This is the 160th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media. Continue reading
Taking a break from his hugely popular ‘Alternative Wrestling History‘ series, John takes the time to ponder something else entirely. With so many wrestling promotions, all across the world describing their main champion as the world heavyweight champion then who exactly is the world champion? John takes a look… Continue reading
This is the 95th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker side of professional wrestling. Many of these stories involve such topics as sex, greed, drugs, arrests and sometimes even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, we do not condone or condemn the alleged involved. We are simply retelling these stories that have been told throughout the years. Continue reading
Craig Wilson and Brian Damage
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition, Craig talks Insane Championship Wrestling’s ‘Fear & Loathing IX’ from last Saturday while Brian shares some of the most interesting pictures and videos he’s stumbled upon over the last seven days. Continue reading
ICW: Show Me Your Lizard!
27/04/2014 – The Garage, Glasgow
Right, since this is the first review of ICW I’ve done and I’m guessing a lot of you wont be familiar with the talents or the general feel of the show, ill give nice big full descriptions of our combatants and what the fuck all of it means. Basically ICW is a bit like ECW its heyday. An underground promotion that made its name by being hardcore and x-rated, doing stupid shite that included – but wasn’t limited to – a guy stapling a womans vaginal lips, Paul London getting his balls out and hitting someone with a ‘Flying Teabag Senton’ and, well, GRADO.
I don’t like hardcore wrestling that much, so thankfully ICW has evolved a bit now to boast the best of Scottish wrestling inside the ring, while still maintaining a bit of madness outside it. There’s a bit of everything on this show (except GRADO, who was on holiday with his girlfriend), so I’ll dive in; Continue reading
For my Scottish Sun column this week I caught up with Scottish comedian Billy Kirkwood who doubles as the commentator for hotter than hot Scottish wrestling promotion Insane Championship Wrestling. This Sunday the group will host their final event of the year at the Garage in Glasgow and look back on what has been an incredible year for the promotion.
2013 started brightly for them winning Fighting Spirit Magazine’s ‘UK Promotion of the Year’ award with 55% of the vote – twice what the second placed company received and they’ve gone from strength to strength since. A sold out show at the Edinburgh Picturehoue featured Colt Cabana and Sabu with Rhyno appearing for the group at one of their Glasgow dates. Here, Craig catches up with Billy and discuses ICW and the Scottish wrestling scene generally. Continue reading
‘So’s Yer Maw!’ Yes, a great name for a wrestling event but what would you expect from the makers of Summerbam and Square Go?
This was my first ICW event but I’m sure it will not be my last. From start to finish we were treated to a fantastic show with the talent involved giving nothing less than 100%. Match of the night honours go to BT Gunn’s successful title defence against Wolfgang. This was far and away the best match of the night, on an event which hosted some fantastic bouts. Wolfgang in particular impressed me with an ultra dangerous suicide dive into the crowd. However, this was not a match full of high spots and nothing else. Both men played their parts perfectly, while working their backsides off.
Other highlights for me were Noan Dor’s Zero G title defence against Andy Wild. There was not as much high flying action as I would have expected but they still held my attention throughout with some very well executed exchanges, this was right up my street. Finally the night’s main event was a tag team death match which saw Jack Jester & Chris Renfrew take on Jimmy Havoc and Iceman, in his retirment match. This was a fantastic brawl which spread to pretty much every corner of The Garage. I generally don’t care too much for hardcore matches but seeing this kind of thing live is something else entirely. Eventually the drawing pins to the feet and barbed wire bats to the head were too much for Iceman who went out the way all professional wrestlers should, doing the job. After the match there was a nice send off for Iceman which saw the whole locker room empty into the main hall to show their respect.
This really was fantastic entertainment I can honestly say that I enjoyed ‘So’s Yer Maw’ more than I enjoyed Wrestlemania. If you are a fan of the original ECW then give ICW a look. It’s not WWE, it is a little crude but it is great fun and the based on my experience here the match quality will really surprise you. Excellent stuff.
Match of the Night – BT Gunn vs. Wolfgang
Pop of the Night – The Bucky Boys Entrance
The ‘You don’t see that in WWE’ award – Kid Fite tea bagging Mikey Whiplash. Yes, it baws were out!
The rather tamely named ‘Up in Smoke!’ is next at the Classic Grand on Sunday 6 May. You can find more out about ICW on their website http://www.insanewrestling.co.uk and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.