DVD Review – WWE Double Feature – Extreme Rules 2017 and Money In The Bank 2017

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Welcome to another WWE DVD review, thanks for reading and continuing to do so as we have just reached our 4 year anniversary and if the blog wasn’t read we probably wouldn’t have got to this point so thank you!

This week we have another one of the Double Feature releases. A few days later than expected but that was only due to me having a busy week personally which is why also there haven’t been any interviews out this week but when I received this last week I was really looking forward to adding it to the pile to review in the coming weeks.

As usual with these Double Feature releases with them being two PPV’s I will be running through the matches in a shorter way and then giving my recommendation at the end of the review as to whether you should purchase this release.

Let’s start with Extreme Rules, which started with Dean Ambrose vs The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. with this match it had an added stipulation that if he ended up losing by disqualification he would lose the Intercontinental title. The Miz ended up winning the title for a 7th time, this came about through Maryse accidently slapping him then being ejected. Maryse argued with the referee about this and The Miz took advantage whipping Ambrose into the referee. The referee and Ambrose had some words but The Miz hit his Skull Crushing finale to pick up the victory and the title in a pretty good match to start the show off. A lot of cool spots and nearfalls that you don’t usually get in an opener and it made it really feel like you were watching a sub main event or at the least a midcard match and as usual the WWE put a good match first in order to get the crowd excited which is what has been lacking in PPV’s previous to this year.

Next up we had Noam Dar & Alicia Fox vs Rich Swann & Sasha Banks which was quite average compared to the previous match and it was used to continue the feud and to put Rich Swann and Sasha Banks over. Not really watching WWE regularly I didn’t really get this match that much but if you watch it I guess you will know what has gone on previously. It ended up being that we had Sasha Banks hitting a double knee attack followed by Swann’s finisher showing the chemistry between the pair as a team and it added to it as Swann ended up winning in his hometown which of course would be a brilliant moment for him which means personal gain as well as for the team.

Next up despite it being an Extreme Rules PPV we had a weird match type in the form of a Kendo Stick on a Pole match between Alexa Bliss and Bayley which would be a good or bad match depending on which wrestler you favoured as Alexa Bliss made Bayley look poor and exerted her dominance as the champion winning quite easily and it is fair enough if it was against an external jobber or from someone not really used in the company but Bayley is seen as a big star to the fans in terms of the Women’s Division. I think though that being booked poor like this will make her come back and sooner rather than later beat Alexa for the title.

Following this we have The Hardy Boys taking on Cesaro and Sheamus in a Tornado Steel Cage match for the RAW Tag Team Champions. This was an alright match as is everything with the Hardys. Due to the setting unlike the Hell in a Cell match, it is quite restricted so you can’t really get the unique offence that the Hardy Boys are known for. Jeff ended up leaving the cage early which put the Hardys on the back foot and then when Matt was being beaten up, Jeff was there to climb up the cage and hit a Whisper in the Wind which proved fatal as when Matt ended up trying to get him out the cage which gave Cesaro and Sheamus an opportunity and they got to the floor at around the same time that the Hardy Boys did meaning that they won the title which I didn’t expect and probably will continue the feud all the way to SummerSlam with hopefully in terms of The Hardys will mean that they win the titles back from the champions.

Next up following that we had a Cruiserweight match and without prior research I guess Austin Aries’ last appearance in a WWE ring as he took on champion Neville in a submission match and this wasn’t amazing but wasn’t poor which was a theme of this PPV overall and with it being a submission match it is all about the ground work early and this type of match doesn’t really suit the style but like I say it wasn’t at all terrible. I am a big fan of Neville and don’t think he will be unseated unless in a shock loss at any time soon.

Finally we had a Fatal 5-Way Extreme Rules Match between Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor & Bray Wyatt, I’d probably say the 5 faces of the company in terms of RAW and this match lived up to expectations. This match was for the chance to face off against Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire the next PPV and it was Samoa Joe who ended up winning the shot against ‘The Beast Incarnate’. All 5 men had chances to win as expected and it meant that Samoa didn’t look like he was the strongest but of course he was and ended up making Finn pass out with the Coquina Clutch with Finn looking like he might end up winning before this point hitting the Coup De Grace before that before being made to tap out.

The next PPV was Money In The Bank 2017 which started off with the Women’s Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match which was between Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Tamina, Carmella (w/James Ellsworth) & Natalya. This was like with the previous PPV a great opener between 5 of the best women in the division. Carmella won the match and of course the contract surprisingly even though she had of course a certain James Ellsworth with her, I didn’t think it would come off and of course it was Ellsworth who helped out Carmella by grabbing the briefcase for her and throwing it onto her. Even though it might annoy some people, I don’t reckon Carmella will win the title when she tries to cash in which will be a victory for all people who don’t like the duo and the result of this match.

Next up we have the Usos vs the New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team titles. This was a very good match which started off with some great back and forth tag team action but then had a brilliant ending which was typical heel when the Usos left the ring after it looked like Jimmy and Jey Uso were going to lose and that meant that the New Day ended up winning the match by countout which me being a big fan of heels was a really good moment but I bet that other people thought of it differently and that is fair enough. I enjoyed the Rap Battle in particular before the match on SmackDown with Wale and so this was a match I was very much looking forward to before review and even though it wasn’t amazing it delivered.

Next up was Naomi vs Lana which was for the SmackDown Women’s title, this looked like on paper that it would be very average and maybe even the dud match of the event and even though it was very average, Lana in particular who was the big concern wasn’t as bad as I thought she would be and even though some of her offence left a bit to be desired, some of her moves showed that some work had been done. Carmella came out at the end to heighten the match and potentially tease a big MITB cash in but she decided against it and this allowed Naomi to win easily despite some late offence by Lana due to the distraction which could have handed her the title.

Next up we had Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton which was for the WWE title of course held by the Modern Day Maharaja. This was a very good match between the two who are two of the hottest properties on SmackDown right now. I love how they have used Mahal since his return to the fray in WWE and how he has finally become more than just a jobber like he was the 3MB and I think he would of never been released had he stayed with his gimmick that he started with in WWE> The finish that occured included two staples to Jinder and that is the Singh Brothers. Orton attacked both of them at the end but this proved fatal to Orton who went back into the ring just to be hit with the Khallas for Jinder to retain the title which showed that while Jinder has someone by his side he will be forever powerful.

Then we had a throw away match before the main event between Breezango and The Ascension which was there to of course heighten the former team as opposed to the latter who I think will be on the release list come the end of the year. Overall just a boring filler match that lasted 4 minutes and basically didn’t give either team any favours in the long run.

Finally in the main event we had the usual Money in the Bank Ladder Match which was between AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin & Shinsuke Nakamura and as expected this match was excellent when you think about on paper that was always going to be the case. Zayn was the best part using the cliche with the Money in the Bank that they will do anything to win, Styles and Owens also were brilliant and of course Styles facing off against Nakamura was the part fans were most looking forward to and is a wrestling mark’s dream and also nods to potentially a future match between the two. I was not surprised at all that Baron Corbin grabbed the win and the briefcase as this match despite having the established stars is always there to make someone else a new star and it did it with Corbin in the ATGBR and it has done again with the Money in the Bank. This was up there as to one of the best ladder matches I have seen over the years so overall a great end to the show from WWE.

Rating – 6/10 – Not a great set as both PPV’s of course have stand out matches but nothing spectacular but I guess if your going to part with your hard earned cash you will do knowing that you got both PPV’s for only around £7 each as opposed to paying the usual retail price for individual PPV’s that may not be that good but at least with this you have security on that front. Not as good as the other double features and a would not recommend from me unless you are a collector then go for it!

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DVD Review – Kurt Angle – The Essential Collection

 

kurtangleHello BWR readers and welcome to another WWE review and this time we have Kurt Angle – The Essential Collection for my perusal and to give my overall recommendation on it! I know that this is a week late this is due to me taking my annual break last week and also having interviews that were done before this to be released so I apologise for that but for future releases I am here and ready to complete the reviews on time and even before release in some cases!

Like I say today we have the release of Kurt Angle – The Ultimate Collection to check out and this is one that I have been looking forward to for quite a while for the reason that compared to some wrestlers that WWE releases DVD’s and Blu-ray’s about I am actually a big fan of Kurt Angle and I believe that he should have returned a lot sooner than he did to the biggest company in Sports Entertainment but that is beside the point.

This release was as expected with the title being collection full of Kurt Angle matches and I read online when looking at the match listings that there is about 25 matches on the DVD which means real value for money which is wha you want froma r elease like this and it was expected with a release like this as he was in WWE for quite a number of years and you could probably release multiple DVD’s with the amount of matches he had in WWE in his initial run.

So I will be giving you a rundown of my favourite matches on the release and all depending a rundown of those that I don’t think should be on the release and why accomponied by the usual /10 rating and my recommendation and overall thoughts to end off.

Like a lot of WWE releases where matches involved I believe they have improved a lot and once again they are using a method that I am a big fan of where over the course of three chapters they give an indication of how a wrestler has improved and like with the Orton set in particular this is no different here

We start off with his Pay-Per-View debut at Survivor Series 1999 and even back then he was quality and even though for other sets we usually go down the developmental route for Angle because he literally went from the Olympics to the WWE it is astonoshing to see just how good the guy was even at the start of his career. We also got his match with Val Venis where he picked up the European title on SmackDown and even though it wasn’t brilliant compared to some of Angle’s matches it serves as the start of Angle’s haul of titles in his career.

We then get two matches from pay-per-views in the early 2000’s with No Way Out 2000 and King of the Ring 2000 featuring his IC title match against Jericho and his King of the Ring final match against Rikishi, both serve as good examples like with the Val Venis match of his pursuit for gold like he won at the Olympics when he started in WWE and while some wrestlers have to wait a few years for a push he was given it from the word go. His match with Jericho was very good and both men have brilliant chemistry in the ring that sadly was never properly explored in a feud while the Rikishi match wasn’t terrible by any means and was a good watch, both are good additions to the set.

We then get one of the matches I have seen before in the form of Kurt Angle vs Triple H vs Chris Jericho from an episode of RAW at Madison Square Garden, I am not a big fan of this match and especially considering it has been on previous releases it is one I wouldn’t pick but there is always matches like this but considering his first PPV main event from SummerSlam was left off this is a pretty weird substitute

To end his first year in WWF we got his first WWF title win against the Rock which is a pretty good match and this is then followed by his first ever title defence against the Undertaker at Survivor Series the PPV he made his debut at 12 months prior to this match and what it shows is like I have said multiple times how dominant he was in the first year and how big of a push he ended up getting.

We start 2001 with his match vs Triple H at the Royal Rumble which was quite poor in my opinion and compared to Chris Jericho their styles just do not mesh which is a shame but I would say that if you are going to skip a few matches on the set due to the amount there is more than anything it would have to be this one but still deserved t be on here as it showcased him in a title match to start his second year.

We end the first disc with one of my favourite matches on the set involving Shane McMahon and Kurt in a Street Fight at the 2001 King of the Ring PPV which I still really enjoy now, probably because it’s so brutal and includes quite a bit of blood which I enjoy in spells in wrestling with some people hating it but compared to the previous match this one is a must watch!

Disc Two starts with Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Kurt Angle in a brilliant match from Unforgiven 2001, this is of significance as Kurt ended up winning his title back in his home town and especially after a very good match it adds to it and usually when it is a hometown sort of deal, the result goes in the opposite way but this is a good start to the second disc.

Next up we got a double dose of his feud with Edge with his match from Backlash 2002 first on show which like the match previous against Stone Cold was excellent and especially in the elevation of Edge this did him a great deal of good and despite him losing he looked great and is one of both men’s  best matches in Angle’s early goings of his WWE run.

Next up we got a feud ender on SmackDown of all places in a Steel Cage match which once again was excellent (you can see a theme developing with a lot of these matches), Edge lost lots of blood which shows the whole concept of the Steel Cage being unforgiven and really emphasises the end of a long running saga between the pair that also took in a Hair vs Hair match at Judgement Day.

Following this we got a match vs Hulk Hogan from King of the Ring in 2002 which was a good match despite the fact that Hogan of course wasn’t as good at this point as he used to be but unlike a lot of wrestlers who when getting older look bad in the ring and sloppy, Hogan even towards the end of his in-ring career kept the entertainment value up through his charisma and gimmick which still resonated with the WWE Universe in his recent run. Not an amazing match but entertaining to watch nonetheless.

Next up we have a match that about 90% of WWE fans have seen regardless of what era you started watching it in and that is Kurt Angle vs John Cena from SmackDown which is important as it’s Cena’s debut of course. A brilliant match that really puts the young upstart at the time over like he does against Edge on previous matches and it is overall a match you have to see.

Following this we have a quality triple threat match between The Undertaker, The Rock and Kurt Angle which in my opinion is one of the must watches on the set. The names say it all before you even get to the match and they put in stellar performances with all the drama you want added in and despite me not being a big fan of Undertaker I really enjoyed him in this and its his earlier stuff that really is rewatchable for me as well as him vs Shawn at 25 and 26 as they are two of my favourite matches ever.

Next up like with the Edge and Cena matches we get one vs Rey Mysterio and in particular it is Rey’s PPV debut back at SummerSlam 2002 and this is a brilliant match that like the Edge match meant that even though Mysterio lost he made a real impressive debut and that is thanks to Angle and how good he is with up and coming talent and overall despite it not being hugely long, it is good and still leaves the fans satisfied and it left me satisfied seeing it for the first time.

To end Disc 2 we got Angle vs Lesnar from SummerSlam 2003 which like most of the matches on Disc 2 is very very good and weirdly they had two matches to choose from between these two with their match at WrestleMania in their main event as well but WWE must of thought that the viewers could do with seeing different matches and ones that are underrated mixed in with his essential ones and this one is very good and features both at their finest.

Disk 3 has his match with John Cena from No Mercy which was one that surprisingly I hadn’t seen and is a bit of a hidden gem in terms of Kurt Angle matches go, he then takes on Eddie Guerrero in an alright match from SummerSlam but it isn’t a patch on their contest from WrestleMania and even though this is like that match it isn’t the same and I think they should have used the former. Following this we get a weird match from SmackDown! in Iraq from 2003 which although plays of the idea that Angle is a patriot for his country doesn’t really need to be on the set but you are always going to get matches that aren’t 5 star classics unlike the next one which is Kurt’s match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 21 which is a personal favourite of mine and in the wrestling business is seen as a classic between two of the best ever in WWE and they almost repeated it at RAW Homecoming a few months later in a 30 minute iron man match which was nearly as good as their Mania match, if your going to watch 2 matches on this set watch these two!

We end the set with a good 3 way between the 3 main showcased men in Cena, Angle and Michaels from Taboo Tuesday and even though this wasn’t amazing it was a good end to the matches between the 3 and is worth a watch but we then finally end it with a match between Angle and RVD from ECW in 2006 which is one of Angle’s last matches and like quite a few matches on this set is a hidden gem and that might be a bit biased as I am a big RVD fan but I really enjoyed it and it brought back memories of the old ECW which I enjoyed at the start of its revival back in 2005/2006 and then we get bits from the HOF and his return as GM to end the set off.

Rating – 8/10 – Even though there is some rubbish on this set, there is also some absolute hidden gems that are worth watching and buying the set alone for, Angle is a true legend and even though he’s not my favourite wrestler of all time he is up there and I hope he gets into those WWE ropes one last time for a match and I think that will happen sooner rather than later!

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Interview – Emil Sitoci

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Emil, thanks for taking time out to answer these, could you give the readers a quick introduction to yourself??
The name’s Emil Sitoci. I’ve been wrestling for over 15 years and I’m also working as a producer in television, casting people, writing scripts, creating new TV formats etc. In the past I’ve wrestled all around Europe, but also in the US and Japan. At this time I’m mostly active in wXw Germany. Back home in the Netherlands I’ve made a name as a pro wrestler in various TV shows.
2. Next up, did you watch wrestling growing up and if so did you start early on or later on in your childhood and finally who inspired you to become a wrestler??
 I’ve watched wrestling since I was only 3 years old, so Hulk Hogan was the man to me. There was something magical about wrestling. It was like my favorite superheroes had come to life. They took wrestling off Dutch TV for a long time, so I fell out of touch with it for a bit. When I was about 14 years old I found a store that sold WWF VHS tapes, and that’s when I got hooked on the attitude era.
3. Apparently you were trained by numerous wrestlers including Bas Von Kunder, Ian Rotten, Mike Quackenbush, Skayde and Chris Hero, how did you get involved in training with these wrestlers and how was the experience??
Every single one of these guys has treated me well, and I tip my hat to them. Bas was the only Dutchman with experience wrestling in the US at the time. He had trained with Afa the Wild Samoan, and had started his own wrestling school. Chris Hero taught me the most. After graduating high school back home I decided that I didn’t want to go to University yet. I just knew I wanted to wrestle, so I applied for a one year high school exchange student program in the US. I got a visa for one year, and told Hero (whom I’d met before in Europe) that I was coming over. He took me under his wing, and went out of his way to train me and get me booked at shows. I was only 18 at the time. It was a really fun experience, and I learned a whole lot.
4. With my blog being about British Wrestling lets continue on with that, you are returning to Ironfist Wrestling in Hereford on the 19th August taking on Mark Haskins, are you looking forward to returning to the UK and what are your thoughts on your opponent ahead of the match??
Iron Fist treated me well last time I was over. Everybody there seems to have their heart in the right place. Mark is a great guy and and a great talent. We’ve wrestled before, and we’ve beaten each other before. It should be an interesting encounter.
5. Speaking of Ironfist I believe you are as well doing another seminar for them while over here as well, with your vast experience is it good for you to teach the next generation and do you want to do more of this if given the opportunity in future??
Everybody who wants to learn: sign up already! I have a lot to offer, but my seminars are pretty rare. I’m a guy who like to help out wherever he can, but I don’t seem myself becoming a fulltime teacher anytime soon. I’m still to busy working on my own craft, both in- and outside of the ring. What to expect? I like fine tuning important details that tend to get overlooked. At the same time, wrestling should also be fun for the students coming in, so we’ll do some cool stuff too. 
6. You wrestle quite abit for WXW in Germany including on their tours around the country how is it wrestling in different venues up and down Germany and you were WXW Shotgun champion for two months a title you have had opportunities to regain, do you have any words for the new champion David Starr??
Words for Starr? Yeah: Don’t get too attached to that belt. I’m the most resilient wrestler wXw has ever known. If I want to dethrone somebody, it’s a matter of time.
7. You have wrestled for some of the best known promotions in the world from WWE to CZW to Dragon Gate to PWG, what has been your favourite match in your career so far would you say and have you ever come close to signing for a promotion like WWE??
I’ve wrestled a match against Jack Swagger for WWE. Clearly that was one of my favourite moments, as I felt like I belonged there. It was a dream come true, and it was a validation of my work. If I ever came close to signing with them? I like to think so, but I can’t say for sure. They were definitely interested in me for a while, and vice versa. Another match of mine that I loved was when I wrestled Akira Nogami for the WNC Championship in Tokyo, Japan. The man was approaching the age of 50, and he moved like he was still my age. I respect him a lot. I’ve also had very good in-ring experiences with Jushin Thunder Liger, John Morrisson, and many others. Another match that stands out was when I wrestled on the Dutch reality show Utopia. I was a character on the show for 6 months straight, and I used the show’s format to promote a one-off wrestling event. We got a TV audience of a million people to watch me defend the Dutch Championship against countryman Kenzo Richards. I was very proud of that.
8. What would you say are your future ambitions in wrestling and what do you want to achieve that you haven’t done so yet??
I’d like to go back to Japan, and I would like to work for WWE. Like I said, I was never signed and that was the main focus from day one. The only problem is that I’m also working a fulltime job as a TV producer, which is an amazing career and something I need to take good care of. So far I’ve been able to combine the two, but it’s definitely tough.
9. Where can the readers find Emil Sitoci and where can promoters book you for future shows??
You can find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sitoci/ , Twitter @emilsitoci, and I’ve started Instagram @emil_sitoci (some smartass made a fake profile of me. I had him blocked but he still has the @emilsitoci name). To book me, try any of these channels. It all comes back to me in the end 😉
10. Have you got any future dates you wish to plug to end off the interview??
Watch out for the wXw Fight Forever Tour coming to London on october 28th !! For more info, check https://www.facebook.com/events/295968364199252/ 

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Interview – ‘The Man Known As’ Fowler

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Fowler, thanks for taking time out to answer these, could you give the readers a quick introduction to yourself??

Hello, I am The Man Known As Fowler and I hold 4 black belts in different styles, Karate, Kickboxing, Jado Kuin Do, and Thai boxing. 
Won full contact fights around the UK and points competitions too in Karate. I am the most complete fighter in the world and master of fists.

2. Next up, did you watch wrestling growing up and if so did you start early on or later on in your childhood and finally who inspired you to become a wrestler??

I first started watching wrestling at the age of 10. my 1st exposure to it was I was round my cousins house, and he was watching WWF King Of The Ring, and I saw the match with Kurt Angle vs Shane O’Mac and I was blown away. I knew from then on I was a fan of Wrestling.

Who inspired me was Brock Lesner, Kurt Angle RVD Stone Cold and The Rock. But it was something that I always wanted to do in my mid 20s, as I wanted to achieve things in Martial arts through my childhood ,all the way up to my younger 20s. 

3. How did you then get involved in wrestling training, who trained you and how was this experience??

So the day when I decided to become a professional wrestler, my Cousin told me that a guy on Stone Cold Steve Austin podcast, was talking about a promotion called Progress wrestling in London, So then I looked up Progress wrestling and saw that they had a Wrestling school in London. I signed up to their beginners course which my teacher was James Davis one half of the London Riots. 
The experience was amazing and a eye opener to what my body can do, and how to this day I think wrestling is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. So when I passed the beginners course, I was moved up to the intermediate classes as then later moved up to the advance classes, which I still attend to this day and my teacher now is Darrell Allen at the Projo.
After when I passed my beginners course, i wanted to learn and train more, than just once a week. I found another Wrestling school ( Win Wrestling ) in Northampton which is run by Jem mtx Brown. 

4. I saw you at the last GOOD Wrestling event making your return to the promotion after a few shows away, how was it to be back and what do you make of the rise of GOOD since the first show you appeared at??

It felt great to be back at GOOD Wrestling #4backforgood. I knew from the 1st time I was on their 2nd show, I wanted to work for this Promotion going forward. It’s obvious that GOOD Wrestling popularity has grown as the capacity has increased since the last show and the crowd were more vocal. 

5. You also wrestle for the Wrestling Institute of Northampton (Win Wrestling) and now they have a title will you be going after it and if so do you have any words for the self proclaimed ‘God of WIN’ Darryl Flynn, the inaugural champion?? 

Yeah I’ve got a message for the False god Darryl Flynn.

“Darryl at the next Win Wrestling show i’m gonna hand you my spit bucket so you can shine that title real nice for me when I take it from you” 

6. You have also wrestled for Progress’ Freedoms Road tapings in a dark match, how was that experience and are you doing anymore of the tapings in the future??

The experience was amazing, the progress wrestling fans are the best in the world.
It’s a goal of mine to be on their tapings for Freedoms Road, so when they feel I’m ready I’ll take the opportunity and do my best on the night. 

7. Earlier on in the year you also made your debut for UKWrestling up in Batley, is it good to get your name out there up North and you said you are the most complete fighter in the world and your opponent would leave the ring broken, would you say you did that??

Unfortunately the UKW Show never happened, which I was abit gutted about, because that would of been my debut for them and also up North, to which is something I aim to do more of.

All my oppoments leave the ring broken, I am the master of fists, no one can out strike me, Just ask Noah Blade 👊#Fowlplay 

8. What are your future ambitions in Wrestling and where do you see yourself in 5 years time??

I think every wrestler would tell you same thing and say WWE. For me now, I am just focusing on getting better and getting as many bookings as I can, inside the UK and around the world. ive tasted already going overseas, as not so long ago me and a few other wrestlers, got a booking in Milan for the Milan fashion show week Phillip Plein sports wear,  where we were in cages wrestling each other, next to a bunch models walking on the catwalk, it was an experience let’s just say that haha. 

9. Where can the readers find ‘The Man Known As’ Fowler and where can promoters book you for future shows??

You can find me on my 
Like Fb page The Man Known As Fowler
Twitter FowlerLuke90
Instagram known_as_fowler 

Promoters can email me at Fowlerbookings@hotmail.com 

10. Have you got any future dates you wish to plug to end off the interview?? 

Yes, 

Win Wrestling 2nd of September where I’ll kick someone head clean off their shoulders.

GOOD Wrestling 16th of September where last time I was their I got to punch a witch in the face! 

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Interview – Charli Evans

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1. Welcome to TheBritishWrestlingRevival Charli, thanks for agreeing to do this interview, could you please introduce yourself to the readers??
My name is Charli Evans, I am a 20 year old Professional Wrestler from the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.
2. Let’s start by talking about growing up for you, did you get into wrestling early or late on in your childhood and who inspired you to start training to become a wrestler??

I started watching around 2005 so I was pretty young. I went to a local show and saw a wrestler, Shazza McKenzie and right there I decided I wanted to wrestle. It’s cool because Shazza is now one of my best friends and my favourite people to wrestle.
3. Speaking of training to become a wrestler, how did you get involved in that, who trained you and how would you rate that experience??
One of the local shows I went to had a school attached. I started in 2014 at Newcastle Pro Wrestling’s House of Free Fighting. About a year in I move about 2 hours from Newcastle and started training with PWA Australia. I was lucky enough to be trained by Madison Eagles which is such an honour. She is hands down one of the best wrestlers in the world and I am so lucky to have learnt from her and my other trainers, Adam Hoffman, Robbie Eagles, Jack Bonza and Mick Moretti. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
4. Of course the blog is called TheBritishWrestlingRevival and I believe that in less than a week you will be coming over here to live, are you looking forward to it and who do you have your eye on to face if given the opportunity??
Yes! I arrive on August 1 to live and wrestle for 2 years. My dream match is Nixon Newell, but she’s off doing bigger and better things, but one day that will happen. I’d absolutely love to wrestle Kay Lee Ray, Millie McKenzie, CCK, Martina and so many more!

5. You recently debuted for Shimmer, how was that experience, how did it come about and do you have any plans for potential more dates with them in the future??

It was absolutely surreal. Last year I did a podcast and set myself some goals, one of them was to wrestle for SHIMMER within 5 years. I went over to do a seminar with Dr. Tom for RISE and I was lucky enough to get on the RISE show. I was then lucky enough to get to wrestle on 3 SHIMMER tapings. I am so so grateful and happy. I can’t wait to go back.

6. Of course you being from Australia it is mainly known in Wrestling terms for Emma of WWE fame as well as Toni Storm who will be appearing in the Mae Young Classic, would you say these two reaching the WWE inspires you to achieve that in the future??
Of course. 6 or so years ago having an Australian in WWE was unheard of.. now we have 7 of us over there which is fantastic and shows everyone how absolutely amazing the talent we have in Australia. We deserve eyes on our product and we are working hard to make it happen. I think out of all the Australians. I’m most inspired by Billie & Peyton, they both started training at PWA so I know that it’s possible to make crazy dreams come true.
7. As well as making your debut for Shimmer recently you also debuted for RISE who have their next event over in the UK including yourself, what can the fans expect if they have never seen RISE and you team with Jessica Troy as part of The Floozies in the promotion, will she be coming over here to team with you on that show??
RISE is fantastic. What they are doing is going to give female wrestlers such a great opportunity to be seen by the right people like Dave Prazak and I’m so excited to be involved in the next one taking place in the UK.
Jess and I are now called the Blue Nation and she won’t be over here for the next RISE show, she is still in America wrestling all over the place. I’ll have to go it alone this time.

8. What are your future ambitions in Wrestling would you say and where do you see yourself in around 5 years time??

Just to get better at wrestling everyday, no matter how small the improvement. Work hard, train hard and make a good impression. Right now I just have goals for the UK – I have places I aim to work so by the end of the 2 years I hope to have worked for those places.
9. Where can the readers find Charli Evans on social media and where can UK promoters in particular contact you about bookings when you are living over here soon??
Twitter – @charli_evans1
IG – @charli_evans
FaceBook – /charlievanswrestlers
For merch – prowrestlingtees.com/charlievans or DM me on social media.
For bookings, tweet me or email wrestlercharlievans@gmail.com

10. Have you got any future dates or a message for the readers to end the interview off??

I have dates that need to be filled – so hit me up. I’ll add a bit of crazy Australian to your show!
I’ll be at BEW on September 3rd and RISE in September 15th!
I have a few lined up but I’m not sure if I can announce them yet!
For all upcoming bookings check my social medias.

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DVD Review – WWE Double Feature : Payback & Backlash 2017

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Hello BWR readers and welcome to the 2nd review of the week after the Sacrifice Pro one on Monday which I would like you to all view if you would get a free moment! Today we switch it back to familiar surroundings with another WWE DVD/Blu-Ray review and we have this weeks release which is another of the Double Feature sets and this time it is the Payback and Backlash PPV’s on one DVD pitting of course RAW and SmackDown on separate ones so you get a taste of both for the same price as usually one! I do think this is a good move on WWE’s part as not everybody is going to be able to afford every PPV every month on DVD especially considering we now have the Network at our fingertips!

The main reason by the way why this wasn’t released on it’s release date is that I had to start watching it on Monday due to my hectic weekend with two shows so I apologise for that but you get 2 reviews in one so all good!

This review will be shorter than if it’s one DVD as I have to review two PPV’s but the rating system and recommendation will as always remain!

Now to start off with Payback :

We started off with a match that on paper could be a main event on a Pay-Per-View like this and considering the guy who was in this match was the cover star for this event you would think that would be the case but nope, Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens for the US title started off the show which I do find weird but it could be to get the crowd excited if it’s that match as opposed to Reigns vs Strowman which was the main event! This match was a solid opener I wold say, both men especially Jericho are great characters and this reflected in the stupid idiot chants coming from the crowd! Jericho had to move to SmackDown and bring the US title with him as a result of picking up the surprising victory but if he is going on another hiatus again he will probably drop the title to elevate someone else on that brand so I would say that it would make sense but overall a good opener that got the crowd really going and it really helped that it was two of the best in the WWE that were involved!

Next up we got Cruiserweight action in the form of the Cruiserweight champion Neville and Austin Aries who has since been released. It was a welcome addition to the show to have the cruiserweight having a spot on the card as opposed to relegating them to the pre-show as usual! This was another good match, of course not the best I have seen by either men but they were really hard-hitting and really pushing themselves to the limit which is something I like to see and like the previous match it definately helped that it was two quality talents gracing the ring as I think since the Cruiserweight matches came back that they have been fairly average but this showed otherwise and I hope to see more of the Cruiserweights on future RAW PPV’s!

Next up we got tag team action between the Hardy Boys and Cesaro and Sheamus, this was another good match, well of course it was looking at the talent involved! I have said it time and time again that I am so happy to see Matt and Jeff back in the WWE after years of speculation as to their return and I think if we can finally get the Broken gimmick in the WWE that they will really hit new heights but that is for another day. As expected Matt and Jeff did retain with Jeff’s signature Swanton Bomb on Sheamus but we got an entertaining after match as well with the two teams shaking hands and then Cesaro and Sheamus attacking them which could lead to a good feud between the teams in the future with C&S likely to get the titles at some point in the future but being big fans of Cesaro and Sheamus I am glad that they have returned to their heel ways!

Next up we had the women’s action for the Pay-Per-View between the ‘hometown hero’ Bayley and Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s title and weirdly this was another very good match, reason it is weird is that WWE’s PPV’s usually have good and bad and it interchanges but so far the PPV has been all good which will probably change by the end but still this match was very good as well. I am a big fan of Alexa and am glad she won the RAW Women’s title and with seemingly a feud with Sasha on the way for Bayley it made sense for her to drop it at some point and I think Alexa will make good use of this run and hopefully shine with the belt. This match was very entertaining overall and one of the best so far of the show and like I always say after years of WWE booking women’s matches wrongly they have knocked it out of the park since the Revolution started!

Next up we had the House of Horrors match and I tell you what it was horrific and that isn’t a good thing, it was a match between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt inside a haunted house kind of setting with items such as a fridge which was tipped onto Randy which prompted him to leave. Having not seen Payback before I was sitting there with my head in my hands just thinking after such a good start they had to ruin it!

We went back to normality for a time with Seth Rollins taking on Samoa Joe, this match was alright. The knee injury that Seth had kind of didn’t help proceedings and really drove the match and what it was about but despite this supposed injury Seth countered a coquina clutch into a pin for the win which just shows that despite his injury he can still beat him and this ends Joe’s undefeated streak in the WWE I believe and should really kick start the feud even further from here so I have no complaints about this one it just wasn’t amazing!

Next up we had the second half to the House of Horrors match which had Bray doing his usual entrance then when the lights came back on Orton was there. Bray had help from the Singh Brothers who apart from in CWC I have never seen before in a WWE ring but Orton fought them off showing he isn’t going to lose his title that easily. Orton got an RKO but ‘The Modern Day Maharaja’ Jinder Mahal snuck into the ring and hit him with the WWE belt and with this being a NO-DQ match it was legal and Bray then hit sister abigail to win the WWE title. Pretty poor match that has ruined a good event so far I would say!

Finally we got Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns in the main event and despite me not being a huge Reigns fan this was a great end to the show! This was underlined by him chokeslamming Reigns into the Broadcast table and also there being near falls including one with Reigns’ finisher the Spear. Despite it not being too long even less than the Joe vs Rollins match it was a real brawl between two men who despite not getting the best reaction from the fans deliver whenever they are in the ring! Reigns got two superman punches but Strowman came back with a lifting arm triangle choke and 2 running powerslams for the win which shows his dominance and he underlined this with a post match beatdown and if this leads to a match with Lesnar fine by me as they are really doing well with Strowman and decimating Reigns especially at the end definately help his cause!

Now onto Backlash 2017 ……

First up was Nakamura vs Dolph Ziggler, this was a very good match which is no surprise as both men are brilliant and especially in the case of Dolph is very underrated. Like the previous PPV it was very weird that a match that could of main evented the card and as with a lot of Dolph’s matches recently there was a lot of nearfalls that could of easily of got him the win but he came up short in the end falling to the Kinshasa knee strike after Nakamura hit an exploder suplex and as expected he picked up the win following this via Pinfall to keep up the momentum and get the crowd really going with a great opener with the superb reaction to the Kinshasa showing this and like I say this match was one worth watching!

Next up we had Breezango vs The Usos, this on paper to me was a dud match and one that I thought if anything I would skip, it was nearly that but there was good comedy aspects as well as some good wrestling in this one so the best of both worlds really. This was in effect the last match before the Usos would embark on a feud with the New Day when they came over which would spawn the video that went viral of the rap battle including some choice words which you can find for yourself but enough about that, this was a decent match and like I say had a bit of both which I like and so I wouldn’t skip this one even though like I say on paper it would seem skip able.

Next up we had Baron Corbin vs Sami Zayn, on paper I would say this would be the match that would steal the show if you want to go down that route and it wasn’t that but it was very close and was still a very good match with Zayn coming out on top which is a surprise considering the fact that Corbin is booked a lot like Strowman in the way that he is the big guy that always comes out on top but this match embodied Sami Zayn as he came from looking like he was going to lose to winning the match which is a massive surprise considering the way he has been booked recently but hopefully this is seen as an upward curve for Zayn and the fans can hopefully get behind him ahead of maybe a future title opportunity, I know that might seem a bit far fetched at this point but I like Zayn so I would like it to happen while with Corbin he will probably go from here and win a big match like the Money in the Bank considering it is usually a winner who comes from nowhere and is not expected so this match was more to get Zayn back over I would say!

Next up we had Womens’ Tag Team action with Naomi, Charlotte & Becky Lynch taking on Natalya, Tamina and Carmella. This match was nothing special, to be honest womens’ matches in WWE aren’t as good when it is tag format that leads itself to only going about 5 minutes it is a stark contrast to the great match between Bayley and Alexa on the previous PPV/disc but it wasn’t terrible by any means and also it develops future title opportunities for the division such as with this match Natalya got the win with a Sharpshooter which led to Becky tapping for the win. This will probably lead to Natalya getting a future title shot so I was surprised that she made Becky tap as if this is what they are planning it would of made sense for Naomi to tap to make Natalya seem like a genuine threat but we will see what happens on that front. Overall like I say not amazing but not terrible, just quite average!

Next up was AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens with this match taking place after Kevin lost the title but in between time he beat Jericho to win it back so this was a bit weird but none the less this was the star of the show in many ways which is why Baron vs Sami wasn’t the best match on the card. It helped though to have 2 of the best performers in the ring in the WWE today wrestling each other and we know due to the finish which was when Styles was tied to the announce table with cables for a countout that there is going to be another match at least in the feud which is brilliant and eventually I think Styles will beat Owens for the title and add another WWE title to his ever growing resume!

Next up was the sub main event between Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, this was like a lot of matches on the card it was bang average and there was no real reason for the match to be there as such. I have never been a big fan of either man and don’t think they will be in the title picture anytime soon and they were better off being behind Bray Wyatt, not to say they are not talented but unless they are properly pushed or repackaged they are just going to have throwaway matches like this! Harper ended up winning with a discus clothesline in about 8 minutes so quite short as well!

Finally we get the main event between Randy Orton defending his WWE championship against ‘The Modern Day Maharaja’ Jinder Mahal who surprisingly despite being released only about a year ago is in the title picture. I used to be a big fan of Jinder and his gimmick but that was before he got lumbered with the whole 3MB stable which kind of killed both him and Drew McIntyre but I am glad that both are back in the WWE after a while on the Independent Circuit. This was surprisingly in my opinion a very good match between these two and it helped that the crowd were very much into it as well. If you didn’t know already Jinder ended up winning to claim the WWE title in a massive shock considering his status as being at most a midcarder to some but hopefully if he is given a longish reign Jinder might finally get permanent status in the main event picture and it is a win like this that could make him a star. He didn’t win the match on his own and had help from the Singh Brothers who distracted Orton which led to them being taken out by Jinder taking advantage hitting The Khallas for the win and afterwards the stunned fans in the crowd really painted a picture of how surprising this was!

Overall Rating –

Payback – 8/10 – This show was very good and most if not all the matches despite not being 5 stars were good watches and it really elevated the likes of Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman so definitely worth a watch

Backlash 6/10 – Some good and some bad with this one in comparison. Styles vs Owens was brilliant and Jinder winning the title was surprising but also great for WWE to give the title to someone different for a change but everything else was bang average with some of it very much skipable but you have to take into account that for only £14.99 you get two PPV’s so I can’t give it a worse rating really as it is good value!

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Show Review – Sacrifice Pro Chapter IV : Shattered Dreams

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Hello BWR readers and welcome to something a bit different from the usual WWE Home Video UK release review every Monday, this time we have a show review! Last night I had the pleasure of being at Sacrifice Pro’s WrestleMania so to speak called Shattered Dreams at Cedars Upper School in Leighton Buzzard. If you don’t know about Sacrifice already they are a promotion set up this year who every month put on charity wrestling shows in the Leighton Buzzard area with all proceeds going to a different charity every month and Sacrifice is great as they still have their storylines and some of the best in the UK mixing it with some of the best down here so Jay Garner vs Drew Parker was a previous match at an SPro Show.  After replying to a post about a month ago I was given the opportunity to provide a review as well of the show so today I will be doing just that, it will be a lot like the WWE reviews in the way that I will be giving you my thoughts on each match with a quick rundown as well as a rating and my recommendation on the promotion!

 

Before the action starts we get a sort of Pre-Show with the two commentators ‘The Mastermind’ Olie Spring who I recognise from previous APEX/HOPE shows at the Jury’s Inn as well as Figure Four Radio and TJ Lea and they run through the proceedings from the evening! In all honesty as informative as it was in my opinion it wasn’t really needed and the crowd albeit some of them were filing in weren’t really engaged with it.

Following this we got Wesley Lock who is apparently the new General Manager of Sacrifice Pro Wrestling after Harvey Dale relinquished it the previous month and he was out there to talk about the two big matches of the evening which are the GTTT finals and the H8Ful Eight Match with both giving great opportunities to those who win and then he went onto exercise his power by shouting at the girl on sound and firing her before reinstating her. I think him hyping up the show was good and really made it more important as opposed to just going into the action and probably made the wrestlers want it even more knowing that they are going to get this opportunity.

Match 1 – Team MAD (Danny Mayhem and Chase Williams w/ Jayde) vs Twister and Kai Payne – GTTT Semi-Final

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First match we got was between Team M.A.D who are Chase Williams and Danny Mayhem who are 2/4 of one of my favourite stables in British Wrestling today and 4 of the most underrated talents on the UK scene in Chase, Danny, Hustle Malone and Jayde and Kai Payne and Twister who throughout this tournament have no been on the same page mainly due to Kai who has stated that he wants to win this tournament and he will win this tournament on his own!

The match started with Team MAD taking out Twister and then gang up on Kai Payne as of course Kai is the biggest threat in the team and so this is a good tactic from Team M.A.D to try to move onto the finals.

Twister finally came in when Kai decided to work with him despite his dislike for him and like alluded to claims of wanting to do it all himself but he just tasted a double dropkick and after more onslaught, he finally gets Kai back in who fights back and takes  both men on and picks up the win from there to advance.

Overall a good opener that of course didn’t go too long with the winner being in another match that night but it got the crowd going who like at other places I have been were mad for Twister.

I did have an inkling that Kai and Twister would advance as it would validate Kai’s claims before the match but I also thought Team M.A.D might get a sneaky victory especially considering them being known to bend the rules to get what they want and also having Jayde at ringside but it was Kai and Twister who advanced to take on the winner of the second semi-final between Los Palaminos (Tivy Lee and Frankie Vegas) and The Bromantics (Shogun J and Owen Charles).

Match 2 – Los Palaminos (Tivy Lee and Frankie Vegas) vs The Bromantics (Shogun J and Owen Charles) – GTTT Semi-Final

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And we go straight onto that second match of the tag team tournament semi-finals between The Bromantics who are the team of Shogun J and Owen Charles and Los Palaminos who are Tivy Lee and Frankie Vegas. Before the match my thoughts on both teams were that I have seen The Bromantics on multiple occasions including in their first ever match as a team back at the end of last year and I am in particular quite a big fan of Shogun J due to his kicks and I really think that him and Owen share a great chemistry in the ring and they always seem to have a new item of branded Bromantics gear on every time I see them.

In terms of Los Palaminos I have only ever seen both men in singles action before so this will be a good gauge to see what they are like as a team as I have heard good things and apparently they only team in Sacrifice.

Both teams made their entrances with Los Palaminos having an entertaining effort with a banner that read 100% and The Bromantics having their usual one which always gets the crowd on their feet and clapping.

The match started and Tivy started an attack on Owen of the Bromantics and tried to limit Shogun’s involvement from the start by putting him out of the ring but the tide turned when Frankie tried this again only to be hit by one of Shogun’s patented kicks. We then got some brilliant tag moves and quite a few dabs from the Bromantics which was great and as a result I really thought The Bromantics would pick up the victory and move on.

This soon changed though and Frankie and Tivy went back to double teaming themselves to this team beat up Shogun but he found a way to tag in his partner Owen Charles. Owen came in but was soon grounded again in his pursuit of the win but he found a way to tag in Shogun which meant more great tag offence occured from the Bromantics which again got the crowd behind them.

It spilled to the outside with Los Palaminos ruling the roost and beating up both members of the Bromantics.

Tivy then grabs a chair and tries to get into the ring which allows Shogun to be hit with it and then Frankie did the classic throw a chair at the opponent then fall to the floor which I also saw the previous night at GOOD Wrestling but with the Certificate of Excellence brought out by Gene Munny but while that didn’t exude a disqualification Craig Anderson had no choice but to end the match by DQ and Los Palaminos advanced to the finals to take on Twister and Kai Payne.

Like the previous one, good match as a kind of opener to the show with some great tag team moves/offence from the Bromantics who get better and better every time I see them as well as from Los Palaminos who I thought were very entertaining and very impressive and were my picks to win it from there.

We also got a tease in my opinion of a turn from Shogun J who while Owen was visibly distraught in the ring sat there angry behind him but that could just be me overthinking it but it would be interesting to see if he does turn on Owen in the future.

Match 3 – Chuck Mambo vs Jack Cave

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Next up we had two wrestlers facing off that were kind of outsiders in the way that they aren’t part of that core group such as Team M.A.D, The Bromantics who work every single Sacrifice show and as a result being able to see these two for the very first time excited me coming into it and I thought this would steal the show.

We had Jack Cave coming out first of all and getting on the microphone and establishing himself as the villain of the piece by berating Leighton Buzzard and the south in general which I found hilarious and of course this really riled the crowd up and then Chuck Mambo ended up coming out to an eruption from the crowd I would say who were clapping along to his music and really getting behind Chuck.

When in the ring Jack starts out when comparing muscles with the rubber workout things which you put under your feet and pull up and to the side after there was a notable difference between the two men and then Jack ended up getting hit with it twice where the sun don’t shine after it was flung back at him by Chuck.

Both men had offence in the early going and throughout and overall this was a very good comedy match, I was impressed by both men with Jack being as good as I thought he was going to be and Chuck having never seen him before I was pleasantly surprised by. Chuck picked up the win to the delight of the crowd and hopefully we will see more of both men down here in the future.

Match 4 – Jay Garner vs Hustle Malone – Devils Hand Match

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This was the first half main event and the first time match ever in terms of the Devil’s Hand stipulation. Both men had something that they wanted to barter and this was only going to be revealed just before the match takes place so there is no backing out of it.

Have to say full marks in terms of the entrance by Hustle Malone, he is entertaining as hell as it is but in his entrance he didn’t even have to say anything, he came out with what I can say were security who were dragging him along with a towel on his head and messiah type music playing in the background and then out of nowhere Hustle beat up all of the security. One of the best entrances I have seen in Wrestling live.

The stipulations in this match were as follows :

If Jay wins, Team M.A.D must disband forever

If Hustle wins, Jay must retire from Sacrifice Pro forever

There was a brawl at the start and Jay dives onto Hustle and the rest of Team MAD on the outside before Hustle ends up reversing a kick attempt to slam him onto the floor on the outside.

Hustle when they get back in tries a quick pin before a flurry of offence on the ground. The crowd as expected got behind Jay who as a result tried to get back into the match and did so with a great hurricanerana. He follows this up by going to the top and executing a great drop kick. Hustle then got up and hit a DDT which nearly won him the match and then he threw him up for a flying forearm followed by a headbutt but Jay ended up nearly getting the victory himself following this with a great Shooting Star Press off the top.

Hustle though wasn’t done and spat at him and got a Sister Abigail type move for the victory and as a result Jay MUST RETIRE FROM SACRIFICE PRO!!!

Great match between the two with a lot of near falls to emphasise that either man could of won the match especially with the stakes being so high. Hustle is money in my opinion and if he isn’t booked in most places over the next year or so there is something wrong, his ability on the mic and in the ring is great and Jay is also very very good and has had some of the best matches I have seen live recently including his epic against Ashley Dunn at APEX Unbroken but being a Hustle fan I was glad to see him pick up the win.

Match 5 – Warren Banks vs ‘Bodyguy’ Roy Johnson

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This was our opener to the second half and it was between Roy Johnson of WWE UK/ Progress fame who I have been seeing quite a lot of lately vs Warren Banks who I am starting to become quite a fan of. Like Mambo vs Cave when looking at the card this definitely stood out.

This was the first time as well that I have seen Banks as a face and from this evidence he works well as either a face or a heel which is always good to see in wrestling. Both men ended up locking up at the start after a sign of respect and this was a match where no man really got an upperhand.

Banks ended up getting the victory in the end but it took 2 spears to keep the Powerlifting Champion and the Waviest Guy in Pro Wrestling down and really showed that this was not going to be a walk over for Banks.

In my opinion though the problem was with this match was that the crowd was a bit flat and this is going to come with any match as such unless it is really fast paced that comes after the interval and even the bloke in the crowd who was starting all the chants couldn’t really get the crowd going but apart from that it was a good match with Warren getting better and better in my opinion and Roy was better than last time that I saw him down at APEX where I wasn’t really impressed. Well worth a watch though when the On Demand goes up but I do think the crowd reaction spoiled parts of it.

Match 6 – The H8Ful Eight Match (Dan ‘The Man’ Tucker vs ‘The Phantom of the Ring’ Max Thompson vs ‘The Poison Princess’ Jayde vs ‘Old School’ Kent Nelson vs ‘The Dragon Warrior’ El Jefe vs Jacob Daniels vs ‘The Superstar’ Ashley Dunn vs Morgan Black)

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This was the sub main event and was the 2nd of two new match types alongside the Devil’s Hand Match and like any new match type it is a bit of a gamble as to whether or not it will work so I was very intrigued by this one with it being no rules, no DQ, no countouts with the winner getting a Golden Opportunity.

My pick beforehand was either Ashley Dunn or Jayde with them being in my opinion alongside El Jefe and Kent Nelson the standouts in the match and despite it being a new untested match type it worked and it was action packed from the word go and despite it being a NO DQ, No Rules match there wasn’t too much reliance on the weapons which you expect from a Family Friendly show anyway but it is good to see overall.

I was impressed by Max Thompson who I thought was very entertaining and the kind of deranged Phantom gimmick was seen throughout and despite him not looking like winning he impressed me as well as Morgan Black who I have only seen once before but I think is very good and the whole Pimp kind of gimmick wasn’t just a smokescreen as he was very good in the ring as well. Ashley Dunn and Jayde of course were very good and as some people may know I have raved about Ashley for quite a while now and I really do believe he is on the road to success, Jayde is someone who I have only seen for the first time this weekend at both GOOD and Sacrifice but is someone who can really mix it with both males and females and so I look forward to seeing more of her in the future.

Kent Nelson ended up winning the Golden Opportunity and came from nowhere of sorts to grab the victory and like his tag team partner and a lot of the talent on the card I think Kent gets better and better and I am a fan of the towel that he brings to the ring with his name on it. After the match Warren came out and congratulated Nelson only to be interrupted by the masked men who have been invading Sacrifice shows called Banksy and Mr Brainwash and despite Warren and Kent fighting them off, a 3rd member came out and they soon dispatched the team and then they stood at the entrance way united before leaving.

Main Event – Los Palaminos vs Kai Payne and Twister – GTTT Final

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So then to end of the show we had the final of the Golden Tag Team Tournament decided earlier on in the night by the semi-finals that took place and that meant Los Palaminos the team of ‘The Suicide Blonde’ Frankie Vegas and ‘The King of Suave Style’ Frankie Vegas would take on ‘Chaos’ Kai Payne and Twister for this Golden Opportunity.

I thought before hand that LP would win for the sole fact that Kai and Twister have not worked together throughout as such and LP also boast a 100% record that I thought would take them to the victory.

To start the match off Tivy and Kai got early offence and Kai seemed like he was playing ball as such and tagged in Twister basically saying that he can’t do it on his own and this was to the delight of the crowd.

Twister got in and executed some arm drags on Frankie but Frankie soon turned the tide and tagged in his tag partner Tivy Lee

Twister though got back into it and tagged in Kai who performed a beautiful spinning move which he did multiple times across the two matches and tried to follow it up by teaming with Twister to dive over the top rope onto LP but this was halted.

It spilt to the outside and it lead to Frankie taking Twister back in who is then beaten up by LP and even though the crowd tried to get behind him he couldn’t get some offence initially but as the crowd got more behind him he fought back against both members executing a missile dropkick on both men. Kai was then tagged in and as the fresh man beat up Tivy and Frankie and great tactics from Kai meant that Tivy was dumped to the outside and we once again got that spinning move. All this work though was taken away with Frankie nearly picking up the win against Twister but only getting a 2 count.

They tried to isolate him into their corner though but Twister fought back saving a certain 3 count soon after. Tivy Lee tried to end it with a Russian Leg Sweep but this didn’t happen and both men ended up on the canvas through a Spanish Fly which Tivy only got a 2 count for. Kai then used Twister as a battering ram when he got up and then Twister ended up splashing onto Tivy  to get a three count to the delight of the crowd. Both men embrace at the end realising what they have accomplished but this is soon taken away when a bag is brought to the ring with only one title in it and so Kai goes back to his old ways and turns on Twister in effect to win the Ultimate Sacrifice Pro title showing that the stars were always aligned for him and that he was right when he said he was going to win it on his own.

Absolutely brilliant match to end the show, really big fan of Kai and think he is brilliant so I look forward to seeing what he does with the belt and who his first challenger is next month!

Rating 7/10 –  A very good show and this was epitomised at the end with the final match which was a really class main event. It doesn’t get a perfect rating mainly because of the Warren vs Roy match and the fact that understandably the first two matches weren’t as good as the final but like I say a very good show that I came away from very satisfied. I would recommend to anyone who wants to watch some good wrestling that is also for a good cause as you will get both at Sacrifice Pro!

Thanks to Sacrifice again for having me down and letting me do the review I really do appreciate it and if you wish to support them do so at the links below :

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Their next show is on August 20th at Cedars Upper School called Sacrifice Pro Wrestling Chapter V : It’s Always Sunny in Leighton Buzzard

Featuring:
-Ultimate Sacrifice Champion, “Chaos” Kai Payne
-Twister
-“Los Palaminos”, Frankie Vegas & Tivy Lee
-“The Superstar” Ashley Dunn
And more TBA!

Tickets will be available at 10PM, July 17th. Available from
HOPESacrifice.BigCartel.com

**KEY INFO**

Tickets:
Child £5, Adult £7, Group of 4 £20

Doors: 4PM, Show Start 4.30PM
Cedars Upper School, Mentmore Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU72PU.
On-site bar with both soft and alcoholic drinks, plus affordable snacks. Show is completely family friendly!