With 2017 behind us, we have time to reflect on the last 12 months. Last year was a phenomenal year for Scottish wrestling. WWE allowed their stars to appear in ICW, even Triple H. They even created a WWE United Kingdom Championship, which has been defended in ICW and PROGRESS. Back to Scotland however, as we take a look at some of the wrestlers who improved throughout 2017!
The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling)
10. Aaron Echo
Kicking us off is “The Author of The Echo Bible” Aaron Echo. Echo got his name around in 2016 and used that to his advantage in 2017. With debuts for the likes of WrestleZone and Defiant Wrestling, Echo would find himself coming out on top in the inaugural Asylum Invitational Tournament, outlasting 15 other competitors. 2018 promises to be a great year for the PBW Academy graduate. Keep your eyes peeled!
9. Zach Dynamite
“Fully Loaded” Zach Dynamite made his return after a two-year hiatus in August 2016 and has been on fire since. The youngster made it to the finals of the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship Tournament this past June, just missing out after having his fingers snapped by the eventual winner Aspen Faith. After months of climbing up the ranks, Dynamite earned a shot at The King of Catch this past November and picked up the win, finally winning championship gold after 7 years. Take a look at his 2017 with the video below;
8. Crusher Craib
After returning from injury at Aberdeen Anarchy this past June, Crusher Craib made an immediate impact as he cost Scotty Swift his Undisputed Championship in the main event against Shawn Johnson and rejoined Sterling Oil. The Creator of Carnage brutalised Swift in his first match back at Battle of the Nations, putting him on the shelf until just last month as he showed an all-new attitude. With a Discovery Wrestling debut lined up for later this month, look out for this guy in 2018.
Lionheart went from being a fanny to a hero in one match. After the fans turned on Joe Hendry in favour of Lionheart at Shug’s Hoose Party 4, The Dugfather has become one of the most popular stars in ICW. After pinning Rob Van Dam’s shoulders to the mat inside The Hydro, it’s not been a bad year for Lionheart. Perhaps being one of the favourites to win next month’s Square Go! Match, 2018 is set to be even better for him. Could he finally win the ICW World Heavyweight Championship?
6. The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan)
Of course I’ve got these guys on the list. Aspen Faith and Lewis Girvan have been tearing up the tag (and singles) division in any company they arrive in. After joining The Filthy Generation earlier in the year, The Kings of Catch wrestled at The Hydro, a major accomplishment for the pair. Despite not picking up any Tag Team Championships (yet…), they’ve both found major success in Discovery Wrestling. Girvan lasted 666 days as their Y Division Champion, Faith won their 8-man Hotter Than Hell Edinburgh Invitational for a shot at that title whenever he wants and they both defeated The Young Bucks in an Elimination Match. Who else is ready for a filthy 2018?
5. Joe Hendry
“The Local Hero” Joe Hendry spent 2017 becoming prestigious. His work for the Newcastle-based Defiant Wrestling has been outstanding. Whether he was ambushing the legendary Kurt Angle or becoming their longest-reigning World Champion, The Prestigious One has also had major success in his home country. Becoming PWE Heavyweight Champion, putting on a killer rivalry with Lionheart, bringing prestige back to ICW. He’s done it all. Watch out out for a prestigious 2018.
Despite being an Irish native, Kasey has been making a name for herself in Scotland over the last few months. The Clown Princess of Carnage managed to win the ICW Women’s Championship on two separate occasions this year, currently enjoying her second reign as I type, and was involved in a WWE tryout in November. Kasey has put on some phenomenal matches all over the country against names like Sammii Jayne and the woman she defeated for both of her ICW title reigns Kay Lee Ray. As he head into the new year, who knows where else Kasey will pop up.
3. Sammii Jayne
“The Queen of Catch” Sammii Jayne has been all over the UK this year, with phenomenal matches in WrestleZone to Pro Wrestling: EVE to Discovery Wrestling. With debuts all over the place, The Queen has been building up more of a reputation, earning herself a WWE tryout. Currently being Sammii Three Belts with titles from Discovery Wrestling, Revolution Championship Wrestling and Pro Wrestling: EVE, expect to see more gold added to Sammii’s collection next year.
“The Revolutionary” Damien has been a hidden gem in Scottish wrestling for many years now, finally earning the recognition he deserves. After a showstopping performance against Tyler Bate at WrestleZone’s Battle of the Nations, Damien decided to depart Sterling Oil. He then won the Undisputed Championship once again from former ally Shawn Johnson back in October. Heading into 2018, we already know that The Revolutionary will be making a return to Discovery Wrestling later this month. Where else do you want to see Damien go?
1. BT Gunn
No-one has had a better 2017 than “The Oddity” BT Gunn. From being champion here in Scotland to down in England and across to Spain, it’s been a rather successful year for Gunn. After becoming the first-ever Triple Crown Champion in ICW history, he then went on to become the first ever Undisputed ICW Champion at Fear & Loathing X. If 2017 was anything to go by, then 2018 is set to be a busy year for The Oddity.
Who do you think is set to have a great 2018?