Review: ICW 8th Annual Square Go!

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Well, the 8th Annual Square Go! for ICW has come and gone as the insanity descended upon SWG3 in Glasgow. In the week building towards the show, I was pure buzzing for it. We had a Square Go! Match, the debut of Ilja Dragunov, The Kings of Catch going for the tag titles. What wasn’t there to love? Sunday night saw me frantically refreshing for results (a shoutout to Stephen Louch from Tuck of the Draw for posting snippets on his Instagram story), before I sat down and watched the show on Monday. What an enjoyable show it was – let’s get into it!


ICW Tag Team Championships
The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan) def. The P.O.D (Rampage Brown & Ashton Smith) (c) w/The Wee Man by Pinfall

Well, we Kings of Catch fans didn’t have long to wait to see the lads lift the gold. The best bois were the first stars to step through the curtain, soon becoming covered in streamers. It didn’t take long for this one to lose control. Lewis Girvan had clearly been watching his Super Dragon tapes, nailing a suicide tope con hilo dive through the ropes, while Aspen Faith nailed not one but two moonsaults. The Renegade was planted through a table in the crowd not too long into the match, leaving The Lost Boy to be destroyed at the hands of Rampage and Ashton. But he never gave up, a trait that has become closely associated with The Kings of Catch in recent times. Once Lewis came back to ringside and set up a table, it would be Rampage Brown that went crashing through. An Apter Burner was unable to end the match (genuine shock from that) but after taking Rampage out of it, a double rollup on Ashton Smith was enough for a three count as new ICW Tag Team Champions were crowned.

FINALLY! Aspen and Lewis have ascended their throne in ICW through all the trials and tribulations they went through. It was an emotional feeling seeing those two guys you loved watching finally win the big one. The outpour of support they’ve had in the aftermath just goes to show how loved they are by literally everyone. I think I speak for the majority here when I say I don’t want them to ever lose the titles. They’re just the absolute best. No-one can match them, for they are The Kings of Catch!

ICW Women’s World Championship
Kay Lee Ray (c) and Toni Storm went to a No Contest

The Women’s World Championship was next and to be honest, it didn’t really have that big fight feel. It could be because it was the last match announced and although it was bound to be a great match either way, it just didn’t feel as big some of the others on the card. That didn’t hamper how good a match it was though. Both women tore into each other, trading rollups and evading each other’s chops at ringside to make them slap the post by mistake. The resiliency of both champion and challenger was shown throughout with big moves being kicked out of time and time again. A Gory Bomb was about to secure a win for The Queen of Insanity before the match was interrupted by The Wee Man and Kasey, with The Clown Princess of Carnage smashing both women in the face with the championship belt and dragging KLR on top. Toni kicked out to the shock of most in the audience really and after being smacked by Kasey, referee Thomas Kearins threw the match out. A disappointing ending.

First off, it’s great to see Kasey back in the mix. Believe she’s been gone since the pre-Hydro Fight Club show. I didn’t really understand the point of her attacking both women though and then dragging Kay Lee on top of Toni. It appears she only wants to win the title if she beats The Queen of Insanity for it – if that’s the case, then why not attack Toni then let KLR go for the pin herself and attack her after? In that sense, I didn’t understand a second of it. Still though, a warm welcome back to Kasey.

ICW Zero-G Championship
Joe Coffey (c) def. Ilja Dragunov by Pinfall

Now, this one. What a match. I had high expectations for this one, and they were completely blown away by the end of the match. From the moment the bell rang, Joe Coffey and Ilja Dragunov were out to destroy one another. The match spilled into the crowd pretty early on and up to the ramp, where Ilja tossed Joe from the ramp into some chairs before delivering a jumping senton. That looked like it hurt. Back in the ring and Unbesiegbar continued his dominant showing, mustering up enough strength to powerbomb The Iron King. The champion utilised some of his signature offence that’s gotten him to the point he’s at now, but Dragunov wouldn’t stay down. A lariat showdown ensued and eventually, one final All The Best For The Bells was enough to pin Ilja’s shoulders to the mat.

Nothing bad to note here whatsoever. Every single second of the match was intense. Ilja has some of the best facial expressions in wrestling for my money while Joe’s no-nonsense looked added that extra bit to his character. Ilja said he hoped to be back in the future, which just has to happen really. Just think about some of the possible opponents – BT Gunn, Joe Hendry, Mark Coffey, Lionheart, the list goes on. Until then, stay Unbesiegbar (which apparently means invincible)!

ICW World Heavyweight Championship
Lionheart (c) def. Angélico by Pinfall

The final title match of the evening. Coming in, this one had plenty of hype around it, probably because it’s Angélico and it’s hard not to be excited when he steps through the curtain. It was a bit of a slow start to the match, although Lionheart was able to connect with one of his picture-perfect dropkicks. The South African sensation sprang all over the ring like only he can, but he did focus part of his attack on Lionheart’s neck. The current champ utilised some of his signature offence after evading the Fall of the Angels, eventually connecting with a Rock Bottom and the Final Moment frog splash to win.

I’ve seen some complaints online about the length of the match, but it didn’t feel that long watching it on demand. In fairness, it got off to a bit of a slow start. As soon as it picked up though, it made for a highly enjoyable watch, not that’d you be expecting anything else from Lionheart and Angélico.

8th Annual Square Go! Match
RUDO Lightning last eliminated Joe Hendry to win

Here we go then. The 2019 Square Go! Match. Kicking things off was Liam Thomson and a surprise second entrant in the form of RUDO Lightning. Throughout the match, we saw several alliances, both current and old – The Purge, RUDO Sports and Entertainment Brand, The Dallas Mavericks, Operation RedWolf, Jackie Polo and Jeff Jarrett. An interesting spot came when Kenny Williams entered the match and was attacked by every single person there, which came after Kenny called them ‘forever trainees’. The Lucky Yin would eventually be saved by a returning Iestyn Rees, with The Alpha Male dishing out some of his brutal Alpha Wave spears. The three masked men that we saw at the last set of Fight Club tapings interfered in the bout, showing their allegiance to Mark Coffey as they helped him dump out three other competitors. Now if I’m not mistaken, it appears to be Craig Anthony, Grant McIvor, and Scott McManus under those masks judging by the hair. Lou King Sharp replaced Kid Fite in the match, based upon the fact Fite no longer wanted to be a face on a poster just to sell tickets (or something along those lines, the audio wasn’t the best), resulting in The Blood Tourist being saved from elimination by the crowd once again. Jackie Polo made a surprise return and was soon met by Jeff Jarrett of all people! After a double strut, Polo tossed Jarrett out to end The King of the Mountain’s hopes of a championship opportunity. The final four were Joe Hendry, Andy Wild, Liam Thomson, and RUDO Lightning, with Wild and Thomson both going out at the hands of Hendry. The Prestigious One thought he’d won, only for RUDO to sneak back in and eliminate him to win his second Square Go! Match. The only two-time winner was confronted afterwards by both World Heavyweight Champion Lionheart and Zero-G Champion Joe Coffey in quite an intense staredown between the trio.

Order of Entry
1. Liam Thomson
2. RUDO Lightning
3. Leyton Buzzard
4. Ravie Davie
5. Dickie Divers
6. Paxxo
7. Stevie James
8. Krobar (with a crowbar)
9. Jack Morris
10. Alexander Darwin MacAllan
11. Kenny Williams
12. Iestyn Rees
13. Mark Coffey
14. Krieger
15. Andy Wild
16. Kez Evans
17. Kieran Kelly
18. Lou King Sharp (with a kendo stick)
19. Jimmy Havoc (with a steel chair)
20. BT Gunn
21. Jack Jester
22. Viper
23. Wolfgang
24. Jackie Polo w/Coach Trip
25. Chief Deputy Dunne w/Los Federales Santos Jr.
26. Sha Samuels
27. Aaron Echo (with cans of beer)
28. Grado
29. Jeff Jarrett (with a guitar)
30. Joe Hendry

Order of Elimination
1. Krobar by Iestyn Rees
2. Dickie Divers by Iestyn Rees
3. Leyton Buzzard by Kenny Williams
4. Ravie Davie by RUDO Lightning
5. Jack Morris by Mark Coffey
6. Stevie James by Krieger
7. Krieger by Mark Coffey & interfering masked men
8. Paxxo by Mark Coffey & interfering masked men
9. Alexander Darwin MacAllan by Mark Coffey & interfering masked men
10. Mark Coffey by BT Gunn
11. BT Gunn by Kez Evans
12. Lou King Sharp by Viper
13. Iestyn Rees by Wolfgang
14. Kenny Williams by Wolfgang
15. Jimmy Havoc by Jackie Polo
16. Chief Deputy Dunne by Jack Jester & Sha Samuels
17. Sha Samuels by RUDO Lightning
18. Jack Jester by Wolfgang
19. Grado by Jeff Jarrett
20. Jeff Jarrett by Jackie Polo
21. Kieran Kelly by Joe Hendry
22. Aaron Echo by Joe Hendry
23. Jackie Polo by Kez Evans
24. Kez Evans by BT Gunn
25. Viper by Joe Hendry
26. Wolfgang by Liam Thomson
27. Andy Wild by Joe Hendry
28. Liam Thomson by Joe Hendry
29. Joe Hendry by RUDO Lightning

Number of Eliminations
5 (Joe Hendry)
4 (Mark Coffey)
3 (RUDO Lightning and Wolfgang)
2 (BT Gunn, Iestyn Rees, Jackie Polo, and Kez Evans)
1 (Jack Jester, Jeff Jarrett, Kenny Williams, Krieger, Liam Thomson, Sha Samuels, and Viper)

This was one of the best Square Go! Matches I can remember watching. There was a great story being told throughout, plenty of up and coming faces as opposed to the match being dominated by these big names, and (as far as I’m aware) a Square Go! first as both men who started the match made it to the final moments. We also now have the uncertainty as to which title RUDO will cash in on. Typically, the winner would go for the World Heavyweight Championship but Lightning made it crystal clear that he’d have no problem going for Joe. This should make for quite an interesting few months as we continue on with 2019.

Overall, it was a highly enjoyable show. There were parts where it felt like it was dragging on slightly but maybe that’s just the feeling of having four world-class championship matches followed by a Rumble. Still though, a great show, which can be viewed now over on ICW On Demand!


Quick Results
ICW Tag Team Championships – The Kings of Catch def. The P.O.D (c) w/The Wee Man by Pinfall
ICW Women’s World Championship – Kay Lee Ray (c) and Toni Storm went to a No Contest
ICW Zero-G Championship – Joe Coffey (c) def. Ilja Dragunov by Pinfall
ICW World Heavyweight Championship – Lionheart (c) def. Angélico by Pinfall
8th Annual Square Go! Match – RUDO Lightning last eliminated Joe Hendry to win

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One comment

  1. I believe the screwy finish for the women’s match was because WWE won t allow any of their champions to be pinned or submitted when appearing on other shows. Toni wasn’t the NXT UK Women’s Champion when announced for the show so despite what certain “popular” fans down south would have you believe, ICW were hardly to blame for that one. Progress had the same issue with Dunne, only ever losing in multi-man or tag matches where he wasn’t the one pinned.

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