5 Star Wrestling dropped its name in the hat of UK wrestling promotions that are attempting to shake things up and make the British wrestling scene a bigger deal than it has been in many years. Airing a special show on SPIKE, with rumours of it going on to further regular shows in the future, 5 Star Wrestling presented us with Dominant Wresting: Dundee, a program that was promoted with the image of Scotland’s own Drew Galloway (formerly WWE’s Drew McIntyre) at the forefront. It was interesting and exciting to see a new special show in the UK, especially with the coverage to the ITV Wrestling Special on New Years Eve and the WWE produced UK Title Tournament from Blackpool a few weeks ago. Many eyes are on the UK right now when it comes to professional wrestling and this was another opportunity.
I have to admit to being a little disappointed with the way the opportunity was grasped by 5 Star. The card here featured 8 pro-wrestlers in a one-night tournament for the 5 Star Wrestling Championship, and only two of these men were from the UK, and both of them had made their name in the US for WWE and TNA. It was a shame that there weren’t a few UK talents here who fans could have been introduced to, new talent who have been bringing it on the UK indie scene. Instead we had 5 Star Champion John Morrison, Rey Mysterio, Carlito, Chris Masters, P.J Black (aka Justin Gabriel), current TNA star and Impact Grand Champion Moose, Englishman and former TNA talent Nick Aldis (Magnus) and Scottish homeland hero Drew Galloway. It felt strange, but I do understand the idea of bringing in well-known talent in order to get some attention. I do hope that moving forward the opportunities for UK wrestling talent to showcase their abilities is offered.
Dominant Wresting: Dundee began with the eight men coming to the ring, with the Champ John Morrison leading the charge. We had some verbal back and forth between each man and then we jumped into the tournament with the opening match, Morrison against Moose. The tournament itself was a real mix in the ring, but before I go into that I want to talk a little about the general production of the show.
The way the fans didn’t fill the venue was off-putting and could have been avoided if the fans had been put in sections that were seen on camera. This needs to be looked at if they get a regular show. The ring and lighting wasn’t the worst I’ve seen but some banners and a more interesting visual appearance might make it look like more than a random house show. It wasn’t a bad production, but it had plenty of issues, possibly the biggest ones being the way the show cut off while an upcoming event was still being spoken about in the ring. This was a live show and they needed to be stricter with timing so this didn’t happen. It was a big mistake, and the second major problem was how the winners music played at the end of the show before the match was over. It’s things like this that can’t happen in televised wrestling. It can really spoil things, and not just result-wise.
Now, the tournament was hit and miss in the ring. Some of the matches felt a bit slow and unpolished to me, such as the Mysterio/Aldis match. Some matches were enjoyable though, and it was kinda cool to see some of these guys again, guys who many wrestling fans might not have seen since they had runs in WWE or TNA. I enjoyed the main event featuring John Morrison and Mysterio, though I did feel like it should have been Galloway against Morrison. Morrison winning was fine too, he can still go and he is a charismatic guy to have carrying the title belt for the company. I think my main issue with the show was with the decisions and the lack of slick production. It’s early days though and 5 Star Wrestling can only learn from the mistakes they made at this show, and I’m sure the UK fans will let them know on social media too.
Dominant Wresting: Dundee was an interesting show that just adds to the hype and momentum that UK wrestling has going for it right now – and that’s only a good thing… But when you have a wide range of talent in the UK and none of them are being given a chance to be seen, it’s hard to feel positive about that aspect. Seeing guys who worked in WWE in the mid-00′s was a fun nostalgia kick but I hope heading forward we see shows that are more than just reunions between guys from US scene.