In the most exciting news to happen to the British wrestling scene in the past thirty years, the biggest wrestling corporation in the world, WWE, has announced they are to set up a UK brand.
First and foremost, I want to take some time to write about a tragic loss that affected the entire WWE Universe, the WWE Staff, and anyone who had the pleasure of working with such a great man. Leon White, also known as Vader, passed away Monday evening at the age of 63. This one really hurt to see, as they all are. Vader was a huge part of my childhood, and my first real interest in the art of professional wrestling. I remember vividly being legitimately scared of this big man from the Rocky Mountains. I fondly think of the many matches and the feud with Sting he had. I used to wake up at 5:30 am, maybe even earlier, just to watch the WCW Power-Hour. That was the only WCW show I knew of at the time. Later on I saw him enter the WWF, and I had the pleasure of seeing him live a couple of times. Man, as an eight-year-old kid, he was a monster. His in-ring abilities were second to none, for a man of his mammoth size. I am so grateful that I got to see this artist perform live and in person. Vader was always a big star to me because he was a pioneer for the "big guy" wrestlers. Moonsaults from a man that size defy logic. Thank you Leon White for taking the WWE (WWF) universe to a place of sheer amazement. Every story needed a good bad guy, a good heel. Back then in the simple world of good guy wrestlers and bad guy wrestlers, you were the baddest. I will always remember what you brought to my childhood and professional wrestling. Thank you for always reminding us what time it is. Vader-time!! Rest in Peace Leon White. My hat's off to you sir on a job well done and a life well lived.
Accidentally I was watching Jeremy Kyle one day having my coffee and a piece of toast. I do sympathise with some of their guests as I feel they are exploited. Even the victims are paraded on TV and have their lives analysed in a mere 20 minutes. After a metaphorical sentence by 'Jezza' they are then carted off to be judged by Joe public or rehabilitated by his aftercare team. It's madness and probably has some long-winded political agenda behind it which I won't get into. On this particular morning, a girl called Kayleigh was having trouble with her man James who was said to be a serial cheat. After giving Jeremy Kyle the details, her man walked on as brazen as most guests are on the show. A really big bloke with a neck that looks the guy can take a good sock from an opponent. I'm a bit of a boxing anorak. I do watch too much fighting; whether it be mixed martial arts or the sweet science. There was something really familiar about this guy although at this point he was cussing his girlfriend, stating "you try living with that."
For those of you who have been blinded by the WWE or living under a rock, the long awaited rubber match between IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega took place this weekend at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Dominion pay-per-view in Osaka, Japan. After them having two legitimate Match Of The Year contenders in 2017, there was intense pressure on the participants to live up to their previous encounters.
Dean Ambrose is one of the most unpredictable and versatile characters in the WWE. He has the ability to be a star in everything from the Intercontinental scene to the World or Universal Championship scene.
It's been a busy week in the world of Phillip Jack Brooks, better known to the outside world as CM Punk.
Back in the WCW/NWO and WWE (WWF) days, there were way too many hands involved in writing and booking. A lot of which were the wrestlers, all looking out for their own interests. Hulk Hogan, would straight up refuse to work with certain individuals, refuse to lose to others. Kevin Nash and Scott Hall of the NWO basically did whatever they thought was in their interests. Even guys like Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart... even everyone's beloved Dwayne Johnson. They say in the industry that there are a few people who get star treatment and are given that pull behind the scenes. If you make a lot of money for the company, and you are well liked by your superiors. Then you have pull. Some people, and a lot of people, used that to their advantage.
I started watching WWE when I was six years old. I saw Chris Jericho arrive to WWE in year 2000, saw him win against Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock to become the Undisputed Champion. I saw Triple H destroy Shawn Michael after the DX era. Evolution with Thiple H, Randy Orton, Batista and "WOOOOOOOO" Ric Flair? So many good memories of me, sitting beside my dad's side and watching wrestling in "AWE."
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are deciding to learn martial arts. Before we get into that though let’s look at a few misconceptions regarding MMA and martial arts most people misunderstand.
Starting out I felt it would be best to give a little background on myself as well as the topics I will mostly be writing about.
Nothing is worse than going to a comedy club and seeing someone bomb their set. Getting nothing but awkward silences and the ominous blank stare from their crowd is any performer's worst fear. This one has especially left the WWE Universe with no real reactions except for a partial cheer at the end, most likely because it was finally over. Bobby Lashley is still in the early stages of his comeback. His Raw debut was not that long ago. However, it seems that the WWE has already done more damage than good with how they are portraying Bobby Lashley as a "softie nice guy" who loves his sisters and is very soft spoken, not a very overbearing personality if one was to compare him to Brock Lesnar (whom he has been compared to before due to the road his career took with Amateur Wrestling, MMA and Pro Wrestling).
This coming Sunday on May 27th, the UFC will be hosting its first ever event in Liverpool, England, with 25-year-old scouser Darren Till as the headliner, facing off against one of the best welterweights in the UFC, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson.