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    British Wrestling

    This is a thread to discuss British wrestling, from the Old World of Sport days and beyond through to the current, revitalised day.

    5 Star Wrestling is nearly upon us, and it seems a brawl broke out at the press conference for it between Jake Hagar (better known as Jack Swagger) and the English Lion, Eddie Ryan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Liverpool Echo
    Liverpool is all set to play host to the 5 Star wrestling tournament this February 1 but the fighting has already begun as a violent brawl disrupted a press conference for the event in Sheffield.

    Former WWE superstar Jake Hager was unveiled as 5 Star Wrestling’s big new signing at the media call and within minutes ended up in a fight with his first opponent. The dual sports superstar, formerly known as Jack Swagger, brawled with Eddie Ryan during the conference after ‘The English Lion’ was riled by the American’s supposedly disrespectful attitude towards British wrestlers .

    This pre-tournament confrontation makes for an explosive start to the Liverpool event with former World Champion Hager and Ryan going nose-to-nose before violence broke out. Fists flew and Plymouth-based Ryan had to be dragged out of the media room as Hager was left trying to regain composure in front of the assembled press.

    The 35-year-old from Oklahoma will make his in-ring debut for 5 Star Wrestling against ‘The English Lion’ during the FreeSports event at the Echo Arena.
    Also on the bill is 5 Star Champion John Morrison vs Rob Van Dam and WWE legend Rey Mysterio vs Liverpool’s own Zack Gibson .

    Hager was unveiled at Monday’s press conference at the Fly DSA Arena and verbally​​ tore into his British rivals.

    Adam Maxted, Love Island reality TV star and pro wrestler from Belfast, was also caught up in the drama.

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    Are 5 Star still doing that 128 man tournament thing? I remember they postponed it last year (shortly after offering CM Punk something like $1 million to wrestle for them...) and ended up pissing off a lot of wrestlers that were due to compete as a result for some reason. The guy behind it is a bit...carny, if that's a term? A bit of a wide boy, I think. I'm always a bit wary of UK companies that base a lot of their show's selling points on US imports, which they seem to do - it's not so much that I think it's a warning sign, more that I think they could easily use the UK talent they have easier access to to promote and sell their shows.

    Anyway, there's been a whole lot of damn good British exports over recent years, and the profile of it has really boomed within the last decade or so. WWE tied up a lot of guys on those odd contracts, but actually they seem to largely be free to compete for the UK companies they were already working with anyway so they don't appear to have been significantly restrictive. There's a wealth of talent left over in the UK, but they all seem to be taking their own routes to get to the top, from Sabre Jr working in Japan a lot, Ospreay now trying to energise the Australian scene, Scurll in with RoH (and subsequently NJPW) after his BOLA win next year.

    I would honestly suggest that people get into PROGRESS - their online platform is excellent, they run regular shows, and the product they put out is great. ICW obviously gets a lot of attention from being big in Scotland and attracting a good number of fans too. And Revolution Pro work with NJPW, so get a lot of those guys coming over. The Shibata vs Sabre series across the two companies last year really caught my attention.

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    5 Star Wrestling seems to be a bit of a joke, between the Punk thing and some other grandiose claims that never materialized, and their seeming inability to book a show that anyone actually likes or creates positive buzz.

    My personal favorite UK company of today is RevPro. Their production values are great and they put in a lot of effort to mix up home grown stars with guys from Japan, America, and other places. PROGRESS can be very good too, though sometimes they irk me a bit with their booking, and I could say the same about the former WCPW, now Defiant Wrestling. Both have lots of good qualities though, and all three are relatively easy to get a hold of, especially Defiant which is mainly just on youtube which is GREAT. I do need to check out some ICW and a few other promotions still.

    Also want to show some love to classic British wrestling, of the World of Sport era. That's some of my favorite wrestling of all time.

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    I started with 5-Star because, regardless of what's happened in the past, they are the best chance we've got of getting British wrestling back on our TV in an easily accessible format that might pull in a decent local audience one day. All the others seem a world of that right now.

    Most of the stuff that I've seen in person, you just couldn't televise it. It's fun while it's there but it just wouldn't work as anything other than a live product.

    100% with you on world of sport. I may try and find some old videos when I get a few minutes.

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    Oh christ, of all the great promotions to choose from, what the hell are 5 Star the closest thing to TV??

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    Better financial backing and production values, I suspect.

    I believe they are actually on TV now, or are about to be, though on a channel that you have to be in the right areas to get. I don't get it, but I reckon some of the other British guys will. Freesports TV or something.

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    I don't know if anyone - regular poster or those lurking around - lives close enough to make it worthwhile, but BWP (family friendly kind of promotion) are advertising the WWE UK Champion, Pete Dunne, for a show in Prestatyn on the 27th of January.


    Then Southside Wrestling will have a lot of American talent in Stevenage on on February 3rd, with Gail Kim, James Storm, Andrew Everett, and Jimmy Jacobs all appearing.

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    Apologies for the double post but found this and had to share it immediately....


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