BT Gunn

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BT Gunn
Birth nameThomas McGowan
Born (1986-04-02) 2 April 1986 (age 33)
Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)BT Gunn
Billed height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Billed weight194 lb (88 kg)
Trained byConscience
& Eric Canyon
Debut14 October 2006

Thomas McGowan (born 2 April 1986) is a Scottish professional wrestler, better known by his ring name BT Gunn. BT Gunn is a Wrestling Coach at the GPWA Glasgow Asylum. He also wrestles for numerous promotions in the British independent circuit but is best known for his work with Insane Championship Wrestling.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

British Championship Wrestling (2007–present)[edit]

On 30 March 2007, BT Gunn debuted in a singles match, losing against Kolobos.[3] On 30 August 2013, Just Uz (BT Gunn and Stevie Xavier) were in a tag team match against the team of Jack Jester and Mikey Whiplash for the BCW tag team championship. Just Uz won the match to become the new tag team champions.

Discovery Wrestling (2015–present)[edit]

On 31 July 2015, BT Gunn debuted in a four-way elimination match to become number one contender for the Y Division Title shot. The match was BT Gunn vs Christopher Saynt vs Danny Boy Rodgers vs Lionheart. Saynt won the match.[4]

Premier British Wrestling (2007–present)[edit]

On 15 September 2007, BT Gunn took part in a six-man cruiserweight elimination match. The match was BT Gunn vs Liam Thompson vs CJ Hunter vs El Ligero vs Johnny Starr vs The Falcon. BT Gunn was eliminated from the match.[5]

Insane Championship Wrestling (2007–present)[edit]

BT Gunn made his ICW debut on 22 July 2007, against James Wallace for the 1PW Openweight Title in a losing effort. After being absent for a year, he made his return on 5 September 2009 at Fear & Loathing 2 in a tag team match with his tag partner Chris Renfrew, which they lost against the team of Lionheart & Red Lightning. A year later at Fear & Loathing 3, BT Gunn picked up his 1st win in ICW, tagging with Jack Jester against James Scott & Wolfgang. On 5 June, BT Gunn defeated Johnny Moss, Liam Thompson and Wolfgang, in a four-way elimination match to win the ICW Heavyweight Championship for the 1st time, which he would hold for 4 months until he lost it to Darkside on the 4 of September. On 22 January 2012, BT Gunn would regain the ICW Heavyweight Championship by beating Darkside at the 1st Annual Square Go. He would lose it to Square Go winner Red Lightning on 3 June.

BT Gunn, along with Chris Renfrew would form the New Age Kliq and go on to win the ICW Tag Team Championship on 3 different occasions, their first reign started on the 13 August 2013, by defeating the Bucky Boys and would end on 26 January 2014, after the tag team titles being vacated as of a double pin. They unsuccessfully attempted to regain the tag team championship in a three-way ladder match against former champions the Bucky Boys and eventual winners The Sumerian Death Squad. After the tag titles became vacant on 27 July, they would go on to win their second ICW Tag Team Championship, by defeating the team of Stevie Xavier & Kay Lee Ray, who substituted for an injured Davey Blaze. They would lose the belts on the 10 of August, to the team of Colt Cabana & Grado, but would regain the titles 2 weeks later,

After feuding with Wolfgang for most of 2014, their rivalry was finally brought to a close on 25 January 2015, when Wolfgang defeated BT in ICW's first ever Steel Cage match. Disappearing for 2 months, BT would return with a much darker persona, labelled 'The Oddity', and turned his attention to Mikey Whiplash, with the pair competing in a number of brutal matches throughout the first half of the year. At Shug's Hoose Party II, BT defeated Whiplash, after Mikey was busted open and powerbombed onto the steel ring steps. Their feud would transform into a rivalry between the New Age Kliq, now including Wolfgang, and Legion (Mikey Whiplash, Tommy End & Michael Dante). This would lead to a 3-on-3 Steel Cage match, at Fear & Loathing VIII at the SEC Centre, with the New Age Kliq coming away with the victory thanks to BT.

In early 2016, BT & Chris Renfrew were left as the only remaining members of the New Age Kliq, with Wolfgang, Kay Lee Ray & Stevie Boy defecting from the group. Turning face around the same time and dropping 'The Oddity' persona, BT focused much of his attention on Stevie Boy, with Stevie & BT competing in many singles and tag team matches throughout the year. After Stevie attempted to crush BT's throat with a chair, Gunn was sidelined for 3 months, before returning 'The Oddity' once again to exact revenge. This led to the first ever Casket Match in ICW history, at Fear & Loathing IX at The SSE Hydro, where Stevie would powerbomb Gunn onto the top of the casket, before picking up the victory.

On 29 July 2017, on night 1 of Shug's Hoose Party 4, BT Gunn competed alongside Trent Seven, Wolfgang & Pete Dunne in a Four Way match for the WWE United Kingdom Championship. This was the first time that the title would be defend on UK soil, outside of a WWE ring.

The following night, BT defeated Kenny Williams, to win his first ICW Zero-G Championship, becoming the first ever ICW Triple Crown Champion in the process. BT then challenged ICW World Heavyweight Champion Joe Coffey to a Title vs Title match at Fear & Loathing X, at The SSE Hydro. BT would go on to defeat Joe, winning the ICW World Heavyweight Championship for the first time since 2012, and the third time overall, becoming the first ever Undisputed ICW World Champion. After successfully defending the title against Bram & James Storm, BT's rivalry with Mikey Whiplash was re-ignited, with Whiplash claiming that BT had forgotten who he truly is, and demanding to face 'The Oddity' one more time. On 3 April 2018 BT Gunn was forced to vacate the ICW Zero-G Championship due to a double pinfall between Jody Fleisch and Mark Coffey, and interference from Whiplash. On 29 April 2018, at ICW BarraMania 4, 'The Oddity' returned to face Whiplash in the first ever ICW World Heavyweight Championship Death Match. BT would go on to lose the title, after 2018 Square Go winner Stevie Boy cashed in his contract mid-match, turning the contest into a Three Way, and pinned Whiplash, who had been driven through a pane of glass.

Having lost both titles without being pinned, BT looked to climb back up the ladder. After facing and defeating Walter at night 1 of Shug's Hoose Party 5, BT's protege Kez Evans attacked him, claiming that BT had done nothing except hold him back. Kez would go on to defeat BT the following night. After briefly reforming the New Age Kliq to challenge the Kings Of Catch, Renfrew left the company, changing BT Gunn's direction and focus. After accepting an offer from Wolfgang & The Purge to join Bad Company, BT & Wolfgang teamed with Noam Dar to face British Strong Style at Fear & Loathing XI, with BT scoring the pin over Trent Seven for the win.

BT & The Purge would then become embroiled in a feud with ICW owner Mark Dallas and his heel faction, with Dallas stating that Bad Company are not would the ICW needs in its current climate. After defeating Joe Hendry, Kez Evans & Leyton Buzzard in a 6-man tag team match, BT & The Purge were the first team announced for the inaugural 'King Of Hawners' tournament.

What Culture Pro Wrestling/Defiant Wrestling (2017–present)[edit]

In Defiant Wrestling, BT Gunn was part of a stable called The Prestige, alongside Joe Coffey, Joe Hendry, El Ligero & Travis Banks.[6] BT Gunn joined at an event called Exit Wounds. At WCPW Loaded #20, BT Gunn made his WCPW debut as he defeated Travis Banks. On WCPW Pro Wrestling World Cup - English Qualifying Round, The Prestige defeated Bullet Club (Adam Cole, The Young Bucks) and Gabriel Kidd. At WCPW Pro Wrestling World Cup - Scottish Qualifying Round, BT Gunn defeated Lewis Girvan in the first round match of the Pro Wrestling World Cup Scottish Qualifying, BT Gunn was defeated in the final match of the first round match of the Pro Wrestling World Cup Scottish Qualifying by Drew Galloway. On 29 April, at No Regrets, BT Gunn entered at #18 in a thirty-man rumble for the WCPW Championship, however he was eliminated by Rampage.

At the last episode of WCPW Loaded the show was re-branded as Defiant Wrestling before the show started. BT Gunn and Joe Coffey would betray The Prestige by walking out on the team, leaving former stable mates Joe Hendry and El Ligero to be beaten up by Marty Scurll and The Young Bucks. At the first iPPV, #WeAreDefiant, they gained the #1 contendership for the Defiant Wrestling Tag Team Championship. At the 22 December episode of Defiant, they unsuccessful challenged for the titles, losing to defending champions Jimmy Havoc and the Primate. After the match, both teams were attacked by Chris Ridgeway and Mark Haskins. On the 29 December episode of Defiant, BT Gunn alongside Joe Coffey, Jimmy Havoc and Primate, made a stand to defend their respective company from the other rival company IPW:UK. After Jimmy Havoc called them out, the four were attacked by Aries, Haskins and Ridgeway along with other wrestlers from the IPW:UK roster.

On February 18th at Chain Reaction, BT Gunn joined Team Defiant (Rampage, Martin Kirby, Travis Banks and Primate) who defeated Team IPW ( Austin Aries, No Funne Dunne, Mark Haskins, Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis).

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • British Championship Wrestling
    • BCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)[7]
    • BCW Openweight Championship (1 time)[8][9]
    • BCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Stevie Xavier[8][10]
  • Full Tilt Wrestling
    • FTW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Dickie Divers [11]
  • Insane Championship Wrestling
  • Main Event Wrestling
    • MEW Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Chris Renfrew[14]
  • Premier British Wrestling
    • PBW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)[8][15]
    • PBW Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Stevie Xavier[8][16]
  • Pro Wrestling Elite
    • PWE Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Chris Renfrew[8]
  • Revolution Championship Wrestling
    • RCW Championship (1 time, current)[17]
  • Rock N Wrestle
    • RNW Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) - with Stevie Xavier[18]
    • King of the North (2015)[19]
  • Scottish Wrestling Alliance
  • Southside Wrestling Entertainment
    • SWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[21]
  • Target Wrestling
    • Target Wrestling Championship (1 time)[8]
    • Target Wrestling Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Chris Renfrew
    • Target Wrestling Championship Tournament (2013)[22]
  • TNT Extreme Wrestling
    • Extreme Division Champion (1 time, current)[23]
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling
    • WCPW Hardcore Championship (1 time)[12]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Insane Championship Wrestling". insanewrestling.co.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=5691&page=4&s=600
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  5. ^ https://cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=5691&page=4&s=600
  6. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Matches « Prestige « Stables Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.
  7. ^ https://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=317
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  23. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Matches « BT Gunn « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net.