DVD Review : Tidal Championship Wrestling Spring Storm 2014

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We start the DVD off with a TCW promo like with the WipeOut! 2014 DVD.

The first match was between Rubix Roach and Jainus Centurian. Rubix Roach and Jainus Centurian are main stays of Rad Pro Wrestling so this match was a battle of Rad Pro in a Tidal Wrestling ring. Rubix Roach stayed outside of the ring acting scared and this played to his advantage as he threw Jainus into the steel ring post. Roach continued his assault on the outside. Rubix threw him into the ring and he continued his assault inside of the ring.  Roach dominated Centurian and never allowed him to get a sniff in the match never mind a move. Centurian got back into the match with an epic enziguri to the back of the head of Rubix Roach. He stayed on top of the offence from there hitting a couple of pins so he could win the match basically. Centurian hit an awesome neckbreaker to get the 3 count and win the match. After the match had ended a replay was added and this is good in my opinion as alot of the time you have to go back to see a certain move that finished the match this way you see it without having to do this.

The next match was a British Bombshells one-on-one match between Violet O’Hara and Kay Lee Ray. The match started with Violet apologizing and shaking the hand of Kay Lee but when she turned round Violet attacked her which showed that she didn’t change at all. Kay Lee though came right back from Violet’s attack and really dictated the offence against Violet. Violet though had enough and when Kay Lee came in the ring she ducked out and didn’t come back in the ring. Kay Lee attempted a dive on to Violet on the outside but Violet pulled her head onto the ropes which was clever from Violet as it gave her a window to beat up Kay Lee. Kay Lee though showed her experience and she came back into the match and showed that she never was out of it. Kay Lee then went to the top rope but Violet wasn’t going to allow her to perform any moves of the top rope, she pulled the rope which was followed by some slaps to the face. Violet then pulled Kay Lee’s hair down and then she started to control the match from there on. Kay Lee again though used her experience to power out of a headlock and then rallied the crowd behind her. This then allowed her to take control of the match once again. Kay Lee performed a Gory Bomb to pick up the victory against Violet. Violet tried to attack her after the match but Kay Lee hit an enziguri to the back of the head of Violet to end it.

The next match was between Liam Lazarus and Perfect Purdie. Liam Lazarus is going from strength to strength on the British scene so i was expecting another great bout from him and Perfect Purdie going into this match i have heard of him but i have never seen a match from him so i was looking forward to seeing what he could do in the ring. To start the match there was a handshake as a sign of respect. Lazarus and Purdie had equal offence in the opening exchanges but this soon changed and Lazarus was the one on top but this didn’t last long as Purdie came back into the match and impressed me with his raw power and strength which he administered on Lazarus. Purdie missed a dropkick which allowed Lazarus to come back into the match and decimate him. Lazarus was targeting the leg which was injured putting Purdie in a lot of pain. Lazarus also targeted the head of Purdie smashing his head against the turnbuckle when he wasn’t on the ground putting his leg in pain. Purdie tried to get back into the match but Lazarus targeting his leg and face really took it’s toll. Lazarus was being cocky which led to Purdie finally getting back into the match finally allowing him to show what he could do properly and hence taking control from there. Purdie went to the top rope, Lazarus ducked out of the way and hit the Lazarus Slice on Purdie to pick up the victory.

The next match was a tag team match between the team of Sam Wilder and Matt Myers taking on the team of Stevie Boy and Dara Diablo. Stevie and Dara got onto the top rope and Sam and Matt took this to their advantage and smashed them off the top rope to start the match off! Dara and Stevie did not allow them to take control though and off an irish whip Stevie and Dara kicked both men in the face. Both Sam and Matt escaped from the ring but this was a bad decision as Stevie Boy hit both men with a really impressive dive. Stevie threw Sam into the ring and he was hit by an inverted Russian Leg Sweep. Diablo continued his assault on Wilder until Myers came in where he did the same. Dara then tagged Stevie Boy in which allowed Myers to be on top for a split second but an irish whip by Myers was ducked under by Stevie which allowed him to slide out and pull his leg which made him fall to the mat head first. Stevie then hit a shoulderblock to the midsection of Myers followed by a hurricanerana and a dropkick to the face. Stevie then attempted another move but Wilder threw Stevie out of the ring. Wilder then started assaulting Stevie on the outside while the referee was being distracted by Myers. This allowed Myers to beat Stevie up when he got thrown back in the ring. Myers focused on the arm and so did Wilder when he came in but his attention soon went to his head and neck. Myers returned to the ring off the tag and continued to assault Stevie. The referee was distracted once again and Wilder came in and strangled Stevie. This happened once again and Diablo’s mistakes costed Stevie. Stevie though came back into the match and tried to get Dara in off the tag but Wilder prevented this and hit a suplex to Stevie. Myers came back in and tried to wear Stevie down with pin after pin but Stevie finally came back into the match and basically had enough. Dara was really hyped up and came in off the tag holding nothing back clotheslining anyone who came in his way. Dara then hit a backbreaker and a slam on both men but he was hit with a knee and a kick to the face. Stevie came in and they attempted a tag team move on him but Stevie reversed back and hit a really impressive move on both men. He attempted a pin on each man but they kicked out. He needed the help of  Dara and Dara tried a firemans carry which would have been finished off top rope by Myers but Myers elbowed him to the head which made him dazed he was then thrown into Stevie. Dara was then irish whipped but when he was he threw Myers out the ring. Stevie then hit Wilder off the top turnbuckle which meant he was thrown to Dara where he administered a firemans carry which was then finished off with a Swanton from Hell by Stevie Boy which allowed Stevie to get the 3 count on Wilder to pick up the victory.

The next match was between ‘Special Edition’ Joseph Conners and “Mr. Standing 450” Rich Swann. Conners is one of my top 5 favorite wrestlers currently and is one of the most underrated talents on the British isles today he is taking on one of the best talents in the world currently and is up there with the likes of Ricochet and Uhaa Nation currently he appears for the likes of CZW, PWG, DGUSA and Evolve and also in Japan for Dragon Gate. Both men locked up and Conners got the upperhand taking Swann into the corner. Swann showed off a little before they got back into the action where Conners had the upperhand once again. Swann tried to get back into the match but Conners used raw power to get out of Swann’s headlock. Swann teased Conners with a test of strength then started dancing again which did not make Conners happy but it worked in Swann’s favor as he got a headlock and a takedown on Conners but again Conners powered out and took him down himself administering pain on Swann. Swann though got out of Conners’ grounded submission and hit a really impressive dropkick on Conners to get back into the match. Swann slided out the ring to be met by Conners who threw him onto the ring apron. Swann came back into the ring and Conners continued his assault even though Swann tried to get back into the match he couldn’t. Conners took Swann down again taking all the air out of him. Swann reversed out of it punching the stomach of Conners but this made him even more angrier and Conners clotheslined him off the irish whip. Conners continued his ground assault to be met by a kick and a roll up by Swann. Swann got himself back in to be taken down by Conners once again with another submission hold keeping Swann firmly down on the mat. Conners was thrown into the corner and Swann was hit by a kick in the face, Conners got onto the top rope only to be kicked in the head and hit by a hurricanerana. Swann was hyped up and was going all guns blazing on Conners, Conners was then thrown out of the ring to be met by Swann who dived to the outside of the ring onto him. Conners was then thrown into the ring to be met by a frog splash by Swann. Swann then started slapping Conners round the chest to then be met by a slam by Conners, he then continued his assault on Swann at the turnbuckle. Swann then performed an amazing kick right to the face of Conners. Conners slammed Swann once again after pinning Swann. Conners took Swann to the top rope which was a mistake on Conners part as this is Swann’s natural habitat, Swann threw Conners of the turnbuckle and he landed on his feet after Conners ducked out of the way and performed a trouble in paradise. Swann finally performed his trademark standing 450 splash on Conners to win the match. After the match, Swann got a standing ovation from the Darlington crowd.

The sub-main event was between ‘The Clown Prince of Scottish Wrestling’ Grado and Macabre. Grado is one of the hottest wrestlers in the UK currently and since appearing on the ICW documentary Insane Fight Club he is getting even more recognised and booked across the country. This was my first time seeing Macabre so I was looking forward to seeing his work. The match started with his usual hilarious antics which anyone who has watched Grado before knows about. Grado started with an wristlock which was reversed by Macabre using various rolls, Macabre did the same wristlock which put Grado in some pain and then Grado copied Macabre by getting out of the wristlock using various rolls. Grado got his composure and  Macabre took over again using the wristlock which was then reversed by Grado and then Macabre got out of Grado’s wristlock using a kick to the wrist then getting up by rolling. Macabre then started the wristlock again which led to him taking down Grado, Grado then spreaded his legs while he was standing up and then kicked him to the ground. Grado took Macabre down and Macabre got back up again, kicked him then went to the ground when he thought that Grado was doing the irish whip when in reality he was just standing there on the ropes. Grado used an arm ringer then irish whipped him which was met by a slam from Grado. Macabre was rolling about on the floor and Grado just decided to copy him and then scare him in the process by shouting boo in his face. Macabre was then tripped by Grado when he was running at him. Macabre slid to the outside to come back into the ring to take the mick out of Grado by performing a test of strength and of course Macabre was obviously taller so he put his arm out as far as it would go so Grado couldn’t get to it. Macabre followed this up with a kick  to the midsection but it did not go any further as Grado ducked and stomped on the foot of Macabre which was followed by a smack to the face but this did not go further as Macabre took Grado down then elbow dropped him. Macabre performed a Russian leg sweep which was followed by him beating him in the corner. Grado though came straight back into the match with a bionic elbow. Grado then called for the F5 but Macabre did not take it, Grado though hit a stunner which did work and he got the 3 count from it.

The main event was between ‘The Showstealer’ Nathan Cruz taking on ‘The Whole Shebang’ Johnny Gargano! Nathan is one of the top pros in the UK today going from strength to strength, He has appeared for every major promotion in Europe and is part of the Screw Indy Wrestling movement with Mark Haskins. Johnny is one of the best in the world currently, he performs in promotions such as Absolute Intense Wrestling, DGUSA and Evolve as well as previously performing in Chikara, ROH, TNA and WWE he is a former Open the Freedom Gate champion having held the title for a record 873 days. Johnny from the start focused on the arm of Nathan Cruz to wear him down and get the victory. Both men didn’t hold anything back and they were both doing as much as they could to put each other in as much pain as possible and in the opening exchanges both men did in fact do this especially Gargano who put Cruz in an infinite amount of pain. Cruz hit some stiff shots in a way to get the upperhand but Cruz’s run at the top didn’t last long and Cruz was bundled out of the ring and even on the outside Gargano dished out the pain to Cruz. Cruz was bundled back into the ring and Gargano continued to go for the arm of Cruz and did this successfully. Cruz came back into the match with a sick neckbreaker followed by some stiff shots to the head of Gargano. He then continued to the assault by throwing his head against the turnbuckle, a knee to the face and a suplex to give payback for what Gargano did to him earlier in the match. Gargano was not out of it though and delivered some good knife edge chops to the chest of Cruz but was turned inside out by Cruz after this. Cruz continued his assault after this until a suplex contest which was won by Gargano which was then followed by a kick to the back of the head. Gargano followed with some right hands and a nice flying elbow and then from there even though Cruz didn’t look out of it he continued his assault on Cruz. Getting out of the blocks early in terms of going for the arm really paid off for Gargano when it came to his assault. Like i said Cruz never looked out of it and he powered through the odds to come back into the match even though in between Gargano hit some amazing kicks to the head of Cruz. Gargano threw Cruz and Cruz knocked over the referee and it looked like Gargano would have won at that point but he couldn’t get the three count because of the referee being down. Gargano tried to get the referee up and while that was happening Cruz sneakily grabbed his Open the Freedom Gate title and smashed him over the head with it.  The referee only just got up and Cruz only got a 2 count. Gargano then used the Gargano Escape to make Cruz tap out! The main event was between ‘The Showstealer’ Nathan Cruz taking on ‘The Whole Shebang’ Johnny Gargano! Nathan is one of the top pros in the UK today going from strength to strength, He has appeared for every major promotion in Europe and is part of the Screw Indy Wrestling movement with Mark Haskins. Johnny is one of the best in the world currently, he performs in promotions such as Absolute Intense Wrestling, DGUSA and Evolve as well as previously performing in Chikara, ROH, TNA and WWE he is a former Open the Freedom Gate champion having held the title for a record 873 days. Johnny from the start focused on the arm of Nathan Cruz to wear him down and get the victory. Both men didn’t hold anything back and they were both doing as much as they could to put each other in as much pain as possible and in the opening exchanges both men did in fact do this especially Gargano who put Cruz in an infinite amount of pain. Cruz hit some stiff shots in a way to get the upperhand but Cruz’s run at the top didn’t last long and Cruz was bundled out of the ring and even on the outside Gargano dished out the pain to Cruz. Cruz was bundled back into the ring and Gargano continued to go for the arm of Cruz and did this successfully. Cruz came back into the match with a sick neckbreaker followed by some stiff shots to the head of Gargano. He then continued to the assault by throwing his head against the turnbuckle, a knee to the face and a suplex to give payback for what Gargano did to him earlier in the match. Gargano was not out of it though and delivered some good knife edge chops to the chest of Cruz but was turned inside out by Cruz after this. Cruz continued his assault after this until a suplex contest which was won by Gargano which was then followed by a kick to the back of the head. Gargano followed with some right hands and a nice flying elbow and then from there even though Cruz didn’t look out of it he continued his assault on Cruz. Getting out of the blocks early in terms of going for the arm really paid off for Gargano when it came to his assault. Like i said Cruz never looked out of it and he powered through the odds to come back into the match even though in between Gargano hit some amazing kicks to the head of Cruz. Gargano threw Cruz and Cruz knocked over the referee and it looked like Gargano would have won at that point but he couldn’t get the three count because of the referee being down. Gargano tried to get the referee up and while that was happening Cruz sneakily grabbed his Open the Freedom Gate title and smashed him over the head with it.  The referee only just got up and Cruz only got a 2 count. Gargano then used the Gargano Escape to make Cruz tap out!

Rating 10/10 – Amazing from start to finish! Every single match was flawless like Aaron and Sebb (props to them for great commentary) said and it was the truth! Another amazing event from TIDAL Wrestling and I cannot wait for when Release the Kraken is released on DVD as I think that it will be as good as this! More amazing production values from IMedia props to them from the icy trailers before the matches to the entrance graphics to the replays everything was amazing!

Buy your copy here on DVD or Bluray for the price of £10 or £12 : tcwrestling.bigcartel.com (inc. their first Darlington show as an extra! 2 shows in 1)

Buy tickets to their next shows :

Leeds (tonight) at The Cockpit, Swinegate, Leeds LS1 7pm doors 7:30 belltime 14+ tickets are £15 on the door!

Matches include :

“Party” Marty Scurll vs “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero vs “Wonderkid” Jonny Storm vs Rampage Brown are your contenders only 2 will go into the title match to crown the first TCW heavyweight title and the other 2 will battle at June’s High Tide for a title match

“White Lightening” MARK ANDREWS vs “Dynamite” PETE DUNNE in the first of two Attack Pro showcases. This should be a masterclass between 2 world travellers and good friends who know each other inside out, the proverbial chess game, with flippy bits… let’s see who gets the upper hand. They tore it up as a tag team at Wipeout, lets see what they can show us one on one!

PROJECT EGO – Martin Kirby and Kristopher Travis vs THE PROVEN – Caz Crash and Sam Wilder. The Bucky Boys have made it known on our Feb show that they want to take down Project Ego in Tidal, but they’re gonna have to wait their turn. The Proven very nearly beat The Buckys at Wipeout and should not be taken lightly, by anyone.

The batshit crazy SEBASTIAN RADCLAW vs “Wild Boar” MIKE HITCHMAN – our second Attack Pro showcase sees a clash of styles and attitudes, really looking forward to this one.

British Bombshells presents the Tidal debut of LEXI RECKLESS going against Welsh Women’s star NIXON. Lexi has a lot to prove going in against the more experienced opponent but don’t count her out.

LIAM LAZARUS vs DARA DIABLO – Dara is a force to be reckoned with, primarily in NGW but he’s branching out, and now Josh Bodom has had to drop out he has to be careful not to get hit by the Lazabus!!.

card subject to change

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