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A couple of months ago, RevPro announced that, due to a “once in a lifetime match”, they would be running a second York Hall show over the summer: that match transpired to be Zack Sabre Jr vs Kurt Angle. Although Zack Sabre Jr vs Kurt Angle is the match that will gain the most attention internationally, RevPro’s return to York Hall on 12th June presents a stacked card in which any one of several matches could potentially steal the show.
Martin Stone vs Pete Dunne
Over the past couple of years, Martin Stone, born in the UK, has established himself as one of the premier talents on the Southern US independent scene. Stone, who makes his return to RevPro on the 12th June, faces Pete Dunne, who has established himself as one of the standout young talents in Europe. Stylistically, Stone vs Dunne will be strewn with ferocious strikes as RevPro executes the Southern US/British indies Twitter rivalry by proxy.
The Revolutionists (James Castle & Sha Samuels) (C) vs Charlie Garrett & Joel Redman
British Tag Team Championship Match
The Revolutionists, a team that oscillate between comedic relief and dominant force, have held dominion over RevPro’s tag division for almost a year. Despite the length of their reign, The Revolutionists haven’t gained the international recognition their peers have. On Sunday, they face the incipient team of Joel Redman, formerly NXT wrestler Oliver Grey, and Charlie Garrett, who has impressed on his couple of appearances at the Cockpit shows. In recent times, The Revolutionists’ matches have ended in DQ which has produced resigned groans: hopefully that trend doesn’t continue here.
Big Daddy Walter vs Big Damo
In this first time match, Damo and Big Daddy Walter, who makes his RevPro debut, battle for the right to call themselves Europe’s premier big man. Despite Damo and Walter’s reputation as two of the finest big men around, both are incredibly adaptable to their opponent’s style. However, neither will need to adapt their style for their opponent here: this will be the embodiment of BIG LAD wrestling. A victory here for Damo would catapult him back into title contention after he was defeated by the champion, Zack Sabre Jr, at Live at the Cockpit 8 thanks to Marty Scurll’s assistance.
Marty Scurll vs Noam Dar
Originally scheduled for Live at the Cockpit 8, this match was replaced by Noam Dar vs Josh Bodom, who battled for the right to represent RevPro at WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic in a match that Dar would win.
After defeating Will Ospreay for the opportunity to challenge for the RPW British Heavyweight Championship at the last York Hall show in a match that gained international acclaim, The Villain Marty Scurll has ostensibly realigned his moral compass to renew a friendship with former tag team partner and British Heavyweight Champion, Zack Sabre Jr. Or, at least that is what the Champion thinks. Scurll, however, has continually utilized nefarious tactics to give Sabre, unbeknown to the champion, several victories. Scurll’s opponent, Noam Dar, has gained the reputation as one of the finest young talents in Europe through his consistent performances in ICW and PCW. This will be grapple heavy, with Scurll looking to apply the Chicken Wing and Noam Dar looking to apply the Champagne Knee Bar.
Will Ospreay vs Speedball Mike Bailey
Fresh off victory in this year’s BoSJ, Will Ospreay returns to familiar pastures a hero and will be greeted by a deafening response at York Hall. His opponent, Speedball Mike Bailey also makes his return to RevPro following defeat to Damo at High Stakes in January. Ospreay and Speedball have previous in the form of a semi final contest in last year’s BOLA. Despite the quality of the match, given the right circumstances it was clear that both men could deliver even better. Here, the match will be given ample time and has real potential to be something special between two of the worlds most exciting wrestlers.
Chris Hero vs Josh Bodom
Over the past two years, Chris Hero has established himself as one of, if not the, best wrestler in the world. Two weeks ago, Hero delivered three of the most impressive tournament matches that you will ever likely see during PROGRESS’ SSS16. Hero’s psychology, pacing and the veneer of legitimacy that his strikes possess make him a genuine pleasure to watch.
Comparatively, an excellent string of performances in the past year has seen Josh Bodom’s stock continue to grow thanks in large part to a couple of outstanding matches with Donovon Dijak. In a match between battled hardened experience and youthful exuberance, the veteran enters the young lion’s den and, if pressed, I would predict that this match will steal the show.
Zack Sabre Jr vs Kurt Angle
Remarkably, RevPro sold out York Hall, capacity 1,200, based on this match alone. When RevPro announced that Kurt Angle would be battling Zack Sabre Jr, they created astounding buzz on social media.
Angle makes his RevPro debut following an unparalleled career that has witnessed him collect gold at every opportunity; an Olympic Gold medal, numerous WWE Championships, an IWGP Heavyweight Championship reign and multiple TNA World Heavyweight Championship reigns ensure his legacy is incomparable. Although Sabre hasn’t reached the heady heights of mainstream championship success, he has achieved considerable success in independent promotions across the world. Voted WON Best “Technical” Wrestler of 2015, Sabre enters York Hall British Heavyweight Champion as two generations collide.