Category Archives: British Wrestling

May 2017

Well, I’ve not managed to write up many of the plethora of wrestling events I’ve seen recently, but I have managed to keep track of matches I loved. Here is the top 5 from May, followed by the full list.

5: Breezango vs The Usos – Backlash

This match had it all, a great story, some amazing wrestling and some of the best comedy going. I’m loving the heel Usos , but to me Breezango are the current standout team.in the WWE. Real.chemistry in the ring and when they are running comedy. Two guys who’ve been handed shoddy gimmicks making the best of it and doing it really well. I see this springboarding two amazing careers. 

4: Marty Scurll vs Dragon Lee: BOSJ

This was one of a plethora of amazing matches from and amazing tournament. I knew how good most of the competitors were at the outset, but is never seen Dragon Lee before and he’s now one of my favourites.

3: Riddle vs Cobb – Super Strong Style 16

This match was a dream match for me and it lived up to my massively high expectations. Two of the best indie wrestlers in the world and I very much enjoyed every no it’s of it.

2: Will Ospreay vs Kushida – BOSJ Final

This whole tournament as phenomenal but the final was a step above even the other brilliant matches. Kushida is the whole package, And Ospreay will be very soon and is already way better than anyone should be at such a young age. The juniors have raised the bar. The G1 have a lot to live up to.

1: Pete Dunne vs Tyler Bate – Takeover Chicago

This match as incredible and I think really put UK wrestling on the map in a big, big way. They built a phenomenal story, had the crowd hooked nd had some great spots. They even had a vociferous chicago crowd chanting “UK UK UK”, superb.

  • Omega vs Ishii- Dontaku 
  • Ospreay vs Scurll – BOSJ Night 1
  • Takahashi vs Dragon Lee – BOSJ Night 1
  • Tyler Bate vs MANDREWS – WWE UK Championship Special
  • Trent Seven vs Pete Dunne – WWE Championship Special
  • Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunne – NXT Takeover Chicago
  • Bobby Roode vs Hideo Itami – NXT Takeover Chicago 
  • AJ Styles  vs KO – Backlash
  • Randy vs Jinder – Backlash
  • Breezango vs Usos – Backlash
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs Dolph Ziggler – Backlash
  • Jinny vs Session Moth – PROGRESS 48
  • Travis Banks vs Trent Seven – PROGRESS 48
  • Tyler Bate vs Matt Riddle – PROGRESS 48
  • Pete Dunne vs MANDREWS vs Mark Haskins – PROGRESS 48
  • Tanahashi vs Adam Cole WOTW
  • Young Bucks vs LIJ WOTW
  • Will Ospreay vs Jay White WOTW
  • Will Ospreay vs Ricochet BOSJ Night 2
  • Marty Scurll vs Dragon Lee BOSJ n2
  • Ricochet vs Dragon Lee BOSJ
  • Will Ospreay vs Dragon Lee BOSJ
  • Ospreay, Okada and Gedo vs Fale, Omega and Scurll – BOSJ
  • Kushida vs Ryuske Taguchi – BOSJ
  • Marty Scurll vs Ricochet BOSJ
  • Will Ospreay vs Takahashi BOSJ
  • Banks vs Havoc – SSS16
  • Starr vs ZSJ – SSS16
  • Ospreay Kushida BOSJ
  • Gibson Sexsmith SSS16
  • Riddle vs Cobb SSS16
  • BATE vs Haskins SSS16
  • Flamita vs Banks SSS16
  • David Starr and Pastor vs Trent and Dunne – SSS16
  • TonI Storm vs Jinny vs Laura do Matteo SSS16
  • Banks vs Bate – SSS16
  • RIDDLE vs Bate – SSS16
  • 6 MAN wasteland challenge -sss16

April 2017

So it’s nearing the end of may now nd I figured I’d better publish my list from April. There are still a few shows I’d like to see, but I doubt I’ll bet round to it for a while so here is the list.

5 Ringkampf vs British Strong style – PROGRESS 47

A great match that really showcased how amazing all these guys are. I can certainly see big futures in WWE for all 6 of them.

4: AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon – Wrestlemania

This match was incredible and for me was by far and away the best match on the know card. AJ is possibly the best worker in the world, and Shane understands psychology and how to hook a crowd. Superb match.

3: DIY vs Authors of pain vs The Revival – NXT Takeover

An incredible three way tag match that blew me away. I knew already that the revival and DIY were two of the best teams in the world but I had not previously realised how good the authors of pain are. An instant classic.

2: Marty Scurll vs Takahashi – EPIC Encounter 

This match was captivating from the get go. Two incredible talents telling an amazing story and for me stealing the show on a real stacked card. Definitely worth checking out if you missed it.

1: Okada vs Shibata – Sakura Genesis.

This match was incredible. Start to finish it was amazing. The injury to Shibata bit a damper on it in the aftermath, but the match itself was out if this world. Two of the best wrestlers alive throwing everything at each other. Great technique brutal strikes and excellent spots.

  • Sean Only vs CJ Banks – TCW Discombobulated
  • The Proven vs Sons of Ulaid – TCW Discombobulated 
  • Sanity vs Strong, Dillinger, Riot and Oh no – Takeover Orlando
  • DIY vs The Revival vs Authors of Pain – Takeover Orlando
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bobby Roode – Takeover Orlando
  • AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon – Wrestlemania
  • Y2J vs KO – Wrestlemania 
  • HHH vs Seth Rollins – Wrestlemania
  • Brock Lesnar vs Bill Goldberg – Wrestlemania  
  • Su Yung vs Taya Valkyrie – Wrestlecon Women’s Supershow
  • Martin Stone vs Luke Phoenix- Cockpit 15
  • CCK vs Shane Strickland and Ryan Smile – Cockpit 15
  • Omega vs Shibata – Sakura Genesis
  • Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Taguchi and Ricochet vs LIJ – Sakura Genesis
  • Tanzania and Kozima vs War machine- Sakura Genesis
  • Goto vs ZSJ – Sakura Genesis
  • Marty Scurll vs Takahashi- Epic  Encounter 
  • Josh Bodom vs Will Ospreay – Epic Encounter
  • ZSJ vs Kushida – Epic Encounter
  • SPPT vs Catch point – Mercury Rising 
  • Dunne vs ACH – Mercury Rising 
  • ZSJ vs Haskins- Mercury Rising 
  • WWN Championship six man – Mercury Rising
  • Samoa Joe vs Seth Rollins- Payback
  • Y2J vs Kevin Owens – Payback
  • Goto vs Suzuki – NJPW Road to Dontaku 
  • Naito vs Juice Robinson- NJPW Toyota no kuni
  • Takahashi vs Ricochet- Toyo no kuni
  • Tanahashi vs Evil – Toyo no kuni
  • Riots vs SPPT – PROGRESS 47
  • MAndrews vs Haskins PROGRESS 47
  • Ringkampf vs BSS – PROGRESS 47
  • Jack Gallagher vs Tyler Bate – NXT

March 2017

It seems weird that I’m writing this now,at rather end of April, but it has taken me a while to catch up on the plethora of events that happened in march and even now I’ve not seen everything I wanted to. There has been some amazing events in march, wXw’s 16 Carat being my favourite overall. Many wrestlers have hit my list multiple times this month and it has been massively hard to pick a top 5. But I’ve tried to anyhow, limited to 1 per card and 1 per wrestler…..

5: Zack Gibson vs El Ligero – PROGRESS 46

This matchbwas the funniest match I’ve seen in ages, plus it told a great story and furthered a great feud really well. I was lucky enough to be there for it and loved it.

4:  SPPT vs JML – PROGRESS Orlando

4 of the most talented wrestlers in the world put in one hell of a show. Possibly the best match of mania weekend, certainly the best of the weekend that fell in march. Big spots, plenty of emotion. Great all round.

3: Shibata vs Ishii – NJCUP Semi Final

This was an incredible match from two of the world’s best strikers. I was heavily invested in it and it took me on an emotional rollercoaster. The whole New Japan Cup was brilliant,  but this match was a step above.

2: Speedball Mike Bailey vs Matt Riddle – wXw 16 Carat Gold Night 2

I was genuinely in awe throughout this one. It was fast, it was furious, it was funny and it had me hooked. I didn’t want it to end. Two guys go have come to pro wrestling from different fighting backgrounds putting on a match that had it all. 

1: Walter vs David Starr – wXw 16 Carat Gold night 1

It was tough to pick a top 5, even tougher to pick a top 1, but this was, for me, the best of March. David Starr is,in my opinion, one of the top 3 wrestlers in the world at the moment and Walter is just incredible. The emotion, the power, the spots and the storybook this match were intense. A phenomenal match, and my match of the month.

The full list of matches I loved is below, stars indicate the ones that I shortlisted while making the top 5.

  • Shibata and David Finlay vs Davey Boy Smith Jr and Suzuki – NJPW Road 1.3.17
  • Neville vs Jack Gallagher – WWE Fastlane *
  • Hiromu Takahashi vs Ryuske Taguchi – NJPW 45th Anniversary
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Tiger Mask W (Kota Ibushi) – NJPW 45th Anniversary *
  • Evil vs Tanahashi – Nj cup 1st round *
  • Kenny Williams vs Martin Kirkby – ICW Taping
  • Liam Slater vs Joe Hendry – ICW Taping
  • Pete Dunne vs Trent Seven vs BT Gunn vs Chris Renfrew – ICW Taping
  • Shibata vs Suzuki NJ Cup round 1
  • Ishii vs Omega NJ Cup round 1
  • Sanada vs Ishii NJCUP Round 2
  • Ishii vs Shibata NJCUP SEMI *
  • Shibata vs Bad Luck Fale – NJCUP Final *
  • Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe – Raw 20.03.17
  • Usos vs AA – SD LIVE 21.03.17 *
  • BSS vs SPPT – PROGRESS 45
  • Gibson vs Ligero – PROGRESS 45 *
  • Ospeay vs Mandrews – PROGRESS 45
  • Havoc vs Dunne – PROGRESS 45
  • Ringkampf vs Hunter Brothers – PROGRESS 45
  • Zack Gibson vs Eddie Dennis – Cockpit 14
  • David Starr vs Bubblegum – Cockpit 14 *
  • Dave Mastiff vs Jeff Cobb – Cockpit 14
  • Ryan Smile vs Pete Dunne – Cockpit 14
  • Sterling and Redman vs CCK – Cockpit 14 *
  • Timothy Thatcher vs Matt Riddle – Cockpit 14
  • Marty Scurll vs Ricochet  – RevPro Orlando *
  • David Starr vs Josh Bodom – RevPro Orlando *
  • Will Ospreay vs Rey Fenix – RevPro Orlando
  • Thatcher vs Kanemoto – wXw 16 Carat
  • Riddle vs Dijak – wXw 16 Carat
  • Speedball vs ACH – wXw 16 Carat
  • Walter vs David Starr – wXw 16 Carat
  • Speedball vs Riddle wXw 16 Carat
  • Cody Rhodes vs Bad Bones – wXw 16 Carat
  • David Starr vs Cody Rhodes vs Jurn Simmons vs Erin Sitoci – wXw 16 Carat
  • Dijak and Dunn vs Bailey and ACH – wXw 16 Carat
  • Origin vs Origin Banter – PROGRESS 46
  • MAndrews vs Dunne – PROGRESS 46
  • Walter vs Riddle – PROGRESS 46
  • Haskins vs Axel Dieter Jr – PROGRESS 46 *
  • SPPT vs JML – PROGRESS ORLANDO *
  • Mandrews vs Bate – PROGRESS ORLANDO 
  • Dunne vs Haskins – PROGRESS ORLANDO

WWN Supershow – Mercury Rising

The main draw for me here was the series of PROGRESS VS Evolve matches,  but I hoped to see some other great matches too. The opening segment with Drew Galloway was interesting. Keith Lee is monstrous! It was also nice to see PCW stalwart Joanna Rose.announcing across the pond.

Keith Lee VS Jason Kincaide VS Austin Theory VS Gatekeeper Blaster

I’ve never seen any of these guys before, so I was excited to expand my knowledge of the US scene. This was a decent match, nice way to start. Keith Lee looked strong.

Shine Championship: LuFisto VS Toni Storm

I’m familiar with Toni, but not LuFisto. I’ve not seen any Shine before, but I have heard great things so I was excited for this match. It as a good solid match LuFisto is a big powerful women who played a strong heel, Toni adated and shine in a different type of match to ones I’ve seen her in before. It told a cracking story and I hope to see both again. Loved that Toni wrestled in a PROGRESS t shirt. 

PROGRESS VS Evolve series:

Jimmy Havoc VS Ethan Page

A great way to kick off the series. I was please to hear the ration for Jim Smallman before the match and for Jimmy Havoc, big PROGRESS contingent in the crowd. Match itself was decent, went round the room, good spots, good fan interaction and an interesting finish.

South Pacific Power Trip VS Catch Point

Superb match. Brilliant tag psychology. Perfectly paced.  Nicely built to an insane crescendo. Great false finishes. Excellent all round.

PROGRESS World Title: Pete Dunne VS ACH

Great match between two of the best in the world..hooked me from the get go and told a grateful story. Both these guys have a long and happy future ahead of them and I’d love to see them take each other on again. 

Evolve Title Match: Zack Sabre Jr VS Mark Haskins

Presumably ZSJ was the evolve representative in this match being the champion, but this was a match that was PROGRESS to the core. It was one of the best technical wrestling mat he’s I’ve seen. Everyone already knew ZSJ is the best technical wrestler in the world, but many probably didn’t know that Haskins can match him pretty much hold for hold. An amazing match.

This ended the PROGRESS VS Evlove section if the card.

WWN Championship – Battle of the champions elimination match: Fred Yehi VS Jon Davis VS Matt Riddle VS Parrow VS Timothy Thatcher VS Tracy Williams

Well worked, perfectly booked match including 6 amazing talents.  They told a variety of stories and built to an incredible ending. It’s not very often I love a six man elimination match. But I did love this one.

PROGRESS 46

This was the first progress show I’d seem in a while, since seeing 35 live, and boy had I missed it.

Origin VS Origin: Banter Edition

This was a great match that had me laughing and marking out throughout.  It was a brilliant start to a show and shoes some really good story telling, great high spots and superb tag wrestling. This is my favourite feud in all wrestling at the moment and I hope we haven’t seen the last of it.

Toni Storm VS Dhalia Black

This was another great match, the crowd got behind both women, who both showed amazing in ring abilities. Dhalia had real heel heat at the start but receven a warm ovation as she was carried out after the match. I later learned she had legitimately broken her leg during the match. This whole natural.progression series has been awesome.

Jack Sexsmith VS Travis Banks

Banks is one of the hottest properties in the UK scene, is picking up titles left right and centre and never has a bad match, be it in singles competition or as part of one of his plethora of tag teams. Sexsmith is a solid wrestler, but I don’t really get his gimmick, it kinda makes me feel.like he is trying to portray anyone who identifies as pansexual as a pervert and I really don’t understand the need to shove condoms in people’s mouths. That said, the match was still good.

Banks has been wrestling more and more like a face recently and his singles matches may suggest that’s the route he.will take if TK and Dhalia do head back to NZ. He’s currently my prediction to win Super Strong Style 16 this year.

Mark Haskins VS Axel Dieter Jr

Wow. This match was incredible. Haskins entrance was amazing! The fast paced high flyer meet a the methodical pure wrestler in an amazing match. Haskins has a great set of matt moves in his repertoire and there was some awesome chain segments and great transitions. ADJ is a lot bigger than you think when he’s not stood next to Walter! This match told a good story, I got to see my favourite move, Mark Haskins Sharpshooter, which is the best sharpshooter of all. The handshake at the end may suggest Ringkampf are heading in a face direction.

Will Ospreay VS Jimmy Havoc – Fans Bring The Weapons

Death matches are not my favourite type of matches,  but when done well and for a reason rather than for the sake of it that can be effective and certainly have their place.  This one ticked all those boxes. It finished a massive long running feud, it was brutal and it told a great story. Both guys put it all on the line in what was an insane death match that towards the end became a loser leaves PROGRESS match.

It was telling that they used the old white canvas for the first half then the new one after!

Tag Title Match: BSS VS Hunter Brothers

BSS debuted new tag title belts at this event and they look superb, keeping the iconic imagery of the shields but translating it to belt form. The match was good fun, plenty of comedy spots and great team work on both teams.

Atlas Title: Matt Riddle VS Walter

I’d seen these two recently in wXw 16 carat and I was looking forward to seeing it again. It certainly didn’t disappointed. It told a cracking story, had millions of high spots,  great strikes, great chain segments, brilliant submission based sections and some superb reversals. All in all an incredible match, and another handshake from a Ringkampf member at the end. Ringkampf are massively over anyway so a face turn makes sense.

PROGRESS TITLE: MAndrews VS Pete Dunne

The rivalry that has spanned the globe but neve had a bad match. This was an amazing match, plenty of call backs to previous matches. This told a fascinating story of the underdog trying again and again to take the title and building to an amazing ending. A cracking main event to cap off a superb show. 

PROGRESS Orlando

Oh my, massive show. It seems a lot bigger than the other mania weekend shows I’ve seen. Jim seemed genuinely overwhelmed at start and I could see why. Great crowd, great atmosphere and amazing video package to kick it off.

Zack Sabre Jr vs Jimmy Havoc

What a match to kick things off! Superb match, Havoc showed he can hang with the best in a technical match, as well.as the death match stuff he’s famous for. Showcased the British style.well and allowed both to show how good they are. I was impressed by the depth of PROGRESS knowledge the WWN commentary team had, obviously done their homework,  unlike some of the commentary teams on the Wrestlecon Shows.

James Drake vs Spud

It’s good to see SPUD back in PROGRESS again, and with a different, but equally great, progress branded outfit. Great match. Drake is growing into the heel bully role well and Spud is great at playing the victim role. Both guts showing they Han go at it in a fee styles and tell a good story.

Jinny vs Toni Storm

This is the second time I’ve seen these two wrestle each other in a few days. I think the matches may have been in a few days too and I think this might have actually been first. This, like the other, was a great match.  Some of the same spots but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Overall I think I preferred this one as a better story. 

SPPT vs JML

I’m a massive fan of all these guys, although I am more used to seeing JML as singles wrestlers.it was great to.see Dhalia hadn’t let a broken leg get in the way of her trip to Orlando.

This was an incredible match.  Great spots, great tag worm and great psychology..I hope to see JML back in PROGRESS. SPPT nearly fully face now. They are wrestling less like heels and the crowd are fully behind them.

Atlas title: Matt Riddle vs Trent Seven

Another great match on this awesome card. Both are solid workers and this really showed how good they are.  It’s especially amazing considering how little time Matt Riddle has been doing this for!

WWE UK title: MAndrews vs Tyler Bate

This was an incredible match. Well paced and told a great story. Tyler is going to be one of the best all rounders ever, and MAndrews is a phenomenal blur eye high flyer. Styles meshed well and I loved the whole match.

PROGRESS Championship: Mark Haskins vs Pete Dunne

Excellent main event. Told.a cracking story and Pete Dunne showed he is a master of working body parts and of drawing heel.heat. Haskins was great too,  sowing he too has matt skills as well as being an incredible high flyer. Superb match to end a great card.

I thought this was a great show, and I was massively impressed with the commentary team throughout. They had a great knowledge of PROGRESS history and each of the wrestlers and managed to interweave these facts in seemlessly while calling the match in a way to elevate the moves and help with the storytelling.  This was in stark contrast to some of the other shows that were let down by poor commentary.

RPW Orlando

Sami Callihan vs Jay White
Exciting match to be booked first up. Sami has been a top guy everywhere for years and Jay is one of the fastest rising stars. This was a great match, it told a great story and kept me enthralled throughout with some great outside of the ring work and amazing matt and submission work.

Martin Stone vs Jeff Cobb

Good solid match from two awesome wrestler’s.  Great technical work on show from both and a good narrative throughout. Cobb is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine and Stone has been for years.

Gideon Grey vs Swoggle 

This promised to be an instant classic for any comedy wrestling fans. It delivered on the entertainment value and didn’t go too long. Rather enjoyable.

Marty Scurll vs Ricochet 

This match was incredible. It was fast paced, had plenty of high spots and some very funny moments. Great crowd interaction and some heartfelt promos to end it. I very much enjoyed this one.

Josh Bodom vs David Starr

Another amazing David Starr match, he is an incredible talent and Bodom was a great foil.for him. They told a great story though some amazing chain wrestling, some great high spots and perfectly executed false finishes. This was an instant classic.

Rey Fenix vs Will Ospreay 

Seeing these two in a match is amazing. Two of the world’s premier high flyers ginger at it at pro wrestling’s biggest weekend. The match itself was very bit as a amazing as I imagined it would be. Full of flips and spins and everything lucha libre. It also told a great story and made both guys look incredible.

Shane Strickland and Ryan Smile vs Unbreakable F’N Machines

Two of the best high flyers around vs two of the biggest and strongest men in the industry. This meeting of contrasting styles could have gone either way and fortunately for all.of us it worked really well. A great story was told and all 4 guys got to play to their strengths and they all made me laugh.

Penta Zero M vs Zack Sabre Jr

Another quality match and a fitting end to the show. ZSJ never ceases to impress with his submissions and transitions. Penta is an excellent worker and the styles meshed well. Heel Zack is certainly something different and I’m enjoying this run.

RPW Cockpit 14

Rob Lias vs Curtis Chapman

This squashed to match was a great way to continue the evolution of Rob Lias from honorable contender to main card heel. The subsequent run in from Dan Magee built well on their ongoing story and I look forward to seeing more.

    Zack Gibson vs Eddie Dennis

    Two of my favourite British wrestlers going head to head. Great promos from both to start then a well worked match that had everything: power moves, high flying, matt wrestling and comedy. Loved it.

    David Starr vs Bubblegum 

    I had never heard of David Starr before he arrived at my local promotion in October for TCW vs CZW. I was blown away by how good he was and he seems to be a little bit better everytime I see him. Bubblegum has been around the UK scene for.a long while and I’ve seen him have great matches with lots of people, but this was probably my favourite match of his so far. I loved everything about it.  It was amazing. Probably my match of the night, but that’s a tough call on what was probably the best independent show of the year so far. Certainly the best RevPro show.

    Moustache Mountain vs Revolutionists

    Another quality match. Interesting Dynamic with Sha and Castle and I look forward to that feud panning out. Great team spots, good story, good high spots and generally 4 talented guys going at it.

    Dave Mastiff vs Jeff Cobb

    Great power match. The highlight for me was some awesome suplexes that put even Lesnar and Angle to shame. Jeff Cobb is an amazing talent and I imagine he will be WWE bound very soon.

    Jinny then came abd cut a great promo and had a good square off with Rhea O’Rilley. I hope this signifies a new dawn for RevPro as a good quality women’s division, or even programme, has been the only thing lacking.

    Pete Dunne vs Ryan Smile

    Another great match. Pete Dunne is one of the best in the world and I think Ryan Smile is on his way to join him. Great work from both and my favourite moment was a no sold Canadian destroyer, although I do worry about the cheapen in of that move. It looks amazing, but it’s used so often and by most people for false finishes (used at least twice on this card and not for a finish) that I fear it will lose its impact as a finisher.

    Josh Bodom vs RJ Singh 

    Solid match. RJs return from retirement continues to impress me. Good heat for Josh and a postscript that set up a great build for an Orlando match with Starr.

    Timothy Thatcher vs Matt Riddle

    Great match. Good submissions hard strikes. These two are suberb stuff strikers and both know their way around the matt. The finish was one of the most painful submissions I think I’ve ever seen!

    CCK  vs Redman and Sterling 

    This was a brilliantly worked match that had be marking out left right and center. Some awesome work from all 4 guys, all of whom are supremely talented individuals. The false finish arena restart was brilliant and Chris Roberts played his part really really well. Very much enjoyed this one.

    TCW: Discombobulated

    This event was a slightly weaker looking card than usual due to a large part of the roster being over the pond in Orlando, this was reflected in a cheaper ticket price and the result was that I was able to see a few wresters I’ve not seen before. 

    Dara Diabolo vs Blake

    I’ve seen Dara before, but Blake was an unknown quantity going in. When he appeared his sheer size was impressivery,  and later in the match when he started flying around like a cruiserweight I was blown away by his agility. This match was a great opener. It set the tone for the ongoing story of The Service vs TCW, included some great mat and chain wrestling and some really funny comedy moments from both. I hope to see more of both guys.

    Lil Miss Roxy vs Ruby Summers

    This match was great, although a tad short. Ruby is an excellent wrestler who I feel is not at a stage where the bigger companies should be looking to get her in as she had honed her skills to perfection over recent years. Roxy is probably a little way off that stage but is already looking like a great wrestler. 

    It felt a bit weird having a heel from Leeds and a Face from Newcastle at a Leeds Show, but both wrestlers played their parts well. The match finished with a handshake, which I hope may signify a return to the face side for Ruby. A good match and I look forward to seeing where their stories go.

    Dan Evans vs JD Boom

    This match was great. The wretches worked the crowd well and both showed great wrestling skill.in a variety of styles. They also got well into the wrestlemania spirit with Rock Bottoms and Stone Cold Stunners being hit. I have been impressed with Evans heel work since he joined the service but I’d always thought of Boom as a pure comedy guy, in this match he showed that as well as being funny he is a skilled wrestler.

    Matt Myers vs Gabriel Kidd

    Myers last appearance in TCW was was back in September I think, but the crowd remembered  him and got behind him when he came out. Kidd has been more recently and also got a great reaction. I thought we were going to see a face vs face match, but Myers went into heel mode jumping Kid before the match and shouting April fools.

    They worked a great match and told a good story. Myers looks good as a heel, but he seems more naturally suited as a face to me. The match ended with a low blow and a heel turn from Kidd which added vastly to the dynamic and story. Kidd seems a very natural heel and I look forward to seeing where his story goes.

    Wonderland vs Defend Pop Punk

    I’d never seen Wonderland before and blimey are they a greedy set of fellas. It was quite a site to behold and they play their gimmick brilliantly. Defend Pop Punk are two young high flyers with bright futures and these two teams were perfect foils for each other. I hope both make plenty of Tidal returns.

    Lana Austin vs Lizzie Styles

    This match was a replay from the last Tidal show and was possibly even better than the first. Two great wrestlers who told a great story. There was a couple of heckles from the crowd during this one which were vulgar, sexist and very disrespectful towards the western and it lowered the tone and isn’t OK in this day and age. I hope these heckles become a thing of the last and I really hope they don’t make it to the next show which is billed as a family show.

    Sons of Ulaid vs The Proven

    The Proven are a great local team and it’s always fun to watch them and get behind them. I’d not seen Sins if Ulaid live before,  but they are every bit as good as the reputation that precedes them suggests. This was a great match that involved some great tag psychology and some innovative double teams.

    Sean Only vs CJ Banks

    These two are both solid wrestlers and they put on a great main event. CJ Banks star is rising with a good showing on the WoS reboot and presumably a run on ITV in the offing. However the star of this match for me was Only.

    I first saw Sean Only wrestle as a face, possibly for RISE, and the whole crowd got massively behind him. Watching him now as a heel he generates a real heat from the crowd. He wrestles in a more heel style and his crowd interaction is superb at generating even more heat. I see a big future for him.

    The match was a solid main event, told a gear story in itself but also furthered the story of the service.  I feel we are building for a big crescendo, possibly at High Tide.

    General thoughts:

    Possibly not as good over all as some TCW shows, due to the missing stars, but given the lower ticket price at least equal, probably better, in the value for money stakes.

    Every match had me enthralled and entertained.

    Only slight criticisms would be a couple of matches seemed a little short and there was 3 low blow finishes in first 4 matches which felt a tad samey, but each did fit well in the context of the match.

    Can’t wait til the next one.

    PROGRESS 45: Galvanise

    This was a show with an amazingly stacked card and as such I had been looking forward to it massively. It says a lot about the roster that a show without Zack Sabre Jr, Marty Scurll, Dave Mastiff, The London Riots or Mark Haskins could be considered massively stacked, but such is PROGRESS in 2017.

    My podcast college,  @chimerarouge, was with me at the event and we recorded a special chapter of the podcast in the car on the way home. You can check it out on soundcloud here or castbox here.

    British Strong Style vs South Pacific Power Trip

    This was an incredible match that set the bar massively high. I could let believe that it was on first. It started with a heel heEl dynamic, but told a great story of SPPT slowly turning face and getting the crowd on side.  I hope they continue with this. There was good interplay with the crowd, some funny segments, big high spots and just grear wrestling throughout.

    Zack Gibson vs El Ligero

    Two of my personal favourites. The most over heel vs arguably the most over face. This match had a 3ally funny.intro and some amazing comedy moments as well qs being full of incredible mat wrestling and high flying antics from ligs. Nathan Cruz arrived towards the end and looks to be furthering the Origin Prime vs Origin Banter feud that I hope includes ore Ligero vs Cruz matches. (Fingers crossed for the next Manchester chapter).

    James Drake vs Jack Sexsmith

    I expected this to be the weakest match in the card, not because I expected it to be bad, but rather because I expected the others to be better. I think it probably was the weakest? But I still very much enjoyed it. Drake works really well as a brutal heel and Sexsmith is an underdog who plays his part well. I feel he may be building to big things down the road.

    Will Ospreay vs MAndrews

    This as incredible. Will is known to be one of the best high flyers in the world but is showing a vastly different side in his current heel run. This worked well against Mark, who is probably the most naturally loveable baby face in history. The match had some awesome high spots and worked a great story.  They managed to break the ring but continue to use it and not break the flow of the match. 

    Hunter Brothers vs Ringkampf 

    These two teams are great. The Hunters are a great high flying team a d Ringkampf are just phenomenal. Masses of technical ability complemented with superb strength and great psychology. This was a superb match. Axel Dieter Jr sells better with a single facial expressions than the vast majority of wrestlers in the business. They hooked me in, told a story and left me thirsty for more.

    Nathan Cruz vs Flash Morgan Webster

    Another great match,  between two awesome wrestlers..Cruz heeling really well and Morgan looking to shed the last little bit of ring rust. They told a great story between them and I look forward to seeing them both again in the future.

    Jinny vs Niton NEwell

    Probablythe match I was looking forward to most. Two of the best wrestlers in the country going hammer and tongs,  telling a great story and just beating the he’ll out of each other. I enjoyed it from start to finish and my only slight criticism is that it could have been longer.

    Jimmy Havoc vs Pete Dunne

    I’m not massively keen on hardcore matches,  but I think they can have a place used sparingly which is how they are used in progress. Havoc is a king of the death match and it wasn’t a surprise that he got mental. Dunne showed that he can do them really well, as he can any wrestling style. I was hooked from the video package and didn’t look away throughout.  Awesome match.

    In gebed all. I really enjoyed it..possible the best event I’ve bee to, certainly the top few. I’d say the first half may have been slightly better but overall.I loved it all. Can’t wait for next time.