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The Week In British Wrestling: Hero & Dennis go to war again

Main photo by Turning Face's Jim Maitland

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

1) Chaos drew a big crowd to a small town.

Considering it's a town that has population of around 12,000, Thornbury may have appeared a strange choice to host Pro-Wrestling Chaos' Wrath Of Khan event this past Saturday, but they were rewarded with a crowd in the mid-hundreds who were thrilled by a star-filled six-man and the latest chapter in the Eddie Dennis vs. Chris Hero story, amongst others.

Dennis, the pride of Wales but also representing the general southwest area that Chaos calls home, beat Hero last August but couldn't put the Knockout Artist down this time, as Hero leveled their series at one apiece by referee stoppage.

The promotion is trying to find a date for the rubber match, and few who witnessed either of their encounters will want to miss that decider. Their first match is available to watch for free on YouTube.

Spectacular action from Chaos - photo by Turning Face's Jim Maitland

The show stealer was the first half main event, where The Swords of Essex (Will Ospreay & Paul Robinson), joined by Mark Andrews who was filling in for the injured Scott Wainwright, took on Project: Lucha Underground, the regular team of Martin Kirby & El Ligero augmented by Lucha Underground star Shane "Killshot" Strickland.

The contest received two standing ovations DURING the match, and it's one to track down on VOD or DVD when it becomes available.

The show also featured a King of Chaos match where champion Wild Boar defeated man of the moment Pete Dunne, as well as a battle of the big fellas as Big Grizzly beat Jason Prime, and opened with a double countout between Gideon and Ian Williams, and a win for Jeckel over Damian Dunne.

The show will be available On Demand soon, and Chaos return on August 27th in Hanham, with Dave Mastiff booked for the show. They have also announced Adam Rose and Hardcore Holly for their next big show in October.

2) Future-Pro crowned two new champions in one night.

Vacant since Jimmy Havoc was forced to give it up through injury, the Future Pro-Wrestling title was up for grabs at the promotion's Summertime Brawl, held last Sunday at the Thomas Wall Centre in Sutton.

The semifinals of a tournament to crown the new champ led to RJ Singh vs. Jonathan Windsor in the final, and comeback king Singh pinned his fellow veteran to become the new Future-Pro champion.

That triumph was short-lived, however, as Singh was attacked by Malik, only for Darrell Allen to make the save. Allen, who lost earlier in the evening to Paul Robinson, then stabbed his friend in the back by cashing in the title shot he won at Reloaded in February and pinning him to take the title.

While the Future-Pro title bounced around, the promotion's other two titles were successfully defended as Terry Striker beat Pastor William Eaver to retain his Zero-G title, and the London Riots saw off the challenge of S&M (Snare & Damon Moser) to keep hold of their tag team belts.

For many, the feature attraction on the show was a clash between Tommy End and Will Ospreay, likely to be one of their final encounters since End is reportedly off to NXT in September, and it didn't disappoint, with the Aerial Assassin picking up the win over the Anti-Hero.

Future-Pro return on September 3rd with School's In.

3) Tidal made a splash at their new home.

For some, Tidal Championship Wrestling's last Leeds home base at the city's university was a perfect venue, so they had their work cut out to make people feel welcome in their new home at the O2 Academy last Sunday.

Luckily, Tidal have spent this year building up a solid resume of shows, and High Tide 2016 was no different, bringing top notch modern professional wrestling to one of the UK's traditional homes of the sport.

Rampage Brown & El Ligero go to war - photo by Stomp Photography

They opened the show with a bang, as HT Drake beat Lucha Underground's Shane Strickland to continue his reputation as the "gimmick killer," and ended with a barnstorming Tidal championship match between El Ligero and Rampage Brown, which saw hometown hero Brown take the title after turning away an attempt to interfere on his behalf by The Service.

The stacked card saw Violet O'Hara retain her Tidal women's championship over Lana Austin and Ruby Summers in a slightly odd 15-minute ironwoman triple threat match, which went to overtime.

The show also featured two other title defenses as The Proven beat Go Team Sports! to keep their tag team titles, and Liam Lazarus beat Jigsaw in a World of Sport rules match for the Tidal open championship, as well as an intergender hardcore match that JD Boom won over Addy Starr, meaning Starr has to leave the promotion.

The feature attraction, and the latest date in his long 2016 UK tour, was Chris Hero, who took on Joseph Conners and Pete Dunne in a triple threat match, with Conners coming out on top. After the match, Hero offered his hand to both as a sign of respect. Conners reciprocated, but Dunne flicked Hero the Vs and had to flee the wrath of both men.

High Tide 2016 is on DVD pre-sale, and Tidal return on September 2nd with Come Out & Play! at the Dolphin in Darlington.

4) Adopted Brit Toni Storm won gold in Japan.

Although she’s very clearly Australian (despite being born in New Zealand), and Queensland’s Prowl Wrestling could make a solid claim to her being their wrestler, Toni Storm is very much a part of the BritWres scene.

For the past two years she’s been based in the UK and has been a regular on our shows, from the tiniest indie to the family-friendly touring companies, and earlier this year announced her engagement to hotly-tipped Brit star Tyler Bate.

Her performances in the UK caught the eye of Stardom, one of the foremost joshi promotions in Japan, and after she faced Kairi Hojo and regular gaijin Alpha Female at the joint British Empire Wrestling/Stardom show in May, they invited her over to tour with the company.

Last Sunday, four matches into the tour, she faced Io Shirai for the Stardom Wrestling Alliance Undisputed World Women’s Championship... and won.

The SWA title is Stardom’s secondary belt (Shirai also holds the main title, the World of Stardom Championship) but it’s also the one that is defended overseas, and if Storm survives the rest of the tour undefeated, you can expect a title defense at a show near you.

5) WWE-bound Noam Dar picked up another title.

Celebrating their fifth anniversary with a weekend double shot at the Citadel Leisure Centre, Pro-Wrestling Elite brought the cream of the Scottish scene to Ayr last weekend.

Many of the faces would be familiar to fans of ICW, but PWE is very much a family-friendly promotion, and it’s a testament to the talent involved that they can switch so easily between styles for such different crowds.

Noam Dar was the weekend’s big winner, finishing the second show with the PWE Heavyweight Championship after submitting Iestyn Rees despite interference from Sha Samuels and the New Age Kliq, who were chased away by Grado and the Fight Club team.

Sha Samuels feels the full force of Grado - photo by David J Wilson

The celebrations started on Friday with a show nominally-titled Break It Down, and lit up straight away with a Grado vs. Sha Samuels affair, and a heel turn for Joe Hendry, who joined with Andy Wild to attack Lou King Sharp.

Alongside a DX reunion, Billy Gunn & X-Pac defeated the New Age Kliq’s BT Gunn & Chris Renfrew. Wolfgang defeated Big Damo with the help of Steve Xavier. The PWE tag team titles were defended, and champions Fight Club defeated challengers of their own choosing, Davey Blaze & TJ Rage, before it was announced that they’d have to face the NAK on night two.

The main event was a six-man, with Polo Promotions teaming with Iestyn Rees to beat Joe Coffey, Dar, & Grado, with Rees pinning Dar ahead of their title match on night two.

Aside from Dar winning the PWE title, that second night; Dar Wars, The Final Episode, also saw the tag team titles change hands, as the NAK beat Fight Club’s Kid Fite & Liam Thomson to win the belts, although the stable’s Wolfgang and Stevie Xavier lost their matches to complete a mixed night for the Kliq.

The show was rounded out by a 2 out of 3 falls match between the Coffey brothers, which was won by Mark, and a hoss match which saw Sha Samuels submit the WWE-bound Big Damo, who is doing the traditional thing of losing everywhere on his way out.

PWE return to the Citadel on September 24th with May The Force Be With You.