FWA NEWS UPDATE 03/10/05
LEGENDARY TEST FOR THE CHAMP
Alex Shane’s opponent has been announced for the main event of FWA Hotwired on Sunday, October 16 at Broxbourne Civic Hall. It is former WWE and TNA star, and the number two ranked contender to his FWA British Heavyweight Title, Joe Legend.
Legend has been touting for another shot at the Showstealer ever since they had a major falling out on the Carnage Tour earlier this year. Once allies, Legend and Shane had a bust-up over Joe’s appearance on the ill-fated Celebrity Wrestling TV show.
After speaking to sources close to both The Showstealer and Joe Legend, frontierwrestling.com has managed to get to the bottom of their argument. We understand that in early 2005, Shane was instrumental in getting Joe his spot on the TV show, but friends of Legend believe he had an ulterior motive for doing so. Using Joe to get in the good books of ITV bigwigs, Alex secretly hoped he would land an on-screen role on the programme himself but when he didn’t, Shane is believed to have become jealous of Joe.
Then when the show was a ratings flop, Shane is thought to have angered Legend by blaming Joe for the failure of the programme and saying that he would have done a much better job. Of course Legend was furious at such an unfair accusation. The ensuing backstage ‘heat’ between them led to a match between the two on the tour, which Alex won.
Since then, Joe has been on a tear in the FWA, amassing one of the most impressive won-loss records on the roster. This culminated at Vendetta when he pinned Jack Xavier in a hard-hitting encounter, a performance which earned him the respect of the FWA fans – as did his humble and emotional speech afterwards when he sang the praises of the FWA faithful.
This display is said to have impressed FWA officials to the point that they have lined up Joe Legend to be Alex’s latest challenger, and undoubtedly one of the toughest of his near year-long title reign. We will bring you more on Alex Shane’s reaction to having to face Legend at Hotwired, in our next news update.
Speaking of Joe Legend, the Canadian star has also become the latest name to sign up for FWA’s ‘Last Fight At The Prom’ weekend; featuring shows at the Morecambe Dome on Saturday October 22 and at Blackpool’s Vida Centre on Sunday, October 23.
SPUD IS SECOND NAME FOR TRIPLE THREAT
‘The Pocket Dynamo’ Spud is the second name announced for the Triple Threat for a Title Shot match at Hotwired.
Spud will meet ‘The Phoenix’ Jody Fleisch and one more opponent to be confirmed in this unique match where the winner can choose to face any of the FWA’s champions, immediately after the three-way ends. FWA officials were keen for Spud and Fleisch to get back into the ring after their wild battle in the Enfield Round-Robin Tournament, which ‘The Phoenix’ won.
Spud is now fully recovered from the leg injury he suffered at Morecambe when losing the FWA Flyweight Title Tournament Final to Ross Jordan, and is itching to get back in front of an FWA crowd.
Now speculation will turn to the identity of the third man in this match, and also which title the winner will select to go after…immediately following what is bound to be a strength-sapping three-way bout.
Jack Xavier has apparently asked Paul Travell not to get involved in his match with Iceman at Hotwired.
The close friends are reported to have spoken over the past few days, when the Brummie Bad Boy told The Righteous One he doesn’t want any help in his No DQ match with Greg Lambert’s man on October 16.
Sources close to Xavier say he has his own issues with Iceman and while he respects Travell’s thirst for revenge on the sadistic star for his double attack on both Jack and Paul at Vendetta, he says there will be plenty of time for ‘The Hardcore Icon’ to gain retribution of his own on Iceman and Lambert…in his own time.
“Jack doesn’t want any distractions as he prepares for what he thinks will be the fight of his life,” said a friend of the Birmingham-based brawler.
“He knows this will be a violent and potentially career-shortening match and he wants to prove he can take Iceman on his own.
“Everyone knows Travell can be a loose cannon and if he gets involved in the match, who knows what might happen?”
Paul Travell remains unavailable for comment.
DOUG WILLIAMS – AN APOLOGY
We would like to publish a correction to an item in our previous news update.
Commissioner Flash Barker contacted our website this week to make it clear that although Doug Williams has taken a tour with Pro Wrestling NOAH next month, he would not have been allowed to compete at Hotwired anyway.
The FWA disciplinary committee recently reviewed a tape of The Anarchist’s second attack on ‘The Phoenix’ Jody Fleisch in as many months, at FWA Vendetta. For the second time at Broxbourne this year, Williams attacked Fleisch without provocation and delivered a vicious, illegal piledriver to Jody.
As a result of this, Williams has been suspended by the FWA until Gold Rush and only decided to take the Japanese tour after this suspension was announced.
We are happy to set the record straight and our apologies for the error.
Tickets for FWA Hotwired (on Sunday, October 16 at Broxbourne Civic Hall, Hoddesdon, Herts) are now on sale from the Broxbourne Civic Hall box office – tel: 01992 441946. Tickets are priced at £35 for Gold Ringside, £25 for Silver Ringside, £20, £15 and £10. Gold and Silver ringsiders get access to a special dark match Ross Jordan v Stevie Lynn for the FWA British Flyweight Title (doors 5.40pm). For everyone else, doors are at 6pm and bell time is 6.30pm.
Matches already signed are:
THE MAIN EVENT – FWA British Heavyweight Title Match
‘The Showstealer’ Alex Shane v Joe Legend
FWA All-England Title Match
‘The South City Thriller’ Hade Vansen v Leroy Kincade
Triple Threat for a Title Shot
‘The Phoenix’ Jody Fleisch v Spud v ?
Chav War Declared
‘The Pukka One’ Darren Burridge v The Manchester Massive
No DQ Grudge Match
Iceman (with Greg Lambert) v Jack Xavier
Dark Match – for the FWA British Flyweight Title
Ross Jordan v Stevie Lynn
PLUS – Stixx and Martin Stone (with Dean Ayass) defend the FWA British Tag Team Titles AND Roderick Strong in action
Tickets are now on sale for the next FWA Live in Morecambe show – ‘Last Fight At The Prom’ – on Saturday, October 22. They cost £16 for ringside, £10 for adults, £7.50 for children (under 16s) and £30 for a family ticket. The box office number is 01524 582803. Doors open at 7pm, bell time at 7.30pm. There is a licensed bar at The Dome.
Before the show proper there will be an FWA Press Conference hosted by the self-professed world’s number one wrestling journalist Greg ‘The Truth’ Lambert in the Waterfront Bar next to the Dome. This starts at 5pm and is open to all over 18s and over 14s accompanied by an adult. Admission is £4 on the door. This will include a meet-and-greet with some of the FWA’s stars including a special one-on-one interview with Joe Legend. Anyone attending the Press Conference will receive priority admission to the show. More details on this soon.
Also signed for this show……THE MORECAMBE RAFFLE! And it’s the final one of the year, too!
The FWA will return to Blackpool’s Vida Centre on Sunday, October 23 – the night after the Morecambe Dome show. Ticket sales are being handled by regional promoters, Jampa Promotions. The box office numbers are 01253 350066/07840 348786.
Ticket prices are £16 for ringside, £10 for adults, £7.50 for children, £30 family.
There is a licensed bar at the Vida Centre and children are allowed into the bar. Fans are advised that no alcohol is allowed in the hall where the show will take place.
See the link http://www.vida.co.uk/locations/?sr=145 for a road map showing how to get to the venue and other venue information.
FWA stars signed up to appear on these two shows so far are: ‘The Showstealer Alex Shane, Joe Legend, Johnny Angel, ‘The Wonderkid’ Jonny Storm, Jack Storm, Bubblegum, The Young Doctors and The Manchester Massive.
And the FWA also returns to Enfield on Sunday November 20 for a special matinee show.
The venue is Southbury Leisure Centre, Southbury Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 11YP, Doors 4.30pm Bell Time: 5pm, Approx End: 7.30pm, Box Office: 07930 218 243, £15 Ringside ticket, £10 general admission and some tickets will be available from www.fwaonlineplus.com
More names will be added to these dates very soon and matches for both shows will be announce
ACADEMY SUPERSHOW NEWS
The Hotwired weekend kicks off with the second FWA Academy Supershow on Saturday, October 15.
Matches signed for this event include Alex Shane v Dan Head, James Tighe v Hade Vansen, ‘The Specialist’ Mark Sloan v Paul Travell, Stixx and Martin Stone v The Ghosh Brothers, Aviv Maayan v Bubblegum v Max Voltage v ?, Jack Xavier v Ollie Burns, Mills and James v The EntouRAGE, and Eamon Shrahan v Darren Burridge v Nikita. There will also be an Early Entry Bonus Match – Wade Fitzgerald v Ant Lacayo.
This event starts at 7pm at the Mounbatten Centre in Portsmouth. This show is now a charity event in aid of the people of New Orleans affected by the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina. For more details on this please visit the FWA Fan Forum at www.ukff.com
Another FWA Academy show, Revenge On The EntouRAGE, takes place at Buckland Community Centre, Portsmouth, on Friday October 28. Admission is £5 for a 7pm start.
STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT NEWS UPDATE – FEATURING THE IDENTITY OF THE THIRD MAN IN THE HOTWIRED 3-WAY!