Fight Club: PRO DTTI 2019 Preview

Added by Lloyd Barrett

This coming weekend (April 19th-21st) Fight Club: PRO hold the third installment of their annual easter tag team spectacular,the Dream Tag Team Invitational. Night’s 1 & 2 Come from The Hangar in Wolverhampton and night 3 which includes the semi finals and final takes place at the Manchester Academy One,Manchester, limited tickets available for all 3 shows can be found at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/fightclubpro​

As in previous years this years tournament will be contested between 8 teams,with the UK, US and Mexico being represented with stars of promotions such as Dragon Gate, Impact, AEW and Chikara taking part. In this preview I will break down the teams and the current announced matches for the weekend, so lets get stuck in to the 8 teams represented in DTTI.

R.E.D
PAC & Eita
Previous DTTI Best: n/a
Fight Club Pro Honours: n/a

Current Dragon Gate Open The Dream Gate Champion Pac and his stablemate Eita make their DTTI debuts in this years tournament,in what is also Pac’s debut in the promotion however Eita has previously wrestled for FCP, having mixed fortunes on Project Mayhem VI weekend in 2017 victorious in 6 man tag action alongside CIMA and Masaaki Mochizuki on night one against British Strong Style but fell short in a Fight Club Pro Championship match against then champion Chris
Brookes on night 2.

Lucha Bros
Penta El Om & Rey Fenix
Previous DTTI Best: Runner Up 2017
Fight Club: PRO Honours : n/a

The 2017 DTTI runners up return for Penta’s second and Fenix third crack at claiming the trophy, in their first run at claiming the DTTI crown they defeated two former FCP World Champions in Pete Dunne and Sami Callihan, knocked off FSU in the semi finals before being defeated by CCK in the inaugural final. Fenix returned in the 2018 edition,however his brother had to pull out due to illness and was replaced by Sami Callihan, Fenix and Callihan were defeated by Aussie Open in the first round. Aside from the 2017 DTTI, Penta has also competed for the Fight Club Pro World Championship in a losing effort to Chris Brookes and also defeated Fenix in a singles match on the opening night of the 2017 edition. Fenix has also competed in singles action in FCP as he was defeated at Day Of The Dead 2017 by Travis Banks, the same event the his brothers aforementioned match against Brookes took place, however he picked up victories at the 2018 in non tournament action against Callihan and Pete Dunne in a triple threat match and had has hand raised against Angelico on the final night.

LAX
Santana & Ortiz
Previous DTTI Best: n/a
Fight Club: PRO Honours: n/a

The former three time Impact Wrestling Tag Team champions and current Pro Wrestling Revolver, AAW and House Glory tag team champions have become one of the premier teams in all of wrestling. With Show Stealing performances on both sides of the Atlantic for Progress against the Calamari Catch Kings, Chris Brookes and Jonathan Gresham and a fantastic series of match on Impact against the Lucha Bros, LAX are one of the hottest tag team acts out there. This is their DTTI and Fight Club Pro debuts however,they do have prior tournament experience as they were part of the wXW World Tag Team League in 2017.

Legion Of Rot
Hallowicked & Frightmare
Previous DTTI Best :n/a
Fight Club: PRO Honours :n/a

The Legion Of Rot make their DTTI debut’s in this years tournament,however Frightmare has previous wrestled for the promotion on co branded shows alongside Chikara,he has a victory in a 4 way at Enter Chikara Part Three in 2015 which also involved night one opponent Chris Brookes and was Part of The FCP/Chikara ​Aniversario tour in 2016 where Brookes returned the favour in a fatal four way on night one,before losing a triple threat on night two to Fire Ant which also including Travis Banks and finally losing to Chuck Taylor on the final night. Two thirds of the 2012 Chikara King Of Trios Champions look to get Frightmare back to winning ways in FCP alongside former 2 time Chikara Grand Champion, Hallowicked to add more tournament accolades to an already impressive resume.

O.V.E.
Dave Crist & Jake Crist
Previous DTTI Best: n/a
Fight Club: PRO Honours: n/a

OVE make their DTTI debuts in this years edition,however the brothers are no strangers to the promotion having wrestled for Fight Club Pro as early as 2012 during Project Mayhem 2 weekend, in matches against The Hunter Brothers and Brookes & Gresham, they’ve also competed for FCP as recent as 2017 picking up a win in a fatal four way tag match against Aussie Open, The Rascalz and the pairing of Joe Coffey & Omari at Project Mayhem VI night one before teaming with Sami Callihan in defeat on the second night against British Strong Style. The Ohio natives look to add to a plethora of tag team accolades such as,the CZW Tag Team Championship,holding the AAW Tag titles 4 times and being former Impact Wrestling Tag Team champions.

SCHADENFREUDE
Chris Brookes & Kyle Fletcher
Previous DTTI Best: Brookes-Winner 2017 w/Kid Lykos
Fletcher-Runner Up 2018 w/Mark Davis
Fight Club: PRO Honours-Brookes-DTTI 2017 Winner, Fight Club: PRO World Champion & Fight Club: PRO Tag Team Champion w/Kid Lykos.

The team with the most DTTI experience and prestige heading in to the tournament has to be the SCHADENFREUDE pairing of Brookes and Fletcher,as former winner and runner up respectively join forces to attempt capture the trophy and tighten the factions grip on Fight Club Pro. Chris Brookes is also the entrant to have the most individual success in Fight Club and the only former FCP World Champion in this years tournament, Brookes’ impressive resume is however matched by Fletcher who currently is one half of the Tag Team Champions in Progress,wXw and Attack alongside Mark Davis. Speaking of Fletcher’s Attack exploits, Aussie Open take on SCHADENFREUDE’s night one opponents the Legion Of Rot in an Attack Tag Team Championship match just 2 days prior at Attack Pro Wrestling Wednesday Night Wristlocks                   (​https://attackprowrestling.bigcartel.com/product/attack-pro-wrestling-wednesday-night-wristlocks-april-17th-bingo-hall-cathays-cardiff​) which will prove an interesting scouting exercise for Fletcher and the Chikara duo in another high pressure environment.

Jonny Storm & Jody Fleisch
Previous DTTI Best: n/a
Fight Club: PRO Honours: n/a

Two absolute stalwart’s and icons of the British Indy scene have yet to step in to a Fight Club Pro ring, that changes in this years DTTI. Their current Night One fate yet to be confirmed however they face LAX on night two, a rematch from last years 2018 Wrestling Mediacon’s Impact Wrestling vs The UK show Storm and Fleisch have held many honours up and down the country during their illustrious careers and have tag team tournament previous,becoming the first ever 1PW Tag team champions in a knock out tournament back in 2006 with big victories including successes over Austin Aries and Roderick Strong and a monumental win in the finals against none other than AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels in the final.

Besties In The World
Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega
Previous DTTI Best :n/a
Fight Club: PRO Honours: Current Fight Club: PRO Tag Team Champions.

The current reigning Fight Club Pro Tag Champions, captured the titles from The Hunter Brothers in a 4 way at FCP’s last Wolverhampton show,International Tekkers, which also involved the current NXT UK Tag Team Champions, the Grizzled Young Veterans and the Anti Fun Police.

The Besties then defended the championships in another 4 way at a Fight Club Pro and Destiny Co Promoted show in New York,during Wrestlemania week, which also had qualification for the DTTI up for grabs , Fitchett and Vega were able to see off 2018 DTTI entrants The Rascalz, Team White Wolf and Martina & Orange Cassidy to retain the championships and enter this years Dream Tag Team Invitational. Prior to these victories The Besties were unsuccessful in their previous FCP outings losing their Pro Wrestling Revolver Tag titles to Pete Dunne and Millie McKenzie and failing to recapture them in a triple threat against McKenzie and Dunne which also involved The Rascalz who picked up the win. In these defeats however Fitchett and Vega gained a cult following in Fight Club Pro which eventually led to their triumphant return to rise to the top of the FCP.

Well that is the 8 teams broken down in what is a really intriguing line up and arguably the strongest Dream Tag Team Invitational field to date,to close I have listed the tournament and non tournament matches currently announced for the Easter weekend Tag Team spectacular.

Night One Tournament Matches:
SCHADENFREUDE vs Legion Of Rot
R.E.D vs Lucha Bros
Night One Non Tournament Matches:
Besties In the World Open Challenge
Will Ospreay vs Dan Moloney
Rey Horus vs Sami Callihan
Night Two Tournament Matches:
LAX vs Johnny Storm & Jody Fleisch
OVE vs Besties In The World
Night Two Non Tournament Matches:
Chuck Mambo’s Super Scramble
Rey Fenix vs Will Ospreay
Kyle Fletcher vs Pac
Fight Club: PRO World Championship – PENTA El 0M vs Mark Davis