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wrestling in london

By Chris Pilkington

Wrestling in London – When talking with some friends recently it was suggested that the British style of wrestling, as it were, was dead. And whilst I agree that the traditional style has changed drastically, I see it as more of an evolution than a termination. Whilst British wrestling used to have definite distinctions that made it separate from other nations, modern British wrestling is a lot more inclusive, taking ideas and motifs from a wide range of other influences and blending them together into something unique. This ideology is a direct result of the melting pot of nations that these fair isles have become. A multicultural society leads to a multicultural entertainment.

IPW:UK London Wrestling

Wrestling in London with IPW:UK

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Wrestlers Deaths

Suicide is Painless – By James Simpson

 

 

Kerry Von Erich shot himself. Mike Awesome hung himself. Chris Kanyon took an overdose of pills. These three wrestlers are part of a handful of wrestlers who have died at their own hand out of the dozens of pro wrestlers who have passed on in the past two decades. Suicide in wrestling seems ‘rare’ in comparison to the stats about wrestlers dying due to accidental drug overdoses and heart attacks due to steroid abuse. For me it’s upsetting to think about how Awesome and Kanyon ended their lives (I was too young to comprehend Kerry’s suicide and I’ll explain more on that, later) and how they must have felt: these were men I loved watching and knew they had suffered setbacks in their careers but was it those setbacks that led to them committing suicide? The following is a look at the deaths of these wrestlers, plus others who suffered the same fate that decided their lives were not worth living.

 

Deaths in Wrestling

Mike Awesome – Wrestlers Deaths

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Straight Edge Culture and The Future of Wrestling

by Evan Landon

 

When I first started watching professional wrestling around the age of 6 years-old, I had no idea about the backstage antics of wrestlers. For all intents and purposes, I assumed they were just amazing athletes (aside from Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan, who even then my parents told me they were suspected of taking anabolic steroids). Because of this, I was always a fan of the more athletic, technical, and acrobatic professional wrestlers, such as The Rockers, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and Bret “Hitman” Hart. I had no idea what drugs the wrestlers did, the alcohol they consumed, nor their intake of barbiturates, opiates, and anti-depressants they scarfed down by the handfuls. Needless to say, as I got older, it was much more apparent that a great deal of them did abuse these drugs.

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news 2: Gabe Sapolsky interview

The SECONDS bit of MASSIVE news for Calling Spots this weekend. I am delighted to announce we will be interviewing the vice president of Dragon Gate USA, owner of Evolve, and former booker for Ring of Honor and Full Impact Pro, GABE SAPOLSKY, next week.

 

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Calling Spots gets The Atomic Elbow

I am delighted to announce that the Calling Spots Pro Wrestling Fanzine is teaming up with the fantastic The Atomic Elbow Fanzine in one sweet Fanzine tag team (my word that was clichéd!!) as we try to branch out into each other territories.

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Hot Cakes

So, 5 days after the release of the debut issue of Calling Spots, I am delighted that half our stock is gone already. It’s amazing to me that after 7 weeks of me having a blast, making a fan magazine about something I love, people WANT to read it and see it. Having  shipped copies to America and Canada, the ‘zine is already going global.

For anyone that has already made their purchase: Thanks you SO MUCH. I made this thing for you guys so I am glad you are enjoying it. To anyone thinking about it, here is what Twitter is saying about the Calling Spots Fanzine:

So what exactly is in the Calling Spots Fanzine?

  • The infamous debut of the “Mark Henry Sweating Scenarios” comic strip.
  • Fantastic exclusive wrestling illustrations of “Wrestling Dream Matches” in which YOU can be the booker! Yes we are the world’s most interactive fanzine
  • A collaboration with the UK’s freshest promotion – Progress Wrestling.
  • A sit down chat with the UK’s next big thing – Noam Dar.
  • Want to perfect “Classic Wrestling Holds” in the comfort of your own home? We have a centre page spread that will help you become the next Dean Malenko.
  • Wrestling poetry…..yes that’s right, poetry.
  • Cult films reviewed (as long as they have wrestlers in them) with the timeless “They Live” kicking us off. Articles looking at:
    • John Cena, is he the most important man in wrestling?
    • What killed Scott Hall?
    • Vampiro, a Canadian vampire in Mexico.
    • Top 10 most anticipated Wrestlemania matches part 1
  • On top of that we have top notch banter, grungy fanzine charm, YOUR twitter interactions and loads more!!

The ‘zine is only 2 pounds, which is about $3.10 in the States, plus postage. All money raised will go into making issue 2 exactly how you want it as well as getting loads of extra stuff to bung into your envelopes (some copies of issue 1 will come with random wrestling presents included FREE!!). So what are you waiting for? Click the “Merch” tab and get YOUR copy today.

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IT IS HERE

After months of wondering if this would ever happen…it has. The Calling Spots: Pro Wrestling Fanzine if finally here. It’s fun, it’s insightful, it’s ridiculous and it can be yours for just £2 (plus postage).

We made this fanzine for you, not to make money or start a business, simply to give you something a little bit different. It is genuinely difficult to describe, all I can suggest is that you have a little try (for £2/$3 you really cannot go too far wrong) and see what the fuss is all about.

We are a nice little blend of UK content (Progress Wrestling, Noam Dar) Mainstream stuff (John Cena and Scott Hall articles) Indy bits and bobs (DG:USA) and LOTS of random banter (How to perform “Classic Wrestling Holds”, Mark Henry Sweating, YOUR input from Twitter) and some fantastic artwork, cartoons and even a bit poetry.

Our motto? Wrestling is meant to be fun!

And that’s what the Calling Spots: Pro Wrestling Fanzine is all about. So join us and have some fun too.

I hope  you like it. And please leave us any feedback you wish as we want issue two to be bigger and better. Just so you know, all profits made will be invested into the second issue so that we can continue to do this for you.

Thank you for checking this out – you’re awesome.

Rich x

 

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