Mark Haskins

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Mark Haskins
Mark Haskins at Smash.jpg
Haskins at Smash Wrestling's Smash Vs Progress: Uncensored show in Oshawa, ON
Born June 25, 1988 (age 28)
Faringdon, Oxfordshire, England
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Mark Haskins[1]
Skins the Chav[1][2]
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Billed weight 209 lb (95 kg)
Billed from Faringdon, Oxon[3]
Trained by Mark Sloan[1]
Debut July 2006[1]

Mark Haskins (born June 25, 1988), is an English professional wrestler, is known internationally for his time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as well as his appearances in PROGRESS Wrestling, Revolution Pro Wrestling, Dragon Gate,[4] Smash Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom.[5] Haskins has held numerous notable championships, including the PROGRESS Wrestling World Championship.

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, 2006. 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, 2007. 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, 2009, 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, 2009. 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, 2008, for the RQW Tag Team Championship which they won.[9]

The Thrillers returned to IPW: UK on May 4, 2008, triumphant with tag team gold in the form of RQW Tag Team Championship only to lose the championship to 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, 2008, 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 placed 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, 2010, 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 on one and losing on the other.[10]

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

Haskins in the ring during TNA's European tour in January 2011

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, 2011 edition of Impact Wrestling, appearing in a backstage segment, where Eric Bischoff introduced new rules to the X Division.[12] On August 18, 2011 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, 2012, 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, 2012, 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 Scurll which, on February 24, 2013, culminated with Scurll going over Haskins. On Saturday March 16, 2013, at Eastmount Recreation Centre in Hull, Haskins defeated 29 other men to become the new New Generation Wrestling Champion. On Saturday May 18, 2013, he went on to successfully defend the title against Kris Travis at Victoria Hall, Keighley (just outside Bradford).

On February 11, 2013, Haskins won a six-man match to be crowned the Premier British Wrestling "King of Cruisers" 2013, winning over Noam Dar, Kenny Williams, Joey Hayes, El Ligero and CJ Banks.[18]

Mark Haskins has been a regular at Southside Wrestling Entertainment since August 2012 and won the Heavyweight title on October 27, 2013. He subsequently defended the title against Uhaa Nation and made second defence against former WWE star Trent Barreta on March 9, 2014.[19]

Progress Wrestling (2013–present)[edit]

Mark Haskins first competed for Progress Wrestling at Chapter Seven[20] and quickly made a name for himself in the promotion as part of the hated Screw Indy Wrestling stable alongside Nathan Cruz, Rampage Brown, Sha Samuels and Martin Stone. Haskins and Cruz made several attempts to become Progress Tag Team Champions but were ultimately unsuccessful in every attempt. In singles action, Haskins faced Ricochet and Zack Sabre Jr to great acclaim in a three-way match at Chapter Nine[21] and issued an open challenge at Chapter Ten which was successfully answered by Adam Cole.[22] Once Rampage Brown left the group, he and Haskins became involved in a heated rivalry that culminated in a No Disqualification match at Chapter Eighteen which Brown won.[23]

Following a two-month absence due to injury, Haskins evolved into a fan-favourite, exhibiting an MMA striking and submission-oriented wrestling style. He entered the inaugural Super Strong Style 16 tournament in 2015, beating Jack Gallagher in the opening round[24] before losing to tournament winner Will Ospreay in the quarter-finals.[25] He won the 2015 Thunderbastard match[26] but was unsuccessful in his subsequent attempt to win the PROGRESS Championship from Ospreay at Chapter Twenty-One.[27] He went on to win matches against Flash Morgan Webster,[28] Bubblegum,[29] Paul Robinson,[30] Zack Gibson,[31] and Tommaso Ciampa.[32] When Marty Scurll became PROGRESS Champion, Haskins faced him for the title at Chapter Twenty-Six but was unable to gain victory.[33]

In the 2016 Super Strong Style 16 tournament, he beat Pete Dunne in the first round[34] but did not compete further due to exhaustion and illness. He returned to PROGRESS at Chapter Thirty-Two, answering Johnny Gargano’s open challenge for his Smash Wrestling Championship.[35] Haskins won the match and the title, becoming the first British wrestler to hold that belt.

At Chapter Thirty-Three, Haskins won a number one contenders match against Will Ospreay[36] and announced that he would face the PROGRESS Champion in September at Chapter Thirty-Six, PROGRESS’s biggest ever show. At the Brixton show, Haskins pinned Marty Scurll in the main event triple-threat match, also involving Tommy End, to become PROGRESS Champion for the first time.[37] Haskins successfully defended his title against Zack Gibson at Chapter 37[38] and against both Marty Scurll and Jimmy Havoc at Chapter 38.[39] After the latter victory, Haskins was forced to give up the championship due to injury.

Haskins made his return to PROGRESS in January 2017 at Chapter Forty-Three, joining with the returning Flash Morgan Webster to save Jimmy Havoc from Pete Dunne and Trent Seven, revealing that both he and Webster were medically cleared to compete again.[40]

Smash Wrestling (2016–present)[edit]

Haskins won the Smash Wrestling Championship at a PROGRESS Wrestling show in June 2016,[35] successfully answering champion Johnny Gargano’s open challenge for the title. It was the first time the belt changed hands on British soil and Haskins is the first ever British Smash Wrestling Champion.

He went on to successfully defend the title against Tarik in August 2016,[41] his first appearance for Smash in the company's home country. During the three Progress vs. Smash shows in September 2016, Haskins successfully defended the belt in matches against Smash Wrestling regulars Maybach Beta,[42] Brent Banks[43] and Mike Bailey.[44]

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (2016–present)[edit]

On June 27, 2016, it was announced that Haskins would debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla by taking part in the 2016 Battle of Los Angeles in September 2016.[45] At the event Haskins beat Cedric Alexander in the first round[46] and Kyle O'Reilly in the quarter-finals before being defeated by eventual tournament winner Marty Scurll in the semi-finals.[47]

In wrestling[edit]

Haskins performing a shooting star press in 2011
Haskins applying his Star Armbar on Tarik

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Haskins posing with the Smash Wrestling championship belt

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