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Wrestlers Who Would Make Great Additions To The WWE UK Division Event Date - 19th October 2017

By Kyle Watt

 

It’s safe to say that the WWE UK hype has really died down in the past few months, with Pete Dunne making sporadic appearances on NXT and defending the UK Championship on ICW and PROGRESS shows, there is not much going on with the UK division. Currently WWE seem to be focusing on five wrestlers from the UK tournament but if they are to actually build upon this and create a proper roster then they will need to bring in some more names, so I’ve decided to create a shortlist of names that I think would be a good addition to a growing UK division.


Mark Haskins

Mark Haskins could easily be the next big star for the WWE UK division, he has been a driving force behind PROGRESS in the past couple years, having great match after great match and bringing a huge level of intensity to his matches. Haskins has had some fantastic matches with Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Mark Andrews and Trent Seven, so you could slot him straight in to the title picture with ease and it would highlight how strong the British scene is. With international experience he would have no problem


BT Gunn

BT Gunn is arguably the biggest star in ICW right now and is on his way to headline their biggest show of the year. Putting on consistently great matches all over the country, Gunn would be a huge asset for WWE’s UK Division. Having already competed for the UK Championship recently at ICW’s Shug’s Hoose Party against Pete Dunne, Trent Seven and Wolfgang, he has proven that he can hang with the top names in the UK division. His unique look and hard-hitting style could add an extra edge to the division, something that it is missing.

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WrestleZone Battle of the Nations 2017 Preview Event Date - 7th September 2017

By Billy Strachan

 

WrestleZone return to The Northern Hotel on September 9th for their annual Battle of the Nations event. This year sees the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion, Tyler Bate, make his way to The Granite City. He replaced the current champion, Pete Dunne, who was unable to appear due to a WWE contracted engagement in London. Not a bad replacement as it is the other half of, what many think, the best match in WWE this year after their encounter in Chicago over the WWE UK Championship.

 

He joins a packed line up with three championships on the line, the annual Battle of the Nations and a vicious grudge match that will miraculous if it stays within the confines of the The Northern Hotel.

 

Six matches, plus a bonus match for those that purchased VIP tickets, makes for an exciting event with a little bit of everything. Let’s start the preview.

 

Crusher Craib got injured at Aberdeen Anarchy back in 2016 when his top rope dive ended up leaving him lying on the canvas with a broken hip socket. He disappeared from WrestleZone to recover and was first seen again at this years event to announce his return to the ring at Battle of the Nations. In a shocking turn of events, Craib revealed that he had joined Sterling Oil by booting his opponent from Aberdeen Anarchy, Scotty Swift, and allowing Shawn Johnson to pick up the scraps and the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship. Since then Craib has picked his moments to attack Swift after matches and just cause destruction whenever he sees fit. We rarely see the side of Swift that is merciless in revenge but the constant attacks must be taking a toll on the former champion and it’s only a matter of time until he reaches a breaking point.

 

The annual Battle of the Nations has the likes of Drew Galloway and Doug Williams compete on behalf of their country. This year marks Andy Wild’s third Battle of the Nations match, with a win-loss record of 1-1, the tiebreaker comes in the form of Mr P, who has been at the receiving end of some ‘wild’ beatings at the hands of the Englishman. Mr P isn’t one to back down but after Wild was embarrassed at Aberdeen Anarchy from suffering a stink face from Rikishi, he has been in no mood to take things easy. Mr P is going to have to dig down deep into his reserves as Wild will be feral.

 

The wild night continues with The Rejected once again defending their WrestleZone Tag Team Championships against The Sterling Brothers. William and Alan watched Archer and Vago shave the head of their manager Richard R Russell at Aberdeen Anarchy, with Russell set to return at Battle of the Nations with a ‘hair transplant’ and he will be out The Rejected toupee to pay for the embarrassment suffered in the form of the belts they have held since last years Christmas Chaos event.

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Charity calendar in support of The Eve Appeal Women wrestlers get tough on female cancers Event Date - 27th June 2017

Leading women’s wrestling project Ladies of the Squared Circle is teaming up with gynaecological cancer charity The Eve Appeal to launch its 2018 charity calendar.

 

The calendar will feature twelve female British wrestling personalities from across the UK. The wrestlers will be taking part in strong, glamourous and playful photoshoots in their wrestling attire, a cosplay costume and their home/work environment to show all aspects of who they are and what they do.

 

Profits from the calendar will be donated to The Eve Appeal, who raise awareness and fund research in the five gynaecological cancers. The cause was selected by the Ladies of the Squared Circle which exists to both promote female wrestling and raise awareness and funds for worthwhile causes.

 

Sarah Barraclough-Hatch, owner of Ladies of the Squared Circle, said: “I have been a huge fan of The Eve Appeal and the work they do every day to help beat these women-specific cancers. I am pleased that I can give back and help them raise as much money as we can with this wonderful calendar that showcases the strength, personality and humour of our members. They’re a tough bunch and this time they’re taking on cancer.”

 

Athena Lamnisos, Chief Executive of The Eve Appeal, said: “It’s vital that we take the message about gynae cancers and raise awareness of their signs and symptoms to new audiences. This is the most fantastic way to partner with a project that’s championing women’s sport and helping us getting women talking about their health whilst raising vital funds.”

 

Media enquiries and access to photography: hello@ladiesofthesquaredcircle.com

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ICONIC WOS BRITISH WRESTLING TO RETURN TO ITV Event Date - 24th March 2017

ITV Studios Entertainment Manchester has teamed up with Anthem Sports and Entertainment Corp; the parent company of IMPACT Wrestling, to bring WOS Wrestling back to ITV for a 10-part series.

 

The commission from ITV’s Helen Warner follows a successful one-off-special, which aired on New Year’s Eve 2016.

 

Thirty years after the original WOS ended – and legendary stars such as Big Daddy, Mick McManus and Rollerball Rocco left British screens – this new series will feature the very best of today’s wrestlers from the current red-hot UK wrestling scene.

 

They will compete in front of a live audience at the intimate Preston Guild Hall on Thursday 25th May and Friday 26th May (doors 7pm / bell time 7.30pm).

 

Tickets for these historic shows will go on sale at 9am on Friday 7th April from Gigsandtours.com / Ticketmaster.co.uk / prestonguildhall.co.uk

 

There will also be a launch event this Monday (27th March) at 2pm in Manchester, where the full details of the WOS live shows will be announced, including the roster. Press and fans are invited to attend to the launch, which will include a Q&A and meet & greet. Places are extremely limited, to reserve one please email wswaudience@itv.com

 

ITV Studios will co-produce the new 10-part WOS series with Anthem. The Executive Producers for ITV Studios are Tom Mclennan and Simon Marsh.

 

Director of Entertainment, ITV Studios Manchester, Tom Mclennan said: “Britain’s wrestling scene is thriving and there has never been a better time to bring it back to ITV after a gap of 30 years.”

 

Jeff Jarrett, Chief Creative Officer for IMPACT Wrestling, added: “The WOS brand is etched in professional wrestling tradition. My family’s lineage in the industry dates back 70-plus years, so I am honoured to revive the legacy of this historic British series."

 

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ITV World of Sport Wrestling Review Event Date - 4th January 2017

By Billy Strachan.

 

After a 30 year absence from our tv screens, ITV brought back World of Sport Wrestling for a one off event on New Year’s Eve. The hope being if the show was a success it would get the wheels in motion to get a series on ITV in the near future.

 

A large drawing point was who was on commentary, WWE Hall of Famer ‘JR’ Jim Ross, a Legend who is a familiar voice to the casual fan or who was a fan during the Attitude Era and had fallen away.

 

The fear from many was how the show would be presented, a jokey affair akin of ITV’s failed Celebrity Wrestling which bombed incredibly or if it would treated like an actual wrestling show.

 

The ever popular Grado opened the show following a quick welcome by Jim Ross and Alex Shane. Grado was chosen by the World of Sport committee to fight for the World of Sport Championship, JR compared Grado to Dusty Rhodes and Big Daddy, a great analogy to sum up ‘The Chubby Wee Chancer’. He faced Dave Mastiff who entered flanked by Johnny Moss and Sha Samuels which created a terrifying visual, three big brutes.

 

The match itself wasn’t anything spectacular but it introduced Grado and Mastiff as the, almost reincarnation, Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks of the feature. Samuels and Moss interference saw Dave Mastiff pick up the win and become the first World of Sport Champion.

 

The show was scattered with recaps of the old school World of Sport including Marty Jones, Klondyke Kate, Johnny Saint and Rollerball Rocco in the crowd.

 

After the shenanigans of the opening contest, the authority figure Mr Beesley announced a battle royale to determine who will face Mastiff in the main event for the WOS Championship. The winners of the upcoming matches would be entered, Grado was automatically included.

 

Next up was a four way ladder match, Sam Bailey, Danny Hope, CJ Banks and the star of the match, Kenny Williams. All four put on a fast and furious showing. CJ Banks looked aggressive, foiling just about every attempt at grabbing the briefcase. It wasn’t enough though as the enigmatic Kenny Williams outlasted the other three to grab the case and book his place into the battle royale. Certainly a big change from the World of Sport days but a good slice of the modern athleticism that can be seen around the country.

 

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WWE Announce The United Kingdom Championship Tournament For This January Event Date - 19th December 2016

Well then… that was something!


At 11am today WWE held a press conference at the O2 Arena in London. Now this got a lot of people talking and there was quite the buzz in the air this morning, what was to come next was about to change British wrestling in a huge way…


Triple H took to the stage and began his speech, talking about how important the UK has been to the WWE over the past few years and how it’s helped grow the NXT brand. He then makes the huge announcement that on January 14th and 15th a two-day tournament will be held at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool and shown live on the WWE Network. The winner of this tournament will be crowned the first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion… I’m still in shock.


The press conference went on and Triple H announced that Michael Cole will be providing play-by-play for the tournament (I know, I know) and joining him on the announce team would be no other than Nigel McGuinness! Nigel talks about this is a dream come true for him to work for WWE, I couldn’t be happier for the guy.


Now it was time to meet the men who would be involved in the tournament including: Trent Seven, Pete Dunne, Wolfgang, Tyler Bate and Jordan Devlin just to name a few.


I’m not really sure where to start with this news, I think it’s safe to say it’s taken us all by surprise but let’s give it a go.

 

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HANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Event Date - 8th November 2016

It takes many elements to make a good wrestling show, no single part on its own can truly make a great product. On the 29th of October we lost an incredibly valuable cog from our machine in the form of the best MC I’ve personally worked with, Hank McCoy.

It was February 1st 2014 when I first met Hank when we debuted in Hanham Community Centre. We needed an MC, my business partners Nick and Rob were aware of Hank from his time working for other promotions around Oxford and thought he’d be a good fit for us. MC’s are an interesting thing in Wrestling. People get to know Wrestlers and referees as they travel around promotions. It’s not that often that MC’s become well known. It’s rare that an MC would work for more of a handful of promotions, so for me this was very much a sight unseen.

Hank arrived with one of our senior referees Paz and Chris Walker. He was very pleasant, introduced himself, was happy to be there, but also made it clear that he intended this to be his last MC gig as he was looking to take a step back from Wrestling. Which, not knowing him beforehand, I couldn’t challenge, but I was happy to have an MC for the night.

We were fortunate to start our run of 8 consecutive sell outs in Hanham Community Centre that night, so the place was rocking, the atmosphere was great and Hank went out there, like a total pro and got the crowd up before any in ring action. That is where I think Hank was great. He knew how to work a crowd better than some wrestlers! He knew what to say and when to say it to get the crowd ready for the next match. Some shows can have a lull period, that’s natural when you’re putting on a 2-3 hour event, in the time that I’ve seen Hank work, at Chaos shows, because of his efforts, that’s never happened!

After that show, Hank spoke to me, explained that he thought tonight would be his last gig, but asked if he could stay on for a bit. I was more than happy to keep him on! That was nearly 3 years ago now. Hank had become more than an MC, he was an ambassador for us, someone who fans built a connection with, fans who I know were just as upset as me that he has decided to call time on his run.

I was incredibly happy to see him get easily one of the biggest reactions on his last night where he addressed the audience in Yate Leisure Centre, announcing that he’s going to be dad. Before he signed off for one last time and left the mic in the ring. We were waiting for him behind the curtain, think everyone was a little emotional.

Hank is a special guy, someone who I know will be a success at whatever he wants to do. Someone that I know that I’ll see again, but will always miss not hearing his voice at shows anymore. A good MC is hard to find, a great MC and friend is a lot harder.

#ThankYouHank

 

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: Megaslam, Over The Top Wrestling & PROGRESS Event Date - 25th October 2016

Tell you what I did last weekend. Wrestled. Tell you what I didn’t do last weekend. Sleep.

Friday started out with an unexpected change of plans. There I was, 2pm in the afternoon, chugging away to the gym (just joined the new JD Gym in Leeds, which is bad ass!), and I was thinking to myself how much I was looking forward to a nice, peaceful solo trip to Grimsby later on for RDW. I could catch up with some podcasts, sing loud music to my hearts content and just generally go at my own pace. The literal second I finished that thought, my phone rang. RDW was cancelled. The ring van had exploded. Oh no. I was faced with the terrifying prospect of a night off. Luckily for me, I knew MegaSlam were running a show in Accrington that night, and one short back and forth with promoter Brad Taylor later, I was back in the game! On a serious note, massive credit to Brad for putting me on at such short notice, top lad.


The show itself was a bunch of fun! Only a small crowd, but the layout of the room meant that good acoustics were in order and it made an already enthusiastic crowd sound deafening. After saving his tail earlier on in the night, I teamed with David Graves in the last match of the evening against Bully Boy Carter and Josh Anderson. Had loads of fun with this, everyone held up their end really nicely and I was pleased with the final result. Really pleasant way to start the weekend, even more so as I hadn’t banked on being there that night!

Went home, and went to sleep around 2am. Woke up at 3:30am. Oh no. Again. Arrived at Leeds/Bradford airport at 5am for my flight across to Dublin. Whilst travelling with Ryanair would usually be cause for the 3rd ‘oh no’ of the article, amazingly enough the airline was actually really decent on both ends of the trip and everything ran smoothly, for once. I had 2 shows that day. So a show on 45 minutes sleep if you will. The trip was of course for the exceptional OTT, this time in a departure from their normal range of venues. Instead, both Events (a 1pm show aimed at families and the usual 18+ evening show) were to be held in a small little dome on Wexford Quayside as part of the Spielgeltent Festival. I had the pleasure of wrestling old partner/enemy Bubblegum on both shows, as well as actually spend some quality time catching up with him, someone I used to pretty much travel with every weekend. Both matches were extremely different to each other. Afternoon show – lots of comedy. Evening show – lots of moveZ! Both opened each show and both went down well. The afternoon was packed and the crowd went nuts over the mere sight of a leapfrog. The night time was quieter and they took time to warm up, but by the end of the match (and all the head drops obviously), they were there. Quality time being back in the Emerald Isle, can’t wait to go back. I also loved sitting and watching Dave Mastiff have the time of his life in a supremely entertaining main event against Charlie Garrett!

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Behind The Chaos: Reaction Over Action Event Date - 2nd August 2016

I’m sat here with my post show blues after another amazing night of Pro Wrestling Chaos action from our July 23rd event ‘Wrath of Khan’. I was going to write a blog about the show and what went into it and how I felt about it. But then I got a message from Jim Maitland of Turning Face (who is brilliant, for pics, video editing, graphics. Basically everything, he’s great, contact him, use him!!!), who informed me that there’s a light shining directly into the hard cam which means it lost focus after the 2nd match for the rest of the show making it unusable….


One of the biggest cards we’ve put together and we don’t have a hard cam. For those who don’t know, the hard cam, is the stationary camera position which is normally your main shot, so if your cameramen around the ring miss something, the hardcam will get it, we rely on footage for DVD’s and on demand to continue to bring in revenue to allow us to invest into the company.


3 years ago, I would not have taken this information well. I passed on this message to my business partners Nick Woolcock and Rob Clark who both had the same reaction I had, that being the attitude of: ‘It’s done, we can’t change it, what do we do about it now’ so as I type this, Jim is going to edit the show for us as normal and make the very best out of it that he can with the remaining camera’s and we will put this show out for FREE for everyone to see as we know it’s not up to a standard that we would like.


Now I know that there’s a rather successful London/Manchester based promotion who did something similar when their cameras failed on them and yes you’re right and it was a cracking idea and most of wrestling is plagiarism. Progress are a fantastic company and it worked out alright for them, so we’re hopeful that people will enjoy what we put out.


This is just one example of when things go wrong, you have 2 choices, get mad/angry about it or work with what you have a find a solution. The most interesting aspects of this are what happens when things don’t go how you expect. Jim Cornette said it best, ‘Wrestling isn’t about action, it’s about reaction’ you can plan as much as you’d like, but if things go wrong, you need to know how to react in a positive manner, that goes for both inside and outside the ring.


Like when we announced The Young Bucks for our April show, we were very excited to have them on, we had paid for a lot of advertising for the event and there seemed to be a lot of genuine excitement for it, only to then hear with less than 2 months to go that New Japan required their services for that weekend and they were contractually obliged to appear, this isn’t the first time we’ve lost international talent, so rather than panicking, we did what we’ve now conditioned ourselves to think like: : ‘It’s done, we can’t change it, what do we do about it now’. We contacted every talent and agent we’ve ever touched base with and ended up with Drew Galloway and Jay Lethal and in a series of events that we couldn’t of planned if we tried, we had the TNA and Ring of Honor titles defended on the same night.


When life hands you lemons (did I mention we have Adam Rose in Bristol on October 29th?) you make lemonade, or maybe a nice sorbet if you have the ingredients. My point here is that doing nothing achieves nothing and having a setback can lead to other opportunities if you approach them in a positive manner. We all have moments where we will doubt ourselves and what we are doing, surround yourself with good people who you trust and trust you and you will achieve your version of success in the end.

 

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Our next event is on August 27th at Hanham Community Centre in an event called ‘Choose your weapon’ tickets available via ringside world, links directly on our site: prowrestlingchaos.com

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Vader furious after Will Ospreay is offered business opportunity. Event Date - 25th July 2016

The legendary Rocky Mountain Mastadon, the man they call Vader, has found himself in wrestling headlines in recent weeks, not for his Hall-of-Fame-caliber career or World Championship history, but for his opinionated and outspoken Twitter account. Everyone is aware of the recent beef between Vader and international sensation Will Ospreay, which will culminate in a match in Ospreay's home country of England in a matter of weeks, but the story doesn't stop there.


With a match publicized the world over imminent, it's only natural others will surface to attempt to benefit, or outright profit, off of the attraction. Enter "Savvy" Sid Scala, a life-long small-time hustler, thief, and peddler of the worthless. Scala has amassed an impressive wrestling resume in a short amount of time, but one that is marred by his tales of shady dealings and blatant rip-offs. Perhaps no con attempt was more famous, than a couple weeks ago when "Savvy" Sid approached Ospreay to try to cash in on his war with Vader


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX5mERlNZQ8 (the video has over 7K hits on facebook)


Since then "Savvy" Sid has continued his get-rich-quick-schemes, planning to sell bootleg Vader merchandise outside of arenas Vader is scheduled to appear in during his upcoming European trip. However, Vader took none too kindly to "Savvy" Sid's attempts to steal his thunder, and a series of Twitter exchanges (in numerical order and attached) took place.


"Savvy" Sid has promised to be peddling his Vader merch at XWA on the 14th of August at The Charter Hall in Colchester, and has tried negotiating with the big man for a "fair cut" of the profits. Vader has dared "Savvy" Sid to show up, guaranteeing the end result won't be profitable... just painful.


"Savvy" Sid posted an official statement earlier today! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcLnXmQIT8A (has over 1000 views already on facebook)

 

 

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: The Monster Edition! Event Date - 8th July 2016

So, by my calculations, I have approximately 14 shows over the last 3 weeks to catch up on, as my scheduling has been ridiculously busy that I’ve barely had a moment to sit down and reflect. Thus, the following article is going to be somewhat of a monster. Which, ironically enough, is one of the prime reasons I’ve managed to get through the last few weeks. Monster that is. An energy drink. I’m lost already.


Right, let’s go alllllll the way back to June 10th, as HOPE returned to Derby with improvements to a) the crowd size, drawing a far bigger audience than their previous efforts and b) a ring that didn’t quite feel as if death was lurking just around the corner anytime you did anything physical in it. I wrestled a fun match early in the card against Blake, a guy I’ve quite wanted to be put against for a while. Blake is one of those guys who always asks people if they wouldn’t mind watching his matches, and always wants honest feedback. The exact attitude that’ll help him improve as he goes along. A solid little match this, with me getting my ribs worked over until I was able to rally back and finally nail a big Suplex on the big fella that I’d been building up to all bout. I ended up suffering a loss however, due to a distraction from that insufferable pest Craig Anderson. But more on that later!


The next morning, I wrestled on an outdoor event for NGW, in a field. So obviously, it had been pouring down in the hours before it and the skies were worryingly grey as I drove up to Hull. I arrived at Queens Gardens, and I’ll be honest, my expectations weren’t high. I’d wrestled on an outdoor event for NGW a few years ago, with a great set-up outside the City Hall, and an absolutely packed crowd! This….wasn’t quite that. The ring was set up at the back of all the other activities to celebrate the Lord Mayors Parade, with the changing area being a small tent MILES AWAY from the ring, which we shared with the other acts. No big elaborate entranceways here (or music obviously), more a long wander towards the ring punctuated by confusion and odd looks. Despite these bizarre and, at times hilarious, conditions, this ended up being SO much fun! Mainly down to the great morale with all the lads on the show, the afternoon turned out to be a really enjoyable affair. I ended up wrestling a couple of times, a comedy match (or 5) with JD Boom that went down a treat, and an 8-man tag at the end that featured most of the guys involved on the show. My initial fear was that the positioning of the ring would mean nobody would really watch, but due to the hard work of the wrestlers and the ring announcer, the matches attracted a healthy crowd of 100 or so, and we all had a bloody good time!

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THE FANS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT, UNTIL THEY’RE WRONG… Event Date - 5th July 2016

We’ve all heard the statement that “the customer is always right” and that buying a ticket entitles a punter to an opinion, but there’s a counter claim that often surfaces in professional wrestling which maintains that the fans don’t really know what’s best for the business, that you can’t always give them what they want simply because they don’t know what they really want and it’s a promoter’s job to fill that void.

 

More so, some maintain that it’s disrespectful for fans in a live crowd to voice their dissent with what’s going on in the ring. Not jeering or booing a heel within the limits of the story being told in the match, but stepping outside of that shared suspension of disbelief to register their disapproval of a talent being pushed or one they believe has been side-lined (at least in their opinion) unfairly.

 

During a recent interview with Alex Greenfield on the Writer’s Room podcast, former WWE Champion Batista (Dave Bautista) voiced these sentiments in regard to the reception that his matches elicited from a portion of the audience during his 2014 run with the company, something he saw as a marked change from his initial tenure and something that he felt was a personal attack.

 

At the time there was an element of the WWE audience in attendance at live events that voiced its dissatisfaction with chants relating to the departed CM Punk and stemmed in no small measure from the decision of management to halt the pushing of fellow former indie darling Daniel Brian in favour of Batista and his Evolution stable-mates Triple H and Randy Orton.

 

I for one have never been comfortable with the idea of silencing this kind of chanting, as while I acknowledge that it’s disruptive and that fans can’t be allowed to dictate the direction a company goes on a whim, I still feel that if an element of the fan-base is large enough to be heard in an arena holding thousands of people, then you should probably at least be listening to what they’re trying to tell you.

 

For his part, Batista was understandably upset at the bile being directed towards him, but he went on to describe the urge to chant as “monkey see, monkey do” suggesting that the sentiment was not sincere, which might be comforting to believe, but does seriously belittle the sentiments being expressed and would seem bizarre if the same explanation were used to explain away a positive reaction that spread through a crowd as quickly.

 

For the record, I think Batista’s wrong.

 

I think that the blame for this kind of rancorous chanting is split 70/30 between the WWE and the fans themselves.

 

And here’s why:

 

In almost any other sport or form of entertainment, the solution to disliking a product is as simple as walking away and finding an alternative, voting with your feet. In the UK right now this is overwhelmingly true of wrestling as a whole, as there are numerous local promotions, the larger of which even boast on-demand services. Not to mention overseas companies touting their own version of the WWE Network.

 

 

 

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YOSHIHIRO TAKAYAMA FOR PM Event Date - 5th July 2016

In these times of uncertainty following the referendum vote and the subsequent political bloodletting that’s seen so many potential leaders quit, bow out and be stabbed in the back, I’d like to suggest a candidate for Prime Minister who’d be sure to sort out the mess that we’re in and lead the country onwards.


Burly, sporting an unruly mop of blonde hair and probably incomprehensible to the majority of the UK electorate, you may be surprised to learn that my preferred candidate is not Boris Johnson, but rather perennial Puro hard-hitter Yoshihiro Takayama.


Unlike the US, where Jessie Ventura became a state governor and Takayama’s native Japan, where more than a few grapplers have entered the Diet (Japan’s parliament), the UK sadly lacks a tradition of wrestlers retiring from the ring and entering the world of politics.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: NGW, Tidal, PROGRESS, MegaSlam, EBW & PCW Event Date - 13th June 2016

Away last week, travelling around and doing what I do, so no chance to get anything written, so that means it’s time for a big old catch-up on the past fortnight of life on the road, whilst not making people have to read an absolute essay. We’ve all got sunbathing to be getting on with.


Going back to May 27th, and the first of many double shots over the last 14 days. NGW ran their 3rd or 4th show at Northallerton’s Forum, where bizarrely enough, the company drew their likeliest smallest crowd that they have there (around 80-90) , but with what was probably the most receptive and enthusiastic crowd that I’ve ever worked in front of at this building, eclipsing any previous crowds that both 3CW and NGW have drawn there. I had the total pleasure of opening the show against AJ Anderson, who was debuting his new ‘Screwface’ persona. Anderson is a wrestler who has really stepped up his game over the past few years, his work is quick and snappy, his conditioning is excellent and he’s innovative with how he lays things out. I was a big fan of this match, and it was a step up on every level over our only other singles encounter, at Tidal’s debut show in Newcastle. Speaking of Tidal, that’s exactly where I drove to after this show, as they were 30 minutes away up the road in Darlington. It’d be kind to say the company drew a healthy crowd, as maybe running an event so close to another wrestling show hurt both companies draws, but I still had a lot of fun in my impromptu 6-Man Tag main event, teaming myself and The Burial against Kid Fite and the newly formed team of Out Of Service (or something along those lines) of Dan ‘The Body’ James and Sean Only. I’ve been an advocate of The Burial for a good while, and it was good to see them get the chance to step up to a main event match, and it’s always fun tussling with Fite. The match ended with a bump into popcorn, so that pretty much sums up what you’re looking at here.


It was back at NGW the next night, when they returned to Hull City Hall. This has easily become one of my favourite venues to wrestle in these days, as the crowd there are SO hot, and the loyalty that NGW fans have shown the brand through the years has been nothing short of incredible. From the tiny Eastmount Centre, to the ever changing name of the Arena, to City Hall, they’ve followed the company all the way and familiarised themselves with all the wrestlers, which makes it such a good environment to create stories. I actually received a text on the morning of this show asking if I wouldn’t mind wrestling on the pre-show, as well as the main show, and I just can’t say no to more matches! I ended up wrestling young Ace Matthews in a babyface wrestling match, and one that I was really happy with afterwards. Matthews is a very dedicated student at the NGW Academy in Hull, and often travels to other shows and seminars to learn. He has a great attitude and gave a really solid accounting of himself here. I also wrestled Bubblegum in the evening, in an unsuccessful challenge to his Gen-X League Trophy. I’ve wrestled Gum over 60 times, and we always try and produce something new, which is an easy feat with someone like him who’s always evolving his offence. It’s never not a great buzz to step into the ring with him, as everything tends to connect really smoothly, and he definitely brings the best out of me. Meanwhile in NGW, the feud between myself and Dara Diablo rages on. Watch this space….

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Behind the Chaos: Why we do this. Event Date - 2nd June 2016

Hello,

 

I’ve been asked to write a blog…

 

I’ve re-written this several times, choosing where to start on a blog is proving to be harder than I thought it could be trying to pin point what I should talk about first, I guess the first thing I should do is introduce myself. I’m Dave and I’m co-owner of ‘Pro Wrestling Chaos’ based in Bristol. It’s a company that I have a shared responsibility with my friends, Nick and Rob. It started in 2013 as an experiment that’s got way out of hand to the point where we are now shareholders in a limited company and on any given evening we are responsible for at least 30 staff with the aim of putting on the best show we are capable of doing.

 

We never had a plan, we still don’t, that’s why it’s called Chaos. This little company shouldn’t really be doing what’s it’s doing now. At the start, we had no experience in promoting, terrible graphics, a venue with a low ceiling, no equipment at all. All we had in June 2013 was simply a group of people that were willing to help us. Were it not for people doing us favours, if that be providing PA equipment or a ring or their bodies for what effectively was and still is little reward to them, we would not of got past show 1, everyone has been willing to give us their talents to make this company be deemed a success. In terms of success that’s me quoting others, the 3 of us that run this, still find this mind blowing, I genuinely mean that, to us, this doesn’t seem real.

 

Success is an interesting word. In terms of the perception of our company, to others, we are ‘successful’. There’s lots of people at our shows and those fans like our product so it’s seen as a success, in terms of financially, as shareholders, it’s a terrible business currently. Hand on heart, we have not taken a single penny out for ourselves. Any profit has been re-invested it back into the product, to the point where the majority of what you see on a Chaos show is now owned by us. If we had of taken money out, we wouldn’t of been able to get to this point.

 

So I’m sitting here asking myself a question, the same question I’m asked on a regular basis, ‘why do we do this?’

 

Each show takes insanely long hours, time away from families, an incredible amount of effort on an actual show day, countless admin activities, disagreements, arguments, complaints…

 

Then at 7pm on that night, when MC Hank McCoy goes out to address a crowd and you see 500+ people, who have been willing to part with their own hard earned money to pay to see something that they believe in as much as you do. People that ‘get it’, understand what our product is, are more than happy to give as much of their own energy as an audience to those performing in the ring, knowing that you’ve helped forge new friendships out there between strangers who 3 years ago didn’t know each other, but now make their own T-Shirts, hats, stickers without any involvement from us. It’s perpetual motion, the effort from both sides increases each time. Every member of a Chaos roster knows that they have to be at their very best, not because the fans demand it or we as owners expect it. But because that’s what our audience deserves. We don’t have to tell anyone this, they just know it and go out there and give more than anyone could ask or expect every night to feed into a unique energy that I’ve never been a part of in my 15 years involved in this crazy business.

 

And finally after a show, you get a message from a mother, saying how much our shows means to their son, how we make them feel special and how much they appreciate what we’ve done for them and their family. It makes you realise that this has and always will be More Than Wrestling, it’s more than a job. It’s a responsibility.

 

That, is why we do this.

 

Dave

 


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Scottish Women In Wrestling: An Introduction Event Date - 31st May 2016

by Lily Lestrange.

 

It’s hard to believe how far women’s wrestling has come these days. With the Divas Revolution (or Women’s Revolution as it’s now called, I suppose) well and truly in force in the WWE and particularly NXT, female wrestlers from all different backgrounds and corners of the world are able to showcase their talents to one of the biggest audiences that the world of wrestling has. Not only that, with all-female companies such as SHIMMER, Fierce Females and AJW popping up all over the world the time for women in the wrestling business has never been better.


So why the big focus on women? Why call them “female wrestlers” when they are all doing so well in amongst the men; does equality not dictate that they should all just be called wrestlers no matter what gender? Well, no. Nowadays it’s more common to just deem everyone a wrestler regardless of their gender but it wasn’t always like this and the purpose of this series is to recognise the journey that we’ve all been on to get “women’s wrestling” to the point that it is today, so for the purpose of this series that’s what it will be referred to. It just makes it simpler to get my point across but it doesn’t reflect my actual views (my views being if you’re good then you’re good and if you’re shite then you’re shite, regardless of your gender).


So yes, women’s wrestling is currently booming, but it hasn’t always been that way. In England back in the 70s and 80s there were women who wrestled but they were few and far between and it seems that a lot of the time the local councils would come and shut down the shows that they were involved in. Because of this, a lot of the bigger promotions wouldn’t touch them and it was down to the “indy” promoters at the time to put on shows involving women’s matches. This seems fair enough; I can’t imagine fans being happy with shows always being cancelled, especially if they’ve already bought tickets and promoters wouldn’t be too happy about all of the disgruntled fans that they’d have to deal with as a result of it.


If England thought they had it bad though, it’s nothing compared to up here in Scotland; we had next to no female presence until the early 2000s. Whether it was through lack of training schools, lack of interest from women looking to be wrestlers or lack of promoters willing to book women on their shows, no-one knows. Apparently most of the female wrestlers that appeared were ones on the WWF tribute shows. In fact, the only information I could find on any women being on shows prior to the 00’s was from wrestler and promoter Dale Storm of Spartan Promotions, who notes that wrestler Lolita Loren was on several tours with the company in Scotland back in the late 70s and early 80s, alongside “midget” wrestler Diamond Lil. Sadly neither of these ladies hailed from Scotland so we can’t call them some of our own.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: First Class, Total Chaos, BWE’s SmashCon & HOPE Event Date - 27th May 2016

Time for that weekly catch-up with what I’ve been doing with my comings and goings, tumblings and Topés! (I’ve never actually done a Topé, but let’s not ruin such an upbeat and jaunty intro)

 

Friday night saw me travel up to North Shields, for my second ever appearance for First Class Wrestling, taking on Vitto Peru, who has affectionately been referred to for several years as merely ‘Finland’. No huge back story, it’s just where he’s from. One of the first things I noticed upon arriving at the lovely leisure centre that was hosting the event, was the upped production values of the company, with a very well designed glossy programme, a nice entrance way and those big vertical banner thingys that are becoming really popular. Production like this is so undervalued when it comes to giving the audience that buzz when they enter a venue and can make all the difference to how a promotion is perceived. Wrestling fans want to feel like they’re at a well-produced and genuine show, rather than watch the wrestlers enter through a fire exit into a shambles of a ring. Leisure centres can also be a bit hit and miss when it comes to atmosphere too, with them sometimes being far too light and vacuous, making the crowd feel self-conscious about making noise. The atmosphere on this show was terrific though, and I had a ton of fun opening up the event against Peru, as well as making the save later on in the night for Xia Brookside, daughter of WWE Developmental Coach Robbie Brookside. The whole evening was a really positive experience, the place was packed and there was a great atmosphere both in front of and behind the curtain. First Class, you could say.

 


The next day was a long old trek down to Bristol, which appears to be a breeding ground for 50mph zones on the motorways into the place. Pretty awesome those things, let’s have some more of them…. The premise of the evening was that Pro Wrestling Chaos run a show once a year called ‘Total Chaos!’, where none of the matches are announced on the night and the crowd have no idea of the card going into the show. It speaks volumes then, that the promotion was still able to pack over 400 people into Yate Leisure Centre based just on the promotions reputation and their local advertising methods. What match did the Chaos Generator provide for me? Well, it teamed myself and Martin Kirby up in our Project Lucha team, against the bruising brawlers The London Riots. So much fun, many tag combinations. I love teaming with Kirby, and Project Lucha is without a doubt something I’d love more promotions to look into using (hint hint!). Obviously, Kirby was one half of the incredible Project Ego team with Kris Travis, so it’s a big thing for me and Kirby to team up. Kirby and Trav had so much amazing chemistry as a team and a superb catalogue of work, if Kirby and I could achieve even half of that, I’d be happy. The Riots are a great team as well, who’ve come on leaps and bounds over the last 3 years, and have learnt how to work as both a blue-eye and villain act so well. Crowd were extremely receptive of this match, especially the end stretch and this definitely feels like a match that could easily be revisited.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: To Italy And Back Again With Added HOPE & Fight Factory Event Date - 20th May 2016

Another weekend with not much sleep and a load of travel! Wait….wasn’t that last week’s intro too? Hmm. Getting as repetitive as my entrance music.


Friday night involved a solo jaunt to Market Rasen, where I took on Paul Malen at FFW, to see who would become the number 1 contender to their championship. Nice little drive on my own through the country here. Even stopped to have a look at some pigs (does that sound weird?). Initially, I was under the impression that Malen would be the detested baddie here, but it turns out he was also a fan favourite and what followed was actually a near 30-minute clean wrestling match, with the small crowd divided between who they wanted to win. Except one child, who made it clear to anybody that would listen that ‘Paul is boring!’, as he chanted it over and over again. Unperturbed by the racket from this small child, Malen gave the usual great performance from himself and I really enjoyed this as a change of pace from what I’m normally up to on the family shows. It’s nice to occasionally just get in the ring and wrestle, as it challenges me, and it’s something I wish I could do more often. This felt like somewhat of a fleeting visit (I won the match by the way, take that Boring Paul!), as I arrived quite close to showtime, closed the first half and left at the interval.


The reason? I’m just an ignorant prick. Naaaaaah, it was because I had to try and get some sleep, as I had another international booking back in Italy the next day! A grand total of 2 hours sleep I got. Don’t know why I even bothered trying, should have just kept playing on the N64. Manchester Airport saw me catch a 7:30am flight out to Milan, where I was promptly picked up and driven to somewhere I could crash for the evening, in fact the house of the parents of my opponent that night. That poor lovely elderly Italian family, blissfully unaware of my plans to batter their firstborn that night! A few hours later, the father of my opponent drove me to a building in Pero, where the show was that night. Along the way, he attempted to make conversation, realised I spoke not a lick of Italian and put the radio on. Probably for the best. After a training seminar on fitness, crowd work and ring positioning in the afternoon, the show was due to start around 9pm. This, being FCW’s 11 Year Anniversary Show, the company made a big effort with production, and opened the show up with a really great video on the entranceway screens, a really impressive light show, and a very enthusiastic ring announcer kicking off proceedings. Unfortunately, 45 seconds into this grandiose and atmospheric start to the show, there was a huge power cut that plunged the whole venue into darkness. For 20 minutes. Ouch.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: To Italy And Back Event Date - 13th May 2016

A whole bunch of travel and not a load of sleep, as I embarked on my first European trip of 2016 last weekend. I think. It all just kind of blues together these days.


Before I left these shores, I wrestled a rematch from last week on the Friday, facing off against Chris Tyler at HOPE’s ‘home venue’ of Mansfield’s Forest Town Arena. One of my favourite venues to wrestle in, as the reactions there are always good and the crowd know all of the regular wrestlers, so you can use that familiarity to your advantage when building stories. The prelude to this encounter was the fact that rather unpopular HOPE official Craig Anderson refused to referee the match after I kinda sorta accidentally beat him up after he DQ’d me last week. But in fairness to me, anyone that has met Craig or spent any time with him will totally get why. His refusal to officiate the match led to the VERY popular return of Referee Whitey, so DID take control and oversaw the match between myself and Tyler. Near the end of a match that I was very happy with, for the 2nd week in a row with Tyler, Whitey was the victim of a collision which triggered Anderson to sprint (that’s being generous) to the ring, but refuse to count the fall when I had victory in sight. Then, to a HUGE reaction, Whitey pulled Craig out of the ring, decked him and counted the winning pinfall to RAPTUROUS applause. The reactions were even bigger when Craig petulantly grabbed the microphone and challenged Whitey to find a couple of partners whilst he did the same, which will lead to a 6-man tag down the line at HOPE, with both referees in action!! Everyone involved in this played their part extremely well, and helped produce something very well received that builds to something worth seeing down the line. Hey, if Anderson is getting molten heat from the crowd, why not make something of it?! Better get watching that Earl Hebner vs Nick Patrick match from WWF Invasion…


Arrived home at 1am. Ate food. Sat down for 20 minutes, packed 2 bags and drove off to Birmingham Airport. I had a real early flight to catch to Milan, so obviously I got diverted off the motorway for ages. That was pretty awesome. By the time I had arrived in Italy, I’d had zero sleep. I might have tried to get some on the plane, but some girls I was sat next to decided it was far important they tell everyone on board how tired they were. Repeatedly. No rest for the wicked, as I was picked up at Milan and driven straight to a gym in Bergamo, where a 20 foot ring was set up inside a dance studio-kinda. This was where I was to take two 2 hour seminars during the afternoon, before wrestling 2 matches that night. If ever I conditioned myself to get through fatigue, this is where it would hopefully kick in. Both seminars were actually really enjoyable in the end. The language barrier can often be difficult in seminars in foreign lands and it sometimes results in me not being able to always get across the full extent of what I’m trying to say, but luckily I had translators at both. The seminars were actually for 2 different promotions, ICW (which had about 14 students) and Rising Sun Wrestling (the promotion I was debuting for that night, where I had about 8 or 9 to teach), so that was pretty cool. The matches themselves in the evening were pretty enjoyable. The first, actually on the pre-show and only in front of about 50 people, but a VERY receptive 50, actually saw me capture my first Italian championship! I defeated the current FCW Champion, a wrestler called The Greatest, in a tidy little match, though one that left my back a bit sore afterwards.. Winning the title was a pretty cool moment, making it my 2nd European Title (not the one D’lo Brown had) after capturing the Swiss Wrestling Entertainment Championship in 2014. I then went on to retain the title later on that night on the main show, as the small hall filled up with about 120 rowdy fans. I get the impression they only really get shows over in Italy once a month or so, so when they do get shows, the crowds tend to be pretty hot for good wrestling. I wrestled a guy called Mark Fit, who has bags of potential, and just needed to slow down and take his time more with things. I really like going over and wrestling these guys in Europe who might not be too well known, but clearly have potential. It was the same with Ca$h Crash in Switzerland and Mark Fit definitely falls into the same category. We also got a pretty good crowd reaction considering we followed a hardcore match that seemed to last a week. By the time the main event finished, it was past midnight and I couldn’t really recall what life was like before being awake on a permanent basis. I crashed hard when I hit the pillow of an Italian families spare room at 2am. That was arranged by the promoter by the way, I didn’t just turn up at their house.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: A Double Dose Of HOPE With A Triple Measure Of Southside Event Date - 10th May 2016

Started off the weekend with HOPE’s return to Derby to the lovely Polish Club on the Friday, and a first time encounter with Chris Tyler. Tyler and I have clashed in only multi-mans over the last 12 months, after originally being booked in a one-on-one match last February in a bout that got changed to a 3-Way right at the last second, due to Too Cool taking up a good hour of the first half and the show approaching midnight.


Pretty fun match this, despite the ring not being the best quality due to a mishmash of people setting it up, each having ideas of their own about the best way to construct if. This resulted in a wrestling ring that somewhat resembled a boat on the high seas. The show was a lengthy one, with 8 matches on the bill, so it was pretty late by the time we entered the ring, and you could sense the crowd were a bit weary. Luckily, we were able to wake them up by attempting to force a toilet brush down Tyler’s throat. This one went all over the building, and whilst there was some stuff that could have been clearer or hit more proficiently, this was definitely more than adequate for a first time affair. The ending of the match arrived when referee Craig Anderson rang the bell for a DQ after I accidentally struck him, to a very unpopular decision. Anderson is hardly the most popular man in HOPE as it is, and this didn’t do him any favours. He earned a Cutter after the match for his troubles. Annoyingly enough, I managed to suffer quite a bad injury to a muscle in my side at some stage in the match, which was frustrating considering how heavy the weekend was lined up to be. Luckily, I had a really long diversion on the way home to think about it, a diversion that took me in a massive circle to a closed bridge. Twice.


The next morning, after a rough and uncomfortable 4 hours sleep, I headed down to Nottingham to begin a really long and emotionally charged day. Up first, after a lovely workout at Rushcliffe Leisure Centre was a brief encounter with Alex Gracie on Southside’s afternoon event. This served the purpose of making me look strong going into the evenings championship main event, and I was really glad Gracie was in the ring with me, as the guy just gets it. He understands wrestling so well, and totally gets his role, whatever it might be. Only going about 2-3 minutes, this was a nice little additional set-up for the evening show, especially with the stand off between Joseph Connors and I following it.


That done, I drove the 30 minutes down the road to Sutton-In-Ashfield for the 34th Evolution of HOPE Wrestling. Seasick from the ring aside, I had fun opening up their event opposite Rob Sharpe. I’d first wrestled Sharpe about a year ago on a MSW camp in Skirlington, back when he was super green (brand new, not his skin. Which has switched the opposite way now), and I’d likely thrown too much at him for the time. This one was simplified and it was benefited by it. Still not perfect by any stretch, but a perfectly adequate opener. I was pretty happy I was able to convert a rugged elderly Yorkshireman who wanted my horns ripped off at the start into cheering for me by the end. A couple of iffy moments aside, this was easy enough, and whilst it won’t be in any end of year polls, it served its intended purpose.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: A Preston City Wrestling Triple Bill And PROGRESS Wrestling Event Date - 3rd May 2016

The first 3 events last weekend all took place at the Evoque nightclub in Prestom, as PCW presented a weekender for this year’s SpringSlam event. Up first, on the Friday night, was multi-man action as myself, Martin Kirby, Bubblegum and the debuting Liam Lazarus tangled in a 4-way early on the card. First of all, I’ve gone on record in here several times to put Liam over as one to keep an eye on in the future, and debuting for one of the bigger promotions in the country here is a natural progression for him. On this night, he gave a damn fine showing of himself, endeared himself to the crowd and hopefully he’ll be back sooner rather than later. This is very nearly a 4-way that I wasn’t part of, as upon arriving at the building, I was told I’d actually be replacing an injured Noam Dar in the 7th match on the card against Matt Sydal, with Travis Banks taking my place in the advertised 4-Way. However, with 20 minutes before the show was scheduled to begin, Banks still hadn’t arrived at the building due to traffic, so I took it upon myself to get changed ‘just in case’. Turns out Banks turned up literally just as I was about to head to the ring, so he ended up working with Sydal instead. The 4-way itself was a load of fun, a good start to the weekend.


The next afternoon, on the traditional hangover show, I was matched up against Kirby, in our 119th match against each other. Something must have happened overnight though, as gone was the upbeat, fresh-faced fan favourite the PCW crowd were accustomed to, and in his place was a RIGHT DICKHEAD. With no explanation at all. Genuinely, this match might have been one of my favourite ever PCW matches, and the crowd seemed to concur, seeing how obvious it was that we were clearly having a great time in there and loving playing off each other. There were times during the bout where it must have been SO obvious to the crowd that my shoulders were going from laughter, and I did in fact have tears in my eyes at times. Joey Hayes, at ringside, hugely added to the proceedings. It’s no secret what good mates all 3 of us are, and it really showed here.


Future shenanigans occurred in the evening, as a first time encounter with ROH’s Dalton Castle provided something…..unique. That’s pretty much my aim on a lot of shows now, to provide something memorable by striving to be different to the other matches on the card. Castle was SUCH a big personality and carries himself like a star, and it’s really easy to bounce off that style of worker with my physical comedy and body language. As well as some truly ridiculous comedy moments (me walking around the ring like a peacock whilst he crab-walked around with faux horns for one), we also got to do some really nice stuff with each other down the pipe, and seemed to provide a lively and entertaining pre-main event spectacle. Both Joey Hayes and ROH Tag Champs War Machine had some lovely words after the match too, and it was great to be able to get some advice and feedback from WWE Hall Of Famer Ricky Steamboat over the weekend as well.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: From Scotland To Plymouth With Liverpool & Lytham St Annes On The Way Event Date - 22nd April 2016

Back on my travels this weekend, as per, as I managed to drive up across the border and right down to the bottom of England in the span of a couple of days. And I wonder why my car constantly needs new parts.


Up first, this past Friday, was my return to BCW, who presented a packed card at a sold out Kilmarnock Grand Hall, to the tune of 800 fans. This was my first appearance for BCW in a couple of years, having last been up in 2014 challenging for their Tag Titles in the same venue. It was also my first booking in Scotland for around 12 months, as the need to bring guys up across the border has lessened as the years have passed, what with the huge influx of Scottish talent. I wrestled Big Damo on the show, a super heavyweight who I rate incredibly highly. We’d only worked once before, on a HOPE show last year, in a match where my head was very nearly squished! None of that this time around thankfully. Overall, the match was pretty decent, if not lacking a little bit of fire on my part at times. The only problem with the match? Grado! Essentially, if Grado isn’t on last on a show in Scotland, someone had the unfortunate task of following him. And on this night, that task fell to us. Grado is SO popular in Scotland, that it’s an extremely tough act to follow, so we struggled a bit here to pick the crowd up and it was nigh on impossible to match the previous reactions. On the whole though, I enjoyed the match and it was really nice to be back up in Scotland.


The next afternoon, I took a trip to Liverpool to make an autograph appearance at a collectables shop called The Mystery Island that had been arranged a couple of months prior. To see a queue of people waiting outside the shop on my arrival was a really surreal experience, knowing they were specifically waiting in line to pay money to meet little old me. I’ll never quite get over stuff like this, as I almost don’t feel deserving of such things, but at the same time, it’s a really humbling feeling. Big thanks to the staff at the shop for having me down, and for being so great to work with! That done, I drove the short 60 minute journey to seaside town Lytham St Annes, where MegaSlam Wrestling sold out the Lowther Pavilion, putting on a great show in front of a burning hot 320 fans. I had the utmost fun opening up the show against Martin Kirby, in one of my favourite matches I’ve had in ages! I always feel so relaxed when I’m between the ropes with Kirbs, as we know each other so well that we can just go out there, bounce off each other and have fun with it. The guy is capable of being anything in wrestling, in every single role, couldn’t have been happier with this.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: A Month Of Turmoil Event Date - 18th April 2016

The last 3 or 4 weeks have been turbulent to say the very least. A lot has happened. Therefore this won’t be a regular article in the normal sense of the word, although I’m aiming to return to regularity next week. Over the last few weeks, a bout of illness that kept me bedridden for 3 or 4 days, a ridiculously hectic schedule and the tragic passing of one of my best friends in Kris Travis have all culminated in my mind being elsewhere and my regular articles being at the back of my priorities list.


As stated, things will return to normal next week, as I aim to get back to somewhat of a normal routine. I’ve gone back and forth in my head on how to handle the Travis situation here, and I can only really summarise it by saying that I can’t sum up how I feel, nor can I really put into words how much he meant to me. Anyone who really knows me knows how much I loved him and 15 years of friendship can’t be summed up in a few short paragraphs.


To bring people up to speed from a wrestling perspective, I’ve been insanely busy as of late. Some brief notes:


– I’ve had successful and really enjoyable debuts for FFW in Lincoln and WrestlePro in Manchester


– Defended the Progress Tag Titles in 2 BRUTAL matches, firstly against Zack Sabre JR and Tommaso Ciampa in a match that resulted in damaged cartilage in my ear, a bloody chest and a left arm that I couldn’t tense for a few days, and secondly just this past weekend in a violent No DQ Match against FSU, which featured chairs, tables, thumbtacks and a standing ovation afterwards.

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Wrestlemania 32 - Expect The Unexpected (Maybe) Event Date - 1st April 2016

Wrestlemania is really predictable this year, right? Taker won't lose to Shane and Roman Reigns will get his moment in the sun. Simple, right? Considering WWE's decision to throw a spanner in the works at the last 2 Wrestlemanias I wouldn't be so sure.  

 

Let's turn back time to Wrestlemania 30 at the Superdome (aka Silverdome, brother). A routine Wrestlemania for The Undertaker. We all thought his streak would go to 22-0. Three F-5s later and the beast was the 1 in 21 and 1, prompting this writer to wander around the party he was at, repeatedly saying, 'I knew it'd happen one day, but losing it to him?'. The annual Wrestlemania acca down as well to top it off. Last year, who'd have called Seth Rollins ruining Vince’s golden boy's happy ending? Seth himself didn't know until after his match with Orton…    The point I'm getting to is that there's a growing trend at Wrestlemania to pull off a bit of a shock. One of the 3 main events is going to throw up a surprise. Common sense tells us that HHH won't wrestle for a while after Mania. So I'd expect him to drop the belt and Reigns to look strong (Reigns to win at 1/7). Can anyone else see The Rock getting involved with this? How sweet would it be if Reigns won with his help, followed by Reigns spearing The Rock, turning heel, setting up a match between them in a year's time? 

 

Would Shane beating Taker be that shock? There's no streak to protect, and there's a lot of mileage in someone interfering in this match to set up a long term feud with Taker (John Cena anyone?). Anyone with a brain knows they're not just bringing Shane back for one month anyway - if he loses, where do you go? There's no feud that jumps out for Taker if he wins and Shane would have no power over Vince and The Authority. Shane to win at Evens is worth it. Here comes the moneyyyy...

 

Just thought I’d let you know, a referee getting knocked down in any match is 8/11. You can see this match being the one where everyone gets involved, can’t you?

 

Matches of the night will be Jericho v Styles and Ambrose v Lesnar. 'But we've seen and Jericho Styles clash 3 times before!' I hear you cry (pun fully intended). Well you haven't seen it with Y2J playing the heel, and he tells a much better story when he does. Sit back, relax and watch Jericho put styles over at Mania, and watch his stock rocket, like fandango (ahem).   A loss for Lesnar or Ambrose won't hurt either of them, but considering that Brock has had the upper hand in this feud, Ambrose winning would give him that 'Wrestlemania moment' they're going for, and why not at 3/4? Betfair has a number of german suplexes line set at 9.5 of them. Considering he hit Reigns with 10 suplexes last year and 15 german suplexes against Cena at Summerslam 2014 (yes I’ve done the research!), 5/6 looks a very reasonable price for at least 10 german suplexes. Not far behind in the match of the night stakes will be the IC title. Owens should retain here and keep his feud with Sami Zayn going until he finally gets his deserved main event spot later in the year. I can’t see anyone else getting the belt really, as much as a Zack Ryder win would blow the roof off of AT&T Stadium.

 

This year’s Mania finally has a Divas match worth watching. Sasha will win this (3/10) and feud with Charlotte for a while (they've got to keep Ric flair out of trouble somehow!), just enough time for Bayley to come up to the main roster.

 

The toilet break match comes courtesy of Kalisto and Ryback. I haven't given heels a lot of love so far, so let's go with Ryback (11/10) coming out on top.

 

On a final note does anyone else want an over/under market on mentions of the words 'Wrestlemania moment'? I'd go for over 6.5 personally…

 

My picks for the entire card (at time of writing): Reigns (1/7), Shane (Evens), Ambrose (3/4), Styles (1/4), New day (21/20),  Ryback (11/10),  Sasha (3/10), Dudleys (13/8), Owens (1/2) Team B.A.D & Blonde (3/1) & Mark Henry to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal (5/1)

 

Take these just as suggestions. Think I’m wrong? Let me know what you’ve gone for.

 

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Thanks for reading!

 

Matt Nash

 

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: Martin Kirby, Tidal Wrestling, Chaos & Pro Evo Wrestling Event Date - 18th March 2016

The main thing I took away from last weekend, was just how ridiculously fun it was. A lot of this can be attributed to the pure brilliance of Martin Kirby. Kirby is, in my opinion, one of the top 3 talents in this country (alongside CJ Banks and Rampage Brown), and a lot of this is due to how versatile he is, and what a superb brain he has for wrestling. Even now, I’d consider him vastly underrated.

 


Another contributing factor, would be down to just how much fun he can be to work with, especially when he’s one of ‘those’ moods. He knows exactly what I’m talking about! One such occasion was this past Friday, as we headlined the latest Darlington show presented by Tidal Wrestling. One excellent bit of advice and logic I’d talked to Sami Callihan about the previous week was to make sure your match is completely different to every other on the card, thus making it memorable and stand out. This Friday night with Kirby was exactly that. Mainly down to popcorn. We went out there with a semblance of an idea of what we might do for some of the contest, but when Kirby is in one of these mischievous moods, the best thing to do is to let him do whatever he likes, and then react to it and go along for the ride. Because either way, he’s going to win! That’s why, when I saw him roll out of the ring halfway through a match that was going swimmingly anyway, grab a massive bag of popcorn and pour it all over the ring, I had no choice but to just go with it. What ensued was a ridiculous closing 5 minutes of the match, including us both taking some hellacious falls onto the kernels!! Surprisingly enough, popcorn actually stings!! Luckily, the absurd chants of ‘best match ever!’ following the closing bell helped ease the pain….

 


I also wrestled Kirby on Saturday night in front of a MASSIVE crowd for Pro Evo Wrestling in Gloucester. Having both worked for Pro Wrestling Chaos about an hour down the road, we arrived about 15 minutes before our match, but having wrestled each other so many times, it was so easy to just go into the ring and have a really fun 10 minute match. Pro Evo did a tremendous job in packing out the place, and coupled with excellent presentation, this show seemed like a huge deal, and it’s a shame I was only able to catch the end of the main event, a ladder match between Justin Sysum and Bram, who sounded like they absolutely tore the house down.

 

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: A Double Dose Of The King Of Swerve And A Southside Triple Event Date - 11th March 2016

A snowy drive to Coventry on Friday afternoon saw a busy and physically taxing weekend began, with 2 matches with current Lucha Underground star Shane Strickland kicking things off. The first of these 2 battles saw me return to Kamikaze Pro, as the hugely underrated promotion drew a busy and rowdy crowd to the dark, sticky Empire nightclub, and provided a raucous night of action. I’d tangled with Strickers a couple of times up before, but up until this stage it had been limited to multi-mans over the second Southside/CZW collaboration, a 4-Way and the 6-Way Aerial Assault…thing. Strickland has since upped his game with the ascension to Lucha Underground and everything he does feels tighter, crisper and more high impact. As my face will attest to. Crowd were great for this, with it being the first high-flying match on the card, and despite one or 2 sloppy moments (me crotching myself for reals), I was happy with this. Kamikaze are a promotion that have quietly gone from strength to strength, and are definitely one of the sleeper promotions in the UK, and I’m hoping they’ll be welcomed back to Empire sooner rather than later. It was also nice to catch up with a slightly intoxicated Jetta at the show! Not seen her in yonks, so that was a nice surprise.

 


Back in the ring the next night in Essex with Strickland, as we opened up Southside’s return to the Circus Tavern. Far far busier than I think anyone was expecting, the match had a different feel to the night before, with Strickland absolutely KILLING me with a Dropkick in the corner at the opening bell. Again, not everything was hit 100% clean here, but the chemistry is there to have a really great match with each other at some point. It was nice to try out some new stuff over these matches as well, some stuff I’d never attempted before, and Strickland’s experience in working a Lucha style was very apparent in how well some of it came off. Being on first also allowed me to watch pretty much the rest of the show, which I still love doing but don’t really get much chance to these days. I’ll always try to watch as much as I can do, to try and see what other people do, to try and learn different styles/structures and just to ingratiate myself into the product.

 


After that long drive down to Essex and back, it was time to get up ‘nice’ and early to head to Nottingham, where Southside were running a double barrel of wrestling spectaculars. The afternoon show, the 9th Day Of Reckoning (there has been a LOT of reckonings in Southside) was all about the story telling. Anyone who knows me, knows that when it comes to wrestling, I’m into my stories above anything else. It’s always been something I’ve tried to pay as much attention to as possible, those moments that are built up to, and the way they’re built. Recently, I became the number 1 contender to the Southside Championship, held by the leader of the top villain entourage, Joseph Connors of The Righteous Army. I’ve been feuding with the RA for over a year now, with well documented and violent battles with Jimmy Havoc and a turncoat Kay Lee Ray. This was the natural progression for this. The afternoon card saw me teaming with Leva Bates (NXT’s Blue Pants) and the red hot Will Ospreay to face Connors, The Pledge and Lana Austin (drafted in to replace a legitimately sidelined Havoc). I was really feeling the moments between Connors and I here, and it feels like the crowd want to be taken along for the ride as well. There’s few things more frustrating than knowing where you’re going with something and the crowd either not buying it, or ur being lost on them. This wasn’t the case here, and it felt like a big deal when I scored a roll up win over the champion and went nose to nose with him afterwards.

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LESSONS Event Date - 8th March 2016

I’ll be honest, form the last week at training, I can’t actually remember what happened. I have been swamped elsewhere in the real world to sit down and write this thing too.


So instead, I thought I’d go through some things I’ve learned just from wrestling in the last week.


If you don’t like wrestling now there’s a chance you will never be convinced until you see it live.


Right, I am going to side with you non-fans at the moment. WRESTLING IS BORING. well, maybe I went a step too far but I get what you’re thinking when you’re watching it. When you watch wrestling on TV it’s easy to switch off, it’s easy to be bored by the lack of noise from a crowd. What you have to remember is that if it’s on TV then there’s a high chance the show has been produced to sound and look a certain way. If you feel this way when you have seen wrestling on TV I urge you to go and see a live show. When you go to see a live show you can get involved in the chants, you can see the wrestlers up close and usually, best of all you can get drunk . Having all of these factors around can just pack up an atmosphere. I have known people that have NEVER liked wrestling, go to a show and be stood on the chairs, chanting, singing along and getting sucked in!


When Promoting a show on-line, it’s hard to please everyone and not offend everyone else.


I have realised this week that it’s hard to promote shows on-line and keep it interesting and fresh. There’s many things we can do, we can do Character promos calling each other out, we can share match graphics, we could just simply share to show poster. But the issue I have come across, quite recently, is that you can swampy people’s timelines with the same thing over and over and over again. Because we are so passionate about what we do, we share our graphics as much as we can because we are excited about our next show. The issue with that is if I share my posters, then someone tags me in the same poster they share, then I share a match graphic then I do a promo. That’s four times a day that this could be see on someone’s timeline. For someone who’s excited for the show this is potentially great! But for someone who is 50/50 about coming, all it’s going to do is piss them off and maybe drive them away.
It’s a difficult situation and this is why all promoters now are using different methods of using digital and social media to promote their shows. Saying that, without constant sharing it’s hard to reach new audiences. If you target the same audience all of the time you will never get new members!


Fantasy Booking will only cause disappointment.


I am so guilty of this as well! I look at the cards for upcoming WWE PPV’s and look at the matches im not interested in, usually this would be the tag title match (which is a shame because I love A New Day) and at this moment in time the US title. Looking forward to WrestleMania, I have fantasy booked both of these matches in my head so many times. This is now set up for disaster because in my head it’s an amazing idea but if WWE don’t go ahead with the plans that I think are good and it goes elsewhere I’ll be instantly disappointed that my “Dream” didn’t come true. For example, in my head at Mania I have got Kalisto going up against a mega Heel Beast Ryback and I have got Ryback absolutely squashing Kalisto in under 5 Minutes. This, again in my head, would legitimize Ryback as a dominant force no matter whether he is a heel or a face. Now, you may agree or disagree with what I want to see and that’s fine. Everyone has their own opinion. But if, probably when, that doesn’t happen I’ll be gutted! The advice I always give myself is to stay away from predicting the future. We don’t do it with Eastenders, Coronation Street, Breaking Bad, Game of thrones. We get sucked in to the story and believe that what ever happens is going to thrill us! This is the way us wrestling fans should be!

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: A Dream Venue, A TNT Debut & Tidal Wrestlin Event Date - 4th March 2016

Only the 3 events to catch up on this week, with no doubles and 2 of the 3 shows being 20 minutes away from my house! Jeez, why do I even bother getting out of bed in the morning?


*Please don’t reply to that by the way. I know why I bother.


Up first was somewhat of a dream come true for me. No, not exposing Nathan Cruz’s bare arse for the hundredth time, but in fact getting to wrestle at a building that I’ve yearned to do so since I was a child. Leeds Town Hall. 1993 was the first time I went to watch a live wrestling show at the building, with my father and grandad. I don’t recall too much of the event per se, only that the main event was won by a chap called The Ring Warrior, and I’m convinced that Dynamite Kid appeared on the bill. Through the years, I went to watch as many shows at the hall as I could, many with my dad who has been incredibly supportive of my career choices since day 1. I’ve seen some woeful tribute acts there, I’ve seen David Flair and Shark Boy appear for All-Star Wrestling, I’ve seen it completely sold out and I’ve seen the FWA Celebrity Wrestling Carnage Tour (sorry Stevie). In fact, my first actual foray into British wrestling has helping put bill posters up for Brian Dixon and then selling programmes for him at the venue that night, something Brian actually remembered when I first debuted for him in Bolton in 2008, having not seen me in 7 years. I also took my first ever bump in a wrestling ring there that same evening, courtesy of a Chic Cullen Suplex that left blood in my mouth, as I had no idea what I was doing and had no idea how to fall correctly. I distinctly remember the pain of the landing being incredibly real, but that I definitely wanted to give it another go.


Long story short, Leeds Town Hall held a lot of memories for me, and it was always of some regret that nobody ran the place anymore and I never got to work there. All of that changed last Friday night however, when MegaSlam Wrestling drew just short of 800 people there for a fantastic night of action! I not only got to tick the place off my bucket list, but I also got to open the show against one of my favourite opponents in Nathan Cruz. That I was working one of my closest friends, in a building I held in such affection, with my parents both in the crowd watching made the evening incredibly special to me. It also helped that I felt we set a high standard for the rest of the card, and overall the whole evening was a wonderful experience.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: The Big Massive Bumper Bastard Edition Event Date - 26th February 2016

Big massive bumper bastard (Sounds like the title of a HOPE show) catch-up this time around, as being away on the road all last week prevented me from having enough time to waffle on and name people I like working with. But fear not, that annoying positivity and love for what i do has returned with an abundance here!

 

So, we go all the way back to Feb 12th to kick off our catch up! A lovely quiet drive to Accrington started me off, travelling alone to the first of 2 MegaSlam shows that night. A small little pub called Brooks Club was the sight, as the ongoing rivalry between myself and Boris Koslov opened up a show that had drawn a healthy number of people. As soon as I left the dressing room (and by which I mean a long thin hallway behind a bar) and entered the ring, I could tell the crowd were up for it. Indeed, despite only being a relatively small event, this might well be one of my favourite ever matches with Big Bozza, based solely on crowd reaction alone. As we milked possibly shaking hands for 5 minutes, he turned to me in the ring and said under his breath “this is fucking brilliant”. And it was! It’s funny how sometimes a deafening 100 people compares to a ‘go on then, impress me’ 800.

 

Having not been satiated with a victory over Boris The Bruiser, I decided to pop into Brighouse Civic Hall on the way home and have a match with CJ Banks. A small event, with likely only 50 people filling the room, Banks still managed to whip the crowd up into a lather (ooer, etc), which meant they were primed for our match when we finally locked up 10 minutes into it! Apparently the crowd, despite a lack of size, had been hot all night, and this definitely appeared to be the case here! Again, it’s not always how big the crowd is, it’s how much they’re into what you’re doing, and that can make a big big difference in enjoying going to work or not, or knowing in advance that it’s going to be a struggle that night. I came away from both of these shows reflecting just how relaxing and enjoyable my Friday night was.

 

Right, this is where it gets a bit daft and I didn’t sleep for a long long time. After the 2 MegaSlam shows, I went home and went to bed. For an hour. That’s correct, 60 minutes. After that massively replenishing nap, it was time to drive nearly 9 hours to my next event. Yep. Liam Lazarus parked up at mine at 4am, and off we went! I drove the 4 and a half hours down to the teeny tiny little town of Bargoed in Wales to pick up Nixon Newell (who lives on the world’s most steepest hill. Like, it’s legit vertical), then into Newport to pick up her trainee Rhee, and then carried on driving 3 hours down to St Austell in Cornwall. By the time we finally arrived, I’d forgotten what life outside of a car was like and was questioning if I could ever return to function in normal society again. On the plus side, I had excellent company on the trip, and it helps so much to travel with people who actually make conversation and keep me awake. Anyway, once I arrived, was it time to relax, with it being only 12 noon? No. It was not! As the company I was working for that night, Cornish Pro Wrestling, had hired me to take a seminar that afternoon. Ended up enjoying this quite a lot, as it focused not just on the in-ring stuff, but by answering a lot of questions too, which is something I wish I got more chance to do. Also, I had had a LOT of caffeine by this point, so I likely rambled more than usual. The actual show that night was excellent. A packed house, a great set-up, and a VERY hot crowd. In the main event that night, I took on PJ Jones, a man I had first wrestled when he was a young up and coming blue eye for DWA in Devon years ago (where he nearly impaled himself on a guard rail missing a Moonsault to the outside). This 2 Out Of 3 Falls Match was a riot to do, as the crowd were up the whole 20 minutes. Wether it was the sleep deprivation finally kicking in and the adrenaline in which I was solely dining out on or not, I was buzzing in this one. Jones did an excellent job in riling up the crowd as well, and this was easily the best of the 3 matches we’ve had through the years. A massive thanks go out to CPW for the entire day, as we were so well looked after and the team there were phenomenal to deal with. It was well worth the drive.

 

Speaking of driving, the fun didn’t end there! As I still had the 3 hour trip home to go (as I was staying in Wales that night), which featured the HILARITY that ensued from firstly very nearly running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere (it was only funny once I’d actually found a petrol station) and secondly Liam and I finding our hotel closed with all the lights off when we pulled up at 2am. Once the very kind proprietor did come down and answer the door (in his dressing gown the poor sod), I’ve never been so thankful to have my head hit a pillow.

My Valentine’s Day started off with Liam and I working out in a damn fine gym in Bargoed which Nixon had recommended. Flowers and chocolates? I did pre-workout and shoulders instead. Because I’m such a MAN, yeah?!? That evening, I was making my super secret special debut for Attack! Wrestling, something I’ve had the aim of doing for AGES! I’m a massive fan of their product, as so much thought and creativity goes into it, and knowing the guys behind the product and how much they think outside the box, I actually felt a bit of pressure here. It was time to see if the old man could keep up with all those young whippersnappers! The match itself, myself and Martin Kirby teaming up to answer the open challenge of the Anti-Fun Police (Ryan Smile and Damian Dunne) ended up being incredibly well-received and I had a blast out in front of a sold-out Cardiff crowd. The audience are very smart there and quite self-referential, but not to the detriment of the show, which means you can think more intelligently and maturely with the way the match works. They definitely seemed to get into the vibe of the type of team Kirby and I were conveying (much like in real life, he bullies me), and I got a lot of positive feedback from everyone, including a heartening ‘please come back!’ chant afterwards. The evening took a slightly sour downturn, after Nixon (who was due to travel back up with me to start a week on the camps) suffered a shoulder injury meaning we had to take a journey to a local hospital, which resulted in her staring an evil hole through anybody that got seen in front of her as she wished bad things on them. All whilst wearing tye-dye gear. Luckily, she was soon full of drugs and couldn’t cause anymore fights.

 

The Monday night saw a trip to Bridlington as Nathan Cruz and I contested match number 200 against each other. Wouldn’t it be funny if, after all the matches we’ve had, all the memories, the whole evolution of our friendship and rivalry, that I just skirted past this and really minimised it instead of making it a huge deal? Anyway, match was decent as usual.

 

Moving on! Tuesday saw me take a lovely drive to Southport in the afternoon, as MegaSlam put on a show in front of 1,800 people at Pontins. Usually, on a week on the camps, it’s very likely that you’ll wrestle the same person/people all week, so you’ll get into a rhythm with each other, and the matches will improve as the week goes on, as the timing improves, you feel more comfortable etc. This past week as a little different however, as I ended up working a different type of match each day. The Tuesday saw me challenge CJ Banks for the MegaSlam Championship, a title that he’d won the previous night in a truly great Steel Chairs Match from Robbie MacKenzie. I think I’ve had more matches with Banks this year than anyone else, to the point that I know I could easily just arrive at the building and just go straight into the ring with him and do 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, whatever is needed. He really is that good.

 

The next afternoon saw Banks and I clash again, this time in front of 2,000 people in Prestatyn, Wales, but with the addition of Bubblegum, making this a Triple Threat Match. 3-Ways aren’t usually something you see on the camps, as the crowd consists of a lot of non-wrestling fans as well, so it can be sometimes a concept that goes over their heads, as well as the heads of the emcees who call the action. Despite that potential obstruction, this seemed to go down very well. That’s in my opinion anyway, as with the forearms Banks was delivering to my chest and back (including one that sounded like a rifle going off!), he might not have been as happy with the match! The bout ended with me holding the Pontins Championship aloft. I honestly have no idea if I’m still the champ though, as this was my last Pontins show of the week.

 

The Wednesday night saw me wrestling at a hugely prestigious venue, the legendary Blackpool Tower. Of course, we also all know this as the place that ‘Garlic Bread?!’ became a household phrase. On a serious note, I’d wrestled here back in 2010 for UKW, but it was an honour to work here again, especially against one of my best friends as Martin Kirby and I tangled with each other. Quite funny really, as most of the team were doing the double from Prestatyn to Blackpool, but really bad traffic meant that by the tim the show was about to start, only myself, Kirby, Nixon and the first match was in the building, meaning we had to go out there and work for a long time to give everyone else time to get there and get sorted. This wasn’t a problem however, as being in there with Kirbs is always a safe pair of hands. I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed in a match actually, as we wrestled for 30 minutes, with me having a smile on my face the whole time. Always awesome to go toe to toe with The Guitar Man! Blackpool Tower is definitely a venue that MegaSlam could build up, as despite only pulling a couple of hundred in that night, the atmosphere was brilliant through the show (I had the chance to watch most of the card), and I think they’d without a doubt be welcomed back.

 

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THE F WORD Event Date - 22nd February 2016

Fake. A word that is thrown around in pro-wrestling a lot. usually by people with minimum or no interest in the sport and something that will always creep up.


Okay, so here we go. Pro-Wrestling is pre-determined, choreographed, planned but definitely not fake. Just under 1 year ago I started training to be a wrestler with the same ideas that everyone who has no involvement in wrestling has. “Oh there’s no contact, it’s all acting, its only falling onto mats, I’ll be fine” within 60 minutes of my first training sessions I knew everything I thought about Pro-Wrestling was a lie. Every bump i took hurt. Chin locks were tight, wrist locks can actually hurt, take downs REALLY hurt. In the year I have been wrestling I have badly sprained my ankle, been dropped on my head, damaged my shoulder, had a lump in my throat from being punched in it, had a click in my jaw for a week after being caught with a kick, banged my head multiple times on wooden floors and there will be more to come!


Although we know the winners and losers of the matches before we go out it doesn’t make the things that we do “fake”. The strikes connect, the ropes hurt and as for the ring being a trampoline like everyone thinks, NOPE. It’s wood, sometimes steel plates and a cover. You cannot learn how to fall and not have it hurt, you learn how to fall safer than normal. You learn how to stop landing on your head. It does not mean it hurts any less. Obviously the higher you fall, the more it’s going to hurt. A scoop slam hurts more than a shoulder tackle. It’s only the fact that these moves hurt, but we cannot always land the way “we should” i cant always land a scoop slam directly on my back, i can’t always take a kick to the the chin and turn my head.


Knowing the risks we all take every time we step between those ropes but we still do it over and over again and the strange thing is we enjoy it. As I said, hearing the crowd go crazy for the things we do, that’s the reason why we do it.


This is why we get offended when people tell us we are fakers, we don’t pretend that this is MMA, we don’t pretend this is Boxing. We know this is Pro Wrestling. We are athletes that go out there to entertain. The same reason that your favourite actors sign a contract to do the next big movie. They want to entertain. Does anyone call Gerard Butler a faker because he’s not a Homicidal maniac genius like he plays in Law abiding citizen? No. Does anyone call Daniel radcliffe a faker because he can’t actually produce spells? No. You call them actors and entertainers and suspend your belief for 2 hours while you watch them perform and as wrestlers that’s all we ask. Suspend your belief, We all know it’s not “real” but sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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JUST ENJOY IT Event Date - 17th February 2016

Hello again! Another show has passed and I really enjoyed it! If i am to be honest for the moment I really wasn’t looking forward to this show. I couldn’t get motivated for love nor money and the worst thing was I really don’t know why. I sat all week waiting for the show to come round hoping that the excitement would come but it just didn’t!


I turned up to the show at just after 2pm. I said my hello’s and shook everyone’s hand put my bags down and looked round the venue as I always do. I don’t know why I do this or where I have got it from but I always try to imagine what the crowd is going to be like on the night of the show. I thought back to my previous visit to this show, back in august ’15, “the official début”. I remembered that the crowd was a pretty good one and started imagining how much bigger it would be this time. No matter how big I imagined the crowd was going to be I just couldn’t get my gander going! I managed to have a few giggles with the guys and girls, in particular Dave DeVille, who, despite being quite the nasty prick in the ring, is one of the funniest guys I have met. He was on form on Friday. He popped everyone at some point throughout the day.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: MEW, TCW, NGW, BWE, PCW & MegaSlam Event Date - 12th February 2016

Last week, I missed writing my article, which would have featured 5 shows. Not quite sure why I didn’t write one, I just kinda….didn’t? So. With that admittance of me getting lazier by the second out in the open, lets hunker down and listen to me drone on about a fortnights worth of work, featuring a total of 10 shows!

 

In at number 1, was MEW up in Longbenton. They ran an event at the Innisfree Social Club, a venue that I’ve wrestled at multiple times, for various promoters, with mixed results, including an ATROCIOUS 6-Man Tag back in 2006 for WWP, featuring myself and Los Pervitos against Tracy Smothers, an injured Darkside and Jed Masters, which lasted 45 minutes and felt like 45 years. Far more successful was this last trip, as MEW rammed the place to capacity, drawing nearly 250 people to a show that I had the pleasure of opening in grand style, triple threat action against Liam Lazarus and that loveable rogue Prince Ameen. U.K. promoters, get Honest Mo on some more shows, he’s good! Anyway, really happy with how all this went down, and the crowd were sensational for it. 3-ways can be hard to do, but this flowed really nicely, and minus Ameen’s legs stopping working briefly (he IS good though!!), everyone played their part well.

 

Out of the venue and into the car, still in gear. That old story. Off to make a double, as an hour down the road, Tidal were running their first Darlington event of 2016, and I was defending my TCW Title there. Just to quickly clarify, I DO make sure with promoters that they’re okay with me making these doubles, I don’t just barge into venues still in gear and demand to be on the card. I wrestled hometown lad Perfect Purdie on this one, having arrived at the hall about 20 minutes before we were due on. I’ve known Purdie for years and always felt he had the tools to do really well for himself, and it’s a shame that not many promotions have gotten behind him yet, as he proved this night that he’s more than capable of rising to the occasion. The whole task was to make the crowd believe that the popular hometown guy could possibly upend the experienced champion, which required me to work quite aggressively. A mature story for a family crowd to engage with, the reactions for Purdie’s close falls near the end told me they’d believed magic could happen, and that was a big accomplishment for me.Just the one job the next day, and it was a 20 minute drive from my house! Lazy bastard. NGW presented an event at a packed Pudsey Civic Hall on the Saturday night, seeing myself and Liam ‘Don’t Call Me Lazarus’ Slater team up against our mutual rivals Dara Diablo and Joseph Connors. Again, an interesting one from a story perspective, as most of the history leading up to the match had taken part in Hull, and there’s only so much excellent video packages can do to help build stories for a live crowd. So basically our job as entertainers here, was to convey to a relatively new crowd what was going on in 2 separate story arcs, whilst also introducing a 3rd one featuring Lilith (Connors’ creepy valet) and Liam’s brother at ringside. An initially cold crowd soon warmed up, and by the end, it felt like the 4 of us all got what we wanted, and furthered what we already had built. In a nice bonus, my mum and dad got to attend the show, the first they (my mum especially) had gotten to see me live in a number of years. My mum was so enthralled that she wanted to queue for a photo in the ring with me at halftime! I’d have given a discount as well. Probably.

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DEATH VALLEY Event Date - 11th February 2016

Hello again! Last weeks training session was a killer session! A lot of movement, many bumps and I had a cracking match at the end!


It all started a little bit differently this week. We started with running the ropes. One person running top to bottom and a second person running from left to right. The aim of the game was to run the ropes correctly, but with pace and timing so you didn’t run in to the other person and cause a collision. We had run the ropes 10 times in total, off each rope 5 times. We would end up doing this a total of 3 times, obviously meaning we run the ropes 30 times all in all. I’m never a fan of running the ropes, because to be honest, it hurts and it’s really tiring. For once though I wasn’t completely blown up after running the ropes so I thought I had smashed it! WRONG! Mark was really drilling the cardio in this week. We did some stretches and then Mark dropped the bombshell that we would be doing the regular warm up as well!! TORTURE. Not only would we be doing a regular warm up after the running of the ropes, we would be doing the WORST warm up of them all, the 5×5, 4×4, 3×3, 2×2, 1×1 routine. Blow up city! I felt sick, wanted to lay down. In fact I just wanted to go to sleep! After the horrific warm up we went on to the ring work. This week we were practising pinning moves. We did two pinning moves and then a combination of the two. We started off with a sunset flip. My favourite of all the pinning techniques! The set up for this is that the attacking wrestler is setting up to hit a big back body drop by bending forwards, the defending wrestler counters this flipping over them and pulling them into a pinning position. I love this move because it’s not very often I get to flip and fly as a big guy. It’s something I CAN physically do but only get to pull it out of the bag every now and again.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: PROGRESS Wrestling, Phoenix Events And Being A Bad Guy Event Date - 29th January 2016

Due to an unfortunate last minute cancellation on the Friday, and some personal business on the Saturday (don’t worry, it was positive in nature), only the 2 shows to talk about this week, as I opened a show in London and closed a show in Sheffield this past Sunday.

 

London was, of course, another sterling sell-out crowd at Progress Wrestling, as Chapter 25 saw the ongoing rivalry of The Origin vs everyone, with us defending our Tag Team Championship against the ultra charismatic and massively popular team of FSU, Mark Andrews and Eddie Dennis. I’ll be honest here. I love being a dickhead at Progress. Absolutely love it. The more I do it, the happier I am thinking of more and more stuff to wind people up. A lot of I don’t even think of in advance, a lot of it is just me reacting to things on the fly. So a lot of it is trial and error, but one that I’m really enjoying trying my hand at. As far as the match is concerned, this was most likely Cruz and I’s best showing in a straight-up, no shortcuts tag match, and being on first at Progress is always incredibly advantageous. The crowd are absolutely primed to see some action, and the reaction as soon as The Origin music hit to open the show was brilliant. People really don’t like us there. Everyone came out of this looking strong I felt, and by the time Cruz finished Mandrews off with a Tombstone onto the shield, it felt we’d really done a good job of kicking off the event.

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SHOW REPORT: Alpha Omega Wrestling ‘Outbreak’ Event Date - 27th January 2016

By Craig Hermit.

 

The following report is from Alpha Omega Wrestling ‘Outbreak’ at the Winter Gardens in Morecambe on January 23rd 2016:

 

The show began with James Drake & Barricade introducing their partner of Willie Stylez.


Six-Man Tag Team – RJM, Cyanide & Ryan Hunter vs ‘The Leader’ James Drake, Barricade & Willie Stylez


The match unveiled two new trainees on opposite sides, Ryan Hunter and Willie Stylez both did fantastically well in their first official match.Drake was determined not to enter the match unless Hunter was in, he appeared to be despite not to face RJM one on one, while Barricade showed fantastic aggression in this bout but their was only going to be one team winning this and it was the fan favourites. As Drake and Barricade abandoned Stylez, it left the trainee three on one and he was no match for the collective power of Cyanide, Hunter and RJM. One thing is for sure, Alpha Omega Wrestling has two fantastic two trainee’s in development right now.

RJM, Cyanide & Ryan Hunter defeated ‘The Leader’ James Drake, Barricade & Willie Stylez.

 

‘The Priority’ Chris Ridgeway vs Sam Bailey


This match showed Ridgeway off in his aggressive finest, facing a unique talent like Bailey, the two men showed exactly what they could do in that ring. But it was Ridgeway who seized his chances to gain the upper hand as he attempted to slow Bailey down in the bout. Bailey proved he was more than just words as well in this match as in the closing stages he looked to have Ridgeway beaten until Lambert distracted the referee and the fan favourite was defeated.

‘The Priority’ Chris Ridgeway defeated Sam Bailey.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: Megaslam, Grapple Wrestling & Great Opponents Event Date - 22nd January 2016

A busy weekend, with 4 events and the first double of the year (trust me, I’ll be badgering my poor car to ensure it’ll be the first of many) all kicking off at Stalybridge Civic Hall.


Friday afternoon, my old pal JC Thunder and I drove through the snowy and icy Pennines to little old Stalybridge to their beautiful Civic Hall to start off 3 MegaSlam Wrestling shows over the weekend. This particular show, with all 200 tickets sold out, featured 4 matches, with each one offering something different. This Lycra-clad variety show culminated in myself and Bubblegum once again stepping into the ring with one another. With only 4 matches, and the show length designed to be a couple of hours, we were required to be out there for a good 30 minutes, which is so easy to do when you’re opposite the ring to someone with such a fantastic ability to wind up the crowd. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve wrestled Bubblegum in a match that I’ve NOT really enjoyed, and this didn’t break that streak. One thing that was pretty cool was just how much the kids at ringside got into the match, to the effect of the deeper into the match we got, the closer they got to the ring, and by the final minute of the match, as I climbed to the top to deliver the Splash, we had about 60 kids banging on the ring apron willing me on. Cool experience.


The next day was one of those madcap hectic ones you might come to expect from someone who tries to cram in as much as they possibly can. First of all, was Grapple Wrestling’s biggest ever show, held at a nightclub in York (or disco as JC refers to it as), called Fibbers. A few years ago, I attended a couple of early Grapple shows and, being honest, I was left relatively underwhelmed. There were a couple of guys on the shows that you saw had potential, but there also seemed to be too many that had perhaps been rushed onto shows, just because they trained most weeks. I’m a big believer in not rushing these things, with one of the main reasons being my own debut. I debuted on Feb 9th,2002 after a year’s worth of training, and I wasn’t ready to be on shows. Because of that, I spent years making up a LOT of ground and learning on the road. Live shows ARE ultimately the best places to learn, but in some cases, some of the talent weren’t ready for that level. Fast forward a couple of years, and Grapple is starting to make BIG strides forward. From the production values, to the booking, to the facilities at the new school, and to the show content themselves. The team behind the promotion worked their arses off for this one, and it paid off, with 220 people packing the venue to absolute capacity, and providing an amazing atmosphere all night. So I’m told. I say that, because I actually had to leave after my match straight away! Before that though, JC Thunder and I (as villains no less!) got thoroughly lobbed around for 12 minutes by the VERY promising Burial tag team of David Graves and BA Rose. Seriously, keep your eyes on these guys as they have a world of potential and work so well as a team. This is the 2nd time JC and I have wrestled them, and I love working with them, plus it feels all 4 of us have really good chemistry. Looking forward to a rematch for their Grapple Tag Titles at some stage down the line, especially if it’s in front of such a rowdy crowd like Fibbers!

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: A MegaSlam Weekend Event Date - 15th January 2016

January started to pick up nicely, with a couple of packed houses last weekend as I made my first MegaSlam Wrestling appearances of 2016. Up first, the promotion drew nearly 500 people to a leisure centre in Halifax, with a real decent atmosphere all the way through a show headlined by myself vs Boris Koslov (the angry Russian formerly known as Radik Anenko). A slow-paced main event mainly focused on a dramatic rib injury, I was pretty pleased with this. One thing I’ve tried to do this year is make more notes on matches, to the point where I’ve bought a notepad and I’ve started filming my matches to watch back and see what I’d have done differently given some hindsight. It’s proven to be really helpful so far. Even after wrestling for 14 years, I still want to improve and push myself. Nothing is ever perfect. This slow-burning main event was a great example of a match I was happy with, but upon a repeat viewing saw a bunch of little things that could have added to the final product. The crowd were great for this though, swarming the ring at the finish, and earlier on stealing Koslov’s Russian flag before he had chance to use it as a weapon!


The next afternoon, MegaSlam packed 251 people into Altrincham’s Leisure Centre, into a smaller area which made for an even better atmosphere. Standing across the ring from one of my all-time favourite opponents in CJ Banks in the last match, and having the crowd so hot before we’d even locked up was a bit of a buzz! If only they’d have chanted ‘this is awesome!’ when we faced off, as that’s the cool in-thing at the moment and I could have written a Facebook status about it

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IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK Event Date - 12th January 2016

As Eric Bischoff once sang on his entrance theme… “I’m Back!! And better than ever…” Well, I’m back anyway, don’t know about the “Better than ever” part of the statement. After 3 weeks off I returned back to the NCWA Dojo to get back into the swing of things. It was a relatively small session with 7 of us attending. As always, we started with our stretches. I have never felt so sore from stretching in my entire life. After 3 weeks of doing next to nothing, even just moving my arms round in a circular motion hurt! We then moved on to the part I was dreading the most. The cardio based warm up.

 

This week, to welcome us back, Mark brought back the old favourite, the 20,15,10 and 5 Drill. You know the one now, 20 Squats, 20 Push Ups, 20 Burpees and 20 Sit ups, then 15 of each, then 10 of each, then 5 of each and proceed to die on the floor. I think I can speak for 90% of the group that no one was really looking forward to this. Everyone had binged over Xmas and this is the first time most people had done any sort of exercise within that time!

 

I got a quick drink and we quickly moved on to the next sequence, which was a new one to me. 1 person would be laid in the middle of the ring, then another person would attempt to pin them 3 times. After each failed attempt, the pins would become more intense.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: Kicking Off The New Year Event Date - 11th January 2016

Real bite sized edition this time around, as I only worked on the one show last week. Must be slowing down with old age (I turned 31 yesterday). However, January gets pretty busy from this point onwards, with 4 doubles and a lot of busy weekends.

 

Christmas? Fine.

 

New Years? Fine, was in the gym until 11:30pm as I rarely drink.

 

Now that we have that out of the way, off we go with 2016! On January 3rd, I made my return to Revolution Pro Wrestling the first time since concluding a feud with Josh Bodom in 2014. IPW:UK (and then what became RevPro) had always been somewhere I’d wanted to become a regular at, but it took a while to achieve, partly because of my own lack of sense. The company attempted to book Hubba Bubba Lucha vs The Leaders Of The New School on 3 separate occasions over the years (around 2009/2010), but each time the match fell through due to injury, firstly to my shoulder, then 2 injuries to Bubblegum. On the 3rd occasion, RevPro owner Andy Quildan still offered to honor my booking, and I very stupidly turned it down. Of course, this ended up burning a bridge for me and rightfully so. Luckily, a few years later I had the chance for a long talk with Andy, the rift was healed and I had a good run there. I got to work with El Generico again, Sonjay Dutt, teamed with Kalisto against Project Ego and had some well received matches before I left.

 

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: EPW, MegaSlam, NGW, Southside And A Look Back At The Year Event Date - 4th January 2016

So, after taking a small break from my article over the Christmas period, let’s have a quick catchup of the last fortnight of 2015, and then we can burst out forth into 2016, like some madcap horned butterfly!


The 18th and 19th of December consisted of 2 EPW shows, taking place in Seaham and Middlesbrough in front of fairly decent crowds for this time of year (250 and 400 respectively at an estimate). On the Friday, I made an unsuccessful challenge to SJ Wolfe’s EPW European Championship, in a match that actually exceeded my expectations in its presentability. When you travel around and work for quite a few various promotions, it’s inevitable to work with people with differing experience levels, and it’s really important to learn how to adapt to this, especially when you’re the more experienced of the two. Ended up enjoying this one. Pretty enjoyable also was the next nights 3-Way, which actually saw me upend Wolfe to capture the Euro Title in a match also featuring Goliath. Bit of an odd dynamic in this one, as you had a massive villain, a medium sized blue eye, and a midget. Guess which one I was. Rather than having a long drawn out low-gear period in the middle of the match, which I feel can be a detriment to multi-men’s, my goal here was to keep the match ticking over at a good pace whilst highlighting everyone. For the most part, this achieved it, up until the last minute where I feel the match lost its way somewhat and also featured the referee doing that frustrating ‘1, 2……3?’ finish that just deflates an audience. For any referees reading, count every finish. Shame really, as it was going pretty good up until then. I also lost the European strap under 60 seconds later when Val Kabious cashed in his MITB briefcase and took it off me. Then shook my hand. Confusing.


The next afternoon, a lovely Sunday the 20th, was a new one on me, as I was part of a private birthday party for MegaSlam Wrestling. I’d been told about these by CJ Banks and Lazarus when they’d done them, and that the atmosphere had been brilliant, and that it’d been packed. That was not the case here…. About 20-30 kids trudged into Leven Sports Hall, a small but pleasant building in the middle of a tiny village, to watch Peter Pumpkin and I work our arses off for them (me on 2 hours sleep and with a heavily strapped up knee no less), only to be greeted by pure silence nearly all the way through. Miserable little tykes. I love working for MegaSlam and Pumpkin is a cracking little worker. But the Isle Of Man, this was not. Still, I had a laugh with some friends, got paid, the show only lasted 30 minutes and I was back in bed by 2pm! No complaints here!


Up next, were the final 2 shows of 2015. Both huge grudge matches as part of 2 big feuds I’ve been embroiled (great word) in for the last 12 months. Up first, on the 22nd, was NGW’s breve decision to run Hull City Hall on a Tuesday night, 3 days before Xmas. That the company drew 1,000 people to the event is a testament to just how much hard work goes into the promotion and how well-received the shows there have been. I wanted my match, a return bout with Dara Diablo after he unmasked me last time around, to resemble a fight more than a wrestling match, which resulted in almost a ‘cold’ hot start, with me coming over the guard rail through the crowd to jump him on his entrance, meaning there was no usual babyface entrance pop etc. It took a little while for a family audience to become engaged because of this different, almost abrupt start, but the action, a short and explosive bout, soon had the place rocking. This isn’t the final chapter of Ligero/Diablo by any stretch, and after all the big drama of the first encounter, this had a very different feel to it. Indeed, with the heated aftermath of Dara aligning himself with Joseph Connors and his faction, this almost felt like a trailer for what was to come. Not a match I would rank up there with my favourites for the year, but as an experiment and to try something different, a successful achievement.


And finally, the last match of 2015. Number 231. And one that meant a lot to me, and one I’d put an awful lot of creative heart into, the decider between Kay Lee Ray and I, Loser Leaves Southside. Again, big props to SWE for selling out The Priory Centre just 2 days after Christmas, drawing between 350-400 fans, with a brilliant atmosphere all night. Just goes to show that 7 matches all peaking when they should, rather than 9 matches, works so much better, as when the main event went out (which was ours), the audience were primed and ready, not burnt out and up for going home. There was a LOT going on in this one, with multiple interference, dives, tables, both of us landing on and going through chairs, her finding it HILARIOUS to repeatedly double-hand chop me on the back (the worst kind of chops), me becoming friends with about 1,500 drawing pins (an over-familiar friendship at the moment I must say), to me finally blasting her with a single steel chair shot to end a rivalry how it began and ridding her from Southside for good. This was a match I’m hugely proud of, and KLR once again proved just how tough and versatile she is. Make no mistake about it, she gave as much for this match as I did, and despite the result, she can hold her head high with this one. This feud has been one of my biggest focuses of 2015, and this felt like a very worthy culmination to a well-played out narrative, and one that earned a standing ovation. An emotional finale to the year.

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PRESS RELEASE: AJ Styles Tops FSM 50 For Second Year Running Event Date - 30th December 2015

AJ STYLES TOPS FSM 50 FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

 

FSM staff vote vote former IWGP heavyweight champion
the world’s best pro wrestler


London, England: Fighting Spirit Magazine has announced that AJ Styles has placed at No.1 in the coveted FSM 50 rankings – a poll of FSM staff to name the world’s best pro wrestler from November 2014 to November 2015. The former three-time NWA World champion beat off competition from Kevin Owens, Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi and John Cena to scoop the award, taking the honour for the second year in a row.

 

Fighting Spirit Magazine states that “quality of matches… [is] the main criteria in considering FSM’s Top 50 pro wrestlers of the year. Such bouts, however, were not merely judged on workrate or technical skill, but also performance on the biggest stage, ability to work the crowd, and quality of storylines.”

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: UKW, Bad Weather & Tidal Wrestling Event Date - 21st December 2015

So….eventful weekend last week!

Up first was UKW’s annual December event at The Co-Operative Academy Of Leeds (situated a grand 3.4 miles from my house no less), and at this year’s December Bash, I went from facing ‘Wonderkid’ Jonny Storm one-on-one to teaming up with him! These shows are always interesting to see who booked actually thinks about what they’re doing out there and who just sees it as just another show. The fact is, this show never really attracts many actual wrestling fans. Sure, there might have been a few in the 150-strong crowd, but the majority of the audience is comprised of students from the actual school who are there to see one particular wrestler, another member of staff who holds/held a job at the venue and helps promote it. Therefore, the early matches (if done right) might well get the ‘oohs and aahs’, due to the novelty of it being wrestling. But once that novelty has worn off, the later matches need to endeavour to find something different about themselves, otherwise the crowd will lose interest. Basically, you can’t just rely on them being into it because they like wrestling. A good example of this was myself/Storm vs the new team of The Charm Offensive, made up of Liam Lazarus and David Graves, with a ‘colourful’ Craig Anderson in their corner. Ours would be the 3rd tag match they’d seen (5th match on the card total) so the formula of a standard tag match had already become stale to them. Luckily, the villain trio already had some steam behind them having been in the opener, and we spruced it up a bit by starting hot and culminating with the manager getting decked for a big reaction at the finish. The small 12foot UKW ring made this one a challenge at times, but minor issues aside, I enjoyed this and I’d actually like another go around with it. Great to see Jonny as always too, someone I hugely looked up to when I started training to be a wrestler, and someone I consider a good mate now.

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2016 GOALS Event Date - 21st December 2015

I know I said I wasn’t going to do another blog, but I’ve seen a lot of people do this and I thought it was a pretty cool idea. So I thought I’d jump in the bandwagon and do it myself.

2015 has been a strangely great year in wrestling for me. I started training towards the end of March and got on my first show round about July time in the tramlines rumble. As I think back to that moment, stood behind the curtain, knees trembling. As my music hit and I come out from the curtain shouting and screaming. I got little to no reaction. People didn’t care who I was, but I was so consumed in the moment, I was over the moon. During my debut year I have wrestled many different people and learnt many different things. During my bout with Sam Kenny, I learnt that if you lose the crowd in opening bit it’s hard to get them back. As I won the rumble in Wath, I realised that the crowd were slowly starting to come round and to embrace it. In the match against Thaddeus at Chapeltown, I realised that character is everything and finally at Queens in November, I realised I had to be thankful for everything I had been given over the last 9 months.

Now, there’s many more moments I could mention, but they’re the ones that popped into my head. I’m hoping for a lot more amazing moments in 2016.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: Sometimes It’s Good To Be Bad! Event Date - 11th December 2015

The majority of this weekend comprised of me channelling the total aggravating little dickhead side of me, as out of 2 of the 3 shows I worked on, I was cast as the villain, as it were.

Up first, Friday, Grapple presented their latest show at The Venue in Selby. Prior to joining the training staff at the Grapple school, I’d checked out a couple of the promotions efforts at this venue before, and whilst I could see promise in a few of the guys, one of the biggest things that was lacking was crowd interaction. That’s one thing, engaging an audience, that I’ve been really trying to push hard in my sessions, and whilst the draw for the show was small, I was able to witness a vast improvement in crowd work from a lot of the roster. I myself, was booked in a 6-Person tag match, teaming up with JC Thunder and Ruby Summers (2 people I have a lot of chemistry with) against David Graves, BA Rose (collectively known as The Burial) and the debuting Evee Black. There was a vast gulf in experience in this match covering the whole spectrum, so it was a challenge to construct, but a very positive one. Graves is one of my best rising students, and certainly one of the most dedicated, and I can see him doing real well for himself over here in a few years. This was my first time working with Rose and Black, and both of them did very well here. The match was great for me as well, as it allowed me to continue working on a heel persona, something I spoke of recently as being taken out of my element. Obviously, I have a ton more to learn, but I’m definitely starting to take more to the role and feeling comfortable in it. The match overall was a success, and I was proud of everyone involved.

The next evening, I returned to the wonderful Pro Wrestling Chaos down in Bristol, last being seen there getting my head driven through a steel chair by Mike Bird. Chaos kind of took me by surprise last year, as when I debuted, I hadn’t heard much about them and didn’t really have any expectations. I’ve only done 4 shows for them, but they’ve quickly become one of my favourite promotions to work for. The shows are growing and growing, with this event drawing 500 people. I competed in their Number 1 Contenders Rumble, and whilst I didn’t win, it was a awesome to be back, and I’m looking to appear a lot more there in 2016.

 

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: HOPE, NGW, UCW, TCW, PCW & PROGRESS! Event Date - 4th December 2015

Unfortunately last week saw a bereavement in my family, hence why there was no article. Apologies for the delay in getting caught up to date, but I’ll try my best to rectify that here.

 

Going back to November 20th, HOPE presented their annual Grand Theft Autumn event, which featured a rematch between myself and former TNA star and current GWF star Jigsaw. The first time around, I took the stance that I usually do when wrestling foreign talent with name value, and that’s to attempt to highlight them and showcase their stuff. I wrestle in front of the same crowds a lot over here, so it makes a lot more sense to try and showcase different people these days, so as to not seem repetitive as there’s only so many times you can see an act in the same light before it loses its lustre. This time around however, we changed gears, keeping the match very much back and forth, with the first half being all about the shenanigans (going under the ring, swapping masks, sulky chain wrestling etc) before breaking out the big moves in the second portion. The better of our 2 encounters and I’m sure we’re headed for a decider at some stage.

 

The next evening, NGW attained their biggest ever draw at Keighley’s Victoria Hall, with the main focus of the evening being an England vs Scotland series. With my match against Bubblegum not featuring in this competition, it meant we could provide a welcome break of the intensity of that angle and work a fast-paced and fun match. Gum is always one of my favourite opponents and this felt like another success to add to our portfolio of encounters with each other.

 

Double action came the next day, with a trip up to Sunderland for the debuting UCW, before Tidal celebrated their 2 Year Anniversary in Leeds. UCW first of all. Gorgeous venue, friendly crew, well looked after….not brilliantly organised though. I felt kind of sorry for the guys in charge, of which there were a few, as it was obvious that they were having some problems with the ring, their van hire guy cancelling at sudden notice, meaning the ring had to be brought in 2 parts, resulting in setup not beginning until 5 minutes before the doors were due to open. Luckily, the ring was up fairly quickly, but the show didn’t actually start until 4:25, nearly an hour late. This was apparently due to technical difficulties with the pa and music systems. First show problems are very common, abs hopefully it’ll be stuff that gets rectified by the time they choose to run again. The match itself, a 4-Way between Kenny Williams, Caz Crash and Aaron Echo was absolutely fine, minus a crowd that had apparently stumbled into a morgue. We’ll see what happens next for UCW, as they were a good set of guys, hopefully a few malfunctions won’t deter them from attempting to bounce back.

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WINTER WARS Event Date - 3rd December 2015

Saturday 28th November. Queens Road Sheffield.
Elite British Wrestling Presents Winter Wars 2015.

I was part of this show and by far it was the best show I have been a part of. Not only for myself but for everyone else involved in the show. Everything that happened on the show had reason behind it and the atmosphere was amazing., both in the crowd and backstage.

I had two involvements in the show, on the afternoon show I was in a singles match against Aidan Sparx and in the evening I was involved in the 6 Person gauntlet match. As always I arrived early, helped to set up the ring, the seating the entrance way and so on. As Aidan came in, he pulled me to one side and we had a chat about our match and went through all of the different things we wanted to do. Neither of us had anything particularly special we wanted to pull off during the match. We both wanted to make each other look good and wanted to have a competitive match. Aidan was going over and he finishes his matches using a top rope leg drop. I had never taken a top rope leg drop before and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t feeling great about it. There are some moves that look painful as a fan and then some that look even worse in a ring. A top rope leg drop is one of them. I decided against a practice run of the leg drop. Purely because if something went slightly wrong in the practice then I would be on edge during the match. So we just went swinging with it. We were the third match on the card following two cracking matches, David DeVille vs Uncle Slam and then The Hot Blooded Males vs Cayman Carlisle and Matthew Brookes. So the crowd were pumping!

Aidan came out first and got the crowd riled up, He’s a fantastic character. I mean this in the nicest way but he is naturally easy to hate when he’s in full on Sparx mode! We started off with a little too and fro and ended up squaring off. He started gobbing off and slapped me! Oh dear, call wrestling fake all you want but that slap was a belter! Right across the chops and full pelt and it stung! We went across doing some different spots. I gave Aidan a belly to back suplex on to the apron, hit him with a flapjack slam and he hit me with a DDT. After his DDT, went up top to hit his leg drop. Here it comes, the moves I’ve been terrified of. I see him take off, as I’m laid on the canvas, I see him flying. I turn my head and brace myself for the impact.. BOOOOOM. He lands the leg drop. 1,2,3! The bell rang. Match over.

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UFC 194 Preview: JOSE ALDO V. CONOR MCGREGOR Event Date - 1st December 2015

The stakes are high again as we approach UFC 194, Jose Aldo (a.k.a Junior) vs. Conor McGregor (a.k.a The Notorious”) scheduled for Saturday December 12, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jose Aldo represents Brazil While Conor MgGregor represents Ireland.

This Featherweight Title fight has been referred to by the George St. Pierre, the former featherweight champion, as a fight equivalent of the Anderson Silva and Sonnen face-off. Clearly, the fight has garnered a huge number of eyes and the UFC world is keen on seeing who comes out of this fight as a winner.

While Aldo goes into the fight as a favorite when it comes to experience (with 25 wins and just 1 loss), Conor is not far behind (with 18 wins and 2 losses). Aldo is known to be quite a smart fighter who has great agility and tends to intimidate most of his opponents in the ring. Gregor on the other hand is quite the trash-talker and creates a dominant presence before the fights in order to get into his opponents heads.

At the UFC “GO BIG” press conference, Gregor could be seen to have intimidated Aldo, which surely isn’t a great sign for Aldo. If Gregor carries on building this momentum, it might just decrease the edge that Aldo otherwise has over Gregor when it comes to experience and past success records.

Gregor has advantages too though. He has a 2 inch height advantage and a 4 inch reach advantage, which if he manages to utilize to his benefit, could severely foster the chances of his success. Interestingly, both Aldo and Gregor weigh the same (145 lbs). However, Aldo’s game is primarily reaching and grappling or tackling while Gregor’s game is ground grappling and pushing his opponent into submission. If anything is to be learnt from the recent Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey faceoff, it is that one should ideally stick to their own game and step out of their comfort zone only if it is not to their fighting advantage.

While Aldo clearly goes into this fight as the speculators’ favorite, the chances of Gregor (especially after the pre-fight conference) cannot be discounted and this might just be another surprise for all the UFC viewers out there.

We’ve also heard that Aldo is still not very comfortable with his knee which had suffered an injury recently after one of his fights. Considering the already existing physical advantage Gregor has over Aldo in terms of his height and reach, it would be interesting to see how Aldo’s pre-fight training plays out as it would seriously determine how comfortably Aldo goes into this fight.

As for the speculations of Jose Aldo pulling out of this fight (yet again), so far none of them have come out to be right and it looks like Aldo is poised to fight at the case at UFC 194 this time around.

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NGW Training Part 2 Event Date - 25th November 2015

But at least I didn’t give up, I was physically spent but the whole idea is that you don’t quit when doing the drills. If you quit in a drill, you may quit in a match in front of paying customers and let not only yourself down, but you let down your opponent and the company that’s employed you for the night. Either way, I’d rather swallow my own sick than have anyone in that room thinks that I don’t belong there.

Soon after that it was time to learn a couple of moves in a sequence. But first we were required to line up in opposite corners and each take turns forward rolling around the perimeter of the ring. The idea being to demonstrate agility when avoiding contact from your opponent in an entertaining fashion. Then we had the privilege of learning a sequence on moves commonly known as the “international spot”. Not wanting to give away any information that current wrestlers charge for in seminars, I won’t go into detail of what the spot entails. It quickly became apparent to me that I wasn’t just learning to wrestle, I was learning to speak a language with my body. That’s the best way I can describe what it feels like, before you can speak fluently you need to know how to speak in sentences, each sentence needs punctuation, correct tense & overall it has to make sense within the particular conversation you’re having at that particular moment. Before you can speak in sentences you need to know words, how they’re spelt and why they’re in the sentence. Each wrestling move is a word and each word should be used accordingly and appropriately. Just because you know the spelling of the word ‘Photosynthesis” doesn’t mean you should drop it in every sentence you speak. The same goes for wrestling moves (that’s my interpretation anyway!)

Jumping forward a couple of sessions I find myself back in Birtly, going through a particular set of moves by myself (as if I were a child playing wrestling on my own). The trainers and other students looked at me as if I were a crazy man talking to himself at the bus stop. It was explained to me that you can’t learn everything but you need to learn how to feel the moment and know what to do next. You can’t have a conversation by yourself and you can’t wrestle yourself. It suddenly dawned on me that I’m not even halfway through memorizing the alphabet.

 

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IT’S TIME TO BE REALISTIC Event Date - 24th November 2015

So, after missing a session I came back to the wind and grind of training to be a professional wrestler, and getting back into it hit me like a brick in the face! We started off with the regular stretches, circling our arms, hamstring stretches and a bit of yoga stretches in there too. After the regular warm up we went on to the old favourite, the 20,15,10,5 of squats, press ups, burpees and sit ups but with a slight twist, we had to do it on Marks count. Now, I was okay with this on the squats and the sit ups but not so much on the burpees and the press ups. Mainly because I have absolutely no upper body strength whatsoever! Despite this issue I managed to get through it with only a bit of an issue with my elbow, which is becoming a long running issue, and was able to move on to some ring work.

5 of us jumped in the ring, 1 in each corner and one in the middle, the person in the middle would drop to the floor and lay in front of the person in the corner, or “sleep” as its called, the person in the corner would perform a forward roll over that person and then become the person in the middle. This would be repeated until everyone had been in the middle and everyone had rolled over each person! Depending on how this is paced it can either be quite stressful and difficult to keep flowing, or it can be perfect and every one seems to get it. Luckily I was in a group of people that it seemed to work. It all flowed at a decent pace and no one got in anyone else’s way.

We then moved on to move practice, We started with Hip tosses, yet again with 5 people in the ring, 1 in the middle and 1 in each corner. The person in the middle would perform a hip toss in each person from the corner, with the hope that the person could get high enough to create a big bump and manage to have enough space to get out of the way for the next person to perform their move. Yet again, every person would have their go in the middle and hip tossing each person.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: EPW Wrestling, RAD:PRO Wrestling & Seminars Event Date - 20th November 2015

Quite a quiet weekend this past one, relatively speaking, with 2 shows and 2 seminars. Still managed to drive about 600 miles obviously.

On Friday, I made my 4th appearance for EPW as they presented a show at Dewsbury Town Hall, a venue that I’d had some great memories at back in 2010/2011 when DPW used to run there, and it was nice to be back at such a lovely hall. Much like my last appearance for EPW in Ellesmere Port last month, I worked with their regular big man Goliath, who has since lost their European Championship. With an enthusiastic draw of a couple of hundred of people, I felt we once again had an entertaining big man/small man encounter, and whilst not as hot as the previous encounter, I think it still came across well, with both of us highlighted in different ways. I remember speaking to Goliath before our first match, and he voiced a worry that he often felt he was being lazy if he didn’t do a huge amount of running around in his matches or if he didn’t throw himself all over the place for his opponents. I pointed out to him that him being knocked off his feet should mean something, due to his size, and that he was being overly generous. Both of our matches have built to a peak of him finally being toppled, and it seems that it’s helped him fully grasp that level of psychology.

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SHOW REPORT: Target Wrestling ‘Live At The Venue’ Event Date - 19th November 2015

By Craig Hermit.

 

Target Wrestling began their two day event starting at The Venue in Carlisle before a fantastic crowd.

 

Target Wrestling Tag Team Championship Tournament Semi-Final – Havok & Karnage vs Grado & Wild Bill.

As soon as Grado’s music played, The Venue immediately became unglued and the fans had appeared to be set on the thought that the team of Wild Bill and Grado would cruise into the final. However, Havok & Karnage who were booed on their way to the ring earlier were determined to ruin any party plans that the fans and their opposing team had in mind.

From the beginning, Grado had his fun mocking his opponents while maintaining the advantage to keep the fans entertained but all that changed when Wild Bill was tagged in and Karnage realised that he had to stop the momentum. Wild Bill withstood a viscous assault from Havok and Karnage who both targeted his neck and back resulting in gaining near-falls.

Overpowering his attackers, Wild Bill managed to fight back and bring Grado back into the fray. From there, the two hit Havok with a 3D and almost got the pin until the referee was pulled out the ring by Karnage and Grado followed suit there after but the distraction was too much for Wild Bill as he was rolled up by a recovering Havok to get the pinfall victory in a good opening bout.

Havok & Karnage defeated Grado & Wild Bill by Pinfall to advance to the Target Wrestling Tag Team Championship tournament final.

 

Rockstar Spud vs Shady Nattrass

The TNA star certainly had his hands full with Target Wrestling’s mainstay who would use every trick in the book to unsettle Rockstar Spud from his game plan.

From the beginning of the match a determined Rockstar Spud looked ready to take the fight to Shady Nattrass until his opponent quickly vacated the ring for long spells and even used ring announcer Ryan Devlin as a human shield. His plan succeeded as an impatient Rockstar Spud launched into an attack and Shady Nattrass seized control.

However, Shady Nattrass could only stop the fan favourite for only so long until the more experienced Rockstar Spud would fight back connecting with a fantastic high crossbody from the top turnbuckle and then hitting the Underdog to capture a pinfall victory that drew cheers from the Target Wrestling fans.

Rockstar Spud defeated Shady Nattrass by Pinfall.

 

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: RISE, New Wave Wrestling Alliance & IPW:UK Event Date - 16th November 2015

Friday night was a trek and a half. The time got to 5:30pm and I still found myself in my local gym, aware that I soon needed to set off on an epic journey to make my booking. With a weary sigh, I hoped into the car, downed an energy drink and set off driving.

The entire 3 mile trip round the corner to the venue left me drained, exhausted and sleepy. On the plus side, debuting for RISE that night in the…..rustic Temple Works was a well fun night that somehow made me feel better about having to drive a whole 15 minutes home. Originally scheduled to be a singles match with Saxon Huxley, someone who’s been attending sessions at Grapple lately, and has been trained by Brian Kendrick, the card had to be chopped and changed due to various injuries, and in the end, 2 more were added to the match in BT Gunn and Liam Lazarus. RISE prides itself on being a gritty underground promotion, so this match felt like a nice change of pace to everything else on the bill, with less focus on hardcore antics, fights in the streets and knocking over portacabins, and more emphasis on more focus on flashy counters, dancing and me diving over the guard rail and into the dirt. Honestly, gritty is a good word to describe the venue. Grit is a good word to describe what the ring was filled with. If people are going to get in the ring (which was right next to a rainy muddy car park) before the show, maybe have enough etiquette to wipe your feet afterwards eh? With a ‘bring your own booze’ outlook and an 18+ certificate, RISE definitely has an appeal, and I look forward to being back there, especially with how fun and well-received the match was.

Going from bring your own alcohol and brawling through the dirt, to bouncy castles and face painting, NWWA presented their 3rd show in the lovely Victoria Baths in Manchester the next evening, with ‘You Gotta Move!’. In a big contrast to ‘Violence Party 4’ the previous evening, NWWA is all about family-orientated fun. It’s a formula and a business plan that’s definitely working, as the draws have improved each time, with this one pulling over 250 loud fans in. One of the best things about New Wave is how logically the cards are constructed. Wrestlers are informed of what they can and cannot do, and what they are permitted to use in matches. This avoids people stepping on each others toes, and eliminates those who might just go out there in the first match and do everything, leaving the main event with nothing left. Everyone on the card serves a purpose, and everyone knows their role. That way, the show builds from the very first match and peaks with the main event, the way a wrestling show should do. The main event on this occasion featured my second 4-way of the weekend, pitting myself against Jack Jester, a returning Joey Hayes (from a torn pec no less!) and Nathan Cruz. 4 completely different types of worker, with 4 different outlooks on how main events should go. A really interesting melting pot of people, which left for a chaotic, if not protracted main event. Entrance to exit, 30 minutes of time was taken up, and whilst it would have benefitted from shaving 5-8 minutes off that, the crowd were still hot for everything, the last part of the match especially, where Marty Jones drilled Nathan, in a reference to NWWA’s 2nd show, leading to my victory. The show has to be considered another success for a blossoming promotion.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: HOPE, Southside, Kamikaze, PCW, NGW And A LOT More! Event Date - 9th November 2015

A double barrelled bonanza this time around, with 2 weeks to cover due to last weeks half-term activities.

Up first, going back to October 23rd, HOPE Wrestling reached the milestone of their 30th show, and an event where I took on Joe Coffey for only the 2nd time. The first was earlier this year, headlining a PBW show back in May. That time around, I’d enjoyed the match but the crowd that night were a rough one, unusual for that promotion. This time however, you could depend on the rowdy Mansfield audience for a positive reaction and I enjoyed this one a lot. Coffey is a great, dedicated talent who’s smart to how wrestling should work, and I feel we click really well. Super happy with this, look forward to seeing it back.

The next night was a big one, as Southside presented their 5 Year Anniversary Show, which of course featured the huge Double Ladder Match of myself and Nixon vs Kay Lee Ray and Jimmy Havoc. I’ll be honest, initially I was sceptical about this headlining the show, not because of fears of the talent not delivering, but because Southside tend to have a habit of putting a lot of matches on, with this show featuring 9 matches in total. It’s a lot to follow, with some mouth-watering clashes on the bill. In the end, I needn’t have worried. Despite it being fairly late in the day, the crowd were emotionally invested in this, and with good cause. This feud has been building well for months and this is one of the main chapter points in it. There were some BIG risks taken in it, and a lot of sort bodies afterwards. Massive props go to both Nixon and KLR for the risks they took, proving just how tough they are, and of course everybody knows how mental Havoc is. The reactions for this, both from the crowd and the dressing room, helped make the nasty landings worth it.

The next afternoon, I woke up sore and battered, glad that last nights Ladder Match was done. I then drove to Birmingham to do another Ladder Match…. Myself and Kay Lee Ray were climbing the rungs again, this time joined by Juventud Guerrera, Tyler Bate, Clint Margera and Dan Moloney as Kamikaze Pro presented their 3rd Bank On It event. Bodies flying everywhere in this one (and pint glasses as soon as KLR saw the bar) with myself taking a rather nasty T-Bone Suplex onto a ladder that wrecked my elbow. Obviously I also jumped off something high as well. Just can’t help myself. This one was all over the place, some bits getting fantastic reactions, some bits not so much, but overall the crowd (which was HUGE) seemed to love this. I loved the lie down afterwards.

The next night, it’s safe to say, I was wrecked. Like, pretty bad. I drove up to Withernsea for a Monday night dosage of MegaSlam wrestling. I don’t think the company were expecting it to be too busy, so it was awesome to see when the venue was PACKED! Not only that, but it was also red hot! I went on first with Liam Lazarus, someone who’s praises I’ve sang many a time, and this light-hearted holiday camp-style match was exactly what I needed after such a rough physical weekend. Just what the doctor ordered….which wasn’t drugs.

After a Tuesday off (I was really bored), it was off down to Bedford for a mid-week Southside show. With pick-ups and traffic, it seemed to take forever to get there, but me and G-Man watched WrestleMania 2000 on the way! Upon arriving late, I was obviously on first (Sod’s law), matched up against the fantastic Pete Dunne. Dunne is one of my absolute favourite guys to work with, this match being no exception. Southside have got a really good venue in the Bedford Corn Exchange, this being their second visit and their second really good draw there. Being on first also allowed me to watch the rest of the card, something I’d advise anyone who wants to keep improving themselves to do.

Thursday night saw me take a trip to Skirlington in horrible foul weather. I cheered myself up by having a fun 6-man tag match of myself, Lazarus and Paul Malen against CJ Banks, Bully Boy Carter and Peter Pumpkin. I won the match for my team by DDTing Pumpkin through an actual pumpkin. Yep.

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Northallerton Part 1 Event Date - 19th October 2015

It wasn’t long after I was training with the NGW crew in Birtly in the North East of England ran by Rampage Brown, I found myself heading south to Northallerton for a daytime seminar. NGW had a show there on the evening and I quickly learned how much of a team effort it all is. People in the amateur class (that’s me) headed there for midday to give a hand setting up the ring, once the ring was set up the seminar began, once the seminar is over it was time for the NGW evening show. It quickly became apparent to me that just like Stand-up comedy, it isn’t a job, it’s a way of life.

 

Ask anyone else if they want to spend their weekend off setting up a ring, getting slammed in a ring, taking down the ring and drive home that night to round off the three hour round trip- not only for no money, but to lose money. Lose money on the petrol and the price of the seminar. I’m sure if you asked most people they would respectfully decline. However, if you ask any of the driven, determined and dedicated NGW hopefuls they will explain that they aren’t losing money, they’re investing it in their future, they’re building character, they’re educating themselves, and they’re paying their dues. 

 

The seminar was ran by Beverly Hills’ Nathan Cruz. I’d heard how intense his training seminars were. Apparently the magic number was 20 with Cruz. 20 squats, 20 burpees, 20 press-ups, 20 star jumps then a minute rest, then you start all over again. I was immediately perturbed upon hearing that and put down the chocolate bar I was intending to consume in a pathetic attempt to change my diet in time for the seminar. I spend the best part of two weeks preparing myself by actually doing the warm up in the gym and hotel rooms. Cruz arrived and announced it was time for the warm up.

 

“Right” he shouted, “Squats, press-ups, sit-ups, leg raises, burpees & squats…” “OK” I assured myself in my head, “I’ve got this, it’s a little more than I anticipated, but I’ve got this…”

“50 of each, no break, off you go.” His words instantly deflated my spirit. I don’t know who was giving it the 20’s but his new favourite number seemed to be 50. At that time I would have rather walked back to Newcastle from Northallerton than do the impending warm-up. But that wasn’t an option, it was time to man up and get jelly-legged…

 

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: EPW, Southside, A Street Fight & New Generation Wrestling Event Date - 16th October 2015

Last Friday began with a thoroughly enjoyable road trip to Ellesmere Port with Prince Ameen. Ameen is a name many of those who were British wrestling fans in 2007-2011 will recognise, but Ameen has since taken a step back and doesn’t work as regularly as he used to. Which, in my opinion, is a massive shame as he’s someone who gets the job so well, understands his role to perfection and is brilliant for locker room morale. His ideas are so creative that he’d genuinely make a great booker somewhere. More Prince Ameen on British wrestling shows please.

The show itself was an EPW event that played out to over 300 people in the gorgeous Civic Hall. I was matched up against one of the biggest roster members (size-wise) called Goliath, and whilst I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into this, I ended up liking the hell out of this. It told a simple story of big vs small (or David vs….Goliath), but it was the right audience for it and the crowd were molten for it. The reaction when I finally took him off his feet near the end of the match told me we’d done our jobs well and kept them invested the whole way through. I didn’t end up beating him for the European Championship, but I did win the Buddy Ward Memorial Trophy Battle Royal, which was a nice honour to end the night.

Saturday was a double for Southside, as the company journeyed to Sheffield, back to the dusty and cold, yet somehow charming Corporation. After trading some nice moves and overcoming gobshite Ryan Smile in a fun opening encounter on the afternoon event, I then had a long long wait till I headlined the evening show, in a street fight against Jimmy Havoc. In the meantime, I hung out with the boys, got told an infuriating story about how one roster member had fast-forwarded through the original Jurassic Park because he needed the toilet and thought the plot was too obvious (he watched the opening credits) and watched with glee as G-Man went foraging for weapons to use at night.

When the time finally did roll around for the main event, the crowd was ready for it. How was the street fight? Painful. We pretty much annihilated each other, with the weapons starting out harmless (to an extent) enough (pink Xmas tree, box of donuts, used toilet etc) but then becoming more extreme as tables, chairs, drawing pins and a barbed wire board became involved. By the end of the match, one I suffered a loss in thanks to a barbed wire Rainmaker, my elbow and chest were covered in blood. Matches like these aren’t one I normally make a habit of, but I will go to said lengths if I feel a situation or feud warrants it. I felt it was needed here, and it’s the match that people seem to be talking about the most coming out of the event. Looking out into the crowd afterwards and seeing a standing ovation is one of the biggest compliments we as wrestlers can be given from the audience, and it can make even the most painful experiences worthwhile.

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Starting To Feel Comfortable Event Date - 15th October 2015

Seems like I am keeping to tradition by getting injured before each show I do. This time round it was a banged up elbow. Fun and games eh? A training session, a bust elbow and a 6 Man Tag all within 2 days!

Thursday 18:00

Training Day.

We started off with all of the normal stuff Handshakes, Lacing of boots and stretches. The cardio warm up came out of no where for this week. It was something that I had never done before. We lined up on one side of the Dojo, and jogged to the halfway point, did one burpee, jogged to the end of the dojo and performed one sit up. We would then have to sprint back to the beginning and repeat but doing one more burpee and sit up each time until we had done 10 of each. I wasn’t a fan of this, I am used to things getting easier the more tired I get but this routine got harder the longer we went on for. But I managed to get through it, with a lot of sweat and feeling a little bit sick.

The second part of the warm up was working on our strength. We lined up in size (weight) order. Off I trot to the end of the line, well second last to be exact. As we lined up Mark says “Look to the person on your right, they’re going to be your partner for this exercise” I look to my right and see the man monster Jacob Page. The exercise we had to perform was to Piggy Back our partner from one side of the dojo to the other. Seems easy right? 2 things I need to point out, despite being a big guy, I’m fairly weak. Secondly, Jacob is a big guy. I don’t know how big exactly, but I’m 18 stone and a bit more (116kg, 255lbs) and he’s bigger than me! the second part of the exercise was much harder. We had to fireman’s carry our partner to the middle of the dojo, do  squat with them on our shoulder, get to the end of the dojo and perform 2 squats and then walk back. we had to do this 4 times. This was exhausting.
We the moved on to the “WWE Routine” I’ve mentioned this before and it’s never a good thing for me! The routine goes as follows:

swipe the leg, pin, snap mare, pin, pick your opponent up and send  them off the ropes, take a shoulder tackle, “sleep”, leapfrog and finish with a hip toss.
Last time out was the session before the tram lines show, the one where i badly bust my ankle. This time out had a very similar ending! I managed to take one set of the routine okay but as I went for the second one I took a bad bump from the leg sweep and landed right on my elbow. Pain shot right the way up my arm, from my fingertips all the way to my shoulder. I had to stop. I couldn’t straighten my elbow but was in agony keeping it bent! My session was over.
Luckily the pain subsided after a bit and I was able to watch the rest of the session. Although
I was pretty gutted that I was missing out on actually training it gave me a chance to admire from the sidelines.
I got to watch Dom Black in action which is always great. He’s one of the guys that could easily be one of the biggest good guys in the business but he is part of the most hated tag team in EBW and beyond, the hot-blooded males.  I know it sounds like I am blowing smoke up his backside but I do admire how his character is the opposite of the “Real” Dom. Being able to sit back and watch the likes of Dom, Caleb and Joey is fantastic and I always take away little things that they do that sets them apart from the rest.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: MEW Wrestling & Monkey Madness! Event Date - 9th October 2015

Pretty quiet weekend truth be told, especially compared to the hectic nature of the previous week! Just 2 shows to cover this time around. Friday saw me travel up to Northumbria University to return to Main Event Wrestling. I was lastly in action for MEW a couple of years ago, in a fun match against Adam Christ. That was in a fairly busy social club, but 2 years later, things had clearly grown for MEW! A crowd of over 300 people filled a beautifully presented venue to the brim, and the entranceway, lighting and presentation of the show made it feel like a big deal. My match was a rather abstract 5-Way putting myself, Rampage Brown, Ian Robinson, Liam Lazarus and Noam Dar against each other. Clocking in at 13 minutes, the first 5 of this was genuinely just dancing and crowd work. When the action did get going, it felt like the crowd was already heavily enjoying themselves, so this was very well received! Everyone in the match got a chance to shine, everyone played their role great, and I was really happy with this in the end.

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It’s All Part Of The Business Event Date - 6th October 2015

It’s now Saturday evening. 21:07 exactly as I type this and my head is still thumping and I still feel a bit sick. I haven’t been to a doctor or anything as of yet but DR Google tells me it may be a slight concussion. Urgh. I was prepared for this eventually but the way it all happened was ridiculous. I had a training match and we were right at the end, The end was supposed to be, I was set up for a superplex, I batted my opponent off back to the mat, he would run at me. I would jump over, do a front roll, turn back and attempt a small package pin, Kick out, then I would hit the ropes, duck a clothesline and finish by hitting a spear. SIMPLE. I was fine up until the small package, I forgot it. I just ran in to my opponent, took a bump from literally nothing, got back up and remembered the end. As i went for the small package we were too close to the ropes, so as I rolled him up he was going to hit the ropes, so we both tried to clamber back and as we did that his elbow clocked me right in the temple and I blacked out a bit. Only for a second or so. I could have kicked out but I was so dizzy so didn’t want to risk it.

So in the 7 months I have been training I have experienced some strange injuries! I have bust my ankle by falling during an international sequence, someone dropping their arse on my head during a leg drop, Twisted knees from forgetting which way to turn on a hip toss and now a bang to the noggin!

But remember wrestling is “Fake”. I know what I got myself in to once I started wrestling but i didn’t think it would be anything like this and this should be a reminder for everyone wanting to try to step in to the “Squared Circle” it’s not as easy as you think it might be. Not only can you really get hurt on a quite frequent basis, the fitness levels needed to compete are incredible. My general fitness has improved more doing wrestling than it ever did doing cardio in a gym for nearly three years.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: PCW, IPW:UK, Southside, Kamikaze Pro & Tidal Wrestling Event Date - 2nd October 2015

Pretty busy goings on last weekend, as I attempted (and surprisingly managed) to fit in 5 shows over the 3 days. Up first on the Friday was PCW Heroes, back at the popular Evoque nightclub, as I faced off in a rematch of a well-received encounter from last year’s PCW Vs Ring Of Honor weekender against Tommaso Ciampa.

Ciampa is most recently notable for appearing on both WWE NXT and TNA Impact on the same night. Kind of like Rick Rude. To my knowledge, he doesn’t use the term ‘sweathogs’ on a regular basis though. What I do know is that he hits hard. It was only a couple of minutes in this match (which started with him levelling me with a cornered knee strike) that my beautiful white gear had blood on it. I should have known better. Ciampa is someone I feel I have good chemistry with, with us both going pretty all out here (to a brilliant response) and I felt this was as good, if not better than the ROH match, and after making it 1-1 between us, surely a decider is in the future at some stage.

The next night was the first of 2 doubles over the weekend, hitting Selsdon first for the latest leg of IPW:UK’s 11 Year Anniversary. Obviously, the first person I bumped into upon arriving was Vince Russo. Who was kind of just wandering around outside. Perhaps waiting to stop people in the street and ask if they enjoyed David Arquette’s WCW Title reign. He was the ring announcer for the night and pronounced my babe wrong. Minus that, lovely bloke. Mega fun 6-man tag action is what I was involved in. Teamed with Mexican Eagle and Jonathan Windsor against the supremely brilliant Sha Samuels and The GZRS (you might know them from Twitter). Loads of fun in this, really enjoyed myself here and it was what I needed after the previous nights war. Speaking of which, as soon as I as done at Selsdon, it was off to Purfleet for SWE Adrenaline Rush and…..another war with Ciampa! This one was even more physically taxing than the night before, with an Air Raid Crash on the apron especially destroying me. It’s been a while since a duo of matches has left me with so many welts and bruises, but whilst both matches were physical, I feel it was something I rose well to.

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SHOW REVIEW: Southside Wrestling ‘Adrenaline Rush’ Event Date - 1st October 2015

By El Specifico.

 

After a successful debut at the Circus Tavern earlier this year, Southside Wrestling returned to Essex this past weekend to a packed house. Presenting a stacked card with a combination of British and international talent, Southside delivered a solid show in which Tommy End and Will Ospreay, once again, stole the show.

 

Stixx vs The Pledge

The first match of the night saw two heavyweights battle in a better than expected contest. Stixx hyped up the crowd before The Pledge, accompanied by the Righteous Army, emerged to a smoke filled ring. Over the past six months, The Righteous Army have been a perpetual thorn in the side of the Heavyweight House of Pain and, at Southside Adrenaline Rush, Stixx received the opportunity to inflict a degree of revenge.

As the bell rang, Stixx immediately sent The Pledge on the defensive following a spear into the turnbuckle as chants of Stixx is gunna kill you echoed around the Circus Tavern. After The Pledge managed to land some offence of his own, Stixx tossed him eight feet in the air off a rebound allowing gravity to drive The Pledge’s face first into the canvas. Stixx followed The Pledge to the outside as the brawl drifted around the ring before The Pledge gained the momentum by driving Stixx into the ring post.

The Pledge allowed the fans to distract him with chants of Jimmy’s boyfriend before Stixx took advantage with an inverted atomic drop followed by a series of devastating chops in the corner. The Pledge regained the advantage by sending Stixx to the outside and looked to win the match via count-out before Stixx returned to the ring only to be greeted by multiple stomps. Impressively, The Pledge then delivered a blue thunder powerbomb before Stixx connected with a uranagi to secure the victory.

Winner: Stixx

 

After the match, Stixx signalled his intentions to regain the Southside Wrestling Championship.

Outside of the stiff shots inevitable in any Stixx match, this was a solid opener set at a surprisingly fast paced which the crowd got really into it despite the malfunctioning smoke machine.

 

Starbux & Tyler Bate vs The Second City Collective

Composed of Ryan Smile, the Southside Money in the Bank holder, Damien Dunne and Pete Dunne, fresh off his return from Chikara’s King of Trios tournament, The Second City Collective made their way to the ring as Ryan Smile managed to get into an argument with a fan immediately. Starbux, comprised of Robbie X and Mark Haskins, made their way to the ring before their partner Tyler Bate, also returning from Chikara’s King of Trios, joined them.

Annoyed by the popularity of Bate’s moustache, Smile demanded Bate’s music to be turned off. Pete Dunne and Bate began the match with an exchange of holds before Haskins and Damien Dunne were tagged in. Haskins delivered a flurry of offence before Damien Dunne grabbed Ryan Smile’s legs before Smile tagged in. Haskins, too, took the opportunity to make the tag to Robbie X, who began work on Smile’s bandaged right shoulder. A series of frequent tags ensured Starbux/Tyler Bate stayed on top before Smile delivered a thumb to the eye before tagging in Damien Dunne.

Smile distracted the referee as both Damien and Pete Dunne double teamed Robbie X before delivering a double belly to back suplex. Once again, Smile distracted the ref but this time Haskins broke up the double team. After Smile dominated Robbie X, an enziguri allowed Robbie X to make the tag to Haskins who immediately attempted the Made in Japan only to be reversed by Smile. Haskins reversed an attempted forearm by Smile into the fujiwara arm bar before Damien Dunne broke the hold. After withstanding a three on one beat down, Haskins managed to apply a boston crab to Damien Dunne and a camel clutch to Pete Dunne AT THE SAME TIME before Smile broke the hold.

As the match broke down, a misdirected rebound handspring ace crusher by Robbie X caught his partner Mark Haskins allowing Ryan Smile to take advantage with a michinoku driver to pick up the victory.

Winner: The Second City Collective

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The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: UKWE, Tidal, Megaslam, Grand Pro, PCW & NGW Event Date - 25th September 2015

There was no article last week, as the day I usually write them, I was enjoying my own version of Planes, Trains & Automobiles….except it was just a boat and a van…and there was no heartfelt speech near the end….and nobody was Steve Martin. The point is, I was travelling a lot. Anyway, let’s catch up!

Going back to September 12th, I debuted for Leeds-based upstart UKWE as they presented their first Testing Ground weekender. UKWE had debuted with a busy show a few months prior, and whilst this was a smaller scale event, both days proved to be massively fun. The first day, I was part of a wild 6-man tag main event of myself, Liam Lazarus and Nsereko vs Sebb Strife, Josh Alden and Dan James. Everyone else in the match had already wrestled earlier on in the show as part of an 8-man tournament so credit to them for being so up for this. It was especially nice to work with people I’ve not had the chance to before in Strife and Alden, and was also cool to see upfront how much Nsereko has improved since his UKW days. A fun debut without a doubt. Straight afterwards, I shot up to Darlington as Tidal presented what appears to be their final event at The Dolphin Centre, ‘Last Dance’, and I capped the show off by challenging Lazarus for his TCW Championship. It’s fair to say that TCW never reached the heights in the Darlington venue that they do in Leeds, but whilst the draw was the usual amount this time, the atmosphere was probably the best it’s ever been. This was the 3rd in Liam and I’s trilogy and arguably the best. I’ve gone on record to say before just how much I rate Liam, and I sincerely hope it’s only a matter of time before he breaks through onto the next echelon of British wrestling. Charismatic, marketable and with an incredibly strong work ethic, he’s someone to watch.

The next afternoon, it was back to Denison Hall for day 2 of UKWE. Whilst the previous day has been venue brawls and title challenges, the 2nd day was a bit more lighthearted, as I teamed with JG Nash against CJ Banks and Jason Prime. Anybody who knows Nash knows that he never switches off. Ever. EVER!! And that’s both backstage and in the ring. If I lived with him, I think I’d have to kill him. Sound guy though. It was good to work with Prime here, who’s actually a student of Rampage Brown. Fantastic look and a real hunger for the job, it was unfortunate that a shoulder injury 48 hours earlier restricted him slightly, but hats off to him for gutting it out and still working. Enjoyable comedy match here that was a nice distraction from the serious nature of the rest of the final tournament stages.

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It’s Been A Busy Week Event Date - 25th September 2015

9 hours worth or wrestling and I’m not finished yet!

I have been to training on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday this week and my body is hating me for it, but I have needed every single second of this training. This week is the most comfortable I have felt in the ring ever, Usually I get nervous when it comes to the matches at the end of training. I usually go through things multiple times in my head. Exactly where i think things are going to go wrong. This week has been completely different and to be honest I don’t really know why.

All This week I have been thinking about my upcoming match on Saturday. Thinking about how little I actually know in a wrestling ring and all of the things i need to work on. Determined to think of sequences I can perform, working on how to perform to a crowd and letting my confidence show. I have received a lot of advice over the last 6 days but the one that sticks out more than anything was that everything I’m doing looks good but is rushed. I need to give the audience a chance to react to what has just happened. A chance to take in the situation. A chance to sell.

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SHOW REVIEW: Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘Live In Southampton’ Event Date - 23rd September 2015

By El Specifico.

 

A full house packed into the O2 Guildhall to witness Revolution Pro Wrestling’s debut in Southampton. Although many tickets were undoubtedly sold on the promise of WWE Hall of Famer, Brett Hart, outstanding performances from Josh Bodom, Damo, Marty Scurrl and yet another match of the year contender from Will Ospreay against Ricochet, ensured fans left satisfied having seen not only some of the best wrestling in England but some of the best wrestling in the world.

 

Lord Gideon Grey vs Flash Morgan Webster

Lord Gideon Grey, simply better than you, arrived more suited to riding a horse than to wrestle was greeted by a chorus of boos. Perturbed by the lack of respect shown by the crowd, Lord Gideon Grey proceeded to rile up the crowd with various jibes and comments. Fresh of his American debut in Chikara’s annual King of Trios tournament, Flash Morgan Webster arrived to the ring draped in the finest mod gear that would make Paul Weller blush.

Immediately, Lord Gideon Grey went on the defensive, hiding between the ropes to ensure Webster couldn’t deliver any meaningful offence. After a brief exchange of holds, Flash Morgan Webster worked Grey to the mat before delivering a standing inverted senton sending Grey to the outside. After attempting a baseball slide, Lord Gideon Grey catches Webster in the apron. Mocking his incapacitated foe, Grey took a run up to deliver a drop kick which Webster blocked before Webster escaped and took to the skies to deliver a cross body to the outside. After an impressive Oklahoma roll for a near fall by Webster, Lord Gideon Grey pulled the referee in front of him to halt Webster’s momentum before tying Webster up between the ropes.

After a series of cheap shots and kicks to the tied up arm, Lord Gideon Grey applied a chin lock in the centre of the ring. Encouraged by the crowd, Webster powered out of the hold before a diving clothesline shifted the momentum. Flash Morgan Webster delivered a cross body followed by a neck breaker before, once again, Lord Gideon Grey sought refuge behind the referee. After the successful distraction, Lord Gideon Grey planted Webster with a facebuster before attempting to use the ropes to assist the three count. Fortunately, the referee was wise to Lord Gideon Grey’s tactics and stopped the count. Flash Morgan Webster won the match after connecting with a jumping knee followed by a moonsault.

This was a fun little opener. Lord Gideon Grey did a fantastic job ensuring the fans cheered for Webster. Lord Gideon Grey’s comeuppance was met with a huge roar of approval from the Southampton crowd as his antics were laid to rest for the evening.

 

Damo vs Doug Williams

The next unannounced match threw together an interesting encounter. Big Damo, consistently impressive in ICW, faced British wrestling legend and former TNA wrestler, Doug Williams. As the bell rang, Damo gained the initial advantage due to his size advantage before Doug Williams demonstrated his strength by powering out of a side headlock. Williams, encouraged by his achievement, offers Big Damo a test of strength in which he managed to ground the much bigger man before applying a japanese choke hold. A shoulder block sent Damo to the outside as Williams connected with a tope suicida to ground Damo on the outside. After an extensive brawl around the ring, Damo regains the momentum with a thunderous drop kick that sends Williams reeling into the corner.

Damo, in control, began the systematic dismantling of Doug Williams, driving his back into the ring apron numerous occassions before going to work on Williams’ lower back. After returning to the ring, Damo delivered a devastating vertical suplex that registered as a 4.0 on the Richter scale that shook the whole building. An attempted senton by Damo was blocked by Williams’ knees before Williams delivered an astonishing german suplex. An attempted double foot stomp was dodged by Damo before delivering a michinoku driver that almost broke the ring in half. Damo picked up the victory via submission as he made Doug Williams tap with the kata ha jime.

This was an enjoyable match in which the fans were firmly behind Doug Williams. This was the first time I have seen Damo in a ring other than ICW and found he was just as impressive here as a heel as he is as a face in ICW. For my money, I don’t think there are many men of his size that can do what he does.

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“It doesn’t get easier, you just get better” Event Date - 22nd September 2015

So the day finally came, I was about to start my wrestling training. I remember looking at the event in my calendar and the same nerves & apprehension that once visited my body years ago when I had my first comedy gig written on the back of a metro ticket, blue tacked to my bedroom door at my parents’ house, were now calling by to check how I was getting on. I remember thinking back to every shoot interview I had watched over the years, trying to give myself a once over etiquette lesson. Shake everyone’s hand, look them in the eye, yes sir, no sir, don’t quit, even if I’m being sick don’t give up and thank everyone for their time when showing me something in the ring.

 

Arriving at Birtly Boxing Club to train with NGW reminded me a lot of a youth club when I was a kid. Everyone is there in a holding area before we go to the main hall. The reason we couldn’t go straight in was because there’s a teenage boxing class before the wrestling. I’ve learned that 14 year olds react to a bunch of blokes waiting to learn wrestling moves EXACTLY how you may imagine 14 year olds to react; with great laughter and torment. For a second I actually thought I was back in secondary school. We all pay our subs (fee per session) and have a bloody good time for a couple hours.

 

The warm-up was intense. 100 squats, 50 press-ups, 60 backward sit-ups (that’s where you lie facing down with your legs in the ring with a guy holding down your legs), unlimited get-ups, planks and basically anything else that you could imagine. For the first few sessions I was sick before the end. I’ll never forget Rampage Brown shouting at me in the gents toilet “Hey Carl, when you’ve finished fucking about you can get back to work, haha!” Good times.

 

The only way to keep your head in the game with regards to the warm up is to keep doing the warm up at the gym in your own time. As Rampage said in training “It doesn’t get easier, you just get better”. Not only is that true for wrestling but any endeavor of life. It’s something that’s stuck with me and I still use it as a motivational tool. Not bad for a fake sport. 

 

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Carl Hutchinson: Learning the Ropes - Promo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPPntHBwo5s

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#ThankYouTrav Event Date - 21st September 2015

I had an entire blog planned out for how I got on at last weeks training and how I was progressing and other stuff. But something’s are more important.

Today, 21/09/2015, Kris Travis, One of if not THE brightest talent in british wrestling, had to retire from professional wrestling due to ill-health. To those of you who may not know Kris’ story. He is known as one o the greatest wrestlers on the british scene. He was in the final 6 of british boot camp on TNA. He has wrestled some of the biggest names in today’s industry, including PAC (Adrian Neville in WWE), Chris masters, X-Pac and many more. In October 2014, during what many believe to have been his biggest rise to fame so far. Kris was given to horrible news that he had stomach cancer. He underwent 18 weeks of gruelling chemotherapy after having surgery to remove a tumour from his stomach.

Kris has always been a fighter and never gave up on anything and he proved this as after just 8 MONTHS he announced at a PCW show he would be making his comeback in a wrestling ring in August of that year. Fantastic achievement.

I have met Kris on two occasions. I first met him at the tram lines show where I made my Rumble debut. Although I never uttered anything than a polite hello to him, he had left such an impression on me. The way he had gained all of the locker rooms respect but didn’t let any of it go to his head. He spoke to everyone and gave his input on mthier matches if they asked for it and helped everyone out in whichever way he could.

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INTERVIEW: Joanna Rose – September 2015 Event Date - 18th September 2015

By Craig Hermit.

 
To some, she is known in Preston City Wrestling as the beauty and the brains behind the successful “Friends With Benefits” faction. Others at PCW will ultimately know her as the General Manager of the company. Aside from PCW she has continually made an impact in any promotion she has been a part of. Whether it’s entertaining fans in the UK or across the seas in the USA when she was in Ring of Honor and Evolve. With a successful acting career that has progressed from ring announcer to interviewing and then becoming a member of active roster, it’s clear that Joanna Rose is a name all wrestling fans should be watching out for.

 

For fans hoping to begin their career in wrestling. How did you begin your career in wrestling?

I guess I’m slightly different in the sense that I didn’t choose to train to wrestle, I’m not sure I have the natural ability required for it, so I’m not the best person to ask re: a wrestling career as such. I’m a performer/presenter ultimately and a friend of mine asked me years ago if I’d do the ring announcing for his small, local promotion. I’m a huge wrestling fan so I jumped at the chance and figured it wouldn’t matter if I was no good at it. Turned out I wasn’t bad, and before long word of mouth meant I was contacted by more and more promoters asking if I’d work for them, either announcing or doing backstage interviewing, pre/post show videos for YouTube and sometimes in-ring interview segments during shows. PCW launched the campaign for a new ring announcer in 2013 so I sent in a video audition and the rest is history, as they say!



In Preston City Wrestling, your feud with Dave Rayne has continued throughout the year, with you defeating him for the #Boom Championship and then sacrificing him to a series of F.W.B members. How did this begin and how will you want it to end?

It all began because Dave Rayne wanted to be a part of my faction, let’s be honest! FWB is wrestling’s most powerful group, after all. But, unfortunately for him, he’s not quite on my radar in terms of FWB, if you know what I mean?! It’ll end when I say it ends, after he’s been annihilated by every single opponent I wish to book him against. Hashtag BOOM.

(Just kidding, I have a lot of respect and time for Dave, he’s found his niche and got over in his comedy character. I’m happy that we get to work together because, believe it or not, comedy acting is my favourite and the “match” with him was a lot of fun!)

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INTERVIEW: ‘The Princess Of Pain’ Viper – September 2015 Event Date - 17th September 2015

By Craig Hermit.

 
Viper is an amazing talent who is a fantastic representative for not just Scottish Wrestling but Wrestling as a whole. This is a sentiment shared by many and anyone who has witnessed a match involving Viper. Everyone can agree she is one of the most incredible women in UK Wrestling as she has worked for many of the top companies around the country such as Scottish Wrestling Alliance, Insane Championship Wrestling, Fierce Females, Preston City Wrestling, Futureshock Wrestling, HXC Wrestling, Alpha Omega Wrestling and more. Going by this list and judging by the impact she has made already, Viper is just getting started. Have a read of what she had to say…

 

You were trained at the successful Source Wrestling School, a training ground that has also helped talents like Nikki Storm, Joe Coffey and Jackie Polo to name only a few. How did you find the training and who would you say has helped you develop your skills in your time there?

The training at Source Wrestling School can be very difficult but you reap the rewards from it, if you can stick with it. It can be tough, it can be hard but nothing easy gets you anywhere. As you mentioned, the people who came out of it, they are the best names going, not just in Scotland but in Europe at the moment. So anywhere that can produce that kind of name value is definitely the place you want to be trained.

Everybody in that school has helped me, starting off with my trainers Mikey Whiplash, Damian O’Connor, Nikki Storm and Glen Dunbar. Everyone has helped me but it’s not just the trainers that help you along, the difference in Source Wrestling School is that it’s a family and when you go to train there everybody helps everybody. It’s about morale as well as your own development and everybody encourages everybody and everyone helps everyone develop.

 

You have been wrestling since your début 2008 and professionally since 2009 (SWA (Scottish Wrestling Alliance) the fans have numerous favourite matches and highlights of yourself, what’s yours?

This is going to sound cheesy but this entire year has been a highlight reel for me. I’ve gotten to wrestle so many incredible people and so many names, recently I got to share the ring with Ken Anderson, Angelina Love, Velvet Sky but even the European names like Nikki Storm, Sammi Jayne, Solar, Bete Noire, Debbie Sharp, Lana Austin, T- Bone and facing Toni Storm. It was amazing to capture the Fierce Females Championship in an exhausting twenty women Battle Royale as well.

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SHOW REPORT: TNT Extreme Wrestling ‘Summer Explosion 2015’ Event Date - 14th September 2015

By Craig Hermit.

 

It appeared that the owner of TNT Extreme Wrestling wanted to make sure that ‘Summer Explosion’ on 29th August in Liverpool kicked off in style because before fans had entered the building, those same fans and onlookers were treated to a fantastic fire breathing display at the entrance of The Black-E.

 

Joe Conners vs Terry Ace

Terry Ace came to the ring and cut a viscous promo on Sean Only who was in the audience, originally to face Ace but couldn’t due to injury. He then when on to try to be-little Conners that drew jeers from the fans.

The two traded move after move and as technically sound the match was, the crowd was slow to get into the bout. Conners looked the stronger of the two throughout and certainly the aggressor as he struck hard with stiff kicks  hard forearms and his long standing suplex.

Ace was down but not out by his larger opponent as he used his speed to launch himself back into the match but it would be Conners who managed to gain another victory in TNT Wrestling and to leave the fans happy.


Joe Conners defeated Terry Ace by pinfall.



Two-On-Three Handicap Tables Match: Ruffneck & Babyfaced Pitbull vs The Prime Time Crew

Within minutes of this match beginning, all five men were already brawling outside the ring much to the delight of the TNT faithful. Despite being outnumbered, Ruffneck and Pitbull looked to overwhelm the Prime Time crew during much of the brawl.

As the match slowed, the guardrails were draped with bodies laying over them and that was when the first table had been produced. The fans cheered the sheer brutality of the match as the action continued to build and that was when The Prime Time Crew had one of their members buried through a table.

As the bout was a two out of three falls table match, the fray continued and the violence escalated as all five men never stop fighting in and out the ring. The fans fell into a stunned silence as the monstrous Pitbull was put through a table, however they weren’t quiet for long as Ruffneck catapulted another member of the Prime Time Crew into a table.

The finale of the match came when The Prime Time Crew all attempted to inflict maximum pain on a bloody Ruffneck,  until Pitbull came to his aid and the fan favourite, Ruffneck powerbombed the final member of the Prime Time Crew through a flaming table to end a chaotic yet brilliant match.

Ruffneck & Babyfaced Pitbull defeated The Prime Time Crew.

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Get Your Head In The Game! Event Date - 13th September 2015

With 2 weeks to go until the next show, FALL_OUT: ALL4WAR, where I make my singles debut and you can come and witness this live and in person by getting tickets HERE!

Anyway, I have been trying all week to try to get some ideas together for my upcoming matches and nothing will help me figure things out other than doing it. Sadly, I am away for a few days next week So I have got 1 or 2 sessions to get some time in the ring. This means every chance I get I am going to have to work very hard to get the best out of myself.

One way I have been helping to train myself, and by train myself I mean get an idea of how I would like a match to go and what moves I would like to use, and that’s playing video games. I have been playing WWE 2k15. I have sat for hours looking through the moves list and picking moves and strikes I would like to use. Yeah I know daft right? Well, here’s the thing, It’s not as daft as it sounds, on the game there’s a number of moves you would never think of using. For example, I have gone from having 10 moves I know I would like to use in every match (including a finish)and now have got 25 to 30 moves I would like to move excluding a finish! None of them are out of my experience either. It’s not like I’m hoping to hit a red arrow or a shooting star press. All the moves I have got are within my range of strength and movement. Now all I have to do is go out and practice them!

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: New Generation Wrestling, Progress & Plex Wrestling Event Date - 11th September 2015

Ahhhh, it’s nice to actually have a bit of time relax. Kinda. In all seriousness, after how busy and hectic the summer schedule was, it’s almost quite nice to return to the normality of 3-4 shows a week. The summer season is the busiest time of the year, and whilst I’m still feeling the effects of it a week later, still feeling soreness and exhaustion, wrestling never stops, and with that, let’s cover the past weekend!

With a much needed Friday off out of the way, NGW returned to the beautiful Forum in Northallerton for their 3rd event at a building which has been the site of many wrestling shows over the years, with varying quality. The 3rd time was the charm for the promotion, as NGW managed to pretty much sell the hall out and put on an extremely well-received show. Originally, I was set to face off against Matt Myers in a rematch of our Revelations encounter back in 2011. However a severe chest infection prevented Myers from being there, and I actually ended up wrestling 2 matches on the show. Firstly, I opened the show up with an impromptu Number 1 Contenders match against CJ Banks. This would actually be the 5th time I’d wrestled Banks that week, but probably the strongest encounter. It definitely helped that the crowd were molten for everything! After having put Banks away, I faced current NGW Champion Nathan Cruz later on in the show. This was the actual 197th time Cruz and I have faced off with each other, but the first time we were both fan favourites, so it gave the match a completely new and fresh dynamic. Clocking in at 22 minutes, this was easily one of my favourite matches with Cruz, one that I feel told a really good story that had the audience totally divided. Unfortunately, the show wasn’t filmed on this occasion, so you’ll probably just have to take my word on it being the best match in the history of human existence and also featured me both levitating and conjuring fire from my horns.

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INTERVIEW: Felony ‘The Living Dead Girl’ – September 2015 Event Date - 10th September 2015

By Craig Hermit.


Felony casts a dark and ominous cloud among the fans whenever she competes in the ring. Her look is unique, her attitude has been described as calculating and consistently leaves her mark whenever and wherever she competes. This is her interview…


Your look and even your entrance music (Rob Zombie – ‘Living Dead Girl’) looks to be influenced by the film the horror movies, Grudge, Slient Hill, who came up with that idea and how has it developed over time?

I get asked where my look and style etc came from a lot and I always enjoy answering that question. It’s all my own creation,  I am heavily inspired by horror because I enjoy it and it’s just what I’m into so for me it’s the most natural path to take.  For example if I was heavily into ballet I’d make myself look like a ballet dancer.


Plus I’ve always enjoyed standing out from the crowd.
I have the bare bones of it down now (no pun intended) but I am still developing my look and style ,  I’ve recently acquired some new grim accessories that will be making appearances very soon.

 

What inspired you to get into the wrestling industry?

I’ve always been a wrestling fan for as long as I can remember. It never crossed my mind that I could have a go at it myself,  I thought it was an American thing and didn’t really happen over here.  Then 1 day I’m watching and something strikes me, I was so inspired by what I was watching I decided I wanted to have a go. I got on the Internet,  found House of Pain wrestling school and haven’t looked back.

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SHOW REVIEW: Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Spacebaws Episode II: Come As You Are’ Event Date - 9th September 2015

By El Specifico.

 

After tearing down the house four weeks in a row at The Edinburgh Fringe festival, ICW returned to its home in Glasgow this past week in an exciting show featuring several of the less prominently featured members on the ICW roster. ICW Spacebaws Episode II: Come As You Are also witnessed the débuts of Massimo, Magnus, Mickie James and the much anticipated Glasgow début of IRN JEW. Despite the show’s undeniable status as a B show, excellent performances from Lewis Girvan, Stevie Boy, Kay Lee Ray as well as impressive performances from Aspen Faith, Massimo and Aaron Echo ensured that fans were treated to a compelling show that furthered several story lines on the road to Fear and Loathing VIII.

ICW Spacebaws: Come As You Are began with two men, one of them a former Zero G Champion, who haven’t featured on ICW programming for almost a year.

 

Andrew Wilde vs Solar

Representing the Royal Family in Jersey, now 234th in line for the throne, Andrew Wilde is the first man to the ring wearing a a beige sports jacket and cravat. Boasting the longest Zero G title reign by anyone not named Noam Dar, Wilde makes his return after a near twelve month absence from the ICW ring. At Spacebaws, Wilde faced another man who has been absent from ICW for a while. The Scottish luchador, Solar, made his long awaited return in a match that threw together Solar’s speed and high flying ability with Wilde’s strength and power.

As the bell rings, Wilde gains the advantage in the initial stages before a hurricanrana sends Wilde to the outside. Upon returning to the ring, Wilde attempts a powerbomb but Solar reverses into a second hurricanrana that sends Wilde crashing to the mat. An attempted arm bar is blocked by Wilde before the blue blooded Wilde delivers a power slam.

After mocking the crowd some more, Wilde delivers an elbow to Solar which only appears to rejuvenate the high flyer. A drop kick sends Wilde to the outside before the referee blocks Solar from diving into the crowd- Andrew Wilde takes advantage with a fierce elbow strike unbalancing Solar. Before Wilde can mount any further offence, Solar delivers a drop kick to the knee to ground the much larger man. A neck breaker sends Wilde to the outside and this time Solar successfully connects with a tope con hilo into the crowd to ground Wilde. A look of disgust passes over Wilde’s face, agitated by the mere presence of the peasants that surround him as he is rolled back into the ring.

Solar, after rolling Wilde back into the ring, walks straight into a devastating lariat followed by a powerbomb as Wilde emerges from the first contest victorious.

Winner: Andrew Wilde

 

As Wilde made his way backstage, doctors swarmed the ring in order to asses Solar after a fierce powerbomb. Thankfully, Solar was able to leave the ring on his own accord. As far as openers go, this was a solid match that established a fast pace that continued throughout. Personally, I’m surprised Andrew Wilde isn’t a regular part of ICW shows as his over privileged, sanctimonious toff gimmick is a great contrast to the raucous, pissed up crowd.

 

DCT Backstage

Veronica Le Strange had the privilege of interviewing the international sex hero, DCT back stage. DCT announced he was excited to receive an opportunity at Stevie Boy’s Zero G Championship in the night’s main event and would bring the championship back to Polo Promotions. Jackie Polo, after brushing Le Strange aside, states that Stevie Boy has hurt the legacy of the Zero G title before proceeding to psych up DCT for his first title match in his ICW career.

 

Michael Chase vs Dave Conrad

Making his second appearance in ICW, Michael Chase makes his way to the ring as one of ICW’s best young wrestlers on the roster. Although his tattoos resemble that of a CAW on WWE 2K15, Chase has the rare combination of raw speed and power which so often translates into success in the wrestling business. At Spacebaws Episode II, Michael Chase came up against a man who has temporarily jettisoned his tag team partner in The Gatecrashers to chase singles success.

As the match gets under way, a fired up Dave Conrad delivers a series of forearms to send Chase on the defensive immediately. Conrad, after delivering a series of knees to the gut, tosses Chase across the ring before a lariat keeps Chase down. After Michael Chase kicked out of a power slam, Dave Conrad looked to deliver a second power slam from the top rope- Chase, after taking a solid beating for five minutes, blocks the second power slam attempt sending Conrad crashing to the mat in the process. Michael Chase connected with a springboard splash to pick up his first ever victory in ICW.

Winner: Michael Chase

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Carl Hutchinson - 'Write About What You Know' Event Date - 8th September 2015

So after being a wrestling fan for twenty one years, an adult for nine years and a professional comedian for three years, I felt it was only fitting to combine my two passions and perform a stand-up comedy show about my love of professional wrestling. People always say “write about what you know”. It occurred to me perhaps the only thing I do know about, is pro wrestling. “Let’s go for it!” I thought to myself, my last three Edinburgh Festival shows were:

 

“Acceptable” – This was just a list of things I felt at the time that can “F-Off’. Groundbreaking, eh? These topics included socialising with your work mates and One Direction. Amazing isn’t it?

 

“All the Rage” – A play on words, now how can that not work?! Ok, now this time I’m getting angry in real life situations such as waiters who didn’t write orders down and people who put their seats back on planes. Let the awards fly in.

 

“Here’s me Show” – This was essentially an extended club set stretched out to an hour. By far the worst of the three.

 

Despite me taking a flippant approach to my last three years of work, I must say I’m proud of the first two shows, but all three shows were simply a bunch of stand-up routines gathered together to fill an hour. None of the shows I wrote at that point were exactly a ‘show’. With a narrative, arc, premise, act 1, act 2, act 3 etc. I wanted my wrestling show to be that. I can explain my love of wrestling from age 6, how the first person I saw on TV was The Undertaker, how my parents took me to see the WWF in 1993 and I was dressed up as Razor Ramon. Being the only wrestling fan at school, hell I can even throw in the story of when I met John Cena and he turned me down for a photo. Having to constantly explain or answer the “isn’t it fake? Isn’t it fake and gay?” question. I figured I could use the soap opera or movie explanation, or theatre in the round, or performance art, panto, I didn’t care! I just want to do this show about wrestling.

 

“You know what?” I said to myself, “I’ll show people how fake it is, I’ll spend the year training to be a professional wrestler, that can be my story, my journey (sorry Shawn), my arc & narrative. ‘I’ll intersperse it with clips of me training as well as my childhood wrestling stories. I’ll call it Learning the Ropes, perfect! All I need to do now is find a place to train…”

 

Step forward Rampage Brown & NGW…

 

 

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: The Triple Week Bonanza Event Date - 4th September 2015

I’m currently laid in a ridiculous position in an uncomfortable bed in a small chalet in Lowestoft, trying to alleviate a bit of sciatic pain. So what better time to write the latest column covering my travels, trials and tribulations?!

Today is the last day of the 2015 summer camps season, and therefore things will go back to normal next week as far as this column goes. Big thanks to WrestleRopes for being so patient with the delays of me firing these out, and also to anyone who occasionally or regularly reads these.

So. Let’s begin. Let’s begin allllllllll the way back at August 14th, and Infinite Promotions, who drew the biggest crowd they had done in ages. Myself and Bubblegum teamed up to face well-established US team The American Wolves. I’d previously wrestled Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards in singles matches (the latter being in a tiny pub one night in front of 80 people for 3CW), but never as a team. This actually turned out to be one of my favourite tag matches all year so far. It was a nice surprise to see the Infinite crowd actually firmly get behind us rather than the TNA stars, and both Richards and Edwards played up to this accordingly. Don’t worry though, there was hugs all round after we’d captured the win.

From the Central Hall in Liverpool, I drove across to Birkenhead to pick up a couple of the guys, then began the long 6 hour drive down to Perranporth in Cornwall, to begin another 6 days of camps. This journey was not an interesting one, and it didn’t help when my radio transmitter gimmick I use to listen to music/podcasts broke halfway into the drive. Nevertheless, I arrived at 4am. For the majority of the week, covering shows in Perranporth, Hayle, Exmouth, Doniford, Burnham, Tenby and Quay West, I worked tag matches with the multi-character portraying American Warrior against T-Bone and Hakeem Waqur. The first one of these….wasn’t very good. But as the week progressed, a better rhythm was found and it ended up being pretty decent for a basic tag match. The only exception on this run was the card being re-arranged on the Sunday at Devon Cliffs due to a health scare to one of the team, and I had the chance to step into the ring with Sammy D, a brash and braggadocios (what a word!!) Irish lad. Behind the curtain, Sammy is usually the life of the dressing room, and this translates to the ring. Really really enjoyed this.

On the drive home from the last show, I was driving through this random tiny village in South Wales when the thought came upon me that I’d never likely have had the chance to drive through Borth if I’d never started wrestling. It was a really nice moment of clarity that wrestling has brought me so much and given me so many opportunities and let me see so many things, both big and small.

El Ligero & Martin Kirby vs The Hooligans At HOPE Wrestling. Credit: Brett Hadley Photography

Moving on to the 21st, HOPE managed to follow up on their big Anniversary weekender by topping the draw a month later, quite an achievement! Myself and Martin Kirby (the most beloved super villain of all time) battled The UK Hooligans in a match was part comedy, past me getting thrown around like a rag doll and part Kirby stirring the pot. Seemed to go down pretty well too!

The next afternoon, it was off down to Bognor Regis for a weekend at Butlins. First up, I teamed with an old face, an Italian wrestler I’d first wrestled in Rome back in 2005 who used to work as Red Devil, now under the guise of Fabio Ferrari. Facing off against Adrian Severe and former ROH star Chad Collyer in front of the usual hot Bognor crowd, this was pretty decent, if not a little rushed. A far superior effort was the next afternoon at Minehead as I faced the same opponents, but with the North East’s AJ Anderson as my partner. AJ is one of the single most improved wrestlers I’ve ever seen. His movement, his wrestling ability, his look and his work ethic are chasms apart from years ago, and I’d honestly implore so many promoters to take a look at him.

Monday saw me return to Bridlington for MegaSlam, and I made the HUGE mistake of having my cheat meal (which is something stupid like every 3 weeks these days) of fish and chips about an hour before my opening match with CJ Banks. I blame my girlfriend. Couldn’t have felt more sluggish in this match, and whilst it’s nearly impossible to have a bad match with Banks (he’s THAT good) , I felt a step behind in this and the crowd felt as sluggish as I did (something that I felt responsible of too). Never again! Damn you fish and chips!!! They were good though…

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SHOW REPORT: British Championship Wrestling ‘Retribution’ Event Date - 2nd September 2015

By Craig Hermit.

 

British Championship Wrestling hosted their ‘Retribution’ event before a sold out Kilmarnock Grand Hall on the 28th August. By far one of the best events the promotion has held, no small feat as the previous shows the company have presented to the fans have been on a scale from great to excellent. To go one step further shows the standard on a  creative and on a performance level that BCW are hoping to achieve. On this night achieving that aim brilliantly judging by the smiles of the 700 plus fans in attendance, I’m not alone in my assessment.

 

BCW Openweight Championship Elimination Match: Kenny Williams (c) vs Davey Blaze vs BT Gunn vs Stevie Xavier

The Champion Kenny Williams has defended his BCW Openweight Title in the most unpredictable range of matches against a variety of opponents and this night looked to be no different. Facing a monstrous Davey Blaze whose raw power is only matched by his anger, a sight he wanted every fan in attendance to witness as he remained disgusted at the fans as they booed him. Williams other opponents would be the Tag Team Champions, Just Uz, who earlier this year, fans witnessed their friendship almost shattering as their desire to win separately almost drove them apart, but in this match they looked to be friends, for now.

The match began with Williams battling Blaze, the two fought back and forth with Williams consistently needing to rely on his speed and agility to counter the Blaze onslaught. It was then Gunn and Xavier who engaged as they traded forarms, high kicks and then both at the simultaneously attempted their thrust kicks but got tangled and this allowed Blaze to make his impact again in the match.

As the battle progressed, fans witnessed all four men perform the tower of doom from the top turnbuckle and afterwards fans of Just Uz were in shock as Xavier superkicked Gunn directly to the jaw as Gunn at the same time applied a camel clutch on Williams, quickly after the kick Xavier pinned his tag team partner. Before Xavier could say anything to his defence Blaze seized him for the roll-up and eliminated him.

In a matter of minutes the Tag Team Champions were out of the match and both men saw each other as the cause. On the outside of the ring both had to be separated by security as the friendship between the two looked to be on thin ice.
Back in the ring, Blaze launched his full fury at the defending Champion, who in turn, thanks to the fans in attendance cheering him on, used his resilience to spring back to turn a possible defeat into victory.

Kenny Williams defeated Davey Blaze, Stevie Xavier and BT Gunn

 

Noam Dar vs Doug Williams

The next bout was a clash of the traditional British Wrestling against the new style of British Wrestling that fans have become accustomed to in recent years. Doug Williams, a legend in the wrestling industry against one of the biggest stars in the UK today.

From the beginning, Williams and Dar began a game of one-upmanship trading headlocks, wristlocks, chinlocks that all the fans respected and enjoyed.

It was Dar who would change the tempo of the match attempting a suicide dive until Williams struck with a well placed elbow to the face allowing him to lock in a submission attempt using a reverse chinlock. The fans cheered Dar on who would then escape and hit the suicide dive through the rope to gain a near fall.

The two fought outside the ring using the steel barricades to assist them, as they both entered the ring again, it was Dar on the attack as he struck with his running dropkick into Williams as he was trapped in the corner. The match continued to flow on until from nowhere it was Dar using a small package to pin Williams, much to the legends surprise

Noam Dar pinned Doug Williams

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SHOW REVIEW: Insane Championship Wrestling ‘A Horse, A Spoon And A Bucket’ Event Date - 2nd September 2015

By El Specifico.

 

ICW’s run at the Edinburgh Fringe festival concluded this past weekend with three title matches, a special benefit concert for the 55, the continuation of the tournament to crown the first ever ICW Women’s Champion and the return of Kris Travis to an ICW ring. Whilst perhaps lacking the intensity of The Ministry of Silly Headlocks, A Horse, A Spoon, And a Bucket concluded with a huge announcement that pits arguably the two biggest names in ICW against each other in a tantalising main event for Fear and Loathing VIII.

Only two shows in Glasgow remain before ICW embark on their biggest UK tour to date. With the main event booked for Fear and Loathing VIII, all roads lead to the SECC on November 15th as ICW continues to gather momentum towards one of the biggest nights in British wrestling history.

A Horse, A Spoon, And a Bucket began with two of ICW’s most exciting young wrestlers.

 

Lewis Girvan vs Lou King Sharp

The best young wrestler in the world, Lewis Girvan, is the first to make his way to the ring. As ever, Lewis Girvan asks Champagne Simon Cassidy to remind the audience he is the best young wrestler in the world to which the fans respond with “who are ya?”. After being rehired by Toal last week, weighing in at a rip, cut and jacked 8 and a half stone, standing at a colossal 5ft 4′, Lou King Sharp makes his way to the ring making his debut as part of the Toal family.

Lewis Girvan emerges on top of the initial exchange as he works the fingers of Lou King Sharpe. Chants of “Lou King Sharpe” echo around the arena as Lewis Girvan takes the opportunity to chat with the announcer Simon Cassidy- Cassidy reminds everyone it is pronounced “best young wrester”. As Girvan returns to the ring, Lou King Sharp lands a thesz press to ground Girvan before the best young wrestler rolls to the outside for a chance to rework his game plan. Girvan is interrupted as Lou King Sharp connects with a tope con hilo- Sharp looks for a second but is halted by Girvan who this time wisely spikes the ropes before Sharp has the chance to fly. Girvan, now in control, delivers a delayed vertical suplex followed by two back breakers before applying a rear chin lock.

A sunset flip allows Lou King Sharp to gain some momentum in the match- a spinning clothesline positions Girvan in between the middle and top rope as Lou King Sharp hits the 0141. Sharp connects with a diving cross body before heading up to the top rope- Girvan, this time, catches his opponent before driving him into the mat with a devastating powerbomb. Girvan, after kicking out of a surprise small package, lands a half and half suplex before missing a double foot stomp. A single leg drop kick is dodged by Lewis Girvan before Girvan delivers a dragon suplex- again, Lou King Sharp demonstrates his resilience by kicking out at 2. Girvan, showing signs of frustration, delivers a ddt into a neckbreaker to pick up the victory.

Winner: Lewis Girvan

 

Girvan, not content with the victory, begins the post match beat down before the Tim Wyllie and Kid Fite arrive as Girvan flees- Kid Fite hits the D.O.A. brainbuster as ICW General Manager, Red Lightning, makes his way to the ring.

 

Red Lightning Arrives

Red Lightning, mic in hand, trash talks the man he fired a few months ago. After calling for a referee, Red Lightning covers Lou King Sharpe for the three count thanks in no small part to the 55. Red Lightning reminds all the fans of his unbeaten record over the past two weeks. Thanks to the 55, Red Lightning is now 3-0 after pinning Joe Coffey, Noam Dar and now Lou King Sharpe.

Red Lightning informed fans in attendance that he has cancelled the flights of the Sumerian Death Squad members, Tommy End and Michael Dante, before stating that there is a working relationship between the Black Label, comprised of Red Lightning, Jack Jester and the ICW World Heavyweight Champion Drew Galloway, and the 55.

 

Damo vs Kid Fite

To the delight of the crowd, Damo puts an end to Red Lightning’s filibustering as he attacks the 55’s enforcer, Tim Wyllie. Damo and Kid Fite brawl around ringside. Unsurprisingly, it is the bigger man, Damo, who gains control of the match after driving Kid Fite into the ring post then barricade.

The bell rings as the match is now officially under way- Damo offers Kid Fite a free pass to attempt to knock him over. Fite accedes but barely makes an impression on a man well over double his size as chants of “you can stick your 55 up your arse” ring around the arena. A shoulder block sends Kid Fite reeling to the outside but as Damo heads outside he is ambushed by Tim Wyllie and Kid Fite in a two on one assault tantamount to a mugging before being rolled back in the ring. A ferocious Misawa elbow sends Damo crumbling to the mat for the first time but isn’t enough to secure the pinfall. A drop kick followed by a senton by the 330+ pound Irishman brings a close fall- after dispatching Tim Wyllie to the outside, Damo connects with an impressive superkick before delivering the O Connor roll to pick up the victory.

Winner: Damo

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Well, That Escalated Quickly… Event Date - 31st August 2015

This week was mad. I have been looking forward to this week for quite a while. I had always been booked to wrestle in the rumble on Wrath Upon Dearne 3 show. I was looking forward to a new crowd, a new audience and a new experience. It started on Thursday afternoon. I was sat in work and got a text from my wife saying that my son wasn’t feeling too great. So I went home and helped nurse him back to better health.This meant I was missing training, the night before a show, which meant I had no time to work through any spots with the other rumble entrants and I had no chance to get in some last-minute ring training. This wasn’t good. I had all sorts of things that I wanted to work through this week. I wanted to practice my dismounts from the ring, I wanted to work on some big bumps and much more! But nope! Instead i spent my Thursday evening watching WWE Network with a sore throat.

Friday came along and it was time for the show. I had got to the arena very early, before even the ring turned up. So I was sat twiddling my thumbs for a while. Once people started turning up I started getting excited for the show. I helped set the ring up and we had the chance to work in the ring with The EBW champ. He led a very short training session that gave us some ideas on how to work inside the ring. How to execute headlock, how to attack into a headlock, how to work around the ring and things like that. This was really interesting to do. It gave me more to think about in regards to mentality. It’s things like these sessions where I really like to pay in-depth attention. It’s a new perspective from a wrestler that is at the top of our business.

It got to 5:30pm we all started to filter backstage and start getting our gear on from the show. Sadly we had two wrestlers drop out at the last-minute. Kris Travis and Tommy Nova both had to drop out due to circumstances beyond their control so it sadly meant that two of our booked matches had to be changed. AND QUICKLY. This happens a lot in independent wrestling and apparently it’s something that everyone should expect to happen to them at least once in their career. But  I didn’t think to get involved, it wasn’t my place. I just sat down in my chair, eating some birthday cake and soaking my hair. I was quite relaxed. I had no expectations for myself on the show, in previous shows I had something planned something but nothing on this one. The show was drawing near and in came dirt bag, looked me straight in the eye and said “so, you have got a tag match now, We are going on second, I’ll be back in a minute to sort it out”

Excuse me? I’m having a match? oh dear baby Jane. I was not expecting this. I go in to the other locker room to speak with the other people in the match, the C.H.A.P.S, the Earl and Jacob page. I took a seat in the room and we worked through what was going to happen, how and when and the ending. Half way through this I go told I would be winning the rumble too! I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh, cry or pass out. Excitement, nerves, fear and happiness all took over at once. It all went to fear once it was confirmed that the Rumble was going to be the first match. Not the third. So I was occupying the first two segments of the show! NERVES CENTRAL.

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SHOW REVIEW: Insane Championship Wrestling ‘The Ministry Of Silly Headlocks’ Event Date - 28th August 2015

By El Specifico.

 

“Sports Entertainment is a disease, ICW is the cure.”

Billy Kirkwood

 

ICW returned to the City Nightclub, Edinburgh, for the penultimate show of their festival run. As usual, Mark Dallas’ company provided a unique blend of comedy, debauchery and professional wrestling in what was their best festival show to date; Red Lightning, ICW General Manager, continued to shape the company in his corrupt image, The GZRS made an immediate impression to the ICW faithful with a hilarious match against fan favourites, IRN JEW, the N.A.K sought to resurrect their aura of indestructibility against Legion in a preview of their impending steel cage match at Fear and Loathing VIII and a beautiful, or reprehensible, plan ensured Lionheart picked up his first win in ICW since returning from a life threatening injury to leave the crowd both betrayed and infuriated.

The show began, though, with a man who has dwelt in the shadows of ICW for a long time.

 

Davey Boy vs Chris Renfrew

Since his former ally and friend, Stevie Boy, joined the N.A.K a few months ago, Davey Boy has been forced to walk alone. Chastened by his former brother’s treachery, Davey Boy has ditched the happy go lucky attitude in favour of a more aggressive, no nonsense, approach to his matches. Accompanied by Wee Man, Davey Boy is the first to the ring. His opponent, Chris Renfrew, holder of the Square Go briefcase, is next to emerge from the curtain. As part of the N.A.K., Renfrew and co fought the Bucky Boys up and down the country; now, Stevie Boy stands shoulder to shoulder with his former enemy, Renfrew. Stevie Boy disappears as quickly as he arrived before Renfrew spits on the Wee Man as he enters the ring.

Immediately as the bell rings, Davey Boy takes the fight to Renfrew with a double leg take down before driving multiple clubbing blows into the face of Renfrew. Renfrew rolls to the outside but Davey Boy doesn’t allow him to dictate the pace of the match- Davey Boy connects with a tope suicida followed by a dropkick to the outside. Davey Boy attempts a second tope suicida but connects this time Chris Renfrew’s briefcase- the second in two weeks, this is why Renfrew shouldn’t have nice things. Renfrew, sadistically, rolls back into the ring before beginning the systematic dismantling of Davey Boy. Renfrew looks for the T Virus piledriver but Davey Boy reverses into a big back body drop before connecting with a diving clothesline from the top rope. Davey Boy, sensing his opportunity to earn a huge victory over a key member of the N.A.K., lines up the spear but Renfrew reverses into a stunner- Davey Boy kicks out at 2. Renfrew slaps Davey Boy to his feet- Davey Boy raises a defiant middle finger to Renfrew, who sends Davey Boy crashing to the mat again with a vicious lariat- Davey Boy kicks out at 1! Spurred on by the capacity crowd, Davey Boy connects with a spear before lifting Renfrew onto his shoulders- Renfrew reverses, attempts a T Virus but is reversed into a spine buster by Davey Boy. Looking to send a message to Stevie Boy, Davey sets up a Glasgow Destroyer- Renfrew reverses into an Alabama slam.

Before Renfrew can make the cover, a video of Mikey Whiplash appears on screen to distract Renfrew. The distraction by Whiplash grants Davey Boy time to recover- Davey Boy takes advantage with the F5/Stunner combination Billy Kirkwood appropriately named “The Kill List”. Davey Boy begins the long process of exorcising his demons here with a victory over an N.A.K. member partly responsible for Stevie Boy turning his back on the Bucky Boys. This was a really fast paced match to start the show- Davey Boy’s new found aggression is refreshing and this was one of his finest performances in singles action to date.

Winner: Davey Boy

 

Lionheart vs Kenny Williams

Lionheart made his third ICW appearance since recovering from not only a career but a life threatening neck injury. Since his return, Lionheart has lost all his matches. At ICW: The Ministry of Silly Headlocks, Lionheart faces a man he has met previously. Weighing in at 1.121 gigawatts, the bollocks, Kenny Williams, makes his way to the ring hoping to regain some momentum after losing the Zero G Championship a couple of months ago.

As the bell rings, both competitors demonstrate their excellent chemistry with a series of reversals. Kenny Williams sends Lionheart to the outside before missing with a tope suicida, crashing into the barricade head first. Lionheart rolls Williams back in the ring and delivers a series of chops in the corner before connecting with a helluva kick- Lionheart loses his balance as Kenny Williams drives his knees into the back of Lionheart’s neck.

Then, silence.

All was still.

Not one person made a sound as medical assistants poured out from behind the curtain to observe Lionheart, who lay motionless on the mat. Red Lightning, putting his corrupt authoritarian persona aside, emerged from behind the curtain to help a friend. Kenny Williams sat inconsolable in the corner before Lionheart sprung to his feet, delivering a superkick to the distraught Williams to pick up the victory as ferocious boos echo around Edinburgh-his first victory in ICW since returning from injury.

Wow. Many found Lionheart feigning an aggravation of a previous neck injury to be incredibly distasteful but it certainly got a reaction. Undeniably, wrestling is at its best when the lines between fiction and reality are distorted sufficiently enough for total suspension of disbelief; Lionheart made everyone believe  in order to pick up the victory over Kenny Williams. You can debate the ethical principles of such an action but the fact remains it achieved its purpose; not one person didn’t feel a betrayed and subsequently booed Lionheart out the building. This is a really exciting development for one of Britain’s finest.

Winner: Lionheart

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Kick Out At 2 Event Date - 22nd August 2015

This week I was hyped. I was really up for this weeks training session. After the monster session and the show last week I was eager to impress. There’s a lot of work coming up in the next few weeks and now is the time to shine!

We started off with the stretching that we usually do, with a couple new ones thrown in there. During the warm up it was really cool to see everyone getting along and having a chat and a giggle. It shows that there really is a fantastic group mentality within us. There was one new girl, who I can’t remember the name of if you’re reading this I’m sorry I’m terrible with names, even she was integrated in to the session with ease.

At the NCWA dojo, I have always found that there’s no egos, no one thinks they are better than anyone else and everyone is friendly. Never have I gone into a session and felt tension, or awkward or anything less than full support from all of the trainers and trainees alike. I think that’s why I am managing to progress at a steady pace, because I know that the team at NCWA trust me and give me the chances to try new things.

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“Listen To The People Who Don’t Like Wrestling, They’re The Ones That You Want To Impress” Event Date - 17th August 2015

This Saturday past, I took part in the biggest show ever! I was part of the Phoenix Events Let’s Start A Riot. This show included, Chris Masters, Grado, Kris Travis, Rampage Brown, Lionheart, Drew Galloway as well as local EBW talent, John Green, Mark Sanders, Caleb Crow, Sam Goodison and Joey D! This was a fantastic opportunity for  a lot of us to integrate with talent we wouldn’t normally have exposure to. Especially me. I like to think im normally a calm person, i like to think i can keep it cool. I thought this until the exact moment that Drew Galloway walked in the building. My knees went weak. I have seen this guy on TV for years and never really thought he looked that big, This guy is 6ft5 and 250 lbs. He towered over me, I waited politely to meet the man himself. As he got closer to me, the more I started to gaze in awe. I shook his hand and he introduced himself and he walked on to the next person. Bloody hell. Mental.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: All-Star, PCW, Southside & MegaSlam Event Date - 14th August 2015

I’m currently writing this article in the midst of a 6 hour drive from Somerset’s Minehead Butlins camp to Skegness’ counterpart. With the schedule being so busy lately, I’m finding it nearly impossible to find the time to get these written, but I shall endeavour to continue!

Taking the clock back to August 1st, I’d completed an 8 hour drive down to Cornwall the evening before. Having collected the former ‘Domino’ Mark Benson (who is now refereeing this summer) and Kay Lee Ray from the house that many wrestlers stay in throughout the summer in Birkenhead, it was a lengthy but actually rather pleasant drive down to the bottom of the country, arriving shortly after 2am. The first day of this set of camps began with a double shot in Perranporth and Hayle, with me taking on large masked competitor Omen on both shows. The first show was pretty average, with them making the bizarre decision to play music all the way through the matches (a bit like New Jack, but with less blood loss and guitars filled with talcum powder), but the second camp, which is usually one of the weakest of the whole summer, was actually a big improvement. The Sunday, this particular runs biggest show at Devon Cliffs, a 2 hour drive from where we’d been the day before, saw me team with the daughter of legendary British wrestler and current WWE talent coach Robbie Brookside, Xia, against the team of KLR and loud-mouth Irish lad Sammy D (who’s actually a riot backstage). Decent fun this, and totally different from anything else I’d done this summer. Going from landing on ladders one week to launching a young female wrestler at our opponents the next. After Monday’s day off, largely spent searching for a gym and tanning beds (….okay, and watching Buffy on my iPad in my hotel room), it was another double on the Tuesday, with events in Doniford and Burnham-Upon-Sea, as T-Bone and Chardonnay teamed up against myself and KLR (she’s so fickle). Really good fun these 2 matches, plus I got to see some owls and we’re all aware how ace they are. 3 hour drive up to Wales followed this. I drove a lot that week. Wednesday in Tenby and Thursday in Quay West saw repeats of myself and Kay Lee Ray’s tag team victory, where I don’t think I’ve ever seen KLR having the time of her life as she was working the crowd on the apron. Minus having to stop herself implying certain sexual allegations against Chardonnay that aren’t suitable for a family show!

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SHOW REVIEW: Insane Championship Wrestling ‘I’m A Lumberjack Match (And I’m Okay)’ Event Date - 13th August 2015

By El Specifico.

ICW kicked of their run at the Edinburgh Fringe festival on the 2nd August with I’m A Lumberjack Match (And I’m Okay) featuring the in ring returns of Davey Boy, Lou King Sharpe and Martin Kirby along side a devastating battle for supremacy between the N.A.K and Sumerian Death Squad. General Manager, Red Lightning, continued to run roughshod over ICW with the help of the 55 to ensure his vision for Fear and Loathing VIII remains in tact despite the best protestations of many members of the roster. In a typically entertaining show that marked the beginning to what will be an exciting four show run at the Edinburgh Fringe, ICW only whet the appetite of fans who can expect the return of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Drew Galloway, ICW Tag Team Champions, Polo Promotions and the return of IRN JEW, American indie icon Colt Cabana and Grado, over the coming weeks.


Saqib Ali vs Davey Boy

Accompanied by his new manager Toal, Saqib Ali makes his way to the ring still yet to taste victory in an ICW ring. Tonight, Saqib Ali faces a man walking to the ring by himself after his Bucky Boy brethren, Stevie Boy, turned his back on the Bucky Boys a couple of months ago before joining the N.A.K. The Buckfast Barbarian, Davey Boy, arrives to the ring meaning business. Davey Boy, seemingly jettisoning his happy go lucky attitude of the Bucky Boys, gets things under way with two huge lariats followed by a snap suplex. Ali rolls to the outside closely followed by Davey Boy as the two men brawl around the ring. Ali gains the momentum after tossing Davey Boy into the steel steps, now back in the ring Ali stomps a mudhole in Davey Boy in the corner.

Ali heaps up to the top rope but Davey Boy delivers a dropkick sending Ali off balance. Davey Boy looks for the superplex but Ali manages to block the attempt before pushing Davey Boy to the mat. Toal hands Saqib Ali the magic carpet as he looks to channel his inner Aladdin- attempted double foot stomp assisted by the magic carpet misses Davey Boy, who rolls out of the way before delivering a spear to Ali. After dragging Ali to his feet, Davey Boy débuts a new F5- Stunner combination to pick up the victory.

After the match, Davey Boy pulls a piece of paper from his shorts to reveal a hit list with all the names of the N.A.K written on it. Chris Renfrew, Davey Boy states, I’m coming for you first.

Winner: Davey Boy


Kid Fite vs Joe Coffey

ICW’s Ironman, Joe Coffey, once again is confronted by a faction he has had many previous run-ins with. Just a week before I’m A Lumberjack (And I’m Okay) Joe Coffey defeated Sha Samuels of the 55 to maintain his impressive form after suffering a loss in the biggest match of his career against Drew Galloway at Barramania. As ever, Kid Fite arrives and he is not alone. The mastermind, James R Kennedy, and the muscle, Tim Wylie, of the 55 accompany Kid Fite to the ring.

The King of the Urban Jungle, Joe Coffey, begins the match with an arm drag take down before beginning work on Kid Fite’s arm. A drop kick by Coffey grounds Kid Fite after he escaped from an arm lock- set on inflicting as much punishment as possible, Joe Coffey locks in the no mercy Boston crab before James R Kennedy pulls Kid Fite to the safety of the ropes. Joe Coffey chases Kennedy around the ring but walks into a big clothesline from the 55’s enforcer, Tim Wylie. Wylie rolls ICW’s Ironman back in the ring as Kid Fite now has the advantage. Wylie strangles Joe Coffey with the second rope whilst Kid Fite distracts the referee- Kid Fite drives home his advantage with a snap suplex for a two count. Coffey, getting to his feet, lands a few forearms to successfully ground Kid fite- Coffey gives Fite the receipt for the head-butt  to the groin before Tim Wylie enters the ring, Coffey pulls the legs from underneath the 55’s enforcer before picking him up to send him swinging into James R Kennedy, taking him out in the process.

Coffey sends Wylie and Kid Fite into the corner followed by two hog busters-Kite Fite wildly runs towards Coffey who delivers a powerslam. Fite taking advantage of a James R Kennedy distraction, sends Coffey to the outside before hitting a ddt in the centre of the ring. An attempted discuss lariat is ducked under by Kid Fite before lifting Joe Coffey to deliver the DOA brain buster but it barely makes an impression on ICW’s Ironman, who delivers a German suplex as soon as he returns to his feet. Kid Fite and Joe Coffey trade blows in the centre of the ring before Coffey finally connects with a devastating discuss lariat to pick up the victory.

After suffering a loss in his biggest match of his career at Barramania, Joe Coffey has now won five in a row as he builds momentum towards his showdown with Rhyno.

Winner: Joe Coffey

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SHOW REVIEW: Southside Wrestling – ‘Menace II Society V’ Event Date - 12th August 2015

By El Specifico.

 

The dust had barely had chance to settle on Day of Reckoning VI before Menace II Society began. Undeniably, Menace II Society not only produced some of the best wrestling in the UK but some of the best wrestling in the world.

 

BT Gunn vs Damian Dunne

The opening match of Menace II Society V saw BT Gunn, face one of Britain’s up and coming wrestlers, Damian Dunne. The match begins at a high pace with both men seemingly having scouted their opponent as reversal follows reversal. Gunn, working a faster pace than his ICW work, gains the initial advantage before Damian Dunne transitions from a side headlock take down to an arm lock whilst running down both BT Gunn and the crowd. Gunn escapes the hold, applying one of his own before Irish whipping Dunne into the turnbuckle. Gunn, not granting Dunne room to breath, corners the arrogant youngster delivering several stiff shots that could be heard all the way up in Gunn’s home town of Glasgow causing Dunne’s chest to light up.

Dunne, struggling for breath, stumbles into the centre of the ring before Gunn plants him with a huge spike DDT-only 2. As Gunn pulls Dunne to his feet, Dunne rolls through and almost delivers a shock by rolling up the vastly more experienced Gunn with a close two count. Gunn, incensed by the temerity of Dunne’s attempts to pin him, plants him with a modified facebuster to pick up the victory in a fun back and forth match to get things started.

Damian Dunne’s cronies from the Second City Collective arrive to deliver a post match beat down to Gunn before fleeing just as quickly. The beat down is not enough to keep Gunn down, who somehow manages to get to his feet to call the Second City Collective back to the ring. Gunn informs the Second City Collective that when he returns to Southside in October, he will be bringing back up in the form of the N.A.K.

Winner: BT Gunn

 

Jade vs Kay Lee Ray vs Toni Storm vs Nixon Newell

Kay Lee Ray’s Southside Women’s Championship not on the line.

Former TNA Knockout Champion, Taryn Terell, was originally scheduled to appear in this match but fellow Doll House member, Jade took her place and did a fantastic job. As the bell rings, Kay Lee Ray decides she does not want to be part of the action. Instead, she takes a seat in the crowd as the ref begins the count out- Kay Lee Ray corrects the official, telling him there is no count outs in fatal four way matches.

The three women left in the ring begin the match, Storm immediately goes for a roll up on Nixon, who immediately follows up with a roll up attempt of her own on Jade.The champion seizes this opportunity to get involved in the match, rolling into the ring to to attempt an unsuccessful roll up of her own on Toni Storm. Jade, Storm and Nixon stare at the champion before delivering a three on one assault the champion is usually on the giving end of. After Kay Lee Ray is sent back to the outside, Storm manages to lock in the submission hold on Nixon- Jade locks in a submission hold of her own on Strom before Kay Lee returns to the ring as all four women apply submissions holds to one another!

Toni Strom eventually breaks up the hold as Kay Lee Ray flees to the outside once again. The three women left in the ring brawl as Nixon Newell hits a flurry of offence to take down both Jade and Storm before heading up to the top rope. The Champion, back in the ring, sends Nixon crashing to the mat from the top rope before delivering a German suplex to Toni Storm. Jade delivers a German of her own to the champion before she herself is suplexed by by Nixon as all four women lay sprawled across the ring.

The champion is first to her feet before going to the top rope but is followed by Storm, who locks her arms around the waist of the champion looking to deliver a German suplex from the top. Storm is followed by Newell, locking her arms around the waist of Storm. Jade wraps her arms around the waist of Nixon Newell to deliver a devastating German suplex to all three women! Jade rises to her feet first, picks up Toni Storm to deliver a package piledriver in the centre of the ring for the three count.

Winner: Jade

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SHOW REVIEW: Southside Wrestling ‘Day Of Reckoning VI’ Event Date - 12th August 2015

By El Specifico.

This weekend, Southside Wrestling visited Rushcliffe Leisure Centre, Nottingham with two incredibly stacked cards. Southside assembled some of the finest young British talent along with some of the finest talent from North America to deliver two fantastic shows that only confirmed why Southside is one of the hottest tickets in European wrestling today. Exceptional performances from the international talent combined with exciting performances from Britain’s young talent ensured fans left having witnessed not only a great day’s wrestling but a great day’s entertainment.

Robbie X vs Kyle O Reilly

The first match of the afternoon pit one of Britain’s most promising young wrestlers against one of the best in the world. A couple of months ago, Kyle O Reilly had great success in NJPW by reaching the Best of Super Juniors Final only to be defeated by Kushida. This afternoon, O Reilly faces the challenge of Robbie X, who continues to improve every time he steps in between the ropes. The bell rings and the match is under way with a nice exchange between the two- O Reilly even compliments Robbie X personally. O Reilly wastes no time to start working over the left arm of Robbie X in preparation for his arm bar later on- Robbie X manages to wriggle free and begins to work on O Reilly’s arm. Robbie X transitions into a leg lock but O Reilly has it scouted, reversing the hold as both men return to their feet. A flurry of forearms allow Robbie X to regain control as he hits a beautiful tornado ddt followed by a standing shooting star press for a near fall.

O Reilly continues to encourage Robbie X-even offering advice on what manoeuvre he should attempt next. O Reilly throws a couple of forearms, followed by a jumping knee to ground Robbie X before locking in his arm bar in the centre of the ring. Desperately reaching for the ropes, Robbie X tries to wriggle free but can not. O Reilly has the arm bar firmly applied before Robbie X, eventually, manages to get his foot on the ropes to break the hold. Both men rise to their feet, encouraged by the crowd, Robbie X lands a couple of blows that cause Kyle O Reilly to lose his balance- sensing his opportunity, Robbie X looks for that handspring ace crusher but O Reilly catches him and locks the arm bar in to make Robbie X submit in the centre of the ring.

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly


Tyler Bate and Chris Hero vs The London Riots

Unquestionably, over the course of his career, Chris Hero has helped pioneer and define the genre of independent wrestling. Today, he acts as a mentor and partner to young Tyler Bate before the two meet in a 30 minute iron man match on the 9th August in St Neots. Bate and Hero will be teaming up to face a team that has been highly impressive as of late and can certainly lay a claim to being the best tag team in the UK today. The London Riots have strung together an impressive run of results which culminated in them defeating The Righteous Army for the Southside Tag Team Championships a couple of months ago.

Tyler Bate and James Davies of The London Riots get things under way with the latter gaining the upper hand early on. A series of quick tags allows The London Riots to maintain that initial advantage despite the best veteran advice Chris Hero has to offer. A belly to belly suplex grants Bate the opportunity to make the tag- which he does- tagging in Chris Hero. Hero takes down both members of The London Riots with a flurry of elbows and forearms. The numbers eventually catch up with Hero as the Riots regain control after a series of double team manoeuvres.

The match descends into a brawl as Bate arrives in the ring to even out the numbers-  Bate sends Davies crashing to the outside. Chris Hero delivers The Hero’s Welcome to Rob Lynch for a close fall broken up by Davies. The London Riots regain the momentum after Davies lands a series of blows to the back of the head of Hero to momentarily incapacitate him. The London Riots deliver the powerbomb combination to Tyler Bate- Hero comes to the rescue to break up the count before he is tossed to the outside once again. After lining up Tyler Bate, The London Riots hit the catapult spear to pick up the victory in an impressive back and forth contest.

Winner: The London Riots

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My own worst enemy Event Date - 7th August 2015

It all started when I turned up early to help rebuild the ring. We stripped all the boards back, cut down new board to size, fit the new boards to the ring, stripped the ropes, tightened the ropes, refit the ropes, replaced the padding, refit the canvas and tied it down. This was exhausting! I honestly didn’t think it was going to entail this much work. When I offered to help out, I just thought it would be taping up some boards and refitting the canvas. I really didn’t think it was going to take the amount of work that it did. SO before the session started I was already tired. So Mark decided to give us the most horrific warm up of our lives.

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INTERVIEW: Jim Smallman – August 2015 Event Date - 5th August 2015

By Craig Hermit.

 
Jim Smallman, how would you describe him? If you have purchased a Progress Wrestling DVD or seen the captions during the Progress Wrestling events on YouTube, it tends to describe him as, “excitable man child”. If you have witnessed him at shows, either on the microphone or standing at the side, you might be inclined to agree with that statement. A true fan of the action he is seeing in the ring before him, he subconsciously mirrors what every fan in attendance is doing and it’s truly a fantastic thing to see.

A true gentleman of the business and fascinating to interview, read on, about his show at the Fringe in August, his beloved Leicester and a lot, lot more.

 

Firstly I would like to say congratulations on the sell-out of “Chapter 21″ within 18 minutes and the enormous success of last weekend’s show, ‘Beyond Thunderbastard’.

Thanks. It was a very stressful show – they always are for us – but a few days on from it I can now think about how cool it was. I’m always too busy on show days to enjoy them as much as I do when I watch them back!

The concept of Progress Wrestling began with yourself and your Manager at that time, Jon Briley, who is also one of three co-owners along with Glen Joseph – who would join a few months later – discussing how hard would it be to organise a wrestling show. At what point did you realise that it wasn’t a dream and the three of you could and would make it a success?

I genuinely think that we’ve only just started thinking that we might know what we’re doing. We were winging it from the start, and every time that tickets go on sale we presume that we won’t sell out, despite tickets going quicker and quicker each time. I think now we’re selling shows out in 18 minutes and expanding the number of London shows and also doing shows in Manchester that we possibly might know what we’re doing and it’s a success.  We can’t get complacent though, I think our pessimism makes us work harder to have a good product. So I think it was maybe early this year that we realised what we were doing was working and started to believe what the fans see for ourselves.

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I need to get back to training. Event Date - 4th August 2015

Hey you lot! Sorry it’s been a bit quiet. Due to a bust ankle, yeah the one done up before the tramlines show, I haven’t really been able to train at all, which is really frustrating. After the rumble on Sunday I have been in agony pretty much all of the week. I realise that I probably shouldn’t have taken part in the match but I couldn’t turn the opportunity down.

This week I got told I was going to be part of the rumble match for the Phoenix Events show on the 15th of august. I am so excited about this opportunity. The winner of the match goes on to face former WWE superstar Drew Galloway for his ICW championship. I may be fresh to the game but everyone stands a chance right? This would be my second appearance in front of a live crowd and this time I’ve told everyone at work. I have at least 13 people saying they’re coming to see me. This is terrifying. The rumble at tramlines was bad enough but for people to be coming specifically to see me is amazing. It means that after so many times of people laughing and joking towards me for actually doing wrestling they’re going to be paying to see me! That’s mental.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: HOPE, Southside, 4GW, K-Pro, All-Star, GPW, Progress & MegaSlam! Event Date - 3rd August 2015

I’m writing this article during a small amount of downtime I have, having gotten back off the road at 3am last night, before getting ready to drive 8 hours down to Cornwall tonight to begin the next run of All-Star holiday camp shows. The schedule over the last couple of weeks has been incredibly busy, hence why I’ve had no chance to write anything. So, let’s catch up!

We begin back on the 17th of July, as HOPE presented their first ever championship main event to commemorate the first night of their anniversary weekender. Myself, Jack Jester, Ryan Smile, Chris Tyler, Joseph Connors and LJ Heron had all qualified for this huge 6-Way elimination bout, and had the honour of headlining an absolutely rammed show. By the time we went on, the crowd had seen a LOT of wrestling, and the pressure was on to deliver. Not to mention that HOPE had drawn their biggest ever crowd. The atmosphere for the match was insane, with the action coming hot and heavy, with barely a moment to breath. I also jumped off something high. Obviously. Whilst I didn’t win the title, the match was massively well received, with some people going so far as to say it was one of the best matches they’d ever seen live, which is a huge testament to some of the talent I was in there with.

The next night, Southside drew a huge 750 people to Stevenage, where I had the pleasure of defending my Speed King Championship against Morgan Webster. Not before attempting the amusing task of trying to fit Abyss into my car though, who I picked up from a show the night before. He’s a big big guy, and every time I tried to change gear, it felt like I was trying to put my hand in his pocket. Whilst he was asleep. So Abyss, if you’re reading this, I wasn’t trying to rob you. Honest. I’d only ever wrestled ‘Flash’ once before, on a small PWK show in 2013. Back then, I was very unfamiliar with his work, whereas now I know just how good he is. Really enjoyed this, and whilst it wasn’t there to take the glory from the rest of the show, it also felt like there was a lot more that could be done with it. I’d definitely like a 3rd encounter, sooner rather than later.

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He's a Wrestler, Author and Comedian, but he'll never make a flyer guy Event Date - 30th July 2015

So Mick and I soon became Twitter mates, I was on my way to a gig when I got the notification “Hey Carl, a-hooooooo” It was a reference to Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon, an artist we both enjoy the music of and I’d encourage anyone to give him a whirl. He explained he was doing a run at the Edinburgh Festival (1 year after the initial phone call from Chris Brooker),

“I’ll make it to your show” read the message from Mick.

 

Yeah sure, he’s gonna come to the show, there he was walking just slightly in front of me on the way to The Caves in Edinburgh. Sporting a Bruce Springsteen jacket he explained how he wasn’t allowed into a Bruce Springsteen show because he was late.

Mick regaled me of his tail “But I’ve got the damn jacket on”

Me- “Yes Mick, they’re very strict, clearly no exceptions are made.”

Mick- “Well, I’ve got a bit time, you want me to hand out some flyers for you?”

Me- “You serious?”

Mick- “Sure.”

 

I really had to pinch myself, Foley, the guy who attacked The Undertaker on his debut, the guy who bared all in 1997 in the best interview ever conducted by the WWF, the guy who came back as Cactus Jack and kicked the hell out of Triple H at MSG…twice! He’s now handing out flyers for me!! 14 people turned up, my lowest number of the fringe, in fairness it was a wet Wednesday afternoon, but with that said, He’s a Wrestler, Author, Comedian but he’ll never make a flyer-guy. I’m sure he’s gutted about it. It went from the best moment to the worst in exactly an hour. 14 people in it was hard to generate any sort of atmosphere so I proceeded to have the worst show of the run in front of 13 people plus 1 childhood hero. Mick was still very complimentary, we wished each other well and said we’d catch up next time he was in town/ the country.

 

I saw him the next day, outside my venue again, this time he had seen another comedian whose first name was Kelly. This was simply the most embarrassing, cringeworthily moment I’ve ever got myself into…

 

Me- “Hey Mick”

Mick- “Hey Carl, I was just seeing Kelly’s show today”

Me- (I had just finished my show so am all wrapped in myself as comedians tend to be) Ah, that’s good.

Mick- “It’s a great show!”

Me- “Thanks, but I felt I was a little off yesterday.”

Mick- “Carl, I was talking about Kelly.”

 

Word for word. 

 

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This Is My WrestleMania….. Part Two Event Date - 29th July 2015

So, its sunday and its the day of the show. I wake up at 5am after the strangest nights sleep. I was up and down, tossing and turning all night. This wasn’t due to nerves, I was more anxious about whether I would be able to take part. I got up and got in the shower. My ankle felt okay. I could work normally. There was a bit of pain but I could walk on it. Now this is probably the strangest thing i have ever done in my life but, to test my ankle I started doing squats in the shower. They felt fine, okay, so maybe im going to be okay here? I start packing up my bag. I pack my shoes, towel, singlet and everything im going to need for the days activities.  I get on the tram to the Theatre. I was sat watching random WWE Royal rumble while on the tram, I think it was Royal Rumble 1998. I sat watching the match watching how wrestlers attempted to get people out of the match, how they hung on. How their faces were looking. Stupid things like that.

I arrived at the arena at 10am. A couple of guys were there setting up the sound system and the entrance curtains. I popped my bag down, Shook everyone’s hands that were there and started cracking on with the set up. More and more wrestlers started coming in. The merch stand was set up, The banners were set up and now it was time to put up the ring. I have never put up a wrestling ring before. This was going to be a very new sensation. The van turned up and we started taking everything out. The ropes, The boards, The metal sheets, The Turnbuckles,the mats,the Ring posts, The canvas and the apron. This was going to be the first real test of my ankle! Carrying the mats, the posts, the boards and everything else with a dicky ankle! I managed to carry some heavy equipment from the van down two flights of stairs, back up a flight of stairs and then back down some stairs, Yeah thats really how the theatre is set out, I also managed to help with the boards.  While the professionals were out putting the ring up, some of the performers went backstage to gear up.

We went backstage and got out gear on, I had my black singlet underneath some Black Tights with fire print which i borrowed from Nick Mason, The mouth behind the Hot Blooded Males, *Cheers Nick!* We all geared up and out we went venturing in to the town centre to hand out some flyers and promote and amazing event! Now when I say we geared up. I mean full Wrestling Gear. Tights, Trunks you name it! The weather was FREEZING and raining! We went out handing out flyers, going in to shops and restaurants advertising our free show! At one point we went in to Mcdonalds, Megaphone in hand, yes that’s right MEGAPHONE and started advertising the show. Mcdonalds stood still, everyone was watching, everyone had their phones out recording what was happening! All fun and games until we see security coming our way. Time to make a move. Liam politely says his goodbyes and we move on!

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This Is My WrestleMania….. Part One Event Date - 28th July 2015

So, It all starts on Tuesday, the moment the Tramlines 2015 rumble list is put up. I scroll down, I see a lot of familiar names, Caleb Crow, Sam Goodison, Jacob Page, Joey D, Alan Kay, Mark Sanders, wait a minute, what was that? Did that just say my name? Have I just been included in the rumble? Is the name Alan Kay really included? Holy crap. I had been thinking about this but really wasn’t expecting it. Now I had 5 days to panic.

I got to training on thursday and was thinking of all of the things i wanted to do . I wanted to practice going over the top rope, I wanted to practice my strikes, I wanted to take some bumps. I managed the cardio warm up, I managed two minutes in the ring and started working through the first routine which was the “WWE Routine” 5 people in the ring one in each corner and one in the middle. The one in the middle hits the routine on each person.

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Trying To Avoid The Big Red Machine! Event Date - 21st July 2015

My first Edinburgh festival was a special one, not only because I had just left my job as a secondary school mathematics teacher. This was the year I found out I’d be supporting Mick Foley on his first ever UK stand-up tour, Chris Brooker called me up while I was making chicken fajitas in my Edinburgh flat and asked if I’d be up for accompanying the Hardcore Legend in Manchester. I couldn’t believe it, not only was I going to meet him I was going to work with him, doing comedy!!! We met in Manchester, I performed my “Teacher, farting on the kids you don’t like” routine (classic) and for whatever reason, he loved it! It was also the first time I was exposed to a wrestling/comedy audience. I had once chance to take on doing wrestling related comedy and by God I was going to take it! Here is a transcription from the show…

 

“Let’s look at Kane, he started off as the big evil Undertaker’s brother, he ripped the door off the cage at Hell in a Cell, oh wait, {audience looking annoyed} it was Bad Blood, I forget this was back when you had matches that needed PPV’s rather than PPV’s that needed matches {audience loving it}…” I went on to explain basically how Kane is just a bloke now- a storyline that’s actually playing out now in the WWE, but this was 5 years ago so I’d like to think I was onto something. “How long have I done?” I asked Chris who was stood with Mick in the wings of the theatre stage, “Stay on! Do 5 more minutes! I’m enjoying it!” hold on? Have I just been told to stay on by Mick Foley, I couldn’t contain my excitement, I was marking out- big time. We all went out for a curry afterwards, I got a garlic nann, Mick got a keema, we shared a bit of each other’s curry, it was a great night. But it certainly meant more to me than it did for Foley.

 

Not expecting him to remember me a year later in Cardiff, there he walked in “Carl! Hope you’re doing that Teacher/farting bit tonight! Can’t wait!” I hadn’t planned on doing it that night but if Mick Foley asks you to do a bit, you do a bit. At some point in the night he tells me how Glen (Kane) requested a serious chat with Foley about the character of Kane and how he wasn’t really being used as a ‘monster’ anymore. Mick relayed to me that it was difficult for him to not smirk and start laughing right in front of Kane.

“What you laughing at, Mick?” Kane enquired,

Mick explained “…Well, there’s a guy in the UK who does a whole stand-up routine about what you’ve just said.”

“So you ACTUALLY told Kane?!?!” I panicked,

“Yeah” said Mick, “But Don’t worry! He got a good kick out of it”.

Excellent, so now I’ve got to look out for Kane should he ever be over here.

 

Catch Carl Live:

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It’s Highly Probable I’ll Never Make It… Event Date - 20th July 2015

I can’t feel my arms, my legs are like jelly, my back is killing, all these are signs that it was another good session at the NCWA UK dojo!

This week started out like any other, Stretches, laugh and giggles, handshakes and then the weights came out….. soon enough the smiles and laughs seem to dwindle slightly. The bar bell was put out for shoulder presses and high pulls. Dumbbells put out for one arm rows. Sets of chairs put out for dips and resistance bands put out for bicep curls.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: EPW, PCW, 4GW & All-Star Event Date - 17th July 2015

Started off a busy past few days last Friday up in Seaham, in the first EPW appearance I’d made since around 2010 I think. On the show, held in front of around 250 people in a busy leisure centre, I wrestled Val Kabious in our first singles match in about 5 years. The last time we’d worked, in front of a tiny crowd in Shirebrook, MVK was incredibly new and green, and the match was pretty much a washout after a hilarious music cue fuck-up, where music signalling a run-in was played about 10 minutes too early, meaning the match was only about 6 minutes long. Fast forward to 2015, and Val Kabious, whilst still the excitable and energetic person he was back then, is actually REALLY good now. Amazing look, tremendous movement and makes everything look great. Absolute pleasure wrestling him last week, and the show was made all the more meaningful by the attendance of my grandad and uncle at the show. My grandad suffers with Alzheimer’s and it’s very hit-and-miss how he is day to day, so for him to make the effort to come out of his care home to watch me wrestle live as amazing, and I was so glad I got to see him and talk to him before the show, because we genuinely don’t know how long he has left.

The next afternoon, PCW held their 2nd annual outdoor event honouring Armed Forces Day, as myself, Martin Kirby, Joey Hayes, Dean Allmark, Charlie Garrett and Lionheart all went at it in front of a huge crowd of thousands! Fairly standard 6-way fare this, nothing to really set the world alight, but completely satisfactory for the task at hand, and it was nice to see Kirby getting the nod for the Money In The Bank briefcase after doing so much good work for the promotion. The day as a whole was a really pleasant experience as PCW did tremendous numbers for a great cause, and it was nice to catch up with certain people, eg Spud, that I’ve not seen in a good while.

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Championship Couple Announced For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Spacebaws Episode II: Come As You Are’ Event Date - 17th July 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced a championship couple for their August 30th show, ‘Spacebaws Episode II: Come As You Are’ at The Garage in Glasgow.

It has been confirmed that former WWE Womens, Divas & TNA Knockout champion, Mickie James and former TNA World Heavyweight champion, Magnus will be a part of ‘Spacebaws Episode II: Come As You Are’ at The Garage on August 30th.

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INTERVIEW: Pollyanna – July 2015 Event Date - 16th July 2015

By Craig Hermit.

 

“Don’t search for a princess in need of saving. Search for a queen willing to fight by your side”.

For many months I had heard of a wrestler competing in England and in Wales known as Pollyanna. I had heard that she attended Gatoh Move Academy in 2013, during 2014/15 had been involved in dramatic rivalry between herself and the fashionista, Jinny at the the Progress ENDVR shows. After doing some more research, witnessing her Dragon Pro Match with Addy Starr and several other matches on YouTube, I became curious at this woman who dressed in purple and projected such confidence when in the ring. So when I read that at SSS16, the culmination of the Jinny/Pollyanna feud was due to happen, I had to go.

Turned out everything I heard, read and saw turned out to be right, Pollyanna was the real deal. The match I saw wasn’t just filled with passion, desire, brutality but heart as well. This fight didn’t just have Progress fans talking, thanks to social media, everyone who wanted to see this match. Both women, Pollyanna & Jinny deserved the standing applause they received that night.

We fast forward to now, and Pollyanna is competing in CNWWE.NET and that is when I managed to talk to her.

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Mouth Closed, Ears Open and Work Hard Event Date - 14th July 2015

Thursday was a very weird day for me. Nothing I did seemed to go right. I have a ritual that I like to stand by on Thursdays, whether im at work or not. I like two things to happen, I have to listen to The talk is Jericho podcast and I like to wear my cap. I couldn’t wear my cap this week because i washed dried it and it had shrunk! This is where is was strange. William Regal states in the podcast he does that he never felt right without his entrance robe and i think i have been suckered in to this mentality! Nothing about my journey up to the Dojo felt right. I usually walk in to the building with confidence, but the confidence wasnt there this week and as crazy as it seems I blame the lack of the cap!

Anyway, now you lot know how crazy I am let’s get on to what happened!

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Squats, Squats and even more Squats. Event Date - 13th July 2015

First of all I would like to apologise for this being a little bit late this week! I’ll be honest I just haven’t had the energy to sit and write it!

It was a hard week this week. Hard, but very rewarding.  The more I train, the more I am starting to know which moves I am going to be suited to. I am starting to enjoy being “athletic”. For a big guy, I am pretty good at flying through the air. I am pretty okay at flips bumps and pretty good at getting height on my leaps. But after this weeks warm up I know where my weakness lies. STAMINA.

This hasn’t come as shock to me, I’m round about 18st (250lbs) and never really planned to be a “high flyer”. My plan for myself was to be a Scrapper. A Kevin Owens style if you like. Someone who just beats down on people until they’re out cold. After 3 months of training I have grown to like doing some flips, rolls and twists and that it suits me a lot better than slam, bam thank you ma’am!

Our warm up this week was brutal. I know I said last week was “gut check time” but this was another step in hell. Apparently, we were shown the WWE warm up routine. 1 person stands in each corner and 1 person stands in the middle. Each person takes it in turns to run a routine with the person in the middle, The routine goes as follows;

Leg swipe, Pin, Snap Mare, Pin, send them off to the ropes, sleep, leapfrog and finish with a clothesline and pin.

Then you would go in the middle and do the routine 4 times. I went third which meant I had done 3 routines worth of squats. My legs were on fire… but I completed the routine and most importantly I completed it without puking!

That wasn’t the only routine we learned this week. The second routine we were shown was a quick routine. We started in opposite corners, your opponent would run at you,you would stick up your boot and hit the face. You jump up to the 2nd rope and jump over your opponent and take a roll. Then you run at your opponent and duck their clothesline. Stopping at the ropes, and then either from standing or from the second rope, hit a crossbody and go for a pin. Then hit an arm drag, a Japanese arm drag and then send them off the ropes, duck down and let them hit a sunset flip, you block and finish with an attack of your choice. I loved this routine as it gave me a chance of doing something I’ve not really had the chance to do before. It’s the first time I have felt fully comfortable during the entire routine!

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: Megaslam, New Generation Wrestling And More Megaslam! Event Date - 10th July 2015

Action from Yorkshire-based promotions were the order of the day this week.

Originally, I was scheduled to have Saturday off, and I’d promised to take my girlfriend to a safari park and the cinema, as having a day off is quite a rarity. However, when MegaSlam Wrestling came calling and offered a job wrestling at Southport Pontins, who was I to refuse?! Luckily for me, the show was only 30 minutes away from the safari park, so we got up bright and early, went and saw loads of animals, I laughed loads at an emu pecking at my girlfriends car, we drove to Southport, I wrestled Paul Malen in a super fun opening match, had a good old natter with Frankie Sloan, then went to see Minions at the cinema, before finishing it all off at the gym! Hell of a fun day Saturday, and I’m very lucky that my girlfriend is so understanding!

Sunday was another huge event for NGW, as they ran their second consecutive show at the Hull City Hall, drawing another massive crowd of 1,000 people. I had the pleasure of opening the show in a Triple Threat Match against Bubblegum and Wild Boar. The crowd were red hot from the very start and they stayed that way all night. NGW are onto a winner at this venue. The 3-Way seemed to go down extremely well, as did my confrontation with former partner Dara Diablo, who I clash with in the same building on September 19th. On a separate note, the reaction for Nathan Cruz winning the NGW Championship from Rampage Brown was deafening, and thoroughly deserved.

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Carl Hutchinson - Wrestling section of the Woolworths VHS isle Event Date - 30th June 2015

My wrestling figures provided me with hours of entertainment as a child; they were often my only comfort during my many periods of solitude. Being grounded. I was once grounded for almost losing my then three year old sister in Woolworths in Jarrow town centre. My mam had asked me to watch her while she went to return something, naturally I was drawn to the Wrestling section of the VHS isle. There I was retrospectively cementing my knowledge of past feuds and PPVs such as Summer Slam and Survivor Series 1992.

 

“Wait,” I thought to myself “If Mr. Perfect was with Ric Flair at Summer Slam, then was against him at Survivor Series, he must have turned into a goodie around the October/November time, hmm…………..”

 

“Carl, where’s Amy?!” My Mam asked me trying not to panic.

 

“Just a second, Mam…and this seems to be the first PPV appearance of Razor Ramon so he must have debuted not long before this…”

 

“Carl, where is your sister?!?!” Ok now she was panicking.

 

Amy had made it all the way out of the shop and halfway to Gregg's but by luck or good fortune, she had a little, bright orange puffy jacket so it was easy to spot her. That and the fact she was screaming for her mother while crying her eyes out. Oh you better believe I was grounded after that one. It’s OK though, that was the time I made Tatanka & Sid the new Tag Champions. Good times.

 

The VHS isle, how old do we all feel now? My dad was off to work in Ireland for six weeks and when he returned he promised I could have FOUR videos from WH Smith. FOUR, I couldn’t believe my luck, I already had them lined up, In Your House 7, 8 & 9 plus a Father Ted Video. My dad, however grew homesick and missed us all too much so was back after only two weeks and my order or four had diminished to two. If I could only explain to 10 year old me that “In 17 years Netflix and the Network will alleviate your problem.” In Your House 7 and 8 it was. I still haven’t seen International Incident and I don’t think I intend to do so.

 

Catch Carl Live:

 

July 7th NEWCASTLE The Stand http://www.thestand.co.uk/show/23177/carl_hutchinsons_discomfort_zone

 

August 6th- 30th EDINBURGH The Stand https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/carl-hutchinson-learning-the-ropes

 

Website: http://www.carlhutchinson.net

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Carl Hutchinson - Comebacks from the shed Event Date - 23rd June 2015

Being a wrestling fan for me started in 1993. I was six years old and we had just had Sky installed. That meant two things for me: The Simpsons & the WWF! I couldn’t believe my luck. My parents (then unaware that this wasn’t going to be a passing trend) would have people over for the PPV’s. Aunties and Uncles, chicken drumsticks, crisps and a 2 hour extravaganza. I can still tell you that the board game ‘Atmosphere’ sponsored Summer Slam ’93 - you always remember your first.

 

I can’t begin to describe how excited I was to see Bret Hart vs Jerry Lawler, Shawn Michaels vs Mr. Perfect and when Tatanka moved, causing Bam Bam Bigelo & The Headshinkers to hit the hard mat from each individual top turnbuckle…forget about it. This, unfortunately meant that the first feud I was treated to was Lex Lugar and Yokozuna. I still remember even at six years old thinking “Why is he celebrating so much if he won by count-out?” My dad’s exact words were “Look Carl, he’s the new champion, just like Hulk Hogan.” Thanks Dad, but I wasn’t buying it. My Dad wanted me so much to be a football fan, he sat me down one day to try to get me into it. I asked him, “Who are the goodies and who are the baddies?” Defeated, he sighed “Just play with your wrestling figures if you want, Carl”. 

 

My wrestling figures were a real part of my childhood. I wouldn’t just bash two pieces of painted plastic together mindlessly like the other non-wrestling-fan kids at school on toy day. I’d write down storylines and matches with the stationary set I got for Christmas, I’d build stages and arenas with the Lego my aunty bought me. By the way, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Van comes in very handy when orchestrating a hit-and-run story line in your bedroom. A garden shed also provides an excellent place to hide the ‘injured’ wrestling figure so that the act of going downstairs, putting your shoes on, going all the way to the back of the garden is a sufficient deterrent when considering whether to bring a figure back too soon. I must have kept Shawn Michaels behind that shed for a good couple of months, but oh when he came back, the bedroom popped. Big time!

 

Catch Carl Live:

 

July 7th NEWCASTLE The Stand http://www.thestand.co.uk/show/23177/carl_hutchinsons_discomfort_zone

 

August 6th- 30th EDINBURGH The Stand https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/carl-hutchinson-learning-the-ropes

 

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: A Festival, A Nightclubs & A Circus! Event Date - 19th June 2015

Back with another bumper edition of my daft travels this week! There was no article last week, on account of the fact that I was trekking through a field to go wrestle in front of 3,000 metalheads, who had a desire to throw things at me.

That’s because last Wednesday and Thursday, I was in action for Progress at Download Festival. Not only that, but these would be my first two singles outing under my new darker persona, and it would be front of a huge crowd of mostly non-wrestling fans! The term ‘in at the deep end’ comes to mind. However, through consistent violence, acting like a prick and masterbating a cricket bat (don’t ask), I felt I ended up doing a pretty decent job in unexplored waters, even resulting in having a few things thrown at me! My opponents, James Davis of the London Riots and former Faceless member Damon Moser, were both first time opponents and I felt good chemistry with both. It was a new challenge for all 3 of us in some ways, and one I felt we rose to.

Luckily for me, Download was only 90 minutes from my house, so I drove down there both nights. I’d camped last year when the promotion ran shows at Sonisphere, and as amazing as the atmosphere at the shows were, fuck ever camping again! I hate it. To be back in my own bed afterwards was amazing, knowing the other option was laid in a field somewhere not getting any sleep. Seriously though, fuck camping.

Last Friday, I made my debut for a local promotion, EBW based in Rotherham. I took on their mid-card champion Sam Goodison in a venue I used to wrestle in years ago for a long-since departed promotion Shooting Star Wrestling. Not a sell-out crowd, but still pretty decent and working with Goodison was a good experience. Still fairly new to the business, you can already tell he’s a reliable mechanic and once he picks up the personality aspect of the job, I think he’ll turn some heads. The crowd were tough going at times, but in the length of the 19 minute match we had, I felt we worked extremely hard and eventually pulled them round. It’s also nice to go to promotions where the newer guys actively ask you to watch their match and give them advice. Good night overall.

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SHOW REPORT: British Championship Wrestling ‘Live In East Kilbride’ Event Date - 19th June 2015

By Craig Hermit.


British Championship Wrestling hosted another sell out show at the Ballerup Hall in East Kilbride on the 12th June. The difference from this and previous sell out shows was that this was sold out long in advance, a prime example of the fine events that this company continues to present.

Before the first match, BCW Owner, Graham Mckay took to the ring and dedicated this event to the late great Dusty Rhodes, a testament to the man for everything he has done in his amazing career.

Then he announced that BCW will be joined by WWE Hall of Famer, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and TNA Superstar, Mr Anderson as well as announcing that Lionheart will face Drew Galloway August 28th show at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock.

And finally, he thanked two fantastic fans who had been going to BCW for 15 years by paying for the transportation and front row seats to the next event.



BCW Openweight Championship: Kenny Williams (c) vs Damo O’Connor

Williams seized control of the BCW Openweight Championship title at the April 4th BCW show in a fantastic Fatal Four-Way bout overcoming Noam Dar, Liam Thomson & Davey Blaze. Afterwards, he vowed in front of the sold out crowd to defend that Championship against anyone. Little did he know, his next challenger would come in the size of the monstrous Damo O’Connor.

From the start of the bout O’Connor tried to used to his size to keep control of the smaller champion with stiff shoulder blocks. Williams then using his speed and quickness, fought back rocking the challenger by hitting two running dropkicks knocking Damo to the outside and with a suicide dive through the ropes.

The raw power of O’Connor once again showed as he ruthlessly took control of the match as the battle went to the floor, punishing Williams with shots to the ring post and clubbing blows to the back. The champion regained his momentum when O’Connor aimed for Williams with a mistimed shoulder charge that saw him connect with the turnbuckle. From there, he struck with a series of running forearms that hit the mark.

The two traded the advantage to the finale of the match to keep the fans consistently guessing on who would be the winner but in the end it would O’Connor missing the destructive big boot and Williams finisher of a tilt-a-whirl DDT to gain the victory.

Kenny Williams pinned Damo O’Connor to retain the Openweight Championship.

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Carl Hutchinson - Wrestling like its 1999… Event Date - 16th June 2015

At school, my friends and I always took being fans of wrestling to the extreme if you’ll pardon the expression. I remember the early days of the internet when one friend would print out the results from WWF Raw is War and we’d all gather together at morning break to read the results. This is a little embarrassing but I actually remember passing around floppy disks of Terri Runnels, Sable & Sunny in scantily-clad outfits. I’d hide it from the teachers in my almost floppy disk sized blazer pocket. The early days of internet porn; dial-up, pictures & floppy disks.

 

We didn’t just enjoy watching wrestling at school we actually wrestled. Not weird enough? Ok, we had designated champions (Heavyweight, Tag, IC, European and even Hardcore). Believe it or not but we actually had problems recruiting enough students for a women’s division. Still not weird enough? We had a booker, a guy who didn’t wrestle but would put together the matches. There was a guy called Paul who didn’t really like to commit to a match and would just run-in every now and then. We dealt with this constant interference by crowning him the first St. Wilfrid’s Hardcore Champion and rechristened him Hardcore Paul. He hated the gimmick, the poor lad couldn’t get a moments rest at morning break, lunch or even a cheeky lesson when the teacher was distracted for 3 seconds- just like Crash Holly.

 

I was the current IC champ but due to school play commitments was unable to defend my championship at lunchtime, I was ordered to defend the imaginary belt before school actually started. I found myself in the camel-clutch before registration and in a panic was able to (shoot) press down and bend the finger on one of the hands around my neck long enough to actually cause my opponent to submit, retaining the title. John (the booker) in a “Screw you, Austin! You’re fired!” moment still stripped me of my title, just for fun. This led to John’s first match…against me! And just like Owens/Cena, titles didn’t matter!

 

There was a little generator box, no more than 6ft off the ground, surrounded by grass. It was the perfect prop for when we wanted to give the pupils of St. Wilfrid’s “something extra” during their matinee spectacular. We climbed up to the box and commenced brawling, it was there we would recreate what we saw Mick Foley at King of the Ring 1998. I was Mick Foley. We hit each other turn-for-turn three times, John then hit me a fourth time and threw me off the box, I flipped in mid air and landed by almost doing a forward roll onto the grass. I stayed there until the end of the dinner break. People from other year groups, dinner ladies and teachers were all admonishing John for committing such a heinous crime. I limped into 4th lesson Maths where John was already sat in his seat next to mine. I sat down, looked at John, and we both gave ourselves a congratulatory nod. “We got them!” John whispered. We certainly did, John, we certainly did.

 

Carl will be writing a weekly wrestling blog in the build to his Edinburgh Festival show: Learning the Ropes. A comedy show about being a fan of wrestling. 

 

Catch Carl Live:

 

July 7th NEWCASTLE The Stand http://www.thestand.co.uk/show/23177/carl_hutchinsons_discomfort_zone

 

August 6th- 30th EDINBURGH The Stand https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/carl-hutchinson-learning-the-ropes

 

Website: http://www.carlhutchinson.net

Twitter: @CPHutchinson

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Money In The Bank Returns At Preston City Wrestling ‘Tribute To The Troops 2′ Event Date - 12th June 2015

Preston City Wrestling have confirmed the return of Money In The Bank at their July 11th free show, ‘Tribute To The Troops 2′ at the Flag Market in Preston.

It has been announced that ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero, ‘Xtreme’ Dean Allmark, Lionheart, Joey Hayes, Martin Kirby & Charlie Garrett will compete at the Flag Market on July 11th at ‘Tribute To The Troops 2′ with the winner earning a championship match at any time of their choosing.

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INTERVIEW: Caithness Pro Wrestling – June 2015 Event Date - 10th June 2015

By Craig Hermit.

 

I recently caught up with David Hobbs, Owner and Head Trainer of Caithness Pro Wrestling that operates in the North of Scotland.

And this is what he had to say…


Firstly, I want to say congratulations on your CPW event, Breaking Point in Thurso, that has been well received and even now many of CPW fans have been talking about how good it was. For fans who hadn’t the chance to go, what happened?

“Thank you very much. Breaking Point was a huge success, and its down to the fans. We had a very eventful night. From Highland Regional Champion Eric Arkham coming off his meds and his mysterious female friend appearing. To Harry Havoc and Kitty Trouble getting on the wrong side of Stone Cold Bobby Roberts in a drinking contest. The end of the Sons Of Solomon and the ushering in of a new era as Bobby Roberts captured the CPW Undisputed Championship!”


You mentioned Bobby Roberts capturing the CPW Championship, how important is it to have someone of that experience and his connection with the fans to be spearheading your company?

“Bobby Roberts brings so much to the Caithness Pro Wrestling brand. He has an instant connection to our fans and a lot of the wrestlers on our roster. He’s an absolute professional and his ability in the ring shows. He’s highly entertaining and a big loveable guy, but never underestimate him in the ring, a mistake that Solomon made. He’s shown why he deserves to be The CPW Undisputed Champion.”

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ICW Tag Team Championship On The Line At Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Shug’s Hoose Party II’ Event Date - 10th June 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed the ICW Tag Team Championship will be on the line at their July 26th show, ‘Shug’s Hoose Party II’ at the O2 ABC in Glasgow.

It has been announced that Mark Coffey & Jackie Polo of Polo Promotions will defend the ICW Tag Team Championship against Kenny Williams & Noam Dar at the O2 ABC on July 26th at ‘Shug’s Hoose Party II’.

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NAK & Former Member To Face Each Other At Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Long Before Wesley Snipes’ Event Date - 9th June 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed that the NAK and a former member will face each other at their July 25th show, ‘Long Before Wesley Snipes’ at the Maryhill Community Central Halls in Glasgow.

It has been announced that The New Age Kliq’s Wolfgang will face Dickie Divers in singles competition at the Maryhill Community Central Hall on July 25th at ‘Long Before Wesley Snipes’.

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Third Contest Announced For IPW:UK ‘Title Showdown 2015′ Event Date - 9th June 2015

IPW:UK have announced a third contest for their July 12th show, ‘Title Showdown’ at The Angel Centre in Tonbridge.

It has been confirmed that Doug Williams shall compete against Johnny Kidd in singles competition at The Angel Centre on July 12th at ‘Title Showdown’.

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BritWres-Fest 2015 FULL Results Event Date - 8th June 2015

The following results are from ‘BritWres-Fest 2015′ at the Liverpool Olympia in Liverpool on June 7th 2015:


Four-Way – ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero defeated Martin Kirby, ‘The Star Attraction’ Mark Haskins & Robbie X by Pinfall.

The Davey Boy Smith Tournament Cup Finals –  Mike ‘Wild Boar’ Hitchman w/Gilligan Gordon defeated ‘The Showstealer’ Nathan Cruz by Disqualification*.

*During the match while the referee was distracted , Gilligan Gordon brought a chair into the ring. Nathan Cruz confronted Gordon, taking the chair from him and striking Wild Boar which the referee witnessed.

Prior to Marty Scurll & ‘Joe Hendry vs Grado & Justin Sysum, Joe Hendry told the crown that Scurll and himself got where they are by hard work whereas Grado has had everything handed to him on a plate, figuratively and literally.

Grado & Justin ‘The Hammer’ Sysum defeated ‘The Villain’ Marty Scurll & ‘Global Hero’ Joe Hendry by Pinfall.

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Kris Travis’ Return & Second Match Announced For Preston City Wrestling ‘The Fourth Awakens’ Event Date - 8th June 2015

Preston City Wrestling have announced Kris Travi’ return match for their August 7th show, ‘The Fourth Awakens’ at Evoque in Preston.

It was confirmed during Preston City Wrestling’s ‘Showdown’ that Kris Travis will make his in-ring return against ‘The East End Butcher’ Sha Samuels at Evoque on August 7th at ‘The Fourth Awakens.

In addition to Kris Travis’ in-ring return, it was also announced at ‘Showdown’ that Noam Dar will compete against ‘The Chosen One’ Drew Galloway in singles competition in Preston on August 7th.

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Premier British Wrestling ‘Live In Dumbarton – June 2015′ FULL Results Event Date - 7th June 2015

The following results are from Premier British Wrestling’s show at The Meadow Centre in Dumbarton on June 6th 2015:

PBW Tag Team Championship – TJ Rage & James Scott defeated Kenny Williams & Noam Dar by Pinfall to retain the PBW Tag Team Championship.

Lionheart w/Chris Toal defeated Davey Blaze w/Charles Boddington by Pinfall.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: 9 Days, 16 Matches, Revelations, Championships & More! Event Date - 5th June 2015

I’m warning you now, this will be a length one, as I’ve got a lot to get through! So let’s crack on.

Going all the way back to May 23rd to start off with, on that sunny Saturday afternoon, I made my début for Grapple Wrestling as they presented their latest effort in front of a packed house in Horsforth, a venue that was a wonderful 4 miles from my house. I’m one of the trainers at the Grapple school, and I always think it benefits the students to have the more experienced guys involved, so I opened up the show teaming with Joey Divine (who I’ve mentioned in here before after wrestling him at 4GW the other month) against regular opponent Dan James and Benjamin Rock. Now, I knew what Divine and James were like, but this was my first experience of wrestling Ben, who the first time I saw work was dying in this HORRIBLE fake Mexican gimmick. Seriously, can’t ever see anything like that ever taking off. I’d made it clear to him in the past that I thought it was rubbish and he didn’t suit it, so it was nice to see him a few months later working under something totally different. Furthermore, he gave a really good accounting of himself in this match, and I’d like to work with him again. The match itself was pretty decent, minus a couple of over enthusiastic miscues, and Dan James being massively terrified of having another mans head near his groin.

After that show, it was off half an hour down the road for NGW’s latest Keighley show, Anarchy. I ended up wrestling twice on this show, first of all teaming with Matt Myers against The Proven in a match that all the moves. Loads of them there were. Wrestled at a frantic pace throughout, I’d like to give this one another go, as I think the 4 of us could be capable of something really good if we were all on the same page. As it turned out though, I felt this was pretty enjoyable. I also wrestled in that evenings main event, a Triple Threat against Nathan Cruz and Bubblegum, 2 fantastic wrestlers who I’m obviously no stranger to. The fact that Cruz is currently the top Babyface in NGW gave the match a different and refreshing dynamic and we all worked hard in this. I doubt there’s a better Jr Heavyweight villain in the country than Bubblegum at the moment, and he shone in this. Didn’t pick up the victory, but a great reaction overall to wind up a busy busy day.

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The Princess Of Pain Announced For Insane Championship Wrestling’s Women’s Championship Tournament Event Date - 5th June 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed the first entrant in their Women’s Championship tournament.

It has been confirmed that ‘The Princess Of Pain’ Viper is the first entrant to be announced for the Women’s Championship tournament which is scheduled to take place over the coming months, culminating at ‘Fear & Loathing VIII’ on November 15th at the SECC in Glasgow.

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Fourth Contest Announced For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Long Before Wesley Snipes’ Event Date - 4th June 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced a fourth contets for their July 25th show, ‘Long Before Wesley Snipes’ at the Maryhill Community Central Halls in Glasgow.

It has been confirmed that former ICW World Heavyweight champion, Jack Jester will compete against former ICW Zero-G champion, Kenny Williams at the Maryhill Community Central Hall on July 25th at ‘Long Before Wesley Snipes’.

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Hardcore Legend Confirmed For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Fear & Loathing VIII’ Event Date - 1st June 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed a hardcore legend for their November 15th show, ‘Fear & Loathing VIII’ at the SECC (Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre) in Glasgow.

It has been announced that Mick Foley shall be the commissioner for evening at the SECC (Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre) on November 15th at ‘Fear & Loathing VIII’.

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Change To Announced Line-Up, NXT, ROH & TNA Star Confirmed For Preston City Wrestling At ‘The Fourth Awakens’ Event Date - 27th May 2015

Preston City Wrestling have confirmed a change to the announced line-up for their August 7th show, ‘The Fourth Awakens’ at Evoque in Preston.

It has been announced that due to a change in other commitments, Austin Aries will no longer be able to appear at ‘The Fourth Awakens’ on August 7th. Therefore, Preston City Wrestling have confirmed that current NXT & ROH star, Samoa Joe will now be a part of the August 7th event.

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Two Matches Confirmed For Progress Wrestling ‘Chapter 20: Beyond Thunderbastard’ Event Date - 27th May 2015

Progress Wrestling have confirmed two matches for their July 26th show, ‘Chapter 20: Beyond Thunderbastard’ at The Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

The first match announced will see Jimmy Havoc defend the Progress Championship against the Super Strong Style 16 winner and number one contender, ‘The Aerial Assassin’ Will Ospreay in a No Disqualification match at The Electric Ballroom on July 26th.

The second match scheduled for July 26th shall see 8 men compete in the annual Thunderbastard match where the winner will earn a guaranteed future Progress Championship match at a time of their choosing. The entrants in the match are still to be confirmed by Progress Wrestling.

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INTERVIEW: Stevie Boy – May 2015 Event Date - 27th May 2015

By Craig Hermit.

Stevie Boy. A name in Insane Championship Wrestling that was synonymous with the long running tag team, The Buckie Boys…that was until earlier this month when he united with the destructive N.A.K and ruthlessly turned on his tag team partner, Davey Boy to send the ICW fans into a mixture of delight and disbelief.

But there is much, much more to the man than the success and chaos that he has achieved and been involved in at ICW. At PBW, he has fought his way to become, PBW King of Cruisers Champion in 2011 and is the current PBW & BCW Tag Team Champion alongside BT. Gunn to form the magnificent, Just Uz.

His in ring talent is up there with the very best in the U.K, regardless if it is a mat-based offensive or flying from the top turnbuckle to dazzle the crowd and gaining the advantage. It’s safe to say that as the current ICW Zero-G Champion and with a reputation as one of Scotland’s best talents around, the U.K wrestling scene is in for and interesting future.


Starting off with the traditional question, people who have gone on to become wrestlers have often been inspired by a match or event that they saw on screen, was this the same for yourself? If so, what was it that got you into the industry?

“I remember sitting on the couch when I was a kid one Saturday morning and flicking to sky one. The first thing a remember was seeing Austin hitting the Lou Thesz press. I dunno what it was, maybe the crowd reaction? But something in that moment caught me. That was it, I was hooked from then on.”

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Kamikaze Pro ‘Crowning Glory’ FULL Results Event Date - 26th May 2015

The following results are from Kamikaze Pro ‘Crowning Glory’ at The Cadbury Club in Birmingham on May 24th 2015:

 
Kamikaze Pro Tag Team Championship – The Hunter Brothers (Lee & Jim Hunter) defeated Team H8 (Gideon & Jeckel) by Pinfall to retain the Kamikaze Pro Tag Team Championship.

Omari defeated ‘The Wolf Of Broad Street’ Elliot Jordan by Pinfall.

The King Of The Night’ Kenny King defeated ‘Number One’ Damian Dunne by Pinfall.

Prior to the Relentless Division Championship match, it was announced that Ryan Smile was being stripped of the championship due to not appearing fr the match. It was also confirmed that Toni Storm would replace Smile in the fatal four-way match.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: HOPE, Climax & House Of Pain Wrestling Event Date - 22nd May 2015

So….turns out I write these on a Thursday now.

Anyway, after spending LAST Thursday recovering from Monkey Madness, I hit the road again last Friday for the 22nd Evolution of HOPE. If HOPE was a Pokemon and it had evolved 22 times, it’d be a fucking destroyer of worlds by now. I was matched up against Joseph Connors one-on-one. Connors is somebody these days who I’m constantly stepping between the ropes with, but very rarely in a singles match. In fact, I can only really remember a couple of individual encounters that we’ve had, an opening match in front of 25 people in Shirebrook for NBW about 5 years ago, and a far superior opening match in front of 800 people in Stevenage for SWE last year. Without pulling back the curtain too much, Connors is flat out one of the best in Europe right now, and is one of the cornerstones of the Ligero/Righteous Army feud in Southside at the moment, and whilst he wasn’t in RA-mode at HOPE, recent transactions in the company have seen him start to slowly embrace a more aggressive and ruthless side. As evidence by slamming me through the first row in this match. A lot of thought and deliberation went into this one, and it’s probably one of my favourite matches I’ve had this year so far. A totally different vibe to everything else on the show, and one that I feel really stood out.

Saturday, I Climaxed everywhere. I mean, I debuted for Climax Wrestling. Handcuffs were the order of the day here, which pretty much sounds like a reference to the first sentence again. The match was a 6-Way Cuffed Chaos match, where 2 start in the ring and the other 4 are handcuffed to the ropes on the outside. Every 4 minutes, a new wrestler escapes this torrid sexual imprisonment and enters the fray. Myself, Martin Kirby, Noam Dar, Scott Star, Mark Hendry and Pastor William Eaver were the deviants involved. Kirby and I started the match, and 25 minutes later, Kirby and I were the last remaining two. In the meanwhile, the match saw much shenanigans and tomfoolery and numerous Double Chokeslam attempts (all of these from Noam) and everybody got moments to shine. Despite a mishmash of styles and experience levels, this was nothing if it wasn’t entertainment. And that’s our job! Only their second ever show, Climax seem like an ambitious group that I look forward to being more involved with in the future,
really enjoyed myself there.

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INTERVIEW: Great Bear Promotions – May 2015 Event Date - 22nd May 2015

By Dr Debonair, Esq.

 

Great Bear Promotions is a wrestling company based in Cheshire that recently took a short break but, very much like its namesake, has now come out of hibernation and is hungry.

 

When Great Bear Promotions was established in 2012, what was the plan and did it all go to plan?

“I think when we established Great Bear the plan was to be a melting pot of British wrestling, where guys from the Midlands wrestled guys from the North etc. Obviously it went to plan as we started with matches that saw Sam Bailey take on Pete Dunne that were pretty novel at the time. Obviously the crowds weren’t great which didn’t help!

 

Whilst most promotions seem to have gone for a combination of “wrestling” and “entertainment”, Great Bear Promotions certainly chose a different format. How would you describe it?

Yeah the whole ‘Not Terribly Conventional’ thing comes from the fact that we’re a bit of a mash up of Puro, Indy and being frustrated hipsters. We’re not too big on angles which is why there isn’t too much of the entertainment side, I find a lot of ‘indy’ angles cringey. We stick to what we do best!”

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Jack Gallagher – Wrestling Is Real, People Are Fake Event Date - 20th May 2015

Wrestling is known for its big characters, larger than life, comic book sized characters. The entrances are often flashy and rehearsed to the point of a dance routine, and the outfits are things that would either get you arrested or institutionalised for wearing in public. The reason that trash talking is so closely associated with the entertainment industry is because Professional Wrestlers are not afraid to be absurd. Wrestling is perhaps at its best when it’s the believably absurd — where that person says the most ridiculous of things, but really seems to believe in it. The often used analogy is that the best wrestling characters are the ones where people have taken their own personality and turned it up to ten, so to speak, playing an exaggerated form of themselves. This is true, to an extent. People actually hone one or two aspects of themselves and use these things to define a persona that they can sell to an audience. As rich and deeply layered as any character can be, they can often be summarised in one or two sentences, some in one to two words.

Think about Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Think about Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Think about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Think about all the fighters throughout the years that you instantly understand what their philosophy is by simply hearing their nickname. This a deliberate attempt to control perception by these men. It’s simple and it works.

As an example: in the early 1900s, when bare-knuckle boxing seemed like the sport of thugs, the idea for gloves and rounds was bandied about to make it seem more respectable, and the biggest star of the era was “Gentleman” Jim Corbett. This was a young, good looking, college educated man. He helped alter the perception of boxing, and drew new fans to the matches.

This is just basic marketing. Hyperbole and pageantry attracts a lot of attention. The thing is, there is the other side to that coin: the quiet personal moments.

Sports has a tendency to lean more towards the reality of the situation than the constructed drama. What the rise of new media has done is allowed the audience to come further behind the curtain than many decades previous. Because of the nature of Wrestling, there was understandably a reluctance to embrace this as fully as say the UFC did.

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Championship Main Event Announced For Bellatrix Female Warriors ‘Bellatrix 14′ Event Date - 20th May 2015

Bellatrix Female Warriors have announced a championship main event for their June 14th show, ‘Bellatrix 14′ at The Talk in Norwich.

It has been confirmed that Bellatrix Wold champion, Liberty has chosen to defend her championship against Sammi Baynz at The Talk on June 14th at ‘Bellatrix 14′.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: Heroes, HOPE, Elite, Southside & Monkey Madness! Event Date - 15th May 2015

A couple of mid-week shows to cover this time around, as well as the usual weekend shenanigans. First up was last Wednesday, as I had a MASSIVE 4 mile drive to the debut show for Pro Wrestling Heroes in Leeds. Life on the road eh? I had the pleasure of opening up the show, as Martin Kirby continued his reign of terror as the world’s most beloved dickhead, even encouraging a couple of children in the crowd to admit that I was rubbish and that they hated me. The fiend! First singles match with Kirby since the brutal Steel Cage Match in Southside in 2013, this one had a slightly different feel to that epic. Fun opening match stuff, and as an added bonus, my parents got to be in the crowd for one of my matches for the first time in forever. Due to ill health and me never working close to home, they never get to see me wrestle, so this was a really nice moment for me, even more so stepping into the ring with someone I have so much history with. Great card for PWH too, so hopefully it won’t be too long before Issue Two gets announced.

On the Friday, HOPE debuted in Burton, and although they only drew a small crowd (which is definitely the exception for that promotion these days as they pack out Mansfield and Derby), I had a blast wrestling former ROH and TNA star Jigsaw for the first time! It’s weird, I’d only ever met him once before PWH, on an early 2013 SWE show, but since then, he, Kirby and I have bonded on Twitter about energy drinks and now we’re best mates! The small crowd was extremely vocal for this, and I honestly couldn’t have nicer things to say about it. Fingers crossed a rematch is lined up in the future.

Saturday saw the long drive up to Ayr, Scotland as myself, Kirby, Joey Hayes and Kenny Williams clashed in one of those ‘make sure you get your highlights in’ 4-Way Matches at PWE Road To Revolution. I keep harping on about Williams to people, as he’s one of the hottest (not in that way…..although…..) young prospects to come out of Scotland for a while, and obviously Kirby and Hayes are 2 of the finest on Europe. I was also there. This came off really well, and huge credit goes to Pro Wrestling Elite for drawing a huge crowd to the Citadel Leisure Centre. Even bigger credit goes to Grado for a) busting out a cartwheel into a HEADSCISSORS!! and b) managing to somehow get ridiculously spiked on a Cutter from Andy Wild. Champion there isn’t he, so busting out all the dangerous shit!

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First Round Tournament Matches Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ Event Date - 12th May 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced the first round tournament match for their May 24th & 25th shows, ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been confirmed that the following first round tournament matches have been announced for the Super Strong Style 16-Man tournament on May 24th & 25th:

‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero vs ‘The Aerial Assassin’ Will Ospreay

‘The Star Attraction’ Mark Haskins vs ‘The Grappler’ Jack Gallagher

Rampage Brown vs Big Daddy Walter

‘Anti-Hero’ Tommy End vs Roderick Strong

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INTERVIEW: Iestyn Rees – May 2015 Event Date - 7th May 2015

By Craig Hermit.


Iestyn Rees has been tipped for greatness by trainers and fans alike as soon as he started training to be a wrestler in 2005. At 6’6″ and with a physique that would turn heads at any gym in the country, the former basketball player has proven that he has the passion and the talent be the top-tier superstar. Progressing through the UK, he has picked up major victories in various promotions to make the right impact in his quest for Championship gold.

The “irresistible” one has promised to dominate British wrestling and on occasions tag teaming with Charlie Garrett to form the Alpha Males, it looks that no division or promotion is safe from the clutches of the ‘Alpha Male’, Iestyn Rees.



People who have become wrestlers have often become inspired by a match or event the saw on screen, was this the same for yourself? If so, what was it that got you into the industry?

“The match that got me into wrestling was Wrestlemania 7 The Ultimate Warrior vs Macho King Randy Savage. I had watched various episodes of superstars and I’d always been a fan of The Ultimate Warrior, so I was immediately drawn into this match in which he could be forced to retire. The match was made by the colourful ring attire, the story and the in ring action. From then on I was hooked.”



For wrestling fans hoping to start out in the industry, how did you get into the wrestling world, where was your training based and is there anyone who has been most influential in your development?

“I began training in the summer of 2005 at 4FW, I had found 3 wrestling schools near me and 4FW looked bar far the most professionally run school. So 1 Sunday I drove to Swindon not knowing what to expect, I took to the drills fairly quickly and enjoyed the session and that became my Sunday’s for the foreseeable future. Obviously my trainer Dave Sharp had a massive influence on my development, and he also gave me the opportunity to wrestle some of the up and coming British talent at the time who are now the stars of British Wrestling scene – Sha Samuels, Dave Mastiff (Moralez at that time), Martin Stone these and others took an interest in me and really helped with me progress as a wrestler offering advice after advice. The other person I learn an incredible amount from Al Snow when I had the pleasure of wrestling against him and travelling with him for a whole week as part of the IPW:UK Anniversary Tour, Al’s knowledge of the business is second to none.”

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SHOW REPORT: Preston City Wrestling ‘5upershow’ Show Three Event Date - 6th May 2015

By Craig Hermit.


The Preston City Wrestling ‘5upershow’ Show Three at Evoque in Preston on April 25th followed on from the fantastic and well organised Meet & Greet session from earlier that day.
Opening the show, ‘Friends With Benefits’ comprising of PCW Heavyweight Champion Chris Masters, PCW Cruiserweight Champion Bubblegum and PCW Tag Team Champions Team Single made there way to the ring led by General Manager Joanna Rose, alongside new associates Jeff Jarrett & Eric Bischoff, they all took there moments on the microphone to gloat after they ambushed and betrayed Lionheart leaving him a bloody mess in the middle of the ring and vowed to do it again on this night, if he showed up.

At that moment, Lionheart’s music played and he made his way to ringside. Taking the microphone he stated that he wanted a match with Jeff Jarrett for the betrayal from the previous night. Rose then began to bargain with the fan favourite, saying that he could have Jarrett but only being part of the main event to make it a 10 man tag instead of the previous 8 man tag. Lionheart quickly accepted the match but on one condition. If ‘Friends With Benefits’ won, Lionheart would join them and if his team won, each man on his team gets any match they wanted.


The Hunter Brothers (Lee & Jim Hunter) vs So Scandalous (Ryan Smile & Damian Dunne)

Two of the UK’s best tag teams battled in this opening contest, both teams showed exactly why they deserve to be challenging for the Championship and a victory in this bout would certainly put them a step closer. In the early going of the bout, the two teams traded manoeuvres and fought hard to gain the advantage.

The Hunter Brothers used everything in there arsenal to stop the high-flying and dynamic abilities of Smile & Dunne but there opponents were more than happy to bend the rules to attempt to gain the victory.

However, in a fantastic finale, the Hunters trapped Smile and Dunne together in a tombstone like manoeuvre and then struck with thrust kicks to the faces to gain a hard earned pinfall victory.

The Hunter Brothers (Lee & Jim Hunter) pinned So Scandalous (Ryan Smile & Damian Dunne).

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: Preston City Wrestling & All-Star Wrestling Event Date - 1st May 2015

PCW once again managed to draw big crowds to their 3 shows last weekend, as the company presented their 5th supershow weekender, or 5upershow as it was entitled. Honestly, my iPhone had NO idea what was going on when I tried writing that out. Red lines everywhere.

Originally, I was scheduled to wrestle Justin Gabriel in 2 of the 3 matches, as a rescheduled bout from the Road To Glory weekend. But repeated problems with his passport/visa meant that he couldn’t make the shows. At this rate, I’m either going to have to add him to my PS3 online gimmick and have the match on WWE 2K15, or we’ll end up main eventing WrestleMania 35 against each other. One of these things is more likely than the other…

Anyway, Show One saw a re-booked 4-Way become a hot 6-Way as myself, Ryan Smile, Pete Dunne, Juventud Guerrera, Damian Dunne and Charlie Garrett ran around like mental chickens on cocaine in an attempt to kick the weekend off with a bang. The main thing to take away from this match? There were dives. Loads of them. Approximately a million. As well as all them dives, there were a couple of Lucha spots, some yips and some nifty stuff and things. Even Jeff Jarrett loved it! Fun way to start the weekend.

The next afternoon saw Juventud Guerrera and I clash on Show Two. A couple of dicey moments aside, this was a good learning experience, and it was good to get advice from some of my peers following it. You truly never stop learning in wrestling, and I always make a point of asking people’s advice afterwards, especially those with so much great experience like Rampage or Bubblegum. One of the great things about the PCW shows is they use some incredibly knowledgeable guys, and I’ve been lucky enough to get done great feedback from people like Booker T, the Dudleys and Jushin Liger. I’d definitely like a rematch with Juvi, as I feel we could have some great stuff together given the chance to click.

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PCW Cruiserweight Meets TNA X-Division at Preston City Wrestling ‘Tribute To The Troops 2′ Event Date - 29th April 2015

Preston City Wrestling have announced that Cruiserwight will meet TNA X-Division at their July 11th free show, ‘Tribute To The Troops 2′ at the Flag MarketPCW  in Preston.

It has been confirmed that the current PCW Cruiserweight champion, Bubblegum shall face the current TNA X-Division champion, Rockstar Spud at the Flag Market on July 11th at ‘Tribute To The Troops 2′.

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Insane Championship Wrestling have announced a 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Tour. It has been confirmed that Insane Championship Wrestling will host four events this August on the 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd at the City Nightclub in Edinburgh as part of The Flying Circus Tour. Event Date - 28th April 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced a 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Tour.

It has been confirmed that Insane Championship Wrestling will host four events this August on the 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd at the City Nightclub in Edinburgh as part of The Flying Circus Tour.

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Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Up Down Left Right A C Start’ FULL Results Event Date - 28th April 2015

The following results are from Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Up Down Left Right A C Star’ at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on April 26th 2015:

ICW Zero-G Championship – Stevie Boy defeated Kenny Williams by Pinfall to retain the ICW Zero-G Championship.

Chris Renfrew defeated Dickie Divers by Pinfall.

ICW Tag Team Championship – The Coffey Brothers* (Mark & Joe Coffey) defeated The 55 (Kid Fite & Sha Samuels) by Pinfall to retain the ICW Tag Team Championship.

*Joe Coffey replaced Jackie Polo in the match due to injury.

Wolfgang defeated Grado by Pinfall.

Following the match, Wolfgang and Chris Renfrew attempted to attack Grado but were stopped by Dickie Divers & Kris Travis who then dance in the ring with Grado.

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First Match Confirmed For Preston City Wrestling ‘Showdown’ Event Date - 27th April 2015

Preston City Wrestling have confirmed the first match for their June 5th show, ‘Showdown’ at Evoque in Preston.

It has been announced that Lionheart shall face ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles in singles competition at Evoque on June 5th at ‘Showdown’.

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INTERVIEW: TJ Rage – April 2015 Event Date - 24th April 2015

By Craig Hermit.

TJ Rage remains to be one of the most destructive men within the ring in UK Wrestling, graduating from the illustrious PBW Academy he has made his mark through the years dismantling wrestling stars from all across the world. Behind the scenes, he is part of an elite team of trainers within PBW Academy, helping to develop and prepare the new stars to recognize their potential for their future in wrestling.

I caught up with him to ask him about how he got into the industry, his experiences in the wrestling world, his future, his thoughts on the wrestlers to look out for and alot more.


People who have become wrestlers have often become inspired by a match or event the saw on screen, was this the same for yourself? If so, what was it that got you into the industry?

“For as long as I can remember I have been a wrestling fan and I have always loved pro wrestling. One of the earliest events I remember having was Wrestlemania X on VHS; one of my aunts bought me it for my Christmas one year. I watched that event so many times over the years as I built my collection. I have always been a huge Bret Hart fan and watching him wrestle twice in one and the ladder match with HBK and Razor Ramon. I was always a big Macho Man fan as well and watching him vs Crush in the falls count anywhere match – I just love that event.”

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: HOP:E, PAID Promotions & Southside Event Date - 23rd April 2015

This past Friday kicked us off, as HOPE ran their Kings Of Flight cruiserweight tournament in Derby.

I’ll be honest, I went into this one with my expectations slightly low as far as the draw goes, as whilst the regular HOPE venue continues to garner higher and higher attendances, the couple of Derby DVDs I’ve seen from the promotion had seen much smaller crowds, which isn’t what you want for a night dedicated to high-risk manoeuvres. Pleasantly, I was wrong, as the company absolutely packed the Polish Club, to the point of standing room only, and that throng of people created a brilliant atmosphere to work in all night. I wrestled perennial opponent and tag partner Bubblegum in the first round, someone who I feel I’ve had great chemistry with for years. After last weeks incident at Southside, the early goings of the match was built around him trying to steal my cape. Hey, if something’s happened in real life, use it to your advantage! I don’t get to have singles matches with Bubblegum too often, but when I do, I feel they often deliver, this one included. Special mention has to go out to Flex Buffington, who had to be THE most popular babyface on the show. It’s a shame he didn’t go further in the tournament, as that would have provided some great moments of crowd investment. Overall, the show had to be considered a big success, as HOPE continue to improve.

The Saturday night was a rematch between Chris Ridgeway and I for PAID Promotions. I’d commented the last time I’d wrestled Chris that what he had in technical ability and technique, he lacked in crowd interaction or connectivity. This was something that was rectified in this match, and the bout was extremely beneficial for it. Topping the first match by quite a margin, this told a far better story of a young man becoming increasingly obsessed with beating someone he was convinced he could put away, until it ultimately backfired on him. Ridgeway could well be someone who steps into the spotlight over the next 12 months, and this felt like a giant step for him. One last encounter between us will take place June 20th, in a Loser Leaves Morecambe Match.

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The Anti-Hero Returns At PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ Event Date - 23rd April 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced that The Anti-Hero will return at their May 24th & 25th shows, ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been announced that the ninth entrant in the 16-man Super Strong Style tournament at the Electric Ballroom on May 24th & 25th at ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ will be ‘The Anti-Hero’ Tommy End.

End joins Roderick Strong, Will Ospreay, Zack Gibson, Marty Scurll, Tommaso Ciampa, Dave Mastiff, Eddie Dennis & Jack Gallagher who have already been confirmed for the tournament.

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SHOW REPORT: Target Wrestling ‘Second Anniversary Weekender’ Night One Event Date - 23rd April 2015

By Craig Hermit.


Show one of Target Wrestling’s second anniversary sell out show began at The Venue in Carlisle. A celebration that only two years ago the company itself had performed it’s first show in that same venue before a crowd that consisted of less that thirty-five people. On this night before hundreds of there fans in attendance and many more on television, they would see exactly why Target Wrestling is a promotion that fans should certainly take an interest in watching.


Medallion, Damon Havok & Kris Karnage vs XL, Ryan Kross & Wild Bill

From the start as the six men began there battle, the fan favourites were solidly in control, succeeding to outmanoeuvre there opponents at every turn, from high flying moves when Kross leaped from the top turnbuckle to the outside, technical wrestling when XL stretched Havok and to brawling when Bill showed exactly why they call him Wild.Medallion, who has proved to Target Wrestling fans that he will use any method or weapon to gain the advantage and this match showed just that, as behind the referees back, his team bent the rules to braking point.

In the finale of the match, all six men engaged in a brawl that saw Bill handcuffed to the ring post and XL beaten down, allowing Medallion’s team to launch a three on one assault on Kross that would see him suffer the pinfall defeat. But, they were not finished with the punishment on Kross as they connected with a destructive piledriver onto a steel chair before XL and Bill could return to the ring to help there tag team partner.

Winners: Medallion, Damon Havok & Kris Karnage defeated XL, Ryan Kross & Wild Bill.

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No Disqualification Match Confirmed For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ Part II Event Date - 21st April 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have confirmed a no disqualification match for their May 25th show, ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ Part II at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been announced that Jinny will face Pollyanna in a No Disqualification match at the Electric Ballroom on May 25th at ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ Part II.

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Tag Team Contest Announced For Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘Best Of British 2015′ Event Date - 17th April 2015

Revolution Pro Wrestling have announced a tag team contest for their April 26th show, ‘Best Of British 2015′ at the UK Paper Leisure Club in Portsmouth.

It has been confirmed that Wild Boar & Tigerl Ali will face Eddie Ryan & Jason Larusso of The Lionhearts in a tag team match at the UK Paper Leisure Club on April 26th at ‘Best Of British 2015′.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: Southside, HOP:E, Pro Wrestling Chaos & Comradeship Event Date - 16th April 2015

Last Thursday night, Southside made their debut at the lovely Corn Exchange in Bedford, drawing a large and extremely enthusiastic crowd. My ongoing war with the Righteous Army continued as I went up against their nameless prodigy, only referred to as The Pledge (the deal being that he needs to his earn his name in the unit). All that aside, this kid honestly has a world of potential. 18 years old, with only around 30 matches under his belt, coupled with a great look, it’s already very clear that he’s got that intangible it-factor and just gets it. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he’s on the radars of larger promotions overseas in 5 years time. A match that continued to further the feud concluded when I put him away with a Gory Bomb, a direct shot at Kay Lee Ray, who turned on me and joined the RA in February. I’d argue that I do the move better too…. It was also a great laugh travelling down to the show with G-Man (or G-Mac as someone’s called him recently). He’s far more insightful than most people give him credit for, and should really be given the floor for his opinions more.

The next night, HOPE Evolution 20, I had the privilege of sharing the ring with some fantastic talent in CJ Banks, Paul Malen, Chris Tyler, Joseph Connors and the promotions number one babyface Martin Kirby (even though he’s a heel). This wasn’t your typical fireworks 6-Way, as each character got a chance to be highlighted in the match and each were given their moment. This was one of my favourite multi-man matches in ages, and spiking Kirby with the C4L never gets old and neither does the reaction. HOPE are continuing to build a great crowd at their Mansfield venue, and i love working at venues where as soon as someone’s entrance music hits, there’s a reaction, and the Forest Town Arena are becoming one of the more passionate crowds in the country.

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Sicilian Psychopath Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ Event Date - 16th April 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced the Sicilian Psychopath for their May 24th & 25th shows, ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been confirmed that the fifth entrant in the 16-man Super Strong Style tournament set to take place over two days on May 24th & 25th in Camden, London is ‘The Sicilian Psychopath’ Tommaso Ciampa who joins current PWG World champion, Roderick Strong, Will Ospreay, Zack Gibson & Marty Scurll who have already been confirmed for the tournament.

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No Fn Rules Tag Team Match Confirmed For IPW:UK ‘Blood, Sweat & Beers’ Event Date - 14th April 2015

IPW:UK have confirmed a No Fn Rules tag team match for their June 6th show, ‘Blood, Sweat & Beers’ at the Tap ‘n’ Tin in Chatham.

It has been announced that Jimmy Havoc & Jon Ryan of The Hammerlock Wrecking Crew will face D&D’s Danny Duggan & Cieran Donnelly in a No Fn Rules tag team match at the Tap ‘n’ Tin on June 6th at ‘Blood, Sweat & Beers’.

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: First Class Wrestling, 4GW, PCW, Megaslam Wrestling & All-Star Event Date - 9th April 2015

Massive catch up edition this week, as I’ve been on the road for nearly 2 weeks solid over the last fortnight, so I’ve not had the chance to get anything written. There’s a lot of shows to recap, so let’s get cracking (with the knacking) !!


Up first, going back to March 27th, was my debut for First Class Wrestling, a reputable promotion in the North East. The show, wonderfully entitled ‘Smog Wild’ took place in the beautiful Middlesbrough Town Hall, which saw the 193rd meeting between Nathan Cruz and I. That’s not an exaggeration either, this really was the 193rd time we’ve wrestled each other. Always aiming to keep things fresh, we pulled a few new things out of the tool box and this felt new and fresh. Cruz has a much different style of working now compared to when we first started wrestling one another, everything is so much tighter and snugger, and he’s added a ton of small additions to his mannerisms and the way he moves, that he feels like a much more complete wrestler these days.

The next night was debuting for another company in local promotion 4GW, which used to run under the acronym KGW. A small show in Castleford saw me wrestle a young lad who often trains with me, in Joey Divine. Working with a student, especially one with only a few matches under his belt, can often present itself as a challenge, but it’s one I tend to relish, as its a test not just for them, but for me as well. Joey rose to the occasion really well, and I’d really like to give this another go in front of a larger crowd. I threw a lot at him, and he upheld his own end pretty well.


It was another trip back to Preston on the 29th, as on the night of WrestleMania 31, the Lancashire promotion smartly promoted their Who Dares Wins event of 2015. Massive credit to PCW here, as only a fortnight after they sold out 3 shows in a weekend at Evoque, they went back to the same building 14 days later and drew another huge number. I had the pleasure of opening the show in the traditional 6-Way Scramble that has become one of the fortes of the company. This time it was myself, Martin Kirby, Joey Hayes, Joseph Connors, Dean Allmark and Ashton Smith flying all over the place to great reactions. These matches, because they’re so commonplace at the moment, are always fun to try and keep fresh, and they’re always well received, this one included. I was also a competitor in the Who Dares Wins Rumble later on in the night, but sadly was eliminated by Mr Anderson.

……….Anderson.

Monday saw me travel to Bridington for my first foray for a couple of months with MegaSlam. Opening the show against a recently-turned-villain Paul Malen meant we had a hot crowd for this. Malen is someone I seem to have on-and-off again feuded with in various promotions, but never done anything hugely substantial with. He’s so under-rated and almost unappreciated in my book, and it’s something I really hope to see change at some point down the line. I lost, by the way. And via submission too!

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First Tournament Entrant Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ Event Date - 8th April 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced the first tournament entrant for their May 24th & 25th shows, ‘Chapter 19: Super Strong Style 16: Tournament Edition’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been confirmed that the first entrant in the 16-man Super Strong Style tournament set to take place over two days on May 24th & 25th in Camden, London is the current PWG World champion, Roderick Strong.

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Big Championship Match Confirmed For Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘Summer Sizzler 2015′ Event Date - 8th April 2015

Revolution Pro Wrestling have confirmed a big championship match for their June 14th show, ‘Summer Sizzler 2015′ at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.

It has been announced that ‘The Villain’ Marty Scurll will defend the Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship against ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles at the York Hall on June 14th at ‘Summer Sizzler 2015′.

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Three Championships To Be Defended In Scheduled Match At Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘At Our Best’ Event Date - 3rd April 2015

Revolution Pro Wrestling have confirmed that three championships will be defended in a match scheduled for their April 5th show, ‘At Our Best’ at the Broxbourne Civic Hall in Hoddesdon.

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It has been announced that the previously confirmed contest between Doug Williams and Drew Galloway will now see Galloway defend the ICW World Heavyweight, EVOLVE & DragonGate USA Open The Freedom Gate Championships in the match at the Broxbourne Civic Hall on April 5th at ‘All The Best’.

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Jack Gallagher: In Official Hands Event Date - 1st April 2015

Wrestling is at its best when it captures the zeitgeist. When Pro Wrestling manages to match up with the mood of a generation in such a way as to become a voice of that generation, it gives us characters and moments that we begrudge losing when that period has long since passed.

The WWE, being in the sole position as the only truly widely recognised global wrestling company, often sets the tone – or discovers what it is and recreates it for themselves – for the majority of the pro wrestling world. So today, I’m specifically going to be examining the nature of the shows they produce, and as I’ve often talked about what Mixed Martial Arts has taken from Pro Wrestling to help with its promotion, I also want to point out that intellectual theft is a two-way street.

Because of the nature of the product, how wrestling is presented is fluid. There is no truly fixed formula. This means that not only is how the television broadcast put together being constantly evolved, but the action in the ring develops as well. Look at the earliest matches you can find through a simple search on YouTube, and it’s the equivalent of comparing how films (an also relatively young industry) have developed over the last hundred years.

The way in which the majority of characters are presented in today’s Wrestling – for the most part – are somewhat believable people, with slightly exaggerated personalities, and sometimes interesting ring-names. They’re not really the cartoon characters we saw in the 80s and early 90s. Yes, Brock Lesnar is “The Beast Incarnate”, but that’s hyperbole surrounding a very large, athletic character. He’s not a literal demon/devil figure.

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Insane Championship Wrestling Announce The Location Of Fear & Loathing VIII Event Date - 31st March 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced the location of ‘Fear & Loathing VIII’.

It has been confirmed that Insane Championship Wrestling will hold their annual Fear & Loathing at the SECC (Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre) in Glasgow on November 15th.

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INTERVIEW: Sammii Jayne – March 2015 Event Date - 20th March 2015

By Craig Hermit.

 
Was there an event or a wrestler who inspired you to begin a career in wrestling and why did they inspire you?

“I started watching wrestling in 2000, I was flicking through the channels, came across it and was hooked instantly. In terms of wrestlers inspiring me, I would say Lita was a big influence at the time especially to female viewers as she was different and didn’t fit the mould that was left by her predecessors.”


You began your training in the SWE Hartland Training School in 2010 and Source Wrestling School in 2012, how did you find the experiences? And what advice can you give for young wrestlers wanting to train?

“I had a great time training at SWE and it was a great starting point for me with regards to making my debut on shows and it’s where I met my best friend so I can’t complain.

Training at Source Wrestling School in Glasgow under Damian O’Connor and Mikey Whiplash has really helped me improve and made me step up in terms of training and eating better and getting in the best shape possible. There is so many talented successful wrestlers that have come from Source Wrestling School. It definitely gave me a new perspective in terms of dedication and hard work and I enjoy every minute of it.

For youngsters wanting to train, I would recommend getting to the best school possible even if it’s not the closest, I could not recommend Source Wrestling School more.”

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On The Road With ‘The Mexican Sensation’ El Ligero: Preston City Wrestling & Dragon Pro Wrestling Event Date - 19th March 2015

Up first on this past weekend was a trip to the regular haunt of PCW, the Evoque nightclub in Preston centre, as the time of year had rolled around for the annual Road To Glory tournament. I’d missed last year’s event due to wrestling in France that weekend, but I’d featured in previous incarnations, suffering a First Round loss to Super Crazy in 2013, and an elimination at the Quarter Final stage due to injury back in 2011.

This year, I was originally pitted against former WWE Tag Team Champion Justin Gabriel. However, a passport related spanner was thrown into the works at the last minute, and I arrived at the venue unsure of who I’d be up against instead. Step forward another former WWE star in Ricardo Rodriguez, the former ring announcer of Alberto Del Rio, and as it happens, a heck of a wrestler in his own right! Despite going into this match rather unprepared, quite literally in some cases (my music hit as I was in the bathroom y’see, but don’t worry, I washed my hands) , I had a lot of fun with this and advanced to the next round by dropping him on his beautiful hair with the C4L. Wrestling Ricardo was a surreal experience, but the reaction to his entrance was terrific, and I’d love to be able to do a longer match with him in the future. You never know who’s going to turn up in Preston!

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Final Match Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’ Event Date - 17th March 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced the final match for their March 22nd show, ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been confirmed that Pastor William Eaver & Chuck Mambon of Sweet Jesus will face Tommy End & Michael Dante of the Sumerian Death Squad in a tag team match at the Electric Ballroom on March 22nd at ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’.

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Preston City Wrestling ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Show Three FULL Results Event Date - 16th March 2015

The following results are from Preston City Wrestling ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Show Three at Evoque, Preston on March 14th 2015:

Six-Way – Martin Kirby defeated Will Ospreay, Dean Allmark, Charlie Garrett, Joey Hayes & Christopher Daniels by Pinfall.

Road To Glory 2015 Semi-Final – Lionheart defeated T-Bone by Pinfall to advance to the Road To Glory 2015 Final.

Following the match, T-Bone Tombstoned Lionheart.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: HOP:E, NWWA, Tidal & True Grit Event Date - 13th March 2015

Whilst last weeks blog was mainly revolving around diversions, this weeks article might as well be sponsored by Solpadeine!


This weekend, kinda like last week really, I had the hell beaten out of me!

Friday night, I was back at the Forest Town Arena for the 19th ‘Evolution’ of HOPE, and a first time ever encounter with Big Damo O’Connor. When they say Big Damo, that’s not an exaggeration. The guy is massive. He’s also really really good. But the main thing is that he’s a complete mountain of a man. A giant hairy mountain of a wrestler.


Therefore, I spent most of this match either being thrown around, lobbed in the air, bouncing off him or being landed on. That includes a very uneasy moment where I was too late moving out of the way of an attempt to sit on me, and I ended up with a giant hairy mountain on my head. My neck wasn’t great after that.
Oh yeah, I did somehow squeak out a win though!

Up next, was a double on Saturday. Yep, another case of working a match, jumping in the car in full gear and heading off to another venue! I probably need to stop doing these, as when i turn up to venues in tights and mask, I look like I’m on a constant stag do.

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Kamikaze Pro ‘Storm Warning’ FULL Results Event Date - 10th March 2015

The following results are from Kamikaze Pro ‘Storm Warning’ at The Cadbury Club in Birmingham on March 8th 2015:

Kamikaze Pro Relentless Division Championship: Triple Threat – Ryan Smile defeated Chris Brookes & Damian Dunne by Pinfall to retain the Kamikaze Pro Relentless Division Championship.

Chardonnay defeated Nixon Newell (accompanied by Chris Brookes) by Pinfall*.

*Marshall X distracted Nixon Newell during the match which allowed Chardonnay to capitalise.

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Mr Anderson’s Opponent Confirmed For Rock N Wrestle ‘Live At The Ironworks feat Davey Richards & Mr Anderson’ Event Date - 6th March 2015

Rock N Wrestle have confirmed Mr Anderson’s opponent for their March 27th show at the Ironworks Venue in Inverness.

It has been announced that Mr Anderson will compete against Kid Fite in singles competition at the Ironworks Venue on March 27th.

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Tag Team Championship Match Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’ Event Date - 3rd March 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced a Tag Team Championship match for their March 22nd show, ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been confirmed that The Faceless will defend the PROGRESS Tag Team Championship against former champion, Eddie Dennis and Wild Boar at the Electric Ballroom on March 22nd at ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’.

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Tag Team Match Announced For British Championship Wrestling ‘Live In Kilmarnock – April 2015′ Event Date - 27th February 2015

British Championship Wrestling have announced a tag team match for their April 4th show at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock.

It has been confirmed that BT Gunn & Stevie Xavier of Just Uz will face Jonny Storm & Jody Fleisch in a tag team match at the Grand Hall on April 4th.

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Tag Team Match Announced For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Blow In The Cartridge’ Event Date - 27th February 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced a tag team match for their March 28th show, ‘Blow In The Cartridge’ at the O2 Academy in Newcastle.

It has been confirmed that The Bucky Boys will face Martin Kirby & Timm Wylie of The 55 in a tag team match at the O2 Academy on March 28th at ‘Blow In The Cartridge’.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: A Two Week Bumper Bonanza! Event Date - 26th February 2015

First of all, apologies that there was no blog last week. Obviously, the blog always gets released on a Wednesday, and last week that coincided with the funeral of the late, great Drew McDonald, and I felt it inappropriate to release something there. As sad as Drew’s passing has been, the day of the funeral was a touching one, highlighted by a fantastic speech by Tony Spitfire, that couldn’t have summed Drew up any better. It was also astounding to see just how busy it was, with well over 200 people showing up to pay their respects. It just goes to show how many lives Drew touched.

So, to catch up. The first show of the blog wasn’t actually meant to happen. Friday the 13th of February was a day I had pencilled off, until I got a call from RDW promoter Steve Sykes that morning, asking if I’d be available that night for his show in Grimsby. Never one to shy away from work, I was happy to take part, and ended up wrestling someone I’d worked on the camps a few years ago, a Belgian wrestler named Robin Lekime. From a technical standpoint, the match was fine. But I think it’d be generous to say it was any better than that. Sometimes it clicks, sometimes it doesn’t. What I felt harmed the match was a big lack of audience participation, as certain crowds are very reliant on that to engage with the action, Grimsby being one of them. Nothing was bad, but I felt it could have been hotter. The next night, All-Star in Hanley, served as a big pick-me-up, as there WAS a lot of crowd interaction. I wrestled Ben Levy, someone who I’d tagged with once in 2009, and has had a long sabbatical from wrestling. A sabbatical I hope he’s done with now, as I really enjoyed wrestling him. Hanley was busy, and it was loud, and I really needed this match. And yes, I wrestled on Valentine’s Day. Again.

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First Match Announced For Attack! Pro Wrestling ‘A Showcase Of Physical Theatre’ Event Date - 26th February 2015

Attack! Pro Wrestling have announced the first match for their March 27th show, ‘A Showcase Of Physical Theatre’ at The Trinity Centre in Bristol.

It has been confirmed that Damian Dunne & Ryan Smile of The Anti-Fun Police will face Super Santos Sr & Elepahnt Mask of The Wonderland Of Wrestle in an Attack! Tag Trophy Tournament Finals match at The Trinity Centre on March 27th at ‘A Showcase Of Physical Theatre’.

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First Time Ever UK Encounter Announced For Shropshire Wrestling Alliance ‘Inception 4′ Event Date - 25th February 2015

Shropshire Wrestling Alliance have announced first time ever UK encounter for their March 28th show, ‘Inception 4′ at the Dawley Town Hall in Dawley.

It has been confirmed that ‘Aerial Assassin’ Will Ospreay will compete against Chris Brookes in singles competition at ‘Inception 4′ at the Dawley Town Hall on March 28th.

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Fight Club: PRO have confirmed the first match for their April 3rd CHIKARA pre-show, ‘Enter CHIKARA Part One’ at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton. It has been announced that MK McKinnan will compete against Davey Richards in singles competition at the Wulfrun Hall on April 3rd at ‘Enter CHIKARA Part One’. Event Date - 25th February 2015

Fight Club: PRO have confirmed the first match for their April 3rd CHIKARA pre-show, ‘Enter CHIKARA Part One’ at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton.

It has been announced that MK McKinnan will compete against Davey Richards in singles competition at the Wulfrun Hall on April 3rd at ‘Enter CHIKARA Part One’.

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Third Match Confirmed For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’ Event Date - 24th February 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have confirmed third match for their March 22nd show, ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been announced that Ali Armstrong will compete against the returning Sha Samuels in singles competition at the Electric Ballroom on March 22nd at ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’.

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Kamikaze Pro ‘Hostile Takeover 2′ FULL Results Event Date - 23rd February 2015

The following results are from Kamikaze Pro ‘Hostile Takeover 2′ at The Collingwood Centre in Great Barr, Birmingham on February 21st 2015:

Four-Way Elimination – Dan Moloney defeated Lee Hunter, Sam Wilder & Omari by Pinfall.

Clint Margera defeated Danny Steel by Pinfall.

Kamikaze Pro Championship – Robbie X defeated El Ligero by Pinfall to retain the Kamikaze Pro Championship.

Marshall X defeated Dick Riley by Submission.

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Insane Championship Wrestling ‘International Superstar Wrestling Deluxe’ FULL Results Event Date - 23rd February 2015

The following results are from Insane Championship Wrestling ‘International Superstar Wrestling Deluxe’ at the City Nightlcub in Edinburgh on February 22nd 2015:

Lewis Girvan defeated Wolfgang by Pinfall*.

*Lewis Girvan had both feet on the ropes during the pin.

Dickie Divers defeated Davey Blaze by TKO after a knee to the back Davey Blaze’s skull.

Joe Coffey came to the ring and verbally attacked General Manager, Red Lightning. Lightning had Saqib Ali & Dave Conrad of the SPACEBAWS roster attack Joe Coffey but were unsuccessful. Red Lightning announced that if Joe Coffey lost his match to Mikey Whiplash, he would strip him of his championship match at ‘Barramania’.

Viper defeated Sammii Jayne w/Nikki Storm by Pinfall.

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REVIEW: Empress Pro Wrestling – #EscapeArtistsNeveDie Event Date - 20th February 2015

By Flick Between The Ropes


Nikki Storm vs Pollyanna

The first contest is a singles match with a 20 minute time limit. In walks the self proclaimed greatest wrestler in the galaxy, Nikki Storm. The way she walks into a show and introduces herself excites me enough and you’ll soon pick this up once you see her live. The audience goes for the wind up (“Who are ya?!”) and an agitated Nikki soon clarifies she’s better than the rest! The audience continues to insult her and an individual actually manages to break her seriousness, by insisting she goes back on TV.

Eventually Pollyanna who the audience clearly backs, much to the dismay of Storm, even lecturing the ring announcer on how to inject passion when it comes to introducing the greatest in the galaxy at an acceptable level. I’m familiar with Nikki’s character and I love how her stubbornness can easily jell into her face and heel traits! And I’m intrigued by Pollyanna and what’s she’s going to bring to the table!

As I’m jotting down notes, I’m delighted because what I’m witnessing as a genuine clash of personalities. Nikki is battling the audience vocally whilst the warrior ego of Pollyanna remains calm and ready to strike! but when the action begins, the dominator of the match switches vastly as the girls grapple and force each other into the pole in a tense sequence at the beginning! the arm drags that allows the switch is beautifully articulated.

The tension and technicality rises near the end, especially when the warrior in Pollyanna rises, articulating a powerful suplex which leads into a signature lifting double under hook face buster, looks like she’s got the win but I’m mistaken. I’m shocked to see Nikki kick out but it’s cut short when Pollyanna is forced to succumb to Nikki’s Eye of the Storm (Michinoku driver). Pollyanna kicks out to my amazement and gains the victory as the girls merge into a roll and simply comes out on top. The warrior is victorious and even more so as Nikki harshly shakes her hand much to her insistence. This match was inspirational for those intriguing by the mic and crowd popping finishers!

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Change Due To Injury & International Replacement Announced For Preston City Wrestling ‘Who Dares Wins’ Event Date - 20th February 2015

Preston City Wrestling have announced a change due to injury for their March 29th show, ‘Who Dares Wins’ at Evoque in Preston.

It has been confirmed that due to serious ankle injury, Eddie Edwards will no longer be able to compete at Evoque on March 29th at ‘Who Dares Wins’. Therefore, PCW have announced that “Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay will now partner with Davey Richards to face The Hooligans.

In addition to Eddie Edwards withdrawal, Preston City Wrestling have announced the return of Ken Anderson to the promotion.

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INTERVIEW: Chris Ridgeway – February 2015 Event Date - 19th February 2015

By Craig Hermit.


Everyone has that “moment’ when they saw an event or a wrestler that inspired them to become interested in being a Professional Wrestler, what or who was yours?

“There was no specific moment really. I’ve always watched since I can remember to be honest, there are wrestlers that will always stand out of course, the guys I wanted to watch the most ie Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, The Hardy boys(z), Chris Benoit (Quick, someone do a shit Stevie Richards joke) all them mid carder guys. Always have preferred the Junior Heavyweight style and I think that shows when I’m in the ring. The most memorable ‘moment’ would probably be the 2001 royal rumble when HHH battered Stone Cold and he was bleeding everywhere. For a 7/8 year old, that’s a really harrowing memory to have. Also, Billy Gunn’s fire when he comes out at number 28. Yup.”


You’ve trained in the John Moss wrestling school and XWA now Paid Promotions, how did you find the experience and what advice would you give to wrestling fans hoping to start training?

“I started off being trained by John Moss, yeah. If there is anyone to teach the basics to someone, its him. Class act and a fantastic wrestler. If you’re going to start training I’d STRONGLY recommend joining a gym. Its not all about being aesthetically pleasing but you must have good cardio at least. You have to be able to hit them ropes, take big bumps throughout a match and have the ability to keep going and going so you need to be well conditioned. I’d also recommend a healthy diet (Don’t go cold turkey on snickers though). A reputable training school too. John Moss is someone I’d recommend of course but there’s plenty all over the UK. Finally, don’t be half arsed about it when you’re training, you’ll hurt yourself or someone else so make sure that wrestling is for you. There’s no shame in trying and it not being right for you but even as a fan you can always still be a part of wrestling.”

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Two New International Names Confirmed For Preston City Wrestling ‘5upershow’ Event Date - 18th February 2015

Preston City Wrestling have confirmed two new international names for their April 24th & 25th weekender, ‘5upershow’ at Evoque in Preston.

It has been announced that former IWGP Junior Heavyweight, WCW World Crusierweight & WWE Cruiserweight champion, Juventud Guerrera will return to PCW on April 24th & 25th at ‘5upershow’.

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Insane Championship Wrestling Announce Weekend Of Shows This July Event Date - 17th February 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced a weekend of shows this July.

It has been confirmed that Insane Championship Wrestling will hold two shows on July 25th & 26th as part of their ‘Wayne Stock’ weekend of shows. The first show on July 25th entitled ‘Wayne Stock Night One: Long Before Wesley Snipes’ will take place at the Maryhill Community Central Hall. ‘Wayne Stock Night Two: Shug’s Hoose Party II’ will take place on July 26th at the O2 ABC in Glasgow.

Weekend tickets will be available for the events, priced at £45 and will include early entry, a limited edition t-shirt & pre-show event which will be confirmed in the near future.

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Tag Team Match Announced For British Championship Wrestling ‘Live In Kilmarnock’ Event Date - 17th February 2015

British Championship Wrestling have announced a tag team match for their April 4th show at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock.

It has been confirmed that Jack Jester & Carmel will face the duo of Grado & former TNA Knockout champion, Angelina Love in a tag team match at the Grand Hall on April 4th.

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Target Wrestling Announce Details For Their Second Anniversary Weekender Event Date - 16th February 2015

Target Wrestling have announced details for their Second Anniversary Weekender.

It has been confirmed that Target Wrestling’s Second Anniversary Weekender will take place on April 17th & 18 in Carlisle & Dumfries, respectively. On April 17th, Target Wrestling will host the first night of their weekender at The Venue in Carlisle. The following night, the second show will take place at The Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries.

Former WWE, ECW and current TNA star, Al Snow, former TNA World Heavyweight, Tag Team & X-Division champion, Chris Sabin, Chikara star, Soldier Ant and former WWE & TNA star, Joe E Legend have all been confirmed to be a part of the show.

Tickets for night one in Carlisle will go on sale at Target Wrestling’s next show on March 20th. Night two tickets will go on sale March 2nd at www.ringsideworld.co.uk and at The Mid Steeple Box Office in Dumfries.

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INTERVIEW: Craig Kollins – February 2015 Event Date - 15th February 2015

By Craig Hermit.


How did you start in Wrestling? what advice would you give to fans looking to get into the business?

“I just finished college and I decided that I wanted to get into wresting properly. I did some research online and found a school in Morecambe, the XWA Academy. I started training there and eventually made my way onto the main shows. The head trainer there was Johnny Phere and he really helped me to break out onto the main roster. If anyone is serious about getting into this profession then firstly I would find a decent training school. Unfortunately the XWA is no longer running however to anyone in my area I suggest The Johnny Moss School of Pro Wresting in Egremont Cumbria, I’ve trained there beforeand learnt so much.

Also, if not already, I’d get a proper training routine and diet and do some research. Improve both your fitness levels and your look.”


Where did the inspiration to get into wrestling come from? A match? Event?

“When I was younger I used to go to my Nana’s and she had loads of old tapes. I remember watching Survivor Series ’92, ever since then I was hooked.”

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IWGP Champions Coming To Discovery Wrestling This April Event Date - 13th February 2015

IWGP champions are coming to Discovery Wrestling.

It has been announced that the current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team champions, The Young Bucks will be a part of Discovery Wrestling’s April 10th show in Edinburgh.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: Drew McDonald, Megaslam, HOP:E, NGW & Tidal Wrestling Event Date - 12th February 2015

Before we begin this weeks recap, on Monday evening the world became aware of the loss of one of the biggest characters in wrestling, as Drew McDonald tragically passed away. I’ve known Drew for a number of years, and whilst there are certainly many of my friends and peers who can offer a much more in-depth insight into Drew as a person, people who were a lot closer and had known him for many many years, it’s a testament to the larger-than-life effect he had on so many people that his passing has touched so many. Drew lived in Leeds, so there was a period of a couple of years where we travelled together a lot for All-Star shows. Throughout that time, Drew was never anything but polite, articulate and intelligent, as well as being incredibly funny. He was very humble about his time in the job, and it was always a pleasure to travel with him. The last time I saw Drew was this last summer, when despite recently having steel rods inserted inserted into his spine, he still worked. It’s that degree of toughness and determination to still perform that I find inspiring, and it’s one of the most indelible marks that Drew has left on me. He’ll be sorely missed.

This past Friday, I once again took on a double. My poor little car/also body is going to end up hating me. First up was a rather strange return to a venue that meant a lot to me over the years, as MegaSlam Wrestling presented their 6 Year Anniversary Show at the Doncaster Dome. When I first started wrestling on shows, I credit GPW as my first ‘breakthrough’, as it was the first promotion I worked for that had internet coverage, eg people writing reviews online of the shows. A few years later, debuting for 1PW at the Dome (May 2006) was arguably my next big breakthrough, as it exposed me to a whole new mainstream audience and also allowed me to start working with and alongside a lot of international talent. I’ve tons of fond memories at the Dome, so it was very strange to pull up outside it in 2015. MSW managed to pull in about 600 fans to the hall (a really good achievement and it looked full) and I wrestled Prince Ameen in the opener. Mo is always fun to step into the ring with, despite nearly dying in some way most matches. This time it was taking a back drop on the floor, being blissfully unaware that there was zero padding. Idiot.

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Jack Gallagher: The Premise Event Date - 12th February 2015

Sports are a metaphor. There is conflict between two sides and obstacles must be overcome in order to reach a goal. People cheat, people play to the rules, and people take advantage of an unfair situation. It’s something that exists in all sport, whether it is team or individual, but nowhere is it more evident than in combat sports, where the conflict is very literal. It’s a one-on-one situation where the control and dominance over another is the goal to reach. And when I speak of combat sports, don’t limit yourselves to concluding that I solely mean striking based affairs such as the latest Floyd Mayweather spectacle or a K-1 Grand Prix. The act of taking another down, pinning them, and causing them to submit is a very real aspect of fighting.

It’s a display of skill, an example of physical prowess, or just simple violence. Whatever peoples’ fascination is with fighting, it’s a universal thing, found in every country on the globe, in some form or another, throughout human history. There’s power in the metaphor of fighting.

Whatever the reason for a person’s initial and continued interest, it’s hard to ignore the narratives that rear their heads too – those personal stories of the underdog, the champion, the braggart, and what happens when all of them meet. These dramas unfold before us and further develop the metaphor of sport. Perhaps we even become more invested in the battle because of it; we might see ourselves in one of the competitors, or, more often than not, things we do not like in the other.

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Tidal Championship Wrestling ‘Wipe Out 2015′ FULL Results Event Date - 9th February 2015

The following results are from Tidal Championship Wrestling ‘Wipe Out 2015′ at the Leeds University Union in Leeds on February 8th 2015:

Rampage Brown defeated Joe Coffey by Pinfall.

Sean Only defeated Danny O’Doherty by Submission.

No Countout – Violet O’Hara defeated Nixon Newell by Pinfall.

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House Of Pain: Evolution ‘Evolution 18: … And The Horse You Rode In On’ Results Event Date - 7th February 2015

The following results are from House Of Pain: Evolution ‘Evolution 18: … And The Horse You Rode In On’ at the Forest Town Arena in Mansfield on February 6th 2015:

Rockstar Spud defeated Dan Moloney by Pinfall.

Following the match, Dan Moloney took his frustration out on the referee and SoCal Val at ringside.

The Hooligans (Roy & Zak Knight) defeated Barricade & LJ Heron by Pinfall.

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Hard-Hitting Tag Teams To Face Each Other At Preston City Wrestling ‘Who Dares Wins’ Event Date - 6th February 2015

Preston City Wrestling have announced hard-hitting tag team will face each other at their March 29th show, ‘Who Dares Wins’ at Evoque in Preston.

It has been confirmed that Zak & Roy Knight of The Hooligans will face Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards of The Wolves in a tag team match at Evoque on March 29th at ‘Who Dares Wins’.

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The Bastard Announced For Six-Man Main Event At PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’ Event Date - 6th February 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced The Bastard for the six-man championship elimination main event at their March 22nd show, ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been confirmed that “The Bastard” Dave Mastiff will join Jimmy Havoc, Noam Dar, Will Ospreay & Marty Scurll in the six-man elimination match for the PROGRESS Championship at the Electric Ballroom on March 22nd at ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: All-Star, Ringo Ryan, Pro Wrestling Chaos & Martin Kirby Event Date - 5th February 2015

Couple of shows this weekend, and a couple of lengthy journeys. Firstly was a trip down to Sevenoaks (which sounds like either a posh hotel or a golf course) in Kent, for All-Star Wrestling.

On this particular night, in my first foray at this building, I was up against Ringo Ryan. Now, looking at the different paths that Ringo and I have taken in wrestling, from our training, to the type of wrestling we grew up watching, to us being on totally opposite ends of the spectrum in style, it would be fair to say that us being matched up against each other would look like a clash of styles. However, this being our third singles meeting, I think it’s entirely fair to say that we have really decent matches with each other. The first time we ever wrestled was last year, when our team arrived ridiculously late at a venue in Hastings, and we had to literally just get changed and go to the ring. I often use this story as an example to students about having the confidence to just go into the ring and work if need be. I learn a lot whenever I wrestle Ringo, as his technical wrestling in this country is pretty much second to none. Really enjoyed this one.

Eli Ligero vs Martin Kirby in a Steel Cage at Southside Wrestling ‘3rd Anniversary.

I then came back up, collected my car (absolutely covered in snow), drove home, slept for a bit and then drove back down south to Bristol (yeah yeah, I know it sounds daft). On the way, I had the chance to do some travelling with Pete Dunne and Morgan Webster. I’ve known both guys a while, Pete especially, but this was the first real substantial time I’d spent with them, and listening to them talking about wrestling was really refreshing. Both are very intelligent people, and have a knack for thinking outside of the box, not just for the construction of matches, but with marketing and advertising.

The show that night was my return to Pro Wrestling Chaos, and a show delightfully entitled ‘Scallywags, Scoundrels & Seadogs’. A Fatal 4-Way (nobody died) was on the cards, as myself, T-Bone, Wild Boar and Martin Kirby did battle. It seemed like a strange 4 guys to put in a match that required non-stop action, but it came off rather nicely I felt. I enjoy working with Bone, and I’ve covered Boar the other week, but I want to talk about Kirby for a minute.

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INTERVIEW: Kenny Williams – February 2015 Event Date - 5th February 2015

By Craig Hermit.

Since making his début during 2013 in PBW, Kenny Williams has been involved in some of the best wrestling matches the UK has seen. Combining his athletic and technical wrestling ability he has never failed to entertain the fans in whatever roster or shows he’s a part of. I managed to catch up with the ICW Zero-G Champion at the beginning of 2015 and here is what this young but prominent talent had to say…

 
You have participated in some of the best high-flying and feel good matches of 2014, my favourite was when you captured the Zero-G Championship, what would be your favourite of the year?

“2014 was such a huge year for me so it is hard to pick a favourite moment or match. Definitely top three would be between winning PBW King of Cruisers, defeating Mark Coffey for the ICW Zero G Championship and wrestling Liam Thompson for the PBW Heavyweight title in my hometown!”

Scottish fans have seen you in nearly every promotion in Scotland, this year we fans saw you in Preston City Wrestling, Kamikaze Pro and HOPE: Wrestling. Is this just the beginning of you performing in more shows south of the Border?

“I hope so! That’s the plan anyways. I’d love to become the next Scottish Worker to really break out on the English scene.  The last two names to have done that in my opinion is Kay Lee Ray and Noam Dar.  Conveniently enough we all came from the same wrestling school, the PBW Academy!  So hopefully I could keep that trend up!  Luckily I do get to travel south of the boarder quite regularly with Insane Championship Wrestling who are set to tour the UK once again in 2015 so English fans can see me on several of the upcoming dates!”

Fans are aware that you’re good mates with great wrestler, Noam Dar, will we be seeing you two square off against each other in 2015?

“It’s been recently announced I’ll be wrestling Noam Dar in Dundee as part of ICW’s UK Tour. I’ve wrestled him several times in the last year and each time was different so it’ll be exciting to see what happens in a over 18s environment.  I’ve been on a bit of a roll in ICW and we have quite a competitive friendship so it’ll be fun to see how the patch plays out!”

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Grado To Make His US & Canada Independent Debuts This Month Event Date - 4th February 2015

Grado will make his US & Canada independent débuts this month.

Absolute Intense Wrestling have announced that Grado will make his début for the promotion on February 20th at their ‘I Choo-Choo-Choose You!’ event in Cleveland, Ohio.

Grado was originally scheduled to début back in September 2014 but could not participate after progressing in TNA British Bootcamp 2.

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Third Entrant In Six-Man Main Event Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’ Event Date - 3rd February 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced  the third entrant in the six-man championship elimination main event for their March 22nd show, ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been confirmed that Will Ospreay will join Jimmy Havoc & Noam Dar in the six-man elimination match for the PROGRESS Championship at the Electric Ballroom on March 22nd at ‘Chapter 18: The Show We Can’t Call PROGRESSLEMANIA For Legal Reasons’.

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Premier British Wrestling ‘Live In Maybole’ Results Event Date - 1st February 2015

The following results are from Premier British Wrestling ‘Live In Maybole’ at the Town Hall in Maybole on January 31st 2015:

Kenny Williams defeated Aaron Echo by Pinfall.

8-Man Tag Team – Lou King Sharp, Donnie T, Craig Damian & Dave Krycek defeated Taylor Bellando, Jamie Feerick, Krieger & Tony Martyns by Pinfall.

BT Gunn defeated Davey Blaze by Pinfall.

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Recently Released WWE Star Confirmed For Preston City Wrestling ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Event Date - 28th January 2015

Preston City Wrestling have confirmed a recently released WWE star for their March 13th show, ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Show One at Evoque, Preston.

It has been announced that PJ Black who was formally known as Justin Gabriel during his tenure with WWE will face “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero in a first round Road To Glory 2015 tournament match at Evoque on March 13th at ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Show One.

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PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 17: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ FULL Results Event Date - 27th January 2015

The following results are from PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 17: Harder Better, Faster, Stronger’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on January 25th 2015:

The Faceless attacked Mark Andrews & Eddie Dennis before their match could begin and left with the PROGRESS Tag Team Championship. Mark Andrews said that if they wanted the titles so badly, they could have them.

PROGRESS Tag Team Championship – The Faceless defeated Mark Andrews & Eddie Dennis by Pinfall to become the the PROGRESS Tag Team champions. *NEW CHAMPION*

Mark Andrews requested that he and Eddie Dennis have their match as announced, later in the show. Dennis agreed.

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Attack! Pro Wrestling ‘Mandrews Goes To America’ FULL Results Event Date - 27th January 2015

The following result are from Attack! Pro Wrestling ‘Mandrews Goes To America’ at the Cathays Community Centre in Cardiff on January 25th 2015:

Six-Man Tag Team – Kid Lykos, Daft Bump & Super Octane defeated Love Making Demon, Old Poppa Sunflower & Farmer Dunphy by Pinfall.

Tag Team Trophy First Round – Wonderland Of Wrestle (Elephant Mask & Super Santos Sr) defeated The Brothers Of Construction (Lee & Jim Construction) by Pinfall.

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New Generation Wrestling ‘Proving Grounds 25′ FULL Results Event Date - 27th January 2015

The following results are from New Generation Wrestling ‘Proving Grounds 25′ at the Beverley Memorial Hall in Beverley on January 24th 2015:

Bagheera defeated Sam Wilder by Pinfall.

Dara Diablo defeated Dan James by Pinfall.

El Ligero & Matt Myers defeated Cy Gregory & Mark Massa by Pinfall.

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4FW South East ‘Fusion 2015′ FULL Results Event Date - 26th January 2015

The following results are from 4FW South East ‘Fusion 2015′ at the Hawkinge Community Centre in Hawkinge on January 24th 2015:

Saime Sahin defeated Antonio De Luca by Pinfall.

JD Knight defeated Max Alexander by Pinfall.

Owen Phoenix defeated Tiger Ali by Pinfall.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: Training, All-Star Wrestling & EWA Event Date - 22nd January 2015

Since early 2010, I’ve been the head trainer at the NGW school in Hull. I’ve seen the school grow from small numbers in a community centre, to seeing number increase to large capacities, to NGW beginning their series of Proving Ground shows, to the school eventually being moved to its own full-time premises, which I’d implore any young wrestler to attend at some stage. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of people come and go, with a lot of them not realising just how tough wrestling can be, and underestimating how much patience you need. I really enjoy training people, and I feel it helps benefit myself also, getting to revisit stuff or tighten things up. Recently, I’ve been given the opportunity to take over the Wednesday sessions at Grapple Wrestling in Leeds, and it’s something I’m really looking forward to, as I feel I can offer a good amount of knowledge, and judging by my first sessions last week, it’s been well received so far.

That was Wednesday, whereas on Thursday, i headed down to Milton Keynes for a mid-week All-Star Wrestling booking. I’ve spoken a bit about my opponent for the night, Caden Lay, before, but I really do have to reinforce that he’s someone to keep a watchful eye over. Ambitious, hard working and constantly thinking of how to improve himself, he’s really shown dramatic improvement some the first time we wrestled, this being the 10th. A busy house, and an enjoyable match. It was also good to briefly catch up with Cy Gregory at the show, who’s just returned from training in Canada. Cy is another great young talent brimming with potential.

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Multi-Time Champion Returning To Preston City Wrestling At ‘Who Dares Wins’ Event Date - 21st January 2015

A multi-time champion is returning to Preston City Wrestling at ‘Who Dares Wins’.

It has been announced by Preston City Wrestling that former six-time TNA Knockout champion, Angelina Love will be a part of ‘Who Dares Wins’ on March 29th. Angelina Love last appeared in PCW in November 2012 at ‘PCW Invasion’ where she faced Kay Lee Ray. Love joins fellow TNA stars, Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards who have already been confirmed for the show.

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Sabu Returning To Insane Championship Wrestling This April Event Date - 21st January 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced that Sabu is returning this April.

It has been confirmed that former ECW World Heavyweight champion, sabu will return to Insane Championship Wrestling on April 19th at ‘Alex Kidd In London’ which takes places at KOKO in London.

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First Match Confirmed For Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘All The Best’ Event Date - 20th January 2015

Revolution Pro Wrestling have confirmed the first match for their April 5th show, ‘All The Best’ at the Broxbourne Civic Hall in Hoddesdon.

It has been announced that Marty Scurll will compete against Davey Richards in singles competition at the Broxbourne Civic Hall on April 5th at ‘All The Best’.

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Third 24/7 Contenders Entrant Confirmed For Pride Wrestling ‘The Spy Who Pinned Me’ Event Date - 20th January 2015

Pride Wrestling have confirmed the third 24/7 Contenders entrant for their February 7th show, ‘The Spy Who Pinned Me’ at the Bridgeton Community Centre in Bridgeton, Glasgow.

It has been announced that former Pride champion, Dickie Divers will join oreviously confirmed entrants DCT & Ryan Griffin in the 24/7 Contenders match at the Bridgeton Community Centre on February 7th at ‘The Spy Who Pinned Me’.

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Final Two Matches Confirmed For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 17: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ Event Date - 20th January 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have confirmed the final two matches for their January 25th show, ‘Chapter 17: Harder Better, Faster, Stronger’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

The first of two new matches announced will see Marty Scurll compete against “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero at the Electric Ballroom on January 25th at ‘Chapter 17: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’.

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Multi-Time WWE & WCW Champion Confirmed For Preston City Wrestling This April Event Date - 20th January 2015

A former multi-time WWE & WCW champion has been confirmed for Preston City Wrestling this April.

It has been announced by PCW that former WCW World Heavyweight, World Tag Team & WWE Intercontinental, Tag Team & World champion, Kevin Nash will be a part of their April 24th & 25th shows, Supershow 5. Nash joins Adam Cole, Mike Bennett & Maria Kanellis of The Kingdom who has already been confirmed for the shows in Preston.

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Empress Pro Wrestling ‘#EscapeArtistsNeverDie’ Results Event Date - 19th January 2015

The following results are from Empress Pro Wrestling ‘#EscapeArtistsNeverDie’ at the Arts4Every1 Centre in High Wycombe on January 17th 2015:

Pollyanna defeated Nikki Storm by Pinfall.

Faith Lehaine defeated Violet O’Hara by Pinfall*.

*Violet O’Hara caused Faith Lehaine to submit but the referee did not see the submission due to Nadia Sapphire’s distraction.

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Three Former WWE Stars Confirmed For Wrestlezone ‘Aberdeen Anarchy’ Event Date - 19th January 2015

Wrestlezone have confirmed three former WWE stars for their ‘Aberdeen Anarchy’ show.

It was announced at Wrestlezone’s show on January 17th that former WWE Tag Team champion, D-Von Dudley, former WWE Tag Team champion, Hardcore Holly & Chris Masters will be a part of their May 23rd show, ‘Aberdeen Anarchy’ at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen.

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Insane Championship Wrestling Confirm London Date As Part Of UK Tour Event Date - 19th January 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed a London date as part of their UK Tour.

It has been announced that Insane Championship Wrestling will return to London on April 19th at KOKO with ‘Alex Kidd In London’ which will be a part of their Insane Entertainment System UK Tour.

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Fifth Match Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 17: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ Event Date - 16th January 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced a fifth match for their January 25th show, ‘Chapter 17: Harder Better, Faster, Stronger’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been confirmed that “The Bastard” Dave Mastiff will compete against “Anti-Hero” Tommy End, one on one at the Electric Ballroom on January 25th at ‘Chapter 17: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: All-Star Wrestling And Travelling The Road Alone Event Date - 16th January 2015

Another bite-sized edition this week, as January slowly but surely starts to heat up. Not weather-wise you understand, as its fucking freezing still. January can be a tough month some years, as the first couple of weeks tend to be fairly bereft of shows due to it being so close to the holiday period, making it a hard time to advertise, and most parents being skint after buying their kids yo-yos or whatever kids get these days. This past Saturday morning, I set off bright and early to the historic Fairfield Halls in Croydon, London for All-Star Wrestling. Croydon invariably tends to be one of the first bookings of the year, and I’ve wrestled a few different guys there, such as Andy Simmonz, Dave Mastiff, Sam Wilder and I’ve had a favourite tag match of mine there teaming with Shadow Phoenix against Whiplash and Dynamite. This past Saturday, I was matched up against WAW talent Joey Ozbourne. I’ve known Joey for a number of years, dating back to when he worked as Joey Star. Both his physique and ability have improved tenfold since then, and for a first time encounter I really enjoyed this. Happy to do it again sometime, and I felt we delivered an exciting opening match. Croydon can sometimes be a tough crowd, but the 500 or so in that day proved to be very enthusiastic.

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Fourth Match Confirmed For Pro Wrestling Elite ‘Elite Rumble II’ Event Date - 15th January 2015

Pro Wrestling Elite have confirmed a fourth match for their March 7th show, ‘Elite Rumble II’ at the Ayr Town Hall in Ayr.

It has been announced that T-Bone will make his singles debut against Kenny Williams at the Ayr Town Hall on March 7th at ‘Elite Rumble II’.

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World Championship Match Confirmed For IPW:UK ‘Bones Vs Ricochet’ Event Date - 15th January 2015

IPW:UK have confirmed a World Championship match for their February 14th show, ‘Bones Vs Ricochet’ at The Angel Centre in Tonbridge.

It has been announced that Bad Bones will defend the IPW:UK World Championship against Ricochet at The Angel Centre on February 14th at ‘Bones Vs Ricochet’.

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A Day At The New Generation Wrestling Academy In Hull Event Date - 14th January 2015

By Dr Debonair, Esq.

There’s a chance that you’ve seen wrestling training schools and thought you’d like to go, but been a bit worried about what it’d be like on the other side of the doors.  British wrestling has never been in better hands with a fantastic combination of respectable schools led by some of today’s best talent as well as some of the most respected names from British wrestling’s illustrious history.  Training schools across the country run seminars from the best minds in the business, giving those who want to learn a chance that few would otherwise have.  The knowledge is out there for the taking and New Generation Wrestling, a wrestling promotion that is based in Hull and runs shows in the North of England, helps fulfil that need in the North East.

New Generation Wrestling operate two academies in the North of England – one in Kingston upon Hull and one in Chester-Le-Street – that attract those interested in learning to wrestle from across the region.  There’s no minimum personal requirement, aside from a willingness to learn and the desire to succeed.  In exchange, a trainee will receive training from some of the best in wrestling – El Ligero or Nathan Cruz in Hull and Rampage Brown at the NGW North East Academy are the head trainers.

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Third Contest Confirmed For Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘London Cockpit’ Event Date - 14th January 2015

Revolution Pro Wrestling have confirmed a third contest for their February 22nd show at the London Cockpit Theatre in London.

It has been announced that Marty Scurll will compete against Doug Williams in singles competition at the London Cockpit Theatre on February 22nd. Should Marty Scurll still be Undisputed British Heavyweight champion on February 22nd then the contest will be a championship match.

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Big First Round Road To Glory Tournament Match Confirmed For Preston City Wrestling ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Event Date - 13th January 2015

Preston City Wrestling have confirmed a big first round Round To Glory tournament match for their March 14th show, ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Show Three at Evoque, Preston.

It has been announced “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay will face John Morrison in a Road To Glory first round match at Evoque on March 14th at ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Show Three.

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Fourth Contest Confirmed For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 17: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ Event Date - 13th January 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have confirmed a fourth contest for their January 25th show, ‘Chapter 17: Harder Better, Faster, Stronger’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been announced that Paul Robinson will compete against Noam Dar in singles competition at the Electric Ballroom on January 25th at ‘Chapter 17: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: All-Star Wrestling And A Milestone Birthday Event Date - 9th January 2015

Bit of a bite-sized edition this week, as I’ve only wrestled once since last weeks, and even then, I probably shouldn’t have!

New Years Day saw me travelling to Skegness to work for All-Star once again. The NYD show often can be one of the toughest crowds of the year, as all the children are exhausted from being allowed to stay up past midnight and a lot of the adults are hungover, so the atmosphere can be somewhat subdued. This year however, things were a little different, as a very large and enthusiastic crowd gathered and it was I who was subdued, due to still feeling like death warmed up. I’d been ill the last few days and barely eaten, but didn’t want to start the year off with a cancellation, so I dragged myself out of bed and into a mask. Maybe I’d just be wrestling a singles or a tag, something not too strenuous to get the year underway? Naaaaah, 3-Way Ladder Match wasn’t it! Myself, El Excentrico and Adrian Severe (2 guys who I’d never wrestled before) went out and battered each other in a match where the ladder seemed to have a vendetta against all 3 of us at one point. Working with ladders can be really dangerous as it is, especially when they don’t co-operate and attempt to hurt you! I came out of the match with a black eye and a lump on my head, but I did also seem to sweat most of my illness out, so that was a bonus.

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Championship Best Of 4 Series Match Announced For Future Pro Wrestling ‘Reloaded IV’ Event Date - 9th January 2015

Future Pro Wrestling have announced a championship Best Of 4 Series match for their February 8th show, ‘Reloaded IV’ at the Wallington Hall in Surrey.

It has been confirmed that The Alpha Males, The London Riots & Swords Of Essex will compete in Match 3 of their Best Of 4 Series to determine the FPW Tag Team champions at the Wallington Hall on February 8th at ‘Reloaded IV’.

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Two Zero G Tournament First Round Matches Confirmed For Future Pro Wrestling ‘Reloaded IV’ Event Date - 8th January 2015

Future Pro Wrestling have confirmed two Zero G Tournament First Round matches for their February 8th show, ‘Reloaded IV’ at the Wallington Hall in Surrey.

The first Zero G Tournament First Round match announced will see Ali Armstrong, Terry Striker & The Warden compete in a triple threat match at the Wallington Hall on February 8th at ‘Reloaded IV’.

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Tag Team Match Announced For IPW:UK ‘Weekend Of Champions’ Night One Event Date - 8th January 2015

IPW:UK have announced a tag team match for their January 10th show, ‘Weekend Of Champions’ Night One at The Angel Centre in Tonbridge.

It has been confirmed that Jonny Storm & Jody Fleisch will compete against Sha Samuels & Marty Scurll of The East End Villains in a tag team match  at The Angel Centre on January 10th at ‘Weekend Of Champions’ Night One.

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Major Stipulation Added To Reloaded Rumble at Future Pro Wrestling ‘Reloaded IV’ Event Date - 7th January 2015

Future Pro Wrestling have added a major stipulation to the Reloaded Rumble at their February 8th show, ‘Reloaded IV’ at the Wallington Hall in Surrey.

It has been confirmed that the annual 30-Man Reloaded Rumble will now be for the FPW Championship at the Wallington Hall on February 8th at ‘Reloaded IV’.

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Championship Match Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 17: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ Event Date - 6th January 2015

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced a championship match for their January 25th show, ‘Chapter 17: Harder Better, Faster, Stronger’ at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been confirmed that “White Lightning” Mark Andrews will face “The Pride Of Wales” Eddie Dennis, with the winner choosing a new partner to be co-PROGRESS Tag Team champion, at the Electric Ballroom on January 25th at ‘Chapter 17: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’.

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ICW’s Iron Man To Challenge For Heavyweight Championship At Insane Championship Wrestling ‘BarraMania’ Event Date - 6th January 2015

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced that ICW’s Iron Man will challenge for the Heavyweight Championship at their March 29th show, ‘BarraMania’ at The Barrowlands in Glasgow.

It has been confirmed that Insane Championship Wrestling’s 2014 Wrestler Of The Year, Joe Coffey will challenge for the ICW Heavyweight Championship (currently held by Drew Galloway as of this writing) at The Barrowlands on March 29th at ‘BarraMania’.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: NGW, Tidal, All-Star & 2014 Reflections Event Date - 1st January 2015

Somewhat of a bumper edition this week, as due to my heavy schedule over the Christmas period, I had no chance to write last weeks article. So, let’s get caught up!

The 20th of December saw NGW run their usual Christmas show. Unfortunately, as fantastic as NGW is, they have a habit of choosing some truly awful names for this event. Last year was ‘JiNGWle All The Way’ and this year was ‘Christmas Smackdown’. Both absolutely terrible. On the event, which saw the company return to the busy Eastmount Centre, I took on one of my top students in ‘The Armbar Superstar’ Dan James. Dan has improved in leaps and bounds over the last 12 months, and I’ve wanted to work with him in a singles for a little while, as we’d had a couple of tag bouts up to that stage. This one was really well received by those in attendance, and DJ should be proud of how he did in this. Once he continues to improve his look, he certainly has the potential to break through onto the next tier of British wrestling.

The next night was Tidal’s final show of 2014, in the Stylus bar of Leeds Uni. As much as I loved The Cockpit as a wrestling venue, this place is far superior and the company has started to amass a bit of a cult feeling in that building. I had the pleasure of opening the show in a first time ever match with Mark Andrews. As if this was the first singles we’ve ever had! Madness. Despite Andrews’ refusal to put his TNA contract on the line, it was a pleasure finally wrestling him. One of those matches where you feel instant chemistry with your opponent. Obviously Mark has his sights on bigger horizons, but I do hope we get at least one more go around before he leaves for the States. Either that, or I’ll just hide in his suitcase.

Christmas Eve saw me travel to Minehead for All-Star Wrestling and clash with Tony Spitfire in a singles match, another first timer. That epic staredown at the final NEWS show a couple of years back was finally paid off! Despite the potential styles clash (no, not THAT one), this one seemed to work very nicely.

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Great Bear Promotions Returning This March Event Date - 23rd December 2014

Great Bear Promotions are returning this March.

It has been announced through Great Bear Promotions official website that they shall return on March 21st 2015 at the Rudheath Social Club in Rudheath.

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Mark Andrews’ Final Match In Wales Confirmed For Attack! Pro Wrestling ‘Mandrews Goes To America’ Event Date - 23rd December 2014

Attack! Pro Wrestling have confirmed Mark Andrews’ final match in Wales for their January 24th show, ‘Mandrews Goes To America’ at the Cathays Community Centre in Cardiff.

It has been announced that “White Lightning” Mark Andrews will compete against Flips & Forearms partner, “Dynamite” Pete Dunne at the Cathays Community Centre on January 24th at ‘Mandrews Goes To America’.

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Tidal Championship Wrestling ‘Silent Nightmare’ Results Event Date - 22nd December 2014

The following results are from Tidal Championship Wrestling ‘Silent Nightmare’ at Leeds University Union in Leeds on December 21st 2014:

Liam Lazarus came to the ring and explained that his match against Rampage Brown for the TCW Championship would be the biggest of his life and there would be no tea or dancing.

El Ligero defeated Mark Andrews by Pinfall.

15-Minute Iron Man Submission Match -Sean Only defeated Dan James by 3 Falls to 2.

Submission Breakdown: Dan James via Armbar (0:1), Dan James via Armbar (0:2), Sean Only via Armbar (1:2), Sean Only via Rear Naked Choke (2:2), Sean Only via Armbar (3:2).

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Insane Championship Wrestling ‘SPACEBAWS Episode 5: Bill Murray Strikes Back’ Results Event Date - 22nd December 2014

The following results are from Insane Championship Wrestling ‘SPACEBAWS Episode 5: Bill Murray Strikes Back’ at The Garage in Glasgow on December 21st 2014:

Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & DCT) defeated Sweeney & Solar by Pinfall.

Yum Yum defeated Jamie Feerick by Pinfall.

8-Man Square Go – Nathan Black won the 8-Man Square go to earn a place in the 30-Man Square Go.

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Empress Pro Wrestling Interview – December 2014 Event Date - 21st December 2014

By Craig Hermit

What should fans look forward to on your awaited opening show?
Our main event will be Rhia O’Reilly and Addy Starr (who feuded with each other for much of 2014 around the country, but are now a team known as “Bars and Stripes”) against Viper and Bete Noire. I think this match pretty much sells itself, but I guarantee it’ll be one of the most brutal female matches on European soil in 2015, and the craziest match (regardless of gender) that’s ever happened in High Wycombe.


If you’re wondering why we’ve gone with NO DQ – check out what happened in October – Rhia and Addy certainly didn’t care about any rules or safety when they threw a chair at Pollyanna’s head, so we’ll see how they do against an experienced team with an existing reputation that are totally willing to throw those chairs back!

Nikki Storm vs Pollyanna is a match that’s happened before. On paper, people might expect Nikki Storm to be the obvious favourite to win this match, but the intriguing factor is – Pollyanna seems a completely different wrestler at Empress Pro and has overcome every obstacle we’ve put in front of her. Nikki Storm will obviously want to show the local crowd why she’s the “Best in the Galaxy” and Pollyanna will be desperate to keep her unbeaten record going. Something has to give!
Ruby Summers vs Chardonnay should provide some intrigue and mystique for fans. I imagine most fans know slightly less about these two than any of the other wrestlers on the show, but anyone that attends “Escape Artists Never Die” in January will definitely leave with a positive impression (or possibly negative depending on the mood Chardonnay is in)… I think these two will do whatever they can to ensure people remember them in future, and as a first time encounter – it’s just as unpredictable as any other match on the card.

Nixon, Faith Lehaine, Nadia and Violet O’Hara all still have their matches to be announced… Watch out for those in the coming weeks!

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Former WWE, WCW & TNA Creative Writer To Join IPW:UK Event Date - 21st December 2014

It has been announced that former WWE, WCW & TNA creative writer, Vince Russo is to join IPW:UK this January.

IPW:UK confirmed through a press release on their official website that Vince Russo will join IPW:UK as an Executive In Power from January 1st 2015 and shall be in charge of all of IPW:UK’s operation and company direction as part of his position.

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Dates Confirmed For Insane Championship Wrestling’s Insane Entertainment System UK Tour 2015 Event Date - 21st December 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed some of the dates for their Insane Entertainment System UK Tour 2015.

It has been announced that Insane Championship Wrestling shall host shows in Dundee, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham Sheffield & Glasgow in February, March, April & May 2015. More dates and venues are to be confirmed in the near future.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: Future Pro Wrestling & KGW Promotions Event Date - 20th December 2014

Bit of a bite size edition this week, as the weekend turned out to be very quiet one.

Friday, I had off. What did I do with this free time you ask? Strippers, cocaine and Jack Daniels? Pretty much, except I think I went to the gym instead. I can’t remember, it’s all such a blur. As was Saturday morning, when I was up at 5am to get sorted to head down to London/Sutton/Surrey/honestly don’t know for a double dose of FPW. It was actually rather pleasant driving down so early in the morning, watching the sun come up whilst the dulcet tones of CM Punk telling everyone it’s not about the money and then whining about money played on my iPod. I travelled the 4 1/2 there and back on my own, but I don’t mind stuff like that every now and then. Kinda therapeutic.

On the afternoon card, i was matched up against Grado in one of those ‘first time ever’ encounters. Whilst I feel it’s a difficult task opening the show with what’s essentially a stand-up comedy routine, and the crowd were indeed slow to get into the antics, I did end up enjoying what we produced. It was ridiculous, and it was probably one of those marmite ‘love it or hate it’ matches, but there was some good feedback afterwards. I ended up taking a Rock Bottom into tortilla chips at the end, which surprisingly hurt! Those things are fucking sharp.

On the night show, I was originally meant to be tagging with Chris Masters against Rob Terry and Mason Ryan, but for reasons I’m still not 100% clear on, FPW decided they didn’t have space on the show for it, and the match was pulled. I’ve worked for FPW for a couple of years now and they’ve always done a tremendous job of looking after me, and they still accommodated me here, so I’m sure they had their reasons. For the record though, if the match had taken place, I’d have ended up Gorilla Pressing all 3 of them. At the same time. Into the sun. I drove home instead.

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Former TNA & ROH Champions Coming To Preston City Wrestling This March Event Date - 19th December 2014

It has been announced that former TNA & ROH champions are coming to Preston City Wrestling this March.

It has been confirmed by Preston City Wrestling that former TNA & ROH Tag Team champions, Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards of The Wolves will be a part of Who Dares Wins on March 29th in Preston.

March 29th will mark Davey Richards, a former ROH & PWG World champion. first appearance in PCW since 2013 when he faced Dave Mastiff at Fright Night Part 2. However, his tag team partner, Eddie Edwards, a former ROH World champion in his own right, will make his Preston City Wrestling début at Who Dares Wins alongside Richards.

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Revolution Red Wrestling Owner, Benji Squibbs Interview – December 2014 Event Date - 12th December 2014

Revolution Red Wrestling is a new wrestling promotion based in Newport in Wales.  After a successful debut show at Newport Centre in November 2014, Wrestle Ropes’s Dr Debonair, Esq talked to Benj Squibbs to find out more about the challenges of setting up a promotion.
 

First up, what was your history in wrestling before starting up your own promotion?

Benj: To be completely honest with you, I was strictly just a fan. I have been a fan of wrestling since I was 5 years old and started watching the WWF on Sky TV around the time between Wrestlemania 7 and Summerslam 91. When people stopped watching during the mid 90’s or mid 2000’s I was still watching most products. I could never get enough wrestling. Then in 2010, I went to the MCM expo in London and the FWA were there and it got me hooked on British wrestling from there. I’m lucky that some of my best friends have been wrestlers, promoters etc so even though I was never directly involved, I could always keep a close eye on things from the outside.


What made you decide that now was the time to set up your own promotion?

Benj: I just felt that the time of dreaming about it was over and it’s now or never. The only way to find out if you are capable of achieving something is go out there and do your best. That’s all we can do.


Where did the inspiration and business advice for your first show come from?

Benj: Being from Newport, South Wales, we are from the same city as Dragon Pro Wrestling who have trained the likes of Mark Andrews, Wild Boar, Morgan Webster and loads more. They concentrate on putting on Academy shows and getting the younger guys ready before they go off into the British wrestling scene. There was a big gap in Wales for a company to get the elite British guys and bring them all together. I went to Dragon Pro to let them know my plans and they were so helpful with everything and offered us lots of advice on how to go about things. The last thing I wanted was for them to think that I wanted to take over and hurt their project because It couldn’t be further from the truth. So yes they were great in giving us advice.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: UKW, New Generation Wrestling, Switzerland & PAID Promotions Event Date - 11th December 2014

This past week featured 4 shows, 4 flights, 4 main events, numerous energy drinks and the longest day in the history of days. It was a tiring week.

The week kicked off on Thursday, with UKW The December Bash. I haven’t wrestled for UKW in an absolute age, despite being a former UKW TV Champion for a whole 120 seconds. Every December, they run a charity show at this local school in Leeds, and this year they secured me for it. As a bonus, the venue was 3.4 miles from my house, the shortest distance I’ve ever had to travel for a show! I was matched up in a UKW Championship Match against my old mate Prince Mohmed Ameen. I’ve known Mo for YEARS, and he used to be a regular on the UK scene, we’d travel together, we’ve had some great matches for 3CW, RDW etc. We’ve also had some bad matches! Little remembered fact, Mo was my opponent on the first ever PCW show! The amount of stories I could tell about the guy and his shenanigans (and I often do when travelling with people), and the amount of stories that aren’t suitable for print….. It was really good to be back in the ring with him, as I barely see him these days, and the result was a good, heated main event in front of a busy crowd. Mo has a very underrated mind for wrestling, and is still a great talker. I’d be more than happy to see him start picking up more work on the UK scene again, as it sometimes lacks those over-the-top characters. Fun little start to the week.

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Fifth Contest Announced For Rock N Wrestle ‘Live At The Ironworks’ Event Date - 11th December 2014

Rock N Wrestle have announced a fifth contest for their December 12th show at the Ironworks in Inverness.

It has been confirmed that Davey Blaze will compete against Wolfgang in singles competition at the Ironworks on December 12th.

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Eighth Contest Confirmed For Preston City Wrestling ‘Shooting Star – Kris Travis Charity Fundraiser Show’ Event Date - 11th December 2014

Preston City Wrestling have confirmed an eighth contest for their January 23rd charity show, ‘Shooting Star – Kris Travis Charity Fund Raiser Show’ at Evoque in Preston.

It has been announced that Martin Kirby will face former PCW Heavyweight champion, Chris Masters in singles competition at Evoque on January 23rd.

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Double Début Announced For Preston City Wrestling ‘Shooting Star – Kris Travis Charity Fundraiser Show’ Event Date - 10th December 2014

Preston City Wrestling have announced a double début for their January 23rd charity show, ‘Shooting Star – Kris Travis Charity Fund Raiser Show’ at Evoque in Preston.

It has been confirmed that “The Heavyweight House Of Pain” Stixx & Joseph Conners will make their PCW début and face each other, one on one at Evoque on January 23rd.

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Championship Match Confirmed For PAID Promotions ‘Love & War’ Event Date - 10th December 2014

PAID Promotions have confirmed a championship match for their February 15th show, ‘Love & War’ at the Winter Gardens in Morecambe.

It has been announced that Craig Kollins will defend PAID Promotions British Heavyweight Championship against “The Heavyweight House Of Pain’ Stixx at the Winter Gardens on February 15th at ‘Love & War’.

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Second Match Announced For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘SPACEBAWS Episode 5: Bill Murray Strikes Back’ Event Date - 10th December 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced a second match for their December 21st show, ‘SPACEBAWS Episode 5: Bill Murray Strikes Back’ at The Garage in Glasgow.

It has been confirmed by Insane Championship Wrestling that Jackie Polo & DCT will face the duo of Sweeney & Solar in a tag team match at The Garage on December 21st at ‘SPACEBAWS Episode 5: Bill Murray Strikes Back’.

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Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Coming To 4 Front Wrestling This May Event Date - 10th December 2014

It has been announced that a former WWE World Heavyweight champion is coming to 4 Front Wrestling this May.

It has been confirmed that Alberto Del Rio, a former WWE World Heavyweight champion and the current AAA World Heavyweight champion will be a part of 4 Front Wrestling’s Global Takeover 2014 show on May 23rd at the Rivermead Leisure Complex in Caversham, Berkshire.

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Championship Match Confirmed For Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘London Cockpit’ Event Date - 9th December 2014

Revolution Pro Wrestling have confirmed a championship match for their February 22nd show at the London Cockpit Theatre in London.

It has been announced that Will Ospreay will defend the Undisputed Cruiserweight Championship against Rocky Romero at the London Cockpit Theatre on February 22nd.

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Second Match Confirmed For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘ENDVR:8′ Event Date - 9th December 2014

PROGRESS Wrestling have confirmed a second match for their January 4th show, ‘ENDVR:8′ at The Garage in Islington, London.

It has been announced that Chuck Mambo will compete against Tom Irvin in singles competition at The Garage on Janaury 4th at ‘ENDVR:8′.

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TNA British Boot Camp Winner Confirmed Event Date - 8th December 2014

It was confirmed earlier tonight during Challenge TV’s TNA British Boot Camp 2 that 22-year old Mark Andrews from Cardiff, Wales was the winner, earning a contract with TNA Wrestling.

Mark Andrews faced Impact Wrestling star, DJ Z in a match during the final show of the competition before being declared the victor ahead of runner-ups, Kay Lee Ray & Rampage Brown.

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Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Brush Your Goose’ Results Event Date - 8th December 2014

The following results are from Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Brush Your Goose’ at The Garage in Glasgow on December 7th 2014:

Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey) defeated The Gatecrashers (Christopher Saynt & Dave Conrad) by Pinfall.

Chris Renfrew came to the ring and claimed that he was the most hardcore wrestler in ICW and if anyone disagreed then to come out. The challenge was answered by “Hardcore” Bob Holly.

Chris Renfrew defeated Bob Holly by Pinfall*.

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House Of Pain: Evolution ‘Evolution 17: Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal’ Results Event Date - 8th December 2014

The following results are from House Of Pain: Evolution ‘Evolution 17: Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal’ at the Forest Town Arena in Mansfield on December 5th 2014:

Six-Man Tag Team: Jurgen Heimlich, Barricade & LJ Heron defeated Matt Hall, Money Benjamin & Cryptico by Pinfall.

Justin Sysum defeated Burchill by Pinfall.

Ashton Smith defeated Chris Tyler by Pinfall.

Paul Malen defeated Martin Kirby by Pinfall.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: Preston City Wrestling, Progress Wrestling & Goodbyes Event Date - 5th December 2014

Back in May 2003, when I was merely 14 months into my wrestling career, I had the pleasure of attending the stunning FWA/ROH Frontiers Of Honor show, taking place at York Hall, London. At the time, i marvelled at the ability of both of the British stars, and their chemistry with their American counterparts, and it became a huge goal of mine to both wrestle in the same fantastic venue as them, and to be viewed as equal to the U.S. stars. Over the years, I’ve had chance to wrestle at York Hall multiple times, for RQW, RPW and most recently TNA. This past weekend, whilst I’ve been given the opportunity to work with numerous imports over the years, I feel like I truly crossed the second part of that 2003-established goal off my list, as the red hot PCW promoted 3 shows in association with Ring Of Honor.

Up first, on the Friday night, was a 6-Way featuring myself, Dean Allmark, Joey Hayes, Charlie Garrett, ACH and Cedric Alexander. It’s always great to be first on shows like this, as you’ve got the chance to kick the night off with a bang, and matches like these are all about providing fireworks and a hot start to the proceedings. Saying that, there’s a very common wrestlers dream where your entrance music is playing and you’ve only got half your gear on, and you’re panicking and rushing to get dressed. Well, that was nearly a reality on Friday, as we were all under the impression the show started at 7, not 6:45, so when I was only half dressed, it came as a bit of a surprise that the show opening music hit, and I was out first. To say I hit the ring slightly disheveled (with my tights not even done up) is an understatement. That blunder aside, and minus one or two slightly scrappy moments, the match seemed to really jump start the night. True credit goes to Joey Hayes too, as in front of an audience who want to cheer and appreciate 99% of the talent appearing, he remains a true villain and remains disliked.

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Second Road To Glory Tournament Match Announced For Preston City Wrestling ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Event Date - 3rd December 2014

Preston City Wrestling have announced a second Road To Glory tournament match for their March 13th show, ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Night One at Evoque, Preston.

It has been confirmed that former PCW Heavyweight and current Tag Team champion, T-Bone will compete against former WWE star and World Heavyweight champion, Alberto Del Rio in a Road To Glory Round One match at Evoque on March 13th at ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Night One.

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Three Matches Confirmed For Showcase Pro Wrestling ‘Rumblemania’ Event Date - 3rd December 2014

Showcase Pro Wrestling have confirmed three matches for their March 2015 show, ‘Rumblemania’ at The Lochside Club in Dumfries.

The first match announced will see James Scott defend the British Heavyweight Championship against joint no.1 contenders Nathan Black & Mike Musso in a Triple Threat match at The Lochside Club at ‘Rumblemania’.

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Two New Matches Announced For Pro Wrestling Kingdom/Shropshire Wrestling Alliance ‘To Infinity & Beyond’ Event Date - 3rd December 2014

Pro Wrestling Kingdom & Shropshire Wrestling Alliance have announced two new matches for their December 14th show, ‘To Infinity & Beyond’ at the Dawley Town Hall in Dawley.

The first new match confirmed will see Lana Austin compete against Bubblegum in singles competition at the Dawley Town Hall on December 14th at ‘To Infinity & Beyond’.

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First Road To Glory Tournament Match Confirmed For Preston City Wrestling ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Event Date - 2nd December 2014

Preston City Wrestling have confirmed the first Road To Glory tournament match for their March 13th show, ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Night One at Evoque, Preston.

It has been announced that Joey Hayes will compete against Lionheart in a Road To Glory First Round match at Evoque on March 13th at ‘Road To Glory 2015′ Night One.

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PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishiii’ Results Event Date - 2nd December 2014

The following results are from PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishiii’ at The Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on November 30th 2014:

The show began with Rampage Brown turning down Mark Haskins’ plea to join Screw Indy Wrestling and team with Sha Samuels to face F.S.U. Martin Stone then knocked out  Rampage Brown and agreed to join Sha Samuels.

PROGRESS Tag Team Championship – F.S.U. (Mark Andrews & Eddie Dennis) defeated Screw Indy Wrestling (Sha Samuels & Martin Stone) by Pinfall to retain the PROGRESS Tag Team Championship.

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Pro Wrestling Chaos ‘Bird On A Wire’ Results Event Date - 1st December 2014

The following results are from Pro Wrestling Chaos ‘Bird On A Wire’ at the Shire Way Community Centre in Yate, Bristol on November 29th 2014:

Triple Threat – Jeckel defeated Kid Lykos & Mark Andrews by Pinfall.

Gideon defeated Wild Boar by Referee Stoppage.

Pollyanna stood up to Chris Walker and was attacked as a result. Wild Boar came to the ring to stop the attack.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: Grand Pro, PBW, HOP vs NGW, Southside & Tidal Wrestling Event Date - 27th November 2014

Whilst last weeks edition didn’t feature that much wrestling, this weeks features entirely too much. Well, not too much wrestling, because who can have too much? But there’s wrestling coming out of the wazoo this week. Whatever that means. Either way, this was an ambitious 3 days.

Friday started off with the final GPW show of 2014, Final Fight. All the way back through the mists of time (2003), GPW was the promotion I feel gave me my first real UK exposure when I debuted for them on their second show. Ever since then, I’ve been a total mainstay for them, from opening match to main event and everywhere in between. This year, I finally won my first championship for them, their mid-card British Title, and on Friday, I successfully defended the gold against T-Bone. The match was a short and spirited affair, that left the door open for further confrontation next year with an opponent I’ve gathered chemistry with over the years. Literally, as soon as I rolled out of the ring with the belt, I stuck some shorts and a hoodie on, and dove straight into my car (in full-gear) and sped off to Sheffield for SWE Ill Manors 2014! After not making the TravAid/Tidal double last week, I was under pressure to definitely make this one (plus I’d have never heard the end of it from Kay Lee Ray if I didn’t), and with that thought in mind, I raced across Snakes Pass in torrential rain to get to the second show. Here’s a tip for you: don’t do that, it leads to aquaplaning/life flashing before eyes.

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TLC Championship Opportunity Match Confirmed For IPW:UK ‘Tables, Ladders & Challenges’ Event Date - 26th November 2014

IPW:UK have confirmed a TLC Championship opportunity match for their January 3rd show, ‘Tables, Ladders & Challenges’ at the Selsdon Community Centre in Selsdon.

It has been announced that Rob Lynch & James Davis of The London Riots will will face Zack Sabre Jr & Marty Scurll of The LDRs in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs match at the Selsdon Community Centre on January 3rd at ‘Tables, Ladders & Challenges’. Additionally, if The LDRs win, they shall receive a championship match at any time of their choosing but if they lose, they must disband.

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Survivor Series Match Members Confirmed For British Championship Wrestling ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night Two Event Date - 26th November 2014

British Championship Wrestling have confirmed the members for the Survivor Series match at their December 6th show, ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night Two at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock.

It has been announced by British Championship Wrestling that Team Mossy will consist of Johnny Moss, TJ Rage & Damo and Team Grado will feature Grado, Davey Blaze & Wolfgang at the Grand Hall on December 6th at ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night Two.

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Premier British Wrestling ‘Live In Airdrie’ Results Event Date - 26th November 2014

The following results are from Premier British Wrestling ‘Live In Airdrie’ at the Town Hall in Airdrie on November 22nd 2014:

PBW Tag Team Championship – Just Uz defeated The Models by Pinfall to retain the PBW Tag Team Championship.

TJ Rage defeated El Technico by Pinfall.

Wolfgang defeated Red Lightning by Pinfall.

Davey Blaze defeated Uhaa Nation by Pinfall.

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Final Match Confirmed For Shropshire Wrestling Alliance ‘GoldRush 2014′ Event Date - 26th November 2014

Shropshire Wrestling Alliance have confirmed the final match for their November 28th show, ‘GoldRush 2014′ at the Dawley Town Hall in Dawley.

It has been announced that Morgan Webster will compete against Drew Parker in singles competition at the Dawley Town Hall on November 28th at ‘GoldRush 2014′.

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Southside Wrestling ‘Opportunity Knocks 2014′ Results Event Date - 25th November 2014

The following results are from Southside Wrestling ‘Opportunity Knocks 2014′ at the Rushcliffe Arena in Nottingham on November 23rd 2014:

Tyler Bate defeated Jospeh Conner by Pinfall.

Paul Malen defeated Bam Bam Barton by Submission.

The Dunne Brothers defeated The Hunter Bros by Pinfall.

Triple Threat – Uhaa Nation defeated Morgan Webster & El Ligero by Pinfall.

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Contract Signing Confirmed For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Brush Your Goose’ Event Date - 25th November 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed a contract signing for their December 7th show, ‘Brush Your Goose’ at The Garage in Glasgow.

It has been announced that BT Gunn & Wolfgang will sign the contract for their January 25th cgae match, at The Garage on December 7th at ‘Brush Your Goose’.

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Two New Contests Announced For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Brush Your Goose’ Event Date - 21st November 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced two new contests for their December 7th show, ‘Brush Your Goose’ at The Garage in Glasgow.

The first new match confirmed will see Joe Coffey compete against Liam Thomson in singles competition at The Garage on December 7th at ‘Brush Your Goose’.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: True Grit Wrestling, TravAid & Friendship Event Date - 20th November 2014

This weeks edition of my article features very little wrestling I’m afraid. Don’t get me wrong, wrestling did happen over the weekend, but that’s not what the weekend was about. It’s obviously public knowledge the ordeal that Kris Travis has been going through in the last couple of months. This weekend featured a show dedicated to raising money for him, as well as a regular booking on the Saturday night. But first, it was a Friday full of frolics, food and far too much dizzy water….

It’s very rare these days that I get to go on a ‘proper night out’. Back in the day, because I’m so old y’see, I used to wrestle a lot more locally than I do now. These days, the bookings are both further away and more numerous, and since wrestling became my actual full-time living 5 years ago, I chose to abandon as many spontaneous ventures into nightclubs at 2am, as I needed to both be in good shape and also save money a bit more. I think in 2014 alone, I’ve had 3 nights out. My birthday, something else (must have been memorable) and Friday. One of the brilliant things about wrestling is the friendships built up in it, and over the years and meeting thousands of people, there’s a lot of folks in the job that I feel I can call a friend. And on Friday, myself and some of my closest friends (Kirby, Travis, CJ Banks, Joey Hayes and Danny Hope) hit Manchester for a long overdue catch-up and celebration of Travis’ fight and determination to beat his illness. Something like this was long overdue, and it really was brilliant to all be together. Despite my memory of the last few hours being somewhat hazy….

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Street Fight Match Confirmed For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishiii’ Event Date - 19th November 2014

PROGRESS Wrestling have confirmed a street fight match for their November 30th show, ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishiii’ at The Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been announced that “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero will face “No Gimmick Required” Michael Gilbert in a street fight match at The Electric Ballroom on November 30th at ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishiii’.

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Two Championship Matches Confirmed For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Brush Your Goose’ Event Date - 18th November 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed two championship matches for their December 7th show, ‘Brush Your Goose’ at The Garage in Glasgow.

The first match announced will feature the current ICW Heavyweight champion, Drew Galloway who shall defend the championship against Kid Fite at The Garage on December 7th at ‘Brush Your Goose’.

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Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Fear & Lothian II’ Results Event Date - 17th November 2014

DCT defeated Solar by Pinfall*.

*Jackie Polo’s mallet was used during the match which lead to the victory.

Following the match, Polo Promotions attacked Solar & Sweeney.

The Power Couple (Liam Thomson & Carmel) came to the ring and called out The Bucky Boys.

The Bucky Boys defeated The Power Couple (Liam Thomson & Carmel) by Pinfall.

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IPW:UK ‘Unfinished Business 2014′ Results Event Date - 17th November 2014

The following results are from IPW:UK ‘Unfinished Business 2014′ at the Snodland Community Centre in Snodland on November 16th 2014:

Robert Rose defeated Scott Star by Pinfall.

Bad Bones defeated Mad Man Manson by Pinfall.

Following the match, Bad Bones demanded his rematch with Martin Stone for the IPW:UK World Championship on December 6th in Hamburg, Germany.

8-Man Tag Team – Jimmy Havoc, OMEGA & The London Riots defeated D&D, Paul London & Brian Kendrick by Pinfall.

Following the match, Jimmy Havoc challenged Paul London to a Hardcore match in the future with the loser being no longer welcome in IPW:UK.

Tennessee Honey defeated Leah Von Dutch by Pinfall.

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Second Contest Announced For Fierce Females ‘Come & Say G’Day’ Event Date - 14th November 2014

Fierce Females have announced a second contest for their November 23rd show, ‘Come & Say G’Day’ at Walkbaout in Glasgow.

It has been confirmed that Sara-Marie Taylor of The Glamour Gym will compete against “The Best In The Galaxy” Nikki Storm in singles competition at Walkabout on November 23rd at ‘Come & Say G’Day’.

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Three New Matches Announced For Premier British Wrestling ‘Live In Airdrie’ Event Date - 14th November 2014

Premier British Wrestling have announced three new matches for their November 22nd show, ‘Live In Airdrie’ at the Town Hall in Airdrie.

The first new match confirmed will feature the current PBW Tag Team champions, BT Gunn & Stevie Xavier of Just Uz who shall defend the championship against Joey Hayes & Danny Hope of The Models at the Town Hall on November 22nd at ‘Live In Airdrie’.

The second new match scheduled for ‘Live In Airdrie’ will see the King Of Cruisers 2014, Kenny Williams face “Unstoppable” Andy Wild in singles competition on November 22nd at the Town Hall.

The third new match announced to take place on November 22nd will see the team of Taylor Bellando & Alex Draven compete against Tony Martyns and Saqib Ali in a tag team match in Airdrie.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: Tidal Wrestling, HOP:E & New Generation Wrestling Event Date - 13th November 2014

Here’s the short version of this weeks column: I had 3 local shows. I enjoyed all 3. Also, was on national TV.

Oh. You want more? Oh, go on then. Friday kicked off this weeks festivities as Tidal Championship Wrestling returned to the Dolphin Centre in Darlington. Originally scheduled to face off against Rampage Brown and Stixx in a No DQ 3-Way, a card reshuffle due to Grado not being able to appear meant I was drafted in as Noam Dar’s opponent against The Bucky Boys. I was perfectly okay with working a tag match instead of being the crash test dummy for 2 big, bruising heavyweights. Antics, shenanigans, larfs and some movez~! were the order of the day in this one. Referee John Myers was out of control in this one, bodyslamming wrestlers and doing DX crotch chops to his hearts delight. Ridiculous. After the show, I also got to live out a lifelong (alright, a few years) ambition by doing an introduction for the fantastic YouTube series Botchamania, with the assistance of Liam Lazarus. The genius behind the series, Maffew, is a huge wrestling fan, and it was great to meet the guy finally. Really nice guy, and a great way to top off a fun night.

You know what’s not fun? Getting thrown through a load of chairs where evil pint glasses are lurking like naughty glass mines. Avoiding them was like some kind of fucked-up Crystal Maze game, and was one of the main things I took away from my HOPE Part XVI main event against Jack Jester. That, and bruises. Oh! And I got to use one of those giant space hopper gimmicks as a weapon! That was a first in 13 years. HOPE were running a new venue in a place called Kirkby In Ashfield (no, me either), and did well to fill the leisure centre with a tidy crowd that could easily be built upon. Someone who I was really glad to see in attendance (clarification: he wrestled on the show, not paid for a ticket) was Kenny Williams. Kenny is a young Scottish lad absolutely bursting with potential, and is definitely the next hot thing to come out of our northern neighbours. I’d recommend a lot of UK promoters keeping their eyes peeled for him.

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Fifth Contest Announced For IPW:UK ‘New Territory 2014′ Event Date - 13th November 2014

IPW:UK have announced a fifth contest for their November 15th show, ‘New Territory 2014′ at Selsdon Community Centre in Selsdon, Surrey.

It has been confirmed by IPW:UK that The Mexican Eagle, who shall be accompanied by Jonathan Windsor, will faceCuban Heat, one on one at Selsdon Community Centre on November 15th at New Territory 2014′.

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Magnus’ Opponent Announced For IPW:UK ‘Unfinished Business 2014′ Event Date - 12th November 2014

IPW:UK have announced Magnus’ opponent for their November 16th show, ‘Unfinished Business 2014′ at the Snodland Community Centre in Snodland.

It has been confirmed that former TNA World Heavyweight champion, Magnus will compete against former IPW:UK Tag Team & Cruiserweight champion, “Party” Marty Scurll at the Snodland Community Centre on November 16th at ‘Unfinished Business 2014′.

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British Wrestlers Appear On World Wrestling Entertainment’s Flagship TV Show Event Date - 11th November 2014

During World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship TV show, Raw which was held at the Echo Arena on Liverpool on November 10th, several British wrestlers appeared in the show.

Former PCW, BCW, ICW Zero-G, PBW Heavyweight & Tag Team champion and Pro Wrestling Elite owner, Lionheart appeared alongside Rusev during a segment. Lionheart is a 12-year veteran who has wrestled in almost every major promotion within the UK as well as companies in Europe.

Current Pride N7 champion & former SWA Laird Of The Ring champion, Joe Hendry, who has previously appeared on WWE TV, was also part of the Rusev segment. Joe Hendry only debuted in 2013 but has already twice on WWE TV, apprearing earlier this year as one of Adam Rose’s rosebuds. Hendry is a regular in promotions such as Scottish Wrestling Alliance & Insane Championship Wrestling.

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First Match Confirmed For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Fear & Lothian II’ Event Date - 7th November 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed the first match for their November 16th show, ‘Fear & Lothian II’ at the City Nightclub in Edinburgh.

It has been announced that Grado will compete against Martin Stone in singles competition at the City Nightclub on November 16th at ‘Fear & Lothian II’.

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Third Match Confirmed For Preston City Wrestling ‘Supershow Of Honor’ Show Four Event Date - 7th November 2014

Preston City Wrestling have confirmed a third match for their November 30th show, ‘Supershow Of Honor’ Show Four at Evoque in Preston.

It has been announced that Tommaso Ciampa will compete against the current ROH World champion, Jay Briscoe in singles competition at Evoque on November 30th at ‘Supershow of Honor’ Show Four.

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Survivor Series Tag Team Match Confirmed For British Championship Wrestling ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night Two Event Date - 7th November 2014

British Championship Wrestling have confirmed a survivor series tag team match for their December 6th show, ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night Two at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock.

It has been announced by British Championship Wrestling that Johnny Moss’ team will face Grado’s team in a six-man survivor series tag team match at the Grand Hall on December 6th at ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night Two.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: All-Star, PCW, PBW & PAID Promotions Event Date - 6th November 2014

Last time you joined me, I was nearly halfway through a 10 day stretch on the road, having covered Surrey, Stevenage, Scotland, Bedworth and Bognor.

As I write this, I’m 2 days removed from the conclusion of the run, having taken a couple of days to unwind and heal up. At the end of last weeks article, I’d reflected on the embarrassment of being stood at the top of a ladder for seemingly an age in Bognor, struggling to unclasp a briefcase. I had another Ladder Match with Robbie Dynamite the next afternoon in Minehead. Luckily, there was no such snafus and the match came off as well as landing on a steel ladder could do. Before this year began, I think I’d only had 4 ladder matches in total. In 2014 alone, I’ve had at least 5. They hurt. Following Minehead was the looooooong 6 and a half hour journey up to Skegness. I love doing the Butlins camps, they’re hugely fun, the only downside is the huge distances between them. Being away from home for 3 days at a time also means you have to try and find gyms whenever you can. I consider myself very dedicated to keeping in decent shape, and whilst it can be tough to get up early, head into the town centre, get to a gym, work out, come back and immediately set up the ring, wrestle, then take the ring down again, that’s all part of the job in my opinion, and it instils a work ethic in you.

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Heavyweight Contest Confirmed For Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘The Sittingbourne Return’ Event Date - 6th November 2014

Revolution Pro Wrestling have confirmed heavyweight contest for their November 9th show, ‘The Sittingbourne Return’ at the UKP Leisure Centre in Sittinbourne.

It has been announced that “The Guvnor” Martin Stone will compete against “Beast Of Belfast” Damian O’Connor at the UKP Leisure Centre on November 9th at ‘The Sittingbourne Return’.

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Two Matches Confirmed For Scottish Wrestling Alliance Zero1 ‘Live In Ardrossan’ Event Date - 5th November 2014

Scottish Wrestling Alliance Zero1 have confirmed two matches for their November 7th show at the Civic Centre in Ardrossan.

The first match announced will feature former SWA Scottish Heavyweight champion, Joe Coffey who shall compete against one of the men responsible for him losing the championship, Jackie Polo in singles competition at the Civic Centre on November 7th.

The second match scheduled for November 7th will see Mark Coffey face Bobby Roberts, one on one in Ardrossan at the Civic Centre.

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World Championship Match Moved To IPW:UK ‘New Territory 2014′ Event Date - 5th November 2014

IPW:UK have announced a World Championship match has been moved to their November 15th show, ‘New Territory 2014′ at Selsdon Community Centre in Selsdon, Surrey.

It has been confirmed by IPW:UK that the previously announced World Championship match between Martin Stone & Magnus which was scheduled to take place on November 16, will now take place at Selsdon Community Centre on November 15th at New Territory 2014′.

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Tag Team Match Announced For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Fear & Lothian II’ Event Date - 5th November 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced a tag team match for their November 16th show, ‘Fear & Lothian II’ at the City Nightclub in Edinburgh.

It has been confirmed that Paul London & Brian Kendrick will face The Bucky Boys in a tag team match at the City Nightclub on November 16th at ‘Fear & Lothian II’.

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Tag Team Match Confirmed For Infinite Promotions ‘A Hard Day’s Fight Round III’ Event Date - 4th November 2014

Infinite Promotions have confirmed a tag team match for their November 8th show, ‘A Hard Day’s Fight Round III’ at The Dome, Grand Central Hall in Liverpool.

It has been announced by Infinite Promotions that Axl Rage & James Drake of The Blackpool Blonds will face Timm Wylie & Babyfaced Pitbull in a tag team match at The Dome on November 8th at ‘A Hard Day’s Fight Round III’.

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Final Match Announced For Preston City Wrestling ‘Supershow Of Honor’ Show Three Event Date - 4th November 2014

Preston City Wrestling have announced the final match for their November 29th show, ‘Supershow Of Honor’ Show Three at Evoque in Preston.

It has been confirmed that “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero will face Tommaso Ciampa in singles competition at Evoque on November 29th at ‘Supershow of Honor’ Show Three.

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Fifth Match Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishiii’ Event Date - 4th November 2014

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced a fifth match for their November 30th show, ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishiii’ at The Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

It has been confirmed that Marty Scurll will compete against Noam Dar in singles competition at The Electric Ballroom on November 30th at ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishiii’.

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Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Fear & Loathing VII’ Results Event Date - 3rd November 2014

The following results are from Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Fear & Loathing VII’ at the Barrowlands in Glasgow.on November 2nd 2014:

ICW Zero-G Championship – Four-Way – Kenny Williams defeated Big Damo, Kid Fite & Joe Hendry by Pinfall to retain the ICW Zero-G Championship.

2 Out Of 3 Falls* – Liam Thomson & Carmel defeated Stevie Boy & Kay Lee Ray by 2 Falls to 1.

*Falls: First Fall to Liam Thomson & Carmel by Pinfall, Second Fall to Stevie Boy & Kay Lee Ray by Pinfall, Third Fall to Liam Thomson & Carmel by Pinfall.

Following the match, Davey Boy returned delivering a 3D along with Stevie Boy to Carmel before being Swanton Bombed by Kay Lee Ray.

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Major Content News For Insane Championship Wrestling On Demand Service Event Date - 3rd November 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced major content news for their On Demand service.

It has been confirmed by Insane Championship Wrestling that on the day of launch (Monday, November 3rd at 9am), ICW shows ‘Shug’s Hoose Party’, ‘1.21 Gigawatts’, ‘Show Me Your Lizard’, ‘Jimmy Nails Revenge’, ‘A Show In London’, ‘Daves Not Here, Man!’, ‘Fear & Loathing VI’ & ‘SPACEBAWS: Episode 4′ will be available to view in their entirety.

In addition to those event, Insane Championship Wrestling have announced that ‘Fear & Loathing VII’, which takes places on Sunday, November 2nd from The Barrowlands, will also be available to few, less than 24 hours after taking place.

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House Of Pain: Evolution ‘Evolution 15: Grand Theft Autumn’ Results Event Date - 3rd November 2014

The following results are from House Of Pain: Evolution ‘Evolution 15: Grand Theft Autumn’ at Forest Town Welfare in Mansfield on November 1st 2014:

Robert X defeated Zak Northern by Pinfall.

Sam Wilder defeated Damian Dunne by Pinfall.

Matt Myers defeated Barricade by Pinfall.

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Leicester Championship Wrestling ‘Hallowicked 14′ Results Event Date - 3rd November 2014

The following results are from Leicester Championship Wrestling ‘Hallowicked 14′ at Brockington College in Leicester on November 1st 2014:

White Tiger defeated T K Hawyard by Pinfall.

H C Dyer defeated Stixx by Pinfall.

LCW Tag Team Championship No.1 Contender – Jack Starz & Jimmy Meadows defeated The Hunter Bros by Pinfall to become the no.1 contender to the LCW Tag Team Championship.

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Premier British Wrestling ‘Maximum Impact 2014′ Results Event Date - 2nd November 2014

The following results are from Premier British Wrestling ‘Maximum Impact 2014′ at the Town Hall in Greenock on November 1st 2014:

BT Gunn defeated Jack Jester by Pinfall.

TJ Rage defeated Wolfgang by Pinfall.

Davey Blaze defeated Grado by Pinfall.

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8-Man Tag Team Match Confirmed For IPW:UK ‘Unfinished Business 2014′ Event Date - 31st October 2014

IPW:UK have confirmed an 8-man tag team match for their November 16th show, ‘Unfinished Business 2014′ at the Snodland Community Centre in Snodland.

It has been announced that The London Riots and Jimmy Havoc & Jon Ryan of the Hammerlock Wrecking Crew will compete against Paul London, Brian Kendrick and Danny Duggan & Cieran Donnelly of D&D in an 8-man tag team match at the Snodland Community Centre on November 16th at ‘Unfinished Business 2014′. Furthermore, if any member of the London, Kendrick & D&D team defeat any member of The London Riots & Hammerlock Wrecking Crew, then everyone on that team will become the no.1 contender to the IPW:UK Tag Team Championship.

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Attack! Pro Wrestling ‘Goosebumps 2′ Results Event Date - 31st October 2014

The following results are from Attack! Pro Wrestling ‘Goosebumps 2′ at the Cathay’s Community Centre in Cardiff on October 28th 2014:

Prior to the show, Damian Dunne defeated Skat Monkey to win the ATTACK 24/7 Championship.

Ryan Smile defeated Morgan Webster by Pinfall.

Chris Brookes & Arthur Klauser-Saxon defeated The Hunter Bros by Pinfall.

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Champion To Be Determined At Rock N Wrestle ‘Live At The Ironworks’ Event Date - 31st October 2014

Rock N Wrestle have announced that a champion will be determined at their December 12th show at the Ironworks in Inverness.

It has been confirmed that Jack Jester will compete against Kenny William, with the winner being crowned the inaugural Rock N Wrestler Highland champion at the Ironworks on December 12th. In addition, Rock N Wrestle have announced that Lionheart will be the special guest referee for the contest in Inverness.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: FPW, Southside, PBW & All-Star Event Date - 30th October 2014

I’m writing this weeks article on a Tuesday night, travelling the 4 hour journey from Bognor Regis to Minehead, as part of the Butlins circuit. It’s been a long day already, as its currently 11:25pm, and I left my house at 9am. There’s been a ton of travelling, a whole variety of vehicles, a ridiculous amount of traffic, and a Ladder Match. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves….

Today is the 5th day in a run of 10 shows in a row. Show one was last Friday, with the biggest event that Future Pro Wrestling have ever staged, their Trick Or Treat IV show in a huge leisure centre in Surrey. On this show, I was matched up with prominent former WWE superstar Chavo Guerrero. This match brought up an interesting dilemma. It’s my opinion that when an international talent/attraction wrestles over here, it’s far more beneficial for them to be highlighted, as they are the recognisable name who it’s likely that a lot of the fans have paid their money specifically to see. Someone like myself is given the spotlight over here every week, so illuminating the former WWE names rather than myself in the match just makes sense to me. That’s not to say that I think I, or whichever Brit if is, has to take a back seat. There’s a way of making it work so that both parties benefit. However, that’s just my opinion, and sometimes (like in this instance) the more established and experienced name might see it differently. And they’ve been in the job longer than I have. This was the first time Guerrero and I had met, and he was very enthusiastic about the end result. I personally felt that things could have clicked better, and that we could have produced something superior. But, that doesn’t take away what a great opportunity this was, and it was good to get some feedback from someone who’s been around so long, and been on the biggest stage. Massive credit to FPW for pulling in 800 fans to the show as well, it made for a hell of an atmosphere!

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Final Match Confirmed For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘ENDVR:7′ Event Date - 30th October 2014

PROGRESS Wrestling have confirmed the final match for their November 2nd show, ‘ENDVR:7′ at The Bedofrd in London.

It has been announced by PROGRESS Wrestling that the team of Danny Garnell & Damon Moser will face Steve Burden & Kyle Ashmore of Angels Of Retribution in a tag team match at The Bedford on November 2nd at ‘ENDVR:7 in London.

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Second Match Announced For Pride Wrestling ‘Kobayashi Maru’ – Sponsored By Wrestle Ropes Event Date - 30th October 2014

Pride Wrestling have announced a second match for their November 29th show, ‘Kobayashi Maru’ at the Bridgeton Community Centre in Bridgeton, Glasgow.

It has been confirmed that former Pride champion, “The Lowland Superstar” Glen Dunbar will compete against DCT in singles competition at the Bridgeton Community Centre on November 29th at ‘Kobayashi Maru’.

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International Contest Announced For IPW:UK ‘New Territory 2014′ Event Date - 29th October 2014

IPW:UK have announced an international contest for their November 15th show, ‘New Territory 2014′ at Selsdon Community Centre in Selsdon, Surrey.

It has been confirmed by IPW:UK that “The East End Butcher” Sha Samuels will compete against Joey Ryan in singles competition at Selsdon Community Centre on November 15th at New Territory 2014′.

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Third Match Announced For British Championship Wrestling ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night One Event Date - 29th October 2014

British Championship Wrestling have announced a third match for their December 5th show, ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night One at the Ballerup Hall in East Kilbride.

It has been confirmed by British Championship Wrestling that “Bad Boy” Liam Thomson will compete against former WWE & TNA star, Chavo Guerrero at the Ballerup Hall on December 5th at ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night One.

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Southside Wrestling ‘4th Anniversary Show’ Results Event Date - 28th October 2014

Southside Wrestling have confirmed a change to a scheduled match at their October 25th show, ‘4th Anniversary Show’ at The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage on October 25th 2014:

Six-Way Elimination International Speed King Challenge* – Will Ospreay defeated Kay Lee Ray, El Ligero, Rich Swann, Robbie X & Curry Man to become the new Speed King champion. *NEW CHAMPION*

*Elimination Order: Kay Lee Ray, Curry Man, Rich Swann, Robbie X, El Ligero.

Chavo Guerrero defeated Stixx by Pinfall.

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Future Pro Wrestling ‘Trick Or Treat IV’ Results Event Date - 28th October 2014

The following results are from Future Pro Wrestling ‘Trick Or Treat IV’ at the Westcroft Leisure Centre, Carshalton on October 24th 2014:

Sir Thomas Chamberlain & Valet defeated Doug Williams & The Warden by Pinfall.

Pumpkin On A Pole – Chuck Cyrus defeated Terry Strike after placing the pumpkin on Striker’s head.

El Ligero defeated Chavo Guerrero by Disqualification.

Chris Masters defeated Joel Masters by Submission.

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Kamikaze Pro ‘Bank On It! 2′ Results Event Date - 27th October 2014

The following results are from Kamikaze Pro ‘Bank On It! 2′ at the Meadway Sports & Social in Birmingham on October 26th 2014:

Eddie Dennis defeated T-Bone by Pinfall.

Kamikaze Pro Tag Team Championship – Miracle Violence Connection defeated The Hunter Bros by Pinfall* to retain the Kamikaze Pro Tag Team Championship.

*Dan Moloney used the championship belt which lead to the pinfall.

Leah Von Dutch defeated Nixon Newell by Pinfall.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: Switzerland & Swiss Wrestling Entertainment Event Date - 23rd October 2014

This past weekend, I returned to foreign soil with my first international booking since the end of February this year, wrestling in Switzerland on both Friday and Saturday night.

I always love wrestling abroad, as although it can be a tough slog travel-wise, it’s always fun to experience other cultures, beautiful sights and become despondent at foreign food whilst wishing for a tin of tuna (an exciting eater I am not).


In past years, I used to be a fairly regular traveller to Europe, but various promotions in France, Holland or Spain have died off unfortunately.

I, alongside The Proven tag team of Caz Crash and Sam Wilder, were scheduled to appear in Germany back in May, but the promotion cancelled the show without bothering to tell anyone. With it being their debut event, they clearly knew what they were doing…but, I digress.

The journey started out with overloading on energy drinks to make the drive from Leeds to Oldham to pick up Lana Austin, then drive to Manchester Airport for a 6:30am check in. Over the years, my sleeping patterns have become absolutely destroyed, due to a combination of previously mentioned energy drinks, and the constant late arrival home from shows/training. Therefore, it’s virtually impossible for me to get tired before about 3:30am. Which doesn’t help when you’re setting off on a long trip at 4am. Needless to say, I had the last laugh…..no, wait, that’s a different autobiographical reference. Needless to say, I had zero sleep before the trip. That’s also the only Alan Partridge quote I’ll stick in this week.

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Fifth Match Confirmed For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘ENDVR:7′ Event Date - 23rd October 2014

PROGRESS Wrestling have confirmed a fifth match for their November 2nd show, ‘ENDVR:7′ at The Bedofrd in London.

It has been announced by PROGRESS Wrestling that Chuck Mambo will compete against the debuting Earl Brown Jr in singles competition at The Bedford on November 2nd at ‘ENDVR:7 in London.

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Championship Defence Confirmed For British Championship Wrestling ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night One Event Date - 22nd October 2014

British Championship Wrestling have confirmed a championship defence for their December 5th show, ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night One at the Ballerup Hall in East Kilbride.

It has been announced by British Championship Wrestling that Kid Fite will defend the BCW Heavyweight Championship against Paul London at the Ballerup Hall on December 5th at ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night One.

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First Match Confirmed For Rock N Wrestle ‘Return Of The Jester’ Event Date - 22nd October 2014

Rock N Wrestle have confirmed the first match for their February 28th show, ‘Return Of The Jester’ at the Victoria Hall in Forres.

It has been announced by Rock N Wrestle that “The Oddity” BT Gunn will compete against Jack Jester in singles competition at the Victoria Hall on February 28th at ‘Return Of The Jester’.

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Second Match Announced For Preston City Wrestling ‘Supershow Of Honor’ Show Four Event Date - 22nd October 2014

Preston City Wrestling have announced a second match for their November 30th show, ‘Supershow Of Honor’ Show Four at Evoque in Preston.

It has been confirmed by Preston City Wrestling that Cedric Alexander will compete against ACH in singles competition at Evoque on November 30th at ‘Supershow of Honor’ Show Four.

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Second Match Announced For British Championship Wrestling ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night Two Event Date - 21st October 2014

British Championship Wrestling have announced a second match for their December 6th show, ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night Two at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock.

It has been confirmed by British Championship Wrestling that Noam Dar will face former WWE & TNA star, Chavo Guerrero, one on one at the Grand Hall on December 6th at ‘No Blood, No Sympathy’ Night Two.

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Triple Threat Match Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘ENDVR:7′ Event Date - 21st October 2014

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced a triple threat match for their November 2nd show, ‘ENDVR:7′ at The Bedofrd in London.

It has been confirmed by PROGRESS Wrestling that Eddie Dennis, Pantera Negro & Super Oktane will compete in a triple threat match at The Bedford on November 2nd at ‘ENDVR:7 in London.

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Pitbull Pro Wrestling Announce Merger With 4 Front Wrestling Event Date - 21st October 2014

Pitbull Pro Wrestling have announced a merger with 4 Front Wrestling.

In a statement released by Pitbull Pro Wrestling, as of October 20th 2014, Pitbull Pro Wrestling has merged with 4 Front Wrestling as part of their continued expansion within the UK. Pitbull Pro Wrestling will now operate under the 4FW name within the Folkstone area with five shows already confirmed for 2015 at the Hawkinge Community Centre.

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Tidal Championship Wrestling ‘Dark Waters’ Results Event Date - 18th October 2014

The following results are from Tidal Championship Wrestling ‘Dark Waters’ at Chambers Nightclub in Darlington on October 17th 2014:

Dan James defeated Sean Only by Submission.

Courtney defeated Ruby Summers by Pinfall.

Joe Hendry defeated HT Drake by Pinfall.

Martin Kirby defeated Dara Diablo by Pinfall.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero: Tidal Wrestling, Southside & CZW Event Date - 17th October 2014

After a hectic weekend, plus a show on the Wednesday night, I’ve found the time to write this weeks article on the road up to Hull for my normal NGW training session.

Last week was the 3rd year running that American indy promotion CZW have visited these shores, to produce shows in collaboration with Southside. As well as their usual efforts, Tidal Championship Wrestling had been added to the mix with a mid-week outing.

The TCW vs CZW show was originally scheduled to take place at regular Leeds venue The Cockpit, until the owners of that venue decided that they’d had enough of attempted refurbishment and closed down. Good start. Thus, the show was moved to the far less stickier Leeds Uni Union. Even though they now had a venue with a floor that doesn’t try and keep you forever, the parking situation was no better. In fact, it was atrocious. Leeds is just the worst city for motorists.

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First Match Confirmed For New Generation Wrestling ‘Collision Course 2014′ Event Date - 17th October 2014

New Generation Wrestling have confirmed the first match for their November 22nd show, ‘Collision Course 2014′ at the Victoria Hall in Keighley.

It has bee announced by NGW that “White Lightning” Mark Andrews will compete against Bubblegum in singles competition at the Victoria Hall on November 22nd at ‘Collision Course 2014′.

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Final Match Announced For Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘Okada Vs Aries’ Event Date - 17th October 2014

Revolution Pro Wrestling have announced the final match for their October 19th show, ‘Okada Vs Ricochet’ at The Clapham Grand, in London.

It has been confirmed that “The Guvnor” Martin Stone will compete against “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, one on one at The Claphand Grand in London on October 19th at ‘Okada vs Aries’.

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VIP Bonus Match Announced For Scottish Wrestling Alliance Zero1 ‘Battlezone 2014′ Event Date - 16th October 2014

Scottish Wrestling Alliance Zero1 have announced a VIP bonus match for their October 18th show, ‘Battlezone 2014′ at the Motherwell Concert Hall in Motherwell.

It has been confirmed by SWA:Zero1 that the team of Grado & Courtney will face “Global Hero” Joe Hendry & Debbie Sharp in a VIP bonus tag team match at the Motherwell Concert Hall on October 18th at ‘Battlezone 2014′.

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Fourth Match Confirmed For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Fear & Loathing VII’ Event Date - 16th October 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed a fourth match for their November 2nd show, ‘Fear & Loathing VII’ at the Barrowlands in Glasgow.

It has been announced by Insane Championship Wrestling BT Gunn will face Wolfgang in singles competition at the Barrowlands on November 2nd at ‘Fear & Loathing VII’ in Glasgow.

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Open Challenge Answered For Scottish Wrestling Alliance Zero1 ‘Battlezone 2014′ Event Date - 15th October 2014

Scottish Wrestling Alliance Zero1 have announced the open challenge has been answered for their October 18th show, ‘Battlezone 2014′ at the Motherwell Concert Hall in Motherwell.

It has been confirmed that Rampage Brown’s open challenge has been answered by Ryan Griffin who shall face Rampage Bron in singles competition at the Motherwell Concert Hall on October 18th at ‘Battlezone 2014′.

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Tag Team Match Announced For Preston City Wrestling ‘Shooting Star – Kris Travis Charity Fundraiser Show’ Event Date - 15th October 2014

Preston City Wrestling have announced a tag team match for their January 23rd charity show, ‘Shooting Star – Kris Travis Charity Fund Raiser Show’ at Evoque in Preston.

It has been confirmed that Rampage Brown & T-Bone of Team Single will face The Hooligans in a tag team match at Evoque on January 23rd.

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Tag Team Match Confirmed For IPW:UK ‘Unfinished Business 2014′ Event Date - 15th October 2014

IPW:UK have confirmed a tag team match for their November 15th show, ‘Unfinished Business 2014′ at Selsdon Community Centre in Selsdon, Surrey.

It has been announced that Cieran Donnelly & Danny Duggan of D&D will face the team Mark & Joe Coffey, The Coffey Brothers in a tag team match at Selsdon Community Centre on November 15th at ‘Unfinished Business 2014′.

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Former WWE Star To Début At Premier British Wrestling ‘Capital Clash’ Event Date - 14th October 2014

Premier British Wrestling have announced that a former WWE star will make their début at their October 26th show, ‘Capital Clash’ at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh.

It has been confirmed that former WWE star, Chris Masters will make his PBW début and shall compete against Jack Jester in singles competition at the Liquid Rooms on October 26th at ‘Capital Clash’.

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Second Match Announced For PROGRESS Wrestling ‘ENDVR:7′ Event Date - 14th October 2014

PROGRESS Wrestling have announced a second match for their November 2nd show, ‘ENDVR:7′ at The Bedofrd in London.

It has been confirmed by PROGRESS Wrestling that “Wild Boar” Mike Hitchman will compete against Pastor William Eaver in in singles competition at The Bedofrd on November 2nd at ‘ENDVR:7.

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Southside Wrestling ‘CZW Aerial Assault’ Results Event Date - 13th October 2014

The following results are from Southside Wrestling ‘CZW Aerial Assault’ at The Priory Centre in St Neots on October 12th 2014:

Joseph Conners defeated Tyler Bate by Pinfall.

The Hunter Bros defeated The Campaign (Drew Gulak & Kimber Lee) by Pinfall.

Paul Malen defeated DJ Hyde by Disqualification after Joseph Conners attacked Paul Malen with his belt.

Following the match, a challenge was made that Joseph Conners will face Paul Malen on November 30th at ‘Seasons Beatings’ in a strap match.

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Discovery Wrestling ‘No Fear No Mercy’ Results Event Date - 12th October 2014

Discovery Wrestling ‘No Fear No Mercy’ at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh on October 11th 2014:
 
Joe Hendry started the show by  coming to the ring to sing the national anthem. He then brought out Marty Scurll and they sang God Save The Queen. Crime Time then came to the ring and sang Flower Of Scotland. Teddy Long then appeared on the screen and announced that Crime Time would face Joe Hendry & Marty Scurll in a tag team match later in the show.

Martyn Stallyon defeated Liam Thomson by Pinfall.

The Wild Lions defeated The Traditionalists by Pinfall.

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Major Change Announced For Revolution Pro Wrestling ‘Okada Vs Ricochet’ Event Date - 11th October 2014

Revolution Pro Wrestling have announced a major change for their October 19th show, ‘Okada Vs Ricochet’ at The Clapham Grand, in London.

It has been confirmed that due to a shceduling conflit, Ricochet will no longer be able to appear at The Claphand Grand in London on October 19th. However, Revolution Pro Wrestling have announced that “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” Austin Aries will replace Ricochet in the scheduled match.

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Tidal Championship Wrestling ‘TCW vs CZW: Against All Odds’ Results Event Date - 10th October 2014

The following results are from Tidal Championship Wrestling ‘TCW vs CZW: Against All Odds’ at Leeds University Union , Leeds on October 8th 2014:

Sean Only defeated Dan James by Pinfall.

Liam Lazarus defeated Shane Strickland by Pinfall.

Kimber Lee defeated Violet O’Hara by Pinfall.

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Semi-Final Tournament Matches Announced For Pro Wrestling Kingdom ‘Part VII: Kings & Queens Tournament 2014′ Event Date - 10th October 2014

Pro Wrestling Kingdom have announced the semi-final tournament matches for their November 14th show, ‘Part VII: Kings & Queens Tournament 2014′ at The MAC in Birmingham.

It has been confirmed that the first Kings & Queens Tournament semi-final will see Mark Andrews & Nixon Newell of Bayside High face Damian Dunne & Viper of Akneeconda at The MAC on November 14th at ‘Part VII: Kings & Queens Tournament 2014′.

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ICW Heavyweight Championship To Be Defended At Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Sgt Wolfgang’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Event Date - 9th October 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have announced the ICW Heavyweight Championship will be defended at their October 10th show, ‘Sgt Wolfgang’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Fat Sams in Dundee.

It has been confirmed by Insane Championship Wrestling that Jack Jester will defend the ICW Heavyweight Championship against Grado at Fat Sams on October 10th at ‘Sgt Wolfgang’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

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On The Road With “The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero Event Date - 9th October 2014

As I write this, it’s past 10pm on a Saturday night, and I’ve not long finished my second night of closing a PBW show with a championship defence, my second night in Scotland. I’m sat in a empty dressing room, as a lot of the roster have already departed, their job done for the evening, whilst trainees and crew members begin the task of disassembling the ring, PA and other aesthetics.

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Third Match Announced For Triple X Wrestling ‘9.99’ Event Date - 8th October 2014

Triple X Wrestling have announced a third match for their November 9th show, ‘9.99’ at Club M in Coventry.

It has been confirmed by Triple X Wrestling that Dave Mercy will compete against Sebastian Radclaw in singles competition at Club M on November 9th at ‘9.99’.

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Big Rematch Confirmed For Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Lucy In The Sky With Divers’ Event Date - 8th October 2014

Insane Championship Wrestling have confirmed a big rematch for their October 12th show, ‘Lucy In The Sky With Divers’ at the O2 Academy in Leeds.

It has been announced by Insane Championship Wrestling that Rampage Brown will face Kid Fite in a rematch from ‘Helter Skelter’ at the O2 Academy on October 12th at ‘Lucy In The Sky With Divers’.

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Premier British Wrestling ‘Live In Alloa’ Results Event Date - 7th October 2014

The following results are from Premier British Wrestling ‘Live In Alloa’ at the Alloa Town Hall in Alloa on October 4th 2014:

2 Unlimited defeated The Coffey Brothers by Pinfall.

Davey Blaze defeated Andy Wild by Pinfall.

El Technico defeated TJ Rage by Pinfall.

Jack Jester defeated Kenny Williams by Pinfall.

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Tag Team Match Announced For 4FW ‘Live! Bristol: Christmas Spectacular’ Event Date - 7th October 2014

4FW have announced a tag team match for their December 20th show, ‘Live! Bristol: Christmas Spectacular’ at the Emerson Green Village Hall in Bristol.

It has been confirmed by 4FW that The Hunter Bros will face Eddie Ryan & Jason Larusso of The Lionhearts in a tag team match at the Emerson Green Village Hall on December 20th.

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Two New Matches Confirmed For Preston City Wrestling ‘Supershow Of Honor’ Show Three Event Date - 7th October 2014

Preston City Wrestling have confirmed two new matches for their November 29th show, ‘Supershow Of Honor’ Show Three at Evoque in Preston.

The first new match announced by Preston City Wrestling will see Kyle O’Reilly, Bubblegum & Adam Cole compete in a Triple Threat match at Evoque on November 29th at ‘Supershow Of Honor’ Show Two.

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