|Birth name||Philip Poll|
27 September 1978 |
Danbury, Essex, England
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Phil Powers|
|Billed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Billed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|Trained by||Johnny Kidd|
Philip Poll (born 27 September 1978) is an English professional wrestler, best known by his ringname "Flying" Phil Powers, who has worked on the United Kingdom's independent circuit for over 15 years.
Phil Powers was trained by Johnny Kidd before debuting in 1993, Powers went on to team with Paul Tyrrell as the Essex Boys.
In 1999 Phil Powers joined the roster of newly formed Ultimate Wrestling Alliance, which aired on L!veTV. Here Powers had the first televised British wrestling match in over 10 years against Stewart "Mad Dog" McPhie, There was no love lost between Powers and McPhie after a disagreement during tapings of L!VE TV's CatFights show ending in Powers getting powerbombed on the studio floor, This led to a number of matches and widening the saga between "Mad Dog Mcphie", his manager Steve Lynskey and Stable Mates "The Anarchist" Doug Williams, "The WonderKid" Jonny Storm and Drew McDonald. The Ultimate Wrestling Alliance disappeared from television and wrestling when L!VE TV ceased to air.
In July 2004, Powers made an entry into Revolution British Wrestling. On the evening of Saturday 24th Powers made his debut acting as an official (referee) for all of the evening's contests, Powers would call every match right down the middle, being impartial to all competitors until the shocking events of the RBW British Welterweight Championship main event contest between the reigning Champion, Sammy Ray and challenger, "The Gift" Ross Jordan. Tension was already high, with both wrestlers having crossed paths on several occasions in the past, and Ross Jordan being a former Champion himself.
Powers made a speech about the death of British wrestling veteran and TV actor "Bomber" Pat Roach and the request to play the British national anthem before the main event got fans to think they were seeing a different side to Powers, or so they were to believe as no one was expecting the following events.
Phil Powers began a feud with Sammy Ray followed by a rampage through the ranks of RBW, defeating Andy Boy Simmonz, Eamon O'Neill, Jason Rumble, UK Kid, as well as Sammy Ray, determined to prove his point.
Powers would continue to wrestle with the Revolution British Wrestling (which would later become Varsity Pro Wrestling). During the last few RBW shows Phil Powers, one of RBW's top heels lost a match ro one of the promotions main babyfaces, The UK Kid to reignight their feud.
The second show featured an eight man knock out tournament both the UK Kid and Phil Powers would advance through the quarter finals. During the semi finals UK Kid would advance but Powers would lose his match against on/off team mate Doug Williams by forfeit after claiming to be injured. In the finals Doug Williams would defeat the UK Kid following help from Phil Powers.
The UK Kid and Phil Powers would continue their feuding into the debut of VPW. On September 16, 2005 VPW held their debut show from the Horndean Technology College, in which UK Kid cost Powers and Williams a match against the debuting Ballard Brothers getting a bit of revenge from the events months before. VPW would go on to hold two more shows from Horndean before the end of the year, one on 28 October and the other on 25 November. During the first of these last two show UK Kid would win the right to face Phil Powers in a match after defeating a hand picked opponent in Joe E. Legend, but this match would not be fought under the confines of a normal match, it would be a ladder match with the position of VPW spokesmen on the line. It was during the November show that UK Kid would defeat Phil Powers in the ladder match to become the Official VPW Spokesman.
During November, Powers would win a tournament for Premier Promotions' vacant PWF (Premier Wrestling Federation) Light-Heavyweight Championship. On 4 February 2006 Powers would make his first successful title defence against The UK Kid.
At a VPW show on 17 February, after defeating Irish star, Eamon O'Neill, Powers would cut a promo about how British wrestlers are better than Americans until he was interrupted by Kip James, making his first UK appearance, came out to tell Powers to shut the hell up, the pair would also get into a small shoving match which saw James come out on top. Later that night James faced a rising star in Chris Andrews during the match Powers would try to interfere with the match up only to be disposed off by both men, though this distraction would cost Andrews his match against James.
On the next show in Exeter, Devon one day later, Powers (with his valet Erin Angel) faced Chris Andrews in a singles match. During this match, Erin Angel would try to get involved using her own handbag to hit Andrews but missed and hit her man Powers instead, Andrews would then take the handbag only to get disqualified when the referee saw him hit Powers with it.
Powers not only wrestled he also is a trainer running his own school with Erin Angel in Southampton. In March 2005 Phil began promoting shows under the name Real Quality Wrestling After a few months he hired Len Davies to handle production and video editing, however eventually Powers left the company leaving Davies to promote shows under the RQW banner himself.
Powers went on to successfully promote shows for the next 3 years using the banner Live Wrestling Entertainment, while Len Davies paused promotions under the name RQW, concentrating on TV licensing and support of the British wrestling industry as an umbrella organisation. RQW Currently operates from RQW House in Dagenham Essex, and runs training schools as well as providing multimedia support for the revived FWA organisation. RQW Programming is currently being licensed worldwide through various agencies. Both Powers and Davies still work together on occasions,
Phil Powers continues to compete on the independent circuit of the UK. There are rumours that Phil Powers, Mad Dog Mcphie, Dan Berlinka and the owners of Ultimate Wrestling Alliance Andrew and Paul Martin are talking about a 10 year reunion.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Premier Promotions
- PWF Light-Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
- Ultimate Wrestling Alliance
- UWA Heavyweight Championship
- UWA Television Championship
- Other titles
- Young Wrestler of the Year 1993