Darren Kenneth Matthews is an English retired professional wrestler, color commentator, trainer. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand under the ring name William Regal and is the General Manager of NXT. WWE additionally refers to him as their Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting. Matthews is known for his time in World Championship Wrestling under the ring name Steven Regal. Having started his career on a rare surviving carnival booth in Britain, he moved on to wrestle for national-level promotions on the British wrestling circuit and on British television, he progressed to touring around the world in countries such as Germany and South Africa before being called up to WCW in 1993. In 2000, Matthews joined the World Wrestling Federation. More he has been general manager of Raw, the 2008 King of the Ring and the official match coordinator for NXT Redemption in 2011, he is respected amongst his peers and fans and has achieved considerable championship success in professional wrestling, although he has never been a world champion.
Throughout his career, he has won several titles, including four in WCW and fifteen in WWE. He has overcome multiple drug problems as well as a major heart defect during his career. Darren Kenneth Matthews was born on 10 May 1968 in Staffordshire. Matthews made his ring debut wrestling for promoter Bobby Barron at his wrestling challenge booth at the Horseshoe Showbar at Blackpool Pleasure Beach at the age of 15. In time, he graduated to be a shooter at the booth, using brutal submission holds to defend prize money against challenges from members of the public. By this time, he wrestled professionally all over Britain for All Star Wrestling where he teamed with Robbie Brookside as The Golden Boys tag team. Both Regal and Brookside appeared in several televised matches during the final years of ITV's coverage of British wrestling. Matthews went on to tour worldwide, including South Africa. In 1991 he received a tryout match with the World Wrestling Federation. Matthews relayed that through Lord Alfred Hayes, WWF has become interested in seeing the young wrestler and offered him an opportunity at the WWF UK Rampage Show on April 24, 1991.
Wrestling in a dark match, he appeared as Steve Regal and teamed with Dave Taylor and Tony St. Clair to defeat Drew McDonald, Chic Cullen, & Johnny South; that year he received a second booking and wrestled Brian Maxine at the Battle Royal at Albert Hall in London, England on October 3, 1991. Two months Matthews was again wrestling on the UK swing of a major American promotion, although this time it was World Championship Wrestling. Appearing as Steve Regal, he wrestled six matches on WCW's tour of the United Kingdom and faced Terrance Taylor, Jimmy Garvin, Giant Haystacks, Oz. In 1992 he travelled to the United States to further pursue his wrestling career. During this early period, he was billed as Steve Regal, a name he saw in an American wrestling magazine. There were two exceptions to this; the other was a brief stint for Joint Promotions in 1986 where he wrestled his first two televised matches under the name Roy Regal. Otherwise he stuck with the name Steve Regal up until shortly after his arrival in World Championship Wrestling.
In the fall of 1992 Matthews reached out to Bill Watts on a position in World Championship Wrestling. Watts offered him a contract. Appearing still as Steve Regal, beginning as a fan favorite character. Regal made his televised debut on the 30 January 1993 episode of Saturday Night and defeated enhancement talent Bob Cook in his in-ring debut on the following week's Saturday Night. Shortly after his debut, Regal entered a tournament for the vacant WCW World Television Championship in which he defeated The Barbarian in the first round before losing to Johnny B. Badd in the quarterfinals, he became the villain "Lord Steven Regal" on the 12 June episode of Saturday Night, claiming descent from William the Conqueror and Sir William began serving as his manager. At times arrogantly charming in this persona, one of his memorable statements to a post-match interviewer was: "Do you know what my New Year's resolution is going to be? To wake up a half an hour earlier so I can hate you more", his first major win after the character change was against Marcus Alexander Bagwell on the 16 June episode of Clash of the Champions.
Regal was scheduled to face Bagwell's partner 2 Cold Scorpio on the 18 August episode of Clash of the Champions, but he was replaced by Bobby Eaton. Regal himself substituted for the injured Brian Pillman to team with Steve Austin in a WCW World Tag Team Championship defense against Arn Anderson and Paul Roma. Regal won the World Television Championship by defeating Ricky Steamboat at the inaugural Fall Brawl pay-per-view on 18 September with the help of Sir William. Regal enjoyed a lengthy title reign as he retained the title against a flurry of challengers, beginning with his first televised title defense against Arn Anderson on the 9 October episode of Saturday Night which ended in a fifteen-minute time limit draw, he defended the title against fellow Brit Davey Boy Smith, whom he faced to a fifteen-minute time limit draw at Halloween Havoc. Regal successfully retained the title against Johnny B. Badd on the 10 November episode of Clash of the Champions and retained the title against Steamboat at Starrcade and Dustin Rhodes on the 27 Ja
David Finlay Jr. is a Northern Irish professional wrestling trainer and retired professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE as a producer, he is best known for his work in World Championship Wrestling. He has held over 20 championships around the world throughout his career, including the WCW World Television Championship and the WWE United States Championship. Starting his career in his father's wrestling promotion at the age of 16 in 1974, Finlay went onto mainstream success in WCW until it folded in 2001, he went on to work as a trainer WWE upon the closing of WCW. In 2005 he debuted as a wrestler for WWE going on to having decent mid-card success for his age. After being let go from WWE he wrestled in the independent circuit for a short time, before retiring in 2012 and becoming a backstage producer for WWE. Finlay's first match was for his father's promotion in Glynn in 1974, when he filled in for a wrestler who no-showed, he began wrestling on a full-time basis in Carrickfergus and throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for the next four years before moving to England in 1978.
In England, he wrestled for various companies under the Joint Promotions banner. Finlay defeated Alan Kilby on 9 June 1982 to win his first title, the Joint Promotions British Heavy Middleweight Championship. At this time, Finlay's then-wife, Princess Paula became his manager, he won a tournament to crown a new British Light Heavyweight champion and fill the vacant position, defeating Ringo Rigby in the finals. Finlay soon lost the championship, but pinned Marty Jones to win the World Mid-Heavyweight Championship, he traded it back and forth with Jones for over two years before losing it a final time to Jones via disqualification. He defeated Jones to win Joint Promotions' British Light Heavyweight Championship. In the second half of the 1980s, he defeated Frank'Chic' Cullen on television for the British Heavy-Middleweight championship, but lost it to Danny Collins. In 1990 he became a champion at the top of the weight range when he won All-Star's British Heavyweight Championship. Finlay competed on ITV's World of Sport programme as David "Fit" Finlay and had many matches against "The American Dream" Steve Adonis.
During this time, Finlay began to wrestle in Japan in Germany and Austria for the European promotion Catch Wrestling Association. While holding the All-Star championship, he teamed with Jones to win the CWA tag title from Tony St. Clair and Miles Zrno. After losing the All-Star championship to Dave Taylor, Finlay began to focus more on the CWA, winning many of their championships. Finlay appeared at a WWF event, as they continued with their national expansion in late 1989 at a dark match, teaming with Mark Rocco, Skull Murphy, to defeat the team of Al Perez, Dusty Wolfe, Tim Horner; this appearance was far away from the time in which Finlay would sign a full-time contract with the promotion in 2005. Finlay debuted in World Championship Wrestling in 1995 as the Belfast Bruiser, a nickname he had used while in the UK, he feuded including a parking lot brawl on Monday Nitro. During the feud, the Bruiser's matches were interrupted by The Blue Bloods. At Uncensored, Bruiser won a stiff encounter with Regal by disqualification when the Blue Bloods again rushed the ring and assaulted him.
The feud died down thereafter and the Bruiser disappeared into the midcard. After a hiatus off WCW television, he abandoned the Belfast Bruiser persona and returned under the ring name Fit Finlay while sporting a short, bleached-blond buzzcut and shaved his moustache off, he was given a push upon his return, which culminated in his winning the World Television Championship on 4 May 1998 after pinning Booker T on Nitro, thus setting off a three-way feud with Booker and Chris Benoit, vying for the title. After Finlay lost the belt to Booker at The Great American Bash on 14 June, he fell out of the TV title picture, he entered a feud with Alex Wright, angry at Finlay for having ended the wrestling career of his father, Steve Wright. The feud led to a matchup at Halloween Havoc. At Bash at the Beach, he won a Junkyard Invitational involving Ciclope, Jerry Flynn, Johnny Grunge, Horace Hogan, Brian Knobs, Hugh Morrus, La Parka, Lord Steven Regal, Rocco Rock, Silver King, Squire Dave Taylor and Mikey Whipwreck, winning a "hardcore trophy".
He legitimately suffered a badly lacerated nerve in his leg during a hardcore match at a house show in Jackson, Mississippi on 25 July 1999, which nearly cost him use of the leg. As he was wrestling Brian Knobbs, he was thrown into a table in the corner of the ring, causing it to shatter and the shards to cut into his leg, he managed to regain use of the limb and came back in the year, but by that point, all momentum he had from the Junkyard Invitational win was lost. In 2000, Finlay formed a trio of "Hardcore Soldiers" with The Dog, they feuded with Vampiro. His final match in WCW was at a German house show in November 2000, losing to Norman Smiley in a hardcore match; when WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation, Finlay began working for the company as a trainer for new wrestlers. He trained future WWE champions John Cena and Randy Orton and was put in charge of training the WWE Divas for their matches, he is credited with having enabled the transition of the company's presentation of the WWE Divas from bra and panties-style gimmick matches to critically acclaimed traditional wrestling.
Former WWE Diva Victoria said: "He made us and molded us
René Emile Goguen is a Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring name René Duprée. Goguen is best known for his tenure in World Wrestling Entertainment, where he is a one-time World Tag Team Champion with Sylvain Grenier as the tag team La Résistance and a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Kenzo Suzuki, he has worked for Japanese promotions All Japan Pro Wrestling and Wrestle-1. He is the first wrestler in WWE to win a title as a teenager. Goguen is the son of Canadian Maritimes wrestling promoter Emile Duprée; as his father Emile was a wrestling promoter, Goguen was exposed and encouraged into wrestling at a young age. Goguen became a professional wrestler in 1997 at age 13, began working for his father's Grand Prix Wrestling promotion. A few years he signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling to further develop his skills. In April 2002 Goguen signed with the World Wrestling Federation making him the youngest wrestler to sign with the WWF at the age of 18 on October 9, 2002 Goguen debuted under the ring name René Duprée after his father defeating Johnny Jeter.
Duprée would team up with various wrestlers in dark matches on WWE Smackdown and WWE Raw, as well as compete in Ohio Valley Wrestling until April 2003. After weeks of vignettes airing, Sylvain Grenier and Duprée made their first appearance on the April 28, 2003 episode of Raw as La Résistance by attacking Scott Steiner. Steiner had made remarks two weeks earlier comparing France to hell and Grenier and Duprée were offended. La Résistance went on to feud with Scott Steiner and Test, forced to be Steiner's tag team partner by Stacy Keibler. La Résistance ended up defeating Steiner and Test at Judgment Day on May 18, 2003 in the team's pay-per-view debut. On June 15, 2003, La Résistance won the World Tag Team Championship from Kane and Rob Van Dam at Bad Blood, making Duprée the youngest wrestler in WWE history to not only win the World Tag Team Championship, but any championship in the company's history at 19 years old; as a result of winning the title, he was the first teenager in the history of the WWE that has won a championship.
Duprée held on to this distinction until April 2018, when Nicolas won the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 34 at the age of 10. The third member of La Résistance, Rob Conway, was introduced as an unnamed American serviceman being abused by Grenier and Duprée; when The Dudley Boyz came out to attack La Résistance, they brought Conway into the ring with an American flag. Once the Dudley Boyz had their backs turned, Conway attacked them with the American flag and tore it off the pole and laid it on top of them. Conway, now renamed to Robért Conway, joined Duprée and Grenier and the trio began carrying the French flag to ringside and singing the French national anthem before their matches. La Résistance dropped the titles to the Dudley Boyz at Unforgiven in a three-on-two handicapped tables match; the trio went on to feud with several tag teams, including the Dudley Boyz and The Hurricane, Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak. In October 2003, Grenier suffered a back injury. Duprée and Conway held the tag team together until Grenier returned in the Spring of 2004.
At Armageddon, La Résistance competed in a Tag Team Turmoil match for the World Tag Team Championship, won by Ric Flair and Batista. At the Royal Rumble, Duprée competed in the 30-man Royal Rumble match where he eliminated Matt Hardy before getting eliminated by Rikishi. At Wrestlemania XX, La Résistance competed in a Fatal four-way tag team match for the World Tag Team Championship but failed to win the titles. Grenier returned in March 2004; the reunion did not last long, as Duprée was the first pick in the 2004 WWE Draft Lottery on March 22. Duprée made his SmackDown! Debut on the March 25, 2004 episode of SmackDown! by defeating Billy Kidman. He had a talk show on SmackDown!, called "Cafe de René", but his only guest was Torrie Wilson as the segment was cancelled after only one night. Duprée wrestled WWE Diva Torrie Wilson to a draw on the April 2004 edition of SmackDown. For several months, he went for the United States Championship, held by John Cena. After an incident that happened during his "Cafe de René", Duprée challenged Cena to a title match.
The match was granted by the then-SmackDown! General Manager Kurt Angle and it took place at Judgment Day that May. Cena retained the title when he pinned Dupree after executing an F-U. At The Great American Bash, Duprée competed in a Four-way elimination match for the WWE United States Championship which saw Cena retain once again. After losing to Cena, he focused on the WWE Tag Team Championship and won the title with Kenzo Suzuki on September 9. At No Mercy, Duprée and Suzuki defeated Rob Van Rey Mysterio to retain the titles, they lost the championship on the December 9 episode of SmackDown! to Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio. This match happened just days before Van Dam and Mysterio were to challenge Duprée and Suzuki at Armageddon. At the pay-per-view, Duprée and Suzuki had a championship rematch, but they were unable to regain the tag title. At the 2005 Royal Rumble, Duprée competed in the 30-man Royal Rumble match where he was eliminated by Chris Jericho. On the February 20 edition of Sunday Night Heat before the No Way Out pay-per-view, Duprée and Suzuki faced Hardcore Holly and Charlie Haas in a losing effort.
On the March 24, 2005 airing of SmackDown!, he was "sacrificed" by The Undertaker as a message to Randy Orton, when The Undertaker interrupted a match between Duprée a
Dudley is a large town in the county of West Midlands, England, 6 miles south-east of Wolverhampton and 10.5 miles north-west of Birmingham. The town is the administrative centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley and in 2011 had a population of 79,379; the Metropolitan Borough, which includes the towns of Stourbridge and Halesowen, had a population of 312,900. Dudley is sometimes called the capital of the Black Country. A market town, Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution and grew into an industrial centre in the 19th century with its iron and limestone industries before their decline and the relocation of its commercial centre to the nearby Merry Hill Shopping Centre in the 1980s. Tourist attractions include Dudley Zoo and Castle, the 12th century priory ruins, the Black Country Living Museum. Dudley has a history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, its name deriving from the Old English Duddan Leah, meaning Dudda's clearing, one of its churches being named in honour of the Anglo-Saxon King and Saint, Edmund.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book as Dudelei, in the hundred of Clent in Worcestershire, the town was listed as being a medium-sized manor in the possession of Earl Edwin of Mercia prior to the Norman Conquest, with William Fitz-Ansculf as Lord of the Manor in 1086. Dudley Castle, constructed in 1070 by William's father Ansculf de Picquigny after his acquisition of the town, served as the seat of the extensive Barony of Dudley, which possessed estates in eleven different counties across England. Of historical significance, the town was attacked by King Stephen in 1138, after a failed siege of the castle following the Baron's decision to support Empress Matilda's claim to the throne during The Anarchy; the castle provided the centre from which the town and borough grew, with early coal and iron workings helping establish Dudley as a major market town during the Middle Ages, selling not only agricultural produce, but iron goods at a national level. Working iron and mining for coal was in practice as early as the 13th century.
The first mention of Dudley's status as a borough dates from the mid-13th century, when Roger de Somery Baron of Dudley, approved of the establishment of a market in nearby Wolverhampton. An inquisition after his death further established the value and importance of the borough, with mentions to the town's growing coal industry. By the early 16th century the Dudley estate, now held by the Sutton family, had become in debt and was first mortgaged to distant relative John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, before being sold outright in 1535. Following Dudley's death, the estate returned to the Sutton family, during which time the town was visited by Queen Elizabeth during a tour of England. In 1605, conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot fled to Holbeche House in nearby Wall Heath, where they were defeated and captured by the forces of the Sheriff of Worcestershire. During the English Civil War Dudley served as a Royalist stronghold, with the castle besieged twice by the Parliamentarians and partly demolished on the orders of the Government after the Royalist surrender.
It is from around this time that the oldest excavated condoms, found in the remains of Dudley Castle, were believed to have originated. Dudley had become an impoverished place during the 16th and 17th centuries, but the advent of the Industrial Revolution began to reverse this trend. In the early 17th century, Dud Dudley, an illegitimate son of Edward Sutton, 5th Baron Dudley and Elizabeth Tomlinson, devised a method of smelting Iron ore using coke at his father's works in Cradley and Pensnett Chase, though his trade was unsuccessful due to circumstances of the time. Abraham Darby was descended from Dud Dudley's sister and was the first person to produce iron commercially using coke instead of charcoal at his works in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire in 1709. Abraham Darby was born near Wrens Nest Hill near the town of Dudley and it is claimed that he may have known about Dud Dudley's earlier work. Dud Dudley's discovery, together with improvements to the local road network and the construction of the Dudley Canal, made Dudley into an important industrial and commercial centre.
The first Newcomen steam engine, used to pump water from the mines of the Lord Dudley's estates, was installed at the Conygree coal works a mile east of Dudley Castle in 1712, though this is challenged by Wolverhampton, which claims to have been the location of the first working Newcomen engine. Dudley's population grew during the 18th and 19th centuries because of the increase in industry, with the main industries including coal and limestone mining. Other industries included iron, engineering, glass cutting and leatherworking. During this time living conditions remained poor, with Dudley being named'the most unhealthy place in the country', which led to the installation of clean water supplies and sewage systems, the extensive development of council housing during the early 20th century to relocate the occupants of local slum housing. Following the Reform Act of 1832, Dudley returned one Member of Parliament, a privilege first enacted in the Parliament of 1295; the town was re-incorporated as a Municipal Borough in 1865 becoming a County Borough in 1889.
Dudley was developed in the early 20th century, with the construction of many entertainment venues including a theatre and cinemas, with two indoor shopping centres being added in the century. Dudley Castle, which had fallen into ruin following a fire in 1750, was converted into a zoo in 1937 by the Earl of Dudley, with buildings designed by architect Berthold Lubetkin. A reported 250,000 people attempted to visit the site upon the first day of opening. In World War II, Dudley was bom
Robert Goodwin is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Hallowicked. He performs in the Chikara professional wrestling promotion, where he started his career in May 2002, his accomplishments in the promotion include becoming the inaugural Young Lions Cup Champion, a one-time Campeon de Parejas, a two-time Grand Champion and the winner of the 2003 Tag World Grand Prix and 2012 King of Trios tournaments. He serves as an assistant trainer at The Wrestle Factory, operated by Chikara founder Mike Quackenbush. Throughout his career he has worked for promotions such as Combat Zone Wrestling, Dragon Gate USA, Evolve Wrestling, Full Impact Pro, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Ring of Honor, he is known for incoherent speech pattern. Hallowicked received his initial training from Chikara founders Mike Quackenbush and Reckless Youth at the Chikara Wrestle Factory, where he was trained on the first term of the school alongside the likes of UltraMantis Black and Icarus.
Hallowicked and Icarus were childhood friends and entered the school with the intention of becoming a tag team. Hallowicked made his professional wrestling debut on Chikara's inaugural show on May 25, 2002, as a member of the three man rudo stable Night Shift, with partners Blind Rage and Ichabod Slayne. In their first professional wrestling match and Slayne were defeated by Marshal Law and Love Bug in a tag team match. On the second show on May 31 Night Shift picked up their first victory in a six-man tag team match against Don Montoya and their trainers Mike Quackenbush and Reckless Youth. On November 9 Hallowicked entered Chikara's first Young Lions Cup tournament, a two-day tournament meant for wrestlers who had wrestled under 50 matches as a professional. After defeating DJ Skittlez in his first round match and Gran Akuma in the semifinals, Hallowicked advanced to the finals of the tournament, where he defeated Mister ZERO to become the first Young Lions Cup Champion. After the tournament, Hallowicked decided to side with Blind Rage, when he and Ichabod Slayne had a falling-out.
Slayne spent the rest of the year feuding with Blind Rage. On April 12, 2003, Hallowicked defended his Young Lions Cup against his former stable mate, who had lost his mask in a Hair vs. Mask match with Blind Rage and had renamed himself Icarus. On July 5 Hallowicked and Blind Rage entered Chikara's first Tag World Grand Prix. In the opening round of the tournament, they defeated Team IWA-MS and in the semifinals Team F. I. S. T.. On July 26 Night Shift defeated Ultra/Zero in the finals of the tournament to win the first Tag World Grand Prix. Night Shift's success was not limited only to Chikara, as during this time they were able to win North American Wrestling Federation's Tag Team Championship; when Blind Rage left Chikara in October 2003, Hallowicked was forced to find himself a new tag team partner. In early 2004 he formed the tag team Dark Breed with the man he had defeated in the finals of the Tag World Gran Prix, who had turned on Mister ZERO and renamed himself UltraMantis Black. After four successful defenses of the Young Lions Cup and 602 days as the champion, Hallowicked was forced to relinquish the title in July 2004 in time for the second annual Young Lions Cup tournament.
As a former champion Hallowicked was not allowed to enter the tournament or again challenge for the Cup. In October 2004 the Dark Breed joined Larry Sweeney's stable Sweet'n' Sour International for the first annual torneo cibernetico match. After both Hallowicked and UltraMantis failed to win the match, the Dark Breed broke away from Sweeney's stable; when UltraMantis was sidelined with an injury, Hallowicked teamed with the returning Blind Rage in the 2005 Tag World Grand Prix. After defeating Eye Candy and Blind Rage were eliminated from the tournament by the SuperFriends; the rest of the year Hallowicked feuded with Jigsaw, ending on November 13, when Jigsaw defeated him in a Two Out of Three Falls match. When UltraMantis Black suffered yet another injury, Hallowicked was left without a partner in the 2006 Tag World Grand Prix, this time contested for the brand new Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas. A random draw picked Delirious as Hallowicked's new tag team partner and on February 24, the first night of the three night tournament, they defeated Crossbones and Rorschach in the first round and the team of Cheech and Cloudy in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Two days Hallowicked and Delirious continued their impressive run as a tag team, by defeating Team DDT, before losing their semifinal match to the eventual winners of the entire tournament, The Kings of Wrestling. Hallowicked's apparent tecnico turn did not sit well with UltraMantis Black as after the tournament he announced the death of the Dark Breed and declared a war on his former partner. Hallowicked and Delirious, the team now known as Incoherence, spent the rest of the year feuding with UltraMantis Black and his new stable the Order of the Neo-Solar Temple, which consisted of UltraMantis Black himself, Hydra and Hallowicked's first tag team partner, Blind Rage. Though UltraMantis was able to pin Hallowicked in a singles match on September 22, Incoherence won the feud by defeating the Neo-Solar Temple first in a tag team match on November 17 and in an eight-man tag team match, where they teamed with Cheech and Cloudy, on November 18. In 2007 Hallowicked started a heated feud with Eddie Kingston
Jordan Devlin is an Irish professional wrestler signed to WWE, performing in their developmental territory NXT UK and working for various independent companies in Europe. Devlin is from County Wicklow, he was educated at C. B. C. Monkstown and went to third level at University College Dublin, graduating with a B. A.. Beginning when he was 12 years old, Devlin was trained to be a professional wrestler by Fergal Devitt and Paul Tracey. At the age of 21, Devlin spent six months wrestling in Japan. Devlin is the inaugural Over The Top Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion having defeated Mark Haskins in December 2017, he was defeated by WALTER on September 8, 2018. In 2017, Devlin joined Insane Championship Wrestling, where he wrestled Trent Seven for the ICW World Heavyweight Championship. Devlin lost the match and had to have staples in the back of his head to close a wound sustained in the match. On December 15, 2016, Devlin was announced as one of 16 men competing in the first United Kingdom Championship Tournament to crown the first WWE United Kingdom Champion on January 14 and 15, 2017.
Devlin defeated Danny Burch in the first round, advancing to the quarter finals, where he was defeated by Tyler Bate. Devlin appeared at several WWE live shows. On May 18, WWE announced via their YouTube channel that Devlin would be one of 16 contestants in the second annual United Kingdom Championship Tournament, he lost to Flash Morgan Webster in round two. After some disagreements in the episodes of NXT UK, a fight against Travis Banks was agreed in NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool. However, that night both competitors attacked each other before the bell was hit, with Banks being the most affected. Devlin, getting into the ring, referred to himself as Ireland's best fighter, he was interrupted by the general manager of the brand, Johnny Saint, who went out to agree a fight against an unknown fighter who turned out to be Finn Bálor, who took victory with a coup de grace. On January 26th and 27th, Devlin participated in the Worlds Collide tournament which featured superstars from NXT, 205 Live, NXT UK.
He won a 15-man battle royal to earn a bye in the first round. He defeated Drew Gulak in the quarterfinals while being eliminated by Velveteen Dream in the semifinals. In May 2017, Devlin appeared in Finn Bálor's WWE WWE 24 network special. Fight Factory Pro Wrestling Irish Junior Heavyweight Championship British Championship Wrestling BCW Tag Team Championship – with Sean South Pro Wrestling Zero1 NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Championship – with Shawn Guinness NWA Ireland NWA Ireland Tag Team Championship – with Sir Michael W. Winchester Over The Top Wrestling OTT Championship No Limits World Heavyweight Championship Premier British Wrestling PBW Tag Team Championship – with Sean South Pro Wrestling Illustrated Ranked No. 364 of the top 500 wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2017 Finlay, Evan. "Jordan Devlin - the WWE's latest Irish star". Buzz. Retrieved 26 July 2017. Jordan Devlin on WWE.com Jordan Devlin on Twitter Jordan Devlin's profile at Cagematch.net, Wrestlingdata.com, Internet Wrestling Database
Professional wrestling is a form of performance art and entertainment that combines athletics with theatrical performance. It takes the form of events, held by touring companies; the unique form of sport portrayed is fundamentally based on classical and "catch" wrestling, with modern additions of striking attacks, strength-based holds and throws and acrobatic maneuvers. Much of these derive from the influence of various international martial arts. An additional aspect of combat with improvised weaponry is sometimes included to varying degrees; the matches have predetermined outcomes to heighten entertainment value and all combative maneuvers are executed with the full cooperation of those involved and performed in specific manners intended to lessen the chance of actual injury. These facts were once kept secret but are now a accepted open secret. To promote and sustain the willing suspension of disbelief by maintaining an aura of verisimilitude, the performing company avoids discussing the true nature of the performance in official media.
Fan communications by individual wrestlers and promotions through outside media directly acknowledge the dramatic and "fixed" nature of the spectacle. Originating as a popular form of entertainment in 19th-century Europe and as a sideshow exhibition in North American traveling carnivals and vaudeville halls, professional wrestling grew into a standalone genre of entertainment with many diverse variations in cultures around the globe, is now a billion dollar entertainment industry. Since the 1980s, local forms have declined in Europe, wrestling from North America has experienced several different periods of prominent cultural popularity during its century and a half of existence and has been exported back to Europe to fill the cultural gap left by the aforementioned decline of local versions; the advent of television gave professional wrestling a new outlet, wrestling was instrumental in making pay-per-view a viable method of content delivery. Show wrestling has become prominent in Central/North America and Europe.
In Brazil, there was a popular wrestling television program from the 1960s to the early 1980s called Telecatch. High-profile figures in the sport have become celebrities or cultural icons in their native or adopted home countries. Although professional wrestling started out as small acts in sideshows, traveling circuses and carnivals, today it is a billion-dollar industry. Revenue is drawn from ticket sales, network television broadcasts, pay-per-view broadcasts, branded merchandise and home video. Pro wrestling was instrumental in making pay-per-view a viable method of content delivery. Annual shows such as WrestleMania, Bound for Glory, Wrestle Kingdom and Starrcade are among the highest-selling pay-per-view programming each year. In modern day, internet programming has been utilized by a number of companies to air web shows, internet pay per views or on-demand content, helping to generate internet-related revenue earnings from the evolving World Wide Web. Home video sales dominate the Billboard charts Recreational Sports DVD sales, with wrestling holding anywhere from 3 to 9 of the top 10 spots every week.
Due to its persistent cultural presence and to its novelty within the performing arts, wrestling constitutes a recurring topic in both academia and the media. Several documentaries have been produced looking at professional wrestling, most notably, Beyond the Mat directed by Barry W. Blaustein, Wrestling with Shadows featuring wrestler Bret Hart and directed by Paul Jay. There have been many fictional depictions of wrestling; the largest professional wrestling company worldwide is the United States-based WWE, which bought out many smaller regional companies in the late 20th century, as well as its primary US competitors World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling in early 2001. Other prominent professional wrestling companies worldwide include the US-based Impact Wrestling known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Ring of Honor; when talking about professional wrestling, there are two levels: the "in-show" happenings that are presented through the shows, happenings which are outside the scope of performance but have implications on the performance, such as performer contracts, legitimate injuries, etc.
Because actual events are co-opted by writers for incorporation into storylines for the performers, the lines are blurred and become confused. Special care must be taken; the actions of the character should be considered fictional events, wholly separate from the life of the performer. This is similar to other entertainers; some wrestlers would incorporate elements of their real-life personalities into their characters if they and their in-ring persona have different names. Historians are unsure at what point wrestling changed from competitive catch wrestling into worked entertainment; those who participated felt that maintenance of a constant and complete illusion for all who were not involved was necessary to keep audience interest. For decades, wrestlers lived their public lives; the pra