Welcome one and all to the latest instalment of UK scene information and entertainment. I bring you this column on the week that some of the dreams of many British wrestling fans which have been built up over many years finally become a reality. On the weekend that won’t be forgotten in the states with the events of Wrestlemania XX, the week ahead looks like it will be a week not to be forgotten for British Wrestling.
After many months of waiting and anticipation finally today (15/3) The Wrestling Channel finally goes live. Over the last two years rumours and news have been running rampant regarding the TV station which will broadcast on sky as of Monday on channel 432. 6 – 9 months ago many were fearing that this channel would fizzle out and be another one of the big ideas of British Wrestling which come to nothing like many projects have before.
The channel was suppose to start airing back in September I believe but when they announced this wouldn’t be happening many didn’t give the company a chance and went so far to say it would never get off the ground. Well the team behind the channel has persevered and thanks to their hard work we now have one of the first independent wrestling TV channels in the world which will feature action from many different promotions all over the world.
Showing their belief in British Wrestling the channel were quick to strike an exclusive deal with the FWA to screen FWA action every week. The deal for the FWA will see them rubbing shoulders with promotions like RoH, NWA:TNA and CZW as they will all be featured on the station. This can only be good for British Wrestling as we get to prove just how good our product is compared to the US promotions and being on the same channel as them they will be able to make comparisons and judgments as they will follow each other in the schedule.
Back at the time when the launch was delayed you could see another good chance for the UK Scene slip away like when they cancelled the wrestling radio show on TalkSport. The FWA were not prepared to let this happen though as they offered their services to help the Wrestling Channel get off the ground as they didn’t want to see another chance pass them by. With this in mind they bounced ideas off of each other and the FWA gave them their best footage for the channel to use for promotional purposes and to gain advertising revenue.
This has lead to a bit of controversy on the Internet this week as because of their hard work the FWA have been given a bit of creative control at the station and due to the exclusive deal to be the only UK promotion featured on the channel. The FWA will now have control over UK promotions as The Wrestling Channel have given them the responsibility of deciding whether another UK promotion gets on the channel or not.
I think this is huge news for British Wrestling as even if no other promotions get on the channel one of our best promotions are in the shop window and this is the last step between British Wrestling getting mainstream attention on a terrestrial TV station. Also if the FWA keep working hand in hand with The Wrestling Channel they will be given the exposure on the station that they deserve.
Now on to other news and this weekend just gone (13/3) saw the debut of one of the “next big thing” promotions as I call them NCW. It was good to see that there weren’t any no show or changes to line up which happen frequently to so called big promotion shows and rob the fans of seeing what they came hoping to see. I am not sure how big a crowd they got in but the results that I have seen look like they had a strong event with Shane Douglas becoming the NCW Champion by defeating Robbie Brookside. Hopefully this will be the first of many shows.
FCW announced a big weekend in a press release this week. The “Collision Course weekend” will take place on the 17th and 18th of April. On the 17th FCW invade Haden Hills Leisure Centre in Barr. This event will be headlined by the “Wonderkid” Jonny Storm competing amongst FWA regulars like Spud and Luke Dragon Pheonix for another top night of action. This will be followed on Sunday by another FCW training seminar which of course will be lead by none other than the Wonderkid himself. This will take place at Thorns School and Community College in Brierley Hill. For more information on this huge weekend go to: FutureWrestling.co.uk
Now I must end this week by talking about an event which I think looks quite interesting that being ICW Hostile Intent. Somehow I don’t know how they have managed but they have got the World Wrestling Championship which was made vacant in Texas last year and will be holding a one night tournament at Hostile Intent to crown a new champion which I think is a major achievement. Double this with a very intriguing card which include Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Stevie Knight, the international match between B-Boy and Chris Hero and the above mentioned tournament for the World Wrestling Championship which includes the likes of X-Dream, Jonny Storm and Jorge Costano. So with all this and more I think it could be worth getting to the Darwen Leisure Centre in Blackburn on the 24th of April.
Until next time,
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