The clue is the name as Fight Club: PRO pulled in some of the best from their alumni list, the best from their regular roster and the best that were soon to move on to bigger venues. This boast saw FCP usher in one of its biggest turnouts as The Planet Nightclub became crammed from wall to wall. Newcomers and regulars joined together in expectation, but whatever the result was to be they were promising to be loud.
To start the crowd off were Tyler Bate and Trent Seven with their mastery of facial hair which lends itself to the moniker of Moustache Mountain. The pair are firm fan favourites and managed to warm the crowd up merely with an entrance which consisted of gentlemanly manners, a slight striptease and sing along to Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer until the track’s very end. It was basically enough fun to make sure the match could go full tilt from the outset for a crowd that was ready to be heard and more confident in their numbers. Damien Dunne and Pete Dunne made for the opponents of KYS who were easily disliked by comparison and made fan reaction easy for a crowd which were electric. Also offered in the match were some neat manoeuvres and moments only producible in tag team wrestling, and that polished off a great showing for all four competitors which equated to an ideal opening bout. Bate and Seven remain popular and fun, while KYS remain unpopular and fun to hate which is something every good wrestling show needs.
Then straight into a poster attraction, with British Bootcamp runner up taking on British Bootcamp winner. Dave Mastiff is a regularly popular powerhouse in FCP, while Mark Andrews is a highflying and deserved TNA contract winner, which on paper promised a strong bout. It was Mastiff who managed to shine with a dominating performance, which saw him barely flinch at a Cross Body and hit his always awesome running cannonball splash to Andrews in the corner. Andrews didn’t get the opportunity to show off his best highlights, but did manage some good flurries of offence and developed some interesting exchanges. It was a nice encounter which leaves Mastiff as an impressive force in wrestling and leaves him in the UK for the faithful to watch. While understated on this night, Andrews is destined to excel in his future and hopefully will be allowed to share all his talents on the wider scale now open to him.
After a brief break, the action returned with some of FCP’s core roster in a four way dance. Nixon is a joy to see, a female wrestler having a ton of fun and not fearing any of the boys. Morgan Webster is a noted character, carrying a little bit of swagger with his British mod style. Chris Brookes has become a standout hate figure between his actions and reactions. And Daniel Maloney is following in those footsteps, also finding ways to earn the spurn of the audience. Between the four of them, a competitive and fun match ensued with each pushing for their moment of glory. All those individual components assured a very good outing and at this particular event there was no disappointment. The mix of styles and approaches was entertaning, while some important moments were created to boost the match’s significance. Nixon stood out, with her positioning in relation to gender never having an opportunity to be questioned. On top of that, she is naturally endearing to any crowd and will remain a firm favourite in any future endeavours. Brookes holds his position well, shining with wrongdoings like shoving beaten opponents from the ring and forcing the referee to raise his arm when he should be tending to others. When comeuppance comes his way, small or large, it will be greatly received by fans. Webster makes for a good figure who is still set to show the best of his capabilities at FCP, while Maloney is also finding his way with his developing responses to the jeers of the crowd.
MK McKinnan is comfortably FCP’s most hated and holds more of a presence in that role due to his track record of high quality in-ring ability. On the other hand, Rockstar Spud was a staple of Fight Club: PRO for a long time, and was so tremendous in his delinquent antics that he became beloved by every attendance that bared witness to him. So entertaining was he, that he earned his own TNA contract on the first season of British Bootcamp and he holds up as another deserved winner. That made his appearance a homecoming and while the rockstar persona he was loved for was absent, he was welcomed back like an old friend with the same adoration. It was almost enough just to see the British success return, and his popularity against McKinnan’s unpopularity and lackey assistance made for an simple encounter that everyone could cheer and boo over. Spud’s classic comeback was easy to get behind and when cheating odds had Spud down, the save from one Clint Margera with roaring elbows and Mark Andrews was a welcome one. McKinnan and his crew remain intimidating figures that people will pay to see fought off. Spud will always be remembered for his star attraction appearances at FCP, and brings gladness to all who can see his success.
Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards versus Jim Hunter and Lee Hunter. Two of the best professional wrestlers in the world against two of the most popular wrestlers in Wolverhampton, ironically for being from Tipton. The final match was left to American Wolves and The Hunter Brothers. The former have each had outstanding singles efforts in Fight Club: PRO, with Edwards arguably being involved with several of the promotion’s best matches which developed from an FCP Championship run. In them, we have a pair of former world champions who don’t limit their efforts when in front of smaller crowd. The Hunters have been fortunate enough to mix with several high profile tag teams and have always kept up while shining in their own right, with many claims for best tag team in the UK or even Europe being thrown around. This and the fact they were the headline act boded well and they did go on to deliver a wrestling masterclass with no dropping of balls. Everyone was on form, with the Wolves especially showing why they were so remarkable and making a case for being the dictionary definition of a tag team with how they worked off of each other. The Hunters followed suit without having to pressure the shoulders of Richards and Edwards. The match built from solid technical wrestling to furious and epic collisions and really solidified the match in its main event position. It was the perfect finale for FCP’s show and delivered wrestling to be admired by any fan. You will rarely do better than Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards at an independent event, while Jim and Lee Hunter remain a proven guarantee for quality. The Wolves claimed it wouldn’t be long before the Hunters reached great heights in wrestling, and with the display of their calibre, it doesn’t appear to be an insincere statement.
All The Best promised the best and it delivered the best with some of its top imports and solid choices for regular appearances. It was an event that also presented a glorious return, a heartfelt send off, and not to mention announcing from a Rosebud. Between that came great wrestling with a capacity crowd to thank for elevating the product to greater levels. FCP also presented it’s first commentary team which makes the DVD an interesting venture. And just how much such a DVD would benefit your wrestling collection based on in-ring content should not be understated. All The Best presented all the best, and Fight Club: PRO looks certain to continue doing so in the future.
By Derrie Catton (@DerrieCatton on Twitter )