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The Week In British Wrestling: CHIKARA crowns Kings in the UK

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Here are five things you need to know about British wrestling this week:

1) CHIKARA played the Game of Thrones in Wolverhampton

For the tenth edition of their annual King of Trios spectacular, CHIKARA decamped 3,500 miles to Wolverhampton, in the UK, and brought most of their regular roster with them. Joining them were some of the best of the UK’s young and not-so-young talent, as well as some guests from Europe, for three days of fun and top quality graps action.

House Strong Style with their winners' medals -- photo by The Ringside Perspective's Oli Sandler

Once the smoke had cleared in the Starworks Warehouse at the end of day three’s final, House Strong Style -- Trent Seven, Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne -- stood triumphant after beating last year’s winners House Sendai Girls -- Meiko Satomura, DASH Chisako & Cassandra Miyagi in a superb contest. Some who saw both live are rating the match above British Strong Style's clash with The Elite from April.

Other UK talent taking part in the tournament included #CCK, Elijah, Omari, Kyle Fletcher, Millie McKenzie, the Hunter Brothers, Damian Dunne, James Mason, Mal Sanders, Danny Boy Collins, Johnny Moss, Jonny Storm, and Jody Fleisch, and the latter also made it through to the final of the accompanying Rey De Voladores tournament, where he lost to an Ophidian-impersonating Whisper.

Johnny Moss suplexes Hermit Crab -- photo by The Ringside Perspective's Oli Sandler

The British talent on the show represented four generations of scene stars, ranging in age from 17 to 62, and also included Johnny Kidd, who came out of retirement for one more match with CHIKARA Director of Fun Mike Quackenbush, which thrilled the crowd on day two.

Those in attendance also got some trademark CHIKARA action (with Los Ice Creams winning Sunday’s tag team gauntlet match), a star-making performance by Spain’s White Wolf Wrestling trio, and were able to mix with the CHIKARA crew at the Fan Conclave on Saturday afternoon, winning prizes and just having a great time in general.

The shows are already available to buy as downloads, and will be uploaded to CHIKARAtopia in due course. CHIKARA will, presumably, be back in the UK in 2018.

2) BEW got ambitious in Tooting

While Meiko Satomura and her Sendai Girls were wowing the crowds up in Wolverhampton, one of the other homes of joshi puroresu in the UK -- British Empire Wrestling -- was putting on a double-shot in Tooting, south London.

Kasey Owens pins Chelsea Green to retain her title -- photo by NZ Photography

While there were no Japanese women on the show -- although a handful of Stardom wrestlers made the trip over to Europe for Barclona Championship Wrestling's title tournament last Saturday -- there was plenty of overseas interest, as well as a good collection of local women, in the all-female matinee, Ambition Of The Empire 2.

Topped by a BEW Women’s Championship match (in which Kasey Owens successfully saw off GFW's Chelsea Green), there were wins for Jewells Malone, Jetta, Lola, and the team of Kaetlin Diamond & Thunder Rosa.

In addition, Charli Evans beat Jayde, which qualified her for a tilt at Thunder Rosa’s AIWF Women’s Championship on that night’s AIWF European Title Tournament show. Thunder Rosa -- who plays Kobra Moon on TV’s Lucha Underground -- retained, and there were also title wins for BEW Heavyweight Champion Ashmore (who beat Rob Cage in a falls count anywhere affair), and for Rude Boy Matt in the eponymous tournament.

BEW return on November 5th.

3) RevPro dug deep for their monthly date at the Cockpit

With much of their regular talent either overseas for PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles or taking part in CHIKARA’s King of Trios up in Wolverhampton, Revolution Pro Wrestling had to dig deep into their roster for Live at the Cockpit 20 in Marylebone last Sunday.

Although the British Undisputed Heavyweight and Tag Team Champions were otherwise engaged, and Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion Josh Bodom was not on the show, there was plenty of interest for the usual capacity crowd to get their teeth into, topped by Bubblegum making a strong claim for Bodom’s belt by beating Ring of Honor’s Travis “Flip” Gordon in the main event.

Underneath, big strides towards Heavyweight title contention were made by Zack Gibson and Dave Mastiff, and also by Sha Samuels, who demanded that he be considered for a challenge to Zack Sabre Jr., even going so far as to threaten RevPro matchmaker Andy Quildan before Rob Lias made the save.

There were also wins for Jinny, David Starr, and El Phantasmo (over the hapless Eddie Dennis), and Aussie Open made a winning debut by beating young lions Josh Wall & Kurtis Chapman.

The show is already available on RevPro On Demand, and they’re back at the Cockpit on October 1st, before making a new town on October 22nd when they open in Leamington Spa.

4) A scare for Superbad marred another top Lucha Forever show

Lucha Forever make a point of stuffing their cards full of action, and a mid-card eight-man tag team match was intended to be nothing more than another feature attraction on a show full of them.

However, an injury to “Superbad” Kip Sabian (who was teaming with Cara Noir, Alex Windsor & Charli Evans against El Ligero, David Starr, Bea Priestley & Debbie Sharp), which appeared to have rendered him unconscious, caused some concern before he recovered backstage and has shown no ill effects.

Indeed, Sabian reappeared at the end of a five-way match between Priestley, Ligero, Cara Noir, Evans, and Shax to congratulate Priestley on her win, before delivering a forearm to the person to “blame” for his injury.

The steel cage awaits...

A Whole Load of Getting Over, at Aston University Students Union in Birmingham last Thursday, was topped by a steel cage match between Will Ospreay and the Anti-Fun Police’s Chief Deputy Dunne, which Dunne won after Alex Windsor slammed the cage door shut on Ospreay’s head.

Also making use of the steel cage were Omari and Drew Parker, who continued their recent feud in a violent encounter won by Omari, and there were also non-cage wins for WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne, Jinny, El Ligero, Chris Ridgeway, and #CCK (who successfully defended their CZW Tag Team titles in a furious four-way).

You can see Lucha Forever on their On Demand service, and they’re next in action on September 17th in Cardiff.

5) James Castle left The Wrestling League in anarchy (and other stuff)

Fitting for a show named East Anglia Anarchy, “The Anarchist” James Castle carried off The Wrestling League Championship at the climax of their show at Hotel Copdock in Ipswich last Saturday, beating champion “Pastor” William Eaver and Jimmy Havoc in a three-way main event.

There were also wins for Jonny Storm, Spike Trivet, “Lord” Gideon Grey, Chris Ridgeway, and Lion Kid, as well as tag team success for Savvy Sid & Harley Rae over Candyfloss & Australian tourist Josh Shooter. TWL are back in Harwich in November.

Martin Kirby presses Bubblegum at Grand-Pro -- photo by Tony Knox

Also on Saturday but much further north, over the Scottish border in Annan, was Target Wrestling, who ran their regular spot at the Corner House Hotel with a High Octane Division Championship match on top which saw Martin Kirby beat Josh Terry to win the title.

After the match, both men were attacked by top heel stable The Guest List, and the locker room emptied to run the interlopers off. The consequences will be felt this Saturday in Carlisle.

Martin Kirby also had success last Friday night, at one of his regular haunts, Grand Pro-Wrestling. He won the Fast Track Four-Way opener -- beating Bubblegum, Joey Hayes, and Isaiah Quinn -- but was prevented from cashing it in by The Sheikh, instead watching as Sam Gradwell dethroned GPW British Champion Jimmy Jackson, and Dylan Roberts and Damon Leigh went to a no contest in the GPW Heavyweight title match.

The show also featured a GPW Tag Team Championship number one contender's match, won by the Midnight Bin Collection, and Lana Austin progressed in the GPW Women’s Championship tournament, beating Natalie Wild. Grand-Pro are back on October 6th.

Drew Parker lies amongst thumbtacks at HOP:E -- photo by IC Things

Friday also saw HOP:E Wrestling run Derby’s Hairy Dog, with a 10,001 thumbtacks match between Jimmy Havoc and Drew Parker headlining Freakshow 5: (Non) Tournament of Absolutely No Death, We Hope.

The stacked show also featured Cara Noir, Shax, Sierra Loxton, El Ligero, Chris Ridgeway, Eddie Dennis, Zack Gibson, Clint Margera, Mark Davis, and Jack Sexsmith, and HOP:E are back tomorrow in Mansfield with BOLA competitor Flash Morgan Webster.