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Future Pro Wrestling were in Wallington, Surrey on the 11th for their ‘Reloaded’ event. Here are the results:

Terry Striker (formerly known as Kid Pride) defeated Snare and Rob Cage in a three-way match. Cage suffered a neck injury and had to be carried out on a stretcher.

Bagheera defeated The Warden

The Bhangra Nights defeated The LDRS

Exodus and Da Big J Dizzle defeated Mark Haskins and Greg Burridge. Post-match, Exodus attacked his partner Dizzle.

Jimmy Havoc defeated Joel Masters

A full review of the show can be found here. Sounds like it was a great evening.

That same night, ATTACK! Pro Wrestling were in Cardiff for a charity show. All the proceeds from the evening went to local Welsh charity Recovery Cymru.

Mike Hitchman defeated Flash Morgan

Kev Dunphy and Adam Day defeated Tiger Kid and Delta Rush Jr

"The Pride of Wales" Eddie Dennis defeated "Flyin’" Mike Bird

Damian Dunne defeated Jeff Cornell

"White Lightning" Mark Andrews defeated Pete Dunne

Thoughts: The only people on the card with whom I’m familiar are the Dunne Brothers, but from what I’ve heard the show was excellent. Hopefully they raised plenty of money.

Phoenix Pro Wrestling (PPW) are having 3 huge nights of shows this weekend in the West Midlands. The weekender included a PPW Championship match, the start of the 2012 Evolution League, as well as the debut of Mad Man Manson’s “Manson Rules” series (check out this promo from Manson for more information). The weekender kicks off tonight with “Brothers at Arms” at West Bromwich Labour Club. Here’s the card:

PPW Championship: El Ligero (c) vs Bubblegum

Manson Rules Series: Mad Man Manson vs Lord Graham Thomas III

Danny Chase vs British Born Steele

Nate Colt vs Steve Valentino

Three-Way-Dance: Zero Tolerance vs Matt Hall vs Barricade

Best of 3 series: Sean Morell vs Jack Walker

The following night sees PPW going to Albany Social Club in Birmingham for an event called “Textbook Challenge”:

"Textbook Challenge" to determine the number 1 contender for the PPW Championship: “Textbook” Dave Breaks vs Jonny Storm

Manson Rules Series: Mad Man Manson vs Steve Valentino

British Born Steele and El Ligero vs The Myatt Legacy

Zero Tolerance vs Lucas Black

Evolution League 2012: Matt Hall vs Barricade

Best of 3 series: Sean Morell vs Jack Walker

Finally, Sunday sees them taking over the St Mary’s Social Club in Cannock for “Ligero Storm III - Ironman”. No prizes for guessing what the main event is.

30 Minute Iron Man Match: El Ligero vs Jonny Storm

Manson Rules Series: Mad Man Manson vs Brian Wright

Matt Pedin vs Lord Graham Thomas III

Joey Starr vs Paul Malen

Zero Tolerance and Matt Hall vs Steve Valentino and Barricade

Best of 3 Series: Sean Morell vs Jack Walker

Thoughts: What a weekend of action from PPW. All three El Ligero matches look amazing, particularly the Iron Man against Jonny Storm. The Manson Series sounds like fun, and the Best of 3 series between Morell and Walker is a huge opportunity for the two teenagers to show everyone what they can do. I expect this weekender to be a huge success.

The World Association of Wrestling (WAW) are in North Walsham, Norfolk this Sunday (the 19th). Here’s the card so far:

Danny Boy Collins vs Aron Frost

Liberty vs Penelope

Ricky Knight vs Brad Slayer

Sam Knee vs TJ Daniels vs Scott Fusion vs Milky O’Hagan

Southside Wrestling are in Nottingham on the 24th for “4Everlution”. This is Southside’s biggest show ever, with a stacked card including several internationally-renowned stars. Here’s the lineup:

Finlay vs Martin Kirby

Number 1 Contender’s Match: Doug Williams vs Stixx vs Joel Redman vs Rampage Brown

AR Fox vs Rockstar Spud

Sami Callihan vs Dave Mastiff

Speed King Qualifying Match: Robbie X vs Max Angelus vs Nick Riley

The Predators vs The Myatt Legacy

Thoughts: I wish I had the money to go to Nottingham on the 24th. Finlay alone is enough to have me sold, but to bring Williams, Callihan and Fox over too is just torture for me and my alcohol-ridden student loan. This should be nothing short of spectacular.

Preston City Wrestling are at Lava Ignite in, er, Preston on the 24th for “Blood, Sweat and Beers”. Here’s the card:

PCW Championship: T-Bone (c) vs Johnny Moss vs Mark Haskins

I Quit Match (Travis’s MITB on the line): Kris Travis vs Lionheart

No DQ Match: Valkabious vs Shaun “The Hammer” Davis

Number 1 Contender’s Match: Greg Burridge vs Bubblegum

Cruiserweight 4-Way: Zack Sabre Jr vs Joey Hayes vs Noam Dar vs Dean Allmark

Ruffneck’s Ale House (Drinking contest): ‘Ruffneck’ Keith Colwill vs The Blackpool Blondes

Dave Rayne and Terry Frazier vs Disco Madness (Sam Bailey and Mad Man Manson)

Thoughts: Why are all the best shows on on the same nights as each other? This should be awesome, particularly the Cruiserweight 4-way, which features four of my absolute favourites on the UK scene.

The North East Wrestling Society are at Peterlee Leisure Centre on the 24th for their thirteenth show, aptly titled “Unlucky For Some”. Three matches have been confirmed so far:

NEWS British Championship: El Ligero (c) vs Colossus Kennedy

Micky Long vs Max Heat

Iain Robinson vs AJ Anderson

LDN are also around this weekend as always. Tonight (the 17th) sees them make the trip up to North Wales for a show at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno. LDN British Heavyweight Champion Travis defends his title (it doesn’t say who against) in the main event, Blackbelt Tom Dawkins takes on Kid Dynamite and The Dark Lord goes one-on-one with Jason Sensation, while Bam Bam Barton goes up against Blondie Barrett.

Then on the 23rd, LDN are at Thurrock Civic Hall in Grays, Essex, where the main event will be Finlay vs ‘Superstar’ Mal Sanders. Finlay will also be taking a training seminar before the event. When I reported this a few weeks ago tickets were fast selling out, so I doubt there are any left now.

Sources:

http://ukff.com

http://ldnwrestling.com

http://phoenixprowrestling.co.uk

http://wawuk.com

If you have any other news, results or reports from the UK scene, feel free to let me know at lonelybitterman@gmail.com.

-Adrian

Best of British - News from the UK Wrestling Scene

LDN’s September tour continues tomorrow (September 17th) in Hemel Hempstead, where the Dunn Brothers will face The Executives, assumingly for the number one contendership for the LDN Tag Team Titles. Other matches include Paul Malen vs Travis, Bam Bam Barton vs LDN Academy Champion Chris St Clair, and Yorghos vs Big Ben. The following day in Croydon will see Travis vs Hakan, JD Knight vs Paul Malen, Bam Bam Barton vs The Dark Lord, and Damien Dunn vs Yorghos.

Thoughts: Solid cards for both evenings. I wish LDN would announce the results from their shows though, it’s difficult to get a feel of who’s getting pushed when there’s no way of telling who’s been winning.

In another announcement in ridiculously short notice, Phoenix Pro Wrestling are holding their old-school-themed ‘Like It Used To Be’ show tonight in West Bromwich. The main event sees PPW Champion El Ligero defending his title against veteran Keith Myatt under World of Sport rules. The next number one contender for the PPW Title will also be decided tonight, as Paul Malen goes head-to-head with James Mason, also under World of Sport rules. Under the same rules, Kid Fite will face Steven Xavier in a Teacher vs Pupil showdown. The final match to be wrestled under these rules will be a tag team match between “The Liverpool Lads” Frankie Sloan and Robbie Brookside and “Team Scotland” Scott Maverick and Max Mayhem. Also featured will be a “Jonestown Street Fight” between Lucian L. Jones and Lucas Black, and an Evolution League match between Matt Pedin and "Hellraiser" Brian Wright. For more information check out phoenixprowrestling.co.uk.

Thoughts: It’s no secret that I’m a huge World of Sport mark, and any show that features living legends such as Robbie Brookside and Keith Myatt is probably going to be excellent. It’s also going to be interesting to see how well the high-flying Ligero adapts to the classic British mat-based style of wrestling. 

Last week’s New Generation Wrestling show, “Revelations”, was a huge success, and saw Nathan Cruz defeating Dean Allmark in what looked like a fantastic main event to retain the NGW Championship. After the match, Cruz introduced the new NGW Championship belt, which looks great. Elsewhere in the show Dave Taylor defeated Jack Gallagher in a match that featured more than a generous helping of Taylor’s patended European uppercuts, The Predators defeated Project Ego to advance to the final of the Tag Team tournament, Matt Myers defeated El Ligero in a huge upset, with Ligero showing his respect for Myers by shaking his hand after the match, and Colossus Kennedy defeated Ligero’s tag partner Dara Diablo. You can watch a highlight package of the show here. Shame about the awful music though.

Kris Travis has been added to Preston City Wrestling's “Road To Glory” show on the 23rd, as the fourth participant in the semi-finals of the tournament to determine the first ever PCW Champion. Travis will be taking the place of El Ligero, who had to relinquish his spot after a vicious attack at the hands of Noam Dar and Lionheart.

That’s it for this week folks. As always, if you have any news, results or anything else you think the IWE readers would like to see regarding British wrestling, feel free to email me at lonelybitterman@gmail.com

-Adrian