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5 Star Wrestling (stylised as 5* Wrestling) was a professional wrestling promotion based in Scotland. The company operated from 2015-2018 and promoted events throughout Great Britain and Ireland.[1][3][4][5] The company produced a television series which was broadcast on FreeView television for the FreeSports channel.[6] The company originally created wrestling themed video games, before promoting professional wrestling events.[2]

Pro Wrestling UK Ltd
Acronym5 Star[1]
Founded2015[1]
Defunct20 March 2018
StyleProfessional wrestling
Sports entertainment
HeadquartersScotland, United Kingdom[1]
Founder(s)Daniel Hinkles[2]
Website5 Star Wrestling

OverviewEdit

5 Star Wrestling's first event was similarly titled to that of their later video game 5 Star ReGenesis and saw John Morrison defeat Ricochet in a two out of three falls match in the main event. Morrison would then win the 5 Star wrestling championship defeating AJ Styles in Newcastle, and defending against Carlito, PJ Black and retaining in a one-night 8-man tournament all in January 2017.[7] The one night 8-man tournament would be featured on Channel 5, under the name Dominant Wrestling: Live from Dundee.[8]

After these events, 5 star would announce a 128-man tournament to go throughout 2017, including offering CM Punk $1 million (£770,000) to appear in the tournament,[2] which he refused.[9] The tournament would later be postponed until February 2018.[10] Television channel FreeSports would pull out of a deal with Preston City Wrestling,[11] to work with 5 Star to promote shows in 2018.[12] In January 2018, 5 Star Wrestling would host a press conference in Sheffield, promoting new shows through 2018.[13] On 1 February 2018, 5 Star's debut on FreeSports, a new championship would be established known as the "Tap Or Snap Title", which was won by Mark Haskins, winning a five man for the championship.[14] The event would also see Hager defeat Ryan,[15] and John Morrison retain the 5* Championship over Rob Van Dam.[14] A tag team title championship tournament was also established on this show, and later won by former Love Island contestant Adam Maxted, and partner Charlie Sterling.

On 20 March 2018, 5 Star would announce on Twitter that they were to cancel upcoming shows; owing to the folding of their parent company "Pro Wrestling UK Ltd".[16]

Other mediaEdit

Video GamesEdit

Originally announced in 2013,[17] 5 Star wrestling also produced a professional wrestling video game, released for PlayStation 3 in 2015, simply known as 5 Star Wrestling,[18] and an updated version called 5 Star wrestling ReGenesis was released on PlayStation 4 20 January 2016, exclusively on PlayStation Network.[19] The game featured parodied versions of famous wrestlers, such as "HarVee Dee", as RVD.[19]

The game cites having "true ring psychology", "Heel and Face mechanics, a revolutionary Limb Damage System and Rivalries that impact gameplay."[20] The game features a 40 Hour Challenge campaign[20] with 128 challenges, over 400 objectives, and "more moves-per-wrestler than any other game."[20] The game also features a unique "finisher-to-finisher" reversal system, which allows finishers to be countered immediately into a finisher for the opponent under certain circumstances.[20]

As well as featuring parodies on many wrestlers, the game also featured many parodies of songs, arenas and tropes of professional wrestling games.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
OPM (UK)20% (PS3)[21]
Push Square3/10 (PS3)[22]
PlayStation Universe60% (PS3)[23]
Bonus Stage7/10 (PS4)[24]

The original 5 Star Wrestling game received mixed reception from critics. APG Nation gave the game 8/10 stating that "The damage system deserves praise on so many levels." Push Square gave the game 3/10,[22] refuting the game by saying "As it stands, without any online functionality, no creation suite, a litigious gaggle of performers, and dodgy mechanics, this game is all but impossible to recommend to anyone."[22] The Official PlayStation magazine was even harsher, giving the game only 20%.[21] PlayStation Universe were less harsh, however, rating the game 60%[23] saying "5 Star Wrestling delivers a clever and refreshing take on the genre in the ring, but is massively hampered by its mountain of drawbacks and flaws outside of it. Fight your way through that and there's a satisfying depiction of how wrestling works waiting to be discovered."[23]

The improved version 5 Star Wrestling: ReGenesis, received better critical response. Bonus Stage reviewed the PS4 game and gave the game 7/10,[24] saying: "despite issues... 5 star wrestling remains very difficult to dislike".[24] however, they acknowledge the amount of bugs citing "despite some obvious visual improvements and ironing out of many of its forebear's more prominent bugs, 5 Star wrestling is still an inherently ugly video game."[24]

ChampionshipsEdit

5 Star Wrestling ChampionshipEdit

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Notes
1 John Morrison 1 13 January 2016 757 Newcastle upon Tyne, England Defeated A.J. Styles to become the inaugural champion.[1]
2 Jake Hager 1 8 February 2018 40 Newcastle upon Tyne, England [25]
Deactivated 20 March 2018 Deactivated when the promotion closed down

5 Star Tap or Snap ChampionshipEdit

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Notes
1 Mark Haskins 1 1 February 2018 21 Liverpool, England
2 Matt Riddle 1 22 February 2018 26 Plymouth, England
Deactivated 20 March 2018 Deactivated when the promotion closed down

5 Star Tag Team ChampionshipEdit

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Notes
1 Max Money
(Adam Maxted & Charlie Sterling)
1 8 February 2018 40 Newcastle upon Tyne, England Defeated El Ligero and Jody Fleich in a tournament final to win the titles.
Deactivated 20 March 2018 Deactivated when the promotion closed down

5 Star Real World ChampionshipEdit

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Notes
1 Zack Gibson 1 1 March 2018 <1 Belfast, Northern Ireland Debuted the championship
2 Eddie Ryan 1 1 March 2018 19 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Deactivated 20 March 2018 Deactivated when the promotion closed down

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  22. ^ a b c "5 Star Wrestling review". Push Square. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  23. ^ a b c Bolt, Neil. "5 Star Wrestling PS3 Review". PlayStation Universe. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  24. ^ a b c d "5 Star Wrestling: ReGenesis Review". Bonus Stage. Archived from the original on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  25. ^ "Jake Hager Wins 5 Star Championship in Newcastle". 5 Star Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2018-02-10. Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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