This is my fourth time watching a Singapore Pro Wrestling event, but my first time blogging about it. SPW is our country’s indie wrestling promotion, founded at around 2012. They have a decent, well represented roster with all the different wrestling styles. SPW also frequently invites wrestlers from other promotions, and the main highlights tonight were two Japanese males from Dragon Gate, and one Japanese female freelancer. Also, a new inaugural mid-tier title belt, the SPW Singapore Championship, was up for grabs.
– Five-way dance (one-fall finish): Bellum Roy vs Alejandro Cuevo vs Aiden Rex vs Sayn vs Luqman Adam. Rex wins by triangle choke submission after making Roy tap out.
This was my first time watching Roy in action, who is also nicknamed The Butcher because of his gimmick: He carries a giant cleaver into the ring. Cuevo is a Puerto Rican wrestler. He looks very young and I’m not sure which promotion he’s from. Rex, Sayn, and Luqman are longtime regulars of the SPW roster. Rex is a real joy to watch because of his high-flying.
Five-way matches can quickly become very messy because of the numbers, and that’s what happened as the wrestlers started spilling outside of the ring and creating chaos near the spectators. I was seated in the third row, so I was mostly unaffected by the carnage. Cuevo was super agile, wrestling with a lucha libre style. Rex performed a modified Asai moonsault to the outside of the ring. In the end, Rex got the victory by making Roy tap out to a modified triangle choke.
– SPW Singapore Championship three-way: Power Warrior vs Doctor Gore vs Eurasian Dragon. Dragon with the pinfall on Gore after a powerbomb.
Dragon’s real name is Kenneth Teixeira (a Portuguese surname). He is half-Portuguese and half-Singaporean. His wrestling name is a reference to pro wrestler American Dragon (aka Daniel Bryan). Dragon had actually won the Malaysia Pro Wrestling World-to-Regional Championship in a July SPW event. But he didn’t walk out into the ring with that title, so I assume that he dropped it at another event.
This was an okay match with lots of strikes. I think everyone already knew the outcome. Dragon is one of the veterans of SPW’s roster and deserves to hold a belt. But I know that some people in the crowd were not happy with how he won it: Gore and Warrior did most of the work before Dragon landed one big move to win it. Sadly, this is one of the problems of having three-way matches.
– Destroyer Dharma defeats Rowdy Ranga. Match was (kayfabe) stopped midway because of a thrown towel.
Dharma and Ranga both made their debuts back in July, and this was their first singles match. Dharma is a huge bodybuilder who kind of reminds me of Bobby Lashley. He even has Lashley’s nickname, “Destroyer”. Ranga’s gimmick is that of a fun loving dancer with a Bollywood vibe (think Mahabali Shera, but with more catchy music). Before the match even started, the fans were already chanting “Deepavali, Deepavali!” (Deepavali falls on 30 October this year).
This was an okay match with one big problem: The finish was terrible. Dharma was in control for most of the match using his strength and power. He landed a chokeslam on Ranga when suddenly a towel was thrown into the ring by Sayn. I was seated ringside and I honestly didn’t know where he came from. Good job with your sneaking and sabotage skills, Sayn. The referee immediately stopped the match and the victory was awarded to Dharma. Sayn, who lost the earlier five-way match, said that he was sick of newbie wrestlers like Ranga getting opportunities while he himself, a three-year veteran, gets none.
This was only Ranga’s second SPW appearance and his first singles match. I was scratching my head at Sayn’s tirade. It made no sense, and it felt like they were trying too hard to push a “story” for Sayn.
NJPW’s Gedo once said this: “We are not a soap opera. We are not sports entertainment, we are not acting and not dancing. We wrestle and we are wrestling – we are New Japan Pro Wrestling.”
SPW, there is no need to try so hard to create “stories”. Let the wrestlers tell their stories in the ring, and let feuds and rivalries build from there naturally. I was hoping for a clean finish for Dharma vs Ranga, it’s their first singles match after all. Instead, we got a thrown towel (???).
– Jason Lee pins Arsenal Affi after a knee-strike to the head.
I was really looking forward to this match. Jason Lee (in yellow, above) is from Hong Kong Pro-Wrestling Federation (HKWF), and he has actually wrestled for WWE in 2016 for their Cruiserweight Classic tournament and Dusty Rhodes Classic tag-team tournament. Sadly, the majority of the spectators around me didn’t seem to know who he is (!). I was expecting a bit more fanfare for someone who has wrestled for WWE.
Lee’s experience and ring psychology made this a fun match to watch. The SPW fans kept cheering “Pikachu, Pikachu!” because of his yellow attire and hair wax. There was interference from a masked man, who invaded the ring and delivered a brainbuster to Affi. But the finish was clean, as Lee got the pinfall after a knee strike to Affi’s head.
– Singapore Pro Wrestling SEA tag-team title match: Bad Company (Golem Thai, P-Nutz) vs Mighty Arrow (Mighty Mighty, Black Arrow). Arrow pins P-Nutz after a top-rope senton.
Defending champions Bad Company are from Thailand’s Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling promotion. Their entrance theme is actually the Hell March 2 theme from Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2. Mighty Mighty is SPW’s biggest wrestler in terms of body size (think Brodus Clay), while Black Arrow is another high flyer.
Golem Thai, the bigger member of Bad Company, managed to body slam Mighty Mighty. Arrow delivered a moonsault from the top rope to the outside of the ring. He eventually pinned P-Nutz after a top-rope senton splash. I believe this is the first time that Mighty Mighty and Black Arrow have won a title belt, be it singles or tag team. Congrats to them, they deserve to hold a belt.
– Hiroyo Matsumoto pins Alexis Lee after a back-drop suplex
A women’s singles match featuring Singapore’s first female pro wrestler, Alexis Lee. Alexis was wearing some new facepaint and body paint — a black and white “skull” motif, slightly similar to Sting’s and Tama Tonga’s. It’s an interesting new look and I’m curious to see where she’ll go with this.
I’ve not watched Matsumoto wrestle before, but I googled about her beforehand. She is currently a freelancer wrestling for many indie promotions, including the prestigious all-female Shimmer Women Athletes. What I really liked about Matsumoto was her natural charisma the moment she came out on the ramp — she’s very comfortable in front of a crowd and knows how to keep them entertained. This seems to be a common characteristic among Japanese female wrestlers.
The match did not get off to a good start as Alexis’s hair got entangled in one of Matsumoto’s bracelets, forcing the referee to step in and untangle it. Matsumoto’s nickname is “Lady Godzilla”, and there were plenty of “Gojira, gojira” chants throughout the match. She managed to deliver a lot of lifted slams to Alexis, and I could see Alexis’s lower back sustaining some welts from the impact. Matsumoto won the match with a back-drop suplex, to the delight of me and my friend — that’s Yuji Nagata’s favourite finisher.
– Team of Cima and Big R Shimizu defeats the team of Statement and Trexxus. Cima with the pinfall on Statement after double knees from the top rope.
Statement is Singapore’s most experienced pro wrestler, he’s also wrestled for other indie promotions in Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Australia. This feud started back in July, when Cima had a singles match against Statement for the SPW SEA title. Dharma interfered in that match, delivering a chokeslam to Cima to help Statement win the bout. So this time Cima returned with a fellow wrestler from Dragon Gate to settle the score. Dharma was banished from ringside by the referee before the match started to make sure that this would be a fair two-on-two.
It was my first time seeing Shimizu in action. He’s big but also fairly fast, and with his mohawk and bright yellow attire, the fans kept calling him “Raichu, Raichu”, the evolved and larger version of Pikachu. Statement managed to deliver a fireman’s carry slam to Shimizu, before the wrestlers spilled to the outside of the ring and fought near the spectators. Cima eventually got the pinfall after delivering a double knee drop from the top rope to Statement.
Overall, yet another fun two hours of indie pro wrestling action. Thank you for the entertainment. See you guys again on 10 December for the next event.