#AndNEW: Rob Sharpe Wins Frontline’s New Openweight European Championship

Rob Sharpe

In October, Will Ospreay announced that his brand new Frontline Wrestling promotion would be expanding in 2019 as the Aerial Assassin had acquired Reloaded Championship Wrestling Alliance. As Ospreay noted, RCWA, which was the promotion where he (under rings names such as Jason Skye and Ace Pain) cut his teeth at the very beginning of his career when he was a young teenager, would be rebranded under the Frontline banner and would primarily serve as an outlet to give the Young Lions more exposure.

“Starting in 2019, Frontline Wrestling will open up “Frontline: NEXGEN” to open more opportunities for the Young Lions, J-1 League & Wrestlers that we’d like to give a run on our shows,” Ospreay tweeted following the acquisition.

While the first show won’t be until February, Frontline:NEXGEN took steps toward building its brand by crowning a new champion. But instead of craft a completely new belt and hold a tournament to decide its first holder, Frontline opted to keep some of the legacy of the promotion they had absorbed. So upon defeating British wrestling legend Jody Fleisch to become the last-ever RCWA British Heavyweight Champion, Rob Sharpe received his new title, the one that would be replacing the RCWA belt, the Frontline Openweight European Championship. The new champion then wasted no time in putting out a call for challengers, his first of which he’ll face at NEXGEN in February.

Known mostly for his tag team with Jack Sexsmith, the Filthy Club, Rob Sharpe has only been wrestling for four years. Trained at the House of Pain Wrestling School by Stixx and NXTUK‘s Joseph Connors, Sharpe made his in-ring debut in December 2014. The following year, Sharpe joined several notable promotions including HOPE Wrestling, FutureShock Wrestling and Pro Wrestling 4U, where he won his first career title, the PW4U tag team championship in 2016. This was the same year that Sharpe made his debut for RCWA.

In 2017, Rob Sharpe joined Shropshire Wrestling Alliance and International Pro Wrestling United Kingdom, which is where he started to become noticed on a bigger level within his home country. In IPW:UK, Sharpe was thrown to the wolves on day one as his first match was of the no disqualification variety against Jimmy Havoc. Shortly after, Sharpe defended his Fight! Nation Wrestling title, which is now known as the IPW Z-Force title, losing the belt to Kip Sabian. Receiving another big opportunity, Sharpe took part in that year’s Super 8 tournament as well before joining his IPW:UK teammates as part of IPW’s invasion of Defiant Wrestling.

Rob Sharpe has continued to work for HOPE, SWA and IPW:UK this year with his biggest highlight coming when he and Sexsmith won the company’s tag team championship, which the two held for 136 days. And then of course came his RCWA/Frontline championship, which sets Sharpe up in a big position entering 2019. With the title in his possession, Sharpe will be the initial face of the NEXGEN brand and that’s a great opportunity both for him and for the rest of the Young Lions as they’ll all look to take that title from him.