After a decent RPW Live At the Cockpit 13 show, RPW returned for its family friendly show Live in Portsmouth on February 24th. The show had two big battles booked which Rev Pro had been building since the start of the year as 'The Villain' Marty Scurll faced 'The All Day Star' Ryan Smile, and Dave Mastiff battled current ICW Champion Trent Seven. Also on the card was a hotly anticipated bout as 'The Bruiserweight' Pete Dunne clashed with the former AAA/Lucha Underground star Pentagon Jr in the main event.
It's right into it as the opening shot of the show after the Rev Pro graphic is Marty Scurll making his entrance. Calling the action for this show is Andy Quilan and Andy Boy Simmons and old FWA heel ref Steve Linsky is the ring announcer.
Singles Match: ROH World Television Champion 'The Villain' Marty Scurll Vs 'The All Day Star' Ryan Smile
Early on Marty takes down Ryan and begins to work a top wrist lock but Ryan counters into a arm ringer and Marty backs Ryan up into the corner to break the hold. Marty shoulder blocks Ryan but he pops back up with a leapfrog up and over Marty and gives him two arm drags. Marty is on the outside, slides underneath the ring and pops out the other side to attack Ryan from behind. Ryan is sent to the outside and Marty nails him with a superkick from the ring apron.
On the outside Marty chops Ryan in the chest and rolls him back into the ring and drops him with a side back breaker for a two count. Ryan comes back chopping at Marty but 'The Villain' cuts him off by raking his eyes. Marty pulls at Ryan's eyes and hair and then poses doing his chicken wave. Rear chinlock by Marty as he tries to wear down Ryan. Referee Chris Roberts drops Ryan's arm once, twice but not a third time as Ryan battles back and nails Marty with a top rope drop kick. Ryan follows it up with a blue thunder powerbomb for a near fall. Ryan goes up top again but misses his double stomp as Marty moves. Marty then gives Ryan a brain buster and a superkick to the side of the head for the nearfall.
Marty does the "Superkick...just kidding' but Ryan pops back up with a superkick of his own. Marty then gives 'The All Day Star' a lariat but Ryan pops back up again and nails Marty with a brain buster. Both men pull themselves back up and Marty gives Ryan a body slam into the ring ropes. Marty gets ready for the Chicken Wing but Ryan battles out of it but then Marty snaps Ryan's fingers. Ryan battles back with a back forearm and spring board cutter then goes up top again but Marty knocks him off and piledrives Ryan for a nearfall. Marty fires up pulls up Ryan and chicken wing and Ryan is forced to tap out. That was a hell of a hot opener and right way to kick this show off.
Winner: The Villain Marty Scurll
Singles Match: Dave Mastiff Vs Trent Seven
Dave is all business early on as he refuses to play Trent's fun and games. Which is a bit weird if your familiar with Dave's Progress work where he's apart of the Banter Edition with El Ligero. Dave goes to work on Trent with a number of stomps and then slaps the crap out of Trent which the kids in the building really disliked him for. Trent does his chop the ring post spot early on and then Dave mocks Trent. The two brawl out into the crowd trading strikes in the crowd. Trent then gets a bunch of kids to chop Dave which Dave over sells but it was a very funny spot and something those kids will never forget.
Getting back to the ring Dave gives Trent a back drop on the ring apron. Trent rolls into the ring and then, as Dave runs his mouth at some old granny in the front row Trent dives out on top of him. Trent teases suplexing Dave into the crowd but Dave counters and gives Trent a big superplex from the top back into the ring. Both men trade forearm and elbow smashes in the middle of the ring. Trent then drills Dave with a Death Valley Driver for a nearfall as a "This is Awesome" chant breaks out. Trent then gives Dave the Seven Stars Rainmaker but only gets a two count. Trent delivers his cricket ball slap but Dave ducks on the third attempt and nails Trent with a back suplex.
Dave puts Trent up top and both men battle up top. Trent goes for a sunset flip powerbomb but slips. Trent gets up and powerbomb's Dave for the nearfall. That looked awkward but I felt this crowd cared. Dave battles back ducking a Seven Star Rainmaker, takes down Trent applies a Boston Crab and Trent is forced to tap out. It wasn't anything special but I'm sure the families in attendance enjoyed it.
Winner: Dave Mastiff
Tag Team Match: The Legion of Lords (Lord Gideon Grey and Rishi Ghosh) Vs Colt Cabana and Swoggle (F.K.A. WWE Superstar Hornswoggle)
Rishi Ghosh cuts a promo which I wasn't able to really hear as the audio for this show was pretty bloody shocking. Anyway from what I could make out Rishi, introduces the new and improved Lord Gideon Grey who is meet with Princess Unicorn chants. Rishi Ghoshi then gives Grey a trophy for some reason and then some confetti guns explode. If only I could hear what was being said I might be able to explain it better.
Anyway the match itself was what you would expect it to be pure comedy but again this crowd seemed to enjoy it, especially the kids which was who it was booked for. After lots of crowd pleasing antics including nipple cripples, cane shots and dick kicks as well a tone of stalling by all four. The finish saw Swoggle hit his Tadpole Splash on the Lord for the one, two and three. This won't be a purist cup of tea in fact, I hated it, but Colt Cabana is so good at this match which is all the more confusing WWE let him go in 2009 after doing nothing with him as Scotty Goldman. This match is perfect for this kind of setting. So can I really have that much of a problem with it? Well yes because I had to sit through it and review it.
Winners: Swoggle and Colt Cabana
Contenders Match: Rob Lias Vs Dan Magee
These two had a pretty solid but very basic match at RPW Live at the Cockpit 12 and this feud has been ongoing the last two months. So at least it's had some build and importance to it for this match here. Again here they did a match the two have probably had a hundred times together at RPW training school in Portsmouth. It wasn't great or good, but it was solid both men again executed their spots well and did the basics well but it was nothing special. After 10 minutes of average action Lias who's been cheating to pick up wins threw his coat at Magee and then drove Magee's head into the exposed steel on the top rope (Lias had removed the turnbuckle pad earlier) and then nailed Magee with a lung blower to pick up the win.
Winner: Rob Lias
RPW British Tag Team Title Match: Charlie Sterling and Joel Redman (Champions) Vs The Spirit Squad (Kenny and Mikey)
Early on, the Spirit Squad tried to get this crowd against them by cutting a promo. Again I couldn't hear shit but the crowd seemed unhappy with what they were saying. Thankfully this crowd were pro Sterling and Redman which can't be said for them when they wrestle in York Hall or at the Cockpit. So they came across as stars here who ended up beating two stars (well in 2005/06 they were stars) which only kind of made them look better. Or was that was what booker Andy Quinlan was thinking anyway? Yeah I've been harsh in my criticism of the champions and so have a lot of other people, or they wouldn't have got the reactions they've been getting ever since they won the gold last Summer but here they looked half decent and they are starting to win me over. Anyway after some passable Action between both sides the finish saw Redman powerbomb Mikey and then Sterling did his sky twister press to pick up the win.
Winners: Charlie Sterling and Joel Redman (And still RPW British Tag Team Champions)
Main Event: The Bruiser Weight Pete Dunne Vs Penta El Zero M (F.K.A. Pentagon Jr)
Pete attacks Pentagon while he was getting the kids to chant Perro, Perro. Both men trade headlocks then step it up with a pair of arm drags by Pete Dunne. Pentagon follows it up with a hurricanrana, but Pete gets right back up again. Pentagon then gets his fingers bitten and then Pete nails pentagon with a Pedigree for a two count. Pete mouths off at some children in the front row then drives his knee into Pentagon gut over and over again.
Pete goes to the outside to chase around some mouthy children then comes back in and Pentagon flips him off but Pete just bites his middle finger (hold on someone tell Penta this is a family show). Pete grabs Pentagon's arm and stomps on his head and then bites his fingers some more. Pete works over Pentagon's knees and arms for a couple of minutes with stretches. Pentagon fires up and hits Pete with two sling blades for a two count. Pentagon tosses Pete to the outside and goes to dive out onto Pete, but he cuts Pentagon off with a European uppercut.
Both men brawled around ringside sending one another off the ring post and super kicking one another as well. Pentagon chops Pete back in the ring and nails Pete with a open hand Palm strike. Pentagon then nails Pete with a back cracker for a nearfall. Pete battles back with a X-Plex and a German suplex for a two count. Pete then goes up top and nails Pentagon with a double foot stomp for another nearfall. The crowd chant PETER at Dunne and he plays up to it of course. Pentagon takes advantage of Dunne being distracted and nails Pete with a DDT and a Code Red for a nearfall. Pete battles back with a number of headbutts but then walks into a superkick which rocks Pete.
Pete comes back with a enzigiri and a Canadian Destroyer but he doesn't get all of it and then Pentagon nails Pete with a Canadain Destroyer of his own. Pentagon then goes for a package piledriver but holds onto Chris Roberts and Pentagon lets go of the move. Pete then pushes Pentagon into Roberts and then gives Pentagon a low blow and a tombstone for a nearfall. Pete blames Roberts giving Pentagon time to recover. Pete goes for the Bitter End but Pentagon counters it with a DDT. Pentagon gets up and nails Pete with a pump handle bomb for the one, two and three.
Winner: Penta El Zero M
Overall this show was passable at best. The lighting and audio was shocking. During current camera angles it was damn near impossible to see what was happening. The audio was terrible you could hardly hear the crowd or entrance music but unfortunately you could hear the commentary when they shouted. If both Andy's spoke quietly you had no chance hearing what they were saying unless you turned your TV volume all the way up.
At least the wrestling was good. Well three matches anyway as Marty Scurll vs Ryan Smile, Trent Seven Vs Dave Mastiff and Pentagon Jr vs Pete Dunne all delivered and ranged from good to decent. The rest of the card was passable but wasn't aimed at a fan like me. It was aimed at the kids and families in the crowd. So I can't hate on it too much.
Anyway thanks for reading my review and be sure to check out RPW on demand on Pivotshare to relive this show if you dare and I'll sign off as always with see you at the matches.