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Joseph Conner Buckton[1] (born 28 May 1987) is an English professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, performing in their developmental brand NXT UK. He wrestles under the ring name Joseph Conners. In 2017 and 2018 he took part In UK Championship Tournament. Conners competed in many British wrestling promotions, most notably New Generation Wrestling (NGW) and What Culture Pro Wrestling (WCPW), where he was a one-time WCPW Champion.

Joseph Conners
Birth nameJoseph Conner Buckton
Born (1987-05-28) 28 May 1987 (age 32)
Nottingham, England,
United Kingdom
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Joseph Conners
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed weight196 lb (89 kg)
Trained byStixx
Debut2006

TrainingEdit

Joe trained at the House Of Pain Wrestling Academy under veteran UK wrestler Stixx.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

What Culture Pro Wrestling (2016–2017)Edit

On 24 August 2016, at What Culture Pro Wrestling's Stacked event, Conners defeated Big Damo, Joe Hendry (whom he had betrayed) and Rampage in a Fatal four-way match to become WCPW Champion. Conners would successfully defend the championship against El Ligero, Drew Galloway, Martin Kirby, Cody Rhodes and Joe Hendry, at various WCPW events, as well as against "Darkside" James Scott outside of WCPW territory.[2] At Delete: WCPW on 30 November 2016, Conners lost the championship to Drew Galloway in a triple threat match, also featuring Joe Hendry.[3]

At WCPW KirbyMania, Conners returned for the first time since signing his WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament contract, attacking Joe Hendry during his match with Drake, setting up a no holds barred match between the two, ultimately losing via submission After an almost 9-month absence Conners returned to WCPW as a surprise entrant into the Pro Wrestling World Cup round of 16 replacing Michael Elgin who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. Conners defeated Joe Coffey in Elgin's stead to advance to the quarterfinals the next night where once again he was successful in defeating his opponent, Hiromu Takahashi, and advancing to the semifinals. However, two nights later, he would lose his semifinal match against Kushida after passing out to Kushida's Hoverboard Lock.

WWE (2016–present)Edit

On 15 December 2016 it was revealed that Conners would be one of 16 men competing in a two-night tournament to crown the first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion on 14 and 15 January 2017.[4] Conners defeated James Drake in the first round, advancing to the quarter finals, where he was defeated by Mark Andrews. In November 2017 Connors returned to WWE and competed in several dark matches and on several house shows. On the November 7 episode of 205 Live, Connors returned to WWE programming for one night in Manchester, England to participate in an in-ring segment with Enzo Amore and other wrestlers from the WWE UK tournament. Later in the episode he would team with James Drake in a tag team match against Cedric Alexander and Mark Andrews in a losing effort. He returned to 205 Live in 2018, teaming with Drew Gulak and James Drake in a losing effort to Cedric Alexander, Flash Morgan Webster, and Mustafa Ali. He would then go on to compete in the 2018 WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament, losing to Ashton Smith in the first round.[5][6]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • British Wrestling Revolution
    • BWR Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[7]
  • Leicester Championship Wrestling
    • LCW Championship (1 time)[8]
    • LCW Tag Team Champion (2 times) – with Paul Malen (1) and Stixx (1)[9]
  • Norton British Wrestling
    • Shining Star Tournament[10]
  • Southside Wrestling Entertainment
    • SWE (World) Heavyweight Championship (3 time)[11]
    • SWE Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Paul Malen (1), Jimmy Havoc (1), and El Ligero (1)[12]
  • Tidal Championship Wrestling
    • TCW Championship (1 time, current)
  • TNT Extreme Wrestling
    • TNT World Championship (1 time, current)
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling
    • WCPW Championship (1 time)[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Saalbach, Axel. "Wrestlingdata.com".
  2. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Title Reigns « WCPW World Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  3. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "WCPW Delete WCPW « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  4. ^ "First-ever United Kingdom Champion to be crowned in January". www.wwe.com. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  5. ^ Soucek, Andrew. "SOUCEK'S WWE UK CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT REPORT 1/14: Ongoing coverage of night one of UK Championship tournament". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  6. ^ Soucek, Andrew. "SOUCEK'S WWE UK CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT REPORT 1/15: Ongoing coverage of night two of UK Championship tournament". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "#Results: BWR (@BWR_UK) "Take The Throne" *New Champion*".
  8. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "LCW Championship « Titles Database".
  9. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Titles « Joseph Conners « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  10. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Shining Star Tournament « Tournaments Database".
  11. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "SWE Heavyweight Championship « Titles Database".
  12. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Titles « Joseph Conners « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  13. ^ "WCPW Title". What Culture Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 2017-10-03.

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