Once upon a time I thought WWE/F was king. No other form of wrestling interested me. If it wasn’t on TV I didn’t care. Then some 5 or 6 years into my wrestling fandom I was taken to a random, low-rent indie show in a Tennessee town so remote and obscure I defy anyone outside the area to have heard of it. The impact this show had on me was startling. It taught me the value of the show I couldn’t see at the click of a button. I wrote an extended piece on this event and you can listen to me reading it by clicking here. It’s a nice story, even if I do say so myself, and you get to hear my dulcet tones.
Several years passed before I started enjoying indie wrestling again. I didn’t really know how to access it, and I certainly didn’t fully know what I was talking about until after I launched this blog in 2009. Andrew introduced me to most of it. Without his influence I doubt I’d have the connection to CHIKARA I do now. Most, if not all, of the independent wrestling I got into first was American. It was fun, but it always had a slight distance to it. Then British wrestling started building up a head of steam again.
It’s taken a while for me to really understand British wrestling. Andrew got it straight away; maybe because he has easier access to local shows in Lancashire than I do in Cardiff. Where it clicked with him immediately, it’s taken me to longer. His patience in helping me put faces to names and in learning a new wrestling culture means that I now know what it’s really about. It’s not easy trying to get involved with something new, but British wrestling is worth the effort. It’s a completely different beast to American wrestling. It has its own unique quirks and dysfunctions. The fans are different. Most importantly, it’s a warm and welcoming scene for newcomers. I kind of love it now.
I’ve never gotten into a new wrestling gang without being introduced to it by someone else. Sometimes you need somebody with a little more knowledge to guide you. For that reason, I want to give one person the gift of British wrestling with a little giveaway. I’m paying it forward.
One person will win…
One copy of Carrie Dunn’s new book Spandex, Screw Jobs & Cheap Pops – Inside the Business of British Pro Wrestling. Carrie is a freelance journalist, an academic and founding editor of The Only Way is Suplex. The book explores the current resurgence in British wrestling, interviewing some of its biggest performers and promoters, and contemplating where the scene is heading. It’s a brilliant dissection of British wrestling, whether you’re a newbie or a more seasoned follower.
One copy of the Preston City Wrestling’s SpringSlam DVD (March 2013). PCW is one of the fastest growing promotions in the UK, selling out their venue and regularly putting on Supershow weekends, where fans can attend Q&A sessions and Meet & Greets, as well as see multiple shows over the course of a weekend. They’re not just experts at showcasing top UK talent, but also in attracting interest from international wrestlers. Recent visitors include Akira Tozawa, Johnny Gargano, Kevin Steen, The Young Bucks, Goldust, Lita and Chris Masters.
One copy of Progress Wrestling’s Chapter Seven: Every Sinner Has a Past, Every Sinner Has a Future DVD (May 2013). Progress is the only promotion putting on regular shows in Central London and, to date, has sold out every one of its shows well in advance of show day. With an almost exclusively British flavour and a strong focus on promoting new talent, Progress is the perfect place to catch both established UK wrestlers and up-and-coming stars of the future.
How to Enter
1) Follow @Wrestlegasm on Twitter
2) Tweet a link to this blog post and include the hashtag #PIFgiveaway
-The giveaway will close on Tuesday 25th June 2013 at 7.00pm (UK time).
-Please enter only once per Twitter account. Spammers will be blocked and their entry will be void.
-The giveaway is open internationally.
-The winner will be chosen at random.