Andy Quildan talks his WrestleMania weekend show and the future of Rev Pro.
Revolution Pro Wrestling that is based in England is one of the staples of the British professional wrestling scene. The likes of PAC, Will Ospreay, AJ Styles, Adam Cole, Shinsuke Nakamura and many stars in the wrestling business have competed for RevPro. Currently, Zack Sabre Jr. is holding the promotion's Heavyweight Title and is also holding Tag Team gold with Minoru Suzuki and the promotion's Women's Title is around the waist of Zoe Lucas.
Promotions such as WAW, IPW: UK and PROGRESS Wrestling are also a part of the growth of British wrestling. PROGRESS is a partner to WWE and has the backing of the sports-entertainment company but that has not toned down RevPro founder Andy Quildan's goal of becoming the number one promotion in England. Quildan chatted with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated recently and discussed RevPro coming to the United States in April for their 'Live In New York' event.
“For us, this show means absolutely everything,” said Quildan. “Being warmly welcomed by the U.S. fans is overwhelming, and it means a lot to see how well-regarded Revolution Pro Wrestling is in America. To be in the heart of New York, that’s a real big thing for us. We run the famed combat sports venue York Hall in London, and we have an expression that goes, ‘Everything is bigger in London.’ Well, everything is even bigger in New York. There are a lot of shows planned by a lot of different promotions, but we plan to make this show a highlight of everyone’s WrestleMania weekend.”
He talked about how the landscape of wrestling is constantly evolving. Quildan said that he does not know what WWE's next move is but he does not look at PROGRESS as competition and explained why he feels that way. He added that if there was a time when WWE did a sweep of his stars, he would just have to establish new ones.
“This is a constantly evolving landscape where everyone is uncertain about what WWE’s next move is going to be,” said Quildan. “It’s concerning a little bit when the biggest promotion in the world is backing another promotion in the U.K. but I don’t look at PROGRESS as competition. We provide a very different product than the WWE, and we should only compare ourselves to what we did yesterday. Even if WWE took all our talent, we’d just build new guys,” said Quildan. “We’re here for the long-term.”
Revolution Pro Wrestling sold out 'York Hall' in record time last month with the headlining bout being Will Ospreay versus PAC and to read the results from that event, click here.