DVD Review – WWE Best Pay Per View Matches 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interview – ‘Bronco’ Brendan White

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DVD Review – WWE Tables Ladders and Chairs 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DVD Review – WWE Double Feature : No Mercy and Hell in a Cell 2017

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Hello readers and welcome back to yet another WWE DVD review. Today we have the turn of one of WWE’s main release types as of yet and that is the Double Feature set. From my perspective originally when released these sets have always been quite enjoyable to review as it gets both of them done at the same time and also are very good value as they are the same price as the previous releases WWE Home Video released

We start with No Mercy which in itself starts off with the Miz vs Jason Jordan, this is a good opener to start off proceedings. The fans were into it  but were willing the Miz on as opposed Jason Jordan which is a shame because I think he is quality but like I say we start off well and I am looking forward to the next match..

That next match is Finn Balor taking on Bray Wyatt. This was a decent watch with Finn picking up the win which is no surprise and putting him with someone like Wyatt means there will always only be one winner. I think this will lead to a title push from Balor in the future and working with Wyatt will only strengthen that.

Following that was another quality encounter with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose taking on Sheamus and Cesaro. This match was excellent and was gripping throughout, despite of course Cesaro’s teeth getting busted in a way it shows how good the action was.

Following that it was a Fatal Five Way match between Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Emma which was a brilliant match and was unfortunately the last time we see Emma on a WWE PPV Before her release. Overall probably the best women’s match on a PPV this year with all of them giving their all.

John Cena vs Roman Reigns was the next match and was a quality match to put on this card and was one of the highlights of a great PPV. There was hints at the end of Cena potentially retiring which garnered a thank you Cena chant which shows that despite the amount of stick he gets from the fans that they still value him.

Following that was a contrast with Neville taking on Enzo Amore, a good match but not exactly amazing like some of the other matches on the card and is used as kind of a good segway/cooldown to the main event which means it is good on the card.

Finally for No Mercy was the Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman main event which was a bit of a let down to be honest. Compared to the Fatal Four Way at SummerSlam it was a bit short and putting the Cena vs Reigns match on the card and it being the best match overall mean this lacked the intensity that the other match had and the crowd were not exactly 100% there for it which meant it suffered.

The second event on the DVD is Hell in a Cell 2017 which is highlighted by Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens in what is sure to be a quality match.

The first match was between New Day and the Usos and was a superb match between two of the best tag teams on the brand right now and them being in the cell really adds to the dynamic with comedy and violence really meshing well and it continues a brilliant feud between the two teams which doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

Following that it was a decent bout between Randy Orton and Rusev with Orton coming out on top with an RKO Outta Nowhere. It was decent in the way that it is a massive improvement from the match between the two at SummerSlam which lasted 10 seconds and it seems like a feud that will build up over time which is good.

Next was a decent triple threat match between AJ Styles, Baron Corbin and Tye Dillinger for the United States Championship. It was a good match for Corbin who surprisingly came out victorious over one of the hottest stars in the WWE right now, AJ Styles. I think this will be a brilliant feud if it goes ahead but if not I think Styles will shift his focus to another title.

Natalya vs Charlotte Flair was a disappointment with Natalya being disqualified using a chair which sucked as I was looking forward to this but because the feud is ongoing I expect a match like this before we get the quality matches as the feud comes to an end.

Following that was a match for the WWE Championship between Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura. Mahal will probably lose the title in the next few PPV’s as his reign is getting a bit stale and I am guessing Shinsuke will be the one to take it off him. Overall though when he does lose it it will be a good reign that has reignited the career of Mahal from his release previously.

Bobby Roode made his debut in a pretty poor match against Dolph Ziggler and this was compared to Nakamura’s debut against the underrated Ziggler and him using the tights at the end isn’t a great ending but I am looking forward to seeing how he gets on in future PPV’s.

Finally was the brilliant main event between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens. It is quite lengthy but makes up for it though as it is a great watch. The main spot in the match where Shane does the elbow from the cell once again was brilliant and made a brilliant ending where Sami Zayn turns up to pull his old rival Kevin Owens out the way and turns heel as a result which makes to a brilliant end to the show.

Rating – 8/10 – The best double feature they have released by far with two brilliant Pay-Per-Views that I was quite surprised by but it shows how good WWE is getting at the minute on the run up to the Royal Rumble. Would definitely recommend picking this one up.

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Interview – The O.J.M.O

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

Hi. I’m The O.J.M.O. I’m a wrestler.

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??
I’ve been watching wrestling for as long as I’ve had a memory. I have spotty memories of being sent to bed, not being allowed to watch a new match called “Hell in a Cell”. I’ve got too many influences in wrestling but The Rock would be No. 1 on that list followed by people like Jericho, Austin, Christian and actually starting wrestling made me realise how I subconsciously have taken from guys like HHH, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and even, believe it or not, The Undertaker!

3. Speaking of wrestling training, how did you get involved in it, how was the experience and in your opinion if you could have a seminar with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why??

I remember sending out a not-so committed message to the Progress Wrestling School, now known as the Knucklelocks Gym, asking a general question about signing up in July of 2016. But it was only after they got into contact with me a few months later in December asking if I still wanted to sign up that I decided to do it. If they didn’t come to me, I may have never made the jump. That was, I believe, the day after WWE announced the UK tournament. They showed a picture of the title and said to myself, “I no longer want to buy a replica title. I want to win the real thing one day.” Started the Beginner Course in January of 2017 and just knew that I made the right decision. From day one, I’ve been trained by Strangler Davis – the wealth of knowledge that man possesses I don’t even think he knows. And of course, there’s head trainer, Darrell Allen – he’s good at training.

And in terms of a seminar? I’ll choose one alive and dead – Kassius Ohno & Dusty Rhodes

4. You made your PROGRESS debut recently after only being an active wrestler since June, how was this experience and does this show how far you’ve come in your few months in wrestling??

Well my 1st match in June was for PROGRESS. October 29th, I debuted in the Ballroom on a Chapter Pre-Show which was the most surreal experience of my life, not counting this one night in Liverpool, but I digress. I had one goal, based on the confidence I had in my ability, that I wanted to reach in year one – to have one professional wrestling match. So, to say the very least, I’ve been humbled by the opportunities I’ve received thus far.

5. You faced Spike Trivet recently for Anarchy Pro in a match you described as a war, was it as brutal as the pictures suggest and would you recommend the readers come down to an Anarchy Pro show if they can??

Anarchy Pro Wrestling brings out the worst in people… and that’s what makes it special. I’ve seen a young man in Connor Mills in that promotion attach 100 thumbtacks to a kickpad leave his opponent’s back with holes. And when it comes to me, I never thought I’d ever be in a wrestling match where knives and forks and crabs would be used as weapons. But I always knew I had to be ready for a battle when I accepted the challenge of the Bullingdon Club Dining Society Bar Fight from Spike Trivet. That guy is legit, and I believe leaving that match the victor helped legitimise me to the fans who were in attendance that night who may have had preconceived notions of who I was and what I was about. Go to those shows, people. They’re violent.

6. What are your future ambitions in Wrestling and what would you say would be the pinnacle for you in wrestling??

The pinnacle of wrestling is leaving the main event of WrestleMania as WWE Champion. I’d like to reach the pinnacle of wrestling.

7. What are your thoughts on the current state of British Wrestling and seeing the growth of it lately??

British Wrestling has the most exciting wrestling scene in the world right now. That’s evident in the amount of new promotions and wrestlers cropping up in the space of a year. The matches are top-notch and that’s because the competition in the back is so fierce. You have to be more than just half-good to get on shows here, and that may not have been something you could say 5-10 years ago. That makes the product better for the fans and forces you as a wrestler to be very best if you want to get anywhere in this industry. I think I got into it at a near perfect time based off all that.

8. Where can the readers find The O.J.M.O on social media and where can promoters book you for future shows??

facebook.com/TheOJMO
twitter.com/TheOJMO
TheOJMO@gmail.com

As of now, the social media pages are pretty good platforms for promoters to use to contact me 1st to start a conversation and for any booking enquiries.

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

There are quite a few matches that I have that I just can’t announce right now as I like to keep things in wrestling a surprise until they’re officially announced but I will plug this:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2009172502688820

In time for the festive season is the premiere a short film I starred in. A Christmas-themed comedy where I kill a dog! It’s been selected for a number of film festivals and was fun to film so will be fun to watch! Come on down, wrestling fans!

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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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