WCPW has announced the launch of the inaugural Pro Wrestling World Cup, a first of its kind 64-man tournament.
Run over ten separate dates beginning March 21st, the Pro Wrestling World Cup will see competitors from six continents compete in eight preliminary tournaments – to be held in several different countries.
The preliminaries will see eight men competing in a single fall elimination tournament. Each preliminary tournament will consist of competitors from a single country: Canada, England, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, USA. A tournament will also be held for competitors from the Rest Of The World, with eight further countries represented. Two winners will proceed from each tournament.
A two-night, 16-man, final will be held in the United Kingdom in the summer.
The first preliminary event to take place on March 21st will be the regional tournament for England, and is set to be held in Nottingham.
All Pro Wrestling World Cup tournament matches will be broadcast for free on the WCPW YouTube channel, with the two-night final being broadcast live.
Professional wrestling fans in over 180 countries have viewed WCPW content, with more than 130,000 subscribers to its YouTube channel, after launching in June, 2016.
Further information will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
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Tickets for the first preliminary tournament will be on sale soon and will be priced from £15. They will be available via https://wc.pw/world-cup
WCPW is heading to Leicester on February 13th for a huge night of action as part of our Loaded tapings. The show will follow on from the events at the previous night’s True Destiny event in Milton Keynes.
Featuring all of your favourite WCPW stars and other yet to be confirmed names, the night will kick off at 5.30pm for VIPs, with general admission at 6.30pm for a showtime of 7-10pm.
Tickets start are priced at just £15 for general standing admission.
Ringside VIP tickets include a guaranteed seat in the first or second row (unreserved), a WCPW t-shirt, the latest issue of our Wrestling magazine and a meet & greet with WhatCulture personalities. Please note, there will be no in-ring photo included at this show, but our photographer will be taking pictures during the meet & greet.
Tickets are on sale from Wednesday, December 14th, for O2 Priority members here. General sale begins Friday, December 14th at 9am from TicketWeb and the WhatCulture Shop.
Minimum Age Restriction: 8+
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult of over 18
Loaded returns to YouTube tonight in its brand new time slot of 8pm on Monday nights.
Will Ospreay and Bea Priestley will square off against Ricochet and Tessa Blanchard in a main event tag match.
Moss & Slater will defend their WCPW Tag Team Titles against Ospreay’s partners in crime, the Swords Of Essex.
Also on the bill is Gabriel Kidd – still in search of his first win – who takes on British star Zack Sabre Jr.
Starting March 6th, Loaded will air LIVE on Mondays at 8pm for free on YouTube. Repeats will air on Wednesdays at 8/7c and Saturday at 8pm UK. The episodes will be available exclusively on demand via WhatCulture Extra.
On November 30th WCPW returns to pay-per-view with an absolutely stacked line-up for Delete WCPW in Nottingham.
The stakes could not be higher for the main event, a triple threat cage match pitting WCPW Champion Joseph Conners against his two most fierce rivals. On one side of the ring is Joe Hendry, Conners’ former tag partner whom he brutally betrayed at Stacked to win the title, and cheated to defeat at True Legacy. On the other is the imposing 6’5 frame of Drew Galloway, the man whose career was almost ended by a Conners Righteous Kill a few months back. Galloway returned to WCPW this past week on Loaded and delivered the most emotionally-charged interview of the year, passionately vowing the exact revenge on Conners for what he did to him. For the despised champion, this is surely his most difficult test yet. While he has overcome great odds before against Martin Kirby, Cody Rhodes, and both of his opponents at Delete, this time there is nowhere for him to run or hide; Conners will be locked inside a steel cage with the two men who hate him the most.
When Martin Kirby defeated Will Ospreay back in July, the world stood up and took notice. For the first time, WCPW fans saw that Kirby was not just a comedic buffoon but also an incredible wrestler. He had just beaten a man fresh off win the Best of the Super Juniors. The win catapulted Kirby up the card and into a WCPW Championship match at Refuse to Lose. However, just as Kirby seemed set to win the match and the title by hitting his famous Zoidberg Elbow, GM Adam Pacitti intervened and cost him the bout. The fans turned on Pacitti – they assuredly did not “love it”. Kirby bounced back with a win over WWE-bound Big Damo at True Legacy before giving Ospreay the rematch he had long desired at Loaded #15 in London. In a shocking turn of events, Ospreay accepted help from his childhood friends the Swords of Essex, turning his back on the fans to side with Adam Pacitti as the newest member of the GM’s despicable Pacitti Club. Pacitti granted Ospreay a third bite at the Kirby cherry at Delete WCPW, making the match a 2/3 falls contest so that Ospreay can – according to Pacitti – beat Kirby twice.
The name Delete WCPW comes from the presence on the card of the legendary Broken Matt Hardy, a man who has been trailblazing in the industry for the past two decades. One of the men he made his name with was Bully Ray – the former Bubba Ray Dudley – with whom he contested a series of epic TLC matches in 2000 and 2001. Much has happened in their respective careers since, but neither man has forgotten the punishment and pain that they put each other through. When Matt Hardy threatened to DELETE WCPW, Adam Pacitti took that to mean delete him, and accused Hardy of cyber bullying. In response he brought in a bully of his own, and it seemed only fitting that it was the vicious Bully Ray who was tasked with defending Pacitti’s “honour” and deleting Matt Hardy. Watch this old rivalry renewed exclusively in WCPW on pay-per-view this Wednesday night.
Bret Hart’s creation of the WCPW Tag Team Titles at Refuse to Lose was a memorable moment… one since ruined by egomaniac Pacitti declaring the tournament for the belts the AP-triple-T (the Adam Pacitti Tag Title Tournament). Despite the name, the action in the eight-man tournament has been thrilling. The standouts have been the two finalists, tag division stalwarts Johnny Moss & Liam Slater, and the recently debuted pairing of the Coffey Brothers. Following their respective semi-final wins over Prospect and the Strong Style Collective on Loaded #16, the two teams went nose to nose for the first time and received a rapturous response from the London audience. The match should be a classic. Both teams are evenly matched, well-oiled, and desperate to write their names in the history books as the first ever champions.
Speaking of first ever champions, the inaugural Internet Champion El Ligero faces his stiffest test yet against the returning Cody Rhodes, a man who lit up WCPW rings back in October. Ligero has been impressive in recent weeks following his win over Travis Banks and Alberto El Patron at Refuse to Lose to win the belt, scoring victories over Pete Dunne and Marty Scurll in recent title defences. The last time WCPW fans saw Rhodes he fell to defeat against Kurt Angle at True Legacy. Victory over Ligero to capture the Internet Title would be an incredible way to bounce back from that.
Elsewhere on the card, Alberto El Patron returns to WCPW to battle an old foe. Having been unsuccessful at Refuse to Lose and True Legacy, El Patron asked management to find him a world class opponent so he could prove himself again. WCPW responded by bringing in Johnny Mundo, El Patron’s fierce rival from his Lucha Underground days. It will be fascinating to see what happens when these two great athletes square off against each other for the first time in UK rings.
Speaking of fierce rivals, the battle between Rampage and James R. Kennedy’s Primate should be just that. Since coming under the tutelage of Kennedy, Primate has looked more focused and dangerous than ever before. Rampage has been their target – perhaps due to him ending the career of BX head and friend of Kennedy Adam Blampied – with the malevolent manager declaring he would Rampage through “seven trials”. What he means is, Primate and Rampage will square off in a Best of 7 series, with each match fought under a different stipulation. At Delete WCPW it is a Lumberjack Match, and Kennedy has managed to wrangle it so that he picks the ‘jacks. Rampage has overcome tough odds before, can he do it again at Delete?
Finally, Moustache Mountain get the opportunity to exact revenge over the Swords of Essex – who defeated them in their debut at Loaded #15 – in the first ever WCPW inter-gender tag match. Moustache will team with WCPW Women’s Champion Nixon Newell, while the Swords are with the newest member of Pacitti Club – and Will Ospreay’s girlfriend – Bea Priestley. The latter has unfinished business with Newell, who she feels is walking around with “her” title, while Mountain are desperately in need of a win after a few losses on the bounce. Victory over the impressive Swords would put them right back into the tag title picture.
WCPW’s first ever iPPV Refuse To Lose is now only little over a week away, and the excitement is at fever pitch. The live event is long since sold out, but fans around the world can still tune into the action on pay-per-view. Here’s how:
Sign up to WhatCulture Extra (https://whatculture.com/extra) for just $6.99 per month, which gives you Refuse To Lose live (and on demand), in addition to a host of extra, exclusive content (including being able to see WCPW Loaded a day before it airs on YouTube)
Watch it as a one-off on the FITE TV app (http://www.fite.tv/v/fdaa30cc3cf1bac7339b695aeebed446) for $14.99
The card for Refuse To Lose is absolutely stacked, featuring the following marquee bouts.
The American Hero, Kurt Angle, battles WCPW favourite the Local Hero, Joe Hendry, in the epic main event of Refuse To Lose. Hendry won the Kurt Angle Invitational on Loaded to earn the match with his childhood hero, now he needs to battle him in one-on-one combat in what is easily the biggest match of his career.
The WCPW Championship will be defended when champion Joseph Conners takes on the insanely popular Martin Kirby. WCPW’s resident “dick’ed” has been haranguing Adam Pacitti for months about a title shot, and on Loaded #10 the put-upon GM was left with no choice but to grant him one. Kirby took it upon himself to ruin the show, throwing the format out of the window by hijacking TV time with a spot of Kirby-oke, then handcuffing himself to the bottom rope and refusing to leave. To save the show, Pacitti was forced to grant Kirby the match. Now he has that opportunity, ‘Kirb Krawlers’ everywhere will be fully behind his quest.
The WCPW Internet Championship was created by Eric Bischoff back at Stacked, with the original match pitting El Ligero against Jay Lethal for the newly-formed belt. When Lethal was forced to pull out due to Japanese commitments, GM Adam Pacitti acted quickly to replace him, bringing in recent ex-WWE star Alberto El Patrón in his place. Following a victory over El Ligero on the same show, Travis Banks confronted Adam Pacitti and demanded to be added to the match. Pacitti, feeling threatened and at the end of his tether after a rough night, relented. Who will be crowned the historic first ever WCPW Internet Champion at Refuse To Lose?
Cody Rhodes has made no secret of the fact that he wants to travel the world ticketing off opponents from his self-styled bucket list, and in doing so providing to the world that he is one of the finest wrestlers on the planet. Doug Williams does not approve. The man christened by fans as ‘Mr. Brexit’ abhors imported talent coming into the UK and “stealing spots from British wrestlers”, so he has vowed to cut Cody’s tour short by defeating him at Refuse To Lose and sending him packing back to the United States.
Oh, Adam Blampied, what mess have you got yourself into this time? The man referred to by Adam Pacitti as “sewer rat” has had quite the influence over WCPW happenings from the get-go, which included bringing Rampage into the promotion. When Blampied saw what he perceived as weakness in Rampage (he refused to do a banned piledriver on his opponents), he cut ties with him and joined forces with Big Damo. Blampied and Damo wreaked havoc in WCPW, attacking officials, referees, security personnel and other wrestlers, including a vicious assault on Rampage that left him with broken ribs. Pacitti had seen enough. After the ‘Beast From Belfast’ lost out to Alberto El Patrón at Loaded #10 and was fired from the promotion, the GM announced that Rampage would finally be allowed to exact his revenge on Blampied in a Street Fight at Refuse To Lose. If Blampied fails to win, he is also fired from the promotion. It should be quite the spectacle! How will Blampied weasel his way out of this one?
Refuse To Lose will witness only the second ever UK date for Japanese hard-man Minoru Suzuki, who battles WCPW’s resident tough guy Joe Coffey in what promises to be an enthralling, hard-hitting contest. Suzuki and Coffey and both brutal competitors who tear into opponents with relentless, sustained attacks. Both men love to fight and enjoy inflicting pain on their opponents.
This match could be an instant classic. Don’t miss it!
The road to Refuse To Lose became a little more clear following a monumental Loaded #10, with three huge matches made for WCPW’s historic first-ever iPPV event.
The show opened with footage filmed earlier in the week of BX attacking Rampage in a locker room, leaving him out cold. Adam Blampied sat and delivered a super-villain-esque monologue to his former charge, before cracking him in the ribs with a battery-filled sock. He left the scene of the assault with the words, “I think that concludes our business. Goodbye, Rampage”. Due to the injuries he sustained in this heinous attack, Rampage was unable to perform on Loaded.
Earlier in the week WCPW announced that Joe Coffey would take on Japanese sensation Minoru Suzuki at Refuse To Lose, in what promises to be an incredible, hard-hitting match. Coffey bounced back from a few recent defeats by smashing through Prince Ameen, finally settling a score that dates right back to Loaded #1 and giving him some momentum going into the clash with Suzuki.
Following his victory over Pete Dunne in a tremendous match, Martin Kirby called out Adam Pacitti and demanded that his recent winning streak be rewarded with a shot at WCPW Champion Joseph Conners at Refuse To Lose. When Pacitti did not answer, Kirby took it upon himself to ruin the rest of the episode until he got his way by performing a never-ending session of Kirby-oke.
Pacitti did eventually come down to put a stop to Kirby’s shenanigans, refusing to kowtow to his demands and bringing security to the ring to haul him away. It didn’t work. Kirby handcuffed himself to the bottom rope, declared himself part of the ring, and informed the flustered GM that he was going nowhere. After a frantic conversation with guest ring announcer Simon Miller, Pacitti declared that the show must go on.
It just so happened that the next match pitted El Ligero against Travis Banks, two of Kirby’s least favourite people. As expected he trolled the match, tripping both men, providing insulting live commentary, and even stopping off at one stage to do a spot of ironing. He was involved in the conclusion of the bout too, spitting water into the face of El Ligero and causing him to fall into Banks’ Spinning Torture Rack for the defeat.
Pacitti had seen enough. Worried that Kirby would ruin his impending big announcement, he conceded defeat and granted Kirby a title shot at Refuse To Lose against Joseph Conners. The crowd, full of “Kirb Krawlers” went wild for the news. #SticksOutForKirby
Pacitti then revealed the unfortunate news that Jay Lethal had been forced to pull out of Refuse To Lose due to commitments in Japan, leaving El Ligero without an opponent in the match to crown the first ever WCPW Internet Champion. However, he has signed a replacement: Alberto El Patrón. The recently released ex-WWE star was greeted with a booming reception from the Newcastle crowd, and he was just as thrilled to be there as they were to see him.
El Patrón delivered a passionate promo, only to be interrupted by the unwelcome sight of Adam Blampied and Big Damo, who called out El Patrón and demanded a match with him, with the winner facing Ligero at the iPPV for the new title. Pacitti agreed, then added the blockbuster revelation that if Damo lost he was fired from WCPW.
After a hard-hitting match in which Blampied was repeatedly involved, El Patrón scored the submission win thanks to a cross arm-breaker, sending the inaugural WCPW Champion packing from the company, and setting up a match at Refuse To Lose with El Ligero.
Pacitti was not done yet. Seemingly snapping after what had been a rough night, he told Blampied that he was fired too… unless he could win one match, a street fight at Refuse To Lose… against Rampage! Upon hearing the news, the “sewer rat” fainted.
The card so far:
American Hero vs Local Hero
Kurt Angle vs. Joe Hendry
Joseph Conners (c) vs. Martin Kirby
WCPW Internet Championship
El Ligero vs. Alberto El Patron vs. Travis Banks
Adam Blampied vs. Rampage
Joe Coffey vs. Minoru Suzuki
Cody Rhodes vs. Doug Williams
Episode #9 of WCPW Loaded was a chaotic, action-packed 90 minutes.
Following on from last week’s epic Kurt Angle Invitational Rumble came another fascinating multi-man clash. This time it was a one-fall contest pitting five men with scores to settle against each other: Will Ospreay, Marty Scurll, Pete Dunne, Travis Banks, and, last but not least, Martin Kirby. Eric Bischoff made the match after Kirby demanded a title shot and irritated the guest GM with his lack of respect, leading him to stack the odds against WCPW’s resident d*ckh**d.
The bout was contested at an electric pace and never once slowed down, as all five competitors tried to make their mark and score what they knew would be a huge victory over four of the finest athletes on the planet.
They all got creative, especially the increasingly-popular Kirby, who amazed the audience with his inventive and admittedly quite brilliant “human centipede” Boston crab.
It was Kirby who again defied the odds to emerge victorious, continuing his unlikely winning streak and once again proving elusive for Ospreay, who was left looking shocked at the result (in a promo later on in the show, Ospreay warned that he was coming back, and when he did, he wanted his rematch). Kirby pinned Dunne to win the contest after finally hitting the Sable Bomb for the first time ever, to a roof-blowing response from the WCPW faithful. Surely General Manager Adam Pacitti cannot ignore Kirby’s claims to a title shot for much longer.
Another man surely close to a title shot is Drew Galloway. He followed on from his victory at Stacked over ‘Mr. Brexit’ Doug Williams with a solid showing against Moose, in a match that the latter has called his “greatest to date”. Galloway ended a hard-hitting encounter with his devastating Future Shock DDT for the victory, making him 2-0 in WCPW single’s matches. Joseph Conners beware…
WCPW’s women’s division gained two new stars on this week’s episode of Loaded with the debuts of Alex Windsor, who teamed with Bea Priestley, and Little Miss Roxxy, who tagged with WCPW Women’s Champion Nixon Newell. Windsor demonstrated a vicious streak throughout her performance, causing commentator Alex Shane – previously a staunch Bea Priestley supporter – to reconsider who his favourite WCPW female performer was.
Windsor took advantage of Roxxy’s relative lack of experience to win the match via submission, then sent a message to champion Newell following the bout by smashing her in the face with the Women’s title belt. This one is not over.
Loaded #9 was headlined by a rematch from Built To Destroy pitting long-time rivals Big Damo and Rampage against each other in a no holds barred contest designed to settle the score once and for all. GM Adam Pacitti was so fed up with the pair ruining cards by interfering in each others’ business that he made the piledriver legal for one night only so they could essentially “fight to the death”.
Prior to the match, Rampage outwitted his opponents by taking out James R. Kennedy’s Los Perspectiva in the dressing room, leaving BX without allies going into the main event. Damo and Rampage brawled all around ringside exchanging hard strikes and delivering high-impact blows, and Damo appeared to have come out on top when he scored with a piledriver – the same move he almost broke Rampage’s neck with two months earlier. However, Rampage had clearly been working on his neck bridges and strengthening exercises, because he was able to survive the impact and kick out at two.
Rampage recovered enough to drill Damo with a superplex, which he followed with an emphatic piledriver of his own for the popular victory. Following the match, in footage that was banned from the broadcast due to it’s unsettling nature, Damo took out his frustrations on WCPW ring announcer Ryan Devlin. No doubt, there will be further consequences heading the way of Damo and his motor-mouthed manager Adam Blampied next week.
Martin Kirby has clashed with Adam Pacitti numerous times in the past, but he should know better than to challenge one of the wiliest minds in the history of professional wrestling.
The obnoxious underdog – perhaps feeling a little egotistical after his stunning win against Will Opsreay – burst into a meeting between the pair, demanding a shot at the WCPW World Championship. Unfortunately for the Yorkshireman, he didn’t quite get his wish…
Instead, Bischoff decided to book him into a five-way match against four of the very best on the independent scene, including the man he defeated last time around.
Ospreay will certainly be looking for revenge, and Kirby will also be forced to deal with a who’s-who of indie talent – including recent BOLA winner Marty Scurll, ‘Brusierweight’ Pete Dunne, and New Zealand sensation Travis Banks.
Will Kirby stand tall, or will he fall victim to another member of WCPW’s talented locker room? Find out this Saturday on Loaded!
Recently WCPW was invited to Macmillan Fest, a charity heavy metal festival at Nottingham’s famous Rock City, designed to raise money for cancer charity Macmillan. Included in the line-up were genre favourites such as InMe and Sikth.
Also in attendance were WCPW General Manager Adam Pacitti and resident five-year-old Jack the Jobber, who were meeting fans and enjoying the show, while ‘Local Hero’ Joe Hendry was tasked with introducing bands on the main stage.
At around 5pm, Hendry introduced Shattered Skies, the artists behind the legendary entrance theme of Martin Kirby, not to mention Travis Banks, Nixon Newell, and WCPW Champion Joseph Conners.
However, just as the performance was about to start, Conners showed up completely unannounced and smashed his former tag partner from behind. Conners was relentless, battering Hendry repeatedly before getting in his face and yelling:
“Wherever you are, wherever you go, Joe, I will never let you upstage me again. You have made a fool out of me for the last time. Joseph Conners is no fool, Joe Hendry. Joseph Conners is your What Culture Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, now play my music!”
With that Conners looked out to the crowd, maniacal look in his eye, as Shattered Skies played his ‘Nothing To Lose (15 Minutes)’ entrance theme, all while a shocked crowd looked on. Meanwhile, Hendry was helped to the back, looking stunned about what had transpired.