Summer Sizzler 2019
Okay this is going to be a very UK/Japanese pro wrestling focused blog. If you’re not interested in that, no problemo, come back later… like, Sunday.
Tonight was Revolution Pro Wrestling’s ‘Summer Sizzler’ event. One of the biggest nights of the year for the relatively small promotion based out of Portsmouth. I’ve talked about the company multiple times before so I won’t do that again here but needless to say I think this was the best RevPro show I’ve been to.
The only caveat I’d put on that is it wasn’t actually much of a RevPro show and way more of a New Japan Pro Wrestling event.
The biggest promotion outside of the USA and arguably the most talented and impressive wrestling product out there has a working relationship with RevPro and as they’re running a major event of their own in London Saturday night RevPro were able to utilise a lot of their top talent all in one event as opposed to just one or two guys like they’re normally able to.
Pete, who always just buys tickets for any of the London shows we go to and informs me of where and when they are, has been getting better and better tickets each time we go and he out did himself this time with front row centre. It was insanely perfect positioning.
I’m not going to bother recapping the whole event but a few highlights for me were getting to see Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Sanada, Guerrillas of Destiny, Robbie Eagles (who used my El Phantasmo shirt to wipe his sweat and helped push their storyline feud) Rocky Romero all of whom were firsts for me as well as some guys I’ve seen at least once or twice before but are always awesome like Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr (who called me a cunt because I called out his spray tan) Will Ospreay, El Phantasmo, David Starr, Chris Brookes and Jonathan Gresham who blew out his knee and possibly tore his ACL right in front of me unfortunately.
The biggest holy shit moment of the night for me personally didn’t come from a match though but from the fact that at one point the IWGP Heavyweight title, one of if not THE most prestigious titles in the industry, was right at my feet. So close in fact I couldn’t resist giving it a little touch. It’s one of those moments that only means something to a certain group of people, but if you’re in that group it’s huge and awesome.
The drive home was nice and easy thankfully. Tired boy night one, done!