Wrestling Press

Hi Scott, we have another issue out! Would you mind plugging the following???


Former WWE Superstar Chris Masters speaks to The Wrestling Press
Former WWE Superstar Chris Masters has been speaking to free online magazine ‘The Wrestling Press’ about his recent release, the reasons behind his first departure with WWE and his experience of drugs in wrestling, plus various other subjects. Here’s what he had to say: On the subject of being released for the first time by WWE: “I really kind of brought it on myself and I accepted it. I was very young at the time and I was thrust into success at such a quick rate that I was irresponsible and I didn’t really appreciate the opportunities given.” On his experience of drugs in wrestling: “I was in Europe, Spain, working a tour and I looked in the mirror and it felt like I just reached a point where I thought enough of this. I had to get my life back on track, I had to get my health back on track and I wanted to be with WWE again. I looked back to the things I had lost in the last four years and it was like I just kept losing, losing and losing that eventually I wouldn’t have anything” On his recent release from WWE: “I was a million times better in my second run with the company; I was one of the better all-round guys in that place. You got a lot of guys who are really green and I am at the peak of my career. For me it’s a controversial release, they dropped the ball.” TWP#19 also includes interviews with TNA’s Jeremy Borash who talks about the company’s upcoming UK tour, and an interview with former WWE developmental star Rampage Brown, who talks about learning his craft at Florida Championship Wrestling. As well as many other original features, such as; Welcome back, Triple H – Does the Hell in a Cell gimmick still have legs? – Heels too cool, they become faces – Mike Bennett and his effect on ROH fans – I know wrestling’s great when… – The Rock at Survivor Series – and much, much more. You can read the flash version directly at http://tinyurl.com/5t6xflj OR download the PDF at http://tinyurl.com/5tkju5j

Wrestling Press

Hi Scott, we have another issue out! Would you mind plugging the following???


Former WWE Superstar Chris Masters speaks to The Wrestling Press
Former WWE Superstar Chris Masters has been speaking to free online magazine ‘The Wrestling Press’ about his recent release, the reasons behind his first departure with WWE and his experience of drugs in wrestling, plus various other subjects. Here’s what he had to say: On the subject of being released for the first time by WWE: “I really kind of brought it on myself and I accepted it. I was very young at the time and I was thrust into success at such a quick rate that I was irresponsible and I didn’t really appreciate the opportunities given.” On his experience of drugs in wrestling: “I was in Europe, Spain, working a tour and I looked in the mirror and it felt like I just reached a point where I thought enough of this. I had to get my life back on track, I had to get my health back on track and I wanted to be with WWE again. I looked back to the things I had lost in the last four years and it was like I just kept losing, losing and losing that eventually I wouldn’t have anything” On his recent release from WWE: “I was a million times better in my second run with the company; I was one of the better all-round guys in that place. You got a lot of guys who are really green and I am at the peak of my career. For me it’s a controversial release, they dropped the ball.” TWP#19 also includes interviews with TNA’s Jeremy Borash who talks about the company’s upcoming UK tour, and an interview with former WWE developmental star Rampage Brown, who talks about learning his craft at Florida Championship Wrestling. As well as many other original features, such as; Welcome back, Triple H – Does the Hell in a Cell gimmick still have legs? – Heels too cool, they become faces – Mike Bennett and his effect on ROH fans – I know wrestling’s great when… – The Rock at Survivor Series – and much, much more. You can read the flash version directly at http://tinyurl.com/5t6xflj OR download the PDF at http://tinyurl.com/5tkju5j

Wrestling Press Plug

TWP MAGAZINE #18 NOW AVAILABLE! This month we have great interviews with WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes, who talks WWE career so far, his father “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and being WWE Intercontinental Champion. We also have interviews with Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J and a rare interview with Dragon Gate regular PAC. As well as many other original features, such as; The Cole Train – John Cena, You’re A Dynasty – Greg Iron, One armed and Dangerous – Top 10 Fantasy Opponents for Kurt Angle – Wrestling and the Internet – ROH going public – and much, much more. You can read the interactive version (including video) directly at http://tinyurl.com/62v6d76 OR download the PDF at http://tinyurl.com/5uj3pwl WIN GREAT PRIZES!!!! For October TWP has 2 great sets of prizes… STEVE AUSTIN DVD. Win a copy of Austin’s latest movie ‘Born to Fight’ along with a Steve Austin box-set. Two runners up will also receive a copy of ‘Born to Fight’ which is released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray on 3rd October. DRAGON GATE UK. We have 3 pairs of £22.50 tickets to give away for Dragon Gate’s highly anticipated visit to Nottingham on 22nd October. See inside this issue for full details. TWP Issue 18 contents:

  • CODY RHODES (A chat with the 2nd generation superstar)
  • HTTP 404 ERROR (The Ups and Downs of Wrestling’s Relationship with the Internet)
  • THE COLE TRAIN (Heat magnet Michael Cole)
  • YOU’RE A DYNASTY ( Is Cena a victim of his own success?)
  • A CYNICAL MIND (Ruining Randy Orton)
  • THIS IS STING ( The Man. The Legend. The Legacy.)
  • TOP 10 FANTASY OPPONENTS FOR KURT ANGLE (Dream match-ups)
  • GREG IRON (One armed and dangerous!)
  • VIOLENT J INTERVIEW ( ‘Rasslin talk with one half of ICP)
  • GOING PUBLIC ( What it means for ROH)
  • NJPW G1 TOURNAMENT (A crowning achievement)
  • THE MAN THAT GRAVITY FORGOT (Dragon Gate Regular PAC)
  • BINGO BALANCE ( Irish wrestler talks Indy grappling)
  • WHERE ARE THEY NOW? (Don Muraco)
  • ALPHA FEMALE COLUMN (Sound advice for beginners)
  • STARBUCK COLUMN ( The injury factor)
  • REVIEWS
    • Nordisch Fight Club: Summer Special Shots 2011
    • Born to Fight
    • The Encounter
    • WWE Extreme Rules 2011
    • ROH Revolution USA/Canada
    • FWA New Frontiers 2011
    • Honky Tonk Shoot
  • THE WOLFE PIT (Cross promoting)

The Wrestling Press is a free monthly digital magazine covering pro wrestling from all over the world, with commentary from America, England, Japan and Germany. Featuring many interviews, nostalgia, opinions, previews and reviews from mainstream and independent wrestling. Each issue is packed with fantastic photos, articles, videos and podcasts, why not check out our free back issues  …

Wrestling Press Plug

TWP MAGAZINE #18 NOW AVAILABLE! This month we have great interviews with WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes, who talks WWE career so far, his father “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and being WWE Intercontinental Champion. We also have interviews with Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J and a rare interview with Dragon Gate regular PAC. As well as many other original features, such as; The Cole Train – John Cena, You’re A Dynasty – Greg Iron, One armed and Dangerous – Top 10 Fantasy Opponents for Kurt Angle – Wrestling and the Internet – ROH going public – and much, much more. You can read the interactive version (including video) directly at http://tinyurl.com/62v6d76 OR download the PDF at http://tinyurl.com/5uj3pwl WIN GREAT PRIZES!!!! For October TWP has 2 great sets of prizes… STEVE AUSTIN DVD. Win a copy of Austin’s latest movie ‘Born to Fight’ along with a Steve Austin box-set. Two runners up will also receive a copy of ‘Born to Fight’ which is released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray on 3rd October. DRAGON GATE UK. We have 3 pairs of £22.50 tickets to give away for Dragon Gate’s highly anticipated visit to Nottingham on 22nd October. See inside this issue for full details. TWP Issue 18 contents:

  • CODY RHODES (A chat with the 2nd generation superstar)
  • HTTP 404 ERROR (The Ups and Downs of Wrestling’s Relationship with the Internet)
  • THE COLE TRAIN (Heat magnet Michael Cole)
  • YOU’RE A DYNASTY ( Is Cena a victim of his own success?)
  • A CYNICAL MIND (Ruining Randy Orton)
  • THIS IS STING ( The Man. The Legend. The Legacy.)
  • TOP 10 FANTASY OPPONENTS FOR KURT ANGLE (Dream match-ups)
  • GREG IRON (One armed and dangerous!)
  • VIOLENT J INTERVIEW ( ‘Rasslin talk with one half of ICP)
  • GOING PUBLIC ( What it means for ROH)
  • NJPW G1 TOURNAMENT (A crowning achievement)
  • THE MAN THAT GRAVITY FORGOT (Dragon Gate Regular PAC)
  • BINGO BALANCE ( Irish wrestler talks Indy grappling)
  • WHERE ARE THEY NOW? (Don Muraco)
  • ALPHA FEMALE COLUMN (Sound advice for beginners)
  • STARBUCK COLUMN ( The injury factor)
  • REVIEWS
    • Nordisch Fight Club: Summer Special Shots 2011
    • Born to Fight
    • The Encounter
    • WWE Extreme Rules 2011
    • ROH Revolution USA/Canada
    • FWA New Frontiers 2011
    • Honky Tonk Shoot
  • THE WOLFE PIT (Cross promoting)

The Wrestling Press is a free monthly digital magazine covering pro wrestling from all over the world, with commentary from America, England, Japan and Germany. Featuring many interviews, nostalgia, opinions, previews and reviews from mainstream and independent wrestling. Each issue is packed with fantastic photos, articles, videos and podcasts, why not check out our free back issues  …

The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling on ESPN Classic–08.24.11

http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/09/01/the-smark-rant-for-awa-championship-wrestling-on-espn-classic-08-24-11/ You know when you’re watching a shitty show and suddenly there’s one of the greatest matches of all-time as the main event and you didn’t even know it was coming?  Yeah, that’s this show.  One word:  Bloodbath. 

The SmarK Rant for AWA Championship Wrestling on ESPN Classic–08.24.11

http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/09/01/the-smark-rant-for-awa-championship-wrestling-on-espn-classic-08-24-11/ You know when you’re watching a shitty show and suddenly there’s one of the greatest matches of all-time as the main event and you didn’t even know it was coming?  Yeah, that’s this show.  One word:  Bloodbath. 

Wrestling Is Not Cyclical

Scott –
Hey, since I am just getting back from Memphis, I thought I would pull the strap down and drop the fist in one of the more inane memes in wrestling fandom: "the professional wrestling business has always been and always will be cyclical."
This is wrong on so many levels.
1) And most obviously – the professional wrestling business has not "always been cyclical" because, it has not "always been".  It might be 100 years old, at best, the territory system more like 70 years old, and it died out; the modern wrestling era is not quite 30 years old; it’s been around a decade since the end of the Attitude era, which is gone.  It’s not anything like saying sunspots or the precession of the equinoxes are cyclical, but people say it with same decree of certainty.
2) At best, people make statistical generalizations based on maybe two data points and call that a trend.  It’s not.  The professional wrestling business may be down for good.  I don’t know, and neither does anyone else.
3) Game changers.  For years, a certain segment of the audience thought wrestling was not staged.  Like professional magicians when they show how their tricks work, once pro wrestling broke kayfabe it may have been only a matter of time before they lost audience, or, were left with the only segment of the population who still believes – kids.  Another game changer is MMA.  Why watch staged violence when you can see the real thing, particularly one that has learned a lot from wrestling as to how to stage events?
4) Divergence of audience tastes.  When Austin caught fire, virtually everyone liked him.  These days, that is virtually impossible, because adult men like certain wrestlers (in general, there are exceptions) while women & children like other wrestlers (like John Cena).  People who say "no one likes John Cena" aren’t listening to over half the audience, apparently because of the higher pitch if their voices.  Women and kids like the more traditional baby faces, guys like cool heels, and that may not change, or it may, I don’t know.
The upshot is, wrestling had a few cycles during it’s brief history as we know it (it has existed in barely related forms for ages, if one wants to go there), but there have been one-time changes that may have changed that business for ever (breaking kayfabe and MMA) and changes in tastes that have made a universal baby face character hard to achieve anymore.  It’s very possible that the only cycle we will see from now on is one where WWE reaches Impact Wrestling levels of cultural irrelevance.

Couldn’t have said it better.

The SmarK Rant for AWA Classic Championship Wrestling on ESPN Classic (08.17.11)

http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/08/20/the-smark-rant-for-awa-championship-wrestling-on-espn-classic-08-17-11/ I’m drawn to this show like a car wreck.  It’s like when you’re walking down the street and see people beating up a ginger kid, and you’re like “Man, I should help that poor freak” but then you stop and take a video for Youtube instead because it’s hilarious.  But you feel bad about it afterwards.  Like that.