Category Archives: Rev Pro

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.

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Live at cockpit 13

Dan Magee vs Zack Gibson 

Zack is a favourite of mine, and the hottest heel in the business. This means that we had a phenomenal way to start the show! Magee is a solid performer who I’ve been impressed by before. Both guys put on a good match which Zack dominated. 

Gideon Gray vs Timothy Thatcher

Gray is a decent wrestler and Thatcher is current Evolve champion. This was an excellent technical match that I very much enjoyed. Gideon surprised me how well he managed to go toe to toe with Thatcher, who like the rest of Ringkampf impresses me more and more each time I see him.

Chapman and Wall vs London Riots

I’m not familiar with Chapman and Wall, but I don’t remember ever seeing the riots have a bad match so I was still expecting a great match. Chapman and Wall are 2 young kids who started like rockets and briefly had the upper hand before the riots took controlled and showed why they are so well respected. I’m tipping the Riots to be in NXT by the end of the year, and on this showing I think Chapman and Wall both have bright futures.

Marty Scurll vs Luke Phoenix 

This was an amazing match. Marty has long since been a favourite of mine and Luke is someone that I can see becoming a favourite of mine! I’d not seen him before but I hope to see much more from him. The commentators said he’d been away 8 years, I’m very glad he returned. The match had comedy spots, great technical work, great submission work.and everything else you can imagine tied toget her with a good narrative. Top match.

Travis Banks vs Ryan Smile

I’ve been watching Banks for a while now and he seems to have great matches wherever he is and whoever he is with. Whether it be teaming with Brookes or Cooper or Dunne or anyone else or even on his own he’s class. I’ve not seen that much of Smile, but what I have seen has been excellent. This match was another great match from them, both guys showing what they are capable of. Very enjoyable.

Eddie Dennis vs Dave Mastiff

I love both these guys. Both are big and powerful but they do have quite a contrast in styles so I was looking forward to it. It was a good match with some brutal moves. Including the most brutal double stomp from Mastiff. Mastiff does some aerial things that guys half his size should really struggle to pull off. The styles meshed well and I enjoyed this meeting. I’m looking forward to seeing Dennis in the flesh this weekend taking on Rampage Brown.

Oliver Carter vs Josh Bodom

Not seen Carter before, but I enjoy Bodom normally. This was a decent match that furthered Bodom vs Ospreay, a match I can’t wait to see. 

Zack Sabre Jr vs ‘Speedball’ Mike Bailey

Two of the best in the world in a main event I’ve been excited about since it was announced! It was the technical wizardry of Zack vs the ultra quick strong style of Speedball. Zack took some brutal strikes and placed some amazing holds. This was my match of the night and was an excellent finish to an excellent show.

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

Live at the Cockpit 12

Magee vs Lias 

Solid opening match from 2 wrestlers I’d not seen before. Strange finish though. I certainly hope to see more of these guys.

Dennis vs Bodom

I’m a big fan of both these guys in ring ability and this match didn’t disappoint. Both were able to show off their skills in a back forth contest.Bodom in particular is someone I see destined for big things. And I’m already looking forward to seeing Eddie Dennis battle Rampage Brown in Leeds for TCW in Feb. 

Revolutionists vs Contenders

I enjoy Shakespeare Samuels ,  but I’d not seen any of the other 3 before. The match was very short, but it was enjoyable nontheless and served as a focal point fir a falling out between Sha and his tag parter James Castle.

Tyler Bate vs Dave Mastiff

I’m very familiar with, and a huge fan of, both these guys. As such I was very much looking forward to seeing this match and it was good. I would gave liked it to go a little longer, but these two told a great story and included some great wrestling.

Pete Dunne and Marty Scurll vs Shane Strickland and Ryan Smile

Pete and Marty are, in my opinion, two of the best wrestlers in the world today, so seeing them on the shame team is an incredible thing. Their opponents are two amazing high flyers and this always looked like a match that would steal the show. But then it didn’t happen. Instead train banks came out and helped Pete and Mrty in a 3 on 2 situation, until Will Ospreay appeared to save his best friend Ryan Smile. I think originally this was supposed to be Will and Shane but Will was pulled due to New Japan Commitments,  however he made it back the match was made a 6 man and moved to the main event.

Trent Seven vs Zack Gibson

I love Zack Gibson,  and I quite like Trent Seven so this was another I was looking forward to. Gibson spoke before the match to a chorus of boos befitting wrestling’s hottest heel and then they put on a great match. Their styles meshed well together and I’d like to see these two face off again.

London Riots vs Redman and Sterling

The riots are a team I have grown to love over the course of the last year. I’ve seen them work great matches with a ton of different tag teams who wrestle a ton of different styles. Redman and Sterling are a team I’ve only seen once (at High Stakes) and as such haven’t made up my mind on them yet.

In this match they certainly impressed. They put in a lot of good tag team wrestling, cutting the ring in half, heat double team moves and some great spots. As well as that both impressed individually in the bits where they were wrestling on their own. Their style complemented the style of the riots and between them they put on a great match that had me invested and had me falling for false finishes even though I knew who had gone into High stakes as champion!

RJ Singh vs ZSJ

I had been enjoying RJ Singh as a commentator but I am glad to see him back between the ropes as I think he has a lot more to offer in the ring. ZSJ is another one who I would consider in the bracket as the best wrestlers in the world today. I very much enjoyed the match, I though ZSJ put on a clinic for all watching and RJ showed that he certainly does still have a lot to offer. The story was good and the wrestling was great.

Main Event

I was massively excited when this was a tag match, but adding in Banks and Ospreay, two of the best around, and making me wait another hour was a brilliant move that ramped my excitement into overdrive.

The excitement was certainly warranted. This was an incredible match. All 6 competitors looking phenomenal throughout. Some awesome comedy moments,  including Pete Dunne stripping off to reveal new ring attire based on Vader’s, who feuds with Ospreay last summer and Pete interfered in the match. There was Pete and Marty answering Zacks comments about T shirt sales by selling T shirts at ringside during the match. 

There was some awesome wrestling in a variety of styles, technical, strong style, lucha libretto. There was someone great 3 way moves (3 way cheeky nandos and just kidding being my favourites), and just some brilliant reversals and transitions. This was match of the night. 

All in all I really enjoyed the show and hope to someone more Live at the Cockpits. 

High Stakes

For a while I’ve been looking to get to a rev pro York hall show, and tonight I managed it. I think RevPro is my second favourite British promotion behind progress, and the one I like best out of the big name import bringers. This card was awesome and I’d been looking forward to it for ages.

Josh Bodom vs Ryan Smile

Ive seen quite a lit of Josh Bodom on RevPro over the years, I haven’t seen much Ryan Smile but I know he’s involved with Lucha Forever with will Ospeay so I had good hopes. The match didn’t disappoint. It wad a great starting match that had some great spots amd told a good story. Now we have an interim champ to challenge Will when it happens.

Sterling and Redman vs War Machine 



Solid match. War machine looked strong as ever really taking the match to Sterling and Redman. It looked for a long period that one a WM win would be plausible, but they pulled off a  great finish that was infinitely more believable than I thought it would be.

The aftermath involved a great run in from Brookes and Banks – although I then wished they were appearing! 

Sterling and Redman were on the receivingend of a hilarious “you’re generic” chant.

Yoshi Hashi vs Pete Dunne

Fantastic match. Great ovation for the brusierweight making a homecoming of sorts to RevPro after the #WWEUKCT. Some in the crowd tried chanting “you sold out” but the rest of the crowd got behind Pete who clearly deserves all the exposure he is getting and expertly worked the crowd into a frenzy for him and against him. This was a great technician vs a Japanese legend and I could have watched it forever. Unfortunately it had to end but it was briliant nontheless.

At this point in the night Andy Quildan,  in a waistcoat that didn’t fit, announced the Young Bucks for epic encounter in the most amazing way that made me wish my holiday was a different time. 

ZSJ vs Marty Scurll 

When this match was announced for this show I knew that it would, alone, be worth the entrance fee. ZSJ is, in my opinion the best technical wrestler ever and one if the best wrestlers ever. Marty Scurll is, again in my opinion,  the best wrestler in the world today. And one of the top 5 ever. He has it all, he can wrestle in every style and have an amazing match with anyone. He’s massively full of charisma and can hold every audience in the palm of his hand. 

These two have wrestled each other a million times and have teamed together a million times. I’m led to believe they are genuinely good friends and all this leads to a massively amazing match. It had some striking, masses of technical wrestling and it told an amazing story. 

This was without a shadow of a doubt the best match I’ve ever seen live, and I was at WM 20, I’ve seen some awesome matches live, but none as good as this.

It was interesting to watch Marty interact with the crowd. I feel he’s hit a point in his gimmick, in his career, where he has superseded the face/heel area. He is that good, and that cool, that crowds just want to get behind him. In the way they did to turn Steve Austin, Eddie Gurrero and the Rock face in the past. ZSJ plays the tweener really well and was perfect foil. I hope to see both many more times. Match of the night by a country mile.

Trevor Lee vs Trent Seven

This was a decent match. I’m quite impressed with Seven as a tag worker in moustache mountain and British strong style but I’ve yet to see him in a singles match that blows me away. In this match Lee portrayed an arrogant tna heel and did it really well. I very much enjoyed it, yethe I still prefer Trent’s tag work. 

Martin Stone vs Jay White

This match was awesome. I had a good chat with Martin Stone before the event, reminiscing of Stix and Stones and working with Alex Shane and he was telling me about the masses of staples he had to have in his head in the #WWEUKCT. Jay White has grown up, last summer he looked like a kid playing at being a wrestler in RevPro,  now he has the look, the body size and the ability. As a rugby fan I love that he’s drawing from the all blacks in his ring attire. The match was solid, two great workers putting on a showcase.

Shibata vs Matt Riddle

If you wanted to book a match where both wrestlers may look dead at the end, this is exactly the match you’d book. Shibata is an incredibly stiff hitter who destroys all in his path.  Riddle is an MMA convert who does the same while laughing and being a total skater pot head gimmick. This match was always going to be awesome and didn’t disappoint. 

Great event.  Hope to get to many more Rev pro events.