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Talk Wrestling Online Newsletter

Issue #88 - 27th February 2005



Howdy everyone, and welcome to the newsletter.


We're a bit thin on the ground this week, with Darkstar, Fletch and Gringo all unavailable for their parts, but luckily we still have the ever-reliable Goldy with her UK news, my WWE stats and a great column from Stephen.


Hope you enjoy this somewhat brief edition :)




Co-Newsletter Editor



This week in Wrestling History



21st February

1993 - Barry Windham defeated the Great Muta for the NWA Heavyweight Wrestling title


22nd February

1998 - Sting defeated Hollywood Hogan for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight


23rd February

2003 - Matt Hardy defeated Billy Kidman for the WWE Cruiserweight title


24th February

1997 - Syxx defeated Dean Melanko for the WCW Cruiserweight title


25th February

2001 - The Rock defeated Kurt Angle for the WWF Heavyweight title

1949 - Ric Flair born


26th February

1996 - Davey Boy Smith defeated Owen Hart in a tournament final for the WWF European Heavyweight title


27th February

2000 - Kurt Angle defeated Chris Jericho for the WWF Intercontinental title




New @ Wrestling 101



- UK Scene #161


- FWA New Frontiers 2005 Preview


- United State of Wrestling #6


- ST: A week on the road



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UK News - by Goldy



Hey everyone, welcome once again to the UK section of the TWO Newsletter. I hope everyone has enjoyed their week! There's been lots of wrestling activity on the UK Scene this week, so without hesitation I'll get straight on with it...




All Star Wrestling - Leamington Spa - 15/02/05

Robbie Dynamite def Declan O'Connor.

Dean Allmark def Keith Myatt.

James Mason def Steve Prince.

Flatliner & Little Legs def Tagori & Jay Knoz.

Dean Allmark def Robbie Dynamite.


All Star Wrestling - Southport - 17/02/05

James Mason def Robbie Dynamite.

Karl Krammer def Nigel McGuiness.

Robbie Brookside def T.J Wilson.

Robbie Brookside won a Rumble.

Flatliner & Little Legs def Ahmed Chaer & Masked Tagori.


Dropkixx - Purfleet - 22/02/05

Nick Aldis def Stu sanders 2-1

Jade def Colleen Masters 2-0

Mark Richards def Danny Smith

R.T.McFluff def Stuart Knight

Georgious Christophous Vs Danny Beckwith was a draw.

Jimmy Starr def Marty Scurll.

'Mad Dog' LeStrange def Sgt. Kevin Anthony via knock out.

Bradley Beck def Paul Robinson.


FWA - New Frontiers - Hertfordshire - 26/02/05

Jack Storm & Max Voltage won the FWA Invitational.

Stevie Lynn def Mark Sloan

Zebra Kid def Chris Hero

Hade Vansen def Spud

Leroy Kincade def Paul Travell

James Tighe & Mark Belton def Aviv Maayan & Ross Jordan

Stixx and Martin Stone def Joey Hayes & Declan O'Connor

Jack Storm def Max Voltage

Alex Shane def Jonny Storm.


NBW - Boston - 19/02/05

Ben Rage & Carl Richards def Kris Travis & Chris Egan.

Bubblegum def SC Supreme by DQ

Maddog def Mark Mignot 2-1

The Lincs Effect/Storm def Keith Myatt & Stixx.

Kris Travis won a Battle Royal.


NPWA Ringmaster 3 - 18/02/05

Ice won a Battle Royal

The Fireball def Paul "Flash" Andrews

Doctor Dream def Autopsy

The Governing Body (Slayer and Fireball) def D-Dogg

Sean Phoenix def Joey Ace, Lumberjack and James Fury

Brickwall def Phobia in a Lumberjack match to win the title.


NWA:UK Hammerlock - Grays - 25/02/05

John Ryan def Chris Stone

Devilman def Adam Shame

John Ryan def Devilman

Conscience def Psycho Steve

Exodus def Hugh Mungus

Johnny Moss def JP Monroe

Devilman won a Battle Royal.


Premier Promotions - Weston Super-Mare - 15/02/05

Robbie Brookside def Christian Eckstein 2-1

Ric Masters def Peter Collins via DQ

Romper Stomper def James Baker 2-0

Dark Angel def Charlie Rage via DQ.


Premier Promotions - Worthing - 14/02/05

Robbie Brookside def Christian Eckstein 2-1

Lee Darren def Barry Cooper 2-1

Chad Collyer & Doug Williams fought to a 1-1 draw.

Phil Powers def Sammy Ray 2-1.


Premier Promotions - Crewe 12/02/05

Robbie Brookside def Christian Eckstein DQ

Brookside def Stixx.

Eckstein def Steve Supreme.

Keith Myatt & Mike Weaver def Marc Mignot & Steve Strong 2-1.


wZw - Shildon - 25/02/05

AJ Anderson def Lance Thunder

Carbon & Taylor def Juvinile and Tron

Iain Robinson def Highlander

Micky L def Spud

Anthony McIntyre def Stevie Lynn

Shady Natrass def El Ligero

Darkside def Wolfgang.

Iceman def Spitfire.






On Sunday March 6th, FCW will be holding another of their successful 6 hour training seminars. The seminar will start at 9am and go through till 3pm. The FCW ring will be set up, with a large matted area and plenty of crash mats available.The seminar is suitable for beginners or pro's alike. Refreshments will be available on the day. Places for the seminar are limited. Book your place now at fcwuk@aol.com . Only £20 per person.





All Star Wrestling

All Star’s long awaited tribute to ‘Bomber’ Pat Roach will take the form of a Memorial Trophy tournament with open heavyweight knockout events at four regional centres, starting in the west at Bristol next Thursday (3rd March). The setting will be the Exhibition Hall of Bristol City Football Club’s Ashton Gate Stadium and the opening four contestants will be ‘Wildcat’ Robbie Brookside, the Barbarian Karl Kramer, Scotland’s Highlander Drew McDonald and, providing an international challenge, ‘Brooklyn Brawler’ Julio Torres.


In the days of Colston Hall action, Bristol was one of the favourite venues for Pat Roach who made a personal appearance there early in 2002 during one of All Star’s ’Legends of Wrestling’ tributes. The big man from Birmingham lost his long battle against cancer last summer and soon afterwards All Star announced plans for tournament series that would be a fitting tribute.


The Bristol competition heads an All Star programme starting at 7.30pm with tickets now on sale at the Bristol City Club Shop, Ashton Gate, or bookable by telephone to 08709-1121897. A full preview and the rest of the bill details will be included in a midweek update from Wrestlecall on the 09068-121884 hot line with call cost 60p per minute.


Next up will be the southern tournament at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, on Tuesday 22nd March, followed by the Midlands competition at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, during May, while the northern decider will be part of All Star’s summer spectacular at Liverpool Empire on Thursday 16th June.


Alex Shane

Alex Shanes (FWA) Shooting Galleries have returned in this months edition of Powerslam magazine. You should be able to buy this mag at all good newsagents and supermarkets as it's already on sale.


Jodie Fleisch

At New Frontiers last night, Jodie Fleisch announced his return to the squared circle at FWA's Crunch show. More details on this in next weeks edition.


Johnny Phere

A British pro wrestler was "three minutes from death" after a fire broke out at his home. Jamie Hutchinson, who wrestles as 'Johnny Phere', managed to escape a blazing inferno at his house in Warrington. The fire started on Sunday night in Jamie's bedroom after he fell asleep, leaving a candle alight on top of his television set.


He woke up to see the TV ablaze with a "metre-high flame". Jamie and other members of his family, including his younger brother Simon who also wrestles under the name 'Kid Chaos', managed to flee through choking smoke as the fire spread through the house. Jamie was taken to hospital where he was put on oxygen for seven hours to flush out smoke from his lungs, before being released the following day.


"If I was asleep for three minutes longer I would have been dead," said Jamie. "I'm very lucky although my room is gutted and I've lost everything I own." Jamie expects to be fit to wrestle by Saturday, when he is due to appear on a major televised show in Hertfordshire for top British wrestling promotion the FWA.



For many months, there has been talk of UKPW crowning it's very first Tag Team champions during 2005. And now it's official!


On April 29th, we will see history made as UKPW presents a night of champions at the Waterside Theatre - the very site of UKPW's debut event back in December 2003.


More information will be announced in the coming weeks with full details on why Friday April 29th 2005 will truly be a night to remember. Event details are as follows:


Date: Friday April 29th 2005, Venue:

Waterside Theatre,

Long Lane,


New Forest,



Ticket prices are £6.00 adults, Children/OAPcost £4.00 and a family ticket is £15.00 (any combination of 4 tickets). Tickets are available on the door or by calling the Box Office on 023 80 893750 ( tickets go on sale next week ). Alternatively, tickets can be ordered online through PayPal at UKPW.com. Doors open at 7:30pm with an 8:00pm start time. For more information on UKPW, please visit http://www.ukpw.com.



Veteran WAW star "Gentleman" Jimmy Ocean has been forced to pull out of the March Madness tour. Ocean, who was due to compete at Canvey Island on March 11th and Who Dares Wins II in Norwich on March 19th, is undergoing surgery on a long-standing wrist injury which will put him on the shelf.However, more than able replacements have been found for him on the shows.


At the Canvey Island show, "The Wonderkid" Jonny Storm will now wrestle British wrestling legend Steve Grey for the new WAW British Lightweight Championship.


At Who Dares Wins II, Ricky Knight will now be partnered by British veteran Jason Cross in the three-way tag-team match. Cross has competed for the likes of All-Star and in Japan, and some fans may remember him for his matches on the UWA Wrestling Rampage show on Live TV back in 1999. The card for the March Madness Tour now looks like this, at the Paddocks, Canvey Island, Friday, March 11th;


-Vacant WAW British Lightweight Championship

Steve Grey v "The Wonderkid" Jonny Storm

- The Zebra Kid v Andy Simmons

- Eamon Shrahan v The Kraft

and representing the World Association of Women's Wrestling;

- Sweet Saraya v Buttercup

- Destiny v Kharisma.


Who Dares Wins II, The Talk, Norwich, Saturday March 19th, the card is:


- The Kraft v Jekkel

- Bash v Majik

- "The Dark Angel" Ashe v Leon Lionheart

- The U.K. Pitbulls v Ricky Knight & Jason Cross v The Zebra Kid & Zak Zodiac.

- Superbrawl Match featuring stars from the WAW Academy.

..and representing the World Association of Women's Wrestling,

- Sweet Saraya v Jetta v Destiny v Kharisma.


So far, no matches for the show at the St. George's Hall in Exeter on Sunday, March 20th have been announced.


Tickets for all three shows, price at £10 for adults, £7 for children, and £28 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children), can be reserved by telephoning WAW on 01603 474693, or 07979302203, or by emailing _sweetsaraya@hotmail.com _

( mailto:sweetsaraya@hotmail.com ) .





IWF have their very first music video available to download at http://

http://www.iwfindependent.co.uk/videos/iwf_intro.wmv or from the IWF Website at http://www.iwfindependent.co.uk on the media page.





The Suplex Show

As everybody at Tapp Out Radio gears up for the relaunch of the

station's return, at 12pm on Monday February 28th 2005, we are pleased to announce the return of our most popular radio show. The Suplex Show (once called The Nu Skool Wrestling Show) will be making it's glorious comeback on Thursday March 3rd 2005 at 8pm (GMT) on Tapp Out Radio.


The show disappeared when Tapp Out Radio closed down last year but now that Tapp Out Radio is returning the show will be making a return to the station that debuted it in the first place. What you can expect to here on the show this week:


- Views on what has been going on in the world of WWE.

- A look at what has been happening over at TNA.

- A brief look at the British Wrestling scene.

- FCW round-up.

- Q&A section, your questions answered.

- Plus much, much, more!


The Q&A session is LIVE so why not take the opportunity and send in a question that you want answered or even get the host to voice an opinion on any wrestling subject. You can contact the show LIVE via Email: thesuplex1@gmail.com .


Feedback of any kind, as always, is very much appreciated so if you have any suggestions or ideas then you are asked to contact Joel Allen at thesuplex1@gmail.com , you can also join their Message Board and give your opinion on the show.


Listening to the The Suplex Show, or any show on Tapp Out Radio, could not be more simple. We also understand that not everyone has a Winamp media player to enable them to listen to the station so we have set up ways of listening with other media players.


- Winamp:


- Real Player (6.5 and over only):


- ITunes:


- Windows Media Player:







CSF Wrestling have a show today, Sunday 27th February at The Pavilion in Bath. Doors open at 5pm for a 5:45pm start. Finish approx. 8pm. Tickets cost £7 / £6 available on the door or in advance, call 01225 486976 for more details. Card...


- Jason Fury v Alex Steele or Aaron Fusion ( Winner from the night before )

- Tex Benedict v Alex Steele or Aaron Fusion.

- Fleming Red v Christian Linnell.

- Carl Conroy v Dave Mercy.

- Gideon / Jake Jeckle v Chaos.

- Odyssey v David Sharp.



Dropkixx next event is on March 16th again at the Fondu Centre, North Road in Purfleet. Tickets cost just a fiver and are available on the door. Show starts at 8pm.



Don't forget FCW have their "Reckless Abandon" show tonight at their usual haunt, the Baggeridge Centre in Lower Gornal. Matches already announced are:


-No Disqualification

"Sadistic" Jack Storm versus "Party Boy" Dragon Phoenix

- FCW Tag Team Tournament - QF

Swift Justice versus Danny Devine/"Golden Boy" Cameron Knite

- FCW Tag Tournament - QF

Spud & ??? vs "Big City Killer" Morales & Mark Hogan

- FCW Title Match - 3 Way Dance

Laken Xander© versus A-Star Athlete versus "Tomcat" Kevin O'Neil.


Tickets cost just a fiver and are great value for money, you can buy your tickets on the night.



HEW have their debut show on the 12th March at The Norman Booth Recreation Centre, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Essex, CM17 0EY. Tickets are £10 each and are available on the door on the night of the event. The full card is:


- Charlie Rage Vs. Ashe

- Purely Delicious Mike Rose Vs. Ricky Relentless

- UK Pitbulls Vs. Jack Storm and Dave Rayne

- Lisa Fury Vs. Minx

- Ross Jordan Vs. Devilman Vs. Declan O Connor

- Ricky Knight Vs. Bash

- And an over the top Rumble.



MPW's next show will take place March 5th 2005 at the Centre AT7. Matches confirmed so far include:-


- Stiro V's Raze

(The winner of this match to face Chris Charizma in the main event for the Central Counties Championship)

- Devilman V's White Tiger

- Battle Royal for the No.1 Contendership.

Consisting of: -


- The S.F.C

- Leon Lionheart

- Total Annihilation

- Rhyme and Reason

- Samurai

- Ice VIII

- Conscience

- Shawn Hunter & more.


- Majik V's ??????

(Majik will once again be issuing an open challenge to anyone who has the ability to wrestle him in an old school rules match. So far he has seen off the likes of Leon Lionheart and Keith Myatt. Who's next?)

- 2nd round of the Tag Team invitational tournament

Including such teams as Jekkel & Exodus, The Beach Boys, Jetta & Fanboy and more to be added soon.

- Danny Oxman V's Jet Black

(Danny wants gold and he's not going to let anything stop him on the way, including Jet Black)

- More matches to be announced soon.


Check out http://www.mpwrestling.co.uk for further information, news and directions to the Centre AT7.



The Original Pro Wrestling Organisation (OPWO) - as seen in Powerslam magazine - is pleased to announce “Scorn,” scheduled for Friday, March 4th 2005. This event will take place at Wesham Community Centre, Wesham, Lancashire and is hed in association with Swindon-based 4FW. The card for this event is as follows:


- Nemesis vs. Marcus Kool vs. Danny Devine

- Athena Gold (w/Ashton Brown) vs. Angel Gonzales (w/SK8)

- KOBE, Kid Lightening & Justine. vs. Psycho, ??? and DTK

- Mooga (w/The Empire) vs. Rampage

- “The Evolution” Kriss Sprules (w/The Empire) vs. Gugi

- OPWO Junior Heavyweight Title Match - Ashton Brown vs. “All Eyes On Me” David Sharp vs. TJ Cain vs. SK8 vs. Joey Hayes vs. El Ligero vs. “Dangerous” Damon Leigh.

- Street Fight - Melicious & Mikey Furiae (w/The Empire) vs. Mailman & Dean Christ.

- Last Man Standing - The Saint vs. A Mystery Opponent

- Main Event - OPWO Heavyweight Title - Exodus vs. Declan O'Connor vs "The Showstealer" Alex Shane.


Tickets are priced at five pounds and they are available immediately, either by e-mailing opwopromoter@aol.com or by telephone on 07821 182 371. Bell time is 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm. Wesham Community Centre has a fully licensed bar.



Revolution British Wrestling Return To Finchley on Saturday 5th March 2005. The venue is Finchley Sea Cadets, 184a Long Lane, Finchley, London, N3. Doors Open at 7.30pm. Event Begins at 8.00pm. Show Ends at 10.00pm. The card looks like this:


- "Misfit" Jorge Castano © vs Kid Regis ©

- Sammy Ray vs "Flying" Phil Powers

- J.C Thunder vs Morales

- "Sensation of the Nation" Rob Hunter vs Saul Adams

- Jack Storm and Dave Maverick vs Riccardo Young and Bobby Hostile.


Tickets cost £9 front row, £8 adults, £6 concessions and a family ticket costs £25.00. Tickets are available on the evening or by emailing tickets@revolutionbritishwrestling.co.uk .



Sovereign Championship Wrestlings show 'Setting the Scene' is on February 27th at the Hardy Spicers Social Club, Egerton Road, Erdington.


SCW is a Midlands-based professional wrestling organization, dedicated to bringing the best entertainment and action to wrestling fans of all ages.


- Carnage Vs M.T.X. Jem Brown Vs. Samhain

- Hunters INC Vs. Chris Hall and Dave Daniels

- Miner D Vs. Miner P Vs. G-Force

- Latz Vs. 'ToughGuy' Barry Malone Vs. Kiddy Snax

- Brandon Thomas Vs. "Sharman" Marc Clark

(Card subject To Change)


Tickets are £5 each and can be purchased on the door of the venue/club, basic group rates are 4 tickets for £15, giving you a saving of £5.


Telephone: 07732 438641 we do promote a text option also, however. Just send a text to the number above, quoting your name and how many tickets you would like, and we'll get right back to you.





NPWA have a new look website coming along nicely, the addy is http://www.npwaentertainment.com .


That's everything for this week. Stephen has done an excellent preview of FWA 'New Frontiers' now up at Wrestling 101, also there is Saracens latest Tenet (Saz, if you're reading this, please send me the latest K-Star results ;) ) and as always Adam Sibley's awesome UK Scene column. Thank you for reading.



WWE Statistics

January 1st - January 8th

- By Chris2K



If you know me, I sympathise, but you'll also know that I'm a big fan of statistics. For the last few months I've been doing something similar to this just as a hobby-type thing, going from 1999 onwards, and now I've decided to bring it to the newsletter. Allow me to explain...


This project is basically a league table. It relies on the results of matches shown on WWE TV, be it RAW, SmackDown, Velocity or Heat. For the purposes of this project, I have separated the points into shows, rather than having one big table.


But why do it? Well it doesn't take that long at all, and it allows you to see who's been winning the most this year, and who's been the year's biggest jobber. It's just a bit of fun really :).


To score points all you need to do is win a match, or be involved in a DQ. You get five points for winning, three for a DQ, Double Count-out or draw, no points for a no contest, and you lose a point for a defeat.




Trish Stratus def. Victoria and Molly Holly

Chris Jericho def. Simon Dean

Kane def. Tyson Tomko

Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton def. Edge and Christian

Chris Masters def. Steven Richards

Snitsky def. Shelton Benjamin by DQ 1


1 - Snitsky and Shelton both get three points.




Randy Orton ~ 33

Batista ~ 31

Kane ~ 28

Muhammed Hussan ~ 25

Shelton Benjamin ~ 25

Triple H ~ 23

Shawn Michael ~ 20

Trish Stratus ~ 20

Chris Jericho ~ 19

William Regal ~ 19

Chris Benoit ~ 15

Edge ~ 14

Tajiri ~ 14

Rob Conway ~ 9

Sylvan Grenier ~ 8

Gene Snitsky ~ 6

Maven ~ 6

Chris Masters ~ 5

Christy Hemme ~ 5

Eugene ~ 4

Viscera ~ 4

Christian ~ -1

Jerry Lawler ~ -1

Maria ~ -1

Molly Holly ~ -1

Rhyno ~ -1

Rosey ~ -1

Steven Richards ~ -1

Val Venis ~ -1

Simon Dean ~ -2

Victoria ~ -2

Hurricane ~ -3

Lita ~ -3

Ric Flair ~ -3

Tyson Tomko ~ -5


No Way Out


Points are added to SmackDown! totals.


Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero def. The Basham Brothers 1

Booker T def. Heidenreich by DQ 2

Chavo Guerrero def. Sho Funaki, Paul London, Shannon Moore, Spike Dudley and Akio 3

The Undertaker def. Luther Reigns

John Cena def. Kurt Angle

John Bradshaw Layfield def. Big Show


1 - Eddie and Rey gain an extra five points each for winning the tag titles, The Bashams lose an extra point each.

2 - Booker T and Heidenreich get three points each

3 - Chavo Guerrero gets an five points for winning the CW title, Funaki loses an extra point.




Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio def. The Basham Brothers

Kurt Angle def. Matt Martel 1

Chavo Guerrero def. Funaki

The Undertaker def. Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak

John Cena and Big Show def. JBL and Orlando Jordan


1 - Matt (Stryker) Martel doesn't qualify for points




Rey Mysterio Jr. ~ 37

John Cena ~ 35

Kurt Angle ~ 31

Undertaker ~ 28

Eddie Guerrero ~ 21

Doug Basham ~ 19

Funaki ~ 16

Danny Basham ~ 13

Chavo Guerrero ~ 12

John Bradshaw Layfield ~ 12

Booker T ~ 10

Paul London ~ 9

Big Show ~ 8

Scotty 2 Hotty ~ 5

Torrie Wilson ~ 5

Luther Reigns ~ 4

Shannon Moore ~ 3

Heidenreich ~ 2

Rene Dupree ~ 2

Hiroko ~ -1

Mark Jindrak ~ -2

Kenzo Suzuki ~ -3

Nunzio ~ -3

Orlando Jordan ~ -3

Rob Van Dam ~ -3

Spike Dudley ~ -3

Akio ~ -4




Paul London def. Spike Dudley

Rene Dupree def. Scotty 2 Hotty

Charlie Haas and Hardcore Holly def. Mike Kruel and Fred Sampson 1

Booker T def. Kenzo Suzuki


Match before No Way Out (HeAT)

Charlie Haas and Hardcore Holly def. Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki


1 - Mike Kruel and Fred Sampson don't qualify for points




Hardcore Holly ~ 33

Charlie Haas ~ 22

Paul London ~ 13

Rene Dupree ~ 11

Booker T ~ 10

Akio ~ 9

Scotty 2 Hotty ~ 9

Kenzo Suzuki ~ 7

Danny Basham ~ 5

Doug Basham ~ 5

Funaki ~ 5

Heidenreich ~ 5

Luther Reigns ~ 5

Mark Jindrak ~ 5

Orlando Jordan ~ 5

Chavo Guerrero ~ 3

Billy Kidman ~ -1

Shannon Moore ~ -1

Nunzio ~ -3

Spike Dudley ~ -4




Maven def. Val Venis

Hurricane and Rosey def. The Heartbreakers 1

Molly Holly def. Victoria

Chris Benoit def. Steven Richards


1 - The Heartbreakers don't qualify for points




Tajiri ~ 15

Hurricane ~ 14

Maven ~ 10

Rosey ~ 10

Simon Dean ~ 10

Trish Stratus ~ 10

Rhyno ~ 8

Chris Benoit ~ 5

Gene Snitsky ~ 5

Muhammed Hussan ~ 5

Ric Flair ~ 5

Shelton Benjamin ~ 5

Tyson Tomko ~ 5

Molly Holly ~ 4

Rob Conway ~ 4

William Regal ~ -1

Victoria ~ -2

Stevie Richards ~ -4

Val Venis ~ -6


That's all for this week, see you next time :xyx.





The Main Event - By Stephen Ashfield





How to upset people in one easy sentence? A simple way to do it seems to be to have a go at All-Star Wrestling. You see, just because they’ve been round forever it seems they’re a protected species but over the past few weeks I’ve been breaking that golden rule and been getting a bit of success in changing their set ways.


So why did I get upset? OK, here goes. Recently I went to an ASW show at Southampton Guildhall, we hadn’t seen ASW since before Christmas and at that event two matches were set up for their return to the Guildhall. Chad Collyer had beaten Jonny Storm and Storm challenged the victor to a Falls Count Anywhere Match at the next show, a challenge that was accepted. Also on that card, Doug Williams and Domino won a four-team tag match and we were told the pair would challenge for a British Tag Team Title at the next card. Fast forward to January and the problems begin.


ASW use generic posters for most of their cards, probably not for Fairfield Hall events (as seen on their website) but for others the rule is that they put out a general poster, then advertise more details of the card for a venue in their local press the week before the show. The latest ASW poster featured Little Legs, Flatliner and Thundercloud but it also featured April Hunter and Slyk Wagner Brown. Now when I saw that poster that really cheesed me off.


The standard explanation you’ll receive about their posters is that they were printed months in advance and stars aren’t guaranteed to appear. The fact the poster doesn’t mention ‘card subject to change’ is a big mistake by ASW. Now it’s ok to put some faces on there for people who will probably be making an occasional appearance sometime during the next few months but what if it’s very doubtful that they’re going to appear and you know that for a fact. That’s the case with April and Slyk.


Towards the end of last year I interviewed April and asked her if she would be coming back to the UK. April wanted to but there were certain issues that meant a return to the UK to work for ASW were doubtful if not impossible. Those issues concerned payment of air fares and the ASW policy of the Backstage Pass which limits the chances wrestlers have of making money for themselves by selling merchandise.


So Brian Dixon knew that there were going to be problems in using April and Slyk in the future unless he radically changed his approach towards them but still put them on the poster. That’s not good business practice as far as I’m concerned. April wasn’t pleased, especially after ASW put on their website a reason for their no-showing (though not promising to withdraw the poster) that wasn’t exactly correct. April then issued this statement..


“*A "No Show" Situation? Slyck Wagner Brown & I being falsely advertised for All Star Wrestling in England on their posters and in their newspaper ads. In an attempt to cover their rear, the promotion issued a statement on their site which states that our booking “fell through” and I had to take a Mexican tour instead, but this simply isn’t true. Neither of us had any dates scheduled for them this year. I supposed making this statement is what gets me called a “bitch” but despite the fact that I was born with a vagina, I really don’t like to sit back quietly and let others take advantage of me. Call me crazy, but I think there’s something that just ain’t right about it.


It’s not good business practice is it? Negotiations between the two parties have broken down and don’t expect April and Slyk to be on an ASW show during the current tour despite what the poster says!


Anyway back to the Southampton show. A week before the event, the usual small ad appeared in the Echo. There was an image of the Hunter poster and details of wrestlers who would be appearing at the show next week. Of the wrestlers mentioned there, five didn’t appear and five others not on the advert did appear.


Amazingly Chad Collyer and Doug Williams were advertising their appearance on the show but ASW weren’t! As the week went by, 1-stop wrestling even had a competition on their forums to see if anyone could predict what matches we’d see. The Collyer website by the way said he was having that match with Jonny Storm.


As I entered the venue that night, I didn’t know for certain what matches were taking place. I’d issued an open challenge to ASW on their forums and at UKFF to tell fans what matches were taking place that night. A few details about a 4-man tournament came out but not much more. Now at an ASW show if you don’t buy their programme which is just a glossy brochure with lots of pictures of wrestlers, most of who you won’t be seeing that night, (yes April and Slyk were in there) you won’t know the card. They have an A5 insert with details of the card on it.


So I didn’t buy the programme and it came to bell-time. There still wasn’t an announcement of what matches we were going to be seeing. The wrestlers for the first match were called to the ring and lo and behold it was Chad Collyer v Domino. Now wait a minute, wasn’t Chad supposed to be wrestling Jonny Storm and Domino in a tag title match. Treating their fans with total disrespect, not a mention was made of the fact those matches wouldn’t be taking place. That’s not right whether it’s a large company like ASW or a company that puts on shows in a barn with a handful of people turning up.


The debate on the forums continued and I made sure I kept it going as long as possible to get more and more entries and information. Sure I got plenty of abuse, you know this column isn’t bad for someone who according to the UKFF has “learning difficulties.” Then something happened.


ASW now give details of matches and wrestlers appearing on their cards for the coming week on their website. That’s good progress and I’m really pleased about it. There still seems to be some reluctance to actually put results up on the site which surprises me.


This hasn’t been a personal tirade against ASW, I interviewed Brian Dixon a couple of years ago and still remember the days when he was referee and MC at matches I saw in Kettering in the early seventies. I just have this thirst for information and can’t see why the internet in particular wasn’t being used to give out the details I wanted. That’s changing now, I’m still angry over the dodgy poster and hope that in future if matches are set up for a future card, that don’t take place then we’re told about it and it’s not swept under the carpet.


More from The Main Event next week!




Forum Threads of the Week





The 1997 Montreal Screwjob got everyone talking as usual, and Beltmark did most of it :P.




I won't leave a link as it's out of date, but it goes to A.C.'s new competition for people with enough spare time to draw pictures in Paint! Look out for the next competition on Monday!



TWO Member of the Week/Heel of the Week



Who is TWO Member of the Week?




Who is TWO Heel of the Week?




Sorry for giving him both, but I do have a reason. A lot of his posts have been of the highest quality, which gets him MOTW, but his refusal to listen to other people's points of view (despite my requesting he does so) gets him HOTW!


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