Howdy folks and welcome to another of my Brief History pieces. Today I’m spotlighting Riptide Wrestling. Many of you will know that I will be attending my first ever Riptide show this week – Black Water to be exact, and you can read all about that right here – and I thought what better way to get everyone up to speed on Riptide than to give you all a quick rundown on who Riptide are and what they’ve done. So let’s crack on.
A Brief History Of Riptide Wrestling
The massive boom of professional wrestling over here in the UK has spawned a multitude of promotions, all trying and vying to be noticed as one of a handful of the best.
Off the top of my head, you have Progress Wrestling, ICW, Revolution Pro Wrestling, OTT, IPW: UK, Fight Club Pro, ATTACK Professional Wrestling, to name but a few that have broken through to the forefront of British wrestling thinking.
You can add one more to that list….RIPTIDE Wrestling.
Down here in the South East of England, there aren’t that many really big promotions. IPW don’t run that often down here now, Progress tickets are like gold dust for their home Electric Ballroom shows held in London. So up stepped RIPTIDE.
Based in Brighton, East Sussex, RIPTIDE Wrestling have only 15 shows under their belt but already have amassed a huge reputation for their unusual matches and amazing cinematic style of their VOD. Don’t believe me? Check out this teaser for their Point Break event from November last year, I swear this video below will make you a fan of their visual shooting style.
Pretty much every promotion has a home venue. ECW had their Arena in Philadelphia, Progress Wrestling now call the Electric Ballroom theirs, Rev Pro have their spiritual home at York Hall, and Riptide is no different.
All of their shows have been held at the Brighthelm Centre situated in the center of Brighton. The center is charity driven and strives to have a positive impact on the local community, a belief that is held strongly with Riptide management.
To stand out from the crowd, RIPTIDE has incorporated different styles of matches and match ups. Intergender matches – whether it’s a traditional one on one, multi-person tag matches, even rumble matches – a drinking match featuring Eddie Dennis and a lady that likes her cans, Session Moth Martina, the worlds first triple threat 2 out of 3 falls tables match (honestly it’s brilliant) and even allowing another promotion’s tag titles to be defended on their shows (ATTACK before you ask).
The cream of the British wrestling scene has worked for the promotion in it’s short time, just look at the card above for proof – Will Ospreay, Marty Scurll, Zack Sabre Jr, Jimmy Havoc, CCK, Flash Morgan Webster, I mean I could go on – But it’s not just British talent they have used. The people behind the scenes also have had some fantastic international talent on their cards too. “Speedball” Mike Bailey seems to have found a UK home and has put on some fantastic matches here. “The Kiwi Buzzsaw” Travis Banks is another who upped his game while working for RIPTIDE. Angelico – fresh from his Lucha Underground appearances tore it up here and let’s not forget that in their last show RIPTIDE brought over the mighty Ringkampf (Timothy Thatcher and WALTER) who put on a match of the year candidate against Aussie Open (Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher).
In early August this year, RIPTIDE ran a tournament to crown their first ever Brighton Champion, and after a hellacious three days, Chuck Mambo overcame the odds to seal his as the first ever champion in RIPTIDE history. Below is possibly the best photo of a champion celebrating ANYWHERE!
All these fantastic world famous wrestlers wanting to work here, they are amazingly and different shot shows for their VOD, and a buzz like no other for a promotion that is only 16 months old! Seriously RIPTIDE Wrestling is riding the crest of a huge wave, and I believe that 2019 will be an even bigger year for them.
Watch out world, RIPTIDE is coming and they’re going to make sure that you’re going to know all about them!
Thanks once again, folks. I hope that this little piece has made you want to look at RIPTIDE and maybe British wrestling in general, more closely
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