Pro-Wrestling in 2017

2017 was a big year in the world of professional and in my experience of it. WWE developed its brand into something that, possibly for the first time, feels genuinely global with non-Americans being highly featured as serious competitors on the main shows, the expansion of NXT into a bona-fide kind of 'super indie' and... Continue Reading →

WrestleMania 32 – Dallas, Texas – 03/04/16

Since I first started watching pro-wrestling in 1992, following the then WWF’s SummerSlam at Wembley (before this weekend their highest ever legitimate live attendance of around 80,000) the ‘sport’ has had its ups and downs. WrestleMania 32 comes at something of a transitional time for the WWE in particular, but also comes when the company... Continue Reading →

NXT TakeOver: Dallas

Since I last looked at an NXT event here, TakeOver: Fatal Fourway, the brand has developed beyond any reasonable expectation to, in a way, rival the main WWE brand by bringing a fresh, modern take on pro-wrestling to a more mainstream platform (and I speak as someone who really only closely follows the mainstream in... Continue Reading →

Sting – Into The Light

In 1985 Steve Borden, aka Sting, first stepped into a wrestling ring. Now, 31 years later, speculation is rife that his in-ring career is over following a neck injury sustained in September 2015 during a match with then WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. With that in mind, as we approach Wrestlemania weekend 2016 and... Continue Reading →

Yes! by Daniel Bryan and Craig Tello

Ever since Mick Foley hit the top of the New York Times bestseller list with his autobiography, Have A Nice Day, it has been de rigueur for popular professional wrestlers to tell their life stories in print. These range from the excellent, the aforementioned Foley book and Ric Flair’s To Be The Man to the... Continue Reading →

Daniel Bryan: Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!

Ever since I first caught a few glimpses of ‘American Dragon’ Bryan Danielson in his ‘indie’ days in Ring Of Honor I was intrigued by this mild-mannered seeming grappler from Aberdeen, Washington who came across as this generation’s ‘Man of a thousand holds’ but with the speed and athleticism of an HBK thrown into the... Continue Reading →

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