My thoughts on arguably the worst episode of Monday Night Raw this year

langstonOkay. This should be one of the shortest posts I’ve ever wrote about Raw. I just don’t know what to say. I’m not usually the kind of smark who is online every day crying about WWE, and whining about the PG era. I love the modern day product just as much as I did the content when I was a kid. But this show really was shocking. That’s no understatement. I struggle to remember anything noteworthy. I’ve had to scan a couple of recaps just to jog my memory of what actually happened. That’s not good. I’ve decided to outline what made it so horrible.

Worst opening to a flagship show in recent memory

With the single exception of the horrendous opening segment/match with John Cena and the Prime Time Players earlier this year, last night’s offering has to be the worst opening to Raw for a long, long time. I was expecting to hear some music hit. John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Triple H? None of those people came out. No. The show started with a triple threat match involving Big E. Langston (not too bad), Ricardo Rodriguez (What?) and Zeb Colter (Are you serious?) – I should have known at this point that this card wasn’t going to be stacked. I had no idea how bad it would get.

A critical lack of star power

I didn’t see it coming, but this show would go on to feature one of the worst cards for star power in WWE history. I know that comparing to the days of the Attitude Era when the likes of Mankind, Stone Cold, The Undertaker, The Rock, Shawn Michaels and Triple H would be fighting it out on Raw together is too much to expect. But the severe lack of important stars on Raw last night was abject. I didn’t expect The Rock or CM Punk. Their absence is bad enough. But to have no Undertaker, Brock Lesnar or Triple H either was damning. At least one of those stars would have propped up the credibility of the night a bit. To be missing them all and left with an injured John Cena, an under-hyped Dolph Ziggler and a non-active Ryback was just not good enough.

More bullshit segments

The segments put together to apparently entertain us last night were shambolic. I would rank them lower than your average Smackdown filler. To waste talent like Mark Henry and Fandango on dancing contests and strongman contests with the likes of The Great Khali and Tensai was just plain stupid. Fandango had all the momentum in the world going into last night and if any of that lives on it will be a miracle.

fandanceoffI thought John Cena was injured?

The IWC has been buzzing the last few days with the news that John Cena suffered a serious injury to his Achilles tendon – an injury that would put your average footballer out for weeks or months. I reiterate. I don’t hate John Cena. I respect him for battling on through the pain, surely with the use of injections. I commend him for being reliable to the company even in extreme times. I just despise the WWE for not just giving him time off. Everyone actually believed this could be the chance to see something totally new and different thrown together in his imminent absence. A chance to push some lower talent. A chance for the creative team to think on their feet for once. A chance to see a produce without John Cena for longer than a week for the first time in… my life I think? But no. That would be too unpredictable.

My final thoughts

I can only hope that the WWE make amends and recover with a good show next Monday. They need to recapture some of the momentum they had going into Wrestlemania. I know this is always a tough time of the year but last night’s episode was just unacceptable.

If you disagree with me, let me have it by leaving a comment.

For All Mankind


One of my all-time heroes Mick Foley has a new DVD out entitled ‘For All Mankind’ – I got it yesterday but still haven’t watched it yet. I really can’t wait to get the chance to bang it on. Maybe I will even post a review on here. I love those WWE documentaries. They never fail to take me close to tears. Anyway, all of this got me watching YouTube videos of all my favourite moments from Mick’s career as Mankind, Dude Love, Cactus Jack and of course himself. I’ve decided to list my three favourite moments. It’s been a tough choice, and they won’t be ranked in any order. They may be predictable choices, but that’s because they are awesome. I hope you enjoy.

Mick Foley wins his first WWF Championship

Check out the video above if you want to get some goosebumps reliving the moment that the world’s favourite underdog first broke the mould and achieved the ultimate success of winning his first WWF Championship. It happened right at the heart of the Monday Night Wars involving Raw and WCW Nitro. It’s so satisfy to remember how the pathetic WCW commentators thought they were getting one over on their competitors by breaking an age old code of the business and giving away the results.

They sarcastically commented on the fact that Foley was going to capture the title later that night. Due to this moronic decision, 600,000 switched channels at that moment to see it happen. As the video tells, Nitro never won in the ratings again. This is the best perfect example of how much of a favourite Mick was with wrestling fans everywhere.

To underestimate his popularity and disrespect him like that was a sin worthy of it’s consequences. As he was hoisted on the shoulders of D-X in the centre of the ring and presented to an overjoyed crowd at Raw, it was a special moment for the man himself, the fans and the company as a whole. The event was one of the starting points for the eventual domination the then WWF would have over WCW in the last few years of it’s existence.

The Undertaker and ‘the cell match’

Of course I had to mention ‘that’ match. Mankind was subjected to some of the most horrific violence in the history of WWF/E during this bout. He had suffered much worse in Japan and ECW, but for someone to take so many risks and sustain so much punishment in the most famous wrestling company in the world was unheard of. He was thrown off of the cell through the announce table, choke slammed through the cell and onto the ring, slammed onto pins, hit with chairs, you name it, he took it.

The match was brutal but undeniably entertaining and endurably memorable. It was the match that defined Mick Foley as one of the toughest ever. He demonstrated the attributes that have made him so loved by fans. His refusal to let the show die, his determination to go as far as he possibly could to entertain us, and his ability to tell a compelling story in the ring. I think that this match and it’s pivotal moments paint a picture of the Mick Foley we all love and admire. It will surely never be forgotten.

Edge & Mick Foley v Terry Funk & Tommy Dreamer

This match from One Night Stand 2006 may not have been on most people’s lists, but I think it’s one of Foley’s best matches by far. The singles match against Edge at Wrestlemania earlier that year would be up there in the running too. I loved Mick’s book The Hardcore Diaries talks a lot about the build-up to this match, both on and off of television. It’s a cracking read and I’d highly recommend it.

I loved the book, but I loved the match even more. There were so many dynamics to it that made it so important and memorable. The fact that as a face Mick had faced Edge in that brutal match at Wrestemania which involved him being speared through a burning table for the finish. All the dastardly things Edge and Lita did building up, which are chronicled well in the book. All of the history between Foley and Terry Funk. Even the respective women who were at ringside and eventually got involved in the bout.

The barbed wire table, burning barbed wire 2×4 and a lot of other brutal devices were employed. It was a match I’ll never forget. It was a match that told a great story with a lot interesting sub-plots. It was a pivotal match in the different careers of all four men.

The bottom line is Foley is God! Please feel free to leave some comments detailing your favourite moments from Mick’s career. Follow, like or reblog! If you liked what you read, pass it on to some friends. I really appreciate all the help. Thanks a lot for reading!

Rare Undertaker match makes UK Smackdown something special

takershieldFor this post, I’m gonna go for more of a recap of what I consider to be the major occurrences from last night’s airing of WWE Smackdown. I’ll ignore the pointless bullshit that makes up half of an episode and focus on anything memorable. With the show being at the 02 Arena in London, I knew going in that one thing I could expect was a good vocal crowd – something that the show in blue almost always lacks. Let’s see what got those Brits going!

Alberto Del Rio v Jack Swagger

A rematch from Wrestlemania featuring two guys who seem to have been opposite each other in the ring every week for the last two months may not scream excitement, but this was a very good opening match. The fact that it was No Disqualification had a lot to do with it. It was a pretty brutal affair with good use of kendo sticks, steel chairs and ladders. There were also some great sequences and reversals from two excellent technicians.

The Shield cut a rather good promo, in-keeping with their consistency both on microphones and in the ring.

Fandango v Justin Gabriel

The ballroom dancing supremo got another great pop from the British fans who have made him moderately famous. Everyone is singing his theme throughout and now it’s more. There are tonnes of signs all over the place, actual Fandango chants and a huge cheer when he wins the match. The supposed heel put away Gabriel within a couple of minutes with the top rope leg drop. It’s a shame for the South African that he has been so drastically buried compared to his old Nexus team-mates Wade Barrett and Ryback, but it’s hardly surprising given what he lacks and they both possess in an abundance. Fandango is over with us, but will the Americans react the same way next week? I doubt it.

fandango12William Regal v Wade Barrett

William Regal put over Wade Barrett in a very quick squash. Regal got a decent reaction for his entrance, but I think it could have been better. It was a good idea to do this match and this finish, but please make it a little longer next time. The two of them could have a good old fashioned wrestling match for English supremacy, but I guess Regal can’t go for too long these days.

Undertaker v Dean Ambrose

The Undertaker defeated Shield member Dean Ambrose in a singles match to end the show. The Shield then proceeded to dominate The Deadman with a three on one assault. Roman Reigns speared him through the barricade, before they delivered a triple power bomb through the announce table. This ending did everyone a favour. Taker got the win and continues to be invincible, and The Shield as a team are yet again pushed as a complete juggernaut that can’t be stopped. It was crazy special to see The Phenom in actual competition on Smackdown of all shows. To make things even more epic, it was in London! This alone would have made the show watchable.

My Thoughts

Sadly the content I’ve discussed makes up only about an hour of the broadcast. A great hour. Nonetheless, in a standard two hour episode of anything, you would expect a lot more. The other hour is filled with wasted time. It makes me wonder why they insist on running three hour editions of Raw, when they can’t be bothered to put on a respectable card for Smackdown.

Their exploits in wasting time include: The Vault (in which they show a match from the past, which is either skipped over or more often than not upstages the actual main event of the show); Divas matches (which are notoriously used as tea breaks or a moment to go get a beer); Raw rebounds (making sure the viewer knows that what happened on the other show is far more important than what they are being expected to stay tuned in to); updates on Dwayne; infuriating Twitter bullshit or Randy Orton and Sheamus (anything involving either of them is like a sleeping pill)

ortonsheamusAll of those things have something in common. They make me want to stop watching Smackdown. Because I’m a hardened fan, I will eat whatever they put in front of me and it will take a whole lot to make me turn away from the product. Many people aren’t in such mental chains. The casual viewer will just get sick of it and tune out. That’s worrying for the WWE. They really do need to get some perspective on how they use their talent roster and how they continue to approach their two weekly programmes. They need to replace all of the pointless time wasting with positive material that actually has the interests of the company’s future at heart.

Thanks for reading and please let me know what you think of Smackdown in general. Any ideas or solutions? Any disagreements? I’d love to hear them. Thanks!

The Best Supporting Acts

halloffameComing off the back of an extremely impressive Hall of Fame class, I’d like to discuss an interesting concept. At the Oscars they honour everyone from the main star, to the supporting performers, to the costume people. Have you ever wondered why that happens so rarely in the WWE? I have. With the exception of legendary announcers Jim Ross, Howard Finkel, Jerry Lawler and Gene Okerlund, I’m struggling to think of any occasions when a Hall of Fame class has included anyone other than wrestlers, or sometimes managers. I’m not saying that this is a terrible problem. I just feel that there are some guys who occupy other roles in the business who deserve recognition for their contributions.

I’m not saying we need to be inducting every Tom, Dick or Referee, but there are a select few people who could make interesting additions to a class. It could add a little bit of spice to things, and if it’s a particularly memorable person it could be a real treat the fans. I’ve had a little think and listed a few people, who for different reasons could be (in my opinion) solid candidates for a place in the Hall of Fame. They all have one thing in common and that is that they have (and in most cases still do) serve the WWE. I’m a firm believer that every little thing can make a difference to the product, and all of the roles that these men play or have played are vitally important and under-celebrated.


We all heard the chants break out on that legendary episode of Raw the night after Wrestlemania. It got me thinking. Referees play such an important role in the story of wrestling. They can be influenced, hurt or sometimes even bribed. A lot of compelling storylines and matches have been heavily influenced by the man in stripes. Perhaps Earl Hebner is the most instantly recognisable name when it comes to referees over the past couple of decades, but a close second would be Mike Chioda.

He has been active in the company for over twenty years and (unlike Hebner) is now a senior official in the WWE, taking part in the biggest matches alongside some of the biggest stars in the business. When you see someone on your screen every week and hear a name for so long, you get a bit attached to that person. I’ve seen Mike take charge of some incredible matches now since I was a kid, and I think a lot of people have a soft spot for the guy. I think he would be cheered a lot more than Donald Trump if he went out on that stage and got recognised for his achievements.


Now this man should maybe go into the Hall of Fame on the back of both of his roles in the company. He had a solid career in WCW and WWE as one of the most exciting cruiserweights in the history of the business. He took out many a star name with his shooting star press and inspired a lot of the acrobatics you can see these days from the likes of Tyson Kidd and Evan Bourne. These days you can find him in Gorilla Position talking control of Monday Night Raw in his new role as Producer.

He has been doing this since 2010 and I hope he will still be there doing his thing ten years from now. There may be more notable producers in WWE that I am unaware of. This goes for them too. The men and women who make live programming tick and keep us getting three hours of top quality television every week should be recognised because their input is surely invaluable. I just think that Kidman could be a good figurehead for their role. His place in the Hall of Fame would be a nod to all of those guys, if it was presented properly and respectfully.

kidman_current_articleJIM JOHNSTON

Jim Johnston has acted as the composer for WWE for over twenty five years. He has composer and produced music for all the different elements of music. Theme music for every wrestler, theme music for the shows, content for video games, movies, and online. You name it, he did it, and still does. I recently saw somewhere online the idea of inducting this man into the Hall of Fame one day, and I think it would be a great idea.

The contribution that he has made to the WWE in the last quarter of a century is indescribable. All the memorable and iconic theme songs he created for superstars like The Undertaker, Steve Austin and everyone else you can think of. All of the other work he has done to enhance the product. Over the last few weeks, his impact couldn’t be more evident. The theme music he devised and created for the character of Fandango has taken social media by storm, and the iTunes release looks set to help make another addition to the millions of records sold under his name. He should surely be considered important enough for the Hall of Fame. If Koko B. Ware can go in, then Jim Johnston definitely can!


As a writer, I may be a little biased on this, but I think it’s a fair point. Despite the controversy they sometimes create and despite the fact that you may not agree with everything they do, writers play a pivotal role in keeping the product enthralling, They create intrigue, suspense and connections between fans and characters. Without their creativity, wrestling would be a lot more dull.

I’m a big believer in improvisation and letting the guys go out there and experiment, but I’m an even bigger fan of structure and sense. Everyone and their Mum thinks they can book, and wishes they were in the creative team, but very few take into account how difficult it would be to write hours of television for multiple separate weekly shows and monthly PPVs. For all of this hard work, some of the most important writers and creative personnel should be properly recognised.


Maybe this one is a bit out there, but it could be a cool way to mix things up a bit. A particular crowd attendance from an especially memorable event, or an arena which has played host to some of the most famous matches in history would be a good addition to the Hall of Fame, I don’t really expect this one to ever happen but it would be cool.

Which wildcard inductees would you honour in the WWE Hall of Fame? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading.

Talking points from Monday Night Raw in London

ukwweLast night saw the biggest wrestling company in the world bring it’s flagship show back to the UK. The 02 in London was packed to the rafters with some of the best wrestling fans in the world. Every time they come back over the pond, we viewers are treated to a show with a real atmosphere and energy. I’ve been to shows in this country many times (televised and otherwise) and it’s just a great time. British fans really do know how to have fun at a wrestling show.

Sadly we are certain to be treated to another eleven months of mostly dull and generic crowds, outside of the traditional strongholds. They will cheer the superheroes, and they will boo the bad guys. I know that the business obviously needs these people, otherwise the basic dynamic that forms the backbone of wrestling would be lost. It’s just nice to see and hear some fans who are intelligent, well read and inventive in expressing their opinions to the powers that be.

As you can tell, I was anticipating a great show with a crowd on fire. I would say it lived up to about half way for me. It wasn’t as good as the hype, but it was definitely an above average episode of Raw. In this post, I’m going to summarize the show, while bringing up what I feel are the main talking points it will spark. Some of them may not be big topics for a lot of people, but these are the things that have got me talking about last nights show. I’d love to have some comments left behind and spark some debate on these issues.

Lesnar v Triple H again

So the show opened with a very typical segment in which Paul Heyman mocked and goaded The Game into coming to the ring to give his response to the challenge laid down previously by Brock Lesnar. He came down and of course accepted, before delivering a pedigree to Heyman, narrowly missing the microphone on the canvas. So it’s set, a Steel Cage match between the two of them at Extreme Rules. What do you think of this? Don’t get me wrong. It sounds like a great match and I’m sure the two of them can have a convincingly tough encounter.

RAW_1032_Photo_173My only concern is that this is now the third time we have seen the two of them face each other. There are so many potential opponents for Lesnar, and so many people he could be putting over for the sake of the future of the business. However, given the fact that they had a brilliant match at Wrestlemania, only to have it stripped bare by a deflated, exhausted crowd, maybe the two of them thought they deserved the chance to have that main event moment together. My love for Brock is so strong that I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for this match, even though I should be completely bored with it. I just don’t know how they can really improve too much on their last two matches.

What now for Antonio Cesaro?

So Antonio Cesaro lost the title to Kofi Kingston. Then he lost his rematch. That’s pretty logical if you plan to take the title off him and move forward. Things could now go one or two ways. He could be on the up, and possibly on the way into the title picture. He could be dropped straight into the jungle that is the WWE lower mid-card. Now without even a meaningless title, which direction could he be going next? After losing last night to R-Truth, it seems that question may have been answered. This guy could have some incredible matches with Del Rio, Swagger and Ziggler, but somehow I just don’t see WWE viewing it that way. I have no idea why. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler had one of the two excellent matches of the show.

Big E. Langston has a new entrance!

Okay, it may not seem like the biggest news in the history of the business, but it was pretty damn cool. On the stupid Twitter bar at the bottom of the screen, I noticed that Big E had posted about his new entrance that was coming up on the show. I have to admit that it was quite good. Powerful but understated. He had a singles match with Zack Ryder which wasn’t quite as comfortable a squash as I’d expected. Nonetheless, he put him away with ease and made off up the ramp to his great new music. Perhaps it could be time to split him up from Dolph sooner rather than later. What are your thoughts on that?

The Shield continue to roll on

In the other of two excellent matches on this card, The Shield continued to stay undefeated by beating Team Hell No and the legendary Undertaker in a six man tag team match. I thought this would be the main event and was shocked to see it show up over an hour before the end. Nonetheless, it was a really, really good match. Some excellent sequences (particularly with Bryan and Rollins), some great tension and excitement and most crucially the right ending.

Bryan went for the diving headbutt only to miss and be rolled up for the win by Dean Ambrose. The three guys then made their exit. The Undertaker is still undefeated at Wrestlemania and a loss to The Shield on Raw certainly won’t be cropping up in his Hall of Fame vignette. Kane and Daniel Bryan are unfortunately still Tag-Team Champions. The Shield still have their momentum, and it’s growing with every week. Any other ending as far as win/loss for this match would have been stupid and wrong. This match was definitely one of the successes of the episode.

Fandango comes home

We were given a real treat when Fandango faced British favourite William Regal. As soon as the infamous music hit, the crowd erupted in song. This continued for some time. If he was facing Santino, the general spectacle of the whole thing would have been hilarious enough to make it entertaining. Throw in a genuine legend and you have a very cool moment. Regal is usually restricted to working the pre-show matches on UK tours these days, so to have him on TV in one of the final matches of the card was a really nice touch. Something he, and that great crowd, both deserved. The last few weeks have made me a very proud British wrestling fan, if you haven’t noticed. Fandango continued to gain momentum, at least with the UK crowd. There is no signs of the phenomenon of Fandango-ing going away.

fandangoAJ Lee won a number one contender battle royal and could now be a part of the first coherent, meaningful storyline involving the Divas Championship in recent memory.

Mick Foley and the cheap pop

The Hardcore Legend was back to plug his new DVD and there is no harm in that, it looks amazing! This segment on the other hand, was not. I’m pretty tired of seeing Mick do the super-face/elder role where he comes back to lecture a heel on why they should be less dastardly. Everyone must be pleased to see Ryback now actually being allowed to ‘use his words’ and show some character. Turning him has actually increased his credibility tenfold in my opinion. Foley did the same thing with Punk not so long ago, and its a bit played out. Love to Mick Foley, but do something more inventive with your ad time on Raw.

On the whole I would say the show was solid, not outstanding. It was a good enough episode with two particularly excellent pay-per-view quality matches. There was a distinct lack of star power though. Seeing Taker, Cena and Triple H was cool, but the other three of the big six were missing. With The Rock and CM Punk both healing injuries, they could really do with getting Lesnar on TV more to bolster the card. Some of the lower level stars were also missing. Orton and Sheamus were obviously spared another crucifixion from a British crowd bored of their schtick.

sheamusortonWith the talent they did have, they didn’t really do the maximum they could. Is there any need to make TWO singles matches for Brodus Clay/Tensai and Rhodes Scholars? Really? The guys on the lower end of the roster crying out for a chance must be pulling their hair out, but that’s life! I understand that they can’t help injuries to major stars after Mania, but if you’re going to do a three hour show, utilize the whole roster effectively. On the whole, I can’t complain too much about the show. It was solid, with some flashes of brilliance.

The main purpose of this post was to spark some debate, so please feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you think about my opinions. Leave yours! Follow the blog, and like the post! Thanks a lot for all the support!

Believe in Fandango!

Tour Blog #16: Walsall – The Homecoming

IMG_0617So, I’m sitting on my sofa in my lounge writing this final blog on the Brains For Breakfast ‘Work. Rest. Play’ Tour. Before I go into last night, the ride back and today, I’d just like to thank a few people. I’d like to thank Andy (Brains For Breakfast) and MoJoe (Chameleon Recordings) for working with me to make this tour a success on every front. We had a lot of fun together, did a lot of work and helped get the very best out of the tour. We will now begin editing the huge amount of footage we captured into the tour video, which will be released episodically on YouTube. I’d also like to thank everyone who has given this blog a read over the last couple of weeks. I hope you have enjoyed the posts and found them mildly interest. It really means a lot to get the kind of views I’ve been getting. I will also be releasing a photo blog of the tour over the next couple of days, so check back for that and follow the blog if you’re on WordPress.

Now for this final post business. The show at The Pull And Pump in Brighton last night was absolutely great! The perfect way to end the tour. Everything about the show was positive. The venue was a quaint pub made up almost entirely of wood, with lovely staff and an absolutely brilliant couple of promoters. The room was packed out with an audience of people who actually paid attention, made a lot of noise and showed a lot of respect and love to every artist on the night. The place had that sweaty, bar blues feel to it.

The show had a genuine character about it. I would put it in the top three shows of the tour. As I mentioned, the crowd were enthusiastic and encouraging. We even did a whip round for petrol and they gave extremely generously. The artists were all tremendous, easily one of the best bills of the two weeks. The promoters (along with Leeds and Nottingham) were a league above all those others we encountered. They were supportive, generous and beyond helpful. I can’t give them enough credit for the way they handled the whole show, and the way they treated the talent. Most importantly, Andy played a very good set and was greeted warmly by the local crowd.

After shaking a lot hands and saying a lot of goodbyes to all the great people we encountered, it was time to hit the road. We made the long walk back to the car with the merch and instruments through the city centre. The bright, vibrant city of Brighton does seem to suffer from one epidemic which plagues most great cities: homelessness and poverty. We were confronted with a slightly depressing sight as we made our way through the centre. There were many beggars, buskers and folks sleeping rough on the streets. It was a sad thing to see, but I can’t really hold that against Brighton. I’ve been to Barcelona, Venice, New York, Dublin, you name it and I have always seen this.

We got to the car and headed for Uxbridge, London to drop Dan off. It was great for us all to hang out with such an old and good friend, but now we were on our way alone down to Walsall, home. We finally got back about 3.30am and I didn’t get to sleep until about 5.30am. There was some kind of tornado going on in our area last night. The wind was so loud that you heard it over the TV. I woke up today at about 4pm. I was supposed to be at my Birmingham 2022 workshop tonight at 5pm, but there was no way I would have made it. I had to cancel, and now I’m worried that I may not be allowed back, but I hope I will be.

IMG_0625The tour was pretty incredible, but it’s cost me a lot and I’ve had to sacrifice a lot. I’m very broke right now, as you can imagine. This means (for the first time in five years) I will have to miss the annual Leeds Zombie Film Festival, a tradition I carry out every April. I missed Wrestlemania!, I missed two of my magazine workshops, and may possibly have lost the project. All of that stuff is pretty annoying but it was worth it to see all the things I saw, meet all the people I meet and go to all the places I’ve been. I wouldn’t take it back, but I do think I’d do it differently in the future. But, you live and learn. I’m thinking of doing my own free zombie film festival at our place, so I’ll be sure to post about that if it happens.

I’ve loved the last two weeks but I’m happy to be home for many reasons. I feel clean and fresh, comfortable and relaxed, happy and content. It’s been a crazy roller-coaster ride, but now  it’s time to get back to focusing on all the things I need and want to achieve for the rest of this year. I’d like to once again thank everyone for their support. If you like what you read, create an account and follow this blog. Be sure to check back for more posts upcoming (including the tour photo blog) and share this site to your friends if you think they might like it.

Thanks a lot for reading.



Tour Blog #15: Brighton – Waves

IMG_0606Today is the final day of the tour. We are joined by Dan, an old housemate and band mate. The four of us have had an amazing day out in Brighton. We are sitting in a pub called the Prince George. I’m hooked up to The Cloud so I can actually upload this post immediately after it’s been written for a change. I think we can all agree that we don’t really want to go, and it’s not because we don’t want the tour to end. It’s simply because this place is so great. I described it as paradise earlier, and I don’t think I was far off the mark.

As for yesterday. The show at Gigalum Bar in Clapham was pretty average. The crowd was okay, but it wasn’t really the right kind of place for Andy’s brand of music. It was still cool to pass through London though, mostly because we got to stay in Uxbridge with Dan. We had a great catch up and watched movies, viral videos and UFC into the early hours. His house mates were all really great guys too. The hospitality we have been shown on this tour has been incredible and restored my faith in humanity a bit. Yesterday was no different.

IMG_0607When we got to Brighton today, we parked the car and headed off around the town. Every building looks different. It’s such a colourful, beautiful place. That’s just the shops and the stalls. I absolutely have to come back here in the summer for a few days with a few hundred pounds to spare. 3 amazing shirts for £8 – what the fuck!? It’s literally like heaven. When we got out onto the sea front, it was too much. The water, the rocks, the skies. You could easily sit out on the beach for hours and hours getting lost in it’s beauty.

We decided to record a couple of music videos down there near the pier. We got some pretty cool material and had a great time doing it. It’s been really cool last night and today getting the band back together, so to speak, hanging out like old times. The only difference is we aren’t underneath a smoggy sky in a concrete jungle, but breathing in pure air and taking in fascinating and spectacular imagery. So much graffiti, so many crazy fashion trends and a lot of happiness.

Brighton is such a creative and positive place, and this is the impression I’ve got from being here for about four hours. I really, really NEED to come back here this summer. I can’t speak highly enough of the place. Passing through London was cool, but I’ve been there a million times and never felt as fascinated and inspired as I have at times here in Brighton. Tomorrow I will post a final update about tonight’s show at the Pull and Pump, the journey back and what it’s like to be back in our natural habitat

It’s almost over. It’s been a hell of a ride. Thanks for reading.


Tour Blog #14: London – Clapham Common

IMG_0593I’m riding shotgun in the Fiesta on the M4 into London. I just uploaded yesterday’s blog from Bristol outside a service station using their lightning fast internet. That was written in the early hours of this morning. Some interesting stuff has happened since then, and more importantly, because of one particular thing we did, I have a lot of photos I want to share on the blog. This will be one of the final posts of the tour. After tonight’s show in Clapham, we are going to stay In Uxbridge. Then tomorrow it’s the final date in Brighton. We don’t know whether we will be staying overnight and then coming back Thursday or coming back straight from the show. The person we were supposed to stay with is in France apparently, so that’s thrown a bit of a spanner into the works. No such problems tonight though. We are looking forward to tonight.

Now, on to today. We woke up at a pretty respectable time. Well, it was still morning for a change. I can’t say that sleeping on the floor did my bones any good. They are ageing as it is. After shaking off the aches, we decided to head to Clifton to see the awe inspiring suspension bridge. I’m so glad we did. We are almost in London now with two hours to spare, so it was totally worth the hour or so to go and see it. I took some photos and we had a little smoke up there with James, the guy we stayed with yesterday. Once again, we stayed with someone we had never met, and yet again, he was extremely cool, laid back and fun to be around. We have made so many new friends on this tour. I think that has been the best part of it.

IMG_0588Last night’s show was my personal favourite so far. It was a simply unreal experience. Hanging out with James into the early hours was really fun. Seeing the Clifton Suspension Bridge was humbling. Driving around Stokes Croft taking photos of all the graffiti – Banksy and otherwise – was exhilarating. Now we are driving into Central London ready to embark on one of the last legs of our journey. It’s sad to see it coming to an end. I’m looking forward to being home and things being back to normal, but I know after a few days I’ll be wishing I was back on the road.

Please check back tomorrow to see how things go on the last day of the Brains For Breakfast ‘Work.Rest.Play’ tour. I’ll also be filling you in on how we get on at the London show tonight. Thanks for supporting the music, the label, and this blog with your eyes. Keep reading, and please feel free to comment, question or anything.


Tour Blog #13: Bristol – Folk Club

IMG_0582This should have been posted yesterday (Monday) but sadly that wasn’t possible. It should be up tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) hopefully. It’s coming up to 2am now. I’m watching RAW on the 3G of my iPhone, because I can’t access Wi-Fi here. I’m lying on the floor on top of a sleeping bed and my trust knitted throw. This will be my bed tonight. I’m about to tuck into a hash brown, and then I’m gonna have a fat smoke. I’m all set to settle down and catch the rest of the wrestling.

Today has been pretty awesome. We’ve all really enjoyed Bristol, day and night. We had a great time at The Shed in Leicester last night catching up with everyone at the show. Then it was back to stay with my old housemate Rich. We watched 12 Rounds on Film 4, and then hit the hay to get ready for the epic journey ahead of us today. We needed the sleep for the drive. We woke up and headed straight to the venue: The Nova Scotia Folk Club. With hours to spare before the show, we went for a couple of good walks and took in a lot of the local area.

I noticed a few things about Bristol. There is a whole lot of graffiti all over the place, and a lot of it is really brilliant. You can’t go three seconds without seeing a jogger or a cyclist. There are awesome boats everywhere. I got some food from a Chinese takeaway/Fish and chip shop (something I didn’t know existed) We then headed back to the venue and got seated for what was to be one of the most interesting shows of the tour by far.

IMG_0577The Nova Scotia Folk Club is an excellent community of people who get together at Nova Scotia Hotel for an open mic night upstairs. There are no speakers, no microphones. It’s completely acoustic. Musicians, poets and storytellers are welcome, and all featured in tonight’s event. We saw some of the most fascinating people perform, and met some generous and respectful people. If you’re going to check out the Tour Video when it comes out on YouTube in the hopefully not so distant future, look out for this segment because we will be including some of these performances on there.

We then had a bit of a nightmare trying to get from A to B. This is why the post has been delayed and why I’m writing it now in the early hours of the morning. We left the venue at 11pm and between finding the guys place, parking and walking there with all our stuff, it took us until about 1.15am to actually get there. By the time I was connected and ready to chill, it was 1.30. Oh well, at least I’ve managed to type this bad boy up and I’ll upload it when we get to London tomorrow. If I can’t find Wi-Fi on every corner there, our country really is decades behind Asia.

There will be more to come tomorrow. Only two days left. We are off to Clapham Common in London tomorrow. It should be good to be back in the capital and catch up with an old friend/housemate Dan. We are staying with him in Uxbridge, Middlesex which is a very affluent area by all accounts. Hopefully this means some comfortable conditions. Be sure to check back and follow the blog.

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My Fave Five from a Fairly Fabulous Smackdown

dolph-ziggler-wwe-champion-wallpaperDespite the misleading title of this post, the show didn’t rock my world but when can Smackdown ever do that these days? It’s been so devalued, demoted and dejected for so long now, that a barely passable episode comes as a welcome surprise. Even in this surprisingly good edition, Smackdown consisted of only 90 minutes of material after advert deductions. If you take away The Vault and the RAW Rebound, you are looking at not too much more than an hour. Sounds a lot like Sunday Night Heat. Nonetheless, the action itself was pretty great. Coming straight after Wrestlemania and one of the best episodes of RAW in recent memory, it was never going to match up, but it delivered solid entertainment.

Dolph Ziggler

The show opened with a celebration for Dolph’s brand new World Heavyweight Championship reign. Alberto Del Rio, Jack Swagger and Chris Jericho all disrupted his scheduled time and undermined him however they could. He played the role of the disgruntled talent with a chip on his shoulder to perfection, as he always does. He showed genuine aggression, passion and honesty in his promo. As for his match, which was the main event against Chris Jericho, it was a good match as you would expect from these two. He moved forward with an important first win as champion, but it’s worrying to see Chris doing the job AGAIN.

Wade Barrett

My boy Wade was predictably placed in a pointless mid-card match against super jobber Santino Marella. Despite such a shocking position, he still managed to stand out and shine on a show full of established stars. Like Antonio Cesaro, in his similarly useless match with Kofi Kingston, he moved well in the ring, executed some great moves and represented his championship well. Unlike Cesaro, he also got the win over his opponent. Hopefully they can come up with something real for him to do soon, because the Intercontinental Championship and its Champion are being booked disgracefully a lot of the time in this modern era.

Triple H

The Game delivered a great, albeit short promo on his previous match with Brock Lesnar. He should have been afforded more time to speak but in the period he did have he was emphatic as always, and his usual epic entrance was greeted by a huge ovation from a pretty great Boston crowd. He was surrounded in the ring first by legendary upstarts 3MB, then by The Shield. Team Hell No came to his rescue which was a pretty awesome moment.

I do have two concerns about this segment. Does this now mean The Undertaker is gone for another year? After the tease last week, I actually thought we were gonna be treated to one more PPV match at Extreme Rules featuring The Deadman. It now would appear that Triple H is taking that spot. Still good, but it kind of makes the tease last week a bit pointless. As for The Shield, they just keep rolling and rolling, but I pray that Punk is eventually unveiled as being their leader all along. That would be the perfect way to push them straight into another level. I also didn’t like the fact that there was no Daniel Bryan chokeslam. I saw a .gif apparently from the Smackdown taping which spoiled an awesome chokeslam from the World’s Toughest Vegan. Maybe it was a house show.

safe_imageMark Henry

The World’s Strongest Man (all diets included) made a very short appearance when he took out Sheamus from behind during an interview with that new hot female interviewer. Sheamus was talking about how it doesn’t matter how big or strong you are – “heart” is all that matters *vomit* thankfully the big man came out, laid him out because that’s what he does! I’m not really foaming from the mouth over a Sheamus and Henry match, but at least it’s something noteworthy for them both to be doing.


The love affair continued between the charismatic ballroom dancer and all good wrestling fans. I didn’t expect the Boston crowd to be as good as it was. I thought we would be back to the usual flat, child-ridden hordes, but these guys were humming the theme tune from the start to finish of the man’s appearance. He got his entrance with all the trimmings as usual, even though he was only coming to ringside to watch the Jericho v Ziggler match. WWE clearly aren’t ignorant enough to ignore The Fandango Revolution. The cameras were pointed straight at the man who wasn’t even scheduled to compete on the card.

He got the upper hand on Jericho again by helping to distract the referee and cost him the match. He then proceeded to beat a defenceless Y2J down in the ring after his match in typical heel style. There seem to be a lot of these tweener types cropping up lately and it’s all to do with good, educated wrestling fans mixing it up with their crowd reactions. The fans were still humming his theme song as he beat down one of their heroes. It wasn’t that Jericho wasn’t over. They went crazy for him as usual, but the time has come for interesting characters (regardless of face/heel) to be recognized.


This man gets better every week and has to be the most underrated part of the whole Smackdown brand. Without his textbook colour commentary, the show could put you to sleep a lot of the time. His anger and passion make for so much comedy. He is constantly calling out and belittling Michael Cole and especially Josh Matthews. With Cole now as face as The King, audio for both shows would be very boring without this man to balance things up a bit.



I have to give this show a thumbs up overall. It wasn’t the best episode of Smackdown I’ve ever seen, and it obviously wasn’t on par with Raw. Nonetheless, compared to the kind of standards that have been set in recent months, I have to say it was an improvement. Some good in ring work, good promos, a lot of star names and the elevation of the young studs who represent the future of the company.