Rev-Pro ‘High Stakes’ (16/01/16) Review

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1. RPW Undisputed British Cruiserweight Title: Pete Dunne (c) vs ‘Flash’ Morgan Webster

The packed-out York Hall crowd were in good voice as the show got underway, with newly crowned RPW Cruiserweight champion Pete Dunne defending the title against ‘Flash’ Morgan Webster, who Dunne beat in the finals of RPW’s recent tournament to crown a new cruiserweight champion. This was a good opening bout that built really well towards an excellent finishing stretch, Webster eventually hit a beautiful tope con hilo and both men scored some big nearfalls before Dunne retained the title with an elevated DDT. Good stuff all round, looking forward to seeing more of Dunne & Webster in RPW this year.


2. Big Damo vs ‘Speedball’ Mike Bailey

This was a really interesting match and was certainly a big test for ‘Speedball’ Mike Bailey’s first time in the UK. Damo is an absolute beast of a man, but perhaps surprisingly it was Bailey who had the lion’s share of offence, using his array of kicks to good effect as he sought to chop the big man down to size. Speedball’s moonsault kneedrops look absolutely devastating, especially when he came off the top-rope and drove his knees into Damo’s back, but that was nothing compared to the inverted brainbuster Damo absolutely rocked Bailey with for the finish in just over ten minutes. An exciting match, Speedball’s a lot of fun and does well working against larger opponents, as evidenced here and in his matches with the likes of Chris Hero and Drew Galloway.


3. Doug Williams vs Colt Cabana

Unsurprisingly, this one was a rather grounded match with lots of technical flair on display and a dash of comedy, courtesy of one ‘Boom Boom’ Colt Cabana. Meanwhile, Doug Williams is one of the modern legends of British wrestling and he put on a great show here with Cabana, who’s also well versed in the European wrestling style. Colt teased the GTS to a big reaction from the crowd, while Doug tried twice in vain to hit the Chaos Theory suplex, only for Cabana to roll out of it and goad Williams into position to pin him with a beautiful flying folding press for the three count. Fun match, marred by the post-match interruption of Matt Classic (a much less muscled Matt Classic) who assaulted Cabana and revealed himself to be none other than Lord Gideon Grey.


4. No. 1 Contendership Match: Will Ospreay vs Marty Scurll

Closing out the first half of the show was a huge no.1 contender’s match for the RPW title, pitting former RPW Heavyweight Champion Marty Scurll against ‘The Aerial Assassin’ Will Ospreay. Scurll, feeling that Ospreay had cost him a chance to regain his title, was out for revenge here and the crowd were fairly evenly split between both men in a match that just seemed to fly by, despite clocking in at a few minutes shy of half an hour. This was a crazy match to watch live, probably one of the best I’ve seen at York Hall and just a hugely entertaining, back and forth contest between two of Britain’s best. One touch I really liked was that Scurll and Ospeay both tried and failed to use the chicken wing and Essex Destroyer, respectively, only for them to eventually use the moves on each other. Huge boos for Ospreay as he called for the chicken wing, haha. At one point Marty caught Will out of a back springboard into the chicken wing, which looked amazing from my vantage point up in the balcony. The finishing stretch was wild, as Ospreay seemed to be building up a head of steam, only to fall prey to the chicken wing one last time and was forced to tap. A standing ovation for both men from the crowd, who were going nuts throughout for what’s got to be an early match of the year contender.


5. ROH World Heavyweight Title: Jay Lethal (c) vs Mark Haskins

After intermission the second half began with the announcement that Jay Lethal would now be defending the ROH World Heavyweight Title in this previously non-title bout, which presented a big opportunity for Mark Haskins who came out of the gates strongly and took the fight to Lethal, forcing the champ to scramble to the ropes after getting caught in the Star Armbar moments into the match. This was a good contest, but it was tough following a match like Ospreay vs Scurll, even with the intermission to give it some breathing room. Haskins came close to upsetting the champion on a few occasions, but in the end Lethal retained after distracting the ref, low blowing Haskins and hitting the Lethal Injection for the three count.


6. No-DQ 6-Man Tag: Jimmy Havoc, T-Bone & Bram vs The Revolutionists (Josh Bodom, Sha Samuels & James Castle)

Josh Bodom and The Revolutinists have been a thorn in Jimmy Havoc’s side ever since he debuted in RPW last year, but now with the help of the heavy-hitting T-Bone and a mystery partner (who turned out to be TNA’s Bram, to a somewhat mixed reception) Havoc finally got a measure of revenge in a wild no disqualification match that went all over the building. As such, it was tough to follow the action, especially from up in the balcony, but this was an enjoyable ten minutes or so of carnage that saw all manner of weapons come into play. The Revolutionists looked to have things won when an errant chairshot caught Bram in the face and they isolated Havoc, but T-Bone made the save and Havoc & co. hit their finishers on Bodom to pick up the win.


7. RPW Undisputed British Heavyweight Title: AJ Styles (c) vs Zack Sabre Jr.

A big reception for both men here from an adoring crowd. This was something of a dream match and it certainly didn’t disappoint, Styles & Sabre putting on a hell of a contest for what’s likely to be AJ’s last match in Revolution Pro. Although Styles’ athleticism and agility certainly came into play (such as when he hit his beautiful springboard elbow smash) he seemed intent on beating Sabre at his own game here, looking to tap Zack out with the Heel Hook. However, it wasn’t long before Styles found himself on the wrong end of a submission or two, the technical wizard Zack Sabre Jr. going to work and manipulating AJ’s arm in vicious fashion. Caught in a series of predicaments that proved increasingly difficult to escape from, Styles had to bring out the big guns and hit a one-armed Styles Clash out of desperation. A Bloody Sunday earned him a big near-fall, but Sabre showed great resiliency as he fought back before eventually trapping Styles in the Ode to Breaks double-armbar submission (with an added leg hook to stop AJ reaching the ropes!) and forcing the verbal submission to become NEW RPW Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion!

Revolution Pro announced a return to York Hall in July for ‘Summer Sizzler 2016’, while the next show takes place at The Cockpit Theatre on February 7th. RPW ‘High Stakes 2016’ will be available for VOD & download over at http://rpwondemand.com on Monday.

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