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The United Kingdom has become one of the world’s best pro wrestling markets over the past decade or so. It had been a great place for WWE & other American promotions to tour, but recent years have seen the formation of an independent wrestling scene that rivals that of any other country. PROGRESS Wrestling regularly sells out its events & sells itself as the world’s leading independent wrestling company. WWE has made deals with PROGRESS & Insane Championship Wrestling, and has several of Britain’s top wrestlers under contract for a United Kingdom Division. World of Sport is becoming a thing again, and WWE seems to consider them a competitor worth keeping an eye on.

WWE’s international travels took them to London this week for Raw & SmackDown Live tapings. One would expect that their brass will use the opportunity to increase their presence in the United Kingdom in some form. I thought this was the perfect time to take a look back at some of Great Britain’s greatest performers. Someday, the likes of Will Ospreay, Marty Scrull, Zach Sabre Jr., Pete Dunne & today’s other fantastic British wrestlers could very well knock these men off the list. Pro wrestling’s future in the UK definitely looks bright.

For now, these are the Top 5 British Wrestlers.

5. Big Daddy

Having a list of British wrestlers without mentioning Big Daddy is like having a list of American wrestlers without Hulk Hogan. Shirley Crabtree is widely regarded as one of the worst in-ring talents of his generation, yet he was the biggest star in English wrestling history. A lengthy-built one on one match with Giant Haystacks drew over eighteen million viewers. He teamed with several of the men on this list early in their careers. They got to do the work, which certainly helped them later on.

4. Nigel McGuinness

Ring of Honor has never been more successful on a commercial level than it is in 2018. I remain partial to the mid-2000s years with folks like Joe, Punk & Danielson carrying the banner. Nigel was right there with them. He started off as a technical wrestler, then once he went to Japan he became all about the lariat. Lots & lots of lariats. He also became more willing to take punishment over the years, which led to his career ending much earlier than it should have. He took needless risks during a time period when the safety of wrestlers had never been considered more important. It almost worked, as he was nearly signed by WWE until he failed a physical. He went to TNA & had a brief run of success there until he contracted Hepatitis B. His in-ring career came to an end soon after, but he still found work in ROH & currently works for WWE as a commentator.

3. Fit Finlay

We can’t forget about our friends in Northern Ireland. Nobody represented that part of the Kingdom better than the Belfast Bruiser himself. Finlay was a regular title holder in Joint Promotions & All-Star Wrestling for two decades & dominated in Germany’s Catch Wrestling Association before making his way to WCW in 1995. He didn’t really make an impact there until he & Lord Steven Regal started a feud that regularly stole the show due to the wrestlers’ willingness to lay the shots in. It’s some sort of a code that the Brits & other European wrestlers seem to have with each other.

Finlay had a successful WCW run that led to a job with WWE as an agent, where one of his jobs was training the Divas. Unexpectedly, at the age of 47, he returned to the ring five years after his original retirement. He was part of King Booker’s Court & was often accompanied by Hornswoggle during his WWE run. His father & grandfather were wrestlers, and his son is currently competing in New Japan.

2. William Regal

Regal would probably be the first to admit that he didn’t accomplish as much in his career as he should have. He never held a major World Championship. He lost years to excessive drug usage. When he was on the verge of greatness, he would screw it all up. Even so, he had a remarkable career. As Lord Steven Regal, he was one of WCW’s most detested wrestlers while holding the Television Championship on four separate occasions. He did nearly everything during his time in WWE, winning the 2008 King of the Ring Tournament & holding the Intercontinental, European, Hardcore & Tag Team Championships on multiple occasions. He served as WWE Commissioner & Raw General Manager, and is currently NXT’s GM.

Who better to sum it all up than William himself?

Honorable Mention: Lord Alfred Hayes

I remember Hayes as a longtime WWF announcer & the man who informed us who promotional consideration was paid for by. Before that, he was a highly successful wrestler in Europe & America, and later became a hated manager.

Honorable Mention: Billy Robinson

Robinson was successful all across the world & was known as one of the legendary shooters. He trained mixed martial artists in catch wrestling. He was Verne Gagne’s opponent in the 1974 film The Wrestler.

1. The British Bulldogs

If you ask people of my age to name wrestlers from the United Kingdom, Davey Boy Smith & the Dynamite Kid are the first two that come to mind. They formed one of the greatest tag teams of the 1980s & were one of the WWF’s most reliable sources for quality in-ring work during the time period. Their entrance to “Rule, Britannia” & the Union Jack prominently displayed on their tights & entrance attire gave their fellow countrymen a tremendous amount of pride. Their matches with their brothers-in-law, the Hart Foundation, set the standard for tag team wrestling in the WWF.

Smith went on to a highly successful singles career while Dynamite had to retire early due to injury. The high point for Davey Boy came at London’s Wembley Stadium, where he beat Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam 1992. Neither story ended well, as Davey Boy died before his time while Dynamite was confined to a wheelchair & became bitter about his lot in life. We try not to think about their later years, and choose to remember when they were arguably the most popular & talented tag team in the world.


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Chris’s Insanely Early 2019 SummerSlam Match Predictions

Chris King jumps ahead to WWE SummerSlam 2019 and predicts the card we may see in Toronto next month!

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Chris King jumps ahead to WWE SummerSlam 2019 and predicts the card we may see in Toronto next month!

This past Sunday at WWE Extreme Rules the WWE Universe was shaken to its core when Brock Lesnar cashed-in on Seth Rollins to become a 3X-Time Universal Champion! On Raw “The Beastslayer” outlasted nine other competitors (one of them originally announced as Daniel Bryan but then changed to Sami Zayn) in the first-ever cross-brand All-star 10-Man Over-The-Top Battle Royal to get his rematch at SummerSlam.

Natalya also won a fatal-four-way to become The Man Becky Lynch’s challenger for SummerSlam. We also witnessed the amazing debut of The Fiend as Bray Wyatt hit Sister Abigail on Finn Balor! Shortly after it was announced that Wyatt and Balor are set to do battle again at WWE SummerSlam!

On this past Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live, In a six-man tag team match with Randy Orton, Elias, and Samoa Joe vs. The New Day Orton pinned the WWE Champion clean. We also got Round II of Cesaro/Aleister Black, and Black won decisively. Also, Bayley teamed with Ember Moon to face Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille. In their post-match celebration Moon accepted Bayley’s challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at SummerSlam.

Last but certainly not least, Kevin Owens once again defied Shane McMahon and his myriad of corporate stooges and stunned the boss not once but twice! Below I will be giving my predictions for the rest of the matches to be included for SummerSlam.

Chris’s 2019 SummerSlam Match Card Predictions

WWE SummerSlam Kick-Off Show

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship
    Shinsuke Nakamura © vs. Mustafa Ali
  • Gimmick Match for the WWE 24/7 Championship
    R-Truth © vs. Drake Maverick
  • Fatal-5-Way Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
    Drew Gulak © vs. Tony Nese vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Jack Gallagher vs. Oney Lorcan

WWE SummerSlam Pay-Per-View

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship
    New Day © vs. Heavy Machinery
  • Fatal-4-Way Tag Team Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship
    The Revival © vs. The Usos vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. The Viking Raiders
  • Charlotte Flair vs. Liv Morgan
  • 2-Out-3 Falls Match for the WWE United States Championship
    AJ Styles © vs. Ricochet
  • Aleister Black vs. Cesaro (part 3)
  • Triple Threat Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
    The IIconics © vs. The Kabuki Warriors vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille
  • Kevin Owens vs. Drew McIntyre
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross
  • Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns
  • Bray Wyatt (The Fiend) vs. Finn Balor (The Demon)
  • Rey Mysterio vs. Baron Corbin
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship
    Bayley © vs. Ember Moon
  • Raw Women’s Championship
    Becky Lynch © vs. Natalya
  • WWE Championship
    Kofi Kingston © vs. Randy Orton
  • Universal Championship
    Brock Lesnar © vs. Seth Rollins


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The Club Taking Over WWE–And How The Undisputed Era vs. The Club Could Impact The Future Of NXT

Chris King takes a look at the resurgence of The Club in WWE, and the possibility of a run-in with NXT favorites the Undisputed Era.

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Chris King takes a look at the resurgence of The Club in WWE, and the possibility of a run-in with NXT favorites the Undisputed Era.

At Extreme Rules Styles and Ricochet did battle once again over the coveted United States Championship, where both competitors put on a wrestling clinic and Styles became a three-time United States Champion!

With Styles holding the United States Championship one must expect, that The Good Brothers are coming for the Raw Tag Team Championships. I already predict that they will win the titles as soon as SummerSlam. Finn Balor recently lost the Intercontinental Championship to Shinsuke Nakamura, perhaps he may set his sights on the WWE or Universal Championship?

How The Undisputed Era vs The Club Will Help The Future Of NXT

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The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong, and Bobby Fish), have taken NXT by storm since August 2017. All four members have accomplished so much in two short years. Under “Freebird Rule” Undisputed Era are two-time NXT Tag-team Champions, and Cole was the inaugural North American Champion and current NXT Champion.

On July 17, 2019, Club member Karl Anderson sent out a tweet stating that ‘The Club’ is the only club that matters.

A fan responded with a tweet of The Undisputed Era and the leader of The Club Styles found it hilarious, signifying that NXT’s top faction wasn’t a real threat.

Roderick Strong and Adam Cole didn’t waste any time firing back.

Could we witness two of the most popular factions in WWE and NXT battle for brand supremacy?

This has never happened before and it’s something new and fresh, that pro wrestling fans all over the world would be salivating for. Not only would The Club vs. The Undisputed Era be an EPIC dream feud for the ages, it will also have a significant impact on the future of the black and gold brand.

Over the years NXT has morphed from being the developmental territory, into its own brand delivering some of the most exhilarating five-star matches of all time. What was once heralded as a launchpad for up-and-coming talent to make it to the main roster, now is viewed as it’s own entity.

Undisputed Era will be looking to prove that the black and gold brand is the creme of the crop, while The Club, on the other hand, is cementing their status as untouchable on the main roster. Something that their rivals have proved for over two years while holding all the gold at separate times.

The battles that these factions would have would be completely insane, and with two of the best talkers in the industry, the promos would straight fire! In the world of professional wrestling anything is possible, so come on Triple H convince Vince McMahon why this feud needs to happen and that boys and girls is… Undisputed!!!

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