At six matches in under three hours, Wrestle Queendom is a breeze to watch. The back half of the card is especially strong. More-so than even the match quality, there’s a really great atmosphere throughout the show. There’s several hiccups in the show but overall this was a great first step and very successful showing.
Scotland’s leading wrestling promotion returned to the iconic Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow last weekend for their fourth-annual ICW Barramania show, headlined by BT Gunn defending the World Heavyweight Title against Mikey Whiplash in a Deathmatch.
Mardi Graps went off the rails with the Thunderbastard and made a minor comeback with the last two matches. However check out the Ringkampf tag and the Ospreay-Haskins match. They’re both great and the Andrews/Dunne/Flash triple threat is a banging 11 minutes of action too.
wXw 16 Carat Gold 2018 Night 2 was a genuine show of the year contender from wXw, with a main event that concluded one of the best long-term stories in European wrestling ever, plus two absolute bangers elsewhere in the show.
Night 1 of 16 Carat Gold 2018 was a very enjoyable show to watch from start to finish. While none of the bouts on the card stood out as being “out of this world” incredible, there wasn’t anything bad to speak of.
Homecoming was without a doubt the best top to bottom show OTT has ever produced. The show had it all. Top class wrestling, matches with stakes and consequences, unforgettable moments… The final four matches all being **** or higher tell you just how much I enjoyed this.
The Thunderbastard is always a fun match. This wasn’t one of the best incarnations of it but there was still a lot of strong storyline work in PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 64 involving Eddie Dennis, Flash Morgan Webster and both TK Cooper and Chris Brookes.
A middling effort from ICW with Square Go! The constant apses back into their old bad booking habits are the lingering takeaway, but they are somewhat redeemed by the fun opening contest a solid tag team title bout and an enjoyable Square Go!
wXw Dead End XVII saw a lot of stories advance along with a really fun Tag Title match and a proper banger in the main event. wXw’s stories are peaking just at the right time ahead of 16 Carat, when the most eyes will be on them.
Definitely watch the main event of Road to Glory, it’s different class to everything else. The undercard isn’t particularly good. There’s a solid Allmark match, a trademark of PCW, and that’s about it.
I was mentally starting a write-up of Fear No More, before the main event, and it was regarding the booking and how improved it was on this show. I was ready to get excited about the direction, but at the same time suggest this wasn’t one of PROGRESS’ best in-ring outings. Then the main event changed everything.
High Stakes was a very good show bell-to-bell from RPW. Ospreay added another great contest to the slew he’s already had this year, Brooks’ debut couldn’t have gone much better. Then there was the main event. Words can’t really describe how much I enjoyed it, and it is a match every wrestling fan should watch.
Don’t Touch Me was a beautifully consistent show. Everything delivered. The stand-out match coming from Ospreay and Brooks but everyone should be proud of what they achieved here. Even the maligned Conners delivered, albeit in a match he shouldn’t fail in under any circumstances.
While I didn’t love everything on Being the Elite, there is more than enough good to make the less enjoyable moments worth sitting through. This night was all about Irish talent finally arriving and being taken seriously.
A good show from RPW. Overall it was a very easy to watch two hours. ZSJ/Stone and Dunne/Brookes are worth a watch if you’re interested but far from essential, as is the British Women’s Championship final.
A solid if unremarkable start to the year for RPW. The women’s championship tournament matches were all solid, with Purrazzo/Jayne particularly standing out. As for recommending matches, the only one I’d say is worth a watch is Dunne/Phantasmo. Here’s hoping Live at the Cockpit 25 delivers a little more.