Revolution Pro Wrestling once again held Global Wars 2017 taking place across two nights, featuring talent from New Japan Pro Wrestling, homegrown British talent plus some huge names from the US. Minoru Suzuki & Tetsuya Naito were the big names from Japan, however, just what did we learn from RevPro’s 2017 Global Wars events?
5 – Ryan Smile claims gold
Global Wars kicked off on Night one with a cruiserweight championship which saw defending champion Josh Bodom take on the UK’s Ryan Smile and NJPW talent, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s (LIJ) BUSHI. As you’d imagine the match was fast paced throughout and it could’ve gone either way with all three shining throughout. In the end however, after Bodom was sprayed in the face by mist from BUSHI, Smile would capitalise and connect with the Frog Splash on Bodom to pick up the win. This was without a doubt the biggest victory in Smile’s career and is proof of how far he has come. Moving forward in RevPro, Smile is now the vocal point of the company’s cruiserweight division and will look to continue building momentum heading into 2018.
4 – Sabre Jr and Ospreay put on a classic
The main event of night two saw Champion, Zack Sabre Jr defending against fellow British talent, Will Ospreay and just what followed was an instant classic that many will be talking about for a long time to come. It was a contrast of styles, however, the fast paced nature of the match meant that for over 30 minutes the crowd were completely engaged in just what ZSJ & Ospreay were doing. Ospreay didn’t employ as much of his high-flying style, yet was still able to live with the submission based wrestling that ZSJ brings to every one of his matches. With the end nearing, the entire crowd inside the Walthamstow Assembly Hall believed Ospreay had the match won with an Oscutter only to see Sabre roll to the outside. Ospreay would bring Sabre back in the ring, however opting not to pin him, he went for a high risk move only to be caught in a submission from Sabre and forced to tapout. Sabre Jr would retain his championship once again, however the crowd would give both men a standing ovation for the effort they put in and the classic main event they provided. A fitting end to two great nights of Wrestling.
3 – British Talent continues to shine
Global Wars each year provides us with a number of different NJPW talent coming over to showcase their style for the British audience and all of them never disappoint. This year was no different as RevPro gave us appearance from Minoru Suzuki, Tetsuya Naito, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto and Yuji Nagata to name but a few. However, this year it was the British talent on show that shined over the two nights. Will Ospreay & Zack Sabre Jr main evented on both nights in different matches and provided us great moments. Global Wars also saw a breakout moment for Ryan Smile capturing the cruiserweight championship on night one and then successfully defending on night twoagainst Suzuki-Gun’s El Desperado in a great match. CCK continue to prove why they are a top tag team competing both nights against different combinations of CHAOS tag team’s, winning on both nights and having the crowd supporting them every step of the way. Josh Bodom is a star on the rise and even after losing his cruiserweight championship on night 1, he bounced back and defeated Rocky Romero on night two in a great 15 minute match. Overall, even though the selling point for Global Wars is always the talent from Japan, this years showed that some of the very best come from the UK.
2 – Matt Riddle wants ZSJ & the British Heavyweight Championship
Matt Riddle is a star on the rise, having only been wrestling for three years he’s now a great in-ring competitor. Riddle certainly had an eventful two nights which first saw him defeat El Desperado on night one in a highly competitive match-up. Then on night two he took on the leader of Suzuki-Gun, Minoru Suzuki in a hard-hitting affair, which in the end he lost due to outside interference from El Desperado and a chair. Riddle’s night however wasn’t over as after the main event, he interrupted a post-match Suzuki-Gun celebration attacking Desperado and then challenging the British heavyweight champion, Sabre Jr to a match at next month’s RevPro: Uprising event. We have yet to find out if the match will take place, however, if it does it would be Riddle’s second championship Match, having come up short to Katsuyori Shibata earlier this year at High Stakes.
1 – Tomohiro Ishii and Keith Lee steal the two nights
When it was announced that NJPW’s Tomohiro Ishii would be taking on Keith Lee, the feeling was that this would be as hard-hitting a match as you were ever likely to see. What then followed on night one was truly the best match over the two nights, with both men receiving a standing ovation mid-way through the match and then at the conclusion of the match as well. Throughout this match was a procession of hard slaps, hard hits and incredible feats of strength that could be felt by the entire audience. The crowd were split throughout on just who they were pulling for, however in the end that didn’t matter as they knew that they’d witnessed a classic encounter inside of York Hall. Ishii would walk away victorious and even show respect to Lee on his way out, then Lee would get his own standing ovation from the crowd. This truly was a special match and hopefully somewhere down the road we get to witness a rematch between Ishii and Lee.