Kicking off last weekend at the Savoy in Cork was the latest show promoted by CCW (Celtic Championship Wrestling). 9 Cork based trainee wrestlers made their debut in what was a night of high flying stunts, pantomime crowd involvement and some risqué innuendo for the adult only audience.
The show featured a triple-threat match, a four-way tag team contest for the Irish tag team title, a 12-man battle royal and a “loser leaves the company” grudge match for the CCW Heavyweight Title.
Among the debutants were tag team partners Jay Sull and Eli – together known as NBK (Natural Born Killers). They came very close to capturing the tag team title and show great ring presence and wrestling technique really forcing the current champions to step up their game.
A young Adam O’Brien – the youngest member of the CCW Wrestling Academy based in K2C, Cork also played a huge part in the show, taking the majority of the punishment early on. He was slammed, thrown, kicked, slapped and beaten up minute after minute and still had the energy to come back out for the battle royal later in the evening. His tag team partner Xavier Burns pulled off some really impressive top rope high-flying maneuvers and as far as style goes, Gok Wan would have been proud of him.
Another crowd favourite was Francis Doherty, of no fixed abode, who sported dungarees like a boss and a haircut that only his mother would love him for. The big man refused to be taken down all night and the other wrestlers had to join forces to take him out. He rag dolled anyone he could get his hands on and when he choke-slammed somebody, the integrity of the steel ring was a doubt in everyone’s mind.
Also making their debut were D.O.C., Suzzy the bear, Safety Dalen, Roughshod and trainee referee Patrick Breen. They all took part in the Battle Royal, which was for a prize of a CCW contract. As expected, this match was utter chaos with the crowd not knowing where to look. At one stage, 6 wrestlers teamed up to get the big man Francis Doherty over the top rope. In the end, Roughshod and D.O.C. were left to duke it out. A neck breaking manoevre whilst jumping off the ropes of two side of the ring, apparently known as a ‘Acid Drop DDT’, sealed the deal for D.O.C. as he became the last man standing and winner of the CCW contract.
The main event featured a grudge match between current Heavyweight Champion Bingo Ballance and the challenger from Cork – Ross ‘the investment’ Browne. An epic war of words had been raging on the underground forums between these two and both agreed that the loser of this match would not only lose the belt but would have to leave the CCW organization for good. The stakes were high and the tension between the two had a bitter odour. The match kicked off with an unusual display of football skills, as a member of the crowd threw a beach ball into the ring. Ballance showed why he was a wrestler and not a soccer player before Browne – the bad boy – burst the ball with just the stubble on his chin. A chain of wrestling submissions ensued. However, during a series of rolling arm drags in the lock up, Browne dislocated his shoulder. Visibly in a lot of pain, he used the ropes to relocate it and got straight back at it, taking the fight outside of the ring. He bounced Ballance off the corner posts multiple times and then catapulted him over the barriers into the crowd. The referee called both men back to the ring. However, the Corkman took a detour, seeming to whisper something in the ring announcer, Tony Kelly’s ear. As the two men locked up again, a bazaar twist saw the Kelly using pliers to remove the turnbuckle pads from the corner of the ring. Before the crowd knew it, Browne was stomping Ballance’s face into the bare metal shackles as if he was putting out a cigarette. The referee pulled them apart but it was clear that Ballance had severly hurt his eye and was unable to continue. Ross ‘the investment’ Browne, along with his new evil sidekick, lifted the CCW Championship Belt aloft as Bingo Ballance was carried from the ring, still screaming in pain. Grabbing the microphone, Browne had a few choice words for the crowd who chanted all manner of insults at him. He revealed that he only pretended that his shoulder was dislocated, that he had fooled everyone and that we were now witness to the beginning of a new era in CCW Championship Wrestling.
With more drama than an Eastender’s omnibus, the show left a lot of loose ends to be resolved at a later date. Check the Celtic Championship Wrestling Facebook page for details of the next show and ongoing announcements.