Preview: Pro Wrestling Elite ‘Live!’ September 2018

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Pro Wrestling Elite return to the Ayr Town Hall later tonight for another night of action. Following their seventh anniversary show in July, there is a new Heavyweight Champion and new Tag Team Champions aswell. With this being the penultimate event of the year for PWE, it’s all or nothing for everyone involved on the card.

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PWE Heavyweight Championship
Kenny Williams (c) vs Wolfgang

The first defence of Kenny Williams’ Heavyweight Championship will come on Saturday against a fellow NXT UK star in the form of Wolfgang. Following his victory in March’s Elite Rumble Match, Williams finally overcame “The Prestigious One” Joe Hendry at July seven year anniversary event to capture his first PWE Heavyweight Championship. His reign may be coming to an abrupt end however, given who his opponent is. 2018 has seen Wolfgang splitting his time up between competing in the UK and wrestling for NXT UK, including an unsuccessful challenge against Adam Cole for the NXT North American Championship. Following a loss in his Fatal Four Way Match at the same show where Kenny won the gold, The Regulator will look to turn his luck around in the PWE ring.

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Joe Hendry w/Leyton Buzzard vs Aaron Echo

In his first match after a mammoth 490 day reign as the PWE Heavyweight Champion came to an end, Joe Hendry will face Aaron Echo. From what I read online, Echo actually played a part in Hendry’s loss in July so this could act as retribution for the Commonwealth Games athlete. I believe this is also Aaron’s first singles match in PWE, so there’s that too. After cashing in his Money in the Bank contract at the 2017 Elite Rumble, Joe took the gold away from Iestyn Rees and went on a hugely successful run for the following year and a half. Now that it’s over, he’ll want to get back in that title picture and what better way to start than to take out one of Kenny Williams’ good friends?

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BT Gunn vs Khifie West

After putting away his former New Age Kliq partner two months ago, BT Gunn will now face Khifie West later tonight. Gunn had been battling with Chris Renfrew since the end of last year after the pair had lost the Tag Team Championships, with one final battle opening the seventh anniversary that saw The Oddity putting it all behind him with a Stoner to his ex-friend. New RUDO Sports and Entertainment Brand client Khifie West was also successful on this night, defeating PWE owner Lionheart after some tension had brewed between them. This could be a match to determine a future contender to the Heavyweight Championship, and certainly a match for Lionheart to keep his eyes on from a promoter’s point of view.

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Liam Thomson vs Joe Coffey

Liam Thomson is back in PWE and his first match back is with 2017 Elite Rumble winner Joe Coffey. After taking a year out to injury, The Bad Boy made a surprise return at a recent Wrestling Experience Scotland show and has since been reintegrating in to some other promotions. In one of his first matches back, he’s against The Iron King. That’s no easy match to come back to. Joe has fallen out of place recently since failing to capture the big one from Joe Hendry last summer but with the NXT UK contract, it could do some wonders for his PWE career. Again, a potential match to crown a contender for the Heavyweight Championship.

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Kid Fite vs Iestyn Rees

This sounds like quite an interesting bout, Kid Fite vs Iestyn Rees. Both men are coming off the back of big losses in July, Fite failing to win the Tag Team Championships with Mikey Whiplash while Rees was unsuccessful in a Fatal Four Way Match. The Alpha Male is of course the only two-time Heavyweight Champion in PWE history, his reigns lasting 224 days and 91 days respectively. I’ve said it with the majority of matches here but this is another one that could someone in line for a title opportunity down the line. It might seem like an unlikely match on paper, but this could be a potential showstealer.

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Kay Lee Ray vs Viper

Another battle between two World of Sport stars will rock the Ayr Town Hall when current WOS Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray faces current ICW Women’s World Champion Viper. I don’t need to tell you that this’ll be a good match, everyone knows how good these two can go in the ring. They’ve been making waves on ITV every Saturday (although the time keeps changing, damn those Harry Potter films) and Viper made the ICW strap in to a world title following a defence over Taya Valkyrie last weekend in Minnesota. Yet another match that could steal the show.

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Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey) vs The Kinky Party (Jack Jester & Sha Samuels)

Finally, we’ve got a tag team match between the two most recent former Tag Team Champions as Polo Promotions face The Kinky Party. The reign for Jack Jester and Sha Samuels came as a pleasant surprise, considering they had a scheduled match against each other earlier in the night before calling it off and instead going for a drink. Their first defence wasn’t the best though, as they lost the gold to The Purge in a four team Gauntlet Match after overcoming the previous two teams. Speaking of the new champions, they’re angry at not being put on the card and have promised to appear either way. I sense a Triple Threat for the tag titles happening, either here or a future show.

It’s an unbelievably stacked show. Online ticket sales have stopped but you can still pay at the door upon entry, priced at Β£12.75 or four for Β£45 (according to the poster at least). Doors open at 6pm with the first bell at 7.

Announced Matches
PWE Heavyweight Championship – Kenny Williams (c) vs Wolfgang
Joe Hendry w/Leyton Buzzard vs Aaron Echo
BT Gunn vs Khifie West
Liam Thomson vs Joe Coffey
Kid Fite vs Iestyn Rees
Kay Lee Ray vs Viper
Polo Promotions vs The Kinky Party