DVD Review – WWE Double Feature – Elimination Chamber & FastLane 2017

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Welcome to the latest WWE review and the first one in a few weeks, this time is quite a weird one as it’s of a Double Feature DVD set and not just two small DVD’s like in the olden days where they used to put compilations together occasionally, this time it’s two PPV’s in the form of Elimination Chamber and FastLane, billed as the last two PPV’s before Mania these two have final implications before the big event and now that they are RAW and SmackDown separate it makes sense to slap them in a Double Feature Set.

For me of course it means more work as both are around 3 hours each so I was glad I received these a week or two earlier as otherwise I would struggle to get a review out this week, I am glad that it’s double feature though as I would usually have to review both separately anyway so it is better to have both at the same time! Due to there basically being two reviews in one, I will refrain from my usual long winded review and keep it short and simple but my recommendation and rating will be the same format in the end!
The first event is Elimination Chamber which includes John Cena vs AJ Styles vs Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose, The Miz and Bray Wyatt inside the Elimination Chamber, Randy Orton taking on Luke Harper and Alexa Bliss vs Naomi as well as my favourite women’s wrestler Becky Lynch vs the returning Mickie James in quite a short Pay-Per-View in truth.

First of all, we had Becky Lynch vs Mickie James to open the show which was a good match with James spending most of the match working on the arm of Lynch to weaken her down and prevent her from getting her submission which of course is her biggest threat so it was good from Mickie there. Lynch ended up getting a bit of momentum and won the match overall after countering a roll up and she then made a cover using her legs and then ended up winning thus. This was surprisingly to hear probably because I don’t watch WWE as much as I would like to her first match back on a WWE PPV since her return, I was surprised when Mickie left in the first place and I think her returning could pave the way for other Females of the past few years to return to the company like her and Maryse have including Maria and dare I say it maybe AJ Lee one day. I think we will see another match between the pair with James winning and then there being a rubber match to end it all off.

Next off we had a weird match between Dolph Ziggler vs Apollo Crews and Kalisto, it was quite poor and was just a quick match to try and hype the crowd up but it didn’t work especially on the part of Apollo Crews who didn’t garner the reaction of the crowd. Kalisto got a good reaction but that was only when the match was coming to an end which is due to him being attacked by Ziggler and him coming in late. Kalisto got the team closer to the victory with a handspring roundhouse kick followed by tagging in to Apollo Crews who hit a powerbomb for the victory. Overall a poor match that you should skip over to be honest.

3rd match was the SmackDown Tag Team Turmoil match with American Alpha the champions taking on Breezango, The Vaudevillains, Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Uso’s and The Ascension so basically the whole SmackDown tag division. American Alpha ended up retaining as expected, a good match showcasing the whole tag team division which embodies a final chance before WrestleMania as anyone can win the tag titles and as they always say the odds are stacked against the champions. American Alpha vs The Usos was the best part and I would say it was good to see the likes of The Ascension who don’t get that much of a showcase. Compared to the previous match well worth the watch.

Next match was between Nikki Bella and Natalya, this was held in Phoenix, Arizona and with Nikki from Scottsdale which is nearby she garnered a very good reaction from the crowd. This match was good in my opinion, the fact it ended in a double countout didn’t bother me as such as I know that this way it shows the feud is still proper hot and keeping going. As a result of Natalya grabbing Nikki so she wouldn’t return kept the animosity up which followed up with a brawl on the ramp. Overall a very good match that felt more like a brawl and like a good feud should be that there are some real problems between the pair that so much so they end up counting each over out and fighting some more. I can’t wait to see the next match between these two thus to see where the feud ends.

Following this was Randy Orton vs Luke Harper which as expected was very very good, some great near falls as expected and surprisingly for me Harper got lots of great offence in and it was believable that he was going to pick up the win up to the final few seconds when if he would have executed the discus clothesline he would have won but Orton came through with his signature RKO to get through to WrestleMania. One of Orton’s best matches in quite a while and Harper put in a very good performance, before the Pay-Per-View I thought this might be just okay or maybe a bit rubbish as I am not a big fan of either wrestler but this impressed me, give it a watch and you won’t be disappointed.

Sub main event was between Alexa Bliss and Naomi, to be honest I am not a massive fan of either. I like a lot of males think Alexa is very attractive but I have never been that enamoured by anything she has done in the ring and am a bigger fan of the likes of Becky Lynch and Charlotte and even Nikki Bella. This match was okay but not as good as the first women’s match which was on the card in my opinion. Naomi ended up winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship which in my opinion is long overdue with Naomi one of the most deserving of a title on the roster right now. I would say that I was surprised that Alexa’s reign lasted for such a short time but I guess maybe a switch to RAW after Mania with Charlotte coming to SmackDown to feud with Naomi could be the main reason. In terms of the finish to the match Bliss went up to the top for a moonsault and Naomi blocked it and then hit a split legged moonsault off the ropes for the victory which shows of course that it could have gone either way like the previous match.

The main event to the first show was the Elimination Chamber match between John Cena, AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, The Miz and Dean Ambrose so a stacked line up. Baron Corbin first was eliminated which didn’t surprise me as he is probably the weakest in the match but he was eliminated by a roll up of all things by Dean Ambrose which of course weakens Baron that he can be eliminated so easily. Dean Ambrose was next to be eliminated, Corbin stayed in and hit Ambrose with the End of Days which allowed The Miz to potentially not only set up a feud between Corbin and Ambrose but also an elimination for himself. The Miz paid for this shortly after wards though. Miz went to the top and went for a cross body block but was hit with an Attitude Adjustment which eliminated him. Next up was the most surprising part in a way and that was Cena being eliminated by Wyatt meaning a new WWE champion would be crowned. Cena got some great offence on both Styles and Wyatt but when he went for an AA on Wyatt to eliminate him basically he got out of it and hit Sister Abigail which made the crowd react well to Cena’s elimination. AJ Styles was the final elimination when it looked like he was on the edge of winning. He tried hitting a Phenomenal Forearm but Wyatt avoided it and then hit Sister Abigail to get the victory and become the new WWE champion which for me was a big surprise but not in the context of him deserving it as he does and has done for a long while. He will be a great champion and will allow Cena to team with Nikki at Mania. A great match overall.

FastLane was next on the set.

First match was between Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn, this was a good match that was of course mainly a showcase of how good Samoa Joe is to hype him up. This about a year ago would main event any NXT show or TakeOver so it shows how opposite on the scales both men are that Samoa is booked in a kind of dominant role with Sami the one to take the brunt of it and be walked over which is a shame as if this was a bit more even and went even longer it would be brilliant. Joe got his Coquina Clutch submission to win after Zayn went for the Helluva Kick to be stopped. I expect to see Joe become WWE Universal Champion very soon after this mega unstoppable push is over and I think he would be a very good well suited champion.

Second match was between Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson and Enzo Amore & Big Cass which was pretty poor to be honest, it was the typical Enzo and Cass match we are used to where Enzo ends up getting proper fired up to then tag in Big Cass followed by Cass getting back in and losing the match, I am looking forward to seeing The Hardys at WrestleMania which is a bit of a spoiler as in my opinion they will breathe life into quite a stale RAW tag division so to know this will only really go on one more time for a while is good.

Next up we have Nia Jax vs Sasha Banks which was a good match in my opinion, Nia ended up dominating for the most part which in all honesty I kind of expected due to her size compared to Sasha but it was Sasha who grabbed the win after Nia went for a Samoan Drop but was countered with Sasha getting a bridged pin for the win. It was quite a surprise that Nia lost in all honesty though as it would have been like Sami winning in the opener but I guess we will have a final match after their one at the Rumble down the line at some point with someone becoming the definitive winner and maybe even getting a title shot but we should wait and see.

Next we have Cesaro vs Jinder Mahal which was poor which wasn’t Cesaro’s fault, Jinder Mahal got no reaction from the fans in attendance and even chants of boring were heard. Cesaro was good and was the only saving grace I would say in this match and executed an uppercut to grab the win after about 8 minutes after being distracted by Rusev who was at the announce table.  Rusev ended up getting into the ring and punched Mahal a few times followed by a running superkick to set up another feud which will probably be boring let’s face it when it’s these two. Time will tell.

Speaking of Rusev, he was next in action was Big Show and this match was alright with Big Show going over which didn’t surprise me one bit with him meant to be on the way out to go to retirement after Mania it seems like they are trying to give him a good send off at WrestleMania and that includes this win against Rusev. This of course had no relevance to a feud and as a result was a downside to it as it’s basically just a filler match. Show ended up winning without much fuss after getting out of the accolade with 3 chokeslams followed by his Weapon of Mass Destruction a.k.a WMD KO Punch for the win. I am going to miss Big Show as he was definitely a favourite of mine growing up and is someone I will always associate with my childhood.

Neville vs Jack Gallagher was next which was brilliant. Gallagher who I say time and time again is a BWR alumni and I am very proud of that killed it here with some great offence including headbutts and a great back suplex off the top rope. Neville ended up winning with the Red Arrow to end a good match which kept Neville strong but also made Gallagher out to be a major title contender in the future as opposed to squashing him. I have always been a big fan of both men so I didn’t mind how this one panned out at all compared to the previous two this one was worth a watch.

Next up we had Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman which without Owens vs Goldberg would be the main attraction and a potential main event spot but in this case, it is 3rd from main event. This was a good match between two of the best powerhouses in the WWE at the minute. The spot with the powerslam through the table showed that and made it out to be a proper fight. Also, other notable moments included Reigns executing a spear for a near fall followed up with two Superman Punches by Reigns before Strowman tried for the victory with a Diving Splash but was promptly speared for his undefeated streak to end and for Reigns to win. Reigns was kept strong due to his match with the Undertaker at Mania and this is no surprise. This like most of the matches on the card had no storyline meaning to it but this one at least was good so even though it didn’t mean much it would hype the crowd up a bit.

The sub main event was between Bayley and Charlotte who in my opinion are the two best females in the WWE right now and I really like how much the women have been elevated so much so that they have gone from opening the show to closing it and props have to go to WWE, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H mostly who have elevated not only women’s wrestling in the WWE but also the young talent in NXT and with talents such as Nixon Newell, Evie, Ruby Riot (Heidi Lovelace), Kimber Lee etc coming through or about to join up with WWE as well as Asuka holding up NXT’s women’s division it represents a great time for the women’s division both in WWE and NXT. This was a good match, not amazing but good none the less. Charlotte dominated proceedings almost punishing Bayley including a forearm to start off with before leg vices, knees to the back, neckbreakers and moonsaults to try and weaken her with her even asking Bayley where Sasha was to help her. When it looked, like Charlotte had got the win through Natural Selection but got a 2 count, Sasha came down prompting Charlotte to go after her and thus help Bayley retain the title through a Bayley to Belly for the second time which thus represented the end to the streak for Charlotte. This obviously sets up a match between the three alluded to. Like I say a good match and a good time for women’s wrestling.

Finally, we got the poor end to the show that we were all expecting. Goldberg challenging for Kevin Owens’ title and what happened was exactly what happened to Brock Lesnar previously with Goldberg getting the job done in quick time. Chris Jericho’s music hit as a distraction followed by him coming out and as a result Goldberg stalked him and speared him followed by a Jackhammer to win in only 21 seconds. It’s good for the storyline development between Goldberg and Lesnar as it means we get the rubber match at WrestleMania but something like this could hurt Owens and is annoying to fans who want to see a good match but are left with a 20 second demolition job again.

 

Ratings –

Elimination Chamber – 7/10 – An alright Pay-Per-View and the better of the two, the Elimination Chamber was very much a highlight with Alexa Bliss vs Naomi and Apollo Crews & Kalisto vs Dolph Ziggler being the poorer matches in my eyes. Worth a watch but not the best pay per view of the year by any means

FastLane – 5/10 – Pretty poor PPV with only Reigns vs Strowman, Neville vs Gallagher and Bayley vs Charlotte really saving it a worse rating. It was a bunch of nothing matches that didn’t mean much and this all lead to the main event which speaks for itself in only lasting 20 seconds. If you’re going to pick one to watch, pick Elimination Chamber.

Elimination Chamber/FastLane 2017 Double Feature is out now from wwedvd.co.uk and participating retailers for the price of £14.99

 

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Interview – ‘The Vulture of Valour’ Jay Garner

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

Hey man sorry this took so long been really backed up, to answer your questions… my name is Jay Garner, formally known as the vulture of valour,

2. Let’s speak about growing up for yourself, did you watch wrestling growing up and if so who would you say inspired you to become a wrestler at the time??

I watched wrestling from a very young age but my parents disapproved and tried to stop me watching it and I completely idolised Rey Mysterio Jr in wcw and wwe.

3. How did you then get involved in Wrestling training, who trained you and how would you rate this experience??

I fell out of love with wrestling for years for the before mentioned reasons and one day I was searching the internet bored and thought I’d look up Rey and see where he’s at now and I found a training school in Milton Keynes and went the very next day and I’ve been performing ever since, I’ve been trained by name like Gene Munny, Paul McSherry, Jigsaw and Will Ospreay and I’ve lived every second and every bit if knowledge passed down to me.

4. Carrying on from that who would you like to have a seminar with or be trained by whether they are dead or alive and why??

I’d like to be able to pick Dolph Ziggler’s mind about selling and other such things as I fully believe that guy is an artist at what he does

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5. You are facing off against Ashley Dunn on Sunday at APEX Unbroken for the Division A title, have you got any words for Ashley ahead of the match and how determined are you to walk away with the title??

This Sunday is a big deal to me, I’ve never faced ash one on one and I’m determined to show him he’s not the only one that can throw down round here, this Sunday I’m coming for that belt and I intend to succeed

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6. You wrestle for Sacrifice Pro but are not part of their next show as a result of being suspended, do you have any words for Commissioner Harvey Dale or Hustle Malone who you wanted to face at the next show??

I have a tonne of words for both of them none of which are pg, I’m going to go to sacrifice and I don’t care whether they want me there or not I’m gunna get that little egg head malone, and Harvey better hold his tongue when I do

7. You faced Will Ospreay in a brilliant match in my opinion for HOPE at Slambo #5, how did it feel to not only be given the opportunity to face one of the best in the world but also to go toe to toe with him and did he have any encouraging words after the match??

The match with Ospreay was unreal, I was incredibly grateful to be given a match with such an idol of mine and he whispered a few words to me at the end of the match that really made me feel like I’d earned his respect, would love to work with him again and I think he really is going to be a turning point for British Wrestling

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

I’ll keep going till I break lol, I’m not sure where I’ll be but I’ll keep improving my style and performance in the ring until I’m just unable to anymore

9. Where can the readers find ‘The Vulture of Valour’ Jay Garner on social media and where can promoters book you who are reading this??

The Vulture of Valour can be found on most popular social media platforms YouTube and Facebook: Jay Garner, twitter @garner42093, Instagram: jaygarnerwrestler and promoters can book me by privately messaging any of these pages or at jay.garner@mail.co.uk, Thanks for the opportunity pal.

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Interview – ‘Predator Slayer’ Oliver Carter

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Photo Credit : The Ringside Perspective/ Revolution Pro Wrestling
1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Oliver, thank you for accepting to do this interview, first of all could you please introduce yourself to the readers??
Thank you very much for having the interest and let’s hope it’s gonna be a good read. So my name is “The Predator Slayer” Oliver Carter and I’m a wrestler from Switzerland with Swiss and Ghanaian blood.
2. Next of all let’s speak about growing up for you, did you watch wrestling growing up and who would you say inspired you to train to become a wrestler??
I started watching wrestling very young, as my brothers used to watch it with me while taking care of me at home. So you could say I watched wrestling while learning to speak and walk 😂. One of my all time favourite and an insperation to start wrestling was The Rock. In my eyes he had it all. Wrestler like HBK, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio and Shelton Benjamin made me fall in love with this business.
3. Next of all, how did you get involved in Wrestling training, who trained you and how was this experience??
I used to play football for about 9 years and always had the love for wrestling. So football got boring and I thought to myself it’s time that I start what I really want to. I checked in the internet where there was possibilities in Switzerland or Germany. I found both and being only 15 years old at that time, I chose the only wrestling school in Switzerland called WAR. My trainer is/was called Marshal T who himself was trained by Cesaro. The first training is something I think no wrestler will ever forget. I went to train and I was a little bit nervous, but also with my mind focusing on giving it my all. I said to myself today will tell if it’s something I could do or the dream stays a dream. Luckily the training was so good, that I knew I had to stick to this and it’s something I can and love to do!
4. You are from Zurich, Switzerland I believe, what is the wrestling scene like over there and do you think that in the future it could rank up there with Germany or even the UK wrestling wise??
Man, I love UK. Always used to as a kid and the love will probably never fade away! The wrestling scene in the UK is crazy and I love the fact that most of the promotions are doing great jobs and pushing wrestling further and further. Of course I’m looking forward on coming back to the UK. I would love to wrestle as much as possible in Your scene and make my name too.
5. Going onto the UK, you have been over here a fair bit as of late competing mostly for RevPro as well as wrestling for Vertigo Pro Wrestling, what are your thoughts on the UK as a country and also the wrestling scene and are you looking forward to returning??
Man, I love UK. Always used to as a kid and the love will probably never fade away! The wrestling scene in the UK is crazy and I love the fact that most of the promotions are doing great jobs and pushing wrestling further and further. Of course I’m looking forward on coming back to the UK. I would love to wrestle as much as possible in Your scene and make my name too.
6. Carrying on with the theme of the UK you are part of a 6 way match including Matt Walters, PJ Knight, British Wrestling legend Jonny Storm, Brad O’Brien and Peter Nixon to face Rey Mysterio for WAW, how big of an opportunity is this for you and do you have any words for the other wrestlers in the match ??
It’s a huge opportunity man and having this opportunity in my debut match is awesome! If the other wrestlers want to know something, that would be i make my nickname “Predator Slayer” justice. that means I can strike them from different places be it from the sky, standing position or even on the mat while lying down. I make it dangerous being with me in the ring.
7. Last week you faced Mot Van Kunder for the PWS Junior Heavyweight Championship but lost, are you going to return to go after it and if so do you have any words for Mot??
Yeah that’s true. Let’s say the hunt isn’t over yet. I can only say Mot – You are very very very special one of a kind freak 😂
8. What are your future ambitions and where do you see yourself in 5 years time??
Never stopping and keep on growing and learning, making a name for myself in different places and keep having fun in what i love to do. In 5 years i see myself as somebody people will definitely know.
9. Where can the readers find Oliver Carter on Social Media and where can promoters get hold of you for bookings??
You can find me on Instagram: simply_wrestlercarter, Twitter: olivercarterGH or Facebook: Oliver Carter. Promoters can either contact me on my social media or via e-mail: wrestlercarter@hotmail.com
10. Finally to end the interview, have you got any future dates or projects you wish to plug, if so please do??
Yeah, like previously mentioned, I’ll be wrestling for WAW on the 13th of May come check it out! But it won’t be the last time You see me on a UK show, time will tell – YaaaaMan!

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DVD Review – Finn Balor : Iconic Matches

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Welcome to the latest WWE review and this was done earlier than release for probably the first time in a long time, I have probably done it about 3 times in the 3 or so years I have done reviews for WWE Home Video UK and this is for a few reasons, I am busy all bank holiday weekend meaning that my review time is limited and also it is quite a short review to do so I can do it as soon as I get it in the post!

That DVD is the Finn Balor : Iconic Matches DVD which was out yesterday , this DVD includes 3 of Finn’s ‘iconic’ matches while he has been in WWE from his time in NXT so before people question the matches involved it is only exclusive to one brand and discover why his quiet, deadly precision and his periodic transformation into the ‘terriying’ Demon King has made him a firm fan favourite in WWE.

As you can tell there are only 3 matches and I was pretty gobsmacked when I opened this release which I had been anticipating as of course it’s Finn Balor to find out that there s only 3 matches but they are not charging over the odds for it which is great and it is a £4.99 price point so is especially good for a child or someone just returning to WWE or starting watching it who may want to see some matches but not sit through a 3 hour PPV.

I remember when I first got into wrestling at the tender age of 8 I had these Best of Raw and Smackdown releases with a few matches that were really cheap and these fit under this category with previous releases I believe including John Cena and Roman Reigns, no disrespect to WWE as I am reviewing for them but in my opinion putting these releases out is a stock gap in order to sell something new while they have nothing to release which is fair enough. Also this is perfect just to add to the collection if you are buying something anyway

Onto my thoughts on the matches –

Finn Balor vs Neville –

The first match is from NXT Takeover Arrival where they took each other on in the NXT title No.1 Contenders tournament and this was a period that I watched NXT avidly which I don’t really anymore due to certain wrestlers like Finn leaving the product and so I remember this match well. This was at time when Finn had only just really debuted a few months prior. This was a brilliant match full of aerial moves of course with both men known for this and also some great technical wrestling, this is probably on this Iconic Matches set for a reason and that is because it is when he became the Number 1 Contender for the first time and this was just after Neville really lost his title so was about putting the young upstart Finn Balor over and it did just that. It elevated Finn Balor’s spot up the card due to his number 1 contender status and it also begged the question whether we would see Neville in NXT again but overall a brilliant match and probably the earliest success Balor had in a long storied career in NXT.

Finn Balor vs Tyler Breeze –

The second match was another from the Takeover specials and one that even though I watched it at the time initially forgot what Pay-Per-View/Special it was from unlike the first match. At the time it was a 3 way with Hideo Itami involved but he was taken out. This match wasn’t the best on the show by anymeans but it is a Finn Balor compilation and this was still quite good, they started off quite slow but when they grew into it there was some really nice near falls including him hitting the Beauty Shot after throwing Breeze into the exposed turn buckle but he turned it around to win and become number 1 contender for the second match running on this DVD set with a dropkick and double stomp. Overall not Finn’s best match in NXT but not his worst by any means and with it all leading up to the next match it makes sense to include it.

Finn Balor vs Kevin Owens –

The final match on the set was between Kevin Owens and Finn Balor from the Beast In the East PPV, at the time this was billed as Finn’s historic return to Japan after only a short time away after his storied exploits in New Japan Pro Wrestling. This match was brilliant at the time when I reviewed it on the blog and is the same now and I would probably say this was his best match while under the NXT banner. To see him win the title in front of the home crowd of sorts in Japan was something special and even know we knew it was going to happen when the match was announced it was brilliant. Owens matched him throughout and people really thought that he was going to retain and steal the moment away from Balor but of course he didn’t. If they release a Finn Balor DVD/Blu-Ray in a few years in my opinion this will be on it.

Overall Rating – 6/10 –  A good set for the price but of course not the definitive set but in my opinion this will come in a few years and like alluded to in my opinion this is just a stock gap but maybe for the big Finn Balor fan or a child getting into the WWE this might be a good set to buy them, a good easy review for me though before we get PPV’s and Documentaries to come over the coming weeks so it gets the rating based on the price alone and the good matches but is definitely one that you don’t have to pick up.

 

Finn Balor : Iconic Matches is out now from wwedvd.co.uk and participating retailers for the price of £4.99

 

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Interview – Zoe Lucas

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Photo Credit : The Ringside Perspective

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

Hey thanks for having me! I’m Zoe Lucas I’m a female wrestler based in Portsmouth, UK.

2. Next of all let’s speak about growing up for you, did you watch wrestling growing up and who would you say inspired you to train to become a wrestler??

Growing up with two older brothers it was hard not to watch wrestling! Me and my brothers would pull the cushions off of the sofa to make the ring with the back of the sofa being our top rope. Growing up I loved watching Edge, Eddie Guerrero and Mickie James.

3. Next of all, how did you get involved in Wrestling training, who trained you and how was this experience??

I was at university in Guildford when I decided to pursue wrestling. There was a promotion back home(Norfolk) that I decided to go to called Falling Starr Wrestling. They were really friendly and super helpful but with living in Surrey for the majority of the year it didn’t work out. Which is when I googled wrestling in my area and found out Revolution Pro Wrestling wasn’t that far away. The head trainer there is Andy Boy Simmonz.

4. You are currently on tour with Stardom I believe and you are returning home shortly, how did you getting into Stardom come about, has it been a good experience wrestling and living in Japan and do you have any plans to return this year or in the future??

Stardom came completely out of no where! One moment I was at home eating chocolate the next I was in a Dojo in Tokyo and I have Declan Kellett who runs BEW and Sonny Gutierrez who works at Stardom to thank for that. I had an amazing experience in Japan and can’t wait to go back!

5. You are part of this years British Empire Wrestling ‘International Grand Prix 2017’ tournament facing off against Little Miss Roxxy in the first round, are you looking forward to making your BEW debut in the tournament and do you have any words for Roxxy ahead of the match??

I’m so excited to make my BEW debut and can’t wait to wrestle Little Miss Roxxy. She’s taken the wrestling scene by storm this year! Saying that she hasn’t crossed my path yet so we’ll see who comes out on top on June 3rd! (Me!)

6. Going back to Stardom you have wrestled at the world famous Korakuen Hall while you were there, how was that experience and how was the atmosphere??

It was incredible I’ve never felt anything quite like the atmosphere there. Stepping out from behind the curtain I had to hold back tears! And to be able to experience this with some amazing people was unreal!

7. You are known for wrestling for Revolution Pro over here, are you looking forward to returning to Rev Pro when you come back to England and what are your thoughts on their rise over the past few years??

The rise of Rev Pro over the last few years just goes to show what hard work and determination can do! I honestly don’t know how Andy Quildan does it! I can’t wait to make my return, I love wrestling everywhere but Rev Pro will always be home!

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

I’d love to make wrestling my full time career and in 5 years hopefully I will have toured the globe with some of the best companies in the world.

9. Where can the readers find Zoe Lucas on Social Media and where can promoters get hold of you for bookings??

You can find me at…. Twitter: @ZoeLucasPro Instagram: Zoebeckie Facebook: Zoe Lucas Promoters can contact me on any of my social medias and can also email me at: zoelucasbookings@gmail.com

10. Finally to end the interview, have you got any future dates or projects you wish to plug, if so please do??

We’ve obviously already talked about BEW and I’ll be debuting for Pride and I’m looking forward to some more exciting times with RevPro!

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Interview – Tony Deppen

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

Hey guys, first of all, I want to thank you the interview. My name is Tony Deppen. I have been wrestling since 2009, hailing from Pennsylvania! I am currently the On Point Wrestling and True Wrestling Champion.

2. Let’s speak about growing up for yourself, did you watch wrestling growing up and if so who would you say inspired you to become a wrestler at the time??

I was a huge fan of wrestling growing up. My earliest memory of wrestling was probably around the age of 4. My dad took my brother and I to the local high school to see the WWF house show. I remember after the show we were trying to get out of the parking lot, and my brother honked the horn at Jim Duggan to get out of the way. He just gave us the death stare. Everyone has the story of Hulk Hogan, Warrior, Nash, Hall, ETC, of being their inspirations for wrestling. However, I cant say the same thing. I was a huge fan of Diesel/Kevin Nash, and the Ultimate Warrior, but if I were to pick one that inspired me to be a wrestler it would be Dean Malenko. Dean was a smaller wrestler, but also intimidating. Being a small guy myself, I immediately looked up to him. He was showing me that a small guy could make it in the big mans sport. Also, I really liked his style. Slow and methodical. Growing up, I was always into the lucha wrestlers, or technical wrestlers. So, of course I gravitated towards all of those guys quicker than I did than a Sting or Hogan.

3. How did you get involved in Wrestling training, how was the experience and finally if you could be trained by anyone dead or alive who would it be and why??

I got involved in wrestling training after I did some backyard wrestling. During the time of me back yarding, I found myself disliking wrestling. It just became stale. I wasn’t a fan. However, after I did a few, “matches” in the backyard, I found myself really interested in wrestling again – also through the help of independent wrestling. After yarding for a few years, I found myself wanting that thrill of competing as a trained independent wrestler. So, I sought out a local school and decided to shoot for my dream. The initial training wasn’t too bad. Our backyard company had a legit wrestling ring to compete in, so I was already adjusted to bumping in a ring, so the pain wasn’t too bad. I feel it was an enjoyable experience. I love physical activities, and I love competition. I always wanted to be the first one to pick up the drill quicker than the others, I always wanted to be the one that ran harder, jumped higher, etc. So, it was a thrill for me. If I could get trained by anyone dead or alive? God, that one is tough. If I could pick the top 3 guys to be trained by, I would say the following: Johnny Saint Skayde And Curt Henning.

4. You wrestle quite a bit for Combat Zone Wrestling including over Mania Weekend, what are your thoughts firstly on the rise of CZW and would you say the atmosphere went up a notch with it being Mania Weekend??

I’ve been a CZW fan since 2003. A friend of mine popped in a Tournament of Death DVD, and I was instantly hooked. The blood, the wrestling, and the craziness of ever show was just great. IT was something different. Over the years they’ve been able to mold everything into a diverse wrestling company. You can catch a glimpse of everything attending one of their shows. I was pumped to work a show mania weekend; let alone work on CZW’s BOTB. Our motivation as a company was surging. We all wanted to put on the best possible show of the weekend to really put CZW on the map for more than just blood. CZW drew the horrible luck of getting the time slot that ran up against NXT and ROH. So, the odds were stacked against them. Two of the biggest shows all weekend, ran up against them. CZW was able to draw roughly 600 people to the show. Which when you compare them to what they were running up against, I would say that was a success. Some people will say otherwise, but lets see how they would fare up against two of the biggest companies running at the same time.

5. You wrestle for On Point Wrestling and are the current heavyweight champion I believe, how did it feel to defeat Joey Janela for it and you are facing Sean Carr next month at Survival of the Sickest 2, do you have any words for your opponent ahead of the match??

Yes. I am currently the champion. It felt great to defeat Joey. I have wrestled him 4 times now. We have wrestled at CZW 2 times and On Point 2 times. All 4 times have been some of the toughest matches I have ever been apart of. But the last time was a tad bit more tough that usual. It was an all out war. But some how I managed to defeat him. He’s a great guy though.. Just a little psychotic. The title win was a great thing. A little over 2 years ago, I was contemplating giving up wrestling. Nothing was working, I couldn’t get stable bookings, and no one would give me an opportunity. It didn’t matter how hard I tried, how crazy I went – nothing. So, for me to be wrestling like twice a month to wrestling every weekend and winning the On Point title was pretty amazing. I am working Carr in a month. I’ve known Carr since I broke into wrestling. We were on a lot of shows together, we have wrestled each other a handful of times, and he was in my first ladder match in wrestling. So, to say we have some history is an understatement. Sean is great though. I am happy we both have been catching some steam at the right time, and I don’t think I have been this excited for a title match. We both know each other like the back of our hands, and we are both trying to push ourselves to that next level. However, just because I like Carr, doesn’t mean I will be taking him lightly. On Point is my house, so he may want to bring his A game.

6. Also you are the True Wrestling Champion, how did it feel to win that title and do you think you can keep hold of both titles for a long time??

That title win was a little different than the On Point win. I have been friends with the guys that run True for a long time. About a month prior to the show, one of the owners, and someone who I held dear to my heart passed away due to health problems. I was going into that match with one goal – to put on an amazing match for Dave. I worked Andy Harner, who I’ve worked way too many times now, and we put on a great match in front of 700 people. I loved it. It was all for Dave.

7. Of course the blog is called TheBritishWrestlingRevival, as a result do you have ambitions to come over to the UK to wrestle and if so who would you want to face and why??

I would LOVE to work in the UK. I am a huge fan/mark or whatever the hell you want to call it of World of Sports wrestling. I have so many of the shows on DVD, and watch them constantly. The matches I would want are hard because most of them are older/retired, or signed to WWE’s UK shows. But I would say – Saint, Kidd, Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, and Trent Seven. I would love to work with Saint and Kidd because they are absolutely amazing. I had the honor of watching those two compete live one-on-one and it was amazing. I cant get enough of their matches. As far as the other three go – well, Pete and Seven would be due to their strong style. I love the style, and I don’t mind getting hit. Mark Andrews would just be fun to fly all over the place with. You can never go wrong with some fast paced high-flying.

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

I definitely would like to work overseas – whether it be Europe or Japan. Either or would be amazing. Those are two main goals of mine, but other goals would be Evolve and ROH. If I could, it would be amazing to do some work with TNA. But time will tell. I am older than most people think. In 5 years, I will be almost 35. Haha. So, I am hoping my body still holds up, and allows me to wrestle. I hope to be having a lot of fun, and still busting my ass in 5 years.

9. Where can the readers find Tony Deppen on social media and where can promoters book you who are reading this??

I have a Facebook page – it is under Tony Deppen. However, a lot of people seem to disregard that and add me on my personal page – Anthony Deppen. So, whatever you prefer to add me on. I also have a twitter page – Tony_deppen. If anyone is ever interested in contacting me, they can shoot me a DM on either of those pages or email me at tony_deppen@Hotmail.com.

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

Yes. Next weekend I will be working CZW’s Decisions against Rickey Shane Page. I am looking forward to that. I have known Ricky for years, and it is great to finally step into the ring with him. After that, I wil be working a smaller company called SWO on April 15. Then the 22nd I will be back up in Canada for C-4. The 29th for True Wrestling, then May 6 for On Point. I could go on and on with dates, haha. But those are the main ones that I am looking forward to. But I want to thank you for the interview! I greatly appreciate it!

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Blu-ray Review – WWE 24 : WrestleMania Monday

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Welcome readers new and old to another week of 2017 which seems to be going faster than normal, as usual another week means usually another WWE review and this is no different.This week sees the release of another documentary after the brilliant DDP one released last week and it is the WWE 24 documentary which is on the WWE network and this release coincides with it being WrestleMania Monday. For all those wondering why I didn’t release yesterday was due to a few reasons, 1. I received this late last week and 2. I was having a weekend off from blog work and wasn’t at home at all so I apologize. Back to the release this includes the documentary as well as a sprinkling of matches on both discs! Will it be as good as last week or will it be a flop?? Read my thoughts below as well as whether I recommend it!

 

We start the documentary off with Feeling Electric a song which some people reading this may know off the FIFA game from the past year and certain superstars discussing what WrestleMania Monday means such as Enzo and Cass and Miz and Maryse. After the intro we get Apollo Crews in Dallas, TX before his debut on Monday Night RAW one year ago talking about how it feels, followed by Enzo Amore with something similar. We get it followed by Daniel Bryan, Zack Ryder, Cesaro, Sami Zayn etc all talking about how good the crowd is and how sometimes in the case of Fandango it can help catapult a career after all the fans sang his entrance music on the night after Mania. By the way as a little side note this documentary clocks in at 54 minutes long on the Blu-Ray so just less than standard for a WWE release. Going back we got reference to certain moments including Paige who of course was in the news for the wrong reasons winning the WWE Divas title, Neville’s debut in 2015 and Goldberg’s debut In 2003 as well as the retirements including Shawn Michaels which was one of the most emotional moments I have had as a wrestling fan and Ric Flair in 2008 which was when I only just got into wrestling so it was one of the first moments I remember as a wrestling fan.

Seth Rollins even said that his favourite moment was back when Ziggler ended up winning the heavyweight title and we got reference to when Lesnar basically took over RAW by battering JBL and Cole leaving Saxton to do commentary for about an hour and JBL was saying that there was people blowing up his Twitter asking them to come back! Following on from that we got one of my favourite moments in terms of Mania Monday and that was Maryse returning as I don’t know if I have said before but Maryse was my absolute favourite back in the day and as a young lad I used to fancy the hell out of her so for her to return it was brilliant and I was wondering where she had been all these years! What was good about this documentary was that it referenced back to the different wrestlers it was focusing on as it seemed more like a Total Divas type deal as if it had been done externally as opposed to a WWE production which is good to see sometimes but also it meant that they chopped and changed a lot and didn’t stay on one person for more than a few minutes.

We got brilliant footage of the new debutants practicing their entrances before showtime which in my opinion is great as we don’t really get to see much of it as well as some old footage of Enzo Amore cutting promos before WWE and his story about getting into the WWE and also Big Cass’s struggles in FCW with him saying that he was put down with people telling him the only reason your not gone is because your 7 feet tall and so it is good to see wrestlers like him break free of that and become something. The fact we got more of an extended look at Enzo and Cass was great and to hear their stories was brilliant and made you like them even more considering what they had been through. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows were next and it was good to see their backstage stuff before the debut with them catching up and meeting certain wrestlers such as Natalya, AJ Styles and Arn Anderson and Michael Cole. Cesaro was next up to have a feature with his return from shoulder surgery, how he felt watching Mania being injured and his thoughts on his first day back.

The focus then shifted to the actual show with Mr McMahon starting it off saying how he is sure it is one you will never forget. We first of all got Apollo Crew’s debut and his thoughts just before hand in the Gorilla Position including Stephanie McMahon giving him some advice and we got highlights from his first main roster match. Apollo said afterwards about how good it was and there was footage of his girlfriends’ reaction which showed what it meant to not only Crews but his external friends and family. Zack Ryder spoke about how excited he was to get out there and of course this tied in with one of the focused character’s returns to the show Maryse. We next got Baron Corbin who up to this point hadn’t really been focused on but that is probably due to the fact he made his debut the night before as opposed to it being a huge surprise and him saying that he had that nervous good energy and how he realised he was on RAW. Next up it was Enzo and Cass and of course their reaction just before their debut including some great stuff in the Gorilla Position of them two hyping each other up. There was also footage of them two coming back through the curtain with Enzo still so hyped and Triple H greeting them. Cass ended up getting emotional and was saying that he finally did it and that he had shut up the people that told him he wouldn’t get anywhere in Wrestling. Enzo ended their segment by saying that he kept thinking at Mania that will be him next year and that the moment he had on that Mania Monday was irreplaceable.

We finally got Cesaro’s return and you could say how hyped the crowd were by the reaction and a shot of all the fans taking photos and videos of his entrance and we also got Styles saying how much a moment like the one he had when he became #1 contender meant to him and how much he had sacrificed to have a moment like that. We ended up with a montage of all the fans and wrestlers involved with some words and music in the background which basically said how much this RAW means to them and the fans every year.

 

Rating 7/10 – Pretty good documentary which really gave me more insight as to how wrestlers feel like when they debut on the main roster such as the emotion felt by Enzo and Big Cass. I love the RAW after Mania and this underlined this. Not the greatest I have seen which reflects in the rating but I liked the different style it had to other WWE documentaries and it is definitely worth the watch whether you watch it on the Network or get the DVD or Blu-ray for the matches and full moments involved in this spectacle every year.

WWE 24 : WrestleMania Monday is out now from wwedvd.co.uk and participating retailers from the price of £19.99 it is BWR approved!

 

 

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