IPW can confirm that after several internal discussions, the company will cease being a live wrestling events promotion at the end of 2019. The company has a rich history of over 15 years, however, with many changes in the British wrestling climate in the last 2 years, it has been decided that this is an appropriate time to draw an end to live events.
Therefore, the IPW World Championship will be defended for the last time at Undisputed III, taking place at Mote Hall in Maidstone on December 15th, where we plan to celebrate IPW’s successful years of live events. This is not the end of IPW, and its rich history will continue to be promoted and celebrated into the future, with more information on this to be announced soon.
There will also be a major announcement made at Unit Nine in Milton Keynes on December 4th regarding the future of wrestling in the venue going into 2020. Whilst this is a difficult decision, it is not the end for IPW and is a new phase for everyone involved.
As said in this Facebook announcement, this may not be the end of IPW:UK but what a strange year 2019 is for UK Wrestling. Defiant Wrestling closed down, Pro Wrestling Chaos will next February, and SWE officially merged with Rev Pro.
IPW: UK was launched in 2004 and would go on to become one of the most recognisable wrestling promotions throughout the United Kingdom. With the likes of Drake Maverick, British wrestling icon Jonny Storm, and the one and only Super Dragon being featured on their debut event, it was clear from the beginning that the company was destined for bigger things.
Over the years, the cream of the crop of UK wrestling has competed on IPW: UK, Finn Balor, Dave Mastiff, Jimmy Havoc, Jack Sexsmith, David Starr, Kip Sabian, PAC, to name only a few. International Superstars like Joey Janela, The OJMO, Santana and Ortiz, TJP, Brian Pillman Jr, MJF, El Phantasmo and Matt Taven, again only to name a few, have appeared at IPW shows.
More recent events have seen a mixture of established and rising stars from the independent wrestling scene in the UK spaced across the cards, with the eccentric Cara Noir winning the 2019 Super 8 tournament, whereas The Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne and Los Federales Santos Jr.) were crowned the new Tag Team Champions a few months ago.
All pics and videos courtesy of IPW:UK