At the end of 2016, ‘The Regulator’ Wolfgang was announced to be one of the 32 wrestlers to be taking part in a two night tournament to crown the first WWE United Kingdom Championship on the WWE Network. As the only Scottish entrant in the pool, a lot of pressure rested on him to put in a tremendous showing and make more appearances in the WWE Universe.
In Blackpool on January 14th 2017, the then-current Insane Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Wolfgang started his tournament against Tyson T-Bone. Wowing the crowd with his remarkable agility and his finishing move, The Howling, a high angled Swanton Bomb.
After dispatching T-Bone, Wolfgang moved onto the quarterfinals on January 15th against one of the favourites in the tournament and his rival in ICW, Trent Seven. In one of the shocks of the tournament, considering the amount of time given to all three members of British Strong Style, Wolfgang emerged victorious and earned his way into the semifinals to take on Tyler Bate.
However, this is where Wolfgang’s UK Tournament story ended when Bate defeated ‘The Last King Of Scotland’ before heading onto win the first ever WWE United Kingdom Championship.
The month ended with Wolfgang making his NXT debut on a live event in San Antonio, a win over Aaron Solo completed a wild first month of 2017.
Moving into February, a showdown with Trent Seven at ICW’s Square Go! event that took place in Newcastle saw Seven finally gain the ICW World Heavyweight Championship ending his chase over the title that lasted for months. In anger Wolfgang attacked Liam Thomson and entered the Square Go! match itself and got down to the final two in a repeat of the year before against Joe Coffey. However, it wasn’t a repeat with Joe Coffey eliminating Wolfgang to win the 6th Annual Square Go!
Over at Rock N Wrestle, Wolfgang was sitting as number one contender to the RNW Highland Heavyweight Championship following his Highland Rumble win at Winterslam 2016. After interrupting Jack Jester’s defense of the title against the former champion, Liam Thomson, Wolfgang debuted the alliance of Bad Company along with Stevie James and Krobar as they took on Jester, BT Gunn and Stevie Xavier. Coming up short on the night, Wolfgang made it clear that the matter wasn’t over and that he would become RNW Highland Heavyweight Champion.
February ended with Wolfgang winning two out of three matches when ICW took Fight Club on tour. First against Jack Jester in Southampton then Grado in Sheffield before falling short in his ICW World Heavyweight Championship rematch against Trent Seven in Manchester.
In singles competition, Wolfgang was undefeated in March chalking up victories over Aaron Echo, Charlie Sterling and Jack Jester in ICW along with a win against Mark Coffey at Pro Wrestling Elite. In multi-man matches, however, his luck wasn’t so great as he fell short in winning the PBW Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat that involved the champion, BT Gunn, and Jack Jester. Then losing a six man tag team match at Fight Club Pro when he teamed with Travis Banks and Will Ospreay against British Strong Style.
April started with Wolfgang fighting Trent Seven at WWE WrestleMania Axxess in Orlando over the ICW World Heavyweight Championship. After falling short, he fought Tyler Bate for the WWE United Kingdom Champonship in a losing effort. Bouncing back, six wins out of six completed the month including beating Grado at ICW Barramania 3, Sha Samuels at BCW and Pete Dunne at PBW.
A return to WWE in May first as part of WWE’s UK Tour, teaming with Trent Seven and Tyler Bate at The SSE Hydro to defeat Pete Dunne, Joseph Conners and Tyson T-Bone before heading to the two night WWE United Kingdom Special with a loss to Trent Seven and a win over Joseph Connors.
More singles victories followed over Chris Renfrew and Pete Dunne and a loss to Jack Jester in ICW, plus a win over Joe Coffey at Fight Club Pro.
May also saw Wolfgang compete in a Good Housekeeping Match against Liam Thomson at ICW, a bizarre match over Liam Thomson’s sink that Wolfgang had stolen after taking out Thomson back in February at the Square Go!, Thomson offered his washing machine as his stake. A match that has to be seen to be believed.
After a win over TJ Rage at PBW, Wolfgang headed to WWE NXT again as part of their UK tour. Teaming with Pete Dunne to defeat Mark Andrews & Joseph Connors in Aberdeen and losing to Kassius Ohno in Leeds. Before heading to Download Festival and going 0 and 3. First teaming with Jack Gallagher and losing an NXT Tag Team Championship match against The Authors of Pain, then notching up losses against No Way Jose and Kassius Ohno.
His feud with Liam Thomson ended in ICW which saw Thomson lose his house after losing his sink and washing machine in past confrontations.
Wolfgang got his Rock N Wrestle Highland Heavyweight Championship match against Jack Jester at the end of June but fell short in a Falls Count Anywhere match that went all over The Ironworks.
A relatively quiet month, just a draw against BT Gunn which saw them both added to a WWE UK Championship match along with Trent Seven at ICW’s Shug’s Hoose Party 4 event. Before that, two losses at Pro Wrestling Elite against Grado and Jack Jester then a win over Aaron Echo at GPWA.
At ICW Shug’s Hoose Party 4 weekender, Wolfgang fell short again in his quest for the WWE UK Championship on night one but defeated former ECW and WWE star Super Crazy on night two.
His 2017 singles undefeated streak in PBW continued with wins over Davey Blaze and Jack Jester as part of the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, plus another win against Jack Jester in BCW. Two losses in ICW but the triple threat against Stevie Boy and BT Gunn was hailed as an incredible match.
August also saw Wolfgang make more appearances on WWE NXT, teaming with Pete Dunne to defeat Moustache Mountain and earning himself a WWE UK Championship match in the process. Another tough defeated also saw The Undisputed Era of Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly add insult to injury by attacking Wolfgang following the bout that aired on September 13th.
After beating Jack Jester at BCW, Wolfgang headed to Italy to beat Davey Blaze and Iceman in a triple threat then losing to Trent Seven. Back to Glasgow to team with The Purge and DCT to defeat Davey Blaze and The Fite Network, then a loss to Charlie Sterling at Pro Wrestling Elite. Completing the month returning to SWA, losing a triple threat street fight against Jack Jester and BT Gunn then teaming with Molly Spartan to defeat BT Gunn & Kasey. Wolfgang made his first appearance at PROGRESS Wrestling at Chapter 55 taking place at Alexandra Palace with a wordless challenge to Atlas Champion WALTER.
Wolfgang and The Purge continued their feud with The Fite Network in ICW beating them on October 1st. Wins over Davey Blaze and the team of Andy Wild & Jack Jester, with Grado, at PBW and a win over Jack Jester at GPWA. A win over Stevie Boy followed in ICW then back to back losses first against Joe Coffey over the ICW World Heavyweight Championship then against BT Gunn. Saw a month that ended with his in ring debut at PROGRESS Wrestling Chapter 56 against Atlas Champion WALTER in a losing effort.
November was all about touring with WWE including multiple opportunities against Pete Dunne over the WWE UK Championship as part of the WWE UK Tour in Aberdeen and Glasgow, and as part of WWE NXT a win over Kona Reeves and teaming with Mark Andrews to defeated Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli.
The tour continued with NXT and a win over former NXT Tag Team Champion Buddy Murphy and teaming with Heavy Machinery in a loss against Pete Dunne & The Authors of Pain while making his final appearance of the year at ICW with a win over Andy Wild.
All this an an appearance as an extra in Transformers, it’s been an incredible year for Wolfgang, starting as ICW World Heavyweight Champion before making an impact in WWE and has become a regular fixture in NXT. Ranked as number two in our Top 10 Scottish Wrestlers in 2017 it has been a fantastic year. But what does 2018 hold?
If the WWE UK programme, that has been rumored, comes to be then it’s a certainty that Wolfgang, along with British Strong Style, Mark Andrews and possibly Joseph Connors being the first names in there. Along with his exploits in WWE, it wouldn’t be insane (pardon the pun) to see Wolfgang reignite a rivalry with BT Gunn in ICW as he holds both World Heavyweight and Zero G Championships.
He’s built fae girders, The Regulator, The Last King of Scotland. Wolfgang has become one of the best in the United Kingdom and 2017 just proved that. #HowlYouDoin
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