#WatchtheWrestling: Pro Wrestling Eve Feb 2017

The punk rock promotion gets political in all the right ways.

Yesterday I went to the evening show of Pro Wrestling Eve at the Residance Gallery in Bethnal Green, London.

On the poster advertising the show, it was described as Totally Punk Rock and in a way, this totally was a punk rock show.

And like any punk show you had the new talents working hard to get noticed, the grizzled vets who are still going and a tiny dingy venue packed out with fans hugging the ring. (Also bizarrely the venue staff decided that the main event was the time to bring crates of beer through packed crowd annoyingly). But it was the politics of the promotion that was totally punk.

Being one of the few women’s wrestling promotion in the UK, Pro Wrestling Eve are not quiet about the state of women’s wrestling. Their stated aim is to create a wrestling movement where women have a safe space to work, train and enjoy wrestling. They do that, and are happy to upset some small minded people along the way. But for the packed crowd in attedance, we all left with a sense of where this wrestling movement was going.

Stand outs were:

  • The interesting character work of Martina the Session Moth
  • The stiff kicks of Joshi Legend Meiko Satomura
  • Top natural heel work of Dahlia Black
  • The constant talking of Emi Sakura and Nixon Newell in their respective matches.
  • Just Rhia O’Reiley’s ring presence, she was a star from start to finish.

Pro Wrestling Eve are a developing promotion and seem to be improving with every show, and they have shows in May and November to look forward to. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/evewrestling/

Of my first graps of the year, I had a good time, and I need to #WatchtheWrestling more in 2017.

But after tonight I am reminded that art is at its most powerful when its political, and Pro Wrestling Eve are working hard to make women’s wrestling all it can be and making this scene more inclusive for it.