RevPro UK: The Gate to Another World

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Revolution Pro UK (RevPro) has become a company that stands for putting on dream matches nearly every show they do. They’re rapidly becoming one of the hottest UK promotions in the world. Here’s a quick look at the history of RevPro.

RevPro UK: The Beginning

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RevPro UK was founded by Andy Quildan, who still is the current owner since 2012, which makes them a young company compared to others in the UK scene. Andy Quildan had been active in wrestling before, but continued with RevPro UK after separating from IPW: UK in 2012.

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The first ever show in the historic York Hall, London was called When Thunder Strikes in June 2013. The show was headlined by Prince Devitt defending his British Cruiserweight Championship against Jushin Thunder Liger. Since then this beautiful venue has been the home for RevPro’s big shows. Another man who has been with RevPro since their first show is Marty Scurll. Besides his success in NJPW and Bullet Club, he still makes time in his schedule to work most of the biggest shows. With every year on the map, RevPro multiplies the number of shows they do, which shows the demand that is there. They keep the number of York Hall shows nearly the same but their expansion to different places is increasing.

RevPro: Dreams & Legends

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RevPro has been known and still is known for their ability to put Matches together that everybody wants to see, e.g Matt Riddle vs Minoru Suzuki. The amount of independent stars that performed for RevPro before they went to WWE is nothing short of amazing: Prince Devitt faced Adam Cole at Summer Sizzler 2014, just mere months before his debut in WWE. AJ Styles was the RevPro British Heavyweight Champion until he lost it to Zack Sabre Jr. at High Stakes 2016. This event took place 8 days before his debut in the Royal Rumble. These are just two examples, there are a plethora of names that have competed for RevPro that you might recognize: Kyle O´Reilly, Chris Hero (Kassius Ohno), Shinsuke Nakamura, Roderick Strong, Karl Anderson etc.

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When it comes to booking stars of the industry, there is also quite the number of performers that can be considered as legends. Kurt Angle faced Zack Sabre Jr. in June of 2016 and got one of the greatest crowd reactions of all time. In August of 2016, another legend performed in the York Hall, London at Uprising 2016: Vader. He faced Will Ospreay in a controversial match.

RevPro: Homegrown talent

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But there are not only international fly-ins performing in this ring. The UK scene and RevPro especially are assisting the rise of new talent. They have their own wrestling school. The Head Trainer is Andy Boy Simmonz, who is a former 2-time British Heavyweight Champion. One example is the new British Cruiserweight Champion Kurtis Chapman who won the title at last years Uprising show. The 20-year old has been wrestling since 2014 and started in RevPro. There are “offspring” shows called “contenders”. On 1/27/2018 RevPro does their own “Contenders: Revolution Rumble” show.

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Another man you might know is Will Opreay, he started his career in 2012 and has worked with RevPro shortly after starting his journey in the wrestling word. Ospreay grew in Rev Pro and got one of the biggest reactions after returning home from winning the “Best of the Super Juniors” tournament in NJPW in 2016.

RevPro also recently crowned their first ever Undisputed British Women’s Champion. Jinny won the title after a hard fought tournament at Live At The Cockpit 25 in the finals against Deonna Purrazzo.

RevPro: Partnerships

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If we now take a look at the present, we can see that two of the most important partnerships are with ROH and NJPW. These two alliances are giving the European fans the possibility to meet wrestlers that can be rarely seen, especially the New Japan wrestlers.

The best possibilities to see the collaboration between these two are the Global Wars Shows. These have been organized for three years now and continue to be a highlight of the wrestling year.

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Katsuyori Shibata, who had his last match in April 2017 against Kazuchika Okada was the RevPro British Heavyweight Champion which he won during the Global Wars shows in 2016. He finally lost the Title to the current champion Zack Sabre Jr. during the NJPW 45th Anniversary show in March 2017. Another accomplished Japanese athlete that competed for RevPro is Jushin Thunder Liger, who won the inaugural British J Cup in July 2017.

This partnership is evolving nearly every month now. shoprevpro.com is carrying NJPW merch and there are more stars coming to the UK from Japan now, as NJPW is marketing their product globally.

RevPro is using their own on-demand service to make sure the viewer can relive the unique live experience that is provided during any RevPro show. These shows are mostly uploaded within 48 hours of the event which is outstanding if you consider the time needed to review and edit those shows. They are still producing DVDs if you a fan of physical copies on your shelf.

RevPro: The Future

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The company will continue to put on high quality shows in the beautiful York Hall, London and simultaneously will expand over the UK, as they already put on shows in Cardiff, Sittingbourne, Portsmouth and New Orleans during WrestleCon. 2018 will be the second time the UK based promotions returns to the US for the WrestleCon weekend. The title says Gate to Another World, which is fitting as RevPro provides fans with the opportunity to see matches that can’t happen anywhere else: Suzuki Gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.) vs Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) at High Stakes 2018 is one simple example. If you dramatize a little bit, you can call it WWE vs NJPW as Bate & Seven are NXT performers and Suzuki Gun is an NJPW faction. Now, where else can you see matches like this? So if you like this, visit their Website. And get some tickets or buy a DVD to support this extraordinary wrestling promotion.

 

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