GRAPS AND CLAPS REVIEWS – TIDAL WRESTLING ‘SILENT NIGHTMARE 5 – NIGHT TERRORS’
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Hello and welcome everyone to this edition of Graps and Claps bringing you a review of Tidal Wrestling’s final show of 2018 ‘Silent Nightmare 5 – Night Terrors’ emanating from The Temple of Boom in Leeds.
Starting off on a cold Sunday morning in Rochdale, me and our Geoff decided whilst we had an hour or so before our train we would take in a couple of pints around our hometown which over the past couple of years has had a bit of a renaissance in terms of quality ale houses and with the building of a new shopping centre/cinema/eating outlets, the town will hopefully be on the up in years to come from its current reputation as a bit of a shithole.
Anyways first pub was The Regal Moon Wetherspoons which by ‘Spoons standards is excellent with a wide range of real ales on selection, but sadly on this occasion the selection on offer we had already had most of these, so we decided to stick to the tried and tested Titanic Plum Porter (£2.15 4.9%) for starters and as ever was perfect in taste and texture. Last pub before travelling to Leeds was regular CAMRA award winning pub – The Flying Horse which for me has been the best pub in Rochdale for quite a few years now and also offers a great range of food options to compliment the drink on sale. Drink of choice in here was a 4.3% Snowbound pale ale from local brewery – Phoenix Brewery (4.3% £2.50 with CAMRA discount) – a solid 8/10 drink if there ever was one. Drinks done it was time to make the 1-hour journey from Rochdale Train Station to Leeds, landing in Leeds for 2:15pm to meet up with Graps gang namely guest Graps and Claps writers (Andrew Campbell and Ben Corrigan).
Next up was one of the places I was looking forward to with Vocation Brewery’s new place in Leeds City Centre – ‘Assembly Underground’ which on first impression is just wow, with 50 beer taps on offer at the bar located inside, plus around 7/8 street food vendors offering anything from Burger & Chips to Falafels to the £6.50 Shawarma Wrap with Halloumi Cheese I had which was ace. The chips on the other hand were amazing with a proper crispy outside and a soft fluffy centre – these are how chips should be made folks!
Drink choice of mine to go with the food was 2/3rds of Magic Rock Dairy Freak (£4.50) that was akin to a milk stout, so very sweet in taste, but easily went down well with the food – so I fully recommend you visit this place if you are visiting anytime soon in Leeds! I certainly will be frequenting this place again in the future.
We had one final swift half in The Social before heading off to the Temple of Boom for the evening’s action with our head just full of Christmas related Wrestling songs for Rampage Brown, The Great O-Kharn, Brady Phillips and Co. who would be wrestling on the show. As ever a healthy crowd were in attendance which has become regular thing as word of mouth spreads and more people want to give Tidal a try to see if they would become regulars in the future, so without further ado let’s get into what went down at Silent Nightmare 5!
First up we had a tag team match between The Super Smash Bros. (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson) vs Man Like Dereiss & for the final time ever in a Tidal Wrestling Ring – El Ligero due to the whole WWE UK stuff and what have you happening next year, so for myself even though I will see him again on maybe Progress and WWE UK shows next year, to see him in an intimate venue like this for the last time was going to be an emotional moment.
Early on we had duelling headlocks between Uno and Ligero, but it was the SSB who got the early advantage on Dereiss as Stu hit a running dropkick to him, but Dereiss tried to make a comeback only for Evil Uno to hit a big shoulder charge and a side slam to Dereiss for a two count. Uno then followed up with a Neckbreaker to Dereiss to let in Stu for the two count. Once Dereiss managed to tag in Ligero, the Leeds Luchador came in like a house on fire as he hit a huge dive to the outside on Uno and then followed up with a splash to Stu for two. Ligero hit a knee to Stu, which was then followed by an X-Plex from Dereiss for 2, but a breathless sequence where we had Dragon Suplexes, Superkicks and a Chasing the Dragon from the SSB to get a two count brought the Leeds faithful to their feet in applause. We weren’t finished there though as the SSB nullified Ligero, leaving Dereiss in a perilous position and the SSB hit a Weapon X Cutter for the 3 count to end a cracking opener and a fitting way to end the Tidal wrestling career of Ligero as he moves on to pastures new.