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New Generation Wrestling
AcronymNGW
FoundedMay 2008
StyleProfessional wrestling
Sports entertainment
HeadquartersHull, United Kingdom
Founder(s)Luke Ingamells
Owner(s)Richard Dunn
WebsiteNGWUK.com

New Generation Wrestling (NGW) is a currently inactive British professional wrestling promotion based in Hull, founded by Luke Ingamells in 2008. It became inactive in 2020 and all its social media account ceased to post. It is due to make a comeback in May of 2022, at its old home venue, The Eastmount Centre in Hull.

NGW is featured regularly on Challenge TV's WrestleTalk and British Wrestling Round-Up programs. In addition, it is being broadcast on a number of regional TV channels, most notably Bay TV Liverpool and the Lincolnshire-based Estuary TV.

History

The Eastmount Years (2008–2012)

New Generation Wrestling put on its first event on 16 May 2008 at Hull's Eastmount Recreation Centre, a venue which would be known as "the home of NGW" for years to come. Line-ups featured local up-and-comers, such as "Prima Donna" Nathan Cruz and "The Amazing" Matt Myers, as well as some of the hottest names on the British independent circuit, such as Dave Rayne and Stixx. A constant progression in match quality and production values ensured NGW a loyal fanbase within the local community.[1]

The company gained nationwide recognition for the rivalry between Nathan Cruz and 15-year veteran Alex Shane, which culminated in a match between the two at NGW's 2nd Anniversary Show in June 2010. Though this match should have never taken precedence over the NGW title match due to backstage politics and egos, which still plague the company today, the contest, built as a clash of generations, saw Cruz defeat Shane for the right to the "Showstealer" moniker.[2] Cruz went on to become the top heel (villain) in the company, winning the NGW Championship in early 2011 and holding it for nearly a year. At Eternal Glory in December, Cruz lost the title to his former best friend, the popular Matt Myers, in one of the most memorable moments in NGW history, pending which backstage ego you believe.[3]

In December 2011, NGW held its first show on the road at Pontefract Town Hall.[4]

The Sports Arena and TV Exposure (2012–2015)

As the NGW following grew, the promotion held its first event at Hull's Sports Arena (now the Airco Arena) in July 2012, featuring appearances from former WWE Diva and TNA Knockout Winter, as well as British legend Kendo Nagasaki.[5] While the majority of NGW shows remained at the Eastmount Recreation Centre, the July event was the first of many regular happenings at the Arena, which promoter Richard Dunn had wanted to use for wrestling for years.[6] Shows at the Arena took NGW to a whole new level in terms of live audience and show production, which in combination with the performers' consistent in-ring ability, attracted the attention of wrestler-turned-TV-producer Alex Shane.

Starting late 2012 and continuing throughout 2013, developments surrounding NGW events and storylines were covered regularly on WrestleTalk TV, a wrestling talk show on Challenge TV produced by Shane.[7] In April 2013, a spin-off series was launched by the British Wrestling Council titled BWC: British Wrestling Round-Up in what was effectively British wrestling's return to national television for the first time in 25 years.[8] NGW remained a staple of the show throughout its several changes in format and has used the platform to showcase some of its best matches to a nationwide audience. As producing quality television became a priority for NGW, 2014 saw an increase in the number of shows put on at the Sports Arena, later renamed the Airco Arena.[9]

In early 2013, NGW Champion Rampage Brown had a storyline falling-out with management, resulting in him no longer being recognised as the titleholder, despite still being in possession of the belt.[7] As a new champion was crowned in his absence, the company ended up having two champions when Rampage made his return several months later and aligned himself with NGW owner Richie West's faction The Control. The rivalry between El Ligero and Rampage Brown over the rightful claim to the NGW Championship was the most prominent story throughout 2014, culminating in a critically acclaimed 30-Minute Iron Man Match between the two at Eternal Glory in December. Rampage picked up the victory after a shocking attack by Ligero's best friend and tag team partner, Dara Diablo, and became the first ever NGW Undisputed Champion.[10]

Another focal point of NGW programming has been the ongoing Davey Boy Cup Tournament, put together by the daughter of the late British Bulldog, Georgia Smith.[11] Following qualifying matches which took place throughout 2014, the four finalists were revealed in early 2015 to be Nathan Cruz, Zack Gibson, Bubblegum and Mike "Wildboar" Hitchman, with matches among them scheduled for the next few months.[12]

In March 2015, the announcement was made that NGW matches would be available on-demand as part of the BWC British Wrestling Weekly subscription service.

Hull City Hall (2015)

In March 2015, plans to install an indoor football pitch at the Airco Arena effectively kicked local communities out of the venue, among them New Generation Wrestling, who later announced that they had acquired the historic Hull City Hall for future shows.[13]

NGW Academy

NGW runs its own wrestling academy which has produced some of the best young talent in British wrestling. The Academy provides training not only for aspiring in-ring performers, but for auxiliary roles as well. Advanced classes at the Academy's Hull facility are led by Nathan Cruz and Matt Myers. The Academy also holds seminars with notable guest trainers, among whom Fit Finlay, Doug Williams, Nigel McGuinness, Winter, Rockstar Spud, Dave Taylor and many more.[14] it has at regular 7 people and will hopefully get future stars .

The NGW Academy launched a second facility in Birtley, Gateshead in the summer of 2014 with head trainer Rampage Brown.[15]

With the expansion of NGW's touring schedule, the Academy has also started doing exclusive pre-show training seminars at a number of external locations, led by some of the biggest stars in British wrestling.

NGW Proving Ground

February 2011 saw the start of a series of Academy shows under the "NGW Proving Ground" banner. Acting as developmental events, the main objective of the shows is to showcase the future stars of British wrestling, but they also feature established names of the main roster.

As of 2018 the company introduced the Proving Ground Championship where the inaugural champion was upcomer Ace Matthews. 2020 saw the company also introduce the Proving Ground Tag Team Championship.[16] The first six Proving Ground events took place at the Eastmount Recreation Centre in Hull, but ever since February 2013, they have almost exclusively been held on the road.[17]

Partnership with Global Force Wrestling

In July 2014, Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling announced working partnerships with several major European promotions, including New Generation Wrestling, representing Northern England.[18]

Championships

Current champions
Title Current holder Date won Location Notes
NGW Undisputed Championship Lucas Steel 7 December 2019 Hull, England Defeated Justin Sysum at Eternal Glory 2019
NGW Tag Team Championship Matt Myers & Robbie X
7 December 2019 Hull, England Defeated Nathan Cruz & Rampage Brown in tournament finals at Eternal Glory 2019
NGW GenX Championship Lucas Steel 14 December 2018 Hull, England Defeated Robbie X at Eternal Glory 2018
NGW Proving Ground Championship Dave Graves 18 January 2020 Hull, England Defeated Conor Renshaw and Ace Matthews in a Triple Threat match at Proving Ground 53
NGW Proving Ground Tag Team Championship - - - Semi Finals are set to be Dave Graves & Ace Matthews Vs Reece & Rogan and Dara Diablo & Jimmy McIlwee Vs Myles Kayman & Jack Turner
NGW Undisputed Championship
Details
PromotionNew Generation Wrestling
Date established16 May 2009
Current champion(s)Lucas Steel
Date won7 December 2019
Other name(s)
NGW Heavyweight Championship

NGW Undisputed Championship

The NGW Undisputed Championship is a professional wrestling Championship (professional wrestling) owned by the New Generation Wrestling (NGW) promotion. The title was created and debuted on 16 May 2009. The current champion is Lucas Steel, who is in his first reign.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Alex Cyanide 16 May 2009 NGW 1st Anniversary Show Hull, England 1 383 Defeated Sam Bailey in a tournament final to become the inaugural champion. [19]
Vacated 3 June 2010
2 Sam Bailey 6 June 2010 NGW 2nd Anniversary Show Hull, England 1 244 Defeated El Ligero, Jack Gallagher, Colossus Kennedy and Martin Kirby in a five-way elimination match to win the vacant title. [20]
3 Nathan Cruz 5 February 2011 Regeneration Hull, England 1 302 [21]
4 Matt Myers 4 December 2011 Eternal Glory 2011 Hull, England 1 97 [22]
5 Rampage Brown 10 March 2012 Destiny 2012 Hull, England 1 358 [23]
Vacated 3 March 2013
6 Mark Haskins 16 March 2013 Destiny 2013 Hull, England 1 239 This was a 30-man royal rumble match for the vacant title. [24]
7 El Ligero 10 November 2013 Eternal Glory 2013 Hull, England 1 390
8 Rampage Brown 5 December 2014 Eternal Glory 2014 Hull, England 2 212 [25]
9 Nathan Cruz 5 July 2015 Ultimate Showdown 2015 Hull, England 2 531 [26]
10 Matt Myers 17 December 2016 Eternal Glory 2016 Hull, England 2 174 [27]
11 Nathan Cruz 9 June 2017 NGW 9th Anniversary Show Hull, England 3 477 This was a triple threat match also including Rampage Brown. [28]
11 Justin Sysum September 28, 2018 Ultimate Showdown 2018 Hull, England 1 287
12 Lucas Steel 7 December 2019 Eternal Glory 2019 Hull, England 1 904+

Combined reigns

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
1 Nathan Cruz 3 1,310
2 Rampage Brown 2 570
3 El Ligero 1 390
4 Alex Cyanide 1 383
5 Lucas Steel † 1 904+
6 Justin Sysum 1 287
7 Matt Myers 2 271
8 Mark Haskins 1 239
9 Sam Bailey 1 244
NGW Tag Team Championship
Details
PromotionNew Generation Wrestling
Date established4 December 2011
Current champion(s)Matt Myers & Robbie X
Date won7 December 2019

NGW Tag Team Championship

The NGW Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling Championship (professional wrestling) owned by the New Generation Wrestling (NGW) promotion. The title was created and debuted on 4 December 2011. The current champions are Matt Myers and Robbie X who are in their first reign.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Los Amigos
(Dara Diablo and El Ligero)
4 December 2011 Eternal Glory 2011 Hull, England 1 307 Defeated The Predators (Joseph Connors and Paul Malen) in a tournament final to become the inaugural champions. [22]
2 Team GB
(Sam Bailey and Zack Gibson)
6 October 2012 Full FOrce 2012 Hull, England 1 400 This was a three-way tag team match also involving The Predators (Joseph Conners and Paul Malen. [29]
3 Britain's Biggest Tag Team
(Colossus Kennedy and Stixx)
10 November 2013 Eternal Glory 2013 Hull, England 1 308 [25]
4 The London Riots
(James Davis and Rob Lynch)
14 September 2014 NGW 50 Hull, England 1 413 [30]
5 Britain's Biggest Tag Team
(Colossus Kennedy and Stixx)
1 November 2015 Eternal Glory 2015 Liverpool, England 2 209 [31]
6 Insane Fight Club
(Joe Hendry, Kid Fite and Lionheart)
28 May 2016 Ultimate Showdown 2016 Hull, England 1 377 This was a three-on-two handicap match. All members are recognized as champions under the freebird rule. [32]
7 The Proven
(Caz Crash and Sam Wilder)
9 June 2017 NGW 9th Anniversary Show Hull, England 1 553 [28]
8 Alpha Bad
(Iestyn Rees and Kip Sabian)
14 December 2018 Eternal Glory 2018 Hull, England 1 N/A Mark Haskins replaced Sam Wilder in the match. The exact length of this reign is uncertain. [33]
Vacated 2019
9 Matt Myers and Robbie X 7 December 2019 Eternal Glory 2019 Hull, England 1 904+ Defeated Nathan Cruz and Rampage Brown in a tournament final to win the vacant titles. [34]
NGW GenX Championship
Details
PromotionNew Generation Wrestling
Date established22 December 2015
Current champion(s)Lucas Steel
Date won14 December 2018

NGW GenX Championship

The NGW GenX Championship is a professional wrestling Championship (professional wrestling) owned by the New Generation Wrestling (NGW) promotion. The title was created and debuted on 22 December 2015.

The current champion is Lucas Steel, who is in his First reign.

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Bubblegum 1 22 December 2015 207
Eternal Glory at Christmas 2015
Defeated Mark Andrews and Wildboar in a Three way match for the Vacant title.[35]
2 Matt Myers 1 16 July 2016 351
8th Anniversary Show
[36]
Vacated 2 July 2017
3 Robbie X 1 23 September 2017 447
Regeneration-X 2017
This was four-way ladder match also involving Jake McCluskey, Kip Sabian and Matt Myers for the vacant title.[37]
4 Lucas Steel 1 14 December 2018 1,262+
Eternal Glory 2018
[33]
NGW Proving Grounds Championship
Details
PromotionNew Generation Wrestling
Date established7 April 2018
Current champion(s)Conor Renshaw
Date won8 July 2018

NGW Proving Ground Championship

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
# Wrestlers Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Ace Matthews 1 7 April 2018 92
Homecoming 2018
Defeated Conor Renshaw to become the inaugural champion.[38]
Vacated 8 July 2018
Proving Ground 40: Beverley
Matthews forced to vacate the title due to injury.[39]
2 Conor Renshaw 1 8 July 2018 1,421+
Proving Ground 40: Beverley
Defeated Chuck Wood to win the vacant title.

See also

References

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