Welcome back to TV Time Limit Remaining and ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ – a short break has been had, and I now have a little bit of free time to sink into the world of wrestling. Thus, I will offer up not just one, but two reviews today, covering Episode 3 and Episode 4 of Revolution Pro Wrestling. Let’s get started!
This episode is a effectively a one match show, with Jake McKluskey looking to face off against James Castle following their altercation on Episode 1. However, in lieu of a second match, we have a very entertaining rundown of the Lord Gideon Grey/Colt Cabana/Matt Classic feud. Having seen LGG on the first couple of episodes, my knowledge of what was happening between the two was limited, so this was a great little refresher and something I would hope to see more of as I catch up with the TV shows on Youtube. Considering the TV show is as much about bringing in new fans as appeasing existing ones, these types of vignettes are key to allowing people to understand the wrestling world the promotion has created.
In summary, Colt Cabana lost the RPW title to Marty Scurll, thus leaving Grey unwilling to fight him due to their match now not being a title match. Cabana eventually put his career in RPW on the line, and subsequently lost after interference from Rishi Ghosh. One year later, Colt Cabana made his return to the RPW ring, much to Grey’s disapproval. Cabana was then arrested. Fast forward to Grey’s open challenge, and it is answered by none other than Matt Classic. Classic defeats Grey, thus ending Grey’s winning streak in RPW.
When I said ‘effectively a one match show’, that is because we do see Lord Gideon Grey face off against ‘Matt Classic’, a weedy looking wrestler wearing Classic’s gear and doing Classic’s mannerisms. After some initial success, ‘Classic’ is blasted in the mouth with a punch by Grey, who proceeds to viciously beat him up with a variety of slams and suplexes before locking on the Unelected Chamber for the submission victory. He also gives him a few slaps after the bell for good measure. I’m really enjoying the Lord Gideon Grey character which, although cliche in some ways, is performed well – he is thoroughly unlikeable, and that is what he should be.
The main event is a solid TV match between Jake McKluskey and James Castle stemming from McKluskey running off Castle and Marty Scurll following Scurll’s victory over Doug Williams on Episode 1. This is always going to be your archetypical high flyer vs brawler, although McKluskey’s initial flurries after Castle spits at him show that he can mix it up if necessary. McKluskey uses his speed to nail at standing moonsault before flipping over a chair attack at ringside and punishing Castle with a dropkick. However, his ascendancy is short lived as a collision with a ring post following a charge at Castle sees nobody home.
Whilst I voiced my concerns about the character Castle plays, I did enjoy this opportunity to see him for the first time, as he incorporates a lot of the heel mannerisms I enjoy to watch – rakes, biting, chokes aplenty. He uses a nasty elbow to the chest to stop one McKluskey flurry, before showing he can wrestler when required, following up three knees to stomach with a picture perfect butterfly suplex.
When McKluskey does eventually retake control, there are a few spots that don’t quite work as well as they should, thus bringing down the quality of the match a little. A suicide dive at ringside looks awkward, whilst the landing on a crucifix bomb set-up into a lungblower doesn’t have the impact it should do. The use of his trusty moonsault does bring the match back on track, even if it is only for Castle to block with his knees and hit a flying knee attack for a close fall. McKluskey is able to slip out the back door on a move attempt from Castle, hooking him in for a roll-up and another nearfall. Heading to the top rope, McKluskey is pushed to the mat by Sha Samuels, earning Castle an instant DQ for his efforts. The two members of the Revolutionists proceed to attack McKluskey with a chair, leaving him laying in the middle of the ring.
As mentioned at the start, a solid match, with some especially pleasing work from Castle. McKluskey had a few hairy moments, but did little to offend really. Worth a look.
A two match card this week, although with only the main event announced: Mark Haskins vs Sha Samuels. 2 Unlimited were promoted for this card last week, but as of the show, no opponents were announced to go up against them. As they head to the ring, Andy Simmonz gets on the microphone and announces the team that he has chosen to face the boys from Arlena: Psycho and The Beast (Psycho Phillips and Big Damo). The two giants head down to ringside and the opening match is on.
In some ways, this has similarities to the expectations of the McKluskey/Castle match from Episode 3, although you’d expect to see more big guy/little guy action on top. 2 Unlimited’s best chance is always going to be to use their speed, and they do take it to the bigger men initially, but this might not even be enough, as Damo catches one on an attempted suicide dive before the other brother is cut off with a punch to the face as they attempted their own dive. From there on, the brothers from Ireland were going to be a in a lot of trouble.
James is the one who gets cut-off, and is subjected to a number of high impact moves that include a standing senton and big avalanche in the corner from Damo. The heels use the basics of tag team wrestling well, distracting the referee several times to allow the more nefarious offense to go unnoticed. Eventually, following a blocked avalanche and a follow-up moonsault, the hot tag is made and Patrick hits the ring. A missile dropkick signals his arrival, before a triumvirate of a shiranui on the apron, a blockbuster and a suicide dive just show you how quick the man can move when he gets going.
The boys from Ireland are motoring now and begin to deploy their unique tag team moves to try and defeat Damo. One brother flips the other into ‘The Beast of Belfast’, before a 450 splash and a double foot stomp from the second rope leads to a two count, Phillips able to break up the pinfall. Phillips then grabs one of the brothers, aiming for a chokeslam, only to be rolled-up for a three count. The finish came a little out of nowhere, but was the best conceivable way to keep the guys they want to push strong, yet not make the giants look weak in the process. Damo and Phillips attack 2 Unlimited after the bell, and the winners are left laying after a senton from Damo, landing on both men. A fun little match, with the alternative result to the match these guys had the month before. Best two out of three?
In the main event of Episode 4 we see two of the most experienced names in Revolution Pro Wrestling as Sha Samuels battles one half of the tag team champions, Mark Haskins. To top it all off, Josh Bodom joins Samuels down at ringside, and is sure to be a factory as the match progresses. I’ve always enjoy Sha’s no-nonsense style, both in terms of wrestling and character, and this is apparent as he tries to avoid Haskins at all costs, only for Haskins to eventually chase him down at ringside and absolutely batter him with kicks and chops up against the ring posts. As Samuels heads back into the ring , Bodom gets in Haskins’ ear, distracting him long enough to allow Samuels to get up, dropping Haskins throat first across the top turnbuckle. Bodom adds to the beating at ringside for good measure, the ref distracted by a tired Samuels.
Samuels then begins to work over Haskins with a variety of chokes using foreign objects: his scarf, a t-shirt and his braces all get used in one way or another. Samuels’ time on offense is fairly limited though, and a springboard crossbody gets Haskins a two count, before he begins to use his quick feet to his advantage, getting another two count following a corner dropkick and running knee. A battle over a top rope superplex ends up with Samuels hanging from his foot outside the rope, allowing Haskins to plant him with another couple of dropkicks directly to the face.
As we head to the finish, Samuels does get two close falls of his own, an exploder style suplex followed up with a fireman’s carry slam. Haskins himself uses a variation on that move only moments later, but Josh Bodom grabs the referee out of the ring as his hand is about to his the mat for the three count! Haskins gets planted with a spinebuster, but is able to kick out and rally back, this time locking Samuels in a texas cloverleaf. The ref is once again distracted as Samuels begins to tap out and Haskins lets go of the hold to try and deal with Bodom. Samuels grabs Haskins’ title belt and nails him with it to finally end the match with the three count. The match was a solid TV match, though it felt a bit overbooked at the end with the two false finishes – one would have probably been enough, two runs the risk of making Samuels look weaker than it does make The Revolutionists look like cheats. This results does put Samuels and Bodom/Terry Frazier right at the front of the line for a title short as Haskins/Joel Redman’s RPW tag team titles.
Two solid shows though – Revolution Pro TV is fast becoming a welcome addition to the vast variety of wrestling out there on TV and the internet. Do check it out.