Preview: ICW Fight Club – Live in Newcastle

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ICW return to Newcastle’s O2 Academy for the last stop on the road to Barramania 4 as they tape more episodes of Fight Club. The last time ICW were in Newcastle was this past September, where Johnny Moss had his ICW farewell and NXT star Kassius Ohno made an appearance. Who knows what could possibly happen this time around!

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ICW World Heavyweight Championship
BT Gunn (c) vs Mark Haskins

With Paul London picking up an injury, it meant his return to ICW would have to be delayed and it also left BT Gunn without a challenger for his World Heavyweight Championship. However, ICW management have acted quickly and announced that Mark Haskins will make his ICW debut in Newcastle to challenge Gunn. The Oddity recently lost his Zero-G Championship after being kidnapped by masked members of Mikey Whiplash’s Legion, before the title was then declared vacant. With a Deathmatch against Whiplash at the end of the month, Gunn needs to regain some momentum if he hopes to even stand a chance in that match. But just imagine what it would do for Mark Haskins if he was able to capture the ICW World Heavyweight Championship on his first night in the company. The Star Attraction has been making a name for himself in the likes of PROGRESS, IPW: UK and Defiant Wrestling, capturing gold wherever he goes. Will he be able to add another title to his impressive list of accolades?

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ICW Tag Team Championships
The P.O.D (Rampage Brown & Ashton Smith) (c) w/The Wee Man vs The Kinky Party (Jack Jester & Sha Samuels)

The Tag Team Championships will also be defended this weekend as The P.O.D defend their titles against The Kinky Party. After Rampage Brown and Ashton Smith demolished their way through The Purge at The Square Go!, The Wee Man issued a challenge to any tag team to challenge his men. He was left shocked when the challenge was answered by The Kinky Party, with Sha Samuels looking to lift tag gold once more while Jack Jester looks to win his first. The P.O.D have since been successful in title defences against The Age of Orion and the team of Aaron Echo and Kenny Williams. The Kinky Party will need to put their shenanigans to the side on this night if they hope to become the new ICW Tag Team Champions.

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Mikey Whiplash Deathmatch Invitational
If Parker or Margera can beat Whiplash, they’ll be added to the World Heavyweight Championship match at Barramania 4
Drew Parker vs Mikey Whiplash vs Clint Margera

The third match in The Mikey Whiplash Deathmatch Invitational takes place in Newcastle, with Clint Margera and Drew Parker both announcing they’ve accepted the challenge laid out by The Necromancer. Ahead of his World Heavyweight Championship match at the end of the month, Whiplash has stated he wants to prove exactly what he’s capable of, so he’s put on a Deathmatch Invitational. If anyone is able to beat him, they will earn a spot in that championship match at Barramania. Previous opponents include Aspen Faith and last year’s CZW Tournament of Death winner Jimmy Havoc. Both men failed in their challenge, with the third and final match set for this Sunday night. Deathmatch enthusiasts Drew Parker and Clint Margera both want to prove themselves and earn their way into the Barramania 4 main event. If what we’ve seen in the first two matches is anything to go by, this one could get messy!

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DCT w/Coach Trip vs Stevie Boy w/Kay Lee Ray

“The International Sex Hero” DCT has an opportunity to make a statement this Sunday night as he faces the winner of this year’s Square Go! Match, Stevie Boy. Since his rivalry with Bram, DCT hasn’t really been up to much. A recent mini-fued with WWE UK star Joseph Conners saw him walk away with the last laugh, pinning his shoulders to the mat at The Biggest Fight Club Taping Ever. However, he doesn’t currently have a match set for Barramania at the end of the month. A win over Stevie Boy would surely change that. The King of Insanity has been untouchable in recent months, winning The King of Insanity Deathmatch and now holding the 2018 Square Go! briefcase. With a huge Ladder Match against Kenny Williams waiting for him at The Barrowlands, this is the last chance for The Filthy Generation leader to gain some momentum.

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Whoever loses will enter the Zero-G Championship Gauntlet Match at #1
Jody Fleisch vs Mark Coffey

Following a double pinfall in a recent Triple Threat championship match, Mark Dallas declared the Zero-G Championship vacant and announced a Gauntlet Match for Barramania to crown a new champion. The first two entrants in the match have been revealed as Jody Fleisch and Mark Coffey, the two men who challenged BT Gunn for the title in that Triple Threat Match. The added stipulation is that whoever loses this match will be forced to enter the Gauntlet at number 1. Fleisch will be looking to secure his first taste of ICW gold by picking up that title, whereas Coffey is a former two-time Zero-G Champion and four-time Tag Team Champion as a part of Polo Promotions. If Mark goes on to win the gold, he would join Kenny Williams as one of only two men to have held the ICW Zero-G Championship on three separate occasions.

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Big Grizzly vs Ravie Davie

Before he gets his hands on Bram and Iestyn Rees at Barramania, Ravie Davie has to first get past Big Grizzly this Sunday in Newcastle. Ever since last year’s Shug’s Hoose Party where Bram interrupted his wedding, Davie has had a vendetta against RUDO Sports and Entertainment Brand. His then-fiancée Martina also cost him a future shot at the Undisputed Championship by helping Bram win a Ladder Match at Fear & Loathing X. Alongside the returning James Storm, he’ll hopefully be able to put an end to this never-ending nightmare once and for all. But his opponent this weekend may have something to say about this, it’s Wales’ Big Grizzly. The Welshman has had mixed fortunes recently, losing to DCT at the start of the month but he was able to defeat WWE UK star Wolfgang back in March. Ravie Davie’s in for a rough night in Newcastle and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some RUDO clients get involved.

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Aaron Echo & Kenny Williams vs The Filthy Generation (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan)

Aaron Echo and Kenny Williams will once again be teaming up in Newcastle, as they take on Filthy Generation members Aspen Faith and Lewis Girvan. Echo and Williams, both products of the PBW Academy, have been teaming together these last few shows, including an unsuccessful challenge at The P.O.D’s Tag Team Championships earlier this month. Alongside Mark Coffey, the pair lost to Faith, Girvan and Stevie Boy the night after The Square Go! so this will be the perfect chance for them to make the score even. Kenny will especially look to make a statement at the expense of Aspen and Lewis ahead of his career-threatening Ladder Match against Stevie Boy at the end of April.

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The Sons of Ulaid (Rory Coyle & Bás Bán) vs The Purge (Stevie James & Krobar)

The last match signed for this Sunday’s show sees The Sons of Ulaid make their in-ring ICW debut against The Purge. Rory Coyle and Bás Bán made an unannounced appearance at The Wolf of Sauchiehall Street, laying out Stevie James after Tor Atterhagen disposed of Krobar. I don’t know much about Coyle and Bán, but they appear to be two vicious individuals once they step between the ropes. The Purge will be looking to get back on track following recent losses, but a victory for The Sons of Ulaid on their first night as active ICW competitors could very well put them in contention for a future shot at the Tag Team Championships.

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The Kinky Party will also be hosting a pre-show party for VIP ticket holders, starting at 5:30pm. Other names scheduled to appear include Chris Renfrew and the returning ICW Women’s Champion Viper, fresh off a tour of Japan.

As of writing, tickets are still available from http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Announced Matches
ICW World Heavyweight Championship – BT Gunn (c) vs Mark Haskins
ICW Tag Team Championships
– The P.O.D (c) w/The Wee Man vs The Kinky Party
Mikey Whiplash Deathmatch Invitational – Drew Parker vs Mikey Whiplash vs Clint Margera
DCT w/Coach Trip vs Stevie Boy
Loser enters the Zero-G Championship Gauntlet Match at #1 – Mark Coffey vs Jody Fleisch
Big Grizzly vs Ravie Davie
Aaron Echo & Kenny Williams vs The Filthy Generation
The Sons of Ulaid vs The Purge


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