PHOENIX TO FLY….JUST ONE MORE TIME?
FWA management today announced that ‘The Phoenix' Jody Fleisch will be a special guest at British Uprising 3.
Jody retired from professional wrestling in the summer of 2003 and has not been seen anywhere near the FWA or indeed the UK wrestling scene ever since. The former FWA British Heavyweight Champion had remained silent on his reasons for this premature retirement, when seemingly at the peak of his powers, while in the midst of a bitter rivalry with his former best friend ‘The Wonderkid' Jonny Storm .
This shock announcement, which has come completely out of the blue to us here at Frontierwrestling.com, will fuel speculation that Jody may make a return to actually compete in the wrestling ring. However, this is not expected to happen at British Uprising, nor by any means is this anywhere near a ‘given' at any time in the future. There is no evidence to suggest that this will turn out to be anything more than a ‘one night only' appearance.
Although no official statement has yet been made by FWA bosses, sources close to the management team told us that Jody first approached them a few days after Hotwired, requesting an opportunity to appear in front of the FWA fans one more time. It is believed he wanted the chance to say goodbye to his legions of supporters and as British Uprising 3 was the biggest show in the company's history, this seemed an opportune moment for him to do so.
This marks something of an about-turn for The Phoenix because at the time of his retirement, he personally requested that his departure from the wrestling scene should remain as low key as possible, and politely declined any attempts by the FWA to persuade him to be honoured with any kind of official send-off or retirement ceremony. The reasons for this change of heart are unclear at time of going to press. It is also unclear whether Jody will give any explanation for his sudden retirement when he appears at British Uprising, or indeed what form this special guest appearance will take.
We hope to have an official statement from FWA management on this bombshell news within the next seven days right here on www.frontierwrestling.com
SECOND UPROAR MATCH ANNOUNCED
A six-man tag team match has been signed for the British Uproar pre-show special at Uprising 3, exclusive to Ringside Ticket Holders and Fan Club members.
This will pit Alex Shane 's Security team of Stixx, Stone and Leroy Kincade against the unit of Dangerous Damon Leigh, Jack Storm and making his FWA debut ‘The Raging Bull' TJ Cain. It is believed Cain was offered the final spot in this match after impressing FWA scouts in his matches for FutureShock Wrestling and GPW in the north west of England last weekend.
Dangerous Damon himself has become a regular and a crowd favourite on the FWA Live shows in Morecambe this year, but this will mark his in-ring debut on a major FWA show. Ditto Midlander Jack Storm, who will be keen to impress in front of something of a local crowd for him. Of course they will have their work cut out for them against The Showstealer's trio of hired thugs Stixx, Stone and Leroy.
The only way to see what will happen in this match is to buy yourself a Gold, Silver or Bronze ringside ticket for Saturday November 13.
TWO MAJOR SCOOPS SET FOR SATURDAY
FWA Commissioner Flash Barker released a press statement yesterday advising us at www.frontierwrestling.com that two major decisions have been made that will have far-reaching implications for British Uprising 3.
First of all, Flash said the management team has agreed to his request to appoint a special guest referee to the six-man tag team match at British Uprising, pitting the team of ‘The Twisted Genius' Dean Ayass – ‘The Righteous' Paul Travell , Burchill and Terry Funk – against Greg ‘The Truth' Lambert 's Triad – ‘The Highlander from Hell' Drew McDonald , Thunder and Raj Ghosh .
Flash explained that he had been concerned about the escalating war of words between Lambert and Ayass – in particular the accusations flying back and forth between the two that they each may try to influence the outcome of the match in some way through outside interference. As both Ayass and Lambert have cast-iron managers' licences and cannot be banned from ringside at Uprising, Barker said it was imperative to appoint a special guest official who would – in his words – “understand the mindset” of The Twisted Genius and The Truth, someone who could “get inside their heads” and ensure their presence at ringside would have no bearing on the result of this extremely important match.
It is believed the identity of this special guest referee will be revealed in Patrick Lennon 's ‘Fighting Talk' column in The Daily Star this coming Saturday.
The second announcement will concern the opponent of D'Lo Brown at British Uprising 3. Flash's statement said that the management team had considered the merits of both Mark ‘Five Star' Belton and Jonny Storm, had taken into account the Wonderwhirld Tour petition of thousands of signatures from fans who have demanded to see Storm reinstated into the FWA, and also the protestations against Storm's return by some members of the FWA roster, the most vocal of which have been James Tighe – who of course defeated The Wonderkid in a Loser Leaves FWA Match – and Belton himself. Flash also said that a final decision would be announced on Saturday that would not only determine an opponent for D'Lo on November 13, but also resolve the issue of Jonny's possible reinstatement.
Frontierwrestling.com will have the exclusive on the D'Lo-Belton-Storm situation right here this coming Saturday and will also break the news on the special guest referee for Travell, Burchill and Funk versus The Triad after it has appeared in The Daily Star.
UPRISING MUSIC VIDEO DEBUT SET
Tune in to The Bagpipe Report on The Wrestling Channel this Friday night at 8pm to see the debut of the long-awaited British Uprising 3 Music Video.
That will be followed at 9pm by a brand-new episode of FWA TV, where ‘ The Righteous' Paul Travell is scheduled to face his former partner Raj Ghosh with five minutes in the ring with Greg Lambert at stake, Stevie Knight and Mark Sloan will team up to battle Dirk Feelgood and Dangerous Damon Leigh, and Steve Corino returns to take on ‘The South City Thrilla' Hade Vansen . Don't miss it!!!
GOLD RUSH FOR ROSS
Ross Jordan is the latest name to be thrown into the hat for the huge Battle Royal at FWA Gold Rush. The Little Dragon joins James Tighe, Simmons and ‘The Specialist' Mark Sloan in the event set to headline the show at Broxbourne Civic Hall on Sunday November 28, with other names still to be announced. Don't forget that Low Ki will also challenge for the All-England Title on the Gold Rush show.
BRITISH UPRISING 3 – THE CARD SO FAR
Here is the full line-up of matches signed for the mega-show to date:
FWA British Heavyweight Championship Match, One Fall, Winner Takes All
The Anarchist' Doug Williams v ‘The Showstealer' Alex Shane
If Shane fails to win the title, he must fight Danny Williams in a Boxer v Wrestler Match
FWA All-England Title Match, Last Man Standing
‘The South City Thriller' Hade Vansen v Jack Xavier
30 minute Iron Man Match
AJ Styles v James Tighe
FWA Tag Team Title Match
The Duke of Danger and Simmons v ‘The Specialist' Mark Sloan and ‘The Shining Light' Stevie Knight
Terry Funk, ‘The Righteous' Paul Travell and Burchill (with ‘The Twisted Genius' Dean Ayass) v Drew McDonald, Raj Ghosh and Thunder (with Greg ‘The Truth' Lambert)
With mystery special guest referee
The return – perhaps for one night only - of ‘The Phoenix' Jody Fleisch
Three Way Dance – The Next Generation
Final Eliminator for the FWA All-England Title
Aviv Mayaan v Spud v ‘Little Dragon' Ross Jordan
D-Lo Brown v either Mark ‘Five Star' Belton or ‘The Wonderkid' Jonny Storm (TBA)
Also - Tony ‘Banger' Walsh and British Uproar pre-show special featuring Colt Cabana v Dirk Feelgood, and Stixx, Stone and Leroy v Dangerous Damon Leigh, Jack Storm and ‘The Raging Bull' TJ Cain.
The card is subject to change.
BRITISH UPRISING 3 – TICKET DETAILS
Ticket prices have been set for FWA British Uprising 3 as follows:
£60 Gold Ringside, £45 Silver Ringside, £25 Bronze Ringside, £20, £15 and £10. There is also a Standard Family Ticket priced at £30 (the equivalent of four £15 tickets – based on two adults and two children of 16 and under, or one adult and three children of 16 and under.) and other ticket options, please ask at the box office for details.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze ringside ticket holders will receive a ticket package of first entry to the venue, free event poster, a meet and greet with several FWA stars after the show for a photo opportunity and 10% discount off FWA merchandise on the day. They, and Fan Club members, also get access to the British Uproar pre-show special.
Tickets are available from the SkyDome box office. The number is 02476 630693, press option ‘Zero' .
The doors for the main show will open at the Coventry SkyDome on Saturday November 13 at 5.30pm. FWA British Uprising 3 will commence at 6pm and is expected to last three and a half hours. Doors for the pre-show special British Uproar, available to Gold, Silver and Bronze ringside ticket holders and Fan Club members only, will open at 4.45pm.