With another archival episode this week, I’m going to be going with another double review of RevPro TV.
RevPro TV #6
April 27 2015
From the Studio
We get Andy hyping up the up the upcoming York Hall Summer Sizzler to kick off the show, accompanied by a new and well put together video package made up of some of the great occurrences that have occurred previously at that venue for RPW.
Andy then has a little brag about their relationship with New Japan, then segues into announcing Tomohiro Ishii’s opponent for the aforementioned event. This is announced by the means of a video package on the Beast of Belfast Big Damo. As far as Big Damo as a choice to face Ishii, I’ve only seen a handful of his matches so I’m perhaps not the best person to comment, but stylistically he’s a big brute the kind of which Ishii has been having fantastic matches with in Japan near constantly over the last few years. I’m not 100% optimistic about it though, because the one singles match I’ve seen in full from Damo was a real borefest against Martin Stone, but more recently I’ve been really impressed by his tag work as one half of Psycho & The Beast, so cautiously optimistic about the opponent choice would probably be where I’d put myself.
We are then lead into one of the highlights of last year’s Summer Sizzler, pitting Shinsuke Nakamura, who will be facing Ricochet at this year’s event, against Britain’s own Zack Sabre Jr. I was fortunate enough to be there live last year; here are my thoughts from back then:
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Zack Sabre Jr.: This was my personal most anticipated match of the night. I’m a big Shinsuke mark, and Zack is my favourite wrestler on the British scene at the moment from an in ring perspective with Devitt now gone. Not only was this an international dream match, it was also an interpromotional match from the Japanese standpoint, with Zack wrestling regularly and being a multi-time former champion for NOAH, and Nakamura obviously being one of the poster boys of New Japan.
This match started off tentatively, with neither man wanting to make the first mistake against an opponent with such deadly strikes. Both these guys kick damn hard, and there were some very audible winces from the crowd during this match. Nakamura dominated the middle of this match, using his veteran guile to get the upper hand on his less experienced counterpart, avoiding Zack’s deadly kicks after the first exchange and using his multitude of knee attacks to wear Zack down. Zack fought back by targeting Nakamura’s left arm, locking on several variants on his signature armbars, but Nakamura managed to battle out of or just reach the ropes on all of them.
Just when Zack looked like he was closing in on the win, Nakamura countered a gamengiri from Zack while he was perched up on the top rope, and then followed up by hitting a flying Boma Ye knee from the second rope, and then finally finished the match with regular running version of his greatest weapon when a dazed Zack came up into a seated position.
This was a very good match, as you’d expect from two wrestlers of this calibre. They worked really well together, and showed good chemistry. I’d probably put this just a shade below Nakamura’s match against Steen from the NJPW/ROH shows, but they’re very close in quality for me. ***3/4
That marked the end of this week’s show, with Andy letting us know that we’ll be back to new content the next week. Yay!
Final Thoughts: Much like the previous week, this was either a great show or a totally skippable one, depending on whether or not you’d seen the Nakamura-Sabre Jr. match prior to this. Announcing Ishii’s opponent was nice touches to make the show still feel worthwhile for those who’ve already seen the archival footage.
We’re back to new content for the second episode of this pair, taped on the last Sunday of April from their Best of British event.
RevPro TV #7
May 4 2015
UK Paper Leisure Club
The first scheduled match is Gideon Grey against Flyin’ Ryan, but Gideon says he will not be competing today because his streak is currently in limbo due to it being illegitimately ended by a competitor who was barred from competing in the company, and thus nobody deserves a shot at breaking the streak until he is officially reinstated as undefeated. As a result, he has called upon a favour of his good friend Andy Boy Simmonz and will be utilising a client of his as his replacement for tonight: Psycho Phillips.
Grey is a legitimately great promo these days, and the change has led to a match I’m more interested in, so that segment gets a clear thumbs up from me.
Psycho Phillips vs. Flyin’ Ryan: After starting quickly, Ryan gave up the bulk of this match until the finishing stretch where he made a brief comeback. It didn’t last long though, as after a missed Frog Splash Phillips nailed him with a spinning backfist followed up with a chokeslam which was enough for the three count.
This was basically an extended squash with the aim at getting the new talent who they’re pushing as one half of a dominant team over as a killer. It was fine in that respect, without really doing anything to be memorable. **
After that match the studio team announced that next week’s show is going to feature a main event of Will Ospreay against Matt Sydal in what should be a terrific main event. This is interesting because it’s not from the event that this episode’s footage was taken from. So either we’re only getting a very small slice of Best of British or the next month or so is going to feature spliced footage from the two events.
Doug Williams vs. Josh Bodom: This match is the second in Williams’ series of matches in his rivalry against the members of the Revolutionists, having come up short against Marty Scurll on the first episode of RevPro TV. This match basically started off with Williams schooling the young Bodom, with Bodom combating his superior wrestling acumen with his youthful spark and athleticism, punctuated by him busting out a standing shooting star press for the first time to my knowledge.
The match was going along very nicely too, and felt like a solid first half to what was on track to be a very good match, but then out came James Castle to bring about an abrupt finish. He entered the ring and went to give Williams his signature running knee, but Doug moved and Castle instead nailed Bodom. Williams then threw Castle out over the top rope, and covered Bodom for the victory. All this occurred in plain view of the ref, but for a reason unbeknownst to me no DQ was ever called.
As I said, this match was going along nicely, but didn’t feel at all like a complete match. The abrupt and deflating finish was very unsatisfactory, especially for a main event, and really left a bad taste in my mouth. Williams’ recent matches in RevPro have been plagued by these sorts of finishes, and I really hope this doesn’t become a long standing habit. **3/4
After the match the commentators talked up the troubles the younger members of the Revolutionists are having.
Final Thoughts: This wasn’t a good episode of TV. There was a bit of storyline progression, but honestly it wasn’t an entertaining episode of TV. It’s only saving grace was it was short at just over half an hour. Unless you’re closely following RevPro, I’d advise giving this show a miss.
You can find both episodes discussed in this review below: