SOUTHSIDE WRESTLING RAW DEAL 3 (FSM 107; June 2014)
Information – DVD Region: Region Free • Distributor: Southside Wrestling • Price: £11 • Other info: 116 mins • Release: Out now • Weblink: www.SouthsideWrestling.co.uk
On March 29, Stevenage’s Arts and Leisure Centre was the venue for Raw Deal 3, headlined by Paul London and Brian Kendrick’s shot at The Starbux’ Southside Tag Team titles.
Joseph Conners versus the rejuvenated El Ligero starts the show. After his troubles with “Ego Dragon” Martin Kirby, all of Ligero’s old fire seems to return against the vicious former Predator, and their opposites attract well in this encounter. Project Ego and The Bhangra Knights do battle next, with the winners being named the number one contenders for the SWE Tag Team titles. Both are teams with fine and deserved reputations, so to no surprise, the match is of a very high standard, with Darrell Allen putting in a sparkling performance with believable selling and precise offence.
Stixx continues his vendetta against the Speed King division, as he faces Danny Chase. It’s another storyline-driven match where Stixx is barely tested by his smaller opponent, and treats him with utter contempt. A mouth-watering bout between Mark Andrews and Tommy End follows, with Andrews trying to negate the Dutchman’s famous strikes by working over his legs. In contrast, End’s strategy relies on grounding the high-flying Welshman. It’s a slow burner, leading to some very exciting final moments.
An Opportunity Knocks four-way match is next. T-Bone, Paul Malen, Wild Boar and Michael Dante are the competitors, and with a title shot of their choice at stake, it’s fought with the expected competitive spirit. Malen is attacked early by his former partner Joseph Conners, turning the match into a three-way. T-Bone and Dante star throughout with their rough and ready manoeuvres, while Boar looks slightly out of place when he interjects.
The main event is the aforementioned SWE Tag Team title showcase. Brian Kendrick invites the younger members of the audience into the ring before the match, in a moment to make even the most cynical fan smile. Kendrick also performs a quick exhibition bout against The Invisible Man, and the former WWE Tag Team champions manage to cram in a quick game of musical chairs against their opponents, too.
The match itself is enjoyable, with a sequence between London and Mark Haskins the highlight, but it does descend into a little too much comedy, considering that there was already so much of that before the bell rang.
Overall, Raw Deal 3 is a decent show from Southside, although there is nothing essential here.
Fans of the promotion, however, will still want this for the fun and games.