Preview: ICW Fight Club Tapings (03/02/19)

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It’s the last stop on the road to the Square Go! as ICW return to the Garage in Glasgow to tape some more episodes of everyone’s favourite weekly show, Fight Club. On paper, this show is stacked to the roof with some tremendous matches lined up. If you need a reason to head along to this show, The Anti-Fun Police will be there! I’m showing the correct amount of excitement for the two, but rest assured I am having absolutely no funahhh. So everyone heading to the show – please refrain from being too over the top. I know it’s a lot to ask from a rowdy Glasgow audience, but we don’t want anyone being arrested by Chief Deputy Dunne, do we?

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ICW World Heavyweight Championship
Lionheart (c) vs Jody Fleisch

With Wolfgang no longer able to appear at the show on Sunday, it left Jody Fleisch without an opponent for the evening. That was, until Lionheart stepped forward with a challenge for the British wrestling icon. The reigning ICW World Heavyweight Champion was gracious enough to put his title up for grabs also, keeping true to his promise of defending the gold against only the best the world has to offer. So far, Lionheart has seen off a challenge from Japan’s Shigehiro Irie last month and also has an upcoming defence against South Africa’s Angélico at the Square Go! later in the month. The Phoenix however could very well spoil those plans, but is there realistically anyone who’d say no to seeing Fleisch vs Angélico?

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ICW Women’s World Championship
Kay Lee Ray (c) vs Little Miss Roxxy

With her recent success in ICW, Little Miss Roxxy has been granted an opportunity at Kay Lee Ray’s Women’s World Championship. The Newcastle native made her return to ICW at the end of December, defeating Viper in quite the upset before being headbutted by KLR after the match. Why? Who knows. Following up on this was another victory in the middle of January, this time over Aivil. Roxxy has been leaving an impression everywhere she goes, being the reigning Open Champion in Tidal Championship Wrestling and having outstanding showings in the likes of Defiant Wrestling and Main Event Wrestling. This will actually be Kay Lee’s first title defence since becoming a three-time champion at Fear & Loathing XI. While she was recently announced as part of the NXT UK women’s division, The Queen of Insanity is coming back to the division she helped build to defend her crown.

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If Wild and Kelly win, they will be allowed to enter the 8th Annual Square Go! Match
If they lose, they will be forced to leave ICW forever
Andy Wild & Kieran Kelly vs Ravie Davie & Leyton Buzzard

For a number of months, Mark Dallas has had a new vision in mind for what he wants ICW to look like. He wants to focus on the best up and coming talent the country has to offer, which is why we’re seeing the likes of Leyton Buzzard, Ravie Davie, and Kez Evans by his side. Despite this new mindset, one man in particular who Dallas is keen to not include on the roster is “Shotgun” Kieran Kelly. The current Scottish X Champion was recently fired from ICW, even though he had been putting on excellent match after excellent match. Andy Wild took exception to the treatment of Kelly, challenging Dallas to send any two of his goons in to face him and Kieran on Sunday. If they win, they’re in the Square Go! Match. If they lose, they’re both gone from ICW for good. Huge stakes for Wild and Kelly on Sunday night but if they want to have a future in ICW with Mark Dallas in charge, they’ll have to be willing to risk it all.

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Ashton Smith w/The Wee Man vs Lewis Girvan w/Aspen Faith

With their Tag Team Championships match looming in the distance at the Square Go!, one half of the champions Ashton Smith goes one on one with The Kings of Catch’s Lewis Girvan in what promises to be quite the hard-hitting contest. The P.O.D currently have the advantage over the favourite team in ICW, with Rampage Brown scoring a win over Aspen Faith in January. The fans were shocked back at Fear & Loathing XI when Rampage and Ashton were victorious in the #1 contenders TLC Match, with everyone and their cat predicting a Kings of Catch victory. Despite the admiration the entire audience has for Aspen and Lewis as well as the fact they always give a tremendous showing no matter the opponent, they haven’t had that many opportunities to capture gold in an ICW ring. With Rampage Brown not scheduled to be at the show on Sunday, perhaps it’s a good idea for The KoC to try and weaken Ashton ahead of the title match. If they fail again at the Square Go!, there’ll be riots in the streets of Glasgow.

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Joe Coffey vs Paul Robinson

The bad times are indeed coming as Paul Robinson comes to Scotland for the first time in his career, although he has been in an ICW ring before. His last appearance in the Insane Fight Club came in April 2015 at a show in London, unsuccessfully challenging for the Zero-G Championship in a Six Pack Challenge. Speaking of the Zero-G Championship, he’ll be facing the current champion in his return to ICW as he goes toe to toe with Joe Coffey. The Iron King has been on a warpath as of late, capturing the title from brother Mark in December and going through hell against Pete Dunne in an attempt to pry the WWE United Kingdom Championship last month. His next big test is against Ilja Dragunov at the Square Go!, with the Russian sensation looking to win some gold overseas. If Joe loses here against one half of The Swords of Essex tag team, momentum won’t be on his side come February 24th.

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Aaron Echo vs Red Lightning

Red Lightning is back in the ring on Sunday ahead of his participation in the Square Go! Match when he faces Aaron Echo, a man who has had several run-ins as of late with RUDO Sports and Entertainment Brand. The rivalry between Echo and RUDO dates back to last year’s Barramania show, where Kenny Williams turned his back on The Author of The Echo Bible after losing his ICW contract in favour of signing a RUDO Sports and Entertainment contract. Since then, it’s been quite the battle but by the end, it would be Aaron who came out victorious over Kenny at the Hydro. That was the icing on the cake on what had been quite the year for the self-proclaimed King of Benidorm. 2019 could very well be the year of Aaron Echo, and a win over a former ICW Heavyweight Champion would prove that.

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Paxxo vs Kenny Williams

Speaking of Kenny Williams, he’ll also be in singles action when he comes up against a relative newcomer to ICW in the form of Paxxo. The Lucky Yin rarely featured in ICW during the second half of 2018 due to his contractual commitments to NXT UK, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t leave his mark behind when he was there. As mentioned, the record three-time Zero-G Champion had an intense rivalry with old pal Aaron Echo. With that seemingly behind him now though, it’s time for a Square Go!, and you have to believe Williams will be in it to win it after being the penultimate man eliminated last time around. One man who has already qualified for that match is of course Paxxo, who defeated Grant McIvor last month to earn his spot in the bout before being interrupted by Red Lightning. After being disrespected by the CEO of RUDO Sports and Entertainment Brand, The Italian Nightmare has the chance to make a name for himself and see off the challenge from one Red’s clients.

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Mark Coffey vs Liam Thomson

Two men leading very different career paths in ICW right now are Mark Coffey and Liam Thomson. On one side of the ring is a man who’s bitter about losing his Zero-G Championship to his brother. On the other side stands a man overjoyed about having his precious sink by his side. Quite the contrast. The Coffey brother ruled over the Zero-G division for much of 2018, holding the gold in his third reign at an impressive 217 days. With that reign behind him though, The Power Forward thought it’d be a good idea to take his frustrations out on Andy Wild after their match in December. Not exactly the best man to mess with. Now, Mark has his hands full once again with the challenge of The Bad Boy, who will no doubt be accompanied to ringside by that particular sink. Basically, Liam’s sink is what the urn is to The Undertaker.

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The Kinky Party (Jack Jester & Sha Samuels) vs The Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne & Los Federales Santos Jr.)

At the last show at the Garage, The Kinky Party found themselves against Dickie Divers and the debuting Jack Morris. Just when they were about to plant Morris with the spike Tombstone Piledriver, a siren rang around the venue and a message flashed up onscreen – There Will Be No Fun. That’s right, The Anti-Fun Police are on their way to Glasgow to restore order and ensure the rowdy fans have absolutely no fun whatsoever. The team of Chief Deputy Dunne and Los Federales Santos Jr. have been running roughshod throughout the UK, currently holding the IPW: UK Tag Team Championships and being two of the top names in the ever-popular ATTACK! Pro Wrestling. If they’re able to beat one of the most established teams in ICW, that surely puts them in line for a future opportunity at the ICW Tag Team Titles following the Square Go!

As of writing, tickets can still be purchased from http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk.


Announced Matches
ICW World Heavyweight Championship – Lionheart (c) vs Jody Fleisch
ICW Women’s World Championship
– Kay Lee Ray (c) vs Little Miss Roxxy
Square Go! Entry vs ICW Careers – Andy Wild & Kieran Kelly vs Ravie Davie & Leyton Buzzard
Ashton Smith w/The Wee Man vs Lewis Girvan w/Aspen Faith
Joe Coffey vs Paul Robinson
Aaron Echo vs Red Lightning
Paxxo vs Kenny Williams
Mark Coffey vs Liam Thomson
The Kinky Party vs The Anti-Fun Police

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