Each year, MCW Ballroom Brawl is looked at as one of the most anticipated events on the Melbourne City Wrestling yearly calendar, but this years event is set to outshine all the others, which is no small feat, considering the matches and memories that have happened at the event over the past seven years. This years event takes place on Saturday August 5, at the Thornbury Theatre, and following MCW Fight to Survive last night, we have three big championship matches to announce for Ballroom Brawl.
In our main event, Mr Juicy and Dowie James will finally face off for the MCW Heavyweight Championship, with one small twist – Mr Juicy is the NEW MCW Heavyweight Champion, following his cashing in of his championship opportunity against TK Cooper! Still recovering from a shoulder injury, Juicy will be making his first defense of the championship against the former champion Dowie James, who lost his title, officially, to Cooper at Fight to Survive.
We have a special preview reel for this highly anticipated bout, which can be seen here via our official Melbourne City Wrestling YouTube page.
The last time these two faced off was at MCW Crowning a Champion in 2015, available to watch here via MCW Encore, in the finals of a tournament to crown the first ever MCW Intercommonwealth Champion. It was a thrilling encounter, hailed by many as the best for the year, and one of the best in MCW history. The rematch is sure to be a similarly exhilarating encounter, but this time, its for the richest prize in Australian independent wrestling.
Speaking of the MCW Intercommonwealth Championship, at Fight to Survive, we also witnessed the crowning of a new MCW Intercommonwealth Champion in ‘The Loose Ledge’ Adam Brooks, who took advantage of a knocked out JXT to win the championship in record time. Following the bout, Adam Brooks grabbed the mic, and said that with all the talk of Australian wrestling becoming more noticed on a worldwide scale, he was planning to outshine everyone, and went on to challenge our international guest, Will Ospreay, to face him for the championship at Ballroom Brawl!
Will Ospreay’s achievements are vast. Hailing from the United Kingdom, he’s the youngest winner of the New Japan Pro Wrestling ‘Best of the Super Juniors’, a former Progress Wrestling Champion, and a Ring of Honor Television Champion, among numerous other championship accomplishments. His bouts with Ricochet for NJPW were hailed as the most evolutionary professional wrestling matches in decades. Simply put, he is one of the most in demand professional wrestlers in the world today, and he will be appearing in Melbourne exclusively for Melbourne City Wrestling.
Without exaggeration, if you’re a fan of world standard independent wrestling in Australia, Brooks v Ospreay is a dream match, and with the MCW Intercommonwealth Championship on the line, the stakes don’t get much higher than this.
In the third of our three championship bouts, The Brat Pack (Mitch Waterman, Nick Bury, seconded by Avary), will make their first defense of the MCW Tag Team Championships against the unlikely duo of Mike Burr and Fun Time Phil, better known as Fun Time Trouble. Burr’s ire was raised especially following some extremely distasteful comments and threats towards his infant son, made by the Brat Pack, and after a challenge was laid out, MCW Management were all too happy to sign the bout.
The Brat Pack have shown they will do what it takes to win matches in the past, but against the veteran Mike Burr, and his ally Fun Time Phil, could their reign be over before it truly gets started?
Kelly Anne has been competing in an ongoing gauntlet against many of the top female professional wrestlers in Australia over the past few months, with her end goal being a match against Madison Eagles, who is regarded by many as one of the benchmarks for women’s wrestling, not just in Australia, but worldwide.
At Ballroom Brawl, Kelly Anne will face her first international challenge, as she faces Bea Priestley, who makes her way to MCW for the first time ever from the United Kingdom. Priestley is a former WCPW Womens Champion, and she may well be Kelly’s toughest challenge to date!
Should Kelly Anne win this bout, will she finally be granted a match with Madison Eagles?
Davis Storm returned to Melbourne City Wrestling at our last event, with the intention of trying to lure Lochy Hendricks away from his mentor, KrackerJak. Hendricks refused, and KrackerJak took exception, challenging Storm to a no disqualification match then and there, in a bout that “The Mad Bastard” would come up short in.
Following the match and a subsequent attack by Storm, it was Lochy Hendricks who challenged “The Messiah” to a bout at MCW Ballroom Brawl on Saturday August 5th, with Davis Storm accepting. Hailing from Perth in Western Australia, Storm is regarded by many to be one of the best professional wrestlers that Australia has ever produced, and is one of the forefathers of the Explosive Pro Wrestling promotion in Western Australia.
Can Lochy Hendricks overcome one of the most dangerous wrestlers that this country has to offer? Or will Davis Storm’s mind games and natural talent prove to be too much for this rising star?
Over the past few months, there’s been a bitter rivalry brewing between JXT and Johnathan Preston, stemming from the breakup of Preston & Payne.
After Preston was unable to wrest away the MCW Intercommonwealth Championship from JXT, he (along with Emanuelle) decided to cost JXT the title last month, by chloroforming JXT ahead of a championship defence against Adam Brooks. With Alan Payne popping back onto the radar with a video promo released online, and Emanuelle always lurking in the wings, what will go down when all four men are in the same building this Saturday night?
Finally, as always, we will see the return of the annual Ballroom Brawl Rumble. Twenty wrestlers will be included in the bout, with a new competitor entering the ring every 90 seconds. Elimination occurs when a wrestler is thrown over the top rope, with both feet hitting the floor. The last competitor left standing will be given a shot at the MCW Heavyweight Championship, and they will be able to cash in that title opportunity at ANY time of their choosing.
So far, we’ve been informed of the inclusion of Alan Payne, Ali, KrackerJak, JXT, and for the first time ever, former Commonwealth Games medallist, Jake Andrewartha. Who else will we see competing on the night? You’ll have to be at the Thornbury Theatre to find out!
MCW Ballroom Brawl 2017 has seen the most amount of tickets pre-sold for any event in Melborne City Wrestling history. We will have more tickets available at the venue on the night, but many will be standing room only. We will be including extra standing room spaces, to ensure that as many fans as possible get to witness the greatest brand of professional wrestling that Melbourne has to offer.
MCW Ballroom Brawl
Saturday 5th August 2017
The Thornbury Theatre
859 High Street. Thornbury VIC
Doors 6:30pm. Show 7:30pm.