Fight Club: PRO
Day Of The Dead
Wolverhampton Starworks Warehouse
Fight Club: PRO returned on October 27th with its Day of the dead show with two big imports booked to compete on the show as Penta El Zero M challenged Fight Club: PRO champion Chris Brookes and Penta’s brother Rey Fenix tangled with Travis Banks. Also booked for the show was WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne taking on Omari as well your usual scramble, comedy and hardcore matches which have become a staple of this companies undercards.
Eight Way Scramble Match: Jack Sexsmith vs Dan Moloney vs Stevie Boy vs El Phantasmo vs Eddie Dennis vs Kay Lee Ray vs Shay Purser vs Flash Morgan Webster
Well, as usual, I'm just going to say this match was a hell of a lot of fun but then scrambles usually are. During Shay’s entrance, he was attacked from behind by Dan who gave him a big tombstone piledriver onto the entrance ramp. Then the utter madness began as all eight fighters battled back and forth with a ton of dives and big high spots. Mr Cocko arrived but that spot went nowhere, also they teased a terror of doom spot not once but twice. Then shay was reintroduced as he came out as Brock Lesnar with badly drawn on tattoo and all. Shay took everyone to suplex city until that wanker Dan Moloney broke up the fun and gave KLR and shay a deadlift at the same time. After more back and forth Jack emerged victorious after he nailed Dan with a Helter Skelter for a three.
Winner: Jack Sexsmith
Singles Match: David Starr vs Mark Haskins
Early on both men displayed some quality chain wrestling which this reviewer appreciated. Then Starr began to get vicious lay into Haskins with some stiff strikes. Haskins battled back with some stiff strikes of his own then nailed Starr with his corner dropkick. Starr did his tope and covered mark for a two count. Starr targeted Haskins' arm and began to soften it up for an armbar. Joel got on Starr's case for this and he showed some heelish tendencies. Haskins battled back with some stiff kicks then some elbow strikes but Starr battled back as well. This was turning vicious fast and I was loving it. Hawkins began to work over the arm for his armbar but Starr made the ropes. Starr then nailed Haskins with a DDT onto the ring apron afterwards for a near fall. Again both men traded strikes then Hawkins picked Starr's leg and applied a Boston crab but again Starr made the ropes. Starr got a two count with a flat jack and followed it up with a knee smash for a near fall. Haskins then applied an ankle lock but Starr countered with a roll-up for a two count. Start battled back with a rolling forearm smash and a brainbuster for a near fall. Haskins went for his roll through DVD but start countered into a DDT for a near fall. Then Haskins battled back again and was able to take down Starr and apply a sharpshooter and this time Starr was forced to tap out.
I really, really liked this match. It told a logical story of both men doing whatever they could to get the win and some of strikes and submission holds looked marvellous. Both men put on a clinic here and this match will go down on my Fight Club: PRO MOTY shortlist for sure.
Winner: Mark Haskins
Tag Team Match: Aussie Open (Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher) vs Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven)
Both teams received a tremendous reaction before the bell even rang with lots of duelling chants of moustache mountain, Aussie open and even Joel. Both teams, in fact, were really over throughout the entire match. I again liked this match it was probably the best tag team match in Fight Club: PRO this year as it had lots of near falls and some sick bumps in it but it seemed to be lacking something. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was too many kick outs which took me out of being able to suspend my disbelief after so many big moves and the lack of selling of big moves whatever it was I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. After ten to fifteen minutes of solid action, Tyler pinned Kyle clean with a piledriver.
Winners: Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven)
Singles Match: Travis Banks vs Rey Fenix
Up next was another match I was really looking forward to and thankfully it delivered. No suspect selling after big highspots just another solid Travis Banks match he can add to his ever-growing list of great matches he's been in this year. Early on both traded some nice looking strikes and had a nice back and forth early on that lead to some logical two counts. They then did their dives and returned to the ring for another sizzling back and forth. Travis got a near fall with a brainbuster while Fenix got a near fall with a Sliced Bread Number Two. Travis did his cannonball splash in the corner for a two count but Fenix battled back with a breathtaking looking moonsault for a two count. They followed it up with some nice exchange of strike then the lights went out for a second when they returned Fenix and Travis continued beating the crap out of one another. Fenix gave Travis a double stomp for a near fall then Travis did the same to him connecting with the move to back of Felix's head. That spot looked brutal and was brilliantly executed by Travis. Travis then Fenix with a slice of heaven but Fenix turned it into a cross face but the Kiwi Buzzsaw found the ropes. Fenix went for a swinging DDT but Travis countered it into a K Crusher. Travis then applied a crossface of his own but Fenix battled out. Both men ended up on the top rope and Fenix gave Travis a Spanish fly for the two count. Travis nailed Fenix with another Slice of Heaven and Kiwi Crusher and this time got the one, two and three.
Another great Travis Banks match it was similar to the Haskins\Starr match that told a logical story with some logical high spots leading to near falls. This match along with Haskins and Starr is well worth the £7.50 for the VOD or £10 for the DVD.
Winner: Travis Banks
Singles Match: Pete Dunne vs Omari
Yet another big match I was looking forward going into watching this show and yet again this match delivered. I could piss and moan about who went over as Omari was in the midst of a big push but that didn't happen it made even less sense after the promo Pete cut on Omari before match where he called him pathetic. I suppose Omari looked strong in defeat but a win here really could have made him into an even bigger star in Fight Club: PRO in my opinion.
Early on the two brawled on the outside with The Bruiserweight gaining the advantage. Back in the ring, Pete continued his beatdown of Omari with some Low Ki esque kicks. Omari fired up and began to take it to PETER so Dunne began to get dirty. He was building his heat nicely by working over the knee. This was all done obviously so Omari could make the big babyface comeback which both executed to perfection. PETER continued to take shortcuts as the crowd got behind their local hero. Omari battled back with a top rope suplex and a big knee smash. Omari went for the O-Zone but Pete countered and began to chomp on Omari's hand. Omari nailed Pete with a gut wrench sit down powerbomb for a near fall and followed it up with some big shoulder tackles in the corner. Pete took advantage of Omari's inexperience and nailed him with an X-Plex for the two count. Pete continued to act like a dick by slapping Omari but the youngster battled back with some slaps of his own. Pete took advantage with a stiff elbow smash and an enziguri. The two traded false finishes then Omari nailed Pete with the O-Zone out of nowhere but somehow Pete grabbed the ropes on two to broke the three count. Pete got Omari in a Hells Gate and began to work over his opponent with some elbow strikes but Omari made the ropes. Pete gave Omari a big backdrop off the top and nailed him with the bitter end for a near fall. Pete nailed Omari with a second bitter end and this time Omari couldn't kick out and Pete was declared the winner.
Winner: Pete Dunne
Four on Three Handicap Match: Anti Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne, Los Federales Santos Jr, James Obstruction and Leigh Obstruction) vs The Session Goth Martina, Jimmy Havoc and Clint Margera
Please don't hate for this Damien but this match was hell of a lot of fun. It featured some good hardcore spots including the customary walking brawl as well as a tone of FUNNAH comedy spots including Session Goth doing old school to chief deputy Dunne with assistance from Jimmy and Clint of course.
After so many serious matches a bit of FUNNAH was needed here with this match. Martina introduced some hard candy and a Toberlone and thankfully they were used. The finish saw Martina hoist Dunne up into a tombstone position to add the explanation point they shoved Dunne’s head into Martina’s pants and she drilled Dunne for the one, two and three. Afterwards, Martina hugged Jimmy who couldn't help but crack a smile then she partied to some Avril Lavigne which didn't sit well with Jimmy to end this FUNNAH little match.
Winners: Jimmy Havoc, The Session Goth Martina and Clint Margera
Fight Club: PRO Title Match: Chris Brookes (Champion) w/ Kid Lykos Vs Penta El Zero M
It was time for your main event next as Chris Brookes put in another strong showing here this time against Lucha star Penta El Zero M. Yes I've been negative on Brookes reign in the past but after two strong performances at Project Mayhem, this title reign is really starting to grow on me. However, if Lykos wasn't injured, would Brookes have had as many title defences? Probably not, but his reign is really growing on me. I've never had a problem with Brookes as a performer, in fact, I would suggest he is one of the more consistent performers in Fight Club: PRO. My only problem was him winning the belt when he did as there was no build or epic story to him taking the belt the way he did from Travis in June.
Anyway to the match. Early the two brawled on the outside as both men bumped off the guardrail. They brawled into the crowd as Penta took advantage of Brookes on the outside even Jesus got involved (go and watch you'll see what I mean). Penta continued to work over Brookes on the outside with chops. Eventually, the two made it back to the ring where Penta worked over Brookes' arm until Lykos interfered but Penta cut him off by giving him his arm breaker spot. Brookes grabbed a baking tray and nailed Penta with it and now had the upper hand on Brookes. Penta battled back with a lung blower for a two count and began to work over Brookes' knee with a number of kicks. Brookes came back with a knee smash and spinning neckbreaker for a two count. Brookes nailed Penta with a slingshot RKO but Penta came back with a powerbomb to the knee for a two count. Penta followed it up with a Canadian destroyer and got the 1, 2...no as Lykos pulled out Allen of the ring. Fenix came out and destroyed Lykos with a superkick and Penta drilled Lykos with package piledriver onto the ring apron, back in the ring Brookes rolled up Penta but Penta reversed out and drilled Brookes with a package piledriver but somehow Brookes kicked out at two. The two then went back and forth eventually Brookes rolled up Penta again and this time held on for the three count.
Winner: Chris Brookes (And Still Fight Club: PRO Champion)
Overall this was another quality show of high standard from Fight Club: PRO. I did and I mean this enjoy this show. OK maybe I was a bit mean on Aussie open vs Moustache Mountain but I stand by what I said above. The rest of card was well worth the £7.50 I paid to watch it on Vimeo and should check it out too as everything was very good and too a high standard which we've become accustomed to from Fight Club: PO.
Once again thanks for reading my review and be sure to head over to Fight Club: PRO on Big Cartel and buy a DVD, shirt, hoodie or whatever to show your support and love for one of the best UK indy groups out there (that's my opinion anyway) or go to Vimeo and purchase one of the fine VOD's they have to offer. You can't go wrong and as always I'll end with I'll see you at the matches.