wXw The Inner Circle 6 Review

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I can’t find any suitable pictures/videos for this one. Credit: wXw

In what has become a wXw tradition, World Tag League began with Inner Circle 6. These shows take place at wXw’s Wrestling Academy and always have a hot crowd. It’s the perfect way to start a weekend of wrestling, even if it is no longer said weekend.

Aussie Open (Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher) defeated Coast 2 Coast (Shaheem Ali and Leon St Giovanni)

Fittingly, the first match on the card was a tag team one as Coast 2 Coast (best known for their work in ROH) made their wXw debut.

To be honest, there’s not a huge amount to say about this. It was two well-honed teams doing what they do best. You could tell both sides have been teaming for a while as there’s a lot of pleasure in watching the way they seamlessly glide between tag moves. Put them in the ring together, and that pleasure is only enhanced.

With a lot of tag team action ahead of wXw over this set of shows, Aussie Open and Coast 2 Coast got things off to a damn fine start.

Verdict: Three And A Half Stars

Julian Pace defeated Benjamin Van Es

Benjamin Van Es has previously worked as Nate Devlin and came down with what I’m assuming is the wXw Academy Trophy. Cagematch tells me he beat Julian Pace for it, so this is an ongoing feud. He’s also working a gimmick where he didn’t want to be hit in the face because he’s so pretty. As you can imagine that didn’t go well for him. Even the ref got a dig in, accidentally elbowing him.

Once the comedy was out of the way, this was a well worked if unspectacular showing. Van Es wrestled a simple style that set up Pace’s exciting comeback. When you take into account his experience levels (he’s only 21), you can’t fault him. Plus, Pace is always great fun. He should get more opportunities to impress.

Verdict: Two And A Half Stars

LuFisto defeated Kris Wolf

Kris Wolf makes me happy while LuFisto is a badass. They had me onside before the bell rang.

Those conflicting descriptions were the supporting pillars of this bout. Wolf tried to bite LuFisto in the arse, so LuFisto responded by punching her in the face. It’s not quite a story as old as time, but it’s one that works.

Was it always a lovely smooth display of wrestling? No, of course not. You don’t expect that from Kris Wolf. Was it fun, though? Aye, definitely. It was a perfect mish-mash of styles that got the fans behind Wolf as she desperately tried to take down her tougher opponent. While she would ultimately fail, she battled valiantly which is often the most important thing.

Verdict: Two And Three Quarter Stars

Timothy Thatcher defeated Fred Yehi

Nothing makes me happier than the big old smile on Beautiful Tim’s face when he makes his entrance in front of the adoring wXw fans. Has a wrestler ever fitted a promotion more perfectly than that man?

These two are no strangers to each other having wrestled in EVOLVE, and if you’re aware of their work there, everything you see here will be familiar to you. It was a grapplefest, as they battled back and forth on the ground, attempting to smear each other into the mat. Your enjoyment of that will come down to personal taste.

It did come alive towards the end as they got to their feet and started exchanging strikes and throws, but it was never quite enough. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a bit of grappling, you can’t love Big Tim as much as I do without enjoying watching him lie on top of people, it’s just that I like it to be part of the match not the bulk of it.

Thatcher would eventually get the win, kicking out of a powerbomb before slipping straight into a Fujiwara Armbar for the submission. While Beautiful Tim winning is always going to make me happy, this is the rare occasion where I’ll say that one of his matches isn’t essential.

Verdict: Two And A Half Stars

Okami (Daichi Hashimoto and Hideyoshi Kamitani) defeated Jay FK (Jay Skillet and Francis Kaspin)

My Japanese wrestling knowledge is limited outside of NJPW, a bit of NOAH and a smidgen of Dragon Gate, so Hashimoto and Kamitani are a new proposition. I can’t imagine I was the only person in that position, so this was a lovely way to introduce them to the wXw faithful. Skillet and Kaspin are the peskiest of pesky heels, and they get insane levels of heat. It allowed this to establish Okami as babyfaces and gave them a solid win over two wXw regulars.

They looked good too, playing the badasses to Jay FK’s slimy ways. There was a period where Kamitani decided to take them on single-handedly, shrugging off their strikes to run through the annoying bugs. Hashimoto then followed up by kicking the shit out of them which is always fun. You got a sense of both men while also having a peek at their work together.

The finish came when Kaspin made the mistake of taking a second to showboat. By the time he’d turned around Kamitani had entered the ring and near murdered him with a massive shoulder block. Skillet would break-up the pin after a Hashimoto Falcon Arrow before being dumped unceremoniously out of the ring. A High Low Combination later, and the three was merely a formality.

Verdict: Three And A Half Stars

Lucky Kid defeated Chris Brookes

Lucky Kid and Chris Brookes are both members of Schaudenfraude in Fight Club Pro while they also teamed together during the Kris Travis Invitational as CCBlah. That seemed to have confused Lucky as he gave Brookes a big hug and wanted to unite to face The Undertaker and Kane. Sadly, that didn’t happen as after a ten count neither of those two turned up. They would have to wrestle each other instead.

When these two got around to wrestling, Brookes naturally slipped into the heel role. To be honest, he didn’t have much choice. The fans in attendance were rabid for Lucky Kid while Brookes is a brilliant prick. He’d try to control the action only for Lucky’s bizarre style to give him openings that others wouldn’t get. The reason Lucky Kid’s silliness works is that the kid can work. When he gets his wrestling boots on, he’s as good as anyone, and his erratic offence is hella exciting.

Brookes would try his best to contain that particular blend of insanity by bringing an extra level of intensity to proceedings. He started booting poor Lucky in the head before dropping him with a German. It wasn’t enough, though. Lucky rolled through on a Sunset Flip and ended up with a pin of his own. Sneaking out with a win that even he seemed surprised to have got.

After the bell, there was a brief moment where tragedy appeared to have struck. Brookes was halfway to the back having refused Lucky Kid’s attempt to hug his boot. Thankfully, he changed his mind and returned to the ring where CCBlah embraced. A fitting ending to an entertaining match.

Verdict: Three And A Half Stars

Overall Show

If you’re looking for incredible wrestling, this show probably isn’t for you. However, from start to finish, it was a lot of fun. It barely tickles an hour and a half, so everything on it speeds by. With that in mind, you’d be silly to miss it.

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