Discovery Wrestling returned to the Corn Exchange for another stacked event as their three tournaments are well underway. This show had several tournament bouts, a couple grudge matches and a title match, what more could you want? How about the debut of Mikey Whiplash and Matt Riddle…who just happen to face each other in a Hotter Than Hell Tournament match. Sound good? Let's watch…
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Uncivil War Qualifier - Dave Conrad & Deviation defeated The Fabulous Bakewell Boys (Jerry & Steakley Bakewell) by Pinfall.
We kicked off with the second qualifier for Uncivil War, the winners would join Fight Club and two other teams in the final. The debuting Fabulous Bakewell Boys took on the powerhouse team of Dave Conrad and Deviation. I've been harsh about Conrad and Deviation in the past but they had a very good match to start the event. They showed plenty of personality and they didn't take themselves too seriously. Perfect when they're up against the shenanigans from Jerry and Steakley. Conrad built up towards a suicide dive only to flip off the crowd then Deviation followed up with a dive of his own. After 'the Dudley boys spot' attempt was scuppered by Dave Conrad, he and Deviation used a stunning dominator/cutter tandem move to finish Steakley Bakewell. A very entertaining match between two teams that are polar opposites. It wasn't a technical clinic but certainly fun. Sometimes opposites do attract.
Hotter Than Hell Tournament Qualifier - Chris Ridgeway defeated Mark Coffey by Pinfall.
A slugfest followed between Mark Coffey and Chris Ridgeway, the larger Coffey punished Ridgeway using his size and power to boot, chop and slam his opponent. Ridgeway used every morsal of guts to fight back with kicks, forearms and explosive suplexes but was met by the 'Power Forward' shot for shot. Ridgeway finally got the upperhand with a stiff kick to Coffey's skull to move onto the next round. A solid bout with plenty of hard hitting moves, stiff and nothing held back.
Women's Championship Tournament Qualifier - Nina Samuels defeated Debbie Sharpe by Pinfall.
Our third tournament bout of the evening, this time it was the turn of the Women's Championship Tournament. It was interesting to say the least, Debbie Sharpe came in with an attitude seeing as she'd spent her previous appearances attacking her former BAE Sammii Jayne but Nina Samuels, while making her debut, entered with a severe disdain for everyone and anyone. The crowd sided with Debbie Sharpe much to her surprise which didn't help with the whole, Nina Samuels being pretty unlikeable thing making her even more aggressive. Samuels was ruthless in her assault, Debbie did what she could to stay in the fight. Samuels scored the win with a Go To Sleep. A solid yet uncomfortable watch, after this match I've never wanted to see someone lose so badly. Job well done. The crowd gave Debbie a round of applause as she left, well deserved as she survived a mauling, just.
Hotter Than Hell Tournament Qualifier - Mikey Whiplash defeated Matt Riddle by Pinfall.
It's poetic that these two wrestled on a canvas as this was pure art. The match started with holds traded with Riddle aiming for the arm of Whiplash, who was working on the exposed ankle of 'The King of Bros', it then moved onto chops, uppercuts, kicks, throwing everything at each other. No wasted movement. Contorting submission holds, two men who were on equal footing throughout, pushing each other a little further. Riddle used blistering kicks that echoed throughout the venue. They knocked lumps out of each other including some vicious elbows to the head from Whiplash. After Mikey kicked out of a Go To Sleep, Riddle locked in the Bromission but Whiplash rolled Riddle onto his back and scored a pinfall. A beautiful match.
Aspen Faith defeated Joe Coffey by Disqualification.
A grudge match, Aspen Faith has been a thorn in Joe Coffey's side for months since costing Coffey his shot at Lewis Girvan's Y Division Championship. Faith then wasn't the most helpful when Team Discovery lost to The Elite. It didn't take long for Girvan to get involved in this one but it didn't always help with Coffey sending Girvan packing on several occasions. The distractions were fruitful with Faith able to take advantage and work down the arm of the Iron Man which restricted Coffey's German Suplex attempts before Joe decided that he only needed one arm and threw Faith back like it was nothing. A Coffey crossbody was countered into a beautiful armbar from Faith which was timed to perfection. Girvan got into the match again as Coffey hit the Aw Ra Best Fur Tha Bells, Coffey had enough and threw the referee out of the way to get his hands on Girvan which drew the disqualification. Referee Sean Mclaughlin gave a huge amount of leeway but to give him his due, nobody touched the referee so it's justifiable.
Coffey was enraged on the mic, ballistic at what happened and demanded Lewis Girvan one on one for the Y Division Championship.
Shenanigans aplenty, a highly enjoyable encounter.
Michael Chase & Lou King Sharp defeated The House of Saynt (Christopher Saynt & Theo Doros) by Count Out.
This one started hot, Sharp looked vicious in the early going with a takedown to Saynt before being picked apart by The House. Saynt and Doros had some beautiful tandem moves including a codebreaker into a deadlift German suplex. Just as it looked like Sharp and Chase were going to pick up the win, Saynt pulled Doros out of the ring and let themselves get counted out. Gloating that Chase still didn't get what he wanted. It stopped just as it was getting going but made logical sense with Saynt not wanting to give Chase what he wanted. It was a solid match with plenty interest created for this feud to continue.
Y Division Championship - Lewis Girvan (c) defeated Danny Boy Rodgers, Lucha DS & Joe Hendry
Main event time and Joe Hendry was revealed as the forth man in the match following LJT's injury. They teased Faith being the forth man which would've been brilliant but this was still a cracking replacement. Straight into the action to kick off with Girvan handling a lot of the offense early on. Lucha DS looked highly impressive with his flips, including an imploding standing 630 which looked lovely. After a dodgy looking tower of doom German suplex with all four involved, Lucha was gone after a Freak of Nature from Hendry. Danny Boy Rodgers wasn't around for much longer and we were down to Girvan and the Local Hero.
Some fantastic Peacemaker/Ankle Lock transitions and counters traded but it looked like one final Freak of Nature sealed the win for Joe Hendry and a new Y Division Champion. As Hendry was awarded the belt, referee Sean McLaughlin saw that Girvan's foot was under the bottom rope which would have broken up the pinfall. As Hendry protested, and then taunted by Aspen Faith, Lewis struck with a low blow then a Saturday Crush to gain the pinfall following the restart.
Very fun match, Lucha DS looked great, Joe Hendry was on fine form but the star of the match was Lewis Girvan. He had his working boots on yet made everything look effortless, always in the thick of the action proving why he considers himself the best wrestler in the world.
Overall - After the incredible previous two shows this one was a little bit of a dip, there were solid to great matches but not a lot that makes me feel the need to rewatch the whole event all over again like The Elite event, as an example, possibly Riddle/Whiplash. The crowd seemed pretty quiet by the main event until the end when Lewis Girvan escaped with the title once again. A fine show though, the journey now begins to June 23rd at Portobello Town Hall where we will see Sammii Jayne versus Toni Storm in the next Women's Championship Tournament match up, a match that is worth the price of admission alone, and the returning Angelico versus the debuting Joseph Conners.