For those new to my power rankings, the calculation of these rankings are based off:
- Wrestlers win/loss records during the previous month
- The position of the match on the card (a win in the main event is worth more points than a win in the opening match. A Loss in the main event minuses less points than losing in the opening match of the night.)
- PPV and TV Show wins are worth more points than house shows
- Title match wins and losses are also worth more points.
Today we look at the British Wrestling scene for December and January. While all wrestlers in the region were consider, more focus was put on the larger companies (PROGRESS, Rev Pro, IPW:UK, Attack Pro, Insane Championship Wrestling, Preston City Wrestling, Defiant Wrestling, OTT Wrestling and Fight Club Pro)
1. Travis Banks
The Kiwi Buzzsaw was the stand out wrestler in the British scene the last couple of months… Some of the highlights were… Teamed with Chris Brookes to defeat the Legion of Lords in a No-DQ Three on Two match at RevPro Live at the Cockpit 23 on the 3/12… Defeated El Ligero at #WeAreDefiant… At the Defiant Wrestling TV Tapings he defeated David Starr but, unsuccessfully challenged for Austin Aries Defiant World Title on 11/12… Successfully defeated Eddie Dennis at Progress Chapter 59… Defended his PROGRESS World Title against Will Ospreay at Chapter 60… CCK Went to a No Contest against Moustache Mountain at RevPro Live at the Cockpit 24… Defended his PROGRESS World Title against CCK Partner Chris Brookes at Chapter 61… Defended the Title for the eighth time against TK Cooper at Chapter 62
2. Pete Dunne
The Bruiserweight defeated Eddie Dennis at RevPro Uprising from York Hall… Defended the WWE United Kingdom Title against WWE Alumni Jack Gallagher at PROGRESS Chapter 60… Also defended the UK Title at Chapter 61 against UK Title Tournament competitor Joseph Conners… Went to a double count-out against IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay at IPW:UK Magnificent Seven on 17/1
3. Zack Sabre Jr
The Isle of Sheppey native continued to dominate the UK Scene… Defended his RevPro British Heavyweight Title against Matt Riddle at RevPro Uprising 2017 on 8/12… Successfully defended the Defiant Internet Title against Mike Bailey at the Defiant TV Tapings on 12/12… Defended the RevPro Title against Martin Stone (Danny Burch) at RevPro Live at the Cockpit 25… Became a RevPro double champion when he teamed with his Suzuki-Gun stable mate Minoru Suzuki to defeat Moustache Mountain at RevPro High Stakes 2018 on 20/1… Made his return to PROGRESS after seven shows and defeated Chris Brookes and Trent Seven at Chapter 62
4. Tyson T-Bone
Defended his PCW Heavyweight Title against Iestyn Rees in a Street Fight at Joey Janela’s Big Top Adventure in Blackpool… Again defended this Title again Sheikh El Sham at PCW Jingle Brawl the Way on 15/12 and beat Bubblegum the following night at PCW Festive Fury
5. Mark Haskins
The former TNA Wrestler seemed to appear on every single wrestling show in the UK the last two months… Lost the OTT No Limit Title to Jordan Devlin at OTT Being the Elite… Defeated Martin Kirby at the Defiant TV Tapings in a World Title Contendership vs Defiant Control match… Became the IPW:UK World Title Number 1 contender by defeating Dave Mastiff at Road to Undisputed… Successful won the vacant IPW:UK World Title defeating Luke Phoenix at The Big Bang: Undisputed… Was instantly challenged and defeated by the debuting Austin Aries… Won the 12 Days of Christmas match at PROGRESS Chapter 60 teaming with Jimmy Havoc to defeat Clint Margera and Drew Parker… Again teamed with Havoc at PROGRESS Chapter 61 to defeat Aussie Open (Fletcher and Davis)… Defeated Chris Ridgeway at IPW:UK Magnificent Zeven to again become the number 1 contender to Austin Aries IPW:UK Title… He and Havoc defeated Danny Jones and Mark Andrews at PROGRESS Chapter 62
6. Lloyd Katt
7. Splits McPins
Bowl-A-Rama captured the ATTACK! Tag Team Title defeating the Brothers of Obstruction (The Hunter Brothers) at Under the MistleTour 2017 night 1 on 16/12… Successfully defended the titles against Chris Brookes and the Love Making Demon on night 2… Faced Mike Bird and Wild Boar in another successful title defence at ATTACK! Featuring some of you Favourite Wrestlers on 5/1… In their biggest defence so far the defeated Moustache Mountain at ATTACK! Dear Maria, Tag Me In… Defeated Drew Parker and Elijah at ATTACK! Failures Not Flattering… At the joint Fight Club Pro and ATTACK! Show Wrestle House 18 they successfully defended their titles in a four way match.
8. Marty Scurll
The Villain’s focus these days is on the States and Japan but still appears in some UK Shows… Defended the Defiant World Title in a Three Way match against Joe Hendry and Martin Kirby at #WeAreDefiant… But, lost the Defiant Title to Austin Aries at the TV Tapings… Teamed with the Young Bucks to defeat CCK (Brookes and Banks) and Flip Gordon at RevPro Uprising… The following night defeated Dalton Castle and the Boys at OTT Being the Elite again teaming with the Bucks… Didn’t appear in any matches in the UK in January
9. Jordan Devlin
The Finn Balor trainee captured the OTT No Limits Title from Mark Haskins at OTT Being the Elite… Successfully defended the belt against “Speedball” Mike Bailey at OTT Aftershock… Lost to Mikey Whiplash at ICW Fight Club – It Always Raining in Glasgow
10. Jimmy Havoc
Lost to Primate at #WeAreDefiant in a Hardcore Title Match… At the Defiant TV Tapings Havoc teamed with Primate to successfully defend their Defiant Tag Titles against BT Gunn and Joe Coffey but lost to Aussie Open (Fletcher and Davis) in a non-title bout… Defeated Impact Wrestling’s Abyss in a Monster’s Ball match at IPW:UK The Big Bang… Won the 12 Days of Christmas match at PROGRESS Chapter 60 teaming with Mark Haskins to defeat Clint Margera and Drew Parker… Again teamed with Haskins at PROGRESS Chapter 61 to defeat Aussie Open… He and Haskins defeated Danny Jones and Mark Andrews at PROGRESS Chapter 62
Missing in Action:
- Will Ospreay: Doesn’t spend as much time in the UK as Japan
- Moustache Mountain: Had a lot of title shots in this period but lost all of them.
- Chris Brookes: As dominant as Travis Banks has been, Chris Brookes tends to take a lot of pinfall losses.