wXw in London Review 1/28/17

Robbie Radford

Robbie Radford

Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.
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The Dome was a really nice venue, not really a bad view in the entire venue, although some views a lot better than others due to lighting.

Tag team championship: London Riots (Rob Lynch & JD) VS A4 ( Absolute Andy & Marius Al-Ani)
Big pop for the riots, clear home advantage in their city. Riots controlled early stages, Absolute Andy looked real good, the crowd pretty much loved everything he did. Lots of hard hits and nice spots, the chemistry between the two teams was very apparent. A4 hit a good move that looked like a combination of an F5 and a frog splash. Despite Riots looking good, they were outclassed by a very strong A4, Absolute Andy picked up the victory for his team with an elbow drop. ***½

Travis Banks vs Jodie Fleisch
A match that could well be considered a passing of the torch, a ring veteran coming up against one of the fastest rising stars the World has to offer. Fleisch hit an incredible top rope moonsault to Banks on the outside, this was followed up with a good comedy spot, loads of near falls to which the London crowd resorted to chanting the count in German. Some good back and forth action. The finish came when Fleisch attempted the 720 but Banks caught him with a roll up. Good match. ***¼

Robert Dreissker vs Bad Bones
Dreissker got the early heel heat, attacking Bad Bones during his entrance. The brawl quickly spilled to the outside before returning inside. Despite being outsized, Bones always had a reply, one of the hardest hitters in Europe. Interestingly this match was deadlocked at a 50-50 bout for the most part until Dreissker hit a corner assisted splash for what could be considered a shock victory. Bones looked good, carrying the match in parts which earned him an ovation at the end. ***

‘Big Daddy’ Walter vs ‘Massive’ Jurn Simmons
Walter cut a promo in his native tongue, before the match, prompting boos from the crowd. Jurn Simmons’ entrance is arguably the best in the World, imagine the pace of Tetsuya Naito combined with an air guitar and a great entrance theme. This was the epitome of big lads wrestling, lots of strength tests and big moves that displayed the immense strength of both competitors. The ring was legitimately moving an inch or two every time either man hit the corners of the ring. There was a lot of really hard hits combined with the power moves and surprising amount of agility that both men possessed. In a brilliant finish, Simmons picked up the number one contendership with a top rope moonsault. ****¼

*Intermission*

Chris Brookes vs Da Mack
Both men have had a great 2016 and a very promising 2017 ahead of them. The match got off to a technical start, Da Mack embraced the plethora of various chants for him, he fed off the atmosphere really well. Brookes is an excellent heel so this match was always going to be a stellar affair and it delivered in every aspect. Da Mack picked up the win with his version of a cutter. Another really good match, filled with great spots. ****¼

Jinny & Alpha Female vs Melanie Gray & Toni Storm
Alpha Female is terrifying, legit terrifying but an outstanding talent. The team of Jinny & Alpha Female is as perfect as you can assemble in terms of heel teams. Melanie Grey took an absolute battering as they worked towards the Toni Storm hot tag. As Toni Storm took out Alpha Female with a great dive to the outside, Melanie Grey submitted Jinny with a clover following a powerbomb. ***¾ (favourite match of the night)

wXw Championship: Axel Dieter Jr (c) vs Marty Scurll
Scurll started the stronger with the crowd unanimously behind him for this championship bout. Dieter Jr really lived up to his reputation as an all round great heel. Scurll eventually began to struggle with the pure physicality of Dieter. Scurll, after soaking up a ton of solid limb work began to get back into it, prompting the crowd to up the atmosphere by a decibel or 10. Scurll managed to lock in the chickenwing after reversing a pin but Dieter just got to the ropes. As Scurll went for another chickenwing, Axel Dieter locked in a submission of his own, which Scurll eventually submitted to. ****¼

Jurn Simmons came out to face off with Dieter after the match and tombstoned him shortly after. Incredible show!

Final Word: This was my first time watching a lot of the wXw roster & I was completely blown away by some of the talent the promotion has to offer. This was a great debut show for the German promotion, due to the large amount of success, I expect they’ll be getting a wider fanbase as they tour more.

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Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.

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