No Alternative? is an annoyingly titled series of interviews that will hopefully introduce you to some of the independent wrestling promotions that we have come to love here at the blog. Rather than forcing yourself to sit through a dreary episode of Raw or a frankly embarrassing episode of IMPACT Wrestling (or whatever it’s called now) we want to show you that there is an alternative out there.
The second interview in the series is with a Canadian promotion that I was originally made familiar with through their working relationship with CHIKARA. Inter Species Wrestling from Canada are definitely a company you could claim to be “alternative and different” (and I get the feeling they would be proud of that label) and they were kind enough to answer a few questions for us in the run up to their upcoming Burger King of the Ring tournament.
Thanks for agreeing to this interview. For some of our readers that might not be familiar with you could you give us a brief introduction to ISW?
Inter Species Wrestling is an exceptionally unique brand of pro wrestling, combining all styles of professional wrestling with crude humor, over the top gimmicks, and other fun stuff. We’re based out of both Canada and the USA, and we’ve been around since 2005.
What would you say sets ISW apart as an alternative from the mainstream promotions such as WWE and TNA?
Millions of dollars. Oh, and the fact that we hate politics – and are in the wrestling game for the right reason – fun. We don’t limit our performers as much, and I feel it makes for a better overall in-ring product. Oh, and we use the f-word. A lot.
Do you think WWE and TNA present a reasonable view of professional wrestling to the mass market? Do you feel they do anything right or are you not a fan at all?
Do they present a reasonable view? Probably not. Everything on their shows seems to be a commercial for something else – and to be honest – I don’t mind that. I just wish there was less of it, and more actual wrestling. I think WWE does many things right. They’re the best in the world. TNA/Impact Wrestling, however, is the polar opposite. Just a massive crap-pile.
One side of the 2 main promotions which gets heavy criticism (and that we on the site have been more and more interested in) is the womens’ divisions. Where does ISW stand on womens wrestlers? Are you fans of the more hard-hitting female wrestlers and intergender matches or would you prefer a more Diva/Knockout style division?
Diva/Knockout style women’s wrestling does women wrestlers as a whole a disservice. It’s awful stuff, and basically crushes the dreams of any actual talented female wrestler who isn’t “magazine hot”, blonde, or stacked. There are some really talented female wrestlers out there.
Are there any WWE/TNA wrestlers you would like to bring into ISW? Conversely, are there any of your roster that you feel would fit in well in one of the mainstream companies? And would you want them to?
If anyone on our roster has a chance to make it, I’d be nothing but supportive. If you asked me this 5 years ago, I’d tell you that nobody on our roster could get there. Not slighting their talent at all – it’s just that they’re all less than 6’2″, 300 lbs of roided up mass. Now, with WWE using smaller guys – pretty much anyone could get there. It’d be very cool to see some of my friends live the dream.
I’d love to have R Truth and Daniel Bryan in Inter Species Wrestling. I just really feel like they’d fit in with our group.
What do you have coming up? (Shows/DVD releases, etc)
We’ll be presenting our first ever tournament show on July 23, 2011 from the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, CT. It’s called Burger King of the Ring, and it’s sure to be a blast. The show also features the first ever “Fans Bring the LEGO Deathmatch” on American soil.
Check out the trailer/commercial for the show here
Do you have a match/trailer online that would give people an idea of what to expect at an ISW show?
Our youtube channel is jam packed with promos, full matches, and trailer videos. http://www.youtube.com/user/interspecies
Any last words for the readers?
Thanks for taking to time to check out what I had to say. I appreciate it, whether you agree or not. If you’re tired of what’s on TV, or just want to see wrestling done differently – check us out! Our DVDs are available through www.smartmarkvideo.com 🙂