Is Mikey Whiplash the Best in Scotland?
By Simon Cassidy
Unlike the last article in the series, this will likely not be the cause of major controversy. The reason being, that unlike his opponent this Sunday at Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW): Fear and Loathing, “the Stevenson Dream” Grado, the suggestion that Mikey Whiplash is the best, is not uncommon. While the majority of the Scottish audience likely know him as the bizarre (frankly terrifying) transvestite of ICW, this barely begins to do justice to the credentials of the 12 year veteran.
Whiplash himself best summarised his career in an interview for WrestleShark earlier this year. While preparing for a title match with then NWA Scottish Heavyweight Champion Andy Anderson, the breakout star of 2011 with experience and accolades beyond his years, Whiplash stated that Anderson was still “a young lad with a lot of things to learn.”
“I’ve been around Europe, I’ve been to South Africa, I’ve had WWE try-outs, and I’ve wrestled in Dragon Gate UK. As British workers go, outside of your William Regals, Robbie Brooksides and Dave “Fit” Finlays, I’m the only one who’s been there and done that.”
Months before the event, at Scottish Wrestling Alliance Rebirth (SWA) in Paisley, moments after brutalising SWA wrestler andW3L Heavyweight Champion, Damian O’Connor to the extent he suffered an excruciating shoulder injury; Whiplash casually strolled to the ring to inform Anderson he wouldn’t hurt him tonight, but that it was coming.
When the fateful night in Govan rolled around, in spite of a tenacious outing from the young champion, Anderson was ultimately unable to turn back the challenge, and was mercilessly twisted and bent to his breaking point: being forced to literally submit his championship to Whiplash.
Reaching far beyond the shores of Caledonia, Mikey’s international reputation was recently confirmed by TNA star Magnus. In an interview at Pro-Wrestling Elite: Elite Knockout, the former TNA Tag Team Champion casually remarked: “I broke in with Brian Dickson, and Mikey was already a full timer back then, he’s been full time for the last ten years.” Commenting that he was one of the best to have come out of the UK and work around the globe.
That very night, in an attempt to advance to the semi-finals of the PWE Championship Tournament, the live crowd were treated to nothing short of a wrestling master-class as he collided with Noam Dar. In a technically gripping, hard hitting contest (which forced a TNA representative in the audience to audibly exclaim “oh my God!”) Whiplash came up short, before storming the ring later that evening to assault the man who had recently been singing his praises, Magnus.
You may ask why I have selected these incidents, which appear incidental in such an extensive career. The reason is simple; I believe they highlight the infamous “It Factor” which appears to elevate Whiplash above his contemporaries.
Outside the ring, Whiplash is a trainer at the Source Wrestling School, run by Damian O’Connor. He has trained, and trained with Andy Anderson. TNA star Magnus is a long-time friend and ally in the professional wrestling world. In spite of this, over the past 12 months, Whiplash has been more than happy to impose horrific and unnecessary acts of violence upon each of them in turn. Whether this is an unmatched determination to be the best or evidence of being psychologically unhinged, no one can argue the success of this approach.
Its efficiency has never been more evident than at ICW Insane in the Membrane. After months of back and forth scrapes and near encounters, Scotland’s resident hardcore icon Jack Jester was finally able to get his hands on Whiplash. The match may as well have been called “Jesters Playground” as he hand-picked the stipulation of last man standing in Glasgow’s Garage, where the live crowd predicted that Whiplash would finally be put down.
After one of the most vicious, violent and reprehensible encounters this country has ever witnessed, the blood trickled down the heavily made up face of Mikey Whiplash, oozing around a demonic grin as Jack Jester was counted to the mat for ten.
With technical proficiency to compete with the best in the world, an intense focus and aggression which are seemingly unmatched and more than a little evidence to suggest that at least once a month he goes completely insane, the question must be asked: is Mikey Whiplash the best in Scotland?
For this weekend however, perhaps the question should be, is Mikey Whiplash going to kill Grado?
Mikey Whiplash will be joining the WrestleShark team, Chris Renfrew and Billy Kirkwood on the Big WrestleShark Show this Tuesday at 10pm on 98.4 Pulse FM or http://www.PulseOnAir.co.uk. For more, head over to www.Facebook.com/BigWrestleSharkShow.
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