FloSlam.tv – Can this new wrestling streaming service be a success?

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This Monday a new pro-wrestling streaming platform, FloSlam.tv, was announced and whilst details remain to be finalised there is a lot of interest surrounding this potentially game-changing service. Following the success of the WWE Network alternative streaming services appear to be the way forward for the wrestling distribution industry and the website already has people stirring about the potential behind this site and whether it will deliver a wrestling fan’s dream or an overly-ambitious nightmare.

At present the website is rather bland (almost like an illegal streaming website), but it is already clear as to some of the programming we can expect to see upon potentially signing-up to the service. WWNLive productions including Evolve, SHIMMER and SHINE appear to be the foundations of what will be offered, with further promotions expected to be added in future, as well as an archive of all WWNLive video dating back to 2003.

Getting to view these PPV’s live on what should be a more reliable webcast than is currently available – Evolve, for example, is sometimes difficult to watch live without a stream mishap – is so appealing as poor production quality often leads to viewer frustration and inevitably turns people away from something they will potentially adore.

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Furthermore to this large catalogue of content, we will also be getting treated to original documentaries featuring the very best wrestlers in the independent companies of the world and the number of companies involved in this program will hopefully increase rather quickly as FloSports are looking to add the very best from the UK and Japan to their network.

The company are apparently searching the globe for even more content from the pro-wrestling hotbeds, Japan and the United Kingdom. So being able to watch the aforementioned companies as well as potentially shows such as Progress, ICW, RevPro, Dragon Gate and more means this streaming system could be astonishing value for wrestling fans who are looking for a simpler, more streamlined way to view some of the leading and highly entertaining independent promotions that may not be easily available to them.

Ring of Honor has also been heavily linked to the FloSlam service so far and should they be a part of this venture it could gain some real momentum and their inclusion would likely be a fruitful way to assist subscriber numbers in taking flight.

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It all sounds very similar to the Network, wouldn’t you say?

Being similar to the WWE Network is certainly not a bad thing; after all, the service currently has just under 1.5 million paying users on its books. Hence why WWE have invested in this new streaming site. They clearly see the value in streaming wrestling rather than in the PPV purchasing system but is this new platform worth purchasing? On the other hand to the many positives listed above, there are some clear concerns.

For starters, PWG, whom many see as the best indie promotion currently running, have already turned down a deal with the site without even considering the move. They make a heap of their income on DVD Sales and removing their exclusivity would likely have a hugely negative impact on the number of discs they would ship after each event. On top of that, a lot of the talent they use may be restricted by TV deals meaning that, had they opted to move to the FloSlam system, some of the wrestlers may not have been available to work for PWG.

Secondly, Dave Meltzer has mentioned that WWE, despite being an investor, are unhappy with Flosports already. It is unclear as to why but one would imagine it has something to do with their partnership with Evolve – maybe they were looking to put some Evolve programming onto the Network rather than another streaming application? Or perhaps it is due to their lack of content control? At this point a concrete reason for their disappointment remains to be seen and all speculation should be taken with a pinch of salt and should be food for thought only.

Finally, we have to address the elephant in the room. The price. $20 per month, which is £16.64 for us British folk. Now if this service fails to deliver on its early promises it will almost undoubtedly not be worth you cash; a large catalogue spanning the world of quality independent companies is vital in the making or the breaking of the FloSports service. If they manage to get hold of ROH programming and beyond this could be an absolute revelation for independent streaming and lead to a lot more talent breaking through into the big leagues. So let the balancing act ensue.

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The ultimate question remains then, can this new FloSlam.tv streaming service be a success for independent wrestling? Yes, it can be a success if they manage to expand their catalogue of companies as speculated so far – and I really hope it does take off, an oasis of indie wrestling is something I am very interested in getting behind. Supporting your favourite wrestlers and promotions raises the game across the board and as a collective these companies could experience a real boom thanks to the new website.

However, I would wait before putting your hard-earned money on the line. $20 per month is pretty steep given the little content they have readily available and the fact that the WWE Network and New Japan World are both available at a much cheaper rate. But give it a couple of months and it could be the best thing to happen to the wrestling business in some time. I’m excited, and I hope you are too, FloSlam may be the one to watch for 2017.

Big Damo – Literally Wrestling’s Next Big Thing

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Look at the fucking sheer size of this man. This gigantic titan is none other than Irish-born, 6’3”, 295 pound juggernaut, Big Damo. Dubbed ‘The Beast from Belfast,’ Damo is thriving within the flourishing UK wrestling scene in promotions such as ICW, What Culture Pro Wrestling and Progress Wrestling and the sky is the limit at the minute for his career.

Upon first look, one could not blame you for wondering why a very large, presumably lumbering wrestler is grabbing the headlines. Well simply put – he’s not lumbering at all – he is, in fact, the complete opposite.

Trained by NXT champion Finn Balor amongst others, Damo was formerly a solid technical wrestler but his fighting style evolved as his size grew; blending his previous technicalities with brutal brawling to create something that is quite simply, phenomenal. He has personally refined his craft to an absolute tee which has seen him become one of the hottest commodities in British wrestling and has supposedly put him on the radar of WWE.

Reports have suggested that Damo, along with fellow British wrestling superstars Noam Dar and Tommy End, is set for a NXT tryout in September and surely he is set to impress the likes of William Regal and Matt Bloom with his fearsome look and unexpected, unbelievable moveset.

Seeing him soar from post-to-post a la Shane O’ Mac, hit a phenomenal Celtic cross and perform a cannonball far bigger than WWE’s Kevin Owens really is a spectacle to behold – and the fans have obviously taken to Damo as a result. After all, there are few more thrilling sights in wrestling than an enormous fighter wrestling like an athlete half his size.

Having held a whole heap championships across Britain, including the highly prestigious ICW Heavyweight Championship, the big man has evolved emphatically in the past 12 months and his intimidating appearance paired with his aforementioned unreal athletic abilities clearly make him a must-see act. Do yourself a favour and take any chance you get to see this colossus perform – you will not be disappointed.