Between The Stripes

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We did it.

4,000 people in one of the most recognisable events arenas in the UK, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.

I’ve been involved in a lot of cool moments in wrestling, but few will ever match up to the feeling I got walking alongside Sean and Simon as we made our way to the ring on Sunday night. It takes a lot for me to get butterflies in my stomach, but as we walked down the ramp with 4,000 people chanting ‘ICW’, signalling the beginning of the show, I looked down to the ground and whispered “how the hell did I get here?”.

It’s also no secret that I’m good friends with Davey Boy, who won the Zero G championship that night. I know that winning a major UK title was something Davey wanted to do for years and for him to finally accomplish it, and for me to raise his hand in victory, was a great moment to be a part of. The real test now is seeing how he carries himself going forward and if he can ‘go’ as an ICW champion.

I wish I could go through each match I reffed and talk about it, but the night was so much of a blur that I would simply be rambling. Fear and Loathing was a culmination of years of hard work and dedication by Mark Dallas, the roster and the fans that gave their time and money to get behind something that ultimately could have nosedived under different circumstances.

Fear and Loathing was also the first wrestling show my mum went to since taking me to see WWE at Braehead Arena ten years earlier. That alone was pretty special to me. We’ve still got a long way to go, but to know that my mum was able to see ICW for herself and know I’m making a decent go of things is hopefully enough to keep her mind off the fact that I patched getting into uni to finish up the last UK tour…

It’s completely cliché to say that this is just the beginning, but it really is. In a year’s time we’re going to be in the SSE Hydro, a 10,000+ capacity arena. For anyone that’s followed ICW from the start, if that doesn’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, I don’t know what will. We’re still on an incredible journey to make wrestling a part of British pop culture once again, and we’re no way near stopping. We’re going to bigger venues, using the best talent in the world and the greatest fans on the face of the earth are charging forward alongside us. It’s an exciting time.

You can watch ICW’s Fear and Loathing VIII from the SECC exclusively through ICW On Demand at www.insanewrestling.co.uk/ondemand

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