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As Seen In FSM Fighting Spirit Magazine

IT IS COMING:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT0gZqCxqik

The Answer Shall Be Revealed In: 460 Hours, 58 Minutes exclusively in The Daily Star...

It is time to spread the word because IT is coming. In July 2009 something massive is indeed coming to European wrestling, but what is IT? The IT is worth a Ј500 cash prize to the person who can guess what IT really is. Simply email your answer to whatisit@itiscoming.net or post the answer on our official Myspace and Facebook pages. Answers that are sent to all three will be entered as separate entries giving you even more chance of winning a Ј500 cash prize. If multiple people guess the correct answer then they will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will receive the Ј400 cash payment and two runners up will receive Ј50 each.

Click Here To Help Spread The Word

Prizes will also be given to the people who best help the word be spread that IT is coming. Fan Forum avatars, signatures and wallpapers are all available at the Help Spread the Word section on this website. If you are helping spread the word then email us at spreadtheword@itiscoming.net and we will enter you into a multi prize draw.

Spread the word - IT is coming...

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nWoHulkster

Предположенията ми са основно за човека зад проекта и точно затова реших да пусна темата. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS2KQyPnT3U

^ Обикновено нещата от този човек си струват (и то доста), така че нямам търпение да видя какво е замислил сега. :)

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It is Coming Back... Revealed!

Over the last month over 3,000 wrestling fans contacted us at the itiscoming.net site to make their prediction as to what ”it” was that ”is coming”. While the vast majority were incorrect, the prediction of an FWA resurrection came in thick and fast. Online, speculation over the reformation of the Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA) has caused a huge amount of conversation and controversy from the UK wrestling fan base and even some press alike. After weeks of discussion we can now reveal that these predictions were correct:

The Frontier Wrestling Alliance is about to return.

It is important to know that the people behind this venture are some of the most respected, experienced and savvy individuals in the British Wrestling industry and such a step would not have been decided unless the business model was an extremely sensible one and all involved felt that it had a very real chance of great success. However, this means that the FWA of new will be run extremely differently to it’s counterpart of old in order for the venture to be all that we believe it can be. This project involves multiple companies being formed at once including an agency, a recruitment site, a charitable trust fund, and a wrestling promotion. It also enlists, as shareholders, partners or associates some of the top names in independent wrestling from around the world including Gabe Sapolsky, Doug Williams, Alex Shane, Mark Sloan, Ricky Knight, Greg Lambert, Len Davies, Daniel Edler, Andy Quildan and many more. Over the coming ten days we will explain how all these pieces fit together and work hand in hand with the new Frontier Wrestling Alliance’s unique selling point.

What is the new FWA’s unique selling point?

By working with some of the most experienced and respected people in the industry we have devised ten business principles that the new FWA will be based around. These principles will allow our fans to know exactly what we stand for whilst allowing us to make decisions based on these principles not just financial gain. For too long new promotions have used the very Western approach of ”Mission Statements” which explain the company’s short and long term goals. These goals are often material or financial and speak very little about the ethics and principles of the entity itself as a business. We have decided to avoid this and use the very Eastern approach of business principles. We will stand by these and do our utmost to uphold them at all times.

We will reveal a principle each day for the next ten days in the lead up to the launch of our brand new website. As we do we will slowly release more and more aspects of how vast the project is by UK wrestling standards until the picture will finally become clear once all ten are released.

The first company principle will be announced here tomorrow!

^ http://fwauk.com

FUCKING AWESOME :clap clap clap clap clap clap: FUCKING AWESOME :clap clap clap clap clap clap: FUCKING AWESOME :woot: :clap: :yahoo:

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Научих още малко инфо по въпроса директно от самия Alex Shane. :) Но първо за незапознатите: FWA преди няколко години беше най-популярната английска кеч федерация, а и най-популярната европейска кеч федерация въобще. Именно покрай тази федерация, а и покрай самия Alex Shane (booker/promoter/main eventer на FWA, организатор на супершоутата на The Wrestling Channel, организатор на британските турнета на ROH и организатор на първото британско турне на TNA), английската кеч сцена се промени доста, появиха се много нови федерации и изобщо нещата се подобриха доста в сравнение с 90-те, когато положението в английския indy кеч беше значително по-зле. Освен това FWA е федерацията, покрай която придобиха популярност кечисти като Paul Burchill, Katie Lea Burchill, Doug Williams, Jody Fleisch, Jonny Storm, Hade Vansen и още много други не чак толкова популярни за вас имена (като между другото, някои от току-що споменатите хора са ученици на кеч школата на FWA). Но стига толкова история. Зад завръщането на FWA стои човек, който досега не се е занимавал с кеч, а с недвижими имоти и банково дело. Този човек, обаче, е направил нещо много хитро и се е обградил с някои от топ promoter-ите/booker-ите в английския кеч (като повечето от тях в момента си имат и собствени федерации) + Gabe Sapolsky, така че зад федерацията определено стои добър екип. Някои от въпросните promoter-и/booker-и са shareholder-и в новата компания, други са персонал, а трети са просто съветници. Няма конкретно инфо кой точно каква роля заема. Специално за Alex Shane мога да кажа, че ще отговаря за marketing & promotion - нещо, в което очевидно е добър (така де, никак не е случайно, че точно той бе организатора на супершоутата на TWC и турнетата на ROH & TNA ;)). Alex доскоро беше в Индия, където действаше по проект за TNA (скоро би трябвало да излезе инфо и по този въпрос) и докато е бил в Индия е получил офертата да участва в завръщането на FWA. Както се споменава в предишния пост, тук не става дума просто за възобновяване на някаква федерация, а за по-мащабен проект, който ще включва и други неща. Повече инфо се очаква през следващите дни, седмици и месеци. С две думи: FUCKING AWESOME! FWA ми беше много любима федерация едно време и съм яко надъхан да видя какво следва сега. :good:

FWA се завръща; ASW си остава една от топ федерациите в света откъм ежегодна посещаемост; EWW с национална тв сделка; британски турнета на WWE, TNA, NOAH & Dragon Gate; един куп местни федерации си продължават стабилното развитие - изобщо доста любопитни неща стават на английската кеч сцена в момента. :good:

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No 1: We strive to produce the very best wrestling seen in Great Britain.

As part of the FWA's working relationship with the new Grapple Group agency (http://www.thegrapplegroup.com), we are committed to aiding it's contracted performers (who wrestle for the FWA) by helping them be seen by the biggest movers and shakers in the industry. This is done by our monthly TV tapings (explained in later principles) being handed directly, thanks to the vast array of contacts of many of our shareholders, to all the major heads of talent relations and bookers worldwide every month without fail. We believe that even if this means that the FWA lose several of our contracted performers to other companies (Over 20 of Britain's top names have been contracted to this project in the last 2 months) in the process we will gain many more who will see our events and the Grapple Group itself as a real way to advance their careers. In fact one of the purposes of the agency's contracts is to get the talent signed to bigger deals and thus make a commission from them. This will also make certain that the talents performances for us are the very best that they can possibly perform as they are safe in the knowledge that they will be seen by the right people in the top companies all over the world. We aim to motivate those who perform for the FWA to work harder for us than they would anywhere and in turn enable our shows to feature the very best bouts in Europe. We believe that the fans of British Wrestling have seen nothing close to the level of action that is possible if the people in the ring knew that each match they did for us could be watched by talent relations from WWE, TNA, NOAH, ROH or any number of promotions world wide.

On top of this our booking and management team is made up of some of the key players in bringing the best quality wrestling to Great Britain over the last decade. The booking committee alone is comprised of former Ring of Honor and current Dragon Gate USA booker Gabe Sapolsky, former FWA and current XWA booker Greg Lambert and current IPW:UK booker Andy Quildan. This brings together a team comprising of some of the best wrestling/creative minds on both sides of the Atlantic who will not only inspire confidence in our roster but also build interest in our product amongst wrestling fans worldwide. Due to this, the FWA will always ensure that the highest possible standard of wrestling takes place on it's shows and we aim to make our monthly TV tapings the countries 'must see' events once again without constantly having to bring over imported talent in order to do so.

No 2: We go above and beyond the call of duty to show the rest of the world how talented British wrestlers are

Working hand in hand with principle 1, the FWA is also committed to sending footage of its weekly TV show around the world with deals in multiple other countries already in the pipeline. As countries such as India (thanks to our links with Mr India, Varinder Singh who will be appearing on the monthly shows) who will be paying for our TV product it enables us to offer it to the UK market for little or no money. We will also work with our worldwide contacts to distribute the FWA’s DVDs in markets that have not really pushed British Wrestling before. Through our links in places such as the US, Japan and Europe we aim to show fans in these regions the very best of UK wrestling and just how talented the current batch of British performers really are. In years gone by the FWA used foreign talent to sell their events to fans and often it was argued that this was at the expense of the domestic talent. This will no longer be the case. It is very likely that their will be guest matches from various promotions world wide used on our events in the future due to our links with so many companies however, we aim to make the primary focus of the new Frontier Wrestling Alliance the very best British wrestlers on the scene.

On top of this The Grapple Group and the FWA will sponsor regular flights overseas for our contracted talent when interest is shown by international companies who may not be willing to pay for the performer's first flight abroad. Working with our overseas agents such as Gabe Sapolsky and Doug Williams, we will organise tours abroad for top UK stars in order to increase their experience and domestic name value whilst boosting interest in our product in overseas markets.

Even those wrestlers who are not contract to the FWA will get their chance to be seen in a TV environment with our monthly FWA Unsigned events which take place on the afternoon of FWA TV tapings. These recorded events will showcase the countries best up and coming talent and be broadcast for free online for promoters and fans alike to view both here and abroad.

No 3: We encourage those fans with initiative who wish to break into the business, to treat the FWA as their own company and will offer help, assistance and backing to those who show us their ability to enable the British Wrestling scene to grow

The FWA is working directly with JobsInWrestling.com to allow those fans who wish to get involved in the industry the chance to do so. Jobs in wrestling is the business’s first ever recruitment site, allowing fans the chance to get directly involved in the industry whilst giving promoters a useful database of potential new staff who are willing to work for free for a period of time in order to have their use to the company assessed whilst helping them expand their promotion at no extra cost. This is part of the FWA’s commitment to allow those on the outside of the business to play a part in this new drive to take British Wrestling to the next level, a step that we believe is vital if we really want to expand the industry to the degree we believe it can be across Europe. The old FWA model worked by selling tickets directly to the UK’s most dedicated fans and those fans alone. While we still feel that this will be partly the case, we also believe that allowing many of these fans and their passion for the industry to get on the inside of what we do will allow the entire scene to grow by helping us generate a far larger fan base in the long term, not just for the FWA, but for British Wrestling as a whole.

No 4: We provide official funding, resources and help to the new Retired Wrestler’s charitable trust fund by giving a percentage of all our profits to them

The FWA has gone into partnership with the Wrestler’s Reunion to set up a charitable trust fund for retired pro wrestlers in the UK. The fund will benefit from percentages of the profits made from the FWA, The Grapple Group, Jobsinwrestling.com and our training company, The BWC. Our aim is to offer both financial and moral support to those wrestlers who are in dire need of it, and, in the process, allow the stars of the past to feel appreciated by their modern day counterparts and current British Wrestling fans. Our Managing Director is working alongside Martin Berry, and Ricky Knight in this massively positive step for the UK industry which we are extremely proud to have begun.

No 5: We nurture the young talent on the UK scene and select several each year for subsidised training and mentoring

The FWA works alongside The Grapple Group, which is Europe’s first ever wrestling agency. The agency has contracted over 20 of the country’s top performers and will work to get them the very best wrestling and multimedia bookings both here and overseas (see Principle 2). Concurrently the agency will also be paying for their accident insurance policy, something no promotion or agency has ever done to our knowledge, which financially protects those who work for us should they get injured. The agency also gives non contracted wrestlers the chance to be on the agency books and offers professional photo shoots, TV quality match footage, websites, mentoring, accident insurance, assistance in raising their profile and is generally there to help increase a UK wrestlers income and exposure. The back bone of this will be the “FWA Unsigned” events that will take place on the afternoon of the monthly FWA TV tapings. This will give wrestlers who are not contracted the chance to be seen by a new audience whilst providing them with the relevant raw materials (such as TV quality footage and professional photos) to advance their career. These events will then be sent (via email link) to every promoter in Britain who can assess the latest new talent on the scene, which in turn will aid these performers in receiving more work and even greater exposure. The Grapple Group charges a small fee for things such as photo shoots and graphic design work to all non contracted performers, however the FWA will locate and sponsor several promising young new wrestlers every year by covering the cost of their training and agency fees.

We are also working alongside SAS in London and FSW in Manchester, who will be the official Northern and Southern feeder groups for both the FWA TV and “Unsigned” projects. These promotions will work as training grounds which offer its wrestlers guidance and assistance to improve and will have our mentors making regular trips to their events to offer advice and keep up to date with people’s progress. This system is designed to help those who want to improve rather than just put them on shows for years, left to their own devices with no real input on how to better their overall performance as so many young wrestlers in this country currently are.

FWA representatives will also go to shows around the UK in the hopes of finding new talent to put forward to these feeder groups. On top of this our mentors will also be going to training schools across the country to offer sponsorship to those students who we believe have great potential yet require financial assistance.

No 6: We endeavor to work with everyone within the UK scene in order to try and create harmony amongst wrestlers and promoters alike in an attempt to create a level of cooperation and produce a British scene that our fans can be proud of

One major problem that British wrestling has suffered from in the past is petty, inter-promotional rivalry and past issues amongst those running promotions becoming public grievances and leading to volatile situations between people who are ambassadors of the UK wrestling industry. Our aim is to begin to slowly build bridges between people who have previously had these issues for the good of all involved. There is room for everyone in British wrestling and the new FWA has purposely included so many different people, with various backgrounds, to be part of its management team as our aim is to start with a completely clean slate collectively. By having such a wide range of people involved, who can meditate past problems and help deal with new ones, we want the FWA as a collective to no longer be a target. No one individual is bigger than the FWA or it's principles and as such the new company is a conglomerate of people putting forward their best ideas and creating a business that works rather than one person controlling every aspect of the entire operation.

In the new FWA we believe that the UK wrestling scene is too small for those of us in it to fight over crumbs anymore and as such want to take the first steps in helping bring those with something to offer, together. We urge people with past grievances to meet with our new Managing Director in order to allow British Wrestling to move forward in a positive manner and to realise that we are all working towards the same goal which is for the betterment of the UK scene as a whole. A whole that is at war with itself is never going to succeed in any way other than self destruction. We will not make petty comments or derogatory remarks publicly about others within the scene and urge those also within it to do the same for the good of all involved in the industry and it's reputation both here and abroad. Such actions only make all of us look unprofessional to those on the outside looking in.

We aim to be open and honest with any inter-promotional problems that may occur so that our dealings are done in the light of day and not behind the scenes where they may be twisted and used against us. We believe if our intentions are correct and we operate in this way, that we will always endeavor to do the right thing in order to not be caught out by our own actions and lose the confidence of our fans. We accept that we may sometimes have to make choices that may not be 100% popular with all. However we believe that if we always make those choices whilst sticking to our principles, our core audience will have faith in what we do and our intentions even during any potentially turbulent times.

No 7: We work hard to try and create a real unity between wrestling fans in the UK and work hard to offer them an actual community which they can be a part of

The FWA, The Grapple Group and the team at Jobs in Wrestling come from different walks of life, have different ideals and values, are of varying age and all bring a completely unique skill set to professional wrestling. However, the one thing that we all have is that we were and are the most passionate of wrestling fans and longed to be part, not just of the industry, but also the community that comes with it. Yet this community does not simply end with the wrestlers and promoters themselves but stretches out to fans all across the UK who love our sport as well. The first version of the FWA benefited massively from the TalkSport Wrestling radio show which gave fans around the UK something that brought them together every Saturday evening regardless of what type of wrestling they were a fan of. This also trickled over into the old FWA itself, whose shows were treated by many fans a social occasion to see their friends from around the country. As a wrestling fan today there are so few things to bring us together and allow us to celebrate and enjoy our passion as a social group despite what your different taste in product may be. This is why the FWA will go above and beyond the call of duty in order give fans of wrestling around the UK a community.

With social gatherings such as pay per view parties, wrestler and fan nights out, video game tournaments, bus trips to events around the UK be they FWA or otherwise, wrestling merchandise auctions, and “evenings with” dinner parties featuring certain wrestlers from the UK and aboard. Although some of these may be organised by people on our behalf, and as such may be profit making ventures for them, we will always try to make them as financially viable for UK fans as we can and when possible, do so at no cost at all.

Our belief is that even if the people who we cater these events too are not fans of British Wrestling, this commitment to fans of our sport will go a long way in the future with regards to allowing us to showcase what the UK scene may have to offer, just as TalkSport once did for so many current fans of the British scene.

No 8: We do all within our power to make our business model recession proof so that British wrestlers will always have a place to perform and in turn, British fans will always have a place to come and watch them

The strength of the FWA’s business model is that the costs which most companies encounter when trying to run a television show of decent quality have been almost all but taken away. To begin with, all the wrestlers on the FWA’s TV tapings are sponsored by the Grapple Group. This means that the largest cost when running a professional event is no longer there. Secondly almost all of our equipment is already owned by the company or it’s partners meaning that there is virtually no hire fee for it’s use. On top of this, whatever fees remain are covered by the Grapple Group and their “FWA Unsigned” shows which take place on the afternoon of the FWA monthly tapings (read Principle 4 for more details). When these factors are combined we feel confident that, even if the current economic climate worsens, the FWA could simply film it’s tapings at schools and colleges (black draping the backs of the hall as ROH do) and offer tickets to them for free as by this point the money we generate from overseas TV and events (such as prepaid tours of India already in the pipeline) will keep the company afloat during any such financial downturns in the UK.

We also have some extremely unique approaches to making the FWA as affordable to our fans as possible both in terms of live events and DVDs of our shows. These will be announced the day after the last principle, on Tuesday 26th of May in the first statement from our new Managing Director, Tony Simpson. We feel that they will clearly demonstrate our desire to work within the tighter budgets that many fans may now be experiencing in Britain.

Our belief is that even if the people who we cater these events too are not fans of British Wrestling, this commitment to fans of our sport will go a long way in the future with regards to allowing us to showcase what the UK scene may have to offer, just as TalkSport once did for so many current fans of the British scene.

No 9: We respect the great heritage of British wrestling and will endeavour to keep this respect alive amongst the new generation of fans and wrestlers alike

We work alongside the Wrestler's Reunion and those professionals of old in order to remind today's stars and the stars of the future around the wrestling schools of England just what an important role their predecessors played in allowing them to follow their dreams and be part of Pro Wrestling. Our aim is to also remind and inform wrestling fans what a huge part Britain played in getting wrestling where it is today and to never forget our heritage. We will work directly alongside the Wrestler's Reunion to increase recognition of what these men and women did for the betterment of our business in years past.

No 10: We will strive to be ambassadors for the sport of professional wrestling both domestically and internationally and endeavour to lead by example

The FWA plans to use everything at it's disposal to eventually be the standard bearer for how professional wrestling should protect, police and provide for itself, it's fans and those people involved in it. Our contracted performers have brand new accident policies should they get injured. Our MD is instrumental in setting up a charitable trust fund for the Wrestler's Reunion. We are already looking at talent around the country to sponsor. Our business structure is designed to make our product as exciting to watch and professional to look at as possible whilst being as affordable for fans as we can make it. Our staff will work to bring fans of wrestling all over the UK together for events and activities outside of the FWA shows themselves in an attempt to make a real community for them and these steps are just the beginning. We want to develop into a wrestling business and community that people in other countries worldwide can look to for encouragement with regards to how our young and old are treated. We want to work towards unity within the industry from all sides and present wrestling in the most positive light and produce a UK wrestling scene that fans and the general public at large can appreciate, respect and value. This drive to help the youth of wrestling also goes hand in hand with a project that members of the FWA are currently heavily involved with, which could see the very real possibility of Pro Wrestling being taught as a college course working alongside a proper syllabus. If this trial gets the green light, then it could have hugely positive ramifications for the industry as a whole with regards to its ultimate acceptance by the main stream. These are big dreams but ones that we will endeavour to achieve. Even if we are unsuccessful in them, we have confidence that our commitment will leave a positive shadow by making it even easier for those who should come afterwards to achieve these eventual goals, just as the FWA of old once did.

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Досега не съм коментирал в темата, но чета всичко, което се поства в нея още от самото начало. Изглежда FWA имат много големи амбиции, даже прекалено големи бих казал. Според мен малко се изхвърлят, но ако успеят да направят и половината от това, което казват, пак ще е много добре. Пожелавам им успех! Ако новите шоута на федерацията започнат да излизат в нета, някой ден може да хвърля един поглед ня продукта, да видя за какво става въпрос.

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"The Guv’nor" Martin Stone

It might seem ironic that the first star to be announced as part of the new FWA is the man responsible for the company’s demise in 2007, but even a brief glance at Martin Stone’s CV will show that no-one is more deserving of a prominent role in its rebirth. Since that fateful day two years ago the Guv’nor has cemented his position as one of British wrestling’s leading lights, defeating some of the sport’s biggest names and collecting championships wherever he goes. A fearless brawler from London’s East End, the reigning 1PW Heavyweight champion and perennial IPW:UK favourite will be looking to make an immediate impact when the FWA returns on 2nd August in Broxbourne.

"The Phoenix" Jody Fleisch

There are few names more synonymous with the FWA than Jody Fleisch. The former 2-time British Heavyweight Champion was at the heart of many of the promotion’s most memorable moments in the early part of this decade, becoming one of the most successful stars the UK has produced. Fleisch has gone on to star in some of the greatest wrestling promotions on the planet including Ring of Honor and Combat Zone Wrestling. But now, seven years after the legendary moonsault that earned him championship gold at British Uprising, the Phoenix returns to the FWA on 2nd August hoping to rise from the ashes and recreate his previous glory when the company that made him a star is reborn.

Rockstar Spud

Birmingham might not be renowned for being a hotbed of musical talent, but clearly no-one has told this to Rockstar Spud. Convinced that he is the biggest star in the world, this loudmouthed youngster struts into the FWA with a fashion sense and attitude that the rest of the world left behind at the end of the 1980s. Nonetheless, it would be foolish to underestimate a competitor who has enjoyed such success – despite his small frame, Rockstar Spud has cheated his way to victory against opponents up and down the country. Most fans will be hoping to see someone wring this obnoxious competitor’s neck when he arrives in the FWA this summer, but they may be disappointed – if Spud has his way, New Frontiers in Broxbourne will be the first of many successful encores on the path to rock n’ roll superstardom.

"The Juice" CJ Banks

A talented no-nonsense fighter from the north west, the man known as “The Juice” has been compared to a young Dynamite Kid because of his relentless no-nonsense style and technical aptitude. Unfortunately, it seems as though no-one takes this hype any more seriously than the man himself – gone is the happy-go-lucky attitude that made Banks a crowd favourite in his early days, replaced by a businesslike frown befitting of the self-proclaimed “best pound-for-pound wrestler in the world.” While a more neutral observer might argue that he still has a way to go before he reaches that level, there is no doubt that this young wrestler from Southport already has some impressive victories under his belt. If he can continue this form in the FWA, the sky is the limit for “The Juice” CJ Banks.

"The Wonderkid" Jonny Storm

With pinfall victories over the likes of AJ Styles, Colt Cabana and Billy Kidman, “The Wonderkid” can legitimately claim to be one of the most decorated British stars of the decade. Having held the All-England title twice and won the annual Gold Rush rumble on two occasions, Storm is also a very important figure in the history of the FWA. The likeable veteran from Essex is one of the most colourful characters on the circuit and has been a fine ambassador for his country, wrestling extensively in North America, Asia and across Europe. But on 2nd August 2009 in Broxbourne Jonny Storm returns home, where only a fool would bet against him building on his already illustrious legacy.

Leaders of the New School (Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr.)

There has surely been no better tag team in the UK this year than the Leaders of the New School. The immensely talented combination of Zack Sabre Jnr and Marty Scurll have been the talk of the British wrestling scene in recent months, backing up their bravado with a string of brilliant victories that culminated with them capturing IPW:UK’s British tag team championships. Although their in-your-face personalities have turned fans against them in the past, the Leaders have developed a well-earned respect from many in the crowd thanks to their never-say-die attitude and an arsenal of innovative tag team manoeuvres. The combination of Sabre Jnr’s technical expertise and Scurll’s fast-paced offence has made these two young men a must-see tandem, making them an essential addition to the new FWA roster.

Joey Hayes

Despite undoubtedly being one of the hottest prospects to emerge from the north west for several years, Joey Hayes seems to have an uncanny ability to turn the fans against him. Spend five minutes with him and it is easy to see why – the Manchester native looks down his nose at almost everyone he meets, apparently believing that a man of his looks and ability should not have to interact with anyone he deems to be inferior. Hayes was just starting his ascent through the ranks of British wrestling during his time in the old FWA – since then he has proved his ability in 1PW, GPW, XWA and a host of other top British promotions. This summer he will swagger back into the company where he spent so much of his early career, convinced that the Joey Hayes of 2009 deserves to be nothing less than the main event.

"The Pukka One" Darren Burridge

It seems an unlikely story at first glance: a Burberry-clad Essex boy who likes to fight becomes one of professional wrestling’s hottest commodities. But Darren Burridge has made a career out of defying the odds. Having trained as a teenager at the old FWA Academy and later at DropKixx, the “Pukka One” has gone on to compete around the world but it is here in the UK that his performances have caused the wrestling world to sit up and take notice. Phenomenal televised matches in 1PW against the likes of Nigel McGuinness and Doug Williams have helped to establish Burridge’s reputation as one of Europe’s finest grapplers – and all this despite being plagued by a knee injury that would have ended many fighters’ careers. Make no mistake about it – this man is a major force in British wrestling and a fearsome addition to the FWA roster.

"The Heavyweight House of Pain" Stixx

Mixing 300 lbs of pure power with one of the shortest tempers in the wrestling industry might seem like Mother Nature’s idea of a sick joke, but for any competitor who finds himself in the ring against Stixx it is no laughing matter. The “Heavyweight House of Pain” has become an unstoppable destructive force since his early days in the FWA, where he started life as a bodyguard before joining with Martin Stone to form one of the country’s most dominant tag teams. Now a major player in his own right, Stixx returns to the FWA with a chip on his shoulder and scores to settle against several of the company’s top stars.

"The Bombay Dream" RJ Singh

On July 30th 2005, a man called Ross Jordan made headlines across the wrestling world by becoming the first ever FWA Flyweight Champion. Unfortunately this early success appeared to go to his head - wanting to extend the reach of his “brand”, the brash youngster travelled to India for a minor role in a Bollywood movie. Convinced that he was now a major star across Asia, Jordan soon started referring to himself as “The Bombay Dream” and demanded that he be known by the name RJ Singh, having disowned the UK. Fast forward to 2009 and unfortunately he is still as deluded as ever, forcing his autograph onto unwilling fans and taking exception to anyone who questions his fame. Amongst all of the incessant self-promotion, it is easy to forget that this FWA Academy graduate is actually a hugely gifted in-ring performer – he may be waiting a long time for success on the big screen, but glory in the wrestling ring could be just around the corner for RJ Singh.

Iestyn Rees

Iestyn Rees was tipped for greatness by many experts almost as soon as he started training to be a wrestler. At 6’6” and with a physique that would turn heads at any gym in the country, the former basketball player was one of the best pure athletes to have emerged on the UK scene in a long while and seemed to have all of the tools to become a top-tier superstar. But one attribute he never had was patience – frustrated at his lack of instant success in the industry, Rees soon joined a loathsome gang of thugs called the Thrillers. Under the guidance of “Gentleman” Gilligan Gordon, these detestable young men used every shortcut and cheap shot in the book to rise to the top of IPW:UK during 2008, culminating with Rees winning the company’s title belt last September. Convinced that championship gold is his God-given right, the “irresistible” one is promising to dominate British wrestling in the years ahead and believes that his winning the FWA British Heavyweight Championship is inevitable. Unfortunately for everyone else, he may well be right.

El Ligero

Arriba! The high-flying, risk-taking, death-defying El Ligero is one of the most popular stars in UK wrestling and it is easy to see why – he has dazzled crowds in every part of the country with some of the most exciting performances ever seen on these shores. Having first competed for the FWA in August 2005, the masked luchador from Los Sancho has since been instrumental in keeping British flyweight wrestling on the map. With memorable rivalries against the likes of Rockstar Spud and RJ Singh still fresh in the memories of many fans, the addition of this Mexican Sensation to the FWA roster is welcome news for anyone who likes their wrestling fast-paced and action-packed.

"The Physical Specimen" Joel Redman

It may seem a little presumptuous to refer to yourself as the “Physical Specimen” but annoyingly, Joel Redman may just have a case. As a protege of FWA legend Mark Sloan, it will come as no surprise that the young man from the south west is in exceptional shape and is a real student of the game. Like his mentor, Redman has a systematic, almost machine-like approach to wrestling – he takes opponents apart with a repertoire of painful manoeuvres that few wrestlers in the world could hope to match. This style has earned him a reputation as the enforcer of the Thrillers, Gilligan Gordon’s arrogant group of champions who have spent the past 18 months dominating IPW:UK and several other major promotions. As comfortable in tag team action as he is going it alone, Redman is a highly versatile athlete and will be a dangerous proposition for anyone who incurs the wrath of the Thrillers when they invade the FWA this summer.

Andy Boy Simmonz

With TV appearances for WWE and Channel 4 under his belt as well as numerous championship reigns in most of the UK’s top promotions, Andy Boy Simmonz is one of the most successful and recognisable heavyweights in Britain. He is also FWA through and through, having trained at its academy and risen to national prominence there during the first part of this decade. Inspired by his idol Davey Boy Smith, Simmonz has a tremendous range of powerful slams and suplexes at his disposal but can also hold his own on the mat, as demonstrated by wins against such legends as Johnny Saint and Flash Barker in recent years. This is a man who really has done it all in British wrestling but whose desire is as strong as ever – Andy Boy Simmonz lives and breathes professional wrestling, and there is nothing he will want more than to be the heavyweight champion of the promotion where his amazing journey began.

"The Human Hate Machine" Dave Moralez

Big Dave Moralez is a man of simple tastes – he likes eating, sleeping and hurting people. The 350-pounder from Birmingham is one of the hardest-hitting big men in wrestling today, devouring opponents with his devastating tiger bomb and a lariat clothesline that has put several of its recipients in a neck brace. The Human Hate Machine’s intensely physical style has slowly earned him the respect of fans around the country – you might not want to meet him in a dark alley but there are few more impressive sights in a British wrestling ring than this monster of a man delivering a beating to his latest hapless victim. Considered a hot tip to emerge as one of the top stars in the country during 2009, Moralez will certainly be one to watch when the FWA storms into Broxbourne on 2nd August.

Sha Samuels

It is impossible not to like Sha Samuels – his cheeky Cockney demeanour and boundless energy have endeared him to thousands of fans, but many more have been won over by his all-action performances in the ring. A good old-fashioned brawler who pours his heart into every match he enters, Samuels has been rightly rewarded by rising to the top of the British tag team scene. As a member of “The Kartel”, the proud Londoner has been a fine advertisement for the quality of wrestling in the capital – alongside Terry Frazier he has beaten just about every team in the land. But now, like his partner, Samuels also wants to test his ability against the best singles wrestlers in the country – in which case he has certainly come to the right place. It may well be in the FWA that the finest chapters of Sha Samuels’ career will be written.

Terry Frazier

As one half of top British duo “The Kartel”, Terry Frazier has wrestled around the world and been trained by the likes of William Regal and Dave Taylor. A multiple-time British tag team champion in IPW:UK and a host of other promotions, the East London native decided in 2008 that the time was right to also branch out on his own and see just how far his much-touted potential could take him in singles competition. The results were spectacular: in October, Frazier emerged as the winner of an unprecedented 12-month, 64-man tournament that saw him named as the British National Champion. That victory also earned him the All-England title that has such an illustrious history in the FWA, and served as a launch-pad to the upper tier of British wrestling. A recent high-profile win over Martin Stone has provoked a flurry of speculation about whether Frazier might just be the next big thing – he will try to prove he is just that when he rolls into the FWA this summer, carrying with him perhaps more momentum than anyone else on the roster.

Leroy Kincaide

Look up the word “powerhouse” in the dictionary and you may well find a picture of Leroy Kincaide. One of the strongest and toughest men in Britain today, the former two-time All-England Champion is truly a force to be reckoned with – not just in the wrestling world but in hip hop too, where he has a very promising music career. This multi-talented star seems destined to for great success in both of his chosen industries – and anyone who tries to get in his way is likely to find they have made the biggest mistake of their life. More championship gold may well be on the horizon for Kincaide when he makes his return to the FWA in Broxbourne this August.

"The Anarchist" Doug Williams

There are few names more synonymous with the FWA than Doug Williams. The “Anarchist” is the longest reigning British Heavyweight Champion in the company’s ten-year history, with a total of 30 months spread over two memorable spells as the title-holder. Currently starring in TNA as part of the British Invasion, Williams has also been a regular fixture in Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling NOAH in recent years, and is widely regarded as the finest British wrestler of his generation. A master technician with a repertoire of holds that most wrestlers can only dream of, this man is the yardstick by which all wannabe champions in this country must be measured. Of course, it is far from certain that anyone will make the grade – only an exceptional opponent could prevent this virtuoso performer from finally claiming the recognition he deserves and becoming the FWA’s heavyweight champion of the world.

"The Man That Gravity Forgot" Pac

Few men who have only been wrestling for five years have either the ability or the CV of Pac. The Newcastle-upon-Tyne native earns his moniker of “The Man That Gravity Forgot” every time he steps into the ring, wowing fans with an arsenal of moves that includes the shooting star press, a 630 degree senton splash and just about every corkscrewing, diving and springboarding move imaginable. Since his early days competing in the UK he has toured extensively in Europe, the USA and Japan for such famous promotions as Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, Nu Wrestling Evolution and Dragon Gate. But on Sunday 2nd August at New Frontiers, this proud Geordie returns home to Britain with two clear goals – to win championship gold in the FWA, and to leave fans around the world awestruck in the process.

"Star Attraction" Mark Haskins

Ignore the brashness. Disregard the arrogant swagger. Overlook the insufferable gloating and the snarling attitude towards the fans. The bottom line is that Mark Haskins is good. Very good. The self-proclaimed “Star Attraction” is arguably the top flyweight in the country today, picking up championships in many of the top promotions in the UK. He is a graduate of the legendary FWA Academy and has proven his ability against some of the best wrestlers in the world over the past couple of years. Add to that the advantage he has from having the rest of the Thrillers backing him up if things get rough, and it is very hard to see a way that this detestable young man can be defeated. Like him or not, Mark Haskins is likely to be at the forefront of British wrestling for many years to come.

Kaто казаха, че ще подберат най-доброто от английската сцена въобще не са се базикали. Подборът на кечистите е перфектен!

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Historic Open Tournament to Name First FWA WORLD Heavyweight Champion

For much of the past decade there was only one prize that gave its holder a legitimate claim to being the greatest wrestler in the UK. The FWA British Heavyweight Championship has had a lineage of former challengers that reads like a who’s who of independent wrestling along with the likes of Doug Williams, Jody Fleisch, Christopher Daniels, Alex Shane and Flash Barker proudly defending the title across England and the World...

It is a belt that has been contested at arenas across mainland Europe, far east Asia and the United States – in fact, the title even changed hands in Philadelphia on one memorable night in 2003. Simply put, the worldwide respect afforded to the FWA’s main championship is unequalled among British wrestling promotions.

In the coming months, this prestige will surely be strengthened as the FWA is reborn and a new wave of international stars arrive on these shores to compete for the gold. With this in mind the FWA management team has taken the historic step of reclassifying the title as the FWA World Heavyweight Championship, and is today announcing an unprecedented Open Tournament to determine who will be the first man it recognises officially as the best wrestler on the planet.

Qualifying for the tournament will begin at New Frontiers on 2nd August, with the first match due to be announced this Monday on fwauk.com. Undoubtedly the majority of the new FWA roster will be eager to enter, and a high level of interest is expected from top overseas stars. But uniquely, a number of spots will be left open for “wild card” entries, to be filled by free agents who make an impact at the first few FWA Unsigned shows. This means that every independent wrestler in England has a shot at becoming the champion, from grizzled veterans wanting one more shot at the big time to fresh-faced rookies hoping for a meteoric rise to the top of their profession.

Who will rise from the ashes of the FWA’s rebirth to secure their place in wrestling history? The next few months will define someone’s career, and it all begins on Monday with the exclusive first match announcement on fwauk.com.

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FWA NEW FRONTIERS

Sunday 2nd August 2009

Broxbourne Civic Centre

5.30pm (doors 5pm)

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DOUG WILLIAMS vs. MARTIN STONE

– FWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match

It has been said many times by many people: Doug Williams has set the benchmark for British wrestling, and no-one can claim to be the best in the country - let alone the world - until they have defeated him. On hearing about the main event for New Frontiers those comments will surely be repeated by many observers – a fact that will not sit well with Martin Stone.

Although he has worn championship gold in almost all of the UK’s top promotions and routinely picks up titles across Europe, it often seems as though Stone has still not fully persuaded the pundits that he is the country’s top heavyweight. In 2007, he took Japanese legend the Great Muta to the limit in a match that was seen as a test of the East Londoner’s staying power. Despite his impressive display on that night and subsequent dominance of the UK scene, the “Guv’nor” found that 20 months later he was the subject of another debate about whether he deserved to be “handed the torch” when he finally got the chance to take on Alex Shane.

Arguably, Stone has been carrying that torch for some time now. As well as beating the Showstealer in that memorable showdown last autumn, he has collected victories against a host of stars during the past few years including Kid Kash, Doug Basham, Flash Barker and – yes, you guessed it – Doug Williams.

Having said that, a repeat victory for Stone will be no easy task. Williams knows him very well, having earned the tag team titles as his partner in German promotion wXw. There is still no-one in the country with a better knowledge of the game than the Anarchist, and you would be hard-pressed to find an athlete in any sport who is better prepared or more dedicated to his craft. It is not by accident that this remarkable talent has found success in Ring of Honor, NOAH and most recently in TNA.

Bearing all of this in mind, Doug Williams and Martin Stone are considered by many fans as the two most likely candidates to become the FWA’s first World Heavyweight Champion. But on 2nd August in Broxbourne, only one of these men will take a giant leap towards the history books. The other will be left dejected, wondering whether it is time to concede that the title of “Britain’s Best Wrestler” belongs to someone else.

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JODY FLEISCH vs. JONNY STORM vs. ROCKSTAR SPUD vs. MARK HASKINS

– Qualifier for the FWA Flyweight Championship Round-Robin Tournament

Ask any long-time FWA fan to name their favourite rivalries from the company’s first decade and it will probably not be too long before you hear the names “Fleisch” and “Storm”. From their epic ladder match at Revival in 2002 to the shocking night a year later when Jonny turned on Jody after the latter’s victory against Jerry Lynn, and through to the moment at British Uprising 3 when Jody came out of retirement and helped reinstate his old nemesis, there was surely no more competitive feud in the company’s history. The result is that both men have come to be seen by crowds around the country as much-loved and respected veterans of the British circuit.

In contrast, no-one is likely to use the words “love” or “respect” when talking about Rockstar Spud or Mark Haskins, who at times appear to be embroiled in a contest with each other to see who can inspire the most hatred from audiences across the country. Despite their unquestionable in-ring abilities both of these young men have displayed such a repugnant attitude towards everyone they meet that it is hard to find a good word to say about either of them.

The announcement of a fatal four-way match at New Frontiers featuring these competitors is therefore fascinating on a number of levels. Two heroes from the FWA’s past will find themselves nose-to-nose with a pair of men who, unfortunately, may be a major part of its future – but who will prove themselves to be the more powerful force in the present? Will Haskins and Spud work together or will their sizeable egos make it impossible for them to co-exist? And can Storm and Fleisch rediscover the magic that created such a remarkable adrenaline rush whenever they locked horns in years past?

Ultimately though, one question about this potentially show-stealing battle trumps all others: when the dust has settled, which of these four gifted stars will have his hand raised and advance to the upcoming round-robin tournament for the FWA Flyweight Title? All will become clear when they collide on Sunday 2nd August in Broxbourne.

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PAC vs. LEROY KINCAIDE

– FWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match

Two home-grown stars on the cusp of greatness will collide in an epic clash of styles at New Frontiers, with the winner assured of a berth in the tournament that could finally launch his career into the stratosphere.

In one corner is Pac, the gravity-defying daredevil who has been one of Britain’s most successful and exciting exports of recent times. The Newcastle native is arguably the most exciting man currently on the independent circuit and has started to enter the upper echelons of the world’s most respected promotions, as demonstrated by recent tag title reigns in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Dragon Gate.

In the other corner is Leroy Kincaide, the seemingly unstoppable battering ram who has wrestled for WWE and is considered by many experts as a major contender to become wrestling’s next big heavyweight star. With a jaw-dropping physique and an arsenal of power moves that could destroy most opponents in a matter of seconds, it would take a brave man to bet against this multi-talented youngster reaching the very top of the industry.

Pac will have to wrestle a near-perfect match if he is to win in Broxbourne on 2nd August – missing a single high-risk move could give Kincaide all the opportunity he needs to bring his opponent’s dreams of winning the FWA World Heavyweight Championship crashing down to Earth. But the powerhouse from Kent has an equally tough task – he must find a way to quickly ground the most agile high-flyer in wrestling today, or else his pursuit of the gold will be over before it has begun.

Ultimately, this match is all about which of these two sensational athletes is more ready to smash through the glass ceiling and prove their worth as a headliner on the world stage. Who will make that leap? Who wants greatness more? We will all find out at New Frontiers.

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LEADERS OF THE NEW SCHOOL vs. JOEY HAYES AND CJ BANKS

– The FWA Tag Team Division Begins

In all walks of life it is a sad fact that success sometimes changes a person for the worse, making them arrogant and self-obsessed. But happily, in the case of the Leaders of the New School it seems as though the opposite has happened. Something remarkable seemed to take place between the previously brash duo and the Sittingbourne fans as they shared the emotional moment of the Leaders winning the IPW:UK British tag titles. It was as though Marty Scurll and Zack Sabre Jnr had finally connected with the people they had previously taunted, creating a mutual respect that has made them firm fan favourites ever since. This evolution has been one of the big stories in British wrestling so far in 2009.

Unfortunately, another sad fact about success is that it breeds jealousy. Perhaps it was therefore inevitable as soon as CJ Banks and Joey Hayes were announced as members of the FWA roster that they would team up to challenge the supremacy of Britain’s hottest team. Despite the early success both have enjoyed in their careers, both Banks and Hayes are widely regarded as having a chip on their shoulders. Convinced that they are the most gifted wrestlers of their generation, these two egomaniacs have spent the past several weeks telling anyone who will listen that it is they who deserve the accolades that the Leaders are currently receiving. After a barrage of phone calls harassing the FWA management team, the two north-westerners have finally been granted a chance to back up their boasts at New Frontiers. So in Broxbourne on 2nd August, the Leaders will go head-to-head with CJ Banks and Joey Hayes in a tantalising first-time-ever tag match between four competitors who are all expected to have major roles in the FWA’s future.

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TERRY FRAZIER vs. JOEL REDMAN

– FWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match

Some of the matches scheduled for New Frontiers involve the re-eruption of rivalries that have laid dormant for years. Others see the UK’s most sensational new stars in contests that have never been seen before. But when Terry Frazier and Joel Redman look across the ring at the opening bell of their match in Broxbourne, the site that greets both men will be all too familiar. These two incredible young athletes have spent much of the past year locked in battle as their respective teams waged one of the most bitter gang wars in recent memory.

It does not take much digging to discover the roots of the intense personal hatred that exists between Frazier and Redman – although both are hugely gifted technical wrestlers, they are the antithesis of each other in most other ways. Frazier is the happy-go-lucky people’s champion from London’s vibrant East End, while Redman is the aloof loner who grew up on an isolated Devon farm. Frazier wears his heart on his sleeve every time he enters the ring, while Redman seems devoid of emotion as he callously dismantles opponent’s one limb at a time. Frazier embraces the fans and feeds off the energy of the crowd, while Redman looks at the public with an arrogant disdain that endears him to nobody. The list of differences goes on and on.

These two have now fought in almost every region in the country - both in singles action and alongside their partners in the Kartel and the Thrillers – but neither man has been able to consistently defeat the other. It is therefore impossible to predict which of them will have the satisfaction of knocking the other out of contention for the FWA World Heavyweight Championship on 2nd August. It is, however, a safe bet that these two fierce enemies will both step it up a notch as they attempt to be victorious in their most high-profile showdown to date.

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DAVE MORALEZ vs. BUBBLEGUM

– FWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match

When this match is shown on TV or released on DVD it may have to carry a warning that viewers may find some of the images distressing. Dave Moralez has become one of the UK’s most feared wrestlers in recent times, using his massive frame as a weapon to brutally batter his opponents in a way that the more faint-hearted observer might find difficult to watch. But unfortunately for the “Human Hate Machine”, his opponent at New Frontiers has built his career on toughing it out against some of the country’s meanest fighters.

Bubblegum is a hugely popular youngster whose never-say-die spirit has seen him outlast hundreds of opponents and enjoy great success in both singles and tag team competition. There are few more likeable competitors than this acrobatic flyweight, whose colourful outfits and moral integrity have made him a hit throughout the UK and abroad. He will undoubtedly have the support of the Broxbourne crowd as he tries to defy the odds at the new FWA’s first show by advancing to the World Heavyweight Championship tournament.

To many, Moralez’s win-loss record during the past year makes him a major contender for the title and the favourite in this match. But Bubblegum has enjoyed as many upset wins in his career as his opponent has enjoyed hot dinners. The tenacious fan favourite will be looking at this fight as a chance to prove once and for all that size need not be a barrier to success, meaning that the big man from Birmingham may have to knock him unconscious before he can pin his shoulders to the mat for the 1-2-3.

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A firm favourite with fans of all ages, El Ligero has been dazzling crowds all across the UK for a number of years with his high-octane style and acrobatic offence. So since hearing the recent news that the Mexican Sensation has suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury, the British wrestling community has been collectively holding its breath as it awaits further news.

El Ligero is a mysterious figure at the best of times, and none of his associates in Britain have heard a word from him since he returned to Mexico for surgery in May. But now, out of the blue, the FWA office has received a request from the luchador’s representatives requesting a chance for him to personally address the fans at New Frontiers. Was the surgery successful? When, if ever, will El Ligero return to take his spot on the new FWA roster? All of us will be hoping for answers when this much-loved athlete steps through the curtain on 2nd August.

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With excitement about the FWA’s return building by the hour, Sunday 2nd August in Broxbourne promises to be a day of celebration for everyone involved in British wrestling. But for those who don’t want to wait until the opening bell of New Frontiers to get the party started, the FWA is proud to announce its first monthly Fan Slam, starting at 2pm on the afternoon of the show. Featuring a wrestler Q & A session, video game tournaments and an early chance to buy FWA merchandise, the Fan Slam is an integral part of the new FWA’s commitment to fostering a genuine sense of community among everyone involved in the UK wrestling scene.

The centrepiece of the Fan Slam will be the first ever FWA Unsigned show – a special 4-match card featuring some of the hottest free agents currently competing on these shores. We can now exclusively reveal the first two bouts confirmed for this show:

- Dave Rayne and Sam Bailey vs. Lethal Dose: FWA feeder promotion Futureshock Wrestling showcases the poisonous combination of Jack Toxic and Alex Cyanide against long-time rivals Dave Rayne and the company’s “Super Stylin’” champion Sam Bailey in a match that promises to be an all-action tag team main event.

- “The Model” Danny Hope vs. Matt Taylor: The narcissistic SAS tag team champion Danny Hope turns his attention to singles action against the enigmatic Matt Taylor from FSW, who will be hoping to dazzle the Broxbourne crowd with his fast-paced acrobatic offence.

In any circumstances a spot on the first FWA Unsigned card would be a huge opportunity for these young talents, but with the announcement of an Open Tournament for the FWA World Heavyweight Championship, each of them are acutely aware that an impressive showing here might just start them on an improbable journey to the very top of the wrestling world.

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FWA YouTube Channel Launches With Two Exclusive Broadcasts

The FWA is pleased to announce the launch of its very own YouTube channel! This channel will be crammed with exclusive bonus footage from the latest FWA events, classic moments from the FWA vault, wrestler entrance videos and promotional spots, making this the essential online source for all media related to Britain's most exciting wrestling promotion.

To mark the opening of the channel, two special new releases are already available. The first is a video featuring members of the new roster sharing their views on the legacy of the old FWA, and telling fans what to expect from them when the first bell rings on 2nd August in Broxbourne. From the determined to the deluded, from the brash to the bitter, it seems everyone has something to say about the FWA's heritage and its impending return - watch the video now and see what is on the minds of the UK's top stars as they approach New Frontiers.

The second exclusive release is the first episode of our new audio show, FWA Radio. Hosted by FWA commentator Dave "Stats" Bradshaw, this weekly broadcast will feature interviews with some of the biggest names in wrestling as well as coverage of all the latest industry news from across the globe. This week's show includes the first half of a revealing two-part interview with Alex Shane, a man synonymous with both the old and new incarnations of the company. In this first section of the interview, Alex looks back at the legacy of the original FWA, explains how its successor is different, and directly addresses some of the criticisms that have been levelled against him in recent weeks. As with everything related to "The Showstealer", this is an interview that is sure to cause controversy - and as such it is an essential listen for all fans of British wrestling.

So go to www.FWAUK.com/youtube to see the channel now, and don't forget to bookmark it - in the months and years to come, it is sure to become your one-stop shop for a regular fix of all things related to the Frontier Wrestling Alliance.

Клипът с коментарите е стабилен. Даже Brutus Magnus участва в него. :) Ей сега ще изслушам и интервюто с Alex, което при всички случаи ще е добро. Alex Shane always delivers. ;)

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Пускам го тук, защото това е един от проектите, свързани с Alex Shane:

The world of British wrestling will never be the same again. In a groundbreaking and truly monumental move the British Wrestling Council (BWC) is set to introduce a nationally recognised system of training and grading at over ten wrestling schools around the UK.

Built around the system used by martial arts such as judo and karate, the syllabus and accompanying grading system creates a clear pathway of progression for anyone wishing to learn the art of professional wrestling. Students who progress through the system will be assessed by BWC approved examiners on a regular basis and awarded coloured grading bands on completion of a grade. The syllabus was created and approved by multiple top names in the British industry including TNA star Doug Williams and the BWC’s Head Training Adviser "The Showstealer" Alex Shane who is currently working closely with instructors around the country to ensure they meet BWC teaching standards ready for the official launch of the schools in August 2009.

The truly amazing thing about this syllabus is that it really will be a national system with over ten schools in Hull, Manchester, Swindon, Dagenham, Exeter, Birmingham, Nottingham and Kent already involved amongst others. With the weight of so many schools and students already behind it, the BWC syllabus looks set to become the benchmark by which all wrestling training is measured.

http://www.britishwrestlingcouncil.org

В най-общи линии: Alex Shane & ко. регистрираха professional wrestling като бойно изкуство, което пък им позволява да въведат единна система за обучаване на кечисти (в кеч училищата, които са част от BWC). За да може да стане кечист съответният ученик ще трябва да достигне определени национално признати нива на кеч умение като покаже определени способности (владеене на основни движения и хватки, способност за изнасяне на мач, т.н.). Идеята е така да се стандартизира кеч обучението и да се повиши качеството му в Англия.

Идеята е адски гениална и в дългосрочен план има потенциала да помогне с един от най-големите проблеми в съвременната кеч индустрия - некадърното кеч обучение (от некадърни треньори). А дано проектът да пожъне голям успех и други държави също да вземат пример oт него.

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Opening video package

FWA New Frontiers results

FWA Unsigned:

1. Rampage Brown def. Johnny Midnight

2. "Textbook" Dave Breaks def. Kaleb "The Samurai" Hughes

3. Retro Pop (Dave Rayne and Sam Bailey) def. Lethal Dose (Jack Toxic and Alex Cyanide)

FWA New Frontiers:

1. Leaders of the New School (Zack Sabra Jr. & Marty Scurll) def. Northern Exposure (CJ Banks & Joey Hayes) in 18:17 when Zack Sabre Jr. pinned CJ Banks.

2. FWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match: Bubbblegum upset Dave Moralez with a crossbody off the top rope that just got the 3 count in 12:24.

3. FWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match: Joel Redman beat Terry Frazier by DQ in 10:46.

4. FWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match: Pac vs. Leroy Kincaide went to a double countout in 8:49.

5. Stixx & Paul Malen beat Dave Rayne & Sam Bailey in 6:45 in an extended squash.

6. Qualifier for the FWA Flyweight Championship Round-Robin Tournament: Rockstar Spud eliminated Jonny Storm in 17:58 to win the match. The previous eliminations were Jody Fleisch by Spud at 15:26 via a roll up and handful of tights and Mark Hanskins by Jody Fleisch at 15:13 after a 720 DDT.

7. FWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match: Martin Stone pinned Doug Williams with the third London Bridge variation in 17:18.

The arena was pretty much sold out. The set-up looked good. Nothing out of this world, but great lighting/lazer effects for the intros, 3 screens and the regular RQW ramp style stage.

LDRS are brilliant, as always. I thought Northern Exposure hardly got a chance to demonstrate what they can do which was kind of a shame as I've never seen them before. LDRS pretty much dominated the whole time. Zack's accidental tope onto the girl in the front row was crazy. She left after the match, hope she was OK. Anyway, the match was probably too long for an opener, and took some time to get going, but it was definately a solid match.

Bubblegum and Big Dave was a really good match. First time for me seeing Bubblegum and he really seems to have a naturally likeable character that's hard not to get behind as the underdog. I thought they'd be looking to get Dave over strong when I saw this on paper but it ended up getting both looking good. Honestly, I thought Bubblegum should have started strong, like he did, and then Dave should have squashed him with 2 or 3 big moves to the finish. The finish was a bit too schmozed for my liking but it worked well. Not having Dave in the next round of the heavyweight tournament is a shame as he epitomizes just that, a great British heavyweight.

Joel and Terry was brilliant. Joel is a BEAST and the future of Britwres in my opinion. He never fails to astonish me with every aspect of his performance. This was really the only 'intense' match of the night. Terry looked very good as the underdog in this match. The booking was, however, very questionable. Basically Frazier was first given a yellow card by the referee and then a red card for the disqualification so it looks like the old FWA system with the yellow and red cards is still in place.

Pac and Leroy was superb! Pac is super over and so is Leroy. Just as I was getting into it, there was a double count out. Um, really? Why not put Leroy over? Seemed like a dead cert to me. Dave Moralez and Leroy Kincaide need to look a hell of a lot stronger than they currently do. Leroy flying over the top rope was siiiiiiick and Pac was his usual incredible self. This match deserved a clean finish, especially considering it was the inaugural 'new' FWA show.

At this point El Ligero came out with his arm in a sling to speak to the crowd "for the first time ever...". However, he was cut off by RJ Singh and his Bollywood cronies. RJ insulted Ligero and staked his claim for the returning FWA Flyweight Title, before harassing Ligero from the ring.

I enjoyed the squash match to open the second half. The heels looked very heelish and the young, smaller faces got demolished. That's just straight forward good simple booking as I see it. My first time seeing all 4 and I really like the look of Stixx. Hope I get to see more of what he can do in a competitive match.

Rockstar Spud was doing a full on live karaoke version of Living On A Prayer as his entrance which is officially the best thing ever! Rockstar Spud is fucking great! Everything I hoped it would be. I really can't say enough how good he was tonight. From the awesomely hilarious entrance to the smaller things like teasing anyone who got slammed etc. Hilarious. Haskins was uber over as a heel. His reactions to everything still crack me up. Storm and Fleisch were very solid if not a little, um, tame? I really thought when Haskins got pinned that it was Johnny next and we'd get Spud/Jody for the final pin. They spent ages building Jody throughout and before the show so it seemed natural to have him about for the last pinfall. Instead we got Storm/Spud at the end and all the heat died from the match. I thought this match was a perfect opportunity to solidify that this was the new FWA and not the old. Having the new, very over, heels Haskins and Spud at the end would have been brilliant. Watching them trying to out heel each other would have been a great way to end the match. Getting the new guys over etc. Never the less, this was match of the night in my opinion.

The main event was a good match and a symbollic passing of the torch type of affair but the crowd seemed to be burned out by that point. Afterwards Doug Williams made a speech paying homage to the FWA and Brit fans for helping him get the exposure to move on to TNA. I thought that was a nice touch and rounded off the evening nicely. By the way, on a fun note, I saw Martin buy a doner kebab a half hour before doors opening LOL!

Overall I thought it was a very solid night of wrestling. Every match was at least good, there were no over-long annoying segments, no shitarse wrestlers in sight and the line-up was as-advertised. It started about half an hour late (main show), but was still all finished by around 9.20, so I can't see that anyone would have had to miss the end. Generally an impressive re-launch showcasing a whole roster of young, talented Brit wrestlers. It's amazing how many guys on this card actually "look" like wrestlers, real progress from the old FWA days and of the scene here in general. Nothing earth-shattering or "Match Of The Year", but I didn't really expect that. I hoped for a night of top quality, non-embarrassing pro wrestling - and that is what I got! With no storylines going into the show, it was only ever going to work as a night of good/entertaining matches. Everyone seemed to both work hard and enjoy themselves as there was a good atmosphere throughout the show. The finishes to Pac/Kincaid and Redman/Frazier were the only suckier parts of the night.

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1. CJ Banks beat Marty Scrull with a small package. Very good opener as you'd expect with these two.

2. Stixx and Malen beat Dare Devil Dragons (Flyin Ryan and Shane ?) in a nice kinda squash match. It should've probably been shorter though. There were some blown spots but it all turned out alright in the end. Stixx got good heat.

3. Dave Rayne beat Jack Toxic and "The Metrosexual" Matt Taylor in an Unsigned Triple threat match. Alright match. Nothing special. There was a nice tower of doom spot.

4. Joel Redman beat Sha Samuels after Redman's manager Gilligan Gordon interfered. Really good match. A lot of fun with the psychology from all three being spot on. Funny thing was the kids started throwing popcorn at Gordon at ringside. What was a little bit of fun got ruined by some fucking retards who threw hotdogs, cups and then some fucking bright spark threw a coin. No one got hurt but that was just too much for me.

Intermission. Marty Scrull sat in the foyer and signed pictures of himself and sold Leaders t-shirts.

5. Flyweight qualifier. Bubblegum beat British Eagle in a good match. People got behind Eagle more than Bubblegum but both men looked good.

6. PJ Jones and Nick Griffin went into a no contest. The only reason people got behind this match at all was that Griffin came from Bridport. Andy Simmons came out. Simmons flipped a coin twice and said he'd wrestle Griffin.

7. Simmons beat Griffin. Nice match, Simmons looked good and got a lot of heat. At this point in the night the audience seem to turn from fun to really hostile. Several people try to have a pop at Simmons. But they then settled down quickly afterwards. Weird.

8. Jonny Storm beat Spud with a roll up and feet on the ropes as revenge. Very good match. Started with Storm coming through the crowd to attack Spud. A lot of dives and eye raking. Anyway, Spud was fantastic as usual. He was really playing the crowd without resorting to too much cheap heat. Storm was great too. They really had the crowd hot - playing to the younger members of the audience who knew the WWE moves that Storm can bring off (although having HBK chanted at him when he hit the superkick was a little weird) and then Storm cheated to win!!! Rockstar was robbed!!! Afterwards everyone jumped to celebrate with Jonny.

The wrestling was very good and it was a fun show, just some of the spastics in the crowd which marred it a bit.

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FWA British Uproar on Saturday 13th February, at the Broxbourne Civic Hall, High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BE. The Frontier Wrestling Alliance makes a return to it's spirital home at the Broxbourne Civic Hall, to present what people are calling THE BIGGEST Frontier Wrestling show of 2010! At the end of this historical night we will see one man left standing when "The Guv'nov" Martin Stone & "The All Time Great" Andrew Simmonz clash in the Final to crown the first FWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!

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The last boom period in British wrestling was coming to an end by the time Martin Stone and Andrew Simmonz were born, but both men know the legacy of those times: weekly television audiences of six million or more; stars like Big Daddy and Mick McManus becoming household names; over 5000 shows happening each year on our small island. Indeed, as young men with aspirations of making it as wrestlers themselves, both Stone and Simmonz must have dreamt of another such wave of popularity for their sport by the time they first found themselves in the same building as each other.

The date was 13th October 2002, and after a decade in the doldrums British wrestling was starting to show signs of life. A young upstart company called the Frontier Wrestling Alliance was presenting a landmark show called British Uprising at Bethnal Green’s York Hall, and both men were there to see it happen. Simmonz was already a trainee at the FWA Academy, paying his dues by helping on the ring crew and carrying bags for the wrestlers. Meanwhile Stone was a fan attending his first ever British wrestling show – literally just another face in the crowd. On that night, no-one would ever have guessed that less than eight years later these would be the two men competing in the biggest match in FWA history.

Inspired by what they saw at British Uprising, Simmonz and Stone both embarked on remarkable careers in the years that followed. Both men earned spots on the main FWA roster and won tag team gold with their respective partners. Later they would both break out into other top British promotions as singles stars, most notably winning the IPW:UK championship on two occasions each. In fact, by 2007 Stone was embroiled in a war between the two promotions and ended up scoring a pinfall against Phil “Flash” Barker that temporarily put the FWA out of business. Meanwhile Simmonz appeared on WWE Raw and continued to feature regularly in main events across the UK. In short, both men were now among the most recognisable figures on the UK scene.

Fame has a funny way of revealing a man’s true colours, and by the time the FWA re-launched in the summer of 2009 the differences in character between the two rivals had started to come sharply into focus. Despite his no-nonsense approach Stone was a humble competitor who let his wrestling do the talking; a student of his craft who was careful to learn a great deal from matches against the likes of The Great Muta, Mick Foley and Samoa Joe. But Simmonz was starting to reveal an arrogant sense of entitlement, declaring himself to be an “All Time Great” and disrespecting every veteran who had the misfortune to meet him. Fans started to learn the true nature of how each man had been inspired by what they had seen at British Uprising: Stone realised that day that he loved the wrestling industry and wanted to be a part of it, while Simmonz realised that he yearned glory at any cost.

The FWA itself used the success of British Uprising as a catalyst to change the face of wrestling in the United Kingdom. Thanks to its influence the next few years saw the UK slowly start to embrace a more up-to-date, athletic style of wrestling and opened the doors for an array of top stars from around the world to compete in front of British audiences. By the time of its re-launch in 2009 the FWA’s influence had spawned several similar wrestling companies, and the promotion itself turned its attention to providing a platform for the best UK talent to show what they could do. With unrivalled production values and some of the best talent in the world, the FWA had gradually laid the foundations for wrestling to launch itself back into the mainstream of British popular culture. The final piece of this puzzle was to name a first-ever FWA World Heavyweight Champion, and an open tournament was announced in August to determine who would be the first to earn that distinction.

Stone’s path through the tournament could hardly have been tougher: he has won epic struggles against the likes of Doug Williams and Johnny Moss en route to Saturday’s final. The same cannot be said of Simmonz, whose journey has been punctuated by instances of cheating and of exploiting opponents’ misfortunes. With his associate Ricky Hype by his side, Simmonz has claimed that his run of good fortune shows it is his destiny to claim a title he believes is rightfully his, and says he has even had a premonition of how it will happen. Having already benefited from lower back injuries to Jonny Storm and Bubblegum, he now believes that Stone has suffered from the same problem and will submit under the agony of a Boston crab. If he is right then he may yet become an All Time Great before this week is out.

Three generations ago, there were tales of London’s West End being brought to a standstill by wrestling fans trying to travel to the Olympia and watch their heroes perform. Two generations ago, more people watched wrestling on TV than watched the FA Cup Final on the same afternoon. One generation ago, over 80,000 of Davey Boy Smith’s countrymen showed up to cheer him to victory in Wembley Stadium on a hot summer night. And now, after a trailblazing decade in which the FWA has brought British wrestling into the 21st Century, a new generation’s moment is at hand. On Saturday 13th February 2010 either Stone or Simmonz will lift a world title belt above his head and become the leader of British wrestling’s charge towards a new golden era, while his opponent will risk becoming nothing more than a footnote in the annals of history. Broxbourne awaits...

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On the same night as the race for the World Heavyweight Championship reaches its climax, the tournament for another belt begins in earnest at British Uproar. But for the two participants in the opening bout of the Flyweight Title Round Robin, Saturday 13th February has become much more personal than a simple battle for championship gold.

RJ Singh first interrupted his opponent El Ligero at New Frontiers in August. On that night he promised to destroy the Mexican Sensation’s career by proving that he had only gained his phenomenal popularity because of his mask. Without it, the “Bollywood Dream” claimed that El Ligero would be stripped of his originality and would be finished. The high-flying luchador responded to this verbal assault two months later at Carpe Diem, disrupting the “premiere” of Singh’s new movie trailer to reveal that his shoulder injury had healed and he would be returning to action in a Round Robin qualifying match.

That contest, at Hotwired a month later, saw El Ligero defeat Derice Coffie to claim the final spot in the tournament. But as the man who is announced from Guadalajara celebrated with the fans in Nottingham, Singh interrupted again – and this time he had plans to take things to a much more serious level. After refusing a handshake, El Ligero became the victim of a demeaning ordeal that desecrated the heritage of Mexican wrestling culture – Singh tortured his enemy in a camel clutch and shockingly made his intentions clear: he wanted to cut the distinctive horns from El Ligero’s mask. Even Adil Khan, the henchman who was instructed to carry out his master’s order, seemed reluctant as he started sawing – this was just about the most serious assault that could be committed against a Luchadore. But Singh did not care, laughing as he held the severed horns aloft in the entranceway before a disbelieving crowd.

It has been clear for months that Singh’s obsession with El Ligero is rooted in a deep jealousy of his popularity and success. For months the “Bollywood Dream” has attacked his nemesis by focusing solely on the former, trying to drive fans away by removing everything that makes their hero original. But the match at British Uproar will be the first chance Singh has had to directly affect El Ligero’s in-ring success – if he can win this first match of the Round Robin then his opponent’s chances of becoming the FWA Flyweight Champion will be greatly diminished. With fellow entrants Bubblegum and Rockstar Spud equally determined to win the tournament, victory in Broxbourne is a must for both El Ligero and RJ Singh – with the added incentive that any victory will be at the expense of an enemy against whom they hold a very personal grudge.

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It is amazing how history can sometimes repeat itself. Ten years ago, a new decade began amidst a heated feud between two dangerous young wrestlers called Johnny Moss and Jon Ryan. Across the south-east, the “Vigilante” and the “Bad Boy of British Wrestling” tore lumps out of each other as each young fighter tried to make a name for himself at the expense of the other. They knocked each other semi-conscious, chipped each other’s teeth, and on one famous occasion Moss even broke his hand through the force with which he punched his rival in the face.

Now, as the clock starts ticking on a new decade, the unresolved tension between the two men from those epic wars of the early 2000s has finally boiled over again. Last October, fate ordained that Moss and Ryan would be scheduled to compete against each other for the first time in several years as part of a 15-man battle royal, the winner of which would qualify for the FWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament. But before Ryan could emerge for the match he was mysteriously assaulted backstage and was unable to compete. Having not seen who attacked him, the Kent hard-man spent the next several weeks furiously trying to discover the identity of his assailant.

That investigation reached a dramatic conclusion at Hotwired in November. Moss, who had gone on to win the battle royal and was now facing Martin Stone in the tournament semi finals, appeared to be on his way to a remarkable victory until Ryan leapt over the guard rail from the crowd and confronted him on the ring apron, accusing him of being responsible for the attack. Ryan was eventually escorted away, but the diversion was enough to distract Moss and allowed Stone to roll him up for the 1-2-3. After the match, a seething Moss admitted that he was responsible for the assault and challenged his long-time nemesis to a match at British Uproar to finally settle their decade-long vendetta.

A lot has changed since these two were going blow-for-blow in arenas around the south-east all those years ago. By common consensus, Moss has developed into the most physically intimidating presence in British wrestling – a force that is almost impossible to stop. But if there is one man who is unlikely to back down from the Cumbrian man-mountain it is surely Jon Ryan, who spent the formative years of his career taking the hardest shots that Moss could throw at him and still coming back for more. Assuming Ryan accepts the challenge, their showdown at British Uproar promises to expose in the most brutal of fashions just how much mutual anger has built up between these two fierce warriors.

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No team has been more dominant since the FWA’s rebirth than Stixx and Malen. Having still never had their shoulders pinned to the mat, the mean-spirited Nottingham duo have decimated everyone who has so far come before them, sending at least one member of each opposing team to the hospital with head injuries sustained by their devastating “Critical Condition” manoeuvre. Perhaps their greatest scalp so far came at Carpe Diem in October when they scored a pinfall victory over Northern cult heroes Project Ego, dropping Kris Travis on his head after Martin Kirby was disqualified and sent backstage.

A month later at Hotwired the tables were turned when the two teams faced off again, this time at the end of a four corners elimination bout. After repeated transgressions throughout the contest Stixx was eventually disqualified, leaving the weasel-like Malen with no-one to hide behind. It looked as though a brutal revenge attack was about to be delivered by Project Ego, but rather than allow his partner to face the music alone, Stixx sacrificed the team’s undefeated record by returning to the ring and hitting his rivals with a steel chain. He received a steel chair shot to the back for his troubles, but probably saved Malen from being added to the same “Critical List” on which many of the two bullies’ opponents have found themselves in recent times.

With disqualifications having now prevented the two teams from settling their differences on two consecutive occasions, Project Ego have proposed that they clash one more time at British Uproar, but this time in a match where anything goes. Stixx and Malen quickly accepted the offer, promising that the challenge would prove to be the biggest mistake of their opponents’ lives. These are two teams who are known for bending the rules, albeit with very different degrees of support from the crowd, so to many observers it seems logical that the only way to fairly see which is the tougher team is to remove rules from the equation altogether. Of course, this means that the four men are stepping into one of the most dangerous situations that can face a professional wrestler – a match where the referee has no power to threaten anyone with losing the match, regardless of the barbaric assault that they might be laying onto their enemy. One way or another, we will find out in Broxbourne on 13th February which of these teams is superior when the odds are even. But be warned: the journey to making that discovery will not be for the faint-hearted.

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Having entered the new FWA with a year-long winning streak, it would have been hard for anyone to dispute that the Leaders of the New School were the hottest team in the United Kingdom when they first clashed with Northern Xposure. The two sides’ initial contest did little to bring that claim into question either, as Zack Sabre Jr and Marty Scurll picked up a convincing win at New Frontiers.

But then things started to change. Despite having never worked as a team before, CJ Banks and Joey Hayes had impressive reputations of their own to defend and seemed to take personal offence to any suggestion that their southern rivals were superior wrestlers. The damage done to their egos at New Frontiers served as motivation for NX, who spent the next several weeks honing their skills as a team. It paid off - at the end of September, Banks beat Scurll in a singles match to earn a tag team rematch a week later at Carpe Diem, and this time the northerners would not be denied. Hayes knocked Sabre Jr unconscious with his trademark Teenage Kick to score the 1-2-3 and inflict defeat on the Leaders for the first time in 14 months.

The tables had turned, and it was the Leaders who now had something to prove. Sabre Jr described the loss as a wake-up call and threatened to break Hayes’ arm at their upcoming singles showdown, scheduled for Hotwired. He almost did it too, forcing Hayes to quickly tap out when caught in his opponent’s cross armbreaker. Hayes may have avoided injury but the defeat forced him and Banks to accept a third and final tag team confrontation at British Uproar.

With the scores tied at one tag team win and one singles win each, the fiercely competitive feud between the Leaders and Northern Xposure has become one of the most exciting features of the new FWA. Given how compelling their past four matches have been, the decider between the two teams in Broxbourne is also set to be one of the most anticipated bouts of the night on 13th February. Two hungry young teams from different ends of the country, each hugely talented and equally determined to prove their superiority over the other: this is sporting rivalry at its finest, and it will all be settled at the FWA’s biggest show of the year.

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The identity of the first FWA World Heavyweight Champion has not even been decided yet, but many of British wrestling’s top stars are already looking beyond British Uproar, knowing that whoever wins the gold in Broxbourne will soon have to start the even trickier task of holding onto it. Over the past few weeks the FWA offices have been inundated with calls from both wrestlers and fans, all making their case for who should be the first to challenge the new champion. After careful consideration, it has been decided to give another opportunity to three athletes who each suffered controversial exits from the title tournament – but in a field as fiercely competitive as this, second chances do not come without a cost. While the winner of this “Last Chance Saloon” triple threat match on 13th February will indeed become the first challenger to the newly crowned world champion, the other two contenders will be denied any further shots at the title for an entire year.

The first man entered into the match is Bubblegum. Having upset Dave Moralez and Joel Redman in previous rounds, the high-flyer’s improbable charge through the tournament was cruelly ended at Hotwired by “All Time Great” Andrew Simmonz, who took advantage of an abdominal injury to the man from Hubba Bubba Ville and forced him to submit to a brutal Boston crab. Throughout their semi-final Bubblegum repeatedly demonstrated the never-say-die attitude that has won over so many FWA fans in recent months, enduring not only Simmonz’s attacks on his injured stomach but also the repeated interference of Ricky Hype. Although the obstacles against him on that night eventually proved to be insurmountable, there is surely no-one more deserving of another chance than this popular underdog.

The second man to enter the Last Chance Saloon will be the “Wonderkid” Jonny Storm. One of the most popular stars in the history of the FWA, Storm’s progress through the ranks since the promotion’s rebirth has been severely impaired by his ongoing rivalry with Rockstar Spud. Having lost to the loudmouthed youngster thanks to a dubious refereeing decision at New Frontiers in August, the Harlow native responded a month later by using similarly underhanded tactics to eliminate his rival from the running for the World Heavyweight Championship. Spud then made it his mission to get revenge at Carpe Diem, first trying to tamper with Storm’s car to prevent him from arriving at the arena, and later causing a distraction which led to his elimination in the quarter finals. By Hotwired the bad blood between the two men had reached boiling point and it was perhaps inevitable that someone would get hurt – Spud ended up taking a trip to the hospital after Storm slammed him on the back of his neck during a tag team match, and is expected to be out of action for several months. With the Rockstar out of the equation, Storm is free to re-focus his energy on the one prize that has eluded him so far in his illustrious FWA career: heavyweight championship gold.

The final entrant in this make-or-break match is Leroy Kincaide. The hip hop superstar has been pegged by many fans as a potential leading light in British wrestling during the coming decade, having had a stunning 2009 in which he picked up major victories and championships in several top promotions. Unfortunately his good form did not translate into success when he arrived in the new FWA – Kincaide was eliminated in the qualifying round of the World Heavyweight Championship tournament after a thrilling match against Pac that ended in a double count out. Despite this, the Kent powerhouse’s explosive strength and agility would normally make him a clear favourite for victory in the Last Chance Saloon match – but with a persistent shoulder injury plaguing him for the past four months this could be a night when Bubblegum and Storm have as good a chance as they ever will to cause an upset.

The stakes could hardly be higher for all three of these stars. A year is a very long time in wrestling – time enough for any number of circumstances to transpire that could prevent a career from ever reaching championship contention again. Bubblegum, Jonny Storm and Leroy Kincaide will all be acutely aware of that when they pass through the curtain at British Uproar: the difference between defeat and victory in the Last Chance Saloon match could well be the difference between a career of unfulfilled potential and one that becomes the stuff of legend.

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Saturday 13th February 2010 will arguably be the most important night the Frontier Wrestling Alliance has ever seen – a night when, after a decade of innovation that changed the British wrestling scene forever, the promotion finally crowns its first ever World Heavyweight Champion and announces to the world that British wrestling is ready to be a major player on the global stage once more. Given the historic importance of British Uproar to the future of our industry, the British Wrestling Council has chosen this occasion to present a special award for Outstanding Contribution to the Evolution of British Wrestling to the FWA’s founding father, ”The Specialist” Mark Sloan.

Back in the late 1990s Sloan was working in a Portsmouth record shop to make money, but his passion was professional wrestling and he understood that there was a need for a British promotion that would kick-start the country’s stagnant wrestling industry. Determined to make his vision a reality, Sloan founded the FWA and quickly set about revolutionising how wrestling was done in this country. Over the next few years the FWA would set new standards in how wrestling shows looked and felt to their audiences – and much of the credit for this unprecedented level of quality belonged to Sloan. He was, and still is, a man who is way ahead of his time.

Sloan’s legacy in the FWA was not limited to his presentational skills. He was also the first ever FWA British Heavyweight Champion and has held the All England Championship during an illustrious career that has seen him develop a reputation as one of the finest technicians of his generation. Perhaps most importantly of all, Sloan was the lead trainer of the legendary FWA Academy that produced current WWE stars Paul and Katie Lea Burchill and Drew McIntyre, as well as FWA World Heavyweight Championship finalist Andrew Simmonz and a host of current and former stars of the British scene.

FWA Managing Director Tony Simpson tells FWAUK.com, "Without Mark Sloan’s dedication and expertise over these past years, there is simply no way that British wrestling would have been in any position to mount a serious effort to return to the mainstream in 2010. For this the industry should show its gratitude, and where better than at British Uproar!”

The promotion that Mark Sloan started now stands poised to lead a charge that could take this country’s wrestling industry to places that not even he would have thought possible when he was working in that record shop all those years ago. For that reason, “The Specialist” will fully deserve the ovation he is expected to receive in Broxbourne when he is presented with this very prestigious accolade.

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The deep loathing that Gilligan Gordon and Joel Redman have for The Kartel stretches back over several years and across more than one UK promotion. It is a hatred that has always been more than mutual, but no-one involved could have predicted just how far out of hand this rivalry would become after it spilled into the new FWA last summer. It is a feud that has already cost both Redman and Terry Frazier their places in the World Heavyweight Championship tournament, and cost Gordon an expensive plastic surgery bill after a punch to the face from Sha Samuels. But at British Uproar another star is set to get embroiled in this ongoing conflict – a man whose involvement could cost him something even more serious.

By Carpe Diem last October, the tension between the two sides had reached a fever pitch – Gordon’s interference had controversially knocked Frazier out of the tournament in August, and Samuels had responded by taking aim at the obnoxious manager’s face a month later. But with the Kartel both at a show in Germany for the evening, most fans thought Redman would be free of distractions as he wrestled in the tournament quarter finals. They thought wrong – just as the “Physical Specimen” started to take control of the match, his rivals’ music started playing and distracted him long enough for Bubblegum to deliver a cross-body block that resulted in him beating Redman via count-out. Gordon and his protégé were livid, vowing revenge on whoever was responsible.

In the weeks that followed it emerged that the music had been played, apparently by accident, while a famous British wrestler was filming a documentary backstage. FWA management refused to release footage of the incident and the Kartel seemed eager to protect the culprit’s identity, but Gordon and Redman were hell-bent on vengeance and threatened legal action. Eventually, the two sides agreed to a tag match with the only tape of the incident up for grabs. That match happened at Hotwired in November, with Redman and tag team partner Sykes picking up a narrow count-out victory. Gordon won possession of the video tape, and has now learned who was responsible for the musical error: Darren Burridge.

It is now clear why the Kartel were so eager to keep that footage away from their vindictive foes. Burridge, a long-time friend and training partner of Frazier and Samuels, is one of the most high-profile British wrestlers of the past decade but has recently been blighted by a career-threatening knee injury. Although he is well on the way to recovery, the “Pukka One” could be permanently put out of commission if he returns to action too soon. He is also well-known for his reluctance to ever walk away from a challenge, which is presumably why his friends did not want to reach a point where Gordon would goad him into making a premature return. Unfortunately that is exactly what has now happened.

After watching the footage from Carpe Diem, Gordon and Redman demanded that Burridge be in Broxbourne on Saturday 13th February to face the consequences of his actions. The Kartel, knowing what their friend’s answer is likely to be, have pre-empted his response by challenging Redman to a tag team rematch with an added stipulation – if the Londoners win they will get five minutes alone in the ring with Gordon, while if Redman and his partner win then they will get five minutes alone with Burridge.

The stark reality for Darren Burridge is that this match is a terrifying gamble. Joel Redman is as dangerous as he is merciless and would undoubtedly take great pleasure in re-injuring the Essex native’s knee so badly that he could never walk again, let alone wrestle.

Adding insult to injury, Gordan has today told FWAUK.com that he has recruited none other then the relentless human hate machine Dave "Mastiff" Moralez, fresh from suspension for the assult of FWA referee Tommy Stevens, to partner with Redman on February 13th in Broxbourne.

Burridge had better hope that his friends are up to the challenge ahead. If they are not, the potential consequences do not bear thinking about...

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FWA British Uproar

February 13th, 2010

1. Leroy Kincaide pinned Bubblegum with a spear to win triple threat also featuring Jonny Storm. The execution of the match was phenomenal, but very choreographed. It was one of those three ways where every move flowed into the next one, and every guy was standing in the right place to do whatever they needed to do, and there were double teams, reversals, standoffs, pinfall attempts - you name it. It just felt over contrived - especiallty for stuff like Storm sunset flipping Kincaid, who had a waistlock on Bubblegum - which meant that Bubblegum was German Suplexed on his head... or Kincaid tossing Bubblegum in the SOS onto Storm who was standing behind him. Kincaid worked hard keeping up, and as I said, the execution was spot on.

At this point it was announced that Jonny Moss has been in a car accident and wouldn't be able to participate in the show.

2. Northern Xposure (CJ Banks & Joey Hayes) def. Leader of the New School (Zack Sabre Jr. & Marty Scurll) when both pinned Scurll. At one point there was friction between LDRS. They hit the See You Later/Steve Guttenburg Cameo on (I think) Joey, who promptly fell out of the ring. Banks was already KOd on the outside. They sat back while the referee counted, then all of a sudden Zack decided that he didn't want to win like this... and despite Marty's pleas for sanity, Zack threw Joey back inside. From there, the match settled down into the NX/LDRS style of kicky fun. Really good, but ended when NX both piled on top of Scurll for the win. There was no friction post match, despite the earlier misunderstandings. Surely a double pin is illegal, by the way?

3. RJ Singh def. El Ligero to advance in the tournament to crown the FWA Flyweight champion. The match started after Singh and his flunkies The Banghra Knights intruded on the presentation of the Scarlo Scholarship prize. The match was good. Ligero lost, and Singh won - advancing in the Flyweight Title tournament, I believe... however, Ligero got his heat back immediately by destroying the Knights and Jordan, and "regaining" his shorn horns. Then after Ligero left Singh got some of his heat back by doing the DiBiase & Virgil gimmick with one of the BKs, and ordering him to "pick up" Ligero's horns.

4. The Kartel (Sha Samuels & Terry Frazier) (w/ Darren Burridge) def. Joel Redman & Dave Moralez (w/ Gilligan Gordon) by countout. Tremendous match. Probably my favourite match of the night. The heat was great, as there was a large Sha Samuels support group in attendance, plus all four guys are simply excellent professional wrestlers out there doing what they do best. Old school tag match, with good heat and hot tags. Nothing to complain about. Since The Kartel won the match Burridge got 5 minutes in the ring with Gordon. The post-match segment with Burridge & Gordon was good in some respects (both guys are excellent at working the crowd - Gordon as the cowering heel, knowing that he's about to get killed - and Burridge as the cheeky babyface, enjoying every second of Gordon's misery), but it went too long before a guy in a hoodie intruded. It was the return of Iestyn Rees. Not that anybody really knew it. He got polite boos from a crowd who didn't know who he was. Gordon should've taken the mic and announced that his saviour had returned, and got the name out there for the crowd to take it in. On DVD commentary it'll play fine with Bradshaw & Lambert explaining it, but for the live crowd, not having Gordon cut a 20 second promo explaining who the man is was a big mistake.

5. Rockstar Spud def. Derice Coffie in a #1 contender match to the Flyweight title. Nathan Cruz was supposed to be in this match but he said he was already good enough to be the #1 contender for the Flyweight Title, so there was no need to face Coffie. He'd sold his spot on the card to Rockstar Spud, who delivered a rendition of Living on a Prayer en route to the ring. Spud also proclaimed himself "the baby Jesus of British wrestling". The match was silly. Derice has a "lucky egg", you see - so the match played out like an Al Snow match, with Derice constantly trying to get to his lucky egg just as Al would try to get to Head - only for the heel to cut him off. Spud eventually threw the egg away, smashing it, and Stunnered Derice for the win. Spud, you see, is now the #1 contender for the Flyweight Title... but he is *also* still in the tournament to crown the champion - so he's planning to win the belt, and he'll also be the #1 contender at the SAME TIME.

6. Project Ego (Kris Travis & Martin Kirby) def. Stixx and Malen by double teaming Malen in a no-DQ match. Nobody gave much of a care about the match between Stixx & Malen and Project Ego at the start, but by golly they tried. They did the brawling through the crowd stuff, and more - and actually managed to win the crowd over. Towards the end several babyfaces (The Daredevil Dragons, Dave Rayne & Sam Bailey) ran out, attacked Stixx and chained him to the entrance set. This left Malen 2 on 1 against Project Ego - and P.E. got the win. Yes, the heels were defeated after heroically fighting 6 vs. 2 odds. I suppose it's the heels getting their comeuppance. It was hard getting the crowd to care, but they managed it.

7. "The Guv'nor" Martin Stone def. "The All-Time Great" Andrew Simmons to become the first FWA World Heavyweight champion. The match didn't have a lot of heat in the early going. This was the only match were (despite being about as far away from the commentary desk as I could be) I could hear Dave Bradshaw and Greg Lambert opining about the "Historic Day" we were witnessing. Anyway, Stone and Simmonz worked well, and kudos to them for getting over the Boston Crab as a match-ender. Babyface Stone tapped to the Crab (ref Lynskey was knocked out), while dastardly heel Simmonz kicked out of two Lariats of Death and struggled valiantly against the Crossface before going down in defeat (ref Roberts called it) - but all that played into the post match Stone heel turn.

After the match the entire roster came out to the entrance way to acclaim Stone. Stone was presented the belt, given a microphone and then me proceeded to turn heel! Stone explained that he put the FWA out of business two years ago, but yet here it is. He also drew parallels to winning the RQW Title in a tournament. His point was that everything stays the same in Britwres, and that it's the same people and the same inbred fans - and that people like Burchill and Katie Lea were smart enough to use the FWA as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. He said that he was going to rape and pillage the FWA for all it is worth, and use it for his own ends. He asked everybody on the ramp if anybody was man enough to step up. Kincaid was... but Stone walked as soon as the bell rang. He retained his title via countout. The heel turn certainly took - as Stone can really cut a great (and believable) heel promo.

All in all it was a great show. Clearly the idea was that they didn't want anybody looking bad, and there were run-ins, post match beatdowns etc, to make sure that everybody has heat going forward. There is a direction too - that much is clear... and ongoing feuds were clearly signposted. Look for Stone/Kincaid and a combination of Redman/Rees/Moralez vs The Kartel on the next show in Wolverhampton in March.

Attendance was probably slightly down from the last Broxbourne show. I was up at the back of the stand, and I could see empty seats dotted around. Not a load of them, but singles and twos here and there. Good turnout nonetheless, and for a lot of the show, a very receptive crowd too.

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