Deadlock Pro Wrestling: Episode 3

Not Quite As Fiery…

Credit; screenshot from the show

Yes, Deadlock Pro Wrestling, the first 2 episodes of which were phenomenal, didn’t have such a phenomenal 3rd episode. The bar was set as high as El Gigante though.

Stuff That Stays Good

The pin-sharp picture. The depth of color. And the excellent sound quality. It never dominates the commentary, but it gives us all the Deadlock Pro Wrestling bangs, crashes, and, most importantly skin-on-skin slaps, that we want. It feels really expensive, as if this matters, that it means something and that really makes you, one, us, want to watch.

The Matches

We start very nicely indeed;

Diego Hill v Kevin Ku

I haven’t been keen on Ku in Major League Wrestling, he was called a pit fighter. Having seen him, I think they may mean he fought with opening packets of sauce at Charcoal Pit. The last time I saw him there, he impressed me a little more. Here he impresses massively. As does Deadlock Pro Wrestling favorite Diego Hill, a 2-year pro who knows what he’s doing.

He packs in most of the offense here, including a huge kick, chop which sounded meaty and tasty, and a running dropkick off a chair, plus a standing Spanish fly and, after Ku bailed, an immediate Fosbury flop. Ku worked on a body part. That would be the leg, grapevined it, transitioning into a bow & arrow, and held on for a pin attempt; lovely.

Kevin Ku
Credit; screenshot from the show

The tap came from a rather nasty leglock variation too, as he kicked at Hill’s face with his free leg.

That was close to phenomenal, barns were burned, reps were burnished and the ep was begun in style.

Follow That…

Deadlock Pro didn’t do too badly, with a women’s match which was big on character and type.

Raychell Rose v Kat Spencer

Rose, out of Texas and coming into her 4th year as a Pro demands, according to commentary, that we bend the knee. So Queenly is she in fact that one poor punter is forced to do so. Spencer is the other side of the coin, built and no-nonsense, with nary a smile for anyone.

This promised to be a tough night for royal Rose. Early on, Spencer picked her up, put her on the top turnbuckle, and then bowed to her, mocking. Then oddly lifted and dropped her, back first on one knee. Then the other. She struggled a bit, to be honest, but it was interesting work.

Raychell Rose on Deadlock
Credit; screenshot from the show

Of course, Rose had to go to the eyes and after Spencer got her up but the leg gave way (Rose hadn’t worked on it much, if at all), Rose cannoned off the ropes and her forearm smacked into Spencer’s head for the pin.

It could have been longer, but it wasn’t bad as a wrestling entertainment match.

So The Main Event Was The Issue, Then?

Yeah, it was. Last week on Deadlock Pro Wrestling, we saw a social media sensation (or medium-sized noise, I’m not sure) introduce his new tag team, The Reality.

They had a rather good match with the Deliquents. Well, this week they were here again, facing Rosario Grillo and Hunter Knott from the Nightmare Factory.

The Reality v TSF

The match was short. Danger distracted early and Chance Rizer used it to hit a belly-to-back suplex, Knott then unpacked a nice eurinagi, and Danger was involved again in the same way except with a low blow (sigh) which Rizer again used to hit a senton for the pin.

This wasn’t the real match though, the crowd chanted ‘bullshit’, then Luther, you know, from AEW, so a big guest, attacked Reality as the Nightmare Factory are his mates, see? It may have ended there. Some may say it should have. But Luther wasn’t about to come and go. Danger got on the mic. He said he had loads of followers. This is social media, so not really followers. Luther said he wanted someone to get the figures up.

Credit; screenshot from the show

There was a pause whilst people grabbed their phones, I assume. It was a bit indistinct, but it seemed to be a fair few followers (not really followers though). As Danger is a social media person, he perhaps should have expected it and shouldn’t have asked. Then Luther got the crowd to gather around the ring and chant ‘DPW’, catchier than ‘Deadlock Pro Wrestling’.

This understandably seemed to make The Reality, stuck in the ring, a little nervous. When you’ve led a crowd, riled them up, you have a responsibility with and to them. Luther tells them to shush and they do. But he soon goes, citing boredom.

And so we had a strange situation. Not like the febrile crowd’s wrestlers often retell about places like Puerto Rico, but it did make you, one, us, wonder how the Reality would get away. They did, of course, taking advantage of a little crowd disinterested falling back to hightail it out of there. And the enduring image from the episode? A young crowd member, a kid, followed them to the curtain, staring, no moving. And then still stared after they’d left as if willing them to get out of the building.

Not That Bad, Then…

Oh no, rather good in places. Just not as good as the other 2 Deadlock Pro Wrestling episodes. It was probably just a blip and mainly down to the final angle and its slightly clunky feel.

Soon we’ll have another episode. That’ll be back to excellence, surely. In the meantime, this will more than fill the gap.

Written by Steve Swift

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