The first question that I would like to answer is ‘Why Ciaran McConnell’? – Ciaran was always my first choice. Sure, I could have opted for Pitbull, Banks, Roberts or Hammer … or any number of other Wrestlers from the locker room, but ‘Classic’ was the man for the job for several reasons. If you researched back through the BWP archives, you’d see that on the many occasions that I had my arse handed to me courtesy of The Brand, Ciaran was very often, if not always, the first on the scene to get my back. Ciaran also had his own heat with DJ and Cyanide who controversially beat Ci and his tag team partner Corey E for their Tag Team Championships at Denbigh Town Hall in 2011, he hadn’t forgot. Ciaran is also as passionate about Britannia Wrestling Promotions as I am, he works hard as a Wrestler and works equally as hard ‘behind the scenes’ for BWP. That is why ‘Classic’ Ciaran McConnell was my first choice. He didn’t like The Brand, and he loved Britannia Wrestling!
I have also been asked why didn’t I just fire The Brand when the troubles began to surface several months ago between us? The reason is because that’s not how I do business, and even if I wanted to, Rudy Wynne had already covered that angle with legal papers. I fully intended on removing each member of The Brand from BWP in a professional, and legal manner over the course of time. The Brand provoked immediate action from me by involving my family – then I knew what they wanted, and I knew I was going to give it to them … me. I came out of retirement and put my company on the line, they knew I would do that, I knew that they knew that I would do that – but I still did it. I did it because it was the only loophole to get The Brand out of my life and my family’s life in the quickest time possible. By sanctioning a match that both parties agreed upon, no legal dusting’s of Rudy Wynne could stop this from happening, so I dug out my old boots, dusted them off, strapped them up and went to Denbigh for a good old fashioned scrap.
I have come away from Denbigh Town Hall Br4wl a changed person. There is a relative level of confidence about me that I had unknowingly lost when I stepped out of the action 18 months prior, that returned when I had my hand raised in victory in the biggest fight of my life. I have had almost a week to reflect on the match, as well as all of the events leading up to the match. My fight and win was justified. Britannia Wrestling Promotions deserved to win that match and retain the name, morals and practices that we have all worked hard to achieve over the past 4+ years.
This may surprise some of you, but I am a little proud of The Brand and what they have done over the past 2 years. I have openly admitted that DJ King and I started The Brand to create a little controversy and awareness … The Brand did indeed take things way to far on way to many occasions and even push me to my breaking limit, but they caused awareness for Britannia Wrestling Promotions through the controversy of our feud. I feel that The Brand should, in some part, be recognised for what they did for BWP – as well of course never let it be forget what they did to BWP! It’s an awkward balance of good and evil.
What is next for The Brand? Who knows? Who cares? I do, a little. Alex Cyanide will remain with Britannia Wrestling Promotions until, at least, he loses the PWI:BWP World Catchweight Championship. DJ King, Dean MacManus, Craig Winters and Stacey Rose have been released from their BWP contracts with immediate affect. What they do, and where they go, is now their business.
I would like to also take this opportunity to thank each and every person who has supported me and Britannia Wrestling through these past few months, at live shows, on Facebook, Twitter, SLTD Wrestling Radio – each and every one of you really gave me the boost and confidence I needed to go out there last weekend at Denbigh Town Hall Br4wl, and kick arse, oldschool! It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t professional – but it was fun!
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