Attack Pro Wrestling
January 4 2019
Hey, hey, it’s Arn here. This year I’m aiming to break my ‘shows attended in one year’ record of 36. So I thought to keep me motivated to succeed in this endeavour I’d keep a record of how I do it. Plus throw in some hints and tips for newcomers to the BritWres scene as a whole.
SHOW #1: ATTACK PRO WRESTLING 24/7 TOURNAMENT.
I kicked the year off with Attack in Cheltenham. I’d never been to Attack before so this was all new to me. I bought tickets on Christmas Eve and with Attack you need to get in quickly because they sell out in minutes, not hours or days. There’s a reason for that. They run a pub function room in Cheltenham and it houses about a hundred people.
Having purchased a ticket I decided to see what transportation was like. The last train out of Cheltenham is at 10pm. That’s pretty much it. The show was due to finish at around 10pm so that was that buggered. So I had to grab a hotel room. Luckily the Premier Inn is a stone’s throw from the venue.
I live relatively close by but the journey was complicated by having to change trains in Worcester. I got a cheap ticket on a mid-afternoon train and got into Cheltenham around 4pm. It was bloody freezing. The train station is about a mile from the venue. I walked it, as I enjoy doing, and as you come out of the station (via platform one) there’s a Tesco Express opposite. If you cross the road there’s a path to the right of Tesco, which takes you pretty much straight into Cheltenham. It comes out in a Waitrose car park. From there it’s a short walk into the centre of Cheltenham.
The venue is called the Frog and Fiddle. It’s a fairly large pub sandwiched between a Chinese place and a Domino’s. The pub let you bring food in, which is extremely rare. So if you fancy getting there early and having a pizza in the pub you can. Beer, pizza AND wrestling in the same venue? Living the dream lads.
The queue to get into the venue is actually inside the pub and it snakes around blocking the bar, which is a bit strange. I guess the alternative is making people queue at the side door, which would block the toilets. Attack operate a low level Indie ticket policy. So they have a list of names and if your name is down you’re coming in. So no need for printed tickets or any of that jazz. I had the paypal receipt ready on my phone but didn’t need it.
The Frog and Fiddle’s function room is where the action takes place. The ring barely fits in. There’s no space either side at all. You can barely walk past the ring on one side and the other is against the wall. There is standing on both sides and some seating on benches at the back of the room. I went for a standing spot over by the entrance at the back but got told to move because the guys recording it needed to see the entrances. So I got moved right in front of speaker by the ring. I was deafened by any music but got as close to the ring as is possible. I was basically leaning on the ring post for the entire show.
Attack 24/7 Tournament QF’s
Robbie X def. El Phantasmo
Mike Bird def. Jay Joshua
Chuck Mambo def. Eddie Dennis
Connor Mills def. Lucky Kid
Dan Moloney def. Sid Oakley & The OJMO
Robbie X def. Mike Bird
Connor Mills def. Chuck Mambo
Robbie X def. Connor Mills
January 4th is probably not the best of times to book a show with a lot of talent over in Japan as part of Fight Club Pro’s Japanese adventure. The lack of big names was worryingly apparent and the crowd response is not the usual vibrant, exciting feel that I get from seeing Attack on VOD. The talent that gained spots in this new vacuum didn’t exactly kill it, although I really don’t blame them for not wanting to go nuts in front of 100 people in a pub. Save it for when more eyes are on you. That said Jay Joshua looked hurt after Mike Bird dropped him on his head and Connor Mills needed assistance leaving after a sudden, improvised finish saw him quickly pinned after communicating his discomfort in the final.
Some real positives though. ELP’s post match promo with Charli Evans where he revealed “the illuminati is real” popped me. I honestly would have enjoyed him going all the way but it wasn’t to be. Jay Joshua looked solid. It was my first time seeing him and he looked decent. Eddie Dennis came across like a legitimate star, being the biggest name on the show by some distance. He felt the most real of all the performers. Dan Moloney was also brilliant in his squash match, murdering poor OJMO, and then taking out his anger at a relatively quiet 2018 laid out Attack champ Damian Dunne. “Quick tings”. “I’ll enjoy it, cuz you’re a fed”.
Two big shout outs for selling here. Chuck Mambo got dumped on a chair back first by Eddie Dennis and proceeded to sell the shit out of it for the rest of the night. Also Robbie X injured his wrist in the first match and spent the rest of the show struggling to hit his ‘Lethal Injection’ style finish. Thus having to improvise alternative methods of winning matches.
The in-ring was slightly disappointing here and I can see why it happened. Jim Lee did a fine job of keeping enthusiasm levels high throughout and now I’ve been to this venue I’d consider going back. Cheltenham doesn’t house the big Attack shows so you’re unlikely to see anything really special but it’s a nice little undergraps addition to my viewing.