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WFS BritanniaAWA has a rich history of holding bouts with traditional British rules. Such contests, consisting of 6 3-minute rounds require fighters to win 2 falls or 1 knockout. Since 1998, many legends from ITV World of Sport including Blondie Barrett, Danny "Boy" Collins, Steve Prince, Keith Myatt, Mr. X, Leroy Brown, and theEngland witnessed the 35 year veteran become the inaugural WFS British Heavyweight Champion. From that point forward, Barnsley Brawler committed to training in the British style to get his hands on the title. The Yorkshireman studied his childhood heroes and worked under the guidance of former Welterweight kingpin Johnny Kidd, soaking up all the knowledge he could. After months of grueling preparation, Barnsley Brawler was placed in a best of 3 series against Jonny Rose with a WFS British Heavyweight title opportunity on the line. All the while, Lewis Blain was successfully defending the belt against all comers. Rose used his vast experience in traditional British bouts to take the first meeting on May 31st in Wolverley, but Barnsley Brawler claimed the equalizer one month later. In Bromsgrove on July 13th Brawler pinned the now AWA World Champion Jonny Rose to earn his shot at Lewis Blain's WFS British Heavyweight title. The title bout was set for Wolverley on July 26th. After 6 rounds of grueling pure wrestling, Blain and Brawler were tied at one fall each, and the matchup was declared a draw. AWA matchmakers responded by signing a rematch with an unprecedented late great Drew McDonald have graced AWA rings. Even The iconic Johnny Saint defended his World Lightweight title against "Mr. Smooth" Johnny Kidd in 2009, and who could forget the epic 6 round classic between Lewis Blain and Jonny Rose in front of a sold out Dinnington Resource Centre in South Yorkshire in 2017. On January 25th, 2019, AWA took their legacy of traditional British wrestling to the next level by joining forces with the World Fighting Showcase to establish the WFS British Heavyweight Championship, a title dedicated to traditional British rules. The semi-finals of a 4-man tournament saw Barnsley Brawler defeat Bully Boy Carter 2-1 and Lewis Blain beat Jonny Rose 2-1 in the 6th round. Lewis Blain defeated Barnsley Brawler by a decisive 2-0 margin in the 5th round in the final. The fans in Wolverley,
It is traditional in professional wrestling for Television title matches to have short time limits. Because of the history between "The Ultimate Athlete" David Anthony and "The Scottish Sensation" Murphy Costigan, this was not the case on Sunday, August 25th. The two fighters had previously met many times in many different environments, and it showed. In a contest that clocked in just under 20 minutes, Murphy Costigan sucked the air out of the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, TN when he pinned David Anthony to end the Ultimate Athlete's 394 day reign as WFS Television Champion. Costigan, as usual, had quite alot to say after his victory. Suffice it to say, those in attendance at Creepycon witnessed an undeniable change in the landscape of the World Fighting Showcase.
July 25th, 2019 marks the one-year anniversary of "The Ultimate Athlete" David Anthony capturing the WFS Television Championship from "Mr. Number 1" George South at the Glenwood 4H Camp in Princeton, WV. South had defeated Anthony one week earlier, albeit under controversial circumstances, to be crowned the first Television Champion. Since enacting his revenge on George South, The Ultimate Athlete has proudly carried the banner of the World Fighting Showcase, defending his title in multiple territories including but not limited to WFS Mega Pro in West Virginia and WFS Evolution in Tennessee and North Carolina. David Anthony has withstood stiff challenges from the likes of "The Scottish Sensation" Murphy Costigan and "Mr. DDT" Bruce Grey, among many others. On behalf of everyone at the World Fighting Showcase and wrestlerewind.com, congratulations to "The Ultimate Athlete" David Anthony on 365 days as Television Champion!
"Lethal Limits", the World Fighting Showcase's pay-per-view spectacular, certainly lived up to its name on July 12th, 2019 in Marmet, WV. Eight fighters entered a one-night tournament in which every match-up was contested under a different "Lethal Limits" stipulation. In what must be viewed as an upset, Smokey C ascended a ladder above extreme legend "The Franchise" Shane Douglas to become the inaugural WFS No Holds Barred Champion. The great fans at the Marmet Recreation Center were also treated to Eric Darkstorm retaining his AIWF Championship against Jason "The Gift" Kincaid. In addition, The Golden Terror defeated "The Ultimate Athlete" David Anthony in a Last Man Standing match to remain WFS American Champion. See all the action from "Lethal Limits" by going to wrestlerewind.com and signing up for your free trial on the WrestleRewind Streaming Channel today!