FEAR & LOATHING FLASHBACK PART 3
By Amanda Seymour & Stacey Short

The most recent event was Fear & Loathing V, which was held at the Classic Grand. The Glasgow Street Fight at Fear & Loathing 4 had done incredible things for ICW's fan base, which rapidly swelled to the point where the Apollo simply wasn't big enough anymore. Things were ferried over to the Classic Grand where they quickly sold out as well, forcing a move to the bigger venue and current home of ICW, the Garage. On the 4th of November 2012 however, ICW returned to a rammed Classic Grand for the fifth instalment in the Fear & Loathing series. Fear & Loathing V followed a hugely successful ICW: Hadouken, and was relatively light on the violent stipulations that previous shows were infamous for. However, it didn't detract from the intense competition on display as both the Tag Team Championships and Heavyweight Championship were defended in front of a packed house.



The truly memorable match for a lot of the fans was the Fatal Four Way Elimination match for the ICW Heavyweight Championship. A match which was originally billed as 'The gold that brought them together, is the gold that will tear them apart', Red Lightning was set to go head to head with James Scott, Wolfgang and Lionheart, however at the last minute, Scott was replaced with Noam Dar. In an extremely hard fought contest, Lightning was able to walk away with the gold after eliminating all three of his opponents. When asked for comment on the match, his former Gold Label teammate, Lionheart had a few words about it. ''The build to the four-way match last year with the four members of the Gold Label was pretty spectacular. The night itself changed slightly due to a late injury but the whole evening had a very special feel to it as it was the night everyone, and I mean everyone, believed Red Lightning was losing the strap''. When asked what his thoughts on the upcoming Fear & Loathing VI: Welcome to Bat Country, Lionheart had nothing but positive thoughts. ''It's certainly going to be yet another big turning point for the company. With the involvement of a couple of International names and the biggest venue ICW has ever run in, it's going to be spectacular night. Although I'm personally not involved in the event, it will be great to see and I look forward to being a part of the company's future.''



Lionheart has hit the nail on the head with regards to Fear and Loathing VI. This will be without a doubt, the biggest show in ICW history and it is a true testament to the dedication, imagination and drive of both Mark Dallas and the performers who work his shows and give their all in the name of entertaining the fans. From starting in a tiny hall in the middle of Maryhill in front of seventy people, to packing out the Edinburgh Picture House to the tune of over one thousand, the progress made in just less than 7 years is nothing short of incredible. It is the one show a year where every wrestler, commentator and fan knows that something massive is on its way. Fear & Loathing is where many rivalries start and end. It is where championships are won and lost, and it is where bodies are put on the line in the hunt for their 'Fear & Loathing Moment'.

With the eyes of the independent wresting world on Insane Championship Wrestling as it barrels towards the O2 ABC head first, there is little doubt that Fear & Loathing is the single most important event on the ICW calendar every year, and 2013 is no exception. The only way to truly know what a Fear & Loathing event feels like, is to get yourself to one and experience it!

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!