Friday, 31 December 2004

The Stars of TWC

This week for my TWC column, I thought I'd take a look at a few of the wrestlers who seem to be getting more attention on the channel than anyone else.

First in the list has to be "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels. Without a doubt this guy is the most exposed man on TWC, having made appearances for just about every promotion on the channel, including a match under his "Curry Man" gimmick for New Japan.

Without a doubt, Daniels is one of the top stars on the American independent circuit right now, with a tremendous following and one hell of a gimmick. The Fallen Angel is a welcome addition to any card with his crisp, in-ring work and high-flying style.

Possibly the best match I've seen him in was his TNA match with Jeff Jarrett. However, I did feel his Curry Man gimmick was a bit daft, but then again, this was the first time I'd seen him compete under this guise.

So how much more of Daniels will we see on TWC? Well, I wouldn't be surprised if he put on a pair of falsies and competed for GAEA sometime soon, following that up by inventing a time-machine and going back twenty years to take in Rollerball Rocco for the World Mid-Heavyweight title.

Next up on the list is none other than the now two-time NWA World Champion, A.J. Styles. Styles began his exposure on TWC as NWA Champion, before losing it in an angle and match with Jeff Jarrett which saw Jarrett turn heel in preparation for the match that never was with Hulk Hogan.

Styles has also been putting in great performances in Ring of Honor and the Frontier Wrestling Alliance, where his match with "The Wonderkid" Jonny Storm was regarded as one of the matches of the night.

Third on the list is possibly Britain's homeland hero, the aforementioned Jonny Storm, who has competed in the CZW Best of the Best tournament, for TNA, and most notably for his hometown FWA, where he has had some barnstorming matches against A.J. Styles and Super Crazy. He's also appeared quite a few times against perennial foe and fellow Brit, the now retired Jody Fleisch. Storm is definitely the most exposed British star on the list.

Fourth is everybody's favourite Backseat Boy, Trent Acid. Having met the guy at the now infamous GWF show in Blackburn last year, I was anxious to see what his wrestling ability was like. Well, TWC has certainly given me that opportunity, having seen him in 3PW, ROH, and his breathtaking performance in the CZW Best of the Best tournament.

The fifth and final man on the list was a difficult one to determine, but it goes to "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson, who has worked for Ring of Honor and New Japan, and probably a couple of others that I missed. Danielson has also appeared on WWE television as of late, but of course, for this exercise, that doesn't really count.

All five of these men have made their mark in the first few weeks of The Wrestling Channel's life. Finally, fans in the UK and Ireland are getting a chance to see some of the top wrestlers outside of the WWE, and in these five men, they are certainly getting their money's worth. I'm looking forward to seeing more of these men in the coming weeks.

Don't forget you can read my reviews of this past week's wrestling on television in my Two Sheds On TV column over at www.wrestlingx.com. Hope the guys running TWC like what they see!