Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Pro Wrestling Pride with WWE,WCW,ECW,TNA star Raven Review

Pro Wrestling Pride with #WWE #WCW #ECW #TNA star Raven review

As always what is written below is my opinion as a wrestling fan, I’m not a wrestling expert and don’t proclaim to be one, what I write is my opinion as a fan,– with that said enjoy this month blog!!!!! 

I realised that in the four years that I have been writing blogs that I have never done a blog on British Wrestling and written about a British wrestling show. Many Times in the Past I have been to local shows in Wiltshire, WWE shows in Cardiff, TNA Shows and even Wrestlemania 29 in New York City but this past weekend was a first for me watching a British wrestling promotion outside of my local area – that Promotion was Pro Wrestling Pride based in Devon.

I had seen a post on facebook stating that former WWE WCW ECW and TNA Star Raven was coming to Torquay on 2nd August 2014 – this was too good of opportunity to pass up.
As luck would have it I had been to Torquay a few months before while on holiday and liked the place, So I checked the Website and Brought myself a Q and A, Meet and Greet and Wrestling Show ticket for the very reasonable price and then purchased my train ticket and was ready to go.

I arrived in Torquay and went into the Q and A event With Raven Which started at 3pm, as I gave my ticket to the chap on the door I walked in and saw tables set up by the ring with Raven and members of the roster from Pro Wrestling Pride roster, there was the pro wrestling pride heavyweight championship on the table and the title holder Danny Walsh sat behind it (more on him later)

The Moderator got us underway and throughout the session I managed to ask Raven 3 questions (I won’t give you the answers as I suspect you can find out what they were by purchased the soon to be released DVD from Pro Wrestling Pride)

Why did you leave ECW when you did in 1997?
What was it like working in Memphis?
Was it True that you were offered a Job in WWE Creative?

Raven at the Q&A
It truly was a great experience and an awesome learning experience to sit and hear Raven talk for an hour you can truly see that he has such a great mind for wrestling and a learnt a lot from the Q&A things I didn’t know and absorbed so much from this wrestling legend.

One last thing about the Q and A  Danny Walsh (the Pride Heavyweight Champ I mentioned earlier) - I thought he was really clever, he was playing the heel so well, not answering questions asked of him and if he did he would whisper his answer to the moderator and then the moderator would have to speak for him. Walsh even left before the Q&A was over and got a chorus of boos from the fans, they were little things but so very effective so kudos for that – Clever Stuff.

danny walsh
At 6pm I arrived at Torquay Town Hall for the show, went and got my seat and waited for the show to begin and met two brilliant wrestling fans Sean and Zahra (thank you both for the conversation,laughs and fun – I really appreciated it!!!)

Sean and Zhara
The show had some great matches and they were entertaining, well paced and exciting.
Some Highlights for me was the UK dominator winning the “Money in the bag” match with guaranteed him a title opportunity, A fantastic 5 man X division style match which all 5 Men really showcased what they could do – with Ryan Smile winning the match. That match got an incredible ovation after it finished and it deserved it, one of the best matches I had seen live and Ryan is definitely someone to keep your eyes on in the UK Scene.

Ryan Smile
Danny Walsh Lost his World Title to PJ Jones and in his match saw something I hadn’t seen in years. A wrestler losing a match due to 3 public warnings and getting disqualified!!! (that was tremendous and I went crazy for for that!!!), Then UK Dominator came down (after title match had been restarted and Walsh got pinned quickly) and UK Dominator cashed in his money in the bag after Jones got chokeslammed and UK dominator become new Pride Wrestling Heavyweight Champion and of course the Main event 6 man hardcore tag match featuring Raven,Darren Saviour and Tiger was brilliant the crowd were so loud and into the match and it ended the night perfectly.

I thought Darren Saviour was really good as well having not seen him before thought he did really well in 6 man match think at some point in time Saviour vs Danny Walsh or Vs UK Dominator could both be great matches. Raven ended the night by thanking the wrestler and the fans and getting all the kids in the ring and sending everyone home happy.

What was the downside you say? Well the only downside for me with this show was the sound system the microphone in particular , I would of picked it up thrown it out the window and started again!! – the microphone cut out & was very annoying but apart from it was a cracking show.

me and raven
This show was ran so well everything went smoothly and It was a joy to be there and it delivered on everything it promised Q and A, Meet and Greet and event itself – Pro Wrestling Pride have to be given credit for putting on a great entertaining family show and giving fans exactly what was advertised – next time you are in Torquay I’ll be coming back – British Wrestling is alive, well and awesome!!!

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Jon Orchard

Friday, 11 July 2014

Dixie Carter has a point….Be Positive People

Dixie Carter has a point….Be Positive People!

A lot of wrestling fans out there are very opinionated especially in the world
we live in right now with social media and how quickly tweets and status updates can be sent we can make our opinions known on a certain subject matter within a few seconds. This has is plus and minus points being able to react to something and get a reaction as soon as something happens is great as it gauges reaction right at that time.

However living in this world of opinions also has its down side. As any regular user of Twitter, Facebook or any other platform of Social Media is aware the gift of being to give your opinion quickly is abused. Some People use it to try and force their opinion on others, some write abusive messages to celebrities trying to get a reaction or some just don’t think before they tweet or update a status and send messages that are violent and threatening in nature which have in some cases led to some people being arrested and even prosecuted.

In 2002 Panda Energy brought 71% of TNA and in 2003 Dixie Carter became President of TNA Entertainment Impact Wrestling (TNA) has been in business for 12 years it has a show on Spike TV in USA that airs every Thursday since October 2005 and also airs all over the world in Australia, Africa, Europe, South America including UK where I live on a Sunday Night at 9pm.
Dixie Carter said on Impact Wrestling recently that a lot of people like to “hide behind their Keyboards” “say things behind my back” and be “negative people”

I think Dixie has a point.

 Its very easy for people to crictise impact wrestling Impact has been around for a number of years now and like any company it has had great successes and things that have not worked out so well but that is the same in any business whether it be pro wrestling,  Mcdonalds or your local corner shop.
Each company has to make decisions in the best interest of the company in order to keep that company running and healthy sometimes those decisions are home runs and sometimes those decisions strike out – but its all a learning process.

In and recent survey 90% of new restaurants go out of business within 2 years - Why? Because the industry is that hard to survive in,  if you don’t have all the elements right you go under, people don’t come back & as an owner your not left with any other option.
Some Fans don’t agree with some decisions and Direction that Impact Wrestling has taken over the years however I think its as simple as this

“Its not your money”

Its Dixie Carter and  Money, Its very easy for people to sit back and who aren’t close to the situation who really don’t know that is happening in reality and using their perspective of what they think the reality is.

Dixie Cater owns this she knows what the reality is

Fact of the Matter is if it was your money that you were spending to run a wrestling company hundreds of Thousands of Dollars for Talent, Production, Hiring Buildings, Security and so much more, you would be taking a different perspective – you would be questioning every decision and making sure you made the right decisions for your company to survive and thrive.

I Don’t blame Dixie Carter for that, I think that over the years she has made the right decisions to keep Impact Wrestling running and in business – if she didn’t it wouldn’t be here now and continuing on With recent Impact Tapings in New York City, Bound for Glory in Japan Coming up in October and Another UK Tour in January 2015 things are looking bright for Impact wrestling there are so many positives right in front of us lets get excited about these positives celebrate those positives and be happy.


“Its Takes more energy to be negative as it does to be positive so why waste your energy?”

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Jonathan Orchard

Monday, 30 June 2014

John Cena Is best for business

John Cena – Is Best for Business

As always everything written below is my opinion as a wrestling fan, im not a "wrestling expert" nor do I clain to be one, just my jumble opinion as a wrestling fan read on and enjoy :)

With the recent issues/troubles that WWE have had I’m not quite sure why anyone is surprised, this needed to happen, it should not happened and it was the right decision. WWE have been through some very turbulent waters over the past few months, Vince Mcmahon predictions in regards to how much money a new TV contract in America were not as much as expected and resulted in him losing $350 million.

WWE has to go back to what works and what sells tickets and what makes money
I was very happy to see John Cena become WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WWE Money in the Bank PPV. A lot of people dislike it, hate it or cannot stand it but as Triple H and Stephanie say it’s definitely best of WWE business right now.
Cena Is versatile someone who is a solid hand and WWE know what they are getting with John Cena a man that sell tickets, puts asses in seats for live events, Sells a tonne of Merchandise and makes the company Money.

David Herro of Pro wrestling Report said it right when he said WWE needed to use Cena for this as
“Punk Quit and Bryan got injured – you have no top babyface”
Cena for me is this solid constant a man that can help and work with a new generation of stars to help elevate them toward the top of the card thus making a stronger, more profitable and better WWE for the future.

If you haven’t listen to Steve Austin Podcast “the Steve Austin Show” you should – Steve had a great episode on some time back now with John Cena and John talked openly about the business, his feelings and what he wanted to help WWE in achieving as a brand. Cena’s main concern in that interview was making the WWE the biggest it could possibly be, to the point of even learning mandarin so that when WWE starts to go into the Chinese Market with TV and PPV he can connect with those fans in their own language – doing this in his own time by the way, I don’t care what job you’re in now that’s dedication, that’s seeing the big picture

Cena I feel can be used as the foil to be able to work with new talents such as Money in the Bank Briefcase winner Seth Rollins, Cesaro or Reigns and help this next generation of stars move to the next level.

At this point right now I believe the fans that are complaining about Cena are missing the point, but Cena gets it perfectly it’s not about Cena it’s about the future stars of WWE.

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Jonathan Orchard

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Dolph Ziggler - is Flair the key

Dolph Ziggler - is Flair the key

There are lots of rumours and questions out there at the moment regarding Ric Flair and WWE. There is lots of talk (no evidence as of yet) that Ric Flair will be making a return to WWE in a non competitive capacity maybe as a manger or some have even speculated that Flair may return as GM of RAW.

Personally I like the idea of Ric Flair coming back to be a manger I think Flair with Evolution as their manager was great and really helped all 3 men he managed Triple H, Orton and Batista. I believe Flair helped those men get better and gave those superstars some added presence and credibility with him  beside them.

I would like to see Ric Flair manage Dolph Ziggler, I am a massive Dolph Ziggler fan and feel that Doplh never really has got the opportunity he should have had or did get with the World Heavyweight Championship after getting his concussion to me it will always be one of those “what if “ moments What If Dolph didn’t get that concussion – he could have been Main Eventing Wrestlemania 30 or he could be where he is now.

Flair coming back would be used in a different way to Paul Heyman and Zeb Colter both of whom were brought back in to be mouthpieces for guys that needed mouthpieces (Lesnar, Cesaro etc) Flair I think would not need to be a mouthpiece for Dolph Ziggler as I feel that Dolph can talk and be entertaining doing it, Flair adds his experience (ringside, dirty tricks and Woooooo’s) and as I said above makes Ziggler a more credible threat.

Flair could help Ziggler get back into the mix of things in WWE and maybe Help Ziggler get into the WWE Worldheavyweight  title picture . I feel its what Ziggler needs the fans appreciate this time, effort, skill and everything he does in and out of the ring. WWE top brass on the other hand don't seem to feel that way, but given a chance built properly with Flair at his side, I feel WWE could have a great babyface on their hands and they need one to compliment Daniel Bryan and I see no better fit than Ziggler - a new fresh babyface that the faces like.

 I still think that Ric Flair the man, the character, the wrestler and the personality can help elevate a superstar and that Star is Dolph Ziggler and get him back where he needs to be.

A Star is rising and it has the initials DZ engraved in the middle of it

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Justin Credible on Steve Austin Podcast

Justin Credible on Stone Cold Steve Austin Podcast

Justin Credible former WWF/WWE/ECW superstar recently appeared on The Stone Cold Steve Austin podcast and talked to Steve about his WWF Career, how he got hired and how the Aldo Montoya gimmick came about and talking Justin Pro Wrestling 101 videos and what he is doing now. Justin Credible also talks in depth about his drug addiction and really gives an honest and frank insight into his addiction at the time and talks about overcoming his addiction and what he did to overcome it and what he continues to do to keep himself healthy. 

you can listen to the podcast (click the link below)

Episode 123 - Justin Credible aka Aldo Montoya

or on iTunes -

In this podcast also Steve Austin talks about and endorses Justin Credible Pro Wrestling 101 videos. these video are where every week Justin takes an aspect of wrestling e.g Staying in shape, working a match, tag teams etc and talks about the given subject and gives his knowledge and talks about his experiences on that subject.

All Pro Wrestling 101 videos can be seen here -

Juston Credible Twitter account

Below are some of the recent Pro Wrestling 101 videos click on the videos to view them

\pro wrestling 101 Psychology

Pro Wrestling 101 - Locker Room Etiquette

Pro Wrestling 101 - Lance Storm

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Jonathan Orchard

Friday, 13 June 2014

WWE Release 11 Superstars June 2014

WWE Release 11 Superstars June 2014

Yesterday 12 June 2014 saw 11 releases made from WWE, There were recent reports that WWE weren’t going to Release anyone from their contracts and merely let contracts run down, it seems now that those reports were very wide of the mark and WWE decided to release talent.
Below is the official statement from

WWE has come to terms on the release of the following Superstars as of yesterday, June 12, 2014:

•    JTG
•    Drew McIntyre
•    Jinder Mahal
•    Aksana
•    Curt Hawkins
•    Theodore Long
•    Camacho
•    Brodus Clay
•    Evan Bourne
•    Yoshi Tatsu
•    Marc Harris (referee)

For me I was surprised by a few of these releases for me most notable was Drew Mcintyre, Brodus Clay, Evan Bourne and Aksana. I feel that all 4 of these are great talents and Bourne was just on his way back from a big injury and I thought that we would see him re-debut again very soon, however it was not to be.

This may not be a bad thing in the long run for the talents and people involved don’t get me wrong no one wants to lose their job whether it is in wrestling or not but this provides this group of talent with massive opportunities on the indy wrestling scene or with another companies. I’m Sure Impact Wrestling (TNA) will have their eyes on some of these talents as will ROH and not forgetting Global Force Wrestling which is another new option and could be a good place from some of this established talent to work, not to mention all the other indy companies across the US and here where I live in England too.

Looking at the list of released workers I got a chance to meet one of them back in 2012. Aksana was at a private WWE signing I was able to go (thanks Matt) and she was there along with the Big Show. Aksana was lovely to meet and for the few moments that I spent with her totally awesome, not to mention she is stunning too, I’m sure she will find a place as also we haven’t seen much of her character (which I feel could of been expanded on a lot) and she hasn’t been too over exposed in WWE, She has potential and room to develop, she is a great opportunity and be a great assest for another company.

All these superstars that have been released see this as a new opportunity a new beginning and a new way to develop your wrestling skills to enrich your lives and to be creative and to go in a direction they want to not the direction they are told.

Everyone thinks WWE knows best sometimes they don’t

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Sunday, 8 June 2014

Finally WWE gives me something to Watch

Finally WWE gives me something to Watch

This past week has been a much better week. I wrote in a previous blog that I felt that WWE was losing its touch both in the business world and also in the creative world of WWE, while business may not be great creatively WWE are trying to get back on track and this last week of television proved to me they are starting to make an effort to get in the right direction.

WWE Payback although going into it I did not think or believe it would be a great pay per view however was I wrong. I enjoyed everything about this PPV a great opening match between Sheamus and Cesaro for The US title, Bray Wyatt vs John Cena being an amazing match between both mean plus The Shield having a clean sweep over Evolution were just some of the highlights for me. A PPV that delivered from WWE and it delivered great matches and overall great entertainment.

Then We roll into Monday Night Raw, now granted John Cena vs Kane I really wasn’t sure about, only because I had seen this so many times and the direction with Daniel Bryan and the prolonged issues around the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will need to come to an end soon and that end looks like it will be WWE Money In the Bank.

However WWE creative Decision to Finally split The Shield and in a surprising move have Seth Rollins be the guy that turned on his fellow Shield Members was a stroke of Genius. I always thought that this would be Dean Ambrose that would Turn. I thought that his character would be a perfect fit due to his unpredictability and issues he had in the past with the other members of the Shield.
Seth Rollins has created something for fans to get their teeth into I said on Monday after it happened “Finally WWE are giving me some compelling, interesting and entertaining TV”

It’s surprising entertaining TV that is going to keep people watching and the more WWE does this the better it will be.

Give people a reason to tune in every Monday for Raw and Friday for Smackdown, make WWE TV Can’t miss TV again.

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Jonathan Orchard