Published Wednesday, 20th May 2015

Man In The Middle 19/5/15

Following on from last week’s look back at the first Rev Pro event at York Hall, I want to take you back to the second York Hall event, known as Uprising 2013.

Following the huge success of “When Thunder Strikes”, Rev Pro fans expected something huge and what they got on that cold October night was even bigger than they could imagine.

As we had done in June, Rev Pro sold out the world famous building in London’s Bethnal Green with a mix of Britain’s biggest stars as well as the biggest names from around the world. Rev Pro was setting the pace for other promotions to follow.

In one of my favourite matches in Rev Pro history, two of the world’s best collided in a match that tore the roof of the building and left fans speechless. The returning Prince Devitt took on King Ricochet in a wild encounter that I simply can’t do justice to. Check it out for yourself at Rev Pro’s On Demand site. For those of you that have never had the experience of seeing Ricochet live, he returns to Rev Pro on June 14th to take on another huge New Japan star in Shinsuke Nakamura. That match may just be the most amazing match that Rev Pro has ever put on and that covers a lot of ground.

Also taking place at Uprising was the UK debut of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest star as Hiroshi Tanahashi took on Marty Scurll in a classic main event battle that continued the trend of show stealing main events that Prince Devitt and Jushin “Thunder” Liger had started six months earlier. Scurll took Tanahashi to the limit before falling to the former IWGP champion’s signature “High Fly Flow” splash. The loss here may have been the spark that lit the fire that would lead to Scurll becoming The Villain that we know today.

As stacked as the card was for Uprising, Rev Pro match makers decided that something extra special was needed to make it our biggest event to date. That something special came in the form of WWE Hall of Famer, Bret “Hitman” Hart. “The Hitman” made a rare appearance at ringside during the main event and even managed to lock Marty Scurll in The Sharpshooter to end the night on an incredible high.

I stood in the ring that night, alongside Andy Quildan as Bret Hart entered the ring and I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like it before or since. Both Andy and I were huge childhood Bret Hart fans and to stand in the same ring as “The Hitman” was truly a dream come true.  That night was such a magical night for everyone in the building that night as one of the true legends of professional wrestling graced a Rev Pro ring for the first time. For those who missed out at Uprising, Bret Hart will return to Rev Pro this September as we debut in Southampton.

Next week I’ll be writing about the New Japan connection, Colt Cabana and “The Icon” Sting!

I’ll see you from the ring…