RevPro Global Wars Night One Review

It wasn’t the main event… but it was. Credit: RevPro

I’ve been looking forward to this one. RevPro got the Japanese lads on a plane and prepared a warm welcome for them when they touched down in Blighty. Scurll Naito? Lee Ishii? Riddle Desperado? That all looks good to me. Let’s dish out some stars.

Ryan Smile defeated Josh Bodom and Bushi to win the British Cruiserweight Title

I was a big fan of Bushi deciding to have a chill at the start of this and watch from the corner.

When he bothered to get involved, he and Bodom went full heel as they teamed up to neutralise Smile. Of course, they eventually fell out and that’s when the action took off. There were all the dives you’d expect alongside some nicely worked three-way spots.

Bushi would end up doing Bushi stuff and going for the mist which blinded Bodom. Unfortunately for the LIJ man, it was Smile rather than him who got to take advantage. He hit a springboard cutter followed by the Frog Splash to pick up the win and the Cruiserweight Title. On a packed show, this was an enjoyable way to kick things off.

Verdict: Three Stars

CHAOS (Toru Yano and Gedo) defeated The Legion of Lords (Lord Gideon Grey and No Fun Dunne)

It’s not often you’ll hear me say this, but there was far too much wrestling in this match. It should have gone half the time and been 90% antics. Instead, we got a Legion of Lords’ heat section on Gedo.

Still, we got all the usual Yano escapades and it was towards the bottom of the card which is where it should be. I was not offended.

Verdict: Two Stars

Matt Riddle defeated El Desperado

On paper, this might have been pegged as an unusual match-up. However, Despy’s background is in amateur wrestling and judo so while he’s not quite as real world hard as Riddle, he’s not too shabby.

This was a sprint. Desperado attempted to take out Matt’s leg and neutralise that explosive offence. Sadly for him, saying that is easier than doing it. Riddle fired back with that combination of stiff strikes and high impact moves that he does so well and picked up the win. Both men worked their arses off here and turned a match I didn’t expect much from into a pleasant surprise.

Verdict: Three And A Half Stars

Tetsuya Naito defeated Marty Scurll

The atmosphere for this one was special. Marty Scurll was coming home with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title while Naito continues to be over as hell in the UK. Everytime LIJ makes the trip they are treated like Gods.

We started with Marty working over Naito’s arm with the occasional hope spot being cut off by The Villian’s antics. Eventually, they sped it up, and we got the greatest hits set with a few extra bits thrown in. That might sound dismissive, but I promise it’s not. Scurll and Naito going through the motions would be better than 90% of other matches.

It does mean that while this was a good match, it wasn’t a great one. Throw in two ref bumps and some shenanigans around the finish, and you know they could both do better. If they ever get the chance on a bigger stage, I suspect they will.

Verdict: Three And A Half Stars

Yuji Nagata defeated Zack Gibson

My ever-growing love for Yuji Nagata is one of my favourite things about getting into New Japan. I adore the mad old bastard.

This was precisely what you’d expect from these two. A hard-hitting submission-fest. They wrestle very similar styles but on opposite sides of the spectrum. Gibson is all heel shortcuts and arrogance while Nagata brings pride and babyface steel. It’s a perfect combo.

Sadly, you do have to take into account that Nagata isn’t a young man and he can’t put on regular classics. Don’t be too sad though, because he’s adapted. He builds his matches around telling fantastic stories. Here, he was defiant in the face of the younger heel and refused to give up as he was beaten and mocked.

Instead, he waited patiently and the second his chance came he pounced on it and picked up an unlikely victory. This might not be the greatest match you’ll see, however, everything about it was executed wonderfully.

Verdict: Three And A Half Stars

CCK (Travis Banks and Chris Brookes) defeated CHAOS (Rocky Romero and YOSHI-HASHI)

Rocky Romero is great. I’ve spent a lot of time praising Trent this year and it’s easy to forget that Rocky was a pivotal part of that team. He never fails to be entertaining, and his interactions with Brookes at the start of this match were a perfect example of that.

Which makes it a good thing that YOSHI-HASHI was here because it meant that he could take most of the sick fucking tag moves. I don’t dislike HASHI, and he has decent matches, but he’s a charisma vacuum. I zone out when he’s in front of me, and if it hadn’t been CCK working over him, I probably would have here.

Thankfully, CCK have more than enough charisma to go around. They could have been facing Romero and a block of wood and it would have been good. Banks’ solo stand against the CHAOS members was pure fire and built wonderfully into him picking up the win. This was another excellent match and a big showing from CCK.

Verdict: Three And A Half Stars

Tomohiro Ishii defeated Keith Lee

Be still my burning loins. This is the match that turned these shows from good cards into pure sex. Ishii and Lee is a match that we don’t deserve.

The early goings of this match were about Lee being able to absorb Ishii’s power. The blows that would have felled, well, a house, to be honest, didn’t rock him. Unfortunately for Lee, Ishii is a bit like the Hulk. Hitting him doesn’t hurt him, it powers him up.

I don’t know if I can do this match justice. Sometimes you need to sit back and appreciate two beastly men beating the crap out of each other. Lee spent this whole match throwing bombs and Ishii did what Ishii does best and took it all before throwing it back ten times harder. You could shot him in the balls and he’d come back and chop you in the throat.

Meanwhile, if Lee wants to make his way out to Japan, this was the perfect audition. He had no problems getting dirty with Ishii and at times he was beating him at his own game. If it wasn’t for those Hulk-like powers, he might just have.

This was great, watch it.

Verdict: Four And A Half Stars

CHAOS (Will Ospreay and Hirooki Goto) defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr)

It’s easy to forget that this is CHAOS vs Suzuki-gun. In York Hall Sabre and Ospreay feel less like New Japan stars and more like local heroes mixing it with the imports.

Interestingly, by the end of this match, they felt more like the stars than Goto and Suzuki. While Suzuki continues to rely on smoke and mirrors on lesser shows, Zack and Will went out there and set up their title match for the second night nicely. They know each other inside out and that shines through in the way they wrestle.

I’m sure the live fans enjoyed Suzuki showing and had fun seeing Goto do his thing but this was no different from anything we’ve seen a million times before. They went through the motions, and it was hard to care. There were moments to be enjoyed (I will always smile at Suzuki slapping people) it just wasn’t enough.

There was nothing wrong with this match. However, it had to follow the pure joy of Ishii Lee and it struggled to do that. Swap them around and this shows feels a lot more satisfying.

Verdict: Two And A Half Stars

Overall Show

On the whole, this lived up to expectations. To be honest, if it had all been shit and we’d only got Ishii vs Lee, I’d be happy. Scrolling back up I’ve realised that I gave a lot of it three and a half stars and that sums it up. It was all good and a lot of it verged on great but the only thing that made it there was the aforementioned show stealer. Still, no one is going to complain about good.

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