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Archived Writing: GPW Slam Jam 2009 Preview

Grand Pro Wrestling - Slam Jam 2009
April 18th 2009,
Monaco Ballroom, Hindley

Garage Pro Wrestling return to the Monaco Ballroom later this month for their first Saturday show in nearly four years. Featuring a packed card with all three of the company’s titles on the line, here’s a run down of what you can expect at GPW Slam Jam.

*This is an archived piece which I originally wrote in 2009 for The LINC, a magazine/website based in Wigan. GPW have since rebranded as Grand Pro Wrestling*

Miss North West Invitational 4-Way
Si Valour vs. ?? vs. ?? vs. ??
The reigning Miss Northwest, and current Miss England semi-finalist, Rebecca Billinge, announced at Livin’ On The Edge that there will the first ever GPW Miss North West Invitational Match at GPW: "Saturday Night SlamJam" and here it is.

The rules are simple. The match is open to any 4 wrestlers to battle it out in a 4-way rules match, the winner of which will gain the managerial and valeting services of Miss Northwest. The first person to put his name down for the 4-way is Si Valour.

Having been much the forgotten man so far this year, Valour has had to force his way onto shows in order to get noticed. Making the save for Bubblegum in January, making an impromptu No.1 Contenders challenge to Juice in February during the British Title contract signing and at Livin On The Edge it was Valour who again found himself in an impromptu match against Jak Domitrescu.

It was in February that Valour vowed to make 2009 the year he puts GPW gold around his waist for the first time. Winning this 4-Way and acquiring Rebecca as a valet and manager could be just what he needs to further his career, and get the gold he desires.

But with three other names still to be announced, how much chance does Valour stand in this intriguing match up? And who else may think a beauty Queen would look good on their arm? More names to follow in the coming weeks!

GPW Tag Team Trophy Main Event
The Young Offenders © vs. Paradise Lost
GPW Tag Team Champions, The Young Offenders found out at Livin On The Edge just who their closest competitors for the trophy are. Heresy unveiled who "he" was as he introduced his mystery tag team partner be the masked monster Kastor LeVay. The newly formed team of Heresy and LeVay, (Paradise Lost) destroyed all competition to earn a No.1 Contenders spot against Damon Leigh and Joey Hayes, and wasted no time cashing their spot in.

The title match has been signed in a huge Saturday night main event. Heresy blames both Leigh and Hayes for the loss of his titles, the break up of his SIN faction and everything else that had gone wrong in his life, and as a result he wanted to eliminate them forever to finally give people the chance to look up and beLIEve in something better.

He claims "the time for questions is over and that the time for answers is now" as he brings in Kastor LeVay to help him rid GPW of the Young Offenders forever. With a well documented and deep seeded heated rivalry already between Hayes, DDL and Heresy this takes on a new direction with LeVay involved. Can Paradise Lost end The Young Offenders honeymoon with the trophy, or can good overcome evil in this gripping main event?


GPW Heavyweight Title Match
Bubblegum © vs. Juggernaut w/ Alan A.A Tasker
Fresh from a truly superb series of matches with arch nemesis, Dirk Feelgood, Bubblegum now enters his ninth month as Heavyweight Champion, but there is no rest for the immensely popular crowd favourite as he prepares to face arguably his biggest challenge as champion yet. Since defeating Johnny Moss in a huge heavyweight clash in October last year, Juggernaut has waited in the wings for his time to strike.

After putting El Ligero on the injured list twice in 3 months, he now has the reigning GPW Heavyweight Champion isolated and in his sights. Gaining the all important pinfall over the Heavyweight Champion, Bubblegum in the main event tag team match at Livin On The Edge, Juggernaut's Attorney & Law, Alan Alan Alan Tasker has brokered a first ever title shot at SlamJam for his former Nigerian prison monster.


The GPW Heavyweight Title is on the line, the last time Juggernaut challenged for a title - he won. Bubblegum has defended the title with some of the best matches in GPW history and deservedly takes his spot as the most popular man on the roster.

Giving up a lot of size to the monster Juggernaut can Bubblegum extend his impressive reign as champ? He has taken on all opposition and never shown signs of ever giving up, and has given fans everything he has, but this time he is faced with the strength and size of the Juggernaut along with the brains and smarts of his Attorney & Law, Alan A.A Tasker.

Will it be Bubblegum entering a 10th month as champion, or will Juggernaut be lifting his first GPW Heavyweight Championship and consigning Bubblegum to the injured list to join El Ligero? This is set to be a battle for the ages, don't miss this!


6-Man Showcase
The Mystics & Chris Echo vs. Lethal Dose & William Gáylord
No GPW supershow would be complete without one of the matches that has been the foundation of every supershow we've done in the past - the 6 man tag!

Two of the teams who battled it out in the 4-Way No.1 Contenders Match at "Livin On The Edge" once again face off. Both Lethal Dose & The Mystics have both been allowed to select partner of their choosing.

The Mystics have chosen to bring back fan favourite Chris Echo to complete their threesome and Lethal Dose have recruited GPW training school graduate - William Gáylord. The Mystics have had two unsuccessful outings so far, having been stopped in their tracks both times by Heresy and Echo was last seen on the roster in a loss to Heresy in January.

So the three join forces and look to get back to winning ways in this intriguing 6-man clash. Gáylord debuted in winning fashion against fellow training school graduate Ricky J. McKenzie. His debut caught the eye of many and he gained much acclaim but has since suffered a loss to Sam Bailey. Lethal Dose, who are themselves looking for their first win of 2009 hope the Gáylord's winning touch will rub off.

This 6-man throws up some interesting scenarios and some first time ever clashes, but who will leave with their hands raised? Can the team of The Mystics and Echo get their first win of the year? Or will it be Lethal Dose celebrating their first win of 2009?

GPW British Title Match
"Super" Sam Bailey © vs. The Juice
With the ink on the contract dry and the warm up matches done, both The Juice and Sam Bailey prepare to finally square off one on one for the British Title. Juice earned himself a No.1 Contenders spot back in December at Christmas Crunch in a 4-Way against Dylan Roberts, Chris Echo and Harry Doogle. He then went onto successfully defended his spot against Dylan Roberts in a one on one match in January at Back With A Bang.

In preparation for his title shot, Juice has surrounded himself with his carefully selected personal "Fight Team", consisting of dietitions, nutritionalists, personal trainers, and trained fighters.

The suspense is nearly over in this wonderfully captivating feud as two of the most gifted athletes in the UK do battle over the coveted GPW British Championship. Can Bailey hold on to the title he won back in December? Or can Juice add to his CC-08 title with more gold? Don't miss the conclusion to this at SlamJam!

Street Fight
Danny Hope vs. Jiggy Walker
There really is no other type of match these two could settle their differences in. The former tag team champions finally square off in a match where anything goes, no rules apply, and anything is legal - a Street Fight.

Together, Walker and Hope held the GPW Tag Team Trophy for a record 18 months as the Mil-Anfield Connection, however cracks in the team were for all to see as they disintegrated at Back With A Bang 2009.

The loss to the Young Offenders in the 2/3 Falls Title Match saw them lose the trophy that had defined them for so long, and proved to be the undoing of the duo. Since the split, it has been Hope who has been welcomed with open arms by fans and Walker who has mocked and attacked his former partner from behind. The two were separated by members of the GPW roster and GPW officials in February at "Carpe Diem" and at "Livin On The Edge" Walker blind sided Hope after claiming an "injury" meant he couldn't compete in a signed one on one match.

There will be no running, no hiding and no excuses as these two finally clash in what will be a brutal, unforgiving Street Fight not for the weak at heart. Mil-Anfield will always be remembered as the most successful tag team in GPW history, but who is the better man?

Find out on April 18th as one of the most personal rivalries in GPW history finally comes to a head!

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