After dipping back into ICW last week, I figured why not keep going? Fight Club 71 was filmed in my home city of Edinburgh, but I was on holiday, so I missed it. Thankfully, the internet provides and with a main event involving Chris Renfrew and Mikey Whiplash doing all sorts of horrible things to each other, this was always going to be worth a watch. Let’s dish out those stars.
Since last year’s Fear & Loathing I’ve fallen out of touch with ICW. I haven’t had the chance to attend any shows and haven’t watched a Fight Club in far too long. Luckily, the internet has kept me informed on all the significant dealings (good and bad), but I’m out of the loop. I reckon it’s time to change that. This year’s F&L is around the corner, and the hype is beginning to build. With Fight Club 70 up on YouTube, it was time to see what was happening in Scotland’s wildest promotion. Let’s dish out those stars.
After years of British fans screaming for a PPV to be held on our rather messy shores WWE has finally answered. Except, rather than dropping TLC or Cyber Sunday into Wembley Arena we instead have a tournament. A tournament that will crown WWE’s first UK Champion and I don’t know what I feel about it.
Before I go into the nitty-gritty of my thoughts on ICW’s Fear & Loathing IX, I want to make one thing clear. What ICW have achieved is incredible. Their rise from community centre misfits to one of the best wrestling companies in the world will never be repeated, and nothing I say here will change that. I am at the heart of things a fan and Dallas and everyone else involved can be damn proud. However, a couple of thousand words of me kissing their arse isn’t that exciting so let’s get on with the review.
WrestleMania weekend long ago leapt passed being a time for just WWE fans to get excited. Wrestling companies all over the world attempt to grab a hold of the buzz that ‘Mania brings by putting on shows of their own. Hence why, just a few hours before WrestleMania itself, I headed through to Glasgow to catch ICW’s effort: Barramania 2.
Sunday the 24th of January saw two very different wrestling promotions on opposite sides of the world put on very similar shows. ICW held their Square Go, at Glasgow’s famous Barrowlands, while the WWE hosted the Royal Rumble in Orlando. Both shows are based around a Rumble style match and I was lucky enough to attend one and to watch the other (although I did have to stay up until 4 am so I don’t know how lucky that was). The question is, how did they compare?
The build to ICW’s show at the SECC has been a long one. The biggest British wrestling event since the 80’s, it all seemed a bit improbable and fans and performers alike seemed to share the feeling that it was a bit of a dream. This couldn’t actually be happening, could it? Well, it did and on Sunday the 15th of November ICW took the SECC by storm and showed the world that this is where they deserve to be.
In ten day’s ICW will put on Fear and Loathing VIII at the SECC. It’s the biggest gate for a British wrestling show since Giant Haystacks fought Big Daddy at Wembley Arena and that alone is one hell of an achievement. When you consider that there will be no one under the age of eighteen at the show, it is even more impressive. ICW have set out to prove that if you offer a genuine alternative to the crap we’ve all been being fed for the last few years, the people will come.
In the build up to the biggest show in their history, Fear and Loathing VIII at the SECC on the 15th of November, ICW made their way to Edinburgh for a run of shows at City Nightclub. I was lucky enough to have a season ticket for the event. Having previously been a bit of a part-time ICW fan, it’s fair to say that this particular run has seen me fall in love with this Scottish wrestling company.
Last night I decided to jump on a bandwagon. That bandwagon was Insane Championship Wrestling, the Scottish wrestling promotion that just seems to be getting bigger and bigger. This was in part due to a BBC documentary they were featured in, but mainly down to the their strong roster of talent and the very YouTube friendly Scottish crowds. Last night they rolled into City Nightclub in Edinburgh, a place I never thought I would watch wrestling in, and put on an incredibly entertaining card. Rather than doing a full run down of it, I figured I’d just do a general opinions piece, which I hope is actually more interesting.