Joe Hendry (wrestler)

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Joe Hendry
Joe Hendry PWA 2018.jpg
Hendry during intermission at a PWA show in 2018
Born (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 31)
Edinburgh, Scotland,
United Kingdom[1]
ResidenceEdinburgh, Scotland,
United Kingdom
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Joe Hendry
Billed height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[1]
Billed weight229 lb (104 kg)
Billed fromEdinburgh, Scotland
Trained byKillian Dain[1]
Mikey Whiplash[1]
Robbie Brookside[1]
Marty Jones[1]
DebutOctober 2013

Joe Hendry (born 1 May 1988) is a Scottish professional wrestler. He is currently signed with Ring of Honor. Hendry is nicknamed as "The Prestigious One" and is known for his flamboyant ring entrances, where he usually parodies a famous song to mock his opponent. Hendry is also known for his appearances in Insane Championship Wrestling, where he was an ICW Tag Team Champion as part of the team "Local Fire" with Davey Boy, New Generation Wrestling, where he was one-third of the NGW Tag Team Champions along with Lionheart and Kid Fite (under the Freebird Rule), Defiant Wrestling, where he was a one time champion and Impact Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Training and early career[edit]

Hendry initially trained to become a professional wrestler with Damian Mackle, Mikey Whiplash, Robbie Brookside, and Marty Jones at the Source Wrestling School.[1] He had an early try-out match with the WWE and appeared on screen as a Russian character. He has also appeared as a Rosebud for the WWE.[1] His first Canadian tour was with SMASH Wrestling.[1] He has also worked with Ring of Honor on a UK tour.[2] He has also worked for Pro Wrestling Ulster.[3]

Insane Championship Wrestling (2013–2019)[edit]

Hendry been regularly appearing for Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) in 2013. He began his ICW career as part of manager James R Kennedy's stable the Kennedy Administration and entered a rivalry with Big Damo before feuding with fellow Kennedy Administration member Kenny Williams. Williams won the ICW Zero-G Championship during this time, and Hendry faced him several times for the title but was unable to win it.

Hendry later formed tag team the Local Fire with Davey Boy. Together they entered the ICW Tag Team Title Tournament—held to crown new champions once Polo Promotions left the company after winning the belts—and beat Mike Bird & Wild Boar in the finals at Shug's Hoose Party 3 on 31 July 2016 to win the vacant ICW Tag Team Championships.[4] They lost the titles on 11 September 2016 to Polo Promotions in a ladder match.[5] On 27 July 2019 Hendry was forced to leave ICW after losing to Leyton Buzzard in a singles match at Night 1 of Shug's Hoose Party 6. This led to him signing with Ring of Honor just days later.

New Generation Wrestling (2015–2018)[edit]

Hendry made his debut for New Generation Wrestling (NGW) in 2015, losing a match to Nathan Cruz before forming Team Scotland with fellow ICW wrestlers Davey Blaze, Lionheart and Kid Fite. Team Scotland often antagonised NGW Champion Nathan Cruz and eventually challenged Cruz to face them in an eight-man tag team match with Cruz's title on the line with the stipulation that if Cruz or any of his teammates were pinned, he would lose the title. Cruz retained his title in the eight-man tag team match in November 2015.[6] Hendry, Lionheart and Kid Fite next appeared for NGW in May 2016, all three answering the NGW Tag Team Championship Open Challenge set by The UK's Biggest Tag Team (Stixx and Colossus Kennedy). After Hendry used the belt as a weapon, the trio became the new tag team champions.[7] The official name for the team was later confirmed to be Insane Fight Club.

What Culture Pro Wrestling / Defiant Wrestling (2016–2018)[edit]

Hendry then began working for What Culture Pro Wrestling (WCPW).[8] The first few weeks Hendry started a feud with Joseph Conners when, on 3 September, at WCPW Stacked Hendry was involved in a fatal four way for the WCPW Championship, in which, he was betrayed by Conners, who won the title. He faced Conners two times for the WCPW Title, but was defeated twice. After two defeats by the then WCPW Champion Drew Galloway, Hendry turned heel. On 6 March, at Exit Wounds, Hendry, Joe Coffey, Travis Banks, and BT Gunn formed The Prestige, a stable claiming something was wrong with professional wrestling and they were going to fix it. At the Mexican qualifier for the WCPW Pro Wrestling World Cup, Hendry defeated Martin Kirby by referee stoppage, becoming the WCPW Champion. On 2 October 2017, at WCPW Refuse to Lose '17, Hendry defended his championship against Will Ospreay. During the match, Marty Scurll cashed in his 'Magnificent Seven' briefcase (which he won earlier in the night from Hendry's stablemate El Ligero) to make the match a triple threat. Scurll then won the championship by submitting Hendry with the crossface chickenwing. Hendry then started a feud with fellow stablemate Travis Banks, causing the exodus of Joe Coffey and BT Gunn from The Prestige.

World of Sport Wrestling (2018-2019)[edit]

Between May 10 and 12, Hendry was part of the TV Tapings for the reboot of World of Sport Wrestling, which is being shown on Saturday afternoon's on ITV (in the UK). In episode 1 of the new series, Hendry was part of the Tag-Team Tournament where he was abandoned by his Tag-Partner Martin Kirby. In Episode 2 Hendry would challenge in a losing effort for the WOS Championship by interrupting a segment with the current champion, Rampage - with the executive Stu Bennett placing him in a match against Rampage.

Due to the fans (and commentary team) perceiving an injustice following outside interference during the original match, from Rampage's colleagues who accompany him to ringside, Hendry was approved for a re-match against Rampage in episode 3, to be broadcast on Saturday August 11 2018.

Impact Wrestling (2018)[edit]

On May 25, 2018 the official Impact Wrestling Twitter announced that Hendry would be making his debut for the company at their June 1 and 2 TV tapings from Windsor, Ontario, Canada.[9] In his initial debut appearances he began to accompany Grado and his girlfriend to ringside.[citation needed] On one occasion, Eli Drake tried to insinuate that Hendry was in fact trying to lure Katarina away from Grado in a bid to make her his girlfriend.[citation needed] The trio remained aligned together despite this, but after Hendry and Grado's loss to the Desi Hit Squad on the September 6 episode of Impact Wrestling, Katarina dumped Grado and revealed her affections for Hendry, turning Katarina heel.[citation needed] Hendry resisted Katarina's advances and rejected her due to his friendship with Grado, and was later slapped by the evil Katarina in response.[citation needed] On February 15, 2019, Joe Hendry thanked Impact for giving him a platform to appear on their program, but announced that he was no longer signed to appear for the company.[10]

Ring of Honor (2016, 2018, 2019–present)[edit]

Prior to his signing in 2019, Hendry made a few appearances for American promotion Ring of Honor over the previous years. In November 2016, Hendry wrestled two matches on a Ring of Honor (ROH) tour of the U.K. He lost both matches, which were against Donovan Dijak and Jay White.[11] On May 25, 2018, Joe Hendry made a challenge for ROH World Television Championship against Silas Young. However, Joe Hendry lost the match.[12]

On August 8, 2019, it was announced the Hendry was a free agent no longer, and had now signed a contract with ROH.[13]

Amateur wrestling career[edit]

Hendry began competing in amateur freestyle wrestling tournaments in 2014. After winning the 2017 national championship, Hendry entered Australia's 2018 Commonwealth Games.[14][15][16][17]

Other media[edit]

On 18 August 2016, after filming a few videos for the WhatCulture Wrestling channel, Hendry was revealed as one of two hosts of WhatCulture's new MMA-focused WhatCulture MMA channel.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, Hendry was a musician for 10 years and was signed to Sony Music label.[1] He incorporates his prior career into his professional wrestling work.[1] Hendry writes and performs his own entrance music and videos.[1]

He has a Master's degree in business and marketing.[1]

He is the nephew of SNP MP and former Highland Council leader Drew Hendry.[19]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

  • British Wrestling
    • British Senior Championship gold medal in freestyle wrestling (97 kg) (2017)[20]
    • British Senior Championship gold medal in greco roman wrestling (97 kg) (2018)[21]

Professional wrestling[edit]

  • British Wrestling Revolution
    • BWR Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • DDT Pro-Wrestling
  • Fight Forever Wrestling
    • Fight Forever Men's World Championship (1 time, current)
  • Insane Championship Wrestling
  • New Generation Wrestling
    • NGW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Kid Fite and Lionheart[23]
  • Pride Wrestling
    • N7 Championship (1 time)[24]
  • Pro Wrestling Elite
    • PWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[25]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 399 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2018[26]
  • Pro Wrestling Ulster
    • PWU All-Ulster Championship (2 times)[27]
  • Reckless Intent Wrestling
    • Reckless Intent World Championship (1 time)[28]
  • Respect Pro Wrestling
    • Respect Pro Wrestling Championship (1 time, current)
  • Scottish Wrestling Alliance
    • SWA Laird of the Ring Championship (1 time)[29]
  • Scottish Wrestling Entertainment
    • SWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[30]
  • What Culture Pro Wrestling/Defiant Wrestling
    • WCPW/ Defiant Championship (1 time)[31]
    • Defiant Internet Championship (1 time)
    • Kurt Angle Invitational Rumble (2016)[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Smith, Caleb (9 May 2017). "Joe Hendry does not lack for confidence". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Matthew (24 March 2017). "Joe Hendry :"The ultimate goal is to be WWE champion"". Total Wrestling Magazine. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  3. ^ Corby, Donagh (23 February 2017). "One of independent wrestling's hottest up-and-comers Joe Hendry coming to Ireland for Pro Wrestling Ulster". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b Kreikenbohm, Philip. "ICW Shug's Weekender – Shug's Hoose Party 3". CageMatch.
  5. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "ICW Friday Night Fight Club #2.28". CageMatch.
  6. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "NGW Auld Enemies Collide 2015". CageMatch.
  7. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "NGW Ultimate Showdown 2016". CageMatch.
  8. ^ "Joe Hendry – WCPW". What Culture Pro Wrestling.
  9. ^ "Joe Hendry Making His IMPACT Wrestling Debut At Next Month's Tapings - Fightful –Wrestling". www.fightful.com.
  10. ^ https://www.solowrestling.com/new/78487-joe-hendry-abandona-impact-wrestling
  11. ^ https://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=14930&page=4&search=Roh
  12. ^ https://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=14930&page=4&search=Roh
  13. ^ https://www.f4wonline.com/ring-honor/joe-hendry-signs-ring-honor-289696
  14. ^ "Joe Hendry will bring pizzazz of pro wrestling to Gold Coast".
  15. ^ "Scots wrestler Joe Hendry on aiming for gold at the Commonwealth Games and being inspired by WWE's Kurt Angle - Sunday Post".
  16. ^ "Pro wrestler Joe Hendry can't wait to get to grips with the Gold Coast". HeraldScotland.
  17. ^ "Joe Hendry hopes to bring WWE magic to Commonwealth Games". 17 February 2018.
  18. ^ WhatCulture MMA (18 August 2016). "Introducing WhatCulture's MMA Team". YouTube.
  19. ^ @joeshendry (24 June 2016). "Drew Hendry.....Hendry's Uncle" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "2017 British Senior Championships (FS, GR, WW)". British Wrestling. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  21. ^ "2018 British Senior Championships (FS, GR, WW)". British Wrestling. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  22. ^ "ICW Tag Team Title Tournament". CageMatch. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  23. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "NGW Tag Team Championship". CageMatch.
  24. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "N7 Championship". CageMatch.
  25. ^ https://www.cagematch.net//?id=5&nr=1837
  26. ^ "2018 PWI 500". Cagematch. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  27. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "PWU All-Ulster Championship". CageMatch.
  28. ^ "Reckless Intent World Championship". CageMatch. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  29. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "SWA Laird of the Ring Championship". CageMatch.
  30. ^ "SWE Heavyweight Championship". Scottish Wrestling Entertainment.
  31. ^ "WCPW Title". What Culture Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  32. ^ "WCPW Loaded #8: The Kurt Angle Invitational Rumble". YouTube. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.

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