Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) is a professional wrestling promotion based in Glasgow, Scotland, founded by Mark Dallas in 2006. It mixes elements of traditional sports entertainment with hardcore wrestling; thus admittance is restricted to those over 18 years old.
The company began expanding across the UK, and was featured in a Vice Magazine documentary in 2012 and BBC documentary in 2014. It was named UK Promotion of the Year by Fighting Spirit Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2018.
ICW formerly aired on cable television station MyChannel across Europe. ICW records and releases the majority of their shows on limited edition DVD as well as producing series of their own YouTube show, ICW Worldwide. In 2015, ICW launched their On Demand service (ICW On Demand), which has become the company's primary source of distribution of content.
On August 13, 2020, it was announced that ICW content (along with content from EVOLVE, PROGRESS and wXw) would be available on WWE's video on-demand service, WWE Network.
Mark Dallas founded the promotion while living with his girlfriend in Glasgow's Red Road Flats in 2006. After attending wrestling training to learn the business from the inside, he ran his first shows at Maryhill Community Centre. Drew Galloway was crowned the company's inaugural Heavyweight Champion on 15 October 2006 after defeating Darkside and Allan Grogan in a three-way match at ICW: Fear & Loathing. Galloway held the title until 22 July 2007 when he was defeated by Darkside. After an almost 2-year hiatus, ICW returned on 9 May 2009 with ICW: Fear & Loathing, however, after another brief hiatus, the company began running shows every other month beginning with ICW: Payback on 28 February 2010.
On 5 June 2010, ICW: Menace 2 Society, a new ICW Heavyweight Champion was crowned for the first time in over three years as BT Gunn won the vacant title in a 4-way match against Wolfgang, Liam Thomson and Johnny Moss. The event also kicked off a tournament for a secondary title, the ICW Zero-G Championship. Another title change occurred on 4 September 2010 at ICW: Dazed and Confused when moments after defeating Red Lightning, BT Gunn was challenged by James Scott who won the match and joined the villainous Gold Label faction.
ICW: Fear & Loathing 3 signaled ICW's first venture into Glasgow City Center with the event taking place at Apollo 23 nightclub on 21 November 2010. The finals of the Zero-G Championship Tournament took place with Noam Dar defeating Andy Wild, Falcon and Rob Cage in a four-way elimination match. The Zero-G Championship was briefly dropped by Dar to Lionheart at ICW: Summerbam on 14 August 2011 before winning the title back at ICW: Fear & Loathing 4 on 23 November.
2012 saw the introduction of a new event on 22 January, Square Go!. This event was headlined by an over-the-top-rope battle royal granting the winner a shot at the ICW Heavyweight Championship at a time of their choosing. ICW's next event, ICW: Smells like Teen Spirit, took place in The Garage venue, in Glasgow; the venue would later host many ICW shows. The beginning of the year saw ICW gain TV exposure through MyChannel, although their tenure on the station was short-lived as they were removed from programming after one of their shows was shown at an inappropriate time.
During the summer, the ICW Tag Team Championship was introduced and, after a series of elimination matches, STI (Dickie Divers & William Grange) defeated The Bucky Boys (Davie Boy & Stevie Boy) for the titles at ICW: Hadouken!.
After the airing of an in-house mockumentary and his prominent role in the Vice documentary, Grado became prominent in the promotion of ICW. At the 2nd Annual Square Go!, Mikey Whiplash secured his opportunity at the Heavyweight Championship while ICW ventured out of Glasgow for the first time with a show at Studio 24 in Edinburgh. In Edinburgh at ICW: Tramspotting, qualifying matches would begin for the new ICW Fierce Females Championship. The Tag Team Championship changed hands for the first time with STI losing their titles to The Bucky Boys in a ladder match at ICW: Get To Da Choppa. At ICW: Reservoir Dogs, ICW announced that they were being filmed as the subject of a BBC documentary.
On 7 February 2015, the ICW Heavyweight Championship was renamed the ICW World Heavyweight Championship following title defenses in England, Denmark and the United States by Drew Galloway. On 27 February 2016, ICW had their first show in Ireland named The Big Elbowski, where Big Damo defeated Chris Renfrew for the ICW World Heavyweight Championship.
On 5 November 2017, on a Road to Fear and Loathing X tour show in Cardiff, Triple H and NXT United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne made a special guest appearance.
On 12 September 2018, the ICW Women's Championship was renamed the ICW Women's World Championship, after then-champion Viper defended the title in a number of countries around the globe.
Leyton Buzzard, who had won the ICW World Heavyweight Championship Fear & Loathing XIV on 20 November 2022, became ICW's first champion to defend the World Championship outside of the UK since 2018. Inspired by Drew Galloway's internationally recognised reign, which spanned multiple countries, Buzzard eventually broke some of Galloway's records for international defences with matches in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, Germany and Canada.
In January 2023, ICW announced that its deal with WWE had ended and their library would no longer be available through the WWE Network and Peacock. ICW began airing its weekly TV and events through FITE, this began with The 11th Annual Square Go airing as a PPV on 26 February 2023, during which it was announced that ICW would be airing its events via FITE+ going forward. The first major event of this partnership was Get The F Out! on 14 May 2023.
The promotion currently books most of its events in Glasgow with occasional events in Edinburgh. As the company grows, it has expanded to the rest of the UK, having held events in London and Newcastle with shows in Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham booked in the future as part of a working relationship with O2 Academy venues. ICW runs shows in Glasgow's The Garage and Studio 24 in Edinburgh as well as ABC Glasgow until its closure due to a fire.
As Fear & Loathing got bigger, ICW went on to host events at SEC Centre, and in 2016 held the biggest event in European wrestling since the Dale Martin Wembley Arena shows of the early '80s in Glasgow's OVO Hydro with a claimed over 6000 attendees. Fear & Loathing would be held at the OVO Hydro in the two years following, featuring the likes of Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam, Noam Dar & James Storm.
In July 2018 after a recent fire that caused damage to O2 ABC Glasgow, ICW had to reschedule their 2-day summer event Shugs Hoose Party 5 to Glasgow's O2 Academy for the first time ever.
In February 2019, ICW announced the first ever 'King Of Hawners' tournament, taking place on the 26 & 27 May, with 8 trios teams competing in the inaugural tournament.
ICW On Demand is a video-on-demand service owned by Insane Championship Wrestling. All major ICW events are uploaded on the service shortly after taking place.
ICW Fight Club is the company's weekly episodic show, with episodes premiering on ICW On Demand on Friday nights.
The service also features matches from the promotion's archives, dating back to 2012. Retrospectives of pre-2012 events, shoot interviews and documentaries are also available.
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Reign||Date won||Days
|ICW World Heavyweight Championship||Aaron Echo||1||14 May 2023||60+||Glasgow, Scotland||Cashed in his Square Go briefcase and defeated Leyton Buzzard for the title.
Buzzard had just retained the title in a Three Way Dance against Big Damo and Andy Roberts
|ICW Zero-G Championship||Jason Reed||1||14 May 2023||85+||Glasgow, Scotland||Defeated Stevie James, Chet Monet and current champion Saqib Ali in a championship scramble match|||
|ICW Tag Team Championship||Chris Bungard and Paul Craig||1||14 May 2023||85+||Glasgow, Scotland||Defeated KoE in a submission Match|||
|ICW Women's Championship||Rhio||1||February 26, 2023||137+||Glasgow, Scotland||Defeated Molly Spartan at the 11th Annual Square go|||
In a combination of WWE's Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank matches, the competitors compete in a 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royal, the Square Go!, with the winner earning the Square Go Briefcase. This gives the holder an opportunity to cash-in the briefcase for an ICW World Heavyweight Championship match at any time of their choosing for up to one year. More recently, the contract holder has also had the option of cashing in the contract for a shot at the ICW Zero-G Championship.
|Holder||Date Won||Event||Match Type||Location||Championship||Cash-In Date||Notes|
|Red Lightning||22 January 2012||1st Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go! Match||Glasgow, Scotland||ICW Heavyweight Championship||3 June 2012||Cashed in and defeated then champion BT Gunn, who had just successfully defended the ICW Heavyweight Championship against Lionheart, to win the championship at In Your Gaff|
|Mikey Whiplash||27 January 2013||2nd Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go! Match||Glasgow, Scotland||ICW Heavyweight Championship||5 May 2013||After having announced his intention to cash-in at the next show, Whiplash would go on to defeat Red Lightning at Reservoir Dogs to win the ICW Heavyweight Championship|
|Chris Renfrew||26 January 2014||3rd Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go! Match||Glasgow, Scotland||ICW Heavyweight Championship||25 January 2015||Successfully defended the briefcase against Grado at 1.21 Gigawatts, Great Scott! on 31 August 2014. Unsuccessfully cashed-in against champion, Drew Galloway, at the 4th Annual Square Go! on 25 January 2015|
|Dickie Divers||25 January 2015||4th Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go! Match||Glasgow, Scotland||N/A|
|Chris Renfrew (2)||26 July 2015||Shug's Hoose Party II||Ladder||Glasgow, Scotland||ICW World Heavyweight Championship||24 January 2016||Won the briefcase from Dickie Divers in a ladder match at Shug's Hoose Party II on 26 July 2015.|
On 20 December 2015, Renfrew announced that he would be cashing in against World Heavyweight Champion, Grado, on 24 January 2016 at The Fifth Annual Square Go. At the event, Renfrew successfully cashed-in and defeated Grado via pinfall to win the ICW World Heavyweight Championship
|Wolfgang||24 January 2016||Fifth Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go! Match||Glasgow, Scotland||ICW World Heavyweight Championship||31 July 2016||Successfully cashed in on Joe Coffey (who had just prior, won the championship from Big Damo) defeating him via pinfall to win the ICW World Heavyweight Championship at Shug's Hoose Party 3|
|Joe Coffey||5 February 2017||Sixth Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go! Match||Newcastle, England||ICW World Heavyweight Championship||16 April 2017||Announced his intention to cash in at Barramania III on the 14 April episode of Fight Club (recorded 19 March), and successfully defeated Trent Seven by submission to win the ICW World Heavyweight Championship|
|Stevie Boy||11 February 2018||Seventh Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go! Match||Glasgow, Scotland||ICW World Heavyweight Championship||29 April 2018||At Barramania 4, Stevie retained his Square Go contract in a ladder match against Kenny Williams. He then successfully cashed it in the main event between Mikey Whiplash and BT Gunn, defeating Whiplash via pinfall to win the ICW World Heavyweight Championship|
|RUDO Lightning (2)||24 February 2019||Eighth Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go! Match||Glasgow, Scotland||ICW World Heavyweight Championship||27 October 2019||First 2-time winner of the Square Go match, and the second to hold the Square Go contract twice. Unsuccessfully cashed-in against champion, Stevie Boy, at ICW: France 2000 on 27 October 2019|
|Kez Evans||2 February 2020||Ninth Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go Match||Glasgow, Scotland||ICW Zero-G Championship||10 April 2021||Evans successfully cashed in his contract on Craig Anthony on an episode of ICW Fight Club (aired on 10 April 2021) to win the ICW Zero-G Championship. Anthony had, just prior, defeated Daz Black to win the vacant Zero-G Championship.|
This cash-in marks the first occasion the contract has been cashed in for the ICW Zero-G Championship.
|Leyton Buzzard||20 February 2022||Tenth Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go Match||Glasgow, Scotland||ICW World Heavyweight Championship||15 November 2022||Buzzard successfully cashed in his contract at Fear & Loathing XIV to defeat Evans for the ICW World Heavyweight Championship in a four-way match also involving Stevie James and Craig Anthony.|
|Aaron Echo||26 February 2023||Eleventh Annual Square Go!||30 Man Square Go Match||Glasgow, Scotland||ICW World Heavyweight Championship||14 May 2023||Echo successfully cashed in his contract at Get The F Out! immediately after Leyton Buzzard had retained his title against Big Damo and Andy Roberts.|
|Billy Kirkwood||Lead Commentator for ICW|
|Simon Cassidy||M.C for ICW|
|Thomas Kearins||Press / Referee|
|Andrew Wason||Business Development (Wrestling Experience Scotland)
|ICW recognized accolades|
|One-time ICW Women's Champion|
|Inaugural and two-time ICW World Heavyweight Champion|
|One-time ICW World Heavyweight Champion and two-time ICW Zero-G Champion|