Revolution Pro Wrestling returned to York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday 15th March for High Stakes 2014 which featured fantastic matches, singing and dancing and the legendary Sting.
Entering York Hall I was bubbling with excitement; my first Revolution Pro show and the card was looking great; some of the UK’s top stars such as Kris Travis and Marty Scurll joined by some of the best the American indy scene has to offer in The Young Bucks and the Inner City Machine Guns.
The anticipation built to a fever pitch in the arena and by the time the first match kicked off the fans were well and truly ready for a good show.
Opening match: Josh Bodom vs Jay Lethal. Lethal and Bodom put on an entertaining opening match with Lethal working the crowd as his Black Machismo gimmick. Nothing to go out of your way to see but a good way to kick start the show with fan favourite Lethal. Bodom picked up the win, however.
Sha Samuels vs Mark Andrews was next with Andrews attacking Samuels with fast paced offense before Samuels was ready. This allowed Andrews to score a near-fall but then led to Samuels dominating the match for the rest of proceedings. Andrews won by DQ after Samuels smashed Andrews over the head with a chair on an attempted suicide dive. The crowd went crazy for the big chair shot and it was just a sign of things to come.
Next up was the Swords of Essex (Revolution Pro Wrestling’s tag team champions Will Ospreay and Paul Robinson) facing off against the Inner City Machine Guns (a team comprising of Dragon Gate’s Open the Dream Gate Champion, Ricochet, and Rich Swann.) This match was the best of the night. From Inner City Machine Guns all-singing-all-dancing “All Night Long” entrance to the comedic opening of the match to the frankly insane crescendo, this match was incredible fun. All four guys put on a fantastic display of athleticism, speed and strength which, by the end of the match, had sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy. The Inner City Machine Guns picked up the win and became the new RPW Tag Champions. (SPOILERS: They lost them at the show the night after in Sittingbourne.)
Intermission then allowed the crowd to calm down and regain themselves before the next match: Project Ego (Kris Travis and Martin Kirby) vs The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson.) This match featured one of the best UK tag teams against one of the best US tag teams and did not disappoint. It was a great match in its own right, but was following such an incredible match and intermission, so felt a little flat. No doubt that Matt Jackson’s hand injury also hindered the Bucks slightly, but they were still able to turn the crowd’s volume up when the superkicks started to fly. The Bucks picked up the win.
Then it was showtime. Sting, filling in for Ric Flair who cancelled due to personal reasons, came to the ring to speak to the Revolution Pro Wrestling Fans. Cutting a promo no more than 5 minutes long, Sting kept it short and sweet, thanking the fans and putting over the great wrestlers and matches seen on the night.
Main event: Colt Cabana (Revolution Pro Wrestling’s Heavyweight Champion) vs Marty Scurll. This match was a 30-minute Iron Man match, and was eventually won 3-2 by Marty following interference. The match itself was a scrappy affair, choosing story over the fast-paced action seen earlier in the night but a lot of that story was hard to see from the floor with each wrestler being thrown into the crowd and outside of the ring multiple times.
Overall, RPW put on a fantastic show that will encourage first-time RPW visitors such as myself to visit again and again in the future. There was a good mix of UK stars and US imports, which meant there were great matches across the board and the crowd were loud all night long. Pun intended.