Fight Club: PRO were fresh off one of their best events to date when it came to Rise of the Bastardons, leaving them in the tough position of filling boots that were pretty big. Never the less, FCP approach such challenges full steam ahead by stacking a recently common six matches on their card. There are no major imports to speak of, but the regular and homegrown talent at FCP can usually hold up by itself. So throw yourself into the nightclub, grab yourself a beer, give that metal fence that surrounds the ring a kick and strap in for the rundown.
Fresh faces Robbie X and Daniel Maloney opened the show, each holding a reduced singles record at FCP. Maloney was noticeable right out of the gate for being more vocal than usual and generating some fun exchanges with fans. He also displayed a new dimension to himself with his mean streak. Robbie X was soon to remind why he was impressive though, with moves like his Springboard RKO and Standing Shooting Star Press being something to behold. Robbie X is building toward being someone the FCP audience welcomes regularly for his performances, while Maloney has generated interest following the post match beatdown he conducted and the striking of his, assumedly former, tag team partner Tyler Bate.
Axel F is a surefire way to get fan support, but The Bravado Brothers quickly stamped that out with a waving of their USA flag. Coming out to Glenn Frey’s The Heat Is On, The Hunter Brothers show why they are loved by entering with a local Black Country flag. The strong support for Jim and Lee Hunter fell somewhere between their great ability to connect with the crowd and Lance and Harlem Bravado’s ability to wind that crowd up. This all comes before the in ring performance, which sees The Bravado Brothers live up to their namesake with a cocky performance be it in the ring or from the apron, while the Hunters are known for their fun and impressive team displays. The Bravado Brothers also had a few impressive moments of glory and despite a few missteps this was a regularly fun Hunter Brothers match which leaves fans welcoming the next one.
A matchup between Tyler Bate and Wild Boar makes for a strong collision. Boar has a great animalistic presence without venturing into the absurd, and can back it up with solid fundamentals. Tyler is someone who has long been praised for his potential and is starting to live up to that more than ever. By coming out to Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer and walking though the audience to get them singing, clapping and dancing, he nails wrestling 101 in connecting with the crowd. Damian Dunne inserted himself into this match and worked much like a sleeper hit, going from cries of “who are you” to “that was awesome.” Wild Boar remains a consistently great performer in all aspects and once between the ropes, Bate is no slouch either with refined execution of techniques and a wide repertoire. These three made for a great match, with Tyler’s presence being standout from his audience interactions, to his allusions to Kane, to the simple growing of a moustache. Tyler Bate has quickly become a wrestler you should seek out if you haven’t already seen him.
Between matches, Trent Seven hit the ring to talk up the title coming home and talk down his nemesis, followed by MK McKinnan himself appearing to make some heavy exchanges which brought a lot of weight to the rivalry. This was topped off by a vicious kendo stick attack to put Trent’s later performance in doubt. This was a good extension of their feud and a great example of how effective happenings in FCP are. Furthermore Damien Dunne aligned himself with McKinnan to give a good performer a more prominent role. People should remember his name now.
Despite a distraction that sounded like a jumbo jet flying over the building, Chris Brookes and Pete Dunne went at it. The pair were able to show some of the best technical displays of the night, pulling out tricks worthy of applause in their early grappling. They built up to their bigger moves and flurries which won the crowd over the distraction by the end of the match. These are two capable wrestlers who fell victim to circumstance, but still put on a good show and only good things should be expected from them in future outings as each has their own unique assets.
Mark Andrews is fresh on the Fight Club: PRO scene but has quickly impressed as he has been doing in other promotion regularly. MK McKinnan has been out of action and is now coming back with a mean streak and without the love of fans. MK slipped into his new role well, leaning toward more of strong style of wrestling and being effective while doing so. He also put aside fears that he might drop the flashier side of his moveset as he began pulling out all those stops. Andrews remained a joy to watch throughout, gaining fan support first by being the man who could put MK away and later for his outstanding displays. Standing-Corkscrew-Flip-…things and Shooting Star Presses are an amazing sight, and Mark Andrews is polished in his execution of such moves. When all was said and done, MK showed himself as suited to his new role and set for an inevitable clash with Trent, while Mark Andrews held up as a great talent everyone should look forward to seeing more off.
For the main event, enter Dave Mastiff followed by a limping Trent Seven. Mastiff garners fan support for his reliable track record and formidable presence, while Seven boasts his own impressive match portfolio but mostly connects to the crowd like no one else. Together they weigh in at Super Hench and are the Bastardons. Their opponents, the incredible but disliked Tommy End and his partner Michael Dante. Tommy demonstrates how he earned his disdain by taking the Fight Club: PRO title he tolds and placing it in a bin bag before tossing it from the ring. The four wasted no time with lock ups and went at it in a lengthy brawl than spanned around the venue so that everyone enjoyed a front row seat. It was glorious and got the crowd loud and set for the rest of the match. Dante and End made a great despicable team as they beatdown their opponents. Seven made an efficient underdog with his injury, making his comebacks matter. And Mastiff made a great beast that fans just wanted to see get in the ring and let loose. When that beast was unleashed it made for a match that fans didn’t want to see finish as it got better and better, with kickouts garnering the biggest reactions of the night. The main eventers showed that they were worthy of that the position and delivered all the needed moments to leave it as a satisfying match when it was over. Tommy remains a credible and striking talent, Dave remains a strong and impressive force, and Trent remains a firm fan favorite for his ability and attitude. These are top tier talents who regularly deliver.
After Rise of The Bastardons, Fight Club: PRO can be best described as one thing. Authentic. They manage to present some of the most engaging pro wrestling around, from in ring performance to the way feuds develop and culminate. It’s great to watch and it’s even better to be a part of when you’re metres away from the wrestlers chanting at them. With a five year anniversary on the horizon, FCP are sure to push that boat out in a two night spectacular which you are urged to be a part of. Expect the variety of technical grace, amazing displays and British strong style on a consistent basis.