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Tuesday 08 August 2017

Review: Riptide Returns @ The Brighthelm Centre

It was with great excitement that I headed back to the Brighthelm Centre for Riptide: Returns, the second show from Brighton's new wrestling company. 

They set the standard with the first show and increased the anticipation with reveals of top stars from the UK, American and Japanese independent scene.

A great way to start their latest event was to showcase something that promotions without a contracted roster can sometimes lack, continuity. 

The opening bout featured a rematch from the first show with the Conservative Party's favourite wrestler Spike Trivet taking on the sexually frivolous, morally ambiguous Jack Sexsmith. 

It was harder hitting than their first bout with Spike bleeding from his nose early in the match. With Trivet getting disqualified I feel like a third chapter maybe coming soon. 

The match that stole the show for me was the six person tag. 

Featuring a journeyman with nearly two decades experience in Colt Cabana and wrestling's version of Marmite, Joey Ryan, along with Candice LeRae taking on British Strong Style, WWE UK competitors Trent Seven, Tyler Bate and reigning WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne

There were so many hijinks to start this match that the crowd ended up chanting for wrestling when the first hold was finally applied. 

Before that happened, the referee swapped places (and attire) with Dunne and beat him in a match and the UK's finest had been encouraged into a test of strength with Joey Ryan's all powerful manhood.

Even when this match got going, it couldn't stay serious for long. Though there was a lot of great action, my favourite part was Trent Seven flopping into the ring over the top rope if given the slightest reason to do so. 

The conclusion of the match had all six wrestlers torturing the referee. It was so wild and crazy I don't think anyone remembers who won.

Another welcome return was Gideon Grey and his loyal sidekick 'The Keyboard Warrior' Kurtis Chapman. They have established themselves as the most hated men in Riptide and their actions on the night did nothing to endear them to the crowd. 

They interfered in a drinking contest between Eddie Dennis and the Session Moth. Chapman eventually got thrown out of the building for drinking without a valid ID and returned later with a drawn on beard. Only in Riptide Wrestling!

The main event featured Bullet Club's Marty Scurll taking on the reigning CZW tournament of death champion Jimmy Havoc

This was not the crisp technical affair that was show closer from show one, it was a heavy hitting brawl that just didn't let up with countless moments where you wondered just how they were managing to get back up.

Scurll got the victory and gave a heartfelt speech about his return to the UK and embraced longtime friend Havoc. 

I know there were a lot of people who couldn't make it but there is news coming out that the full show will be released on demand very soon! 

Just who Riptide have up their sleeve for show three remains to be seen but at this point it seems they can do no wrong!


by: Dave Hills




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