Preview: Insane Championship Wrestling ‘Fear & Loathing XII’ (02/11/19-03/11/19)

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Insane Championship have a big yin this weekend, the biggest of the yins actually. It’s the double header of Fear & Loathing XII, and I for one am quite excited for the shows. We’ve got title matches, we’ve got sinks, we’ve got Sami Callihan, we’ve got Noam Dar, we’ve got the crowning of the inaugural Kings of Insanity, and most importantly, we’ve got Jason Reed on hand to make ICW great again. It’s a huge card, so let’s not waste any more time!

NIGHT 1 – Saturday, November 2nd

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ICW Zero-G Championship – Good Housekeeping Match
Liam Thomson (c) vs Wolfgang

It’s winner takes all in the main event of night one, as Liam Thomson puts both his Zero-G Championship and ‘that particular sink’ up for grabs in the third Good Housekeeping Match against Wolfgang. These two have been on-again, off-again rivals since 2017, with Wolfgang winning the first Good Housekeeping Match between them, taking away Liam’s sink, washing machine, and house. When The King of Sink Style returned from injury last summer though, he quickly set his sights on the NXT UK superstar, defeating him in the second Good Housekeeping Match to regain his beloved sink. Over the last few months, Liam has been able to pick up his first taste of gold in an ICW ring as he defeated Joe Coffey to lift the Zero-G Championship at Shug’s Hoose Party. Thomson has everything right now, but it could very well all come crashing down if Wolfgang has his way at Fear & Loathing XII.

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Sami Callihan vs BT Gunn

When it was revealed that Sami Callihan would be making his debut for ICW at the November weekender, the thought of who he would face swirled around the minds of ICW audiences. Would it be a returning Mikey Whiplash? Perhaps it would be a current star, such as Jack Jester or current World Heavyweight Champion Stevie Boy? Maybe a wildcard choice of Lou King Sharp? But then, you remember who’s ready to return from his pelvis injury – BT Gunn. The Oddity hasn’t been in an ICW ring since his Last Man Standing Match with Kez Evans back at Shug’s Hoose Party, but a video he sent to ICW management revealed that he’s ready to come back (he has since returned to in-ring competition in other promotions). Gunn didn’t want his first match back in an ICW ring to be at anywhere other than Fear & Loathing, so who better to face than the debuting Sami Callihan? While it may be a tough test for BT seeing as he’s not long recovered from an injury that left him unable to walk for a number of walks, this is the same BT Gunn who’s competed in numerous Deathmatches throughout his career. He’s never been one to shy away from brutality, which is exactly what he’ll be getting as The Callihan Death Machine heads for the Insane Fight Club. At the time of writing, it’s set as a normal singles match, but who wouldn’t want to see these two tear it up in some sort of weapons-based brawl?

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Glasgow Street Fight
Chief Deputy Dunne vs Kid Fite

With Paul Robinson unable to appear at Fear & Loathing for his scheduled Glasgow Street Fight with Kid Fite, The Demolition Man will instead find himself on the opposite side of the ring from the returning Chief Deputy Dunne. Although they haven’t quite come to blows in ICW yet, the pair have met in a Discovery Wrestling ring, with both being part of a Fatal Four Way Match back in March also including Aspen Faith and eventual winner BT Gunn. Chief Deputy Dunne is of course the Dunne who stops the fun, but Kid Fite is the Fite who, well, brings the fight. Personally, I was really looking forward to Fite vs Robinson, but I can’t be arguing if Chief Deputy Dunne is heading back to Glasgow. The big questions here though, is where is Los Federales Santos Jr?!

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Scheme Lumberjack Match
Grado vs Ravie Davie

For the past few months, Ravie Davie and Grado have had quite a few issues between themselves, with Davie attacking the former World Heavyweight Champion in a parking lot a few weeks ago after defeating him at a Fight Club taping. More recently though, The Fresh Prince of Drumoyne Square has vented his frustrations at Grado for forgetting where he originated from. Longtime ICW fans will remember just how popular Grado was when he first arrived in the company, and that’s because he was the ultimate underdog. He came from the Tap End of Stevenson, and was able to make something of himself. Grado had forgotten all about having to fend for himself because he was off getting television crews filming him for BBC documentaries. Now, Ravie Davie wants to remind him of what it means to come from the scheme, so he only wants to face The Chubby Wee Chancer under one condition. He wants to ensure Grado can’t leave the ringside area, which is why he’ll surround the ring with some of the toughest and meanest lads he’s ever met. It’s the first-ever Scheme Lumberjack Match at ICW Fear & Loathing XII!

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The Kinky Pinky Party (Jack Jester, Sha Samuels & Noam Dar) vs The Kings of the North (Bonesaw, Damien Corvin & Adam Maxted)

The Kinky Party were originally supposed to collide with The Kings of the North on this card but with neither team willing to wait until the SWG3 weekend, management made the decision to pull the match forward to France 2000. However, Bonesaw and Damien Corvin instead ambushed Jack Jester and Sha Samuels in the backstage area, eventually bringing the brawl down to ringside where they tied Jester to the ropes to focus on taking on The East-End Butcher. Before they could do any serious damage though, Noam Dar ran out to run of Irelands’ most dangerous duo. The Scottish Supernova, who was making his ICW return that evening against fellow NXT UK star Kenny Williams, made the challenge for a six-man tag team match on night one – The Kinky Pinky Party against The Kings of the North, with Adam Maxted returning to team with the former Over The Top Wrestling Tag Team Champions. A huge six-man tag team match for sure.

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Kay Lee Ray & Viper vs Angel Hayze & Xia Brookside

Three talents from the NXT UK women’s division will be making their way to Fear & Loathing, as Viper teams with the reigning NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray to battle Xia Brookside and the young upstart Angel Hayze. This match came around after Angel scored an upset victory over Viper at France 2000 this past Sunday in what was just her second appearance in an ICW ring. That’s when The Queen of Insanity entered to drop the bombshell on Angel, who was clearly gobsmacked after finding out she’d be performing on one of the biggest events on the European wrestling calendar. While this will be the first interaction between Angel and Xia, their opponents are no stranger to one another. In fact, Kay Lee Ray and Viper were actually on opposing sides of the ring just eleven months ago at Fear & Loathing XI, where KLR captured the ICW Women’s World Championship from The Vixen of Violence in a violent Queen of Insanity Match. They may look to be on the same page right now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be playing happy families come Fear & Loathing. After all, Viper did headbutt Angel after their match at France 2000. Perhaps The Babe of Brutality will be out to make an example out of her own partner in the hopes of earning herself a shot at the NXT UK Women’s Championship.

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Aaron Echo vs Alexander Dean

Alexander Dean made his ICW return back in June, losing his UEWA European Heavyweight Championship to Lionheart in what turned out to be the final match for the then-ICW World Heavyweight Champion. Since then, Dean has gone on to start a bit of a rivalry with one Aaron Echo, but it wasn’t always meant to be this way. At a Fight Club taping at the end of August, the tough Irishman was originally meant to face Ricky Knight Jr. in a rematch from their epic classic at Shug’s Hoose Party 6, however, Mr. Pure Action was unable to compete that night. That’s where Aaron Echo comes into the picture, as he defeated The Catch Provocateur that evening before losing a rematch at the following month’s tapings. The score is currently 1-1 between these two, with the rubber match being signed for night one. Alexander Dean has demanded that new ICW commissioner Carmel Jacob have a second opponent lined up for him after he’s disposed of The King of Benidorm in short order, but Aaron Echo can’t be taken lightly. One mistake from Dean could result in him being hit with one of those nasty rolling elbows. However, this is Alexander Dean we’re talking about, he doesn’t make any mistakes when he steps foot inside that ring.

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Kenny Williams vs Jordan Devlin

Fresh off a successful return to ICW at their first GONZO event, Jordan Devlin makes his Fear & Loathing debut as he battles Kenny Williams. At GONZO, Kenny was victorious over Jordan’s PROGRESS Tag Team Championships partner Scotty Davis, who was making his Scottish wrestling debut that evening. The Lucky Yin has had quite the 2019 in ICW thus far, making a fool of all the younger talents by labelling them ‘forever trainees’, and confronting NXT star KUSHIDA after The Time Splitter defeated Jackie Polo at Shug’s Hoose Party 6. While he’s been making waves in ICW, The Irish Ace has been off in OTT, where he had a sensational rivalry with David Starr that saw Devlin lose the World Championship to The Product this past Saturday. Kenny is coming into this one riding a huge wave of momentum after pinning the returning Noam Dar at France 2000 this past Sunday following a distraction from The Kings of the North – can he continue this sort of momentum as ICW winds down following an excellent 2019?

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VIP Early Entry Bonus Match
Andy Wild & The Power Forward (???, ??? & ???) vs Andy Wild & More Than Hype (LJ Cleary, Darren Kearney & Nathan Martin)

Before Mark Coffey and Andy Wild come to blows in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match on the second night, they’ll both lead teams of four into battle for the VIP pre-show, with Mark being backed by his three masked goons in The Power Forward while Andy will be joined by the Irish trio known as More Than Hype (LJ Cleary, Darren Kearney, and Nathan Martin). The history between Coffey and Wild goes back to May’s King of Hawners tournament, where the latter teamed with Aaron Echo and Kieran Kelly as part of The Wild Boys to defeat The Power Forward in the opening round of the tournament. That result never sat well with the current NXT UK Tag Team Champion, with Coffey leading his masked troops into war with The Dad Bod God, pinning the reigning UEWA European Heavyweight Champion back at Shug’s Hoose Party 6. The Stovie Superman isn’t willing to back away from a fight when he sees one though, and so he made the challenge to face Mark in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match, which was made official for the weekend. Depending on how much impact the two cause on each other here, they may not even make it to night two. Keep in mind we still don’t have a clue who’s under the masks alongside Mark Coffey. It could be anyone – no-one knows what they’re capable of when let loose, apart from Coffey.

NIGHT 2 – Sunday, November 3rd

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ICW World Heavyweight Championship
Stevie Boy (c) vs Joe Coffey

The match is back on! After making his presence felt at the culmination of France 2000, Joe Coffey will indeed be awarded his crack at the World Heavyweight Championship to main event night two of Fear & Loathing XII. The Iron King had previously been removed from all ICW events, including Fear & Loathing, for his actions during Stevie Boy’s match with Ravie Davie at the first GONZO event. Although he’s not officially been reinstated to the roster, Joe will be allowed to wrestle for the title as long as he signs a waiver that puts the match out of the hands of ICW management. He’s had quite the journey to Fear & Loathing XII, but so has the defending champion. Stevie Boy’s lucky he’s even coming into the show as the champ, as The Pharoah of Filth was ambushed by 2019 Square Go! winner RUDO Lightning as France 2000 went on air, but was successful in retaining the title after RUDO had officially cashed in his briefcase. Without a night two main event, and the possibility of future shows being interrupted by Joe Coffey, Mark Dallas was left with no choice but to put the match back on. The word ‘match’ is used very loosely here – this will, in fact, be an absolute war.

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ICW Tag Team Championships – Kings of Insanity Match
The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan) (c) vs The Purge (Krobar & Stevie James)

Alongside BT Gunn, The Purge tandem of Krobar and Stevie James were victorious in the King of Hawners tournament after defeating The Wild Boys in the finals, which earned them the right to cash in an opportunity for a title shot of their choosing whenever they saw fit. What better place to cash it in than the biggest show of the year? The bikers confronted The Kings of Catch after they had retained their Tag Team Championships over The Kings of the North in September, letting the champs know that they’d be challenging for the tag titles at Fear & Loathing. While the Kings were more than happy to oblige to the challenge, Lewis Girvan wanted to spice things up a bit seeing as it was Fear & Loathing season. So, with fellow Filthy Generation members Stevie Boy and Kay Lee Ray winning the King of Insanity and Queen of Insanity Matches in 2017 and 2018 respectively, how about we crown the first Kings of Insanity? The last two ‘…of Insanity Matches’ have proven to be barbaric bloodbaths, with the use of barbed wire, thumbtacks, and cinderblocks all being utilized to inflict pain and punishment on the competitors involved. Who knows what weapons of choice will be brought out this time around, but it’s sure to be another bloodbath with the ICW Tag Team Championships up for grabs.

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ICW Women’s World Championship – Last Chance Match
If The Wee Man interferes, he will be stripped of his manager’s license
Kasey (c) w/The Wee Man vs Aivil

Kasey and Aivil have been near inseparable since late 2018 – wherever one went, the other followed closely behind with evil intentions in mind. Without a doubt, it’s clearly been Kasey who’s had the better luck out of the pair, as she captured the Women’s World Championship from Kay Lee Ray in a Triple Threat Match that also included The Twisted Priestess back in July, whereas Aivil has failed to win the strap three times in 2019 alone. She earned this opportunity by first defeating Angel Hayze and then Isla Dawn (who had overcome Anastasia) in a four-woman tournament to determine Kasey’s challenger for Fear & Loathing weekend. Due to the number of defenses Aivil had previously failed in, Carmel Jacob added a stipulation where she’ll never receive another title opportunity for as long as Kasey is champion if she fails once again. However, the commissioner also stated that if Kasey’s manager The Wee Man gets physically involved in the match, then he’ll be stripped of his manager’s license, and fired from ICW. If Aivil is once again unsuccessful in winning the Women’s World Championship, then we may see a much more barbaric version of her unleashed heading out of the weekend.

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Triple Threat Match
Kieran Kelly vs Noam Dar vs Leyton Buzzard

Noam Dar is back in ICW for the weekend, with the former Zero-G Champion set for a six-man tag team match on the first night as he teams with Jack Jester and Sha Samuels to form The Kinky Pinky Party as they head into battle with The Kings of the North. On night two, however, things are a bit different – The Scottish Supernova will be competing in what will be a show-stealing Triple Threat Match as he faces both Kieran Kelly and Leyton Buzzard. Kelly and Buzzard have had quite the rivalry since the former made his debut in early 2018, with the pair being heavily entertaining side acts during the Joe Hendry vs Chris Renfrew rivalry. Anytime they step into the ring together, you know you’re guaranteed to witness a great match. When you add a performer the calibre of Noam Dar to the mix though, then you’re in for something much, much better. Leyton’s already had quite the year so far, both in and out of ICW, so he’ll be looking to keep that momentum going with a victory over these two talents.

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Ilja Dragunov vs Kez Evans

After turning his back on BT Gunn at Shug’s Hoose Party 5 last year, Kez Evans has become a much more dangerous man than ever before, although he did suffer quite a setback at this year’s Shug’s Hoose Party event as he lost to The Oddity in a brutal Last Man Standing bout. Despite that loss, Evans demanded that ICW commissioner Carmel Jacob find him a huge opponent for Fear & Loathing XII. Who bigger than Ilja Dragunov? The Russian native has become a worldwide sensation since bursting on to the independent wrestling scene, joining the NXT UK roster earlier on in the year. Dragunov has appeared for ICW in the past, unsuccessfully challenging Joe Coffey for the Zero-G Championship at this year’s Square Go! in what turned out to be one of the best Scottish wrestling matches of 2019 thus far. It’s a huge opportunity for young Kez, but will he be capable of pulling off the upset victory on the biggest night on the ICW calendar?

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2 out of 3 Falls Match
Mark Coffey vs Andy Wild

The rivalry between Mark Coffey and Andy Wild comes to a head at Fear & Loathing XII as they collide in what is sure to be one hall of a 2 out of 3 Falls Match. These two have been going at each other since May, when Coffey set his masked Power Forward goons on Wild after The Dad Bod God teamed with Aaron Echo and Kieran Kelly to eliminate the masked trio from the King of Hawners tournament. The NXT UK Tag Team Champion would then be successful over big Andy at Shug’s Hoose Party 6, but things between them still wouldn’t settle down, resulting in Andy Wild making the challenge for Fear & Loathing XII. While the recent tensions between them have only really been brewing since May, you could technically trace the start of this back to last December, as Coffey (who had lost the Zero-G Championship a few weeks earlier) ambushed Wild following a loss to him. This one’s almost a year in the making – let’s hope those Power Forward lads don’t ruin what is sure to be another barnstormer between two of ICW’s biggest hosses.

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ICW Tag Team Championships #1 Contendership
The Nine9 (Dickie Divers & Jack Morris) vs The Fite Network (Lou King Sharp & Krieger)

Whichever team goes on to win the Kings of Insanity Match later on in the evening will already have their next challengers set in stone as The Fite Network‘s Lou King Sharp and Krieger face off with The Nine9 pairing of Dickie Divers and Jack Morris to determine who’ll get a tag title match at the 9th Annual Square Go! in 2020. For Sharp and Krieger, this is their first proper opportunity since arriving in ICW a few years ago. Sure, they’ve had tag title matches here and there and they were part of a six-team TLC Match at last year’s Fear & Loathing, but nothing quite on this level. In terms of their opponents though, one of them knows a thing or two about the ICW Tag Team Championships, as Divers was one-half of the inaugural champs alongside his old STI partner William Grange. With Jack Morris now serving as his partner in crime, it could be time for the current Reckless Intent Wrestling Heavyweight Champion to add some more gold to his collection. Unless, of course, The Blood Tourist and big Scudmaster Sexy come into this one all guns blazing, which they most certainly will.

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Iestyn Rees vs Scotty Davis

It’s a battle of speed vs power as Iestyn Rees meets Scotty Davis. Both men have made quite the impact in ICW during 2019, with Rees returning to the company after a few months off with the new moniker of The Quintessential Athlete, recently scoring a huge victory over former Zero-G Champion Andy Wild at France 2000 on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, Davis made his ICW (and Scottish wrestling overall) debut at ICW’s first event under the GONZO banner a few weeks ago, coming away unsuccessful against Kenny Williams, but he’s had huge success elsewhere. He won the sixth Natural Progression Series over in PROGRESS Wrestling that saw him cash in his title opportunity earned to capture the PROGRESS Tag Team Championships alongside his mentor Jordan Devlin. Despite all of his accolades though, The Supreme Suplex Machine is stepping into the ring with a man twice his size. Good luck getting any suplexes in here.

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VIP Early Entry 9th Annual Square Go! Qualifier Rumble Match
Confirmed entrants – Alexander Darwin MacAllan, Daz Black, Jason Reed w/Coach Trip, Kyle Khaos, Levi Justice, Luca de Pazzi, Lucha DS, The Sam Barbour Experience, and Xero

In early 2020, ICW will hold the 9th Annual Square Go!, with the yearly match often being used to catapult the career of whoever wins the bout. The next instalment will see an up and coming talent enter the fray, possibly marking their first appearance in the match in the case of all but one of these competitors, as ten men enter a Square Go! Qualifying Rumble Match for the VIP ticket holders on night two of Fear & Loathing XII. The nine men announced at the time of writing are as follows; the current Source Wrestling Champion Alexander Darwin MacAllan, “The Shooting Star” Daz Black, the reigning WrestleZone Tri-Counties Champion Jason Reed, the returning Kyle Khaos, Glasgow Pro Wrestling Asylum (GPWA) standout Levi Justice, the recently rechristened Luca de Pazzi, 2018 Premier British Wrestling King of Cruisers winner Lucha DS, the sensational Sam Barbour Experience, and the sadistic Xero. That’s a fine list of talent right there, and there’s still one space left to be filled. Rumbles/battle royals are typically difficult matches to choose a winner for, but this one knocks it out the park in terms of that fact.

Remaining tickets are available from both Ticketmaster and Tickets Scotland. Doors for both nights open at 6pm for the early entry ticket holders and 7pm for the general admission ticket holders, with the main card kicking off at 7:30!


Announced Matches – Night One
ICW Zero-G Championship – Good Housekeeping Match – Liam Thomson (c) vs Wolfgang
Sami Callihan vs BT Gunn
Glasgow Street Fight – Chief Deputy Dunne vs Kid Fite
Scheme Lumberjack Match
– Grado vs Ravie Davie
The Kinky Pinky Party (Jack Jester, Sha Samuels & Noam Dar) vs The Kings of the North (Bonesaw, Damien Corvin & Adam Maxted)
Kay Lee Ray & Viper vs Angel Hayze & Xia Brookside
Aaron Echo vs Alexander Dean
Kenny Williams vs Jordan Devlin
VIP Early Entry Bonus Match
– Mark Coffey & The Power Forward (???, ??? & ???) vs Andy Wild & More Than Hype (LJ Cleary, Darren Kearney & Nathan Martin)

Announced Matches – Night Two
ICW World Heavyweight Championship – Stevie Boy (c) vs Joe Coffey
ICW Tag Team Championships – Kings of Insanity Match – The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan) (c) vs The Purge (Krobar & Stevie James)
ICW Women’s World Championship – Last Chance Match
– Kasey (c) w/The Wee Man vs Aivil
Triple Threat Match
– Kieran Kelly vs Noam Dar vs Leyton Buzzard
Ilja Dragunov vs Kez Evans
2 out of 3 Falls Match – Mark Coffey vs Andy Wild
ICW Tag Team Championships #1 Contendership
– The Nine9 (Dickie Divers & Jack Morris) vs The Fite Network (Lou King Sharp & Krieger)
Iestyn Rees vs Scotty Davis
VIP Early Entry Rumble Match – Winner earns a spot in the 9th Annual Square Go! Match


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