I saw the first NBW- Southside show in March iirc and was excellent, albeit the venue was a bit odd because of low roof ( however the ring will be moved for the first PCW show I think it should, though a night club, it is a classy venue for Wrassling!). I made it outside to the show at Preston College a few weeks ago before my back went funny so couldnt go. However, Iam reliably informed that it was awesome.lanky316 wrote:How easy is it for you to nip to Preston? Know a few feds operate out of Preston on and off. Other month Doug Williams was there for NBW - Southside and Colt Cabana is due for someone else in August. Decent card alongside him actually and could be worth the crack. Good that a few companies don't rely on too many imports but good to see the odd one over.
Afaik, after speaking to the promoter for a bit, the PCW show is being run by the same guy, but is letting the NBW- Southside name revert to his partner in business who runs out of Cambridge. He is building a new brand for a Preston promotion. GPW have run Preston before when they were kicked out of the Monaco Ballroom for a bit, but Canterbury Hall has long since been demolished and then there was the great GWF/ Jon Farrer debacle from about a decade ago. 1st show at Preston Guildhall was a success, Lil Guido, Trent Acid, Jake The Snake Roberts. Jonny and Jody etc. but the 2nd show in Blackburn was scene of the infamous ring no show :/ Failing that there was an upstart promotion that ran a few shows in Rumes/PR1/Aqualennium/Whatever its called this week and wanted to run Preston and Blackburn, but disappeared after its 2nd show I think.
The market is here despite GPW in Wigan FSW in Stockport and previously the FWA et al Dome shows in Morecombe. Its a traditional area and did well in the 1970'/80's hey day in terms of wrestling, what with Blackpool Pleasure Beach stuff in the 1980's and stuff and many people still follow American style wrestling here. The tribute shows at the Guildhall seem to draw well as well.
The guy running NBW/PCW is a huge wrestling fan, and was hoping to make a go of it with some sound business sense/connections to back it up as well, rather than just being a fan who puts on shows. The first NBW show drew about 40 people but the 2nd drew about 150 and money was made elsewhere. So things are looking potentially good for the future. Whether it will stick who knows. He said will give it 5 shows when he started, the next one in August will be show t3 and October's show 4
Re booking import talent, 'loaning' or talent sharing can help cut the costs dramatically. but not so sure on how viable it is as would require tie ins with a number of different feds' suppose it depends on whose running when and where though.
As for DPrinny's idea about watching Wrestling down the pub, places do it already, went to a Wrestlemania night in march was over 200 people there watching wrestling and drinking in to the wee hours. If a pub shows boxing fights late already it may be more swayed for a wrestling gig, as long as its a big do. Rumble, Mania etc and people are interested, themed around it Fancy Dress, Cheap Food and Entry Fee or something.
Regarding big UK star's there are some, and they wrestle all over the country, each fed though has its differences either in story lines and what not so things arent necessarily carried over country wide, diluting the product. Crap promoters and naff shows dont help things either. Stars of British Wrestling at the mo would be the likes of EL Ligero, Travis, Kirby, Hayes, Mastiff, Bubblegum Jonny Storm ( has Jody quit again?) Spud and so on... I guess, they are there, but it will never be as big as it was. The shame