by Dynamic Thinking
Twelve weeks into season three of British Wrestling Weekly and we see more GenX action and the potential culmination of the long running, bitter feud between El Ligero and Dara Diablo.
Gen X Number One Contender’s Match
Organised by the new GenX Champion, Matt Myers, we see the familiar face of Robbie X in the ring to face new talent from the NGW Academy, in this case JD Boom.
Sadly, for JD Boom, Bubblegum, recently defeated by Myers, the Mancunian quickly turns from feigning friendship to pure hatred and we hear Bubblegum speak for, as Alex Shane notes, the first time.
Having despatched JD Boom, Robbie X finds himself facing an angry former champion in a ten minute, GenX rules match. However, if there’s anything we learnt so far, it’s that Robbie X isn’t a man to step away from a challenge – the underdog will have his day.
At 5m 23s, thanks to a feigned injury, Bubblegum is able to roll up Robbie X for the win.
Unsanctioned Last Man Standing Match – El Ligero vs Dara Diablo
An effective recap package shows us the descent into madness that has tainted Dara Diablo for the past eighteen months – from betraying El Ligero, to shaving his own head, to unmasking The Mexican Sensation and their last two vicious encounters, each act has been a calculated act to destroy his former best friend.
From the very start of the match, it’s clear that Diablo has underestimated El Ligero as, this is a dangerous, reckless and aggressive Mexican Sensation. This doesn’t leave The Crown Prince of Betrayal powerless, however, as he continues to push the boundaries of acceptability with his actions – attempts to get El Ligero to use a chair press the buttons of Ligero’s psyche, whilst Diablo rains blows upon his opponent.
As both men brawl around the ring and into the back, the stakes are raised, with chairs and a table thrown into the mix, and they pour everything they can into this grudge match.
Whilst El Ligero may have been victorious, it may have been at the cost of exactly what Diablo had always promised – making the mask slip.
As Ligero takes in what he’s done and what he’s been driven to, Joseph Conners comes out, slow clapping, and accompanied by Lillith. Words are exchanged and Conners bears down upon El Ligero, but before he can do anything, Liam Slater comes out to stand beside his friend.
Lights go down and a mystery assailant attacks both Slater, spitting green mist into his face, leaving Conners and a man bearing the word “Screwface” on his singlet to wrap a chain around Ligero, trying to bisect him, whilst Lillith smiles cruelly.
Every so often, NGW British Wrestling Weekly gives us a prime example of “do not try this at home”, and the Unsanctioned Last Man Standing Match certainly ticks all the boxes!
Beyond the Ropes
Bubblegum on the microphone – why has it taken so long, NGW? – and, let’s hope that NGW continues to use the skills of the very talented, and popular, Robbie X.
And, JD Boom – who wouldn’t feel sorry for him as he makes his NGW British Wrestling Weekly debut only to be attacked! Let’s hope he gets the chance to, one day, step into the squared circle.
If you want a potted example of how the quality of NGW British Wrestling Weekly has improved over just the past year and a half, you just need to watch the quality of the footage in the Dara Diablo vs El Ligero highlight reel – “good enough” has, in eighteen months, evolved into arguably the best quality footage in British wrestling to date.
The Last Man Standing Match is “unsanctioned” yet has rules put into place by NGW management, states Alex Shane – particularly in the use of Steve Lynskey and conducting a ten count. It does seem odd that an unsanctioned match – therefore without authority or approval – would have authority bestowed upon it by NGW Management.
So much emotion in the Last Man Standing Match and it was a phenomenal end to the feud – the final moments have taken the rivalry between Liam Slater and Joseph Conners, with El Ligero once more drawn in, to another level.
NGW British Wrestling Weekly, very much like the NGW product, is a family-friendly affair. Moves that are dangerous – chairs, steps, steel, tables and headbutts – are momentarily frozen in time to hide the effect. For the first time in three seasons, a match pours out of the venue and into the backstage area, captured in guerrilla fashion by the cameramen. It makes for dramatic stuff, though the freeze frame moments will have its critics – especially those watching it on the WhatCulture Wrestling YouTube channel.