by Mat Lindsay
WCPW dominate the week ahead with no less than three shows taking place in various locations across the country. First of all is Bulletproof – Championship Showdown, which takes place on Monday 20th and emanates from Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester. A rather stacked card will include Drew Galloway defending the WCPW World Heavyweight Championship, Cody Rhodes taking on a challenger to the WCPW Internet title, Bea Priestly doing the same with the WCPW Women’s Championship and The Swords of Essex putting the WCPW Tag Team Championship on the line. But without doubt the most impressive news concerning the show is that Bullet Club members The Young Bucks and Adam Cole are scheduled to appear, with the latter defending his ROH World Heavyweight Championship against Zack Sabre Jnr. Also, slated to appear are Ricochet, Matt Riddle, “The Villain” Marty Scurll, Martin Kirby, “Iron Man” Joe Coffey, BT Gunn, “Local Hero” Joe Hendry, Travis Banks, Rampage Brown, Grado, Doug Williams and Gabriel Kidd.
The 21st sees WCPW’s Pro Wrestling World Cup Tournament begin in Nottingham at the Harvey Haddon Sports Village, where the opening brackets will consist of Jimmy Havoc taking on “Liverpool’s No.1” Zack Gibson, Rampage Brown meeting Nick “Magnus” Aldis, Marty Scurll facing old rival Zach Sabre Jnr and Martin Kirby tangling with “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay. The show will also feature the semi-finals and grand final resulting from these matches, as well as appearances from Adam Cole, The Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes.
Two days later on 23rd, the Scottish leg of the tournament takes place at the Motherwell Civic Centre, with Drew Galloway against Mark Coffey, BT Gunn taking on Lewis Girvan, Joe Coffey facing Liam Thompson and Joe Hendry meeting Kenny Williams. As well as the subsequent semi-finals and grand final, the card will feature a three-way match between Matt Riddle, Will Ospreay and Marty Scurll.
PWC are in action on 25th, with Total Chaos 2017 at the Hanham Community Centre in Bristol, featuring Wild Boar, Mike Bird, Big Grizzly, Eddie Ryan and “Flash” Morgan Webster, among their other regular names.
And finally, on 26th Phoenix Events pays tribute to the late, great “Shooting Star” Kris Travis in his home city of Sheffield and at the Crookes WMC, with a pair of shows that will celebrate his memory and also raise money for his chosen charity, Cavendish Cancer Care. The annual Phoenix Rising Tournament will be contested over the course of the two shows, beginning with the first round on the afternoon show, where King Dangerous takes on Sam Wilder, Bubblegum meets Sam Goodison, Tyson T-Bone clashes with “The Romanian Sniper” Radu Bulat and WWE UK Title Tournament entrant, “The Righteous” Joseph Connors faces Joey D. In addition, matches also announced include “Ryvacious” Ryan Lee against “The Big Dog” Rainz, Violet O’Hara, Lana Austin, Shax and Ivy in a four-way Women’s match, “Domtastic” Dom Black taking on yet another WWE UK Title Tournament entrant in the form of Sam Gradwell, as well as a strong supporting cast of local names, such as Sam “The Killer” Kenny, Rob Sharpe, Kyle Kingsley, “Fiery” Aiden Sparxx and SteelChair Magazine’s very own wrestler turned writer, Alan Kay.