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  1. Promotions have enquired over the years (including recently) - the Crucible just doesn't want the wrestling.
  2. Am I right in thinking UFC PPVs still go up on Fight Pass in the UK 48 hours after the original airing? If so, I reckon I'll just avoid spoilers for a couple of days and watch on there for a third of the cost.
  3. Big Benny HG

    Chippy Tea

    I'll be in Manchester on Saturday and definitely planning on heading to Wright's to grab lunch (never been, but fairly certain I've seen it before - somewhat old-fashioned-looking place, just over the road/corner from Albert Square and the Town Hall?). Do I get the impression it gets pretty busy in there on weekends?
  4. After you've purchased it (including using credit/"Fite Bucks"), it'll show up in your account on whatever platform you sign in.
  5. Streaming it directly on the Fite website in the Microsoft Edge browser seems to work well enough, but it's also possible to play it on the Fite app on your mobile or tablet and cast it to the Xbox's movie player app using the Fite app's built-in casting function (i.e. you don't need a Chromecast or similar), which is also pretty great.
  6. They just launched a "big screen" version of their app in the last couple of weeks (for smart TVs, games consoles, streaming sticks, that sort of thing). I'm pretty certain PS4 was one of the devices that carries it, and that BT offer a streaming/app-only subscription
  7. Now confirmed as £8.99 in the UK, shown on the (admittedly excellent) FITE app.
  8. Me again, setting up another new dedicated thread I think we could do with, this time for one of the north-west’s leading and longest-running promotions. They used to post their own threads for advertising/discussing each individual event on here, but since they stopped doing that a few years ago we haven’t really had anywhere to discuss their shows. A bit of background. FutureShock started in 2004 as an outlet for the trainees of their Manchester wrestling school to appear on shows. At that time they were closely aligned to Alex Shane and the FWA (to the point the gym was actually christened ‘FWA Manchester’ for a while), and those early shows would typically feature Alex and a handful of established FWA stars mixed in with all the new guys. Of course, as intended, it was the home-grown FutureShock guys that eventually became the stars in their own right, with the promotion’s strength being in its clear-cut good-guy/bad-guy divide and the wonderfully colourful, over-the-top cartoon characters that fell either side of that distinction. Heroic favourites like Retro Pop (Dave Rayne, Chris Egan & Sam Bailey), Simon Valour, ‘Housewive’s Favourite’ Damon Leigh, ‘Mr. Metros**ual’ Matt Taylor, 100% Proof (Jimmy O’Shea & Twissie Romanov), ‘Man of the Match’ Raynaldo, the Sisters of Virtue (later known as the Blossom Twins), Declan O’Connor, Jamal Lewis, Jermaine Eventer and the Gambian Invader would do battle with the nefarious Dom Travis, Domino’s Death Squad (Jack Domino, Jack ‘Toxic’ Gallagher & Cyanide), ‘Man of Steel’ Clinton ‘Real Deal’ Steel, ‘Cobra’ Carl Richards, the never-aging ’15 Year Old Powerhouse’ Jamie Flynt, G-Man, Joey Hayes, Ben Rage and the evil masked accountant William Lovejoy McBarnaby IV. The regular schedule in their comparatively luxurious home of the Stockport Masonic Guildhall increased to every couple of months, with occasional other events in places like Irlam, Macclesfield and Swinton. The shows were tremendous fun, struck a chord with what I look for in pro wrestling and quickly became a firm favourite with me. Booking was simple but incredibly logical, with tremendous feuds like Valour vs. Domino, Rayne vs. Egan and Travis vs. Bailey building, peaking and rewarding to perfection. Starting from their second-ever show, I attended almost all of their events from 2004 to 2009, by which time the ever-imposing ‘real-life’ restricted my ability to get over to FutureShock as often, and sadly once I fell out of the loop it became all-too-easy to let the promotion pass me by over the following few years. It wasn’t until 2013 that I started making the effort to come back again as and when I could to a promotion that deserved more of my attention. At first glance, the FutureShock of recent years is a million miles from that which I left in 2009. Where once the entranceway consisted of a cheap bed sheet crudely pinned over a door and they’d get around 50 punters in, there are now big entrance rigs, video screens and capacity-busting attendances. As well as the continuing regular Stockport Guildhall cards, they added a series of shows in Prestwich (north Manchester) from 2013. These ‘Underground’ shows were initially conceived as additional, supporting ‘house show’ events, that would feature the usual wrestlers of FutureShock but not necessarily the main angles, turns, title switches or storyline that would you get in Stockport. However, given that the Longfield Suite is a tremendous venue with bigger capacity, perfect set-up and ease of access (just inside the M60 and on the Bury Metrolink line), it wasn’t long before the Prestwich shows were routinely outdrawing the Stockport cards (now habitually doing advance sell-outs of around 500) and it made sense for it to start hosting the organisation’s ‘big’ events. The traditional Stockport Guildhall events (‘Uproar’) continue to be the meat-and-bones of the promotion in terms of storyline development, but the key matches at the culmination of feuds or programmes will now typically occur in Prestwich. They have also fairly recently added a regular schedule of events in Warrington (‘Slam’), which do fit that ‘house show’ bill. In addition to this, after previously making their content available digitally through the BWC/WrestleTalk website on a PPV basis, FutureShock are following the example of ICW and PROGRESS with the imminent launch of their own Vimeo-powered subscription-based on-demand service. With them running so many more shows now than at any time in their history (21 events in 2015), there will be no shortage of constant new content. While everything about the promotion has been upgraded, expanded and polished, I’m so please that at the core of the shows are the same principles that made the promotion so attractive in the early days. They are still bringing up and showcasing new talent from their school at the same time as having the established stars on top. They are still building patiently and logically to important matches and events in a logical way. And best of all, they still have the wide range of super-colourful characters up-and-down the cards that make it so much fun. FutureShock as a whole is a very rewarding and impressive product, and the only real reason I don’t attend more of their shows is because, well, you sadly can’t go to everything... ******************************** Anyway, the timing of starting this thread was really to coincide with one of their biggest ever shows. Tomorrow night in the Longfield Suite in Prestwich is ‘Underground #12’, which also simultaneously serves as both FutureShock’s ‘11th Anniversary Show’ and their ‘100th Show’. I’ll be there, and it’s quite the line-up: FutureShock Title vs. Career: ’The Man For All Seasons’ Xander Cooper © vs. Dave Rayne What a match. Everything on the line. Cooper is FutureShock’s lead villain and head of the evil ‘Uprising’ gang. He’s been Champion a full year now, having opportunistically used his FutureShock Trophy guaranteed title-shot to win the belt from Jack Gallagher just minutes after he had won it at last year’s Tenth Anniversary Show. Dave Rayne has been Champion before a few years back, when he himself was cast as the lead villain, but is now absolutely the people’s choice. He has undoubtedly been MR. FUTURESHOCK since Day One, but now if he wants to reward everyone’s faith in him and become champion again he’s going to have to put his FutureShock career on the line. ARRRGGHHH! EPIC. Never have I so desperately wanted to see something as much as I want to see Dave risk everything but come through and unseat Xander Pooper. You want a lucky omen? Despite me only managing to get to 6 live FutureShock events from 2013 onwards, I’ve actually happened to be in attendance to see every single one of the last five FutureShock Title changes (vacant to Gibson... to Cyanide... to Gibson... to Gallagher... to Cooper)... Oooooooooo. FutureShock Tag Titles; Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match: The Models ©(‘Delicious’ Danny Hope & Joey ‘Hotstuff’ Hayes) vs. The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) The Models are the tag team champions, but the Wolves apparently stole the belts. They are therefore up-for-grabs in a TLC match. Should be a great spectacle. Submission Match: Jack Gallagher vs. Zack Gibson This should be nothing short of outstanding. These two have been somewhat tied together throughout their careers and just produce magic. Their GPW series over the British Title produced numerous crackers, but their storied FutureShock rivalry has much greater history and build to it, including a genuine British Match of the Year candidate in the main event of the ‘10th Anniversary Show’ last year. That was where Jack beat Zack to lift the belt in a cleanly fought contest between friends, only for jealous Gibson to turn on him immediately after, leaving Gallagher easy prey for Xander Cooper as described above. They been feuding for the entire year since then, building to this moment. Adrenaline Championship; 4-way Match: Soner Durson © vs. Ashton Smith vs. James Drake vs. Mark Massa I’m obviously expecting fast-paced action and excitement. I rate both Smith and Drake, and Massa is certainly capable (and should be great as the big, power guy here around which the others will fly), but I’ve never been too high on Durson. That said, the occasions I’ve seen him have been sporadic, and he’s obviously got something for a promotion like FutureShock to put their ‘up-and-comers’/’X-Division’ title on him. Can’t see this being bad. FutureShock Women’s Title; Gauntlet Series: Lana Austin © vs. Toni Storm vs. Danielle Hunter vs. Violet Vendetta Winner stays on, just like a session of Streetfighter II between friends. Lana is someone who I happen to have seen quite a bit this year, and the improvement she is making is really noticeable. She was also involved in a humorous instance at the last TIDAL show when the audience worked out her name spelt backwards. Storm and Hunter are both pretty decent, but I’ve never seen Violet before. Singles Match: Bubblegum vs. ‘Deadly’ Damon Leigh Their 2012 feud and series of matches over in GPW was very good, culminating in a brilliant streetfight. This should be equally strong, but has the added interest of reversing the goodie/baddie roles. I also believe this is the first ever time they have fought in FutureShock. Tag Team Match: Wonderland vs. Sexy Kev & John McGregor This is the debut of the circus-like Wonderland. They are comprised of Noah (who has been around FutureShock in various guises since the early years), one of the ex-merchandise girls, and another guy whose identity I’m not able to conclude from the match graphic. Kev is another of those great characters I was talking about, but I’m unfamiliar with newcomer McGregor. With his surname, beard and hairstyle you can obviously see what they are going for. I’m thinking this will be really entertaining, with just the right amount of daft. There’s a webisode of their ‘FutureShock Access’ series available on YouTube which previews the card, explains the backstory and features clips and interviews to build to this. I haven’t seen it yet, but plan on watchingtomorrow before setting off for Manchester. Anyone else coming along to this one? I know “Raiders” will be there... Really excited for this; can’t wait!
  9. It just struck me we don't have any discussion for this group on here anymore, yet they are putting on some of the bigger shows in the capital. For background, 'RevPro' was originally the arm of south-east stalwart IPW:UK that was running the regular SIttingbourne events, as well as the 'Revolution' supershow in London. A few years back, they officially split into two, with IPW:UK continuing to run Swanley (and now finding a home in Tonbridge, with other shows taking place in Snodland) while RevPro now runs a new venue in Sittingbourne, as well as loaded-up 'supershow' events several times a year in London's York Hall. And no, this group has nothing to do with the SoCal indy group of the early 00s Revolution Pro Wrestling, also shortened to RevPro... I was a longtime follower of IPW:UK, dating back to the awesome Orpington days, through Swanley, to Bromley, and then Sittingbourne. There was a time when their Sittingbourne events were the best thing going on these shores, but went to my final one in February 2012 when they seemed stuck in a samey-samey pattern, weren't particularly exciting anymore and I could no longer justify the pain-in-the-arse 5+ hours it would take for me to get down to some Kent hell-hole. The above-mentioned split then occurred, and when the RevPro announced running a 'higher' tier of supershows in York Hall, Bethnal Green, they had me interested again. The York Hall shows so far have been inconsistent. The June 2013 show (Liger vs. Devitt) was a bit crap, but the October follow-up (Tanahashi vs. Marty, Ricochet vs. Devitt, Zack vs. Davey, Elgin vs. Dar) was outstanding, easily the best one-off British show I saw that year. I didn't bother with the 'High Stakes' show in early 2014 as the line-up (Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Colt Cabana) did nothing to inspire me, but then June 2014 show (Nakamura vs. Zack, Steen vs. Marty, Devitt vs. Adam Cole) was again superb. The last show, 'Uprising', in October wasn't particularly good, but did have some standout moments such as Will Ospreay vs. Matt Sydal, and enjoyable appearances from Kazuchika Okada, Austin Aries, Rikishi and Too Cool. That was followed up by an event the next day in a Clapham nightclub where I felt completely and utterly ripped off after opting for the 'premium' £30 seats, couldn't see a damn thing and ending up standing like everyone else. So, RevPro's next York Hall event is 'High Stakes 2015', TODAY. I admit to forgetting to pay attention to the full line-up when they don't post on here, so checked Facebook this morning. While it isn't their strongest card, it does look like it could be a decent show: - AJ Styles vs. Will Ospreay - Ricochet vs. Marty Scurll - Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. 2 Unlimited - Rocky Romero vs. Josh Bodom - The Hooligans vs. Joel Redman & Mystery Partner - Sha Samuels vs. Jake McCluskey - Lord Gideon Grey's Open Challenge - Colt Cabana returns after losing a 'Loser Leaves' stipulation bout last year. I have no idea about the titles anymore, since no news seems to be reported from their smaller shows that take place between the York Hall showcases. All the floor seating is now completely sold out, but balcony tickets remain. There are, however, people trying to offload spare floor seats on the Facebook page, and I know 'Gadge' on here has 3 spare 2nd row tickets he is looking to sell. I'm looking forward to the show. They normally try to make them feel special with big fancy entrances for some of the performers, and Styles/Ospreay and Scurll/Ricochet could be tremendous. I have come to have a soft-spot for 2 Unlimited's spot-spot-spot tag style, and the Irish siblings are like a throwback to the early 00s indy scene (except with an awesome 90s dance entrance rather than generic nu-metal). So, yes. If you're going, see you there. If not, I'll probably be tweeting the main goings on (@BenPCorrigan - it's all I use my Twitter for these days actually...).
  10. Indeed, this week marks a full decade since the 2,000 fans hit Crystal Palace in South London for what was supposed to be an event which revolutionised British wrestling. While that might not have happened to the extent which was possibly envisaged by some, and it is a line often repeated about BritWres projects in the 10 years since then, the show was widely regarded as excellent and kick-started the peak era for the FWA. Promoted on the back of Tommy Boyd's weekly wrestling show on TalkSport, 'Revival' was never presented outwardly as an "FWA show" (the advertising on the posters showed it to be a Supreme Wrestling Alliance Tour card), though it was the same brains behind the operation, most of the same roster and is retrospectively remembered by many as such. This was the event that featured the King of England Cup tournament, brought in Eddie Guerrero and Granmasta Sexay, and even featured a surprise appearance from a wheelchair-bound Dynamite Kid at the conclusion, as he awarded Cup winner Jody Fleisch with his, erm, medal. I personally have very fond memories of the event. I had previously known British wrestling as the pantomime stuff in ancient rings in town halls, with either fat old guys in swimming trucks shouting at kids or guys dressed up as second-rate WWF superstars. Through the TalkSport radio show, I was just starting to take a real interest in British wrestling for the first time. I had worked my way through some FWA video tapes (the first 3 volumes of their 'original' TV series, which did in fact air on local Portsmouth and Southampton cable TV stations) and had liked what I'd seen. This was therefore the first 'modern era' British wrestling show I thought was worth taking my chances on and travelling all the way down from the North-east specifically to see, since it sounded like a bigger deal. The show itself was excellent: Williams vs. Guerrero was a classic technical wrestling match which was a joy to behold. Storm vs. Fleisch was a jaw-dropping high-slying, stunt-based match the likes of which I had never experienced before. Shane vs. Parker was a building-wide brawl (including balcony dives) that I thoroughly enjoyed. Williams vs. Fleisch was a superb way to end the night by showcasing what the new generation of British wrestling was all about. The whole show totally blew me away and exceeded all of my expectations. It was my experience at this event which actually caused me to start travelling to other 'bigger' British shows on a regular basis, such as GWF in Preston that July, NEW in Ipswich the following week, FWA "British Uprising" that October and then every FWA event I could from that December onwards. It was also "Revival" that got me to finally sign up to the UKFF a couple of weeks later in order to follow things closer (taking a user name based on my old Dreamcast online gaming tag) It has to be said that "Revival" was also my first experience of the ticketing and seating chaos which would become a British wrestling signature for the next decade. I first ordered my ticket as soon as the show was announced, gave my details, etc, and was told to pay by cheque (this was 2002, remember. How quaint). So, I sent off my check the next day... and waited.... and waited... and waited... and nothing happened. I checked my bank and it hadn't been cashed, and I obviously received no ticket. Hmmm. I tried ringing the ticket number to see what was happening and they were not very much help at all, so I presumed by cheque had been lost in the post. So, when it was announced on the radio show they were close to selling out, I sent off for another one. Guess what? Yep, turned out they were holding onto the cheques to cash them all at once... and I had bought double tickets (which I then needed to try and flog... unsuccessfully). D'oh. Also, all tickets were the same price and seating in the entire arena was on a first-come-first-served basis. I was determined that, if I was travelling all that way for a show, I was going to be front row. So, unfamiliar with the area, I turned up at Crystal Palace fooking ages before the doors were supposed to open. In order to get ahead of everyone else, I actually bought a ticket to some kind of national swimming gala that was going on that day (couple of quid) so that I could be inside the building. When filling time inside the complex, I managed to catch them setting up for the show which, at the time, was absolutely fascinating for me. I was also completely star-struck when I met Alex Shane for the first time near the canteen, recognising him from my TV screen on those FWA tapes and his voice from the radio show. We had a brief chat and he was remarkably friendly. I was amazed at his enthusiasm, and even got him to sign my "spare" ticket, which I still have in my loft to this day: I was pleased my plan seemed to have worked when I noticed the massive queue outside the building close to opening time, stood freezing to death in the February wind and rain. I checked with Palace staff that I'd be able to just go straight in when doors opened, since I'd already got tickets to both events there that day, and they agreed. So, when the doors opened for the wrestling, staff guided me downstairs and I took up a front row seat. There were 4 seats on the row each with a "Reserved" sign on them, so I sat further along. The place filled up and I got chatting next to the lads next to me. I remember we were speculating as to whether Christopher Daniels could be there, since he's appeared on an FWA event the week prior. About 5 minutes before the show started (with a Q&A, I remember), wrestling staff came along and told us that "erm, sorry, we actually need the entire row for guests", and we would have to move. Yeah, thanks for that. The place was packed by then, but luckily I managed to find a single seat on the third row. Hours and hours milling around at a swimming gala inside Crystal Palace for a third row seat... Still, the disappointments of the day were soon forgotten by the time the show started which, like I said, was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. A 2-hour (well, 90 minute) version of the show was even shown on national satellite/cable television, when it aired on Bravo the following month. I still have a copy on video tape somewhere, but I was really disappointed on how it came over. I seem to remember how they explained the TV version hadn't been put together by "wrestling" people and they would possibly try to do something with the footage later. An event that really started my own interest in the British/independent scene (and my time on here) is 10 years old. I'm guessing there might be a few more members on here in the same boat who might wish to share their own memories of the day/show. The domestic wrestling scene could be said to be pretty much in the same state now as it was before 'Revival', but one could point to that being a defining show of that 'era', a one-off event on a scale which (with the exception of the International Showdown and Universal Uproar supershows, also Alex Shane projects) hasn't been repeated since.
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