Revolution Pro Wrestling: Epic Encounter review (by @RobbieRadford)

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An eight match supershow put together by RevPro made for an electric night at the famous York Hall venue.
RevPro undisputed tag championships: CCK (Chris Brookes and Travis Banks) (c) defeated Sami Callihan & Martin Stone (***¾)
Jay White defeated Angelico (***)
Hirooki Goto defeated Zack Gibson (***¼)
Hiromu Takahashi defeated Marty Scurll (****)
Undisputed British Cruiserweight Championship: Josh Bodom defeated Will Ospreay (c) (****)
No Disqualification: James Castle defeated Sha Samuels (*¾)
British Heavyweight Championship: Zack Sabre Jr defeated KUSHIDA (***½)
The Elite (Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson) defeated Shane Strickland, Lio Rush and Ryan Smile (*****)
RevPro undisputed tag championships: CCK (c) defeated Sami Callihan and Martin Stone
A fantastic opener, CCK are very quickly, if they weren’t already, becoming one of the best tag teams around. All four men had their own individual styles to offer in this match and it made for a stellar tag match. I don’t think anybody really expected Stone and Callihan to dethrone CCK however there was a plethora of false finishes that had you on the edge of your seat. CCK eventually picked up the victory, much to the delight of the crowd. After the match, Martin Stone cut a promo before he was attacked by his tag partner, Sami Callihan. Looking forward to that one.
Jay White defeated Angelico
This was a good match but not much better than that. The match wasn’t sloppy or slow, it just didn’t particularly connect with the crowd. White looked really good and has a solid career ahead of him if he sustains his current level of skill.  Whilst the match itself was nothing to write home about, both Jay and Angelico did their best to get the crowd into it. What might have helped is if they performed in front of a crowd that really knew who both men were and what they could do.
Hirooki Goto defeated Zack Gibson
I had this noted down as the potential sleeper match for match of the evening. Liverpools number one matching up with Goto felt so surreal, especially when Gibson cut his promo that received heavy boos (as always) and Goto had absolutely no idea what was going on. Goto was outstanding, in my opinion, he’s the most underrated worker around at the minute. Some really good back and forth action, Goto looked the better of the two but the match worked so well. Gibson bumped the referee and reached for a car stereo to attack Goto with but Ospreay, who studied the match from ringside, intervened and it lead to Goto picking up the victory with his brutal looking GTR.
Hiromu Takahashi defeated Marty Scurll
A battle between two very flamboyant, charismatic superstars certainly made for an… Epic Encounter. Takahashi being Takahashi, licked Scurll’s umbrella, only to be obliterated with it moments later. Lots of really cool sequences and moves from both men. The tempo of the match constantly changed, especially as the match spilled to the outside for at least 2 minutes. After the match returned to the ring, Scurll locked in his infamous chicken wing submission but Takahashi managed to reach the ropes. Takahashi then replied with his 3 moves of doom, so to speak, which looked absolutely devastating, leading to a hugely impressive victory for the Jr Heavyweight Champion.
Undisputed British Cruiserweight Championship: Josh Bodom defeated Will Ospreay (c) 
Ospreay vs Bodom was always going to deliver, both hugely talented wrestlers and this didn’t disappoint. As a heel, Bodom is incredibly easy to dislike and as an injured face, Ospreay sold incredibly well, especially when he took a sickening top rope bump really early on. As Ospreay looked to be carried away by officials, Bodom stopped him and medical staff in their tracks with a perfect moonsault from the top rope to the outside. A brilliant contest in which Bodom focused his attacks on the heavily injured back of Ospreay allowed the self-proclaimed King of Bros to dominate for the most part. As Ospreay looked to get back into it, Gibson got his revenge, distracting Ospreay enough for Bodom to land his Bliss Buster for a stunning victory.
No Disqualification: James Castle defeated Sha Samuels
The less said about this the better. A match that had been coming for some time as Andy Quildan succumbed to the pressure of the cockpit RevPro crowd a week prior and set this match to be a No Disqualification match. There was a few chair shots by both men, then Samuels hit a great moonsault to the outside, the action returned back into the ring where Castle won with a big boot when Samuels was ready to hit Castle with another chair. The crowd really weren’t into it and overall it goes down as the worst match I’ve seen in person.
British Heavyweight Championship: Zack Sabre Jr defeated KUSHIDA
This was a weird match. Sabre Jr is a great wrestler, not on KUSHIDA’s level but he can really go, this match was so strange. As Dan from Rock Bottom Radio joked, it’s almost as if he’s contracted to work 45 minute hold-for-hold matches at York Hall. This match was great in parts and woefully dull in the other. Both men produced some smart, beautiful transitions and grapple sequences at times, reviving the noticeably quiet York Hall crowd during this bout. It felt like we’d been short changed when, after a really unnecessarily lengthy match, Sabre Jr won via roll up. KUSHIDA did receive ‘please come back’ chants, I just think he’d be way better off being paired with somebody like Kyle O’Reilly, Ospreay or even Bodom at York Hall.
The Elite defeated Shane Strickland, Lio Rush and Ryan Smile
Anticipation had been bubbling away all day waiting for the main event. Lots of debuts were made in this match. Omega was welcomed to the ring like a king returning to his throne, the crowd reaction for him was deafening. The match itself was outstanding, lots of fantastic spots and sequences with lots of crowd participation and fun moments. Every competitor had lots of offence in, although the focus was on The Elite from the crowd. Lio Rush looked like a total star, his speed, agility and in-ring ability continues to improve. Plenty of false finishes and the incredibly noisy atmosphere made this match perfect for both the competitors and the crowd. ‘This is awesome’ chants reverberated around York Hall as The Elite picked up an incredible victory with a double Meltzer Driver. Outstanding, the best, funnest match I’ve ever witnessed, an absolute treat to watch all six men. Perfect. I called this ‘my 5 star match’ meaning others may not agree but the occasion, atmosphere, the match itself all contributed to it.
Final Word: An outstanding show if you discount the No DQ match. All the New Japan talent looked great, they really are on a different level. The 6 man expectedly stole the show but every match is well worth watching.
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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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