After recently attending Rev Pro’s Summer Sizzler 2014 at York Hall, I decided to view the 2013 version last night on DVD.
The opening contest pitted Project Ego against The London Riots. I enjoyed this opener as it featured plenty of good tag team moves and the usual comedy moments for Kirby and Travis. A slightly surprising result in this one, but it played into the match up at the forthcoming Uprising event so it was understandable.
Following this Party Marty Scurll took on Ring of Honor star Jay Lethal. This is one that I will definitely revisit again, just a reallly intense and well worked match. The only slight complaint I had was the ‘No selling’ of some high impact kicks toward the end. Other than that a top effort from both men and the right man won, allowing Party Marty a big win building to his match with NJPW star Hiroshi Tanahashi at the Uprising event.
Next up, the longest ever Rev Pro champion, Sha Samuels squared off with ex WWE man Carlito. A solid affair here, with Carlito pulling off some very good moves and Samuels just being brilliant as always. The guy is just fantastic at what he does and should be seen a lot more. A very creative ending in this one as well, top plaudits to who ever thought it up.
Tag Team time next, as the Champions, Will Ospreay and Paul Robinson, The Swords of Essex went two on two with ‘The Star Attraction’ Mark Haskins and ‘Ligero’. As we now know the fake Ligero is the current Cruiserweight champion, Josh Bodom. An enjoyable match here, only let down by a DQ finish, although as I stated earlier, it served a purpose in leading to the 8 man tag match at Uprising.
TNA and England own Magnus defeated Andy Boy Simmonz in the next match. ‘The Mag Daddy’ looks like a superstar and it amazes me that WWE missed the boat with him.
Before the main event, an excellent video showed the events of the two previous encounters between Zack Sabre Jnr and MK McKinnan. Both men each had a victory over the other, making this main event the rubber match. Ring announcer/promoter Andy Quildan explained this would be a 2 out of 3 falls contest, with the first fall by pinfalls only, the 2nd by submissions only, and the 3rd, if required by knock out! I had seen these two men put on a classic encounter live at Southsides Speed King so I was expecting a lot, and I was not let down. If you like your wrestling hard hitting with plenty of kicks, you will love this. A great way to end a good event.
Just a few notes on this years Summer Sizzler last Sunday in Bethnal Green, London. I attended the event with my fiancee who is not a wrestling fan, and had never watched it before. The fantastic news was that she had a really good time. The first match pitting Martin Stone and Joel Redman against The Kartel went down really well with us both. So thank you guys for starting off the evening in such spectacular fashion.
I personally loved the event, The York Hall is a very special venue and the action was off the chart. Cannot wait for the DVD to be released.
The next event at York Hall is on Saturday 18th October….same day as my wedding!
To all the Rev Pro crew and wrestlers, keep up the excellent work it is very much appreciated.