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ICW Friday Night Fight Club Season 2, Episode 14 Review


By @salopianlama

This week’s episode of Friday Night Fight Club was back in Insane Championship Wrestling’s home of the Garage in Glasgow and I was glad to have been in attendance. On the show this week the fallout from the NAK implosion continued as BT Gunn faced Stevie Boy, Grado and Davey Blaze teamed up to take on Jack Jester and Red Lightning of The Black Label, in a battle of a British legend and future legend Doug Williams met Noam Dar and this week’s main event saw the ICW debut of Mr Anderson where he battled the Local Hero Joe Hendry. Continue reading “ICW Friday Night Fight Club Season 2, Episode 14 Review”


ICW Friday Night Fight Club Season 2, Episode 13 Review


By Daz Carding. Find him @salopianlama on Twitter.

Check out his blog featuring interviews with independent wrestlers.

This week’s episode of Friday Night Fight Club was filmed in Belfast as part of The Big Elbowski from the ongoing UK tour: this week’s matches saw Joe Coffey square off against Kenny Williams, Jack Jester against Grado, Drew Galloway faced off against BT Gunn and the main event was a battle for the ICW World Heavyweight Championship between champion, Chris Renfrew, and challenger, Belfast’s own Big Damo. Make sure you check out this weeks episode over at Continue reading “ICW Friday Night Fight Club Season 2, Episode 13 Review”

ICW Friday Night Fight Club Season 2, Episode 12


By @salopianlama

This week’s episode of Friday Night Fight Club was from the recent Whatever Happened To The ICW Lads? show in Liverpool. This week’s matches see a Four Way match for the ICW Zero-G title between the current champion Davey Blaze, BT Gunn, Kenny Williams and Noam Dar, Grado took on the Black Label’s Wolfgang, the ICW Women’s Title match was up for grabs in a triple threat match with Carmel defending against Kay Lee Ray and Xia Brookside and in the main event Chris Renfrew defends his ICW World Heavyweight Championship against former champion Drew Galloway. You can see this weeks episode at Continue reading “ICW Friday Night Fight Club Season 2, Episode 12”

Canvas Theory Episode #28

This week, Ireland’s fastest growing weekly podcast returns to discuss Roadblock, WrestleMania as well as providing an exclusive interview with former ICW Heavyweight Champion, Chris Renfrew.  Continue reading “Canvas Theory Episode #28”

ICW Friday Night Fight Club Season 2, Episode 11


By Daz Carding @salopianlama.

This week’s episode included the fallout from the New Age Kliq implosion with Chris Renfrew defending his ICW World Heavyweight Title against Wolfgang and Stevie Boy in a TLC match, Lewis Girvan & Lionheart take on Local Fire, Carmel puts her ICW Women’s title on the line against Kasey and one of the hottest talents on the US Indy scene, Matt Cross, battles the Beast Of Belfast Big Damo. Continue reading “ICW Friday Night Fight Club Season 2, Episode 11”

ICW FNFC Season 2 Episode 10

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By @salopianlama. Check out his blog that features interviews with independent wrestlers here.

On this week’s episode of Friday Night Fight Club we saw Mikey Whiplash take on Joe Coffey, Noam Dar & Kenny Williams against The 55, the Glasgow debut of Iestyn Rees, who  facied Grado, the return of the LT Degree and in the main event Mark Coffey squared off against Drew Galloway. I had the pleasure of attending the taping of this week’s show and didn’t leave disappointed.

Mikey Whiplash vs Joe Coffey

The demonic Mikey Whiplash and The Iron Man Joe Coffey kicked off the show. A stare down between the two men, both in masks was a great sight with Whiplash revealing a zombie lizard-like painted face under his demon mask. Both men exchanged holds to start the match, matching each other hold for hold and showing what phenomenal wrestlers they are. Great technical offence was on display and neither man backed down from the other’s heavy blows. Whiplash gained the upper hand, locking in a Boston crab and at one point shouted “No Mercy” at the Iron Man, telling him to stay down. However, a defiant Coffey fought back with a top rope clothesline and the big swing before heading up to the top turnbuckle to hit a thunderous super-plex. Whiplash came back but failed to connect with the Zombie Maker and Coffey turned it into a discuss lariat and pinned Mikey for the win.

Joe extended a hand to Whiplash after the bell but was flipped the bird for his gesture, yet another show of the different side we have seen of Mikey Whiplash in recent weeks. I was in my element during this match as I’m a big fan of both men and they put on the match that was expected which was an advert for everything good about the British wrestling style.

Then came a backstage segement with Polo Promotions talking about last weeks Polo Lounge and Mark Coffey’s match later in the night against Drew Galloway.

Liam Thomson was his own guest on The LT Degree and wanted to prove he wasn’t a woman beater by bringing out his new woman Debbie Sharp, who told everyone about the real Liam Thomson reading notes she wrote on her arm. She was cut short by the New Age Kliq who laid Thomson out with the Killer Boots and Kay Lee Ray took out Sharp.

Chris Renfrew claimed “Card Subject To Change” and called out Red Lightning, what happened next would shake ICW to its core! With Lightning and Renfrew exchanging words, Wolfgang knocked out Renfrew and Stevie Boy nailed BT Gunn between the eyes with a steel chair, then smashing both Gunn and Renfrew with said chair. Flex Hunter, the heavy of the Black Label, came out and choke slammed the World Heavyweight Champion as the Black Label entered the ring to assist with the beat down. Red announced the main event for next week and removed Gunn from the TLC match and made it a 3 way TLC with Renfrew defending against new Black Label members Wolfgang and Stevie Boy. Does this mean the end of the New Age Kliq as we know it?

Mikey Whiplash spoke backstage about turning down handshakes from Chris Renfrew and Joe Coffey and also about Jimmy Havoc, saying it is all about revenge with Havoc. Hopefully this will further fuel the fire for a potential Whiplash/Havoc feud.

The 55 vs Champagne Super Bollocks (Kenny Williams & Noam Dar)

The second match of the night saw the team of Kenny Williams & Noam Dar take on The 55 in a non title match. Kenny came out wearing a Noam Dar tshirt and Noam removed his jacket to reveal a…..Grado shirt, much to the disappointment of Kenny. He did then reveal that he had a Williams shirt on underneath. The team of Dar and Williams looked a really exciting team and worked really well together, getting the crowd firmly behind them from the get go.

There was a nice mix of styles in this match with the stronger more heavy hitting duo of Sha Samuels and Kid Fite against the speed and technical ability of Kenny and Noam. Dar used Samuels braces on him by pinging them against him which upset the champions, with them arguing on the outside. Noam and Kenny took advantage of this pushing them into one another further causing friction in a hilarious moment at ringside. Dar and Kenny had the upper hand for the majority of the early goings but Sha gained control wrapping his scarf round Noam’s neck and the champions took control.

That was until the speedy Williams took the fight to The 55. Noam locked in the Champagne Super Knee Bar on both Fite and Sha and Kenny applied an arm bar on the East End Butcher at the same time which was awesome. It wasn’t to be for Dar and Williams though as Noam was distracted by James R Kennedy on the apron and Samuels rolled up the Jewdi Master and stole the three count for the ICW Tag Team Champions. I thought these two teams worked well together and would like to see then square off again for the Tag Titles.

Wolfgang and Red Lightning were spotted in the back where Wolfgang said Red promised him he’d get him lots of money and also the ICW World Heavyweight Title. Galloway and Jester jumped Chris Renfrew and was told he was proving a point to Mark Dallas, leaving the champion in a heap on the floor.

Iestyn Rees vs Grado

Iestyn Rees made his return to ICW and his debut in Glasgow against the former ICW Heavyweight Champion and once again, like at the Square Go Grado came out to a mixed reaction from the fans. This was missed on the show due to a segment with Liam Thomson airing during Grado’s entrance. Grado looked in better shape but nowhere near as good as Iestyn Rees, who looks like the definition of a pro wrestler. Grado hit the roll and slice early but Rees got straight up and hit a big lariat to take the advantage over the former champion.

The action left the ring but Rees missed with a splash hitting the ring post. Grado then hit another roll and slice into the guard rail but Rees caught Grado dropping him onto the steel rail. Back in the ring, Grado went up top connecting with a splash but couldn’t follow up as a wee boot was countered with a spear from Rees. He then took a steel chair in the ring and repeatedly struck Grado in the skull but couldn’t put him down. We saw a different side of Grado like what was seen at the Square Go, gone was the dancing and jokes.

Rees was caught out of nowhere as Grado got the victory hitting the R-Grado and showing he still belongs in the ICW World Title picture. Grado more than held his own against the proven Rees and will no doubt get a rematch at the title. I hope we get to see more of Iestyn Rees in ICW as I was very impressed with him.

Mark Coffey vs Drew Galloway

This week’s main event was Polo Promotions Mark Coffey against The Black Label’s former ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Drew Galloway. Galloway was accompanied by Lightning, Jester and Flex Hunter who never took his eyes off Jackie Polo on the outside.

Mark Coffey looked in awesome shape for this match and exchanged heavy strikes with Drew, sending him out of the ring. Drew was on great form though and showed his dirty side dropping Coffey across the guard rail and the top rope taking the wind out of his opponent. This gave him the advantage until Mark hit an awesome drop kick followed by a back suplex. Both men exchanged open hand chops in the corner and forearms going blow for blow with neither man going down.

Jack Jester got involved and distracted Coffey allowing Galloway to hit a tombstone piledriver but Mark kicked out to the shock of the Black Label man. Drew then hit a low blow followed by the Futureshock DDT to get the pinfall and the victory. This brought out the rest of the Black Label and Polo Promotions which broke out into an all out brawl to end this week’s episode of Friday Night Fight Club.

This week’s episode was quite possibly the best so far of 2016, match of the week had to be Mark Coffey against Drew Galloway as it lived up to their other battles showing why they are two of the best in Insane Championship Wrestling. The shock implosion of the New Age Kliq was yet again one of those “I was there” moments in ICW history as it was not expected and the crowd reaction was one of shock and disbelief. With next week’s main event and the announcement of Matt Cross taking on Big Damo, episode 11 looks set to be equally as awesome.


ICW Friday Night Fight Club Season 2, Episode 9


By @salopianlama

This week’s episode of ICW’s Friday Night Fight Club featured Kenny Williams against BT Gunn, Lionheart & Liam Thomson versus Davey Boy & Joe Hendry (Local Fire), Noam Dar taking on Square Go winner, Wolfgang, and an ICW World Heavyweight Title match between Chris Renfrew and Mikey Whiplash, plus the return of the Polo Lounge and the rest of the Bammy Awards. Continue reading “ICW Friday Night Fight Club Season 2, Episode 9”

ICW: Friday Night Fight Club, Season 2 Episode 8



By @salopianlama

Check out his blog that features interviews with wrestlers from all over the world here.

This week’s Friday Night Fight Club was the first since The Square Go and was the 100th ICW show in history as well as The Bammy Awards. This week’s line up featured Carmel Jacob defending her ICW Women’s Championship against Sammii Jayne, Lewis Girvan against Zack Gibson and Jack Jester in a triple threat match, Joe Coffey against Andrew Wilde and in the main event The 55 defending the Tag Team Titles against The Toal Family. This is a real fun show, make sure you check it out.  Continue reading “ICW: Friday Night Fight Club, Season 2 Episode 8”

ICW: Square Go Review

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By @salopianlama

On Sunday 24th January 2016, Insane Championship Wrestling once again sold out the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow for the Fifth Annual Square Go. For those of you new to ICW, the Square Go is a 30 man over the top rope elimination match where 30 wrestlers enter at 2 minute intervals and 5 wrestlers draw numbers that entitles them to bring a weapon to the ring. Also on the card is Kenny Williams vs Lionheart with the winner entering the Square Go match at number 30 and the loser not entering at all, Tag Team Champions The 55 vs Polo Promotions, Carmel Jacob vs Liam Thomson and ICW World Heavyweight Champion Grado vs Chris Renfrew.  Continue reading “ICW: Square Go Review”

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