Talk and Beans: El Camino – A Breaking Bad Movie

Episode #74 of Talk and Beans is on the highly anticipated movie from the creators of Breaking Bad, El Camino. The boys give their views on the movie including it’s usage of flashbacks, unique marketing material, returns and cameos, the stylistic approach that fans have come to love and if the movie hurts the legacy of the show or if it would have worked better as a series.

Plus, the future of Better Call Saul and if there is more room for other Breaking Bad spin-offs and pitching what they could be.

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VIDEO: 2018/19 Football Season Review | Goal Hanging | Rebellious Noise

Dan is Goal Hanging with Michelle and Mike to run through an incredible 2018/19 football season covering the major European competitions, the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup as well as the Nations League and the hot topics from the football world that took place from August to June.

The gang talk about changes in the transfer windows, managerial casualties, the impact the Nations League has had on international football, the need for a winter break, promotion and relegation to the Premier League as well as it’s neck and neck title race and much more.

Come along and goal hang with us for some laughs, pints and debate.

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We head to All Points East festival in East London to give festival goers a “Queue & A” about their favourite performances, the best food on offer and the festival’s atmosphere in our biggest episode yet. We also learn about the new “Festival mode” feature from Tinder, Attitude is Everything helping the disabled enjoy festivals, get into random conversation about the planet and drink plenty of beer in the sun while talking to a record number of guests including our competition winners!

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Talk and Beans: WWE Money in the Bank 2019 (feat. The IIconics interview)

Episode #72 is the one where we cash in our first ever Money in the Bank episode and talk about our thoughts on who won the two briefcases, the women’s division needing more opportunity to grow and the state of wrestling in general with the Wildcard rule, 24/7 Championship, AEW around the corner and more. We also speak to Peyton Royce and Billie Kay of The IIconics about how they met and the frenemy relationship they had whilst growing up together.

Plus, Tom is shocked by a change of heart that Scott has had after being caught up in a “Falls count anywhere match” on Raw.

 


Talk and Beans: Game of Thrones – Season 8 (Opener & Predictions)

Episode #70 is the one that’s nearly two years in the making as we take a look at Episode 1 of Game of Thrones Season 8 and make our predictions for who will sit on the throne in the finale.

We talk about the parallels between the first ever episode and the final season opener, the use of horror scares, hints of a merciless Dany, getting the Targaryen secret out quickly, the hidden comedy guest star and discuss where the best place to live in the Seven Kingdoms would be.

Plus, planning a GoT Christmas special and a ridiculous amount of songs, tangents and impressions including “Now, That’s what I call Little Finger” the album.

 

 


Why the G1 Supercard was the best thing to happen during Mania Week 2019

There have been alternative event options for wrestling fans during Mania Week for years now and while I’ve always enjoyed the scene outside of the WWE bubble, nothing has ever personally tempted me away from a WWE event on the occasions that I’ve made the trip across the Atlantic…. until this year.

When it was announced that Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling would be joining forces to run Madison Square Garden over Mania Week it sent shockwaves through the wrestling world for obvious reasons. This was a statement that made wrestling fans, talent and organisations sit up. It’s a well known fact that Madison Square Garden is considered to be the spiritual home of WWE and the company have had a tight grip on the venue for decades, one that even Billionaire Ted couldn’t pry loose. The Garden had not seen a wrestling show that wasn’t promoted by a McMahon since November 14, 1960 and that leads us to the first reason why the G1 Supercard was the best thing to happen in wrestling during this week’s festivities.

Madison Square Garden

As I’ve already mentioned, the “Worlds most famous arena” is synonymous with the McMahon empire but it’s not only that fact that makes booking this venue significant. The sheer size of the venue and therefore clear ambition from the promoters involved really says something about the state of professional wrestling in 2019. If the G1 Supercard had been booked at the Staples Center, Allstate Arena, Barclays Center, TD Garden or any other venue of similar significance or capacity then it would have been a huge accomplishment as well, but to have the first of it’s kind be at Madison Square Garden…that is what you call a huge added bonus.
The significance of MSG isn’t just it’s ties with WWE though, it’s the fact that it’s the “World’s most famous arena”, something that is ironically drilled into the brain of every wrestling fan because of WWE. When I attended WrestleMania 29 one of the main things that I was excited to do was to go to Madison Square Garden for an event. Thankfully WWE ran their Hall of Fame ceremony at MSG and I was able to see the legendary Bruno Sammartino live and in person at the arena that defined his career. One thing stayed with me though and that was “that was great, but I’d love to see an actual wrestling show there some day”. I never thought that it would be a non WWE event and I’m sure most of the wrestling world would tell you the same thing, the decision for WWE to use the Barclays Center for Raw, Smackdown, NXT and the Hall of Fame really backfired in my opinion. I can understand that the company have built a relationship with the newer venue in recent years with their Summerslam weekends but it’s come at the expense of arguably their most valuable venue relationship. I had never been to Barclays Center until this years festivities and while it was a good experience, it wasn’t great. Madison Square Garden was great. From the far superior seating and cleanliness to the much grander hallways and even better service at the bar that included simple things like happier staff, smarter food/drink containers such as lids on beers and closed popcorn boxes on a convenient tray rather than a pizza on a polystyrene dish instead of a secure box. When it comes to venue choice, the G1 Supercard won by a long shot.

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All of this contributed to the incredible atmosphere in the venue on the night and we can not brush over the fact that the event sold out in an incredible amount of time with 60% of tickets going during the pre-sale and the rest selling out in just 16 minutes, another undeniable sign that the wrestling landscape is changing. We all knew that we were there witnessing something special, alternative and groundbreaking. Everything was set up for the talent to hit a home run. Production matched that of the arena size and we got to see special entrances, fantastic lighting effects and great audio throughout. Nothing felt out of place when it came to production from ROH and NJPW for this event.

Now, to be truthful… there were a lot of factors that helped secure the booking. Obviously when WWE are in town for the biggest wrestling event of the year it means the wrestling world are there as well. If the event ran in July then would it sell out? Would the event have worked if two organisations hadn’t co-promoted it, pulling their talent and resources together? Maybe not, but now that the show has been a roaring success and the scene continues to grow can they do it again or under different circumstances? Definitely.
That takes us to our next point.

“The WrestleMania of the independent scene”

When we spoke to Jay Lethal at the Festival of Honor, I described this event as the “WrestleMania of the independent scene” and Jay felt the same way as I described it as a better version of what the dying territories tried to combat WrestleMania with in the late 1980s with the infamous Superclash events. Without spending too much time focussing on what does and doesn’t qualify a promotion as an “indy promotion” it is worth mentioning that in truth, to lump these two co-promoters in with what is traditionally considered to be the independent scene is somewhat loose. Both companies defiantly and dominantly stand out on their own but share some values, stylistic approach and talent with the rest of the scene so therefore could be considered the standard and at the top of the hill when it comes to all promotions outside of the WWE bubble. Not only were ROH & NJPW being represented but we also were getting big names from CMLL and even a representation for the re-emerging British scene with Zack Sabre Jr defending his RevPro British Heavyweight Championship on the show as well.

I’ve always loved seeing championships being defended on cards that weren’t run by their respective home promotions, from the rarities of NWA titles being used in the WWF to the more recent examples like the ROH World Championship being defended at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11. I feel like it gives a sense of prestige to not only the championship but the event as it’s a reminder that the event and promotion you are watching is the place to be for the best in the world whilst also lifting that championship and therefore it’s promotion. The G1 Supercard captured this perfectly with phenomenal matches that saw defences of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, Women of Honor World Championship, IWGP Intercontinental Championship ROH World Championship, IWGP Heavyweight Championship. We even got to witness two winner take all matches that saw Jeff Cobb retain his ROH World Television Championship whilst capturing the NEVER Openweight Championship from Will Ospreay in a match that opened the main portion of the event in an exciting way that set the tone for the rest of the evening and saw the IWGP Tag Team Champions Guerrillas of Destiny also come away with the gold from both promotions as they picked up the ROH Tag Team Championships and kept their original titles by defeating Villain Enterprises, The Briscoe Brothers and Los Ingobernables de Japon in an incredible four-way tag team match.

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Dragon Lee defeated Taiji Ishimori and Bandido in an exciting high flying three way match for the previously mentioned IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship which gave the card that exciting international feel. Another honourable mention would be for the battle between the exciting Kota Ibushi and Tetsyua Naito who are both enjoying huge fandom at the moment and carry an incredible aura that definitely played a part in drawing in fans from around the globe who have yet to see either perform live but have followed their high profile work in recent years.

As mentioned previously we even got a RevPro title match, something that had also taken place at this years NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 but this time saw Zack Sabre Jr. face off against the legendary Hiroshi Tanahashi in a match that did wonders for the British grapplers aura and credibility to continue his rise up the ranks of New Japan.

The Supercard of Honor has been the most significant non WWE event during Mania Week for years and while TNA/Impact Wrestling definitely were in for a shout when they were undoubtably the second biggest wrestling promotion in the States their decline over the years helped the ROH mega show stay on top. Not even a Impact Wrestling/Major League Wrestling supershow could get me to even look at the card they had on offer so they certainly weren’t the place to be this year and they themselves would benefit from a working relationship with ROH and NJPW when it comes to this new version of the Supercard of Honor to elevate their talent and championships like mentioned previously.

The ROH World Championship taking stage at MSG

Ring of Honor’s main prize was on the line in a really fun triple threat ladder match that showed just how strong the ROH roster still is with the beloved Marty Scurll facing off against Matt Taven and the man going into The Garden with a target on his back, Jay Lethal. It was an incredible moment to witness the ROH title take it’s place on a stage like that. The championship has been defended in a number of well known venues around the world but none more iconic than Madison Square Garden and this match would be the first appearance of a non WWE branded World Heavyweight Championship at the venue since NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Harley Race faced off against WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bob Backland in 1980.

The impromptu press conference given to the media the day before the event by ROH COO Joe Koff helped cement the sentimentality of this moment as the memory of his childhood experiences were still fresh in our minds. The match helped sustain a great level of fan interaction as chants continued and the ring filled with ladders the audience’s attention was held throughout in a spot on the card that is sometimes hard to pull off successfully on such a long event but the three men involved certainly were up to that challenge.

Another thing that I spoke to Jay Lethal about the day before was how this moment was not only one of company pride and significance to the wrestling world but also a personal one for the defending champion seeing as he had grown up a half an hour drive away in Elizabeth, New Jersey and therefore the historic venue was his local major arena. Jay Lethal may have entered as the hometown favourite but we will get onto the result of this match and it’s significance when we come to one of our later points.

Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White

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Thankfully we were also gifted with the fact that this was a co-main event and that’s the next great reason this show stood out from the rest. It is without question that Kazuchika Okada is in the top 2 when it comes to wrestlers from around the world making a name for themselves outside WWE and while the recent resurgence in the non-WWE scene has brought plenty of that, I think it would be hard to find two more prominent stars than Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada. One of those on the rise in recent years is Bullet Club leader Jay White. The Switchblade and the Rainmaker had an incredible match at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 where we saw the New Zealand born White defeat the mega star that is Okada in what at the time felt like a shocking yet deserved step up for Jay White. This incredible moment was followed up shortly by the star capturing the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from long time hero Tanahashi to really cement his arrival at the top of the mountain. With the stage being set and the backstory to build the hype this match was set up to be a show stealer and it certainly was. Throughout the bout it seemed like either man could walk away with the title and the match was the perfect advertisement for those who haven’t yet taken the leap to see what is outside of the conventional wrestling show that they may be used to.

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Moments are what events aim to create and the night was jam packed with incredible action and moments to remember but perhaps none more than getting to witness Okada win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Garden. It was the perfect way to end an incredible night that will go down in wrestling history for it’s historical significance, fantastic performances and our next point…

Jaw dropping surprises

It wouldn’t be a good wrestling show without a surprise or two, or four or … I lost count. The pre-show set the tone when we not only got the shocking entries to the Honor Rumble from Jushin Liger and The Great Muta but a stand off between the two Puroresu legends as well. It would be the sneaky Kenny King that would “ruin” the moment for the two icons but realistically it was the best call, giving the fans that much more to boo him for whilst also having that glimmer of hope that one of the legends would leave The Garden victorious and having earned a future ROH World Championship shot.

The Women of Honor match between Kelly Klein and Mayu Iwatani also gave us a nice surprise when Klein became the first ever two-time Women of Honor Champion. The victory celebration didn’t last though as the new champion was subject to an attack from the former Beautiful People as Angelina Love and Velvet Sky would make their presence felt and just when it looked like Mandy Leone was going to even the odds we saw her join forces with the mean girls of wrestling to form a new group that we would soon find out to be called “The Allure”.

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The biggest shock of the night though has to go to the always controversial duo formerly known as Enzo Amore and Big Cass (now nZo and CazXL) which took place at the end of the four-way tag title match. This was an angle that in my opinion was perfectly executed because it made everybody question if what they were seeing was really what they were seeing. At first all I noticed was a scuffle by the ringside barriers and watched Bully Ray run down the ramp and act as protector for the locker room. It started to dawn on me that he had no real storyline connection to anyone who was still around the ring from the tag match and then I started to notice that Jay and Mark Briscoe were fighting on the same side of the battle and it started to feel more and more real. It soon became apparent that the two men causing all the commotion were none other than wrestling’s hottest free agent tag team. Say what you want about the team of Enzo and Cass (and the crowd certainly didn’t hold back) but as a team they have a stellar track record of creating a buzz and getting themselves talked about. I really enjoyed their run in NXT and obvious comparisons were made between them and the New Age Outlaws so when a call up to the main WWE roster came along everything seemed set in stone. Things didn’t work out in the end though and ever since both men left the company there has been talk about what they would do next with both of them constantly being in the wrestling world’s news cycle for one reason or another.

Once the “f**k you Enzo” chants rang round The Garden it was starting to become clearer, the stiff punches from Bully Ray and the Briscoes started to look like they had more of a theatrical swing on them then first noticed because of the connecting blows that were to follow those swings. Another thing that started to send my thinking the other way was memories of what I’d seen Enzo say in a recent shoot interview about purposely trying not to disrespect those performing in the ring when he pulled his ringside stunt at WWE Survivor Series. I know that not everybody in the business is going to get along behind the scenes but the thought that the man behind Bully Ray was legit fighting with two men he had some what passed the torch to on the Raw after Mania a few years back just didn’t add up. But doubtful thoughts continued to creep in… maybe this means nothing though and it was strictly business and this really was Bully Ray being locker room protector. That’s what was so great about this moment, it blurred the lines and got me excited to question what I was seeing. Helped by the fact that the cameras fed to the jumbo-trons wouldn’t show what was going on at ringside and the timing of it (all be it a tag match that saw a tag team run in) made sure to keep the illusion going.
Whether you agree with Enzo and Cass being in ROH or not, you cannot deny the buzz they created here. A moment that I feel deserves a lot more credit but may be brushed under the carpet more than if it was another tag team or hadn’t unfortunately coincided with another big run in that night down the road. Who knows what’s in store for these two and ROH going forward and if there actually is a future between the parties but the fact is it worked on the night and would continue to bring new eyes to the growing promotion.

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Other surprises would be some of the results that have already been mentioned. I did not expect to see Will Ospreay lose his title, I was even more shocked to see Marty Scurll miss out on becoming the new ROH World Champion and it was great seeing the returning Flip Gordon team up with Juice Robinson and Mark Haskins in the New York City Streetfight against Bully Ray, Silias Young and Shane Taylor. Perhaps one of the biggest shocks was actually the Dalton Castle situation, some may try their best to look at it as a squash for the former champion but I think it worked really well and didn’t harm him at all. Rush defeated a distracted Castle in under a minute which certainly shocked the crowd especially after Dalton Castle had entered with such focus and elaboration alongside The Boys. It would be The Boys who had the job of trying to calm down an embarrassed Castle but their efforts went unappreciated as the former champion snapped and took them out, it’s going to be interesting to see where things go from here.

What the G1 Supercard means for the future of Professional Wrestling

For me the G1 Supercard was everything that it needed to be. When it first got announced it sent shockwaves around the industry for all the right reasons. Some concern about selling out the venue may have always been there and the recent announcement and subsequent departure of talent to AEW certainly raised a few eyebrows considering both NJPW and ROH were home to many of the big names that would now be unavailable for this card. The strength of both rosters and buzz that the promotions had built themselves was enough to distract fans from those concerns though and that is something that most certainly showed on the night. I may have gone into the show with a slight hope that members of The Elite may show up for old times sake even if it was unrealistic, but once the show was in full swing and we were treated to other surprises and excellent matches I can’t even remember thinking about anything other than what was actually happening rather than that annoying wrestling fan feeling where you’re waiting for more even if you shouldn’t expect more. This is something that many big WWE events have struggled with in recent years to the fault of both the WWE themselves and fans allowing their expectations to be risen too highly because of previous events and knowledge of certain free agents and the wrestling rumour-mill.

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I’m confident that next year a similar feat will be on minds of executives from both participating promotions and the Yuengling Center could be the perfect venue for them in Tampa with it’s 10,000 capacity. The former USF Sun Dome has it’s own wrestling heritage such as several Saturday Night’s Main Event cards and the 1995 Royal Rumble having taken place there and hosting the UFC in 2009. Another option would be the Amway Arena in Orlando seeing as many wrestling fans seem to be planning to visit Orlando when going to next years Mania Week but that may be a little riskier to guarantee a sell out even though it’s capacity is closer to that of MSG because of the long journey from Tampa for those who don’t decide to stay in Orlando.
It seemed like WWE were unusually caught off guard without a back up plan and I can’t see them taking such a delayed response next year. We can hear reasons that the Hall of Fame and NXT were moved until the cows come home but nothing will convince me that it didn’t at least have something to do with the MSG show. I was glad that WWE didn’t try and compete by being stern with the date of their most Indy fan pleasing event because I wanted to see both shows and I think WWE knew that about their NXT demographic.
Will WWE be cautious next year or will they become ruthless and revert back to some of their more harsh tactics when it comes to competition? I would imagine that next year there will be even more enticing alternatives to the conventional WWE Package experience with this years G1 Supercard being a roaring success and AEW being fully in the swing of live events by next April.

The WWE Hall of Fame took the brunt this year, with tickets going for as little as $10 on StubHub in the run up to the event and I struggled to give mine away even though they had originally cost me $75 per ticket via the package deal. A combination of fans giving up on the HOF in recent years due to its length and this years alternative that actually felt important for the wrestling scene rather than just another Mania Week niche event to compete with. New Japan Pro Wrestling will be taking their next step into the western wrestling world soon when they host their first ever UK show at London’s Copper Box Arena and the momentum behind the G1 Supercard is sure to help Ring of Honor bring more fans to it’s Honor Club and help them secure bigger buildings throughout the US going forward. As for ROH in the UK there isn’t any news on a follow up to their most recent Honor Re-United show at York Hall that we covered but I’m hoping that the travelling British fans to Mania Week will also be there to help secure that next step for Ring of Honor in the United Kingdom as well.

The G1 Supercard has changed wrestling forever. You might not see all of its effects just yet but WWEMania Week, MSGROH and NJPW won’t be the same going forward and that’s the best thing a wrestling fan could hope for.


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Talk and Beans: NXT New York & WWE WrestleMania 35 (feat. Sasha Banks interview)

Episode #69 is our WrestleMania week special. Scott and Tom are joined by Dan to talk about about the biggest week in wrestling with Scott and Dan’s live experiences from New York and Tom’s back perspective from back home including KofiMania, the rumours of a botched finish, Raw after Mania losing it’s spark, Lesnar and Rousey in WWE, Bret Hart getting attacked at the Hall of Fame and Sasha Banks talks about who she would like to face from NXT UK and much more!

Plus experiences from the ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard and the subsequent run in from Enzo Amore and Big Cass.

 


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Scott and Terry are joined by Jamie to sample the Pie n’ Mash, go through it’s ingredients, prepare the meal and debate what expectations for a microwavable version of the cockney classic should be.

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Talk and Beans: Wayne’s World (Bromance Valentine’s Special 2019)

Episode #68 is this years Bromance Valentine’s Special and what better way to celebrate than by reminiscing the classic bromantic comedy duo of Wayne and Garth from the iconic Wayne’s World.

We talk about the things the film taught us growing up, the story behind the legendary Bohemian Rhapsody car scene, wanting to hangout at the Gasworks, the influence the film had on Austin Powers, memorable quotes and break down the Bromcom formula.

Plus, Scott has a bit of a thing for Rob Lowe and Tom imagines a world where Prince lets Cassandra join his band.

 

 


REVIEW: WOS Wrestling – York Hall, London (03/02/19)

Like many in attendance for the final show of the WOS UK Tour, this was going to be my first live experience of WOS Wrestling and while most of my questions were about how the show would translate from it’s distinctive television format, I was also just as exited to see the connection between the audience and the product.

SoCal Val Instagram Story WOS InterviewWe had been working the event before the doors opened conducting interviews with the likes of SoCal Val, Justin Sysum, Sha Samuels and Joe Hendry as well as filming an episode of the Queue & A with fans attending the meet and greet (videos coming soon to RebNoise.com). One of the biggest things that we got from the experience was how proud of the brand the talent were and that they felt WOS Wrestling had to be seen live to really get what they were all about. Was this just a bunch of hype for the show and attempts to boost live attendance for the next tour or was this a true sentiment?

We met a wide range of fans at this show and saw the vast appeal that WOS Wrestling has, from the die-hard indy wrestling fan to the father with a slight affinity for Professional Wrestling stemmed from his childhood but not holding out for much other than watching his son enjoy himself.

What came was a night where those fathers got unexpectedly lost in the moment, their son’s dreams came true and my personal favourite reaction that came from the seats in front of me as a guy with a thick European accent exclaimed “I’m a f**king wrestling fan from now, this is your doing” to his girlfriend as he waved his foam hand around trying to decide whether or not he wanted the heel or the babyface to pick up the win. If this isn’t a thriving example of British Wrestling then I don’t know what is.

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The presentation of the show had all the grandeur that the television broadcast offered, big budget production, promotional videos on screen and a larger than life experience crammed into a typically ‘indy’ venue. York Hall is one of the best venues for Professional Wrestling in the country with a history of fantastic shows from companies from all around the globe such as the recent Honor Re-United show from ROH to the legendary British Uprising events put on by the FWA in the early 2000’s. The historic venue feels like a great stepping stone for WOS Wrestling who I feel with a few tweaks would not look out of place in Wembley Arena if they could build a strong enough fanbase. You might think I’m being too optimistic considering the cancelled shows, some complaints over it’s edited presentation on TV and lack of a publicly announced plan for a Second Series but trust me – seeing WOS Wrestling live really is where it’s at for the promotion and it shows off the potential it has to move on to bigger and better things.
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As the show began you could tell that the production was a cut above the rest at this level as the promotional videos mentioned earlier really helped get those in attendance familiar with the storylines and the significance of each match. TV had certainly paid off as well as the crowd knew exactly who to boo and who to cheer for as soon as Alpha Bad appeared to face off against Joe Hendry and BT Gunn.

This first match set the tone for the night as it would display high intensity from all four competitors starting out with hard hitting enziguri’s and Kip Sabian being driven into the side of the ring apron showing us that there was some serious wrestling action on offer at what some would wrongly assume to be a dumbed down wrestling experience for kids. We also saw a clever spot where Sabian was resisting a sunset flip by remaining on his feet after the roll through which lead to him eventually falling into the pin but making a tag to Iestyn Rees who would then be able to break up the pin legally to then turn the attack round quickly in favour of his team to the surprise of the babyface team. The hard hitting action would round up as Hednry would catch a diving Rees leading to a kick and fallaway slam combination with BT Gunn.

The duo would celebrate their fourth Tag Team win of the tour but not for long as some seeds were about to be laid for a storyline that would continue throughout the night when RampageSha Samuels and CJ Banks came out and so did the camera phones. The dodgy trio would flatten Hendry and Gunn and the East End Butcher would take to the mic with a swaggered rant that could have been straight out of a hooligan movie. WOS Champion Justin Sysum would come to the rescue though taking out Samuels and Banks with a double clothesline and setting his eyes upon the former Champion Rampage before referees would separate the two rivals. The screens would then come in handy to display WOS Executive Stu Bennett whose omission from the tour had created a worry that the former WWE Superstar may not be with the company anymore so a video of Stu being involved in the tour’s storylines was a welcomed reassurance. Bennett would announce that he knew something like this may go down so he was going to be putting SoCal Val in charge in his absence. Val would then make her entrance and announce that we would be seeing a rematch from the Series Finale with Rampage facing off against Justin Sysum once again and added that Samuels and Banks would be banned from ringside which earned some cheers.

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SoCal Val was not done with the announcements though as she would then make a match there and then for Sha Samuels, going on to say “Are you ready to get wild tonight? Are you ready for a party?” as fans cheered along before she exclaimed “You can’t have a party without this guy…” as Grado’s music hit and the crowd exploded. The Scottish superstar waltzed around the ring to adulation and the match began continuing that high energy that had been set by the opener and the shenanigans previous.

Sha would attempt to German Suplex Grado to a roar of laughs as the former WOS Champion looked unimpressed that Samuels could not lift him further despite three attempts and then shouted “Come on, I’ve lost weight!“. Grado would soon take control and channelled his World of Sport predecessors by leading the fans into an “Easy, Easy, Easy” chant. Action would soon hit the ringside area as Grado encouraged a fan to take a swing at Samuels, who after the connection managed to take control again and berate the fan responsible and in true cockney fashion calling them a mug. Samuels would soon lose his brief advantage though as Grado ducked a chop and the East End boy’s hand met the ringpost.

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As the action spilled back into the ring we would see Grado continue to counter Samuels‘ efforts as a dive from the top rope was perfectly met with a Grado Cutter but the Scotsman could not capitalise and both men were down until a count of seven. The two men would get to their feet for Grado to then channel the energy of another Wrestling legend, this time from across the pond as he hit Sha with a series of punches ala the great Dusty Rhodes. The back and forth would continue and the end came as Sha Samuels countered another Grado Cutter by pushing his opponent into the referee with Grado stopping dead in his tracks trying not to hurt the innocent bystander, this lead to enough time for the local boy to hit his finisher on the distracted wrestler and pick up the three count. A fantastic match that did exactly what it needed to as Grado came off as the star that he is, one that is bridging the gap between the two World of Sport Wrestling incarnations and Sha continued to look like the villain that he is. Our interview earlier in the day with Sha Samuels revealed that he was excited to have his children in attendance that night and we would see Sha embrace them over the guardrail for a nice little moment after the match.
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Next up we saw another video package to enhance the match we were about to witness and that was Nathan Cruz vs Adam Maxted in a Ladder match. The match started out with a heavy punching duel before Maxted would be the first to attempt to get the ladder. We saw more evidence of the great exposure TV had given WOS and the fantastic use of pre-match promo packages when children screamed at the top of their lungs as the villainous Nathan Cruz chased down the unsuspecting Adam Maxted. It would be Maxted who ended up getting the upper hand on the ramp though as he blocked two suplex attempts and instead hit one of his own onto the unforgiving ramp. Maxted would then attempt to carry out his original goal as he walked the ladder back to the ring only to be once again surrounded by the deafening sound of concerned fans as Cruz made another rush to stop his former partner. The loud screams of concerned children might fool you into thinking this was somehow a childish pantomime type match but it was noting of the sort as the two battled in the most gruelling and arguably best match of the night with hard hitting action that really picked up when Cruz viciously threw Maxted into a ladder that had been set up against the turnbuckle. It was Cruz who would be the first to attempt to climb the ladder and retrieve the clipboard but he was soon pushed off of by a recovered Maxted.

Not long after it was Adam Maxted doing the climbing and would again become victim to a vicious attack as Nathan Cruz threw another ladder through the air to knock his opponent off of the one he had been climbing. After some more back and forth we ended up seeing Maxted take control once again but pander to the crowd about climbing the ladder for too long and pay the price by being pulled out of the ring just before he went for it. I realise that the entire purpose of this spot was to show that Maxted was too focused on the audience by going on for too long but it really, really went on for too long and was to an unrealistic length which sadly took me out of the moment. The unrealistic delay was the only minor downer on the match however and that’s a testament to how great these two worked together to pull off a fantastic match. The hard hitting action continued as Maxted would hit Cruz hard on the apron, only to dive back into the ring straight into a ladder being thrown with force into his face – a truly shocking moment that felt more like ECW than the WOS we’d seen on ITV (You need to see WOS Live) and it was at this point that the aforementioned non-wrestling fan to wrestling fan conversation seemed to take place in front of me with the line “I’m a f**king wrestling fan from now, this is your doing“, foam hand and everything. The tension would continue to rise in the building until the final moment when Cruz was caught mid climb by a fantastic leaping dropkick from the top rope by Maxted who knocked his opponent off of the ladder and would eventually climb it to pick up the win for himself as the crowd erupted.

We were set for a Triple Threat that almost became a one on one singles match until SoCal Val declined the sickie that Martin Kirby was trying to pull. Kirby complained of the sniffles and would set the tone as the cowardly heel and comedic fodder for the match as he begrudgingly stayed in the bout due to Val’s threats of a firing if he pulled out. His opponents would be the high flying Robbie X and one of the biggest names that WOS have acquired in Will Ospreay. I had never seen Ospreay live and he was the performer that I was most looking forward to seeing as it’s been a special couple of years for the Essex boy who has recently reached a new high with an incredible match at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 with Kota Ibushi in which he impressed us on the Talk and Beans Podcast by picking up the IWGP NEVER Openweight Championship.

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There’s been a lot of talk over the years about Ospreay’s style possibly becoming his downfall as well as the reason behind his rise but I feel that matches like this one are what will help the star remain at the top of his game for years to come. The match did contain what you would expect from the high flyers but as I mentioned before, this match had a huge comedic appeal as well which started off with a spot that would be used three times in various ways and was something that I have never seen in my life. Somehow a resistant band showed up and Ospreay decided to have some fun with it by getting Robbie X to hold Kirby over the ropes with his face hanging out of the ring as the Ospreay would walk further and further away stretching out the resistant band whilst Robbie held the other end over Kirby’s face. The anticipation was immense as Ospreay went further and further into the crowd climbing over chairs and would finally let go of the stretched out band which flew at speed towards the already “sniffly” face of Martin Kirby as the crowd roared in laughter.  The fun wasn’t over though as once clearly wasn’t enough when Robbie X and Will Ospreay decided to this time have it fly back and sting the butt of Martin Kirby, the Aerial Assassin taking on a whole new meaning. Three is the magic number though and this spot would enter it’s final act as Ospreay and Robbie started to pull the resistant band to opposite sides of the ring arguing over who would let it go until they pulled it all the way out of the ring on both sides and an unsuspecting Kirby walked right into the centre of the ring falling over the stretched out band. The crowd continued their laughter and the wrestlers continued the stretch until they let it go on the referee who was trying to stop the madness.

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From here on out the comedic routine was over and for those who were worried they weren’t going to witness what Ospreay was known for had their minds put at ease as the star would hit a variety of exciting attacks including a springboard double Pele-kick and some insane aerial attacks to the outside of the ring. The confident Ospreay would follow this flurry of attacks up by enjoying a Flair-strut to a chorus of woo’s. Osrpeay would stay in control hitting a flying forearm to Robbie X back into the ring. Robbie would soon get his share of the momentum though until a springboard was met with a hard hitting clothesline from Kirby followed by a sit-out Powerbomb. We would see momentum switch places a few more times until Will Ospreay finished things off with a devastating Storm breaker. A match of two halves and one that I thoroughly enjoyed with a comedic yet innovative start and a second half that had all the things you would expect from these three performers.

The interval came next and once again WOS played promotional videos in the background which was a really great addition to prevent an awkward dip in the noise at York Hall and also give those who didn’t need a drink or toilet break some extra background entertainment.

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The match assigned to get the butts back in seats and eyes back on the ring was a Singles match between Gabriel Kidd and Crater. It was a simple and short match that did what it had to do by getting straight to the point. Crater has been the ‘big bad mysterious villain’ on TV and clearly the pushing of such an angle had paid off considering just the appearance of his name on the screens caused an eruption of boo’s which was a good start to the proceedings. One odd thing with Crater’s entrance though is his music that loops far too quickly and just feels like an uncomfortable restart, I think he needs a more awe inspiring entrance that involves something different wether it be eerie effects or some sort of clear entrance routine to go along with a better music choice. In some ways I think the Crater character does exactly what it needs to do and that’s be a big mysterious villain for the kids but personally I would like to see more from the character as it seems a bit too basic for my liking with his entrance and ring gear being stand outs for ways I feel Crater could benefit from improving, which would bring distinction when it comes to the typical ‘big scary masked‘ guy vibe that I feel could be holding back the character’s full potential. Like I said though, the performance was a good one and helped bring attention back to the action and there were even a small group of older kids cheering Crater on which surprised me. Gabriel Kidd played his role well in this match also and finished it off by expressing shock as he stumbled into the big man’s Chokeslam and eventual three count.

A recap of the recent happenings in the Women’s division was played to get fans up to speed with what had recently been going on including the strange ‘hot potato-ing‘ of the WOS Women’s Championship on the tour which has caused most reporters to speculate who will still be a part of WOS going forward, with each title change convincing people they’re in the know. SoCal Val hit the ring to announce the newest member of the WOS Women’s Roster Katy Lees aka Chardonnay. The newly signed wrestler began to express her excitement on the microphone until Viper’s music hit and she made her way to the ring but her confrontation ended up being her downfall as she’s put into the match to now put her title on the line in a Triple Threat. Bea Priestley tries to get into the match after Viper attacks Lees with the contract and clipboard but Viper also manages to get control of the former Champion. Not long after that the two challengers do manage to take control by double teaming on the Champion but Viper comes back at them strong with a double crossbody to take both competitors out again.

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Although this match wasn’t the one directly after the intermission it still had a similar job due to the fact that the previous match was so short and there were still quite a few distracted fans to win back over. The three of them did well to do so and the match ended after Viper managed to hit Priestley with a Splash but failed to do so on the newcomer who then took advantage of a rattled Champion and managed to take her prized possession from her because of it. It was yet another title change on the WOS UK Tour and already felt like a devaluation of the title for me. I am all for the shocking debutant title victory but I can’t help but feel like it would have meant more if the Championship hadn’t now changed hands four times in just six shows. I do understand that the title wins would have given a great boost of excitement and feeling of relevance to each crowd on the tour, it also threw off a lot of reporters which I think is great but I hope that this isn’t something that will continue for the Championship going forward and that we can instead see a strong and meaningful title run for Katy Lees now. One other good thing is that at least the Championship has a nice bulked out history of former reigns in the record books. It’s going to be an interesting and exciting time as we wait to see what Katy Lees will bring to the division and what will happen with Viper and Bea Priestley because you can definitely see why the rumours are flying about them being in such high demand these days.

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It was now time for the Main Event and we were given another great promo package to wet our appetites. The crowd hadn’t been as loud during this second half of the show so I was hoping that once the payoff for the introductory storyline was hit that it would remind fans of what they had been waiting to see all night. Thankfully a fast paced start to the match got the excitement level rising as a back and forth between the two saw Justin Sysum take early control of Rampage with a sharp dropkick. Justin’s persona is one that has been used to win over the kids and be that hero they can look up to and we saw the genuine result of that through this match when kids were coming up to the barrier to be near their Champion and Justin would interact with them.

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The Superhuman would live up to his name when Rampage took too long on the top rope and was met by Sysum’s burst of incredible athletic ability as he leapt to the top and hit an explosive Superplex to the sound of cheers. Justin looked like he was going to hit a finish early on until Rampage reversed the effort only to then himself lose control due to a Sysum reversal also. The equal showing from the two helped establish the journey Sysum would have to go on to retain his title just like the portrayal of the mountain he had to climb in the finale of Series 1. Rampage would use more of his dirty tricks by pushing the referee into the Champion and then parading the Championship around to an orchestra of boo’s. The heel’s attempts would come back to bite him though as he went for a swing with the Championship but Sysum ducked it and hit his challenger with a discuss lariat. The Champion then followed this up with a pin attempt with the crowd counting away in unison beyond the three count but the referee was not able to join them. The downed official also gave room for an interference from CJ Banks but Justin was able to defend himself until Sha Samuels also hit the ring and took the Champion out and then propped him up with the help of his partner Banks to set up an attack from Rampage. Justin was already busted open above the eye and seemingly awaiting a Championship to the face at the hands of his rival but he ducked the attack and it was the East End Butcher taking the hit instead. Sysum rolled up the challenger but the referee still hadn’t recovered and it was another missed opportunity.

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Once the referee finally came to and was about to punish Banks he was struck by the wrestler and knocked out once again. This was too much for Grado who then ran to the ring to help the struggling Champion which was a moment that received one of the loudest cheers of the night but saw Rampage continue his dominance by taking out the loveable Scotsman. Justin was starting to come round though and flew out of the ring into the heels but their fellow bad guys in the shape of Alpha Bad were not far behind to once again add to the stack against the Wrestling Pride of the West Country. Thankfully for the Champion, Alpha Bad have enemies of their own and the winners of the opening match weren’t missing out an opportunity to repay the favour from earlier in the night to help even the odds once again. This would all lead to a mass brawl on the outside of the ring that abruptly came to an end when Justin Sysum leaped into everyone from the top turnbuckle to the outside. As the crowd caught their breath the brawl continued to the back and it was down to the two legal men once again. Rampage tried to get hold of the Championship once more but the referee was now able to stop him which lead to Justin Sysum running down the huge and elevated WOS entrance ramp and diving through the ropes to hit a fantastic looking spear followed by a signature 450 Splash for the win.
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The perfect ending to a fantastic evening of Wresting. I was really impressed with what the live WOS Wrestling experience turned out to be. The production and editing of the Television show can be hit and miss with a huge front foot in the game yet plenty of room to grow but their live show is second to none at this level and I can’t wait to see what’s next for the promotion. If WOS can capture what their live experience is like and put that on TV like they have done with their Tour recap videos then they would be on to something special.

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