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.

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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

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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)
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

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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.

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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. 

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Jonathan Orchard

Monday, 5 December 2016

Jon422002 2016 Wrestling Awards

Jon422002 2016 Wrestling Awards

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UK Wrestler of The Year 2016

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Will Ospreay

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Will had a groundbreaking year, Will Ospreay won Best Super Juniors Tournament hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling an incredible feat.

Will brought attention back to UK wrestling and played a big part of bringing the spotlight back to UK wrestling in 2016.

Will has worked with ROH,NJPW and many more promotions throughout the UK. Will has become a hot property in Pro Wrestling and its great to a UK wrestler doing so well in some of the biggest companies in the world. Will high flying aerobic style is tremendous to watch and its mesmerising.

I Hope he continues to have an even bigger and better 2017.

WWE Tag Team of The Year

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The New Day

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As a fan of Bullet Club, The Elite and Kenny Omega it pains me to wrote this but its true. New Day have been the longest running WWE champions in History. New Day have done a tremendous job in WWE over the last year had great tag team matches with the likes of Gallows and Anderson, Cesaro and Sheamus and more.

New Day have been able to do in 2016 what many other teams have failed to do and keep hold of those tag team titles. Kofi, Big E and Xavier make a brilliant 3 man group and always see entertaining television whenever they are on screen.

WWE Show of the Year (since brand split)

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Smackdown for me has been the better show since the brand split. 2 hours is alot easier to digest and they always seem to have something to capture your attention whether it be Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss, Miz and Doplh Ziggler who had a great feud this year or Ambrose and Styles everything just feels alot more important and meaningful on Smackdown. 

For me Smackdown has been more competitive and kept my attention for longer plus the addition of Talking Smack after the show has really helped also give depth to the characters and to further story lines too. 

WWE Womens Wrestler of The Year 

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Charlotte has had a great 2016 had multiple Women's title reigns, amazing feuds especially with Sasha Banks and culminating in the first ever Women's Hell in the Cell Match.

Charlotte has been a the forefront of changing perception of Women's Wrestling and changes what it means to be a women wrestler in pro wrestling. Charlotte is defining what a female wrestler should be athletic, beautiful, kick ass female.

Best WWE Wrestler 2016 

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AJ Styles

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AJ Styles has been the standout wrestler of 2016. AJ debuted at WWE Royal Rumble and he has not looked back since. Aj has had an amazing run in WWE in his first year. Great matches with Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns led to AJ moving to Smackdown and winning WWE World Championship. Not only that AJ showing how comfortable is in his role as champion not only worked with James Ellsworth but Ellsworth has beaten AJ x3 times and it doesn't hurt AJ at all. AJ Character is so strong and his ability to have an amazing match with anyone that he can do things that others haven't done or will do.

A great year, A great Wrestler a great champion

Best Wrestler of 2016 

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Broken Matt Hardy

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Broken Matt Hardy really came out nowhere in 2016. Iconic Matt hardy had a match against Jeff Hardy and Jeff put Matt through a table hitting him with a huge swanton bomb from top of the studio in Orlando Florida putting Matt Through the table that he was laying on,Matt hasn't been the same since.

Matt Hardy turned into Broken Matt Hardy a man who has taken pro wrestling by storm, he has changed what can be done in wrestling and what can be achieved. Final Deletion, Delete or Decay  have been tremendous, in addition the words "Delete and Obsolete" have become part off Wrestling fans vocabulary, Matt Hardy has re-evolved himself and fully deserves Best Wrestler of 2016.

TNA have had a turbulent 2016 and without Broken Matt Hardy it could of been so much worse. What he has done for TNA in 2016 should not be forgotten either kept them on the map and kept drawing viewers in.

Best Wrestling Match 2016

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Kenny Omega Vs Naito - NJPW G1 Climax 2016 

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One of the best matches i have ever seen I manged to see this live on NJPW world (new Japan pro wrestling streaming service) this had it all.

I wrote a blog on this just after the match finished here is what i wrote

Kenny had to win his final match vs Naito in order to finish 1st and move on to the final and face the winner of block A. Kenny and Naito in my opinion had a match which I believe was match of the year. Omega and Naito showed that they are the top dogs in New Japan. They told a great story throughout their match it had all the elements that in my opinion make pro wrestling matches so great action, suspense, drama and more importantly made me suspend my disbelief.

Here is the match in Summary (Please do see it on NJPW World you wont regret it)

Naito went after Omega left leg and really focuses his attack there all match culminating in a modified figure 4 which looked like it would end the match however Omega got to the ropes. Omega came back with some insane offence if his own. 

A power bomb over a guard rail and through a table then a dive from the top rope over the barrier and plunging down on Naito then when Naito gets back towards the ring Omega hits him with a dragon suplex on the ring apron!!! Naito tried to put Omega away but Omega fought valiantly with one leg and managed to hit the one winged Angel (after trying for it throughout the match) and got the pinfall victory!

Wrestling Tag Team of The Year

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The Young Bucks

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The Young Bucks Nick and Matt Jackson have had an awesome 2016. New Day have WWE Tag Team award but Wrestling tag team award covering everyone outside of WWE had to go to The Young Bucks.

As I have mentioned in this blog I watch a Young Bucks match I always see something new innovative and crazy but also I feel like I have seen something that is worth investing my time in. They never disappoint, along with Kenny Omega my expectations are always high but they are either always met or exceeded by them.

Young bucks are currently IGWP Junior Tag Champs and ROH Tag Team Champs too it shows how much those companies have faith in Young Bucks.

Young Bucks have just resigned with NJPW and ROH for 2017 and beyond!

More superkick parties coming in 2017!

Best Company 2016 

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New Japan Pro Wrestling 

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New Japan Pro Wrestling have had a tremendous year after losing so much talent to WWE in 2016 they have gone from strength to strength. If you think that NJPW lost Aj Styles, Nakamura, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson all in one go.

They had to be hurting after all those departures but managed to put out an entertaining and brilliant wrestling product too. G1 Climax tournament this year was great and culminated in Kenny Omega Winning the G1 (the first foreign wrestler ever to do so) 

Wrestlers Like Okada and Tanahashi have been having consistent matches all throughout the year plus New Groups like LIJ have added a different element to NJPW. The Young Bucks Nick and Matt Jackson never have a bad match and you always see something new an innovative from them in tag team wrestling. 

The NJPW streaming service has gone from strength to Strength with lots of Live events and now lots English content also with subtitled documentaries also, gives alot of scope to the future. 

Holy S&^% moment of the year

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Golberg defeats Bock Lesnar in less time than his entrance
Survivor Series 2016

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To me  one of the most shocking moments of the year.

Goldberg returns to the ring after 12 years and everyone is anticipating a great match between Goldberg and Lesnar, however it didn't last that long.

Brock pushed Goldberg to the corner, Goldberg pushes Lesnar to the canvas, Goldberg hits a spear, then hits another spear, hits a jackhammer and its over!

Brock Lesnar the man who defeated Undertaker Undefeated streak is destroyed in 2 Minutes what a shock!

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Jonathan Orchard