Revolution Pro Wrestling Global Wars Night Two (2017) Review

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Night Two may have fallen below the high standard set by the previous night, a spectacular main event ends this weekend of wrestling on a really strong note.

CCK (Chris Brookes, Kid Lykos & Travis Banks) vs CHAOS (Gedo, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI)

Not the best of the ways to kick things off, but it gave the men involved something to do. Overall, it was a solid match but there’s nothing too memorable about it. Compared to the opener of night one, this was pretty lackluster. This honestly felt like filler but they did their best to entertain. ★★¾

Toru Yano vs Zack Gibson

This was a really odd pairing but these two had amazing chemistry. Zack Gibson is a heat magnet that relies on grit and underhanded tactics. Toru Yano does heel stuff, but in a clever way so it gets cheered. It was a battle of brains vs brawn. I enjoyed this from start to finish. Yano outsmarted Gibson on numerous occasions, until Gibson could no longer stand being embarrassed. It was just simple story telling that you don’t get to see employed much these days. Very entertaining from start to finish. ★★★½

Josh Bodom vs Rocky Romero

Another solid match. They started off with some really crisp mat wrestling exchanges. Once it broke down, they spent most of the match going back and forth trading strikes and moves. It never felt too ‘my turn, your turn’ and they kept up an exciting pace. When it did slow down, it slowed down at the right times. They didn’t go into over kill either. All in all, this was a solid exhibition contest. ★★★½

Tomohiro Ishii vs Dave Mastiff

After an amazing performance the previous night, Ishii had a lot of momentum going in this match. An opponent like Mastiff was a nice treat. Very underrated big guy. This was a pretty decent hoss battle. There were times when they didn’t quite hold my attention, but overall I enjoyed this while it lasted. I found that there were some moments that dragged on and felt a bit plodding, but they managed to pick back up before it got too stale. I would have liked to see a bit more back and forth action as well as some more fighting spirit. Still, it never felt like it overstayed its welcome and it served its role on the show. ★★★

RevPro British Cruiserweight Title Match: Ryan Smile (c) vs El Desperado

This was another decent contest and a solid title defense from the newly crowned champion. For the most part the action was always intense and there never really was a dull moment, but it just felt like something was lacking. It could have used a bit more substance. I would have liked to see Desperado work a meaningful heat segment to make Smile fight from underneath. Nonetheless, the action was satisfying enough to keep the showing going. ★★★

Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito) vs Keith Lee & Yuji Nagata

Keith Lee and Yuji Nagata has got to be the coolest makeshift team of this year. This was a good match. Great character work BUSHI and Naito. They employed some really clever heel tactics to try to break Lee down. This was a very solid tag team match. The longer the match went, the better it got as they kept adding layers. Really random but very good match. ★★★½

Minoru Suzuki vs Matt Riddle

Dream match right here between two wrestlers known for their unique and distinct styles. This is exactly what you would expect them. This was a great shoot style contest that felt very competitive. Lots of under-overs, transitions and escapes. There’s nothing fancy or ‘pro wrestling’ about it. Well, except for the last few minutes which I could have really done without. The shenanigans near the end really took me out of it. Other than that, everything before made for a really solid contest. ★★★¼

RevPro British Heavyweight Title Match: Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs Will Ospreay
These two have wrestled a quite a bit so it’s always nice to see how they make new adjustments to old ideas.  From the beginning you can tell how familiar they are with one another as they thwarted each other’s chain wrestling efforts. Zack Sabre Jr. is such a natural heel given his technical craftsmanship in the ring. He knows how to use every square foot of the ring to his advantage and, of course, how to manipulate his opponent’s joints. Zack did a great job with the heat as he constantly stayed on his Ospreay. Ospreay’s comebacks were well-timed and he’s one of the best ‘fire’ guys right now. He just knows when to pick his spots and he brought a ton of fire. The last, maybe, 10 minutes were just insane back and forth action as they traded strikes, submissions and pins. Lots of great, believable near falls. There’s one spot near the end that is the textbook definition of a hope spot. The crowd went crazy as they were in despair. The way these two were able to manipulate the crowd’s emotions is a testimony to their level and understanding of timing and psychology. Definitely one of the best matches of the weekend. Fantastic match. ★★★★¼
You can catch the replay of this event at RPW On Demand

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