DVD Review – WWE NXT From Secret to Sensation

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Welcome back to yet another WWE DVD review, today we are taking a lot look at the second DVD about WWE’s developmental territory NXT. Released last week, I am releasing the review today as I had an interview out last Monday and have another WWE one out next Monday so it is good for continuity.

To be honest I haven’t watched NXT for over 2 years since Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were prevalent. Of course being involved in Wrestling journalism I keep up with the product but I haven’t really had the time to watch it regularly for a while. So like some of the other DVD’s it is going to be a bit of a history lesson for myself in what I have missed in my time away and also reliving some memories.

The main feature in all honesty was definitely not what I was expecting but that doesn’t mean it’s bad as it was a great main feature. It was a countdown as opposed to a documentary which I am guessing will probably come in the future but with the title you would of thought it would be a documentary. As opposed to best moments though it was a countdown of the top 25 best wrestlers so far in NXT with nods to Tag Team’s and future stars currently in the brand as well. I am not going to give too much away but the likes of Becky Lynch, Samoa Joe, Paige and Tyler Breeze with all of them going up to the main roster barring Ember Moon and Corey Graves are in the countdown and it gives the evolution of each wrestler up until they left NXT which in my eyes is quite cool and adds an extra dimension as opposed to it being quite slapdash and thrown together with some moments.

Despite that being the main feature we get two discs of matches and I am going to run through some of the best ones and leave the rest for you to watch yourself if you decide to buy the DVD/Blu-Ray.

Firstly was a pretty cool match from the NXT Pilot Episode between two future stablemates in Big E Langston and Xavier Woods which despite not being too long is still a great watch to see how far these two have come since then and the whole arena set up as well during the match so it’s a great comparison point.

Another brilliant match came later in 2013 between Dolph Ziggler and Rusev. Ziggler is one of the most underrated performers WWE have had in the past ten or so years and is almost cast off and in this case he is doing a guest spot that despite him winning in elevated his opponent who is now a big fixture on the main roster and that is Rusev. Rusev’s performance was brilliant and really paved the way for him to have future success in the WWE.

Another brilliant match followed and that was between Paige and Sasha Banks. If you have read my reviews before you know that Paige and Becky Lynch are my two favourite female wrestlers in the WWE and so I am glad both feature on this set. Sasha’s heel turn in this match is well worth being on the DVD alone but it is also a brilliant match and the start of ‘The Boss’ that we know today emerging.

Big E vs Bo Dallas with a loser leaves town scenario for Bo was also brilliant. I was a big fan of Bo especially in NXT and his early days on the main roster and despite people not being a big fan of the Bolieve gimmick I really loved it and I am glad this included as both men were massively integral to NXT in the early days.

A match from NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4 Way followed and god is this a trip down memory lane. It is the Fatal 4-Way main event between Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Tyson Kidd and Tyler Breeze. 4 men that were integral to NXT and in a way in the case of Tyson it revitalised his career at that point. Zayn won here in  a match I did watch live and multiple times following that. It had tons of great spots, great performances and the atmosphere in Full Sail is worth the watch alone.

We then return to the Women’s action and two brilliant matches involving Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch pertaining the Womens’ Revolution and how integral all 3 women were to it along with Bayley and Paige. To be honest it is what made NXT so watchable back in the 2015 time period and to see them put in performances like this knowing that it kind of made women’s wrestling even more serious again and a real attraction on the main roster makes me happy to this day.

Following that, one of my favourite NXT matches of all time. This is from Mania weekend when of course Shinsuke Nakamura made his NXT debut. Of course only a year later, Shinsuke is a main roster stand out and this is where it all started. It was a brilliant decision by WWE to put him with Zayn and was the start of something special for him so it was great that this was put onto the DVD.

The last two matches I will be speaking about are Samoa Joe shocking the world by winning the NXT title at a live event. This was a massive shock to most NXT fans who thought Finn would continue his reign and it shows that in NXT anything can and will happen.

Finally the last match on the set is between Asuka and Ember Moon from the recent NXT Takeover Brooklyn III. This is an excellent match from both sides with Ember showing how good she is and she came close multiple times to finally ending the undefeated streak set by Asuka and I reckon once someone else is established as a genuine contender in the NXT women’s division that Ember will be main roster bound full time.

Rating – 7/10 –  A pretty good watch that despite not being a documentary included a good countdown that was easy and informative to watch as well as some of the best matches in the history of NXT. Some matches like the Iron Man match between Bayley and Sasha are left off but I think what they are trying to show is that there is loads of brilliant matches over the years in the company’s most exciting brand.

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Interview – Chuck Mambo

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Chuck, thanks for joining me for an interview, could you please introduce yourself to the readers to start it off??

Thanks for having me dudes ! Hey readers, I’m Chuck Mambo! Gnarliest Wrestler in the World!

2. Were you into wrestling from a young age and if so who did you grow up watching and did they inspire you to start wrestling training??

Yeah I was into wrestling for a long old time ! When I was about 5 m’man Dan Alexander came round with an Owen Hart and The Rock set of action figures and I was like ah cool! Then I got a Kane and Mankind set! Then all my big brothers friends were talking about wrestlemania and I hadn’t seen it but I was pretty sure The Rock was the best ! Then i got a wrestlemania 9 video and loved that! Then m’friend dan got SKY! So we could watch raw on friday nights then smackdown then whatever the 2 shows after smackdown were, like superstars and afterburn or something like that! It was all mad inspiring for making me want to be a wrestler there wasn’t one particular one i don’t think

3. Speaking of wrestling training, how did you get involved in it, how was the experience and do you have any tips for up and coming wrestlers??

Was mad lucky when i came to london for uni the Projo (Which is now Knucklelocks School of Wrestling and WAY WORTH GOING TO CHECK OUT!) was like half an hour away so I got to train like 5 days a week! Which was awesome! and with sweet coaches too! Like Jimmy Havoc, Darrell Allen, James Davis and Eddie Dennis and ah it was the best man! oh for tips for getting into wrestling just jump in with both feet ya know! be around wrestling as much as you can, go to as many shows as ya can, train as much as ya can! Get ya body into good shape for wrestling with! AND HAVE A BLAST!

4. You team quite a bit with Pastor William Eaver as Sweet Jesus, how did that come about and what are your thoughts on your chemistry as a team??

Haha the pasta is a total maniac ! The more i get to know him the more that proves true ! But in the absolute best kinda way! Originally we were training together at the Projo and when the SDS were coming into Progress Jon asked if we’d like to go up against them, we hadn’t tagged before, we were friends but we weren’t tagging or anything, but obviously if ya get a chance to tag with ya friend against the sds YA SAY YEAH MAN! so we did and i dunno, people seem to enjoy Sweet Jesus as a team! I think our mutual love or both the mega powers and shenanigans has made it more and more fun as time goes on!! I have heard that we’re not the best to be on a car ride with but, i’ve had a blast on all our car rides! i am thinking about getting us a tandem bicycle instead tho !

5. You made your debut a few months back for GOOD Wrestling, a promotion firmly on the rise, what were your thoughts on that and do you think you will be back in the future??

I’d LOVE to be back at GOOD some time soon! They are sweeeeeet shows and a really sweet atmosphere back stage and in the ring! Yeah super cool!

6. You wrestled for one of the most well known promotions in America Chikara as part of their Rey de Volodores tournament losing in the semi-final 4 way, how was it to wrestle for a promotion like Chikara and how was it wrestling Jody Fleisch a legend in British Wrestling??

Chikara was a blast ! OH MY DAYS IT WAS SUCH A BLAST ! To be honest for all the sweet wrestling that weekend it was super cool to hear one of Quack’s legendary pre-show speeches! What an inspiring dude! The whole weekend was a really creative and fun time ! it was mega! I’m actually headed out this week to Portugal to wrestle with Red Eagle who eliminated me from the tournament ! And well, what can ya say about wrestling against Jody! I only found out that afternoon! Not cool enough being on Chikara ya get to wrestle a dude who helped build the scene! SO CRAZY COOL ! and man he is such a gentleman! But my god he hurts to wrestle! That reverse rana!

7. You were part of Progress’ Chase the Sun show how was it to wrestle in a venue like the Ally Pally and what do you make of the rise of Progress over the years?? 

Ah yeah that was sweet! I was mind blown when I walked into Progress Chapter 9 and saw how wild of a wrestling show was being put on ! It was badass! and it’s wildly impressive how far they’ve come! I mean woah! and the rise of the whole wrestling scene is awesome! It’s killer that they’ve done it through supporting British Wrestling too!
I’m super thankful to all the dudes that have been grafting for years before it boomed, and kept on and on and made the boom happen! to build a scene where we now get to wrestle this often and in such wild venues!

9. Where can the readers find Chuck Mambo on social media and where can promoters book you for future shows??

YO ! follow me at instagram.com/ChuckMambo twitter.com/ChuckMambo facebook.com/ChuckMambo mambomerch.bigcartel.com and promoters, i’m always happy to wrestle! Shoot me a message at gnarlymambo@gmail.com !

10. Have you got any future shows and projects you wish to plug to end the interview off??

This Wednesday I am wrestling Eddie Dennis, he has been my favourite wrestler for years and he’s helped me heaps getting booked up n down the country these last few years so that’s gonna be a really special match at Progress Wrestling Live at the Dome this Wednesday! That’s sweet! If you can make it you should come along !

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Interview – ‘Masked Knight’ Senza Volto

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevivalBlog Senza, thanks for taking time out to do this interview, First of all could you introduce yourself to the readers ??

My name is Senza Volto the French Senzation , I am 23 years old and I live in Paris. I have had the chance to work with a lot of promotions in different countries (10 currently).

2. First of all let’s speak about getting into wrestling, did you always watch wrestling growing up or was it a later thing and who would you say inspired you to start training??

Today, i considers that the Wrestling is defined in two steps in my life. The first was the time where i was fan, i was looking as soon as possible matches on television and later by internet. At beginning i was very attracted by the entertainment side, later the Indy scene was a little bit more attractive . Then this second part where i have decided myself to become a wrestler, from this moment you don’t’ see things of the same way than before . But of course like everyone , when you make your first steps into a ring you imagine yourself doing make some crazy spots like your idols a few years ago .

3. Continuing on with getting into wrestling, how did you get involved in wrestling training, who trained you and how would you rate that experience ??

The decision was from me. I stopped being a fan when I asked to myself, why not me?. I was always in good shape and i knew that i’d have the capacity for succeed. Then i went to a wrestling school in Paris where i have learned how to bump. Then some seminars and i had quickly the chance to go on the road all weekends first in France then everywhere else in Europe ! In our country it’s really difficult to find a good coach but I have got good memories of my first training, touching the ring, running the ropes, imagining the crowd around me,that was a very good feeling , this fire inside my heart ready for a explosion . It’s weird but when I first stepped into a ring , I already felt at home.

4. You are from Paris, France, how would you rate the wrestling scene over in France and how is it to represent France when you go to foreign countries like Germany and the UK ??

Unfortunately, the French scene is not as developed as in UK . There is a lot of potential but it’s almost impossible to build them as good workers because to be honest there is not a lot of shows in France and most of the time, they are not good quality. For the moment we are two wrestlers to go on the road on all the weekends (Tristan Archer / Clement Petiot from WWE Cruiserweight Classic and me). I hope that the situation is going to change in the next years. Representing my own country is a honour, there are not many wrestlers who get to work outside the country so we have to try our best to change the bad opinion of the French scene but that is also so much responsibility, it is enough to make one bad performance in one country, and some people are gonna say that the French are bad.

5. Speaking of the UK, you made your Southside Wrestling debut recently against 6 other men in the International Heavyweight title match, what were your thoughts on your UK debut??

My first step in UK and for SWE was awesome ! I have met so much new people and especially a lot of talents. You know, in my opinion , the best way to learn is by travelling and wrestling different wrestlers in different countries. I am the kind of guy who loves to learn and grow in the business. I had the chance to wrestled 6 wrestlers from different country all against each other, it was an awesome experience. I had a good feeling with the people in the venue and I also had good feedback on my performance . It was awesome night despite the defeat. I hope I will show again my skill in a UK ring again very soon and show everybody what I can do. I’m waiting on bookings.

6. You faced Icarus again recently in a match coined Act III which on paper sounds like a brilliant match, what are your thoughts on Icarus as an opponent and are your matches as brilliant as they sound??

Every time that I am opposite to Icarus is always a immense pleasure. Even if the competition is present between us, there is always this mutual respect, it’s gonna be some years now that I have know Icarus and i can’t count the amount of advice that he has gave me . Today Icarus is not not my enemy like i could read on the social networks but like the big brother that I try to kick his ass! Saying that our matches are brilliant would be a little arrogant from me . I have had a lot of good feedback on our last match and especially of the first confrontation in the GWF in Berlin . We had a second round in Hamburg where Icarus jumped from a balcony and finally the third round where i did a Spanish fly off the top ropes, to the outside of the ring. You can say that each of our confrontations are full of surprises. We also wrestled in Romania, soon in Hungary, why not soon in UK ?

7. Going back to the UK, you faced one of British Wrestling’s most hardcore wrestlers in Jimmy Havoc in a losing effort for the COW Interstate Title, how was it to face Jimmy and what are your thoughts on returning to COW after previously winning the #1 Contendership a few months prior??

To be against Jimmy Havoc is a good memory . This night was amazing cause they sung our names from beginning until the end of the match . But even in trying any combinations, Jimmy has keep his title and to be honest he deserves it . Sharing a ring with him was a real pleasure . You know, most of the people give a real importance to titles because finally you fight for it and become a champion . In my opinion there is different way to feel like a champion . I’m lucky and proud in my young career to travel all the weekends over the entire of Europe ,so I try to be focus match after match, it’s my own way to feel like a champion and that is enough . But it’s always a pleasure to return to COW, like a always a pleasure of return in each of the promotions that i have worked. You can ask anyone, i am happy if there is a ring and ropes .

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

My ambitions has always wrestle for the top indie promotions. Fight for the biggest promotion in America, In Japan and of course in UK . I am the kind of guy who loves to travel and have free choice. I want to grow and make my name known of all. The road will be long but i will not go it alone, we meet incredible people with this job and i have the chance to have a lot of people who follow my journey . Where i would be in 5 years? The question is difficult. How can I predict this kind of thing, we put our life in danger every time that we put one step in a ring. An injury can quickly arrive, especially for a high flyer like me. Let’s Say that in 5 years i hope that i will be happy and in good health.

9. Where can the readers find Senza Volto on social media and where can promoters find you to book you for their future shows??

You can follow my adventure by Facebook (-> senza volto) but also by Instagram / Snapchat / Twitter (-> senzavoltoreal). I am active on the social networks because I like to share my journey with the fans, that is a way to live the adventure together.

10. Finally have you got any future dates / projects you wish to plug to end the interview off ??

For the moment I can’t say nothing but big things are coming for me , but I want thank you for contacting me and giving me the opportunity for this interview , i want to also thank all the fans who bring me amazing support , don’t forget that without you, there is no wrestling, you don’t assist of shows as spectators, you are part of the show. Thank you and be sure that i will be back very soon in UK

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DVD Review – WWE 30 Years of Survivor Series

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Welcome back readers to another WWE DVD review. It’s been about two weeks since the last one which was the 1997 – Dawn of the Attitude release and now we have the return of the sets I love the most (sarcastically), match compilations sets and this time it is the form of the Survivor Series and it celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the yearly PPV.

Right off the bat I don’t know if it’s just me but I have never been a big fan of the Survivor Series PPV and is one that I will only sit down and watch if I am sent it to review which I usually am so I don’t tend to put it on my live watch list wrestling wise so that might reflect in the rating.

The first disc is a countdown of the top 30 moments, quite a flimsy put together first part of the DVD which lasted little over an hour and didn’t really captivate my attention. I won’t share all 30 moments as otherwise there will be no point buying a copy but here are some of the main moments involved.

Number 30 was Survivor Series 1987 which of course was the first ever Survivor Series so it wasn’t not going to be on the list.

Kurt Angle’s debut was number 28 which of course like the debut of the event had to be included especially now he is back with the company as general manager of RAW. It’s True It’s Damn True.

Number 25 is one of my favourite traditional Survivor Series elimination matches between Team Kingston and Team Orton with two of my favourite wrestlers battling it out in two different teams and was solid throughout.

Number 20 is CM Punk being announced by the legend that is Howard Finkel before he goes on to defeat Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Championship and despite me not being the biggest fan of Del Rio, Punk is always someone especially in that era who was a real favourite.

Number 19 was a moment I had not seen before due to my age more than anything and that was from Survivor Series 2002 when Brock Lesnar was turned on by his manager Paul Heyman which makes people think that it could happen again one day in the future.

Number 17 is one of my favourite moments on the set and that is the Hardys vs the Dudleys in a cagematch to unify the WWE and WCW tag team titles during the invasion and with both teams being personal favourites of mine especially their matches around that time it had to appear on my best of the moments list.

The top 10 starts with a bang with the debut of the Elimination Chamber which of course has had it’s own PPV since close to when this match was done back in 2002, not my favourite match type ever and a PPV I always used to skip when I was younger but just for it being one of the major moments which has shaped WWE it is important.

Number 9 was the debut of the Shield which I still remember with fondness now. I used to love the Shield especially considering one of my favourite angles of the past 10 years is the Nexus and this was similar but even more devastating.

Another moment I love is number 6 when Sting debuted as part of team Cena vs team Authority which for someone who has grown up being a huge fan of Sting even his stuff with the other company this gave me goosebumps/chills and it still does now.

Number 5 is one that most people will know and that is Goldberg vs Lesnar from last year when Goldberg shocked the wrestling world in smashing Lesnar so fast akin to when Santino was eliminated in the Rumble a few years back in the record for fastest elimination.

Number 1 was Montreal and it couldn’t be anything else and if you haven’t seen it or know about it, first of all are you even a wrestling fan and two get it watched. One of the most shocking moments in Wrestling history that is still massively debated to this day.

Now onto the matches and considering we got almost a clip show for an hour for their to only be 17 matches is a crime in itself. Some of the matches are great some are god awful. They don’t include the Montreal Screwjob match first of all or the Elimination Chamber debut which is stupid considering both were heavily featured moments. Also there is nothing from the Ruthless Aggression era par say or even the Team Cena vs Team Authority match but lets have a look at what they do include.

The 5 on 5 elimination match including some of the worst and best of all time in the WWE from Hulk Hogan to Koko B Ware from 1988 is a good match and one that I really enjoyed to start the next part of the set off.

Some other good points included the Bad Guys vs the Teamsters from 1994 which I never saw originally but is a brilliant match and not as good as some Survivor Series matches but still up there.

The Rock vs Mankind from 1998 was brilliant and is still one of my favourites from the Survivor Series events, well worth a watch.

The cage match to unify the tag belts that I mentioned earlier is on here in all it’s glory and it is excellent with some great moves including a brilliant swanton from Jeff Hardy but would you expect anything less 😉

Team Orton vs Team Kingston was included which is excellent and includes alongside the likes of Randy Orton and CM Punk, some seriously underrated talents like R-Truth, Mark Henry, MVP and Kofi Kingston that I grew up with and loved especially MVP who I saw live last year and it gave me some great nostalgia.

We then get two god awful women’s matches from 2010 and 2011 between Lay-Cool and Natalya and Beth Phoenix vs Eve Torres which was back in the era when womens’ wrestling in WWE despite having the talent was almost in the dark ages with most matches lasting about 4 minutes and as a result I didn’t like them then and don’t like them now. Skip on through.

Following that The Rock and John Cena teaming together after their Mania match earlier in the year was special and something like a lot of other moments around that time I will always remember.

Two brilliant matches involving both the Shield together and one-on-one followed before the quick main event between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar which despite being so short really proves a point and is brilliant.

Rating – 6/10 – An average set that I would buy but only if you love the PPV, me not being a big fan of Survivor Series contributes to this rating and also it doesn’t help when they miss out key matches on the set and give us rubbish ones to fill years or space. Some great and some poor so gets a 6/10.

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Interview – Shax

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog, thanks for taking time out to do this interview, first of all could you introduce yourself to the readers??

Hello all! I am Beth, and I wrestle as the deranged circus ring-mistress Shax.

2. First of all let’s speak about getting into wrestling, did you always watch wrestling growing up or was it a later thing and who would you say inspired you to start training??

It was definitely a later thing, I actually didn’t start watching wrestling until I was almost a year into college. I mainly watched TNA to begin with as at that time the women’s division was stronger and I wasn’t a major fan of the “Diva” persona. There was no particular person that inspired me to start, more so I fell in love with it and wanted to get involved!

3. Continuing on with getting into wrestling, how did you get involved in wrestling training, who trained you and how would you rate that experience??

One day myself and my best friend decided we would just give it a go! We found a fairly local training school called EBW that often had training sessions taken by Kris Travis who I can thank entirely for my wrestling passion – if not for him I would have given up in my first year. He took me under his wing and then sent me down to Norwich to go and train with the knight family (in particular Julia) to learn to be more aggressive funnily enough! There wasn’t much female talent in my area at the time so it really benefited me going to train with the Bellatrix girls.
Obviously due to the sad loss of Trav it was all a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, but I am grateful to each individual trainer and the lessons they all taught me along the way.

4. I saw you a few months back at Southside a promotion you recently debuted for, how was it to debut for them and are you going to be a more permanent part of their shows going forward??

It was honestly a bit surreal. Southside have been a promotion I have known about for years as obviously Trav was one of their top talents and it was always a bit of an aspiration to make it to one of these shows. I’d love to be more involved in their shows going forward! I had a great time so Ben… if you’ll have me…

5. You also made your debut for the returning Fierce Females in Glasgow recently facing off against Millie McKenzie, one of the fastest rising talents in British Wrestling right now in a losing effort, how was it to face Millie and if you get asked to return, will you be going after Danielle Hunter’s internet title and if so do you have any words for her??

It was great to face Millie, she truly is a great talent and so respectable at her age. I have no particular intention of going directly for the title, but I am sure it would look far better around my waist so hopefully Danielle can handle a little crazy or she may be in trouble..

6. You faced Deonna Purrazzo recently, one of the best female wrestlers on the independent scene today, how was it to face her as well as to get your name out on a show promoted not only by Bellatrix but by Shimmer and Rise??
It was tough, she is again a great talent and proved worthy of the win. Bellatrix is very much a home promotion to me now and so performing there is always a great experience for me. The fact that Shimmer and Rise were a part of it just made it all the more amazing and I was chuffed to be a part of it.

7. Another promotion you debuted for recently was Preston City Wrestling on their all womens’ show Girl Power 2, how was that debut for you and what are your thoughts on the state of Female Wrestling is at the minute??

I personally thought it was a great debut and it was another promotion I always had my eyes on getting involved in so it was another one ticked off the list. I think female wrestling is at its peak right now and is on the up even more! We seem to be proving that we can be just as nasty as the guys and we do belong in the ring which is great.

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

My main real goal is to be recognised across the indie circuit, I would to wrestle abroad – particularly America. I never see myself anywhere in 5 years’ time to be honest! Nor do I really like to think about it. I mainly set shorter term goals and try to achieve those – I have some for next year, but I like to keep these things secret.

9. Where can the readers find Shax on social media and where can promoters find you to book you for their future shows??

So I have a facebook page – just type Shax in the search bar I’m sure you will find me – or my twitter handle is @wrestlershax. Promoters can DM me on either of those and I will pick it up.

10. Finally have you got any future dates/projects you wish to plug to end the interview off??

At the moment nothing MAJOR but got some exciting things ahead – I’ll be honest I haven’t been announced for a few so don’t want to ruin anything!

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Blu-ray Review – WWE 1997 : Dawn of the Attitude

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Welcome back to another review, today once again it is the turn of WWE that I turn my attention to! Firstly I apologise for this review being a bit late, as with my interviews my personal life has taken over and I was away for the first part of this week so I only received this release when I got back.

Today it is the form of 1997 : Dawn of the Attitude, this was due out a few weeks before it’s actual release date over here but a disc error meant the release got pushed back. WWE have been pumping out a lot of these old school sets as of late with the 90’s the focus such as the Unreleased set we reviewed a few weeks ago and for someone who never watched wrestling in that period, it already gains some points as I always say it’s more of a history lesson as a result.

This set though was better than expected, it wasn’t just a ton of matches slapped onto a set like usually a set like this would be it is mainly a roundtable like the WWE Network specials are which includes Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, Ron Simmons, The Godfather and Kane.

Hosting it was Renee Young who I am a big fan of as she knows her stuff as was demonstrated in this case using terms alongside structure to the different conversations and is there despite them being friends as almost a mediator so the conversations don’t go on too long and also to lengthen certain portions and she is the best by far if your talking about people who are not wrestlers in order to host this set.

In terms of the roundtable, these are the sorts of features that really peak my interest as I am all about the history side of wrestling and really hearing what they have to say about certain parts of it all and just overall delving deeper into certain storylines and moments that define the sport. Mostly it was about how the attitude era came about and they spoke in depth about different subjects (without giving too much away) like Steve Austin and the Rock, Mick Foleys’ Three Faces, how women were presented, DX, Montreal as well as some interesting stuff that was less massive but that I didn’t know about as a result.

Overall if you want an hour of chat with a lot of anecdotes thrown in and the wrestlers themselves putting their side of the story across, I would definitely recommend this set and don’t get me wrong this isn’t the best release WWE has ever put out with the documentaries trumping them for sure with the Macho Man one probably being my favourite of recent memory but what it still has is a nostalgic feel and in a schedule full of PPV’s and compilation sets it is a breath of fresh air. It reminds me a lot of the Kayfabe Commentaries sets but instead of it being one person it is multiple people and so I hope they do multiple sets as a result of different years that have defined WWE.

Of the matches, you get the likes of Psycho Sid vs Shawn Michaels from Royal Rumble ’97 which despite not being a brilliant match was still a good watch and the fact Shawn wins the belt in hometown when nowadays it is not the case really shows why it is on the set and it is a great addition in that respect.

Next up we get Bret Hart taking on Mankind in a match that was Unreleased before being on this set from the show they discussed on the set Shotgun Saturday Night. The match is good and I love the venue as considering the way WWF was mainly portrayed at the time it makes a massive difference and is a great match to have on the set.

Following this we had British Bulldog vs Owen Hart which if you have never seen it is probably one of the best matches ever to be on RAW. It’s just a simply stunning wrestling bout between two of the best of that time who sadly were taken away from us too soon.

We kept up with the RAW feel with Psycho Sid taking on Bret Hart for the WWF Championship in a  Steel Cage match which was a very good contest and considering this was only 6 days before WrestleMania it really adds a sense of intrigue that potentially Sid might lose his belt which you wouldn’t get on RAW today neither would you get the swearing which for the most part is bleeped out.

The match before that was one of the best RAW produced but the next one was one of the best Mania matches of all time featuring Bret Hart and Steve Austin which is excellent and has Ken Shamrock as special guest referee. If you haven’t seen it yet, it is a must watch.

Following that we got another glimpse of two of the biggest stars of the era with another Hart  vs Austin encounter from RAW which is a scrap after their In your House mach which is a good watch despite it not being particularly a match but it is an early example of what RAW is there for and so is a good addition.

Following that we got our first glimpse of Triple H on the set in his Hunter Hearst Helmsley guise. It was the start of a brilliant feud with Mankind and goes to highlight how many good feuds and stars this era went onto make.

The final part of the set starts off with Dude Love’s debut as Steve Austin’s tag team partner which despite Austin being a real bad guy and very good at that, they worked very well together and it goes to highlight that Mick Foley wherever you turn in this era was a massive part of it all and this is a real example.

Following that we had the Six-Man Tag Flag Match from RAW including Bret, Owen and The British Bulldog vs Austin, Dude Love and Taker which is a good enjoyable match but one that most people have seen especially if you watch and review alot of WWE DVD’s with past matches on them like I do but still a good watch.

Another match with Undertaker followed that which is from In Your House 1997 which is brilliant when he faces off against Shawn Michaels which despite being largely forgotten is the big catalyst for their feud and their even better matches at Hell in a Cell and Royal Rumble and despite it not being a massively big match reliant on wrestling, I like these sort of contests where it is more of a straight up fight then a proper match.

A brilliant match from One Night Only in the UK in 1997 where Shawn Michaels defeated the British Bulldog on home soil for the Erupean Championship in a brilliant match where the crowd play a massive part and is definitely worth a watch. As you can tell the set relies massively on a few big names which shows how much they mattered in this period and Shawn and Bulldog were two of them for sure.

Kane’s debut match follows that from Survivor Series which is also brilliant and goes a long way to making Kane into the monster that he has been for years as Foley being one of the best of all time goes out of his way to perform some stunning bumps to show this and it is something Foley isn’t praised enough for I would say.

Another match was from the same Pay Per View. It was the one which everybody has probably seen in the form of Bret vs Shawn in the infamous Montreal Screwjob which is a moment most people remember even if your not really a big wrestling fan. Despite the ending this is a brilliant match and really goes a long way to establishing Mr McMahon as the vindictive heel we all know him as today and this was definitely the start of it.

The last two matches follow this between Steve Austin and Rocky Maivia (the Rock) and Shawn vs Triple H, Austin vs the Rock despite being short is really entertaining and almost the start of them becoming as big as they were while Shawn vs Triple H is completely different as it is more an angle and goes to almost bury the European Championship in an over the top fashion which is a good entertaining way to end the set.

Rating 8/10 – One of the best sets WWE has produced this year by far. I have preached quite a lot recently about how with the advent of the Network, the WWE Home Video part has to change and be more than just matches and this shows just that with a good mix of both with a set I would definitely recommend.

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Interview – ‘The Original Badman’ Beano

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Photo : Courtesy Of Turning Face

1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog, thanks for your time, could you please start by introducing yourself to the readers??

Wa you sayin BWR! Thanks for getting in touch! Of course I can. I wrestle as ‘The Original Badman’ – Beano. I am 20 years of age and I’ve been training at the Dragon Pro Wrestling Academy for almost 3 years now under the tutelage of ‘Wild Boar’ Mike Hitchman, Flash Morgan Webster, Big Grizzly and WWEUK/NXT superstar, Mark Andrews. I have wrestled at a variety of different promotions across the country such as Dragon Pro Wrestling, Attack! Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Chaos, IPW:UK and more.

2. Were you into wrestling from a young age and who would you say were your favourites growing up and would you say they inspired you to start wrestling??

Yes, I was very fond of wrestling at a young age. During my later school years I had lost interest but thankfully I discovered a couple of crash mats that were stored away privately in my schools sixth form room – so as you can probably guess, my love for wrestling came flying straight back when a handful of friends and I used these mats to hit moves on each other. When I was at home watching wrestling, I used to really enjoy the likes of Randy Orton and Eddie Guerrero. Now Guerrero’s feud with JBL, that was really something for me – along with Orton’s time representing the Evolution. I wouldn’t’ say this inspired me to start wrestling, but it certainly helped push the idea.

3. Speaking of starting wrestling, how did you get involved in wrestling training, who had a hand in your training and if you could have a seminar with any wrestler dead or alive who would it be and why??

Well I wasn’t aware of Dragon Pro at first and this was due to lack of research because it’s only a 15 minute drive from home, so I ended up travelling for 2+ hours to the reputable Kamikaze Pro who are based in Birmingham as I’m sure you know. At the end of the session they made me aware that there was a training school in South Wales, right near my house. When I began training at Dragon Pro, Mike Bird was the owner/head coach. I could never thank him enough for what he did for me with regards to coaching and teaching me almost everything I know now. ‘Wild Boar’ has now taken his place as head coach and has maintained the excellent levels of coaching. Seminars – now that’s a difficult question. There are so many wrestlers, past and present that I’d love to have a seminar with. Randy Orton (for his movement), Shawn Michaels (for his selling) and Jody Fleisch (for his athleticism) are to name but a few.

4. You recently stole the Pro Wrestling Chaos Heir to the Throne briefcase from Big Grizzly and have said you won’t be at their next show so there will be no title defence, do you have any words for PWC and Big Grizzly after stealing the briefcase??

I wouldn’t say I stole it – I put my hands on it and ran away with it and he didn’t ask for it back, so I think he’s cool with me borrowing it for a while. I don’t think the crowd heard at Unleashed, but whilst chasing me around the ring, Big Grizzly said “ye man, of course you can borrow my case! Bring it back when you’re ready!” And a few words for PWC and Big Grizzly, the case is in safe hands, don’t worry. #WaYouSayin

5. You made your debut for GOOD Wrestling at their last show as a replacement for Panda Cub, what did you make of it and do you have any plans to return in the future??

GOOD Wrestling is a cool promotion and they wrestle in a great little venue in Milton Keynes. If I get asked to go back and I’m free, I wouldn’t turn that down.

6. Next month you are making your debut for Rebel Championship Wrestling, are you looking forward to it and what can fans who have never seen you before expect from you??

I’m looking forward to representing RCW next month, yes. It’s always nice to work at new promotions with new faces. The fans will have to wait and see.I’m looking forward to representing RCW next month, yes. It’s always nice to work at new promotions with new faces. The fans will have to wait and see.

7. What do you make of the current state of British Wrestling and are you glad to be a part of that??

British Wrestling is the best. There’s so much talent flying around the world at the moment – Welsh, Scottish, Irish and English and to be a part of the scene is overwhelming. It’s fantastic that the UK indy scene is being acknowledged and recognised far more lately, especially with Progress promoting shows outside of the UK. I can’t see the rise of British Wrestling stopping any time soon.

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

I hope to be working a lot more regularly than I am now. If in 5 years time I can say that I wrestle at least 2/3 times a week, I’ll be happy.

9. Where can the readers find ‘The Original Badman’ Beano on social media and where can promoters book you for future shows??

Twitter – @ManLikeBeano, Facebook – ManLikeBeano, Instagram – ManLikeBeano.

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

Yes! Dragon Pro Wrestling, October 15th at Rodney Parade, Newport. Check the Dragon Pro Wrestling Facebook page for more info! Also, check Merch Britannia for Beano merchandise! Thank you British Wrestling Revival!

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