Discovery Wrestling – All About The Wrestling. That isn’t just some moniker Discovery have given themselves. It’s something they’ve earned throughout their four years in existence. Each and every time Discovery hold a show, it’s guaranteed to be money well spent for those heading along. With a roster featuring the best of British wrestling as well as names from around the world who have been making a name for themselves, it’s meant we’ve seen some lovely matches in 2018, such as The Kings of Catch vs Chris Brookes and Omari, Sugar Dunkerton vs Gene Munny, and Joey Ryan vs DCT. As you can probably tell, two of those matches were excellent for different reasons than the first. Anyway though, let’s take a retrospective look at what Discovery delivered to us in 2018!
A New King
After taking the Y Division Championship from the waist of Lewis Girvan in September 2017 at Year Three, Joe Coffey has been nothing but a fighting champion, as he’s proven this year with a successful defence on every show bar one (NXT UK commitments in Aberdeen you see). The Iron King has made it his mission to give anyone and everyone a title opportunity if they believe they deserve one. Whether that be against established names in wrestling like New Japan star Zack Sabre Jr. or NXT UK’s Irish Ace Jordan Devlin, or simply those that have left a lasting impression on the Scottish scene, such as Aaron Echo and Christopher Saynt. Everyone gets a title match as long as Coffey remains on top of the Y Division.
Perhaps his toughest challenge out of this year’s title matches was a Triple Threat Match in May as not only did he have to contend with #1 contender BT Gunn, but also 2017 Hotter Than Hell Edinburgh Invitational Tournament winner Aspen Faith as The King of Catch decided to cash in his guaranteed championship opportunity. Coffey managed to retain here, despite the vicious strikes of both individuals as The Oddity and The Hardcore Hippie both vowed to end Joe’s reign. There’s always next time though lads.
Two upcoming defences for Joe will come against new #1 contender Joe Hendry and this year’s Hotter Than Hell winner Andy Wild. The Prestigious One defeated Joe’s scheduled 48 Months Later opponent Timothy Thatcher to become the next in line, while the leader of The Wild Boys bested Chris Renfrew to win the second annual tournament and earn his title match whenever he pleases. Both tough defences for Coffey whenever they happen to occur.
Let’s Go Wild
Speaking of Andy Wild, he’s had a particularly excellent year in Discovery. He kicked things off with an immediate bang in January as he won the Disco Derby to regain his spot on the regular Discovery roster. It was a monumental win for the Wildman, overcoming some pretty big names including former ICW World Heavyweight Champion DCT and hater of weddings Bram. As a result of his win here, Wild went on to compete in some of Discovery’s biggest bouts of the calendar year.
In fact, his only loss in a Discovery ring this year came against the 2018 WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament winner Zack Gibson, which is still a mammoth match to take part in even if he was on the losing side of things. Victories did come his way as he managed to defeat German psycho Bad Bones, NXT UK’s Eddie Dennis, and the recently returned Liam Thomson. His most recent victory, as previously mentioned, was against Chris Renfrew in the finals of this year’s Hotter Than Hell Edinburgh Invitational Tournament. Andy now looks ahead to a Y Division Championship match in 2019 against whoever the champion may be.
2018 was the resurgence of Andy Wild. 2019 will be his redemption. Let’s get wild!
Women’s Division Heats Up
After crowning their inaugural Women’s Champion at the end of 2017, Discovery have had several debuting and returning female athletes joining the roster to find new opposition for champion Sammii Jayne. As it stands though, The Main Event Empress can’t be stopped.
With retentions of the championship coming against debuting stars Little Miss Roxxy and Kasey, Sammii unfortunately went down with a broken ankle. Due to this, a dispute broke out between Viper and Nina Samuels as to who the #1 contender really was (both were set to challenge Jayne in July prior to the injury). Even though The Vixen of Violence defeated Nina twice, Samuels was still recognised as a viable challenge, and so a Triple Threat was again set for September. Except it wasn’t, as Nina didn’t want to compete in that match. After all the hassle she gave to management, you think she’d be willing to compete in the match, but I guess she’ll get a singles match some other time? She has been announced for the January show after all.
In non-championship action, other female stars that came in include Veda Scott, Isla Dawn, Charlie Morgan, and Kris Wolf. It’s name like this that Discovery the fantastic reputation that they have.
Michael Chase and Discovery management don’t see eye to eye. That is a fact. It stems from Chase feeling like management were always putting roadblocks in his way, such as having a Lumberjack Match against Christopher Saynt at the end of 2017 that saw the lumberjacks get involved. Has Michael never seen a Lumberjack Match before?
Seeing as he was robbed of victory in his match, Chase decided to take it upon himself to rob both DCT and Ravie Davie of their chance to join the roster as he interfered to dump them from the Disco Derby, and also defeated them both in separate bouts to retain his own spot on the Disco roster. Despite proving he belonged on the roster, Chase still wasn’t too pleased with how things were going. It’s a good bet to say he never will be. Another victory came alongside Dave Conrad and Bad Bones (a trio known as Team Deadly Serious of course) over Pure Dead Brilliant. What, is Chase also against people having fun? I hear there’s a certain police force you can join for that sort of thing…
Who knows, maybe Christmas and New Year will give Chase a new sense of life and he’ll put all this behind him. Either that, or he’ll continue to stick his nose in to other people’s business. Most likely the latter option.
The Present and The Future
I’ll speak about it time and time again, but Discovery always manage to bring in the best wrestling talent from around the world. That includes up and coming Scottish stars, guys that are creating throughout the UK, and some of the finest international names today.
This was showcased from the offset in 2018, with Chris Brookes, Omari, and Zack Sabre Jr. being brought in to challenge the Discovery roster. The remainder of the year followed in the same trend, as several debuts and returns occurred. Personally, one of my favourites came at the August show as WrestleZone Training Academy graduates Nathan North and Zach Dynamite made their Disco debuts to answer The Kings of Catch’s open challenge. It was a delight to see, and they’re two of the names you should expect to see popping around a lot more as the months go by. It’s already the case for North, with debuts for the likes of Three Count Wrestling and Shield Pro Wrestling already under his belt.
In my eyes, it makes them feel like a Scottish version of California’s Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in that they don’t really have too in-depth storylines and more focus is on the actual wrestling itself, hence the title of All About The Wrestling. It’s no lie.
It’s been a lovely time to be a Discovery fan, and just a fan of Scottish wrestling in general. The scene is flourishing at the moment with several promotions producing quality shows up and down the country. More of this please.
Discovery have already confirmed one show for 2019 on Friday January 18th at the Jam House in Edinburgh. Names announced for that show so far are as follows;
- Joe Coffey
- Sammii Jayne
- David Starr
- Nina Samuels
- The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan)
- CCK (Chris Brookes & Kid Lykos)
35 Singles Matches
7 Tag Team Matches
2 Six Man Tag Team Matches
1 Triple Threat Match
1 Disco Derby Match
2 Intergender Matches
1 Street Fight
1 Survival Match
Out of 9 Title Matches
The Y Division Championship was defended 5 times, with 5 successful defences (Joe Coffey five times)
The Women’s Championship was defended 4 times, with 4 successful defences (Sammii Jayne four times)
Y Division Championship
Joe Coffey – September 16th 2017-Present
Discovery Women’s Championship
Sammii Jayne – November 5th 2017-Present
“The Author of The Echo Bible” Aaron Echo – 0 wins, 2 losses
“Unstoppable” Andy Wild – 5 wins, 1 loss
“The King of Catch” Aspen Faith – 4 wins, 1 loss
“The German Psycho” Bad Bones – 1 win, 1 loss
Bonesaw – 1 win, 2 losses
“The King of All Evil” Bram – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Oddity” BT Gunn – 4 wins, 1 loss
“Fearless” Charlie Morgan – 1 win, 0 losses
Chris Brookes – 0 wins, 1 loss
Chris Renfrew – 2 wins, 1 loss
“Smashmouth” Chris Ridgeway – 1 win, 1 loss
“The Patriarch of The House of Saynt” Christopher Saynt – 1 win, 2 losses
Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana – 1 win, 0 losses
“The Creator of Carnage” Crusher Craib – 0 wins, 1 loss
Damien Corvin – 1 win, 2 losses
“The Revolutionary” Damien Daniels – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Alpha Male” Dave Conrad – 2 wins, 1 loss
“The International Sex Hero” DCT – 0 wins, 3 losses
Deviation – 1 win, 1 loss
“The Great” Dickie Divers – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Pride of Wales” Eddie Dennis – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero – 1 win, 1 loss
“The Sexual Gammon” Gene Munny – 0 wins, 2 losses
“The Gazelle” Grant McIvor – 0 wins, 2 losses
“The Gimmick Killer” HT Drake – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Bone Collector” Irving Garrett – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The High Priestess” Isla Dawn – 0 wins, 1 loss
Jackie Grady – 0 wins, 1 loss
“Just Justice” Jackie Polo – 1 win, 0 losses
Jason Reed – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Iron King” Joe Coffey – 5 wins, 1 loss
“The Prestigious One” Joe Hendry – 2 wins, 1 loss
“The King of Dong Style” Joey Ryan – 1 win, 0 losses
“The Fabulous One” Jonathan Richards – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Import Killer” Jordan Devlin – 1 win, 1 loss
“Turbo” Josh Terry – 0 wins, 2 losses
“The Clown Princess of Carnage” Kasey – 0 wins, 2 losses
“The Lucky Yin” Kenny Williams – 0 wins, 2 losses
“The Demolition Man” Kid Fite – 1 win, 2 losses
“Shotgun” Kieran Kelly – 0 wins, 1 loss
“Scudmaster Sexy” Krieger – 1 win, 2 losses
Kris Wolf – 0 wins, 1 loss
Kuma – 1 win, 1 loss
“The Renegade” Lewis Girvan – 4 wins, 1 loss
“The Bad Boy” Liam Thomson – 1 win, 1 loss
Little Miss Roxxy – 0 wins, 1 loss
“Your Mother’s Favourite Wrestler” Lou King Sharp – 1 win, 2 losses
“The Power Forward” Mark Coffey – 1 win, 1 loss
Martin Kirby – 1 win, 1 loss
“The Session Moth” Martina – 1 win, 0 losses
Michael Chase – 3 wins, 1 loss
“Speedball” Mike Bailey – 0 wins, 1 loss
“Vintage” Nathan North – 0 wins, 1 loss
Nina Samuels – 0 wins, 2 losses
“The Big O” Omari – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Fresh Prince of Drumoyne Square” Ravie Davie – 0 wins, 2 losses
Rob Mills – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Main Event Empress” Sammii Jayne – 4 wins, 0 losses
“The Red Haired Warrior” Scotty Swift – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Franchise Player” Shady Nattrass – 0 wins, 3 losses
Shawn Johnson – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Scottish Luchador” Solar – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Asylum Luchador” Soldato – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The James Brown of Throwin’ Down” Sugar Dunkerton – 1 win, 0 losses
“The Superior Cypriot” Theo Doros – 2 wins, 2 losses
Timothy Thatcher – 0 wins, 1 loss
“Future Shock” Tom Fulton – 1 win, 1 loss
Veda Scott – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Vixen of Violence” Viper – 2 wins, 1 loss
“The Foundation of the Future” Zach Dynamite – 0 wins, 1 loss
“Liverpool’s No.1” Zack Gibson – 1 win, 0 losses
“The Technical Wizard” Zack Sabre Jr. – 0 wins, 1 loss
BT Gunn & Kasey – 1 win, 0 losses
Chris Brookes & Omari – 0 wins, 1 loss
The Coffey Brothers (Joe Coffey & Mark Coffey) – 0 wins, 1 loss
Colt Cabana & Deviation – 1 win, 0 losses
Dave Conrad & Joe Hendry – 0 wins, 1 loss
The House of Saynt (Christopher Saynt, Grant McIvor & Theo Doros) – 0 wins, 1 loss
The House of Saynt (Christopher Saynt & Theo Doros) – 0 wins, 1 loss
Josh Terry & Shady Nattrass – 0 wins, 1 loss
The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan) – 4 wins, 0 losses
The Kings of the North (Bonesaw & Damien Corvin) – 1 win, 2 losses
Mike Bailey & Veda Scott – 0 wins, 1 loss
Nathan North & Zach Dynamite – 0 wins, 1 loss
Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey) – 1 win, 0 losses
Pure Dead Brilliant (Kid Fite & Krieger) – 0 wins, 1 loss
Pure Dead Brilliant (Kid Fite, Krieger & Lou King Sharp) – 1 win, 1 loss
Team Deadly Serious (Bad Bones, Dave Conrad & Michael Chase) – 1 win, 0 losses
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