Preview: ICW Fight Club (12/19/20) – Lionheart League Nears Its Next Stage

ICW Lionheart League Stevie Boy Liam Thomson

An all-new edition of Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) Fight Club hits the WWE Network later tonight, as the Lionheart League rolls on, the 2020 Square Go! winner needs to find a partner willing to team with him, and the New Talent Initiative marks the ICW return of a tandem fresh out of Source Wrestling. The announced card can be found below;

  • Lionheart League – Block A: Stevie Boy vs. Liam Thomson
  • Kez Evans & Kyle Khaos vs. Craig Anthony & Luke Kyro
  • Fatal Four Way Match: Theo Doros vs. Charlie Vyce vs. Logan Smith vs. Alex Parker
  • KOE (Kai Williams-King & King Killa) vs. The Purge (Stevie James & Krobar)

Who Advances Next?

As the inaugural Lionheart League continues this week, we already know the quarterfinalists from the Block B side of things, as DCT and Jason Reed will advance to the next round with their record of 3-0-0 and 2-0-1, respectively (win-draw-loss). Alexander Darwin MacAllan‘s sole victory, as well as Ian Skinner‘s three losses in a row, weren’t enough to gain them entry into the next round, although MacAllan’s comes with a caveat. His loss to Reed only came after Jason’s manager Coach Trip tripped up ‘The Clyde River Killer’ and held his foot down throughout the three count, plus, referee Sean McLaughlin counted suspiciously quickly. If ever there was a man you don’t want to get on the wrong side of, it’s ADM, which Coach found out the hard way. That elbow to the jaw was nasty.

This week, we’ll see the Block A finals when Stevie Boy battles Liam Thomson, the current Zero-G Champion, in a non-title affair. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily matter too much who wins this contest, seeing as they’ll be the two advancing either way through process of elimination, but this could still be a tournament-stealing contest regardless. ‘The Pharoah of Filth’ has that vicious pouncing knee strike up his sleeve, while ‘The Bad Boy’ has shown to have adapted his repertoire a bit throughout the Lionheart League. It’s not often you see the Zero-G Champion ending a match via submission, and yet, that’s exactly how he scored his first point over Grant McIvor.

As well as those blocks, Block C will comprise of Jack Jester, Luca de Pazzi, BT Gunn, and Jack Morris, with Jester the only man out of the four to have scored a point yet following his main event victory over de Pazzi last Saturday. Both Jester and Gunn are former World Heavyweight Champions in their own right, with BT actually being an Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion after holding the strap simultaneously with the Zero-G Championship. As of writing, Block D hasn’t been unveiled yet.

The Natural Steps Up

Demanding a six-month extension on his Square Go! contract, Kez Evans returned to in-ring competition last week as he saw off the young upstart Luke Kyro, ending proceedings with a Tazmission-style manoeuvre. However, ‘This Guy’ wasn’t so keen on ending their scuffle there, as he insisted on reapplying the hold post-match, resulting in Craig Anthony coming to the aid of Kyro. For Anthony to do such a thing was quite a surprise, seeing as ‘The Natural’ hasn’t been positioned too high up the ICW pecking order since being unveiled as a member of Mark Coffey‘s Power Forward stable at Fear & Loathing last November. His high-flying spectacle with Daz Black earlier this year, however, put both men in the Match of the Year picture.

Evans hasn’t officially announced who he’ll be teaming with quite yet, although a Craig Anthony Twitter post has revealed his partner as being Kyle Khaos. Realistically, this does make sense in a way. Evans and Khaos haven’t really had any interactions in ICW, but the first two episodes of the WWE Network era of Fight Club saw Khaos lose to Kyro and then to Anthony. Of course he’d want to use any opportunity to find a matter of retribution over the pairing.

Source’s Finest

ICW’s New Talent Initiative has been a roaring success over the past few weeks, with Theo Doros, Alex Parker, Logan Smith, Charlie Vyce, and others bursting onto the scene, resulting in their Fatal Four Way Match on this show. Making their ICW return on this edition of Fight Club as a part of said initiative, however, is the KOE pairing of Kai Williams-King and King Killa, who haven’t appeared for the promotion since October 2018. Funnily enough, their opponents that evening were the same team they face here – The Purge (Stevie James and Krobar). That October night marked a Purge victory, but Kai and Killa have come on leaps and bounds since then, and were a favourite to win Source Wrestling’s Tag Team Championships Tournament prior to the world going into lockdown. A win over former ICW Tag Team Champions, however, could easily boost them into title contention against current champions, The Fite Network (Lou King Sharp and Krieger).

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