It’s been a top year for Scottish professional wrestling so here is a recap of some of the top moments in 2016.
Drew Galloway Becomes TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
In March 2016, Drew Galloway became the first Scottish champion in TNA when he cashed in his Feast or Fired briefcase on Matt Hardy and won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He would go on to hold the title for 89 days including making a defense at British Championship Wrestling on April 15th, 2016 in Kilmarnock against Jack Jester.
Noam Dar Enters the WWE Cruiserweight Division.
In March 2016, Noam Dar was announced as one of the participants in the upcoming WWE Cruiserweight Classic. He defeated Josh Bodom in his qualifying match. His tournament began on June 23rd when he defeated Gurv Shira in the first round. In the second round he defeated Ho Ho Lun before being eliminated by Zack Sabre Jr in the quarterfinals.
In August, Noam Dar was announced to be part of the upcoming Cruiserweight Division on the RAW brand before finally making his debut on the November 7th episode of RAW that took place in Glasgow.
Nikki Storm becomes Nikki Cross.
In April 2016, Scottish wrestling stand out Nikki Storm was announced as one of the ten new signees by World Wrestling Entertainment. In August she made her televised debut in a six-person tag team match on NXT teaming with Carmella and Liv Morgan. In October she revealed herself as part of the SAnitY stable along with Alexander Wolfe, Sawyer Fulton and former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young.
Joe Coffey Competes For The Ring of Honor World Championship.
In April 2016, Discovery Wrestling hosted an event in Edinburgh which featured the then-Ring of Honor World Champion Jay Lethal. He defended his championship against ‘Iron Man’ Joe Coffey in an instant classic, Coffey was narrowly defeated by Lethal on the night but the bout itself is regarded as one of the best matches this year.
ICW Fear & Loathing IX, The Prince Returns.
November 20th 2016 saw over 6000 wrestling fans enter The SSE Hydro in Glasgow to see ICW Fear & Loathing IX. A night that included the return of Fergal Devitt/Prince Devitt/Finn Balor to Insane Championship Wrestling. The current RAW Superstar was the replacement for RAW General Manager Mick Foley, who was required for WWE Survivor Series that evening. The event also saw Legends like Team 3D and Kurt Angle makes their ICW debuts plus Indy sensation Ricochet.