TIDAL: Our Time Down Here

Sunday’s are best when there is a Tidal show on. This was the second event in new home Temple of Boom, and unlike last time there was seating available which made it a much more relaxing Sunday. A couple of big names had pulled outvof the show, but the card was still stacked and it was a great experience.

Brady Phillips vs Stealth vs Visage

Brady is a wrestler I first saw last year in a multiman match for TIDAL. I remember thinking at the time he stood out as being act above and he has continued to impress me since. Stealth was also someone I was fairly impressed by in a multiman match last year, possibly the same match. And visage is someone who is new to me. All three can wrestle well, Visage has a great character that I hope to see develop at TIDAL and the match was a great opener. I did feel that Brady again stood out as the best of the bunch.

El Ligero vs Soner Dursun

This was a rematch from a previous show. Soner is and excellent heel and I thought played the part well. Aye he debuted in Tidal last year in not sure if he was supposed to be a heel, but the fact he was from mamchestergained him heat and he certainly ran with it. This match was excellent. Soner is really good, and its no secret that I think Ligero is one of the top 10 wrestlers in the world at the moment. Great match, told a good story and after plus a later segment meant it looks like we will see them face off again.

Chief Deputy Dunne vs Sean Only

Sean has recently had a face turn in Tidal, where previously he was the top heel. He is still finding his feet character wise as a face but he has made subtle changes to his persona and style and in ring is looking like he could be a top face sooner rather than later. Dunne is a great worker who is experienced and great at drawing heat. Another great match.

Lion Kings vs Aussie Open

This was an I treating line up. Putting internationally renowned tag tag Aussie open, fresh from matches withSanadaand Evil amongst others,against the lion kings. A local team that haven’t been teaming long at all. This was a cracking match. Probably my favourite if the night. Some great team work, excellent wrestling and stealth splattering if storytelling and comedy. Superb.

Luke Menzies vs Sheik El Sham

Menzies continues to impress. Moving from strength to strength looking more impressive by the match. His opponent today was a great worker who drew heat from the crowd, a great match and a finish which left the crowd baying for the blood of usually Baby face ref Cowboy John Parker.

Lil Miss Roxxy vs Rhio vs Shauna Shay

Roxxy is a stalwart of the local scene and the defending TIDAL WOMEN’S CHAMPION. Shauna Shay was making her second appearance and looked great last time, and Rhio is someone I’d not seen before but know has had success in PCW. This match was great. The 3 ladies worked well and out in agreed match that at different point a had me thinking a win was coming for each one.

Dave Mastiff vs H T Drake

This was a cracker. Mastiff is one of the UKs top heavyweights and Drake is becoming a star in many UK markets. This took the usual tidal main event approach of brawling through the crowd, but when all was said and done they were back. A great match.

Overall I loved the show, great matches, a great atmosphere and not one bit of stupid, ridiculous overlooking of finishers that seems so prevalent today


RISE: Blackout

Yesterday saw RISE: Blackout (or RISE: Blowout if you bought an early bird ticket like me!) It was the second RISE show that had taken place at Temple of Boom, and was a triumphant return. Apologies if the order is slightly out.

The first show took place in the early evening and had the quarter final matches for the no1 contenders tournament.

Sean Only vs Amir Jordan

Sean Only is fast becoming the MVP of the Leeds wrestling scene. He always cuts amazing promos, has real heat when working as a heel (as he was here) and really pulls the crowd behind him as a face. Amir oozes charisma and is loved by the crowd so this was a match that had a great atmosphere. Amir improves every time I see him and the added dynamic of Boy 1 and Boy 2 made for a really good and entertaining match. Stand out match for the first show. Only won, but interference meant he was then disqualified from the main event.

Little Joe vs Saxon Huxley

This was a decent match from 2 good workers, interference from CJ Banks and Lizzie Styles set up a great angle for later in the show.

Danny Darko vs Dom Black

This match was a good solid match from two solid workers. Black is really growing on me and is a heel you just love to hate. Darko is on a mission to get over, but has failed to quite connect despite some great matches so far.

Michael Caden vs Big Joe

On his was to the ring Big Joe was attacked by Darwin and Little Joe, his main rival over the last year, Caden, made the save. Both were put through to the main event

The main show started a little late, and some of te crowd were getting agitated, as were David Graves and Amir Jordan who got in the ring and ran through a few moves, until Graves leg hurt too much to continue.

Next up was a killer promo by the Darwin family who really drew some nuclear heat from the RISE faithful.

Saxon Huxley vs CJ Banks

This was, for me, the match if the night. I like Both these guys and have seen both have killer matches before, but I felt that this was the best match I’ve ever seen either of them. Told a great story, built on the earlier angle and showed a real brutal side of CJ.

Danny Hudson open challenge

Jack Warrington was his opponent, but the match was great. Two guys working a crowd really well and showing some great moves.

Brothers of Rage vs England’s Hardest Men

I only saw part of this match, so can’t really say much about it. It started well.

Boris Koslov vs HT Drake

Drake is an excellent worker, I’ve never seen him have anything other than a great match, but he doesn’t seem to click with the RISE faithful. I think perhaps the gimmick killer gimmick could be working against him here, as RISE is full of OTT characters and the crowd love to get behind him. Perhaps he could tweak the gimmick killer image a little and really get over as a heel. Boris is perhaps the most OTT gimmick in RISE and he is as over as one gets. This match was a classic with both wrestlers showing how good they are.

Lizzie Styles vs Lil Miss Roxxy

Lizzie is one of my favourites in the local scene. All her matches that I’ve seen have been great and she always has the crowd where she wants them. This performance was a little different as I’m used to seeing her work face, but she showed shed just as good at working heel. She changed up her ring style and her crowd interactions and it was brilliant. Roxxy is a great underdog baby face and played her part really well in this brilliant match.

Leonardo Darwin vs Roxxy

After the match, as Roxxy lay prone on the floor Darwin arrived and announced that Roxxy was to be his hand picked opponent, what followed was nothing short of brilliant. Darwin beat down the already battered underdog despite her best efforts to regain a foothold.

Then followed a ref bump, some brass knucks, interference and a NEW RISE CHAMPION!

After a couple of minutes, Cowboy John found the brass knucks and restarted the match, and Darwin stole the win. Brilliant from all involved, and real vitriolic heat from the crowd at Darwin.

Big Joe vs Michael Caden vs Little Joe vs Danny Darko

This hardcore fatal 4 way was typical of RISE hardcore matches. Fighting left the building, into the snow, light tubes, chairs, bins, madness. It was a great end to the night with all involved showing just how mental they are. Hopefully CZW will see it before they book next year’s tournament of death. One nice spot was after slamming Caden onto a crate of Carlsberg Darko started passing out Cans, which certainly helped his mission to get over with the faithful. In the end Big Joe stood tall and a stand off with Darwin set up the title match for wr—— Point at the sign nicely.

All in All, a very enjoyable show.

2018 – So far so good.

2017 felt like a water shed year in wrestling, particularly British wrestling, and I got the feeling that some worried as we headed into 2018 that the bubble would burst. This has not happened as yet and I feel that worldwide we’ve had a good start.


The women have continued to break new ground. We’ve had an women’s rumble and elimination chamber – both fantastic. All 3 women’s divisions are strong enough to hold more than one spot on a PPV card and we’ve had the signing if Ronda Rousey to bring some extra eyes to the division as we head into mania season. Looks like WWE are serious about continuing this push.

Meanwhile the means divisions have also managed to produce some excellent matches so far in WWE and look at the gauntlet match from raw, in particular Rollins 3 matches, to get an idea of this.

205 live is stronger than ever and NXT continues to produce the goods. AoP vs Undisputed Era and Cien vs Gargano both from Takeover Philadelphia being 2 of WWEs best matches so far.

New Japan

This is a promotion that continues to grow worldwide, wrestlekingdom again produced the goods and the involvement of Y2J will certainly have brought more attention to it in north America. A real strong start and potentially and even better year.


RevPro have now got a women’s champion and the have held the first of their York hall shows, which was a cracker. They also seem to have upped their game when it comes to booking cracking cards for their smaller shows too.


Going from strength to strength, embarking on some massive shows this year with 3 dates at Ally Pally, Victoria warehouse Manchester and Wembley. The cards for all the chapters have been great and produced the goods and their live at the dome shows are also proving massively enjoyable.

Live events

So far I’ve managed 5 live shows in 2018. Not too bad given we’re only 8 weeks in but far less than some have managed.

RISE Rumble 5th Jan, Brudenel Social Club, Leeds

Local promotion RISE ran this shows, the second half of which was a 30 man rumble which must have gone past the 90 minute mark. It was an incredible show, the undercard had some crackers, including an amazing bout between David Graves and Liam Slater. The rumble was my favourite rumble ever, and the heat the heel winner got at the end was insane.

REVPRO: High Stakes 2018 – York Hall, Bethnal Green

This was another cracking York Hall show, some phenomenal matches and an all round great time. Highlights for me were Adam Brooks vs Ryan Smile, MAndrews vs Will Ospreay and Aussie Open vs Sanada and Evil.

Tidal: Wipeot – Temple of Boom, Leeds

Another of our local promotions trying out a new venue for size. Some amazing matches, the highlight for me being David Graves vs HT Drake l. You can read my full review here.

PROGRESS 63 – 02 Ritz, Manchester

Another amazing show from PROGRESS. Every match was phenomenal, hard to choose highlights but I’d have to go with Tyler Bate vs ZSJ, Travis Banks vs TK Cooper vs Chris Brookes and the Grizzled Young Vets vs Havoc and Haskins.

NGW- PUDSEY Civic Hall, Leeds

An NGW show on the doorstep with cheap tickets on Groupon, what’s not to like?! Highlights definitely Nathan Cruz on the mic, Grado vs Kirby Nathan Cruz vs Justin Sysum and Lizzie Styles vs Chardonnay, but all matches were cracking. Read my fuller review here.

So that’s Jan and Feb, now we move to March, which starts in style tomorrow with another RISE show.


I’ve been aware of NGW for a while, I’ve watched a number of episodes of their TV show and have always been impressed with the strength of the roster. This was my first live experience and I have to say it was very enjoyable over all. The venue was good interesting and there was a great atmosphere.

The show started with the good news that we were in solid refereeing hands with Cowboy John, local hero.

Luke Menzies vs Justin Sysum

The hammer was scheduled to take on Nathan Cruz in the main event, but in the opening promo Nathan stated he wasn’t going to wrestle unless Justin could first beat the debuting monster Luke Menzies. This was a good solid match, Justin looked fluid and a great worker, and Menzies looks more and more impressive every time I see him. A great start.

Sons of Ulaid vs Amir Jordan and Ace Matthews

This was a solid match including 4 great workers. I’ve only seen Sons of Ulaid live once before and they impressed then as they did today. Jordan oozes charisma and his in ring work is steadily improving. Matthews is solid and strikes me as someone ready to move up the card, although I think his gimmick needs tweaking a little to do this. I could see him in a good main event run as a heel.

Grado vs Martin Kirby

This match was amazing. It was comedy gold that booked the crowd and took us on a ride of emotions. Grado is solid and his success speaks for himself, Kirby on the other hand seems to be a bit forgotten too often. He’s an incredible worker, I’ve seen him tons of times over the past 15 years or so and he’s never had a match anything less than great. He can do comedy extremely Well, but it’s not all he can do, I’ve seen him have excellent technical matches and he’s equally as effective as a heel or a face. Perhaps the most underrated wrestler on the scene today.

Rampage vs Matt Myers

Both these guys are staples of the Yorkshire wrestling scene and both are very good. Rampage is probably my favourite heavyweight on the British circuit and Myers is another who has great matches with everyone. Both can wrestle face or heel, today RAMPAGE was the heel and the story they told was great.

Chardonnay vs Lizzie Styles

I didn’t know Lizzie was on the card, and her music hitting was a great surprise. She’s a superb wrestler who has recently has a great run as champion in Tidal, one of our local Leeds promotions. I’d not seen chardonnay wrestle before, but she showed she is also a talented wrestler. This was a great match, although it looked as though Lizzie hurt her knee. I hope she was just selling, and if not I wish her a speedy recovery.

The Showstealer vs The Hammer

No, not Alex Shane vs Greg Valentine, but Nathan Cruz vs Justin Sysum. Nathan is one of my top 3 wrestlers at the moment, and I’ve not had the pleasure of seeing him live since he left PROGRESS so this was a match that had me excited. It didn’t disappoint, the story was great, Nathan was awesome and Justin looked incredible in this match. He’s looked great vs Menzies earlier but he really took it up a notch for this one probably a combination of holding back earlier knowing he had to wrestle later, and this time being in against someone as skilled and experienced as Cruz.

All in all, an excellent show. Topped off by a chance meeting with BritWres legend Alex Shane outside. I’ll definitely be heading back to NGW.


This was the first Tidal show of the year, and as such was an exciting event. We are lucky, here in Leeds, to have two great promotions running regularly. Tidal, and RISE. This was Tidal’s first show at their new home, Temple of boom. A great little venue that RISE also run in from time to time.

The card was exciting to me; it included David Graves challenging HT Drake for the Tidal championship and a co-main event of El Ligero vs Soner Dursun. The rest of the card looked good too.

Match 1: Crashboat vs Ruby Radley and Shay

This intergender tag match was for the Tidal open championship, currently held by Jack Bandicoot (or possibly by the tag team Crashboat). The open championship is open to anyone, tag teams, male wrestlers, female wrestlers etc. Back in the day, it was defended in matches that worked in rounds. The match was fast and enjoyable. Ruby is an excellent worker who has been a star in the local women’s divisions for a while. Crashboat (Jack Bandicoot and The Pop Punk Kid Jake Silver) are two of the rising stars of the local scene. Both mixed solid working with a good amount of comic relief to create a highly entertaining high-flying tag team. Shay was making her Tidal debut and looked extremely solid and hard hitting. This was a great opener and I enjoyed it very much.

Match 2: Arcadian vs Terry Isit

This match was between two wrestlers I had yet to see, which is always an exciting prospect. Arcadian is a spaceman who was over with a lot of the crowd. Terry came out and was a heat seeking missile, immediately rubbing the crowd up the wrong way with his arrogance during his ring walk. His ring work backed up his arrogance and these two put on an interstellar match. I hope to see them both, but particularly Terry, back in Tidal soon.

Match 3: Sean Only vs Sugar Dunkerton

Sean Only has been one of the top heels in Tidal since I first started attending shows regularly. He is cocky, arrogant and a great wrestler who does not mind taking shortcuts. He is the defacto leader of a stable called the service who have run rough shod over the company for a while. Recently, however, he seems to have had a change of heart, and when his stablemates arrived with pool cues to help him out in this match he sent them away.

Sugar was over from America; I had heard good things about him but had not yet had the pleasure of watching any of his matches. This one was great, the crowd were well into it and it told a story of Sean Only trying to become a better person, trying not to cheat to gain an advantage, trying to do things right. Afterwards, Sean took a beat down after from the rest of the service and was saved by tag champions The Lion Kings.

Match 4: The Lion Kings vs The Service

The Lion Kings are the Ugandan Warrior N’Sereko and local legend Sebb Strife. N’Sereko is fairly new to tidal, but Sebb has been a stalwart of the promotion for a long time. Previouly working as a commentator while injured. They are both excellent workers, and Sebb is far more agile than it seems possible for a man his size to be. They were up against former Tidal Champion Dara Diablo and Dan Evans. A solid team made up of two guys who can really go. Dara especially has a great style and is amazing a whipping the crowd up into a hate-filled frenzy. The match was another cracker and the crowd went mad for a lion kings win.

Match 5: Ace Matthews vs Luke Menzies

Ace Matthews previous teamed with David Graves as part of Go Team sports, they were a good team and always well received. Since Matthews last came to Tidal, Graves has risen to the top, and Ace seems a little bitter about being left behind, coming out with a real distain for the crowd that cleverly brought heat straight to him. His opponent was Luke Menzies, Yorkshires own Brock Lesnar in training. The WWE are hot on Menzies and each time I see him I understand why. He has the look, has a great skillset for someone who has not been in the business long and has a superb grasp of ring psychology given his short time in the business. This match was great and I hope to see Menzies more before his inevitable move to Florida.

Match 6: Violet O’Hara vs Lil Miss Roxy

This match pitted the current champion, Roxy, against the former champion who never lost. Violet is a dynamo and was a great women’s champion who sadly had to relinquish the tidal due to health reasons. The crowd were into the match and both ladies had their supporters amongst the tidal faithful. I really enjoyed this one and hope it is a feud that continues.

Match 7: El Ligero vs Soner Dursun

This is the second Tidal show in a row where he has been pitted against a local hero. Last time out the Mancunian received a lot of heat when going up against Leeds’s own David Graves, and this time he received the same reaction when he went up against Leeds’s favourite Mexican. The match was great. Ligero is, for me, one of the best three or four wrestlers currently working the UK scene regularly and I enjoy every match I see of his. Soner is a great young worker who I have only seen a few times but has so far always looked good. A great match with a great story and some impressive moves.

Match 8: HT Drake vs David Graves

HT Drake won the title at the last tidal show, it took him a long time and many chances and he won it in a face vs face stand-off with Rampage Brown. The crowd that night favoured Rampage, possibly due to him being more local, but Drake still got the respect and applause from everyone on winning.

This time out, for his first defence he took on David Graves. Graves has been around tidal for a while. Previously he was part of a tag team and feuded with many people. Things changed for Graves in 2017. He spent more time as a singles wrestler, took on a more sinister edge to his in ring work and his look. The net result was that in many ways 2017 was his year. In Tidal (vs Joey Janela), and our other local promotion RISE (vs Liam Slater), Graves had what many others and I would call the match of the year for each. He has risen through the ranks. This was his big shot at the title.

The crowd were massively invested in the match. Many getting massively behind Graves to the point it almost felt as if Drake was the heel, even though he is certainly also loved by many of those in attendance. The match was an instant classic and I am sure it will be in the discussion come December for Tidal match of the year. Graves came up a tad short this time, but I hope that he will fight his way to the top for another, more successful shot.


I’ve not written a lot in here in recent months. This has been due to a lack of time, rather than a lack of wrestling. I’ve seen some amazing stuff recently, all year in fact. I thought I’d take the opportunity to note down some stuff about 2017:

I attended 25 live shows this year, which was great. Here in Leeds we have 2 excellent promotions running regularly called Tidal and RISE, if your local and haven’t yet been check them out. As well as shows from these two I’ve been to a few PROGRESS shows, some RevPro and others. Full breakdown by promotion:




WWE x2

RevPro x2

RevPro/NJPW/ROH x1

ICW x1



Futureshock x1

I enjoyed all the shows. I’m aiming for 30 next year. I already have tickets for 10 shows over the space of the year including 2 new promotions and I have my eye on a lot more.

Here are some of my favourite things in 2017 in wrestling.

Match of the year: I’ve tried to include only 1 match from each wrestler in each category. I haven’t split WWE into attended and attended live as I only got to 2 WWE house shows.


1, Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate – NXT TAKEOVER 

2, AJ Styles vs John Cena – Royal Rumble

3, Brock Lesnar vs Bill Goldberg – Mania

Non – WWE watched on tv:

1, Okada vs Omega – Wrestle Kingdom

2, El Ligero vs Nathan Cruz – Old man yells at cloud

3, WALTER vs David Starr – wXw 16 carat 

Non-WWE attended live:

1, Marty Scurll vs Zack Sabre Jr – REVPRO High Stakes

2, David Graves vs Liam Slater – RISE Summersesh 

3, Zack Gibson vs El Ligero – PROGRESS 46




2, Wrestlemania

3, Summerslam


1, Wrestle Kingdom

2, Super Strong Style 16

3, wXw 16 Carat

That I attended:

1, PROGRESS Chase the sun

2, RevPro High Stakes

3, RISE Summer Sesh

Male Wrestler of the year:

WWE: AJ Styles 

NON-WWE; British – El Ligero 

Non Brit- Okada

Female Wrestler of the year:

WWE: Alexa Bliss

NON-WWE: British – Jinny

Non-Brit: Toni Storm

Tag team of the year:

WWE: Breezango

NON-WWE: Grizzled Young Vets 

BREAKOUT STAR: David Graves 

Top 3 moments:

1) TK and Dhalia return to PROGRESS 

2) Matt Hardy gets woken 

3) Don Callis and Scott D’amore take over impact.

Promotion of the year: PROGRESS 

Predictions for 2018:

David Graves and Spike Trivet will have big years.

Aleister Black will make an impact on main roster.

Miz will break Jericho’s record.

5* will cancel more shows.


Blimey, what a month this was, Live I saw RevPro, ROH/NJPW/CMLL, TIDAL, RISE and WCPW all in the space of about 10 days. It was incredible. Plus there was the second half of the G1. It’s been hard to marrow it down, but I reckon the 5 I enjoyed most were (to narrow it down I tried to limit it to 1 match per wrestler/promotion):

5: Asuka vs Ember Moon – NXTTAKEOVER 

This was an incredible march on a truly fantastic show. Each match on the card was immense and I think in the end this was my favourite.

4: Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe vs Braun Strowman – Summerslam

Another decent card for August, but this match was the best by a mile. It was truly perfect for what it was.

3: David Graves vs Liam Slater – 2 out of 3 falls – RISE Summer sesh

Two incredible young local.talents putting on a technical wrestling match as good as any you’ll see. In a tiny ding in a tiny room. Amazing.

2: Will Ospreay vs Marty Scurll – WCPW Stacked 17

Marty vs Will is a match for the ages and this one was incredible. On a stacked card that also featured Rey vs Ricochet, Mike Bailey vs Takahashi and Travis Banks vs Kushida it still somehow managed to shine brightest.

1: Kenny Omega vs Kazichuka Okada – G1 Climax 

The third instalment in an incredible feud was again perfection. And a great pay off. I’m intrigued to see when they will meet again. These have to be the two best wrestlers working today.

  • Ibushi vs Tanahashi – G1 Climax 
  • Evil vs Omega – G1 Climax 
  • Tanahashi vs Makabe – G1 Climax 
  • ZSJ vs Naito – G1 Climax 
  • Sanada vs Kojima – G1 Climax 
  • Juice vs Omega – G1 Climax 
  • Evil vs Okada – G1 Climax 
  • Ibushi vs Yoshi Hashi – G1 Climax 
  • Naito vs Makabe – G1 Climax 
  • Tanahashi vs Ishii – G1 Climax 
  • Elgin vs EVIL – G1 Climax 
  • Omega vs Sanada – G1 Climax 
  • Okada – Suzuki – G1 Climax 
  • Goto vs Ibushi – G1 Climax 
  • Tanahashi vs Naito – G1 Climax 
  • Ishii vs ZSJ – G1 Climax 
  • Elgin vs Juice – G1 Climax
  • Okada vs Omega – G1 Climax 
  • Bucks vs Ricochet and Tagushi – G1 Climax 
  • Warmachine vs Cody/Page – G1 Climax 
  • Bubblegum vs DJZ vs El Ligero – TCW LEEDS 
  • Sexsmith vs Trivet – TCW LEEDS 
  • Brookes vs ZSJ – Summer Sizzler 
  • Gibson vs Castle – Summer Sizzler 
  • Rey vs Marty – Summer Sizzler 
  • Jay White vs Travis Banks – Summer Sizzler 
  • Jushin thunder liger vs Josh Bodom – Summer Sizzler 
  • Briscoes vs All Day Swerve – Summer Sizzler 
  • Mark Briscoe vs Ryan Smile – WOTW London 
  • Kushida vs Titan – WOTW London 
  • LIJ vs Bullet Club – WOTW London
  • Hideo Itami vs Aleister Black – NXT Takeover 
  • Asuka vs Ember – NXT TAKEOVER 
  • Roode vs McIntyre – NXT TAKEOVER 
  • Ambrose/Rollins vs Shemus/Cesaro – Summerslam
  • AJ vs KO – Summerslam 
  • Brock vs Joe vs Reigns vs Braun – Summerslam 
  • Kushida vs Travis Banks – WCPW
  • Ricochet vs Rey Mysterio – WCPW
  • Marty Scurll vs Will Ospreay – WCPW
  • Liam Slater vs David Graves – RISE
  • El Ligero vs Saxon Huxley vs Pastor Bill Eaver vs Joe Conners – RISE
  • Sean Only vs Boris Kozlov – RISE 
  • Kairi Saine vs Tessa Blanchard – MYC 
  • Grizzled young vets vs FSU- PROGRESS 54
  • Doug Williams vs Tim Thatcher – PROGRESS 54
  • Gallagher vs Gibson – PROGRESS NYC 
  • Walter vs Riddle – PROGRESS NYC 
  • Travis Banks vs Jack Gallagher – PROGRESS Boston
  • Ringkampf vs BSS – PROGRESS Boston 



July was a pretty quiet month for live events. I only got to 1, PROGRESS 53. But I still watched a fair bit. No surprises that the G1 was top of my watch list.

My top 5:

5: Okada vs Sanada

This was an incredible match, which included the current PWI no 1 wrestler. I love Okada and I love all of LIJ. Great match.

4: Omega vs Tama Tonga

This was another cracker, and one that I hadn’t expected to enjoy so much. It teased a bullet club vs elite war that I’m sure will eventually come and certainly raised Tama Tonga’s stock in singles division.

3: Warmachine vs London Riots 

Two amazing tag teams putting on an incredible show in why looks to have been one of the London Riots last matches together. This was a great match that followed on well from the two they had last year.

2: Zack Sabre Jr vs Juice Robinson

This match was one of a plethora of great matches in the G1 USA which really was a great scene setter ahead of the G1 climax tourney.

1: Naito vs Ibushi

My favourite this month. One of many great matches each of these two has had recently and one I could watch over and over again!

The full list of matches I loved in July. Dominated by NJPW.

  • Juice vs ZSJ – G1 USA
  • Ishii vs Naito – G1 USA
  • Omega vs Elgin – G1 USA
  • Okada vs Cody – G1 USA
  • Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks – Great balls of fire
  • Hardys vs Shemus and Cesaro – Great balls of fire
  • Lethal vs Omega – G1 USA
  • ZSJ vs Ishii – G1 USA
  • LIJ vs Jay, Juice, Dragon Lee, Titan and Volador Jr – G1 USA
  • Young bucks vs rpg G1 USA
  • Omega vs Ishii G1 USA
  • London Riots vs War Machine – PROGRESS 51
  • Riddle vs WALTER – PROGRESS 51
  • Tanahashi vs ZSJ – G1 Climax
  • Ishii vs Goto – G1 Climax
  • Naito vs Ibusi2- G1 Climax
  • Pete Dunne vs Eddie Dennis – PROGRESS 52
  • Warmachine vs BSS – PROGRESS 52
  • Toni Storm vs Laura Di Matteo – PROGRESS 52
  • Matt Riddle vs Travis Banks – PROGRESS 52
  • Sanada vs Evil – G1 Climax
  • Omega vs Suzuki – G1 Climax
  • Makabe vs Ishii – G1 Climax
  • Ibusi vs ZSJ ‘ G1 Climax
  • Yoshi Hashi vs Naito – G1 Climax
  • Juice vs EVIL – G1 Climax
  • Suzuki vs Sanada  – G1 Climax
  • Omega vs Tama Tonga – G1 Climax
  • Yoshi Hashi vs ZSJ – G1 Climax
  • Ibushi vs Ishii – G1 Climax
  • Makabe vs Goto – G1 Climax
  • Rob Lynch vs James Davies – PROGRESS 53
  • Travis Banks vs Keith Lee – PROGRESS 53
  • Toni Storm vs Candice Le Rae – PROGRESS 53
  • Juice vs Suzuki – G1 Climax
  • Tama Tonga vs Evil – G1 Climax
  • Okada vs Sanada – G1 Climax
  • Tanahashi vs Goto – G1 Climax
  • Juice vs Tama Tonga – G1 Climax
  • Yano vs Sanada – G1 Climax
  • Suzuki vs Evil – G1 Climax
  • Okada vs Kojima – G1 Climax
  • Omega vs Elgin – G1 Climax
  • Ibushi vs Fale – G1 Climax
  • ZSJ vs Goto – G1 Climax
  • Yoshi Hashi vs Tanahashi – G1 Climax
  • Naito vs Ishii – G1 Climax 


Again, not that many write ups recently. I dont seem to have watched as much in June  (although I do think some of the matches listed in may may have been put in the wrong month. Here’s my top.5 from June followed by the full list:
5. Goto vs Suzuki – Dominion

An amazing match from the best show of the month by a mile. I still hurt from watching this one.

4. Naito vs Tanahashi – Dominion

Incredible match from Two of the best.

3. BSS vs CCK – PROGRESS 50.

This tag match had it all, big spots, chaotic action and a great story.

2. Kushida vs Marty Scurll – Best in the world.

Fitting name for a PPV featuring these two. Amazing talents both of them and a great match.

1. Okada vs Omega – Dominion.

This one is amazing, if you haven’t seem it yet make sure you do. Best of the year so far.

  • Sean Only vs HTDRAKE High Tide
  • Bubblegum vs El Ligero – HIGH TIDE
  • How Dinners vs CJ Banks – High Tide
  • Evee Black vs Lizzy Styles vs Chakara – High Tide
  • Aleister Black vs Eric Young vs Cien Almas –  NXT Leeds 
  • Pete Dunne vs Roddy Strong – NXT Leeds 
  • Bobby Roode vs Drew Galloway – NXT Leeds 
  • The Miz vs Dean Ambrose – Extreme Rules 
  • MITB Mens
  • MITB Women’s
  • Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton – MITB
  • Kushida vs Takahashi – Dominion
  • Goto vs Suzuki – Dominion
  • Naito vs Tanahashi – Dominion
  • Okada vs Omega – Dominion  
  • Yoshi-Hashi vs Suzuki – Kimura Road
  • Kushida vs Marty Scurll – ROH Best in the world
  • Pete Dunne vs Donovan Dijak – PROGRESS 50
  • Havoc and Haskins vs The Origin – PROGRESS 50
  • Travis Banks vs James Drake – PROGRESS 50
  • BSS vs CCK – PROGRESS 50

Great balls of fire

What a strange name for a wrestling event.

Neville vs Akira Tozawa

Great start to the show. Two superb wrestlers putting on a good warm up match. Exactly what you want from a pre show match.

Bray Wyatt vs Seth Rollins

This match wasn’t bad. Some great parts involved and a decent opener for the show proper. I feel that both these guys need to freshen up a bit though. Nothing new has happened with them lately.

Enzo vs Cass

This match was decent. It furthered the story well and sets Cass up for a big run. I would have loved to see Enzo go over though.

Hardy Boys vs Cesaro and Sheamus

I loved this match. Great spots, a great story and two teams who have me invested. Loved every minute. 

Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks

I really enjoyed this match. I tho7ght it told a great story and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.

The Miz vs Dean Ambrose

This was an enjoyable match. But I feel I’ve seen it enough for now. I’d like to see these guys go off into new feuds. I love the miztourage though.

Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns

This was a cracker from two behemoths that I imagine will be revisiting this feud on and off for decades. The aftermath ha me intrigued and I look forward to seeing what’s next.

Heath Slater vs Curt Hawkins 

Could have been Great, two very underrated superstars not given any time and the whole.match not even shown.

Brock vs Joe 

Great for what it was. I hope this isn’t the end of the feud and I hope to see more of these twl.