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on 13 April 2013
Holy Grail: The True Story of British Wrestling Revival
By Greg Lambert.
Published by AuthorHouse.
Released November 20, 2012.
224 Pages, paperback.

Greg Lambert has been a fan of wrestling his whole life and active within the industry for just over a decade. He has worked as a heelistic manager for arguably at one time Britain's number one promotion, Frontier Wrestling Alliance, along with being a party to a booking team for the same promotion, eventual part owner and booker. He has ran his own company X Wrestling Alliance, been a regular host on the WrestleTalk Radio show. Further to that, Greg Lambert has also been a long stay writer for Europe's most popular professional wrestling magazine Power Slam and for a local newspaper based in Morecombe.

What you have here is a rollercoaster ride of a two people's passion to reinvigorate a fledging independent UK wrestling scene. It is biographical in places of the storyteller, Greg Lambert, starting off with how he found himself involved and interested into the aforementioned industry whilst listening to Talk Sports, WrestleTalk. You then follow him through a journey starting with a young hopeful promoter, getting exposure on the WrestleTalk show itself along with meeting someone who would go on to be a favourite wrestler, long term friend, business associate and the other person this book is centered around, Alex Shane. From here you pretty much go step by step through the tumultuous promotion that was Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA), not that the layout of this written piece is that rigid, rather, Lambert reminisces on past events that effected his life, he delves into the histories and futures of wrestlers as they become relevant to the story. Greg captures what he and many others felt was the magic of the FWA in an enchanting manner with Holy Grail, painting a picture of not only what it took behind-the-scenes to make the shows a reality but also what transpired during the shows themselves. He truly gives clear insight to some of the colourful personalities in the United Kingdom along with overseas wrestlers that frequently travelled to further enhance the scene, the words provided by Lambert then get heightened by portions of interviews he has conducted with a plethora of talent over the years.

If like myself you don't know much about the history of British wrestling since the 1990's, you will be surprised to find a plethora of names such as Mick Foley, Bret Hart, Low Ki, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, Doug Williams, Wade Barrett, Jake Roberts, Takeshi Morishima, Kenta Kobashi, and Mitsuharu Misawa just to name some of the names that appear in this book. Then of course you have an unbelievable list of talent from across England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland to name just a few, Stixx, Marty Scurll, Rockstar Spud, Jack Storm, Johnny Storm, Jody Fleisch, Martin Stone, Zack Sabre Jr., El Ligero, Bubblegum, Darren Burridge, and Dave Mastiff. Compact with all these top names from both sides of the Atlantic this tale of passion flows nicely, not becoming just a boring fest of dates, politics and general disappointment. Instead we get various different views at what happened, the scene itself, and the wrestlers involved during the FWA years that continue all the way up until the eventual demise.

There is only one flaw with the True Story of British Wrestling's Revival, it is wrongly named. Do not expect an in depth look at all the different promotions that have sprouted up in the last few years or the few promotions that existed before the turn of the century. Holy Grail instead is the wonderful inside story of one of, if not the most influential wrestling promotions in the United Kingdom since World of Sport was taken off of the air. By the end of the book you will not be disappointed that it focuses mainly on the FWA, Greg Lambert, and Alex Shane. Lambert as you would expect being a journalist by trade manages to put the book together in a great way, with his 'gimmick' shining through at times but also offering a rare candidness into his own mind set and emotions that he travelled through along the path that was the FWA's attempt at British Wrestling's Revival. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the UK wrestling scene and also to anyone who enjoys wrestling books, this was a good interesting read.

4/5 Stars.

Jimmy Wheeler
@MadDepth
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on 11 December 2012
Believe it or not British wrestling continued on after the days of World of sport. Many wrestlers continued to ply there trade and a mini resurgence was seen from the year 2000 onwards. This book chronicles how British wrestling made a comeback and how close it was to really hitting the big time again and also the story of why it will probably never happen without a true businesssman at the helm.

There is a whole host of interesting characters that you feel you really get to know with mentions of how very well known WWE wrestlers when they where learning there trade and how being in the UK helped them learn from the numerous unheralded British stars.

British wrestling never died and only the World of sport fanboys would have you believe "the good old days" where really so superior to the wrestlers who came after them. There was and are some supremely talented UK wrestlers who deserve there names in print as Greg Lambert has chronicled here.

A great read from start to finish with humour,sadness,highs,lows and dissapointment in abundence. Highly reccomended
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on 31 March 2013
A deeply personal history of a British wrestling promotion from the centre of the organization. At times it seems Alan Partridge has upped sticks and moved to Morecambe but the authors true passion for the `business` and delight at being involved make this a readable account for those who care about old wrestling cards and the machinations behind the scenes.
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on 18 December 2012
It's actually far more autobiographical than the blurb might suggest, though obviously Greg was involved in some way with a lot of stuff -- it's not a comprehensive history of the past decade in British wrestling, but rather the whole FWA/Alex Shane Supershow element of it. It comes across as very honest covering both the good and bad sides of people -- particularly Alex Shane -- though there's a very clear pattern of people absolutely loving being in wrestling, but ending up much happier and healthier when they are out of it. It's also got a very good balance of the in-ring/on-screen stuff and the behind-the-scenes stories. As you'd expect from a trained and professional journalist it's well-written and very readable. If you're a particular fan of the British scene of the 2000s it may be worth getting in print, but on the Kindle it's a bargain for any wrestling fan.
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on 24 March 2013
Having watched the growth and expansion of the Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA) in the early 2000s from afar - I never actually travelled to see any of their shows - a book about the promotion by someone who had been involved both as a fan and behind the scenes piqued my interest.

Compared to other books on recent British wrestling, I would say that this is the best one out there, however, I get the distinct feeling that Greg is holding back in some regards. All in all, Greg Lambert has produced a sterling piece of work in journalling how an upstart British wrestling promotion sought fame and the ultimate "holy grail" (a television deal), only for them to crumble as they got agonisingly close to their dreams.
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on 11 February 2013
I was a keen fan of the FWA who attended many of the events that took place and it must be said that Greg gives a unique perspective of the wrestling promotion that saw the cream of British Wrestling and US indie talent go through its doors in the mid noughties.

It is written in a chronological style and breaks the fourth wall in relation to what took place behind the scenes within the FWA which saw it rise and ultimately fall.

A must read for anyone who ever wondered why FWA Events always started late, why we never saw Alex Shane take on Ulf Hermann, what happened with Jake Roberts at Brent Town Hall and whether the FWA ever made big money

Can't wait for Greg to write the sequel.
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on 24 September 2014
As a host of a UK wrestling radio show, I talk weekly about the American scene. However I never knew much about the inner workings of the FWA. This book is a fascinating read, Greg explains things in a simple but numerous tine and his stories about the FWA locker room and relationship with Alex Shane really make you feel you are sharing in his experience. I have worked with Greg before and remember covering the final FWA event against ipw:UK, is recollection is spot on. Go out buy This and enjoy
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on 21 July 2013
This book is a must for any fan of British or American wrestling. To read about how the scene was all but buried after world of sport was cancelled and how only a few promoters still clung on to the glory days is quite upsetting. To discover how many new promotions out there have tried failed and tried again to raise British wrestling back to a level where it can compete with the likes of TNA or WWE is heart warming.
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on 13 December 2012
A really great read, Lambert is honest about his own shortcomings and the shortcomings of others, whilst going out of his way not to needlessly attack anyone. The story the book tells is an intriguing one, full of twists and turns, and some things so bizarre you couldn't make them up!

Lambert is seriously underselling himself with the price of this Kindle book - it'd be cheap at twice the price.
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on 10 February 2015
A truly great read from a pioneer of modern British wrestling , I am becoming more interested in British wrestling , with great promotions such icw out there british wrestling stands on the brink of a new golden era, this book talkative through the highs and lows of the features

Greg Lambert is truly passionate about British wrestling and may be Britain's answer to Paul Heyman
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