It’s been a top year for Scottish professional wrestling so here is a recap of some of the top moments in 2016.
Big Damo Goes Across The Pond
A mainstay in UK wrestling, in October 2016 Damian O’Connor was announced as the newest signing by WWE along with Tommy End and Mary Dobson. The Irishman has a long career in Scottish wrestling with many of today’s wrestlers being trained in part by Damo at the Source Wrestling School. In Scotland, Damo has held top titles in W3L, SWE, Reckless Intent, Pride Wrestling and Insane Championship Wrestling along with many tag team championships across the country.
Damo made his televised WWE NXT debut in December when he attacked No Way Jose, seemingly alligning himself with SAnitY.
Wolfgang Hits A Grand Slam
Scottish Heavyweight Champion, PBW Heavyweight Champion, BCW Heavyweight Champion, W3L Heavyweight Champion and, as of 2016, ICW World Heavyweight Champion.
When Wolfgang won the ICW Square Go in January, many thought it was a matter of time before The Big Bad Wolf’ would become ICW World Heavyweight Champion. It finally happened in August when Wolfgang cashed in the shot at Shug’s Hoose Party III against a spent Joe Coffey, who had just won the World Championship from Damo.
Five Heavyweight Championships from around Scotland is an impressive feat, ‘The Regulator’ won’t be stopping soon as he has an opportunity to become the first WWE United Kingdom Champion in January 2017 when he enters a 2 day, 16 man tournament.
Carmel Jacob Retires
November 20th, 2016. Former ICW and W3L Women’s Champion, Carmel Jacob announced her retirement from professional wrestling in front of over 6000 fans in The SSE Hydro. ‘The Pipebomb Princess’ is best known for her verbal assaults on the microphone along with her rivalry with Kay Lee Ray.
Another Ballroom Sell Out
In June, WrestleZone hosted Aberdeen Anarchy in the Beach Ballroom for the forth year in a row and for the forth time they sold over 1000 tickets. The event included former WWE stars Tatanka, Bull Dempsey, The Hurricane and Carlito along with the WrestleZone roster. Scotty Swift continued his undefeated streak at the event when he retained his Undisputed WrestleZone Championship against Crusher Craib, who suffered a nasty broken hip socket injury during the match.
BCW Sell Out Streak
British Championship Wrestling held seven events this year in East Kilbride and Kilmarnock. All seven events sold out before or on the night. Shows included long time BCW Heavyweight Champion, Kid Fite, defeated by BT Gunn to end his monumental championship reign at 1119 days. Broken Matt Hardy arriving to Scotland for his only Scottish independent wrestling appearance, The Aggression being reborn, one of Noam Dar’s final UK independent appearances and such stars as Gail Kim, Ethan Carter 3 and Colt Cabana coming to BCW. Testimant to the hard work from the team at British Championship Wrestling for providing shows that have been packed all year.