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Sunday, 22 January 2017

4FW New Years Wrestleution 2017 Review w/ Kenny Omega

4FW - New Years Wrestleution 2017 Review w/ Kenny Omega vs Tiger Ali

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Welcome everyone to my first blog since coming back from Japan.

I have been back 2 weeks and just getting back into the
swing of life back home in England and getting over the jet lag that accompanied it!

I wasn't planning on going to much wrestling over the next few weeks then everything changed very quickly.

4FW Unfortunately had to announce that former WWE star Cody Rhodes would not be available for shows this past weekend due to Cody attending a memorial for a little boy Elijah Mainville (Drax the Shadow) who Cody met in WWE and very sadly passed Elijah passed away on Jan 8th Aged just 9 years old.

Cody is now rescheduled to return in June 2017 for 4FW

So 4FW management reached out for a replacement talent for Saturday 21st Jan 2017 show in MECA in Swindon and none other than New Japan Pro Wrestling star and the man that had an incredible Main Event Match at Wrestlekingdom 11 Kenny Omega answered the call!!


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Kenny Omega

4FW management deserve huge credit for being able to pull this off and turning what could of been a very difficult situation into an even bigger show.

I got to the venue a little early and was outside with the other fans waiting to go into the show. I met some great fans outside (Sorry Cant remember everyone names) and we had some great conversation about wrestling, WWE and more, a great way to start off what would be a brilliant evening.

This was my first time at MECA in Swindon and I really like the venue.

The set up for the venue was great the entrance way looked amazing with all the light, smoke and Video Screen, also there were cameras placed around the building and even a camera that someone was operating on an extended arm (cant wait to see the event on Demand at (https://4fwondemand.pivotshare.com/ )

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Before the start of the show at Swindon Meca

I'm sat in my seat and the show is ready to begin!

Here are the results of the show and some notes on the matches below

Adam "Flex" Maxted defeated Saul Adams (w/Nadia Sapphire)

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Saul adams takes the microphone before his match with Adam Maxted

I enjoyed Saul Adams and enjoyed his character I think Nadia compliments him well and they both work well together to create a team you want to dislike.

Adam Maxted is getting better and better every time I see him and he is going to be one to look out for in the future.

Saul looked to be in control of this match even getting the ring bell at one point until Nadia got into the ring and Adam Maxted was able to roll up Adams for the win.

Saul did not look happy after the match and could not believe he lost.

Handicap Match
JD Knight defeated RJ Singh and Rishi Gosh (JD now has now obtained a 4FW title match vs Tiger Ali)

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JD Knight (centre) taking it to Rishi (left) and RJ (right)


Rishi Gosh and RJ singh came out next and challenged "Swindon Savior" JD Knight to a match if he won he would get a 4FW World Title shot at Tiger Ali however JD would have to defeat both Rishi and RJ in a handicap match.



I loved Rishi and RJ in the mic here they really tore into the fans and kept going and it really helped with the feel of the match. They had no fear and I thought they were great,


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Rishi and RJ cheating to win

4FW fans did not let up on them at all and were cheering JD all the way to win this match and luckily that what JD did after a lot of beating down from RJ and Rishi, JD was able to come back and hit JD DDT on Rishi for the Win.


Dick Justice Defeated Crusher Lomax

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Lomax (left) Dick Justice (right)

Next up was Crusher Lomax vs Dick Justice this was my first time seeing Dick Justice I hadn't seen him before and Lomax I have seen many times over the past few years. Lomax is an incredibly talented big man who is very athletic and moves very fast for a man of his size.

This was a totally different style of match and it was great! Dick Justice and Lomax did some great stuff here, whether it was running the ropes and criss-crossing each other until they both got tied, lent on each other and then feel to the canvas, or Dick Justice point his "finger gun" at Lomax only for Lomax to take it and then the referee to take it, it was pure fun and entertainment.


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Dick Justice posing



I loved it and the crowd loved it too, its what's great about pro wrestling they put smiles on peoples faces.

Dick Justice was able to obtained the victory with a big clothesline out of the corner.


Bubblegum Defeated Mega Pegasus to become new 4FW Junior Heavyweight Champion

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Bubblegum (left) Mega Pegasus (right)

Following on from that our championship match for the vacant 4FW Junior Heavyweight Championship.

Bubblegum came out n Man City, shirt flags and Bubble Hat and was followed by Mega Pegasus who did a very cool entrance with huge wings before he came to the ring.


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Bubblegum



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Mega Pegasus

In this match I really enjoyed the aggression show by Bubblegum and he is all round attitude. Mega Pegasus was very athletic  and he pushed Bubblegum as far as he could go nearly getting Bubblegum to submit at one point and coming very close with near fall too but it was Bubblegum who came out victorious and is new 4FW junior Heavyweight champion

The Saint W/Lord Gideon Gray defeated Samie Sahin

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Saime hitting Springboard Moonsault

Lord Gideon Gray is out first Lord Gideon Says that Sir Doug Williams is not here tonight and the reason he isn't is that he is too good to appear in Swindon in front of these fans. Lord Gideon went on to say that he would like to call out Saime Sahin, Saime comes to the ring and Gideon states that he has a replacement for Doug Williams and Samie should take a long hard look at the video screen.

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While Saime is looking at the screen The Saint comes out from the crowd and attacks Saime and our next match is on.

This is the first time I have seen The Saint as a bad guy and thinks that it really suits him, Saint is very methodical and is systematically trying to take Saime apart.

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As the match looks like it is turning Lord Gideon gets on the apron and hits Saime with what looks like is a cane and then Saint locks in a crossface submission and Saime has no choice but to submit.




Kenny Omega Defeated Tiger Ali in a non title match


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Ali and Omega face off

Tiger Ali is out first with RJ singh and Rishi Gosh again. These 3 are a tremendous bad guy group, the crowd are hating all 3 of them.

Tiger Ali is a tremendous talent and he is 4FW World Champion right now and standard bearer for the company.

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Tiger Ali with 4FW World Title
WWE should of used Tiger Ali in WWE UK Championship tournament there is no question in my mind about that, I hope WWE see sense because after his match with Kenny Omega tonight it makes me believe even more that Ali should have the WWE spotlight on him.

Even before the match began the fans in attendance were Serenading Kenny Omega with the chant "Best in the World, Best in the Worlddddd, Kenny Omega The best in the world" it went on for a long time and got a smile from Kenny.

Omega and Ali had a tremendous match and it built nicely with both men feeling each other out to begin with and the match ebbed and followed with RJ Singh and Rishi Gosh of course getting involved on multiple occasions.

In a great moment Tiger Ali brought his flag into the ring and referee took it away Kenny then got hold of it and said to Tiger "you think your better than everyone? Ali said yes and Omega said "no we are all created equal" that was clever and smart and really stood out to me.

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Kenny went to dive onto Ali on the outside of the ring but was stopped by 3 kings Kenny was thrown into a rail on the outside and then Tiger Ali decided he would fly and he dived onto Omega from the outside of the ring.

Tiger came close on many occasions to pinning Omega and procured a very near pinfall, but Omega kicked out at 2 (some fans around me though it was 3)

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Fans at this point in the match were chanting "This is Awesome"

Kenny hit Ali with some tremendous knee strikes and the sound echoed through the MECA centre in Swindon.  

The referee then got hit down in the match and again Rishi Gosh and Rj Singh enter trying to help Ali. 

 Tiger Ali was able to take advantage but there was no referee to make the 3 count for him.

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Tiger Ali at this point is getting frustrated and he goes to get his flag (for the 2nd time in the match)  and he hits Omega in the face with the base of the pole however Omega is able to lift up Ali and hit the One Winged Angel for the pinfall victory!

What a tremendous match I applaud everyone involved.

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Following the end of the show I went to 4FW meet and greet, I was able to meet Kenny and got him to sign my Wrestlekingdom 11 program that I recently obtained in Toyko.

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Kenny was top class as always a really nice person and we had a nice conversation about Wrestlekingdom 11 and about Toyko.

Unfortunately I was unable to stay for the Q&A part of this as I had to get my lift home.



Overall I thought this was a brilliant show really top class and considering all the circumstances and difficulties that 4FW have faced over the past week this show was a tremendous success.

4FW had a bit of everything here, and credit must go to 4FW talent, management and everyone who works with them.

The Next 4FW show coming to Swindon MECA is on May 6th 2017 and I'll be there I hope you are too :)

Watch 4FW on Demand at
https://4fwondemand.pivotshare.com/


You can follow 4FW on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Official4FW/

You can follow 4FW on Twitter
@4FW

You can by tickets for shows at
http://www.4fw-online.com/


Thanks For Reading

@jon422002
Jonathan Orchard






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Monday, 9 January 2017

NEW Video - My Trip to NJPW Wrestlekingdom and Toyko 2017

NEW Video - My Trip to NJPW Wrestlekingdom and Toyko 2017

Below is my new Video a 30 min Documentary on my Trip to Toyko, Japan and what happened when I went to see New Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestlekingdom 11.

Inspired by Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson and Adam Cole and their youtube Series "Being The Elite"

Take a look click the video below



Thanks for Reading

@jon422002
Jonathan Orchard

Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Trip/Guide to Japan to See NJPW Wrestlekingdom 11

My Trip/Guide to Japan to See NJPW Wrestlekingdom 11



Hello everyone and Welcome to my blog about going to Japan to see NJPW Wrestlekingdom 11.

You can check out a video documentary about my trip by clicking the video below its 30 mins long and details my trip as well as Wrestlekingdom 11



I have already flown 12 hours from Heathrow and been in Japan for 3 days already it's an incredible place, such a change of culture (a real shock) and such a beautiful place to be. My brother Michael, luckily has been before and has been very knowledgeable at showing me the sites, amazing shrines and places in this beautiful city. 




It's such a happening city, felt very daunting at first but the people are so very kind and go out of there way to help you and to make you feel welcome.

To any fans thinking of coming over I say definitely do it, but give yourself time to prepare! I only had 3 weeks to prepare for this trip so wasn't enough. My phone hasn't been working over here and I couldn't get any money out on my card ! This is my first time ever in Toyko and I don't know the language and to be honest a little apprehensive too but I'm super excited as myself and my brother Michael are on the metro heading towards Toyko dome.

We have been talking about this for such a long time and now becoming a reality seeing Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestlekingdom 11. We get in the metro in Shibuya (where we are staying) and We had to change at Nagatcho station and then went to Kouraken station. (Where Tokyo dome is) it only cost 200yen (£1.50 appox) for the 20 min journey.

We get off the train and walk to exit 1 and we are right outside Tokyo Dome. It's an incredible sight and a tremendous looking stadium.

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As you walk to the stadium to your left of it is a roller-coaster that wraps around a building!  




The doors open for the show at 15:30 and show starts at 17:00. Everything in Japan starts very promptly and exactly to time so was told to get to our seats with plenty of time and are ready for the show.

We walk round and find the right entrance Eventually we needed up queueing at the wrong gate to begin with then a nice member of staff directed us to where we should be.

We have electronic tickets with a QR code that you scan in it goes nice and smoothly and we scan our tickets we are in the stadium and find our seats no problem thanks to helpful and kind staff.


As you go in you a given a NJPW goodie bag with posters, and souvenirs which i thought was a nice touch.





As you would of noticed the show is 6 hours long and there aren't any breaks for intermission, so either choose a match that you don't mind missing or if your like me practice the art of bladder control!



There are members of staff walking up and down the aisles with pepsi and coke and other members of staff with a beer pack on there pack who can serve you at your seat  so you don't need to get up at all


We were treated to a 6 hour spectacular of Wrestling

Here is an intro video to WK 11




Here are the results

Michael Elgin won the New Japan Rumble



Tiger Mask W defeated Tiger the Dark



Roppongi Vice defeated The Young Bucks for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship




Gauntlet Match for NEVER Six-Man Tag Team Championship: EVIL, BUSHI and SANADA defeated Ricochet/Satoshi Kojima, David Finlay and Bad Luck Fale/Yujiro Takahashi/Hangman Page




Cody defeated Juice Robinson



Adam Cole defeated Kyle O’Reilly to win the Ring of Honor World Championship



Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii defeated Guerillas of Destiny and Great Bash Heel to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship

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Hiromu Takahashi defeated KUSHIDA to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship



Hirooki Goto defeated Katsuyori Shibata to win the NEVER Openweight Championship

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Tetsuya Naito defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship



Kazuchika Okada defeated Kenny Omega to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship







 Overall I really enjoyed the card and think It has to be the best live wrestling event I ever attended. 

I have to discuss  The Dream Team (Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson, Adam Cole) at Wrestlekingdom 11.

Its because of Kenny Omega that I went to Wrestlekingdom 11. I met Kenny in Taunton back on January 2015 and been a fan for a long time of his and the rest of the dream team. 

To finally see Nick and Matt Jackson Live for the first time was a real treat. They were brilliant in their match and was sad to see them lose but they encapsulated incredible althletism, humour and great wrestling all in to one and that truly skillful thing to achieve to me the top tag team in the world today.

I don't get ROH TV in the UK and its hard to keep up with so getting to see Adam Cole for the first time was a very cool thing. 

I love Adam Cole "Bay Bay" chant and his theme music and persona and so did alot of the fans around me who did it along with Adam in his match.

To see Adam not only win his match and Become new ROH World Champion but to do it for a record 3rd time and to witness that live was something very special to me. 


Kenny Omega and Okada delivered a tremendous main event.

It was a 45 min classic and a great example of why I love professional wrestling both men deserve huge credit for what they managed to create.

Okada and Omega gave us great psychology, hard hitting strong wrestling, Technical Wrestling, emotion and pure insanity - best match I have ever seen.

I have never seen anything like this 2 things that really stick out Dragon Suplex from Top Rope and Kenny Omega taking a back drop from the ring over the top rope through a table set up on the floor. 

There were fans around me in tears in their eyes when Omega got pinned it meant so much to the fans.  

In Wrestling those matches come along once in a lifetime and i was lucky enough to be in the right place and right time.

Kenny Omega Thank you for making my trip so special and truly unforgettable

Even Now in January it has got to be a front runner for Match of Year.

Now time for my rant at NJPW management.....

I felt that Kenny Omega should of been crowned New IWGP World Champion if NJPW want to make inroads into America and Europe as much as they say they do then making Omega champion here would of been a real statement of intent to fans worldwide that NJPW want to continue to push their brand forward. 

It felt as if New Japan got scared and kept the belt on Okada, there were lots of fans in the arena that when Omega got pinned were very upset and unhappy. 

I was sat with People from Australia, American, Canada and Japan all of which wanted to see a Kenny Omega win.

New Japan need to start putting faith in Kenny Omega because if they don't they could find themselves without him in the future. 

Omega has attracted alot of fans like myself to watch NJPW and NJPW World its becoming a big revenue stream for NJPW, they need to realise his value and what he brings to the table, i just hope its not a situation where NJPW don't realise what they have until its gone. 

Despite my annoyance at NJPW booking of the main event. In the end though I left feeling very happy and it felt like all the effort,  time and travel was worth it.

Tips for travel

I'll give you some tips from my experience in Japan and where I went wrong, hopefully this will be useful to you if you decide to go to Japan in the future.

This holiday to Japan was booked with my brother with only a month to spare so there wasn't any preparation time. Before you go here are some things to remember. Make sure that Data roaming for Japan is enabled on your phone, I forgot to do this and as a consequence I couldn't contact anyone all week, I had no wifi and with limited knowledge of the language it was very disabling. .

In addition make sure you notify your bank that you are going abroad otherwise if you need any extra money you will not be able to draw any money out and don't forget to get some Yen before you go.

I brought our tickets through NJPW official E ticket partner https://ticket.tickebo.jp/pc/en/ they send you ticket as a QR code to your phone a week before the event you then save this as a picture to your phone and scan it through the card reader as you go through the gate at the stadium.




Wrestlekingdom 11 videos 

Here are some video clips from Wrestlekingdom 11

Cody Entrance Clip



Naito Entrance Clip



Kenny Omega Entrance 



Thanks for Reading 

@jon422002
Jonathan Orchard










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
Wolfgang
 Roy Johnson
Sam Gradwell
James Drake,
Jordan Devlin
Pete Dunne
Tyler Bate
Joseph Conners
HC Dyer
Dan Moloney
Chris Tyler
Saxon Huxley
Ringo Ryan
Tucker

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.

Thanks for Reading

@jon422002
Jonathan Orchard