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The Ballance Sheet #6 : The Training Factor


On Sunday, November 3rd, Main Stage Wrestling will very kindly be hosting a seminar with myself, in their school in Inchicore, and I’m looking forward to it, I have to say.

I love training. Oftentimes, to be honest, I actually prefer it to doing shows, as mad as that sounds. I just love the simplicity of it; the chance to try stuff out, and the lack of waiting around. The latter is a maddening and frustrating aspect of doing shows, in all honesty. If you’re on first, or early on the card, it’s grand; if, however, you’re working the main event, or second half of the show, the wait, frankly, can grow rather wearisome. Training basically allows you a bit more ring time than you’d be afforded on a show, and in a more relaxed setting. From a creative standpoint, I tend to find it more fulfilling.  Continue reading

The Ballance Sheet #2 : The Match Of The Five Finishes

RanaHey, folks. I’m Gary Ballance, and this is my guide to the often weird, occasionally wonderful world of independent wrestling.

The Botchamania phenomenon has been incredibly popular for many years, poking some light-hearted fun at mistakes and botches in matches or promos. In that same vein, I wanna look at the setup of shows, and highlight some of the ways a show can be botched or go wrong; either just slightly, or completely.

Breaking it down to its simplest form, you need the following to put on a show: a venue; a ring; wrestlers; staff; and a crowd. Over the next couple of articles, I’m gonna (hopefully) provide a little insight into the effects each can have on a successful show, either hypothetically, or through actual examples I’ve experienced over the years. Continue reading