Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre, currently wrestling under his real name Drew Galloway, lost the ICW World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday night to Ayrshire based wrestler Grado, at ICW’s Fear and Loathing VIII event on Sunday night.
There was another man with WWE connections involved in the event, too, with WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley acting as commissioner for the evening.
The 8th edition of ICW’s biggest annual event saw the Scottish promotion, who are now deservedly the largest promotion in the UK, sell out the SECC in Glasgow.
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Owner Mark Dallas used smart business acumen to book Grado to face off against Galloway in the main event, as the pair of these superstars are the two most well known in the company.
Since the BBC released their first documentary on ICW in 2014, 'Insane Fight Club', Grado has become a popular figure in the British media. His catchphrase, “It’s yersel!” has swept Scotland, and he has found himself landing roles in popular drama River City, alongside sketch comedy show Scot Squad.
Galloway, a former champion in WWE, has helped elevate the company and the title to a new level.
He was the first man to capture the belt back in 2006 at the inaugural Fear and Loathing event, and won the title back from Jack Jester at last year’s edition, holding it for just over a year.
Since then, Galloway has defended the belt across the world, in countries such as Denmark, Australia and Germany, defeating even more impressive opponents such as Matt Hardy and Rhino.
It is interesting that Grado won his maiden championship on the same night that Mick Foley was the Commissioner. Foley, like Grado, isn’t considered to be great in the ring, however, their success stems from the fact that they naturally get over with the fans.
Grado has been responsible for a lot of ICW’s success, and thoroughly deserves the belt. He is one of the most entertaining wrestlers on the planet, and has a bright future ahead of him in the business due to his immense popularity.
Now that Galloway has passed the belt on, it will be interesting to see where his career will go from here.
He recently main-evented TNA’s Bound for Glory in October in a losing effort to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, and has received acclaim for his performances in the ring over the past year.
Galloway is still only 30 years old. Don’t be surprised to see him being linked with WWE soon.