This weekend brings us the 3rd Annual Edition of Rev Pro’s British J Cup.
Taking after NJPW’s idea for the Best of the Super Juniors, this one day event pips eight of the best juniors from the British Isles and the rest of the world against each other to be crowned the best super junior in the UK. With the two previous winners being Jushin Thunder Liger and El Phantasmo, and previous entrants including KUSHIDA, Kyle O’Reilly and Bandido, the events always bring amazing high-flying action to the ring.
This year’s contest reverts back to the first-year, one day format – four singles matches that lead into the following round. This year’s card is stacked with talent, with great match ups to whet the appetite. With not only tournament matches on the card, we also have a tag team title unification match and some highlighted singles contests throughout the night.
British J Cup 2019 First Round Match: Amazing Red vs. PAC
In what seems to be a continuation of the ‘Amazing Red’s Dream Match Up’ tour, we get him locking up with ‘The Bastard’ PAC. With both men’s skill in the ring, this will no doubt be a highlight of the competition as a whole. You must believe that the crowd will be behind Amazing Red for this one, but you never know; with PAC being a home country favourite, that may sway the audience. Expect many spots to blow your mind in this match – this is going to slap hard.
British J Cup 2019 First Round Match: Michael Oku vs. Rocky Romero
Coming in with quite possibly one of the UK’s hottest names at the moment, Michael Oku (The OJMO elsewhere) squares up with Rocky Romero. Probably the match with the most newcomer/veteran feel to it, this will be a fantastic opportunity for Oku to showcase that fire and energy that has made him the breakout star of 2019 with standout matches against PAC and British Cruiserweight Champion El Phantasmo. This will be a great way to put over Oku even more. With both men’s fondness for shoot-style kicking, this is going to be a stiff contest. What we need to hope for is that Oku doesn’t continue with the neck problems that have blighted his progression this year, which is always a worry now when he steps between the ropes. We should see Oku progress to the final here though.
British J Cup 2019 First Round Match: El Phantasmo vs. Senza Volto
In what seems to be a continuing theme with last year’s tournament, we see current British Cruiserweight Champion El Phantasmo return to defend his crown against Frenchman Senza Volto. These two have faced off previously in 2018 for German Wrestling Federation (can be found for free on YouTube here) and they showed great chemistry in what was definitely a showcase match. With another year under their belts and ELP’s new Bullet Club attitude, expect this to be a contender for Match of the Night.
British J Cup 2019 First Round Match: El Barbaro Cavernario vs. Robbie Eagles
This match pits two debutants to the tournament against each other. We have up and coming Mexican star El Barbaro Cavernario: he’s starting to break out internationally after winning numerous tournaments in Mexico whilst also being the reigning Mexican National Light Heavyweight Champion, and so competed in Best of the Super Juniors back in 2015. Opposite him, we have a man who needs no introduction. The Sniper of the Skies Robbie Eagles has made giant waves this year, taking part in BOSJ and World Tag League, as well as joining and turning on the Bullet Club, along with some fantastic matchups over in NJPW. Another showcase match-up, for sure.
Brendan White vs. Ren Narita
In our non-tournament males singles match, on one side we have Brendan White, who has been making giant steps in Rev Pro this year. Hailing out of Dragon Pro Wrestling Academy, he’s a real up-and-comer. He faces NJPW’s Ren Narita, who continues his excursion by returning to the UK after making his US indies debut.
Narita is a stern test for White who wants to be the next big Contender break-out in the same vein as Michael Oku and Kurtis Chapman.
Gisele Shaw vs. Tessa Blanchard
A cracker of a match here. Two of the stars of WOW go head to head. We have currently UK based Canadian Gisele Shaw, who has been nothing short than sensational, wrestling around the country for Attack Pro Wrestling, Progress, EVE and Chaos. Tessa Blanchard is someone who needs no introduction. The current Number 1 Contender to the IMPACT World Championship is making her Rev Pro Debut this weekend.
RevPro Undisputed British Tag Team Title / SWE Tag Team Title Unification Match – Moonlight Express (MAO & Mike Bailey) (c) vs. The Legion (Rampage Brown & The Great O-Kharn) (C)
After the merger of Southside Wrestling, the status of the company’s championships has been up in the air. This weekend sees the start of the unification matches with the Tag Team Championships. The home team come in the form of the hard-hitting Legion (Rampage Brown and The Great O-Kharn). Representing Southside Wrestling are the tandem of rising DDT star MAO and Canadian indie superstar Mike Bailey in the form of Moonlight Express. Two different styles that should make for a very entertaining and interesting contest.
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