DVD Review: WWE Best of Raw and SmackDown 2017

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Welcome to another WWE review and another week. Today we will be bringing you the latest WWE release over here in the UK, Best of RAW and SmackDown 2017.

If you read my reviews on a regular basis, you will know that I tune into RAW and SmackDown occasionally but by and large don’t watch it as much as I did around 3 years ago for example.

So this review will be as much of a good watch for me as any as I do keep up with the PPV’s mainly for these reviews.

Here is my thoughts on the release, this is giving a quick look at each of the matches followed by the usual rating and a word as to whether I would recommend it at the end.

Starting Disc One, we get the Miz vs Dean Ambrose from SmackDown in January of last year. This was the start of a great feud between both of them and it was a good effort to start the release off. I have always been a big fan of both so I would say that but even if your not you can appreciate this match and the feud that ends up coming with it.

Next up is a match that I remember very well, Alexa Bliss vs Becky Lynch. This was the first ever female main event in SmackDown history as well meaning that it had to be on this release. As well as that we saw the return of someone I grew up watching and somebody I am really glad is back with the WWE and that is Mickie James. It was the end of a feud but it showed Alexa to be a real cog in the women’s division for sure.

Following that we turned our attention to RAW, this time getting Charlotte vs Bayley. This was a bit of a weird one in itself. This match saw Bayley finally become a title holder in the WWE but it was on a seemingly throwaway episode of RAW as opposed to at the Royal Rumble a few weeks prior or example. The only way this could really make sense is if Charlotte has got a new feud in mind but it is good to see Bayley accomplish this which is why it’s probably on the set.

Neville and Rich Swann followed from RAW in March, this was for the Cruiserweight title and was probably one of the best matches in that division last year judging by the crowd as well as the two competitors. It is a shame that Rich is now gone from the WWE but I believe he will tear up the Independent circuit again and we don’t know yet what’s happening with Neville but overall a great match that has a rightful spot on this set.

A brilliant match between Randy Orton and AJ Styles from SmackDown followed. This brought together one of WWE’s best performers in the past ten years alongside one of WWE’s best signings of the past 5 years who has been tearing it up. A match that I had always wanted to see and it did not disappoint. Would love to see these two battling for the WWE title eventually in an extended feud and it will hopefully produce results like this match.

American Alpha vs the Usos followed in a continued trend of great matches but a shift to end the disc of tag team matches. The Usos especially are highlighted in this case. It was a great year for them, a team that has been with the WWE for seemingly forever but never did anything spectacular, 2017 proved to be a launch pad for them with especially classic bouts with the New Day including a brilliant rap battle. American Alpha on the other hand did the complete opposite going their separate ways after coming up from the main roster to so much hype and promise.

Following that was The New Day vs the Revival. The New Day have still continued their momentum not going separate ways like I thought they would at the start of last year, this coincides with the debut of the Revival who got injured quite soon into their main roster debut. I am a big fan of Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson and hope that now they are back fully that they can have an extended run at the titles to show everybody what they showed in NXT.

Disc Two begun with The Miz vs Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor. This was so so good and one of the best matches on WWE TV last year. 3 talents who have all debuted in different eras but have all left their mark on the WWE coming together for a mighty bout which we will see once against next month at WrestleMania almost a year on from their first. I for one am looking forward to that one.

Following that we had a feud ending match between Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens with Owens regaining the title from Jericho and in this match the end of Jericho’s run at that time on WWE TV. This was a great feud between the two and as a result the end of it had to be on this DVD.

Another class match involving Seth Rollins followed that and it was him vs Roman Reigns. Both men continued with a back and forth battle between two of the best talents of the past five years in the WWE. Reigns does get quite a lot of abuse for being put in the positions he is put in but matches like this make you see why it is the case. Not the best match on the set but definitely worth watching, that is for sure.

We shift our attention back to the Women’s Revolution, a #1 Contender’s Gauntlet Match between Bayley, Sasha Banks, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Emma and Dana Brooke with some of the leading lights of the women’s division involved all wanting a shot at Alexa Bliss’s title. It is Sasha Banks who shines in this though which is a precursor to her challenge against Alexa. Good to see Emma in this who unfortunately left WWE soon after.

A second edition of the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match between Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Carmella and Tamina followed. This was much better than the first with Carmella victorious. It will be interesting to see if Carmella does ever actually win the title though as I found it weird that she ended up winning considering the talent involved. It could be WWE’s attempt of trying to push a new star though.

AJ Styles vs Chad Gable followed. This was a match I never thought I’d want to see but it was class and a real good watch. This singles run didn’t last that long but it could be a pre-cursor after he stops teaming with Shelton Benjamin. Styles always brings the best out of most of his opponents and this was the case still here.

Next up was Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho, a great 3 way bout between 3 of the best in WWE in my opinion. Jericho was a last minute addition and a great one at that. One of the highlights of the whole Owens-Jericho feud with a great nod to it being this match.

Finally a triple threat match that would include 3 quarters of the SummerSlam main event, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe. It’s not as good as the SummerSlam main event but it builds up to it well with a class match between the trio which was one of the best on RAW in the year.

John Cena vs Shinsuke Nakamura started Disc Three in a quality match as expected. This was more of an old Nakamura than the new Nakamura that hasn’t really stunned as much on the main roster. John Cena of course is always class and despite only working part-time now never loses a step.

Bobby Roode’s debut followed this and despite it being throwaway you have to have one or two of these matches on these dvd’s to highlight debuts and Roode was a big revelation of last year with his Glorious gimmick being a hit with the easily repetitive theme song.

Next up was Braun Strowman vs Big Show in a cage match on RAW which was the last time as of now that Big Show has competed in the WWE. If it is his last match it was a god way for them to go out with hi being seen as a new driving force in the WWE put over by the former big man of the company. Worth a watch for sure.

We spoke earlier about the Usos and how they had a breakout year, one of their great feuds was with the New Day which is highlighted in their Sin City Street Fight on SmackDown. It wasn’t their best match but that shows how good a lot of them were last year. Another brilliant contest and if you have the Network source their PPV matches from last year, you will not be disappointed.

The next match was highlighting again Braun Strowman who like the Usos had a bit of a breakout year. Here he has an okay match with Dean Ambrose, it’s not the best I have seen of either wrestler but it shows how good of a year that Strowman had and was another big win against one of the hottest properties in the WWE.

Jinder Mahal vs AJ Styles followed in another match featuring The Phenomenal One. This saw him win the title on UK soil for the first time in the company’s history. Mahal in my opinion was a good pick for a champion but lacked the support of the crowd so Styles does make more sense going into 2018 and WrestleMania season.

The penultimate match saw Natalya and Charlotte face off for seemingly the millionth time, they never have recaptured what they did at TakeOver a few years ago but they came close with this. Charlotte winning the title in this part of the year made sense and it gave Natalya the run with the title she had always wanted since her first run. Also there was a nice moment at the end with Ric Flair who had just come back from major health issues which is worth watching.

The final match was between The Miz and Roman Reigns. Reigns becomes a grand slam winner in WWE and the Shield are all there to congratulate him. It ends the DVD as it started it off in a good way.

Rating 8/10 – A great set which encapsulates all of the best WWE matches from TV of the last year. For me there was one or two okay matches that stop this from being a 10 but even those a lot of the time are because it was debuts for talents so it was moments more than matches. Well worth the purchase whether you tune in regularly or not.

I am looking forward to my next WWE review and you can find out when the next one will be by going to :

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Interview – Shane Taylor

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival, thanks for agreeing to do this interview, could you firstly introduce yourself to the readers??
My name is Shane Taylor, I’ve been a professional wrestler for 10 years, I’m from Cleveland Ohio. I was trained by WWE/NXT superstar Raymond Rowe and Jerry Jrocc Mires. I’m currently wrestling for Ring of Honor and I enjoy knocking people out.
2. Did you watch wrestling growing up or was it later on and who would you say inspired you as a result to become a wrestler??
I did watch wrestling early on, seeing the likes of Ron Simmons, Ernie Ladd, Vader, Stan Hansen was incredible to me, but I really got inspired when my dad took me to the Richfield Colosseum the first time to see the then WWF live.
3. How did you then get involved in wrestling training, who trained you and have you got any tips for any up and coming wrestlers??
After I left college, I knew this is what I wanted to do so I reached out to Raymond Rowe and Jrocc and the rest is history. My advice to anybody that is training now is to stay hungry and don’t take things personally.
4. You will be well known to certain readers for wrestling for Ring of Honor, what are your thoughts on your experience so far with the company and how did it all come about??
I love working with Ring of Honor they’ve given me some of the most important moments and matches in my career and I get to learn from the very best wrestlers in the world day in and day out. I’d been coming to the shows for a while with Ray and finally after about a year and a half of that and constant improvements they decided to start using me.
5. You are also well known for teaming with Keith Lee as the Pretty Boy Killers, how did you teaming come about and what do you make of Keith’s rise over the past year or so??
The Pretty Boy Killers with Keith Lee came about from us both wanting to make a name for ourselves in this business and knowing as successful as we were in singles competition, nobody looked like us or could do the things we could do as a team. We both wanted to be signed to a major company and we both accomplished that. Over the past year Keith has let the world know just how special of a talent he is and I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s like a big brother to me.
6. On February 17th, you face Trent? for Wrestle Circus, have you got any words for your opponent ahead of that??
I was supposed to face Trent and he ended up having an injury. I hope he heals quickly as I was looking forward to that match and showcasing my talents for all those who could be watching.
7. Of course the blog is called TheBritishWrestlingRevival blog, do you want to come over here to wrestle at some point and if so who do you want to face??
I would love to come across the pond, I’ve heard of the many great promotions you guys have like RevPro, IPW:UK, PCW and others. I’ve been in the ring with Marty Scurll and I would love a rematch with him on his turf, or Will Ospreay, I think myself vs Pete Dunne would be pretty fun too.
8. What are your future ambitions in Wrestling and where do you see yourself in 5 years time??
My ambitions in wrestling are to ultimately be the very best. I’ve said in every interview that I think that I can be a guy to lead ROH for the rest of my career, obviously things change overtime but I truly believe that if everything plays itself out right, I can be a lifer here.
9. Where can the readers find Shane Taylor and where can promoters contact you regarding future bookings??

You can find Shane Taylor on Twitter and IG @shane216taylor

Please visit my prowrestlingtees.com/shanetaylor store

Or go on to the rohwrestling.com website and check out the merchandise, to pick up my new Knockouts for Everybody T-shirt.

Promoters can also email me at notoriousshane@gmail.com
10. Have you got any future dates or projects you wish to plug??
March 3rd Manhattan mayhem in NYC myself and SoCal Uncensored vs The Bullet Club! Scurll, Page and the Young Bucks, be there!

I hope you enjoyed this interview and I would like to thank Shane for answering the questions for you to read, please go and support him on social media if possible!

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COMPETITION: Win tickets to the Manchester premiere of WALK LIKE A PANTHER

 

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Feel-good British comedy WALK LIKE A PANTHER is released nationwide in UK cinemas 9th March. To celebrate, we are giving away a pair of tickets to the film’s premiere in Manchester!

Starring BAFTA Award nominee Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, “Boardwalk Empire”), British Independent Film Award winner Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) and Jill Halfpenny (“Humans,” “EastEnders”), WALK LIKE A PANTHER is directed and written by Dan Cadan.
WALK LIKE A PANTHER revolves around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. Led by father-son duo, Mark (Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Johns), this unlikely bunch of underdog heroes sets out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way.
The ensemble British cast also includes Sue Johnston (“Downton Abbey,” “The Royle Family”), Lindsey Coulson (“EastEnders,” “The Level”), Julian Sands (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, “Crooked House”), Jason Flemyng (upcoming Mystery of the Iron Mask: Journey to China, Snatch), Stephen Tompkinson (“Wild at Heart”, “DCI Banks”), Michael Socha (“This is England ‘90,” “Once Upon a Time”) and hip hop artist/poet Scroobius Pip (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, “Taboo”).
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For a chance to win just watch the trailer above and answer the following question:

What is the name of the pub in WALK LIKE A PANTHER?
a) The Half Nelson
b) The Full Monty
c) The Three Crowns

Please send your answers to thebritishwrestlingrevival@gmail.com before the closing date of 12pm Thursday 1st March, a winner will be picked from there. For more information please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

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Terms and Conditions

• THE BRITISH WRESTLING REVIVAL is the competition promoter.
• Please note this competition is open to UK residents only.
• The competition will close on Thursday 1st March.
• The winner is required to be 15 or over.
• If the winner is under the age of 18 they MUST use their other ticket to take an adult or guardian over the age of 18.
• Prize for one winner is two tickets to the UK premiere of Walk Like a Panther at VUE Manchester Printworks on Tuesday 6th March 2018.
• The winner will be picked at random from all correct entries and will be contacted via email or phone.
• The name, email address and contact number of the winner will be requested for prize fulfilment and may be passed to a third party provider for prize arrangement. The winner will then be notified of further details re the premiere of Walk Like a Panther.
• The Winner must respond accepting the prize with 24 hours from the time of notification, failure to do so will result in their prize becoming void and the editor will have the option to pick another winner from the pool of valid entrants.
• Inability to attend on this date immediately forfeits the prize and a new winner will be selected.
• Winners will need to arrive by 18:45pm on Tuesday 6th March 2018.
• If the winner arrives late they may be refused entry to the premiere.
• The prize does NOT include travel or accommodation nor does it cover any additional costs.
• In the unlikely event the premiere of Walk Like a Panther is cancelled this means the prize will be void.
• There is no cash alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part of parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
• By entering, all entrants consent to the use of their personal data by the Promoter for the purpose of the administration of this prize draw and any other purposes to which the entrant has consented.

Interview – ‘The Leader of the Pack’ Stephen Wolf

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Blog Stephen, thanks for your time, first of all could you introduce yourself to the readers who may not know you??
Thanks for having me! I am “The Leader of the Pack” Stephen Wolf. I’m an independent wrestler from the mid-west region of The United States.

2. Let’s go back to the beginning of your wrestling career, how did you get involved in wrestling and who would you say inspired you growing up??

It’s actually a funny story how I got involved in Wrestling. I was working at Toys R Us at the time, and picked up a closing shift from a friend. Right before closing a guy came in to buy a power ranger toy. We were talking a bit and got onto the topic of wrestling. When I told him I always thought it would be cool to be a wrestler he told me he actually owned a company, and I should come train! Growing up my biggest inspirations were The Rock, Randy Orton, RvD, and of course Rey Mysterio.

3. Next let’s talk about training for you, who were you trained by and how would you rate that experience??

Technically I was trained by Tracy Smothers. However the training experience was a bit unconventional haha. To be honest it was only two seminars and then I was thrown into a match. Since then I’ve been trying to do as many seminars as I could to get better including Mustafa Ali, Matt Riddle, Ricky Steamboat, Lucha Libre from Skyde.

4. Continuing on with the theme of training, if you could have a seminar or go back and be trained by anyone, who would it be and why??

I know by when he was on the independent circuit Prince Devitt (Finn Balor) trained guys and gals and did seminars. I would’ve absolutely loved to of been a part of a training session of his.

5. You have teamed with Trey Miguel since towards the start of the year as Team EatClips, how did that come about and is it exclusive to AAW or are you looking to wrestle as a team in other promotions??

Actually, to get a little off topic here, since recent tragic events in the world we’ve decided to switch our name to Air Buds. But, to answer your question we were just thrown together as a team because it was both of our first times at AAW Chicago. By chance we were put in a match with the now Tag Champs The Besties (Davey Vega, and Matt Fitchett). We impressed the guys in the office and they decided to keep up together. We actually talked about taking our tag team to other places so hopefully we can get that started soon!

6. You are the current PGP Franchise champion I believe and after losing your title you regained it in a 30 minute iron man match against Bucky Collins, how gruelling was that match to be a part of and how is it to have regained your title??

Words cannot describe how intense that match was, and Bucky is one of, if not the most underrated talent that I know. That match included everything from chairs to tables and everything in-between. Plus it didn’t help that 5 minutes in my contact shifted somewhere in my eye and I was half blind for the rest of the match. But when it was all said and done I was extremely happy retaining my franchise championship.

7. You have wrestled on quite a few Evolve shows in the past 12 months who are seen as one of the best promotions in America currently, how is to get that exposure and what are your thoughts on the rise of Evolve and the WWN Brand as a whole??

My time on just a few evolves shows brought me so much knowledge and advice that I never would’ve gotten beforehand. It’s no joke when someone says they’re one of the best companies in the States. I cannot wait until I can be apart of that product again.

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

Absolutely 100%. I’ve been to the Europe for a school trip by in highschool and feel inlove with Great Britian, Ireland, Wales, and France. To be able to come do what I love in places that I love would be a complete honor. I’m always down to face anyone and everyone, but some guys I would love to wrestle are Mark Andrews, and Martin Stone.

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

To travel more in the United States and over seas to your neck of the woods and spread The Pack as much as possible. I want to become a name no one will ever forget.

10. Finally where can the readers find you on social media and have you got a message to end the interview off??

Thank you so much for having me! You can find me on Twitter and Instagram under the username @StephenWolf309 and Facebook fan page under Stephen Wolf. I know it’s corny but I would say always chase after what’s important to you. If you know in your heart that you are meant to do something don’t listen to the ones who tell you no. Listen to the voice inside that says “keep pushing, one day it will pay off.”

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DVD Review – WWE Sasha Banks & Bayley – Iconic Matches

Welcome to the latest WWE DVD review and the first for a little while. Today we will be taking a look at one of WWE Home Video UK’s new and exclusive in this case releases in the form of Bayley and Sasha Banks Iconic Matches.

They are sold separately but due to the amount of matches on both the review has been broken down into one short review. I will be giving my thoughts on each of the matches and then as usual giving you a rating at the end of it.

The first one we will be looking at out of the two is Sasha Banks : Iconic Matches. Both females in their time as superstars in the company are two success stories of NXT and some would say pioneers in the women’s division of the current era to start off with.

The first match is from NXT Takeover Rival between Sasha, Bayley, Charlotte and Becky Lynch and features the Boss claiming her first title in the WWE but instead of it just being an average match, it’s an enthralling match I remember with fondness from back in the day when I used to be addicted to watching NXT. All 4 women show what they can do in this match which is what makes it so good and preempts their rise as a result.

Another TakeOver match follows that and it is one that is very well-known as another pioneering moment in the women’s division as Bayley took on Sasha Banks in a thrilling Iron Man match but not only that it was the first ever women’s main event on a WWE PPV showing the faith that was being instilled in the likes of Sasha and Bayley to succeed and despite the fact Sasha didn’t end up winning and Bayley was the one who was the main winner it serves as a big moment in Sasha’s career as well.

Speaking of big moments in Sasha’s career, the final match of the first DVD is between Sasha and Charlotte from RAW in 2016 which saw Sasha become WWE RAW Women’s Champion for the first time in another big moment in her career. It was also part of one of the best rivalries of that year and this was one of their best matches to date and it was one of their first. Still though the feud gets better and better and it’s worth rewatching if you have the DVD’s or the Network.

In terms of Bayley : Iconic Matches, the first one is from Takeover Brooklyn in 2015 and features her first title win in a similar format to the other DVD and it’s a cracker and known as one of the best female wrestling matches of all time which shows the chemistry between the pair as a lot of their matches are seen as up there and what makes it is the crowd mainly for me and also the fact that their performances are so high. This is a great advert for both wrestlers and the NXT brand.

Following this it is her vs Nia Jax from Takeover London, Pictured as almost David vs Goliath it seemed like a task that was going to be an uphill struggle for Bayley but her grit and determination as well as the catchy Hey Bayley chant allowed her to win in one of her best matches on NXT. Also great to see a PPV in London ;).

Finally it is Charlotte & Dana Brooke vs Sasha Banks & Bayley from Battleground 2016. This is the first sign of Bayley in a main roster WWE ring and the pop she gets from the crowd when she comes out makes this. This is probably the only reason why this is on the DVD as it is forgettable otherwise.

Rating – 6/10 – A good set of releases that are worth a punt at their short price tag. A good addition to the collection as well as even at this early stage stocking fillers for Christmas. A good set of matches which encapsulates some of the best of both Bayley and Sasha Banks.

Only problem of course is the fact that there is only 3 matches on both releases but like alluded to the price tag means that it gets a higher rating than usual.

I am looking forward to my next WWE review and you can find out when the next one will be by going to :

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Interview – Luke Menzies

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Photo Credit : Tony Knox Photography

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

Hi Thank you for having me. My names Luke Menzies, from liversedge in Wakefield West Yorkshire. Former professional rugby league player turned professional wrestler. 6ft 1, 260 lbs/118kg.

2. You are known as transitioning from rugby league to wrestling, have you always been into wrestling or is it more of a recent thing??
I’ve been into wrestling from around age 8 when I used to watch re runs of world of sport with my nan on the old Sky Channel bravo…….I think it was bravo anyway.
Then I progressed to WWE and found myself mesmerised by the likes of undertaker, triple h, the rock and especially Stone cold Steve Austin. I knew deep down that I wanted to do this. 
3. Speaking of the transition, why did you make the decision to transition and how did you go about getting into wrestling training as a result??
To be honest I was burnt out of rugby and had been for a few years. I tore my quad playing for Salford and as a result they decided to terminate the deal whilst I was on honeymoon in Mexico. That was the straw that broke the camels back.
I’d searched for schools years before but put off the idea(too bothered about the opinions of other people). I came across a tweet from William Regal recommending the training of Marty Jones. I got in touch, flew home the next day and the following day attended my first wrestling session.
4. You are known as well for gaining a successful WWE tryout, when are you reporting to the PC and how did it feel to be successful in that tryout and gain a contract??
Yeah the try out went better than I could’ve ever imagined. After the second day I was told that they were interested in hiring me. Shook hands with triple h and the scene was set. I trained at the PC for 4 days at the same time as getting my health assessment and blood work done. That was last February. I was due to report to the PC last may but my visa got rejected due to my lack of wrestling experience.
So fast forward to August of last year I set out on the British and European circuit to establish a name for myself. 
The visa process will start again any time now. That takes 6 weeks all in all. We’re looking at mid March but it maybe after mania as it’s manic over there at this time.
5. You have been wrestling on the British Wrestling scene making a name for yourself, what are your thoughts on the current state of it at the moment and are you proud to be a part of it??
Yeah the British scene is booming at the minute. I’m proud to be a British wrestler and a Yorkshire wrestler. With the training of Marty I’m looking forward to plying my craft in as many countries as possible. Bringing something physical and slightly different than what fans have been used to seeing up and down the country.  I’m still a novice only having 22 bouts to my name so I’m lucky to have been able to learn from guys such as Johnny Moss and Rampage Brown along the way.
6. Do you think that due to your success in terms of becoming a wrestler from being in a different sport that it will potentially inspire other sportsmen to give it a go in the future??
If I can cause a positive career change in anyone’s  life, not just a Rugby League Player or any other athlete it would be fantastic.
You only get one life and it’s too short to sit on your hands and wonder what if or what people might think. Everyone will have an opinion but you can’t pay your bills with other people’s opinions or doubts. Get out there take a risk and do it, if that’s what you want to do. For me it’s about not just floating through life but doing what I want to do and creating a life and legacy that I can hang my hat on and my family can be proud of. You just have to jump in with two feet and go for it.
7. You had the chance recently to wrestle for DEFIANT against Jurn Simmons, what are your thoughts on that and also the fans at the WCPW/Defiant shows??
With Defiant I was grateful for the opportunity and hoped I could give a good account of myself. There’s things I need to work on and you learn with every bout and the match with Jurn at Defiant was no different. The fans were great I got a decent welcome due to being the local lad despite nobody knowing I was scheduled to wrestle.
8. What are your future ambitions in wrestling and who would you say is your dream opponent??
My future ambitions are obviously to make it to the top and be regarded as a good hand who can work with anyone. Main roster is a goal. Mania is a goal but there’s work to be done before I even truly set my sights on those goals. At the minute it’s taking each day, each training session and each bout as it comes and learning as much as possible.
As far as dream opponent there’s too many to choose from. Obviously stone cold, Bret Hart, I like Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes. I’d love to be able to wrestle Marty, Terry Rudge, Dynamite Kid, William Regal. All these people that I could learn so much from.
They would all definitely tie me in knots but the learning curve would be phenomenal.
9. Where can the readers find Luke Menzies and where can promoters book you for future shows in 2018??
 I’m on Twitter @luke_menz88
 Instagram as Lukemenzies88
All my booking info is featured on both of those accounts.
10. Have you got any future dates where the readers can see you live to end off the interview??
I’m in Barcelona for RCW on the 3rd of feb, then Tidal Championship Wrestling in Leeds on the 4th.
Target wrestling 10th feb
3cw 24th feb/squared circle in Oldham.
Dates to be announced on social media accounts.

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Interview – Louis Napoleon

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival, thanks for agreeing to do this interview, could you firstly introduce yourself to the readers??

The pleasure is all mine! My name is Florian Klonig  and I was born in Paris, France.  I currently wrestle under the gimmick “Louis Napoleon” altho i have had several previous gimmicks, masked and unmasked ever since i’ve set foot in a wrestling ring

2. Did you watch wrestling growing up or was it later on and who would you say inspired you as a result to become a wrestler??

When i was a kid, i used to watch with my dad alot of hero action movies starring legends like JCVD, Jacky Chan, Bruce Lee, etc. I became inspired to become myself an actor/stuntman just like them and dreamt of starring in a movie aswell. One day i stumbled upon this strange yet incredibly fascinating Sports Entertaining show on tv, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before and i couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. The match was Rey Mysterio vs Psichosis, two phenomenal athletes, a hero and a villain fighting! That was the day i found out i wanted to become a pro wrestler.

3. How did you then get involved in wrestling training, who trained you and have you got any tips for any up and coming wrestlers??

I’ve started my training with Wrestling Stars training facility in France under the head trainer and promoter Flesh Gordon. Mainly all my training came from there plus wrestling really good athletes and watching alot of wrestling.
I kept working hard and that’s how i got noticed and offered a spot with Michinoku Pro Wrestling, under Dick Togos wing who saw in me a great potential and to be honest, Japan has always been my absolute dream, so to me, it was like winning the lottery. I took nothing for granted, and kept doing my best giving it my all, honouring Togo san and the teachings of Great Sasuke and of all those who helped me out.
If i have a piece of advice for young and coming wrestlers is to always be humble, always be the first to get there, last to leave, first one to pick up a piece of the ring and always shake everyone’s hands from staff to coworkers. We are all a part of the show.

4. Your of course known as Louis Napoleon, how did this name/gimmick come about and would you agree it makes you stand out compared to other wrestlers currently on the scene??

I wanted to have a gimmick more inspired of the French Stereotype without it falling into ridicule or too funny (baguette + beret + onions), that was not at all what i had in mind. I’ve watched what other french co-workers were doing to try and find my own uniqueness and distance myself from any of their ideas.
My passion for japan, goes beyond wrestling, i love the culture aswell, and am a massive fan of video games, manga and anime. While watching a few anime, i noticed a few characters were named Napoleon and how the Japanese see Frenchman, often blond, blue eyes, with an elegant appearance almost royal prince like.  That’s how Louis Napoleon, the Emperor was born.
When i took the gimmick to Japan it was an instant hit, earning myself alot of commendations from my peers and a great reaction from the Japanese fans.

5. Your from France, what are your thoughts on the wrestling scene over there and are you proud to represent the country in places such as Japan??

Unfortunately the wrestling scene in France has suffered alot in the past few years, there’s some talent but very few places to actually work. I remember years ago when France was “hot”, i used to wrestle 4 times a week, every single week, was a very prosperous time. Wrestling Stars was the main company, they made money, i made money, it was great. At some point, small structures started appearing and undercutting, with that the business came downhill and right now, it’s impossible to wrestle as much as i did, back then. A true shame, all i can hope is that things get better, and business picks up once more.
What i can say for sure is that i am immensely proud to be the only French Professional Wrestler to export to Japan and be a constant representative ever since Andre the Giant.

6. Speaking of Japan, you wrestle quite a bit for Michinoku Pro, how has this been for you and are you heading back out there at some point in 2018??

Working with Michinoku Pro has been an amazing experience! I mean, whenever i tour with them, i work loads of shows, i have fun, my passion for wrestling burns ever so much brighter, i am and feel truly happy. Hard work does pay off, and i managed to go up the ranks and become a regular there, a member of the roster, not just a visitor and that makes me immensely proud of myself and motivates me to keep grinding and putting in the work ever so much more.
I most definitely will be going back to japan this year again!

7. Of course the blog is called TheBritishWrestlingRevival blog, do you want to come over here to wrestle at some point and if so who do you want to face??

Most definitely! There are so so so many incredible workers in England, i want to wrestle them all!!! Learn from them, gain more experience, get even better!
If i have to mention names, i’d say Travis Banks, i’ve been watching his matches, studying them, to me he’s one of the top stars in the UK today. Also Joseph Conners, he’s like a total package, he’s funny, looks great and is a great worker; others also truly amazing include Mark Haskins, Will Ospreay, Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Zack Sabre, Grado, Marty Scurll, there are so many!!!! #bookit

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

We can’t say for sure what tomorrow will bring us, all i can say is that i’ll keep working hard and go as far as i can in this business. My ultimate dream would be to make it into NJPW, that’s the one place i’ve always ever dreamt of being a part of and i know it will be hard, i may or may not make it, but i’m sure the journey will be worthwhile.
Japan is definitely in my plans for the years to come and also debut in the US in the near future aswell as a comeback to the UK. Really looking forward to the next chapters in my book.
9. Where can the readers find Louis Napoleon and where can promoters contact you regarding future bookings??

You can find me on social media under @Napolegion on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook. For any interested promoters please drop me an email under fklonig@gmail.com. I’m looking forward to and grateful for any opportunities one may want to give me.

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

I’ll be doing some training with UK schools in February. If you want to see more of my work, catch me feb 23rd for Varsity Pro Wrestling!  Or in France March 17th at Ouest Catch where i’ll defend my Delta title against two other athletes.
For more dates please check my social media for announcements!

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