Bristol's Trinity Centre played host to the latest ATTACK! Pro Wrestling event, The Neon Wristlock, on Sunday, July 16th. This show was an early start, which was awesome because it didn't mean a mad rush to get home later in the evening. Although, it did feel a tad strange leaving the venue while it was still light outside after the show. Anyway, we're here to talk about some wrestling.
Once again, ATTACK! Pro Wrestling sold out an event without a single match being announced. I make that five times that this scenario has occurred this year now, so kudos to ATTACK! for pulling that off again! They've certainly worked out a formula for that part of their success. What made this show extra special was the number of debut's and surprises. What debut's and surprises were they? Well, dear reader, allow me to indulge you for the next few minutes.
Moustache Mountain vs. The Anti-Fun Police (Sergeant Banks & Los Federales Santos Jr.)
Okay, this wasn't one of those surprises, but it was still cool to see Tyler and Trent at this show in all of their fun loving glory. Sgt. Banks also seemed to be having a bit of fun when he cracked an uncontrollable grin at Santos Jr's line of "No fun, nada" when both teams came face-to-face before the match started. I'm sure Chief Deputy Dunne has that smile noted down and will be keeping a close eye on Travis and any fun he may be having.
Travis almost cracked again when Trent seemed to pass wind. I believe Trent's wind was travelling north because with the heat in Bristol, a southerly wind would've caused a swarm of flies to descend upon the Trinity Centre. If that wind was travelling south, I'd feel extremely sorry for those fans sat in the front row!
Moustache Mountain picked up the win here. After some 'stache-nanigans', Trent hit Travis with a huge piledriver which Bate followed up with a Tyler Driver '97 to put Banks down for the three count. Is this one over between Moustache Mountain and The Anti-Fun Police? Or will those opposed to fun seek out retribution after two consecutive losses to the two WWE Superstars? I'm sure we'll find out soon enough!
Winners - Moustache Mountain
Charlie Sterling vs. EC-Drew vs. Elijah vs. Jack Sexsmith vs. Omari vs. Ryan Smile
So this one featured a surprise debut, and that was the man known as Jack Sexsmith. I think the majority of the audience in Bristol lost their minds when Jack entered the Trinity Centre. It was awesome to see 'The Pansexual Phenomenon' in ATTACK! and it was even more incredible to see the reaction he got. Jack is one of those wrestlers who has you captivated from the moment he steps through the curtain. A trait that not enough wrestlers possess.
After all of the flips and frolics of this contest were done, it was the 'All Day Star', Ryan Smile who walked out with the victory as he continues to build momentum in the singles ranks. His Frog Splash from one side of the ring to the other connected perfectly with EC-Drew (wrestling as Drew Awesome).
Winner - Ryan Smile
ATTACK! Pro Wrestling 24/7 Champion Pete Dunne vs. Will Ospreay
Yes ladies and gentlemen, for those of you who haven't yet caught up with the show and are unaware of the matches, we had World Wrestling Entertainment vs. Ring of Honor here. Two of the brightest young stars in the wrestling world fought it out for the ATTACK! Pro Wrestling 24/7 title in an old, converted church in Bristol. Seriously, what is life?
This was a highly competitive contest which was an absolute work of art. If you were to compile a list of the best pure wrestling matches in ATTACK! for 2017, this one would have to be near the top of that list. That's in spite of the 'Shay-nanigans' during this match. A fine example of that would be when Purser decided to put a sledgehammer to the face of Ospreay thinking he was doing Dunne a favour. Dune had to quickly snatch Triple H's weapon of choice away from The Rogue Ref before he could cause any further damage.
Unfortunately for the debuting former ROH World Television Champion, this wasn't his night as he was forced to submit to Pete's Kimura Lock. There was a great show of respect between the two men after the match which is always great to see. I do wonder who, if anyone, can take the ATTACK! Pro Wresting 24/7 Championship away from 'The Bruiserweight'.
Winner and still ATTACK! Pro Wrestling 24/7 Champion - Pete Dunne
ATTACK! Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions #CCK vs. Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis
Fresh off of their victory at 'Fun The Police', the Australian duo of Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis were given an opportunity to wrestle arguably the hottest tag team in the UK right now for the ATTACK! Pro Wrestling Tag Team Titles. It wasn't the first time these two teams had met during that week, though. A few days prior, #CCK defended their Combat Zone Wrestling Tag Team Championships against Davis and Fletcher at a Lucha Forever event in Birmingham.
I cannot offer a comment on that match in Birmingham as I'm yet to see it but this contest in Bristol was absolutely incredible. This was a perfect example of why fans have offered such high praise for both Mark and Kyle in recent weeks, whether that be as a tag team or as singles wrestlers. Both have fantastic upsides to their game and if any promoters are reading this, I highly recommend looking to book both men on an event that you're running!
#CCK were at their absolute best here as well and I feel that the only difference between these teams here was the result as they matched each other hold-for-hold and blow-for-blow. That was up until Mark Davis pulled Lykos up by his ankles and drilled him with a piledriver before Kyle spiked him with a twisting brainbuster. But it wasn't quite over as Mark nailed Lykos with yet another piledriver to pin Lykos for a three count meaning that #CCK's three month title reign was over! Give #CCK their due, they did re-enter the ring to shake the hands of their opponents in a fantastic show of respect after the match. You do feel, and hope, that this has rematch written all over it.
Winners and new ATTACK! Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions - Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis
Extra Talent-Ed vs Bird & Boar
Another tag team contest on this show, but seriously, who cares? The standard of the wrestling has been awesome. Extra Talent-Ed were making their second appearance for ATTACK! after their Tag Team Title opportunity in Cheltenham nine days prior. This was my first time seeing them live so that was pretty cool. My friend, Craig Gilbert, passed comment comparing Aaron Solow to Essa Rios which had a few of us laughing. To be fair, the resemblance is nigh on uncanny!
Unfortunately for Solow and Ricky Starks, they were once again on the losing side due to some rather questionable tactics from Bird and Boar. Boar pulled referee Shay Purser from the ring when it looked as though Bird was going to be pinned for a three count. Ricky Starks went after Boar and amidst the chaos, Bird nailed Solow with a boot to the groin (or somewhere very close to the groin) to take control. A few seconds later it was all over as Bird and Boar hit Mrs Patterson's Revenge onto the prone, and I'm sure very sore, Aaron Solow to pick up the win.
Winners - Bird & Boar
ATTACK! Pro Wrestling Title - Chief Deputy Dunne vs Flash Morgan Webster
After months of going back and forth with the ATTACK! Pro Wrestling Champion, 'The Modfather' finally had his opportunity to face Mr. Anti-Fun himself in a one-on-one contest with the ATTACK! Pro Wrestling Title on the line.