With promotions popping up all over the place, it is time to get in on the ground floor with Good Wrestling, a company running shows in Milton Keynes. As this is their debut show, they have a mix of veterans and newcomers on the card, with a range of matches that look like they should at least afford the viewer some entertainment. For $4.99 on VOD, how can I really complain?
Stixx vs Chris Tyler
Of the two wrestlers involved in the opening match, I’ve only seen Stixx – yet I’ve seen Stixx a lot, and have always enjoyed what he has brought to the table in terms of in ring action. Tyler immediately sets his stall out by using an arm throw and going straight into a couple of press ups. This match is being sold in the ring by the men as age vs youth, and Stixx shows his nous by taking Tyler down and standing on his back, before Tyler shows his athleticism by kipping up out of a head scissors; a move that sees him celebrate by jumping up and laying across the top turnbuckle. Stixx, showing he is no slouch when it comes to being an athlete, manages to leap out of Tyler’s headscissors and mock Tyler’s celebration. Slaps are exchanged and the match is on.
Stixx is always going to be the harder hitter, and he forces Tyler to go to the outside after several elbows. I like that even in a smaller show in Milton Keynes, the crowd still count one before the referee. Tyler catches Stixx coming back into the ring, but is crushed by a crossbody into the corner. As soon as the match picks up pace, Tyler is able to take control, hitting a picture perfect dropkick and using the middle ring ropes to choke Stixx. Tyler’s heeling is fun, even in a relatively small venue, but he spends too long touting his elbowdrops and misses the third one. Just as Stixx is building up a head of steam, Tyler avoids a charge and sends the big man over the top to the outside. Stixx is able to get back in before the ten count.
As we head to the end of the match, Tyler is caught running in on two charges into the corner, allowing Stixx to begin his comeback. A powerslam off of ropes has Tyler reeling, but an eye rake out of a fireman’s carry finally allows Tyler to hit his corner forearm and kick, only for a third attempt to see him dropped with a big clothesline. Tyler gets a close pinfall on a backstabber after a reversal, but is laid out with a TKO after Stixx blocks a superkick. Stixx is slow to get the pinfall, and Tyler kicks out at two. Just as it seems Stixx is in the ascendancy, Tyler rolls him up for the three! A very fun match to start of Good Wrestling,
Nixon Newell vs Panda Cub
An interesting mix here for the second match, but I have enjoyed what I’ve seen of Nixon for Attack Pro Wrestling in the past. With no obvious heel in the match, it is unsurprising to see the two mix holds initially, with the first pinfall coming off of a Nixon dropkick for a two count. Panda lands one of his own after a slide through the les, and this promises to be a highly competitive match. Panda hits an inverse rolling senton – a pretty impressive feat of athleticism – before getting a two count off of a body slam. Panda is relying a lot on kicks and stomps, and almost gets caught out by a Nixon sunset flip which picks up a two count.
Panda has slowed the pace down and gets another two count off of a suplex. A comeback is short lived as Panda hits a dropkick, but he misses a charge into the corner and eats a kick to the back of the head for his trouble. Nixon jumps off the top rope and over her opponent, blasting him with a shining wizard which only gets a two count. As Nixon sets up for the Destroyer, Panda blocks it and drops her with a hard spinning forearm. A top rope splash is missed, and Panda gets dropped with the Destroyer for a three count. A little bit of a step back compared to the previous offering, but decent enough.
The London Riots vs Cy Gregory & Terry Isit
We see footage from earlier in the evening with Rob Lynch explaining that James Davis is not around for the match tonight. However, he has found a tag team partner – Cy Gregory! Gregory jumps Isit from behind and Lynch explains that a tag team match will still happen, and Isit has ten minutes to find a tag team partner.
The MK Riots (Lynch & Gregory) vs Terry Isit & Danny Jones
Unsurprisingly, he does. Danny Jones is another wrestler I know through Attack, and always worth a watch. The heels attack before the bell, but end up on the outside after missed charges. Isit then lands a cannonball dive on the outside to Gregory, before Jones hits a dive on Lynch (one that is missed slightly by the camera). A brawl breaks out at ringside between all four men as the ref has lost control. Lynch seems to slip on the floor as he has Jones in a slam, almost ending up with Jones almost getting brained on a chair. Gregory and Jones end up back in the ring, and the heels are firmly in control.
Some quick tags keep the fresh heel in, and Lynch knocks Isit off of the apron before a pinfall attempt for good measure. Gregory gets another two count off of a big back suplex before slapping on a chinlock. Each time Jones threatens a comeback, the MK Riots use their strength to their advantage, dropping him with punches and chops. It takes a pretty impressive roll out of the corner and enzuguri to give Jones the best chance of a tag, which he makes. A hot tag to Isit sees him focusing on getting revenge on Gregory with strikes, a headscissors takedown and a springboard back elbow that requires Lynch to break up the resulting pinfall.
All four men are now in the ring, and Jones inadvertently manages to monkey flip Lynch into Gregory, before hitting several punches finished off with a Dusty Rhodes-esque elbow. We get a touch of the Rock and Roll Express as the faces hit a double dropkick, followed up with double dropkicks off of the second rope. Each team are trading big moves at this point, with a Lynch clothesline leaving all four men laying in the ring. Isit and Gregory trade forearms in the middle of the ring, and it is Gregory who gets the best of it, hitting a german suplex that sends Isit across the ring. A Lynch spear (who then baseball slides Jones at ringside) is enough for the MK Riots to pick up the win. A solid match, which is worth commending considering the changes to the line up.
Darrell Allen vs Jack Sexsmith
This feels a common occurrence with this show – I know Allen, I don’t know Sexsmith. I guess this makes a lot of sense in a first time out promotion, since the names get the interest and a chance to showcase some of the lesser known wrestlers. I’ve heard of Sexsmith’s antics, and I’m intrigued as much as anything. Allen is the heel in this match, and is unhappy with the introduction he received from the announcer. There is a fair bit of initial stalling, which allows Sexsmith to pull his trunks up in a mock-thong style and Allen to engage in some verbal sparring with the crowd. Allen is very no-nonsense in initial altercations with a hiptoss and a slam, but Sexsmith shows he is no slouch, as he takes down Allen with his own. A well scouted attempted floatover sees Allen land straight into an atomic drop, whilst his balls take further bashing from a reverse atomic drop and a headbutt when the ref is distracted by Sexsmith’s belief that a fan might be rushing the ring.
We get two criss-cross spots, both ending with Sexsmith slapping Allen around the face, but an uncharacteristic top rope ascent leaves Sexsmith vulnerable to an Allen superkick, crotching him on the top rope. Allen begins to target the leg with attacks and submissions, whilst grabbing at Sexsmith’s ears forces the ref to utilise a count to break the hold. Allen stomps down on the knees rather than rocking back into a Mexican surfboard, getting two two counts in the process. A shinbreaker is utilised, but a second attempt allows Sexsmith to get a roll-up for a two count, before Allen’s own roll up sees Sexsmith’s trunks get pulled down so we can see his butt.
A butt bump is clearly the best offense in this predicament and he hits three in a row, leading up to a no-trunk stinkface! Sexsmith then pulls out a condom…I want to say that is what it is… and puts it on his hand in set up for a move of some sort. Allen has other ideas, nailing an enziguri and slapping on the Allen Key. Surprisingly, Sexsmith manages to get to the rope, before locking on a condom-assisted mandible claw. In this horrible situation, Allen feels he only has one choice and boots Sexsmith in the balls for the DQ. Post-match, he sticks the condom in Jack’s mouth, locking in the Allen Key to add injury to insult. An interesting match, though how much of Sexsmith’s shtick I could put up with in the long term is debatable.
Wild Boar vs Pastor William Eaver
The first match where I would argue I’m familiar with both men to a degree, it is also one that I feel should be a pretty good one, at least on paper. Boar does a job, whilst Eaver is personally a wrestler who I feel is making rapid improvements.Eaver is on the mic at the start, and proceeds to call some boy at ringside ‘fat boy’ and the place ‘Milton Mowbray’, which is perhaps funnier than it should be. He is trying to tame the Wild Boar, laying on hands and bringing the Boar down to his knees. In a twist no-one saw coming, Boar grabs the arm and does an arm wringer, much to the vocal protestations of Eaver. Boar even finds the opportunity to bite the arm, before dropping Eaver with a shoulderblock and a hiptoss. Eaver then gets squashed with a big senton and chucked into three turnbuckles.
The small venue really works nicely for Eaver, as his verbalisations are brilliant selling of the character as he asks ‘Why are you doing this to me?’. Finally, Eaver is able to hit two European uppercuts to stop the Boar’s momentum, hitting two move in the corner for good measure. Not afraid to break the rules, Eaver rakes the eyes before booting a kneeling Boar in the gut. A modified choke using the ropes has Eaver fully in control, and it allows him to work at a methodical pace. He threatens going for holy water, but chooses not to, and the reaction he is getting from the crowd in general is very polarised, with as many people wanting him to win as wanting to see the Boar defeat him.
Too early, Eaver goes for the crucifix powerbomb, which gets reversed and Eaver gets squashed with another senton and a spear in the corner. Eaver is still the fresher man though, and blocks a second charge with a big boot and a double axehandle blow across the face. A Clothesline From Heaven misses, Eaver chucked back across the ring with a german suplex. There is an odd collision where it isn’t particularly clear what happens, yet the Uranage/backbreaker Eaver hits Boar with is anything but unclear. Unfortunately for him, it only gets a two count, though it does allow him to ‘baptise’ the Boar with the holy water, as well as dousing some of the crowd. Boar manages to keep some of the water in his mouth, spitting it into Eaver’s face. A t-bone suplex, senton in the corner and a violent package piledriver gives Boar the victory. A good match, mostly due to the work of Eavers.
Main Event: Joseph Conners vs Doug Williams
Everyone who professes to be a UK wrestling fan knows Doug Williams, but my short time looking at the work of NGW has made me aware of Joseph Conners, and I’ve liked what I have seen – the character, as much as the work, if I’m being honest. As would be expected from a Williams’ match, the early going sees both men trade holds and locks, the focus being on the arm, a bridging hammerlock from Williams an early highlight. Williams is able to squeeze out of a Conners’ headscissors, showing impressive athleticism for an older wrestler. Grapevining the legs, Williams forces Conners to grab the rope for a break. Conners eventually ends up at ringside after a shoulder charge has him taken down, the move to ringside allowing him a chance to regroup.
The time regrouping seems to have done little good, as Williams rolls Conners around the ring in numerous roll-ups, leaving Conners back at ringside and kicking a chair over in frustration. With Conners slow in getting back into the ring, Williams joins him amongst the fans, punching and raking the back of Conners. We have an odd moment where Conners hits Williams into the ring post and gets in before the ten count by the ref, which should technically have ended up with a Williams count out. With this snafu to one side, Williams gets pitched over the top rope and beaten at ringside by a resurgent Conners. A baseball slide stops Williams getting back in the ring, and when he does finally make it, he gets clawed twice in the face.
With a man of Williams’ experience, it is hard for Conners to stay in control for long, but when he does stop Williams’ comebacks, he returns to nefarious tactics such as standing on the back of Williams’ neck. An irish whip into the corner and a backbreaker gets Conners a two count, before a neck crank is used to continue to wear down his opponent. His arm drops two times, but doesn’t drop for a third time, yet Conners is quick to meet a firing up Williams with a knee to the gut for another two count. Classic old school heeling follows as Conners uses the ropes to add leverage to an abdominal stretch. When the ref finally sees it, he kicks the arm, allowing Williams to hiptoss out of it.
A double down following two missed charges into the corner has the crowd very vocal in their support of Williams and he is able to avoid some punches before getting a two count off of a small package. A knee to the corner gets followed by an overhead belly to belly suplex for another two count. A Vertebreaker-type position allows Williams to put Conners on the top rope, but the heel is able to fight out of it, hop over Williams and land a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Near falls are being traded at this point, the next one coming off of a Williams’ sitout tiger suplex. Conners almost has the match off of a snake eyes, shoulderblock and Michinoku driver combo, and is clearly frustrated at the veteran’s resilience. After a brawl on the top turnbuckle, Williams is able to hit his reverse elbow off of the second rope, an exploder suplex and a Chaos Theory for the win (admittedly after the first Chaos Theory went a bit Pete Tong). A good main event for a solid all round show – Conners in particular continues to impress me as he took Williams all the way.
A good show, that not only can I heartily recommend to people to check out, but has me excited for their next show which they are in the process of organising. Check them out HERE for some solid UK Independent action.