The latest edition of Wrestling Resurgence comes from Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester.
There’s only 4 matches on this card, but part of that is because they will be crowning their first champion in the Over the Top over-the-top rope Open Intergender Battle Royale. Completing the card are a couple of debuts for “Urchin Prince” Drew Parker and Damon Moser; the next chapter in the saga between Tory poster boy Spike Trivet against everyone’s favourite swan Cara Noir and a match with huge ramifications for the Rumble between Candy Floss and Jayde. Let’s see what happened.
Jayde vs CandyFloss
This match stemmed from the previous show, where Sanitarium (Shax, Nightshade w/ Jayde) went over Fleeky AF (Candy Floss and Chakara). Jayde managed her team last time out, so I could imagine her watching and revelling in their success and wanting a slice of it herself. This match had the extra stipulation that whoever won got to choose both their entry number and their opponent’s.
Candy gets accompanied to the ring by Chakara – who has started to show some of the mannerisms of Candy when they both sit on the ring apron and wave, who knows, this might lead to closer friendship or a double cross in the future – and Jayde has NightShade come with her, so theoretically the numbers are even in terms of outside help, which seems to benefit Candy Floss. It’s also notable before the first bell rings, that there’s a new referee, which is exciting and gives a nice bit of variety.
An attack before the bell creates a sprint of a start to the match and leaves Candy Floss momentarily reeling, although it’s not long before she gets to work on Jayde’s arms to set up for her armbar finisher. It’s weird to think that Candy is the face here as the way she is manipulating the arm of Jayde is reminiscent of a Shayna Baszler or a Pete Dunne.
Having NightShade at her side clearly is beneficial to Jayde as her involvement allows Jayde to gain some footing back into the match, and although Chakara is trying to provide her assistance, it doesn’t seem as effective. After some time, Candy works her way back into the match and is able to continue to work on the arm.
Both participants show enormous resilience throughout this match and although the match is short, it still feels complete and the conclusion where Jayde wins with a roll-up over Candy Floss after shenanigans from Nigh.. I mean no outside interference at all (that’s what Jayde would have you believe anyway). With Jayde winning, she picks an undisclosed entrance number for herself and 2 for Candy Floss – which is astonishingly kind and allowing Candy to not be number 1 although Jayde clearly anticipates that the damage caused in this match would come home to roost later on. Although the damage sustained to the arm for Jayde could inhibit her ability to make eliminations in the rumble, which she’ll have to do at least one of if she has any designs on winning the title.
Grade – B- (good match and furthered the feud, I just want these two fighting for longer)
Drew Parker vs Damon Moser
Going into this match, I was intrigued to see how these two would mesh. Drew is primarily known for his hardcore matches and for being able to take a lot of punishment. I’m not as aware of Damon’s matches, but he brings a high level of intensity, but as he comes to the ring his music is a track from Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, so immediately I’m on his side.
The match starts out with an exhibition of technical wrestling, both competitors clearly feeling each other out and showing clear signs that they are making their debut for this company, with neither of them wanting to be too ambitious too early on. As remarked by the commentary team, neither man is a stranger to pain, so it will take them a lot to get the victory.
In the early running, Moser looks to have the upper hand, throwing suplexes and keeping control of Parker, allowing him to set the tempo of the match. Although Drew does get a brief flurry of offense in, the match quickly turns to striking and Damon gains a huge advantage with a Death Valley Driver onto the ring apron (the oft-mentioned hardest part of the ring – although I’ve heard the posts are harder).
An ankle lock allows Moser to keep the upper hand and potentially inhibit Parker from hitting his 450 finishing move. More striking from Moser leads to a babyface comeback flurry and a brutal kick from Parker to the back of the head, followed by a peculiar move from the top rope, which stuns Moser, and then a flip dive to the outside. The submission style of Moser tries to take hold, but Parker shows incredible countering technical ability to figure his way out of moves
I know this sounds weird, but I hope Moser can look back on this match and smile. It was a contest best described as really really good – with amazing technical abilities on show, as well as incredibly stiff striking. Drew Parker pins Damon Moser after a 450, with the knees landing on Moser’s face.
Grade – B (two awesome competitors, who took a remarkable amount of punishment and a good change of pace from the opening bout)
Spike Trivet vs Cara Noir
This match is part of an ongoing feud between the Tory and the Swan. At Spandex Ballet back in September, Spike attacked Cara after his match against Dave Mastiff. Then at Top of the Chops, Cara returned the favour after Spike took on Jimmy Havoc. I’m glad they have this chance to lock horns in one-on-one action as the ballet-themed wrestler takes on the establishment figure.
From the get-go, the animosity between the two contrasting figures is apparent. Despite the technical exchanges initially, the disdain for one another quickly comes to the fore with pinfalls being attempted through feet to the face rather than a typical lateral press. This is quickly followed up by more disrespect as Cara places his hand, firstly down his tights and then into Spike’s face.
Athleticism and strikes soon replace the disrespect and the match kicks up a gear, allowing Cara the upper-hand and granting him the chance to apply a sinister submission hold but then show further disrespect to Spike.
It’s clear whose side the crowd are on, and this support along with vicious strikes give Cara some advantage, which disappears as soon as it came, with a slight mistake in the corner giving Spike the momentum, which he uses to punish Cara with chops and strikes. However, Spike finds what I would like to posit is the true hardest part of the ring and he connects a chop with the ring post instead of Cara.
Sadly for Cara, this does not seem to dull Spike’s passion for punishment and the onslaught continues with quite a shuddering toes in the mouth spot which makes my stomach turn a little. Spike continues to work the feet, knowing that Cara is weaker without that power. The tussle goes back and forth, with near-falls aplenty. It’s only the tenacity of each competitor which keeps them in the contest.
Down the final stretch, the match really explodes with ferocity and the deepest of deep pins from Cara show how much the win would mean to him. Chants were heard of fight forever and this truly was more of a battle than a fight, but in the end Spike would wear Cara down and hit his finisher for the win. Spike Trivet pins Cara Noir after the Birthright.
Grade – A (this was a tremendous match and showed off the battle of ideologies that Resurgence wants to be known for, easily match of the night and well worth the watch for any casual fans as well as more dedicated wrestling fans).
Over the Top over-the-top rope Open Intergender Battle Royale (OTTOTTROIBR) – Jack Sexsmith, Paul Malem, Visage, Nightshade, Laura Di Matteo, Mercedez Blaze, Kanji, Jim Diehard (the Unit), Jayde, Chief Deputy Dunne, Candy Floss, Benton Destruction (The Tool Shed), Chakara, Shauna Shay, Gene Munny, Roy Johnson, Sammy Smooth, Charli Evans, Hari Singh and Jetta.
So here we are, the main event and the chance to inaugurate a champion. Coming into this, I am intrigued to see how Jim Diehard and Benton Destruction fare, given they are usually a tag team and so far undefeated in Wrestling Resurgence. They could be targeted but if either of them are involved in the final stretch, my money would be all on them. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing how Kanji fares, and how much the earlier match took out of Jayde and Candy Floss, especially with Jayde’s arm, which I believe was the one she had injured last year.
As Jayde won her match at the top of the card, she forced Candy Floss to enter at 2, and will take her place as whichever entrant number she chooses. Roy Johnson enters as number 1 and takes on Candy Floss. Next in is Shauna Shay, the antithesis of Candy Floss in that she likes celery and if the show is anything to go by, Shauna can do a press-up and Candy can’t.
The first of the double-dutiers comes in with Jack Sexsmith hitting the ring as number 4 and he eliminates Big Wavy, but gets pulled under, in a move that could have future implications come March or beyond.
As is customary, the ring fills up a little with extra participants, with occasional eliminations including a nasty looking bump to Mercedes Blaze, and almost everyone targeting Candy Floss straightaway, but no-one seemingly able to eliminate her until NightShade furthers the bad blood between Fleeky AF and Sanitarium, who knows if this will develop in March.
My premonition of the Henchmen being a force to be reckoned with came to fruition, but their domination only increases how much they are targeted. With dominance can come over-confidence and clever wrestlers can take advantage of this, levelling the field and removing the Henchmen.
The middle phase of the match goes a little interesting, with some suspect shouts from one member of the crowd. However, in more positive news, the women in the match really get showcased in this section which is amazing to see. It was certainly also noticeable that the numbers of participants was equal between male and female wrestlers, which is another huge positive for me when it comes to watching Resurgence – long may it continue.
Coming into the final part of the rumble, the ongoing shenanigans between Fleeky AF and Sanitarium continue and this can only lead to developing to a match in March surely.
With a quick flurry of eliminations, the match comes down to the final four, of Gene Munny, Jack Sexsmith, Charli Evans, Jetta and Chief Deputy Dunne (I hope the precinct paid him time and a half-ahh). At this stage, eliminations can only happen through pinfall or submission until the winner is crowned.
Jetta is the first to go, and outside interference means that Charli Evans soon follows. Although I really want to see Chief Deputy take on Charli, as I feel they would really work well together in an extended match, but I think taking on Drew may be higher up on her agenda for now. Earlier exertions from Sexsmith get played on by the Chief but his ambition is his undoing and Jack hits his BDSM (Big Double Stompy Move) to get the belt.
Grade – B (a really well worked rumble and Jack can really carry a company, and the match helped develop a feud or two)
As always, this was an enjoyable show that had the variety that I’ve come to expect from Resurgence. The storyline of Fleeky AF vs Sanitarium permeated the show and acted as a continuous thread. I’m interested to see where Spike and Cara go from here and which challenges Jack Sexsmith will face. I won’t have to wait long to know because for their next show on 3rd March (Spinal Graps at Nottingham Contemporary) they have Jack Sexsmith scheduled to take on the Pride of Wales Eddie Dennis. Also announced is Fleeky AF (Candy Floss, Chakara and Sierra Loxton) vs Sanitarium (Jayde, Shax and NightShade) in a street fight.
Thanks to Wrestling Resurgence for allowing me early access to the video for this review.
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