Was anybody else at the Cockpit show?
I really liked the venue and the experience. Living in my Northern icy corner of the world, I only ever get to see wrestling live abroad and as such it is always such a treat, so I do my best to get invested in the show. For some reason I always feel like Cockpit audiences are engaged but so much more quiet than other British audiences. There's a few obvious "chant leaders" but some of the matches I felt like I was one of only three people who got into them at all.
First match on the card and the last match on the card got changed due to Lykos' injury, so CCK started the night off with a promo. Some poor lady had her phone ring twice during it, which was funny as fuck.
Eddie Dennis vs TK Cooper was a lot of fun, great seeing TK back.
Cara Noir vs RJ Singh was a weird one. I like Noir and he's actually the favorite of my friend who happens to work at the Cockpit. I hope he continues to hone the gimmick as time goes on, though, I'm not sure how I feel about "forced lipstick" spots in this one, or in general. Match ended with a lowblow, but the crowd still seems to like Noir a lot.
Rishi came out to cut a promo about Gideon. People seemed to love Rishi and he was great here. Then Gideon came out, swerved us and had a match against Curtis Chapman. Chapman is really becoming a nice rookie underdog on the RevPro shows and I got very much into this one.
Mark Davis vs Kyle Fletcher - two newcomers who've been making waves on the scene. This is one of those matches where I felt the crowd was engaged but silent, and would've been more vocally into this one if they'd had something to hang onto. As such, it was a showcase of two dudes most people knew nothing about, and without a clear story established during the match, it ended up feeling like just a match. Both guys are talented, and had decent chemistry together, but there was just not much there.
The second half kicked off with a very heated six man, Samuels, Phoenix and Smile against Gibson, Bodom and Lias. Heels' corner was close to my section of seats, and Lias kept bantering to the crowd in a really entertaining manner. Bodom is like the one dude in the world who gets genuine heat from me, but watching him this close, I have to admit he's good. But still, fuck him. Gibson was great, too. They worked this pretty old school, isolating Phoenix, fucking with the babyfaces. It eventually descended into a carcrash. Just a great, fun match.
Jinny vs Dahlia Black was next up. This is where I felt like I was one of three whole people not sitting on their hands the entire match. The work was great, Jinny's character work was once again superb and Dahlia had some great comebacks, but like ..virtually nobody cared. Kills me.
Jay White vs El Phantasmo. An online buddy is from the corner of Canada where ELP used to work, and she told me he wasn't very good and ..I am forced to agree. White was very good and kept me engaged in the match but overall I didn't love this one or anything.
Main event: Brookes & Banks vs War Machine
Stupendously great action that never slowed down or stopped for a moment. I was yelling myself hoarse the entire time, and even my friend said she hadn't heard the crowd get this into a match in a long while. If you hear somebody yelling in Finnish on the VOD, that would be me. What can I say? I mark out.
I got real awkward about meeting the wrestlers at the merch tables but I did shake War Machine's big sweaty palms and told them I saw them in Tokyo earlier in the year.