FCP Capital Cock Knocker 2 review (8.26.17)

FCP Capital Cock Knocker 2 review (8.26.17)

Fight Club Pro Capital Cock Knocker 2

 

August 26 2017

 

We’re in London at the pleasant looking Bush Hall for FCP’s return to the capital, which they’ve amusingly entitled “Capital Cockknocker 2”. We get a rare surprise on VOD where Trent Seven opens the show in the ring. He does open every show but it almost never makes tape. We are privileged indeed.

 

Eddie Dennis vs. Lee Hunter vs. Millie McKenzie vs. Charli Evans vs. Jordan Devlin vs. Martina The Session Moth vs. Jack Sexsmith vs. Pete Dunne

The run of four straight babyfaces is stopped dead by the arrival of Jordan Devlin. Sexsmith gets a huge ovation from the locals. He’s a London boy.

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The participants get increasingly ridiculous until the UK Champ Pete Dunne walks out here. Well, nobody is topping that. Pete kicks the match off by throwing his jacket at Shay Pursor and knocking Martina on her arse. Charli is Australian, one of host of Antipodean grapplers currently gracing the British shores. An 8-way dance is a tough debut match for her (in my eyes anyway) as no one really stands out. Especially when you’ve got a big star like Pete Dunne involved. That said young Millicent gets the chance to shine. She’s one of FCP’s best prospects and they know it. FCP is a place where trainees can get quick pushes to suit their talent. Here’s me being all analytical about a match where Martina and Sexsmith have a Mr Cocko off where Pete Dunne noshes on both of their condom covered hands. And where Eddie Dennis casually lobs Shay out of the ring with a press slam. Pete Dunne realises the show is called Cockknocker and knocks all cocks with his punt kick. Including Martina. And Shay. Then he manages to Pedigree Shay, Martina and Sexsmith at the same time!! I love that the only person who gets over on Pete is Millie McKenzie, with sneaky roll ups and a goddamn Canadian Destroyer with double underhooks! I also love that Martina’s beer spit doesn’t work on beer enthusiast Eddie Dennis. Peter outheels Devlin for the win, nailing him with a shoe and the Bitter End for the pin. This was great fun. Everything clicked and most of the characters got over (Dunne, Dennis, Martina, Millie especially).

Final Rating: ***3/4

 

Omari vs. Travis Banks

Omari has been getting quite the push in FCP lately. Travis was the big success story for Fight Club Pro in 2016 but his rapid rise to the top of the card and subsequent failure to retain the FCP title has seen him slide back down the card. Perhaps in preparation for an inevitable return to New Zealand to get his papers in order. This is one of them there ‘solid’ wrasslin’ matches. Trav is keen to leave his mark on Omari and remind him who the boss (or in this case head trainer) is in these parts. Even in a match with little at stake Travis is keen to show no mercy and give no quarter. He’s one of the hardest workers wrestlers in the UK for that consistent effort. No wonder Progress have gone with him as their standard bearer. This match feels like a challenge for Omari; live up to his hype and raise his game to Banks’ standard. He manages this quite easily, suggesting the future is bright for Omari. Travis does eventually pull off the win but Omari hung with him every step of the way and kicked out of Slice of Heaven.

Final Rating: ***1/2

 

Aussie Open (Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher) vs. Callous Hearts (Jimmy Havoc & Clint Margera)

I love Aussie Open. Fletcher is great and Davis has the hardest high-fives in pro-wrestling. His power-up into a piledriver is fantastic. He might struggle to do that in this match. Aussie Open look hugely impressive here. Fletcher is a highlight reel and Davis a tremendous powerhouse. They both look like bigger stars then their respective opponents in the ring and Havoc is world famous. Callous Hearts have a match structure that works better in the live environment. They like to get up close and personal and brawl all over the building. The way Davis throws Havoc around is mightily impressive. He’s one of these guys where’s the sky is the limit. Fletcher is more of a flippy dude and he’s too skinny to take seriously as a main eventer but Davis looks awesome. Jimmy batters Fletcher with the Acid Rainmaker for the pin. This was more for the live crowd, especially with the brawling but the in-ring was pretty tasty. Both of Aussie Open are destined for greatness. Davis is ready now. If he had a more distinctive look he’d be knocking doors down.

Final Rating: ***

 

CZW World Championship

Shane Strickland (c) vs. Mark Haskins

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Haskins makes a point of calling it the “See-Zed-Doubleyou” title. Shane putting the belt on the line does rather telegraph the outcome, although you’d think that about CCK winning the CZW tag titles and that still happened. Obviously this is very good because they’re both excellent at everything I like in wrestling. They’re both technically sound and fast and everything is logical but fun. They’ve also both got banging entrance tunes, which is something Progress have lost out on of late. Haskins and Havoc have both suffered from losing their recognisable entrances. The wrestling is smooth, slick and perfectly timed. Two wrestlers operating at peak capacity. The timing on everything is tremendous. It does lack the slight edge of intensity that the top matches in top companies (New Japan for example) have and while they’re both excellent wrestlers they maybe lack the star power to take this to another level. But yeah, the timing is fucking amazing on everything and in modern wrestling nailing the timing of moves is everything. Strickland gets increasingly vicious when Haskins won’t stay down and that’s the crux of the match. Haskins is too resilient and won’t quit. He keeps coming back at Shane and surprising him. Many other big matches have been won by Haskins in identical circumstances. Everyone knows Haskins is a great wrestler but he’s often overlooked by larger and more famous opponents to their detriment.

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Haskins very nearly gets the upset win but Shane has enough strength left to slip out of the Star Armbar and drops Haskins with the JML Driver. Awesome match. Fans were mega into it.

Final Rating: ****

 

The Gentlemen’s Club vs. CCK

The Gentlemen are Chuck Taylor and has terrible tights and the hugely laid back Orange Cassidy. Kid Lykos has one arm in a sling so we’re not getting a high-flying exhibition contest. The sling is actually a ruse, although the injury is real. Orange Cassidy is so laid back it’s hard to know what to do with him. Brookes tries for snapmares but he just casually rolls through them without taking his hands out of his pockets.

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What do you do with someone who can’t be fucked to lock up? Brookes does a fantastic job of doing the International at normal speed while Orange slowly strolls across the ring. All Cassidy’s thumbs up stuff kills me too. Especially the one in the headscissors. Also he side-steps CCK’s finisher in the most casual manner imaginable. Chuck does some good stuff too, like the Drive Hi and the devastating Falcon Arrow meme from PWG but the star of the show is Cassidy. As he was tagging with Ashley Clementine last time around. The match probably runs a little too long but it’s funny throughout. They do a lot of fine work with water spitting. Eventually Brookes picks up the win because he’s the champion and needs to solidify his reputation as such. A win over Travis Banks the previous night helped. It’s weird how CCK are babyfaces in London, even in FCP where they are defined as heels.

Final Rating: ***1/4

 

Jeff Cobb vs. Tyler Bate

This is the main event. BSS flew back in the day of this show, having missed the Friday night, and Tyler lands right into a main event with another man who had flight issues; Jeffrey Cobb. His flight was cancelled on the Friday meaning he missed Wolverhampton.

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Tyler plays off the size difference for comedic effect. This match could have happened in SSS16 had Progress been so inclined. Instead opting to pit Tyler against Matt Riddle. Tyler has similar issues here; facing a more powerful opponent with major amateur background but he does so as a babyface. It makes a difference to his tactical approach; switching from dickish aggression to spirited hijinks. Tyler is still blowing minds with his incredible strength. When he holds Cobb in the air on a German suplex it shows his core strength. That leg power is unreal. Cobb goes to the charisma well here and comes up with the People’s Flipping headbutt? The core story is two lads hitting power moves and it’s a battle of who can survive the longest. Whether it’s Tyler and his stamina or Cobb’s strength. Both men manage ridiculous things and hurl each other around the ring. It’s very entertaining. Cobb does insane things with changing direction while Tyler is in mid-air and throwing him in a different angle. Tyler takes it, not with another ridiculous move; a flippydo off the top, but rather a pair of Tyler Drivers. Very good main event with two lads enjoying daft suplexes and such. I heartily approve.

Final Rating: ****

 

Summary:

Solid show from top to bottom. I must admit that at a shade over 2 hours it actually dragged slightly, which might be more due to my viewing habits of late rather than actual quality. Everything was at least good and there was variety (8-way opener and comedy break before the main etc). If each match was taken on its own merits you could make a claim for this being one of the best cards in August. Late August at least. That said there was nothing blowaway awesome, even if two matches got up to ****. Fight Club Pro is a promotion that I really enjoy watching but maybe they could use some commentary to keep me focused. It’s never been an issue before but maybe it would help.

 

 

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