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An interview with Calling Spots

Richard Penaluna, editor of the Calling Spots Fanzine, was contacted a few weeks ago and asked if he would participate in an interview about wrestling, to be used in a project featuring opinions of dirtsheet writers, fans, bloggers and many other people who like to talk about wrestling. Here is what he said…..

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Vince and WWE Buying TNA

By Michael Brown

An oft asked question amongst wrestling fans is whether Vince McMahon will buy Dixie Carter’s Tennessee based TNA, Total Nonstop Action, promotion. Established in 2002 by Jeff and Jerry Jarrett, the promotion is the biggest and only real major alternative to the WWE. Sections of the wrestling fanbase have been clamouring for Vince to buy the promotion and incorporate it into the WWE behemoth. For the life of me I can’t understand why people would want that. Over the next thousand words or so, I’m going to attempt to explain to anyone in favour why it would be a horrendously bad idea.

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Will Vince buy TNA?

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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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Calling Spots Issue 2 is Here

Hi guys – I will keep this update short and sweet. After months of hard work and on the back of our HUGELY successful first issue, Calling Spots Issue 2 if finally here!!

 

Calling Spots Wrestling Fanzine

Calling Spots Issue 2

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Reviving The NWO in 2012: Part Two

Reviving the NWO in 2012: Part Two: The Build to TLC

Fantasy Booking by Michael Brown

The following article has been paid for by the Nwe World Order.

Welcome back to “Calling Spots.” This is the second of our three part series where we’ll be looking at how the WWE could potentially bring back the New World Order in 2012. Part one saw the debut of Dean Ambrose, who entered the company by beating down Vince McMahon. As revenge, McMahon placed him in a handicap match at Survivor Series against Sheamus and a returning Wade Barrett. Barrett was attacked and never made the match, while Ambrose gets the win over Sheamus through interference from Dolph Ziggler. This article will look at the build to the PPV after Survivor Series: Tables, Ladders and Chairs.

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Reviving The NWO in 2012 Part 1

Reviving The NWO in 2012 Part 1: Survivor Series and the build up to it

Fantasy Booking by Michael Brown

I wrote an article here last week where I discussed why I don’t really believe the New World Order should be revived in any way, shape or form. While I still subscribe to that viewpoint (although writing this has got me psyched up for a revival IF it was done right), I couldn’t get the question out of my head: If I was in WWE creative, and I had to revive the NWO, how would I do it? A lot of the following is has been pulled from nowhere, so it is going to have gaps, but I think that I’ve come up with a scenario that could potentially make an NWO revival work and succeed a decade after the group’s final appearance.

NWO returning to WWE

Will we ever see the NWO in the WWE?

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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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The Return of the NWO

The Return Of The NWO – By Michael Brown

The Following article has been paid for by the New World Order.

The New World Order is an emotive subjective amongst wrestling fans. In its’ heyday, the NWO was the hottest thing the wrestling world had ever seen. Ever since the stables’ last run in 2002, fans have been clamoring for a reformation, or the return of the New World Order. On one level this is understandable. The original stable in WCW was immensely popular. Hogan, Hall and Nash’s wrestling immortality was created through their time in being the original founders of the cutting edge group.

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Will the NWO return in 2012?

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The Rock at the Royal Rumble

The Rock at the Royal Rumble: Long Term Booking in a Short Term World

The Rock at the Royal Rumble

Remember back in the eighties and early nineties when everybody was lining up to praise the then WWF for their long term booking strategy? It was the one thing we could point to and agree that WWF had over the likes of WCW, they had a story and they saw it through. And it was a good advantage to have until your main rival begins to kick your arse in the ratings by seemingly throwing faeces at a rotating wheel and seeing where it lands, and then urinating on it to see where they throw in the swerve.

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