Friday, 29 November 2013

Why I didn't write a Survivor Series 2013 Review!

Okay, I've been thinking about this one for a few days, and I even started to write up a review of this year's WWE Survivor Series, but then I thought against it. This article will hopefully got some way to explaining why this is the first PPV I haven't reviewed since this year's Wrestlemania.

Firstly, I'd like to say that I don't think this PPV was as bad as many people have been saying, with the highlight being the opening bout pitting Goldust, Cody Rhodes, The Usos & Rey Mysterio against The Shield and The Real Americans in a Traditional Survivor Series match, and neither did I think the main event was the worst thing I've seen this year, it told a story and did the best it could do with what is was given. My problem with this PPV was the distinct lack of effort that was put in across the board, from WWE Creative and some members of the roster, in both the build up and execution of the PPV and if there's no effort being put into the product, why should I put the effort into writing a 4000 word review? I'm happy to review a terrible PPV, if there's at least some effort going into it, but not this.

At no point during the build up was I made to believe that Alberto Del Rio could defeat John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship, with the same being able to be said about Big Show going after Randy Orton's WWE Championship, these were stop gap matches until something else came along, and whilst from time to time that may happen within the WWE, it should never feel that way when watching the programming. It's the job of the booking staff or “writers”, alongside the on screen talent, to make me believe that either man could head out of the PPV with holding the championship belt. However, after Cena defeated Del Rio on the previous PPV with an injured arm, how was I meant to buy into the possibility that Del Rio could defeat a Cena with a slightly less injured arm? Meanwhile, the focus on television had clearly shifted off Big Show and on to Randy Orton's relationship with The Authority, which is weird considering the focus had been on Big Show for months without Show featuring on a PPV!

The whole PPV seemed to focus and build towards the final moments, where John Cena came out to stare down Randy Orton with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon looking on. It was a big moment and the crowd certainly reacted to it, (although I think they were expected a match between the two straight away) but there was one wasn't advertised! It did nothing to help towards PPV buys, and whilst it could have contributed to a rise in the ratings for Raw this week, the PPV buyers should always come first, in my opinion, especially seeing as it's a much more direct form of revenue for the company.

The rest of the PPV was a mainly bland affair, with CM Punk & Daniel Bryan's bout with The Wyatt Family's Erick Rowan and Luke Harper being the only stand out in the middle of the pack, a dull Intercontentinal Championship match between Big E Langston and Curtis Axel that was only ever going to go one way and Mark Henry answering Ryback's open challenge both failing to produce anything of warrant, beyond the ill fate of both former Paul Heyman guys. The Diva's Tag Match wasn't as bad as I imagined it would be, and there were some nice moments in the match, but it was clear that most of the women weren't ready for a match like this one.

Okay, in explaining why I haven't written a review for this PPV, I kind of ended up writing a review of this PPV, although that was inevitable, I guess. I'm hoping that WWE begins to pick up it's game again soon and returns to the excitement of it's run of PPV early in the Summer (Payback/Money in the Bank/SummerSlam), especially as we get closer to WrestleMania. The Authority angle is quickly dying a death, as WWE botches another major angle, it can still be rescued, just about, and I'll be talking about that in this week's Across The Pond Wrestling LIVE

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Five Questions With...Marc Pearson

After last week's interview with SoCal Val, it's time to delve into the world of the wrestling Youtuber, as we speak to Marc Pearson.

Name: Marc Russell Pearson
Age: 31
Hometown: Congleton, Cheshire, England 
Known For: Being an average commentator and an awful wrestling reviewer 

1. When did you first get into wrestling and what was the drew you to the sport?

I've been told I used to watch World Of Sport while sat on my father's lap when I was very young  ( I was born in 82 so its plausible) but like most people in the UK I really got into wrestling when SKY got the rights to the WWF in the early 90's. Our group of friends had a mate who we didn't like too much but he had sky so once a month, usually on a Monday afternoon we would run to his house after school and watch the latest PPV. I was hooked good and hard, I had the trading cards, the blue plastic ring and the figures and still have some of those old ppv's on original vhs recordings. 

I was drawn in by the larger than life characters, by the excitement, the action and the drama of wrestling. As I grew older I began to appreciate the storytelling of wrestling and that made my appreciation of it increase tenfold. Outside a few blips (such as 1995, urgh what a terrible year!) I've been watching ever since

2. Tell us a little about your YouTube Channel  and how that came about?

Well, it pains me to say that I started on YouTube by uploading backyard wrestling videos. A few friends would get together and do backyard wrestling, but indoors!!! We thought we were the absolute greatest thing online and believe it or not we actually had quite a big following at one point. I watched a few wrestling q&a's at the time and a user called bigrob1991 (known today as Sarcastic Venom) said I should give it a try. He supplied me with a few questions and the rest is history. 

3. Where do you see British Wrestling heading in the next five years or so and why? 

If British Wrestling continues the way it has since I became aware of it, it can only get better and better. We're in a really privileged position at the moment as there are so many good promotions that put on great shows every month. My worry is that people see how good these promotions are doing and want a piece of the action. It would be very easy for the market to become over saturated. But at the moment there are so many good promotions out there and pretty much the whole of the UK is covered by a great promotion. So many WWE fans complain about the product and you can see people love of the business dying out but if they just went along to a britwres show I guarantee that love will come back tenfold, there is nothing like live wrestling. My passion for the business was almost gone when I discovered Futureshock in August 2011, these days it's never been higher and that's almost nothing to do with WWE!!!!

4. What are your Top Three matches of all time and why? 

Shingo Vs Yokosuka 3 from DragonGate's UK Invasion 3 in Nottingham in November 2011 is the single best match I've ever seen be it in person or on TV. A drag out knock down war which featured the best selling I've ever seen. Just an incredible match from an unreal night of action. 

The other 2 matches are very hard as they change all the time, so today one could be the Undertaker Vs Shawn Michaels while tomorrow it could Rock Vs Stone Cold.

5. Where can our readers find your work and what have you got coming up?

The best place to find me is on my YouTube channel which is I upload the latest WWE PPV and Raw reviews combined with reviews of old shows in my 10 years ago series where I look at the PPV from the corresponding month 10 years ago, so for example in December we will be looking at WWE Armageddon 2003. I can be found on Twitter @marcrpearson101 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Five Questions With...So Cal Val

After last week's interview with legendary wrestling journalist Bill Apter, this week see's the lovely So Cal Val of TNA fame sit down with us for Five Questions.

Ring Name: SoCal Val
Age: 27
Hometown: Beverly Hills, California, USA
Height: 5’7’’
Weight: 114 lbs

Promotions Competed For:

Total NonStop Action Wrestling
BSE Pro Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Fighters

1. When did you first get into wrestling and what drew you to the sport?

I had my first show in 2002, three days after my 16th birthday. I had been consistently watching wrestling a few years before that. What initially drew me in were the story lines. Especially anything involving the girls. Love triangles, cat fights etc. always excited me most. I loved the drama. The stories that made the rivalries & matches so much more meaningful.

2. You're over here in the UK in November, what do you have in store for the UK fans and what are you most looking forward to? 

I study British history, art and art history so visiting England is always very special to me in terms of sightseeing! But to have my very first UK wrestling experience is something I've hoped to do for quite some time. It means I'll have an entirely new group of fans to meet and a new scene to get familiar with when it comes to learning about the local talent. There is such a rich history when it comes to British wrestling. I look forward to seeing who the newest stars will be!

3. Who have been your favourite people to work with in the business and who has proved difficult to work with and why?

I don't think it is ladylike to openly discuss who was ever difficult or unprofessional at work. That would be ME being unprofessional, no? :) (Editors Note: Can't blame a guy for trying ;) ) But to pick a favorite? Oooh that is a tough one. I think back to interviews and chemistry between me and another personality that led to entertaining segments. Guys like Rob Van Dam, Bully Ray, Kazarian & Daniels & Joseph Park were always my favorites on set. In terms of managing I'd say Jay Lethal and Sonjay hands down. It's funny to be friends with them but still be big fans of what they do. I don't think they even realize how talented I think they are. But I do!

4. What are your Top Three matches of all time and why?

It would be easier to say what my favorite series of matches or feuds would be. Immediately I think of two: Christopher Daniels against A.J. Styles is a guarantee for an amazing match. Always. That pairing always made me look forward to what I was about to see. In WWE I remember being in awe of the matches between Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit. They must've wrestled each other a thousand times and every single time it was just….WOW. I also really love Divas matches. The one I watch the most is the WWF/WCW Invasion match between Trish Stratus & Lita against Torrie Wilson & Stacy Kiebler. I just loved the story leading up to it! Maybe it takes a girl to understand why that match was so fun. Wrestling was involved sure...but there was a fantastic build up with the Hardys in the middle of this hilarious cat fight and then the sex appeal of adding the 'Bra & Panties' stipulation was just perfect. I miss matches like that!

5. What's next for SoCal Val and where can our readers catch you in action next?

  Luckily my Twitter (@SoCalValerie) is always updated with what I am doing next. I have a lot of projects in and outside of this great sport that I'm promoting: A short film entitled "That Which Falls Apart" that will be released soon. It has a really thoughtful, inspiring message I think will resonate with a lot of people. I feel honored I was chosen to be a part of that cast. After my trip to England I have a few hosting opportunities, one with the makers of "Minecraft" for a gamers convention. Lots more modeling of course and discussing details on a trip back to Germany for the Deutsch Wrestling Alliance. Am I blessed or what? Traveling and playing dress up for a living. Life is good. ;)


We'd like to thank So Cal Val for allowing us this interview.

Monday, 18 November 2013

WWE Triple H: Thy Kingdom Come DVD Review

WWE's Triple H: Thy Kingdom Come is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray, available from, currently priced at £19.99 for DVD and £22.99 for Blu-Ray. The three disc set features a documentary looking back at the career of The Game, as well as number of added matches from 1994-2009 (with the Blu-Ray bringing things up to 2013). The set features matches against a number of top WCW, WWF and WWE opponents including Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Ricky Steamboat and The Rock.

Content Listing

*Disc 1*

Thy Kingdom Come Documentary

The Game

Growing Up


Hunter Hearst Helmsley

Ninth Wonder of the World

Mick Foley

D-Generation X


DX vs. The Nation



The Rock



DX Returns

Torn and Rebuilt

Randy Orton



Chief Operating Officer

A Unique Breed

*Disc 2*

Jean-Paul Levesque vs. Rick Steamboat
WCW Saturday Night, 3rd September 1994

Hunter Hearst-Helmsley with Chyna vs. Dude Love
WWF One Night Only, 20th August 1997 (12 Minutes, 51 Seconds)

WWF World Heavyweight Championship Iron Man Match
Triple H vs. The Rock (C) (Special Referee: Shawn Michaels)
WWF Judgment Day, 21st May 2000 (60 Minutes)

No Disqualification Match
Triple H with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley vs. Kurt Angle (Special Referee: Mick Foley)
WWF Unforgiven, 24th September 2000. (17 Minutes, 28 Seconds)

*Disc 3*

WWF World Heavyweight Championship/WWF Intercontinental Championship/WWF World Tag Team Championship Winner Take All Tag Team Match
Steve Austin (C) & Triple H (C) with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley vs. The Undertaker & Kane (C)
WWF Backlash, 29th April 2001. (25 Minutes, 2 Seconds)

World Heavyweight Championship No Disqualification Falls Count Anywhere Match
Triple H (C) vs. Rob Van Dam
WWE Raw, 30th June 2003. (19 Minutes, 14 Seconds)

World Heavyweight Championship Last Man Standing Match
Triple H (C) vs. Shawn Michaels
WWE Royal Rumble, 25th January 2004 (23 Minutes, 5 Seconds)

Road to Wrestlemania Tournament First Round Match
Triple H vs. Ric Flair
WWE Raw, 6th February 2006 (11 Minutes, 35 Seconds)

Triple H vs. King Booker with Queen Sharmell
WWE Summerslam, 26th August 2007 (7 Minutes, 55 Seconds)

WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match
Triple H (C) vs. Randy Orton
WWE No Mercy, 7th October 2007. (22 Minutes)

WWE Champion Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy
WWE Friday Night Smackdown, 11th November 2008

Triple H vs. WWE Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho
WWE Monday Night Raw, 30th November 2009. (11 Minutes, 13 Seconds)


For me, it feels like WWE were hoping that Triple H: Thy Kingdom Come would sell solely on the strength of it's documentary feature. Admittedly the documentary is a strong one, covering Triple H's career as you'd expect it to, starting with his days in WCW at Terra Ryzing and Jean Paul-Levesque before powering through material on D-Generation X, Evolution and The Games' many title runs. 

Whilst many of the interviews included on the set are informative, backing up knowledge that will be common for the majority of wrestling fans, the strongest interview contained here is one with Vince McMahon, as is usually the way when the Chairman appears on a DVD documentary. Vince talks candidly about his relationship with The Game, including a fascinating insight into the brain of WWE's mastermind, as he talks about the MSG incident, as well the developing relationship between Triple H and Vince's daughter Stephanie. The only name really missing to make this set feel a little more complete for me would be Chyna, especially during the section about the Ninth Wonder of the World herself, where it feels very weird not to see an appearance, although Chyna's current adult film career probably has something to do with that. 

Some have called for some more negative thoughts on Triple H, maybe from someone like Bret Hart, but on a set that celebrates The Cerebral Assassins career, especially considering his position in WWE, that was never going to happen. 

As strong as the documentary is, the matches selected for the following two discs leave a lot to be desired. Whilst matches with Ricky Steamboat and Dude Love are relevant for a complete look at Paul Levesque, showcasing the characters of Jean-Paul Levesque and Hunter Hearst Helmsley, neither really do the job of showing what either character was capable at their best. The standout from the set is a superb Iron Man Match with The Rock from Judgment Day, complete with all the tropes you'd expect from an Attitude Era main event, with some strong storytelling throughout. Closing the first disc is a decent No Disqualification match with Kurt Angle, whilst the story here is simple and effective, the focus is clearly on Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and that makes this feel a little out of place here. 

The final disc kicks off with Triple H teaming with Steve Austin (known as The Power Trip) against The Undertaker and Kane. It's pretty good match, but feels like it was only included to squeeze in a match involving three important players in Triple H's career onto the set, when The Game has had better singles matches with each. A pair of Last Man Standing bouts, one with Shawn Michaels and one with Randy Orton are the stand outs on this disc for me, with the Michaels match in particular standing out for a superb display by HBK and a compelling story. Elsewhere, this disc is pretty throwaway, with forgettable matches with Ric Flair, Jeff Hardy and Chris Jericho, all not living up to expectations, and again Triple H has had much better matches with all three of those guys, with the Jeff Hardy one seemingly only being included to show that Triple H loses once in a while. Ending the set with the Jericho bout, that had very little consequence, and happened way back in 2009, leaves this one feeling rather flat, with WWE's decision to leave the match with Brock Lesnar from this years Wrestlemania, leaving the DVD with no definitive ending.

For me, this three disc set feels like WWE thinking that their main course is so good, that they shouldn't really bother with a desert. If your after a good documentary, or are a fan of The Game then this set is definitely for you, if your after some strong in ring action, then download the bouts with The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton and possibly Kurt Angle from itunes, and leave the rest on the side of the plate. 

Top Three Matches from Triple H: Thy Kingdom Come

1. WWF World Heavyweight Championship Iron Man Match: Triple H vs. The Rock (C)

2. World Heavyweight Championship Last Man Standing Match: Triple H (C) vs. Shawn Michaels

3. WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match: Triple H (C) vs. Randy Orton

Futureshock 71 Review - Marc Pearson

Tiny little intro before I go on. I'm Marc P and I'm a massive British Wrestling Fan. Some of you may have seen my reviews of both British shows and WWE shows on YouTube. Futureshock is where my love began and they have a very special place in my heart. I'd missed their last show after being out of the country so it was a very long 3 months since I had last ventured to the guild hall in Stockport for my fix. Naturally the show I missed has been called one of the best in company history! Featuring the return to the ring of both Davey Richards and Jack Gallagher, something I was very gutted to miss! Anyway, onto tonight's show which featured the promise of a new Trophy Tournament winner. A fight between 2 brothers over the family name and a guaranteed one on one match for the Futureshock championship after the scheduled match at Futureshock 70 was turned into a fatal four way with the inclusion of the aforementioned Richards and Gallagher. 

Joe Vega defeated T Bone in a decent match to advance to the trophy tournament finals. Bone was actually my pick for the whole tournament as I fully expected Gibson to win the title in the main event and would love to see those 2 have a feud later down the line. After Bone had tossed Vega around like the proverbial rag doll Joe was able to roll up Bone for the win. A very frustrated Bone absolutely destroyed Vega's knee with a pink steel chair after the bout.

In the other semi final Xander Cooper defeated Don Meacho, the 2 stable mates teased fighting after both cutting promos on the Futureshock YouTube page, if I'd done a predictions video as I planned I would have said that I smell a rat. A stable this young would never have in fighting They did tease a few moves but a FINGER POKE OF DOOM got the win for Xander. See some may not like this but I loved it as we had a final where either man winning was good, If Vega overcame the injured leg it was all good and if Cooper defeated an injured opponent, he's a heel so he'll take it. All good 

Got to say that when The Nordic Warrior answered the Blackpool Blondes open challenge my heart sank as I could see his partner being someone like Sparx and it being an easy retain for the Blondes. Seeing Dave Rayne coming out to the closest I've seen to a babyface reaction was surreal to say the least after seeing him as Futureshock's main heel for the best part of 2 years! The match had shenanigans a plenty, Rayne wrestling in the tweener role complete with pulling the ref out to break a pin. I was truly GOBSMACKED when they hit a double team back cracker to get the win. Wouldn't have called that in a million years, I fully expected the Blondes to feud with the absent Project Ego over the tag belts in the new year so this was a big surprise. 

In one of the matches of the night Josh Bodom defeated brother Ryan in a superb contest with the Bodom family name on the line. I've watched a lot of PWG recently and this felt like a PWG match, very spotty match with not a lot of selling or storytelling but the big spots more than making up for it, seeing Ryan rock out a curbstomp made me smile a lot as did Josh's ridiculous chops that left Ryan's chest looking like chopped liver. An ace crusher off the top rope by Ryan was brilliant but a HUGE kick the head followed by a diving lariat got not only the win but the Bodom name as well! 

After the intermission Dan Evans (who is thankfully away from the Health & Safety gimmick he used to be involved with) teamed with Noah to defeat The Wristlock Rovers in an entertaining match. Noah's character work was very impressive here, singing twinkle twinkle little star as he wrestled, rising in intensity as he went along. Little touches like that will make the character go a long way. Wristlock Rovers are always entertaining, a double hiptoss over the ropes is referred to as a throw in and all the usual football references make me smile, DDL hitting a moonsault was new even if it took 2 attempts. Brass knux to the head of DDL by Evans  and I think it was a main event spinebuster by "Princess" Evans got the win.

While the Bodom brothers match was a great match because of its crazy spots. Xander Cooper defeating Joe Vega to win the trophy tournament was great because of some superb storytelling by both men. The story of this one wrote itself as Cooper worked the knee of Vega, Joe sold it like a 10 year veteran, constantly checking it. If he landed on it he grabbed the knee, when he walked he limped, it was all great stuff and the type of thing I wish more wrestlers would employ in their matches. Vega made heroic comebacks with the crowd fully behind him but Don Meacho came out and whacked Vega in the knee with the trophy then the self proclaimed man for all seasons put on what I can only really call a lovely Texas cloverleaf - figure four type thing to get the win. 

After not defending the Woman's championship since Futureshock 68 earlier this year current champion April Davids was stripped of the championship. Danielle Hunter came out and demanded that she be given the belt. But ring announcer Mark Adams informed her that Futureshock management had decreed that she will fight for the vacant championship at the next Futureshock Underground show against the monster Viper!!! That will be one hell of a contest! 

After a match like that it was going to take a really special effort for the main event of Cyanide defending the Futureshock Championship against Zach Gibson to top it, they tried their hardest but in this reviewers opinion they didn't quite do it. That's not to say it was a bad match, it just took a long time to get going. I'm not sure if Cyanide was full of a cold but he looked knackered after a few minutes of not exactly fast paced action. The match picked up when Zach hit a suicide dive onto Cyanide on the outside and he went crashing through the entrance set in an stunning and honestly quite scary moment and the sound guys could have been crushed by falling bits of set. Thankfully they were ok and the match continued with Cyanide's manager Chris Egan going to use powder on Gibson, but Gibson's number 2 for the evening - one Jack Gallagher - stopped his arm mid swing. Jack turned the arm so that the powder was flung into his own charges face. A blinded Cyanide then hit a massive chokebomb on his manager and even covered him thinking it was Gibson. The match then continued at a frantic pace with everyman giving it their all and the volume of the fans going up and up at every near fall until Zach was finally able to hit a Liver Driver (modified brainbuster) for the win and his second Futureshock Championship, becoming the first man in the company's long history to hold the belt 2 times!

I'm biased but there's no such thing as a bad Futureshock show. This was a really good night with some truly stunning in ring action. I can't praise Bodom Vs Bodom and Cooper Vs Vega enough, 2 matches that were completely different styles, yet both were completely captivating. 2 title changes is never a bad thing even if one was a complete surprise. I'm interested to see where the odd pairing of Nordic Warrior and Dave Rayne go from here. The company celebrates its 10th year in 2014 so it's going to be awesome to be along for the ride, and if you live within 50 miles of Manchester, you would be mad to not be there!
As this is my first written review, I apologise if there are any mistakes, so any feedback would mean a lot. And, if you have enjoyed this read please feel free to check out my youtube page at or you can find me on twitter @marcrpearson101

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Five Questions With...Bill Apter

After last week's interview with True God Immortal from WrestlingHeels Radio, this week it's time for us to speak to Legendary wrestling journalist, the one and only, Bill Apter.

Name: Bill Apter
Age: Ageless!
Hometown: New York City, New York, USA but now living outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Known For: Pro Wrestling magazines,, Host of Wrestling Conventions, The Apter Chat, Indy Broadcaster.

1. When did you first get into wrestling and what was the drew you to the sport?

I was a fan since I was a kid (watching it on TV). I loved it from the minute I saw it. I first got into the business when I was doing a radio show in New York, got press tickets to a wrestling show, shot some photos, did some interviews and sent them to a wrestling magazine.

2. You've had a long and storied career in the wrestling business, but for anyone who (for some reason) isn't aware of what you've done, could you explain a little bit about your career and how you got to where you are today?

It would take me hours to do that! Best to go to for that information! (Editors Note: We walked into that one!)

3. Is there anyone in wrestling that you haven't interviewed that you would love to get the opportunity to speak to and why?

I've interviewed everyone except -- Vince McMahon. I've talked with him dozens of times but never sat down for an "Apter Chat."

4. What are your top three matches of all time and why?

Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk Jr (series)

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (series)
Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (ladder match)
**Hogan vs. The Rock makes the list as well.

5. Where can our readers find your work and what have you got coming up?, twitter @apter1wrestling,

You can find me at most wrestling conventions in the US as well.
Thank you for having me on this 5 question interview. I really enjoyed it and thank you fans for all your support through the years!


We'd like to thank Bill Apter for allowing us this interview.

Next week: So Cal Val

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Five Questions With...True God Immortal from WrestlingHeels

After last week's interview with "Swiss" Tony Warner from King Bingus Wrestling, it's the turn of WrestlingHeels' True God Immortal to step into the Five Questions With... hotseat.

Name: True God Immortal
Age: 26
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Known For: Hip Hop Artist, VP of WrestlingHeels, Co-Host/Host of WrestlingHeelsRadio, etc.

1. When did you first get into wrestling and what was the drew you to the sport?

I started watching wrestling back in 1991. I was really young at the time, and I remember Saturday Night's Main Event was on and I saw Ultimate Warrior vs Sgt. Slaughter. I decided to keep it on because there was some interest and then I saw Bret Hart vs Ted DiBiase on the same show and something connected at that moment. As a kid, there's something that captivates you about professional wrestling. I can't explain exactly what drew me to it initially because I was just a kid with a remote. As soon as I saw Bret Hart however, I instantly became a fan. Everything for me changed after that. I would go to the supermarket with my family and see Pro Wrestling Illustrated and automatically pick it up and read. That was where I learned the most about professional wrestling was inside of those magazines. Coliseum Video became a fixture in my household. I would go with my mother and she'd get some of the latest VHS tapes that came out. At that point I discovered how amazing Randy Savage was, Ricky Steamboat, Hulk Hogan, Tito Santana, Jake The Snake Roberts, etc... and then around 1992, I became a big fan of Shawn Michaels. That was the guy who kept me watching weekly on Superstars. I watched Shawn through his entire rise and I was extremely marking out as a kid when he faced Tito Santana(El Matador) at Wrestlemania 8. That match seemed like something special to me for some reason. I remember I was such a WWF fan at the time that I neglected to look at NWA/WCW or the overseas promotions but that's what PWI provided for me. I went back to watch some WCW and NWA stuff, and even old WWWF stuff. My uncle and my grandfather had old tapes they used to watch and I would sit in front of that old big and bulky television with a pack of Chips Ahoy and watch wrestling all day. Funny enough, I tend to do the same thing now(laughs). Professional wrestling honestly in many ways is my escape. I've been a fan for 22 years now, and despite life taking its toll on me over the years, having that sport and being so invested in it as a fan has been helpful. Besides music and my daughter/family, there's nothing that's been as vital to me than wrestling. To witness the changes and evolution of this business firsthand and to see so many different historic eras in wrestling with my own eyes has been something special.

2. Tell us a little about the Wrestling Heels and how that came about?

Well, previously I was a host on a different show. Me and my brother/partner Kanabrewski were both active parts of that show and we were really focused on growing that into a bigger thing, but somewhere along the line our goals didn't match up with the other hosts of the show I guess. From that point when it becomes apparent that your goals aren't aligning, you have to make a change before it gets too much. That's where WrestlingHeels came about. On the previous show/brand I was a part of, I was the HEEL of the brand. I was the complete asshole that would rag on all the Hornswoggle bullshit we'd see, and completely shit on Cena (that will never stop). I even had a segment called "True God's Rant of The Week" where I went into full heel attack mode and would aim directly at the "sheep"(this will never stop haha). So, when we decided to break off and start up our own brand, which is WrestlingHeels. With me being the HEEL of the previous brand, I think the basis of WHeels was already set in foundation. Kanabrewski shares a similar view of the business that I do, so it just worked out perfectly. And now, as people have seen, you grow from just a radio show to a full fledged brand. T-Shirts on ProWrestlingTees(, sponsorship for Wrestlecade (, and of course now, PWX Wrestling ( which is now owned by my partner in crime. It's become a full fledged Heel takeover and it's been something special. To think that you started out as just a little kid watching Superstars and Saturday Night Main Event to interviewing those same wrestlers you watched like Jake The Snake Roberts, Bruno Sammartino, Hardcore Holly and more and having them follow you or tell you they really enjoyed talking the business with you. You go from being that kid in front of the television to being backstage at a PWX Wrestling event listening to storylines being planned out months ahead, giving out ideas that you see come to life, feeling like a part of the Creative team for them, it's honestly something else. I sat in a room with guys from Highspots, Rich Swann, Luke Gallows, etc.. just talking and shooting the shit while they played N64 man. In so many ways, I'm living a dream. I used to sit up and think up matches in my head when I was younger. Like call an entire match that never happened in my head and create storylines. So, at this point, it can only grow and get bigger from here man. I'm just blessed to have this opportunity and I know that without the previous show I was a part of and without WrestlingHeels, none of this would be possible for me or any of my brothers/partners. It's definitely special.

3. What, in your opinion, makes the perfect wrestling heel and why?

A perfect heel? Honestly, I think the perfect heel is somebody that gets under your skin, but you can't help but be fascinated by them. Someone who usually tells the truth, but it's so unsettling that people shun him or paint him as the bad guy. A perfect wrestling heel to me is just a truth teller. Someone who says what's on his mind regardless of the general public opinion, someone who's not afraid to draw heat against the masses. I think in wrestling, to be an effective heel, you definitely have to naturally be an asshole. In the business today though, it's really tough to be a truly effective heel. It's a tough art now because being a heel is so revered by all the die-hard wrestling fans. Even some of the casuals have started gravitating to the heels because it's usually a better role for a wrestler to play. You don't have to be so white-washed or timid like when you're a face. The heel that gets under your skin so much that you just want someone to set them straight or kick their ass, but can never turn the channel from them? That person is a perfect wrestling heel, in my opinion.

4. What are your Top Three matches of all time and why?

Putting me on the spot here, but I'll keep my selections limited to WWF/WCW/NWA here as I have a TON of indie matches and three just isn't enough choices.

1. Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker- Wrestlemania 25-
I love this match. It's definitely my favorite match of all time. I remember when Wrestlemania 25's card was announced, THIS match was the only thing that I cared about. These two definitely delivered for a classic match. I could watch this match over and over and over. The action behind it was great, the false finishes and the kick out of the Tombstone by Shawn are classic moments in Wrestlemania history. I'm such a big fan of both men and for them to put on a 30 minute classic at the biggest show of the year is something that will stand the test of time with me. Love this match

2. Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat- Clash of The Champions 1989
The match went 55 minutes and was 2 out of 3 falls. Nothing could compare to the series these two men had against each other. When I first watched their series as a younger child, I said "wow that was awesome", but I came to appreciate their series and this match especially as I got older. Looking back on it now, it was just absolutely amazing. Classic. Epic. I heard the story that none of this match was pre-planned and they called it out in the ring and just had fun. It shows man. Such a classic battle.

3. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs The Rock- Wrestlemania 17
A lot of people aren't huge fans of the finish of this match and I can understand. I, however, think this match was so great. The back and forth action, the stealing of each other's finishers, the pacing, everything was just spot-on. I have a few small things I would change to it(I would've let Austin kick out of the People's Elbow himself without Vince, and rather just have Austin use Vince after BOTH men kicked out of each other's finishers instead of Vince saving Austin, but that's minor). I honestly think this match is one of the greatest, if not the greatest Wrestlemania main event of all time.

There's a lot of other matches like Flair vs Dusty, HBK vs Bret, Austin vs Bret, Savage vs Steamboat, Punk vs Cena, Punk vs Lesnar, etc that I could include and so many amazing matches off the indies, but those are the three I'll go with right now.

5. Where can our readers find your work and what have you got coming up?

They can follow me on Twitter @truegodimmortal and follow @wrestlingheels and check the website They can also check out PWX Wrestling at as well as check out my album Soul Revival 2(  and my blog as well as my rarely active YouTube( channel. As far as what's ahead, there's Wrestlecade, which the WrestlingHeels team will be in full effect at, as well as upcoming PWX events and another album in 2014 with an accompanying mini-documentary and book as well. 2014 is going to be the year of the Heel.


We'd like to thank True God Immortal for this great interview.

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