Monday, 17 October 2011

Why You'll Never See Another WAW Review Here Again *Updated 5/2/2016*

Those of you who have been reading my articles and reviews over the past few years will know that in December 2001 I achieved what I thought was my dream when I began to work for the Norwich-based World Association of Wrestling.

For four years I worked tirelessly to promote the company and it’s wrestlers, online and elsewhere, to the detriment of my physical and mental health.

When I quit the company, for a variety of reasons, in 2005 it was my hope that I could, on occasion, continue to attend their shows, shaking hands with a few old friends while remembering old times. The sad thing is that I learned within a few days of my resignation that this would not be the case.

Since 2005 I’ve had to put up with a ton of abuse from some of those connected with WAW, and in particular the Knight family. At one point I would hear stories on an almost weekly basis of my supposed attempts to bring down WAW, Ricky Knight and his family.

This isn’t the only thing I’ve had to put up with though. As well as these frankly ludicrous lies I’ve had to put up with threats of violence and attempts at intimidation, including a member of the Knight family hurling abuse at me while I walked through a local shopping centre. All of this despite the fact that, until now, I have not written about all of the things the Knight family and their associates have done to me over the past few years in my Two Sheds Review column.

But now, just a few weeks before my 40th birthday I’ve decided to take the following action.

As of now the majority of WAW-related material has been deleted from my website. These include my live show reviews, DVD reviews, interviews as well as various articles written to promote their live shows.

I have also deleted reviews from the defunct DAM Promotions, the company owned by Mike and Dave Waters, and from Herts & Essex Wrestling, the promotion owned by Sam Knee. I have left reviews where WAW talent appears on other shows though out of respect to those promoters.

I have done this for one simple reason, and it’s something I should have done years ago. I don’t see why I should continue to give exposure to companies and people who continue to treat me in such a disrespectful manner. After nearly six years it’s getting beyond a joke, and as I said in a recent Facebook update it’s like having a girlfriend you dumped years ago unable to accept the fact that they were dumped.

So in future I will no longer review any WAW-related material, and if I’m asked to review a DVD or show where a member of the Knight family performs I will not review that particular match.

In closing I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and The Two Sheds Review since it’s online debut in the summer of 2000, and I hope that you will continue to enjoy reading my reviews. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

UPDATE: 5th February, 2016
I've now removed all WAW-related material, including articles and reviews of their appearances on other shows, from this blog. Only one very personal piece from 2002 now remains.  I've done this in light of comments that I've heard recently. It's something that I should have done years ago, and given the rather toxic nature of those comments and the individuals who made them I've decided that this blog can no longer promote these people, even if it means removing content that is favourable to others in the British wrestling business.

Once again, thank you for your continued support.