Thursday, 18 January 2018

CSF Wrestling Preview Devizes Sat March 10 2018 W/ Doug Wiliams vs Dick Riley

CSF Wrestling Preview
Devizes Corn Exchange

Sat March 10 2018
Doug Williams vs Dick Riley

Doug Williams

CSF Wrestling returns to Devizes for the first time in 2018 and they are coming back with a huge wrestling legend!

Tickets can be purchased via Devizes Books Locally or book online at 

Making his first CSF Wrestling appearance in Devizes
UK Wrestling Legend Former Impact Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH and World Wide star Doug Williams.

Doug Williams is a UK veteran with over 20 years experience and is one of the best Skillful, technical and all round best wrestlers in the world. 

Doug Williams Highlight Video (Top 10 Moves)

Tasked with Taking on Doug Williams a rising UK star who has had classic matches with Pete Dunne, Will Ospreay, Marty Scurll and his momentum is at an all time high and he will be looking to continue that huge momentum and make a  statement in Devizes he is none other than Dick Riley.

Dick Riley is going to be one of British Wrestling standout Stars in 2018 can he enhance his reputation and increase his stock in British Wrestling with a win over a British Legend? 

Dick Riley

Dick Riley Video Highlights
Click on the video below

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More matches and talent to be announced soon! 

Remember Tickets can be purchased via Devizes Books Locally or book online at

Thanks for Reading 

Jonathan Orchard 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Elite - Storytellers of Pro Wrestling

The Elite - Storytellers of Pro Wrestling 

I'm a fan of pro wrestling and within pro wrestling there at many different genre's and many different ways of telling a story.

I don't believe that there is one way to tell a story in pro wrestling,just like in TV or Entertainment, Drama or a crime show they all have different ways of telling a story,how the TV Show presents itself, how they present their characters and how they tell you that story.

Think about TV shows you love watching, Netflix shows you like, they all present themselves in different ways and just because you like one show doesn't mean you'll like a different show on a similar subject if it presents itself differently and doesn't grab your attention.

It is the same in Pro Wrestling, every company will have their way of presenting themselves and within that every wrestler will have their own way of presenting themselves, the way they look, they way the talk, their cadence and facial expressions and its you the fan that will gravitate to some characters and dislike other characters based on that presentation.

Wrestling as it moves forward has to diversify itself, I don't believe now that simple storytelling is enough because in 2018 wrestling is battling so many other forms of entertainment and battling to gain fans who have so many options in their lives to keep them entertained. 

To get new fans and to keep current fans wrestling has to evolve the storytelling aspects have to evolve in order to keep their attention and to stop wrestling insulting people intelligence. I believe that a mixture of these elements is key. 

For me Storytelling in Pro Wrestling to me it comes down to 3 different categories 

Straight Wrestling
  • Some fans prefer one way of being told a story over another. Some fans in Pro Wrestling don't like a story at all, they just want to see wrestling, they go to a show see wrestlers wrestle and all they want to see is wrestling, story isn't important to them.They want to see believable, credible characters and bouts that they can invest in.
Traditional Story Arc
  • Other fans want to have a story to follow, they want to have a reason to be able to go to a show, a reason to invest in the characters and a reason to see their conflicts and a conclusion to those conflicts, they want a story they can follow, whether it be show to show, week to week, or PPV to PPV. This includes wrestlers getting into physical conflicts, wrestlers cutting promos (talking to the audience, doing an interview) talking about their match or what they are going to do to their opponent. This is similar to the way WWE traditionally presents its product.
Social Media, Straight Wrestling, Story Arc and Entertainment 
  • This to be is they newest version of storytelling in wrestling where wrestlers, companies and promoters are using all the tools available to them in order to gain fan interest and to get fans to invest in them. The storytelling happens on social media, it happens at shows, it happens in videos, it happens in the ring and it is a more encompassing modern way to tell a story in pro wrestling.

To get new fans and to keep current fans wrestling has to evolve the storytelling aspects have to evolve in order to keep their attention and to stop wrestling insulting people intelligence. I believe that a mixture of these elements is key. 

Kenny Omega, Matt and Nick Jackson have taken pro wrestling and combined all the 3 elements described above and created their on style and added a 4th Element to it Athletic Wrestling. So here's and equation

Straight Wrestling + Story Arc + Social Media + Video + Entertainment + Athletic wrestling = Kenny,Matt and Nick Jackson.

Recently I saw a tweet which said these 3 men don't have wrestling physcology and cant tell a story. 

Below I break down why I think that statement is 100% wrong and why I think The Elite are creating their own way of telling pro wrestling and engaging fans, 

Kenny Omega, Matt and Nick have been so clever and how they have delivered there version of Pro Wrestling to the fans, they have used all avenues available to them in order to capture the attention of the fans and to build their brand and their business, they are the number one sellers on Pro Wrestling Tees and in Hot Topic.

Kenny, Matt, Nick have changed professional wrestling they are melding together elements of storytelling that they want to use and combining them to create and tell their stories.
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Kenny, Nick and Matt alongside Marty Scurll, Cody Rhodes, Adam Page, Brandi Rhodes and more all appear in a youtube show called Being The Elite. They all use this show to create entertainment but importantly they also use this show to carry forward angles that you might see in Ring of Honor or New Japan Pro Wrestling. 

Its a very smart thing to do because it means that fans can invest more in what they are doing and also means that fans can see a storyline develop more and have a more personal feel due to limited time that they have on TV or NJPW.

They alongside that also tell stories in the ring 

Lets look at some recent examples of this

The Young Bucks vs Rappongi 3k - Wrestlekingdom 12 

The Young Bucks Nick and Matt Jackson used straight wrestling storytelling, a story arc and Athletic wrestling they are known for  in their match and told the story of their match around the condition of the body part.

Their own unique twist on it was that 1 member of each team was going to have an injury to that body part.

Traditionally one team would work on a body part ( an arm, a leg etc) of their opponent and the story would be told around that body part until the opponent could get to the corner to make the tag to their partner who was fresh.

Sho for Rappomgi 3K and Matt Jackson from The Young Bucks both got back injuries and as a result both had difficulties in their match so they had taken a traditional element of wrestling and added their own twist on it. Both Sho and Matt could not do the moves that they could usually do, so the match took a different direction with both teams trying to zone in of the back of their opponent in turn that changed the physcology of the match

It was a different match because it was based around submission, where traditionally Junior Tag Team Matches are based around athletics, it showed to me the broad range of The Young Bucks and their thought process.

Not only that but the next night at NJPW New Years Dash they used the same story in their 6 man tag Match with Nick, Matt and Kenny taking on Rappongi 3k and Cheeseburger..

Both Matt and Sho again couldn't wrestle to the best of their ability - carrying their story from last night and Sho submitting in their match previously to the next show a very clever thing to do and very entertaining in the process. 
Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho - Wrestlekingdom 12

A prime example of using everything available to you to tell a compelling story and to have an incredible match on the largest stage in pro wrestling. Chris Jericho has to be given a lot of credit here too, he also utilised everything available to him. 

Omega vs Jericho feud actually started out on Twitter, with someone tweeting and telling Chris Jericho that Kenny Omega was better than him, that then seemed to inflame Jericho who would trade insults, Tell Omega he hadn't made it to the big stage and what he had achieved was nothing and Making threats to Omega Job and telling Omega that Jericho knows his boss Gedo and could get him fired. 

 Kenny Omega was left in the ring after a match he had for IWGP US Title and then the lights went out and a video appeared on the screen a countdown began and Chris Jericho appeared and challenged Kenny Omega to a match at Wrestlekingdom 12.

No one saw what was coming next, after The Elite defeated Rappongi 3K,in Fukouka, Kenny was again alone in the ring the lights go out and then Chris Jericho is in the ring and is attacking Kenny Omega.

Jericho made Omega bleed and Jericho also hit one of his signature moves the Codebreaker to Kenny Omega and also to fellow Winnipeg native and NJPW World Color commentator Don Callis, before Jericho stormed out.

Don Callis in a neckbrace following Chris Jericho Attack the day before
Following this the next day Omega and Jericho brawl and fight at NJPW press Conference from Wrestlekingdom 12 where Kenny Omega attacked Jericho and Jericho threw a table at Omega.

Kenny and Jericho were very smart, they utilised a lot of different elements, modern technology, video, a traditional wrestling story plus they added the stipulation of a No DQ match, and added athleticism, violence and believability to their match to bring together the best match at Wrestlekingdom 12.

Kenny Omega, Matt and Nick Jackson are trendsetters they are creating a new way of taking in wrestling, you for fans to digest matches and appreciate the art of pro wrestling. 

They are evolving wrestling and helping to move it forward without innovators like them wrestling wouldn't be as great as it is or have the buzz it does have in 2018 

Thanks for Reading
Jonathan Orchard 

Friday, 29 December 2017

UPW 3rd Anniversary Show Preview Sat 27th Jan 2017 Yeovil

UPW 3rd Anniversary Show

Sat 27th Jan 2018
Abbey Manor Community Centre, Yeovil

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UPW Return for their first show of 2018 and they are back with a bang UPW celebrate their 3rd Anniversary joining UPW for this show former WWE NXT Star Tom La Ruffa.

You can buy tickets now by clicking the link below 

The fallout of our last show, UPW Final Resolution, and UPW 5 vs 5 clash, with Big League Wrestling at BLW Grandslam

What is the future of UPW Champion Josh Bodom after he turned his back on Team BLW and hit one of his own BLW team mates at Grandslam to help Team UPW.

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It raises questions and what does former Champion Dick Riley think after Josh carried Mark back in his arms after the match?

What is the relationship between UPW Owner Mark Fry and Josh Bodom? Was Dick Riley set up to lose the UPW World title? 

What does the future hold for the other team members of Team UPW who didn't get the job done at BLW Grandslam will their be repercussions for Adam Da Silva or The Brothers Awe?

Already announced for this show 

UPW Heavyweight Championship match
Champion, Josh Bodom Vs Dick Riley
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Big Grizzly Vs Charlie Sterling

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Chris Walker Vs Eddie Ryan

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Three-Way match Kelly Sixx Vs Dan Magee Vs Adam Da Silva

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You can buy tickets now by clicking the link below 

Thanks for Reading

Jonathan Orchard 

Thursday, 28 December 2017

NJPW Wrestlekingdom 12 Preview Jan 4th 2018

New Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestlekingdom 12 Preview

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NJPW (New Japan Pro Wrestling) presents Wrestlekingdom 12 the biggest event of the year or the company. 

Last year I actually went to Toyko and Saw Wrestlekingdom 11 Live on the Toyko Dome and got to see Kenny Omega vs Okada live. 

You can see the video of my Toyko adventure by clicking the video below 

Also you can read my guide to going to Wrestlekindom by clicking the link below 

This year is a double main event IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada defending against Tetsuya Naito and IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega defending against Chris Jericho in a no DQ match.

To Watch New Japan Wrestlekingdom 12 Live subscribe to NJPW World - not only do you get all their live events, you also get past events going back to 1972 plus documentaries and an English language section only 999 yen per month (appox £6.56 UK or $8.87 USA)

Click this Link to go to NJPW and sign up now!

You can watch the New Japan Wrestlekingdom12 Press Conference by clicking the video below

You can also watch Okada give his thoughts on Wrestlekingdom 12 in this subtitled video from NJPW its nearly an hour long but gives a great insight into Okada and Gedo

The Wrestlekingdom 12 Match card 

The New Japan Rumble (pre-show)

Jons Prediction - Bushi

NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champions Bad Luck Fale & Guerrillas of Destiny defending against Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Beretta, Togi Makabe, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi, Michael Elgin & War Machine, and Zack Sabre Jr., Takashi Iizuka & Taichi in a gauntlet match
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Jon's Prediction - GOD and Bad Luck Fale 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Sho & Yoh defending against The Young Bucks
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Jon's Prediction - The Young Bucks

IWGP Tag Team Champions Killer Elite Squad defending against SANADA & EVIL
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Jon's Prediction - Sanada and Evil

Kota Ibushi vs. Cody (w/ Brandi Rhodes)

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Jon's Prediction - Kota Ibushi

NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki defending against Hirooki Goto in a hair vs. hair match
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Jon's Prediction - Hirooki Goto

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Marty Scurll defending against Will Ospreay, KUSHIDA, and Hiromu Takahashi in a four-way match
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Jon's Prediction - Will Ospreay

IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi defending against Jay White
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Jon's Prediction - Jay White

IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega defending against Chris Jericho in a no DQ match
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Jon's Prediction - Kenny Omega

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada defending against Tetsuya Naito
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Jon's Prediction - Kazuchika Okada

Thanks for Reading 

Jonathan Orchard