Revolution Pro Wrestling Global Wars Night One (2017) Review

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Once again, Revolution Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling have teamed up to present the first night of the third annual Global Wars: UK. This show featured a stellar match between Keith Lee and Tomohiro Ishii- a match worthy of being in the G1. This event was held on November 9, 2017.

Rev Pro British Cruserweight Championship: Josh Bodom (c) vs BUSHI vs Ryan Smile

A fiery start to the show with non-stop action from start to finish. There was never a dull moment in this match and the more it progressed, the more it built to the climax. I really enjoyed BUSHI’s character work in the beginning. He looked on from the sidelines, waiting for the perfect opportunity to take over. All three men should be praised for their character work and the way they connected with the crowd. Ryan Smile was extremely over and Josh Bodom was a beast. Great sequences, thrilling action and exciting near falls made this an amazing start to the show. Lots of momentum going forward from here. ★★★½

CHAOS (Gedo & Toru Yano) vs Gideon Grey & No Fun Dunne

Given the names in this match, you’d know what to expected. The actual moves in this match left little to be desired, but where this match really shined was in the entertainment aspects. Toru Yano is one of the most brilliant minds in wrestling ever. In a way, he reminds me of Eddie Guerrero. His understanding of psychology, timing and placement is unmatched. He’s able to take traditionally heel tactics and use it in a way to get a babyface reaction. This was a highly entertaining match. Despite my final rating, don’t be fooled, I had fun watching this. ★★¾

Matt Riddle vs El Desperado

This match was pretty much Riddle’s usual shtick and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Matt Riddle excels at shorter length matches where the action is short bursts of back and forth action. There’s nothing that really stands out but watching it was just an adrenaline rush from start to finish. The pace is frantic, the action is non-stop and the momentum switches continuously to keep you on the edge of your seat. Solid match. ★★★¼

Tetsuya Naito vs Marty Scurll

Another good outing here. I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. One of my biggest gripes with Naito is that he tends to ignore his selling later down in the match. Fortunately, that was not the case here. Scurll did a great job of working his arm and Naito sold it continuously throughout the match. Every move he hit, it took a little more out of him each time. Scurll would always go back to the arm when Naito came up and it just made for compelling viewing. Very good match. ★★★½

Yuji Nagata vs Zack Gibson

This match was a really nice treat. Nagata has been wrestling longer than I’ve been alive and it’s crazy to see the pace he wrestles at. I absolutely love the more ‘shoot style’ approach to matches. These are the kind of matches that you just sit back and admire as a fan. The mat wrestling is rough and gritty, Nagata’s strikes are nasty and there’s just so much fire behind everything they’re doing. When they released a submission they were on guard. They would stare at each other when they got up to their feet. There was a competitive vibe from them. It felt like a legitimate competition. Great match. ★★★¾

CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks)  vs CHAOS (Rocky Romero & YOSHI-HASHI)

This was a solid tag team match. They stuck to a basic formula and that’s not a negative thing. I can’t say anything bad about this match because everything that they did simply worked. CCK worked a very nice heat segment and Romero had a ton of fire on the tag. Still, it felt like it never quite got out of second gear but this was a very serviceable match. ★★★¼

Tomohiro Ishii vs Keith Lee 

From the moment the bell rang, this was a straight up HOSS FIGHT. Ishii came out the gate unleashing a fury of chops on Lee which had little to no effect on the big man. The chemistry of these two was unreal. Ishii was a tremendous underdog, fighting from underneath. He would give four chops to fall down with one from Lee, only to get back up immediately to give four again. Keith Lee was great on offense and dominated the majority of this match. It never got dull or boring and Ishii would fight back with just enough offense to keep things exciting. Ishii had to dig deep down inside to fight back and his fighting spirit was on full display. This is a match that could easily be part of the G1 Climax. If Keith Lee isn’t in the tournament next year, then New Japan would be missing out on a great opportunity. Amazing match surrounded by a rowdy atmosphere. Definitely a Match of the Year contender.  ★★★★½

CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Will Ospreay) vs Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.) 

Heel Zack Sabre Jr. is the greatest thing to happen to pro wrestling this year. Suzuki is one of the greatest things to happen in wrestling ever. As a team, they play off each other really well. This was an awesome main event. Suzuki and Sabre worked in tandem offense the entire time. It’s amazing how they have made this team work. On paper, it seems like a mismatch but because they’re so talented they just know how to work together. Some of my absolute favourite moments in this were the stereo submissions. If Suzuki had Goto in a submission, via distraction, then Zack would have Ospreay in one as well. All four men were on the ball in this match, breaking up pin and submission attempts as well as preventing their opponent from doing so. The final moments in this match were absolute chaos (no pun intended). Not only was it an amazing end to one of the best shows this year, but it also set the stage for night two. Awesome match.  ★★★★

You can catch the replay of this event at RPW On Demand

 

 

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