As I’m sure you can imagine, Wrestlers of the Month will be slightly different for the time being, with essentially every show up and down Scotland going forward being cancelled/postponed, with one or two exceptions – for now, at least. However, we still had the first two weeks of March that were packed with shows which featured some truly outstanding wrestling taking place. Grado’s third Big Family Wrestling Bash proved to be another top-quality family show, PBW’s latest show in Larbert sounded like it was their best one to date, and the most recent set of ICW Fight Club tapings in Glasgow came packed with banger after banger (more on one specific match in just a while), amongst other events. So without any further ado, let’s get cracking with this set of statistical fun!
Honourable mentions go out to Angel Hayze, Brodie Adler, BT Gunn, Colton Davis, Dickie Divers, Jack Morris, Krieger, Liam Thomson, and Ravie Davie.
10. Logan Smith
After making his return from a leg injury that kept him on the sidelines for months, Logan Smith made his in-ring return to home promotion Premier British Wrestling, answering the open challenge set out by Jack Jester at their outstanding live event from Larbert’s Dobbie Hall. Even though he left the evening unsuccessful, it was still a massive moment for the fiery PBW Academy graduate. To hear more on this, be sure to check out Logan’s interview with Stephen Louch from Tuck of the Draw. A victory in a Triple Threat Match over both Krieger and Massimo Italiano in his Megaslam Wrestling debut in Dunoon ended Smith’s March on a high note.
9. Davey Blaze
Making his first appearance on the list in 2020 is Davey Blaze – I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite realise just how big the former ICW Zero-G Champion was until seeing his most recent promo pics. The biggest of bois indeed. ‘The Scottish Savage’ kickstarted his month with a victory at ICW’s recent Fight Club tapings over rival Ravie Davie, although he sadly failed to defeat Andy Wild at PBW’s Larbert event, ensuring Wild remained the UEWA European Heavyweight Champion as a result. The footage hasn’t been uploaded anywhere (that I know of, at least), but if their previous outings were anything to go by – particularly their BCW clash from the Lionheart memorial show last summer – then I imagine it was one hell of a clash of the titans!
8. Molly Spartan
Wrestlers of the Month debutant Molly Spartan earned her spot on the list thanks to her impressive showing against Kasey in Spartan’s ICW in-ring debut. Even though she lost to ‘The Mother of Chaos’, meaning the Irish native now has a chance of becoming a record-breaking four-time ICW Women’s World Champion once things are back to normal, it was a sensational showing for ‘The Beautiful Bruiser’. Hopefully that wasn’t the last we’ve seen of her inside an ICW ring. A pinfall victory against Angel Hayze at Grado’s Big Family Wrestling Bash 3 marked a massive win in the books for Spartan.
7. Leyton Buzzard
At the start of the year, I had predicted Leyton Buzzard to be the 2020 Wrestler of the Year – after all, he came oh so close to winning last year’s series, coming just a few points short behind Andy Wild. If he continues down the path he’s currently on, then it’s a huge possibility that ‘The Captain’ will indeed come out on top. He defeated British wrestling royalty Jonny Storm at ICW’s recent Fight Club tapings, a night that also saw the former Zero-G Champion stick his nose into the business of both Daz Black and current champion Liam Thomson. Two losses rounded off the month for young Leyton, as he failed to lift the PBW Heavyweight Championship from Stevie Xavier in a hellacious Fatal Four Way Match (also including Liam Thomson and BT Gunn), before then losing to ‘Hotstuff’ Joey Hayes at Grado’s most recent Big Family Wrestling Bash. Still, he defeated ‘The Wonderkid’ – an impressive accomplishment for someone still fairly early into their career.
6. Rosie Nyte
Another debutant now, as Rosie Nyte takes her well-deserved spot on the list for the first time. The current Shield Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion was part of the Megaslam Wrestling tour through Scotland in the middle of the month, losing to Angel Hayze in Glasgow, before teaming with Krieger and Robbie McKenzie the same night in a losing effort against Hayze, Lewis Girvan, and Derek in an Elimination Match. A loss to Lizzy Styles in Perth preceded her double duty at Fierce Females’ We Want To Bookings You? show. First off, she defeated Ivy on the evening’s pre-show, with Ivy stepping in for Isla Dawn who was unable to attend due to travel issues, before teaming up with Angel Hayze to form The Angels of the Nyte in a loss to Ivy and Ruby Radley, collectively known as The Pretty Little Killers, later on in the night. A decent enough set of results here, but a sad ending to the month for Nyte as she’s currently out injured with a fractured foot. On the bright side, at least she’s technically not missing out on any wrestling since there are no shows. All about that continuous road.
5. Craig Anthony
Oh, what’s that? You want another Wrestlers of the Month debut? Well, how about Craig Anthony? ‘The Natural’ had a truly oustanding performance against Daz Black at ICW’s Fight Club tapings that left the Scottish wrestling world buzzing in the aftermath, even if Craig did almost die from that curb stomp. Nasty stuff. Luckily, he and I-Gen partner Kieran Kelly were successful in their defence of the PBW Tag Team Championships against former champs Lou King Sharp and Krieger of Pure Dead Brilliant in Larbert. With all PBW events now cancelled for the foreseeable future, it means Kelly and Anthony will reach one full year as the Tag Team Champions. Impressive stuff.
4. Stevie Boy
Stevie Boy, Stevie Xavier, whatever you want to call him, he’s fast becoming the biggest unsigned name in Scottish wrestling today. ‘The Pharoah of Filth’ made another successful defence of his PBW Heavyweight Championship in Larbert as he retained against BT Gunn, Liam Thomson, and Leyton Buzzard in a mammoth Fatal Four Way Match – please, PBW management, can this match be published somewhere online? Another victory for Stevie came over Jack Morris – the man who is of course sublime every time – at Grado’s Big Family Wrestling Bash 3. Again, another match I imagine was absolutely off the charts.
3. Andy Wild
At the ICW Fight Club tapings at the start of March, Andy Wild went to war with former pal Alexander Dean, a match that ended in a no contest after ‘The Catch Provocateur’ targeted the ribs of ‘The Dad Bod God’. Thankfully, the injury wasn’t too serious, and Wild wasn’t forced to take any time away from doing what he loves most, but it was still a heinous assault courtesy of Dean. Clearly , ‘The Politickin’ Time Bomb’ didn’t do enough damage, as Wild was back in action just six days later, retaining the UEWA European Heavyweight Championship against Davey Blaze as PBW’s event in Larbert. At this time, we also need to give a shoutout to big Andy. With all the problems going on in the world right now, Wild isn’t wanting to let his FPWA students down, and has been doing some online classes via Facebook Live. A class move from Andy there.
2. Kieran Kelly
Kieran Kelly was a busy lad in March, wrestling on nearly every single show in Scotland throughout the month, which began by snapping his ICW losing streak at the Fight Club tapings with a victory over Jason Reed. From there, he retained his Megaslam Wrestling Championship over Krieger during the company’s Scottish tour on their Glasgow date, taking a pit stop in Larbert the following evening to retain the PBW Tag Team Championships alongside Craig Anthony as they defeated Pure Dead Brilliant members Krieger and Lou King Sharp. Another successful retention of the Megaslam Championship came in Prestwick, as ‘Shotgun’ was successful over both Jack Morris and Lewis Girvan in a Triple Threat Match, with that same show seeing Kelly teaming with Lizzy Styles and Derek in a winning effort over Morris, Girvan, and Robbie McKenzie in an Elimination Match. To end his successful month, Kieran defeated Lou King Sharp at Grado’s Big Family Wrestling Bash to keep his winning streak intact for the month of March. Good stuff all around for Kelly!
1. Daz Black
There wasn’t much other choice for Wrestler of the Month than Daz Black. The PBW Academy graduate has been gradually getting better time and time again, which has led to huge opportunities coming his way, including his ICW main roster debut at the recent Fight Club tapings. There, he defeated Craig Anthony in an early shout for match of the year, ending things off with a massive curb stomp that would make even Seth Rollins proud (maybe not Leyton Buzzard though). ‘The Orbit Breaker’ would then team with Alex Parker at PBW’s event in Larbert, with the fantastic pairing losing to Darren Vice and John Trettan.
With his number one position in March, Daz Black now takes leadership of the Wrestlers of the Month leaderboard, being ahead of last year’s winner Andy Wild by just five points. Further down the league table, Lou King Sharp finds himself bumped down to third place with 12 points, with Stevie Boy, Danny Edwards, Kez Evans, and Leyton Buzzard all trailing behind. Now, we look ahead to April – well, we can try, at least. At the time of writing, there are only seven events still in the event calendar – however, it’s almost certain that these events will be postponed/cancelled under the current government guidelines. As a result, April’s Wrestlers of the Month will be slightly different – the top ten will instead come in the form of the top ten placed performers in the SWN Mega Tournament of Doooooooom TM, so technically speaking, you dear readers will be selecting who gets the points with your votes on Twitter! Exciting stuff, as I’m sure you’ll agree.
Point Standings as of April 1st 2020
1. Daz Black (19 points)
2. Andy Wild (13 points)
3. Lou King Sharp (12 points)
4. Stevie Boy (11 points)
5. Danny Edwards, Kez Evans, and Leyton Buzzard (10 points)
6. Kieran Kelly and Krobar (9 points)
7. Alan Sterling and Theo Doros (8 points)
8. Angel Hayze and Joe Hendry (7 points)
9. Craig Anthony (6 points)
10. Alexander Darwin MacAllan and Rosie Nyte (5 points)
11. DCT (4 points)
12. Krieger and Molly Spartan (3 points)
13. Davey Blaze and Liam Thomson (2 points)
14. Kid Fite and Logan Smith (1 point)
Credit for promo pics used goes to Sandy Smith Photography, Tony Knox, and The Wilsons.