Category Archives: wXw

April 2017

So it’s nearing the end of may now nd I figured I’d better publish my list from April. There are still a few shows I’d like to see, but I doubt I’ll bet round to it for a while so here is the list.

5 Ringkampf vs British Strong style – PROGRESS 47

A great match that really showcased how amazing all these guys are. I can certainly see big futures in WWE for all 6 of them.

4: AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon – Wrestlemania

This match was incredible and for me was by far and away the best match on the know card. AJ is possibly the best worker in the world, and Shane understands psychology and how to hook a crowd. Superb match.

3: DIY vs Authors of pain vs The Revival – NXT Takeover

An incredible three way tag match that blew me away. I knew already that the revival and DIY were two of the best teams in the world but I had not previously realised how good the authors of pain are. An instant classic.

2: Marty Scurll vs Takahashi – EPIC Encounter 

This match was captivating from the get go. Two incredible talents telling an amazing story and for me stealing the show on a real stacked card. Definitely worth checking out if you missed it.

1: Okada vs Shibata – Sakura Genesis.

This match was incredible. Start to finish it was amazing. The injury to Shibata bit a damper on it in the aftermath, but the match itself was out if this world. Two of the best wrestlers alive throwing everything at each other. Great technique brutal strikes and excellent spots.

  • Sean Only vs CJ Banks – TCW Discombobulated
  • The Proven vs Sons of Ulaid – TCW Discombobulated 
  • Sanity vs Strong, Dillinger, Riot and Oh no – Takeover Orlando
  • DIY vs The Revival vs Authors of Pain – Takeover Orlando
  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs Bobby Roode – Takeover Orlando
  • AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon – Wrestlemania
  • Y2J vs KO – Wrestlemania 
  • HHH vs Seth Rollins – Wrestlemania
  • Brock Lesnar vs Bill Goldberg – Wrestlemania  
  • Su Yung vs Taya Valkyrie – Wrestlecon Women’s Supershow
  • Martin Stone vs Luke Phoenix- Cockpit 15
  • CCK vs Shane Strickland and Ryan Smile – Cockpit 15
  • Omega vs Shibata – Sakura Genesis
  • Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Taguchi and Ricochet vs LIJ – Sakura Genesis
  • Tanzania and Kozima vs War machine- Sakura Genesis
  • Goto vs ZSJ – Sakura Genesis
  • Marty Scurll vs Takahashi- Epic  Encounter 
  • Josh Bodom vs Will Ospreay – Epic Encounter
  • ZSJ vs Kushida – Epic Encounter
  • SPPT vs Catch point – Mercury Rising 
  • Dunne vs ACH – Mercury Rising 
  • ZSJ vs Haskins- Mercury Rising 
  • WWN Championship six man – Mercury Rising
  • Samoa Joe vs Seth Rollins- Payback
  • Y2J vs Kevin Owens – Payback
  • Goto vs Suzuki – NJPW Road to Dontaku 
  • Naito vs Juice Robinson- NJPW Toyota no kuni
  • Takahashi vs Ricochet- Toyo no kuni
  • Tanahashi vs Evil – Toyo no kuni
  • Riots vs SPPT – PROGRESS 47
  • MAndrews vs Haskins PROGRESS 47
  • Ringkampf vs BSS – PROGRESS 47
  • Jack Gallagher vs Tyler Bate – NXT
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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

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017

This is a big event from wXw with an incredible line up of talent this year. 

Day 1 – The first round

Da Mack vs Cody Rhodes

Two talented guys with WWE history to kick things off. Great match, both guys looked great, told a good story and showed off what they can do. Got the crowd up for it but didn’t take it to a level that would be detrimental for those who came after.  Perfect opener.

Marius Al-Ani vs JT Dunn

Not massively familiar with either guy buy very much enjoyed this match,  well paced, build well and told a good.story.  Great first round match.

Koji Kanemoto vs Timothy Thatcher

Another great first round match. Two brilliant technical wrestlers who used this proficiency at chain wrestling to get the narrative they wanted to tell across. There was also plenty of stuff looking strikes and a clever finish that left both looking mightily strong.

Ilga Dragunov vs The Avalanche Robert Driesker

Again this was twone guys I’d not seen before so I was excited to see how it panned out. Started at 100mph and didn’t let up. Enthralled me throughout. Another great first round match.

Donovan Dijak vs Matt Riddle 

I’d never seen Dijak, but I’m certainly familiar with Riddle, who never seems to have a bad match. This match took it up a level.  It was strange to see Riddle out sized and out muscled for big parts but he played that part well. Some great chain wrestling from both, clever transitions, stiff strikes and power moves. A great match and I hope to see much more of Dijak.

Paul London vs Bad Bones

Two wrestlers I’ve enjoyed watching before but was unsure how their styles would mesh. I thought they meshed pretty well. Match was good, told a good story, London put his all in. Bad Boned came out looking superhuman.

Speedball Mike Bailey vs ACH

Tso phenomenal wrestlers in this next match and what a match it was. Showcased just how brilliant both guys are. Fast, hard, athletic and at times high flying but with a great story where every move added something.

David Starr vs Walter

Two of my favourite’s facing off next in a fitting main event. This match was incredible from the get go and worked a great story around a David vs Goliath dynamic. Starr has to be in the conversation when it comes to the best in the world at the moment, and Walter is one of the best big guys around. This was the match of the night for me, no small feat given how awesome the whole show was.

If Day 1 was this good. How good will 2 and 3 be?!

Day 2

Jeff Cobb vs Donovan Dijak

Two behemoths collided here in a match full of strength and power. However both guys have more than that in their arsenal a day the whole ra get was on show here. A very good way to open day 2.

QF Speedball Mike Bailey vs Matt Riddle

This match was fast, hard hitting, high flying and told an incredible story. These two are both phenomenal wrestlers and their styles fit perfectly together. I hope to see these two fight again and again and again.

QF Ilja Dragunov vs Timothy Thatcher

Another brilliant match. Two phenomenal technical wrestlers laying everything theh had on the line. Told a great story and showed impressive move sets.

QF Walter vs Marius Al-Ani

Another very enjoyable match. Walter is a beast and Marius a great opponent for him. Big moves, great story and plenty of high spots.

QF Cody Rhodes vs Bad Bones

This was an incredible match that left both guys looking massively strong. They put their all into the match and destroyed each other in a brutally physical encounter that told a great story and had plenty of high spots.

Koji Kanemoto vs Francis Kaspin

Good solid match from two great wrestlers. Certainly enjoyable, but not.as amazing as some on the card.

Shotgun Title: David Starr vs Absolute Andy vs ACH vs Paul London

Not one for the purists, and not a match that will.win many awards, but great fun. 4 talented guys who know how to play the crowd put in an excellent lighthearted match full of comedy and some heat spots. Very enjoyable and a nice light moment in what is a rather intense wrestling weekend.

JT Dunn vs Robert Dresser

Good solid short sharp match. Both guys got their stuff in and the crowd were into it.

wXw Unified World Championship Axel Dieter Jr vs Jurn Simmons 

This match is one I’d been excited about for a while and the video package before it made me even more excited. It had a big match feel and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Two masters of their craft took us in a honey that was exciting, brutal and showed some technical brilliance. I hear ADJ may be WWE bound and I think he certainly has the skill set to succeed in the big time.

Day 3

Bad Bones vs Ilja Dragunov – Semi Final

This was a great match that told a good story and managed to completely shock me. Bones had been booked as seemingly invincible throughout the tournament and this match and to see Ilja pick up the win was a shock, both guys left the match looking phenomenally strong and it certainly set the bar high for the night! 

Walter vs Matt Riddle semi final 

Another cracker of a match from this tournament. Another match that told a great story and left both guys looking incredibly strong. I think they have met in PROGRESS, or are due to, at end event I’m yet to see so I will look forward to that one.

Bobby Gunns vs Koji Kanemoto 

A good solid match from two great competitors. I’m not entirelysure the premise.the commentators built about Kanemoto hating smoke was a solid story line, but the match was enjoyable nonthe less. Some great chain wrestling and an inventive pinning combination to win.

Tag Titles Gauntlet match

Well worked and good fun, all teams involved got their stuff in and got over. Nice swerve at the end when everyone thought it as over! Awesome ending.

David Starr vs Jurn Simmons vs Em Sitoci vs Cody Rhodes

Amazing promo exchange between Starr and Simmons at the start of the match. Great match, well worked and told a great story. Some awesome spots and an emotional finish. Superb all round.

Alpha Kevin vs Marius van Beethoven

This appeared to be the culmination of a former friends feud and as such was a no ropes match. This was an odd gimmick and I wasn’t sure it would work, but it really did.

JT Dunn and Donovan Dijak vs Speedball Mike Bailey and ACH 

Excellent match. Loads of spots. Superb wrestling from all involved. Very enjoyable match from 4 amazing talents.

Walter vs Ilja Dragunov – Final

The main event of the weekend, the tournament final. A tough position to be in, needing to follow three full cards of amazing matches but it certainly managed it. It was full of amazing wrestling, tough brutal strikes, chops that drew blood, massive high spots and an incredible story. Perfect end to an amazing tournament. I need to get to Oberhausen next year.

wXw LondonĀ 

I’ve been meaning to watch this fr a while. The card included a lot of wrestlers I’m familiar with and who I love. wXw is a promotion I have seen a bit of and enjoyed and this event included some grateful UK vs Germany match ups.

A4 vs London Riots

The crowd seemed to included a number of Germans as well as a lot of Brits. This meant that both teams had a lot of support and we had a vs vibe, rather than a traditional face heel dynamic. 

The riots are am incredible tag team and this match was superb. I’d not seen A4 before but I certainly hope to see more of them! There was great matt wrestling, big power moves and am incredible atmosphere aided by the fact that the crowd were right up to the ring.

Jody Fleish vs Tavis Banks

Jody was one of my favourite indy wrestlers about 10-15 years ago, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen him wrestle.  Tracks banks is one of the best independent wrestlers in th UK today so this was a match up I was excited by.

Jody is still in incredible shape and has not lost a step as far as athletic ability and speed are concerned. The styles of these two worked really well together and Travis put in some great heel work to tie the match together. I definitely enjoyed this one.

Robert Dressiker vs Bad Bones John Klinger

I’might not massively familiar with these two. I saw Bad Bones challenge Rampage Brown for the PROGRESS atlas title, but that’s all I’ve seen of either guy. This was two big guys going hell for leather. Some great feats of strength and much more athleticism than you expect from guys this size. Good match.

Jurn Simmons vs Walter

I was glad that wXw don’t bother showing all 78 hours of Jurn’s entrance! I thought Walter giving an angry sounding promo in German before the match was cool and got some real heat. I would love to know what he actually said!

This was a solid match from two big guys who can really wrestle. Definitely enjoyable and it’s quite impressive to see a guy the size of Hurn hit a moonsault!

Da Mack vs Chris Brooks

Da Mack impressed me in the WWE cWc, but I’ve not seen much else of his. Chris Brookes is someone I first saw wrestle for Southoe last year and he impresses me a little more every time I see him. This was a superb match between two phenomenally talented young men. They worked a great match that allowed both guys to get their character across and to show how good they are in the ring.

Jinny and Alpha Female vs Tony Storm and Melanie Gray

Jinny and Toni are two amazing wrestlers I’ve seen many times, the other two.I was unfamiliar but they certainly looked impressive in this match. It was a great match showcasing the abilities of all 4 ladies.

Axel Deiter Jr vs Mary Scurll 

Genuinely two of the best wrestlers in the world today, and two who feuds last year so know each other very well. This match was awesome. Both guys were at the top of their game throughout. They told a great story and showed their prowess at a variety of styles. The crowd were massively behind Marty, as is the case everywhere these days, as the most gradual of face turns continues.

I’ve seen the odd wXw event and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I intend to watch more going forward. There is some really talented guys involved in it. I also hope to get to go back and watch the feud Marty and Axel had last year. This was a great show, I’d thoroughly recommend it.

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.