The Wrestling Revolver
REVOLVER Vegas Vacation
May 28, 2022
Silver Nugget Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Watch: FITE

Sudden Death Scramble Match
Blake Christian def.  Anthony Greene, ASF, Bodhi Young Prodigy, Cole Radrick, Gringo Loco, Jordan Oliver & Nick Wayne 

This is the sort of match that, if it had opened up an ECW PPV in the 90s, would have been talked about in tones reserved for all-time classic. In 2022, you’ve undoubtedly seen this type of multiman match many times: two guys meet in the ring, do some cool moves, roll out for the next two guys to enter and do some more cool moves. That said, this was better than your average multiman clusterfuck and there was an impressive amount of coordination and innovation between all eight guys. Primarily a showcase for indie talent, this fulfilled its function very well and for those I was new to, I’m interested to see how they would fare in a more straightforward singles match. ****

Billie Starkz def. Shazza McKenzie

This was good. It started off a little rocky, with a cutesy see-saw pinfall exchange in the first minute. I like pinfall reversals as much as anyone, but I’ve always questioned the efficacy of having them in the opening of a match, as no one buys them. My second quibble was when Starks gave MacKenzie a brutal tombstone on the apron, I would have easily bought that as the end of the match, instead it only led to a MacKenzie comeback. To be fair, “fighting spirit” (or “no selling” as it was once known) is the quintessence of many of the most popular matches from big promotions, so perhaps I am just getting angry at clouds here. And I don’t really want to give the impression that I was down on this match, because it was a damn good one for the time they were given and ramped up very well in the closing stretches. I look forward to seeing both of these women getting a chance to do more on a bigger stage in the future. ***1/2

PWR Remix Championship – Pinfall To The Pen Match
Trey Miguel (c) def. Kenny King (11:25)

So if you’re unfamiliar with the Revolver Remix title, the champion gets to make the stipulation. For tonight, Trey is going back to his Rascalz gimmick and declares this a “Dude Weed LMAO” match, where if you make a pinfall attempt you get a hit of Trey’s pipe. I thought about my hazy and misspent youth and wondered how this match was going to end in anything other than Trey and Kenny curled up in the corner of the ring, shoveling Cheetos into their gullets and waxing philosophically on “what if the universe was like…in another universe and then that one was in another one too?”

Trey’s having a lowkey awesome year in Impact, but this was more DDT than X Division. It made for some fun smoky visuals and after a pinfall exchange racked up five pipe hits a piece we got a sort of parallel universe to the chop exchanges spot, with both guys eventually collapsing in a stoned haze. This was goofy as anything, but the crowd enjoyed it and joined in with a “smoke forever” chant. ***

Crash Jaxon def. Alexander Hammerstone, Kal Jak & Willie Mack

It’s another sign of the times, that a match advertised as a “hoss fight” has the moves and the athleticism of a juniors match in another era with the only difference being that you can hear the pounding of the heavy footfall and impact on the mat as these relative giants attack each other. We get some impressive power spots too, with Hammerstone executing long-delayed suplexes on Kal Jak and Crash Jaxson.

I’ve seen Crash Jaxon on a few Revolver cards and he’s been impressive enough for me to remember and be pleasantly surprised to see him pick the win up here. The match was too short to go anywhere, but it was good enough. **3/4

Effy def. Dan The Dad

At last month’s Swerve’s House PPV I was won over by Dan the Dad’s brand of comedy as he and Jake Manning had the crowd in the palm of their hands working a style that I labeled “dumb comedy…excellently executed”. Comedy in wrestling is an art form all of its own, and from what I’ve seen so far of Dan the Dad, he has a knack for it and his gimmick that taps into an archetype of “dadness” can be pretty funny at times.

If you guessed that Dad vs Daddy match would feature a spot where Effy got sexually aroused from a belt whipping spot, then congrats you win nothing but the ability to mind-meld with indie promoting in USA ‘22. The real problem I had with this match is that at points it seemed like they were trying to wrestle a serious match. As should be clear, I don’t have a problem with comedy in wrestling. I like my cards to have a bit of this and a bit of that. But why take an apron bump in a match that was so clearly penciled in as vaudeville? Personally, I would have preferred them to go all out on the goofy stuff here rather than juxtaposing it with whatever it was they were doing.**1/2

Josh Alexander def. Mike Bailey

Firstly, we probably need to acknowledge that getting Alexander vs Bailey was something of a coup for Wrestling Revolver, not only because they managed to book this before Impact did, but because Josh and Mike are two of the best wrestlers in the world right now.

Clocking in at just under ten minutes with both guys throwing everything they could at each other, this is a match for people who want to know what workrate means. No restholds, no playing to the crowd, all killer no filler. Bailey’s kicks here were beautifully precise Josh was great in an overdog role, dishing out punishment. Awesome sprint of a match. ****1/4

Vegas Street Fight
Alex Colon def. Jimmy Jacobs

When you hear the words “Las Vegas Street Fight”, what comes to mind? Maybe you’re thinking of wrestlers brawling down the Strip, the neon lights flashing overhead while confused tourists stop to watch two men delivering powerbombs on a Barry Manilow’s limo? Or perhaps the words “Las Vegas Street Fight” conjures up images of bloody grapplers running amok in a casino, scattering chips and cards across the green-felted blackjack tables and slamming each other into colourful slot machines that start dropping coins while the commentators make wisecracks about “drawing dimes.” If those were the images that came to mind when you heard that Jimmy Jacobs and Alex Colon were having a “Las Vegas Street Fight”, then I’m sorry to report you were mistaken. This was a typical crappy weapons match featuring chairs, garbage cans and doors that could have come from any Home Depot in the world, let alone the US. You’ve seen this match a hundred times. **

Impact Digital Media Championship
Rich Swann def. Matt Cardona ©

This was almost the polar opposite of Alexander and Bailey; whereas those squeezed as much wrestling as possible into ten minutes, this was 20 minutes (or at least felt like it) or stalling, playing to the crowd and general shenanigans. Cardona was pulling out every heel trick in the book and Swann was rallying as the sympathetic babyface, but this felt like a match that never really started. The live crowd were into it, but classic wrestling match, this was not.**1/4

REVOLVER Championship – Anything Goes Match
JT Dunn defeats Chris Bey ©

At last month’s Swerve’s House show, I was really impressed with JT Dunn’s shitkicker heel act against Rich Swann and was looking forward to seeing more here. Chris Bey is still searching for that career-defining match, but has done more than enough on Impact to show he’s got talent. So when this started out with some blistering exchanges, I was ready to strap myself in for a potential classic. Instead, this felt like watching a match where every 3 minutes someone would spin a wheel and say now you’re wrestling hardcore stylespinnow you’re stalling and playing to the audience…spin…now go back to lucharesu…spin..hardcore… It almost kind of worked for me, but the gods of the wheel must have finally landed on sports entertainment because the match ended with Allie Katch coming out and spearing Chris Bey through a table. Ok.

After the match, commissioner for the night D’Lo Brown came out and hit a pretty fucking awesome Sky High on Dunn. And then did a two sweet deal with Bey to send the crowd home happy. ***1/4

Final Thoughts

Overall thoughts are that this was very much a mixed bag. The past two Revolver shows I’ve seen, Once Upon a Time in Iowa and Swerve’s House, were pretty darn great and had strength in variety. This show was obviously a lot more stripped down and while it definitely sounded like the live crowd were having a blast, many of the matches didn’t translate to a great viewing experience. That said, there were some great matches on this card, with the opening match, the women’s match and Bailey/Alexander being of a quality that wouldn’t have been out of place on any card in the country.

More generally, Revolver have been having a great year and a quick look at the Stranger Things card in June and Cage of Horrors in July, highlights the breadth of talent they work with and I’ll certainly be looking forward to those shows. This one, unfortunately, didn’t match up to the high-quality Revolver have set themselves.