Originally written on Wrestling Truth  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Full details on Dynamite Kid Documentary: HighSpots.com have released full details and chapter listings for their upcoming Dynamite Kid “A Matter of Pride” documentary, which can be preordered now… The definitive documentary about wrestling legend Dynamite Kid and his impact in the world of professional wrestling. Two disc set. This project began when Highspots.com traveled to Manchester, England to conduct a simple interview with Tom Billington about his wrestling career. Prior to this interview, nobody knew very much about what happened to Dynamite Kid since he retired from pro wrestling and nobody had been able to unravel the myths surrounding his legacy. Perhaps more than any other wrestler, Tom Billington was a recluse, never agreeing to do interviews, appearances, or even maintaining contact with his old friends from wrestling. After conducting the interview with the reclusive Billington, we realized that he had an amazing story that could not be told merely by his own, humbled words. Therefore, with the help of a lot of generous donors through Kickstarter, we set out on a worldwide traveling endeavor to interview those that knew Dynamite Kid the best and those that still keep in touch with him today. What resulted was a very emotional journey into a career cut short by the abuses of steroids, alcohol, drugs, and a complete disregard for his own physical limitations. Dynamite Kid started as a young Englishmen trained in the infamous Snake Pit by Ted Betely and turned an opportunity given to him by the Hart Family in Calgary into a phenomenal worldwide wrestling career. He arguably saved a dying Stampede Wrestling and turned that small Western Canadian territory into an internationally acclaimed promotion. Dynamite Kid was on the front lines of changing professional wrestling from a big man carnival act into an exciting action based entertainment industry where lightweight and physically gifted performers were the focal point of the show. He dazzled an international audience with matches against Tiger Mask that are still a bench mark today. Perhaps best known by modern wrestling fans as a member of the British Bulldogs, this documentary covers the unique relationship between Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith and how the team was on bad footing from the inception. The most talked about locker room fight in WWF history is storied for the first time by Dynamite as well as all the other key locker room figures of that time. Dynamite Kid was considered to be 20 years ahead of his time and his influence is still very visible today. Unfortunately, for personal issues there is a dark shadow over his legacy. This documentary digs deeper and gets to the heart of this complex wrestling revolutionary. Disc 1: Approximately 2 hrs 25 minutes Documentary – 1:47 Chapters: Stampede Savior Japan The Lifestyle Bulldogs Ribs Sucker Punch Exodus Sweet Man Dynamite Effect Extras: – Rib Stories – 19:26 – Benoit – 8:38 – Matilda – 5:51 – Davey Richard’s Comments – 5:33 Disc 2: Approximately 2hrs 10 minutes Extras: Great Stories – 25:44 Director Comments – 13:45 Calgary Tour – 4:56 Slideshow of Photos – 3:02 True or False with Dynamite Kid – 15:25 Interviews: Bruce Hart – 15:59 Ross Hart – 27:22 Honky Tonk Man – 27:43 _____________________________________________________________ TNA ReACTION partners with Machinima: The first episode of the revamped TNA ReACTION show is now online. It is being promoted through the Machinima Sports channel, as opposed to the TNA channel. It’s not immediately clear what benefit there is for TNA using an outside platform to push the show, other than perhaps the hope for non-wrestling fans to catch a glimpse. Episodes are uploaded Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Speaking of TNA their first Impact out of Orlando is doing great in ticket sales. The show takes place on March 15th, from Hoffman Estates, IL, and is essentially sold out until they issue more seats after they decide on exactly how the set will be placed. _____________________________________________________________ Colt Piper has “it”: Wrestling legend Roddy Piper discussed the progress of his 23 year old son Colt Toombs during a recent Q&A with the Wrestle Newz website. “There’s always the question whether a wrestler has ‘it.’ What ‘it’ is — that’s never defined, because there’s not a better word for it. Call it chemistry, call it charisma: there are different ways to describe it. But whatever ‘it’ is, Colt has it,” claims the WWE Hall of Famer. “He’s a natural. Now comes the question of what Colt decides to do with it. I’m trying to mostly stay away from it. His name is Colt Toombs. He is undefeated as an MMA fighter as an amateur, and he always fights under his real name, Toombs. He’s making his own headway, on his own terms, with his own name. And I’m extremely proud of him. He is wrestling in a league called Portland Wrestling Uncut, and various groups. He was supposed to wrestle Daivari in Santiago, Chile, but unfortunately the show got canceled because they couldn’t provide the proper security. He’s doing great, though. I don’t want to give away any of his future plans. But you won’t miss him! He’ll be coming at you, oh yeah.” _____________________________________________________________ Bruno Sammartino discusses Hall of Fame speech: Bruno Sammartino told WTAE in Pittsburgh that he may get emotional during his WWE Hall of Fame speech… “I can take a lot of physical pain, but emotionally, I am not the strongest guy,” Bruno admitted. “I can get emotional very easy. I am hoping that night I can hold my emotions, because I have to make a little speech.”
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