An Illusion of the Boom Period? by Craig Hermit


“Scottish Wrestling is heading for a boom period”

This is a phrase that Scottish fans have heard over and over and over again in the last few years, but no sign of it occurring.

With 2015 looming on the horizon, will that year just be another year that the above statement doesn’t hold true or based on signs from this year could next year be the year where Scottish Wrestling begins to hit mainstream across the UK and further.

Let’s focus on arguably the most famous Scottish wrestling organisation, Insane Championship Wrestling, the hardcore/over eighteen’s ICW developed in 2006 has had a bumper year, touring down in England, multiple sold out weekly shows at the Edinburgh fringe, their show on BBC One has been a success and after the success of Fear and Loathing within the Glasgow Barrowlands, they managed to create their OnDemand channel for £3.75 – $5.99 with a wide range of their historic wrestling matches for fans to see.

This is just one company within Scotland, there are many more, have they had the same success stories this year?

Maybe not in the same way, but definitely in the way of action and sell out shows. Premier Championship Wrestling that started in 2006, their shows are consistently sold out, travelling from Dumbarton to Greenock to Ayr and Airdrie, the destinations may be different but the stories are the same, they are widely known for having the best technical wrestling shows in the country and there fan interaction after the shows are one of the best.

These are only two examples within the West of Scotland and I haven’t even mentioned the successful companies of Scottish Wrestling Alliance and Pro Wrestling Elite who equally have had a great 2014. SWA who in the second half of this year held a barrage of weekly sell out shows all over Scotland that left fans wanting more from them and PWE, their limited number of shows didn’t hinder the fantastic wrestling that they provided the fans, there shows sold out the halls they hosted.

To the East of Scotland, it is the same story for Scottish Wrestling Entertainment who began in 2003 and Wrestlezone that began in 2008. SWE have provided wrestling from Dundee to Perth this year and there fanbase continues to grow thanks to the online shows that they provide and the monthly shows they host. After their supershow, Hell for Lyrca, many stars have gone and new stars arrived, the next year will be an exciting time for the fans. Wrestlezone has a dedicated following from Arbroath to Nairn and have had fantastic sell out shows this year, more noticeably for their shows Battle of the Nations and Aberdeen Anarchy their figures were in the thousand plus mark, next year, with the stirling feuds and storylines they have produced who knows whats next.

Again these are only examples of the success story within Scotland, Reckless Intent Wrestling and W3L Wrestling that operate within the Fife area have had tremendous sell out shows and fans rave to others about the shows they have seen.

More recently the Scottish School of Wrestling sold out the Regal Theatre in Bathgate, even having to turn fans away because of how popular the event was.

Its safe to say that people are demanding to see wrestling shows more often and with more frequently. There are many reasons why fans could be wanting to see the shows, is it because shows have brought stars from mainstream companies? Sometimes.
However, when delving into the facts this doesn’t ring true, when that happens the next show you would see a drop in fans because the import star isn’t there, instead there is no drop, the people keep coming and more sold out shows are demonstrated.

So why is this happening? My opinion, it’s about hardwork, the collective hardwork from every wrestler, promoter, trainee wrestler, referee and even to the person who is at the guardrail trying stop a highflying manoeuvre hitting a fan.

When it comes to a wrestling organisation putting on a great show, there is no “I”, yes it’s that cliché, there is no I in team. Everyone works to make sure everything is great, the presentation, the action and the workrate, the fans for those three/four hours must leave with the best impression no matter what. It’s a clear sign that Scottish Wrestling is doing just that.

Is it just the hardwork, after all forward planning has to play its part as well, for companies who have began many years ago can’t always rely on the stars they have had at the beginning, this is why Scotland has an amazing amount of wrestling schools, a small list of examples as follows:

Source Wrestling School in Pollockshaws, PBW Wrestling School in Greenock, Airdrie and Barrhead, SSW Wrestling School in Fife, the SWE Wrestling School in Dundee, Wrestlezone’s Training Academy in North East Scotland and most recently GPWA asylum within Glasgow.

The list of wrestlers who have trained at these schools, who have become headliners and brand names are numerous. They were once trainees, there hardwork and passion have captured the fans that has allowed them to become stars of today.

Is there something else though that has helped more people turn to wrestling shows, is it that fans of wrestling would rely on mainstream shows to get great wrestling, but many fans have grew tired of what they have seen on TV and are now trying to see what other fans have been saying for years, a live wrestling show beats a TV show anytime. Once people do this more often than not, they become fans and they continually attend  the shows. They become hooked on what they have seen, the atmosphere, the action, it makes them want more and they become loyal to a certain company and it becomes “their” show.

A better example of this would be Fierce Females, a company focused solely on womens wrestling, this began in 2012 within the small venue of the Arches Glasgow, more recently has expanded to the Walkabout in Glasgow, the matches are widely talked about and their shows are on YouTube for fans to discuss and see across the globe as there fanbase continues to expand at a rapid pace. A good reason for the rise in fans are the great matches and excellent shows, poles apart from the matches you will see on most mainstream companies.

There are too many Scottish Wrestlers within the industry to say they are the people who will be mainstream stars, I could recommend and name matches but I say go to the shows, choose your own stars, your own heroes or heroines and you can say YOU helped create Scottish Wrestlings boom period.

And then we can agree that the boom period is coming. It is now no longer a question of “if”, it is now only a question of “when”.