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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. … Continue reading Hot Cakes
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 … Continue reading IT IS HERE