The Review, 4FW Present’s Global Takeover 13, May 6th 2017

By Ciaran James @TheCiaranJames

Pre Show Bonus Match – Sid Scala def. Lomaxx

Sid Scala made his debut for 4FW against the much larger but under utilised Lomaxx, the action was what to be expected from this type of match. Lomaxx dominated for long periods, overpowering and belittling Sid, the pint sized competitor however rallied and outsmarted the Bruiser. Sid rolled up Crusher for the surprise victory. The very likeable “Savvy” Sid Scala was a welcome addition.

The Saint def. Mega Pegasus

Saint’s original opponent MVP was an unfortunate cancellation just days before the show, this obviously left 4FW in a panic. To remedy the situation Pegasus was chosen as the replacement, the audience seemed uninterested from the word go. Saint who turned heel last December kicked his new opponent through the curtain, he then cut a promo about looking for real competition, and the segment was fine if it had ended here. Unfortunately we got another dose of Saint beating down Pegasus, if you’ve been to an Emersons Green or Portishead show then you’ve seen it all before. The Saint has never been better, since his turn his ring work and attitude is amazing, his super stiff style is great to watch. The 4FW veteran deserved better, he as usual was victorious.

Saime Sahin def. Dave Mastiff w/Lord Gideon Grey

The long winding feud between the absent Doug Williams and Saime Sahin continues, when the advocate of the British Ambassador Gideon attempted to remind us of the hostilities the tumble weed blew by. This time Dave Mastiff was chosen as another representative of Doug Williams, and at times it seemed the Black Country native was more over than Sahin. The match was fast and hard hitting, Mastiff is so agile for a man of his size he always impresses in the ring. Saime was his usual fun self, dabbing and goofing around, someone please remind him the issues with Gideon, Doug and now Mastiff are meant to be serious? I can’t imagine even Saime would be so happy chasing a former friend who viciously turned on him several months ago. The match was good but it seemed rush, Sahin got the win and continues his journey.

4FW Heavyweight Title Ladder Match – JD Knight def. Tiger Ali ©

Finally the evening and audience came alive for the next contest, the stipulation of the Ladder was added post MVP, most probably to make up for the fact that MVP cancelled. JD was over but Ali also had his supporters, where Ali is concerned you can only so long be a respected heel, eventually a turn comes when you’re getting cheers. The match was very good, this was easily JD’s best performance over the last 18 months, for Ali it was another title defence, and I did not expect the champion to lose here. Both controlled portions of the match and of course the ladder came into play as the contest grew longer, if the ladder wasn’t added I don’t think the contest would have been as good. The action really heated up when the competitors fought around ringside, it then spilled out into the audience, and the fighting through the audience spot has become a staple of 4FW title matches over the last year. Chairs and audience members went flying as JD & Ali hurled each other around the building, when the match resumed in the ring both were exhausted. As the contest built to its finale the inevitable run in from RJ Singh & Rishi Ghosh occurred, they at first had the upper hand before JD Knight overcame the odds and sent the heels flying. With the Kings and Ali laying at ringside JD climbed the ladder to secure victory and become the new heavyweight champion.

Hunter Brothers def. The Kings

What was originally scheduled to be a title turned into a standard tag team match, for some reason the Kings chose not to defend their belt, however the Hunters decided the match would be fought under no DQ rules. The match was good, it met expectations as once more the decision of adding the no DQ stipulation made an otherwise (we’ve seen it all before) match passable. The Hunters as always shone brightest, they are easily one of the most talented tag teams in the UK and Europe. What lets 4FW is the lack of tag teams and a division, the Bruisers have not been seen in 4FW since last June, Clarkeward rarely make an appearance, the champions only appear at the MECA. CCK, Modern Culture, Bowlarama, Brotherhood, Bird/Boar, Project Lucha, Steele Dragons, London Riots etc, these are only a handful of the tag teams that wrestle in the South West and beyond. On top of that the champions didn’t appear with their belts, yet they posted on Instagram claiming they just defended them! Continuity, continuity, it’s what makes wrestling work. The Hunters won.

Low Ki def. Mark Haskins

We then came to our main event, which I queried as I always think the Heavyweight Title goes on last, plus by doing that your own talent and title gets the rub. What we did get however was one of the best matches of 2017, after several months out of action due to injury Mark Haskins returned to 4FW, his opponent was world renowned wrestler Low Ki. The match was as expected phenomenal, when this was first advertised it was clear this was the main attraction. Both competitors started cautiously, the match was a slow burn for the first ten minutes as they felt each other out. The match then slowly took shape as they peppered one another with kicks and chops, this was like watching KENTA in his NOAH days, and the action was brutal. The match went to ringside as they threw each other into sections of the barricade, both also took turns with their patented dives to the outside. What was most strange about this contest was the lack of support for Haskins, he is one of the best talents on the UK Indy scene and has performed for 4FW many times at the MECA. Haskins worked the leg of Low Ki for long periods, he grounded his opponent and locked in variations of a Boston Crab and the Sharpshooter. As Low Ki was prone on the mat Haskins rolled through and hit is impressive Death Valley Driver/Made in Japan for a near fall, as Haskins looked to be set on winning Low Ki rallied. As they were both near the corner turnbuckle Low Ki got free of Haskins grasp, he kicked away his challenger and landed his viscous double foot stomp for victory.

Summary

Once more 4FW was saved by one very good and one excellent match, without the added stipulation of a Ladder and the main event this would have been a very mediocre 13th anniversary. The audience and atmosphere were at times worryingly quiet, they didn’t seem to know or care what was happening between certain acts. Talent cancelling or no showing events can of course derail any wrestling company, however with 4FW it seems to be a running trend. 4FW has done well to stand the test of time, but other companies within the region which have only been in existence for a few years have already surpassed them. The audience has become more demanding, they expect a certain type of calibre wrestler and or match, and they want characters to grow in front of them and to have simple yet intriguing storylines that connect events. 4FW has staying power, but if you want to still cater to ex WWE superstars and fans of that nature then sorry, the wrestling industry will pass you by.

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