A King Was Crowned; This Week In Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

It was on the 2nd of October when PAC shocked the wrestling world when he returned to Dragon Gate, after over a year out following a dispute with his former employers, the WWE. For those that were unaware of PAC, this amounted to quite a shock, New Japan or Ring of Honor perhaps being the […]

Custodians Of Wrestling (COW)

Added by Joel Yentis

In a world where a 6ft 4 cow gets huge press, it makes me think about my version of COW… the Custodians of Wrestling. The idea came to me while listening to various wrestling podcasts. Essentially, I love hearing the history of modern British wrestling. It might be fresh for some, but for me it […]

Legacy of Hayabusa; This Week in Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

This past Thursday, the 29th of November, would have been the 49th birthday of Eiji Ezaki, most famously known as the masked wrestler, Hayabusa. Hayabusa passed away as a result of a cerebral haemorrhage on March 3rd, 2016. Fourteen years prior to his death, he became paralyzed following a botched springboard moonsault in a match […]

So What Is GRAPPL?

Added by Gareth Hodgson

What is GRAPPL? GRAPPL is a new wrestling app which is available for free right now on App Store and Google Play. It’s a platform where you can easily rate the matches that you watch so you don’t need to keep spreadsheets or use notes any more. It’s not just about you though… GRAPPL has […]

1PW – An Update (From 2006)

Added by Joel Yentis

Greetings – it is I, the inconsistent blemish on the wrestling community, Joel Yentis. I grace your presence here to feedback some more 1PW action that has been consumed by myself since hating on A Cruel Twist of Fate in my last Indy Corner offering, which you can read HERE Firstly, the shows are getting much […]

Spotlight on Wrestle-1; This Week In Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

A lot of tournaments to cover this week, but it has been a while since I accompanied This Week In Puro with a piece of writing. I’ve largely been asleep on Wrestle-1, much to my detriment, as when I finally delved into the companies recent events I was more than pleased with what I saw. […]

NOAH Global League Day 1 & 2 Recap; This Week In Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

Pro Wrestling NOAH began Global League at the Korakuen Hall on 30.10 in Korakuen Hall in front of a crowd of 1,395, which was headlined by Go Shiozaki vs Takashi Sugiura. Kotaro Suzuki also challenged Daisuke Harada for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. Block A Matches: Akitoshi Saito [2] defeats Masa Kitamiya [0] Kohei Sato […]

What To Watch: Mark Haskins

Added by Liam Stewart

The global scene for independent wrestling is at an all-time interest peak, not since the days of ROH, ECW and All Japan tape traders have we seen such demand for international self-produced wrestling, however unlike the tap trading era, independent wrestling has never been easier to access and thus it can be difficult to know […]

Time For BritWres Women To Shine

Added by Liam McCausland

WWE have recently come under attack for their presentation of their first ever all-female show. Indeed, Evolution was poorly promoted, haphazardly put together, and does feel like a token “you’re welcome” as a response to WWE’s journeys as worldwide do-gooders in Saudi Arabia. However, it was at least something where the focus was on the […]

1PW A Cruel Twist Of Fate

Added by Joel Yentis

Guys, British wrestling is on a wave of awesome. We have seen the rise of Progress, ICW, Rev Pro, Fight Club Pro, IPW and a World of Sport comeback. Where did this all begin? As a young lad, I experienced my first “Super Indy” live from the historic Doncaster Dome with the outfit 1PW – […]

This Week in Puro; Recap/Results

Added by Luke Hickey

Different format than usual this week, going to recap news and results from the last two weeks as well as share cards from upcoming events. Multiple title changes occured in DDT over the last two weeks, as well as the cancellation of TV show ‘Maji Manji’ by Abema TV. Stardom have had a couple of […]

Notes on Cornette

Added by Laura Brooke

A few years ago – way before the whole Progress article faff – I wrote a piece on Jim Cornette, based on a few problematic things he’d said around that time. However, I ended up shelving it, as it came across too much like a burial of the guy [what are the odds? – Ed] […]

PWG Smokey And The Bandido (19/10/18) Preview

Added by Daniel DeMarco

To be a PWG fan in 2018 is to be a spoiled fan. Because for a promotion that is known for their spectacular shows each year, 2018 seems to be raising the already high standard further. PWG last left fans in absolute awe at the conclusion of this year’s Battle of Los Angeles. By the […]

My wXw WTTL Experience

Added by Jenna MacDougall

World Tag Team League was my second ever wXw live show experience, after this year’s 16 Carat Gold tournament. 16 Carat Gold was something I’ll never forget. Every part of the weekend-long wrestling festival had something exciting to offer and I genuinely loved every second of it. I discovered new wrestlers, explored a new place, […]

NOAH Global League 2018 Preview; This Week in Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

Following a successful duo of Junior tournaments, the Global Junior Tag League saw YO-HEY & HAYATA win the trophies at Departure back in August over, The Backbreakers, Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano. YO-HEY would then go onto call for the reinstatement of the Global Junior League, which happened between September and the 4th of October, […]

The Return of PAC; This Week in Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

On the 2nd of October, Dragon Gate held a show in Korakuen Hall. Generational rivals and former partners Shingo Takagi and BxB Hulk were teaming up one last time as Takagi is departing the company as a full roster member, they would face Eita and a mystery opponent. The last time a mystery opponent was […]

The Importance of Stables; This Week In Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

We, as in us as people, by our very nature are social creatures whether we like to admit it or not, we instinctively form groups socially from school, college, work, politically or socially. It’s in our DNA, we are tribal since our primitive days in caves or whatever. So it’s no surprise that these ideas […]

Gedo (You Sonovabitch)

Added by Joel Yentis

The dictionary describes chaos as “complete disorder and confusion”. This was my emotional state on Sunday. Having loved all that New Japan has offered this year, I find myself in a post G1 burn out. I don’t want to seek wrestling nearly as much. I think my love of the game peaked at the Rev […]

This Week in Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

Sadly, no article component this week due to ill health but I will share with you the next topic, due to recent changes to factions/units in New Japan, Dragon Gate and DDT, the piece will be focusing on the importance of these alliances in Puroresu. This week will be mainly results and news, so if […]

Promoters: If You Want To See More Women’s Wrestling, BOOK IT!

Added by Sarah Parkin

Image used with permission from @OliRingside Wrestling fans love complaining their favourites don’t get pushed. It’s all half of Twitter does, and if you’re as sick of Dolph Ziggler as I am then it’s probably wearing thin. When it comes to female wrestlers, though, the distinct shortage of opportunities relative to their male peers makes […]

Big Japan 2018; This Week in Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

For this weeks edition, I’m going to look at what has been happening in Big Japan this year. Big Japan was founded in 1995 during the deathmatch boom by two AJPW alumni Shinya Kojika and Kengo Nagasaki. Nagasaki would leave in 1999 while Kojika remains to this day with the company as President, Eiji Tosaka […]

Are we in the Takeda era? – This Week in Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

There will be results from today’s Dragon Gate ‘Gate of Origin’, some results from Noah’s ‘Global Junior League’ as well as the standings for Stardom’s 5 Star Grand Prix. So if you don’t wish to have results spoiled avoid reading the end which will begin at the end of the Takeda piece. For the purpose […]

The 4th Reign of Takashi Sugiura; This Week in Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

Sorry, but I’m going to talk a little Pro Wrestling NOAH. Again. And while this current reign as GHC Heavyweight Champion is nowhere near eclipsing his first reign that lasted a staggering 581 days, this 4th reign as it hits 175 days, as of writing, it coincides with the story arc that is going on […]

A Tale of Change: Dragon Gate; This Week in Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

Dragon Gate has been in transition since the departure of CIMA,T-Hawk, El Lindamann and Takehiro Yamamura to OWE in Shanghai, with CIMA operating as President of Dragon Gate International, later becoming known as Stronghearts in a sort of invasion of Wrestle-1. The new operating company of Dragon Gate itself would become Dragon Gate Entertainment. There was […]

Pro Wrestling NOAH Resurgence; This Week In Puro

Added by Luke Hickey

Going forward, this will be a revamped version of Puroresu Weekly Recap, which will contain a brief opinion piece to accompany the news and schedule for a variety of Japanese Puroresu promotions. The opinion part of this column may or may not be current but will always be linked to Puro. This week, the spotlight […]

Fun For All The Family

Added by Emily Russell

Since our son was born over a year ago, the kind of wrestling shows that my husband and I attend has changed. True, it hasn’t meant too much of a shift for us, as we’ve been fans of companies that run all-ages shows, like Attack! Pro Wrestling and Revolution Pro Wrestling, since before we became […]

An Open Letter To Kid Lykos

Added by Will Cooling

Dear Kid Lykos ​As a child of the Attitude Era, it takes a lot for pro-wrestling to make me sad. But the news that a freak accident has put you on the sidelines again has hit me hard. And if you’d bear with me, I’d like to explain why. I had just been to the […]

British Wrestling’s Online Renaissance

Added by Lev Myskin

Ever since then ITV executive Greg Dyke pulled the plug on World Of Sport in 1991 the British Wrestling scene has struggled for decades to A. Find a core audience and B. Find an identity. In the previous decades hundreds and sometimes thousands of people would regularly turn up to whatever televised event was being […]

Matt Riddle: From MMA To PWG Sensation To WWE?

Added by Daniel DeMarco

Independent wrestling’s stallion is moving on to new ventures, so it seems. Matt Riddle, as every sign would indicate, looks to have signed with WWE and is expected to make his official debut with the company during SummerSlam weekend as part of the NXT brand. No doubt a blow to the indy scene. Riddle stood […]

Get To Know: Jordynne Grace

Added by John But Online

Welcome to Get To Know In Three, an attempt at familiarizing fans with talented pro wrestlers in the independent circuit by giving three of their best or most relevant matches as examples and providing some quick facts! For the first go-round, the subject of the article will be Jordynne Grace, a young Texan who is […]

PWG Threemendous V (13/7/18) Results

Added by Stuart Rodgers

1. David Starr defeated Dalton Castle via submission 2. Rey Horus defeated PENTA El Zero M via pinfall following a sunset flip off the top rope 3. Jeff Cobb defeated Joey Janela via pinfall following Tour Of The Islands 4. PWG Tag Team Champions The Rascalz (Wentz/Xavier) defeated The Young Bucks to retain the titles […]

Was The G1 Special In San Fran All That Special?

Added by Luke Hickey

I’m a big fan of New Japan, while I wouldn’t say it’s my primary go to, as what I watch would vary depending on what is going on in Puroresu, like watching Champions Carnival over what NJPW were doing at the time etcetera but New Japan would make a sizeable portion of what I watch […]


Added by Andrew Ogden

Hello and welcome everyone to a special edition of Graps and Claps focusing on one of the biggest shows taking place in the North West of England this year – GPW’s 15th Anniversary on Saturday 14th July in the sleepy village of Hindley located only 35 minutes away from the centre of Manchester. Now in […]

Deep Cuts from NJPW World, vol.3 – Big Van Vader

Added by Senor LARIATO

Antonio Inoki vs Big Van Vader – 1987.12.27 While most know Vader from his stints in the WWF and WCW, in Japan one of the biggest foreign stars of the ’90s was the man known as Big Van Vader. A former NFL line backer, young Leon White was forced into retirement due to a knee […]

Is An NXT UK Brand Really A Good Thing?

Added by Matt Myers

Last night at The Royal Albert Hall in London, WWE launched their second WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament. On the first night after a speech by new WWE UK General Manager Johnny Saint, Triple H announced that the WWE would finally be launching their WWE UK Brand, NXT UK. The announcement received a positive ovation […]

Deep Cuts from NJPW World, Vol.2

Added by Senor LARIATO

Welcome to Volume #2 of ‘Deep Cuts from NJPW World’. As I explained in the first instalment (which you can read here) this series aims to provide new and old fans alike with a more detailed look at some of the great matches you can find within the extensive NJPW World archive, as well as […]

Legacy Of Ultraviolence

Added by Luke Hickey

Inspired by the recent  Independent Empire podcast right HERE where the Deathmatch scene and unprotected chairshots to the head. At the end of the day, professional wrestlers who do Deathmatch wrestling do it because they want to or they have a passion for it. I was a deathmatch fan long before I was a Puroresu man […]

Puroresu Weekly Recap Special: From Canada to the IWGP Championship

Added by Luke Hickey

I’m just going to state it now, I’m a massive Kenny Omega fan, if his glorious victory at Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall wasn’t your cup of tea, this article is likely not going to be your liking. All that being said, it takes two to tango so to speak, unless it is in DDT which […]

PREVIEW: NJPW Dominion ’18 (9/6)

Added by Luke Hickey

The Dominion in Osaka events go back to 2009, while it has taken place in Osaka Jo-Hall since 2015. But this current card is stacked, featuring the debut of Rey Mysterio alongside New Japan legends in Liger and Tanahashi to take on a trio from Bullet Club. One of the greatest wrestlers of all time, […]

IMPACT Wrestling Needs To Think About Who And What They Really Are

Added by Joseph Viney

There’s plenty to love about Impact these days. The company is finally throwing off the shackles of its largely terrible past and under the fastidious and dedicated direction of wrestling boffins Don Callis and Scott D’Amore is finally presenting itself not as an unfeasible and expensive ‘alternative’ to WWE, but as a promotion with its […]

Joshi Corner: Io Shirai

Added by Luke Hickey

As news filters out that Io Shirai is indeed leaving World Wonder Ring Stardom to join the likes of Asuka and Kairi Sane in the ‘big league’ of WWE. While WWE is not to everyone’s liking, this has been a dream of Shirai’s, so a congratulations is in order and while the hope is things […]

Jordan Devlin’s Journey To….

Added by Senan Rogers

When Jordan Devlin was announced for the second WWE UK Championship Tournament, Irish Wrestling fans everywhere rejoiced. The Bray native had spent the past year reinventing himself in preparation for a moment like this. Another chance to show the wrestling world exactly what he’s capable of on the biggest stage imaginable. His first foray into […]


Added by Emily Russell

It only existed for less than a year but now-defunct BritWres promotion Lucha Forever is still talked about with love and longing by fans and wrestlers alike. It can be revisited thanks to a number of shows availabe for viewing on PROGRESS Wrestling’s On Demand streaming service. Having been to one of their shows and […]


Added by Andrew Ogden

Greetings Grapple Fans! Welcome to the wrestling version of the Football Pink for a run down of the full time scores from PROGRESS Wrestling’s 1978 show hailing from the Electric Ballroom Civic Hall in leafy Camden Town on a reet busy market day with many a dawdler and busker in sight. An early start for […]

Deep Cuts from NJPW World, vol.1

Added by Senor LARIATO

Welcome to the first instalment of ‘Deep Cuts from NJPW World’, where I’ll be highlighting a selection of matches from the extensive NJPW World archive – some famous, some obscure and all worth a watch for fans of NJPW, new and old alike. While the NJPW World archive is far from complete there are still […]


Added by Lloyd Barrett

Following on from my “Best Of The Super Jr. 25” Block A preview,which can be found at HERE I will now be giving an in depth look in to Block B and it’s 8 competitors. The tournament gets underway this Coming Friday,May 18th kicking off with Block A action and Block B gets started the following […]


Added by Lloyd Barrett

With excitement building towards 2 and a half weeks of some of the most athletic,high flying and intense action on the pro wrestling calendar I thought it would be a great time to break down the field of the 25th edition of New Japan Pro Wrestling “Best Of The Super Jr.”. This year’s tournament will […]

Goodbye To The Cleaner

Added by Fred Handtowel

On June 11th, 2017, something unique in pro wrestling happened. In the main event of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annaual Dominion event, a matchh between IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada and challenger Kenny Omega, the roles of protagonist and antagonist switched place mid match. Not just for the duration of their “six and a quarter […]

Revisiting DDTI 2017

Added by Vikki Room

As the Dream Tag Team Invitational approaches again, I decided to look back on my experience last year and my first experience with the British wrestling scene. I discovered Fight Club: PRO when they announced that The Elite would be appearing at this show. The show wasn’t too far away but I still debated whether […]

Opinions On Opinions

Added by Mike Scarbalde

There are very few guarantees in life but one that is perhaps increasingly prevalent is upon expressing joy, excitement and love for something there will always be someone to point out that hey, that thing you love? It’s really not that good. This cropped up on Sunday night and Monday morning following the Strong Style […]

“Die Besten Der Welt” – My wXw 16 Carat Gold Experience

Added by Jenna MacDougall

So it’s been a little over a week since I got back from wXw’s 16 Carat Gold weekend and I can still honestly say, with all the hype having somewhat died down, that it was one of the best experiences of my life, wrestling or otherwise. I had planned on reviewing each of the events […]

The Golden Truth: A Descent Into Depression

Added by Harvey Dale

An article written in the hope that people finally realise that it’s ok to talk about depression and the effects that actions can have on people’s lives. ‘Where do you begin when you already feel so close to the end?’ This is what I will call : Step One into Depression – Trust and the […]

Why Female Wrestlers Deserve A Lot More Respect Than They Get

Added by Lorna Marie Watts

Picture Credit: The Dude Abides Photography on facebook People have the preconceived notion that wrestling is a blood sport, a sport where grown men and women beat each other up for money and the amusement of others. Well some do anyway. There are some people that believe women shouldn’t wrestle, because, women are meek and […]

Taking A Bump

Added by Emily Russell

One of my first thoughts when I found out I was pregnant – after the huge excitement and jackhammer fear – was ‘how many wrestling shows am I going to miss!?’ My husband, thankfully, was both unsurprised and amused by this. He and I, wrestling fans since way before first meeting, had spent the past […]

2018 ‘The Year Of Flip Gordon’

Added by Matt Tylicki

It’s 2018 and the wrestling scene is hotter then ever. In the last few years we’ve had so much new, phenomenal talent come from all parts of the world and the talent pool is only getting bigger and bigger every day. When you’re talking about some of the hottest, young stars on the Independent scene […]

The Planet Nightclub Was A Shit Hole

Added by Shane Silver

A glorious shit hole that looked like it had been hit by an explosion and the staff just ran in and swept all the debris away. The kind of  place where you felt that the mud you brought in from the sole of your shoe would actually improve the place. It’s dark, with a colour […]

ROH To The UK – Yay?!

Added by Joel Yentis

ROH are doing another tour in the UK and we, as British wrestling fans should be delighted by this. Right? We should be ecstatic that they are coming on over for a tour? It is the Honor United tour. HOW ABOUT YOU RESPECT THE INNOVATORS OF LANGUAGE AND CALL THE TOUR HONOUR UNITED?!?!!! How can […]

Fight Club: PRO – A Prelude

Added by Shane Silver

The British wrestling scene was a different beast back in the mid-00’s. I can’t vouch for the rest of the UK, but I can tell you from experience that the West Midlands scene was a damp, unsavory landscape. The bad far out-weighed the good and you had no choice but to accept it as there […]

Life With Wrestling

Added by Ian Wadsworth

The Indy Project has been on extended hiatus and I’m hoping to bring it back ASAP, but before that I want to talk about why wrestling is my life. I’m going to attempt to convey in blog form on how wrestling has impacted my life and why it means so much to me. I never understand […]

The Fall And Revival Of Pro Wrestling NOAH

Added by MC Lee

Introduction The high seas is a long, harsh and dangerous place to be. The twists and turns it can take you is a place where you either find stability or sink into oblivion. Without the proper tools, even the best ships can fall with no end in sight, never to return to the light but […]

2017: The Year I Fell In Love With Wrestling

Added by Jenna MacDougall

Picture Credit: The Ringside Perspective I attended my first show of this year in the form of Fight Club: PRO’s WRESTLEHOUSE. This was a collaborative effort between both FCP and ATTACK! Pro Wrestling. The show featured the top talents and champions from each promotion as well as some top international talent including Keith Lee and […]

Conquer The Devils With A Little Thing Called Professional Wrestling

Added by Matt Tylicki

Otherwise known as, how the wonderful thing that is professional wrestling can help you with everyday struggles. So many of us go through a lot of struggles on daily basis. Weather its depression, anxiety, physical or mental illnesses or just stress after an awful “stern” talking to by your boss. Just last week I was […]

A Fond Farewell for Kawato

Added by Senor LARIATO

This coming Monday, Hirai Kawato (the newest graduate of the New Japan Dojo) competes in his last NJPW match as a Young Lion before leaving on a learning excursion to Mexico. He teams with luchador legend Atlantis to take on CMLL’s Barbaro Cavernario and New Japan head honcho Gedo in Korakuen Hall, in what’s sure […]

Wrestling…….With Footnotes

Added by Claire Warden

If academia makes you think of bearded profs or long, candlelit hours in dusty libraries then it might surprise you to discover a collection of researchers, scholars and performers from across the world who are interested in professional wrestling. After a couple of conferences and some new publications (including – plug, plug – my own […]

47 Isn’t Old!!

Added by Joel Yentis

Well Wrestle Kingdom over delivered again. One of the greatest events in the recently turned calendar. I watch Wrestle Kingdom more often throughout the year than any other wrestling event. But, this isn’t a review of the strong style spectacular – no, this is all about the ageism that seems to have taken place in […]

My Final Weekend Of 2017

Added by Alex Cupid

Well! First of all Happy New Year and I hope y’all had a pleasurable Christmas! I’ll get right down to business as my final weekend of wrestling featured 3 matches (one a rumble but I’ll take it!) You know what that means? Ya boy Alex Cupid wrestled grand total of 70 matches! Around 58 singles/other […]

Wrestle Kingdom Is Exciting Isn’t It?

Added by Joel Yentis

So this Jericho thing is a lot of fun right? You know, like when wrestling was fun in a simpler time? A surprise appearance followed by a beat down followed by an eventful press conference. Oh boy, this is a feud for the ages, right? Well, no. It isn’t. I think that Okada v Naito […]

My 2017 Year In Review

Added by Nathan Cruz

As an introduction I can’t promise you much in the way of ‘light reading’ here. Sure they may be a few nuggets of gold here and there of positivity; however 2017 for me has been a professional hell. Thusly resulting in my personal life mirroring the same. I’ve not written a year in review in […]

The Weekend Of Singh

Added by Alex Cupid

So I’ve been on shows for a year! It’s been a year from sometime in early November! Which means I’m very new and my ears are very much open! So this weekend came off the back of me being pretty damn ill and tired. I put over that flu real strong. The weeks only show […]

The Weekend Of Reflection

Added by Alex Cupid

Welcome to my weekly column about my weekend in wrestling. Every week I recap my weekend in the lovely business of professional wrestling. Whether I’m wrestling, commentating or just popping down to checkout a cool show. This week’s graft (to steal David Graves signature word) involved a trip to West Lynn and a really unique […]


Added by Joel Yentis

I remember, when a young Watanabe went away for a while people were wondering what his future may hold. This wrestler was never seen again, however a “gentleman” by the name of EVIL rocked New Japan to its core. I say core, what I really mean is he had a scythe and laser fingers (obviously). […]

The Weekend Of Thanks

Added by Alex Cupid

(Picture Credit: ‪@Babyimashambles ‬on twitter) My name is Alex Cupid known as The Prince of Heart if you’re up to date with Progress you may have seen me against the likes of Aussie Open and The Grizzled Young Vets as of late. This is a weekly column about my weekend in wresting…Enjoy! So this weekend started […]

Please Lend Us ISHII

Added by Joel Yentis

Dear New Japan Pro Wrestling, As great fans of the Revolution Pro Wrestling (Est 2012) promotion, it is a thrill to see New Japan talent on a regular basis. In turn, it is most excellent that you then book the best of British for Japan tours. Making Ospreay a Best of the Super Juniors winner, […]

Dome Is Jericho

Added by Joel Yentis

I listened to the New Japan Purocast with the wonderful Collin Miller and “Music” Damon McDonald a few weeks back, they mentioned Chris Jericho might be the “Switch Blade” character. It peeked my interest. Over the course of the week, seeing Jericho bad mouth New Japan as not being the “big leagues” on Twitter (I […]

The Indy Project #5

Added by Ian Wadsworth

Welcome to the now bi-weekly Indy Project with me, Ian Wadsworth. With the change to every other week I hope the columns will be more in-depth and packed out. I also don’t want you getting sick of me do I? So, possible spoilers ahead, let’s get going.. LUCHA UNDERGROUND Ultima Lucha and thus season 3 […]

NGW: Under The Radar Success

Added by Nathan Major

It’s always nice to see a local success story, especially one you’ve followed for a while. So, New Generation Wrestling, or NGW as I’ll refer to them from this point, have been around since 2008 in Hull, Yorkshire (my home town, represent) and started as a small show in a recreation centre on a housing […]

The Indy Project #4

Added by Ian Wadsworth

Welcome to The Indy Project with me Ian Wadsworth, where as a male human with a baby on the way I try and catch up on all the weekly goings on in the world of independent wrestling, this episode is named “Bloodlust”. As always, Spoilers ahead. Let’s get going- LUCHA UNDERGROUND Episode 2 of Ultima […]

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Added by Laura Brooke

I have to confess I didn’t expect the furore that erupted after the publication of “Standards, Truth and Progress.” As a friend of mine (who is also my general sounding board on wresting matters) pointed out the other week in a conversation, this may have been a tad naive. “You wrote an article essentially telling […]

The Indy Project #1

Added by Ian Wadsworth

Welcome to the debut edition of The Indy Project with me, Ian Wadsworth. This is my weekly column where, as a male human with a baby on the way, I will try and catch up on all of the weekly goings on in the Independent Wrestling scene and also provide you with my match of […]

Age of the Fall – 10 Years On

Added by Senor LARIATO

September 15th marks the ten year anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in ROH history, the culmination of months of speculation and the debut of a dangerous new faction that would run riot in Ring of Honor for the next few years. The brutality of that moment spoke for itself and ensured it […]

Fan Outrage Cause OTT To Cancel Bram Booking

Added by Daragh Maher

On Tuesday, Dublin promotion Over The Top Wrestling announced a series of matches for their third anniversary show in the Tivoli Theatre on the 7th of October. Matches include a triple threat between Jordan Devlin, El Ligero and Bubblegum, Liverpool’s number 1 Zack Gibson up against Colt Cabana and Bram facing Bobby George Jr. This […]

PROGRESS Chapter 55 ‘Chase The Sun’ Preview

Added by Keagan Barnes

It’s that time of year again. PROGRESS Wrestling are having their ‘big September show’ at Alexandra Palace on September 10th. 2017 has been a revolutionary year for PROGRESS, they’ve gone places they’d never imagined they’d go. The guys and girls have been putting on great shows internationally and announced other big events like New Orleans […]

In Praise of Pro-Wrestling: EVE

Added by Senor LARIATO

There’s been a lot of talk about Pro-Wrestling: EVE as of late, the all-female, all-inclusive wrestling promotion based in London has been making waves and in the wake of Netflix’s smash hit series GLOW has garnered some big mainstream attention. The likes of the New York Times, The Independent, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Kerrang, The Metro […]

The Rise Of OTT Wrestling

Added by Senan Rogers

For many years, until the establishment of Over The Top Wrestling and its subsequent rise to prominence, the Irish Independent wrestling scene lay dormant. That’s not to say that there were no shows at all, but rather many of those that did take place were reliant on past-it WWE stars or legends to draw in […]

The Evolution Of British Wrestling

Added by Nathan Major

Picture Credit: Rob Brazier (@RobBrazierPhoto) Back in May, the pro wrestling world was set alight, the discussion boards and dirt sheets lit up in praise as they do when matches like this come along, the difference this time however, was the two men at the centre of this acclaim was two guys, not even in […]

Standards, Truth & PROGRESS

Added by Laura Brooke

Disclaimer: The views given in the following column are that of the author alone and do not represent those of The Indy Corner. Around a year ago I started a piece of writing about PWG (mainly prompted by a match between Brian Cage and Chris Dickinson which must have had William James turning in his grave) but shelved […]

The G1 And Me

Added by Joel Yentis

For the last 3 years I have been on holiday in the summer with my family. It also coincides with the G1 Climax presented by New Japan Pro Wrestling. I followed New Japan as best I could through the years – various sites from 2008 on wards providing me with the odd match. If I […]

My Holiday Visit To Wrestling

Added by Joel Yentis

So, 2017 I have a challenge – see at least one wrestling event a month for all of 2017. So far so good. I got my July grappling entertainment in early, I went to the Cockpit show AND British J Cup promoted by the good folk at Revolution Pro Wrestling. These shows are so much […]

The Rise Of NJPW

Added by Nathan Major

In 2005, New Japan Pro Wrestling ‘won’ Worst Promotion of the Year in the annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards, this represented a new low for the company whose star’s and product had dwindled away almost to nothing. Fast forward to 2017, NJPW are going from strength to strength, having just completed their first solo show […]

Fight Club: PRO ‘International Tekkers’ (28/7/17) Preview

Added by Keagan Barnes

Tonight is the night of Fight Club: PRO’s annual International Tekkers event. In this article (my first for The Indy Corner) I’m going to be giving my thoughts and predictions on tonight’s show. Make sure to check out all the events I mention in this post, they will all be linked at the bottom. Match […]

RevPro – British J Cup Preview

Added by Senor LARIATO

This coming Saturday at the sold-out Walthamstow Assembly Hall in London Revolution Pro Wrestling presents a one night, single elimination tournament to crown the first ever British J Cup champion. The bracket contains former and current champions in RevPro and beyond, including some of the most decorated competitors in tournament action worldwide. As if that […]

Pro Wrestling And Me

Added by Katey Harvey

I could hear Fergal (Finn Balor) ask Phil (The Thrill, and my trainer) if the girls wanted to take part in the last drill – 3 minute matches, before we packed up and got ready for the gym show that evening. Phil laughed and told him to leave us on the mats, our heads wouldn’t […]

It’s Just a Show: Don’t Be Cornette

Added by Nathan Major

In the immortal words of a much liked and respected British promoter: “Don’t be a dick”. To many this should be a rule in life, but apparently, we’ve lost sight along the way that people have differing opinions on everything, and wrestling is no exception, there will be stuff you like, stuff you don’t and […]

Professional Wrestling – The Best Medicine For My Anxiety

Added by Ben Shaw

For many of us, we deal with mental health issues on a daily basis. Issues that make us feel low, anxious and tired among other horrid feelings. As a result, even the smallest distraction from our minds can be welcoming. For me, professional wrestling (particularly attending shows) has always been the best medicine for my […]

Pro Wrestling And Me #2

Added by Katey Harvey

Wrestle Mania Day 2011. Of course I was excited for the big show. Every year I wake up full of excitement and count the clock down to midnight. Every year something I don’t expect happens; the weird and wonderful world of wrestling throws me a curveball. This year was no different, it just didn’t involve […]

Will Ospreay Didn’t Ruin Wrestling

Added by Matt Butler

First of all I’ll start by saying I’m no writer or a journalist. I’m just a guy in the Professional Wrestling business who likes to chat shit. Every so often I’ll be scrolling through my news feed and I’ll see a video of Will Ospreay doing his thing; hitting the deck, jumping up, hitting flips […]

CZW Tournament Of Death 16 Preview

Added by Will Hodgetts

With the sixteenth annual CZW Tournament of Death happening this Saturday I thought I would give you a preview and a run down of all the participants and matches on the show. Rickey Shane Page: The winner of last years Tournament of Death and this years IWA MS King of the Deathmatches and is a […]

Pro Wrestling And Me

Added by Katey Harvey

I could hear the roar of the crowd. I felt butterflies in my stomach. I had been to see TNA in this very arena 4 years before, and they hadn’t sold it out. But it was sold out now. 2,200 fans packed into Ireland’s National Stadium, on the edge of there seats for every match […]

Team Headlock Or Team Dive, Do We Need To Choose?

Added by Nathan Major

It seems that every so often in wrestling, something comes about that divides the community, this time last year it was Ospreay and Ricochet, and they feature in the latest argument too, no doubt, but the latest ‘controversy’ (I despise that word) encompasses not just one match, but the whole activity of wrestling. And here […]