Published Thursday, 16th October 2014

Man In The Middle: Uprising

October has always been my favourite month of the year. As a child I loved October because Halloween fell at the end of the month and I also love October because my birthday also falls in that month. October has always been a time of excitement and anticipation in my life and for the past 3 years, that excitement and anticipation has increased because of one word. That word is Uprising!

In 2012, Revolution Pro Wrestling put together the first Uprising weekender, two events held in Sittingbourne featuring such stars as Sha Samuels, Dave Mastiff, El Generico and the UK retirement of ECW Legend Jerry Lynn. That weekend was incredibly special for not only the company but the stars involved and the fans in attendance. Uprising 2012 set the tone for things to come.

The 2013 Uprising event built on what Rev Pro had started the previous year and put on what may be the best wrestling event I’ve ever witnessed as a referee or a fan. At a sold out York Hall in Bethnal Green, fans witnessed incredible matches and moments including Zack Sabre Jr vs. Davey Richards in a technical classic. Fans also bore witness to an incredible war between Ricochet and Prince Devitt as well as Marty Scurll taking on Hiroshi Tanahashi in a world class main event. If that wasn’t enough, Rev Pro brought the legendary Bret “Hitman” Hart to London for a Q and A, meet and greet and an appearance at York Hall. In one of the most incredible and magical moment of my life, myself and the 1200 people in York Hall that night witnessed Bret Hart give a wonderful speech to his most loyal fans before putting Marty Scurll in the Sharpshooter creating an indelible image in the minds of everyone who witnessed it. For Rev Pro, Uprising 2013 had raised the bar and showed why this company is Pro Wrestling At Its Best.

Now some people, myself included would think that topping these previous events would be a difficult task, however, Revolution Pro Wrestling, as it always does has put together a line of the world’s best wrestlers over two nights in London.

On October 18th, Rev Pro will present Uprising 2014 from our home at the York Hall. The announced card is unbelievable and features international dream matches, grudge matches and everything else in between.

Previous matches at York Hall have displayed amazing acts of high flying but none will compare to what will occur during the match between Europe’s best high flyer, Will Ospreay and former WWE Superstar Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne). I’m not one for clichés but someone needs to put air traffic control on notice when these two take to the skies. This is Sydals first UK appearance since leaving the WWE and I have no doubt that he will be looking to show fans why he is among the world’s elite.

From high flying we move to hard hitting heavyweights as “Big, Bad” Dave Mastiff takes on Bullet Club Member, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson. This match was originally scheduled for June but was unfortunately postponed. The four month wait for this one will mean that both competitors will be itching to get in the ring and show the other who’s boss. A classic case of the irresistible force vs. the immoveable object!

 

Rev Pro has always prided itself on its world class tag team division and at the previous two York Hall events; tag team wrestling has been taken to a higher level. One of the teams responsible for this upturn in tag team action will return to take on an unusual team in a first time ever match on October 18th. Irelands Jay and Patrick, known as 2 Unlimited have propelled themselves to the top of the UK’s tag team scene in 2014. Standing in front of them at York Hall will be the first time combination of Dragon Gate USA star, Rich Swann and former TNA World and X- Division Champion, “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” Austin Aries. Swann’s regular partner, Ricochet has unfortunately had to withdraw from the weekend but a more than suitable replacement has been found in Austin Aries. If you want to take a guess at what to expect in this one, you’re out of luck because this match will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and with the last minute addition of Aries, this match just got a whole lot bigger!

At the last Sittingbourne event in July, the Revolutionists made a clear statement when three of its members, Sha Samuels, Terry Frazier and Josh Bodom attacked Jake McClusky and gave him numerous, disgusting stink faces in the ring. As any wrestling fan knows, the stink face was popularised by WWE Great, Rikishi. At York Hall, the heavyweight Samoan star will bring his two closest friends in the form of Too Cool, Grandmaster Sexay and Scotty Too Hotty to even the odds for a six man tag team war. The Kartel and Bodom have run rampant over Rev Pro in 2014 but by raising the ire of Rikishi and Too Cool, may have bitten off more than they can chew.

Over the past 3 years, Rev Pro has formed a working relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling. That relationship has allowed Rev Pro to showcase such amazing stars as Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Prince Devitt, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Shinsuke Nakamura. This October, Rev Pro continues this tradition of bringing New Japans Superstars to the UK with the debut of one of Japans biggest stars, “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada. The man tasked with going to battle with Okada is himself one of the world’s finest wrestlers and one half of the Rev Pro tag team champions, Joel Redman. This match is very simply, a world class main event featuring two of the world’s very best young stars. Words cannot do this match justice, just be there!

Arguably the biggest match taking place on October 18th is an all British clash for the Revolution Pro Wrestling British Heavyweight Championship. This bout will see reigning champion, “Party” Marty Scurll defend the title against London’s own “The Guv’nor” Martin Stone.

Since winning the title from Colt Cabana this past March, Scurll has cemented his position as THE man is Rev Pro with wins over Kevin Steen and Kris Travis. Scurll formed the Revolutionists alongside The Kartel and Josh Bodom and the four have at one time or another held all the gold in Rev Pro this year. To say that Marty Scurll is having his most successful year yet would be an understatement.

Having returned to the UK in June of this year, Martin Stone wasted no time in reinserting himself into the title picture here in RPW. Stone, alongside his England’s Calling partner, Joel Redman, won tag team gold from the Kartel at our last York Hall event and then threw his name into the championship picture with a challenge to Scurll.

Martin Stone returned from America with a point to prove. He has returned to claim his place at the throne of British Wrestling and that throne is the British Heavyweight Championship. Standing in his way is the cocky, arrogant but extremely talented champion.

There are many pieces to the puzzle in this title match. What role will the Revolutionists play? Will Joel Redman aid his partner in standing up to seemingly insurmountable odds? Whatever the outcome of this encounter, I fully expect to see a war befitting the British Heavyweight Title at the biggest event of the year.

 

It would be easy to write about this event for pages and pages but there really is no need. The matches speak for themselves and I for one can’t wait for this year’s Uprising!

I’ll see you from the ring…