By Jamie Kennedy
Posted On 01-03-2016 11:59 GMT
Insane Championship Wrestling is a phenomenon of Scottish pop culture. The Glasgow-based wrestling promotion has carved a path through the UK, touring regularly and selling out venues like The Garage, O2 ABC, Barrowlands and SECC on a regular basis. On November 20, 2016, the company look set to fill The Hydro in their home city, as they present Fear & Loathing IX.
Such a platform is exactly the kind of place where fledgling pro wrestlers across the world wish to someday ply their trade. Helping prepare the men and women of ICW's future, the Glasgow Pro Wrestling Asylum has emerged as the top training school in Glasgow. Based smack bang in the centre of the city, the facility is run by Scottish wrestling's cream of the crop.
Red Lightning, Jack Jester, BT Gunn, Lionheart and Wolfgang make up an impressive roster of head trainers. Now, the group are delighted to announce that they are linking up with Mark Dallas and ICW. As of April 1, 2016, the GPWA will become a main sponsor of ICW On Demand. The online subscription service offers untapped access to the Insane Championship Wrestling library, and has shown itself to be popular with subscribers around the globe.
The agreement with both parties includes an excellent opportunity to showcase the hard work being done at the GPWA. Via ICW On Demand, special 'A Night At The Asylum' shows will be aired. The bi-weekly program will run for 30 minutes, airing matches from GPWA's events of the same name and featuring top student prospects. Times and dates have yet to be set in stone, but the April 1 GPWA event will be taped for use on ICW On Demand.
Links have been strengthening for months between ICW and the GPWA, and the bond is now stronger than ever before due to this announcement. Various GPWA staff and trainees regularly work both in front of the camera and behind the scenes on ICW events, and the main trainers have been pivotal to the continued success of the promotion for many years.
“We are pleased to be able to sponsor the ICW On Demand service, and it allows GPWA to communicate to the ICW audience about the school and about what we do”, remarked GPWA coach Red Lightning. “We recently started showcasing our students in our own live events, and of course with the announcement of the events being filmed for On Demand, this is great news.”
“This partnership will allow the students to work to the ICW model, learning how to work in front of cameras and of course showcasing our talent to the ICW audience. It is the perfect environment for the students to grow and learn. Now, the fans can follow them on that journey”.
It's clear that the group are immensely proud of what they - and those they have grown up with in the wrestling industry - have achieved with the GPWA. This new initiative will bolster the training facility, whilst also adding fresh and original content to the ICW On Demand service.