misawa and Eddie Guerrero.  Misawa was one of the first Japanese wrestlers I was introduced to and the style blew me away.  Eddie is simply a personal legend in my heart.  He is one the greatest of all time. 

4. You are the APW Worldwide Internet Champion winning it back towards the back end of last year, how did it feel to win it back and what are your thoughts on the constant rise of APW?? 

I originally won the title on September 11th in 2015 and at the time was the biggest moment of my career.  My match was pushed to the main event and streamed live on YouTube.  For the first time, in just a short time back in wrestling was the main event of the card and Boyce Legrande and I delivered. Winning it back was a bit of a redemption for me.  When you hold a title for a while you try your best not to be complacent, but I found myself working harder as a performer and I think many fans saw that.  APW is super hot right now and I’m super happy about it.  Why wouldn’t any wrestler in the world want to perform at APW right now? I think the fact that APW is running at the historic Cow Palace in San Francisco is showing that they are a major player on the West Coast. 

5. Speaking of APW, you recently faced Zack Sabre Jr, how was it to take on one of the best in the world and are you glad that APW gives you those opportunities?? 

Zack Sabre Jr is hands down the best wrestler in the world right now. It was the most physically intense matches of my career and I think I made a believer out of many of my critics who think I may not deserve these opportunities.  Zack is highly intelligent when it comes to wrestling.  APW has given not only myself but others opportunities in the past few years, I just think that I’ve ran with those opportunities and exceeded expectations.  From Boyce Legrande to Lince Dorado to Matt Carlos to Rik Luxury to Zack Sabre Jr, fans have repeatedly been active on social media saying what I do out there is the “match of the night”.  I’m highly critical of myself and see many flaws in what I do, but if fans are saying that, then I must be doing something right. 

6. You have wrestled on WWE TV previously against the Shining Stars on Superstars, how was it to be part of WWE programming and what was the atmosphere like backstage?? 

The opportunity to wrestle the Shining Stars was fantastic. I have a huge respect for the Colon family. If you notice before the match, Epico noticed the Puerto Rican tattoo I have on my chest which is the same emblem on their gear. I felt right at home in there. They mentioned my selling and footwork were great after the match. The experience for me is appreciated but I’m not the type to be star struck. Maybe it’s my military experience but we are all men who put our pants on one leg at a time.  The backstage experience is all about learning, it’s about realizing that all of us wrestlers come from the same cloth.  It’s about standing out without trying to seem like a kiss ass.

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

For me I’m doing what I love right now. I’m pushing myself in the ring and always look forward to taking on top tier talent.  Within the next 5 years I’d like to tour the U.K. and Japan simply because I love and appreciate the styles and crowds so much.  As far as WWE I’d like to be in consideration for their 2017 Cruiserweight Classic if there is one. If I had to choose one ambition it would be to tour Europe and wrestle all of the talent there.

8. Of course the blog is called TheBritishWrestlingRevival, would you ever come over to the UK if given the chance and if so who would you have your eye on facing?? 

Talk about a dream come true. The UK has been my hope for years now.  Just like football, or what us Americans call soccer, the fans are just as important as the athletes.  To compete in the craft of pro wrestling that I love in front of fans who love it just the same would be very fulfilling.  Easy answer, Marty Scurll hands down. His persona, style, attitude and track record says it all.  If I had to choose a #2 it would be Grado.  Performance wise I think it would be electric.

9. Where can the readers follow the progress of Will Cuevas on social media and where can promoters book you for shows if they are reading this?? 

I’m on Twitter at @WillTheCuevas and on Instagram at @Will_Cuevas.  I will also be releasing a new merchandise line to be sold on my website WillThe Cuevas.com.  Hope to hear from you all there. I’m very responsive to my social media.

10. Do you have any future dates or projects that you want to plug to end the interview off??

I have several important dates coming up.  March 25th for All Pro Wrestling I take on my first trainer Michael Modest.  April 15th for Pro Wrestling Revolution I will be in action in Santa Rosa,CA, this is my alternate persona Memo Cuevas.  Then of course the big one May 6th in the Cow Palace in San Francisco. I don’t know the plans yet but it’s going to be historic.

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