ICW: Fight Club, live in Newcastle, 15/04/18

This Sunday at the Insane Champion Wrestling return to Newcastle for the first time in 2018 for ICW: Jimmy Nail’s Revenge II – The Revenge Of Jimmy Nail! ICW: Fight Club. This is the company’s last stop before their annual Barramania supershow. Their last Newcastle show, from September 2017, was one of the best shows I have attended and this one is shaping up to be equally brilliant.

So without further delay let’s take a look at the matches that have been announced so far (as always card subject to change):

Other than an appearance for the now defunct 5 Star Wrestling Big Grizzly rarely appears in Newcastle and this is one of the few opportunities wrestling fans in the area will have go watch him live. His opponent Ravie Davie has a growing fanbase in the area after his entertaining appearances for Main Event Wrestling and it’s pretty much a guarantee that the crowd will very much be on his side in this one. Given the huge size difference between the two men Davie may need more than the crowd to win this one.

At the last Newcastle show Lewis Girvan and Aspin Faith (alongside their Filthy Generation teammate Stevie Boy) tore the house down in an absolutely brutal match as they defeated Legion. Whenever I have seen the duo perform they have always stolen the show and this match against Calling Spots Champion Aaron Echo and his best friend, and former Zero G champion, Kenny William has every chance to be match of the night.

Fans of ICW will be aware of the history been these two, to put it simply they don’t like each OTHER. The ‘International Sex Hero’ DCT is one of ICW’s most popular stars and Stevie Boy has arguably the the company’s most impressive performer over the last 12 months. I’m looking forward to watching how this match unfolds.

Jody Fleisch is one of the best wrestlers the UK has ever produced and it is rare that he journeys to Newcastle to show off his unique high flying style and in my humble opinion him appearing on this card is reason alone for any BritWres fans to buy a ticket. Throw in the immensely talented Mark Coffey and the implications this match has on the upcoming gauntlet match for the Zero G championship at Barramania and there’s many many other reasons to check this out.

This is the full debut of the Sons of Ulaid in Insane Championship Wrestling. They did make an appearance ar the last Fight Club tapings in Glasgow where they made their presence felt by attacking Stevie James after his match (Krobar had been dragged off by the Scandanavian monster Tor ‘Butcher’ Atterhagen). I’m sure the Purge will be looking to get revenge on the Sick Boys and I’m sure this will be a vicious affair.

Speaking of vicious affairs this match is not going to be one for the faint hearted. All three men are death match specialists and the only thing they care less about than their own safety is that of their opponents. Whiplash’s last match in ICW had him put Jimmy Havoc through a sheet of glass (video here) so that shows what he is willing to do to an opponent in order to get the win. If you are in any way queezy I’d recommend considering giving this match a miss and visiting the merch stand (although keep your wits about you as these three may take the match over to that part of the building).

Newcastle was where the Kinky Party celebrated becoming a team, could it be the same city they celebrate becoming ICW Tag Team champions? I’m sure current champions Rampage Brown and Ashton Smith will have other ideas in mind and will be looking to extend their reign against their toughest challenge to date.

Originally BT Gunn‘s opponent was scheduled to be Paul London but unfortunately injury has sidelined the former WWE star and he will no longer be appearing in Newcastle, thankfully he has been replaced by one of the very best on the UK scene Mark Haskins. This match will be brilliant.

Tickets for the show are still available here and for more information check out ICW’s social media pages.

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NORTH Wrestling / NCL.9/ Let The Cannons Fly – Riverside Newcastle,10/03/18

Less than two months after running their biggest show NORTH Wrestling are returning to the Riverside next Saturday for NCL.9 / Let The Cannons Fly. This show is of course the follow up show from NCL.8 / I’m Tapped which is arguably the best show NORTH have held in their almost two year history, new performers debuted, old stars returned and of course there were some fantastic matches.

So without further ado let’s preview Let The Cannons Fly.
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Joseph Biggs

Credit to Chris Searle for the photograph

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Deonna Purrazzo

Credit to World Wonder Ring Stardom for the photograph

Name: Deonna Purrazzo

Nickname(s)/Aliases: The Virtuosa

Height: 5’2”

Weight: 121lbs

Age*: 23

From: Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA

Started training: 2012

Trained by:
Damian Adams
Robbie E
Rip Rogers
Shawn Bennett

Companies worked for:
Alternative Wrestling Show Pro Wrestling
Battle Club Pro
Beyond Wrestling
Change The World Wrestling
CHIKARA
Create A Pro Wrestling Academy
Destiny World Wrestling
Dynamite Championship Wrestling
East Coast Wrestling Association
Eastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Entertainment Underground
Excellence Professional Wrestling
Family Wrestling Entertainment
Fiesta Pro Wrestling
Game Changer Wrestling
House Of Hardcore
Impact Wrestling
International Wrestling Cartel
Jersey All Pro Wrestling
Keystone Pro Wrestling
Lucky Pro Wrestling
Marvelous Puroresu USA
Monster Factory Pro Wrestling
New England Championship Wrestling
New York Wrestling Connection
Northeast Wrestling
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Magic
Pro Wrestling Syndicate
PROGRESS Wrestling
Queens Of Combat
Ring Of Honor
RISE Wrestling
SHIMMER Women Athletes
Suffolk Wrestling Alliance
Total Nonstop Action
Valkyrie Women’s Professional Wrestling
Victory Pro Wrestling
Womens Superstars Uncensored
Women’s Wrestling Revolution
World Wonder Ring Stardom
World Wrestling League
World Xtreme Wrestling
WrestleCade Entertainment
WrestleCircus
WrestlePro
WWE

Titles/Accomplishments won:
DCW Women’s Championship
ECWA Women’s Championship
GCW Women’s Championship
MFPW Girl’s Championship
NYWC Starlet Championship

2015 – ECWA Women’s Super 8 Tournament winner

2016 – ECWA Women’s Super 8 Tournaments

2016 – Most shocking moment (winning back to back ECWA Women’s Super 8 Tournaments)

2016 – ECWA Wrestler of the Year

2016 – ECWA Most Popular Wrestler

2016 – ECWA Match of the Year (vs Karen Q, Oct 22)

2017 – Women of Honor Wrestler of the Year

Signature moves:
Three Amigos
Fujiwara armbar

Bio:
For those of you that don’t know Deonna Purrazzo is one of the best female wrestlers on the planet. In less than five years of wrestling she has already performed for some the world’s largest wrestling promotions and has been impressive everywhere she went.

Purrazzo was a wrestling fan from a young age. She told me that as a nine year old she remembered watching “Stone Cold hit someone with a chair in the head and that was my first OMG moment!”. Around 2010 Deonna discovered TNA as she was skimming channels. She recognised Jeff Hardy and as she was a fan of him from his time in WWE she continued to watch.

To begin with Purrazzo thought that a career in wrestling may have only been available to men but once she saw women wrestle she knew it was something she wanted to do. She researched wrestling school from an early age and although there were some that she could attend from the age of 15 she ultimately decided to attend the D2W Pro Wrestling Academy who did not allow trainees to join until they were 18. So in December 2012 Deonna began her training.

I asked Purrazzo what her family thought of her career choice and she answered “I think my family thought it was a phase and I’d grow out of it but since I hadn’t they totally supported my decision. I think now seeing all my success, they are very proud of me.’

Purrazzo had her first wrestling match in December 2013, one year after she started training, and within six months she had already made her debut in TNA. Within two years of her first ever match she had debuted for WWE. It is in WWE that Deonna had one of her favourite matches, against Bayley in NXT on June 9th 2016. It is an incredible testimont to Purrazzo’s talent and hardwork that she has been able to achieve so much is such a relatively short space of time and at such a young age.

Due to how much she has already accomplished in her her career I was interested in what her longterm goals are, she told me “Everytime I get to get in the ring is a goal accomplished. Ultimately, I would like to contracted somewhere long term but for now I just want to wrestle everywhere and travel.”

Given her talent it seems like only a matter of time before one of the world’s biggest companies offer Purrazzo a contract and build a women’s division around her. She’s too good for that not to happen.

On behalf of myself and the entire Calling Spots team I would like to thank Deonna for taking the time to answer my questions and wish her all the best for the future.

Social Media:
Facebook – Deonna Purrazzo (@DeonnaPurrazzoWWE)
Instagram – deonnapurrazzo
Twitter – DeonnaPurrazzo

Dream opponent:
In Purrazzo’s short career she has already shared a ring with some of the world’s best female wrestlers (Kris Wolf, Shayna Baszler, Awesome Kong, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Bayley, Toni Storm and Candice LeRae to name a few) and she told me “I was honoured to be in the ring with Kairi Hojo and Io Shiari”.

Despite this impressive list of names she is yet to step in the ring with Sereena Deeb and that is her current dream opponent

Random fact(s):
Purrazzo has a twin brother called Dominic.

Purrazzo was a cheerleader growing up and throughout high school. In 2012 she captained her varsity team at The American Masters and won the National Championship.

There were several rumours online that Purrazzo was the woman behind the La Luchadora mask but when I asked her if there was any truth to this she told me “I have spent a lot of time backstage at WWE but La Luchadora was revealed to be Mickie James and that is all I know”.

Purrazzo competed in the 2015 Miss New Jersey USA pageant.

*as of November 2017

Written by Neil Rogers

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An interview with Chris Renfrew

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The canvas doesn’t change shape, it doesn’t change how hard it is depending on your gender, it’s the same ring, and it’s the same audience, its sport and business so gender should not come into play when training… Continue reading

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NORTH WRESTLING NCL / 07 / Fire. Fire. Fire – 04/11/17, Riverside, Newcastle

Since their first show 17 months ago NORTH Wrestling have been bringing the best available talent to the Northeast to put on fantastic matches that are on par with anything available at other promotions. It has been a pleasure to work with the promotion and be lucky enough to attend all of their shows and we are very much looking forward to their upcoming show to watch what we are sure will be another brilliant event. Continue reading

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MEW Northern Bash Review

I have been fortunate enough within the past few months to be welcomed into the world of MEW. A promotion that has been around for years, bringing to you some of the very best that both the North East and the UK have to offer. This past week they hosted their biggest show of the year, Northern Bash!

Several members of the Calling Spots were in attendance for this SOLD OUT event! Another stacked card that MEW brought to the Innsfree in Longbenton. You will soon be able to find this marquee show over on MEW’s YouTube channel. Continue reading

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