1. Charlie Garrett & Joel Redman vs EVIL & BUSHI
After an eventful evening at York Hall for Global Wars Night 1, RevPro headed to the Walthamstow Assembly Hall for Night 2 of this huge joint-RPW/NJPW double-shot. Kicking things off was a fun opening tag contest featuring the RPW Undisputed British Heavyweight tag champions Charlie Garrett & Joel Redman taking on the Los Ingobernables de Japon duo of EVIL & BUSHI in a non-title match. Garrett & Redman make for an impressive pairing and looked to be in good form right from the outset, but Los Ingobernables quickly took the match to the outside where EVIL placed a chair over Redman’s head and sent him crashing into the ringpost. BUSHI and EVIL took full advantage, isolating Garrett well until he spun out of an EVIL STO attempt and made the tag to Redman. Some smart tag work put the match firmly in Garrett & Redman’s favour, but BUSHI sprayed Garrett in the face with the black mist, causing the DQ and causing EVIL to attack referee Chris Roberts!
Post-match, Drew Galloway made his way down to the ring to address the crowd give a heartfelt apology for not being medically cleared to compete. His replacement for the evening, Josh Bodom, couldn’t resist getting in Galloway’s face as Drew returned to the back. That should make for an interesting match in the future.
2. Tomoaki Honma vs Josh Bodom
The aforementioned Josh Bodom had his work cut out for him here against NJPW’s Tomoaki Honma, but as he had proven in his previous RPW matches against Tomohiro Ishii and Chris Hero, Bodom’s tougher than he looks and packed a surprising wallop when exchanging chops with Honma. As per usual, Honma was insistant on hitting the Kokeshi headbutt at every opportunity, but unlike in his match with Sha Samuels at Night 1, here his Kokeshi obsession would prove to be his downfall. Although Honma successfully hit a Kokeshi Rocket or two, Bodom caught him heading up for the top-rope Kokeshi before knocking him down to the mat and hitting the Bliss Buster (a rope-hung piledriver) for a big victory over the former IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champion.
3. Yuji Nagata vs Trent Seven
What a fun match this was from start to finish, Yuji Nagata seemed to be loving every minute of it as he took a go at twirling Seven’s moustache, then later howled with laughter as Seven inadvertently chopped the ringpost! The sound it made was sickening and Nagata was only too happy to aggravate the injury. Both guys traded some stiff chops and elbows, as well as a suplex or two, before Nagata countered a lariat attempt by Seven into the shirome armbar to force him to tap! Post-match Nagata shook Trent’s hand and encouraged the crowd to show their appreciation before heading to the back. Seven got a big round of applause for what was an excellent performance, before he was interrupted by Dave Mastiff! The big man dumped Seven on the back of his head with a German suplex and then left as quickly as he’d arrived.
4. Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger vs Will Ospreay
Closing out the first half of the show was a highly anticipated rematch from the 2016 Best of the Super Jr. tournament, pitting the legendary Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger against ‘The Aerial Assassin’ Will Ospreay. But Ospreay had a surprise up his sleeve and his entrance music was interrupted by Liger’s theme playing, much to the confusion of Liger, then out came will dressed in a Liger mask and jumpsuit, reminiscent of Liger’s C.T.U. gear! Liger and his Dark Liger counterpart put on a hugely entertaining match that turned a tad ridiculous after a mirror image spot and a callback to the ‘thumbs in the bum’ incident from this year’s BOLA, involving Ospreay, Liger and referee Chris Roberts. Ospreay ended up the victor after catching Liger with the OsCutter, before heading up top to finish off the innovator of the Shooting Star Press with the very move he innovated.
5. Tomohiro Ishii vs Pete Dunne
After intermission the action got started again with a big match that saw ‘Stone Pitbull’ Tomohiro Ishii take on ‘The Bruiserweght’ Pete Dunne, who really seemed in his element here (although perhaps slightly out-matched) against a fellow heavy-hitter like Ishii. The pair traded some stiff forearm and elbows in the outset, but Pete put an end to that when he started biting fingers again. Nasty habit. He stomped away at Ishii’s hand, but only really succeeded in raising Ishii’s ire and then looked more than a bit startled as Ishii started to purposefully walk into Dunne’s forearm shots, to little obvious effect. This caused Dunne to resort to more nefarious tactics, knocking the referee into the ropes and low-blowing Ishii, before hitting his pumphandle facebuster finish. Thankfully Ospreay ran down to the ring to ensure Dunne didn’t steal a victory over his CHAOS stable mate. Ishii quickly recovered, destroyed Pete with a series of elbows and then hit a huge brainbuster for the three count.
6. Zack Sabre Jr. & Marty Scurll vs Tetsuya Naito & SANADA
A huge tag bout here, as The LDRS of The New School Zack Sabre Jr. & Marty Scurll took on Tetsuya Naito & SANADA of Los Ingobernables de Japon. The crowd’s distaste for Sabre continues and it leaves me a bit perplexed, to be honest, meanwhile ‘The Villain’ Marty Scurll received his usual adulation. Once the match got started it was the LDRS who were in the ascendancy early on, using some sound, tried-and-tested tag team tactics to retain control over their opponents. SANADA bore the brunt of the offence, but after catching Scurll with his beautiful dropkick he was able to make the hot tag to bring in Tetsuya Naito. The leader of Los Ingobernables was in good form here, taking more of an active roll than in the six-man tag from the previous night, and it was Naito who would secure the win after hitting Gloria for a near-fall on Sabre before finishing him off with Destino. This was a really good tag encounter, all four guys put in some great work and the finishing stretch proved to be very exciting, while the post-match proved to be rather dramatic.
Showing some uncharacteristic apparent sincerity, ‘The Villain’ got on the mic and said that it was no secret that Zack was moving to the US next year, while also teasing his own departure (saying it’s customary for a wrestler to wear blue when they leave a territory, as Marty was wearing blue trunks for this match). He went on to say that although this might be the last time the LDRS team up, it was the most fun he’s had in wrestling for a good long while. The crowd rose to their feet to applaud both men, who hugged it out before Marty reminded everyone in attendance exactly WHY he is called ‘The Villain’ by low-blowing Sabre and declaring the LDRS as dead. This actually drew some boos for Scurll, in spite of the crowd’s previous antipathy towards Sabre.
7. Katsuyori Shibata (c) vs Chris Hero
After each competing in a pair of very impressive, hard-hitting matches at Night 1 of Global Wars UK, new RPW Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion ‘The Wrestler’ Katsuyori Shibata set out to defend his title ‘The Knock Out Artist’ Chris Hero, who was coming off the back of a big victory against Tomohiro Ishii. The crowd was really hyped up for this one and it most certainly did not disappoint. Right from the bell sounding this set out to be a very intense, hard-fought match and so it proved as Hero blasted Shibata with a series of huge elbows and boots. The ferocity of these strikes was truly something to behold as Hero battered Shibata from pillar to post. After one particularly vicious elbow, Hero told the ref “he’s out”, but Shibata valiantly struggled back to his feet. Hero floored him into the corner with another elbow and screamed “why won’t you stay down?!”, but Shibata responded with a huge running kick, before pummelling Hero with forearm strikes and hitting the running dropkick in the corner.
The match became a real back and forth affair, both men hitting some devastating strikes and suplexes. Hero spiked Shibata with the snap piledriver, but Shibata wouldn’t quit. Hero resorted to the Gotch-style piledriver and, somehow, Shibata kicked out of the move that’s earned Hero victory over so many big names this year. A shocked Hero tried to finish things with the Cyclone Kill, but Shibata avoided it and locked on a sleeper hold! Hero tried to backdrop his way out, but Shibata quickly reapplied the hold. Hero was still struggling, so Shibata dumped him on the back of his neck with a German suplex, put on the sleeper once more and then hit a huge penalty kick to secure victory and retain his title. What a match! I was surprised to see that this clocked in at a little over 13 minutes, definitely felt longer and it was such an amazing match to witness in person. Hero thanked Shibata post-match and both men showed their mutual respect, closing out a memorable show on a real high note.
Overall this was another really enjoyable event from Revolution Pro. The venue was similar in size and setup to York Hall and had a good atmosphere, while the show (free of the timing problems of yesterday’s event) flowed along nicely with the two biggest matches at the top of the card. I very much enjoyed Shibata vs Hero, it’s probably one of my favourite matches I’ve seen in person to date and for me was the highlight of both nights of Global Wars UK. Elsewhere, the LDRS vs Los Ingobernables tag match was a really exciting contest, while Trent Seven had such a great bout with Yuji Nagata. Pete Dunne had a good showing against Ishii, while the Liger vs Ospreay match was super fun. Just a very enjoyable show from RevPro, one you’ll definitely want to watch when it goes up on RPW On Demand next week.