Saturday, 29 November 2014

CM Punk - his interview with Colt Cabana & how he created magic at Wrestlemania 29

CM Punk - his interview with Colt Cabana and how Punk created magic at Wrestlemania 29

 Thanks for reading everything i'm writing here is from memory and my opinion on what I listened to on the  show!!! enjoy :)
This week like many of you I listened to brand new Art of Wrestling Podcast by Colt Cabana and as his guest he had CM Punk. CM Punk talked for the first time about what happened with him and WWE and What his perspective and what his opinion was on the situation and what took place. I respect him for speaking out and speaking his mind too its not an easy thing to do and it was something he didn't have to do. So like may others I personally felt very privileged to hear CM Punk express his opinions and thoughts.

If you haven't listened to it yet please go and listen at and click on the listen to the podcast link. Also if you have a couple of spare bucks (or pounds if your from England like me) please support Colt and his Podcast by purchasing some merch (click the link below)

Both Colt and Cm Punk gave us this interview for free  as they said could of gone to a company and made lots of money but Punk stated that "Ladies and Gentleman not everything in life is about money and that is a lot of what my story is about"

the interview I felt with CM Punk was captivating the issues he talked through and the instances he talked about with Vince Mcmahon, Triple H and WWE medical staff were absolutely incredible, how some of those things still take place in 2014 is unbelievable.

I could sense and feel the frustration of CM Punk especially when he was talking about not being able to have sponsors and Vince Mcmahon telling him "no pal you cant do that" but then only for Vince to change his mind when Brock Lesnar came into the company a short while later and he was allowed to wear shorts with outside sponsors on, CM punk quite rightly is questioning what is going on here?

cm punk wanted to wear shorts with sponsors

In another instance he talks about wanting to walk Chael Sonnen to the ring at a UFC Event in Chicago and so he talks to Vince Mcmahon and Vince calls UFC "barbaric" and again tells CM Punk "No" however again as before 2 weeks alter Triple H walks Floyd Mayweather to the ring and its fine. CM Punk fails to see the difference and so do I, CM Punk was trying to tell Vince about the extra Publicity that it would bring WWE but it fell on deaf ears.

chael sonnen

CM Punk also talked about his issues with WWE medical staff and to be honest that's what shocked me most in the interview. WWE medical staff ignoring a lump on the back of CM punk for weeks and months and allowing him to carry on performing not just with this unknown lump getting worse and going black and purple in colour but also the concerning nature of the WWE concussion test.

We are much well informed now and concussion is becoming a big issue in sport and also in wrestling chair shots to the head are now banned as a result of concussion research. CM Punk told WWE staff he had a concussion however they advised him he had to take the concussion test. WWE told CM Punk that he took the test and passed but then said we want you to run the ropes because we think you still have a concussion, CM Punk then said well whats the point of your test? If I take it the doctor says I passed (although I do have a concussion) and then you WWE are telling me you think I still have one, why are we going through this? to me based on what we heard, WWE sounds very slapdash when it comes to concussions. (and that lump on CM Punk that he talked about earlier when he went to a doctor independent of WWE we was told right away it was a staph infection and he could of died. Chris Candido sadly passed away from a staph infection in 2005) its scary how WWE are playing with the lives of their talent.

CM Punk also stated that on his wedding day in June 2014 he got a package from WWE with his termination papers in and stated that because of that, he will never work for WWE again .

Below on want to focus on the magic that CM Punk created at Wrestlemania 29.

How CM Punk created magic at Wrestlemania 29 - The Magic Of Wrestling

I have never been till at Wrestlemania until 2013. I managed to get the opportunity to go to New York and fly over from England after saving so much money from go and see the showcase of the immortals and going to realise a dream. Since i was 5 years old i had wanted to go to #Wrestlemania, so this was my chance. 

We arrived at Metlife Stadium 4 hours before the show started and wasted so much time outside the stadium but it was worth it i got to soak up all the atomsphere around Metlife Stadium 

My friend Dominic came with me and although not the biggest wrestling fan he kept his eye on WWE before Wrestlemania, Dominic knew what wrestling was an enjoyed it to a point but i think he had difficulty understanding the art of wrestling and how you could suspend you disbelief.

We are watching through Wrestlemania 29 and it comes to CM Punk vs Undertaker my friend Dominic says that he is looking forward to this. As the match is going on he finally experienced what pro wrestling is all about. As the match is going on and we are getting into a number of near pinfalls, Cm Punk goes for a cover and my friend jumps out of his seat at the count of 2 that's when i knew that he was witnessing the magic of wrestling. After the match was over my friend looked at me and said "i now understand why you love this so much during that match I got so into it i really cared about who won and lost i never thought that would happen"

Me and my mate Dominic still talk about that moment and talks about it as one of the stand out moments of the trip to New York.

 so CM Punk you may never of made main event money for that match (which you should of) but you created a priceless memory for me and my friend. seeing your last wrestlemania match and making my only wrestlemania so special for that i thank you.

Thanks for reading 
Jonathan Orchard 

Monday, 24 November 2014

Pro Wrestling Pride - 3 stages of Hell 23rd November 2014

Pro Wrestling  Pride - 3 stages of Hell  23rd Nov 2014


Thanks for reading everything i'm writing here is from memory and my opinion on what I saw at the show!!! enjoy

This past weekend I jumped on the train and took the 2 hour journey from where I live down to Torquay to go and see my 3rd show of Pro Wrestling Pride.

This Torquay show was on Sunday 23rd November and  the main event is former wwe nxt star Joel Redman vs Tyler Hawke in a 3 stages of hell match.

We get to warriors and what's cool about this venue there is 2 levels you can sit around the ring or you can go upstairs and watch the show from the balcony.  We decided this time to watch from the balcony as get a birds eye view of the action.

Pro Wrestling Pride World Title Match 
UK Dominator vs Josh Knott 

UK Dominator

I always enjoy seeing UK dominator at pro wrestling pride shows he is that old school Scottish heel that doesn't like anyone and doesn't like anybody. He comes out and people and other fans around me  are booing him a lot even before the Match starts. Dominator comes out with Baine. 

Josh Knott comes out and out match begins. Dominator and Knott have a good Match with each other but Baine gets involved a lot at various points in the match trying to help Dominator win. Baine gets told to go to the back by the referee and while this is going on Dominator gets his belt goes to hit Josh with it, however Knott grabs the title but the ref gets back in the ring and takes the title from Knott and when thw ref back is turned Dominatir kicks Knott with a low blow and wins the match. Following the match a frustrated Knott pushes over the referee and leaves. 

Chris Andrews Gauntlet

chris andrews in action

Uk Dominator stays in the ring as coming up next is Gauntlet Match for Chris Andrews. If Andrews wins he selects the situations for their match at the next show in Exeter if Dominator  wins he can choose the stipulation . Andrews starts off by facing Italian Stallion and he is the first of Andrews opponents. Andrews finishes him up quickly and his next opponent comes in, this goes a little longer but Andrews with his size and strength hits a fireman a carry into a diamond cutter/RKO and his 3rd opponent then comes our Baine!! Baine takes it to Andrews and they fight back as forth. The match heads outside and while they are out there Dominator gets invoked and Andrews follows Dominator up the aisle way and the ref is counting and Andrews couldn't make the count and so loses the match. 

Dominator comes back and he and the other wrestlers in the ring beat down Chris Andrews and Dominator announces that their match in Exeter will be a lumberjack match and Dominator will choose the lumberjacks. 

Up next 

Pro Wrestling Pride Tag Team championship Match
Wrestling Time (Darren Saviour and Ultimo Tiger) vs  Pretty Marvellous ( Danny and Mark Walsh) 

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Mark Walsh and Danny Walsh

I was really looking forward to this match since it was announced on Facebook in the week. It was great to see Walsh brothers in action as I hadn't seen them as a team before. I saw them both on Raven Show back in August but as a team was intriguing. Felt that these two team could have a great match together.

First off it was great to see Danny Walsh back in the ring after a little while away (the fans appreciated it and lots of chants of Danny Walsh after the match) 

The match went back and forth with Walsh brothers cutting off Tiger from Saviour and employing double team moves and  trying to dominate the match. Saviour then entered the ring off the tag and  took out both brothers then out of no where appears Mega Tiger and goes straight after Ultimo tiger they battle to the back and leave Darren on his own. Walsh Brothers take advantage of this and attack Darren and are getting many near falls. I think this is where the match is going to end, i thought I knew what was coming next new tag team champions.

However Tiger comes back out and comes off the top rope onto both brothers with tiger back, tiger and saviour are able to get the pinball and retain the tag titles . 

I really enjoyed this Match because it took me on so many twists and turns. There were moments in this match that I thought I knew what was going to happen and how the match was going to finish but it changed direction and didn't follow a formula  above all though they told a story and kept me guessing which I like as a wrestling fan, they gave me what I wasn't expecting in this match and that is clever.

After the match Danny Walsh gets on the mic and calls all the fans "dickheads" which got lots of the fans chanting "we are dickheads" which was a funny moment. Danny then challenges Wrestling Time to a return match in Exeter.

After the interval came the next match the debut match of mega Tiger vs Rocker John.

Ultimo Tiger takes out Rocker John and Referee Owen Quinn

mega tiger was very dominant in this match and rocker john took a lot of blows to the back and even though I was at the top of warriors I could see the marks on his back. Mega Tiger won the match with a cradle bomb (Sheamus white noise move) after the match mega tiger go in the face of referee Owen Quinn and then kicked the ref in the head and then picked him up and did his finisher on the ref. This brought out Saviour and Ultimo Tiger and Mega Tiger fled the ring.

Next up was a tag team match for a contract in Pro Wrestling Pride

 unfortunately I cant remember the teams names!! (I couldn't  hear them over the crowd) so I wont go in depth here. it was a tag team match where they choose 4 wrestlers from the pride tryouts they had held earlier in the day.  one chap (on the heel team) got on the mic and stated that he was from Cardiff across the bridge and that he was above doing a tryout match for a contract, I enjoyed him on the mic and for not performing in that venue before made people hate him quickly he showed lots of charisma. Needless to say the chap from Cardiff and his partner Bishop lost and are now heading back across the bridge!

Our main event of the evening

3 stages of hell for pride catch championship
Joel Redman (c) vs Tyler Hawke (w/Calum Cain)

1st match - standard match
2nd match submission
3rd match - no dq street fight

Joel Redman vs Tyler Hawke

Hawke and Redman

Wow Wow Wow what a great main event this was this had a bit of everything and really was a great way to end a great evening. again the theme running through this whole show tonight was story. This was another match which told a story within itself but also linked back to a story earlier on in the night.

Before the match began fans next to me on the balcony were chanting "redman sucks" and "Tyler Hawke" so a vocal portion of the crowd were on Redman back all night.

1st match was a standard match between Redman and Hawke with both men trying to out do each other or more correctly Hawke trying to outdo Redman in terms of wrestling skill and prowess. This led to some great spots in the first match with redman doing a handstand on the ropes both sides and also having Hawke in a leg scissors and making him fall over by smacking him on the ass!!

However it was Hawke who had the last laugh in the first fall when he managed to pin Redman by having his feet on the ropes and getting the 1-2-3.

the 2nd match was then a submission match and it centred around Hawke working on the leg of Redman and on the knee brqace on redman right leg. however redman was able to turn this around and get Hawke into a crossface submission. unfortunately Tyler got to the ropes and managed to break the hold only because his manager Calum Cain pushed the rope so Hawke could reach it., shortly after Redman was able to re-apply the hold and Hawke had no other option than to tap out.
Redman does a handstand

This brought us to our final fall the no DQ street fight.....this was insane....really insane.
I enjoyed this immensely and as I described earlier I like it when I can get carried away with a match and get involved in it so much. Redman went and found a chair under the ring brought it over to Hawke who was on the outside and gave him a  chair shot . Redman then went under the ring again and pulled out a table he pushed it into the ring (a ladder was also in the ring too) Redman then went to set up the table, he set the table up then Manager Callum Cain got on the apron Joel grabbed Cain by the head and Joel then stepped onto the 2nd rope and picked up Cain and suplexed him through the table!!!!!  The table blew apart in two!!!

Redman then gets a chair and sets it up in the ring but this allows Hawke to take the advantage and throw Redman into the corner, Hawke then run at Redman in the corner and use the chair to jump off and drop kick Redman.

Following this Redman manages to regain control and sets up a chair in the ring and gets ahold of Hawke and hits a spinning tombstone piledriver but only gets a 2 count! with the chair set up in the ring Hawke and Redman go to the corner with Redman sat on the turnbuckle and Hawke on the 2nd rope Redman manages to get Hawke and rotates him round to a invented pildriver position from the top rope, Redman then jumped off and piledrove Hawke through the chair set up in the ring!!!! This was incredible and the whole crowd went mental chants of "holy shit" spread throughout the area people were genuinely shocked to see that as was I!

Josh Knott then comes out to even the score with the interfering Calum Cain Knott gets into the ring and sets up the ladder that was in the ring for Joel to climb to finish off Hawke ?Joel gets to the top of the ladder and then Knott pushes Joel off the ladder and it leads to Hawke getting the pinfall and becoming new catch division champion!!!!

Josh Knott hugged Cain now Knott has officially joined C2 Agenda!!

Hawke and Knott beat down Redman after the match and Redman then demanded a re match in Exeter for the next show.

I really enjoyed this show as they linked together the beginning and end of the show and told a story within a story and added depth to Josh Knott and now set him on a new path not only did it do that but added more into mega tiger vs ultimo tiger and more elements with Hawke and Redman and Dominator vs Andrews.

thanks for reding
Jonathan Orchard

The card is looking strong and the next show is


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

impact Wrestling Moves to Destination America

Impact Wrestling Moves to Destination America 

Everything written below is my opinion as a wrestling fan I'm not a wrestling expert nor to I proclaim to be one just my perspective and my thoughts, with that said enjoy the blog!!! :)

It was announced today that Impact wrestling would be leaving Spike TV and moving to a new channel Destination America It has been known for some time that Spike TV were looking to go in a different direction with their channel and that they weren't going to re new programming with Impact wrestling.

Spike helped Impact by not coming out and saying that they were dropping impact and kept insisting that talks so were ongoing which in turn helped impact get a deal with new channel destination America.

It has been a difficult few months for impact wrestling but the news of having a new network and a new beginning can only be seen as a positive for the company a positive for Destination America and for the talent of impact wrestling.

Now a lot of people will question that and say that spike TV reach is wider and that impact will not been seen by as many eyes my argument to that is....look at the alternative if Impact had not landed on Destination America we would of had another wrestling company go under. I don't care what you think of impact personally it's important that there is another wrestling company on TV and that there is another place for the talent to work and showcase themselves and a another place where talent can get an opportunity.

Being from England where we have no full time British wrestling company on TV at all I can tell you that having impact on Destination America is a huge relief to us here in England. As impact airs on Challenge TV here in England and gets amazing ratings - English fans didn't want to lose impact or TNA so this is a plus for us too.

Also I would like to take this opportunity to appauld Dixie Carter here for getting a new deal done. Dixie herself and her family when Spike announced that they weren't re-signing TNA could of easily said 'that's it' and pulled out of the wrestling business taken their money and financing of impact wrestling and TNA and closed it down they didn't thankfully and got this deal done. It took patience and a lot of time and Dixie took a lot of flak but think now she's deserve a lot of the credit so well Done Dixie :)

Dixie Carter got destination usa deal done

so what does this mean for impact going forward? Well Impact will be moving to destination America from January 2015  and will air on destination USA weekly. As for any further programming nothing has been announced so far, however I think and this is just my opinion that Impact could do some more programming and maybe have a catch up/talk show like British bootcamp breakdown a 30 min show full of talk and opinion would be a good addition  to programming.

You can see the full press release below

Thanks for reading 

Jonathan Orchard 

(Silver Spring, Md.) – Discovery Communications announced today that it has signed a multi-year deal with TNA (Total Nonstop Action) IMPACT WRESTLING to bring the popular league to homes nationwide on Destination America, the only network dedicated to celebrating the people, places and stories of the United States.  Destination America officially enters the ring with its first world premiere of IMPACT WRESTLING in January 2015. The series features some of the biggest names in professional wrestling, including Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley and Gail Kim. The partnership includes the U.S. premieres of additional TNA WRESTLING series and specials and provides Discovery Communications with international broadcasting rights in select regions, to be announced at a later date.
“Our partnership in this uniquely entertaining franchise with TNA IMPACT WRESTLING provides a significant addition to Destination America’s programming strategy,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Destination America, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Discovery Fit & Health and Discovery Family Channel. “The enduring, cross-generational enthusiasm of pro wrestling is felt by millions of fans around the country, from coast-to-coast and throughout the heartland.  We are delighted to bring this beloved American pastime to the one and only network dedicated to celebrating the unique spirit of the U.S., Destination America.”
“Our knockout partnership with TNA IMPACT WRESTLING continues Destination America’s mission of bringing our viewers the best of all-American entertainment, and going center ring with one of the world’s foremost professional wrestling leagues fits perfectly within our DNA,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. “Wrestling has created a fiercely loyal, passionate and widespread fan base, and we look forward to being part of the TNA family.”
“We are very excited about Destination America being the new network for IMPACT WRESTLING and the partnership with Discovery Communications both domestically and across the globe.  Their commitment to promote and grow our brand in innovative and compelling ways was instrumental in knowing we had found the right home,” said TNA President Dixie Carter.  “Together we will create an experience that takes our fans on a new journey that will push the envelope of technology, including where we take our cameras, going deeper into our superstars’ lives and showing the reality of what it takes to create a weekly professional wrestling show, all while showcasing the very best male and female athletes in the world.”
Since launching in 2012, Destination America has become one of cable’s top five fastest-growing networks*, earning 10 consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth in Prime among P2+. With top series that explore unique American cultures and ways of life – including Mountain MonstersA HauntingHillbilly BloodBuying the BayouBuying AlaskaGhost Asylum and BBQ Pitmasters – Destination America’s programming spans the nation from Alaska, Hawaii and Colorado to Louisiana, West Virginia and communities in between. To find Destination America, the new home of TNA’s IMPACT WRESTLING, go to
TNA is a privately held sports entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn., specializing in TV properties, events, merchandise, music, and the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. TNA annually delivers more than 500 hours of original content to millions of fans around the world"

Saturday, 15 November 2014

5 Best Moments of WWE New Age Outlaws

Oh you didn't know? 
5 Best Moments of New Age Outlaws

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I wanted to go back in time with this blog and write about something that was captivating on TV, something that caught my attention when I was a kid..... The New Age Outlaws

Attitude Era brought us many different things and arguably the origin of “WWE Attitude” could be placed back to the new things that this team was bringing to wrestling in 1997. Now the moments that I pick here are the moments that I remember and had an impact on me growing up and as a wrestling fan and in my memory. (in no particular order) 

1, New Age Outlaws are formed

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In 1997 one man in wwe was named the roadie and the other was named rockabilly. Both superstars were by their own admission were  "first match all around the loop" Billy Gunn described Rockabilly as 'worse than the red rooster' road dogg 'the roadie' wasn't  much happier with what he was doing so both superstars went to creative and asked to be out together as a team rockabilly hit Honky Tonk Man with a guitar and the rest as they say is history it formed one of the greatest tag teams of all time :) 

2,-Formation of the New Dx

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Just after Wrestlemania 14, Shawn Michaels had gone and Triple H was on Raw with Chyna by his side and proclaimed that he was now the leader and that he was “going to take of business that should have been taken care of right at the start” Triple H he was looking to build an army and to stat an army “you look to your blood, you look to your friends, you look too the cliq” and out comes Xpac (formally 123 kid) that was an awesome moment and one I’ll always remember. Later in the night The New Age Outlaws are facing Cactus jack and Chainsaw Charlie in a Cage Match when suddenly Triple H, Xpac and Chyna come out they get into the cage tie Chainsaw Charlie to the cage and the show ends with the new DX dominant in the ring.

3, 1000th Episode of Raw DX Reunite

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This was such an amazing evening to start off the show Shawn Michaels and Triple H come out and talk about DX and then Triple H said “didn’t there used to be more of us?”

During the run up to this show I had been tweeting Road Dogg (Brian Armstrong) @WWERoadDogg  by the way!!  a lot asking whether he and Billy Gunn (@realbillygunn) would be on Raw and didn’t get a reply but that was the best thing possible because when The New Age Outlaws and X pac came out on that vehicle it was such a special moment and I couldn't of been happier or more surprised.

It was so great to see Road Dogg and Billy Gunn back on Raw after such a long time after all the issues and challenges that they had both gone through in their lives with drugs and alcohol and all the hard work that they had put in to get clean and to get their lives in order It seemed like the perfect reward, and being a massive outlaws fan was just great to see my fav tag team back. This later on turned into both of them now being employed in WWE working alongside the talent and helping the future stars of WWE and giving them the benefit of their experience and knowledge.

4, New Age Outlaws Win WWE tag Team Titles for a 6th Time 

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At the 2014 Royal Rumble in pre show match for WWE tag Team Championship the champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust faced off against The New age Outlaws in a great pre show match. Both Teams really put in a superb effort and actually their match was better than some on the actually PPV card itself. The Outlaws defeated Rhodes and Goldust to become WWE Tag Team Champions meaning it was their Tag Team Championship Win and first in over 14 years. It was great to see them as Tag Team Champions again after such a  long time away from WWE. It was such a nice scene to see both of them So Happy and also as I said above it was so nice to see everything come full circle for them and to prove that putting in the hard work pays off. 

5, New Age Outlaws push cactus jack and chainsaw Charlie off the stage in a dumpster on Raw 
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 if you ask the majority of people to name a new age outlaws moment they would name this one. at the time wwe was in a state of evolution and outlaws were doing things that have never been done before, and this was changing perceptions of them. During a match on raw new age outlaws came out with a dumpster and rolled it down to ringside while Cactus and chainsaw were in the ring. The new age outlaws end up putting cactus and Charlie into the dumpster and tie down the lid. They roll the dumpster to the top of the entrance ramp and tease throwing the dumpster off the stage and then......... They did it. The dumpster goes flying off the side of the stage and lands on its end. This then brings out all the wrestlers from the back and Vince McMahon himself asking the outlaws "what the hell were you thinking" other wrestlers were shouting and screaming at the outlaws too for what they had done. Now this doesn't sound like a big deal in 2014 but in 1997 we had never seen anything like this before, this was a change from the WWE we were used to seeing and was helping to usher in a new more edgier product and progressing WWE to the most successful period in its history.

I hope that WWE put The New Age Outlaws in the WWE Hall Of Fame at some point in the future and also that they do A New Age Outlaws DVD which I think would be great too. They deserve it for all the great moments they have given us.

Thanks for reading 

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Jonathan Orchard