Thursday, 28 July 2016

Wrestle Ropes Ready for the Weekend: July 2016 Week 5 - Good Wrestling, TW, PROGRESS & ICW

We didn't have an article last week because real life got in the way and gave us no time for anything, including eating and possibly breathing on a few occasions so our apologises to you the reader and to Across The Pond Wrestling. But no more as we're back this week and what a weekend we have coming up in British Wrestling. We're firstly heading to Milton Keynes for Friday before travelling north to Annan on Saturday, a hop across the border to Glasgow on Sunday then back to London the same night ass we're always time-travellers. Enough of this verbal ping-pong! Let's get Ready For The Weekend!!

First up this weekend on Friday night is GOOD Wrestling who are holding their third event, The Power Of 3 at The Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes. For it only being their third show, GOOD Wrestling have been delivering quality matches from the start and this show looks to follow the trend. 

One match that is sure to be hard hitting affair will be between Mike Bird and Wild Boar. These two men were originally supposed to be partners at GOOD Wrestling's last event. However fate decided that Boar would not be able to make the show. Bird took exception to this and now he wants retribution against his fellow Welshman and he'll hope to get it this Friday. 

Damian Dunne shall be making his GOOD Wrestling debut this Friday. Dunne is a very serious man. He's not a man who finds enjoyment in much except dealing out pain to his opponents so he is unlikely to be happy about his opponent, Jack Sexsmith. A Sexsmith by name, also by nature, Jack will no doubt really annoy Dunne this Friday night in Milton Keynes. Unless he keeps one eye on Dunne, Sexsmith could well find himself no longer having fun again. 

The self-proclaimed "Number One" will not be the only member of the Dunne family in action at 'The Power Of 3' as Pete Dunne shall also be present. “The Bruiserweight” is well known with his smash-mouth style and impressive technique making him a formidable athlete. His opponent, Pastor William Eaver is used to formidable though as he has achieved success of equal measure to Dunne in recent times. Eaver already holds a major British Wrestling championship while Pete shall be making his Pro Wrestling Guerilla debut in the near future. This is a match that not only showcase the young talent on these shores but give us a glimpse of what is to come in the future of British Wrestling.

Match Card

This Ain’t No Picnic (Big Grizzly & Panda Cub) vs The Dazzler Team (Darrell Allen & Earl Black Jr)

Jack Sexsmith vs ‘Number One’ Damian Dunne

Wild Boar vs Mike Bird

Gene Munny vs Chris Brookes

Pastor William Eaver vs ‘The Bruiserweight’ Pete Dunne

‘All Day Star’ Ryan Smile vs ‘The Superstar’ Ashley Dunn

Moving on to Saturday and Target Wrestling make their return to Annan at The Carnegie Theatre. While only three matches have been announced at present, TW put on good quality events every time the roll into a town. 

Shady Nattrass will be in action this Saturday when he defends the High Octane Division Championship against man who beat him only a month ago, Khifie West. West's victory over the champion came during the finals and is undoubtedly his biggest win to date. The question is, can West make history repeat itself and take the High Octane Division Championship in the process. 

Speaking of High Octane Division champions, James Scott shall be competing against The Coyote Kid at The Carnegie Theatre. Scott a former champion, will be sure to use his extensive skills and experience against the big fan-favourite, Kid. A win for Kid over such an experienced opponent could do a lot for his young career. A loss could be a lesson he may not soon forgot or wish to repeat. 

The third match confirmed so far will see Spyda be in a Target Wrestling ring as he faces one of the finest young wrestlers today, a man who calls himself “The Best Young Wrestler In The World”, Lewis Girvan. Now while you could assume that title is egotistical, Girvan is a man who backs up what he says in the ring. Spyda is indeed a fine high-flyer and has a lot of talent. He'll need every bit of it against  Girvan. One mistake may be all that Girvan needs to showcase why it's not bragging when you back it up.

Match Card

High Octane Division Championship
Shady Nattrass (c) vs Khifie West

James Scott vs The Coyote Kid

“The Best Young Wrestler In The World” Lewis Girvan vs Spyda

Heading on to Sunday and the first show we are going look to focus on is PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 33: Malice In Wonderland at The Electric Ballroom in Camden, London. Now this show is already sold out so you may think why bother writing about it. Well simply, it's PROGRESS and it should be talked about whenever the opportunity presents itself. 

The main event of this event will see Marty Scurll get a chance to reclaim the PROGRESS Championship when he faces Pastor William Eaver. Eaver won the championship at Chapter 32 back in June and since then Scurll has been irate to the point that he attacked one of PROGRESS's co-owners so badly to get his rematch that the owner has since left the company. Eaver used his Natural Progression Series championship cash-in to win the championship and he quite rightly had the perfect opportunity to do so. However, Scurll showed how ruthless he can be to get something he wants that we now have no idea how far he shall go to get what he believes was stolen from him. Eaver now has a demon hunting him that he must exorcise at Chapter 33 but Scurll's anger may be so great that not even God himself can stop him this Sunday. 

Whoever walks away the champion this Sunday will know what awaits them next as Mark Haskins shall face Will Ospreay to determine the number one contender to the PROGRESS Championship. These men are world-class in anyone's eyes and would both be worthy challengers to any championship including the PROGRESS Championship. Haskins the SMASH Champion and Ospreay the NJPW BOSJ 2016 winner are credits enough for an opportunity. We could see another world-class match this Sunday when these two men meet in the squared circle. PROGRESS have always been a promotion that showcases the best of British and any stars from outside the UK are there for a reason and not just a name. This Sunday will be no different. 

The London Riots stated that they would defend the PROGRESS Tag Team Championship against anyone, anywhere. PROGRESS Wrestling are holding them to that when the team of Hanson and Ray Rowe of War Machine step up to the challenge. London Riots are known for their powerful offence. War Machine are probably one of the few teams who can equal that power. London Riots have some the whole UK why they have the reputation they do. War Machine are world-travelled and will be looking to show the UK again why they have the the same reputation.

Match Card

PROGRESS Championship
“The Villain” Marty Scurll vs Pastor William Eaver (c)

PROGRESS Tag Team Championship
The London Riots (Rob Lynch & James Davis) (c) vs War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe)

PROGRESS Championship Number One Contender
“The Star Attraction” Mark Haskins vs “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay

“The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero vs “White Lightning” Mark Andrews

The Dunne Brothers (“The Bruiserweight” Pete Dunne & “Number One” Damian Dunne) vs Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven)

“Liverpool’s No.1” Zack Gibson vs “The Extraordinary Gentleman” Jack Gallagher

Wasteman Challenge
“Bodyguy” Roy Johnson vs ???

Finally the weekend rounds off with Insane Championship Wrestling at the O2 ABC in Glasgow with Shug's Hoose Party III

This show will result in a major change for ICW with control of the promotion on the line in a six-man tag team match. Red Lightning currently owns 51% of ICW's shares, where as ICW creator; Mark Dallas owns 49% therefore making him minority shareholder. However if Dallas' team of Noam Dar, Grado and a third competitor win, Lightning will be forced to sign over 1% of the company to Dallas, making him an equal shareholder. But if Drew Galloway, Jack Jester and Wolfgang win for Lightning, Dallas shall sign over his 49%, removing him entirely from ICW. Dallas wants a say in the promotion he created and has had to resort to this match for a chance to do so. A win will mean that Lightning can't do as he pleases in ICW anymore without Dallas' approval. A loss for ICW's creator may not only destroy ICW but Dallas himself. 

This Sunday will see DCT finally get his hands on Bram in a match that he has wanted for a year. Back at 'Shug's Hoose Party II', Bram attacked DCT and his new wife, Viper during their wedding leaving Viper being unconscious. Since then, DCT hasn't been the same. Every time that Bram was in ICW, DCT was waiting. Bram may have stopped or escaped DCT but this Sunday there will be no escape. This match will be inside a steel cage and nothing is going to stop DCT from unleashing the anger which has boiled inside him for the last 12 months. DCT is known as The Lone Strike, this Sunday he'll look to be the lone man walking out of the steel cage. 

The main event this Sunday will see the ICW World Heavyweight Championship on the line when champion, “The Beast Of Belfast” Big Damo defends against “Iron Man” Joe Coffey. The Black Label have tried in vain to take the ICW World Heavyweight Championship from Damo since he won it. On the other hand, Coffey has had to deal with Black Label interfering in his business for just as long. While Damo has overcome everything Black Label has thrown at him, Coffey has also done the same to get his opportunity. The fans have wanted this match for a long time and finally it's going to happen. Whether Black Label will get involved is still be seen but regardless we are going to see two true heavyweights of professional wrestling collide for one of the most prized championship in wrestling today. 

A worldwide audience will see on iPPV what happens when two powerhouses of British Wrestling collide in one of the biggest shows in ICW's history where more history could be made.

Match Card

ICW World Heavyweight Championship
“Iron Man” Joe Coffey vs “The Beast Of Belfast” Big Damo (c)

ICW Zero-G Championship
Lionheart (c) vs Kenny Williams

Steel Cage
“The Lone Striker” DCT vs Bram

If Mark Dallas’ Team Win, He Becomes A 50% Equal Shareholder. If The Black Label win, Mark Dallas Signs His Shares Over To Red Lightning And Leaves Forever
Team Mark Dallas (Noam Dar, Grado & ???) vs The Black Label (Drew Galloway & Jack Jester) & Wolfgang

Six-Man Tag Team
Legion (“The Deity Of Deviance” Mikey Whiplash, “Anti-Hero” Tommy End & Michael Dante) vs Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) & “The Best Young Wrestler In The World” Lewis Girvan

ICW Tag Team Championship Tournament Final
??? vs ???

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 for the latest show and match announcements, British Wrestling event list, interviews, exclusive columns, reviews, reports and results!

Written Content - Andy Scotland
Media Content - James Marston

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