Are Writer’s lifts worth it?

It’s a polarising subject amongst many writer folks over on the Tweet machine but are the various lifts and self promo posts worth it? Are you going to jump on board the follow train or are you a soloist? That’s what this entry looks to explore so let’s get into it….

What exactly is a writers lift?

Well, in simple terms, a writer/creator will put up a post on Twitter asking other writers and those in the community to share their links or profiles to accumulate more followers with a view to generally boost their presence on the platform. Using the right hashtags might get a huge number of engagements and I suppose this is what the whole deal is about – getting more follows or engagement or even both. Some follow trains can grow semi out of control with a deluge of fellow wordsmiths looking for follows and numbers as opposed to actual engagement so is the concept of a lift just an empty attempt to gain?

And most importantly (for some) does it work?

Many writers and twitter users straight up refuse to take part in lifts and self promo tweets as they believe it just results in empty follows and temporary engagement. To them it appears to be a waste of time and lets face it, procrastination is the demon that comes in many forms. They also tend to clog up feeds and some folks just get sick and tired of seeing them time after time. Me; I’ve put that hashtag on mute a few times just to see more variety in my feed.

The big questions…

What’s the point in just having only writers in my following?

How am I going to sell to people outside that circle if there is nobody other than writers following me?

They are both great and logical questions but my response is simply those who refute lifts and self promo tweets just haven’t used them in the right way to get the right engagement. The ‘right engagement’ is what makes the whole social media success thing tick. Good engagement is also a wholesome nice feeling. Good and right engagement will eventually drive book sales – why? Because the that type of engagement has resulted in plenty of other authors getting those sales including me. Let’s break that down with a worked example.

Worked example – the centrifugal author force carousel analogy!

An author on Twitter who regularly does the self promo Saturday post has a book coming out soon. Their following has increased because of regular lifts but not everyday – this author uses moderation and knows their following/audience. This person always return follows and so therefore have retained most of them.

They decide to put that new book on pre order, it’s stand alone and the genre has a broad appeal.

Because this author does regular promo posts and also engages with fellow authors, they become well known in the community as a supporter of fellow authors. Their renown is what will sell above anything. People choose to invest in a person long before their book.

Some authors agree to help that author or pay them back by pre ordering the new release.

The centrifuge begins to turn – that being authors hopping on the carousel of support for one another , this carousel begins to spin faster accumulating more authors who jump on also and pre order the book. Everyone at this point who is engaging right will be getting more followers. The whole deal starts to gather speed and follows.

By the time the book is released, the pre order numbers help it climb the amazon charts where it could hit ‘best seller’ status where a host of non writer people see it and eventually buy it, hence jumping on the carousel also. This centrifugal force started with lifts and promos from an author, then got fuelled by authors with the final resultant being non authors buying a book.

Of course this analogy uses the concept of centrifugal force which is something that is designed to separate things, so eventually the authors who pre ordered separate from the non writer buyers who may possibly come back to buy another title. Fellow writers have played their part and helped another in need. The concept kind of relies on all of us helping one another for it to work… those who refute lifts are just looking at it from just their own benefit…

The big picture is here that if authors work together at the initial stage of a book release that work will eventually break a book past the stratosphere and out into the depths of space where many a meteorite lurk (regular readers). All of this big picture beginning with lifts.

My own case study…

You can probably gauge that I’m in favour of lifts and promo post on twitter but let’s back that up with some actual truth. Back in 2018 I really didn’t have much of a clue about engagement until I stumbled into putting a post up on twitter asking the wider community for book recommendations – this was just when I had started to review indie books on here and I needed books to read. The response was in the thousands… That night I re installed the twitter app on my phone and got to work adding books to my list. In 2019 I reviewed 40 books from that tweet I put out. The numbers for my blog alone rocketed which you can see below… those results came from a lift post! There are authors from that post whom I still connect with today and regularly engage with. They make my social media experience just about bearable sometimes…

The sceptics or yet to do it properly types…

Those who are sceptical and straight up dismissive of lifts and promo tweets probably haven’t used them in the right way. They most probably see this through the eyes of ‘how can this help me’. It can help you but only if you first help others, give it a go and remember the big picture. The only way to find any success as an author on social media is to engage and not be an island. This isn’t just all about the individual getting sales, I mean I didn’t think many of us were in this for the money or sales but instead we’re in this to get better and connect. The word social in social media is there for a reason, go be social and share your links, engage in lifts, follow back, retweet others’ pinned tweets and even do your own lifts. Lean into it and you will be rewarded. Authors together are one hell of a force. Since early August I have gained nearly 600 followers on twitter by doing self promo Saturdays.

But how?

The whole lifts and promo tweet thing is just one slice of the cake. Following through will lead to the right engagement. Take someone’s book that appeals to you from a lift and buy it. Write a review and blog about it. Not only have you read a book, but you have material to blog with and an opportunity to connect further with an author who will appreciate your genuine engagement. You might even make a friend and then repeat the process. That’s what I’ve done over the years to moderate success. As mostly small time authors we are in the business of trying to get anything over zero and lifts might just lead to those book sales even if it is one or two.

It’s an opportunty to vent…

Constantly sharing the link to your books on your own feed doesn’t work. It might take you a while to realise that but as a rule these days I don’t generally share the link to my books on social media on my own feed. Writers lifts and promo posts are a great way to do that instead, so let that urge to share build up and vent it on those lifts!

External intruders

More recently the twitter beginner who may not even be an author or blogger has realised these lifts are a great way of getting engagement. They will normally and emptily tweet ‘any book recommendations’ knowing desperate authors will share their link hoping it drives sales – it normally doesn’t and these intruders are trying to take advantage of that to boost followers. Not only does this put genuine folks into disrepute but it cheapens the whole deal. Luckily you can see them from a mile off and my advice, don’t engage, save the lifts for the real writers.

Concluding thoughts

I used to be a writers lifts sceptic until I tried it and now most Saturdays I will run one. The detail is key in any post, I normally include a promise to follow folks back and RT pinned tweets. Offering an engagement incentive is a great way to get some results along with the right hashtags. Here’s my most recent one as an example.

And here are the results after 24 hours…

Final final thoughts…

Lifts and promo posts are worth it, but moderation is key along follow up engagement. At the end of the day it’s all about what your intentions are? Genuine engagement will win the day! This may have appeared to be an investigation post on the surface but it sides with doing lifts because they can be very beneficial.

What are your thoughts on writers lifts?

Weekly Writing Inspiration #10

Sharing memes that may or may not be inspirational for writing but everyone is welcome here. Either way this is week 10, let’s dive in…

Ah the posture, I had this once… my original writing ‘desk’ was a bed for about 5 years. Book 1 Open Evening was drafted in said bed…

Lisa Simpson is normally the moral compass/party pooper but yep, this all day long…

YouTube right? Another platform would be nice… and also, I really don’t appreciate the double ads these days…

Microsoft taking over Bethesda, this might turn out okay.

Shout out/Interaction of the week

It’s wonderful to be mentioned for my reviews especially from awesome authors like Villimey, you should give her a follow on the Tweet machine and check out my review of her vampire book – it’s part of a series!

Some truly wonderful folks that seem to believe in me have pre ordered book six and since this tweet the numbers have increased! You guys rock!

It’s coming next week!

September 2020 has been a record breaking month with over 100 paid book sales for the first time. Of course I’ve shared my marketing methods here and here. I also have plenty of other book and blogger resources . The plan right now is to finish drafting an authoring and blogging guide book which should be released in the first half of next year….

As you can see the viewing figures are exceptional in the past few years and they jumped by four fold compared to the first years we shall name the tumbleweed era. Much of this success is a combination of a few readers believing in me and putting out consistent content. Ride that wave bloggers, when the views come in, capitalise on it. I’m lucky enough to have loyal readers!

As always thanks for scrolling and for the support. See ya in the next one… and go pre order Darke Awakening.

Weekly Writing Inspiration #6

It’s Friday! We made it, again, what to, nobody knows, the weekend if your not working…

The licence to use memes and twitter re posts in order to make someone laugh is back…

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Seriously, you don’t need to please anyone else in your writing, just you. Reviews and film adaptations would be nice though… 

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Sneakily wholesome…

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Interesting and polarising results, enough to tell me there is probably a market for the covid book/film stuff. My current read is about the covid outbreak which is why I asked, review coming soon.

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So naturally we have just a light pandemic meme…. 

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This was the first of two glowing reviews my works got this week. Open Evening may be the oldest ride in my fairground of books, but the line is still one of the longest…

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I really enjoy asking questions on twitter and Instagram…. so much so I have also started to interview fellow creatives. The 3rd Hall of Information review dropped this week and Blair from Feed the Crime shared some blogging wisdom – she’s close to 1000 WordPress followers! 

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I mean being a gentleman can probably just extend to having manners and not being an asshole… anyone can do that – and it isn’t a challenge not to… 

And we shall close with the second glowing review my work received this week. The Teleporter owns it! Take care all, and see you in the next one! 

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Weekly Writing Inspiration #5

Because memes and twitter reposts are fun plus I need to maintain my blogging presence in some capacity…

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Keep existing guys…

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Ha, three word reviews can be brutal and so can kids.

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I mean, I’ve never understood the hate for Nickelback. Is it just an internet thing?

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The beer was good and I’m  not sure what’s more impressive, Amazon printing my stuff or someone caring enough to buy a copy during a pandemic…

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Some actual inspiration on a writing inspiration post…

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An accurate description of most folks here in the UK during the hot weather. We have no air con, we have no real experience with hot weather, we are melting… 

 

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Keep the change you filthy animal.

 

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Today is the anniversary of Robin’s passing, even though I never met him I feel like I knew him from the so many films that inspired and brightened my life. God speed Mork.

Weekly Writing Inspiration…

Because if I can do it, anyone can so how about some motivational propaganda to start the month of right! And let us start with some very wise words…

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Darke Blood got it’s latest review via Goodreads; this has been especially rewarding after new marketing idea!

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It’s a bargain, but I’m not so sure about the story….

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AMIRIGHT….

Shout out to S.D McKinley for this awesome review of Open Evening

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Word of the month…

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And Finally, ‘Every Stephen King Book; even the ones that aren’t macabre or supernatural still finds a way to be depraved…’ 

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Have a good rest of the week, and have a good month! Rock and roll man…

3000 Tweet Machine Followers Special!

Celebrate the small victories in life, or in this case quite probably a big one because my tweet machine following just surpassed 3000 and that’s an achievement!

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This special post is two things:

A thank you, a huge tip of the cap sized thank you. Seriously if it wasn’t for the Writing Community and Blogging Community this wouldn’t have happened, and everyone else who has joined me since 2013 – cheers…

And…

How the hell did I do it? 

(A self help seminar that will help you get more tweet machine followers…)

Pull up a chair my friend and let me tell you how I did it. Now some of ya’ll might have way bigger followings than 3k but even if you have more this is some solid and proof tested advice for tweet machine success.

Apart from stumbling my way through a series of trials and errors there is a formula to getting people to support you even if it is ‘just a follow’. These ‘just follows’ eventually total up to something much more and so here’s what you got to do…

  1. Get yourself a human looking profile picture. People like real people. It’s genuine and honesty is probably the key to all of this. Don’t hide that pretty face of yours…
  2. Bio – Be honest, be friendly, tell the world what you are about and what you stand for. Be inviting and convince folks you are likely to follow them back just out of politeness…
  3. Pinned Tweet – You must have one of these. Again it needs to show what your jam is and what you stand for. My current pinned tweet is asking the writing community for book recommendations and so it’s a celebration of what I stand for. It’s also okay to have your blog link, or your own book link – celebrate yourself!
  4. Engage productively. Every day I consistently comment on other folks posts with something friendly and productive or something I can contribute with. I also Like and Retweet that post – trust me this is huge for engagement and people will follow you for it!  
  5. It’s okay to unfollow. You want to keep who you are following and people who follow you in the same ballpark. Try and keep it even and folks that aren’t relevant, just unfollow them…

Everything else, is up to the tweet machine God’s to decide.

But just be genuine and friendly – that’s what social media should be used for.

Profile Picture, Bio, Pinned Tweet, Engage, Consistency and it’s okay to unfollow. Remember these steps and you’ll be on your way to Tweet Machine success! 

 

Peace out, thanks for following, rock and roll man!

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY

I’ve reached 2000 tweet machine follows folks! To celebrate I am giving away all 4 of my books!

Details are below. To enter head on over to my Twitter or check out the side bar >>> where you will find the promo tweet! 

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY! Celebrating 2K Twitter followers!
3 Prizes available
1. Open Evening & Cemetery House
2. Darke Blood
3.  The Teleporter
All paperback copies will be signed. Entrants must provide mailing address.

To enter: RT, like and comment on this post and follow me (I’ll follow back)

The 3 Winners will be contacted this Friday the 21st of June 2019

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Thank you followers old and new for helping me reach the 2000 milestone! In return I am running my biggest book giveaway ever!

A thank you to followers

The Hall of information officially opened for business nearly two years ago with a dedication to gaining more followers. With every entry over that time I can happily say that the follows have slowly crept up to 70. Something which two years ago Lee wouldn’t have thought a realistic thing.

My whole premise is to build a loyal following of good tasted people who will buy my book when it first hits the shelves this September. Yes, Open Evening will make its journey over the summer through a professional cover artist and professional edit. Hopefully a wonderfully polished product will come out the other side and will be something I am more than proud to share with you.

This blog is titled a journey to publication and it is during my year of writing that the destination is sitting just before the horizon now. A year so far which has seen me over come a high level of writers block type frustration along with adapting to being a shift worker. Things will just take longer to create from scratch from now on. My latest draft of a new title will hopefully reach completion with in a few weeks and maybe I will divulge some more info on that soon.

In other writing news my first play will make its way to the stage next week. Hotel doom stars an all talented cast of fine actors and actresses who have worn my writing like a glove. Their input has been amazing and we have a great show. It would be a shame if the audience numbers do not match the level of this show so if your in town next week then check it out here.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has ever supported me on this journey of writing. Whether you have simply liked a status, retweeted or followed me in some capactity I can only do this with your help. Let’s get some new faces out there on the shelves with decent meaningful stories to tell.

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Wrestlemania 32 Results: A stange long night

It’s that time of year again. The showcase of the immortals is here with WWE Wrestlemania 32! Right here is where you can find all the results from the pre-show and actual show.

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Kick off show (Duration 2 hours, actual wrestling time, at least 45 mins, so not bad)

In the age of social media WWE like to think they can give away as much as possible for free. So here we were watching mainly talking, to big up the already pretty lame built up matches. A short interview with Kevin Owens basically saying he didn’t ask for a ladder match at wrestlemania but hey ho, isn’t that the vow you take when stepping between the ropes?

Paul Heyman joins some guy and a woman showing off way too much leg in an interview Q and A session from twitter. These questions are clearly scripted in the social media lounge.

1st WM Kickoff Match – Kalisto (ch) v Ryback : United States Championship

So for the six audience members arrived in the AT and T arena we were treated to the first match of the night. A true underdog seen it before story. This match as predicted started off rather one sided with Ryback dominating easily and taking advantage of his size. Saying that Kalisto showed promise with his impressive lucha style and highflying ability. They seemed to always use Rybacks dominance as a reference point. Then oddly we were shown a VT promo during the match, presumably for the actual network tv adverts.

Result: Kalisto retains and makes use of an exposed turnbuckle to impressively claim the win.

 

2nd WM kick off Match – Team Total Divas vs Bad and Blonde (10 diva tag match)

After the hour turned it was time for the next match. That being 10 divas in one ring. Slowly the divas division is slowly becoming fight relevant. The breast implants have slowly gone along with the very suggestive outfits and you can see the WWE trying to class them up quite a bit and deep down I think it’s working. Again we were faced with a oddly placed ad break. We come back to a now filling AT and T stadium booing a red haired Eva Marie. The UK’s very own Paige impressed with a shining wizard kick and Emma ensured some dominance until Lana was tagged and made her official in ring debut. Paige makes a daring cross body from the top rope and out of the ring, knocking down most of her opponents. An impressive and somewhat violent exchange from both sides.

Result: Brie Bella puts in the yes lock giving Team total divas the win.

WWE hall of famer Lita unveils a new Divas championship belt. A positive step towards bridging the gender gap.

3rd WM kick of Match – The Usos v The Dudley Boyz

The tag team division has had a somewhat rebirth with the introduction of traditional style teams and of course the return of the Dudley’s. Match begins aggressively with the record 9 time WWE tag team champions the Dudley’s taking charge. The Uso’s slowly come back but are snubbed everytime by the veterans. High octane tag team action early on and throughout the match with back and forth stuff.

Result: Uso’s clinch the win even thought they were under attack most of the time. Dudley’s remain stood up after and get the tables. But the USOs turn it around and top rope attack both of D-von and Bubba putting them through a table each.

 

Kick off Verdict: Of course this was a VT haven, building up the lesser matches and bigger ones. But the matches, all three of them were wrestlemania worthy!

 

Wrestlemania 32

 

Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship : Kevin Owens (CH) V Stardust V Zack Ryder V Sami Zayn V The Miz V Sin Cara V Dolph Ziggler

 

Chaotic beginning of the match with the ladder used as a weapon. Zack Ryder gets the nearest first and receives a barrage of boos for his efforts. Zayn goes high risk early by jumping through mid rope and taking out a handful of opponents followed by a DDT to the outside to Owens. He is so over with the crowd its unbelievable.

Sin Cara pushed off the ladder and out of the ring onto four superstars. The crowd chant ‘holy shit’ but money in the bank ladder matches have been more hardcore. Ziggler and Owens take each other out with simultaneous super kicks and Stardust gets out his own custom ladder. A huge frog splash from Owens onto Zayn who is laid out on a ladder. An impressive elbow drop from Ryder off of the ladder. He then proceeds to climb but Ziggler jumps up and they both hit the mat.

Sin Cara from Scooby doo wrestlemania fame goes througha ladder and Stardust, leaving Zayn and Owens to battle it out. Zayn capitalises and he climbs. The Miz ruins his efforts and climbs. Takes his time and Ryder pushes him away.

Result : Ryder makes a shock win and grabs the belt. Not a bad opener.

Chris Jericho V AJ Styles

Yes AJ Styles makes his mania debut against one of the most decorated WWE stars ever. If you told me a year ago we would see this match I would take it any damn day. Starting off we saw a back and forth with Styles putting in some quick action packed moves, making Jericho the perfect advocate for this match and feud. Quickly the heel Jericho gets on top and works the crowd with a series of sleepers and lock holds. Styles eventually powers out and impressively kicks up to his feet. More to and fro action as Jericho locks in the walls of Jericho.

Rope break by Styles followed by some more impressive aerial action via way of a springboard back flip. They go high risk together on the top rope with Jericho landing face first and AJ going down also. Quickly they are both back up for Styles to kick which is then impressively converted into the walls again. It’s all Jericho now as Styles goes for another aerial offensive which is converted into a code breaker.  Styles barely kicks out and Jericho tries to go for a Styles clash to no avail.

AJ hits the clash with Y2J kicking out. The crowd are now awake. Lionsault comes out of Jericho’s arsenal there isn’t much left for either competitor now. The next finisher will claim victory.

Result: Jericho pulls off a botched codebreaker and claims the win. Unimpressive win and its questionable whether or not that was the right thing for AJ’s progression with in WWE.

The New Day Vs The League of Nations – Six man Tag Team Match

Quick in and out action from the new day as they plough into Sheamus in their corner. It doesn’t take long for the league to get the upper hand as Alberto Del Rio punishes Xavier Woods. Sheamus is tagged in and continues the assault followed by Rusev. The hot tag builds with Woods as he tries to claw his way to a tag but the Celtic Warrior makes sure there is no tag.

Finally the tag is made and Kofi makes an impressive high flying display. He makes his mark and then Sheamus capitalises with an assist from Rusev. Woods breaks up the pin but is still recovering. Big E enters the ring and dives between the ropes taking out 3 members of the league.

Result: Brogue kick to Xavier by Sheamus gets the win here. Not a great match, maybe it would have been better to be in the kick off show.

King Barret after the match got on the microphone and then we are treated to he return of Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Stone Cold. Michaels and Foley both look match ready and better than they ever have.

In the ring they go and the brawl begins, Mr Socko appears followed by a sweet chin music and off course the stunner. A decent end to a shitty match.

The new day return to the ring and begin a dance off. Stunner to Xavier woods, oh helllllll yeah.

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Brock Lesnar V Dean Ambrose

One of the main events of the night for me. Interesting choice to put it this early on the match card. Brock comes out first to a big pop from the crowd. I’m not sure who’s supposed to be the heel here but its mixed from the audience as Brock arrives with Heyman. We are treated to him on the mic introducing himself as usual and Brock. Dean Ambrose comes out and things are about to start.

Suplex city begins and within seconds Ambrose is suplexed twice. Out of the ring he rolls to regroup whilst Brock stands tall. The weaponry use begins with a Lesnar taking a kendo stick, but Brock over powers for German number five.

Brock snaps tow kendo sticks in half and pulls off suplex number six, Dean shows no signs of giving up with a thumbs up to the referee. After a considerable beat down Ambrose hits a low blow and gets on top. He strikes with the kendo stick and forces the beast out of the ring. Ambrose takes a dive through the ropes and makes contact.

Ambrose reaches under the ring to pull out a fricking chainsaw. Brock recovers whilst he’s trying to start it and delivers a belly to belly outside. They go back in and Ambrose climbs to the top rope, Lesnar intercepts and jumps up. He throws Ambrose over himself with deadly effect.

More weapons come out here as Ambrose sprays the beast with a fire extinguisher followed by several chair shots. This culminates to a drop kick onto a placed chair. Ambrose is doing all he can to get the advantage and make Brock pay. He gathers more chairs (more than 5) from under the ring and piles them up. Lesnar breaks into a suplex but as he lands, he goes onto the chairs.  An F5 attempt reversed by Ambrose into a DDT onto chair. Near fall.

We see the emergence of the barbed wire baseball bat but Lesnar intercepts and delivers a powerful F5 onto chairs.

Result: Brock Lesnar wins via F5 . A short but brutal match especially for the PG era standards.

WWE Women’s Championship Match – Charlotte V Becky Lynch V Sasha Banks

So a new belt introduced by Lita, new direction for the Divas. One of classiness and so HHH’s three daughters haven’t got to get boob jobs if they decide to enter the business.

Quick three way action to begin with resulting in Charlotte and Sasha being one on one. Becky reappears and Charlotte disappears this time. The others head outside as Ric Flair stands there looking awkward.

All three back in the ring exchanging various moves. Good action at the beginning. Continual exchanges and impressive moves as Sasha dives out onto Charlotte. Ric Flair begins to woo and is then taken out Lynch. This is followed by a high risk moonsault by Charlotte onto the other two divas. Awesome action here so far.

All three divas are going high octane and risk from the top rope. Becky tries to make Charlotte tap but Sasha locks in the bank statement.

Charlotte then gets Sasha in the figure 4 leg lock which is then reversed. Becky looks on from outside and breaks the hold. Saving it.  The match gets to the point where any move from anyone will be enough.

Charlotte makes Becky tap whilst Ric Flair holds Sasha bank out of the ring.

Result : Charlotte wins

 

Shane McMahon V The Undertaker – Hell in a Cell

I’m not sure what the WWE are going for here. In a sense they have cornered themselves. If Shane wins we lose taker at mania and if he loses the Authority continue to reign ( no pun intended).

Shane comes out and brings his three kids with him. A bold move and a statement nodding to the future of WWE. I’m expecting some level of interference in this match to say the least. Then of course the bell tolls, the lights kill and the Deadman arrives, maybe for the last ever time!

A boxing style start, with Taker and Shane quick on their feet and standing off each other. Taker finally grabs hold of McMahon and the onslaught begins. A last ride early on but Shane kicks out. He’s circling the drain early but manages a triangle choke. The steel steps are in the ring and Shane is choke slammed onto them. He kicks out at 2.

McMahon bates out taker and goes for a DDT onto the steel steps. Taker kicks out. Things are slow for now. Hells gate comes and Shane survives and converts into a sharpshooter. This all seems to be about survival for Shane, the longer he lasts the more chance he has got.

He goes under the ring to fetch a foil trash can and sets it up for coast to coast which is successful. A big impact on what has been quite an extreme night so far. Taker kicks out at 2. A weird atmosphere coming from the audience. Is someone coming out? Will this just be it?

Shane goes outside and from under the ring he gets a set of bolt cutters. He proceeds to cut away at one of the cage fence panels as the undertaker comes out. They slowly exchange blows and lifts him into the cage wall and out they both go and into the German announce table. The fight spills out to the announcer’s tables and both of them go through a table. Shane seems to be better for it and grabs a tool chest. He drives it over takers head and lays him out on the table. Shane is heading up. He climbs the side of the cell and goes to the top.

Crowd chanting ‘please don’t die’. He stands and is ready to jump on a laid out taker. As he lands Taker rolls out of the way. Shane is down, taker is somewhat out of it also. What a moment.

Shane begs for more, seriously? They get back into the ring as Taker toys with him and hits the tombstone.

Result: Taker Wins

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Shane takes a dive!

 

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale

 Diamond Dallas Page returns to the ring and is about the only good thing so far about the placement so late on in the night of this battle Royale which is just jobber city. Big Show comes out followed by Shaq O Neil? WTF.

Shaq and Show face off. It doesn’t last. DDP impresses, the outcasts get outcast and Kane gets screwed.

Winner Baron Corbin from NXT

The Rock’s entrance music hits and out he comes to be a part of what has been a rather weird night. Seeing how late it is in the night I’m not sure what this is all about. Having rather just see the main event we are watching the Rock use a flame thrower to ignite a sign of his name instead.

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So he jees up the crowd a little by throwing out a few catchphrases. Then he announces the attendance numbers and that’s it. I could have done that via skype.

Then the arena goes dark and out comes Bray Wyatt with two other mask wearing folk. Bray threatens to ruin the Rock’s moment. The Rock talks well and this then turns into an actual match!

The Rock V Eric Rowan

Rock Bottom, 1 ,2 ,3. He wins in 6 seconds!

Good times. Now the Wyatts circle the ring.

John Cena’s music hits. He’s back. Fruity pebbles. Together Cena and the Rock put the beat down on the Wyatt’s and we see an Attitude Adjustment and Peoples elbow. From what started out weird actually was pretty good.

HHH V Roman Reigns – WWE World Heavyweight Championship- Main Event

So we made it. Just after 4am UK time the promo hit for the main event. Late nights aren’t a problem for me considering I work nights a lot. But saying that I did want to see the final pyro hit for this thing to end.

Okay so for HHH’s entrance we see Stephanie McMahon without trousers on, being a supreme being or something like that. A typical master race entrance for the game.

Roman enters from the stage to a mass of boos, there was even a moment you could tell it had been muted.

More boos throughout the arena for Roman. Maybe they should have booked the main event differently because the audience prefer to see HHH a known and loved wrestler as champion. What are they thinking?

Back and forth action from the two, in and out of the ring. Soon enough things get slow as they exchange rights and lefts. HHH low blows Roman whilst Stephanie is distracting the referee.

They head out and go after the only remaining announcer table. Things continue slowly as HHH performs a neck breaker to Reigns who is laying on the table. They hit the floor and then soon after head back into the ring. HHH remains in the driving seat.

Its been six hours or so since the kick off started and this match is extremely low energy along with the sleepy audience. Both competitors aren’t exactly big show calibre so why so slow.

Finally a big impact move as Reigns spears HHH through the audience dividing wall.

Other than that this main event has been terrible so far. People are all over it on twitter.

Stephanie comes into the ring to order the Referee about. She is speared by Reigns, things have taken off. Pedigree by HHH and Roman kicks out at 2 and a half.

A superman punch to HHH but her kicks out. Stephanie hands HHH a sledgehammer but Reigns continues to barrage him with superman punches. A final spear ends the match.

Although the ending was ok, the premise and final product was terrible.

Result : Roman Reigns is the new champ! But not a person in the arena cheered him.

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So that’s it. Strange night, but there were some gems there. Especially from the arsenal of legends on good terms with the company they can use and roll out. Not the worst wrestlemania but saying that it was weird.

 

 

 

 

 

The Royal Rumble: As it happens review

It’s one versus all and by way of the WWE network myself, Matt Streuli and Aidan Parr tuned in at the wee hours of Monday morning. For the first time in history the stipulation of the thirty man battle royal changed and Roman Reigns puts his WWE world heavyweight championship belt on the line .

Seeing as my last wrestling related blog post gets at least a handful of views weekly, I decided to report the action from Orlando FL as it happened.

 

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The Royal Rumble Kick off show

To begin with were presented with a panel that consisted of both Jerry the King Lawler and Booker T, I couldn’t remember the name of the blonde lady and guy with a tattooed throat but for some time they talked about the statistics of the rumble. Then we saw a video clip probably for the first of five times in the evening as predicted by Mr Parr. Next up we were promised a fatal four way elimination tag match where the winners go into the rumble.

The League of Nations cut a promo pledging their allegiance to their team even though it’s clearly all against all. I quite like the premise of this stable, with both Wade Barret and Sheamus taking this group a little bit tongue in cheek and simply humouring Rusev. I think Alberto Del Rio has a little better poker face but the League of Nations is simply the Rusev humouring society.

Next up Kevin Owens was interviewed and talked about beating John Cena on his WWE debut and then going on to make history tonight with his last man standing match with Dean Ambrose for the IC title.

Fatal Four Way Tag Team Match – Winning team goes into the Rumble

Dudley Boyz vs Mark Henry & Jack Swagger vs Damien Sandow & Darren Young vs The Ascension

It didn’t take long until the referee was overrun and everyone was in the ring after some quick tags and no action from the Dudleys. Then it cut to commercial break? Strange move by the WWE in my honest opinion. Are we showing wrestling or selling the shit that can be found around the network. Advertising to people about the network to an audience who are mainly on the network seems a bit baffling to me.

So we come back and D-von Dudley in being worked over by both of the Ascension. There’s clearly a build up here to Bubba Ray’s hot tag. He comes in and takes out pretty much everyone including a big boot to Mark Henry which is followed up by a ‘wassup’ and then 3-D to one of the Ascension. Out of nowhere Mark Henry gets back in and takes advantage of the downed 3D’d Ascension member and picks up the pin fall.

Result- Mark Henry and Jack Swagger to enter the royal rumble match.

Verdict- We weren’t quite sure the actual rules of this match and Mr Parr did state that Mark Henry may not have been legal. Guess the WWE make their own rules up as they go along. In all honesty the match was too short to really judge it as any good.

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The Royal Rumble

Before the promo hits a limo turns up at the arena and its Vince McMahon and his daughter. After a rather pointless and incoherent interview with JoJo they continue into the arena, although we know they have been there all afternoon.

First Match – Intercontinental Championship – Last man standing

Dean Ambrose (C) vs Kevin Owens

It didn’t take long for this fight to boil over and plough through the announcer team. To my pleasure Owens was thrown into Michael Cole. This then eventually resulted in Ambrose crashing into the timekeepers area collapsing the well-padded wall. The kendo stick made an appearance as both competitors made it back into the ring. Owens then proceeded to take out at least 5 steel chairs and put his feet up in the ring. An arrogant move for the fighter but a show of who was in the driver’s seat early on. Seeing as it’s PG the weapon usage was minimal and impacts were controlled early on.

Both competitors teeter over two set out chairs which eventual results in Ambrose back body dropping Owens onto them. Yet another 4 or five count that both answer to. Crowd chanting ‘this is awesome’ but compared to the Shawn Michaels and Triple H last man standing matches this is pretty tame so far. That is until Owens brings out a table from under the ring or as JBL calls it, home depot. Another table comes out and they are stacked on one another in one corner outside the ring. This is looking like a series of weapon placed spots setting up and eventual win.

Dirty deeds by Ambrose after an impressive back and forth. Owens get up at an eight count but is looking pretty out of it.  Another dirty deeds onto the steel chair but the table set up outside suggests this isn’t over. This time Owens rolls out of the ring at nine and stands on his feet. Ambrose follows and yet another table comes out. Not sure where this is going. Ambrose hits elbow drop through a downed Owens who is on the table. Both are up at eight.

Back in the ring where Ambrose yells his hatred for Owens who replies with the same. Another table set up in the ring and Owens reverses a superplex into a hybrid type slam and sends Ambrose through the wood. Several chairs are set up and Owens lays Ambrose onto them. This happens in the corner where the double stack table is situated. He goes for the top rope and Ambrose rises and pushes him off and through both tables.

Result – Dean Ambrose retains after Owens couldn’t answer a ten count after going through a double stack of tables.

One word verdict – Tabley (if that’s a word)

Second Match -WWE Tag Team Championship

The New Day (c) vs The Uso’s

The New Day emerge with microphones and are in mourning of the loss of their trombone. Then the trumpeting begins, gets the crowd going anyway. Two of the many teams responsible for bringing the tag division back to relevancy do their thing and bring us a traditional back and forth affair. There were high risk out of the ring diving manoeuvres from all involved. Xavier Woods kept the crowd warmed up with Francesca 2.0 making this match a crowd pleaser. All of the tag team boxes were quickly ticked by the six minute mark . Big E picks up the win with the big ending which Aidan enjoyed very much.

A time defying match where you never really felt its length as there was always something going on.

Result- The New Day retain

One word verdict – Fun

Third Match – The United States Championship

Alberto Del Rio (c) vs Kalisto

As a casual part time viewer this seems to be some level of grudge match between the two Mexicans. This also appears to be an underdog story. A very much one sided battle early on with Kalisto breaking out every now and then. This feels somewhat like squash match to me.

As expected a lot of lucha libre stuff. Kalisto taking advantage of his size and high flying ability and started to build some forward momentum. It feels like a matter of time until del rio hits the right move but captivating on his momentum Kalisto pulls off a shock win!

Result- Kalisto new US champ

One word verdict – Lucha!

Fourth Match – The Divas Championship

Charlotte (c) vs Becky Lynch

Personally I think Ric Flair is selling himself short for trying to beef up this exposure to this storyline. Not much has changed in the last twenty years in terms of women’s matches. It’s sad to say that most fans probably are indifferent to how this will go. Saying that Becky Lynch seems to have more get up and go than Charlotte, let’s hope the Dubliner wins.

An energetic start with Becky leading the charge. They head out of the ring where Ric Flair gets involved funnily and kisses Lynch then proceeds to woooo!. Having seen Charlotte perform a few times I’m still not convinced by her in any way. Saying that her athleticism cant be faulted and neither can Becky’s. A longer match for a divas contest and there were a few good high risk moves

Result – Charlotte retains after a spear

One word verdict – Wooooo!

After the match Charlotte continues a beat down and is then interrupted by the emergence of Sasha Banks. She then knocks the already downed Lynch from the ring and looks to be siding with Charlotte. Then she attacks her and gets her into some kind of submission hold setting up a next possible feud.

Fifth Match – The Rumble 

Roman Reigns music hits and the big dog makes his way through the crowd. It’s one versus all and has been 18 years since a back to back winner of the rumble. The odds are truly against the champ. Let’s hope they make him look strong.

The number 2 entrant is Rusev with the lovely Lana alongside him. Before entrant three emerges the champ makes easy work of him. Then OMFG AJ Styles makes his WWE debut.

 

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Shock moment of the night to see AJ Styles head into a WWE ring

Early on AJ and Reigns are looking like they will need to band together in order to survive. They work together in eliminating Curtis Axel. The ring slowly fills up with Y2J, Kane and Goldust.

R-Truth comes down to the ring and oddly pulls out a ladder. He climbs to the top thinking it’s a ladder match and is then quickly eliminated by Kane.

The league of nations appear from the crowd with Vince McMahon and snatch Reigns out of the ring. They take it in turns to beat down on him and eventually results in Rusev splashing him through a table. Looking like they are really showing that the odds are stacked against him. Reigns is carried away by officials and taken to the back.

Kevin Owens limps to the ring after two of the Wyatts are in the ring. AJ styles eliminated by Owens (disappointing). AJ started impressively and took some punishment, impressed with his perfomance overall.

Sami Zayn returns to eliminate Kevin Owens.

At number 21 comes Erik Rowan, so the Wyatts are filling the ring, I can sense they will be involved in the finish. Harper eliminates Neville with a powerful apron clothes line. Stardust quickly follows and hits the outside.

Number 22 is Mark Henry in his eight royal rumble match. He goes after the Wyatts but is slammed to the ground and then in a group effort they dispose of him in less than a minute. Its only a matter of time until they complelty clear the ring, that is just Dean Ambrose and Jericho.

Brock Lesnar the neat incarnate comes out at 23. He eliminate Erick Rowan and hence suplex city beings.

Jack Swagger comes in at 24 and is subject to an F5 and then eliminated by Lesnar. So much for the tag match he won with Henry.

Awesome! The Miz is here at 25. He goes to the commentary table and puts on a headset. He’s clearly stalling his eventual journey to suplex city.

Luke Harper eliminated by Lesnar.

Alberto Del Rio is at 26 and goes straight for the dominant Brock. Ambrose soon locks into them both.

The other Wyatt is eliminated by Lesnar taking out my prediction of them being involved in the finish. Although Bray is yet to arrive and he comes in at 27.

The Wyatts return and enter the ring quickly ganging up on Lesnar. He quickly fights back and faces Bray. Suplex city! Harper and the others come back in breaking up the chance of an F5 to Bray who then delivers sister Abigail. The Wyatts then proceed to eliminate him.

Dolph Ziggler is at 28

The Miz enters and no sign of Reigns. 42 minites have passed. He deliveres the skull crushing finale toe Ziggler.

Sheamus comes in at 29 and during his walk down to the ring the big dog returns and gives a superman punch to the celtic warrior. He runs into the ring.

The last entrant is HHH for his 9th rumble.

Him and Reigns exchange blows and the threat of a pedigree is imminent. Sheamus finally enters and chaos now enuses. Y2j throws in the lion-saults and Ziggler with the Zig Zag.

Dolph is elimated for his efforts and we are down to 5. Trips and Bray face off.  Bray hits the uppercut. Attempts sister Abigail but is brogue kicked and then eliminated.

Jericho with an aerial assualt followed by the code breaker to HHH. He’s then eliminated by Ambrose. Down to 4.

It’s Sheamus, Ambrose, Reigns and Ambrose.

A superman punch to the celtic Warrior and he’s gone. Then Triple H capitalises on Reigns and he is eliminated. The big dog is out of the Royal Rumble

There will be a new champion!

HHH or Ambrose!

They face off. I get a feeling that Ambrose is just a small time rookie compared to the chief operating officer of WWE. Saying that I would take Ambrose as a champion any day,  but nope the Game does it. Over the rope Ambrose goes, although a commendable effort HHH is the new champion. Authority rules the day.

Result – Triple H is the new champ!

One word Verdict – Authority (with Styles coming in at a close second)

Full Rumble Verdict – Not a bad PPV considering its one the big 4. The actual rumble itself felt watchable throughout and didnt seemed to be filled with needless spots. Although they did focus on Reigns quite a lot, after all it will be him at Mania. Some other feuds were set up tonight and AJ Styles is finally in WWE. This will probably be the final chapter of the saga that is the authority, I feel after mania it will be stale.

 

That’s all for this edition of Lee’s Hall of information.

 

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The Authority Reign supreme