by Phil Austin

British Uprising II, held before a near sellout and fired-up
York Hall crowd, was the continuation of the FWA’s new tradition
of providing the Bethnal Green attendees with the best collection
of wrestling available today.

As the familiar FWA tones rang out, the FWA announce team of
Tony Giles and Nick London strode masterfully to the ring to
kick off the show. The superb Uprising video (download it at now) played on the Frontiertron, and the
audience was fired up to learn that British Uprising 2 would be
part of the FWA’s new TV programme on The Wrestling Channel
next year.

Then it was time for some action…..

In match number one, Jack Xavier took on Homicide `The Notorious
187′. Now, I must confess I’d only ever seen Homicide once
before, but he impressed me here, piling on so much offence that
Jack was at one point left laying in the corner a bloody mess!

Homicide seemed to have the match won when, despite some earlier
near falls by Jack, he readied Xavier for the `cop killer’.
quickly reversed this into a Xavi8or, and pinned the American in
another stunning upset for the young Birmingham lad. Xaviermania
is running wild in the FWA!

Then Stevie Knight came out. Knight had been the prime suspect in
the hunt for the identity of the person who put the bounty on
Nikita’s head, but he quickly denied any part in this nefarious
scheme. However, he endorsed the idea of Mark Sloan destroying
Nikita in the following match.

One of my favourite matches of the night, Nikita v The Specialist
had some great innovative holds and moves, including a rolling
northern lights suplex and a DDT from a standing figure four by
Sloan. However, the Pompey professor of pain had no chance in
victory after being hit with an awesome twisting pedigree from
the second turnbuckle by Nikita, who put away her first
challenge, costing Sloan the victory and the money!

Then it was guest match time – and what a guest match it was!
Direct from the USA, Colt Cabana took on C M Punk in a very
enjoyable contest indeed. Building slowly from some early
comedy spots, the match quickly turned into a great example
of the hot US indy talent that are looking to make it big in
the FWA. Some great moves throughout drew the crowd into this
match, and we even got to see Cabana pull out the dreaded Iron
Claw. In the end though, it was Punk who would gain the straight
edge upper hand, felling his foe with the Pepsi Plunge for his
first victory on UK shores. Both Punk and Cabana have expressed
a desire to come back to the UK, and I for one would love to
see them return!

Then came the big grudge match. Ulf & Alex hit the ring ready
to battle the evil Family, but Alex was quickly sent to the
back and told to stay there. Ulf was without a partner against
all former Family members…..a victory for the Family was
assured, and Ulf and Alex would be suspended from the FWA. But
no! What was this? A familiar music ran out as Alex announced
Ulf’s partner – the return of Mikey Whipwreck!

The original `Mad Mikey’ fitted in well as he and Ulf went to
work on the Family with everything they could find, including
barbed wire, thumbtacks, ladders, video recorders, keyboards
and baseball bats.

Then it got very nasty. As Paul Travell was put through a
burning table, Mikey reached down to the very depths of his
soul and pulled out one of his most nefarious tricks. A burning
flame leapt from his hands and Travell was set alight. Ring
attendants and crew ran from the back to attend to Paul as,
somewhere in the chaos, Ulf pinned Raj Ghosh.

As per the pre-match stipulation, Greg Lambert (who had earlier
threatened me with a baseball bat at ringside, the cad!) had to
take a chair shot from Ulf. The mighty German, who had already
showed a far more psychotic side than we in the FWA had ever
seen before during this match, tied the hapless Lambert to the
ropes and blindfolded him. Just as he was about to wind up and
level Lambert, Alex Shane ran to ringside and levelled Ulf.
The Showstealer had become a Heartbreaker, betraying all the
loyalty shown to him by the fans, and destroying his camaraderie
with Ulf in the process.

Interval time next and while I was at the bar, I heard Flash
Barker come to the ring and announce that Zebra Kid was unable
to attend.

With no opponent, and a pissed off Barker in the ring, FWA
official Elisar Cabrera was at a loss as to what to do at
ringside. Then Hade Vansen came through the crowd and tried to
force his way through security. He got in Elisar’s face and
demanded an All-England title match with Barker. With the rest
of the FWA officials occupied with the fallout from the previous
match, Elisar had no choice but to accept Vansen’s request
otherwise the fans would be left without a title match.

After a short bout, Vansen leg-laced Flash Barker in a
shoot-style manoeuvre and wrenched back, causing the already
injured knee of Barker to snap. Barker had no choice but to
relinquish the bout and the belt to the self-centred Hade
Vansen, and the FWA were left with a champion who won’t ever
play by their rules.

Then it was Burchill time! (Kind of like Hammer time, but this
hammer really hurts!)

The Duke of Danger and Simmons (with the lovely Buttercup) came
to the ring and tried desperately to take every advantage they
could get in doubleteaming the big man. A huge tumble from the
top rope through the announcer’s table left the rookie monster
dazed but, with his superhuman resilience and the managerial
expertise of Dean Ayass, the mighty Burchill quickly rebounded,
hitting the Peerage Posse with his tremendous sequence of
moonsault/shooting star press/single standing moonsault suplex
to put both men down for a ten count. Burchill once again was
phenomenal, and the Duke will need Buttercup to rub ointment on
him for weeks after that. (Then again…Burchill could you beat me
up please!)

Jonny Storm then took on ECW and WWE veteran Justin Credible for
the XPW European title, but not before trashing the retired Jodie
Fleisch in a sickening display. Storm may have lost all his hair,
but he hasn’t lost any of his arrogance and repulsiveness, and
the crowd was begging Credible to destroy the cocky little

Justin didn’t disappoint, as he pummelled Jonny to within an
inch of his pathetic little life during this match, both in
the ring and in the crowd. Jonny came back with a number of
dazzling manoeuvres including his always sensational double
springboard plancha.

However, it was Jonny Storm who would strut away with the
victory here, rolling up Credible from a `That’s
attempt for the shocking win.

Main event time saw a technical masterclass as Doug Williams
took on James Tighe. At the Fan Slam press conference these
two exchanged heated words, and it made for one hell of a
good match.

After trading a number of great holds and counterholds, Doug
locked on a variation of American Dragon’s `Cattle
for the first fall, while Tighe rebounded soon after with a pair
of Tighe-tanics for his first fall in round 2.

The final fall would come with both men nearing exhaustion after
a gruelling bout, as Doug hit a Chaos Theory for the win and
retained the title. In a show of respect both men shook hands
after the bout, as the future of British wrestling stood in the
ring for all to see.

Uprising 2 was a phenomenal success with everyone leaving the
York Hall happy. Here’s hoping Uprising 3 will be even more