Lionheart (UK wrestler)

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Lionheart
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Lionheart in 2019
Birth nameAdrian McCallum
Born(1982-12-17)17 December 1982
Coventry, England
Died19 June 2019(2019-06-19) (aged 36)
Ayr, Scotland
Professional wrestling career
Billed height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Billed weight15 st 5 lb (215 lb; 98 kg)
Trained byColin McKay
Debut2002

Adrian McCallum (17 December 1982 – 19 June 2019)[1] was a British professional wrestler, professional wrestling promoter and actor, often better known by his ring name Lionheart.[2][3] He wrestled for numerous promotions in the British Independent wrestling circuit including Insane Championship Wrestling, in which he reigned as the ICW World Heavyweight Championship until his death, and Preston City Wrestling.[4] He was also the owner of Ayrshire-based wrestling promotion "Pro Wrestling Elite".[3][5]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Insane Championship Wrestling[edit]

On 11 February 2007 Lionheart made his Insane Championship Wrestling debut, losing to James Wallace.[6] On 3 April 2016, Lionheart captured the Insane Championship Wrestling Zero-G Championship from Davey Boy in a 6-way match at ICW Barramania II. He then proceeded to lose the title in a 6 Man Stairway to Heaven Match to Kenny Williams on 20 November at Fear & Loathing IX.[7] On 2 December 2018 he won the ICW World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career, defeating former champion Jackie Polo in a Career vs. Title Match at Fear and Loathing XI.

Preston City Wrestling[edit]

On 23 September 2011, Lionheart made his Preston City Wrestling debut on their "Road to Glory" show, defeating Jack Gallagher.[8] In March 2014, at a Preston City Wrestling show, McCallum's neck was broken in two places after receiving the Styles Clash following match against AJ Styles.[9] As a result of the injury doctors warned McCallum that he may never walk again.[9] Just over a year later, McCallum defied doctors' orders and returned to in-ring competition in March 2015.[4]

Other promotions[edit]

In 2008, McCallum competed for the ROH World Championship against then-champion Nigel McGuinness at a One Pro Wrestling show in a triple threat match also involving Keith Myatt.[10] In January 2011, McCallum competed for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), losing to Jeff Jarrett at a houseshow in Glasgow, Scotland.[11] Later that year he also competed for WWE, losing to Justin Gabriel in a dark match on SmackDown in Liverpool, England.[12]

Death[edit]

On 19 June 2019, McCallum's death was announced on Twitter by ICW. No further details regarding his death have been provided.[13] McCallum had last tweeted the previous evening, in which he quoted the TV series After Life: "One day you will eat your last meal, You will smell your last flower, you will hug your friend for the last time. You might not know it’s the last time, that’s why you must do everything you love with passion."[14]

The Daily Record & The Sun reported that 'The 36-year-old took his own life in June just months after attempting to save his neighbour who died in a fatal fire.'[15][16]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Rich. "Adrian McCallum dead: British wrestler known as 'Lionheart' passes away aged 36". Mirror Online. Daily Mirror. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  2. ^ "List of dead wrestler " Wrestlers Database". cagematch.net. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "List of died wrestler". www.wrestlinghustle.com.{{|date=December 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}
  4. ^ a b "Career "Lionheart" Wrestlers Database". cagematch.net. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Pro Wrestling Elite (PWE) " Promotions Database". cagematch.net. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Matches "Lionheart" Wrestlers Database".
  7. ^ "Matches "Lionheart" Wrestlers Database".
  8. ^ "Matches "Lionheart" Wrestlers Database".
  9. ^ a b "British wrestler Lionheart on AJ Styles rematch". mirror. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Matches "Lionheart" Wrestlers Database". cagematch.net. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Matches "Lionheart" Wrestlers Database". cagematch.net. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Matches "Lionheart" Wrestlers Database". cagematch.net. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  13. ^ "British wrestling champion Lionheart dies". BBC. 20 June 2019.
  14. ^ Satin, Ryan (19 June 2019). "UK Indie Wrestler Adrian 'Lionheart' McCallum Has Passed Away". Pro Wrestling Sheet. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Adrian 'Lionheart' McCallum: Mourners pay tribute". Daily Record. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  16. ^ "LIONHEART HERO Lionheart dead". The Sun. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Titles "Lionheart" Wrestlers Database". cagematch.net. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Scottish Wrestling Alliance 'Battlezone 2018' FULL Results". 26 November 2018.
  19. ^ Philip Kreikenbohm. "King of the Castle 2007".