ICW Fear & Loathing IX Preview by Adam Morrison

It’s that time of the year again. On Sunday Novemer 20th, ICW head over to the SSE Hydro for the 9th installment of Fear & Loathing. This is perhaps their biggest show to date with some of the top talent from around the world stepping foot in the ring. Unfortunately, WWE Hall of Famer and Raw GM Mick Foley will no longer be able to serve as Commissioner for the evening due to his duties as Raw GM, meaning he has to be in attendance at Survivor Series. However, Mick has found a replacement and will be sending Finn Bálor, former ICW Zero-G Champion, down for one night only to oversee the action as the Special Guest Enforcer (Mick will still appear via satellite). On top of Finn’s return, Kurt Angle, Team 3D and Ricochet will all be in action aswell as a huge lineup for the biggest event in Scottish wrestling history.

Joe Coffey vs Kurt Angle

When it was announced that Kurt Angle was coming to ICW for Fear & Loathing IX, everyone was gunning for a shot at him. At the June tapings of Friday Night Fight Club, Joe Coffey and Joe Hendry did battle to earn the right to face Angle on November 20th with Coffey coming out victorious. After winning the ICW World Heavyweight Title at Shug’s Hoose Party III, fans imagined that Coffey/Angle would be for said title. That was until Wolfgang cashed in his Square Go briefcase and robbed Joe of the gold. Nevertheless, two of the best wrestlers to ever grace the planet will face each other at the SSE Hydro in a match you don’t want to miss.

Steel Cage Match for the ICW World Heavyweight Title
Wolfgang(c) vs Trent Seven

Trent Seven finally gets his chance at the ICW World Heavyweight Title at Fear & Loathing 9, as he challenges Wolfgang inside the unforgiving steel cage. After waiting months for his shot at the belt, Red Lightning finally granted him his opportunity for the title at the Friday Night Fight Club tapings in October under whatever terms he liked. Trent made a wise choice as he chose the match to take place inside the cage, likely to keep The Black Label from interfering in the match. Red Lightning has promised to close ICW’s doors if Trent Seven is victorious, but he may not even had the power to do that by the end of the night if his team lose. If previous steel cage matches in ICW are any indication, this will be a great contest.

Undisputed ICW Tag Team Titles
Polo Promotions (Jackie Polo & Mark Coffey)(c) vs Team 3D (Bully Ray & Devon)

Polo Promotions have their toughest challenge to date when they defend the Undisputed ICW Tag Team Titles against the most decorated tag team in wrestling history, Team 3D. After leaving ICW with the original titles back in April, an 8-team tournament was set up to determine new champions. The Local Fire came out on top at Shug’s Hoose Party III, defeating Mike Bird and Wild Boar in the finals. After being confronted by Polo Promotions following the match, a Ladder match was set up for the Friday Night Fight Club tapings. Polo Promotions won the contest, and will now go on to face the multi-time tag champs at the SSE Hydro on November 20th. What a match this will be.

Stairway to Heaven Match for the ICW Zero-G Title
Lionheart(c) vs Zack Gibson vs Andy Wild vs Liam Thomson vs Iestyn Rees vs Aaron Echo

This is a match I personally can’t wait to see. Lionheart will defend his Zero-G Title in ICW’s first-ever Stairway to Heaven match. The rules for this match are quite simple;

Six participants will enter the match. Eliminations occur by either pinfall or submission. Once we’re down to the final two, they will have to climb the ladder and pull down the title to be declared the champion.

Lionheart’s opponents for the evening will be Zack Gibson, Andy Wild, Liam Thomson, Iestyn Rees and Aaron Echo. All 5 challengers in this match are viable Zero-G Champions and have the chance to make history as the winner of the first Stairway to Heaven match. Lionheart’s title reign is in severe jeopardy here, and he’ll need to pull all the tricks out the book in order to leave the Hydro as a champion.

Triple Threat Match for the ICW Women’s Title
Carmel Jacob(c) vs Kay Lee Ray vs Viper

On the one year anniversary of the ICW Women’s Title, Carmel Jacob will defend her gold against The Black Label’s Kay Lee Ray and Viper, who became the first champion at last year’s Fear & Loathing. Carmel has managed to keep hold of the gold since the very start of the year, winning it from Viper in a Fatal Four Way also involving Kay Lee Ray and current NXT star Nikki Storm. Both Carmel and Viper are nursing knee injuries heading into this match, which allows Kay Lee Ray to take full advantage over her opponents on this evening. These three women are tremendous in the ring, and are sure to put on a great match in front of the SSE Hydro audience.

100% Ownership of ICW
Team Dallas (Chris Renfrew, Sha Samuels, Grado & DCT) vs The Black Label (Jack Jester, Kid Fite, Drew Galloway & Bram)

Mark Dallas and Red Lightning have never seen eye to eye, with each of them always using their own rules to get the better of the other. Back at Shug’s Hoose Party in July, Mark’s team of Grado, Noam Dar and Sha Samuels defeated Lightning’s team of Jack Jester, Drew Galloway and Wolfgang to make it 50/50 ownership within the company. That wasn’t enough; only one man can walk away as 100% complete owner of Insane Championship Wrestling. Mark Dallas has brought in Chris Renfrew, Sha Samuels, Grado and DCT while Red Lightning has acquired Jack Jester, Kid Fite, Drew Galloway and Bram. Team Dallas looked like they couldn’t be on the same page on the shows leading up to Fear & Loathing but they were finally able to come together; will this affect the match in any way this Sunday?

Casket Match
BT Gunn vs Stevie Boy

The rivalry between BT Gunn and Stevie Boy will continue at Fear & Loathing as they compete once again, this time in a casket match. These two have been at each other’s throats since Stevie, along with Wolfgang and Kay Lee Ray, turned on Gunn and Chris Renfrew back in February. After The New Age Kliq defeated The Filthy Generation in October, BT Gunn was allowed to choose what type of match to have, opting to choose a casket match in an ICW first. Will this rivalry between Gunn and Stevie finally come to a close at the Hydro?

If Joe Hendry wins, he gets 5 minutes with The Wee Man. If Davey Blaze wins, Joe must leave ICW for 1 year.
Joe Hendry vs Davey Blaze

Former tag partners collide on Sunday with huge stipulations for the winner. Joe Hendry and Davey Blaze, formerly known collectively as The Local Fire, will face off at the Hydro. Should Joe win, he will get 5 minutes alone in the ring with Davey’s manager The Wee Man. However if Davey wins, The Local Hero will be forced to leave ICW for 1 full year. Two huge stipulations here, but only one is guaranteed. These men have been waiting to get their hands on each other ever since Davey’s shocking heel turn, and it finally happens this Sunday at Fear & Loathing.

Lewis Girvan vs Ricochet

Talk about dream matches. Ricochet will be coming to Scotland for Fear & Loathing as he goes one on one with “The Best Young Wrestler” Lewis Girvan. Lewis earned the right to face Ricochet after defeating Kenny Williams at the October 23rd tapings of Friday Night Fight Club. Girvan is called the Best Young Wrestler for a reason, and has the chance to prove that fact with this match against the inaugural Lucha Underground Champion. Ricochet is known for his acrobatic skills, most notably in his match earlier this year against Will Ospreay in NJPW, and will look to use that to his advantage here to escape Lewis’ technical abilities. The crowd this Sunday are in for a treat with this match; it’s The Best Young Wrestler vs The Future of Flight at Fear & Loathing.

Pre & After-Party

Before Fear & Loathing officially gets underway, there will be two pre-show parties; one in the City Centre and one at the Record Factory on Byers Road. There will be guest DJs, a BBQ, classic wrestling being shown and a coach to take fans from these venues up to the SSE Hydro. After the conclusion of Fear & Loathing, ICW will be hosting an official after-party at the Cathouse Rock Club, located on 15 Union Street, which will be open from 11pm to 4am. There will be special guests from the ICW roster, tickets/merchandise giveaways and a showing of WWE Survivor Series. Entry is free with your ICW ticket stub.

Tickets for the event are available from either www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.triplegmusic.com, www.tickets-scotland.co.uk or www.thessehydro.com. Fans aged 18+ are eligible for standing tickets, while fans aged 16+ must have a seated ticket. Prices range from £27.50-£50. For fans with VIP tickets, the meet & greet opens at 4pm, before they’re allowed down to ringside at 5:30. Entry for general ticket holders is at 6pm. The show is scheduled to start at 7pm, with an end time of 11pm.

This blockbuster event will be broadcast live on FITE TV and, for the first time ever, Mark Dallas has announced the show will be available to stream live on ICW On Demand as opposed to being available 24 hours after.

Announced Matches
Joe Coffey vs Kurt Angle
World Heavyweight Title Steel Cage Match: Wolfgang(c) vs Trent Seven
Undisputed Tag Team Titles: Polo Promotions(c) vs Team 3D
Zero-G Title Stairway to Heaven Match: Lionheart(c) vs Zack Gibson vs Andy Wild vs Liam Thomson vs Iestyn Rees vs Aaron Echo
Women’s Title: Carmel Jacob(c) vs Kay Lee Ray vs Viper
100% Ownership of ICW: Team Dallas vs The Black Label
Casket Match: BT Gunn vs Stevie Boy
Career vs 5 minutes with Wee Man: Joe Hendry vs Davey Blaze
Lewis Girvan vs Ricochet