Category Archives: ICW

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 *
  • 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 *
  • Mandrews vs Bate – PROGRESS ORLANDO 
  • Dunne vs Haskins – PROGRESS ORLANDO

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)

ICW Fight Club Tour – Leeds

ICW have been at the forefront of the resurgence in the British wrestling scene over the past decade or so and the work they have put in has ensured the whole scene thrived. Their Fear and Loathing show last year topped 6000 attendance wise, which would have been unheard of for a non WWE event a fee years ago. It’s run well, they have some great Scottish talent and are using the nest English guys too. They do bring in some imports, especially for the bigger shows, but they do it in a way that supplements their full time roster rather than detracts from it.

This was the first ICW event I’d been able to attend in person, but it certainly won’t be the last as I really enjoyed it. I’m not massively sure how it work’s,  buy I guess the first half was the taping for 1 show and the aecond half the taping for another 

Kenny Williams v Martin Kirby

The first match pitted the ever entertaining Kenny Williams against Yorkshire man Martin Kirby. The crowd were massively behind the their countyman but also showed Kenny some love. The match was massively entertaining from start to finish and was a perfect way to kick off proceedings. 

Polo Promotions vs The Purge

This was an excellent tag match featuring 4 great wrestlers. The Purge put some great heel tag team wrestling together cutting off the ring and the such. Jackie and Mark fought back and this match just told a great story. Another great match.

Aaron Echo v Davey Blaze

This was a decent match from 2 solid workers. Some great from Blaze who gained some great heat from the crowd.

Lana Austin vs Viper

This was a classic David vs Goliath story told really well, Lana worked her own great story throughout with Viper playing her part to perfection. I very much enjoyed this one and hope to see them feud on.

Wolfgang vs Jack Jester 

The first half main event, so presumably the main event of the first taping. This was a solid match from 2 very accomplished workers. They told a great story and included some real high spots. Great match and as a good end to the first show.

Joe Hendry vs Liam Slater

This was a match I had been massively looking forward to. Two phenomenal talents who can tell great stories and put of great matches. This match exceeded my already high expectations and was quite possibly the matchbox the night for me. I’d love to see these guys go at it again.

Dave Mastiff vs Joe Coffey

This was an encounter that pitted two behemoths against each other. It started well but Mastiff picked up a leg injury.  He continued the match through obvious pain and they still managed to put on an entertaining match. 

Rampage Brown and Ashton Smith vs Layton Buzzard and Michael Parks

Here we had a squash match to show how destructive the team of Smith and Brown are. They looked incredible in the time they were in the ring and are massively focused. I hope to see more of this team and think their upcoming match with Bird and Boar will be awesome.
Trent Seven vs Pete Dunne vs Chris Renfrew vs BT Gunner

This was a great match. There are two alliances at play here that were played on rally well throughout, there was some great story telling and some awesome spots. This was the other match of the night contender.

The event overall was massively enjoyable and I think will translate to two brilliant editions if  Fight Club. It was structured in a way that neither show will get samey and both will build in intensity. I can’t wait for ICW to tour again!