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Defiant Wrestling[edit | edit source]

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Defiant Wrestling
AcronymDefiant
Founded26 May 2016
Defunct1 August 2019
StyleProfessional wrestling
Sports entertainment
HeadquartersNewcastle, United Kingdom
Founder(s)WhatCulture
Owner(s)WhatCulture
FormerlyWhat Culture Pro Wrestling (2016–2017)
WebsiteWeAreDefiant.com

Defiant Wrestling was a British professional wrestling promotion, founded in 2016 by the members of WhatCulture Wrestling, a YouTube subsidiary of WhatCulture.com, based in Newcastle.[1] The promotion was originally called What Culture Pro Wrestling (WCPW), named after the YouTube channel WhatCulture; and following the departures of several on air talents from WCPW, the new on-screen general manager Stu Bennett announced that the promotion was going to rebrand as Defiant Wrestling.[2] Defiant Wrestling was founded on 26 May 2016 by Adam Pacitti.[3] As in other professional wrestling promotions, WCPW shows are not legitimate contests, but purely entertainment-based, featuring storyline-driven, scripted, and choreographed matches, though they often include moves that can put performers at risk of injury if not performed correctly. On 1 August 2019 Defiant announced that would close its doors.[4][5]

History[edit | edit source]

The promotion was founded on 26 May 2016 by members of WhatCulture Wrestling, a YouTube subsidiary of WhatCulture.com, as a result of the channel's popularity.[1] The promotion held its first shows in June 2016.[6]

In February 2017, WCPW launched the Pro Wrestling World Cup, as part of which they co-promoted shows in Canada and Germany with Smash Wrestling and the German Wrestling Federation, respectively.[7] During the 2017's WrestleMania weekend, WCPW traveled to the United States to held their event State of Emergency at the Orlando Sports Center.[8][9][10] On 24 April 2017, it was announced a working partnership with Revolution Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, with WCPW and NJPW co-presenting the Japanese qualifiers for the Pro Wrestling World Cup Tournament.[11] On 22 May, WCPW was forced to cancel their weekly show Loaded due to a YouTube demonitization policy that deemed wrestling violent.[12] WCPW would later create an event named Fight Back whilst creating a petition to change the YouTube policy in order to bring back Loaded.[13][14][15] The petition was a success and this led to the return of Loaded on 25 July.[16]

Following the departures of former management, WCPW announced Stu Bennett as the new on-screen General Manager for the promotion.[2] It was also announced that WCPW would rebrand as Defiant Wrestling in December, with Defiant holding their first pay-per-view titled WeAreDefiant.[2] This also led to the end of Loaded, with the final episode airing on 20 October.[17] Also in December 2017, Defiant Wrestling launched their on-demand service, Access Defiant, which includes the old WCPW events.[2] Defiant also announced that they would start weekly broadcasting shows on YouTube, replacing Loaded.[18] On 1 August 2019, After weeks of inactivity Defiant would announce on Twitter that they were folding.[19][20][21][22] Following the announcement many former wrestlers of the promotion shared their feelings about the promotion closing.[23]

Tournaments[edit | edit source]

Tournament Last champion(s) Date won Location
Pro Wrestling World Cup[24] Kushida 26 August 2017 Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

Championships[edit | edit source]

Defiant Championship[edit | edit source]

Defiant Championship
Details
PromotionDefiant Wrestling
Date established15 June 2016
Date retired1 August 2019
Current champion(s)Rampage Brown
Date won17 April 2019
Other name(s)
  • WCPW World Championship
  • WCPW Championship
No. Champion Date Event Location Reign Days held Notes Ref.
1 Big Damo June 16, 2016 Built To Destroy (2016) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 69 Defeated Rampage to become the inaugural champion. This aired on tape delay on 25 July 2016. [25]
2 Joseph Conners August 24, 2016 Stacked Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 98 This was a four-way match also involving Rampage and Joe Hendry. This aired on tape delay on 3 September 2016. [25]
3 Drew Galloway November 30, 2016 Delete WCPW Nottingham, England 1 150 This was a three-way steel cage match also involving Joe Hendry. [25]
4 Martin Kirby April 29, 2017 No Regrets Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 1 This was the 30 Man Rumble match, in which Drew Galloway defended the title. Galloway was eliminated by Joe Hendry, who was later eliminated by Kirby. [25]
5 Joe Hendry April 30, 2017 Pro Wrestling World Cup 2017: Mexican Qualifiers Coventry, England 1 155 Won by referee stoppage after Kirby was unable to continue the match. This aired on tape delay on 5 May 2017. [26][25]
6 Marty Scurll October 2, 2017 Refuse To Lose (2017) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 64 Cashed in his Magnificent Seven Briefcase during a singles match between Joe Hendry and Will Ospreay, thus making it a three way match. The title was renamed to Defiant Championship on 4 December 2017 following the reabranding of What Culture Pro Wrestling. [2][25]
7 Austin Aries December 5, 2017 Defiant Birmingham, England 1 144 [25]
8 Rampage Brown April 28, 2018 No Regrets (2018) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 322 [27]
9 Rory Coyle March 16, 2019 Magnificent Seven Sunderland, England 1 32 [28]
10 Rampage Brown April 17, 2019 Lights Out (2019) Leeds, England 2 73 [29]
11 David Starr June 29, 2019 Built To Destroy (2019) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 33 [30]
Deactivated 1 August 2019 Title was reitred due to Defiant Wrestling cloosing its doors. [20][21]

Combined reigns[edit | edit source]

Rank [1] Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
1 Rampage Brown 2 395
2 Joe Hendry 1 155
3 Drew Galloway 1 150
4 Austin Aries 1 144
5 Joseph Conners 1 98
6 Big Damo 1 69
7 Marty Scurll 1 64
8 David Starr 1 33
9 Rory Coyle 1 32
10 Martin Kirby 1 1

Defiant Internet Championship[edit | edit source]

Defiant Internet Championship
Details
PromotionDefiant Wrestling
Date established6 October 2016
Date retired1 August 2019
Other name(s)
  • WCPW Internet Championship
No. Champion Date Event Location Reign Days held Notes Ref.
1 El Ligero October 6, 2016 Refuse To Lose (2016) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 55 Won a three way match over Alberto El Patron and Travis Banks to become the inaugural champion. [31]
2 Cody Rhodes November 30, 2016 Delete WCPW Nottingham, England 1 150 This match was also contested for Rhodes's GFW NEX*GEN Championship. [32]
3 Gabriel Kidd April 29, 2017 No Regrets (2017) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 118 This was a three-way match, also involving Joe Hendry. [32]
4 Zack Sabre Jr. August 25, 2017 Loaded Sheffield, England 1 173 The title was renamed to Defiant Internet Championship on 4 December 2017 following the reabranding of What Culture Pro Wrestling. [32][2]
Vacated February 14, 2018 Vacated due to Zack Sabre Jr. being unable to defend the title.
5 Travis Banks February 29, 2018 Defiant Manchester, England 1 98 Defeated David Starr, Mike Bailey and Chris Brookes to win the vacant title [33]
6 Walter May 28, 2018 Road to Destruction Sheffield, England 1 189 This was a triple threat match also involving Zack Sabre Jr. [34]
7 Martin Kirby December 3, 2018 Loaded Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 208 [35]
8 Joe Hendry June 29, 2019 Built To Destroy (2019) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 33
Deactivated 1 August 2019 Title was reitred due to Defiant Wrestling cloosing its doors. [20][21]

Combined reigns[edit | edit source]

Rank [2] Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
1 Martin Kirby 1 208
2 Walter 1 189
3 Zack Sabre Jr. 1 173
4 Cody Rhodes 1 150
5 Gabriel Kidd 1 118
6 Travis Banks 1 98
7 El Ligero 1 55
8 Joe Hendry 1 33

Defiant Tag Team Championship[edit | edit source]

Defiant Tag Team Championship
Details
PromotionDefiant Wrestling
Date established30 November 2016
Date retired1 August 2019
Other name(s)
  • WCPW Tag Team Championship
No. Champion Date Event Location Reign Days held Notes Ref.
1 Johnny Moss and Liam Slater November 30, 2016 Delete WCPW Nottingham, England 1 74 Defeated The Coffeys (Joe Coffey and Mark Coffey) to become the inaugural champions.[36]
2 Swords Of Essex
(Will Ospreay and Scott Wainwright)
February 12, 2017 True Destiny Milton Keynes, England 1 145 This was a three-way tag team ladder match, also involving Gabriel Kidd and Liam Slater and Prospect. [36]
3 War Machine
(Hanson and Rowe)
July 7, 2017 Loaded Manchester, England 1 88 This episode aired on tape delay on 4 August 2017. [37]
4 Primate and Jimmy Havoc October 3, 2017 Loaded Manchester, England 1 139 This episode aired on tape delay on 13 October 2017. The title was renamed to Defiant Tag Team Championship on 4 December 2017 following the rebranding of What Culture Pro Wrestling. [2]
5 Aussie Open
(Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis)
February 19, 2018 Defiant Manchester, England 1 35 This episode aired on tape delay on 9 March 2018. [38]
6 Jimmy Havoc (2) and Mark Haskins March 26, 2018 Road to No Regrets 2018 Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 33 This episode aired on tape delay on 20 April 2018. [39]
7 Aussie Open
(Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis)
April 28, 2018 No Regrets (2018) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 2 224 [40]
8 The South Coast Connection
(Ashley Dunn and Kelly Sixx)
February 16, 2019 Defiant Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 133 [41]
9 Benji and Visage June 29, 2019 Defiant Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 33 [42]
Deactivated 1 August 2019 Title was reitred due to Defiant Wrestling cloosing its doors. [20][21]

Combined reigns[edit | edit source]

By team[edit | edit source]
Rank Team No. of
reigns
Combined
days
1 Aussie Open
(Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis)
2 259
2 Primate and Jimmy Havoc 1 157
3 Swords Of Essex
(Will Ospreay and Scott Wainwright)
1 145
4 The South Coast Connection
(Ashley Dunn and Kelly Sixx)
1 133
5 War Machine
(Hanson and Rowe)
1 88
6 Johnny Moss and Liam Slater 1 74
7 Jimmy Havoc and Mark Haskins 1 33
Benji and Visage 1 33
By wrestler[edit | edit source]
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
1 Kyle Fletcher 2 259
2 Mark Davis 2 259
3 Jimmy Havoc 2 190
4 Primate 1 157
5 Will Ospreay 1 145
6 Scott Wainwright 1 145
7 Ashley Dunn 1 133
Kelly Sixx 1 133
9 Hanson 1 88
10 Rowe 1 88
11 Johnny Moss 1 74
12 Liam Slater 1 74
13 Mark Haskins 1 33
Benji 1 133
Visage 1 133

Defiant Hardcore Championship[edit | edit source]

Defiant Hardcore Championship
Details
PromotionDefiant Wrestling
Date established2 June 2017
Date retired1 August 2019
Other name(s)
  • WCPW Hardcore Championship
No. Champion Date Event Location Reign Days held Notes Ref.
1 Primate June 16, 2017 Built To Destroy (2017) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 67 Defeated Jimmy Havoc to become the inaugural champion. [43]
2 BT Gunn August 22, 2017 Stacked (2017) Leeds, England 1 3 [44]
3 Primate August 25, 2017 Loaded Newcastle upon Tyne, England 2 109 The title was renamed to Defiant Hardcore Championship on 4 December 2017 following the reabranding of What Culture Pro Wrestling. [2][45]
4 Jimmy Havoc December 12, 2017 Defiant London, England 1 424 This was later aired on tape delay on 9 February 2018 [46]
Vacated February 9, 2019 Unstoppable Manchester, England Vacated due to Jimmy Havoc being unable to defend the title.
5 No Fun Dunne February 9, 2019 Unstoppable Manchester, England 1 140 Was awarded the belt by Prince Ameen after Jimmy Havoc was unable to defend it. [47]
6 Drake June 29, 2019 Built To Destroy (2019) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 33 [48]
Deactivated 1 August 2019 Title was reitred due to Defiant Wrestling cloosing its doors. [20][21]

Combined reigns[edit | edit source]

Rank [3] Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
1 Jimmy Havoc 1 424
2 Primate 2 175
3 No Fun Dunne 1 140
4 Drake 1 33
5 BT Gunn 1 3

Defiant Women's Championship[edit | edit source]

Defiant Women's Championship
Details
PromotionDefiant Wrestling
Date established24 August 2016
Date retired1 August 2019
Other name(s)
  • WCPW Women's Championship
No. Champion Date Event Location Reign Days held Notes Ref.
1 Nixon Newell August 24, 2016 Stacked (2016) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 173 Defeated Bea Priestley in a to become the inagural champion. This aired on tape delay on 3 September 2016. [49]
2 Bea Priestley February 13, 2017 Loaded Leicester, England 1 123 This was a no disqualification match. This episode aired on tape delay on 27 February 2017. [50]
3 Kay Lee Ray June 16, 2017 Built To Destroy (2017) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 247 Defeated Viper, who replaced Priestley in the match. The title was renamed to Defiant Women's Championship on 4 December 2017 following the rebranding of What Culture Pro Wrestling. [2][43]
4 Millie McKenzie February 18, 2018 Chain Reaction (2018) Manchester, England 1 119 [51]
5 Bea Priestley June 17, 2018 Built To Destroy (2018) Newcastle upon Tyne, England 2 169 [52]
6 Kanji December 3, 2018 Loaded Newcastle upon Tyne, England 1 135 [53]
Vacated April 17, 2019 Lights Out (2019) Leeds, England Kanji vacated the title due to an injury.
7 Lizzy Styles April 17, 2019 Lights Out (2019) Leeds, England 1 106 Defeated Lana Austin to win the vacant title. [54]
Deactivated 1 August 2019 Title was reitred due to Defiant Wrestling cloosing its doors. [20][21]

Combined reigns[edit | edit source]

Rank [4] Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
1 Bea Priestley 2 292
2 Kay Lee Ray 1 247
3 Nixon Newell 1 173
4 Kanji 1 135
5 Millie McKenzie 1 119
6 Lizzy Styles 1 106

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External links[edit | edit source]

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