Monday, 9 January 2017

NEW Video - My Trip to NJPW Wrestlekingdom and Toyko 2017

NEW Video - My Trip to NJPW Wrestlekingdom and Toyko 2017

Below is my new Video a 30 min Documentary on my Trip to Toyko, Japan and what happened when I went to see New Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestlekingdom 11.

Inspired by Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson and Adam Cole and their youtube Series "Being The Elite"

Take a look click the video below

Thanks for Reading

Jonathan Orchard

Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Trip/Guide to Japan to See NJPW Wrestlekingdom 11

My Trip/Guide to Japan to See NJPW Wrestlekingdom 11

Hello everyone and Welcome to my blog about going to Japan to see NJPW Wrestlekingdom 11.

You can check out a video documentary about my trip by clicking the video below its 30 mins long and details my trip as well as Wrestlekingdom 11

I have already flown 12 hours from Heathrow and been in Japan for 3 days already it's an incredible place, such a change of culture (a real shock) and such a beautiful place to be. My brother Michael, luckily has been before and has been very knowledgeable at showing me the sites, amazing shrines and places in this beautiful city. 

It's such a happening city, felt very daunting at first but the people are so very kind and go out of there way to help you and to make you feel welcome.

To any fans thinking of coming over I say definitely do it, but give yourself time to prepare! I only had 3 weeks to prepare for this trip so wasn't enough. My phone hasn't been working over here and I couldn't get any money out on my card ! This is my first time ever in Toyko and I don't know the language and to be honest a little apprehensive too but I'm super excited as myself and my brother Michael are on the metro heading towards Toyko dome.

We have been talking about this for such a long time and now becoming a reality seeing Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestlekingdom 11. We get in the metro in Shibuya (where we are staying) and We had to change at Nagatcho station and then went to Kouraken station. (Where Tokyo dome is) it only cost 200yen (£1.50 appox) for the 20 min journey.

We get off the train and walk to exit 1 and we are right outside Tokyo Dome. It's an incredible sight and a tremendous looking stadium.

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As you walk to the stadium to your left of it is a roller-coaster that wraps around a building!  

The doors open for the show at 15:30 and show starts at 17:00. Everything in Japan starts very promptly and exactly to time so was told to get to our seats with plenty of time and are ready for the show.

We walk round and find the right entrance Eventually we needed up queueing at the wrong gate to begin with then a nice member of staff directed us to where we should be.

We have electronic tickets with a QR code that you scan in it goes nice and smoothly and we scan our tickets we are in the stadium and find our seats no problem thanks to helpful and kind staff.

As you go in you a given a NJPW goodie bag with posters, and souvenirs which i thought was a nice touch.

As you would of noticed the show is 6 hours long and there aren't any breaks for intermission, so either choose a match that you don't mind missing or if your like me practice the art of bladder control!

There are members of staff walking up and down the aisles with pepsi and coke and other members of staff with a beer pack on there pack who can serve you at your seat  so you don't need to get up at all

We were treated to a 6 hour spectacular of Wrestling

Here is an intro video to WK 11

Here are the results

Michael Elgin won the New Japan Rumble

Tiger Mask W defeated Tiger the Dark

Roppongi Vice defeated The Young Bucks for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship

Gauntlet Match for NEVER Six-Man Tag Team Championship: EVIL, BUSHI and SANADA defeated Ricochet/Satoshi Kojima, David Finlay and Bad Luck Fale/Yujiro Takahashi/Hangman Page

Cody defeated Juice Robinson

Adam Cole defeated Kyle O’Reilly to win the Ring of Honor World Championship

Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii defeated Guerillas of Destiny and Great Bash Heel to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship

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Hiromu Takahashi defeated KUSHIDA to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship

Hirooki Goto defeated Katsuyori Shibata to win the NEVER Openweight Championship

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Tetsuya Naito defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship

Kazuchika Okada defeated Kenny Omega to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship

 Overall I really enjoyed the card and think It has to be the best live wrestling event I ever attended. 

I have to discuss  The Dream Team (Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson, Adam Cole) at Wrestlekingdom 11.

Its because of Kenny Omega that I went to Wrestlekingdom 11. I met Kenny in Taunton back on January 2015 and been a fan for a long time of his and the rest of the dream team. 

To finally see Nick and Matt Jackson Live for the first time was a real treat. They were brilliant in their match and was sad to see them lose but they encapsulated incredible althletism, humour and great wrestling all in to one and that truly skillful thing to achieve to me the top tag team in the world today.

I don't get ROH TV in the UK and its hard to keep up with so getting to see Adam Cole for the first time was a very cool thing. 

I love Adam Cole "Bay Bay" chant and his theme music and persona and so did alot of the fans around me who did it along with Adam in his match.

To see Adam not only win his match and Become new ROH World Champion but to do it for a record 3rd time and to witness that live was something very special to me. 

Kenny Omega and Okada delivered a tremendous main event.

It was a 45 min classic and a great example of why I love professional wrestling both men deserve huge credit for what they managed to create.

Okada and Omega gave us great psychology, hard hitting strong wrestling, Technical Wrestling, emotion and pure insanity - best match I have ever seen.

I have never seen anything like this 2 things that really stick out Dragon Suplex from Top Rope and Kenny Omega taking a back drop from the ring over the top rope through a table set up on the floor. 

There were fans around me in tears in their eyes when Omega got pinned it meant so much to the fans.  

In Wrestling those matches come along once in a lifetime and i was lucky enough to be in the right place and right time.

Kenny Omega Thank you for making my trip so special and truly unforgettable

Even Now in January it has got to be a front runner for Match of Year.

Now time for my rant at NJPW management.....

I felt that Kenny Omega should of been crowned New IWGP World Champion if NJPW want to make inroads into America and Europe as much as they say they do then making Omega champion here would of been a real statement of intent to fans worldwide that NJPW want to continue to push their brand forward. 

It felt as if New Japan got scared and kept the belt on Okada, there were lots of fans in the arena that when Omega got pinned were very upset and unhappy. 

I was sat with People from Australia, American, Canada and Japan all of which wanted to see a Kenny Omega win.

New Japan need to start putting faith in Kenny Omega because if they don't they could find themselves without him in the future. 

Omega has attracted alot of fans like myself to watch NJPW and NJPW World its becoming a big revenue stream for NJPW, they need to realise his value and what he brings to the table, i just hope its not a situation where NJPW don't realise what they have until its gone. 

Despite my annoyance at NJPW booking of the main event. In the end though I left feeling very happy and it felt like all the effort,  time and travel was worth it.

Tips for travel

I'll give you some tips from my experience in Japan and where I went wrong, hopefully this will be useful to you if you decide to go to Japan in the future.

This holiday to Japan was booked with my brother with only a month to spare so there wasn't any preparation time. Before you go here are some things to remember. Make sure that Data roaming for Japan is enabled on your phone, I forgot to do this and as a consequence I couldn't contact anyone all week, I had no wifi and with limited knowledge of the language it was very disabling. .

In addition make sure you notify your bank that you are going abroad otherwise if you need any extra money you will not be able to draw any money out and don't forget to get some Yen before you go.

I brought our tickets through NJPW official E ticket partner they send you ticket as a QR code to your phone a week before the event you then save this as a picture to your phone and scan it through the card reader as you go through the gate at the stadium.

Wrestlekingdom 11 videos 

Here are some video clips from Wrestlekingdom 11

Cody Entrance Clip

Naito Entrance Clip

Kenny Omega Entrance 

Thanks for Reading 

Jonathan Orchard

Thursday, 15 December 2016

WWE UK Championship and New WWE Network UK Weekly TV show

WWE UK Championship Tournament and New  WWE Network UK Weekly TV Show

WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament

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WWE Announced today the formation of the WWE UK Championship Tournament and their intent to have a weekly UK produced TV show on WWE Network.

At 02 Arena WWE held a press conference With Triple H, Michael Cole, William Regal, Nigel Mcguiness and Finn Balor.

You can check out video clips below

Triple H announces WWE UK Championship and Weekly UK Wrestling Show on WWE network

Finn Balor on WWE UK Championship Tournament

Nigel Mcguiness is coming to WWE UK Championship Tournament!

WWE then brought out all the talent involved in WWE UK Championship tournament see all the 16 competitors below

WWE UK Championship Competitors

Trent Seven
Tyson T. Bone
 Jack Starz
Tiger Ali
 Roy Johnson
Sam Gradwell
James Drake,
Jordan Devlin
Pete Dunne
Tyler Bate
Joseph Conners
HC Dyer
Dan Moloney
Chris Tyler
Saxon Huxley
Ringo Ryan

There is so much tremendous Talent involved Pete Dunne, Trent Severn, Tyler Bate and many more.

I have had the pleasure of seeing Tyson B Bone recently at Pro EVW he has tremendous strength and ability will be interesting to see how he does and also I saw Jack Starz at CSF Wrestling.

On personal level and a special mention from me it was great to see Tiger Ali included.

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Tiger Ali in action vs Eddie Ryan - CSF Wrestling Frome

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Tiger Ali

Tiger Ali  is a tremendous talent that I have seen in 4FW, CSF and PWP. I have been watching him over a number of years and He plays a great character and I saw him as recently as 3 weeks ago Wrestling for CSF wrestling vs Eddie Ryan.

 Tiger is definitely one to look out for in this WWE UK Championship tournament.

Triple H also announced that WWE will be Intending to do a weekly UK episode every week for WWE network going forward similar to 205 live and WWE NXT.

That suggests that WWE may tape many shows in one go and then present them on TV similar to WWE NXT schedule. This is such an exciting development for WWE and UK wrestling. 

For the 16 Wrestlers chosen it gives them an opportunity to showcase their skills but if WWE does indeed carry forward with a UK weekly WWE Network episodes then it could provide even more opportunity for wrestlers not currently in that Group of 16.

It creates a New goal for UK wrestlers to make it to WWE UK and to showcase themselves on WWE Network to the world what an amazing opportunity.

WWE will be constantly looking for more talent and to enhance what UK is producing. WWE in their press conference today stated that "we want to be the bridge between independent wrestling and WWE"

I think praise has to be given to men and Women that in the "dark days" of British wrestling represented it and kept it going when it wasn't an "in thing" to be a UK wrestler.

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UK own Doug Williams

UK Promotions like Brian Dixon All Star Wrestling kept going through those dark days.

Tremendous talents like Doug Williams,Robbie Brookside,Grado, Bram, Rockstar Spud, Dave Taylor, William Regal, Johnny Kidd, Dean Almark, Finlay, Nick Aldis and too many more to mention who plied their trade all over the world in many different promotions representing what was great about UK wrestling.

Let us not forget Without people like Doug, Robbie Brookside and many others you would not have UK wrestling scene you have today in 2016.

Many of them helped keep it alive in the terrible lul after Wrestling disappeared from UK TV in 1980s and over the years helped produce the future that we have now and that will appear on WWE Network.

 To those people who kept UK Wresting Scene alive I say to them, from me and on behalf All UK Wrestling fans a huge thank you 

For UK Wrestlers and UK Wrestling and UK Wrestling fans WWE announcement today has given us more than we could of ever hoped or dreamed of.

Thanks for Reading

Jonathan Orchard

Monday, 12 December 2016

Big League Wrestling Exmouth Preview Gold Rush Sun Feb 26th Alberto Del Rio v Mr Anderson

Big League Wrestling Preview Gold Rush
Alberto Del Rio v Mr Anderson
Sun 26th Feb 2017 Exmouth

Big League Wrestling returns after a tremendously successful debut show in Exeter Big League is now coming to Exmouth

Coming to you on Sunday 2th Feb 2017 from Exmouth Pavilion is  Big League - Gold Rush.

Mr Anderson at Exeter Corn Exchange

Already signed for this show Former WWE star Alberto El Patron (formally know as Alberto Del Rio) will be making his Big League Debut vs the first ever and Current Big League World Champion Mr Anderson!

Alberto Del Rio is coming to Exmouth with one thing in mind to take Big League World Heavyweight Championship away from Mr Anderson.

This is Mr Anderson first title defence following and incredible No DQ match vs MVP to obtain Big League World Heavyweight Title Will Mr Anderson make it 2-0 or will his reign end at the hands of Del Rio?

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Alberto Del Rio

Also announced Big League Wrestling Will crown their first ever Big League World Tag Team Champions!

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After a successful outing Defeating Big Grizzly and Scotty Essex in Exeter, Liquid Dreams now get a shot at Big League Tag Team Championships vs Big Grizzly and Dave Mastiff. 

Which tem will walk away as the tag team champions?

Liquid Dreams following their win in Exeter

Confirmed to appear (card subject to change):

Alberto El Patron vs Mr Anderson (BLW World Heavyweight Title Match)

Just added Harlem Bravado as seen on Total non Stop Deletion

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Dave Mastiff (as seen on ITV World of Sport)
Sonjay Dutt
Lion Kid
Josh Bodom
Psycho Phillips
Jamie Hayter
Big Grizzly
Sid Scala
Chris Andrews
Liquid Dreams (Jake McCluskey ; Kieran Bruce)

More names to be confirmed.

Get your tickets now for Big League Wrestling Gold Rush

1st 2nd and 3rd row seats and general seating available

Plus Tickets also Available for pre show meet and greet with former WWE star Alberto Del Rio!

Click on the weblink below now to Purchase tickets

Thanks for Reading

Jonathan Orchard

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows - Let them off thier leash WWE

Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows 
Let them off their leash WWE

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Karl Anderson (left) Luke Gallows (right)

Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows two talents that took wrestling by storm as two of the founding members of the Bullet Club a faction originated in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Gallows, Anderson along with AJ Styles, Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and many more in the group made Bullet Club the most talked about faction on all of wrestling.

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Bullet Club

This is the kick ass Anderson and Gallows from NJPW they take out an interviewer after their match see the video below

Due to Bullet Club popularity it caught the attention of WWE and in Early 2016 WWE signed Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows to WWE contracts and they debuted in WWE on April 11 2016 attacking The Usos after their tag team match.

It was a great entrance and way to Debut Anderson and Gallows, but what started out as a great beginning has not flourished through the rest of 2016.

This isn't due to Anderson and Gallows every performance they give in WWE is believable and they come across so well as themselves.

They came in to WWE with so much anticipation and so much hype. WWE fans knew exactly who they were when they debuted and fans were excited as Former Bullet Club members Finn Balor (Fergal Devitt) and AJ Styles were already with the company. Fans were salivating at the possible opportunities.

What WWE didn't go was go with the momentum that Gallows and Anderson had.

AJ Styles, Gallows and Anderson all joined together on WWE TV and they were named The Club, they were doing great really starting to build themselves and catching on, social media was exploding with hashtag #BeatUpJohnCena and Gallows and Anderson looked ready to progress.

You can see the video below

Then Something else happened......

WWE decided to have 2 separate brands Raw and Smackdown and during he draft on July 19th 2016 in a strange move AJ Styles was drafted to Smackdown and Gallows and Anderson were drafted to Raw.

So a group that had become popular and barley been together for 3 months had caught on with WWE audience and were now heading in opposite directions it didn't make sense then and doesn't make sense now.

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The Club, Gallows (left) Aj Styles (Middle) Karl Anderson (right)

Even more ridiculous WWE broke up The Club before their shirt even came out on it really didn't make sense and meant everyone in the group started over again.

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The Club Tshirt

Gallows and Anderson on WWE Raw as a tag team on their own and feuded with The New Day. WWE went a different direction with Gallows and Anderson and did a comedy bit with Them as doctors and Dana Brooke as a nurse it was a fun segment and something different from Gallows and Anderson it showed their humour but maybe confused the fans a little seeing two ass kickers suddenly in a more comedic role. Anderson and Gallows Won a match at Summerslam vs New Day but it was by DQ therefore New Day Kept the tag team titles.

I thought Anderson and Gallows had turned the corner when on WWE raw instead of letting Dudley Boyz to have there moment and retirement in the ring they came down and gave magic killer to Buh Buh Ray Dudley and another magic killer on Dvon through a table and Dudleys haven't been seen since, a huge moment for Anderson and Gallows destroying the biggest tag team in wrestling history.

You can see the video below

This was such a huge moment that wasn't capitalised on by WWE to build Anderson and Gallows as the guys of the future and the tag team that is going to dominate in WWE.

At WWE Clash of Champions Anderson and Gallows lost to New day in a WWE Tag Team Title match that should of been the match in my opinion where the titles changed and started to build them.

 At Survivor Series Anderson and Gallows were on the winning side in 10 on 10 Tag Team Elimination match.

WWE hasn't allowed Anderson and Gallows to regain the momentum and build the Momentum they once had. Anderson and Gallows are credible ass kickers but they haven't been presented as such.

Triple Threat Tag Team Match on Raw

This Monday on Raw they have an opportunity to become WWE tag Team Champions in a 3 way match vs New Day and Sheamus and Cesaro if they or Sheamus and Cesaro win then New Day will not be able to break Demolition record breaking tag team run.

This is the opportunity to make this one of the most meaningful Title changes in History and to have Anderson and Gallows win the titles and earn instant credibility and earn even more or the ire of the fans for putting an end to a potential history making moment for the New Day.

WWE its Time to let Anderson and Gallows off their leash.....

Unfortunately Gallows and Anderson lost on WWE Raw and New Day are now longest running WWE Tag Champions in History.

WWE missed another opportunity to make Anderson and Gallows mean so much more, how many times will they be passed over and not given an opportunity to run with the ball?

With the way they have been treated on Raw and Smackdown needing more viable teams maybe a move to Smackdown where they can reunite with AJ Styles is the way to go?

Anderson and Gallows are two talented individuals if they cant get the opportunities they need in WWE they can always go somewhere else remember

Bullet Club is for,for,for,for life. 

Thanks for Reading

Jonathan Orchard