Magnus Talks British Wrestling
Writing that it's pleasing to see people look back fondly on years gone by, as well as to see documentaries dedicated to the classic World of Sport style, TNA star Magnus nonetheless feels arguments can be invalid regarding the reasons why UK wrestling on TV was left in the dust.
"I know there are many old marks who really want to believe that it was someone else's fault that British wrestling lost their TV slot, but it wasn't - it was their own. Go back and look at what British wrestling was offering in 1987 in terms of production, then compare it to WWF footage from the same year. Once again, I know that the British sycophant fans are going to suggest that I'm burying the likes of Fit Finlay, 'Rollerball' Rocco and Danny Boy Collins, who are all tremendous workers, but I'm not doing that; instead, I'm looking at a comparison between the way the shows were presented", Magnus wrote.
"The last time I checked, Britain wasn't the centre of the universe. You could argue that British wrestling is a shadow of its former self, but that wasn't the phrase (the BBC documentary - When Wrestling Was Golden: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies) used. The BBC did what a lot of guys from that era do, and pretended that WWE and TNA don't exist, and that the American product killed off the British territory, just like Vince McMahon wiped out all the U.S territories that couldn't keep up. But pro wrestling is more global than ever before; in 2012, I wrestled in the USA, the UK, Canada, Japan, Mexico and India. Yes, local shows may struggle to fill Fairfield Halls, but this is the strongest live event attendance market in the world for WWE and TNA".
Read the full article in Issue 89 of FSM, on sale now from WH Smiths in the UK and Easons in Ireland. The BBC documentary, When Wrestling Was Golden: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies can be viewed via BBC iPlayer.