5 Star Wrestling/WoS
Starting on a negative note this week unfortunately, as it was announced this week that the 5 Star Arena tour has been postponed until at least next February, this has led to a considerable backlash from wrestlers on Twitter, who are dismayed over losing out on what was possibly a lucrative payday, names such as Joe Coffey and Will Ospreay took to the social media platform to let their grievances known.
It is also worth noting that the previously mentioned Joe Coffey let slip to a fan on Twitter that the World of Sport revival is no longer happening, at this stage however this is just hearsay from one source and we will report on any developments in the future.
In what we usually reserve for the British Wrestling Worldwide section of this column, the importance of what happened over in Japan this past weekend has lead us to believe that this particular bit of news deserves its own heading.
For the second year running, British stalwart Will Ospreay reached the finals of the prestigious Best of Super Juniors tournament, having won it last year Will entered looking to be only the second man in history to win back-to-back BOSJ tournaments.
It was not meant to be however, as he came up against former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA, and ultimately fell short in a match that has been widely acclaimed by the wrestling media. It of course goes without saying how proud we should feel as a community that one of our own is flying the flag on such a stage, and despite falling short, making two finals in two years is a monumental achievement.
In the run up to the final, Will beat current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi to make the finals. Also, on the same night, fellow Brit Marty Scurll picked up a win over international high-flying star Ricochet. Furthermore, on finals night, Marty teamed up with Bullet Club leader Kenny Omega to take on the CHAOS team of Kazuchika Okada and Gedo, in what was said to be another stellar match.
Hull-based outfit NGW are going full steam ahead for their 9th Anniversary Show this coming Friday at Hull City Hall, adding to the excitement over the past weekend by announcing that BOSJ finalist Will Ospreay will be making his Hull City Hall debut, adding to what is looking to be a staked card. The announced matches are as follows:
– NGW Undisputed Championship Triple Threat: Matt Myers (c) vs Rampage Brown vs Nathan Cruz
– Liam Slater vs Joseph Conners
– NGW Tag Team Championship: Insane Fight Club (Joe Hendry, Kid Fite & Lionheart) vs The Proven (Caz Crash & Sam Wilder)
– Gen-X Number 1 Contendership Fatal-4-Way: El Ligero vs Wild Boar vs Robbie X Vs Kip Sabian
– Davey Boy Smith Memorial Cup Round 2 Round Robin: Bubblegum vs Justin ‘The Hammer’ Sysum
– Davey Boy Smith Memorial Cup Round 2 Round Robin: Zack Gibson vs Jake McCluskey
Also on NGW’s calendar is a show at Pudsey Town Hall on the 11th June, a few matches were announced for that show during the past week, they are as follows:
– GenX Non-Title Three Way: Matt Myers vs El Ligero vs Kip Sabian
– Rampage Brown vs Justin ‘The Hammer’ Sysum
– ‘Primate’ Jason Prime & Cayden Lay Vs Team Sports (David Graves & Ace Matthews)
– Liam Slater vs Nathan Cruz
– Dara Diablo vs Amir Jordan
WCPW have had yet another busy week, following on from their announcement that Loaded tapings having to be cancelled due to YouTube’s new ‘Advertiser Friendly’ guidelines, their ‘Fight Back’ show was marred by problems on the service, first the show was taken down in its entirety after being marked as spam, followed by WCPW’s streaming privileges being revoked.
This has met with plenty of backlash against the platform on social media, with a petition being started by fans to get Google (the owners of YouTube) to remove wrestling from their offensive content list.
Despite the issues, Fight Back went ahead as normal, here are the results:
– The show begins with a ten bell salute to those affected by the Manchester bombing. WhatCulture GM Adam Blampied comes out and talks about the last year, and the tapings that have been affected by YouTube’s change in policy. He also puts to bed the rumours that WCPW wrestlers don’t get paid, he then introduces Prince Ameen, who is jumped from behind by Sha Samuels, who beats and chokes Ameen with his braces before sending a message to the locker room, management and YouTube “Don’t Mug Me Off”
– Kay Lee Ray defeated Viper to become Number One Contender to the Women’s Championship. The match will take place at Built to Destroy.
– BT Gunn defeated Mark Davis. During the match, it was announced that Mark Davis will take part in the ‘Rest of the World’ Qualifier of the Pro Wrestling World Cup.
– Kenny Williams defeated Aaron Echo. Following the match, BT Gunn attacked Kenny Williams, and it was announced that the two would face each other at Built to Destroy, with the winner claiming the vacant second Scottish spot in the World Cup.
– Hardcore Match: Primate defeated Drake. Following the match WCPW GM Adam Blampied unveiled the WCPW Hardcore Championship. The inaugural champion will be crowned at Built to Destroy when Primate takes on Jimmy Havoc.
– WCPW Internet Championship: Gabriel Kidd defeated Zack Gibson
– Number One Contenders Tag Team Gauntlet: Prospect were the last team standing, the other teams were: Moss & Slater, Glaswegian Culture (Kid Fite & Lou King Sharp), The Kings of the North (Bonesaw & Damien Corvin), Polo Promotions (Mark Coffey & Jackie Polo). Prospect will face Swords of Essex at Built to Destroy for the titles.
– Number One Contenders Four-Way: Rampage defeated Dave Mastiff, El Ligero & Joe Coffey
– Prior to the main event, WCPW World Champion, Joe Hendry said anybody that could come out and solve his problem would receive a substantial reward and a spot in the Prestige, Dave Mastiff appeared and Joe Coffey & BT Gunn attacked challenger, Martin Kirby from behind, Hendry says he won’t be stripped of the title because the match hasn’t started yet, Adam Blampied appears and says “get um boys” and out came Rampage, Primate & El Ligero and a mass brawl ensued and the fought into the crowd as the match got underway.
– WCPW World Championship Last Man Standing: Joe Hendry (c) defeated Martin Kirby. Leading to the finish, El Ligero turned on Kirby, hitting him with a chair before performing his C4El finisher onto a chair, joining The Prestige in the process.
In other WCPW news, announcements have been made regarding their World Cup tournament, firstly, it’s been announced that Bobby Fish and Ricochet will be taking part in the US Qualifier.
Also, some competitors have been confirmed for Night One of the Finals, these are: Will Ospreay, Zack Sabre Jr, Michael Elgin, Mike Bailey, Penta El Zero M, Rey Mysterio and Joe Coffey.
An exciting match has also been announced for Built To Destroy, as the debuting Davey Richards will take on Jay Lethal in a clash of former ROH World Champions.
The first round of matches for RevPro’s British J Cup were announced in full this week, here are those matches:
– KUSHIDA vs Kyle O’Reilly
– Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger vs Josh Bodom
– Ryusuke Taguchi vs Will Ospreay
– Tiger Mask vs Marty Scurll.
It was also announced this past week that at RevPro’s annual Summer Sizzler show in August, that ‘The Villain’ Marty Scurll will take on the legendary Rey Mysterio and that Zack Sabre Jr will defend his British Heavyweight Championship against Chris Brookes.
Rev-Pro also held their monthly ‘Live at the Cockpit’ show this past weekend, now on its 17th show. Here are the results:
– David Starr defeated El Phantasmo
– Josh Wall & Kurtis Chapman defeated The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch)
– RPW Undisputed British Cruiserweight Championship: Josh Bodom (c) defeated Ashley Dunn
– Donovan Dijak defeated Eddie Dennis
– Zack Gibson defeated Angelico
– Jinny defeated Nina Samuels
– #CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) defeated Suzuki-Gun (Zack Sabre Jr & Davey Boy Smith Jr)
Fight Club: PRO
Fight Club: Pro have this week announced several matches for their upcoming Stranger Than Fixxion show on the 23rd June, the announced matches are as follows:
– CCK (Mondai Lykos & Chris Brookes) vs Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven)
– Mark Haskins vs Jordan Devlin vs Will Ospreay
– Travis Banks vs Pete Dunne for the FCP Championship.
Fight Club also announced this past week that their hugely popular Dream Tag Team Invitational tournament will return next year over three dates: 30th March, 31st March and 1st April. No venues have been announced.
ATTACK! Pro Wrestling
ATTACK! Held their latest show, Press Start 5 this past weekend, here are the results:
– ATTACK Tag Team Championship: CCK (Kid Lykos & Chris Brookes) defeated Bowl-A-Rama (Split McPins & Fat Katt Lloyd)
– Four-Way: WCWDrew defeated SaDrew, SandDrew and The Drew Meanie
– ATTACK 24/7 Championship: Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunne ended in a no contest
– Tetris Tables Match: Mike Bird & Wild Boar defeated Eddie Dennis & Kyle Fletcher
– Elijah defeated Love Making Demon
– Six-Man Tag Team: Morgan ‘Flash’ Webster and FSU (Mark Andrews & Eddie Dennis) defeated Travis Banks and The Brothers of Obstruction (Jim & Lee Obstruction)
Lucha Forever have announced several matches for their upcoming shows in Manchester, Cardiff and Southampton, here are the announced matches:
– Special Attraction Match: Pete Dunne vs Kip Sabian (Manchester)
– Trios Championship Qualifier: FSU (Mark Andrews & Eddie Dennis) & El Motho (Session Moth Martina) vs Mike Bird, Wild Boar & Sierra Loxton (Cardiff)
– Will Ospreay vs Morgan ‘Flash’ Webster (Manchester)
– Mia Yim vs Jinny (Cardiff)
– Lucha Forever Championship: Travis Banks (c) vs Mark Haskins. (Manchester)
– Toni Storm vs Bea Priestley (Special Guest Referee: Chief Deputy Dunne) (Manchester)
– Morgan ‘Flash’ Webster vs Kip Sabian (Cardiff)
– Marty Scurll & Kip Sabian vs Uptown Funkers (Will Ospreay & Ryan Smile) (Southampton)
PROGRESS this week announced the first match for their show in Cologne, Germany in July. It will see Super Strong Style 16 winner Travis Banks face off against 16 Carat Gold Winner Ilja Dargunov. They also announced that Jinny will take on Laura Di Matteo on the same show.
A few names have been announced for the upcoming Freedoms Road tapings, these are Chuck Mambo and David Starr.
PROGRESS also confirmed on Twitter that at Chapter 50, The British Strong Style teaming of Trent Seven and Tyler Bate will put their Tag Team Titles on the line against CCK (Chris Brookes and Kid Lykos)
The Scottish contingent this week announced several things for several shows, we’ll begin with their Fight Club tapings on June 18th, for which it was announced that Polo Promotions will take on the team of Lou King Sharp & Krieger. It was also announced that a newcomer called ‘Cav’ will debut at these tapings, he carries the moniker ‘From the Fires of Hell’. Also Chris Renfrew will take on Stevie Boy, with their Facebook page talking up the brutal history they share.
A four way match for the ICW Zero-G Championship has also been signed for Tramspotting 2 on the 18th June. It will se Kenny Williams defending his title against: BT Gunn, Davey Blaze & Gabriel Kidd.
Pro Wrestling Chaos
Pro Wrestling Chaos held their latest show ‘UnBROlievable’ on the 3rd June, here’s what happened:
– Cara Noir defeated ‘Bronco’ Brendan White & Charlie Sterling
– Number One Contendership: Alex Steele defeated Eddie Ryan
– Team H8 (Gideon, Jeckel & Mikey Whiplash) defeated The Brotherhood (Nathan Bane, Joe Mezinger & Elijah Dahl)
– Eddie Dennis defeated ‘Flash’ Morgan Webster
– Knights of Chaos Title: The Modern Culture (Danny Jones & Richie Edwards) defeated Project Lucha (El Ligero & Martin Kirby)
– PROGRESS Atlas Championship: Matt Riddle (c) defated ‘Flying’ Mike Bird
OTT held their latest show at the Tivoli in Dublin this past weekend, here are all the goings on from that show:
– Kenny Williams defeated Jake McCluskey
– 2Unlimited defeated Extra Talented
– Pastor William Eaver defeated Justy. After the match Justy challenged Pastor William Eaver to a tag match next month. Justy & Logan Bryce vs Pastor and a partner of his choosing.
– Jordan Devlin defeated Moose
– Lads from The Flats (Martin & Workie) defeated Charlie Sterling & Sha Samuels via DQ
– Mark Haskins defeated Sami Callihan
– Katey Harvey & Session Moth Martina defeated Kris Wolf & Kay Lee Ray
– British Strong Style (Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) defeated Angel Cruz, B Cool and Tyler Bate (Yes, Tyler was on both teams)
– OTT No Limits Championship: Ryan Smile defeated Matt Riddle
A few names have also been announced for the WrestleRama, these are: War Machine (Hanson & Raymond Rowe), Marty Scurll, Sami Callihan, Tigre Uno and Keith Lee.
Fight Nation UK
It was announced this week that due to injury, Lio Rush is no longer available for the 30th June show, he will be replaced by Keith Lee, who will face Ryan Smile for the Z-Force Championship.
Also announced for the June 30th show is:
– British Champion Chris Ridgeway will face former champ Mark Haskins, who hopes to regain the belt after having to vacate it due to injury last year.
– Jimmy Havoc will make his debut and face off against Joseph Conners
– For the first time ever Impact Grand Champion Moose will face off against WWN World Champion Matt Riddle
Ultimate Pro Wrestling
UPW hosted their latest show, CrossRHODES in Weymouth on June 1st, here’s what happened:
– Amazon defeated Miss Louise Jane
– Bram defeated Charleston Allen
– Jonny Storm & Andy Simmonz defeated The Legion of Lords (‘Lord’ Gideon Grey & Rishi Ghosh)
– Matt Riddle defeated Jake McCluskey
– Mike Bird & Wild Boar defeated The Brothers Awe (Otis & Alfie Awe)
– Three Way: Charlie Sterling beat Sid Scala & Jeckel
– Cody Rhodes defeated Iestyn Rees
British Empire Wrestling
British Empire Wrestling have this weekend held a tournament called International Grand Prix, we have both nights results here:
– International Grand Prix 2017 Round One: Kasey Owens defeated Jetta to advance
– International Grand Prix 2017 Round One: Desi Derata defeated Melanie Grey to advance
– International Grand Prix 2017 Round One: Santana Garrett defeated Laura Di Matteo to advance
– International Grand Prix 2017 Round One: Little Miss Roxxy defeated Zoe Lucas to advance
– International Grand Prix 2017 Round One Three Way: Shotzi Blackheart defeated Christi Jaynes & Nina Samuels
– Psycho Lolita defeated Mischa East
– International Grand Prix 2017 Round One, BEW Women’s Championship: Katarina Leigh defeated Toni Storm
– Toni Storm defeated Nina Samuels
– International Grand Prix 2017 Semi-Final: Shotzi Blackheart defeated Santana Garrett to advance
– BEW Women’s Championship/International Grand Prix 2017 Semi-Final: Kasey Owens defeated Katarina Leigh (c) to win the title and advance to the final
– International Grand Prix Semi-Final: Desi Derata defeated Little Miss Roxxy
– Jetta defeated Wesna
– Laura Di Matteo defeated Candyfloss
– Christi Jaynes & Zoe Lucas defeated Jamie Hayter & Melanie Gray
– BEW Women’s Championship/ International Grand Prix 2017 Final Triple Threat: Kasey Owens (c) defeated Desi Derata & Shotzi Blackheart to retain the title and win the tournament
Tidal Championship Wrestling
The Leeds based outfit held their annual High Tide event over this past weekend, here are the results:
– Tidal Open Championship: Sean Only defeated HT Drake to win the vacant belt
– El Ligero defeated Bubblegum
– Chuck Mambo & Brady Phillips defeated Jack Bandicoot & Pop Punk Kid
– CJ Banks defeated Joseph Conners
– Roy Johnson defeated Amir Jordan
– Tidal Women’s Championship Three-Way: Lizzy Styles (c) defeated Evee Black & Chakara
– Gabriel Kidd defeated JD Boom
– Eight Man Tag Elimination Match: Team Rampage (Rampage Brown, Jason Prime, HT Drake & Sebb Strife) defeated Team Havoc (Jimmy Havoc, Sean Only, Dara Diablo & Dan Evans)
This week, PCW announced the for their show, The Confrontation on June 17th, which will see matches pitting PCW Wrestlers against IPW:UK wrestlers, the card is as follows:
– T-Bone vs Jimmy Havoc (Street Fight)
– Iestyn Rees Championship Open Challenge
– Six Way Match: Soner Dursun vs Joey Hayes vs Lionheart vs Ophidian vs Dave Birch vs Arcadian
– Ashton Smith vs Dean Allmark
– Lucy Cole & Saraya Knight vs Christi Jaynes & Shotzi Blackheart
– UK Hooligans (Roy & Zak Knight) vs DND (Cieran Donnelly & Danny Duggan)
– Matthew Brooks vs Zack Gibson
– Phillip Michael vs Cuban Heat
TNT held their show Going Off Big Time over the past weekend, here are the results:
– Saxon Huxley def. Amir Jordan
– Saraya Knight def. Lizzy Styles
– The Kings Of The North (Bonesaw & Damien Corvin) def. Rampage Brown & Tyson T-Bone
– TNT Extreme Division Championship match
Champion, Sean Only def. James Drake
– Joseph Conners def. Bram
– Travis Banks def. CJ Banks
– Survival Of The Sickest match
The MOB (Ruffneck & Keith Myatt) & The Purge (Krobar & Stevie James) def. Manc Union (TNT World Champion, Bubblegum, Joey Hayes, Sam Bailey & Chris Ridgeway) Finish came when Joseph Conners distracted Bubblegum and Keith Myatt eliminated him
British Wrestling Worldwide
We start in Japan, with Stardom where several of the UK’s best female talent have been frequenting, it was in the last week, announced that Viper, Kay Lee Ray and Toni Storm will be returning for Stardom’s 5* Grand Prix in August. Lady Chardonnay, Darcy and Xia Brookside are also all getting opportunities in Japan.
In Germany, for GWF, Xia Brookside, Lana Austin and Martina the Session Moth all took part in the Women’s Wrestling Revolution tournament. Joe Hendry also appeared in the main event of another GWF show, Mystery Mayhem, where he came up short in the pursuit of both the GWF Heavyweight Championship and the Impact Grand Championship as Moose (The Impact Grand champion) won the bout and both the belts.
This week on Impact Wrestling, Rockstar Spud made his long anticipated return to TV, attacking Spud with a hammer.
International Technical Wizard Zack Sabre Jr main evented a show for Blitzkrieg Pro, in Enfield, Connecticut. He faced Joey Janela, unfortunately he came up short in this particular match.
A somewhat negative thing to finish up on, as it emerged just before publishing that US Promotion Chikara, who are holding their King of Trios tournament in the UK this year, have moved venues from Birmingham to Wolvrehampton. This has caused many disgruntled fans voice their disappointment in the venue change on Twitter, more on this as it comes.
Have we missed anything? If we have, as always give us a shout on Twitter: @NathanKenMajor or @kurtjohansson93