Rev-Pro ‘Uprising 2013’ DVD Review

Added by Nathan Hunt

Rev-Pro always deliver good quality production and their mix of homegrown and international talent is always a certain draw. Boasting a fully loaded show in a historic venue, this DVD features impressive bouts and memorable moments. Utilising internationally renowned names such as Hiroshi Tanahashi, Colt Cabana and even Bret Hart alongside the best of the UK, there was definitely going to be enough on offer to make this worth a watch.

While the opener is crammed with outstanding talent, it is the match between Noam Dar & Michael Elgin which gets the show going and sets the atmosphere for the action to come. Doug Williams Vs Sha Samuels is an entertaining outing from both, then the whole show just takes off in a whirlwind of amazing action. Prince Devitt (Finn Balor) Vs Ricochet is one of the best Cruiserweight/X-Division style matches I have seen in a long time, which is an impressive but wholly justified claim, given the sheer volume of this style I’ve been able to watch recently. The eclectic, jaw-dropping action and genuine suspense make this an absolute classic. The performances here show why these are two of the most critically acclaimed workers in the world today. Zack Sabre Jr’s technical masterclass with Davey Richards is an exciting and perfectly executed homage to the traditions of British wrestling’s rich heritage, while incorporating a myriad of other styles to create a truly special encounter. Already, I would confidently say that these two matches make the DVD worth the cost, yet there was still more to come. Rampage Brown and Andy Boy Simmonz are perfect opponents to the highly entertaining team of Grado and Colt Cabana. The two teams enter a spirited, amusing and generally enjoyable bout, proving that sports-entertainment fun and good quality wrestling do not have to be mutually exclusive. The main event of Marty Scurll Vs Hiroshi Tanahashi is a complete mix of everything you could ask for from a wrestling match and fantastic rollercoaster of action and drama. With the legendary Bret Hart watching from ringside, it helps provide a big-match feel and the palpable chemistry between the two performers will leave viewers wanting more. The unfolding story of the match is well told and interesting, adding a dimension of drama and the feel-good ending avoids being cheesy.

All in all, this is an excellent offering from one of the UK’s premiere wrestling promotions and is highly recommended as it will certainly be an event worth revisiting several times. The atmosphere created by the vocal, invested crowd helps to make the show complete and there is really no low-point or drawbacks to the disc at all. With excellent action, memorable moments and impressive production, this would be at home in the collection of any wrestling fan.

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