IPW-UK are a company that I have never checked out, but I have heard of them over the course of my years of UK wrestling fandom. It probably says a lot that I thought they had been closed down a few years ago, but they are still plugging away in the South, mixing UK wrestlers with imports for a hard hitting brand of British wrestling. Their Supershow 2 card had a variety of important matches, including the crowning of new tag team title contenders, a Woman’s Title match and a Loser Leaves Town contest between Tom Dawkins and Will Ospreay, who would also wrestle in the first match as sub for Paul Robinson. With that said, let’s head into the action.
IPW-UK British Tag Team Titles #1 Contendership Four Way Match: 2 Unlimited (Jay Sammon & Patrick Sammon) vs. Project Lucha (El Ligero & Martin Kirby) vs. SmoothStar (Sammy Smooth & Scott Star) vs. The Swords Of Essex (Scott Wainwright & Will Ospreay)
It is interesting to see Will Ospreay wrestling as anything other than a babyface, and he cements his heel status pre-match by sticking Ligero’s cape down the front of his tights. Even when he is tagged in, the ‘Ospreay’ chants annoy him to the point where he tags straight out to Scott Star. After 2 Unlimited show off their arm drags and athleticism, the second part of the match has Project Lucha and SmoothStar trading moves and reversals. Just as Project Lucha take advantage, the Swords of Essex jump them from behind, only for Ospreay to get pummelled with a kicking combination. The four faces than hit a suplex on three of the heels (not including Scott Star), leading to 2 Unlimited hitting double dropkicks on Project Lucha.
Ospreay’s heel shtick is pretty entertaining, and he hits a headbutt on Patrick Sammon after looking as if he is setting up for a more athletic move with a series of rope running. A tiltawhirl backbreaker/legdrop combo gets a two count after Martin Kirby breaks the pinfall. 2 Unlimited and Swords of Essex run a sequence akin to a standard tag match, as Patrick is stopped from tagging his partner a couple of times, but eventually all three teams get in to stop them. We get obligatory dive sequences, as Smooth lands a cannonball senton and Star lands a moonsault press off of the apron. It looks as if Ospreay is about to follow suit, but he sticks two fingers up to the audience, only to get pitched to the outside by Project Lucha, who follow it up with stereo flipping dives. Jay Sammon is then backbodydropped over the top by his brother to finish this athletic tradeoff.
All hell breaks loose as every team begins to use their biggest spots, most noticeably when Wainwright plants Kirby with a rolling samoan onto the knees of Ospreay. Ligero is able to clear out the Swords of Essex with a top rope crossbody, but following a rolling samoan, 2 Unlimited pick up the win with a 450 followed by a moonsault. The match was a lot of fun, as would be expected from teams such as these, who brought out a lot of entertaining offense, if not much in the way of psychology.
Jigsaw vs Zack Sabre Jr
An interesting match on paper, the two men show each other respect by shaking hands before the bell, and they head straight into trading locks and escapes. When Sabre gets the arm, he begins the joint work, bending the wrist and stamping on the elbow, yet Jigsaw shows he perhaps has the speed advantage with a nice headscissors, armdrag and dropkick. Jigsaw’s submission work seems to be aimed at the legs, but Zack is quick to grab at the arm whenever he is in danger. Following a body vice from Jigsaw, Zack uses a pele-style kick to hit the arm and land two big European uppercuts in the corner. A tornado DDT into a hammerlock with leg guillotine continues the punishment on Jigsaw’s arm, but impressively, Jigsaw escapes with a suplex.
A double stomp to the back of Zack as he hands on the middle rope gets a two count, but it is once again Sabre targeting the arm that allows him to get back into the match, with a couple of close roll-ups thrown in for two counts along the way. A kick straight into a German suplex gets Jigsaw another two count, but Sabre Jr. straight away turns it into an armlock, using his legs to grapevine the other arm and force the verbal submission. A solid match, though not reaching the heights of what I have seen from either man in the past.
Darrell Allen vs Lord Jonathan Windsor
This match is dubbed a ‘Relaxed Rules’ match, considering previous issues with Allen and Windsor. The audio goes a bit odd at this point, leaving it difficult to hear specifically what Allen has done to Windsor, which is a shame. Windsor begins with a takedown and a running body block, leaving Allen little choice but to get out of the ring to regroup at the first chance he can. Windsor, clearly unhappy with Allen, attempts to follow him but eats a kick to the face. Allen uses a variety of charging uppercuts, dropkicks and two sentons whilst Windsor is down on the canvas, cutting off any comebacks with nefarious tactics such as eye rakes.
A Bossman-style squash against the middle rope by Allen sees him seemingly in complete control, but he spends too long following up and gets hit with a kick and a back suplex dubbed Welcome to Windsor. Both men start to trade moves on the build up towards the finish, with Windsor catching Allen off of a crossbody attempt and turning it into a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. After landing the Razzle Dazzle kick, Allen gets a chair, but is stopped by Sexy Cupid (Windsor’s manager) from the outside. Windsor hits a flying knee, but then refuses to use the chair on Allen. Cupid kicks him in the nuts and Allen rolls him up for a three count. An odd ending to a decent enough match which just felt a bit lacking – maybe due to the audio, it was hard to get a sense of the atmosphere within the match.
Mark Andrews vs Matt Sydal
On paper, a potentially impressive aerial battle as Andrews takes on Sydal, yet we are still suffering with audio issues which makes it difficult to get a sense of the crowd reactions to what we are seeing. Both men spend the early goings grappling about for superiority, trading side headlock takedowns, escapes, arm drags and headscissors, before both men attempt dropkicks to show parity. A handshake highlights their respect for each other, though Sydal is quick to follow this up by dumping Andrews onto the top rope to attack the knee, a strong kick to a downed Andrews and a knee lock submission.
The knee work becomes a feature of the match, Sydal cutting off an initial comeback with a basement dropkick to the knee. Two spinning toe hold drops have Andrews in trouble, but a couple of roll-ups gets him two near falls. He eats a big knee on a third attempt, but has enough to reverse a suplex into a stunner to allow him back into the match. The pace has noticeable quickened, and Andrews hits a beautiful wheelbarrow bulldog, before his patented northern lights suplex roll through into standing corkscrew press, yet only catching the legs of Sydal on the flip.
The leg-assisted reverse DDT and standing moonsault gets Sydal his own two count, and the moves and reversals are coming thick and fast. Andrews hits Sydal with a kick as Sydal climbed the top rope, flipping him off with a huracanrana. Andrews is unable to capitalise, getting dropped with a top rope huracanrana following more battling on the top turnbuckle. This allows Sydal enough time to hit the Air Bourne and get the hard fought three count. A good match, though nothing mindblowing. It wasn’t helped again by the audio, or that Andrews blew off the leg work towards the end, making some of Sydal’s early work pretty pointless.
IPW Women’s Title Match – Jetta vs Nikki Storm vs Tennessee Honey ©
The audio seems to have been resolved at this point, which is good, as the crowd goes a long way to building engagement in a match. Apparently, Honey may be the champion but Jetta stole the belt off of her at a previous show. The two heels (Storm and Jetta) initially double team the champion, but a double clothesline and clubbing forearms breaks that up pretty effectively. Jetta and Storm are very vocal at all times and appear to have a loose agreement to work Honey over, using a mixture of chokes and attacks against the ropes. Storm even finds an opportunity to put on Honey’s hat and skip around the ring.
Unsurprisingly, the heels eventually fall out when it comes to the idea of pinning Honey. Just as it seems they have made up, Honey attacks them from behind, cracking heads and landing a springboard double crossbody. However, her attacks seems to galvanise the Jetta/Storm partnership, and they begin to work her over once again, only up until Storm rolls Jetta up for a two count. All three brawl before we see a triple submission. Jetta uses Storm to knock Honey down from the Alabama Slam position, finishing the move by dropping Storm on Honey.
Two discus clotheslines almost gives Honey the victory, though Jetta is able to break up the following pinfall on Storm. Honey is sent to the outside, and Jetta is able to force a submission after a backcracker into a straitjacket choke. The match was pretty average if I’m honest, and possibly would have been better if it was a singles match. The action just didn’t flow in a way that made it enjoyable, and Honey in particular didn’t inspire me. I like what I’ve seen of Storm before, and Jetta looks fun, but this just didn’t click.
Clint Margera, John Klinger & Jon Ryan (w/Dean Ayass) vs. Mr. Anderson & The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) (w/Artemis)
An odd mix of people, probably not helped by my lack of knowledge of the IPW product. This match is a No-DQ match, and we get Anderson spending time ribbing the crowd pre-match, including a call to ‘Vote Trump’. A child gets into the ring and runs off Anderson, playing off interaction that must have happened at a previous show. When the match begins, it is clear that the ref has enforced normal tag rules, even with the No-DQ stipulation. Anderson toys with locking up with Klinger, but quickly ducks out, leaving Lynch to start the match for his team. A crossbody, dropkick and backbody drop out of the corner, and Lynch is left wishing he didn’t. After David is seen off by Margera, Kennedy is finally forced to get into the ring and is shown up by Ryan, who avoids a couple of quick power move attempts.
All six men head into the ring and quickly outside, leading to Margera almost killing himself with a cannonball senton that sees him collide with the edge of the ring. The action is brought to the fans as three brawls make this way around the ring and into the crowd. A table gets used for multiple heel head smashes and the faces seem to mostly be in control until Ryan has a powerbomb attempt reversed and gets back body dropped on the concrete floor. The crowd are asked to move, yet Team Ayass manages to reverse irish whips that send Anderson and the Riots flying into the chairs! It is hard to follow all the action, but we do get a Klinger/Lynch double nut grab spot, which is different. Artemis even gets involved and slaps Ryan around the face, getting into the ring in an attempt to get away from a furious ex-champion. Kennedy uses the opportunity to drive Ryan’s leg for six with the Riots’ cricket bat.
The knee gives out on an Irish whip, and the crowd are fully behind Ryan, who will get a title shot against Jimmy Havoc if his team wins. On the instructions of Ayass, Ryan is helped to the back, leaving the match 3 on 2. Klinger is working his hardest to fight off the advances of Lynch, avoiding a charge into the corner and nailing a top rope elbowdrop. A combo of charging moves almost has Lynch out, but Davis drives a cricket bat into Klinger’s head from behind. Klinger then gets beaten in the heel corner, Kennedy taking every opportunity to mock him along the way. The announcer seems confused as to why tags are being insisted on in a No-DQ match, which doesn’t help as it points out a logical issue with the booking of the match so far. We get several hope spots of Klinger trying to tag out to Margera, only to be stopped several times. On the last of these, we see Ryan limp down to the ring with a chair in hand and nails all three men with chair shots.
This match feels like it has gone on too long as this point, and we get a teased finish off of the Riots’ District Line, only for Margera to break the pin up with a PS3! A few big moves lead to a Mic Check by Kennedy, only for Ayass to pull the ref out at two. As Kennedy complains, Ryan sneaks up and lands a fireman’s carry bomb. A decent match in places, but just too long for what it was. It felt overbooked in places as well, as too much was going on to really allow any of it to have much of an impact. Shame.
Before the main event of the evening, Jack Clover comes down to the ring, whose main gimmick seems to be that he is practically unintelligible on the microphone due to being Irish. He is interrupted by Sebastian from The Geezers with a man wearing a parka. Sebastian sells the fact that Tom isn’t there, only to reveal that it is Tom under the hood. Irvin talks about how he outraged he is by Clover drinking, only to crack open a beer himself. Clover starts to drink as well, and gets slapped in the balls by Sebastian. Instead of challenging the Geezers, Clover then makes it clear that he is there for the Masterlock Challenge. Chris Masters then heads to the ringside, shaking hands with Clover as he enters the ring. Masters suggests that Clover should probably try the Geezerlock challenge, only for Sebastian to then whack a lightbulb, thinking it was a balloon. After some more stalling, we get a MasterGeezerlock, which is Master’s full nelson and a double titty twister by The Geezers. Pointless but relatively humorous segment to relax things before the big main event.
Loser Leaves Town – Tom Dawkins vs Will Ospreay
Unlike Ospreay, I’ve never seen Dawkins before, so am looking forward to what he has to offer. After avoiding initial contact, Ospreay hits a big headbutt to get the match underway, which just seems to light a fire under Dawkins, sending Ospreay to the outside with a dropkick. An initial attempt at a dive is cut off by an elbow, but Dawkins sends Ospreay back outside and hits him with a big kick to the chest off of the apron. In a unique reversal, Ospreay blocks a springboard into the ring with a dropkick from the mat, allowing him to deliver some punishment at ringside. Dawkins blasts Ospreay with two of the loudest chops I’ve heard, but a bite to the face stops him in his tracks.
Suplex reversals see both men end up on the ring apron, and Ospreay plants Dawkins with a back suplex on the apron. This allows Ospreay time to berate Dawkins’ girlfriend who is sitting at ringside. Previous altercations between the two had ended up with Dawkins picking up a back inury, so Ospreay begins to work on that area. A huge backbreaker out of the corner is followed by the multi-rope run headbutt that Ospreay used in the first match. A back elbow and kick out of the corner allows Dawkins to land a second rope moonsault press for a double down.
The match becomes more even at this point, with both men trading kicks and strikes to keep the other in check. Stiff knees and a spinning back elbow by Ospreay hit hard, and the commentator mentions that a lot of Dawkins’ offense is aimed at the head – a German suplex for two another example. A headbutt from Ospreay and backstabber gets him a very close two count, before a head tuck superkick on Dawkins also gets a two count. Ospreay uses this as an opportunity to further berate the fans, allowing Dawkins an opening to attempt to land a springboard headstand back elbow, only for Ospreay to pull the ref in the way.
A low blow and several whips with a leather belt seems to have Dawkins in a lot of trouble, but he manages to land a knee to the face and sets up for a move which is stopped by Scott Wainwright and a chairshot to the back. Just as it looks that Ospreay and Wainwright are going to hit a double vertebreaker, D and D come down (the IPW tag champions) to stop it. A brawl breaks out, and Wainwright and Ospreay get clotheslined to the outside. The four men continue to brawl outside the ring, allowing Dawkins to land a cannonball senton. A fireman’s carry into a lungblower and another carry into a backcracker should see Ospreay win, but this time, Dawkins’ girlfriend pulls the referee out of the ring to stop the count. Ospreay is about to hit Dawkins’ girlfriend, but he is able to stop the assault and land two brainbusters over his knee. Refusing to pin him for three, Dawkins then lifts his shin pad and nails Dawkins with a huge kick to the back of the head. This is finally enough for the three count. A very, very good match, if a little overbooked in places.
All in all, not a bad show, but not something I would go out of my way to recommend. Too much went too long, and it felt like there were areas where matches were overbooked. However, the main event was really fun to watch, and left things on a more positive note.