4FW Heavyweight Champion
'English Lion' Eddie Ryan
No one predicted that the man walking away from 4FW New Year’s Wrestleution as champion would be Eddie Ryan. The heavy favourites were either of the former champions who competed in a one on one qualifying match earlier in the evening. The crowd knew that The Saint and Jack Dynamo had advantage from Championship experience. Speculation was rife that Jack Dynamo had a plan in place and, after stealing a victory from the hands of The Saint, everything seemed to be falling into place. It was only the re-emergence of The Saint that scuppered Dynamo’s ideas and left the door open for a new Champion.
The closing moments were tense with several stars getting close. Inevitably, it came down to 3 – The Bruise Brothers combination of Gilligan and Lomaxx were working cohesively and within centimetres of the Championship belt and destiny when Ryan moved the ladder and smashed Lomaxx in the face with a devastating super kick. With that Eddie climbed and reached the Promised Land. He was champion, king of the hill and number 1 in the company.
With this championship, the internationally travelled Ryan now becomes the target in 4FW. He holds the prize that everyman covets but only few can possess. People are going to be knocking at his door and gunning for him from all sides – he is without friends. The test of Ryan’s character will be how long he can survive in a sea full of sharks. Thankfully in this metaphor – Eddie has proven himself to be quite the swimmer in recent times and has opened up a contract for anyone to sign for the first shot at his 4FW Championship – the Prize in British Professional Wrestling.
We still await confirmation of who his opponent will be however in the words of Eddie Ryan himself, whoever it is, The English Lion is roaring and ready to go.
'Hakushi' Jinsei Shinzaki
There is a short list of Japanese stars that have broken out from the Orient and cracking the largest companies in the world of wrestling. There is an even shorter list of those who have made a lasting impression on the entire wrestling world to the extent of being remembered 16 years after leaving the USA. One such star is the Japanese legend making his debut Saturday 9th June at 4FW: Battle Britannia. He is “The White Angel” Jinsei Shinzaki.
Known to Western audiences as the “Modern Day Kamikaze” Hakushi, Shinzaki is a travelling soul who has battled on many of the continents of the world. Recently returning to the Chikara promotion in Northern America and relighting his warrior spirit; the White Angel is looking to remake his name in the UK by battling in one of the top promotions in Europe.
Known for his jaw dropping high-flying, violent striking and calm resolve whilst delivering brutal punishment to his opponent, it will be an honour and a test for whomever steps into the battle field with Shinzaki. Having competed in Japans longest running companies NJPW and AJPW Shinzaki has found most success in his promotion Michinoku Pro Wrestling, where Jinsei is currently holding the honour of president replacing long time friend the Great Sasuke. Saturday 9th June the fans in Swindon will be lucky enough potentially for the last time to witness one of the inovators of Modern Pro-Wrestling Live! at the Grange Drive Leisure Centre.
We are keen to know who Jinsei Shinzaki will be facing at Battle Britannia however it can be ascertained that whoever it is will be facing an opponent unlike any other they have ever faced – silent, humble, agile, violent and powerful. This is a combination of character traits that will take the effort of a life time to defeat.
The world’s largest wrestling company has produced a wealth of extraordinary talent. They have a multi-cultural employment policy which means that they have been able to hand select the finest talents from all corners of the globe. They have hired and refined some of the best from America, Canada, Japan and Europe. On the list of European candidates is a French man who went out and grew into a worldwide sensation. He is known as “The French Phenom” – Rene Dupree.
Originally residing in Canada, Dupree adopted his heritage as a true Frenchman, following in the footsteps of his father in the wrestling business. Born into the sport; Rene’s lineage lead to a successful run in the WWE which in turn opened doors around the world, including a well-received stint in AJPW. With model-esque looks, devastating offence and a huge chip on his shoulder, the 28 year old Dupree is looking to further his successes on UK soils by joining the UK’s top promotion on June 9th.
When Dupree sets foot in the 4FW ring at Battle Britannia all eyes will be on him and his mega-star aura. The opponent who stands opposite him will have to get past the French Tickler and avoid the Dupree Driver if they hope to be successful in what will no doubt be a headline match up.
'Mr Smooth' Johnny Kidd
4FW has made a point of embracing both the past and the future to create the awe-inspiring shows they do at present. With a respect that it is rarely seen in this day in age, they have an “open door” policy for talent, inviting all to come and train and prove their worth. 4FW will, however, only allow the best to compete at their highest levels. One of those men who was welcomed through the doors with open arms was British wrestling legend, “Mr Smooth” Johnny Kidd.
With a list of credentials that is unfaultable, Kidd is one of the wizards of professional wrestling, making his bones during an era where brutality was punctuated with grace and elegance. It was an era of Gentlemen Warriors in British wrestling. Making his long over-due debut at New Year’s Wrestleution, Johnny Kidd defied critics and put on an absolute master-class of wrestling skill, proving that his style has survived through what some have called a recession of skill in recent years. With more talent breaking through from the 4FW training school at the end of this downturn, Johnny Kidd will be looking to earn a permanent spot on the 4FW roster.
Although he fell short, losing to Maddog Maxx on that evening in his first outing, Johnny Kidd has vowed not to suffer defeat again when he returns in June. There are sure to be some in the locker room who will be looking to make a name for themselves at the expense of this Gentleman Warrior but we are sure “Mr Smooth” Johnny Kidd will graciously accept their challenge.
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Antonio De Luca
Antonio De Luca was born and raised in the shadow of the Coliseum in Rome, Italy. He travelled to England to fulfill a life-long ambition and bring an Italian fire to 4FW. Emerging from the shadows with a braggadocios demeanour like a king on his horse, **** of the walk or narcissistic Adonis, the gladiator arrogantly proclaimed he would be the first and most dominant Italian superstar to step foot in 4FW. He proclaimed that he would be the “Italian Stallion” of the Swindon based company.
Unfortunately for the fire blooded European, he had not done his homework…
Jason Larusso has been a cornerstone of 4FW for the last 2 years. The Italian native has made his mark and is a proud member of 4FW’s growing International contingent. Upon realising that Larusso was a mainstay and already ordained the moniker “Italian Stallion” De Luca became incensed. He vowed at that moment that he would be the boldest and biggest member of the 4FW International roster. Disgusted and disillusioned, he has vowed to make a statement on his debut and has further promised that he will be taking the spotlight in 4FW and staking his claim to not only the name “Italian Stallion” but the glory of the 4FW championship gold as well.
4FW Junior Heavyweight Champion
Owen Phoenix has reigned supreme in the 4FW Junior Heavyweight Division since capturing the championship in mid 2010. Thus far unshaken in any of his challenges, he even pushed NJPW Star Prince Devitt to his limits (despite losing the non-title contest) and really making a name for himself on the International scene. Still in his teenage years, the future is potentially brighter than any other for the young Phoenix.
Many have sited that a lack of experience would have led to the down fall of the rising star but he has been growing in confidence and self-assurance with every passing match, whilst earning the exposure. Aside from big league matches, Owen has had many title defences against his peers and fellow Junior Heavyweight standouts, the likes of Jason Larusso, Behnam Ali and Wild Boar, and has continually come out victorious.
With June’s Battle Britannia event comes a new challenge – 4FW management have promised that Phoenix will be tasked with a suitable opponent who has yet to be named. Whilst we look forward to the announcement we can rest easy in the knowledge that the contest will be a showcase of Owen Phoenix’s talents and a Junior Heavyweight spectacle that will have to be seen to be believed.
With the influx of imports that 4FW have been accruing, it is easy to see why many are calling the must see promotion in the UK. What this is leading to is that every superstar in the country is knocking on the door trying to get a shot at earning a place. One man that was granted such an opportunity is the internationally renowned Dragon Emperor.
Making his debut in February at New Year’s Wrestleution, Dragon Emperor made an excellent accounting of himself however he was taken out of the equation as a result of an onslaught by The Professor and Matt Lomaxx. As his debut was marred by these actions, Dragon Emperor has promised to return in June at Battle Britannia and deliver 100% of what he has to offer. This promises to be a spectacular display but it begs the question – who will his opponent be?
Having his initial moment of glory scuppered by the Bruiser Street Mob – will he target one of them for vengeance? Will he be looking to put on a one match highlight reel with one of the cruiserweights such as Behnam Ali or Jason Larusso? Or is The Emperor looking to strike his name into running for a title shot and challenging one of the gold holders in 4FW? What is for sure is that the foreign sensation will be looking to strike while the iron is hot and catapult himself to the forefront of 4Front Wrestling.
In the wake of Eddie Ryan’s winning the 4FW Heavyweight Championship, it is easy to overlook those that fell short on the night. With all the promise of pomp and pageantry that preceded him, as well as the antagonistic comments and disparaging remarks, the Rockstar they call Spud ended up with egg on his face at 4FW New Year’s Wrestleution when he lost to up and comer Jason Larusso. Not only was the loss humiliating for the braggadocios Rockstar, it also cost him a chance to compete in the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Humiliated but not humbled, the arrogant Rockstar was caught for comment after the show and reportedly lambasted 4FW, its management and its talent. The Rockstar has gone on record stating “Jason Larusso got luckier than most women do when they meet Spud on the town. I out wrestled him and made a fool of him. I may go and *** his mum and *** on her **** whilst she ***** my **** like they did the day one of those men misfired and got the ***** pregnant. That way his whole family will know how it feels to be a pathetic never-was like Jason. And I could do that. I can do anything. Haha – if I did that I would literally be a mother-******* Rockstar!!”
He continued “In fact what I am going to do is offer a chance to anyone in 4FW to step in to my ring – my concert hall – in June and teach whoever takes me up that I can take them out. If it’s Jason - even better. If not then I say UNLUCKY ****heads because no one can touch me in there. I am the mother-******* Baby Jesus of ******* British Wrestling. Peace out ****!! Oh and lose some weight, fatty. The Rockstar Spud has left the building!”
So the challenge is made and this reporter, who normally remains impartial, is really hoping that someone can shut up the disgusting mouth of the obnoxious Rockstar they call Spud. We wait with baited breath for Spud’s opponent to be announced.
'The Sheik' Behnam Ali
Not more than a few years ago, many had speculated that 4FW’s foundations were too reliant on their established talents. It had been speculated that one serious injury or disappearance from these men would have shattered the company and brought it to its knees. Thankfully, that speculation proved to be unfounded as 4FW went out and created the most successful wrestling school in Europe. The charge of new talents has been phenomenal and all have shown respect and integrity, mobbing up in the world of wrestling. All of them, that is, bar “The Sheik” Behnam Ali.
When surrounded by high-performing contemporaries, it is easy to see what has turned a once shy and retiring individual into a bitter and arrogant young man. Ali has reached similar peaks to that of his closest comparable opponent, Owen Phoenix, who broke in at the same time. He has not, however managed to steal away Phoenix’s coveted Junior Heavyweight championship. This is a fact that has eaten “The Sheik” alive. Behnam has been on the losing side of some of the biggest encounters in 4FW memory and, most recently, spat in the face of British Superstar Doug Williams.
As a result of his disrespect – Behnam felt the force of Williams’ Chaos Theory which caused a further dent in the fragile mental armour of the Iranian athlete. Swearing a new start – Ali has vowed to rebound and change his fortunes – starting at Battle Britannia. Once his opponent is announced Ali will be looking to make them a stepping stone on his renewed quest however recent form would suggest that the 4FW superstar will need a change of attitude, as well as a change of direction, in order to succeed at the June spectacular.
'Italian Stallion' Jason Larusso
It is difficult to pick one who stands out in the 4FW Junior Heavyweight division. Naturally, Owen Phoenix is deemed the top of the pile due to his status as champion but it seems every other superstar that qualifies for the weight group is no more than a half step behind being right on his heels. Behnam Ali, Dragon Emperor, Wild Boar, Rockstar Spud and more compile an extensive and elite list of stars that compete for the spotlight in the action packed category. One person who has really been putting the pressure on however is Jason Larusso.
The Italian born star has set the division on fire with a passion and determination, the young up start has hung with the best – recently scoring a victory over national attraction the Rockstar they call Spud. With his momentum growing it will not be long before Larusso is in top contention for the Junior Heavyweight prize. His rise to the upper echelon has drawn him the attention of the many but the ire of the few.
With June’s Battle Britannia Larusso is looking for competition to elevate his career higher. He will need to keep an eye over his shoulder though, as an ominous warning from a countryman could change the course of his path forever…
Jonathan Gresham is a name that has become synonymous with Independent wrestling in the United States. He has worked hard to build his reputation as one of the most technically sound wrestlers not only on the shores of the USA but in the entire world. The majority of the company he keeps and the professional federations he has worked for hold the esteem and grandeur of true professional wrestling as the highest priority. He is spoken of as being in a class of his own and has a repertoire of manoeuvres that shock and awe his opponents.
Having ties to some “Death Match” wrestling companies means that Gresham is fearless and does not know pain. Going for a submission may not be an option for his opponents as he can endure extreme physical punishment. Do not let the association fool you though, Gresham is a technical master and will allow the fans to form their own opinion of his work when he steps into the 4FW ring.
With everyone looking forward to his debut at Battle Britannia, Gresham will no doubt have a lot of pressure on his shoulders – thankfully he should take it in his stride and produce a wrestling master class of hold-for-hold catch!
Returning to 4FW on June 9th is the Welsh competitor Mike Hitchman. Hitchman has been called many things but the name that has stuck and sums him up perfectly is The Wild Boar. Untamed, animalistic and vicious, the Wild Boar has torn up the UK scene in recent times and is currently taking 4FW by storm.
A stand out in the recent 4FW Ladder Match, Boar showed an array of styles and capabilities. He traded hard-hitting strikes with Matt Lomaxx, threw around The Professor with technical throws, flew around like Jason LaRusso or Owen Phoenix and showed the same resilience as eventual winner Eddie Reyes. Boar is truly a multi-skilled athlete who will mix-it up with any one.
The question now is who will it be and what style will be needed at 4FW Battle Britannia? The crowd will have a keen eye on the contest but perhaps closer watching will be the rest of the 4FW locker-room be they Junior Heavyweights or Heavyweights. There is no one on the roster that should look past the Wild Boar – he has the skills to take a championship – it is just a matter of time.