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ICW World Heavyweight Championship (Scotland)

The ICW World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship owned by United Kingdom's Insane Championship Wrestling promotion. The title was first established as the ICW National Heavyweight Championship on at ICW's debut show on October 15, 2006, with Drew Galloway becoming the inaugural champion.[2] On February 7, 2015, the title was officially renamed the ICW World Heavyweight Championship after Galloway successfully defended the title in a match against Matt Hardy for the Family Wrestling Entertainment promotion in New York.[3][4][5] The championship has been defended in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Australia, Denmark, Italy and Germany. In addition to these international title matches, defenses can be seen televised in over 30 countries via Fight Network as well as an international presence on iPPV.[6][7]

ICW World Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionInsane Championship Wrestling
Date establishedOctober 15, 2006[1]
Current champion(s)Stevie Boy
Date wonJuly 28, 2019
Other name(s)
  • ICW National Heavyweight Championship
  • ICW Heavyweight Championship
  • Undisputed ICW Championship

The current champion is Stevie Boy, who is in his second reign. Overall, there have been twenty-two reigns shared among sixteen wrestlers, with two vacancies.

The championship was featured prominently in both the Insane Fight Club documentaries produced by the BBC.[8][9]

HistoryEdit

Drew Galloway became the inaugural champion of Mark Dallas' ICW promotion on October 15, 2006 at their debut show "Fear & Loathing," having won a triple threat match against Darkside and Allan Grogan.

Initially a regional heavyweight title in the Glasgow area, the title was defended outside Scotland for the first time by Jack Jester, who defeated Jimmy Havoc in London, England to retain the title on May 4, 2014. It was first defended overseas by Drew Galloway on December 20, 2014 in Denmark for Dansk Pro Wrestling promotion, when Galloway won a Title-for-Title Three-Way match against DPW Champion Michael Fynne and Chaos.[10] Galloway then announced his intention to take the title overseas more often and make it a World Championship. His second international title defense was booked for February 7, 2015 against Matt Hardy in New York, USA after which the title was officially renamed the ICW World Heavyweight Championship. The ICW World Heavyweight Championship was defended in Australia for the first time on March 20, 2015 when Galloway retained in a Title-for-Title match over OCW Championship Andy Phoenix at an Outback Championship Wrestling show. The title was first defended in Northern Ireland when Galloway retained over Joe Hendry, TRON and Luther Valentine in a four-way match at a Pro Wrestling Ulster.[11] Galloway again defended the title in America on July 18, 2015 at a Warriors of Wrestling show in Staten Island where he retained over Joey Ace, Matt Macintosh and Logan Black.[12] Galloway defended the championship in Kiel, Germany at a Maximum Wrestling show on October 16, retaining in a Title-for-Title triple threat over UEWA European Champion Chaos and Apu Singh.[13][14] Big Damo would go on to win the championship from Chris Renfrew in Northern Ireland, before defending the title successfully in Wales and Ireland on ICW's 2016 tour. The title was defended in Italy for the first by Wolfgang on December 17, 2016.[15] Another notable international title defense saw Trent Seven retain the title over Wolfgang on April 2, 2017, at a WWE WrestleMania Axxess show.[16]

In addition to these international title matches, numerous wrestlers from outside Scotland have challenged for the title domestically, including Kassius Ohno,[17] Sabu, Fergal Devitt,[18] Martin Stone, Doug Williams, Rhino, Colt Cabana, Tommy End, Noam Dar, Pete Dunne, Jordan Devlin, Dave Mastiff, Robbie Dynamite, Zack Gibson, Johnny Moss, Rampage Brown, Kris Travis and Bram.[19][20] The only non-Scottish wrestlers to hold the championship are Mikey Whiplash, Trent Seven and Big Damo.

The title was defended in a pre-show "Dark" segment for the first time in its history on October 17, 2015 when Drew Galloway would retain the title twice in two consecutive matches against Matt Daly and Coach Trip.[21]

StatisticsEdit

As of November 2017, BT Gunn has the record for most reigns, with three. Darkside's first reign is the longest in the title's history, at 1028 days (the company was largely inactive during this period), while Joe Coffey's reign is the shortest, as he lost the title the same day. Drew Galloway currently holds the record for the most defenses, both within an individual reign and cumulatively. Joe Coffey holds the record for least successful defenses, losing the championship to Wolfgang in his first defense.[22]

Title historyEdit

NamesEdit

Name Years
ICW Heavyweight Championship October 15, 2006 – February 7, 2015
ICW World Heavyweight Championship February 7, 2015 – present

ReignsEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days


1 Drew Galloway October 15, 2006 Fear & Loathing Glasgow, Scotland 1 280 Galloway defeated Allan Grogan and Darkside in a triple threat match to become the inaugural champion [23]
2 Darkside July 22, 2007 ReZerection Glasgow, Scotland 1 1,028 Won the title in a five-way match involving Drew Galloway, Jack Jester, Liam Thompson and Wolfgang [24]
Vacated May 15, 2010 Title vacated due to injury [25]
3 BT Gunn June 5, 2010 Menace 2 Society Glasgow, Scotland 1 91 Defeated Johnny Moss, Liam Thompson and Wolfgang in a four-way elimination match [26][26]
4 Darkside September 4, 2010 Dazed and Confused Glasgow, Scotland 2 505
5 BT Gunn January 22, 2012 1st Annual Square Go! Glasgow, Scotland 2 133
6 Red Lightning June 3, 2012 In Your Gaff Glasgow, Scotland 1 336 Cashed in his "Square Go!" briefcase to defeat Gunn
7 Mikey Whiplash May 5, 2013 Reservoir Dogs Glasgow, Scotland 1 161 This was Whiplash's Square Go contract cash-in match
8 Jack Jester October 13, 2013 Fear & Loathing VI - Welcome to Bat Country Glasgow, Scotland 1 385 [19][27]
9 Drew Galloway November 2, 2014 Fear & Loathing VII Glasgow, Scotland 2 378 Title was renamed the ICW World Heavyweight Championship on February 7, 2015 following numerous international title defenses [23][28][29][30]
10 Grado November 15, 2015 Fear & Loathing VIII Glasgow, Scotland 1 70
11 Chris Renfrew January 24, 2016 5th Annual Square Go! Glasgow, Scotland 1 34 This was Renfrew's Square Go contract cash-in match
12 Big Damo February 27, 2016 Hey Look! It's That Mad Wrestling Thing aff the Telly Tour - The Big Elbowski Belfast, Northern Ireland 1 155 [31]
13 Joe Coffey July 31, 2016 Shug's Hoose Party 3 Glasgow, Scotland 1 <1
14 Wolfgang July 31, 2016 Shug's Hoose Party 3 Glasgow, Scotland 1 189 This was Wolfgang's Square Go contract cash-in match
15 Trent Seven February 5, 2017 6th Annual Square Go! Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 70
16 Joe Coffey April 16, 2017 Barramania III Glasgow, Scotland 2 217 This was Coffey's Square Go contract cash-in match
17 BT Gunn November 19, 2017 ICW Fear & Loathing X Glasgow, Scotland 3 161 BT Gunn defended his ICW Zero-G Championship in this match as well [32]
18 Stevie Boy April 29, 2018 Barramania 4 Glasgow, Scotland 1 91 Cashed in his Square Go contract during a deathmatch between BT Gunn and Mikey Whiplash, pinning the latter [33]
19 DCT July 29, 2018 Shugs Hoose Party 5, Night 2 Glasgow, Scotland 1 56 This was a Loser Leaves The UK match. [34]
20 Jackie Polo September 23, 2018 ICW Fight Club: Bravehearto Glasgow, Scotland 1 70
21 Lionheart December 2, 2018 ICW Fear & Loathing XI Glasgow, Scotland 1 199 This was a Title vs Career match. [35]
Vacated June 19, 2019 Title vacated after Lionheart's death. [36]
22 Stevie Boy July 28, 2019 ICW Shug's Hoose Party 6 - Day 2 Glasgow, Scotland 2 83+ Defeated Wolfgang for the vacant title.

List of combined reignsEdit

As of October 19, 2019

Indicates the current champion
Rank [1] Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Darkside 2 1,533
2 Drew Galloway 2 658
3 BT Gunn 3 385
Jack Jester 1 385
5 Red Lightning 1 336
6 Joe Coffey 2 217
7 Lionheart 1 199
8 Wolfgang 1 189
9 Stevie Boy 2 174+
10 Mikey Whiplash 1 161
11 Big Damo 1 155
12 Grado 1 70
Jackie Polo 1 70
Trent Seven 1 70
15 DCT 1 56
16 Chris Renfrew 1 34

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "FWE Wrestling". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
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  13. ^ Philip Kreikenbohm. "Maximum Wrestling". Cagematch.net. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
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  33. ^ "ICW Barramania 4 Results (4/30/2018): Major Title Changes". April 30, 2018.
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  35. ^ Jeremy, Jake (December 3, 2018). "ICW Fear & Loathing XI Results".
  36. ^ @InsaneChampWres (June 19, 2019). "We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Adrian 'Lionheart' McCallum. Adrian was a mainstay of ICW and British professional wrestling. Most importantly, he was our friend. His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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