Following the shocking departure of the Culture 5 – Adam Blampied, Adam Pacitti, “King Ross” Tweddell, Sam Driver and Jack “The Jobber” – from WhatCulture, many wondered what their next move was. They soon revealed they were launching their own pop culture site in the vein of WhatCulture called C5. But the fate of WhatCulture Pro Wrestling (WCPW) was still left up the air. Finally, some new details have emerged.
WCPW Re-Branding as Defiant Wrestling, Wade Barrett New GM
It started this morning when WCPW announced their new General Manager. The two Adams – Blampied and Pacitti – had been battling over the position for the past year in authority storylines, with Adam Blampied the acting GM when the five departed WhatCulture earlier this month.
This morning they finally announced their replacement, in the form of former WWE Superstar Stu Bennett, previously known as Wade Barrett.
— WCPW (@wcpw) September 30, 2017
It’s been well over a year since we last saw Bennett in a wrestling ring – his final WWE appearance was April 4, 2016 in a losing effort to capture the WWE World Tag Team titles from The New Day, alongside his partner Sheamus, on Monday Night Raw. Earlier this year, he was a guest commentator for WCPW’s No Regrets iPPV, on the card that saw Joe Hendry brutalize Martin Kirby and capture the WCPW World Heavyweight title.
But perhaps the biggest news of the day in regards to WCPW is that on December 4, 2017 the company will be rebooting and rebranding under a new promotion name, Defiant Wrestling. The announcement was made via a YouTube video that aired early this afternoon.
The video features the voices of several of the departed WhatCulture contributors, leading many to assume that they have taken the wrestling promotion that they started with them, away from the WhatCulture property. On WCPW’s official website, it was also revealed that WCPW – soon to be Defiant Wrestling – would be moving its content, including all future iPPVs, to its own separate streaming service, beginning with the December 4 iPPV, WeAreDefiant:
“A new dedicated subscription service for Defiant Wrestling will be launching as Access Defiant ahead of the WeAreDefiant PPV event on December 4. Historical WCPW broadcasts will all be available via the new service, as well as many new features, including: behind the scenes documentaries, ticket/merchandise discounts and community forum.” WCPW Website, September 30, 2017