THE TWO SHEDS REVIEW by Julian Radbourne
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Having recently reviewed the latest in the World Association of Wrestling Shoot Interview series, I thought it would be quite apt to go back to the first DVD release of this series, featuring WAW head honcho in Ricky Knight: Shut It!
No matter what some people say about the Rowdy man, as a talker he certainly gives value for money, as he chats with interviewer Scott Fusion about the current state of the British wrestling business. His deep love for the business where he and his family made their names is apparent, as is his despair at the current state of affairs, with new companies with alphabet-like names popping up all the time and failing to show the business the respect that Ricky thinks it deserves.
At times when Ricky speaks about the business it feels like I’m watching an episode of the BBC series “Grumpy Old Man”, as Ricky compares the business of yesteryear to the business of today, and of the need to re-introduce the modern day wrestling fan to the British style of professional wrestling. Ricky also talks about the Fightmare II show, which took place a few months after this interview was filmed, his disappointment at the handling of the Inter-Federation Cup, and of his hopes for the future. He also tells of his worst wrestling injury, a story that is sure to make even the toughest men’s eyes water, and of an interesting road story.
While this interview certainly makes for interesting viewing, and Ricky comes across as a man who is truly passionate about his chosen profession, as with the Zebra Kid interview, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed. Again, as with the Zebra Kid, there’s no timeline, no chronology when Ricky speaks about the events in his life. There is no mention of how me met and later married his wife Saraya, no mention of why he formed WAW and what it was like promoting at a time when the British wrestling industry struggled after it lost it’s slot on ITV, and probably a ton of other things that would take too long for me to list here, and even though this show was filmed just last January, it does seem a little dated already.
In conclusion – Ricky Knight: Shut It is an interesting interview in itself, but if you’re looking to learn more about the past career of the Rowdy Man, you may be a little disappointed.
With thanks to Ricky Knight for supplying a copy of this release. For more information on WAW, visit their official website at www.waw-uk.com.