Professional wrestling promotions in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of professional wrestling promotions in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man) and lists both active and notable defunct professional wrestling promotions from the 1950s to the present day.

List[edit]

United Kingdom wrestling promotions[edit]

Promotion name Location Promoter(s) Years active Website Notes
Active
4-Front Wrestling (4FW) Wiltshire David Sharp 2004- Yes [1][2]
Wrestlingstore (A-Merchandise) Portsmouth Mark Sloan 2008- Yes [3]
AMP Wrestling Coventry James Meikle

Corey Vandal

2008- Yes Sister promotion of Triple X Wrestling[4]
All Action Wrestling (AAW) North Shields Tony Spitfire 2007- Yes [5]
All-Star Wrestling Liverpool Brian Dixon 1970- Yes The oldest active and longest-running UK wrestling promotion.[1][6][7]
ATTACK! Pro Wrestling Birmingham

Cardiff

Pete England 2011- Yes
Alternative Wrestling World (AWW) Birmingham Kevin O'Neil 2003- Yes Originally known as Anti-Watershed Wrestling from 2003 to 2008.[8]
Basix Wrestling Deeside Mike Roberts 2007- Yes
Bellatrix Female Warriors Norfolk

Essex

Saraya Knight 2006–2009

2011-

Yes Female-only wrestling promotion originally known as World Association Of Women's Wrestling up until 1 January 2013.
Berkshire Superstar Wrestling (BSW) Berkshire John Shipley 2014 - No
Best Of British Wrestling All over the British Isles Stuart Lake

Steve Morocco

1996- Yes [9]
Britannia Wrestling Promotions North Wales Steve Saxon 2008- No
British Championship Wrestling (BCW) East Kilbride Graham Mckay 2003- Yes
British Extreme Championship Wrestling (BECW) Croydon Ben & Nicole Lawrence 2003- Yes
British Empire Wrestling (BEW) London Declan Kellett

Tim Birkett

2014- Yes
British Real Attitude Wrestling League Northamptonshire Chris Peacock

Jeremy Brown

2000- Yes [1]
British Wrestling Alliance (BWA) Stoke-on-Trent Chris Matthews 2006- No [1][10]
British Wrestling Evolution Essex Dan Shoesmith 2009-2011, 2015- Yes Closed doors in 2011, revived in 2015
British Wrestling Federation Southampton David Matthews 2012- Yes
Celtic Wrestling Cardiff Anthony Thomas 2005- Yes [1][11]
Combat Sports Federation (CSF) Avon Stu Natt 1998- Yes [1][12]
Cornish Pro Wrestling (CPW) Cornwall Terry and Alice Speller 2015- Yes
Complete Revolutionary Wrestling (CRW) Newcastle upon Tyne Ken Clarke 2009- Yes
Coventry Pro Wrestling (CPW) Coventry Mr Richards 2013- No
Devon Wrestling Association (DWA) Devon UK Dominator

PJ Jones

2005-2007

2009-2013 2016-

No Originally run by Joel Redman aka Oliver Grey in NXT[13]
Discovery Wrestling UK Alex Fowlis

Alan Smith

2014- Yes
Dragon Pro Wrestling (DPW) Newport Mike Bird 2008- No
Dynamic Championship Wrestling:South West (DCW) Crediton Chris Andrews 2012- No
Eastern Championship Wrestling Blackpool Shak Khan 1998- Yes
Elite British Wrestling Sheffield Andrew Hogg, Mark Sanderson 2012 - Yes
EPW European Pro Wrestling Middlesbrough Chris Diamond 2001 Yes
Exposure Wrestling Entertainment Cardiff Nigel Nigsy Fleming 2015 Yes
Fight Club: PRO Wolverhampton Trent Seven 2009- Yes
Future Championship Wrestling (FCW) Midlands Joel Allen

Leemark Massey

2003- Yes [1][14]
Future Pro Wrestling (FPW) Surrey Steve Evans

Lee Elmer Matt Burden

2010- Yes
FutureShock Wrestling Greater Manchester Dave Rayne 2004- Yes [15]
Grand Pro Wrestling (GPW) Greater Manchester Johnnie Brannigan 2003- Yes [1][16]
Great Bear Promotions Cheshire Gerard Hall 2012- Yes [17]
Grimsby Wrestling Alliance (GWA) Grimsby Steve Cartwright 2012- Yes [18] Affiliated with Real Deal Wrestling (RDW), but they run their own monthly shows.
Herts And Essex Wrestling (HEW) Bishops Stortford Sam Knee 2005- Yes [19]
House of Pain Wrestling Nottingham Paul "Stixx" Grint 2006- Yes [20]
House of Pain:Evolution Wrestling (HOPE) Milton Keynes/Derby Harvey Dale 2013- Yes [21]
HXC Wrestling Manchester Mike Hough 2013- Yes [22]
Independent Wrestling Federation (IWF) Newcastle Martin McGurk

Steven Winnie

2000- Yes [1][23]
Infinite Promotions Liverpool Ciarán McConnell

Zack Gibson

2012- Yes [1][24]
Ironfist Wrestling Worcestershire

Herefordshire

Jake Gittens 2011- No
Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) Glasgow Mark Dallas 2006- Yes
International Championship Wrestling UK Lancashire Kevin Iddon 1999- Yes
Kamikaze Pro Birmingham James Gallagher (Marshall X) 2013- Yes
Leicester Championship Wrestling (LCW) Leicester John Shipley 2011- Yes
LDN Wrestling North London Sanjay Bagga 2004- Yes [1][25]
Lincoln Fight Factory Wrestling (LFFW) Lincoln Hayden "Dutch" Loeve 2013- [1]
Live Wrestling Entertainment (LWE) Essex Phil Powers 2006- No [26][27]
Main Event Wrestling (MEW) Newcastle Upon Tyne Daniel Fitch

Drew Shardlow Micheal Brown

2005- No
Maximum Pro Wrestling (MPW) Gateshead Mark Anthony 2001- No
New Generation Wrestling (NGW) Hull Richard Dunn 2008- Yes [28]
North East Wrestling Society County Durham Paul Fahey 2010– Yes
PFP Promotions Lincoln, Lincolnshire Phil Fogg 2008- No
Phoenix Pro Wrestling West Bromwich Chris Liston 2011- Yes
Pitbull Pro Wrestling Folkestone Unknown 2013- No
Plymouth Wrestling Association (PWA) Plymouth

Saltash

Kreiger 2009- Yes
Power Trip Wrestling Luton Peter Staniforth 2007- Yes [29]
Premier British Wrestling (PBW) All over Scotland

Cumbria Northumberland

Ross Watson 2006- Yes
Premier Promotions Sussex John Freemantle 1987- Yes [1][30]
Preston City Wrestling (PCW) Preston Steve Fludder 2011- Yes
PROGRESS Wrestling London Jim Smallman, Jon Briley & Glen Joseph 2012- Yes
Pro Evolution Wrestling (Pro EVW) Gloucestershire

Avon

Lee Hall 2006- Yes
Pro-Wrestling: EVE All over Great Britain Dann Read 2010- Yes Female-only wrestling promotion.[31]
Pro Wrestling Kingdom (PWK) Birmingham and

the West Midlands

Ryan Smile 2013- No Pro Wrestling Kingdom aim to showcase nothing but the upper echelon of talent from right here in the UK.
Pro Wrestling Live (PWL) West Midlands Matt Powell (Mad Dog Maxx) 2007- No
Pro Wrestling Pride (PWP) South West Darren Saviour 2012- Yes
Pro Wrestling Ulster (PWU) Belfast Andi Thompson 2007- Yes [32]
Pro Wrestling 4U (PW4U) Stoke-On-Trent Phil Woodvine 2011- Yes
RAD:PRO South Shields Georgie Leggett 2010- Yes [1][33]
Reloaded Championship Wrestling Alliance Essex William Ospreay 2012- No
Real Quality Wrestling (RQW) London Len Davies 2005- Yes [1][34]
Reckless Intent Wrestling Scotland Jason McKinley 2013- Yes
International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom Kent Daniel Edler 2004- Yes [1][35]
Revolution Pro Wrestling London & Hampshire Andy Quildan 2012- Yes
Royal Imperial Wrestling (RIW)" Port Talbot PJ Schultz

Johnny Harris

2011- No
Scottish Wrestling Alliance (SWA) All over Scotland SWA Committee 2002- Yes
Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (SWE) Blairgowrie, Perthshire David Low

Charles Riddell

2002- Yes
Shooting Star Wrestling (SSW) Rotherham Jon Von Diesel 2008- Yes [36]
Southside Wrestling Cambridgeshire Ben Auld 2010- Yes
Superstars Of Wrestling Cheltenham Matt Jarrett 2007- Yes [37]
Target Wrestling Carlisle, Cumbria The Nattrass Brothers 2013- Yes
This Is Wrestling Mansfield Unknown 2008–2009

2012-

No [38]
Thunderslam Wrestling Harlow Charlie Rage 2006- Yes Originally known as Playhouse Wrestlefest from 2006 to 2008.[39]
Total Action Wrestling (TAW) Milton Keynes Samson 2010- Yes Originally known as Anglian Championship Wrestling from 2003 to 2009.
Triple X Wrestling (TXW) Coventry Quentin Hyde-Styles

Corey Vandal

2006- Yes [40]
Ultimate Championship Wrestling (UCW) Wiltshire Gareth Humphries 2003- Yes [1]
Ultimate Wrestling Alliance (UWA) Essex Paul Tyrell

Jonny Storm

1998– No
Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) Dorset

Somerset

Andy Evans

Mark Fry

2014- Yes
United Kingdom Independent Promotion Rochester Ray Cist 2012– No
Varsity Pro Wrestling (VPW) Hampshire Thomas "UK Kid" Jones 2005- Yes [1][41]
VII Pro Wrestling Telford

Shrewsbury

Deryn O'Sullivan 2012- Yes Formerly known as Shropshire Wrestling Alliance, merged with Shrewsburys' VII Underground to become VII Pro Wrestling
WhatCulture Pro Wrestling Newcastle Adam Pacitti 2016 - Yes
Wrestling Association North Kent Kent Wayne Kerr 2013 No
WRP Wrestling Derbyshire Jacob Padget 2014 - No
Welsh Wrestling All over Wales Alan Ravenhill 2005- Yes Originally known as Pro Power Wrestling from 2005 to 2009.[1][42]
Wild Wrestling Promotions Midlands

Scotland

Carl Conroy 1999- No Formed in mid-1999 by Carl Conroy, Darren Levy & Allan Blackstock. Debut event was 17 October 1999 at Northfield YMCA in Birmingham. WILD have since run several hundred events across the UK. WILD have enjoyed close working relationships with both CSF (Wiltshire) and W3L (Fife) in the past, often booking concurrent dates and sharing visiting talent from elsewhere in the country.
Wrestlezone Aberdeen

Nairn Fraserburgh

WrestleZone Committee 2008- Yes WrestleZone is largely based in Aberdeen but runs shows all year round throughout the North East of Scotland as well as running their own training school.
The Wrestling League Essex

Harwich Colchester

Mark Young 2014- Yes The Wrestling League is based out of East Anglia. They focus on British talent mainly but on occasion use imported stars which have included Sting.
Wrestling Association of Rugby Rugby Andrew Platt

Stuart Platt

2001- Yes [1]
World Association of Wrestling (WAW) East Anglia Ricky Knight 1993- Yes [1][43]
World War Wrestling (WWW) South East Brett Meadows 2014- Yes
Alpha Omega Wrestling Morecambe Kieran Engelke 2015- Yes
Notable Defunct Promotions
1 Pro Wrestling Doncaster Danny Rodd 2005-2011 No [1][44][45]
AWA United Kingdom Ware John Chapman 2005–2006 No Originally known as Chapman Promotions until 2006.[46]
British Wrestling Evolution Essex Jacob Burtenshaw 2009-2012 No
British Wrestling Federation London Paul Lincoln 1958–1966 No Continued to back Bert Assirati as rightful British Heavyweight Champion after he was stripped of the title by Joint Promotions. Later switched recognition to Shirley Crabtree
Dynamic Pro Wrestling Morley Ricc Dombrowski 2008-2011 No [47]
Euro Pro American Wrestling Wolverhampton Julio Torres 2006 No [48]
Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA) Essex

London

Alex Shane

Tony Simpson

1993-2007

2009-

Yes Originally known as the Fratton Wrestling Association from 1993 to 1999. Closed in March 2007, but resumed operations in 2009.[1][49][50][51]
Headlock Championship Wrestling All over Great Britain John Stallard 1998–2005 No [52]
Joint Promotions

/ Ring Wrestling Stars

London cartel led by the Dale family and Les Martin (1952-late 1960s)

The Hurst Syndicate (late 1960s)
Jarvis Astaire
William Hill plc (subsidiary 1970s-1986)
Max Crabtree (1986-1995)

1952–1995 No [6][53]
Legend Wrestling League Wolverhampton Matthew Stark 2005–2008 No [54]
Limited Edition Promotions Wrestling (LEP) South West England Daniel Walsh 2013-2015 Yes No longer produces shows but still runs as an Academy
Midlands Professional Wrestling Coventry Majik

"Psycho" Steve Edwards

2002–2006 No [1][55]
New Era Wrestling County Durham Martin Bean 2007–2008 No [1][56]
Northern Wrestling League Greater Manchester Brad Flash 2007–2008 No [57]
NWA UK Hammerlock Kent Tony McMillain 1993-2014 No
NWA Wales Newport Unknown 2006–2007 No Affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance and NWA UK Hammerlock.[58]
Orig Williams Promotions/

Orig Williams British Wrestling Federation

Rhyl Orig Williams 1966-2000 No [59] Orig Williams continued to promote WWF tribute shows and occasional traditional British shows until his death in 2009
Original Pro Wrestling Organisation Blackpool Kriss Sprules

Melicious

2005–2006 No [1][60]
Professional Organised Wrestling Brixham Dan Walsh 2005–2009 No
Pro Wrestling 101 Doncaster Stephen Gauntley 2009–2010 No [61]
Revolution British Wrestling London Ron Sands 2002–2007 No Originally known as WrestlingUK.[1][62]
Severn Wrestling Company Caldicot Unknown 2008 No
South Wales Championship Wrestling Rhymney Chris Roberts 2006-2010 No [63]
Sovereign World Wrestling Alliance Midlands "Crush" Mellor 1994–2009 No Originally known as Sovereign Championship Wrestling from 1994 to 2009. One of the longest running wrestling promotions in the United Kingdom.[1]
Summit Wrestling Norfolk Nick Aldis 2006–2008 No [64]
The Wrestling Alliance All over England Scott Conway 1989–2003 Yes [65]
Triple Team Promotions Cumbria The Nattrass Brothers 2006–2008 No [66]
Ulster Championship Wrestling Belfast Unknown 2003–2007 No [67]
United Kingdom Wrestling Alliance Liverpool Andrew Huntington 2003–2004 No Affiliated with Revolution British Wrestling.[1]
X-Sports:Wrestling Gloucester Dann Read 2006–2008 No [68]

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