Another week gone and another week of proof that WOS Wrestling on ITV is a hub for some of the most talented wrestlers on the planet.
We saw five great matches, each with their own intriguing story, and each illustrating the different skill-sets needed to succeed in the world of wrestling.
The first match of the evening was a newly serious Grado, who lost his WOS Championship on the first episode of the new series, face up against Sha Samuels. Grado had earlier begged executive Stu Bennett for another chance following his title loss, and Bennett agreed on the proviso that he showed a more serious attitude in the ring.
Coming to the ring in what can only be described as a geography teacher’s outfit, the Scot went toe-to-toe with Samuels, eventually hitting an incredible diamond-cutter on his airborne opponent. This will surely prove to Bennett that Grado is more than worthy of another shot at the title he lost just two weeks ago, but we’ll have to see next week if he did enough to impress.
Next up was the match of the night between Joe Hendry and the man that betrayed the Scot two weeks ago, Martin Kirby. The newly arrogant Kirby spent the opening of the match trying to run away from the enraged Hendry, but as soon as the two started trading blows, the crowd was in for a classic. Hendry will have been left incredibly frustrated that he was unable to pick up the win, particularly as his opponent had to resort to some very questionable tactics to pick up the win. Kirby used the middle rope to assist a pin. Kirby faces a returning Will Ospreay next week, and will need to be on top form to battle with the aerial assassin.
We then had the latest first round match in the WOS Tag Title Tournament, with BT Gunn & Stevie Boy facing off against CJ Banks & Brad Slayer. Despite being a relatively short match, the four men packed so much into it that it felt much longer. The team of Gunn and Stevie Boy dominated for large parts of the match and managed to pick up an impressive win following an incredible show of athleticism from the top rope. These two are a force to be reckoned with.
The next bout can be summed up pretty quickly. After winning the briefcase for a ‘huge opportunity’ last week, Gabriel Kidd learned that the ‘huge’ was pretty literal. The poor lad was squashed by the giant Crater, quite literally, while a gleeful Stu Bennett watched from ringside. Despite showing a lot of heart, Kidd was unable to bridge the size gap, and Crater picked up a straightforward win. Tune in next week to find out who the monster will face next.
After the match, Kidd was taken out on a stretcher. Poor Kidd.
The show’s main event was another title defense for WOS champion Rampage, who this week faced Justin Sysum. Sysum showed real flair and heart in this outing, and on many occasions looked like he might dethrone the champ, but as is always the case with Rampage, there was a plan B.
The champ had planted Sha Samuels and CJ Banks under the ring, and the latter held onto Sysum’s leg to stop him getting in the ring and forcing a count out. Sysum will be rightly disappointed, but it looks like whoever wants to defeat Rampage will always be in a three-on-one handicap match while his cronies are lurking.
Next Week’s show will feature the following:
- Will Ospreay vs Martin Kirby
- Kay Lee Ray defends her WOS Women’s Championship
- WoS Champion Rampage will appear
- Crater will be in action