I am starting this review off just as I get home after going to the event, I don’t know when it’ll be finished and you’ll be sat here reading it because I need to be up early to go to work and it takes me forever to write it. Why I’m saying this is because I tried to go and have a shower before bed but was way too excited so even if I’m half dead at work tomorrow I need to sit here and write a little bit about the night.
Pro Wrestling Pride returned to Plymouth once more for a sell out show. They absolutely deserved to have a sell out show as well.
House of Bones vs Chris Andrews / Adam da Silva / Darren Saviour
Winners : HOUSE OF BONES
Have I mentioned that I have fallen in love with the very cheerful Lomax? Dude is the life and soul of House of Bones. There was no grand speech telling us what we SHOULD be doing from the UK Dominator so Lomax and his cheerful attempts at killing people made the match from their side. The more he is destroying people the happier he is.
Team of Andrews, da Silva and Saviour had no chance really. They started off strong just to end up being dominated by House of Bones. Really enjoyed the match, it was a lot of fun and a good opener for the night. I do like seeing the bad guys be bad guys though. I know I’m such a cliche and love a bad boy but House of Bones just do it so well. At one point I thought they might have killed Darren Saviour, OK maybe not killed him but he looked a little dead. Plus the longer the match went in their favour the more cheerful Lomax was. Win-win for me.
When Andrews got in nearer the end I have to admit to enjoying watching him throw people around. I’m a sucker for that moment when two guys back up into each other and realise they’ve just backed up into the guy they are fighting, Andrews vs Lomax is a match I really wanna see. Mainly because I want to see if Andrews could throw Lomax in any way shape or form. Not many people can match the brute strength and power of Lomax but you have to think in a one-on-supposedly one match it wouldn’t go all Lomax’s way, after all Andrews is the Devon Powerhouse. After that it was kind of over in a flash.
Loved the match though, I’m not allowed to pick 6-man tag matches as my favourite but if I was allowed to this would have been the match of the night.
Plus, seeing I made such a fuss last time out, have to say I was so impressed with how Vixen was used at ring side. Maybe the wrong way to say it, I was impressed by Vixen full stop. I moaned about her usage and this time out she actually was part of the team for all intents and purposes. Whereas the last two times she’s kind of just been there and then used for the jokey kiss at the end this time her presence was constantly felt at ring side and it felt like the other team were outnumbered. Her back and forth with Darren Saviour was a highlight of the night, him trying to move her back away from him using his foot and then her stopping him from breaking up the three count by grabbing hold of him (plus the exchange afterwards) were all brilliant. It made House of Bones seem more of a threat and brought her into the match in a much more useful manner.
OK I admit it I’m talking a load of nonsense but I really like Vixen and I love House of Bones and kind of just wanted THIS all along. The three guys as well as being quite funny at times are bad ass, she looked the part but kind of failed to make a impression. This time out she was more bad ass then the guys. I just loved it. I’m so happy I’m even able to write that. I’ll stop moaning now.
Also House of Bones and Chris Andrews probably have the best music out of everyone.
Keizer vs Rockstar Spud
Winner : ROCKSTAR SPUD
Do you think that Keizer knows the world is ending next week? He didn’t seem his normal depressing self at all. I mean he was still pretty miserable, he still doesn’t actually know how to dress himself, and he still needs to pull his trousers up a little but there was something missing which made me sad because I genuinely am always happy to see Keizer.
I found the match a little dull if I’m honest. I mean fair enough that could be because there was a lot of action outside the ring being a No DQ match but even in the ring it didn’t do much for me. I don’t even know what it is, sitting here only hours after watching it and I don’t remember much that really happened. I do remember it took people forever to move a table to ring side, put the table down and announce no tables were being used for it to then be brought into the ring moments later.
I guess the whatever was missing from Keizers pre-match droning on about the world ending was also missing from his match. I wouldn’t say he was the greatest wrestler I’ve ever seen but as I said above I actually love watching Keizer but he just kind of lost his sparkle. Or… Not really a sparkle more like a grimy texture that looks like sparkles.
Then again I’m also not a fan of Rockstar Spud, not because I dislike him just because I’ve hardly seen him wrestle. I stopped watching TNA before he came into it and never really got back into it.
Just a very forgettable affair. The No DQ stuff was wasted on the match and the match itself was wasted on the No DQ stuff. I haven’t seen Keizer since he was gored back in December by Rhino so was really looking forward to the match and came away a little disappointed.
Scotty Essex vs Tajiri vs Ultimo Tiger (c)
CATCH DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Winner : SCOTTY ESSEX
How do I feel?
Very sad that Tiger lost the Catch Division trophy.
Pretty happy that Scotty is champion.
Its horrible when you support two guys going at it for a championship. I think the sadness wins out over the happy feelings because Tiger is just a wonderful champion. Plus he is the Thundercat, there is much love for him in my family and we all left very sad that he’d lost. He’ll bounce back though and it won’t be long before he climbs back to the top and wins back his trophy.
As I’m not allowed 6-man tag matches as my favourite THIS match is officially the match of the night even though what I say next might sound odd with that in mind.
I have tried to think of a way to describe how I felt about the match, which I want to emphasis was bloody brilliant, and the only way I could was to describe it as such. It was like a book of short stories. Even though it was all one book it felt like there was a obvious end to THIS story or THAT story and a start to the next. As such it felt kind of off. I guess the reason for it was because they did have Tajiri in the match too and you obviously want to give Tiger and Essex time in the ring against someone like him but it just didn’t flow neatly. Tiger never felt like he really got going and after saying I doubt that Essex would ever not surprise me to be honest he was kind of tame himself.
Somehow it worked though and I guess it worked because of the guys in the match. Scotty’s personality takes over the room when he walks out, he played the part perfectly to start off with giving Tiger and Tajiri the ring and deciding to sit it out, it went on a little too long when you realised that Tiger and Tajiri weren’t going to start till he got in the ring but he built up a instant wordless interaction with Tajiri that was just fun to watch all match long. You knew from the moment Tajiri chucked a towel or whatever it was at Scotty that he was gonna get a face full of green mist at some point. I said Tiger didn’t really get started and I stand by that, what he did in the ring was great but you got the feeling very early on that it was Essex’s night. Tajiri was everything you’d expect and was fascinating to watch up close.
It was sad. I cheered then realised that Tiger wasn’t champion any more and hoped that someone was going to give him a hug at some point because it was sad. The match managed to be both disjointed but extremely bloody brilliant. Scotty as champ is interesting and I can’t wait to see Tiger come back from two big defeats. He’s still a champion to me.
I got in the damn ring and got my photo taken with Tiger, Andrews and Spud. OK so the longer story of that is that my friend was gonna go in and get her photo on her own then me and Christy were going to go in together as Christy doesn’t like doing things like this on her own, unfortunately Ros had a fanny attack just as she was paying and we had to do it together hence me looking like I just don’t belong in the photo.
It took me about 5 minutes to draw the terrible chibi Tiger and colour him. Christy had attempted to make two banners for Tiger leading up to today and one got ruined the other wasn’t going to dry in time so I drew the chibi Tiger and Go Tiger Go and her mum put glue everywhere and let her throw glitter on it.
I also forgot to go and get my tickets to Newton Abbot sorted out because I’m a idiot.
Cy Gregory vs Eddie Ryan
Winner : EDDIE RYAN
Eddie Ryan got beat up and I was sad. He did end up winning but he did get beat up a lot.
Before I talk about the match (oh and note to Pete : no cape just a Plymouth Argyle shirt not that you know what that is!) I am so happy that the people behind me ALSO thought that Cy Gregory looked a bit like Triple H. Actually to be honest I was looking at him thinking who does he remind me of before the guy started to say it.
There was a lot of beating up Eddie Ryan and focusing on his knee. I’ve said it before that Ryan has one mean kick on him so it was the smartest part of his body to focus on. Gregory is a monster, in a good way, and I’m not actually sure how Ryan won. Honestly all I remember of the match was him being beaten up, there was a lot of playing to the fact that Eddie is from Plymouth and it was rather sad that Gregory had him in the ropes over on our side of the ring shouting at him to scream. My niece was very kind and gave me a hug and told me not to cry because she’s sure the Lion will beat him in the end, she was chuffed to pieces when he DID win and told me I was silly for not believing in him. Just so you know I wasn’t crying or about to cry. Just thought I’d make that clear. I was extremely disappointed in myself for not having faith in him to get the win. I’m sorry Eddie. It won’t happen again.
It was a good match, only being beaten by that pesky Catch Division match. I really liked Gregory even if he was beating up my favourite. You can tell it was a good match by the fact that it felt like it was over a good 5 minutes too soon. I always feel like I’ve made things up in my head when watching Eddie Ryan but I’m pretty confident in saying he fly outta the ring at one point, something I honestly never thought I’d see him do so pretty sure I probably dreamt it up again. Recently, as in the last three shows I’ve seen him in, I’ve felt like every time I see him wrestle he’s doing something completely different from the time before. Honestly its like watching a different person in the ring each time. That might not make sense, this is the person that pretty much admits to possibly day dreaming up extra parts of his matches between the time it takes me to write something down and seeing it, but really every time he seems to just be a different person in the ring. Regardless of whether I’m talking out my backside or not I like it. Which seeing I’ve probably made it up is OK.
Billy Gunn vs Big Grizzly Steve Griffiths (c)
PRO WRESTLING PRIDE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Winner : BIG GRIZZLY
Before the match started we got to hear from Billy Gunn which was one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard. Loved him talking about Grizzly looking like he’d eat people, I say that all the time! He does look like he’s going to eat people.
Match was alright. A little slow I guess. Other then the fact that Billy Gunn was in the match it didn’t feel like a main event. It was great seeing Gunn in action, I love tag team wrestling as I’ve said before its my favourite division and the New Age Outlaws were one of the reasons I loved it so much. Personally though it didn’t have much magic to it. Grizzly was great and so was Gunn but it lacked a bit of chemistry. Especially coming off of two matches that were really good it felt just OK. Not that its a bad thing, every time I see one of these guys shows they raise the bar so OK for them is way above average anyway.
I mean it was special because its not every day you get to see someone like Billy Gunn in action live, plus the fight spilled out of the ring and I got to see it up close and personal as it happened right next to me. A little like the triple threat though it felt a little stop/startish. Unlike the triple threat it made the match drag.
Course none of that mattered after the match ended and Saime Sahin showed up. I will be honest and say looking back at it I might have still just been upset that Saime had got injured and hadn’t been able to have his match. He’s got his match in Exeter which I now can’t wait for.
Meet and Greet
I can’t go another word without thanking the guys at the meet and greet from the bottom of my heart. Even though I was actually lurking behind my mum and my niece so didn’t actually hear or see whatever was going on, everyone bar Billy Gunn made her night! Billy Gunn tried to cheer her up but just scared her even more. I mean she was in literal tears because Billy Gunn terrified her but the second she got to Scotty in the main meet and greet line she calmed down. Scotty Essex is a angel, I did want to remind my niece that at one point she wanted to “kick him in the peanuts” because he was mean to Tiger but I thought better against it. He let her hold the trophy and was just lovely and she went from crying to happy in seconds. All the guys were great with her though as she was extremely nervous and Billy Gunn actually gave her a nightmare. She hasn’t stopped talking about Tiger and Saime and thinks Keizer is silly. She’s also determined that because I’m older then her mummy I will take her to Exeter even though her mummy said no. That would be a no.
This might actually shock some people but I actually showed bravery, remember when Amanda once said that I was a dragon slayer? I slayed dragons. If you don’t know what I’m talking about it was one of her daily challenges back on the 4th January where she used me as a example whilst talking about bravery. Its important for me to point this out because even though most people who view this particular post will be here for the wrestling I am the mental health blogger and as always I feel its important to talk about break throughs and stuff.
I guess skip this paragraph if you don’t care about it cause I’m gonna post it anyway. I think I got my mind so set on getting my photo taken with Scotty, Eddie and Tiger that nothing, not even my niece getting upset and my mum moving off down the line with her could sway me, it just motivated me more TO do it. Or maybe its just nerves wearing off because I’ve been around them at two meet and greets now. Who even knows where I found the courage to give a death glare at Billy Gunn for moaning about my t-shirt and making me point out Tiger to him, and vaguely after being way too close to Eddie Ryan I remember talking to Darren Saviour. So I apologise to Eddie Ryan who apparently attempted to talk to me but I was too busy trying not to say something stupid… Like just about anything that would have come outta my mouth after asking for a photo. I apologise to Darren Saviour because I don’t actually know what I said to him but most importantly I apologise to Keizer who talked to me and I didn’t hear him so asked him to repeat himself but before I could reply I got a shove from Roz-a-Doz. The problem is when you suffer from social anxiety your brain turns off in crowds of people or when talking to people in general so I very rarely make sense (which starts the vicious circle off again because when I DO talk to people I tend to sound like a idiot because I forget how to speak so then the PARANOIA kicks in that I’m going to sound like a idiot which makes me not want to talk to people….)
That being said because Christy gave Tiger my drawing I couldn’t even look at him, I think I just stuck my poster in his face to sign then walked off without saying a word to him or looking at him. I got my picture with Scotty and Eddie though. I fail at life in general, don’t judge me too much. Such is life. Its progress though. Next time I’ll get a photo with Tiger. I think it goes to show that you do just need to set your mind to something like this and remember that its the memory afterwards that counts. At the time its hard to remember through the pain (and I would like to point out I might be smiling but I was in a lot of pain) that the pain goes away but having your photo with someone or talking to them or whatever it is you are doing will stick with you. I already can’t remember the pain but I’ve had a stupid grin on my face all day remembering that I got the photos. Heck they are my phone backgrounds at the moment!
Still not as good as Christmas Chaos which is probably just going to be my favourite thing I’ve ever done. I mean I got to meet Rhino and that is just so cool, I have bugged people to take me to one of the shows he’s doing with them in a few weeks time but either they are working or just don’t want to.
What do you lot usually ask me at the end of reviews?
Match of the night was the triple threat, again even though after how I described it you’ll probably wonder why it was you just had to see it. Ultimo Tiger and Scotty Essex on their own are event stealers add in Tajiri and it was always gonna be a good one.
I brought three more DVDs but that was about it.
As I said above for Pete’s sake there was no Eddie Ryan in a cape to talk about so don’t bother asking.
I grew up watching both Billy Gunn and Tajiri so it was bloody awesome seeing them live then at the same time they didn’t quite have the impact on me as Rhino or the Hurricane did. I guess those two are just higher up my favourite list or whatever, then again I absolutely adore Robbie E and kinda didn’t get too excited about him in Taunton either.
And before anyone points it out yes I know that I have named nearly every single one of the regular guys that I see every time as my favourites. If you saw them wrestle you wouldn’t be surprised. If there is one thing these guys do better then the other shows I go to its interacting with the crowd. They really make you feel like you want to get involved and cheer them. I mean don’t get me wrong I’m a hard sell anyway because of my anxiety but so very often I nearly get out of my chair to cheer some of these guys on or I find myself on the verge of booing someone or some such. That kind of runs through the company in general and it feels like a real community no matter where you go to see it, which wrestlers are there or what they are doing.
Best moment of the night was Saime showing up. I said in the Taunton blog that I only really went to Undisputed to see Saime and Eddie Ryan in a tag team match (well a six-man tag team match with Tatanka) and was kind of heart broken that Saime got hurt, when they announced he wouldn’t be in Plymouth I just didn’t really care for life any more (that is hyperbolic language, my mental state has been fine since the end of January) so him showing up was the best thing ever. Who doesn’t love it when Saime shows up? Steals the show in seconds? Then gives my six year old niece a hug?
I shall be at the Exeter show, already have my tickets safely put away in my wonderful Dragon Ball Z wallet that I realise I never mentioned I actually brought…. It has nothing to do with wrestling I know I’m sorry.
Next event : Dream of Glory – Exeter, February 21st
They deserved the sell out crowd and more then a pat on the back for the event. All the guys involved are amazing and deserve all the praise in the world.
One last apology is that I’ve written way too much so anyone who read the WHOLE THING deserves a cookie. I’d make you one but by the time I e-mailed you it and you printed it out unless you have a 3D Printer/cooker it would taste rather papery and I don’t know any of you people so I won’t be taking cookies to feed to people just because they read all 3000 words of my ramblings. But you deserve one, so go out and make/buy yourself one. As always leave comments and stuff in the comment section below, I look forward to my usual tortured conversations with James, Pete and whoever else wants to join in making me look like a idiot this time out.
Oh and one last thing as Amanda had a great conversation with someone on Twitter last month. I AM a adult. Yes this is a funny declaration to make but someone honestly thought I was a teenager and she got bored of arguing with him. I am humbled by this but no. This year I do turn 27 so am very much a adult and not a teenager even if I act/sound/look like one. I go to the wrestling with my mum as she’s the person who brought me up watching it, plus I have no friends really. I have three down here and two of them HAVE been to wrestling with me (Ros all the time and Fiona last month) and the other (Luc) doesn’t wanna go. Plus I really don’t use @Geek__Mind very often as I have my own Twitter which we have pointed out on many parts of the blog so please if you have any questions leave them below, leave them on my author page which you can find under the about page (with links to ALL my social media places) or tweet the right person as Amanda WILL ignore them or send you in my direction. Thank you.
Oh and one actual on topic point (truly if you want a cookie and have lasted this long I will make you cookies) we now have a wrestling hub (along with our anime one) which you can find by pressing “Wrestling Hub” above in our menu bar or on the side bar. At the bottom of that page every month I get to pick my wrestler of the month (male, female, tag team) and match of the month (Pete does his own I just do it for the local companies) and not surprisingly seeing I wouldn’t shut up about how good he was Ultimo Tiger was man of the month for January after his match against Kenny Omega (that match was also match of the month.) The chance of us announcing it being changed is slim so keep a eye on it the end of each month. I’m only going to this show and the Exeter show as can’t travel to the others so already got 50% of this months choices in. Just for fun though so don’t expect world class analysis. World class sarcasm and nonsensical ramblings sure.
Now go and eat your cookie.