Mega Powers Running Wild!

The legendary 'Macho man' Randy Savage teams up with 'The Immortal' Hulk Hogan to take on Ted Dibiase and Andre The Giant in the first ever WWF Summerslam!

Shawn Micahels vs. Mankind

The Heartbreak Kid defends the WWF Championship against Mankind in a thrilling main event at WWF In Your House: Mind Games.

The Birth of the nWo

From Hulk Hogan's shocking turn at WCW Bash at the Beach 1996 to the addition of Ted Dibiase, THe Giant Syxx and more, relive the very beginning of the New World Order.

Austin 3:16 Says I Just Kicked Your Ass

It's one of the most famous promos of all time; Stone Cold Steve Austin wins the 1996 King of The Ring and serves notice on all the WWF superstars. Check it out in our complete review

Wrestlemania 12 Review

The boyhood dream comes true as Shawn Michaels battles champion Bret 'The Hitman' Hart in a classic 1-hour iron man match. Plus, Diesel vs. Undertaker and more.

WCW Fall Brawl 1996 Review

Was Sting in cahoots with the New World Order? Would Lex Luger be able to get along with the Four Horsemen as they faced the nWo in War Games? Find out in this review

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

BOOK REVIEW: William Regal - Walking a Golden Mile

From the fairgrounds and holiday camps of working class England to the heights of WWE Stardom, William Regal's journey to one of pro wrestling's most respected -if not necessarily successful- figures certainly makes for an interesting read. 

In all honesty, I had my reservations about this book, not necesarily because of Regal himself, but because I've found some of the more heavily-branded WWE books, especially smaller ones like this one, to be somewhat lacking.

So it was a nice surprise to open the book and find that, although there is a certain brisk pace to this one, it was a very well-written read that chronicles the life of Darren Matthews from his early days growing up as a fan to his then-current role in the WWE, striking just the right balance between humour, heartbreak, and hope.

Indeed, the mid-section of the book, in which the British superstar recounts his battle with drug and alcohol addition were particularly hard-hitting, and it's refreshing to read an open, honest account of how quickly addiction can spiral out of control without the writer blaming anyone -or anything- but themselves.

But to focus on just that section of the book is to do the whole thing a discredit. As someone living only a few miles down the road from Blackpool (and having spent a lot of time there drunk out of my ass), I found the tales about the British wrestling scene particularly insightful, whilst the latter part - a sober William Regal enjoying life as a WWE Superstar- to be nothing but full of gratitude and humility for the opportunities that being a famous pro wrestler affords him.

Sure, it could have been a little longer, sure it would have been nicer to expand on a few things rather than the this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened, the end approach that Regal and his co-writer, Neil Chandler, take, but on the whole, I enjoyed Walking a Golden Mile, and certainly recommend at least taking a look at it.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Mick Foley - Hardcore Diaries

First things first; as both a life-long pro wrestling fan and somebody who's only life ambition since being a kid was to work as a writer, I've got nothing but admiration for Mick Foley.

As I mentioned in my review of his groundbreaking opus, Have a Nice Day, I find the very fact that Foley succeeded in a business where by all accounts he shouldn't have done, to be pretty inspiring. In documenting the journey to that success over the course of several autobiographies, it's got to be said that the Hardcore Legend -despite the own jabs at his own work- has certainly got a talent for putting pen to paper and making readers engage with whatever story he happens to be telling.

So it was with some excitement then that I finally picked up Hardcore Diaries, the only Mick Foley memoir I hadn't yet read. Sure, like I suspect many people, I was a little put off by the number of times he deviated from the world of wrestling in his second book Foley is Good, but I didn't really think too much of that for two reasons:

1: I'd only just put down Have a Nice Day, and was on something of a Foley kick
2: This was going to be a book about his thoughts leading into a big pro wrestling match, so lots of wrestling, right?

Right, and yet somehow also wrong.

Yes, the build-up to his big match tagging with Edge to take on Tommy Dreamer and Terry Funk at One Night Stand is pretty well documented, and there are a couple of stories when Foley drops back to bring up other memories from his several-decade-spanning career, but it was precisely these flashbacks and the whole non-linear approach to this book that kind of soured me on it.

In a word, I found Hardcore Diaries to be quite an erratic book, one that was at times pretty hard to follow. One minute you're getting into the mindset of a veteran performer gearing up for one more great match, the next you're delving into his time writing a novel or rubbing shoulders with famous athletes at a charity event.

There's nothing wrong with these things in and of themselves of course -no matter what criticisms I may have of this particular book, I do at least find that Foley comes across as completely genuine- it's just that they were so liberally thrown into the book that it made for a confused, sometimes messy read.

I'm still a fan of Mick's work, just not necessarily this book, and probably wouldn't recommend it unless you're a diehard fan of the Hardcore Legend.

Retro Pro Wrestling

New reviews of classic WWF/WWE events recalling every moment from Wrestlemania 1 - 30. You'll also find reviews of WCW, ECW, TNA and the occasional indie event, along with a look at old school magazines, merchandise and more.