After having a break for a fortnight due to real life taking over (damn this real life nonsense!) we are back and what a weekend we have coming up. Or to be more precise what a Sunday we have this weekend in British Wrestling. Anyway enough of this intro talking, let's get Ready For The Weekend!
First up on Sunday and an PROGRESS Wrestling are back up north against at The Ritz in Manchester for Chapter 31: All Hail The New Puritans.
After Chapter 30: Super Strong Style 16 was over, Chris Hero sent out a challenge to 'The Villain' Marty Scurll for this Sunday. After hearing what Scurll had said about him on commentary and that he didn't rate him as a top wrestler, Hero countered that with why is he a villain other than him calling himself one. Therefore, Hero has challenged Scurll to a match this Sunday for the PROGRESS Championship to show him why he should rate him as one of the best.
Over a year ago, Damon Moser was a part of The Origin, however they quickly threw him out of the group before Dave Mastiff and Zack Gibson joined the ranks. If they thought that would be the last of Moser then they recently found out that is not the case. Moser has now decided it is the right time to gain some revenge on his former Origin team-mates and Gibson is the first on his list. Moser may have the fans behind him but Gibson does not come alone and will have Nathan Cruz in his corner in Manchester. While Gibson will look to stop Moser's retribution dead in it's tracks, Moser shall be looking to use Gibson to send a message straight to The Origin.
This Sunday will see the climax of one of PROGRESS's longest running feuds in recent history when Pollyanna faces Dahlia Black. These two women have had matches for months. Black then involved her other half, TK Cooper into the mix to steal wins from Pollyanna. To counter this PROGRESS management firstly had "Flash" Morgan Webster team with Pollyanna to face The south Pacific Power Couple. Then Jack Sexsmith was the special referee in a match between the two yet still Cooper got involved. So now PROGRESS have scheduled one more match for this Sunday with the stipulation that if anyone interferes in the match then both Pollyanna and Black shall be fired from PROGRESS . This feud will end this Sunday in Manchester one way or another with no exceptions.
‘The Knockout Artist’ Chris Hero vs ‘The Villain’ Marty Scurll (c)
*PROGRESS Tag Team Championship*
The London Riots: Rob Lynch & James Davis (c) vs The Dazzler Team: Darrell Allen & Earl Black Jr
*Atlas Championship Tournament - Group B*
‘The Beast Of Belfast’ Big Damo O’Connor & ‘Iron Man’ Joe Coffey vs Rampage Brown & Michael Dante
Pollyanna vs Dahlia Black
Damon Moser vs ‘Liverpool’s No.1’ Zack Gibson (w/ Nathan Cruz)
The Dunne Brothers: ‘Number One’ Damian Dunne & ‘The Bruiserweight’ Pete Dunne) vs F.S.U: ‘White Lightning’ Mark Andrews & ‘The Pride Of Wales’ Eddie Dennis
Pastor William Eaver vs Mikey Whiplash
Also this Sunday, Absolute Wrestling will hold it's second show at NE6 Suite in Newcastle with The Championship Suspect.
The event shall see the continuation of the Absolute Wrestling Championship tournament with two quarter final matches taking place. After "Flash" Morgan Webster was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury, Tyler Bate was announced to take his place and he'll be in action this Sunday when he faces 'The Gimmick Killer' HT Drake. Bate is a powerhouse of a wrestler while Drake is known for being rather aggressive in his offence. This match should be rather hard-hitting with added spice as the winner will move on to the semi-finals.
The second quarter-final match taking place at the NE6 Suite will see Martin Kirby face Micky The Dragon. Both these men are local to the area so the crowd may be split on Sunday but both men will not give half measures in their quest to continue in the tournament and move close to the Absolute Wrestling Championship.
Back at February's Wrestling Isn't Dead in South Shields, The British Empire's Prince Ameen and Assassin lost to Alexander Henry and Jason Prime of The New Nation. Since then, British Empire have been looking for a rematch and this Sunday they will get their opportunity. That opportunity will not be an easy one as they well know. New Nation are a dominant team not only in Absolute Wrestling but in British Wrestling as a whole. British Empire have a fire in their belly to even the scores with The New Nation. The question is, will it be enough to overcome the domination of The New Nation.
*Absolute Championship Tournament Quarter-Final*
Tyler Bate vs HT Drake
*Absolute Championship Tournament Quarter-Final*
Martin Kirby vs Micky The Dragon
Toni Storm vs Little Miss Roxxy
‘Mr Massive’ Chuck Cyrus vs Johnny Moss
Liam Lazarus vs Dave Mastiff
The New Nation: ‘Class Apart’ Alexander Henry & ‘The Primate’ Jason Prime vs The British Empire: Prince Ameen & Assassin)
The ICW Tag Team Championship tournament will see the return of the Sumerian Death Squad to ICW to face Mike Bird and Wild Boar. Bird and Boar made their ICW debut in Cardiff, Wales at Gladys the Groovy Mule back in March when they challenged for the ICW Tag Team Championship. Despite losing, they made an impression with everyone hence their inclusion in the tournament. The SDS are well known for their tag team wrestling and are considered one of the best in Europe. This will be an interesting match to see who does pick up the win as either team could be a serious contender to win the tournament.
The first of two championship matches this Sunday will see Sammii Jayne challenge Carmel for the ICW Women's Championship in a Last Woman Standing match. This match came about after Carmel offered to defend the championship against Jayne. Jayne was quick to take up the offer after having a number of big wins in ICW recently, most notably over Nikki Storm which resulted in 'The Best In The Galaxy' leaving ICW. Carmel has been a fighting champion and has defended the title at every opportunity. While the opportunity is huge for Jayne this could be Carmel's biggest challenge to date as a champion. Add in the Last Woman Standing element in this match and it may come down to a battle of endurance over experience.
From one fighting champion in Carmel to another in the ICW World Heavyweight Champion; 'The Beast Of Belfast' Big Damo. Damo won the championship in his homeland of Northern Ireland in February and since then has defend the championship in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland, a feat that no-one has done before. This Sunday he puts his ICW World Heavyweight Championship on the line once again, this time against former champion, Grado. Both these men have been travelling all over the world in recent months so the moniker of World Champion would be very fitting for both. Grado will be looking to reach the top of the mountain again in ICW while Damo shall be looking to stay as the man-mountain of ICW for the foreseeable future.
ICW World Heavyweight Championship
Grado vs ‘The Beast Of Belfast’ Damo (c)
ICW Women’s Championship – Last Woman Standing
Carmel (c) vs Sammii Jayne
ICW Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarter-Final
Sumerian Death Squad (‘Anti-Hero’ Tommy End & Michael Dante) vs Mike Bird & Wild Boar
‘Iron Man’ Joe Coffey vs ‘Local Hero’ Joe Hendry
Iestyn Rees vs DCT
Trent Seven vs Wolfgang
Davey Boy vs Jack Jester
‘Flyin’ Ryan Griffin vs Aaron Echo (w/ Austin Osiris & Kyle Khaos)
Kenny Williams & BT Gunn vs Stevie Boy & Lionheart
Mark Dallas And Red Lightning Sign The Contract For The Match At ‘Shug’s Hoose Party III’
That wraps up this week's preview of the weekend's wrestling schedule. Of course, there are many more events taking place over the three days. To find out more about the shows we've highlighted here as well as all the others, check us out at www.wrestleropesuk.wordpress.com for the latest show and match announcements, British Wrestling event list, interviews, exclusive columns, reviews, reports and results!
The Independent article (April 2014)
The Guardian article (October 2015)