by Mat Lindsay
There’s something of a strong styled feel to the forecast this week, as many well-know, and at least one truly iconic, names from NJPW (right now the hottest thing in Japanese wrestling, bar none) touch down in the UK for a brace of dates promoted jointly with UK companies. WCPW are the first, with their Wrestling World Cup’s Japanese leg taking place at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester on the 7th, where Rysuke Taguchi, Yohei Komatsu, Sho Tanaka, Tiger Mask IV, Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, KUSHIDA and the legendary Jushin “Thunder” Liger flying the flag for New Japan. In addition, former ROH Heavyweight Champion Kyle O’Reilly meets “The Villain” Marty Scurll and Rampage Brown collides with “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii in non-tournament matches worth the price of the admission in their own right.
The next day on the 8th, the NJPW contingent hot-foot it down to London and the Walthamstow Assembly Hall, for RPW:UK’s British J Cup, the initial list of entrants for which comprises of KUSHIDA, Kyle O’Reilly and Jushin Liger, alongside the native talent of Josh Bodom, Marty Scurll and “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay.
Also on 8th, Pro Wrestling Chaos take over Bristol’s Hanham Community Centre for the sake of Heir to the Thron3, where Project Lucha (“The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero & Martin Kirby) challenge The Modern Culture (Danny Jones & Richie Edwards) for the Knights of Chaos Tag Team Championship. And while “Flash” Morgan Webster defends the King of Chaos Championship against “The Pride of Wales” Eddie Dennis, “Dirty” Dick Riley, Mike Bird, Matt Horgan, Big Grizzly, Joe Coffey, Mikey Whiplash and Jimmy Havoc collide in a Heir to the Throne Ladder Match to determine the number one contender to whomever emerges from the main event as champion.
And rounding out the week we have NGW, who sit astride the entire weekend, firstly with a show scheduled to take place on 8th at the Victoria Hall in Keighley and see David Graves meet “The Primate” Jason Prime, with “The Showstealer” Nathan Cruz, Liam Slater, Amir Jordan and Justin “The Hammer” Sysum also scheduled to appear.
The next night, logically the 9th, they hop over to the Beverley Memorial Hall to present Proving Ground 34, with Justin Sysum and Liam Slater again appearing, and this time being joined by Caz Crash, David Graves and Dara Diablo.