The Week In British Wrestling: EVE gears up for SHE-1
Main image by Rob Brazier
Here are five things you need to know about British wrestling this week:
1) Pro-Wrestling EVE announced their biggest show yet
Last Saturday, at the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green, and in the midst of a whirlwind of a day on which they presented two shows and a host of qualifying matches for their upcoming SHE-1 Climax tournament, Pro-Wrestling EVE announced that they would be running York Hall — also in Bethnal Green — in March next year.
If they reach anywhere nearing capacity, it will be the biggest crowd for an all-woman show anywhere outside of Japan.
The show will be headlined by the winner of the SHE-1 Climax, which is held in November, taking on the Pro-Wrestling EVE Champion. That is currently Sammi Jayne, who won both her matches on Saturday to establish herself as the one to beat come November.
Sammi Jayne and Debbie Sharp face off — photo by Rob Brazier
On the matinee But First Some Rebellion show, she overcame both the Owens Twins — Kasey and Leah — and then downed her former tag team partner Debbie Sharp in a terrific main event for the evening’s Dangerous Women. That win qualified Jayne for the SHE-1, and if she wins the tournament her challenger at York Hall will come from the trailing pack.
Laura Di Matteo, Jetta, and Charlie Morgan also qualified, joining the previously announced Emi Sakura. Morgan fractured her collarbone in beating Kasey Owens but should recover in good time for the tournament.
It was also announced that Nicole Matthews would face Christina von Eerie on an upcoming ECCW show in Vancouver, with the winner progressing to the SHE-1.
The shows also featured wins for Martina the Session Moth (over the debuting Voodoo Queen Amarah), Jinny, Jayla Dark, and Sakura, and a massive talking point when Jetta clashed with Kate Nash, one of the stars of the Netflix series GLOW who has become a regular at the Resistance.
You can watch EVE on their On Demand service (which also features XWA action), and tickets are on sale for SHE-1 now.
2) James Drake won Lotto Thunder and chose Dursun
At the end of FutureShock Wrestling’s Uproar 95, held last Sunday at the Masonic Guildhall in Stockport, James Drake stood in the ring having won the annual Lotto Thunder tournament, faced with a choice. The win gave him the chance to challenge for either the FutureShock Championship, held by Zack Gibson, or the Adrenaline title, defended in some spectacular bouts of late by Soner Dursun.
Gibson, who had earlier been confronted by WWE UK’s Wolfgang, came to the ring and told Drake that he couldn’t wait to see him get his Adrenaline title back, which seemed to make up Drake’s mind, and told Dursun, “Grit your teeth!”
James Drake makes his choice — photo by Tony Knox
Drake overcame the challenge of Kenny Williams in the tournament final, which climaxed a randomly drawn competition that also featured Sam Bailey, Cyanide, Danny Hope, Joey Hayes, Damon Leigh, and Thomas Wolfe.
Outside the tournament, Lana Austin returned to FutureShock and received a hero’s welcome. She faced the debuting Molly Spartan, and picked up the win with a diving tornado DDT.
All this — and more — can be seen on FutureShock’s Vimeo service, and they return on August 25th for their 13th Anniversary show, which is headlined by FutureShock Trophy winner Ashton Smith challenging Gibson for his title, as well as a Trailer Park Street Fight between Tyson T-Bone and Rampage Brown.
3) After a year, GOOD Wrestling is back
Having taken a year out for various reasons, GOOD Wrestling returned to the Craufurd Arms in Wolverton last Saturday for the (hopefully) aptly-named Back 4 Good. The show was main-evented by a match which has been building since GOOD 1, which saw Jack Sexsmith promise a mystery partner to take on The Dazzler Team of Darrell Allen & Earl Black Jr., with whom he’s been feuding over the three previous shows.
Sexsmith emerged for the match without a partner, explaining they were late and that he would take on his nemeses on his own. Cue a double-teaming until George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” hit and THE LOVE MAKING DEMON emerged to a rapturous pop. With the help of the, well, whatever he is, Sexsmith picked up the win to end the feud.
“Sexual Gammon” Gene Munny
The show kicked off with a five-way elimination scramble, won by Ashley Dunn over Fowler, Jayde, Hustle Malone, and Beano, with Dunn returning later in the show to face surprise arrival Kid Lykos, who came out to join his #CCK partner Chris Brookes in a beatdown of Big Grizzly, which seemed to signal the formation of a heel stable with Gene Munny and Hustle Malone.
That was at the end of a match for Munny’s self-created Certificate of Excellence, which Munny won by cheating, and after Brookes had won a four-way which also included Wild Boar, Kyle Fletcher, and Mark Davis.
The show also featured a wild brawl between Mike Bird and Ryan Smile, which started with both men roasting the ring announcer before spilling out into the car park (and over the road, stopping a passing taxi as it went), where the referee was dumped into a bin and Smile was suplexed onto a picnic table.
All this very GIFable action will soon be available to download at GOOD’s Vimeo page (check their Facebook for details), and they’re back on September 16th with Keep On Movin’.
4) Lucha Forever did two shows in five days
Having established themselves across a number of cities now, Lucha Forever returned to their original home in Birmingham with a show last Friday at Aston University. The gimmick was that Lucha Loco Uno was a completely-random affair, which threw up a Lucha Forever Championship match as its main event, with champion Travis Banks facing Jigsaw.
Banks retained, but was then confronted by Mark Haskins, who became number one contender in May, and another title match was started, with Haskins dethroning the champ and taking the belt home to Malvern.
The Lucha Loco Random Generator also spat out a Three Stages of Hell match in which Alex Windsor interfered to help Chief Deputy Dunne beat Bea Priestley, a CZW Tag Team title match between #CCK and Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis, a “Birmingham Sweet Fight” won by Martina the Session Moth over Drew Parker, and a “Blue Tick Battle Royal,” in which El Ligero put his hard-won Twitter award on the line.
El Ligero awaits Kid Lykos in Manchester
On Tuesday, the promotion returned to Manchester for the first of a monthly “school night” series at the Frog & Bucket. Running Through A Wheat Field And Other Despicable Things –named after UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s admission of the naughtiest thing she’d ever done — was headlined by Haskins’ first defense of the title he won at Lucha Loco Uno, and he beat Tyler Bate to retain his new prize.
The show also featured wins for Kid Lykos (over El Ligero), Omari (who beat Drew Parker with a spectacular finisher), and for Chief Deputy Dunne (against former Anti-Fun Police recruit April Davids). In addition there were victories for Travis Banks, British Strong Style’s Trent Seven & Pete Dunne, and for the team of Kip Sabian & Alex Windsor.
You can watch Lucha Forever on their own On Demand service and on Fite TV, and they’re next in action on August 29th, back in Manchester.
5) The Neon Wristlock was a night of surprises from ATTACK!
Having reached that wonderful point in their existence where they can sell out shows without naming a single match or competitor, ATTACK! Pro Wrestling presented The Neon Wristlock at the Trinity Centre in Bristol last Sunday with everything a complete surprise to those in attendance.
The surprises started early, with Trent Seven making a quick return to ATTACK! to team with Tyler Bate as Moustache Mountain as they beat the Anti-Fun Police’s Sergeant (Travis) Banks & Los Federales Santos Jr. in the opener, and continued from there.
The second match, a six-way scramble, featured the ATTACK! debut of Jack Sexsmith, alongside rare sightings of Omari & Charlie Sterling, as well as regulars Elijah, Drew Parker, and winner Ryan Smile.
The surprises did not stop as WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne defended his ATTACK! 24/7 title against shock debutante Will Ospreay in a terrific bout, before the touring duo of Ricky Starks & Aaron Solow — known as Extra Talented — took on Wild Boar & Mike Bird.
New tag champs Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis — photo by The Ringside Perspective’s Oli Sandler
Although they are fairly new to the ATTACK! scene, Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis have made a few appearances now — enough to earn the Australian pair a shot at #CCK’s ATTACK! Tag Team titles, which they duly took and won when Davis hit a series of piledrivers on Kid Lykos.
The night was capped off by an ATTACK! Championship match, and shenanigans saw Chief Deputy Dunne retain his title over Flash Morgan Webster in an often brutal encounter.
The show is already available to watch on ATTACK!’s Vimeo service, as is last weekend’s Fun The Police, and the promotion will stage a series of shows at the Amplified music festival in Gloucestershire this weekend before returning to Cardiff’s Walkabout for Winterslam 2 on August 20th.