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Honor Rising Day 1

Silas Young, Gedo and Jado vs Juice Robinson,  Kushida and David Finlay

I very much enjoyed this match.  It gave everyone involved a chance to shine. I was particularly impressed with Juice, Kushida and Silas. Juice’s nose looked a bit sore by the end! I was a tad disappointed that Cyrus wasn’t on commentary for the event though!

Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV and Delirious vs Evil, Bushi and Sanada

This was a good fun six man for the never openweight 6 man tag titles.  Some great wrestling and multiman spots mixed with grear comedy. Very enjoyable, and Liger never ceases to impress with how good he still is after all this time!

Okada, Goto, Yoshi-Hashi and Will Osprey vs Bad luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa

This was a solid match. I felt as though a match with this much talent should have been given a bit longer than it was but I still found it entertaining. Osprey and Okada seem to be developing some exciting double team maneuvers. I was also amazed that in a match with so much talent all looking great Okada still managed to stand out.

Young Bucks vs War Machine

Two amazing tag teams in what is very much a ring of honor match up. I’m a big fan of both teams and it was good to see a traditional tag match amongst the big multiman match ups we had on the card. It was a good solid match, as one would expect from these two teams, and I enjoyed watching it.

Dalton Castle, Hiroshi Tanahash and Ryuske Tagushi vs Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi and Punishment Martin

Another multiman match with a crazy amount of talent in it. Again, this was a great fun multiman match, allowed all.6 guys to show what they can do and furyhered some storylines.

Katsuyori Shibata and Jay Lethal vs Cody Rhodes and Hangman Page

Another match with phenomenal talent in it. But the guy in particular who jumps out is Shibata, he’s got to be one of the top 5 to 10 wrestlers in the world. This match was superb. It stepped up in quality from the previous matches and was well.worked around a nice narrative. Cody was particularly impressive throughout and the segents that involved Cody and Shibata made me yearn for them to have a singles match. Which looks likely given the aftermath. 

Briscoes vs Kenny Omega and Adam Cole

I don’t recall ever seeing a tag team match written down that excited me this much! The Briscoes are one of the best tag teams around and have been for over a decade. Cole and Omega are tremendous singles wrestlers so.it looked a great match up. My only worry was how Kenny and Adam would gel.as a tag team, as this can be an issue sometimes when two singles wrestlers team up.

I need not have worried.  It was an awesome match. Both teams playing their part perfectly and Kenny and Adam looking like a full time tag team for much of it, but with an added two top dogs in a team dynamic..my favourite part was Omega hitting a moonsault into the crowd.

All in all I enjoyed the show.  It was a lot of fun. There was lot of multiman matches as their often is at Japanese events. In Japan these are done well and have reasons to happen and are used to further feuds. Elsewhere they tend not to work as well.

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

Wrestle Kingdom 11

Rumble

Well worked, well booked. Great comedy moments, good to see some returns – Kobayashi was an unexpected delight. Very good warm up. 

Tiger Mask W vs Tiger the Dark 

Not a bad match. Some great spots and a fast paced match to continue to warm up the crowd. This certainly whet my appetite for what was to come.

The Young Bucks vs Roppongi Vice

Great match, well worked by two great teams. The young bucks are awesome and the stock continues to rise. The simple, but massively effective, start where they left, hit super kicks and tries to win via count out was awesome.

The only thing that I’d have slightly negative to say about the match was the ending, it seemed a little weird and a tad rushed. 

6 man tag titles match 

Well worked, some great spots and some great wrestling. This was a real showcase for all involved who each got a small amount of time to show what they are capable of,and they did.  

Juice Robinson vs Cody Rhodes

Great match. I’ve been a fan of both these guys for a while and they put a great match on for us. Cody showing some great heel skills and the attack on the knee took us on and journey. Some good high spots and some real great mat skills on show. I particular like Cody’s modified Indian death lock.

Kyle O’Reilly vs Adam Cole

Great match between two amazing wrestlers. Adam Cole is, for me, one of the top 5 wrestlers in the world at the moment and in O’Riley he has found an awesome foil. Great moves, great spots, great psychology. I felt this match (and a few of the earlier matches, we’re perhaps a tad too short. However I can understand why, as they wanted to ensure as many wrestlers as possible got their chance on the big stage. This match in particular though, I could watch forever.

3 way tag championship match

This was a great match between 3 teams I was unfamiliar with but would love to see more of. Three way matches are difficult under any circumstances, but tag team 3 ways must be even more so. 

This match kept me riveted throughout and left me wanting more. I thought the story they weaved was excellent and the story superb. 

Kushida vs Takahashi 

Oh. My. Word. This was a phenomenal match. Two amazing wrestlers went.to war. Awesome high flying moves, awesome mat wrestling, brutal striking. This match had a bit of everything.

I’ve been a big fan of Kushida for a long time, but now I’m a massive fan of both.  I can’t wait to see the next installment of this feud.

Shibata vs Goto

Another jaw dropping match. Fast paced from the start these two put on a clinic.  Shibata showing an amazing mix of technical brilliance and brutal strong style and Goto playing his part to perfection as Shibata dominated him for large periods. These two are amazing wrestlers and I can’t wait to see more of them.

Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito

Another phenomenal match. In vast contrast to its predecessor this match didn’t start at 100mph. It started more restrained and gradually built. That certainly doesn’t make it any less ofor a match, and I would argue a great card should include matches that do both.

Both wrestlers showed an impressive move set and built up an incredible story in the ring. I’ve not seen much of either of them before, and not understanding the language the promo video at the start went straight over my head, but they still had me hooked and invested in the match. Great wrestling. 

Okada vs Omega

Wow. If the last e matches weren’t enough, this match was certainly enough to top it off. 

Okada has been one of the top guys in NJPW for a while now, and is probably the non wwe Japanese wrestler I have seen the most – and I’ve yet to see him have a bad match.  It’s easy to see why he is in this position. He looks like a star,  oozes charisma and has the in ring skills to back it all up. His mobe set is great and draws from an array of styles. 

Omega is also awesome. He seems to get a little more impressive everyone I see him. Together we were treated to a phenomenal match. It started nicely with some locks and holds, then we moved through both arsenal’s with stops at strong style, technical work, high flying antics and more. Brilliant match.

Overall I felt the event was incredible and a great way to start 2017. Every match was superb. There were a couple that I would have liked to be longer, but the event already lasted over 5 hours so I can see why. 

White Rose Wrestling Podcast : Chapter 1 – 2016 in review

As 2016 comes to an end Chimera Rouge  (@ChimeraRouge) and I (@AtlasWrestling) decided to put together our first wrestling Podcast. 

We called it White Rose Wrestling as it is a wrestling podcast based in the White Rose County – Yorkshire, although we discuss wrestling from around the world.

Chapter 1 looks at wrestling in the year 2016 and can be found on Soundcloud  here or cast box here.

In it we discuss

  • Top 3 WWE moments of the year
  • Tag team wrestling 
  • Women’s wrestling and Intergender Wrestling 
  • Chimera Rouge talks NJPW
  • Atlas talks PROGRESS
  • Live events from RISE, TCW, PROGRESS and PCW
  • Awards for 2016
  • WWE UK Championship 
  • Hopes and preditions for 2016

Do give it a listen, and let us know what you think either in the comments or via Twitter. 

Tag team revolution?

Over the last few years we have seen an explosion of amazing tag team wrestling. The Briscoes,  The Young Bucks, Wentz and Xavier, Warmachine, Gallows and Anderson, The Revival, American Alpha, London Riots, Team Single, FSU, DIY the list goes on.Everywhere you look tag team wrestling is being done well and given proper time and and proper push.

Almost everywhere. 

All the indies Andrew getting it right, New Japan, RoH, hell even TNA in the midst of falling apart had the tag title match  steal the show at Bound for Glory. On NXT tag matches have stolen the show at every takeover this year. There seems to be only one place that tag teams are not being taken seriously and that place is the WWE main roster.

On raw the New Day have been worthy champions and have put on some good matches, but Tey haven’t been given adequate time for matches on Pay Per Views. The division has two cracking teams in Enzo and Cass, and Gallows and Anderson, but it’s a hastily thrown together team of Sheamus and Cesaro who have been given the most recent chances.

Over on Smackdown,  the division includes American Alpha, The Vaudvillians and The Ascension who all showed on NXT that they are capable of amazing matches, and the Usos who carried the division previously. However the titles were given in the first instance to a hastily thrown together team of Heath Slater and Rhyno, and it looks like they might go next to Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. Even they hype brothers have had more chances than American Alpha.

When the rest of the world are getting it so right, why is it that the biggest company in the world are getting it so wrong?

The British are HERE

Recently I have been really enjoying tournament wrestling. New Japan lead the way with the G1 climax and the best of the Super Juniors which were both amazing, the Super J cup provided some awesome stuff (Ospreay vs Sydal anyone?). Progress’s Atlas tournament has been great. This year’s Battle of Los Angeles sounded incredible – can’t wait to see it. Even the WWE have got in on the act with the Cruiserweight Classic and the Smackdown tag titles tournament.

I was thinking about these tournaments, and it occurred to me that the last 12 months have been pretty successful for our British exports.

Battle of Los Angeles 2015 – Zack Sabre Jr

Last year Sheppey’s own technical wizard showed the best the independent scene has to offer that he was the top of the pile. Zack has had some incredible matches before, during and since this tournament and his recent work in the CWC has been awesome. He recently gave us a masterclass in gaining heat when he fought Jeff Cobb in Rev Pro and showed how two friends can blput on a face vs face showcase when he fought Will Ospreay in Progress.

Best of the Super Juniors 2016 – Will Ospreay 

The aerial assassin sent shockwaves through the world when he made the final of this, never mind when he lifted the trophy. It’s unheard of for someone so young and inexperienced to pick up this trophy,  but that’s testament to the hard work Will has put in in his short but amazing career. He continues to impress and improve and I look forward to seeing Will Ospreay on top of the world for many, many years.

Battle of Los Angeles 2016 – Marty Scull

The villain. Probably my favourite wrestler in the world today. Superb at gaining heat. Oozing charisma with every breath and seemingly unable to wrestle a match that isn’t a match of the year candidate. (His 3 vs Will Ospreay – including from WCPW Stacked available free – and 2 vs Chris Hero are just 5 of many amazing Marty Scurll matches this year.)

I, like many other wrestling fans, was delighted to see the Progress champion win this tournament and I can’t wait to see him scale further heights in the world of pro wrestling.

Cruiserweight Classic – Noam Dar?

The CWC has been a tremendous tournament. There has been some amazing matches and it’s still pretty hard to pick a winner. The three British entrants have shown themselves really well. My favourite match so far has been Jack Gallagher vs Akira Tozawa. Unfortunately Jack lost and can’t bring home the trophy, but he has done enough to earn himself a spot in the cruiserweight division on Raw.

We do know, however, that there will be 1 British star in the semi finals, as tomorrow’s quarter final features Noam Dar vs the afforementioned Zack Sabre Jr. This match will be awesome, and I have a feeling that the winner could go all the way and continue the trend of British winners. 

I suspect that will be Noam Dar, I’ve had a feeling about hin winning since I saw the video of hin and Finn Balor in New York prior to summerslam and he was one of the first named in Raw’s cruiserweight division.

The 5 superstars mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg, there are lots, lots more amazingly talented British wrestlers out there. And now even the WWE are realising that the British are here.