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The Week In British Wrestling: Broken Matt Hardy comes to the UK

Main image by David J Wilson

Here’s five things you need to know about British wrestling this week:

1) Broken Matt Hardy deleted East Kilbride and Kilmarnock

Over for an “evening with” series, as well as a couple of shows with moneybags What Culture Pro-Wrestling, Broken Matt Hardy also traveled up to Scotland last weekend for a pair of dates with British Championship Wrestling.

On night one of the No Blood, No Sympathy tour at the Ballerup Hall in East Kilbride last Friday, Hardy beat BT Gunn in the main event, and then made the short trip to Kilmarnock’s Grand Hall the next night to face new WCPW Champion Drew Galloway for that title, which Galloway retained. His work wasn’t done, though, as The Aggression -- the team of Kid Fite & Davey Blaze -- ran riot after a loss to Dylan Angel & Adam Maxted, and it took the combined efforts of Hardy and Galloway to clear the ring.

BCW ran a stacked card below Hardy and Gunn in East Kilbride, with Joe Coffey’s victory over Bubblegum rated the match of the night by many onlookers. It faced stiff competition, though, with Kenny Williams pinning Johnny Moss, Jack Jester defeating Soldato, and Galloway beating Liam Thomson. The Aggression made trouble again, interfering in the tag team match between Dylan Angel & LJT and Aaron Echo & Lou King Sharp, leading to a disqualification.

BT Gunn, still BCW Champion -- photo by David J Wilson

In Kilmarnock on Saturday, the show opened with Kenny Williams defending his BCW Openweight Championship against Bubblegum, and that was followed by Jack Jester beating Chris Ridgeway, the WCPW title match, and Joe Coffey defeating Liam Thomson, before The Aggression made their presence known.

The night was topped by a BCW Heavyweight Championship match, when champion BT Gunn took on one half of the BCW Tag Team Champions, Stevie Xavier, with Xavier’s title being vacated if he lost. He did, which will result in a restart for that division in the New Year, and you can buy BCW DVDs from their online store.

2) Jimmy Havoc continued to win going into IPW:UK’s final supershow of 2016

With a huge title match coming up against Sammy Smooth at International Pro-Wrestling: United Kingdom’s final supershow of the year on December 18th, Jimmy Havoc warmed up with the winning pin for his team in the main event of the promotion’s Future 21 at the White Oaks Leisure Centre in Swanley last Sunday.

Havoc’s team -- the champion was joined by Scott Wainwright, Jack Clover & The Amazon-- beat out Team Riot, led by the London Riots’ James Davis, and also including Danny Duggan, Briggs & Tennessee Honey.

The show -- one of IPW:UK’s lower key events with trainees, invited guests, and regulars -- opened with a scrum, an eight-man scramble won by Jonathan Windsor (recently champion at Lucha Britannia), and also featuring Fentos, Sid Scala, Jack Hammer, Mountain Stew, Marc Lloyd, Maverick Mayhew, and Rayman.

It was topped -- after the main event -- by a rumble, won by Cieran Donnelly, and in between there were wins for Mike Broly, IPW:UK All-England Champion Scott Star, Earl Black Jr., Cuban Heat, and the veteran tag team of Jody Fleisch & Jonny Storm.

IPW:UK also announced that their December 18th show -- which has Will Ospreay vs. Cody Rhodes and Matt Riddle taking on Zack Sabre Jr., alongside Havoc vs. Smooth -- will be shown “as live,” on delay, by FloSlam, and all their 2017 supershows will be shown live on the network (with commentary by Dean Ayass), the first British company to ink a deal.

What this will mean for talent contracted elsewhere remains to be worked out, but it’s an exciting time for British wrestling all over the country right now. For the time being, you can see IPW:UK action on their On Demand channel, and that December 18th show is at the Casino Rooms in Rochester.

3) Toni Storm shocked everyone at Britain’s Rising IV

When it was announced that Toni Storm had suffered an eye injury working for Westside Xtreme Wrestling in Germany, few expected her to turn up for her match at British Empire Wrestling’s Britain’s Rising IV at the Tram & Social in Tooting last Sunday.

Indeed, it was announced that her SWA Undisputed Championship match was canceled due to that injury and so there was a sense of shock when she did appear during the main event of the show. That match -- a title vs. title match between BEW Women’s Champion Nixon Newell and TNA Knockouts’ Champion Rosemary -- was turned into a three-way, and Storm triumphed, pinning Newell to win the BEW title but enabling Rosemary to leave with hers intact.

Toni Storm, new BEW Women's Champion -- photo by NZ Photography

The show was packed with women’s action, with Leah Owens defending her Revolution Championship Wrestling (Spain) title against Nina Samuels, and her sister -- Kasey -- stepping into the ring with Psycho Lolita. That match ended in a disqualification when one of Lolita’s students attacked Owens, and Leah ran out to make the save. Alex Windsor also continued a strong year, defeating Little Miss Roxxy in a rare foray sown south for the latter.

Nixon Newell brings the pain to Rosemary -- photo by NZ Photography

It wasn’t all women on the show, though, as Rob Cage successfully defended his BEW Heavyweight title against Layton Cole, and an eight-man elimination match between Team BEW and Team RCW had to be abandoned when RCW’s Jeffrey Pac received an injury that needed medical attention, halting the show for half an hour. Pac, thankfully, is fine.

BEW return on January 22nd with Danger Things, and if you can make a trip to the Tram & Social you’re sure to see something that little bit different.

4) Danny Jones became champion of All Wales

Danny Jones finished up a big year for the training school extension promotion Dragon Pro-Wrestling by capturing their All-Wales Championship last Sunday. The youngster, who also appears regularly for ATTACK! Pro-Wrestling and Pro-Wrestling Chaos, won the belt from champion Big Grizzly and Edwin Ricci in a three-way which headlined the promotion's The City Never Sleeps event in a marquee outside Rodney Parade in Newport.

The impressive marquee setting -- photo by Turning Face's Jim Maitland

Jones' win wasn't the only title change on the show, as Brendan White & Oliver Satchwell captured the Dragon-Pro Tag Team titles from The Pure Breed (Owen Wall & Matt Horgan), and Jetta beat Kat von Kaige to become the first Celtic Crown Women's Champion. Sierra Loxton, another graduate of the school latterly run by Mike Bird but now overseen by Wild Boar, beat Katherine Darcy on the show and will be pressing for a title shot at Jetta in 2017.

Opening match action -- photo by Turning Face's Jim Maitland

Bird & Boar opened the show, teaming up to beat Joe Mezinger & Elijah Dahl, with Gideon -- another experienced area campaigner -- meeting Cal Adams, a match which ended in a no contest after Dean Winter attacked both men. Lastly, The Dragon-Pro Rookie of the Year tournament was decided when Karambe Jr. beat Oliver Sudden, a big win for the masked man. Dragon-Pro return in 2017.

5) The 80-minute man won the Grapple Wrestling title

The stars of Dragon-Pro were also busy on Saturday night at two nearby shows. Wild Boar beat Big Grizzly to open the show at Pro-Evolution Wrestling's show in Gloucester, which was headlined by an Pro-EVO Heavyweight title match between T-Bone and Iestyn Rees, both latterly of the PROGRESS Atlas Division tournament, which T-Bone won to retain his title.

Also on the show, Lana Austin beat Dani Luna, Harry Hoxton defeated AJ Grey, TNA star Bram won a three-way over Charlie Sterling (the former Charlie Garrett) and Joseph Miller, and Leon Hendricks & The System won a six-man tag team match over Kidd Candy & The Fever. Pro-EVO return this Sunday in Churchdown, where Iestyn Rees gets another shot at T-Bone’s title.

Also featuring Dragon-Pro trainees was Monmouthshire Championship Wrestling, whose Christmas In Abergavenny show at the town's Labour Club saw Kat von Kaige beat Millie Marks, and Danny Jones win another three-way, this time against Chris Drew and Damian Dunne. In addition, Beano defeated "Santa Claus," Joey Scott beat Kieran Young, and Killian Jacobs saw off the challenge of TJ Sky to retain his MCW Championship.

Grapple fans crammed into Fibbers -- photo by El Ligero

Lastly, Grapple Wrestling returned to Fibbers in York, also last Saturday night, with a show main evented by a Grapple British Championship match between champion CJ Banks and challenger David Graves, and it was Graves -- dubbed the 80-minute man -- who came away with the title.

The show was opened by a win for Martin Kirby over "Bhangra Bad Boy" Amir Khan, and also featured wins for "Muscle Cat" Saxon Huxley (over Mark Rolls), a heel turning El Ligero (against Danny Binks), Liam Slater (who defeated RJM), and Dom Black (pinning JC Thunder), as well intergender tag team action with Pop Punk Kid & Ruby Summers seeing off Jack Bandicoot & Evee Black.