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The Week In British Wrestling: CZW champ steals British gold

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

1) Honors were fairly even as PCW and IPW:UK clashed

Two of the UK's second-tier promotions teamed up for a spectacular at the Blackpool Tower Circus last Saturday.

The Confrontation, a large-scale clash on the heels of their previous training academy battle, was headlined by a PCW Cruiserweight title match, in which PCW regular Dean Allmark crossed the divide to represent IPW:UK and beat the champion, Ashton Smith, to carry the title into enemy territory.

Action from the six-man -- photo by Tony Knox

The promotions' respective heavyweight champions were also in action as PCW top man Iestyn Rees saw off the challenge of Impact Grand Champion Moose, representing the southerners, but IPW:UK Heavyweight champ Jimmy Havoc fell in a street fight to PCW's T-Bone. The PCW Tag Team Champions, the UK Hooligans, beat DnD to retain their titles.

Team PCW also scored wins for Phillip Michael over Cuban Heat, for Lucy Cole & Saraya Knight against Christi Jaynes & Shotzi Blackheart, and in a six-man. IPW:UK struck back with a win for Zack Gibson over Matthew Brooks.

The show followed a fun matinee in a nearby beer garden, and PCW are back this weekend with three free shows in Preston.

2) Davey Richards earned double gold at Southside

After capturing the Combat Zone Wrestling Heavyweight title on DEFY's last show, Davey Richards traveled to the UK and put it on the line against Southside Speed King Champion Bubblegum.

A fighting champion, 'gum did likewise, and thus the victory for the American Wolf over the Rascal in the main event of Southside Wrestling's Limitless last Sunday sees Richards holding both belts.

Double champ Davey -- photo by Brett Hadley

The show, at the Bedford Corn Exchange, also saw Melina relinquish her Queen of Southside title due to an injury she received on a Southside show earlier in the year. The promotion has since announced that the title will be up for grabs when Saraya Knight and Mia Yim clash in Stevenage next month.

There was women's action at the show, though, as Charlie Morgan picked up another big win, this time over US star Christi Jaynes.

The feud between Swoggle and Alex Gracie reached something of a climax as Swoggle bested his nemesis in a "Seven Minutes, 34 Seconds" Iron Man match, and Southside Tag Team champions GBH -- represented by Big Grizzly & Robbie X -- went to a double disqualification.

The show also featured Adam Maxted, Ashley Dunn, Ophidian, new ROH signing Flip Gordon, Texan import Aaron Solow, and WWE UK competitors Chris Tyler, HC Dyer, and Joseph Conners.

All the Southside action can be seen on their On Demand service and they're back on July 1st in Stevenage, with Jack Swagger.

3) Jack Jester is coming for Joe Coffey

The question of who will face Insane Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Joe Coffey at Shug's Hoose Party on July 30th was answered on Sunday at the promotion's latest Friday Night Fight Club tapings.

The main-event of the show -- a six-man featuring Jack Jester, Tyler Bate, DCT, Lionheart, Sha Samuels, and Davey Blaze -- was won by Jester, who called out Coffey only to be attacked from behind by Bram.

Joe Coffey and Grado do their own three-second pose -- photo by David J Wilson

Coffey didn't wrestle at the tapings, held at The Garage in Glasgow, but did appear to open the show in a segment with his "agent" Red Lightning. Lightning's other client, Grado, did fight, beating BT Gunn in the semi-main.

Chris Renfrew and Stevie Xavier went to a no contest when Mikey Whiplash's minions surrounded the ring. His minions then removed Kay Lee Ray as Whiplash attacked Xavier with a kendo stick, before also turning the weapon on his "acolyte" Renfrew. Whiplash and Xavier will fight at the Shug's Hoose Party weekender.

A reverse rana from Sha Samuels -- photo by David J Wilson

There were also wins for Iestyn Rees, Polo Promotions, Charlie Sterling, ICW Zero-G Champion Zack Gibson, and for the team of Kay Lee Ray & Kasey Owens, and the action will air on upcoming episodes of Friday Night Fight Club on ICW On Demand. ICW are back on June 26th in Edinburgh.

4) Riptide made a splash in Brighton

For a city of its size and cultural cache, that a promotion has failed to grab a hold of Brighton's public is almost wholly down to the lack of suitable venues in the city. Last Saturday, however, Riptide Wrestling transformed the Brighthelm Centre for Beers. Bands. Wrestling. and drew a strong crowd which should mean well for future endeavors.

The show was headlined by a submission victory for Shane Strickland over Will Ospreay, and was full of the bigger characters on the southern scene, with wins for Jack Sexsmith, "Lord" Gideon Grey, Josh Bodom, and Laura Di Matteo, alongside a six-man victory for Kip Sabian & #CCK.

Action from #CCK & Kip Sabian's win

Much of the same field traveled to Cardiff on Sunday for Lucha Forever's All Rise, which was topped by a ladder match for the Lucha Forever Championship. Champion Travis Banks outclimbed Strickland and perennial challenger Mark Haskins, and there was able support on the undercard from Bowl-A-Rama, Flash Morgan Webster, Sabian, Chief Deputy Dunne, Bea Priestley, Dan Moloney, David Starr, Jinny, and Mia Yim.

In addition, #CCK defended the CZW Tag Team titles against the Swords of Essex, and the trio of El Ligero (subbing for Mark Andrews), Eddie Dennis & Martina the Session Moth beat Mike Bird, Wild Boar & Sierra Loxton.

You can see all the Lucha Forever shows on their On Demand service, and they're next in action on July 9th in Southampton, having had to cancel this Friday's Liverpool outing.

5) The Primate is WCPW's first Hardcore Champion (and other stuff)

On a show beset by unruly behavior from some sections of the crowd -- a situation addressed quickly by the promotion, who have made it clear that no repeat will be tolerated -- "The Primate" Jason Prime defeated 2017 CZW Tournament of Death winner Jimmy Havoc to become the first What Culture Pro Wrestling Hardcore Champion.

The promotion's Built To Destroy card (at the O2 Academy in Newcastle-upon-Tyne) also saw Joe Hendry, the Swords of Essex, and Gabriel Kidd defend their Heavyweight, Tag Team, and Internet titles, respectively, but Bea Priestley lost her Women's title without even wrestling, as Viper -- in her stead -- was beaten by Kay Lee Ray.

There was also a second chance Scottish qualifier for the Pro Wrestling World Cup (due to Drew Galloway heading to NXT), and Kenny Williams grabbed it with both hands.

The next night, across the country in Carlisle, Karnage defended his Target Wrestling Championship against Rampage Brown, but was attacked after the match by a hooded figure, revealed to be The Coyote Kid, the newest member of the Guest List.

Polo Promotions and Moustache Mountain, pre-match

The promotion's other two titles were also on the line, as Josh Terry beat former Heavyweight Champion Shady Nattrass to retain his High Octane title, and Polo Promotions saw off the challenge of Moustache Mountain, making a rare trip to the borderlands. The show also featured Johnny Moss, Joseph Conners, Joe Coffey, Magnus, and Flip Gordon, and Target return on July 15th in Dumfries.

Lastly, in the Birmingham suburb of Great Barr, Kamikaze Pro Wrestling opened the doors of the Collingwood Centre for No Fear, a show headlined by CZW Heavyweight Champion Davey Richards taking on Gabriel Kidd.

Xia Brookside puts the hurt on Lana Austin

In an unusual situation, the Kamikaze Tag Team titles were on the line as champions The Bigger Picture -- represented by Damian Dunne & Robbie X -- beat the team of Kamikaze Pro Champion Clint Margera & Kamikaze Relentless Division title holder Ryan Smile, and there were also wins for The Hunter Brothers, Adam Maxted, Lana Austin, Marshall X, and David Starr.

Kamikaze-Pro are back in Birmingham at Meadway Sports Centre on June 30th.