If your New Year’s resolution is to see more live British wrestling action, then look no further than PAID Promotions’ show in Fleetwood this Saturday.
The company is kicking off 2014 with a ‘New Year Wrestlution’ event at The Legion – headlined with a Chains Match between ‘The Psychotic Warrior’ Johnny Phere and ‘Mr Big’ Shaun Vasey.
No two individuals made more noise in British Wrestling in 2013 than the PAID Promotions owner and heavyweight champion Phere and his obnoxious manager, Greg ‘The Truth’ Lambert.
Telling anyone who would listen that Phere was the best in Europe, the self-styled #PhereTheTruth duo went on a rampage of violence, bragging and spreading their twisted message through national and regional media, while quite literally branding anyone who disagreed with them as a ‘Liar’. DDL, Bubblegum, Ricky J McKenzie, even Santa Claus fell victim to the Phere brand!
So did the number one contender and the biggest thorn in PhereTheTruth’s side, ‘The Heavyweight House of Pain’ Stixx.
Undefeated in an incredible six years in Morecambe during the XWA and PAID Promotions era, Stixx, from Nottingham, was last year twice put in hospital by the maniacal Phere.
Stixx somehow fought back and at Fightmare Before Christmas scored the winning pinfall against Team Phere in a six-man elimination match.
His prize was getting to choose the stipulation for the night when he finally gets the chance to meet The Psychotic Warrior one-on-one for the title. Now, on Saturday, February 16 at The Globe Arena in Morecambe, it will be Phere vs Stixx for the PAID Promotions Championship in a Chains Match.
Perhaps realising that the seemingly unbeatable Stixx poses the most dangerous threat to his championship, Phere has opted to engage in a warm-up match like no other on Saturday. He will face the 6ft 6in young giant from Barrow-in-Furness, Vasey, under the same Chains Match rules.
There will be metal chains of all shapes and sizes around the ring and the venue - all of which can be used legally to inflict pain and punishment. There are no countouts and no disqualifications and no holds barred!
Like Stixx, Vasey is big, powerful and popular, and Phere and Lambert have vowed to use Vasey as a guinea pig to test out their strategy for Stixx.
However, while the title won’t be on the line, ‘Mr Big’ is hungry to make a name for himself at the champion’s expense and is out for revenge after what happened at the recent PAID Promotions Christmas Party...
Also on the show, three of the best prospects to come out of the Morecambe wrestling training school will battle three of British wrestling’s most talented stars.
Craig Kollins is a UK breakout star waiting to happen. With wins over Sam Bailey, Jack Gallagher and Ricky J McKenzie already in his two-year career, ‘The One Man Riot’ has already caught the eye of PCW and other top British wrestling promotions, and will have another chance to impress against the canny North West favourite Dangerous Damon Leigh.
Ryan Grayson is proud of his Scottish roots but believes this makes him superior to everybody else. With the beautiful but deadly Serenity at his side, ‘The Edinburgh Elite’ is becoming a force to be reckoned with, just 12 months into his pro career. Grayson will have his biggest test to date against one of the UK’s very best in Bubblegum.
While James Drake is today better known for his work with FutureShock and GPW, the Blackpool Blond was one of the star graduates of the Morecambe wrestling school in 2010 and first made his name in the XWA where he and partner Axl Rage feuded with Declan O’Connor and his partner... Joey Hayes. Now Drake and Hayes will resume hostilities as both make their debut for PAID Promotions.
The action doesn’t stop there with a heated grudge match set between Jon Aggro and Loner Rossion. Fleetwood’s own local hero Aggro and the weird and demented Loner have had numerous confrontations over the past few months. Finally on January 11, they meet one-on-one.
The show will be hosted by the flamboyant Stallion and refereed by one of the top new officials in British wrestling, Charles Nelson Riley.
Doors for the show in Copse Road open at 6pm, with the action starting at 6.30pm.
Tickets starting at £12 for adults and children aged 14 or above, and £9 for children under 14, are available now from www.paidpromotionswrestling.co.uk, 0844 8700887 or at the venue.
Tickets are cheaper if bought in advance and discounts are available for families.