FEAR & LOATHING FLASHBACK PART 1
By Amanda Seymour & Stacey Short

As Insane Championship Wrestling enters its 7th year in existence, it is incredible to think that a small independent wrestling promotion that started off in Maryhill has grown and evolved into what is, arguably, one of the biggest promotions in the UK right now. After a hugely successful year that so far has seen ICW sell out the Garage on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow numerous times; a year that has seen the ICW faithful invade Edinburgh en masse and pack out the Picture House to the tune of over 1000 people, and a year that has seen the company book its biggest event to date, the upcoming ICW Fear and Loathing VI: Welcome to Bat Country, it is a truly exciting time to be getting involved in something that started off in a little community hall outside of the city centre. In the lead up to October 13th, ICW has put together a history of what has become the biggest event in the ICW calendar.



The original Fear and Loathing was the brainchild of owner, Mark Dallas and was held in the Maryhill Community Central Halls on the 15th of October 2006 in front of, compared to today's attendance levels, a small crown. With some of the best talent at the time available to him, Dallas was able to get together an impressive show. Even with the relative infancy of the company, the roster at that time was something special. The night of the first event saw a variety of matches across the spectrum of what we would consider to be hardcore. From standard matches to a fatal four-way street fight, the card meant there was something for everyone. The highlight of the whole evening would be the final match in which the title for ICW's Heavyweight Champion was decided. With Allan Grogan, James ' Darkside' Scott and Drew Galloway battling it out for the prestige of being the first ever Insane Championship Wrestling Heavyweight champ. At the end of an intensely fought contest, Drew Galloway walked out of the first ICW event with the Heavyweight title and with that match, a phenomenon was born.



There was a long wait between the inaugural Fear and Loathing and its sequel, Fear and Loathing II, which took place on the 9th of May 2009. While still set in Maryhill's community halls, a lot had changed in the time between the two events. The title had changed hands due to Drew Galloway's loss to Darkside at the previous event, ICW :ReZerection.

There were three shows between the first and second Fear and Loathing. In that time, there was a LOT of talent added to the roster and a new champion in the form of Darkside. There were some truly spectacular matches in this event. The introduction of the likes of Jack Jester, Lionheart and William Grange plumped out the roster and allowed for more diverse and physical matches with each man bringing something new and different to the table. This event was also where the seeds were planted for one of the most bitter rivalries in ICW history, with Red Lightning and Lionheart squaring off against BT Gunn and Chris Renfrew. The Gold Label Vs the New Age Kliq was an intense and bitter rivalry but it may very well be that it all started at this event. It was a hard fought contest, with all four men feeling worse for wear by the end but, ultimately it was Lionheart and Red Lightning that took the win. It would be the start of what would be a vicious and bloody rivalry that would span across almost the entire ICW history.



Notably, as stacked as this event was, the main event was the show stealer once again. With Darkside as champion at this point, it was up to him to fend off Kid Fite in order to retain his ICW Championship which he had won at ReZerection. With both men having technical ability and power on their side, it was a contest to behold, with Darkside ultimately retaining his title and being declared the victor. After such a long hiatus away, ICW certainly returned with a bang, showing the British wrestling community exactly what can be done in Glasgow.

The next outing for this increasingly popular event was Fear and Loathing III on the 21st of November 2010. It was the first time that ICW would leave the Community Central Halls in Maryhill, which had been lovingly dubbed 'The Asylum'. For this show, it was time to move onwards and upwards, which they did by taking over Apollo 23, in the heart of the city centre. It was a move of necessity as the Community Central Halls simply wasn't big enough to hold the ever growing ICW crowds. When asked what his memories were of Fear and Loathing events in the venue, former Apollo 23 worker, Kevan Dean said ''James Scott setting his shoe on fire and kicking BT Gunn in the face, the downfall of the Gold Label and the birth of the Bucky Boys with The Wee Man.''



As ICW invaded The Apollo, Dallas ensured that the A-game was brought, showcasing a variety of matches that, once again, spanned the entire spectrum of violence. With everything from a standard, straight up contest to falls count anywhere, right up to a tag team 'Glasgow Street Fight'. It was also the event that topped out the ICW attendance record for an event, packing out the newer venue. The ICW faithful who followed through from Maryhill joined with the newer fans to witness the crowning of a brand new Zero G champion. Fear and Loathing III also saw Carmel Jacob go head to head with Nikki Storm in the first ever women's Falls Count Anywhere match in ICW's history. The women battled all over the Apollo 23 venue, beating each other senseless in the ring. Even with the interruption that Kay Lee Ray provided as she hopped the barrier, Carmel walked away with the win, but it provided one of the first insights into how determined the women of ICW were, not to mention that it also sparked the beginning of one of the most intense and brutal rivalries the women's division in the UK has ever seen.

ICW: Fear & Loathing VI takes place on Sunday 13th October at the O2 ABC in Glasgow! Tickets on sale NOW at www.Tickets-Scotland.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.TripleGMusic.com and the O2 ABC box office and website!