Thursday, 21 October 2010

a most awesome weekend...

So after this weekend I can say that I have seen THE best wrestling show today live, forget your TNA, forget 1PW and even more so forget Riot Act Wrestling (all of which I have attended) Pro Wrestling EVE is the future.

First a bit of a background to my trip: I spent the previous evening with my missus so had to travel a further distance than planned (Leicester to Coventry and then down to Sudbury Suffolk), which meant that my trains got put a bit out of sync (however it wasn’t helped by the fact that TFL were doing improvement works, so I missed my train by literally a couple of minutes). Anyway due to the annoyance of travel rubbish I arrived in Sudbury station with 40 minutes until doors opened for EVE. This meant a quick run to my accomodation, where I dropped my bag, grabbed my ticket and signs and ran back to The Delphi club (arriving with about 5 minutes to go until doors opened). Straight away I headed for a seat and put my coat/signs on my FRONT ROW seat before I went to the merch stand. (I bought the two latest Shimmer Volume 31/32, Chickfight 5 and the Best of Wrestlejam Volume 1 [which is a Dragon Gate show] on DVD and an EVE T-shirt)

So following this I get a drink of coke and take my seat and my god they have improved the ring/entrance area (with video projection screens either side of the entrance area displaying EVE’s logo, as well as the ring having Pro Wrestling EVE printed on the apron).

1. Britani Knight def. Shanna via pinfall in a Tremendous opening match (and in fact my predicted show stealer, which it fell just short of being).

2. Jenny Sjodin & April Davids vs Amazon & Destiny went to a wild double DQ within a minute. Just a brawl. Referee Chris Roberts threw it out and there were over half a dozen guys needed to pull everybody apart (pretty much like the brawl that broke out between Blue Nikita and Saraya Knight).

3. Alpha Female def. Janey B (subbing for the absent Melanie Price). Fellow Glamour Gym members Carmel Jacob & Sara-Marie Taylor beat up the fallen Janey post match and declare she has been kicked out of the Glamour Gym, and Alpha goes back out to save Janey. The funny thing is Alpha Female got a great Face Reaction throughout after being booed pretty much constantly during her first match.

4. The Glamour Gym (Sara-Marie Taylor & Carmel Jacob) def. Team Storm (Becky James & Rhia O’Reilly) by pinfall: Sara uses a leg-hook DDT on Becky. Decent tag match, and the Glamour Gym seem to be turning into a serious heel Diva team

5. Saraya Knight def. Nikki Storm by pinfall after a great exhibition of an old school face match full of twists and turns. Without a doubt my match of the evening and Nikki Storm certainly looks like the future for EVE.

Jetta came out and cut a face promo explaining that she was there to offer support and advice to the girls in the promotion, and wasn’t here to wrestle. No one interfered, which is unusual

6. Jenny Sjodin def. April Davids in R3 of a Catch Division rematch. Sjodin used rolling German Suplexes and a shoulder-lock submission for the win, but both girls really gave their all and looked as if they took some really painful bumps.

Dann Read announces a douyble day taping in Norwich and Sudbury next April. (8th/9th for those planning on going)

7. In an EVE “Potentials” match, Sammi Hope def MJ via pinfall. Both women were fighting to gain a potential place on the EVE roster, and it was a fairly good match, with the crowd getting behind Sammi almost straight away (although MJ could certainly be a dark horse, who would certainly operate as a good heel based on this performance)

8. Alpha Female powerslammed and pinned Destiny. The Glamour Gymmanaged to distract Alpha, which allowed Destiny to get some offence in, but the Alpha Female came back and swiftly gained victory.

9. Main event: Three Minute Warning match.

Starts with Nikki Storm and Rhia O’Reilly.
Becky James in.
Rhia eliminated by Storm with a sunset flip.
Becky eliminated by Storm with an Oklahoma Roll.
Carmel Jacob in.
“Super Janey B” comes out and cuts a ‘superhero’ promo, before getting in the rihng in. (the first time I believe a TNA gimmick has been ripped off, however correct me if i’m wrong [I refer to Super Eric/Eric Young back in the RELLIK/Black Rain fued)
Super Janey eliminated by Carmel with a schoolgirl.
Britani Knight in.
Shanna in.
Saraya Knight in.
Sara-Marie Taylor in.
Carmel eliminated by Storm with a tornado DDT.
Jetta’s Shimmer music hits and she walks out and steps down to the outside, where she sits on one of the tables
Britani out eliminated by Shanna via a single leg crab submission.
Jetta still hasn’t actually gotten in the ring yet.
Shanna eliminated by Saraya with a sidewalk slam.
Sara eliminated by Saraya via a suplex.
Nikki Storm eliminated by Saraya via a fisherman suplex.
That means that the last two are Saraya & Jetta. Before they could touch, April Davids & Jenny Sjodin came out, and Shanna got back in the ring. Jetta then orchestrated a beatdown on Saraya. Even Nikki Storm got involved. Jetta then pinned the decimated Saraya to win and get a bye into the semi finals of the title tournament in April.

Jetta reveals that April, Jenny, Nikki & Shanna are now part of a unit under Jetta’s direction called The European Empire and when Saraya tries to exact vengance Jetta threatens to sue EVE as she is not a wrestler.

All in all the show itself was fantastic, and with a new heel faction, it certainly sets up new and exciting angles, and as mentioned it is THE best show I have seen live, and i’m fully backing them to take womens wrestling forwards. On top of this I got to meet a few of the wrestlers after the show and got my picture taken with Saraya, Britani, Carmel, Sara and best of all Jetta (who as a fellow Coventarian was loving the rip taking of one of the towns near to where I used to live)

Bring on April is all I can say

Friday, 8 October 2010

embarking on a new relationship (and the inevitable clich├ęs)

Ok so having been away from this thing for a while (due to the insanity of work/life in general) I have returned in my usual knackered/rambling style (post shift, for those of you who know me in real life, is never a good time to catch me). So where to start?

First and foremost, the most positive bit of news from my perspective is i'm now in a relationship with someone who, in all honesty, I had never thought would wish to be with a guy like me. I may put on this facade of a 'player', but the real me is a caring guy who was (up until last Saturday) looking for a nice lass to be with (and it looks like that has happened). This sadly makes me a walking cliche, but there you go.

Secondly, I have moved to a new house, which is pretty awesome with great housemates, who I feel comfortable around (especially considering we all rip the piss out of one another pretty much constantly)

Sadly I now have to go to a negative: sadly, one of the clients at work passed away due to a heart attack, just over a week ago which really shocked me (considering he was only in his 40s and had seemed fine on the previous shift)

Now for the 'Complete Bollocks' award (which I just created): My workplace for deciding to move my best mates down here to a different shift. I just hope I can convince them to move me to the same shift so I can at least keep my drinking partner lol. (although I was pissed off when she told me and told her i'd look at handing my notice in if I couldn't, but in reality i'll probably just end up bankrupting myself getting up to see Bec every weekend).

Monday, 17 May 2010

The chapter that I can add to my inevitable autobiography, by A. WAG,

Ok, only a short blog here and also I may be judged as harsh for shooting on kids in difficult situation, but this most definately is NOT me hating on them. First I only watched a few minutes of 'WAGS, Kids and World Cup Dreams' yesterday, but as certain things really pissed me off I thought i'd share my opinions.

I just was so pissed that the WAGs appear to have minimal (or in Imogen Thomas' case no) knowledge of South Africa's coloured past as well as the poverty. You would think that if you were going to a place you were unfamiliar with, then you would at least research something of it. We then move on to the tasks they had to do, which as hard as they clearly were, if you have volunteered to help and have something of a TV platform you don't complain about that. I don't mind people who genuinely volunteer their time to do this without any ulterior motives (I mean I started working in care as a volunteer for chrissake), and granted some of the publicity this will generate MAY help, but I doubt it.

This brings me onto the title of the blog, which is based on the obsession this country seems to have with celebrity autobiographies, and as these 5 WAGs are inevitably going to release one each, this is a clear case of them looking for the 'tough story' to have as a 'hook'. Disagree with me if you want, but I can't like what I see as somewhat cheap publicity. (Again i'm not taking a pop at the kids who are in tough situations, purely at the WAGs)

Friday, 14 May 2010

'Mr. Sorry About Your Damn Luck' James Storm aka. one half of the most over tag teams in the world.

So here we are, yet another blog, this time on my favourite wrestler 'Cowboy' James Storm, whom I had the fortune to meet at the first TNA tour to the UK, and will be meeting once again at the end of this month.

Again we go back to when I started watching TNA and the back end of the run of the tag team America's Most Wanted. This was back when Chris 'Braden Walker' Harris was hit by a James Storm beer bottle to the eye. This set up a fued between the two and back when I was a mark I believed the storyline, and was actually a Harris mark for at least part of the fued. However as I became more of a fan of the heels, I started liking Storm more and more, leading me to name him as my favourite wrestler.

After this he started a fued with Rhino and the proof of how good he could be when doing promo's/vignettes on Rhino's 'alcoholism' and continued to impress with his in ring skills. This fued seemed to die out when Rhino was legitimately injured and then began the contests between Eric Young and James Storm to define who was the best drinker which was a great way to expose two of the company's top workers at their best and introduced his kayfabe fear of heights (which storylinewise was destroyed at the 2008 Lethal Lockdown match). After he had beaten Eric Young in the ladder match to regain his drinking title, Rhino unexpectedly returned and challenged him to an Elevation X match, which considering the potential for legit injuries shows how much the man is willing to sacrafice to work for the company he is involved with. The fear of heights that had previously been shown was completely gone by the time he reached Lockdown, where he was involved with several spots on top of the cage.

After Lockdown Storm was announced as one of Jim Cornette's 'Egotistical Eight' and the first hints of Beer Money being formed were shown, however Storm was placed with Sting whom he had attacked upon his return after healing from the 'injuries' he had suffered in the Elevation X match. It was just after this when TNA toured the UK for the first time, and I met him at Coventry's Skydome, and the, as yet unformed, Beer Money faced the MotorCity Machine Guns in a pretty decent match as far as I can remember.

Finally we come to the formation of Beer Money Inc., the most over tag team in the industry today. They started their push as heels against one of the most established teams in the company (LAX), and as they had Hector Guerrero was LAX's manager, coupled with the highjinx they got up to, it made them the most effective heels in the company at the time (in my opinion). This fued reestablished tag team wrestling to the fore as Beer Money were making a name for themselves and found themselves cheered to some degree by members of the crowd who had respect for their traditional style of wrestling (as well as James Storm's variety of Beer Drinking gadgets and I still want a beer cart).

It was January 2009 that I first saw Robert Roode and James Storm teamed up properly as Beer Money. Beer Money then faced Team 3D at Lockdown 2009 in one of the best tag team matches in the last decade where no one was sure if Team 3D would lose their IWGP titles to them or not. Ultimately Team 3D won the TNA Tag Titles and in the next few weeks Beer Money turned face. We enter the 'face' phrase of Beer Money and the fued with World Elite/The Main Event Mafia, which due to bad booking on the part of TNA didn't make them look the great tag team they had done previously (proof that they worked better as a heel tag team).

Finally we enter the Hogan era, where for some reason Beer Money have not been used, up until the last few weeks, and in the process have turned heel once more. Being used as Bischoff's lackeys initially seemed to be a good way to go, and sadly failed to pick up the tag team titles again. Due to Bischoff turning face the lackey's route has completely failed. Before Lockdown 2010 Beer Money were involved in great angles which, had their opponents sold the moves effectively, would have put them back right at the top of the tree, but this is not their fault. (Jeff Hardy really does piss me off, after he was hit with a 'fireball' from James Storm, but completely failed to sell that any damage had been done) Hogan/all other management have sadly proved though they don't care about building storylines with the tag team division, after the billed tag team match between the MotorCity Machine Guns and Beer Money was ruined by Team 3D being added to the mix for no reason, and then due to interference by 'The Band' the match was thrown out.

This is the proof that James Storm is one of the best men that TNA have on their roster today, a man who will put his neck on the line for the company he loves, but sadly due to the way TNA is at the moment will sadly stagnate unless there is new booking brought in for the tag division.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

'The not so much a Monster as an enraged pussy cat' Abyss

Hello one and all who have decided to check my blog out once again (and hello to those who haven't read anything i've written before). This blog is 'dedicated' to 'The Monster' Abyss, or to give him his full title now: 'The wimp, who has become lazy in the ring due to Hulk Hogan's influence' Abyss. Now don't get me wrong, i've not always disliked Abyss, and with some creative management TNA could really save his character and also keep him as one of the top guys in the company.

First we just need to go back to when I first started watching TNA, and this was when he was aligned with James Mitchell back in 2007 and involved in the 'Abyss shot his father' storyline (I realise that he was obviously there before I started watching, but this is from when I started watching TNA). Anyway back then he was a believable heel who epitomised the 'Monster' gimmick and could have destroyed anyone on the roster. He was also involved in the first ever PPV main event I ever watched (Lockdown 2007) which back then was up there with my favourite matches. After this we saw a face turn by Abyss, which initially looked good, who began a fued with his storyline brother Judas Mesias and culminated in the second ever barbed wire massacre match (which I still rate as one of my favourite hardcore matches).

Abyss then disappeared from TV for 4 months and when he returned he had a 'mental patient' gimmick which again seemed to really suit his character, but then after he refused to use weapons again he became increasingly more annoying (as he had gone through the same process initially when he started in TNA). When they decided to keep him in the same garb for his next few fueds, until Mick Foley basically gave him his old garb back again. The Matt Morgan teaming/Dr. Stevie Fueds both feel completely pointless as he was not booked strongly and of course when Abyss faced Mick Foley in what should have been a dream match between the two, because of a lack of build up on the part of TNA the match just felt rushed, and wasn't as good as it should have been.

We then enter the Hogan era and as soon as he started his alliance with Hogan, he picked up the typical Hogan lazy attitude in the ring (i.e. next to no moves in a match/letting his opponent do all the work). Why TNA feel that they need to have someone who still thinks he is 'it', over a decade after he has had any relevence in the ring is beyond my understanding. The only way that they can save his character is to turn him heel and have him destroy everyone on the roster to return him to the monster of old. So to the current Abyss: 'Sorry about your Damn Luck' you suck at the moment

A small introduction of the why for's, etc. of this blog, from my point of view

Hello to one and all who have decided to check out this, my 3rd attempt at doing a regular Blog. So first things first, I am the infamous Sir Dave of Dangerous (so infamous I doubt any of you will have heard of me) and there are various subjects I am passionate about (Professional Wrestling, Politics, etc.), so I am using this blog as a platform for getting my opinions across. Anyway I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts, as I 'shoot' on everything from the price of cheese; to why the Tories are going to destroy the UK once again, but also stopping off to be positive about various things that aren't so bad. Fasten your seatbelts (or don't, what am I, a policeman?) and enjoy the no doubt crazy ramblings of another fool.

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