In this new weekly piece, myself and my collaborator and researcher Kurt Johansson will look at weekly British Wrestling news, this week covering WoS, WCPW, PROGRESS, RPW and more, read on to get your latest dose of British Wrestling news.
World Of Sport
This week it was announced that the World of Sport Wrestling set for May 25th and 26th have been postponed until a later date with officials citing ‘contract negotiations’ as a reason for the postponement, it could also be put down to the dates clashing with Impact tapings in India, which of course be a problem because of them sharing production teams. This comes after a week of rumours about the status of the tapings.
Fight Club: PRO
After the amazing DTTI weekend (now available on DVD HERE or on demand via Vimeo HERE) they will be back on May 19th at the Fixxion Warehouse and the FCP title will be defended by Travis banks against Trent Seven. Also on the card, making her debut, Kris Wolf will take on Kay Lee Ray and the only other match announced as of going to print is a 6-way featuring Joe Coffey, Jimmy Havoc, Wolfgang, Angelico (debut), Jordan Devlin (debut) and Dan Moloney. If there are tickets available they will be limited, check out the bigcartel site which you can find on the first link above.
In the past week, WCPW have held two events, WCPW No Regrets, headlined by the ‘WCPW Championship Rumble’ which as it says in the name was a Royal Rumble-style battle royal as 30 men fought to be the WCPW World Championship, it was won by a veteran of the British scene and a favourite of the WCPW faithful, Martin Kirby. Elsewhere on the card Gabriel Kidd claimed not only his first win for WCPW, but also the WCPW Internet Title which he won in a triple threat match against Cody Rhodes and Joe Hendry. Also wrestling legend Rey Mysterio faced off against El Ligero, in a highly acclaimed match-up.
The second event held by the North-East based promotion was their Mexican Qualifier for their World Cup tournament, a write up of which will be featured on The Indy Corner by Kurt Johansson, who has been covering the World Cup in it’s entirety.
It’s been a busy week for PROGRESS as they prepare for not only their upcoming Chapter 48 show, Bang The Drum in Manchester, but their annual Super Strong Style 16 Tournament this month, which at time of writing has 8 of it’s 16 participants announced these being: Flamita, Jimmy Havoc, Jeff Cobb, Jack Sexsmith, Pastor William Eaver, Travis Banks and Trent Seven. Two of these (Trent Seven and Travis Banks) will face off at Chapter 48 as well as Nathan Cruz and Rockstar Spud competing in a SSS16 Qualifier in Manchester on the 14th May.
Speaking of Chapter 48, the entire card was this week announced via PROGRESS’ Twitter and the card it as follows:
Matt Riddle vs Tyler Bate
SSS16 Qualifier: Nathan Cruz vs Rockstar Spud
Trent Seven vs Travis Banks
James Drake vs Flash Morgan Webster
Sweet Jesus (William Eaver and Chuck Mambo) vs The London Riots (Rob Lynch and James Davis)
Jinny vs Session Moth Martina
PROGRESS World Title Match: Pete Dunne vs Mark Andrews vs Mark Haskins
The WWE are currently in the country, and are making full use of their contracted UK workers, using full advantage of what they have. The results concerning the UK workers so far are as follows:
Glasgow, May 4th: Tyler Bate, Trent Seven and Wolfgang beat Pete Dunne, Tyson T-Bone and Joseph Conners. (Smackdown Live Event)
Cardiff, May 5th: Mark Andrews, Tyler Bate and Trent Seven beat Pete Dunne, James Drake and Joseph Conners (Smackdown Live Event)
Dublin, May 5th: Jordan Devlin beat Tucker (RAW Event)
Also this weekend saw the first set of tapings for the UK weekly TV series so I must put up a big SPOILER warning, if you don’t wish to know the results of the tapings scroll past this section.
Roy Johnson beat HC Dyer
Mark Andrews beat James Drake. As a result he will face Tyler Bate for the UK Championship on Night Two.
Saxon Huxley (Jesus) and Akira Tozawa beat Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese
Pete Dunne beat Sam Gradwell
TJ Perkins beat Rich Swann
Tyson T-Bone beat Dan Maloney
Trent Seven beat Wolfgang
Tyler Bate beat Joseph Conners
Night Two will see Pete Dunne vs Trent Seven, with the winner getting a UK Championship match at NXT Takeover Chicago.
Wolfgang beat Joseph Conners
TJ Perkins & Brian Kendrick beat Dan Maloney & Rich Swann
Tyson T-Bone beat Saxon Huxley
Akira Tozawa beat Tony Nese
In ring segment involving Triple H and William Regal
Sam Gradwell beat James Drake
Pete Dunne beat Trent Seven (In what was apparently a stellar match, also Pete Dunne came out with the PROGRESS Title)
Tyler Bate beat Mark Andrews to retain the UK Championship (Following the match there was a stare down between Bate and Dunne overseen by William Regal, they will face off at NXT Takeover Chicago)
First, I must start off with some sad news for ICW fans, as this past week Sha Samuels announced on his Twitter that the upcoming tour will be his last for ICW he tweeted his appreciation for the ‘fun times and support’.
Elsewhere for ICW they have been hyping their upcoming Fight Club Tour, the tour is as follows:
O2 Academy, Leicester – 12th May
Tramshed, Cardiff – 13th May
Islington Assembly Hall, London – 14th May
The Garage, Glasgow – 28th May
RevPro have been announcing names for their upcoming British J Cup tournament, a first for this country to hold a Junior Heavyweight tournament and the winner will be presented the trophy by British legend Marty Jones, so far only Jushin Liger, Will Ospreay and Marty Scurll have been announced with more to come over the following weeks.
This weekend will also saw RPW return to their regular Cockpit venue for their monthly show, with a stacked card that includes international stars Donovan Dijak and Kyle O’Reilly, as well as British stand outs: Marty Scurll, Zack Gibson and CCK (Chris Brookes and Travis Banks). The results were as follows:
Ashley Dunn, Josh Wall & Kurtis Chapman beat Cara Noir, Ash Draven & Malik
Zack Gibson beat Ryan Smile
Jinny beat Alex Windsor
Donovan Dijak beat British Cruiserweight Champion Josh Bodom
#CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) beat The London Riots (James Davis & Rob Lynch) to retain the British Tag Team Championships
‘Lord’ Gideon Grey beat Eddie Dennis
RJ Singh & Dan Magee beat Sha Samuels & Rob Lias
Marty Scurll beat Kyle O’Reilly (After the match Kyle O’Reilly enters himself into the British J Cup, and challenges KUSHIDA to be his first round opponent)
As well as these two shows they’ve also been announcing matches for their Portsmouth Guildhall show on May 28th including a British Cruiserweight Championship match between champion Josh Bodom and Bubblegum as well as a Heavyweight bout between New Japan and former ROH Heavyweight Champion Michael Elgin and one of Britain’s premier Heavyweights Dave Mastiff in a match that promises to pull no punches. There is also advertised to be an appearance from Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Also this week, New Generation Wrestling have announced the participants in the Second Annual Davey Boy Smith Memorial Cup. The four men fighting it out will be the defending tournament winner Zack Gibson, Jake McCluskey, Bubblegum and Justin Sysum.
Irish cult favourites OTT Wrestling held their latest event, Marble Zone Act One, at the Tivoli in Dublin on the 6th May, featuring local and international stars, the results were as follows:
Sammy D beat Adam Maxted by DQ
Justin Shape & Logan Bryce beat Scotty Andrews & Connor Andrews
Martina The Session Moth beat Alex Windsor
Open Challenge: Zack Gibson beat Jimmy Havoc
Matt Riddle beat Kyle O’Reilly
Marty Scurll beat Donovan Dijak
Sha Samuels beat B. Cool
Marble Zone Match: Ryan Smile & #CCK (Chris Brookes & Travis Banks) beat The Kings of the North (Bonesaw, Damien Corvin and Dunkan Disorderly)
After the main event, Matt Riddle came out and challenged OTT No Limits Champion Ryan Smile to a title match in June.
British Wrestling Worldwide
And finally, here’s a brief round up of British wrestlers conquests abroad.
On this weeks Impact Wrestling, Magnus defended his GFW Global Title against Matt Morgan.
This years Best of Super Juniors competitors were announced this past week with returning and defending tournament winner Will Ospreay in Block A, sharing his block is fellow BritWrest stand out Marty Scurll, making his New Japan debut to go with his ROH World Television Championship run, which in this weeks ROH TV is running through his current feud with Matt Sydal, with that match taking place on May 12th in New York City.
Back to Will Ospreay he took part in a pair of multi-man matches. On May 1st he, Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii (under their stable name CHAOS) beat the Bullet Club conglomerate Bad Luck Fale, Kenny Omega and Yuijiro Takahashi. And on the Wrestling Dontaku PPV he once again joined up with another CHAOS stable-mate, Yoshi-Hashi this time, defeated the Bullet Club team of Chase Owens & Yuijiro Takahashi.
In Germany this week several British wrestlers were victorious for Power of Wrestling, UK Hooligans (who are the POW Tag Champs) beat Apu Singh and Crazy Sexy Mike. Elsewhere, Doug Williams beat Rockn Rolla and Johnny Moss won the POW Intercontinental Championship in a triple threat match with El Hijo De Dos Caras and Demolition Davies.
And finally, in Mexico, Zack Sabre Jr was defeated by Daga at a Crash event.
Thanks for reading this piece, this will be a weekly piece on the ins and outs of what goes on week to week in the world of British Wrestling, tell us your thoughts on this write-up or British Wrestling in general, tweet myself or my collaborator Kurt Johansson on @NathanKenMajor or @kurtjohansson93.