Fight Club: PRO was back again in London on August 26th for its brilliantly named Capital CockKnocker 2 show. This was a show I was lucky enough to attend (my 14th BritWres show this year) and was the second Fight Club: PRO show that week. Fight Club: PRO had announced a big main event as Jeff Cobb took on Tyler Bate and PWG Champion Chuck Taylor was also on the bill, teaming with his Gentlemen's Club stablemate, Orange Cassidy, to face #CCK, Chris Brookes the current Fight Club: PRO champion and Kid Lykos.
Like I mentioned above this is from a live perspective so as always I'll apologise for any mark out moments in advance.
Before the show started Trent came out to do his stick with the crowd which this reviewer will never tire of hearing. Here he shared a funny joke about Triple H. One I won't repeat (sorry folks you had to be there) and showed off his new Nike Kicks. Trent also gave us a little history lesson on why this event had been named Capital CockKnocker 2. The first ever was 20 years ago in his front room and shared some stories about that historic show. Trent then said he would be tonight's ring announcer and obviously he's pretty damn good at that like he is at wrestling.
Singles Match: Elijah vs. El Phantasmo
This was the dark match and was only available to the fans live in attendance. Both men worked hard and had a nice back and forth throughout the match. I'm still not completely sold on El Phantasmo. Yeah, he does good flips but not a lot else. Elijah on the other hand, I am sold on. He's a good solid hand who always has a good match. Elijah got some good heat working over El Phantasmo with some cracking strikes.
After 8 minutes or so of solid action, which the crowd really seemed to get into, Elijah nailed El Phantasmo with his fucked up tilt a whirl sit down powerbomb slam thingy (I don't know what it is called but it looks tremendous).
Eight Person Scramble Match: 'The Bruiserweight' Pete Dunne vs. Eddie Dennis vs. Millie Mckenzie vs. 'Session Moth' Martina vs. Charli Evans vs. Lee Hunter vs. Jack Sexsmith vs. Jordan Devlin
The Bruiserweight was originally scheduled to wrestle Fenix of Lucha underground fame here but alas he had trans problems and was unable to make the show. So they booked Pete into this 8 person scramble which Trent had a snappy name for but it escapes me right about now. Maybe it's the fact I'm a little hungover right about now as I'm writing this a mere 16 hours after the show happened.
Early on, the action spilt to the outside and all eight brawled all over the Bush Hall venue. Pete was throwing some great strikes at poor old Millie who looked better than the last time I saw her in Fight Club: PRO. In fact, Millie was the star of the show, but I'm skipping ahead so I'll leave that till later.
Martina seemed to take a liking to Jack Sexsmith (obviously) which made Shay a little jealous. The two both pulled out condoms and applied a Mr Cocko to poor old Jordan Devlin. That sick fuck Pete broke it up by biting both Mr Cocko's. Pete sold it perfectly with a look of disgust on his face after tasting both Mr Cocko's. Eddie Dennis had a nice exchange with Shay and ended up throwing him with a Razor's Edge to the outside onto all the fighters, after the scramble everybody does a dive spot.
Back in the ring, Pete nailed Shay, Martina and Sexsmith with a pedigree all at the same time. It looked sloppy but who the hell cares? It was an incredible spot which popped this reviewer and the crowd. It was the closing stretches where Millie was made to look like a star as she hung with Pete who worked her over with a number of sweet looking forearm shots. Then Pete nailed her with a pedigree and she kicked out but she couldn't survive the Bitter End and fell to the former FCP champion and current WWE UK champion.
Winner: The Bruiserweight Pete Dunne
Singles Match: Travis Banks vs. Omari
Omari's big push up the card continued as he clashed one-on-one with former FCP champion Travis Banks. Omari took a beating but kept on ticking as Travis worked him with a variety of kicks and chops throughout the match. Omari was having none of it and stood tall in his exchanges with Travis. Omari looked like a star yet again and I'm loving the fact Mr Zaki and Trent are awarding him with this monster push.
Omari battled back and tried to set up the O-Zone but Travis had his number at every turn. Travis got a number of near falls with a Slice of Heaven, backwards double stomp, Michinoku Driver and brain buster. In the end, Omari just couldn't withstand a Kiwi Krusher and was pinned clean. This was by far my match of the night.
Winner: Travis Banks
Callous Hearts (Jimmy Havoc & Clint Margera) Vs Aussie Open (Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher)
This was another match that existed to continue to push Callous Hearts who are on a collision course with #CCK. Both teams gelled well but it had no chance of following the previous encounter between Travis and Omari. The Aussies looked good again out there but unfortunately, Mark Davis didn't do his fucked up reverse DVD Piledriver and I love that move. Before the bell, Kyle flipped off the notorious BritWres fan (let's call him DE) to the delight of the crowd.
The match was a brawl early on and both teams went all over the building. Having already seen this scenario earlier in the show, the reaction was lesser than it was earlier on. The only memorable thing is Clint Margera doing a Cactus Jack elbow drop from the second rope to the outside onto Davis. Again, that deserved a bigger reaction. Yeah, it sounds good when they were setting up the match in the back but was it really needed here maybe Clint should have saved it for a bigger match (sorry Clint).
The finish saw Havoc nail both Davis and Fletcher with a double acid rainmaker to pick up the win for his team.
Winners: Callous Hearts (Jimmy Havoc & Clint Margera)
CZW World Heavyweight Title Match: Shane Strickland (Champion) vs. Mark Haskins
This match was originally not supposed to be for the C-Zed-W (as Haskins would call it) title, but Haskins laid out the challenge for the belt before the bell and like every good fighter does, Shane accepted after asking the crowd if they wanted the belt on the line. It immediately made this match feel more important now the stakes had risen higher.
Early on both kept the crowd quiet with some quality chain wrestling. In fact, I think like a good crowd would they weren't being quiet because of disinterest they were quiet because they were quietly studying the clinic put on before them. Then both men took to the air and dived out onto one another to bring the crowd back to life. Shane came close with his rolling cutter and swinging cutter spots for near falls on the former PROGRESS champion. Haskins came back targeted the arm of the champion (which is logical).
Haskins and Shane went to the top rope and teased suplexing one another out Into the crowd but Haskins slipped and fell into position for Shane to double foot stomp him while Haskins was tied up in the ropes. Back in the ring Haskins nailed Shane with a DVD and a Finlay roll and locked in the arm bar and the crowd and this reviewer sensed a title change but Shane just made the ropes. Shane battled back with a big boot, Superkick and another cutter to finish off Haskins. Like banks vs Omari, this oozed quality and both men should be applauded for the type of match they laid out and put on here.
Winner: Shane Strickland (And Still CZW World Heavyweight Champion)
Tag Team Match: #CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos) Vs The Gentlemen's Club (Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy)
After a BritWres 10 minute intermission (meaning it was over 25 minutes long) up next was the return of #CCK as Lykos has been out the last 3 weeks with a shoulder injury after he injured it at Riptide wrestling last month. They got a massive reaction even if they spat water all over everyone. Lykos was sporting his sling early on which lead to some good comedy with Chucky T the current PWG Champion. As Chuck put his hand up for a test of strength but Lykos was wearing his sling. Then out of nowhere Lykos pulled off his sling and nailed Chucky T with a big swinging DDT.
Orange Cassidy was in next and I've rarely seen him since his Chikara days I had forgotten how much I loved his "I can't be arsed" comedy. Brookes, on the other hand, was almost perplexed by how to wrestle someone who can't be bothered. 'Freshly Squeezed' showed no remorse or attempt to wrestle Brookes or Lykos then woke up after doing his praying rope walk and dived out onto both CCK members. Chuck was letting his partner get his shit in and I think he'll be more fondly remembered for his hijinks than Chuck, who could have pulled rank and demand to get his shit in but didn't.
There was some more comedy as all four men and Shay spat water at one another and Shay was even hoisted up and nailed Orange with the assisted code breaker. Chuck gave Lykos his Awful Waffle which I've seen twice live now and it's a thing of beauty. The finish saw PWG champ Chuck protected as he brawled to the outside with Brooke's back in the ring Lykos nailed orange with another big swinging DDT then Brooke's returned and CCK nailed Orange with the assisted code breaker for the three. It was the most obvious finish and made the most sense to this reviewer.
Winners: #CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos)
Tyler Bate vs. Jeff Cobb
Well, how do you follow that well with Tyler bate vs Jeff Cobb obviously? Thankfully Jeff made this show after missing the previous evenings show thanks to trains and these two put on a very good scrap indeed. Early on both men took it to the mat with some nice looking collegiate wrestling spots. Then things got serious as both men showed the other and the crowd who really was the strongest man in wrestling with some sweet looking suplexes obviously Jeff Cobb is the king of this but Tyler was not to be showed up as he nailed Jeff with his dead lift German to pop the crowd and the reviewer.
Jeff gave Tyler all of his big suplex spots (eat your heart out Brock) and got a near fall off of every attempt. Towards the end, Jeff came close with a big double underhook suplex off the top rope but Tyler battled back and finished off the big Hawaiian with his Tyler driver 97 to pick up the big and popular win. This match was good but nowhere as good as banks/Omari and Haskins/Strickland but well worth a look once the DVD or VOD drops.
Winner: Tyler Bate
Overall this was another solid Fight Club: PRO show which delivered where it matters from an in ring perspective. As for storylines there only seems to be one real storyline in Fight Club: PRO at the moment and that is the push of Omari. It does annoy me they're not doing anything else and all they seem to do is deliver dream match not that is a bad thing it's just annoying there not doing more storylines underneath.
Don't even get me started on the Fight Club: PRO title which is now playing second fiddle to everything else. I still stand by my assessment that Brookes shouldn't be champion (direct your hate mail via Twitter please). I explained why I thought this was a bad move in my stranger than Fixxion review. I still believe Travis Banks should still be the champion. Anyway, tangent over let's talk about This show shall we. It had some great matches on it and as I said it deliver from in ring perspective. It was great from a live point of view as well I'm sure the other group in Camden won't deliver a show as good as this 24 hours later but will it translate as well onto DVD or VOD. Well, I'll have to let you know. As always I'll say go buy the DVD or VOD once they drop it's well worth the investment and finish with I'll see you at the matches.