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.
Who lasted the longest? Who eliminated the most opponents? Who had the shortest stint? What method of elimination occurred the most? It’s all here…
Order of elimination:
Entrants ordered by time spent in match:
El Ligero (31:06)
Joe Coffey (22:12)
Doug Williams (18:14)
Joe Hendry (17:37)
Marty Scurll (10:57)
Martin Kirby (8:23)
Pete Dunne (8:13)
Drew Galloway (6:14)
Travis Banks (6:03)
Liam Slater (3:06)
Prince Ameen (1:39)
Gabriel Kidd (1:18)
Multiple eliminations: Joe Hendry 3, Primate 2
Method of elimination: Over the top 8, Pinfall 4, Forfeit 2, Stoppage 1
Iron Man: El Ligero (31:06)
“Santino”: Gabriel Kidd (1:18)
Martin Kirby and Rampage were both eliminated by competitors either no longer in or not entered into the match. As no precedent had been set, the referees made the call that these eliminations were legal
Moose never made it to the ring so was not officially entered in the match. According to WCPW officials, the competitor has to get into the ring before he is counted as “active”. His failure to make the ring before the next entrant came out meant he forfeited his place in the bout.
Gabriel Kidd was forced to forfeit his spot in the match by Prince Ameen, who owns him. Ameen replaced Kidd, and WCPW officials accepted the switch as valid due to the terms of Ameen’s ownership contract with Kidd which state that Ameen owns or is entitled to any opportunities in WCPW that Kidd receives, should he want them.
Big Damo was not a valid entrant in the match, even though he prevented Moose from enterting the ring, and eliminated Rampage
While not originally stated as a method of elimination, officials allowed Primate’s defeat of Liam Slater via stoppage, considering it a form of submission
Joe Hendry has sensationally bounced back from the hurt of Joseph Conners’ betrayal at WCPW Stacked by winning the Kurt Angle Invitational Rumble on this week’s episode of Loaded.
Hendry, who entered the fray at #10, outlasted fourteen other men to win the match and set up the showdown with Angle on October 6th at WCPW’s first ever iPPV Refuse To Lose.
The fifteen-man melee was jam-packed full of world class talent, including BOLA 2016 winner Marty Scurll, highly decorated British veteran Doug Williams, former WWE Intercontinental Champion Drew Galloway, and former two-time TNA Heavyweight Champion EC3.
Hendry may not have the accolades to back up his talent at this stage of his career, but he undoubtedly has the heart of a champion. Joe fought like a true warrior, eliminating Primate, Williams, and finally EC3 to win the invitational, making his lifelong dream of a match against the great Kurt Angle a reality.
The emotion running through Hendry’s veins was clear to see when the final bell rang. He almost broke down, dropping to his knees in celebration – much like Angle himself has done so many times in the past – and allowing the moment to wash over him.
It was no surprise; since his supposed friend and tag partner Joseph Conners brutally turned on him only one week earlier, Hendry had been walking around a broken man. He looked dejected, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Many questioned whether he would even be able to pick himself up and dust himself off in time for the invitational, but he proved all of his doubters wrong and then some.
We were able to grab a few words with Hendry immediately following the match: “When people ask me who’s the greatest in ring competitor, there is only one answer: Kurt Angle. This is a match that I never thought would happen. I am going to get the opportunity to test myself against, in my opinion, the greatest wrestler to ever step foot in a squared circle. This is the single greatest honor and the single greatest opportunity of my life. But make no mistake. It is my time. And I must beat the Olympic hero. I must defeat Kurt Angle.”
Hendry, an accomplished amateur wrestler in his own right – he is hoping to represent Scotland at the next Commonwealth Games – will be in for the fight of his life against Kurt. It will be by far the biggest match of his career so far, and will be taking place on a massive stage. The already sold out Refuse To Lose is generating a huge buzz, thanks to the incredible array of stars confirmed for the event. For Hendry to be in the headline attraction is a remarkable achievement for him. One can only imagine how his ex-partner feels about Hendry upstaging and overshadowing him yet again!
Following Refuse To Lose, Hendry could well go from Local Hero to Worldwide Hero, especially if he is able to get his hand raised. One thing is guaranteed: WCPW’s loyal fans will be behind Hendry all the way on his quest for greatness at Refuse To Lose.
It has been sensationally revealed that Alberto El Patron, the former Alberto Del Rio, is coming to WCPW in less than one week!
El Patron will be making his WCPW debut at the Loaded tapings on September 15 at the O2 Academy Newcastle. Tickets for that event are available at a special one-time-only price of £5, and they are selling fast. Be sure to grab yours quickly before they are sold out from www.shop.whatculture.com
General Manager Adam Pacitti broke the news this evening with the following announcement:
It had been no secret in recent weeks that Del Rio was unhappy with his status in WWE and that he was considering his options. It was reported recently that the former WWE Champion had a break clause in the contract he signed with the company less than a year ago, with speculation rampant about what his next move would be should he opt to activate it.
For WCPW to get him is undoubtedly a huge coup, and adds to an already impressive list of stars who have signed on with the promotion recently, including the likes of Aaron Stevens (Damien Sandow), Kurt Angle, Minoru Suzuki, Bret Hart, Jim Ross, Drew Galloway, and Cody Rhodes.
What El Patron will be doing at Loaded next week is anyone’s guess. Will someone unheralded on the roster try and make a name for themselves by taking him on? Will he aim straight for the top and call out WCPW Champion Joseph Conners? What will he have to say to the Newcastle audience if he is given a live mic and allowed to express himself? It will be fascinating to find out.
WCPW has a number of live events scheduled over the next month, starting with next week’s Loaded tapings featuring El Patron, plus Drew Galloway, who returns following an impressive debut in August.
WCPW’s sold out iPPV Refuse To Lose follows on October 6, but tickets are still available for the following night’s Loaded tapings on October 7. The group also makes its first foray outside of Newcastle on October 8th at the Silver Blades Arena in Greater Manchester. Tickets are available for these events at www.shop.whatculture.com
Make sure you don’t miss WCPW Loaded live streaming on YouTube this Saturday night at 8pm BST at https://wc.pw/stream
The normally jovial entertainer has cut a forlorn figure around the WCPW offices this past week, ever since the shocking developments at the conclusion of Stacked’s four-way WCPW Championship main event.
The match was hanging in the balance, with all four men, Hendry, Rampage, Joseph Conners and champion Big Damo still in the race, when Rampage and Big Damo took each other out with a vicious suplex onto the hard steel ramp, leaving them both out of commission. Hendry and his tag partner Conners were left alone in the ring, with the elusive WCPW Championship that had repeatedly slipped from Hendry’s grasp now within touching distance.
Fans held their breath anticipating what might happen. Would the two friends reach an understanding that would see one lie down for the other? Would Hendry overshadow Conners again and defeat him to raise the title? Would they shake hands and then wrestle for the gold until the best man emerged the victor? None of those things happened. What did sent shockwaves around all of WCPW: Conners, fuelled by months of pent-up anger brought about by Hendry’s unintentional spotlight hogging, finally snapped, viciously assaulting his partner to lift the belt.
Looking back in retrospect, the signs were there. Way back at the start of their relationship it seems clear that Conners was not happy with Hendry’s overbearing ways. The look on his face when Hendry offered him his own gold tights, or when Joe revealed that he had produced custom entrance music for the team, said far more than words could have.
The dissension was plain to see at Built To Destroy when Conners blamed Hendry for being caught with a roll-up by Alex Gracie and pinned during a tag match. On the following episode of Loaded, Hendry came out alone for a bout against Gracie, and had to fight off all of Prospect throughout the match. Hendry still emerged victorious, but was immediately set upon by Prospect, who delivered a four-man beat down to him.
Conners eventually made the save, then went out of his way to dispel rumours that he and Hendry were on the verge of splitting, asserting that they were in fact stronger than ever. It seems clear now that Conners was simply luring his partner in, giving him a false sense of security. Some say he had already made his mind up at that point; he was going to destroy Hendry whenever the opportune time came.
For Conners, the main event of Stacked, with just he and Hendry left standing, was that opportune time. Within a split second of having surveyed his surroundings, Conners struck like a snake. He grabbed Hendry, and before the Local Hero knew what was happening, drilled him with the most vicious Righteous Kill to date. Incredibly, Hendry kicked out, just, but he was a dead man walking. Conners, showing absolutely no regard for the man he had teamed with for the past few months, brutally hurled a chair at Hendry’s face. He proceeded to batter his partner into oblivion before covering him to win the match and the WCPW Championship.
The cerebral, emotionless manner in which Conners executed his plan was chilling. In one flurry of unleashed rage he had removed all notions that he was nothing more than Hendry’s put-upon sidekick. Conners was the real deal, he was showing his true colours for the first time, and in doing so he had reached the pinnacle of the WCPW mountain.
But where does that leave Joe Hendry? The betrayal is obviously still raw, and while Joe has remained tight-lipped since those shocking scenes at Stacked, sources close to him say he is a broken man. Hendry truly believed that Joseph Conners was a friend who had his back, and his actions have knocked the wind out of him.
Hendry will inevitably bounce back, he is too strong-willed a personality not to, but where does he go from here? Obviously he will want a crack at Conners’ title, but does he even warrant one? Hendry has historically struggled when it comes to big matches in WCPW, such as in his debut outing on the first episode of Loaded against Big Damo when he was fighting for the chance to represent Jack the Jobber in a WCPW Championship decider against Rampage. He had another bite at that cherry two weeks later, wrestling Rampage for the opportunity to have a rematch with Damo at Built To Destroy for the same title, but he again lost out. Having failed in the four way at Stacked, is another shot justified?
And maybe the emotion is still too raw at the moment anyway. Joe needs to go into his eventual revenge match with Conners in a positive frame of mind. He needs to be ready. Conners is far too smart a competitor to face without 100% steely-eyed focus. Hendry would be better off channelling his energies into something else until the hurt fades a little.
The upcoming Kurt Angle Invitational would be a good place to start. What a story it would be if Hendry could bounce back from Stacked with a victory in that match, granting him a bout with Olympic hero Kurt Angle at Refuse To Lose. It’s a tall order with fifteen world-class stars in the bout, but anything is possible in WCPW.
If that proves to be a step too far, maybe Hendry could look to mend fences with his former PlayStation buddy Jack the Jobber. Since Built To Destroy, where Jack himself was betrayed by Big Damo, the jobber has kept a low profile, keeping himself busy with rope cleaning and merchandise selling duties, while also striking out with some of WCPW’s female talent. He is in need of a boost as much as Hendry is. Rekindling their bromance could help both to erase the painful memories of the past few months, and allow them to move forward again.
If Hendry does not want to go that route, maybe a new tag team could be in the offing. Hendry and Rampage have never seen eye to eye, but both now appear to be more on the same page than they have been in the past, and they share similar goals and ambitions. They could be a good, albeit unusual, fit. Of course, that does leave Hendry open for another Conners-like opportunistic betrayal, so pairing up with someone else could be the furthest thing from his mind currently.
Whatever lies in store for Joe Hendry over the coming weeks and months, it will be fascinating to see how he picks himself up, dusts himself off, and moves on from Stacked. The sooner he can do that the better, as if he dwells on it for too long it could harm his career irreparably. It is important that he does not become fixated on Conners. Martin Kirby’s recent form proves that. As soon as he stopped obsessing with El Ligero and refocused his energy into something else, he began to find success. For Hendry’s sake, let’s hope he can do the same.
One of the things that sets WCPW apart from other promotions is its use of custom made, unique entrance tracks for its wrestlers. Some have already become instant hits with the audience, who will sing along to the themes during entrances. Our own King Ross is particularly partial to Martin Kirby’s remarkable theme (but then, who isn’t?). WCPW viewers on see, or rather hear, the finished product. But here at wc.pw we can take you behind the scenes to meet the men and women behind the themes and gain some insight into the process of how an idea becomes reality. Today we are joined by David ‘Div’ Grimason, who has provided entrance tracks for Rampage, Drake, Prospect, Gabriel Kidd, Primate, and Drew Galloway.
Hi Div, thanks for taking the time to join us. Before we get into any of your WCPW work, can you give us a little information on your background before you started penning wrestling theme tunes?
Div: Hey man. Yeah no problem! Before penning the wrestling tunes, I was in a nu-metal band called Psyko Dalek. We actually didn’t do too bad. We slugged it out for years, playing with Skindred, Snot, Crazytown, Biohazard, and some other bands before doing the 2010 Kerrang! Tour with Limp Bizkit. After that they asked us do come and do the full European tour with them the year after. We’ve done some extra dates with them here and there, so it’s been a pretty good ride so far, considering the style of music we are. I also DJ’d for a good few years five nights a week (it takes its toll!) and I’ve done Taekwondo since I was 8, chalking up seven Scottish gold medals and two British golds. It’s been a random journey!
It sure sounds like it. So tell me this: how do you go from Taekwondo and supporting Limp Bizkit to creating wrestling themes? We you inspired by the numerous songs Limp Bizkit have provided for WWE over the years?
Div: Being completely 100% honest, I’ve always wanted to do wrestling songs since I was a wee guy. I’ve always had a guitar in my hands, and when I was younger watching RAW and Nitro in the mid-late 90’s, I used to sit with it and play along with the tunes, (thanks to DDP, I think that’s why my favourite band was Nirvana growing up).
When Psyko Daley came back from the last Limp Bizkit tour, we were asked if a few ICW wrestlers could use our songs, and being fans of wrestling since we were been growing up, we instantly said yes. One day I was sitting in the house and I got a phone call from Drew Galloway, I thought he wanted to go for a drink because he was back in the country, but he was asking if TNA could use one of our songs. We signed an agreement with them, and from that it kind of snowballed. We joke about it now saying that we had been subconsciously writing wrestling songs from the inception of the band.
So, from that I decided, “You know what? I’m just going to take the plunge and start producing them myself,” because I’m quite a hyper person who needs to constantly be doing something, so why not write wrestling tunes? And thankfully it has worked out amazingly, especially branching out beyond home and going to WCPW and internationally.
I am amazed that you got into Nirvana from that naff ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ sound-a-like that DDP used…
Div: [laughs] Not just the naff ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, the naff ‘Come As You Are’ for Raven too! Another one that sticks out is the naff version of ‘Purple Rain’ for when they repackaged Prince Iaukea! That was weird to say the least.
If you were to estimate, how many tracks would you say you have created with the specific intention of them being used as a wrestler’s entrance music or as a show theme?
Div: Off the top of my head, including the ones I’m currently working on, I would say around fifteen at the moment. Two of them will hopefully be finished this weekend, and I have a nice list of around ten for the rest of the year, so I’m steady going.
A few weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and hand in my notice to my day job, because every day I was in there (and I said this in my notice) I was looking for excuses to get home or get up the road to finish theme songs. Instantly I knew that’s where I had to be.
When I started doing songs for WCPW, I took two weeks of my annual holiday leave to do them. Sitting about grinding out entrance themes for professional wrestlers? Best holiday ever, by the way. So now I’ve taken the plunge and so far I’m loving every minute of it. I’ve went off on a tangent, but to answer your question, it’ll be around thirty by the end of the year!
It sounds like things are really taking off. Out of those tracks, do you have a favourite?
Div: I would say with the band, definitely Drew Galloway’s song. It gives me goose bumps when I see fans singing along with that chorus. For me personally since I’ve taken them on myself, it’s a tossup between Drake and Prospect.
Drake’s song musically has that one-string old-school Slipknot feel from their first album, and Prospect straight up gives me that Rage Against The Machine groove. I would say DX groove as well, but those two go hand in hand! I’ve just recently finished vocals for Prospect’s track, and I couldn’t be happier with how it has turned out. Dammit, Prospect gets the edge, just.
Okay, so talk us through the process. How do you go from being asked to create a theme song for someone to the final product?
Div: I always do my research, first and foremost. Being a massive fan of pro-wrestling, I’m mostly familiar with what’s going on in today’s scene, so when I say research I mean if I’m doing a song for someone, I take into account when the song starts, when they’ll come out through the curtain, how long it will take them to get to the ring, the blocking of the whole entrance, and when the chorus will have to kick in for the wrestler being in the ring. The song has to have a hook as well. Think the shattering glass in Steve Austin’s theme, or the chorus of “no chance in hell” in Vince McMahon track. All these songs have a hook. It’s all about the timing.
I’ve had countless conversations with people about this. I was talking to Lewis Girvan about this earlier actually, because people they think they can just “write a song” or use an existing track and it will fit with them, but if the timing is all wrong you’re taking the chance on being in the ring at an awkward part of a song. Can you imagine building up the song and when you hit the ring, it’s a silent or quiet part? That is nightmare fuel for me. I’m not in any way bigging myself up, but that’s what gives me the fear.
So, I’ll have a mess around on the guitar, and once I get something sounding ‘catchy’, I’ll ignore the guitar and do the drums. It’s weird, I know, but once the drums are done, they’re done. Then I’ll do the bass, then the guitars using Guitar Rig Pro 5 in my recently acquired home studio. Before I had that I would rent out a rehearsal studio, mic everything up, and record it, because I had all the studio software on my laptop.
Once I get all the parts down, I’ll go in and mix and EQ everything so it’s sitting at a nice level, and that’s when the fun starts: the vocals! I’ll spend a day or two laying down ideas and shouting my brains out, record it all, then I’ll delete it all once I’ve memorized it and do it again so it has a more natural flow.
It’s a pretty bizarre process, but I love hearing it all back, knowing it has all come from just a strum on the guitar, and thinking of a wrestler coming down to the ring and using it for their character. It’s both amazing and humbling.
So what’s the turnaround like on something like this? Does it vary from track to track depending on your inspiration, or is there a rough time frame you like to allow yourself per song?
Div: If I have a few songs to do, I’ll prioritise one and give the others no attention, and I won’t touch the others until it is finished. I hate having a few songs lying around unfinished, so I get tore in headfirst until one is done, because I know at the end of it, it’s going to be worth it. I would say I probably spend a week on each track, not including the amount of times I’ll load it back up “just to check”. That’s kept me awake on countless nights. The old “one more listen” is the curse of a producer.
Some of the tracks you have provided for WCPW contain some distinctive and unique lyrics. What sort of research do you do before laying down the vocals for a track? Talk us through how you came up with the lyrics for Drake and Prospect, for example.
Div: For Drake, it was his “kill all gimmicks” slogan that caught my attention, because that’s such a good gimmick! I knew if I did lyrics taking digs at gimmicks and “killing kayfabe” then some people would be upset about it, which was the whole point. He has a t-shirt that says ‘Kill All Gimmicks’, so I based my whole lyrical structure on being in his mind, trying to suss out what went through his mind, and putting myself in his position. I want to make the songs I do about the characters as well as them being an entrance theme.
For Prospect, instantly it was the lyric, “sometimes a prospect becomes a legend.” I had spoken to James R. Kennedy before about it and told him from day one that if I ever did vocals on that song, then that would be the chorus. The song had to be about prospects climbing their way up to the top and becoming legends, that everyone would soon know their name and they won’t be forgotten. So again, I try to dive into the minds of the wrestlers, and of Kennedy, and think, “If I was a prospect, what would be on my mind? What chip would I have on my shoulder?” Then I just start singing words and build upon that, while making sure it stays within the theme of the song. I’m actually really proud of that one.
How much input does the talent have during the creation process? And what happens if, god forbid, they are not happy with the finished product? Is there a plan B?
Div: I give the client as much input as they want. For instance, with Jack Jester’s theme, me and him were out drinking, and all we spoke about was the song. From the drunken ramblings of two mates came his theme song! For James R. Kennedy, I wanted to know what route he was going down, what was on his mind, what the plan was, and I took it from there. I’m quite good (or bad) for recording bits and sending them to clients. “Is that ok? Would you like anything changed? Anything shortened? Anything longer?” I try and give them as much freedom as possible because ultimately they’re the ones that are going to be using it!
Once, and I mean once, a client hasn’t been happy with the song, because it didn’t sound like a cover he wanted it to sound like. But that’s fine, because that song has ended up in an action movie which is coming out next year.
When clients come to you, do they usually have an idea in mind about what they want? I assume a lot of the time they want it to sound like their favourite song from their favourite band? Is a sound-a-like satisfying to do, or do you try and just use it as inspiration for a starting point and work from that?
Div: I’m a pretty easy going guy, and I try to treat everyone with the same respect as I would a mate, so I’m quite laid back that way. If someone messages me about a song, I’ll say, “Deffo! What ye after?”, then they’ll usually tell me what they want it to sound like. BadGuy Brand wanted me to do an 80s style action movie theme for their beard oil products, and I jumped all over that in a heartbeat, again sending wee bits and bobs back, and they loved it.
If someone has an idea and they want it to sound “like” something, it’s actually better for me as it saves a lot of time trying to figure out what they want. Luckily enough for me, I haven’t come across anyone who’s said, “Dunno, just ehhh, a tune,” yet. Everyone’s had an indication of what they want, and we’ve just taken it from there.
Have any of the tracks been particularly challenging? Be it in finding the sound you are happy with, or getting something nailed down that fits the character you are writing for?
Div: Luckily enough for me, everything’s been ok so far, but that’s not to say I haven’t hit writer’s block on occasion. It’s happened countless times where I’ll be sitting and go, “Argh, what should be next!?” whilst still taking into account the guy’s entrances and timing of the entrance.
That’s the thing that’s gotten to me most: what to do after the second chorus! I also have to worry about making sure the song is long enough in case the talent decides to keep going after a match, or if there’s lots of pandering to the crowd. Again, these are the things that keep me up at night.
With you writing, producing and record the majority of the tracks yourself, would you ever be able to take a page out of Limp Bizkit’s book and perform one of these tracks live at a WCPW event? That would be a pretty cool spectacle…
Div: That something I 100% hope happens. Hopefully down the line, Drake or Prospect will want playing out live, and if that happens it will be memorable. I’ve literally sat on the phone to my band saying, “How cool would it be if they got us to play on a show?”
Honestly, I really hope that happens down the line, but I’ve learned my lessons about going mental… One time at an event I climbed the turnbuckle and did a 360 into the crowd. Never again. Well, who knows… watch this space for that one!
We touched on sound-a-likes a little earlier. Is there any track you would love to give the “Jimmy Hart” treatment to for an entrance track?
Div: Muse – ‘Knights of Cydonia’. That riff is utter groove. Love them or hate them, that band have some dynamite riffs. Oh, and Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ‘Relax’. Can you imagine it!? And one more, Queen – ‘Princes Of The Universe’. One of the greatest songs in one of the greatest films ever (Highlander). But, being serious, who in all honesty is going to hit those notes like Freddie Mercury? No one. A man can wish though!
Okay Div, I think that just about wraps it up. Where can wrestlers, promoters, and fans find you online?
Div: Thanks man. They can find me on Twitter @davidgrimason, or if they want to drop me an e-mail, they can fire one over to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or on Facebook they can find me at Betamaxximum Productions. Any of those are fine, or all of those! Again, thanks for the interview, it’s been enjoyable. And hopefully I will see everyone at a future WCPW show, maybe on a stage near you!
Behind the scenes at WCPW’s Stacked, guest general manager for the evening Eric Bischoff came up with a new idea for a title belt: the WCPW Internet Championship. He likened it to the Television Championship he presided over in WCW, only updated for a modern age. The belt will debut at WCPW’s October 6th iPPV Refuse To Lose, and fans are already excited about some of the possibilities for the new title. But what could make the championship truly stand out on its own as something fresh, different, and representative of the modern wrestling scene? Here are a few ideas.
7. Film Every Title Defence And Make Them Freely Available Forever
While so far every match in WCPW has been made available for free on YouTube, that might not always be the case as the promotion grows and expands. On October 6th, for example, WCPW is presenting its first ever iPPV, Refuse To Lose, an event that viewers will pay to watch.
So what if the WCPW Internet Title was only ever contested in matches that were free for everybody to enjoy? Eric Bischoff essentially suggested as much when he came up with the concept, and it seems like a great idea to implement. So whenever WCPW presents an iPPV, the WCPW Internet Title match could still be made available for free online as part of “WCPW Unseen” after the show has aired.
In future, if WCPW starts running house shows that are not filmed for Loaded or iPPV, they could still make sure to film an Internet Title defence. That means every single time the belt is defended it will be viewable online, ensuring that its journey will always be documented.
6. Allow The Champion To Defend Elsewhere
It is no secret that the performers on the WCPW roster also wrestle for other promotions around the globe. Will Ospreay came into WCPW fresh off his victory in the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2016 tournament, Marty Scurll recently outlasted 24 other men, including Jushin Liger, Cody Rhodes, Zack Sabre Jr., Cedric Alexander, and Tommaso Ciampa to win the 2016 Battle of Los Angeles, and numerous other members of the roster have competed for the likes of RoH, TNA, WWE, and in Japan.
With the WCPW talent plying their trades in so many other promotions, there is potential for the WCPW Internet Champion, whoever that may be, to take his title defences on the road. And in keeping with every title match being filmed and aired on YouTube, fans could follow those defences on cards up and down the country, and around the world.
The idea would require cooperation from other promotions, but the positives outweigh the negatives for both sides. Not only would other groups be exposed to a brand new audience by featuring on the WCPW YouTube channel, but performers previously unseen by the WCPW fan base would be given a chance to shine. Now, just imagine what would happen if the title was to change hands on one of those events…
5. Make Defences 24/7
This idea may be way out of left field, but what if the Internet Title was defended in the same manner as WWE’s Hardcore Title was in the Attitude Era during Crash Holly’s run as champion? The belt was up for grabs 24/7, meaning anyone could challenge the champion and receive a match at any time, which resulted in some wild and highly entertaining scenarios. With the Hardcore belt it did not even need to be in the ring, though that element probably wouldn’t carry over here.
Instead, the Internet Title could be challenged for by anybody at any time, provided the match took place in a ring. There would be no hierarchy, but rather a first come, first served type policy. It would mean everybody would be in contention for the shot, eliminating the need for number one contender bouts. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends on your persuasion, but it would certainly keep things fresh and the champion on his toes.
4. Make It Inter-Gender
Historically in mainstream wrestling promotions there have been titles for men and titles for women, but never a dedicated title for both. There have certainly been occasions when the lines were blurred however, such as in 1999 when Chyna became the first ever female to capture the WWF Intercontinental Championship, or the various occasions when women held the Hardcore Title. There was even one example of a man winning the WWF Women’s Championship, when Harvey Wippleman in drag (‘Hervina’) captured the gold. But these are isolated incidents and are rare, not commonplace.
In an era where the issue of equality is more prominent than ever, and women are finally being accepted in various sports as bona fide superstars that people will pay good money to see (one needs to look no further than Ronda Rousey in UFC) it would be a bold step from WCPW to make the title inter-gender. They could take a page out of Chikara’s book, a promotion which allows women to compete against men in its annual King of Trios tournament, and this year had two female teams reach the final, won by Team Sendai Girls (Cassandra Miyagi, Dash Chisako, and Meiko Satomura). Or the example of Lucha Underground, who gave female wrestler Sexy Star a one day run with the Lucha Underground Championship in April, 2016.
To have the WCPW Internet Title specifically marketed as an inter-gender belt would be a step even further. Some of the potential match-ups and scenarios are highly intriguing: WCPW Women’s Champion Nixon Newell could become the first WCPW performer to hold title belts simultaneously. Bea Priestley might look to channel her attitude and aggression into beating up men, having proven against Newell at Stacked that she can take a beating and still walk away. Perhaps former WWE Diva’s and Women’s Champion Melina, who was recently announced for WCPW’s Wrestle Culture Convention, will look to make a return to the ring and add to her impressive haul of gold. The possibilities are endless.
3. Every Defence Has A Stipulation
In order to differentiate the WCPW Internet Championship from its heavyweight counterpart, the title could have a rule that it is always defended in stipulation matches, which could vary each time.
If all WCPW Internet Title defences were held under different stipulations, it could make for some amazing bouts. Historically, some of WWE’s greatest Intercontinental Title defences have come in ladder matches, such as the all-time classics contested by Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X and SummerSlam ’95, or the brutal clash between Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit at Royal Rumble 2001. The same could be true of the Internet belt. The prospect of El Ligero battling Martin Kirby in a ladder match for the gold is mouth-watering.
As is Rampage and Big Damo brawling in a steel cage match with the title on the line. Things could go even further, perhaps into the realms of ultra-violent hardcore bouts like those seen in Atsuhi Onita’s FMW in the 90s, or even diverge entirely into the world of Monday Night Wars era WWF and WCW, with Buried Alive bouts, Iron Man Matches, or even a Judy Bagwell On A Pole Match. Okay… maybe not that last one.
2. The Fans Choose The Challengers
In the modern world, social media and advances in technology have made fan interaction a huge part of professional wrestling. Twitter allows viewers to instantly express their opinion about what they are watching, Instagram and Facebook is a forum for fans to share selfies they have taken with famous wrestlers, and YouTube gives them a platform to publish video blogs about their thoughts on what they have seen while inviting comments in response from others. In short, everyone has an opinion.
With WCPW so geared towards the internet wrestling fan base, and specifically naming a belt the Internet Championship, it makes all the sense in the world for interactivity to be a key feature of the title. WCPW could take the bold step of asking fans to vote for who they want to battle the champion on upcoming shows, much in the same way WWE allowed fans to vote on matches and stipulations at interactive pay-per-views Taboo Tuesday and Cyber Sunday.
Taking it a step further, the audience could be allowed to suggest potential challengers from outside of WCPW, creating a buzz for matches that have not been seen before. It was internet buzz that created a recent match between Vader and WCPW’s own Will Ospreay in Rev:Pro, and a fan vote plus debate that inevitably follows could do much the same in generating interest in fresh matches for the Internet Title.
1. Use The WCW Television Championship Rule
One of the most interesting elements of the WCPW Internet Title’s spiritual predecessor, the WCW’s Television Championship, was a rule that the title was only up for grabs in the first 10 or 15 minutes of a match. It was simple and effective, a smart heat-building technique that allowed a babyface challenger to contest for the gold and walk away without having lost, but without the promotion having to change the title.
If WCPW was to take its Internet Title on the road, that rule could make for a very easy “out” as far as match finishes. Promotions won’t always want their top stars to lose against the champion, but will want them contesting for the title in return for the wrestler and the promotion being seen by WCPW’s audience. Having the title unable to change hands after 15 minutes would be a good way of circumventing those pesky booking politics.
It also creates a unique element to storytelling in WCPW-hosted Internet Title matches. A plucky babyface underdog champion holding on against the odds against an international challenger, a villainous heel retaining his gold by surviving the babyface’s onslaught and reaching the time limit, two competitors so evenly matched that neither is able to put the other away in the allotted time. There are many possibilities, all of which would make the Internet Title unique.
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Nobody could rightly accuse Primate of having a sensitive side.
Anybody who has seen his vicious routine, which starts with him ranting like a lunatic and spitting a mysterious red substance over the front row and ends with him dismantling an opponent, usually to the point where the referee has to stop the match, knows that this is a serious competitor. He doesn’t just want to win, he wants to inflict substantial damage to his opponent in the process.
However, Primate’s rock-solid body is adorned with various tattoos that tell a story tinged with emotion and, dare we say it, sentiment. Speaking to his handler Suzie, I discovered the meaning behind the growing collection of ink on his right arm.
The Gorillas playing at the top of his arm represent him and his father, who passed away a couple of years ago. They are ‘similar but different’, just like they were, and have a complex but loving relationship.
The Speedway Figure
Further on down there is a Speedway figure. Primate used to compete in speedway races when he was younger, probably before he realised he could get paid to hurt people in a wrestling ring. It was also something that he and his father bonded over, and Primate has retained an interest in the sport to this day.
Then there is a picture of a hat, another reference/tribute to his late father, who was known for characteristically wearing a hat like the one Primate has had embedded into his skin.
The Vauxhall Logo
A Vauxhall logo is another reminder of his dad. The first car that Primate remembers the family having was a Vauxhall Chevette, and Primate himself has just bought a Vauxhall.
Finally, there is an image that represents Primate’s time served in the army, a tough experience that helped shape him into the man he is today. According to the ultra-intense wrestler, the day he enlisted was one of the proudest days of his father’s life, so the tattoo’s meaning is twofold.
Before we can quiz Primate any further on his body art, we are told that our time is up and that we had better get the hell out of his dressing room while so he can prepare to maim some poor fool later on. A full tattoo sleeve, complete with dates to accompany particular pictures, is in the works. Stay tuned for that, assuming we can keep the beast calm long enough to grab some pictures with him.
On August 25, WCPW will present 15 wrestlers with the opportunity of a lifetime…the chance to face wrestling’s only true Olympic Gold Medal winner, Kurt Angle in a one-on-one wrestling match on pay-per-view.
All 15 wrestlers have been personally invited by the wrestling legend to see who is truly worthy of facing him at WCPW: Refuse To Lose on October 6.
This will be no ordinary Rumble, not only can wrestlers be eliminated by being hurled over the top rope, they can also be beaten by either pinfall or submission. When there is only one man left standing, that star will go on to collide with Angle on WCPW’s first ever iPPV.
That very show name may be the kind of determination everyone involved needs to show on August 25th (tickets available here), because this is the opportunity of a lifetime. There are some spots still to be filled in the match, but let’s examine the potential field from what we know so far and look at some significant facts about the wrestlers that are most likely to enter.
10. Doug Williams, Drew Galloway & Ethan Carter III Are The Only Entrants To Have Faced Kurt Angle Before
As exciting an idea as it may be for everyone else involved to someday test their skills against Kurt Angle, only Ethan Carter III, Drew Galloway and Doug Williams really know what that experience is like. In TNA, all three men faced Angle in singles matches.
For all the other wrestlers involved in the Invitational Rumble, Angle is a golden prize. For Galloway & Carter, it’s the chance to have another crack at the Olympian. Meanwhile, Doug Williams – who is already slated to face Cody Rhodes on October 6 at the Refuse To Lose iPPV – has reliably informed us that he wants the opportunity to meet Angle too to send two North Americans packing from his homeland on the same night, in front of thousands of people watching from home. With that kind of desire, does Williams become the odds on favourite for the contest?
9. El Ligero’s Unbeatable Advantage
As spectacular between the ropes as he is visually, El Ligero isn’t called the ‘Mexican Sensation’ for nothing. Just ask ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, who was taken to his limits by Ligero on WCPW Loaded some weeks ago. To date, Ligero has quietly amassed as impressive a series of performances as anyone in the company and in his contests to date, he hasn’t yet been pinned or made to submit.
Staying away from the ropes, therefore, gives Ligero all the chance in the world to outclass his competition with his never-say-die attitude. Avoiding being chucked to the outside may be Ligero’s best shot at success.
8. Gabriel Kidd Is The Only Competitor Born AFTER Kurt Angle’s Olympic Gold Medal Win
It’s been over 20 years since Kurt Angle bagged an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Incredibly, as Angle was celebrating, Gabriel Kidd wasn’t even born!
Entering the world on April 24, 1997, Kidd wasn’t sucking air until almost a full year following Kurt’s historic victory at the Olympics. At 19-years-old he is by far the youngest competitor in the Invitational Rumble and will be looking to pull off the upset of a lifetime on August 24th. Should he succeed, he’d be facing a man old enough to be his father on October 6. Incredible.
7. Primate Could Thrive On Hardcore Rules
The only way to be eliminated from the Rumble is via pinfall, submission or being thrown over the tope rope. There is no rule to say the match can’t get hardcore.
The no-holds-barred element could suit the animalistic beast from Parts Unknown. The nature of the match could play straight into the ever-dangerous hands of Primate, who has already battled rival Joe Coffey around Warehouse 34 in Newcastle, drawn blood from Drake by taking him to a vicious corner of suplex city in his debut match and single handedly defeated three men in a dark match at our July tapings that won’t air for television.
If Primate’s instincts are to go for weapons in such a prestigious match, one wonders who might be able to stop him from staking his claim for a showdown with Angle on Oct 6.
6. Drew Galloway Is The Only Man To Have Entered WWE’s Royal Rumble
Of all the top names slated to enter the Kurt Angle Invitational Rumble on August 25, Drew Galloway is the one with the most experience in that kind of battleground. During his stint working for WWE, Galloway was an entrant in the Royal Rumble no less than three times.
Though he didn’t prove to be victorious in any of them, that’s still valuable experience, and could serve to hand Galloway a vital edge over everyone else involved. He knows what it takes to survive elimination over the top rope against some of the very best, though the addition of pinfall and submission rules are alien even to one of Scotland’s greatest ever wrestlers.
5. Johnny Moss & Liam Slater Are The Only Tag-Team In The Rumble
Bursting onto the scene with an impressive win over Prospect members Lucas Archer and Drake this past week, Liam Slater and Johnny Moss are a new force to be reckoned with in the WCPW tag-team division. Any Rumble dictates that team mates won’t be friends for long, but does the protective nature of Moss give Slater a better chance?
Slater and Moss are the only fully-fledged tandem announced for the Kurt Angle Invitational Rumble, a trivia fact which could give them a huge advantage over their opponents. If they can continue showing the team-work chemistry they showed in their debut match, could anyone stop them from dominating the competition until there’s only themselves left to fight it out over the coveted win?
4. Moose Has The Size Advantage
Weighing in at an intimidating 309lbs, Moose has the distinct bulk advantage to be a big favourite in the Kurt Angle invitational Rumble. Although at 6 foot 5 he’s not actually the tallest entrant revealed yet (that honour goes to 6″7 tall Drew Galloway) he is far and away the heaviest and it may take the teamwork of multiple competitors to chuck him over the top rope.
A former offensive linesman, Moose knows what it takes to be involved in a competitive environment with guys standing their ground and attempting to dominate the field among the rest of the pack. With the Rumble including smaller talents such as El Ligero and Martin Kirby, could Moose’s sheer size be too intimidating for the rest of the WCPW roster?
3. Joe Hendry’s Commonwealth Games Training Gives Him An Amateur Wrestling Desire
Behind all the witty entrance songs that parody pop culture, Joe Hendry is one seriously determined individual. A real goal-setter, the ‘Local Hero’ is also currently training for the Commonwealth Games, setting his sights on success as an Amateur wrestler.
It’d be a huge feather in Hendry’s cap if he won the Rumble and was then able to pit his skills against a legend in that sport. Kurt Angle beckons for the winner of this Invitational Rumble, and that – combined with his gruelling training – may just work in Joe Hendry’s favour. Local Hero vs American Hero, anyone?
2. Joe Coffey’s Iron Man Experience Provides Superior Conditioning
There are few athletes in WCPW with the staying power that ‘Iron Man’ Joe Coffey has. Much like El Ligero, Coffey’s nickname wasn’t born out of style over substance. There’s a reason he’s called the ‘Iron Man’ and it’s not specifically because of his entrance music or choice of mask, it’s actually down to his innate ability to survive during lengthy matches.
Having competed in numerous Iron Man Matches (hence the moniker), Coffey’s conditioning is second to none and he knows what it takes to go the distance. He won’t fear being forced to enter the Invitational Rumble early, the knowledge that he will have to run through everyone won’t phase the ‘Iron Man’ one bit. After all, it’s what he does.
1. Will A Villain Seize The Opportunity?
When Kurt Angle debuted as a pro-wrestler at the tail end of 1999 for WWE, there was barely anyone more irritating than the Olympic Gold Medalist. He was the, pardon our English, a gobsh**e who would celebrate victories over Shawn Stasiak and Steve Blackman like he had just won a second gold medal and was the first to tell you how good he was.
Some might say that irritating nature has rubbed off on Martin Kirby, who in his first WCPW match ran around the ring celebrating the most minor of advantageous exchanges with his opponent El Ligero. Like Angle in his early days, Kirby exudes annoying but least we forget that Angle’s persona saw him rise early to the top echelons of WWE… something which Kirby should be well aware of.
Meanwhile, the villainous Marty Scurll has yet to be name-dropped in this fact article. Set to make his debut for WCPW on the August shows, there’s a unknown factor among most of the WCPW roster who won’t have had the opportunity to wrestle him before and the danger of the unknown could see him through the match. If Angle is our wrestling hero, would a classic villain be his perfect opponent on October 6th?