Category Archives: CZW

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
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WRW Chapter 3: A new beginning 

Chapter 3 of White Rose Wrestling is in the books and @chimerarouge and @atlaswrestling have lots of great conversation about all that’s happened in the world of pro wrestling over the last 4 weeks or so.

As always you can catch the latest episode on soundcloud here or cast box here. You can also check out all past episodes on cast box. 

This time we discussed (start times in brackets):

WWE – including Fastlane, the road to Wrestlemania and the Hall of Fame class of 2017 (0:00)

PROGRESS Chapter 44 – Old Man Yells at Cloud (17:30)

New Japan Pro Wrestling – including Honor Rising and the 45th Anniversary show (27:00)

RevPro – Live at Portsmouth 7 and Live at the Cockpit 14 (39:00)

Tidal Championship Wrestling – Wipeout – A local promotion doing well! (44:00)

ICW Fight Club Tour – Leeds (50:00)

CZW 18th Anniversary show (57:00)

Ring of Honor – including Manhattan Mayhem and 15th Anniversary (1:00:00)

Promotion Focus –  in which Atlas talks Melbourne City Wrestling (1:05:00) and Chimera talks Pro Wrestling Guerilla (1:08:00)

Wrestling Podcasts (1:11:00)

Controversies – Including PCW and the Hardy Boys (1:16:00)

Listener questions, top 3 moments and matches (1:20:00)

February 2017

After January’s brilliance February had a lot to live up to. There may not have been any matches that got the world talking in the way Okada and Omega or Cena Styles did, but there was certainly some incredible matches during the month.

Here I’m going to run down my top 5 and 8ve also included a list of matches I loved at the end. This isn’t a comprehensive list, I’ve not seen all the events,  so if you like any I’ve not mentioned please let me know so I can check them out. There are a couple of events I plan to watch, so I may add to this. I have limited myself to 1 match per show to help narrow it down!

5. Elimination Chamber Match

This match was superb. It was booked really well, set up and furthered feuds well and included dome great spots and great wrestling segment. Plus it had the brutality of an elimination chamber. 

4. Shibata and Jay Lethal vs Cody Rhodes and Hangman Page – Honor Rising Day 1

4 supremely talented wrestlers going at it hammer and tongs. I think Shibata is incapable of having a bad match! I enjoyed this from the start and am excited to see where Shibata and Cody’s feud heads next.

3. Adam Cole vs Yoshi-Hashi – Honor Rising Day 2

This match was amazing. They worked the crowd into frenzy after frenzy, had some awesome comedy sections, some great heel work, some beautiful moves and some technical brilliance. Well worth a watch.

2. Matt Riddle vs David Starr – CZW 18

These are two of my favourite wrestlers in the world at this moment in time and this match was incredible. It had brutal strikes, brilliant technical wrestling, awesome spots and hilarious comedy – including a ref piledriver! On top of that it told a great story and had me marking out throughout. 

1. Nathan Cruz vs El Ligero – PROGRESS 44

Oh. My. Word. After January’s ZSJ vs Villain match I thought it would be a long time before I saw a British match that good, but this one was certainly up there with it! I’ve herd Cruz call Ligero his mentor and I know they have a big history together. I believe they once spent a whole summer wrestling each other 10 times a week in All Star so that shows how well they know each other. 

Their story in PROGRESS has been running since the very start. They feuds for the title than formed a tag team and stable that has rin ever since. This is the first match in a feud that has come about from the gradual break up of that stable.

The match was incredible. It drew on their previous story really well, bit itvalso told a story well enough for people to be hooked even if they had never seen either guy before.Cruz was at his magnificent heel best and Ligero was his usual awesome self. It was funny, emotional and genuinely jaw dropping. I can’t wait to see them go at it again.

  • Elimination Chamber Match – EC
  • Mickie James vs Becky Lynch – EC
  • Gideon Gray vs Timothy Thatcher – LAC 13
  • ZSJ vs Speedball Mike Bailey – LAC13
  • Marty Scurll vs Luke Phoenix – LAC13
  • Travis Banks vs Ryan Smile – LAC13
  • Okada vs Minoru Suzuki – New Beginnings in Sapporo
  • Juice Robinson vs Goto – New Beginnings in Sapporo
  • Michael Elgin vs Naito – New Beginnings in Osaka
  • Dragon Lee vs Takahashi – New Beginnings in Osaka
  • Rampage vs Eddie Dennis – Tidal Wipe out
  • Riots vs New Nation – Tidal Wipe out
  • Big Show vs Braun Strowman – Raw 20.02.17
  • Matt Riddle vs David Starr – CZW 18
  • Scarlett and Graves vs EYFBO – CZW 18
  • Joey Janela vs Stockade – CZW 18
  • Pete Dunne vs MAndrews – NXT 22.02.17
  • Travis Banks vs Jordan Devlin – PROGRESS 44
  • Pastor Bill Eaver vs Sebastian – PROGRESS 44
  • MAndrews vs Strickland – PROGRESS 44
  • Nathan Cruz vs El Ligero – PROGRESS 44
  • Haskins, Havoc and Webster vs BSS  – PROGRESS 44
  • The Young Bucks vs War Machine – Honor Rising Day 1
  • Shibata and Jay Lethal vs Cody Rhodes and Hangman Page – Honor Rising Day 1
  • The Briscoes vs Omega and Cole – Honor Rising Day 1
  • Adam Cole vs Yoshi-Hashi – Honor Rising Day 2
  • Okada, Ospreay and the Briscoes vs Omega, Rhodes and the Young Bucks – Honor Rising Day 2

CZW 18th Anniversary 

The show started with an emotional and fitting tribute to CZW superfan Kevin Hogan.

Shane Strickland vs Jake Crist 

I’ve seen quite a bit of Shane Strickland in the UK indies and he always impresses, Jake Crist is someone I’ve not seen much of, but who I have enjoyed the little I’ve seen. This was a solid match and a great way to start the show. Both wrestlers took the opportunity to showcase their skills and the styles meshed well together.

Tim Donst vs Tony Deppen 

Tim Donst I’ve seen once before and he impressed me, this was a cool squash match that lasted 2 seconds, so wasn’t as good overall!

Greg Excellent and Chrissy Rivera vs Homicide and Mercedes Martinez

I’ve not seen Homicide wrestle in years but I’ve never seen a bad match of his. The other 3 wrestlers are folks I’ve seen maybe once or twice so are unknown quantities really. This was a decent match that told a good story and I enjoyed it. I’m glad to see Homicide is still going strong.

Dave Crist vs Rickey Shane Page

Dave Crist is a wrestler who I love, his in ring ability is amazing and he’s a great heel. Page is someone I’ve only seen once, but that match was at the last CZW event and was incredible. This match was a superb match, that seemed to elevate both, the only criticism I could possibly have is that I didn’t want it to end and so wish it had been longer!

Maxwell Jacob Feinstien vs Billy Danvers

Storm of Entrails came out and destroyed Billy while MJF hid under the ring and then came out and covered for the win. Interesting segment that seemed to be building Storm of Entrails, who returned postman check to continue the beatdown, for Tournament of Death.

David Starr vs Matt Riddle

This match was for both the PROGRESS Atlas title and the wXw Shotgun title and was between two wrestlers I’ve seen a fair bit of but have yet to see either have a match I didn’t love. This match was no different. Awesome from start to finish showing both guys matt skills and striking skills. Some incredible storytelling and a piledriver from a referee! Riddle starter as a face in a face vs face dynamic but left as a clear CZW heel (although one the CZW faithful certainly want to come back!)

Shigeiro Irie vs Joe Gacy 

Gacy is quite a talent, and Irie definitely proved a worth opponent in what was a great title match from two guys I definitely want to see more of. It seemed odd that it wasn’t the main event, given that it was for the top title, but left me thinking they must have something grand planned!

EYFBO vs Scarlett and Gravesend

Scarlett and Graves are one of my favourite tag teams so I was excited to see them defend their titles.

Oh. My. Word. What a match! EYFBO, it turns out, are every bit as talented as Scarlett and Graves and this match was incredible. It had some great high flying antics, great power moves, fantastic striking and some great grappling. There was also some excellent tag team work, bit in terms of double teaming and splitting the ring, and there was a great narrative built around an ongoing story and some great heel work. The aftermath with the dub boys built the tag title picture further.

Joey Janela cs Stockade 

This match was incredible. It furthered a storyline well, had some great chain wrestling,  some massive high spots and some really brutal weapon stuff. My mouth was hung wide open for most of the match. These two put it all on the line but within a context that felt like it needed to be this way. The weapons and the spots were there for a reason. This match was incredible.

Danny Havoc and Connor Claxton vs Notorious Inc

This match was a ridiculously brutal hardcore match that used everything you could possibly think of as a weapon. It was innovative and full of Holy Shit moments. This really was true to the original ethos of CZW and I feel it is more effective now than in the early days as not all the matches are like this. If you are into this kind of wrestling then you would love this match.

WRW Podcast – Chapter 2

This week @Chimerarouge and I sat down and recorded the second chapter of our podcast. It had been 6 weeks so we had an lot to talk about.

You can listen on soundcloud here and castbox here.

Topics:

WWE (From start)

  • WWE UK Championship
  • NXT Takeover: San Antony
  • Royal Rumble
  • Elimination Chamber

New Japan (30 mins)

  • Wrestle Kingdom 11
  • Fantastic Mania
  • New Beginnings

PROGRESS (45 mins)

  • Chapter 41 – Unboxing Live 
  • Chapter 42 – Life, the universe and wrestling
  • Chapter 43 – Tropic Thunderbastard

RevPro (1 hour)

  • Live at the cockpit 12
  • High Stakes
  • Live at the Cockpit 13

RISE at the Brude (1 hour 20 mins)

wXw, CZW, WoS, WCPW, Dominant 5* (1 hour 30 mins)

Other wrestling podcasts, listener questions – who are our favourite Yorkshire wrestlers? Will be be over in other local promotions? And top 3 moments and matches. (1 hour 45 mins)

We enjoyed this one, if you did too we’d love you to get I touch.

January 2017

What a month January 2017 has been in the world of Pro-Wrestling. It’s been amazing throughout. New Japan kicked it off with Wrestlekingdom which was phenomenonal and included 4 of the best matches you’ll ever see back to back to close the show. But then the rest of the world followed their lead and show after show, match after match, we’ve seen some amazing things.

This post isn’t going to be a comprehensive write up of the month, although if thats what you want my podcast cohost @ChimeraRouge has done that here. I’m going to run down my top 5 matches. And I’m going to follow that up with a list of all the matches I’ve loved, do check them out if you haven’t seen them. I feel I should mention here that I haven’t seen everything, so if you loved a match, or an event, that took place in January 2017 and it isn’t listed please let me know and I will endeavour to check it out. There are still a couple of things I may add to this list without prompting,as I do hope to watch WXW London, NJPW Fantastic Maina and Smash wrestling’s latest offering.

5. Marty Scurll, Pete Dunne and Travis Banks vs Will Ospreay, Ryan Smile and Shane Strickland 

This match was really something special. 6 phenomenally talented guys who had come.off amazing years in 2016 going at it, hell for leather. There were some awesome spots,  some fantastic bits of technical wrestling, some great double and triple teams and some excellent comedy – Scurll and Co selling T Shirts at ringside during the match springs to mind!

4. Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bobby Roode – NXT Takeover: San Antonio

This match was incredible. Bobby Roode is a master or ring psychology and storytelling and this match was a clinic in it. Both wrestlers are amazing and I think this was, from a purely storytelling point of view, the best I’ve seen in years. I look forward to seeing more of Bobby Roode at the top of the NXT card.

3. John Cena vs AJ Styles – WWE Royal Rumble

I feel that this match was booked in response to the amazing matches at Wrestle Kingdom. It felt like it should have been saved for mania, to be honest, but that didn’t matter too much. It was still an incredible, incredible match. It had everything and it was something special. The best WWE main roster match, probably since Cena Punk at MITB 2011, in my view. 

2. Okada vs Omega – New Japan Wrestle Kingdom

The match that had the whole world talking. Dave Meltzer called it the beat match in professional wrestling history and gave it six stars. It was incredible from start.to finish. It built well, it included amazing sections covering pretty much every style you can imagnetic and had a great nara time throughout. It inspired me to spend an entire day watching previous Okada matches. I didn’t think I’d see a match anywhere near as good as this for ages. 

But then….

1. Marty Scurll vs Zack Sabre Jr – RevPro High Stakes

This match was incredible and blew me away entirely. I’ve followed both guys for a while and seen them wrestle with and against each other many times. Knowing a bit about that history and seeing it play out in the ring was incredible. My friend called it “the best British wrestlingarch ever”, I’m inclined to think that that under sells it a bit. Incredible match and I don’t remember ever seeing one that I enjoyed more.

It is worth noting that Pete Dunne has in fact been in the highest number (4) of matches this month that I have felt the need to put on the list Marty Scurll appears 3 times and ZSJ, Shibata, MAndrews and Matt Riddle all appear twice in singles matches (Marty appears 4 and MAndrews appears 3 times if you count the Thunderbastard!). Also, the London Riots appear twice. What a great month of matches.

The full list of matches I’ve massively enjoyed in January 2017

  • Slater vs Muscle cat – RISE BRUDENELL
  • 12 man Rumble – RISE BRUDENELL
  • Kushida vs Takahashi WK11
  • Shibata vs Goto WK11
  • Naito vs Tanahashi WK11
  • Okada vs Omega WK11
  • Conners vs MAndrews WWEUKCT
  • MAndrews vs Dunne WWEUKCT
  • Bate Vs Dunne WWEUKCT
  • End vs Neville WWEUKCT
  • Gallows and Anderson vs Sheamus and Cesaro  – RAW 16.01.17
  • Spud vs Paul Robinson – PROGRESS 42
  • Rampage vs Riddle – PROGRESS 42
  • Pete Dunne vs Yoshi Hashi – High Stakes
  • ZSJ vs Marty Scurll – High Stakes
  • Shibata vs Riddle – High Stakes
  • Seth vs Sami – Raw 23.01.17
  • Scurll, Dunne and Banks vs Ospreay, Strickland and Smile –Live at cockpit 12
  • ZSJ vs RJ Singh – Live at cockpit 12
  • Nakamura vs Roode Takeover San Antonio
  • DIY vs Authors of Pain – Takeover San Antonio
  • Owens vs Reigns – Royal Rumble
  • AJ vs Cena – Royal Rumble
  • Rumble Match – Royal Rumble
  • Morrison vs Mysterio – Dominant Dundee
  • Sean Carr vs Anthony Henry – CZW Awakening
  • Dave Crist vs Sami Callihan – CZW Awakening
  • Tim Dunst vs Tony Deppen – CZW Awakening
  • Ricky Shane Page vs Joe Gacy – CZW Awakening
  • Thunderbastard Match – PROGRESS 43
  • London Riots vs Kings of the North – PROGRESS 43
  • SPPT vs Ringkampf – PROGRESS 43
  • Mystico vs Euforia – Fantastic Mania 
  • Axel Deiter Jr vs Marty Scurll – wXw London Calling 
  • London Riots vs A4 – wXw London Calling

CZW Awakening 

David Starr vs Alexander James

I’ve been lucky enough to see David Starr live and as such was excited for this match even though I’d not seen Alexander James wrestle before. The match was phenomenal from the get go with David showing how brilliant he is and Alex showing he is a worthy opponent. Being the opener the match wasn’t that long but they still managed to be brutal, fast paced, back and forth and tell a great story. Great start!

Sean Carr vs Anthony Henry

This was a brutal and fast paced matched in which both competitors went to town on each other. If you love vicious striking and hard hitting moves you will love this match. I do and I did.

Ace Austin vs Jimmy Lloyd

This match started well, but then the storm of entrails came out and destroyed both competitors as they viciously put the whole of CZW on notice.

Tim Dunst vs Tony Deppen

This match was incredible. It started as a real battle of two excellent technical wrestlers then expanded to include some high flying, some big spots and some brutal striking. An excellent mAtcham between two guys I hope to see more of.

Dub Boys vs Scarlett and Graves  (Wentz and Xavier)

Wentz and Xavier are one of my favourite tag teams so I was expecting big things from this match. And I wasn’t disappointed. Built well, told a good story and featured some excellent moves from both teams. 

Dave Crist vs Sami Callihan

These two are wrestlers I’ve seen a fair bit of and both are wrestlers I love. They didn’t disappoint. They went to war, smashing each other all over the combat zone with some real devestating moves and spots. As well of this they did also manage to include some gear high flying and trading technical moves. Towards the end I was wondering how they kept in getting up! But they did and it was great.

Jeff Cannonball vs Mike Del

Mike got some real heat prematch and Jeff seems well over. Jeff produced some real shows of power and Mike some skill in a match that was very short but still enjoyable.

Drew Blood vs Connor Claxton

Firstly, has there ever been a better name for a wrestle in a promotion famous for hardcore matches than “Drew Blood”?! This match was a hardcore match, and given how brutal the rest of the matches are the obviously felt the need to go all out. It was great for what it was, brutal beatings, weapons, blood, barbed wire. If hardcore is your thing, you’d love this match.

Ricky Shane Page vs Joe Gacy

This matched marked the main event of the evening, was for the title and had a big match feel about it. Given the relaxed nature of the rules in CZW championship matches I was expecting an all out hardcore match, and there were some sections outside of the ring that did venture into tips territory. However, the vast majority of the match was really good wrestling and the hardcore elements were used to accentuate the narative, rather than a be the focus of it. This all made for a very enjoyable main event.

General thoughts:

It’s been a while since I’ve watched a full CZW show and I very much enjoyed it. They are known for the hardcore stuff but there are many more levels to their matches and their talent. There are plenty of wrestlers I’ve bot seen before but really hope to see again!