Category Archives: TCW


Blimey, what a month this was, Live I saw RevPro, ROH/NJPW/CMLL, TIDAL, RISE and WCPW all in the space of about 10 days. It was incredible. Plus there was the second half of the G1. It’s been hard to marrow it down, but I reckon the 5 I enjoyed most were (to narrow it down I tried to limit it to 1 match per wrestler/promotion):

5: Asuka vs Ember Moon – NXTTAKEOVER 

This was an incredible march on a truly fantastic show. Each match on the card was immense and I think in the end this was my favourite.

4: Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe vs Braun Strowman – Summerslam

Another decent card for August, but this match was the best by a mile. It was truly perfect for what it was.

3: David Graves vs Liam Slater – 2 out of 3 falls – RISE Summer sesh

Two incredible young local.talents putting on a technical wrestling match as good as any you’ll see. In a tiny ding in a tiny room. Amazing.

2: Will Ospreay vs Marty Scurll – WCPW Stacked 17

Marty vs Will is a match for the ages and this one was incredible. On a stacked card that also featured Rey vs Ricochet, Mike Bailey vs Takahashi and Travis Banks vs Kushida it still somehow managed to shine brightest.

1: Kenny Omega vs Kazichuka Okada – G1 Climax 

The third instalment in an incredible feud was again perfection. And a great pay off. I’m intrigued to see when they will meet again. These have to be the two best wrestlers working today.

  • Ibushi vs Tanahashi – G1 Climax 
  • Evil vs Omega – G1 Climax 
  • Tanahashi vs Makabe – G1 Climax 
  • ZSJ vs Naito – G1 Climax 
  • Sanada vs Kojima – G1 Climax 
  • Juice vs Omega – G1 Climax 
  • Evil vs Okada – G1 Climax 
  • Ibushi vs Yoshi Hashi – G1 Climax 
  • Naito vs Makabe – G1 Climax 
  • Tanahashi vs Ishii – G1 Climax 
  • Elgin vs EVIL – G1 Climax 
  • Omega vs Sanada – G1 Climax 
  • Okada – Suzuki – G1 Climax 
  • Goto vs Ibushi – G1 Climax 
  • Tanahashi vs Naito – G1 Climax 
  • Ishii vs ZSJ – G1 Climax 
  • Elgin vs Juice – G1 Climax
  • Okada vs Omega – G1 Climax 
  • Bucks vs Ricochet and Tagushi – G1 Climax 
  • Warmachine vs Cody/Page – G1 Climax 
  • Bubblegum vs DJZ vs El Ligero – TCW LEEDS 
  • Sexsmith vs Trivet – TCW LEEDS 
  • Brookes vs ZSJ – Summer Sizzler 
  • Gibson vs Castle – Summer Sizzler 
  • Rey vs Marty – Summer Sizzler 
  • Jay White vs Travis Banks – Summer Sizzler 
  • Jushin thunder liger vs Josh Bodom – Summer Sizzler 
  • Briscoes vs All Day Swerve – Summer Sizzler 
  • Mark Briscoe vs Ryan Smile – WOTW London 
  • Kushida vs Titan – WOTW London 
  • LIJ vs Bullet Club – WOTW London
  • Hideo Itami vs Aleister Black – NXT Takeover 
  • Asuka vs Ember – NXT TAKEOVER 
  • Roode vs McIntyre – NXT TAKEOVER 
  • Ambrose/Rollins vs Shemus/Cesaro – Summerslam
  • AJ vs KO – Summerslam 
  • Brock vs Joe vs Reigns vs Braun – Summerslam 
  • Kushida vs Travis Banks – WCPW
  • Ricochet vs Rey Mysterio – WCPW
  • Marty Scurll vs Will Ospreay – WCPW
  • Liam Slater vs David Graves – RISE
  • El Ligero vs Saxon Huxley vs Pastor Bill Eaver vs Joe Conners – RISE
  • Sean Only vs Boris Kozlov – RISE 
  • Kairi Saine vs Tessa Blanchard – MYC 
  • Grizzled young vets vs FSU- PROGRESS 54
  • Doug Williams vs Tim Thatcher – PROGRESS 54
  • Gallagher vs Gibson – PROGRESS NYC 
  • Walter vs Riddle – PROGRESS NYC 
  • Travis Banks vs Jack Gallagher – PROGRESS Boston
  • Ringkampf vs BSS – PROGRESS Boston 


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

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 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.

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

Tidal – Wipeout 2017

This was an incredibly stacked card and was in Leeds so a local event. I was excited.

The show opened with the strains of AFI and Jimmy Havoc made his way to the ring. He was due to fight HT Drake in the main event but had picked up an injury to his collar bone and couldn’t wrestle. It was a shame as I had been looking forward to the match, but the card was still great and I hoped for his sake it wasn’t a long term injury.

Dan Evans vs Ace Matthews

The opening match pitted a memsbr of the service against a member of go team sports. It was a great match to open the show. Luckily the service have got Dan Ecans in now that Dan James has left so all tge wind up chants based on the name Dan still worked. Referee John Myers played his part in this match that I very much enjoyed.

Lana Austin vs Lizzy styles

It seems tgat every wrestling event i go to has a womens match at number 2. This pitted Lana Austin, who is one of my favourite wrestlers, against Lizzie Styles, who is pretty damn good too. It was another great match with some brutal moves. There waa a good ref spot at start which was a clever play on Lana’s normal ref spot that ended with Lizzie getting involved. The match flowed.well, told a story and showed how great both wrestlers are. Lana put in some great heel work to generate some heat. There were a few idiotic fans who cheered Lana despite the great heel work and started randomly abusing Lizzie for no real reason other than she was telling face. I thought the wrestlers handled them well.

CJ Banks vs Joseph Conners

Two great wrestlers puthe on an awesome match next. Conners didn’t really wrestle as a heel as tgw crowd cheered both and we got a face fave dynamic. Interesting end with the service coming out and having a go at Joe for shaking hands at the end.

Eddie Dennis vs Rampage Brown

Strangely, for the secind show ina row the title matcg was not the main eveng. Ive long since thught that a great wrestling show need to have comedy, brutal power moves, some high flying work and aome hreat story telling. This match alone all!

When Eddie cane out a fan shouted “your gonna get your head kicked in!” He said “no I’m not”, but then when Rampage arrived he looked back at the fan and said, “maybe I am”. When Rampage asked if he wanted another go at coming off the ropes to try nock him down he replied “I don’t know of I do to be honest”, and then he slapped Rampage and said “you maybe big, but I’m a luchador”, and pulled out a luchador mask. He was his usual high flying self and Rampage was his usual brutal self. Rampage removed the mask and put it on, and it was obvious a powerful mask as Rampage Mysterio hit a perfect 360 senton over the ropes onto Dennis. It was an awesome match and I hope to see them fight again.

Dara Diabolo vs White Tiger

This wqs an immense match. Great heel work from Dara,  the newest member of the service, who was taking on the debuting White Tiger. Tiger flew round the ring like nobody’s business and both guys looked great.

El Ligero vs Sean Only

This match started with a pre match beat down by the service on Ligero. He was saved by a group of folk lead by Seb Carter and the ref tried to call the match off as Ligero was in no fit state. Sean only threatened legal action and it started with Ligero still out cold. He rallied and tried to make a comeback but kept geting beaten down. They told a great story and Ligero manager to over come the odds and pick up a win. 

London Riots vs New Nation

I saw these two teams go at it in Sheffield in December for PROGRESS, It was awesome then, but even better tonight. Last time they opened but this time they had a much more prominent place on the card. I love that they have been feuding across a large number of promotions and I could genuinely watch them feud forever. 

This match started with the slightly weird fact that the crowd seemed unsure who to back. The New Nation had been heels up to now and play that part really well. But they are northerners and TCW mainstays taking on the visiting team of the London Riots. This meant the dynamic was strage for the first ten minutes or so. Then the riots took out primate with a cricket bat and chairs cementing themselves in a heel role. Primate was takes away and the match called a disqualification. Alex Henry then cut a promo stating that he would take the southerners on himself and the match restarted. Henrybput in a great showing and primate eventually returned. This was a very enjoyable match all round. I’d love to see the feud continue. 

HT Drake vs Amir Jordan

Amir Jordan was Jimmy Havoc’s hand picked replacement and these two were putting on a good matchoice that involved comedy, big hits and plenty of flips. The the service came out to put a beat down on Drake. Jimmy Havoc arrived for the save, but then he took a chair to Drake,  then Jordan. He called for a mic and revealed himself as the mystery backer who has been funding the service this whole time and how they were now ready to run roughshod over Tidal and take all the titles. 

All in all I thought this was the best of the Tidal shows I’ve seen. The match quality was great and the story’s worked well. Bringing Jimmy Havoc in as the leader of the service is extremely exciting. I look forward to seeing where this all leads in April, and I look forward to Jimmy finally making his in ring debut when he has recovered from his injury.

Silent Nightmare 3: Wreck the halls

I was unable to attend this event, which had a great card and was local to me, so I’ve been waiting excitedly for the dvd to arrive, it has and I’ve finally gotten to see it!

HT Drake vs Lightning Lewis

Solid well paced opening match. HT Drake is class and I am very much looking forward to seeing him take on Jimmy Havoc at Wipeout, as announced after the match. His winning streak has been impressive but it could be his toughest challenge yet. Lightning Lewis was a good opponent who I’d not seen before but I hope to see more of.

Lil Miss Roxy vs Lana Austin vs Ruby Summers

The match was started by the news Champion Violet O’Hara was not cleared to wrestle and had to forfeit the title. This meant the match became a triple threat between 3 amazing wrestlers to crown a new champ.

This was an enjoyable match which gave all three competitors a chance to show their stuff. I’m glad to see Lana take the belt as I think she’s been consistently great for a while and well deserving of a run.

Dara Diablo vs Kyle Ashmore

I’ve not seen much of these two before so didn’t really know what to expect. I was impressed with both guys and enjoyed the match. I hope to see more of both soon

JD Boom vs Jack Sexsmith

I’ve seen a bit I’d Sexsmith before, I genuinely enjoy most of his stuff, although occasionally I feel he goes too far for a cheap laugh. This match had a few of those moments in it. Although there was some good bits intertwined.

The Service & Dan Evans vs Go Team Sports & Gabriel Kidd

David Graves is one of my favourite up and coming wrestlers in the UK, and all 5 of the other guys in this match are excellent too so I was looking forward to this one.

It was a good match. Unsurprisingly David Graves was the stand out competitor but all 6 guys put in solid performances.

Liam Slater vs Bubblegum – TCW Open Championship 

Now we are getting to the business end of the show and the match quality was about to jump up a notch. This was a great match by two superb wrestlers. I very much enjoyed it. The aftermath involving the service was good and I look forward to seeing Slater vs Only if and when it happens.

Rampage Brown vs Dave Mastiff – TCW Championship 

I saw these two go at it in PROGRESS recently an it was awesome so I was hoping for the same from this. It was another great match, although it was, like a few other matches in the card, a tad shorter than I’d have liked.

Main Event: New Nation vs The Proven – TCW Tag Titles

This was a great match between two teams that I love. It’s a shame there was a no rematch clause as I could watch this feud forever. I hope to see a lot more of these 4. I see a big future for both members of the new nation in particular.

General thoughts:

Another solid show from Tidal. There is a lot of strength in depth in the roster. 

It’s a shame Dan James has now retired. I enjoy his matches.

A lot of the matches on this card felt a little short. It may have been better to have a match or two less and let each match go a tad longer, although I can’t think of a match that should have been cut. I imagine extending the length of the show wasn’t an option.

The next TCW show is Wipeout next week, and the card is stacked to the roof! Should be a cracker, it’s at “the church” on leeds and if you are should definitely get there.

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?

TCW: Against all odds 3

Tonight I went to see TCW vs CZW. This was the second TCW event I’ve been to and it was an improvement on the last – which I also enjoyed.

The new nation vs Go team sports

I’d been looking forward to this match.  I love the new nation, I think they’re an awesome tag team and put some great powerful sections together. From the moment they walk out they captivated you. Henry leads the interaction and Primate leads the destruction. I’m always amazed by Primate, he’s actually quite short, but somehow manages to appear a giant and seems to dwarf his opponents event when they are bigger than he is. I’m also quite fond of Go team sports, particularly David Graves who sells moves like no other.

I thought this match was a cracking opener. It included  some great ref work, the hottest of hot tags and some great power work from new nation who also had some brilliant banter with crowd.

Referee John Myers had a big part to play in this match, as he did throughout the night, and is now on par with Steve Linsky as my favourite referee.

After the match the proven came out and we had a segment building for tag championship hardcore match at deck the halls in December where the new nation will challenge the proven for the belts.
Little Miss Roxy vs Ruby Summers

I’ve seen Roxy wrestle before, but I’d never seen Ruby wrestle despite seeing her on millions of posters and hearing rave reviews, so when she arrived as the replacement for Violet O’Hara I was made up.

To call this a match doesn’t really describe what happened. Ruby took roxy out on her way to the ring and proceeded to physically dominate throughout. It was a trail of destruction inside and out of the ring. It was an enjoyable hardcore match and Ruby worked a heel angle well despite having fans there.

Sean Only vs The Pop Punk Kid

This was another match where we only knew one of the competitors before. Sean is a great heel and the pop punk kid was a good gimmick to go up against him. Great heel work plus interference from the armbar superstar and some great wrestling from both competitors made this against enjoyable match. Liam Slater came out to save the pop punk kid against the end.

Chris Dickinson vs Dave Crist

Great hardcore match. Cristiano was joined on at ringside by stablemates Wentz and Xavier which made this a 3 on 1 hardcore match really for the majority of it. Some great spots from all 3 competitors. Great action inside and out of the ring some really stiff work on all counts. Favourite bit was Crist going through a chair betwen the top 2 turnbuckles into the ring post. This match really raised the intensity and the level of the event and it continued to rise.
HT Drake vs Joey Janella

Amazing start to second half. First half the match showed great technical ability from both wrestlers and the second half got brutal and hardcore. Superb match and both are winners in my eyes, showcasing a range of skills, telling a great story and really getting the fans onside.
The Proven vs Zachary Wentz and Dezmond Xavier

Awesome match. Great wrestling, great high flying manuvers from wentz and xavier, great power moves from the proven. Great comedy from everyone and some great heel work particularly from Wentz and stablemate Crist on the outside. Tgere were great tag team moves on show from both sides. this was, for me, the match of the night and Xavier and Wentz are fast becoming my favourite tag team.

Liam Slater vs David Starr

Great match. Brilliant  comedy start with some great fan interaction which then progressed into an awesome wrestling match that was all about wrestling. Liam Slater showed why he is so highly regarded in the north of England and Starr showed why he is where ever he goes. it wouldn’t surprise me to see these two wrestle each other on the big stage one day.
The main event: Rampage Brown vs ARE Fox

Another awesome match that kicked off at 100mph. Fox started with a suicide dive before Rampage had even gt tk the ring and we same some brutal power from bother men as the fighting spliced around the venue. Fox came off the bar and nd both were shoved into walls. they made it back to the ring and did Brown’s power met fox’s high flying skills in and did fitting end to and did great night. 

Unfortunately I can’t make the next show, but it will be awesome and I’ll be ordering the DvD asap.