Arena Reports SHOW RESULTS - 10/2 Rev Pro in London, England: Super mega-card featuring top New Japan, U.S. & European stars - Styles main event, Tanahashi vs. Okada tag match, more
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Revolution Pro Results
October 2, 2015
Report by Dave Green, PWTorch correspondent
On this fine Friday, I attended the joint show between Revolution Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling entitled "Uprising." It took place at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, and was a fantastic show. Here are the results.
The opening of the show was hijacked by the Revolutionist tandem of Sha Samuels and James Castle. The RPW Tag Team champions put out a open challenge to anyone in the back (non-title, of course) and out came the pairing of Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima. This was a bonus match and a fun way to start the show.
(1) The Revolutionists (Sha Samuels & James Castle) beat Kojima & Tenzan in a non-title match. The sold-out crowd were supportive of Ten-Cozy, although it didn't help in the long run after Kojima accidentally hit Tenzan with a lariat. Samuels followed with a blatant low blow and Castle with a title belt shot to the head of Kojima, which left him prone for the pin by Samuels. Not a technical classic by any means, but good fun.
Next, A.C.H. took on Martin Kirby, who was substituting for his long-time friend and tag partner Kris Travis. For those that don't know, Kris spent much of the year fighting stomach cancer and overcame it to the point where he made an in-ring comeback over the summer and was booked for this match. Sadly, he has become ill again and last week announced that he has had to retire.
(2) Martin Kirby beat A.C.H. Kirby did a great job here. A.C.H. was incredibly charismatic and entertaining. A very even contest with plenty of high spots and humorous moments. The match ended when A.C.H. missed a 450 top-rope splash, with Kirby following with his version of the Fameasser to win.
Next was a big one of Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Big Damo O'Connor. This match was made at the Summer Sizzler event back in August and had a lot of hype. It did not disappoint.
(3) IWGP IC champion Shinsuke Nakamura beat Big Damo O'Connor. Damo had his way with Nakamura in the early going, using his size and power advantage, but Nakamura came back with various kicks and strikes that put the big man down. One scary moment happened where Damo took Nakamura over for what looked to be a reverse suplex, but ended up as an elevated reverse DDT. Nakamura looked like he'd landed right on his head. It was either a massive botch or the most realistic move and sell I've ever seen. Either way, Nakamura hit a Bome-Ye, but Damo kicked out at one! Then, Nakamura actually lifted Damo up for his flipping back suplex, then another Boma-Ye to keep the big man down for the three. Afterward, Damo refused medical help and got a standing ovation for his efforts.
Speaking of standing ovations, the crowd were in a very giving mood as New Japan referee legend Tiger Hattori entered the ring and received one himself. This was before officiating a New Japan alumni tag match between Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Thunder Liger.
(4) Tanahashi & Jushin Liger beat IWGP World Hvt. champion Kazuchika Okada & Gedo. A very good tag match, though it seemed at first that Okada and Tanahashi very wrestling at half-speed. Once they got going, they had some very nice moments and the crowd enjoyed seeing a partial preview of the Wrestle Kingdom main event. Interestingly, when the crowd starting dueling chants for these two, Okada's chants were remarkably louder. Gedo was very entertaining, as was Liger, who may have got the biggest pop upon the entrances. No Rainmaker, but Tanahashi did hit High Fly Flow on Gedo for the win. Probably a standard match by New Japan standards, but one that the talent themselves all seemed to enjoy, what with being in new surroundings. They all controlled the crowd masterfully; this was a crowd that were very appreciative of the match and the spectacle of seeing an all-New Japan match in their capital city.
(5) Kyle O'Reilly beat KUSHIDA. This was a re-match of the Best of the Super Juniors final, this time won by O'Reilly. This was awesome. Some amazing chain wrestling throughout together with hard strikes. I didn't see the BOSJ Final between these two, but I feel I now must do so, as this was one of the best matches I've ever seen live. Incredible counters with both men going for submissions. KUSHIDA in particular kept going for the Hoverboard Lock. He eventually succumbed to O'Reilly, who put him to sleep with a Triangle Choke. This is a match that is well worth seeking out.
(6) Tetsuya Naito beat Mark Haskins. Naito took a loooooong time to get to the ring and remove his suit and mask, playing up his New Japan heel persona. When he started to undress, the crowd started singing "The Stripper." Naito really did well to get the appreciative crowd against him, with some great heel mannerisms. Haskins is still sadly probably best known to American readers for his short stint in TNA, but he's so much better than that and is one of the best in Britain right now. This was a very good match-up, with two similarly styled wrestlers. Haskins could hit nothing to put Naito away. Naito couldn't get the win off the Gloria, but he did get a commanding pinfall off his current finisher, a spinning reverse DDT. Naito once again put off any claps of respect from the crowd by cheap-shotting Haskins a few times after the match.
The semi-main event was the only all-RPW match of the night and it was for the Cruiserweight Title. The champion Josh Bodom faced Jimmy Havoc under No DQ rules, as these two have been feuding for months. They were not allowed to touch the other until the opening bell of this match, which they did with huge ferocity. Both men are actually bad guys, but Havoc had the vast majority of the support from the crowd.
(7) RPW CW champion Josh Bodom beat Jimmy Havoc in a No DQ match to retain the RPW Cruiserweight Title. Weapons were used - Kendo sticks, chairs, frying pans, baking trays, even my friend's crutch! This was probably the least cruiserweight style match to be contested for that title. Bodom ran backstage, where Havoc followed, but it was a trap, as Bodom's Revolutionist stablemates Sha Samuels and James Castle attacked Havoc. After they forced him back to the ring, Samuels hit a spinebuster on Havoc onto drawing pins (a/k/a thumbtacks), allowing Bodom to pick up the win.
Next was the main event with A.J. Styles defending the British Heavyweight championship against "The Villain" Marty Scurll and Will Ospreay. Fantastic chemistry from each man with each other.
(8) A.J. Styles beat Marty Scurll and Will Ospreay in a three-way match to retain the British Hvt. Title. A.J. spent the first half of this match mainly on the outside, letting the challengers put on an absolute clinic in the ring. After A.J. got back into things, the match was then filled with innovative three-man spots and a lot of nearfalls. The end came when Scurll seemed to have A.J. wrapped up in the chicken wing for a long time, but Ospreay broke it up wit a springboard cutter on Scull. This left himself open to A.J., though, who grabbed Ospreay and hit the Styles Clash for the title retention. While I personally did not think much of the ending from a logic point of view, it was a fantastically-wrestled match and well worth a watch.
All in all, a VERY good show. It will be available from Revolution Pro Wrestling's on-demand page from Monday, and it should be a steal. The next show is "Global Wars" on Saturday.
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