Mark Haskins

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Mark Haskins
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Haskins in the ring during TNA's European tour in January 2011
Born (1988-06-25) June 25, 1988 (age 26)[1]
Faringdon, Oxfordshire, England
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Mark Haskins[2]
Skins the Chav[2][3]
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Billed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Billed from Faringdon, Oxon[1]
Trained by Mark Sloan[2]
Debut July 2006[2]

Mark Haskins (born June 25, 1988), is an English professional wrestler, best known for his time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He is also known for his appearances in Dragon Gate[4] and International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom.[5]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Debut (2006–2007)[edit]

Haskins debuted on July 22, 2006 for FWA Academy by teaming up with Tommy Langford defeated Mark Sloan and Ollie Burns. He was involved in his first cage match just days after his debut losing to Mark Sloan and Ollie Burns. He debuted for Premier Promotions on September 7, Haskins would go on to wrestle many matches for Premier Promotions over the years in mostly British Rules matches. He was part of FWA Academy Championship Number One Contendership tournament and got to the semi-finals before being eliminated by Max Voltage. His last match for FWA Academy came at the beginning of 2007 by teaming with Tommy Langford and defeating Doug Williams and Jake McCluskey.

European competition (2007–2011)[edit]

Haskins debuted for International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom on April 1, 2007 with Dan James, Harry Mills & Tommy Langford defeating Ian Logan, Jake McCluskey, Jamie Brum and Wade Fitzgerald.[6] He would then team up with The Chavs (Dan James and Harry Mills) in a losing effort on April 4. Haskins and Mills participated in One Pro Wrestling six team gauntlet match for 1PW Tag Team Championship and also lost to BritRage in a match for 4FW Tag Team Championship. In August he debuted for Joint Promotions and Real Quality Wrestling. He participated in a British National Championship Tournament and got to the quarter finals before being beaten by Terry Fraizer. For one night on January 13, 2008 he changed his name to Skins and lost to El Ligero. Haskins teamed with The Saint to take on BritRage for 4FW Tag TEam Championship in February and lost. Haskins won an IPW:UK Championship #1 Contendership Battle Royal only to lose to the champion Martin Stone. In March he lost a 28 Man Royal Rumble at IPW:UK. Haskins and Bison Smith lost to Kotaro Suzuki and Mitsuharu Misawa at A-Merchandise's Noah vs. UK event. Upon making his debut for Irish Whip Wrestling on December 6, 2008 he beat Red Vinny and The Ballymun Bruiser and Vic Viper for the RQW Cruiserweight Championship. At the beginning of 2009, he lost a 4FW Heavyweight Championship Number One Contendership five-way ladder match. On February 28, 2009 he lost Extreme Measures 2009 Tournament and at Premier Promotion lost in the finals of a One Night Tournament.[7] On April 6, Haskins and Mark Sloan won in the PWF Tag Team Championship Tournament for the vacant PWF Tag Team Championship by defeating Roy Knight and Zak Zodiac He lost the RQW Cruiserweight Championship to the British Eagle only to win it back days later. Haskins lost a three-way match for the wXw World Lightweight Championship on July 4. He also won the 2009 Ian Dowland Trophy. On his return to Europe from Dragon Gate, he performed at British Allstar Wrestling Alliance losing to Team H8 (Gideon and Jeckel). At All Star Wrestling he lost to Micky Whiplash for the World Mid-Heavyweight Championship. In the 2011 16 Carat Gold Tournament, Haskins advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Big Van Walters.[8]

The Thrillers (2007–2009)[edit]

Haskins formed a team with Joel Redman known as The Thrillers, on their debut match together they lost to The South Coast Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ian Logan and Jake McCluskey) on July 14, 2007 which involved a special guest referee. The team would go on a losing streak for the next few months and even lost to The Kartel (Sha Samuels and Terry Frazier) in a match for the IPW:UK Tag Team Championship. The Thrillers won their first match as a tag team in a dark match by defeating JP Monroe and Jules Lambrini on January 27, 2008.[9]

The team debuted for Real Quality Wrestling on February 16, 2008 and defeated the Maximum Head (Dan Head & Max Voltage) and would next month beat The Lost Boys (Danny Darko and Jo FX). After their two successful matches they challenged The Damned Nation (Cameron Kraze and Dragon Aisu) on April 26 for the RQW Tag Team Championship which they won.[9]

The Thrillers returned to IPW: UK on May 4 triumphant with tag team gold in the form of RQW Tag Team Championship only to lose the championship The Kartel (Sha Samuels & Terry Frazier) in a championship unification match which also involved IPW:UK Tag Team Championship. The team debuted for One Pro Wrestling losing to BritRage (Mark Sloan & Wade Fitzgerald). However they would beat The Kartel on September 28 for the Unified British Tag Team Championship. The Thrillers would then debuted for Westside Xtreme Wrestling at the beginning of 2009 and won a wXw Tag Team Championship Contendership match defeating Adam Polak and Lazio Fe. With that win, they challenged Doug Williams and Martin Stone for the wXw Tag Team Championship the following month, but were unable to win the title.[9]

Upon their return to IPW:UK, The Thrillers lost the Unified British Tag Team Championship to The Leaders of The New School (Marty Scurll and Zack Sabre, Jr.). The Thrillers tried to regain the championship on two separate occasions, the first ending in DQ and the second where they were defeated clean in a tables, ladder and chairs match.[9]

Dragon Gate (2009–2011)[edit]

Haskins debuted for Dragon Gate in a joint promotion event involving Westside Xtreme Wrestling on October 31, 2009 losing to The Young Bucks. Haskins singles debut for Dragon Gate came only a day later defeating KAGETORA. Haskins Japanese debut for Dragon Gate came on February 6, 2010 and was defeated by Don Fuji. Haskins teamed with Super Shida to defeat Anthony W. Mori and Mentai Kid on Haskins TV debut. Although never joining the group formally Haskins teamed with the stable WORLD-1 for much of his early days in Dragon Gate. Haskins defeated Super Shenlong which was match 39 for Shenlong in his 50 match trail series and defeated him again in a dark match which was match 40 for Shenlong. Haskins made his pay per view debut on March 22, 2010 at Dragon Gate Compilation Gate. He would leave the company for two months after his first pay per view to return to Europe but would return in May. Haskins debuted for another Japanese promotion Osaka Pro Wrestling as part of a joint event with Dragon Gate. Haskins teamed with PAC to take part in Summer Adventure Tag League IV and were place in block A, they beat Cyber Kong and KAGETORA to earn two points but would lose the rest of their matches and would therefore not progress to the semi-finals. On August 22 he participated in a Survival Gate battle royal which he lost. At another joint promotion event with Westside Xtreme Wrestling and Dragon Gate he was defeated by CIMA, his last match for Dragon Gate as a regular competitor. On Dragon Gate’s tour of England Haskins performed at two events, winning one and losing the other.[10]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2011–2012)[edit]

Haskins wrestled in TNA's European Tour in January 2011. He made another appearance with TNA on July 10, 2011 at Destination X, where he was defeated by compatriot Douglas Williams.[11] Haskins made his return to TNA on the August 11 edition of Impact Wrestling, appearing in a backstage segment, where Eric Bischoff introduced new rules to the X Division.[12] On August 18, TNA announced that Haskins had signed a contract with the promotion.[13] On that evening's episode of Impact Wrestling, he took part in a gauntlet match to determine the X Division rankings. After eliminating Alex Shelley and Robbie E from the match, Haskins was himself eliminated by Zema Ion, placing him sixth in the rankings.[14] Haskins returned to Impact Wrestling on February 2, 2012, losing to X Division Champion Austin Aries in a match taped in London.[15] During the match, Haskins suffered a concussion and a neck injury, rendering him inactive for several months.[16] After several months of inactivity, on September 14 it was reported that Haskins had parted ways with TNA, after the promotion opted not to renew his contract.[17]

Return to British independent circuit (2012-present)[edit]

Although signed to TNA Haskins continued to perform for British independent promotions. He made his return to the British independent circuit on February 4 at All Star Wrestling where he lost to Dean Allmark and the next day lost to him again in the semi final of a one night tournament. Haskins would appear frequently for International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom, New Generation Wrestling and Southside Wrestling Entertainment. At Preston City Wrestling's Blood, Sweat and Beers, Haskins lost to T-Bone in a match for the PCW Championship which also included Johnny Moss. The Thrillers would reunite at IPW:UK No Escape 2012 and lost to Project Ego (Kris Travis and Martin Kirby). At NGW Destiny 2012, Haskins took part in a NGW Heavyweight Championship number one contendership 30 Man Royal Rumble. At SWE Speed King, Haskins lost to Ego Dragon in the semi final of SWE Speed King Championship Tournament and a month later took on Marty Scurll for the same championship. At IPW:UK Extreme Measures 2012, Haskins lost to Akira Tozawa in the semi final of the Extreme Measures 2012 Tournament. At SWE Supremacy, Haskins lost to Stixx in a match to decide the SWE Heavyweight Champion. Two days later, he would lose to Prince Devitt in a fatal four way for the IPW:UK British Cruiserweight Championship which also included El Ligero and Noam Dar. On January 19, 2013, Haskins lost to Zack Sabre Jr. in a qualifying match for the 16 Carat Gold tournament. When Dragon Gate returned to tour the UK he wrestled at all three events where he developed a small feud with Marty Scrull which, on February 24, culminated with Scrull going over Haskins. On Saturday 16 March 2013 at Eastmount Recreation Centre in Hull, Haskins defeated 29 other men to become the new New Generation Wrestling Champion. On Saturday 18 May 2013, he went on to successfully defend the title against Kris Travis at Victoria Hall, Keighley (just outside Bradford). Mark Haskins has been a regular at Southside Wrestling Entertainment since August 2012 and won the Heavyweight title on October 27th 2013. He has so far defended against Uhaa Nation and will make 2nd defence against former WWE star Trent Barreta on March 9th 2014.

In wrestling[edit]

Haskins performing a shooting star press in 2011

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • New Generation Wrestling
    • NGW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Premier Promotions
    • Ian Dowland Trophy (2009)[23]
    • PWF Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with Mark Sloan[22]
    • Tag Team Championship Tournament (2009) – with Mark Sloan[23]
  • Southside Wrestling Entertainment
    • SWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)[25]
    • SWE tag team champion (1 time, current)

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