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The Celtic Corner

By ccwwebsite, Jun 2 2017 11:54PM

“The Zenith of Zero Gravity” Bingo Ballance cemented his name in the CCW History books, when he won a tournament at the inaugural Revolution event to became the first ever Celtic Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. As great as this accomplishment was, it was a win that was shrouded in controversy and seemed to engulf Ballance in a vicious cycle that he seems unable to escape to this day. So let’s explore Bingo Ballance’s storied history at CCW Revolution.


REVOLUTION 1

At the first Revolution event in 2013 Bingo Ballance shocked the CCW audience when he destroyed his competition to become the very first Heavyweight Champion is CCW, but what happened after the match left the fans talking for a long time. As Ballance was announced as the winner, much to the joy of the CCW audience, Vic Viper looked on in disgust. As Ballance was to be presented with the -yet to be unveiled- Championship belt, The Snakeman Vic Viper saw his chance to strike. He swiped the belt, and ran, leaving Bingo Ballance to celebrate his win without the Championship Belt, thus stealing a moment of celebration from Ballance and the fans in attendance. Despite the obvious accolades and historic relevance of winning this tournament, one can’t help but feel that this characteristically sneaky move from Viper grossly undercut the joy and celebration that such a win should have brought to Bingo Ballance and indeed his fans.


This event very much left a bad taste in the mouth of the Heavyweight Champion, but as we know, Bingo Ballance is not one to go don with out a fight. This incident lead to a match between Ballance & Viper at CCW Summerbrawl, and Ballance finally vanquished The Snakeman, proving to the audience that Bingo truly was The Man in CCW. However, the Summerbrawl victory came with it’s own controversy. After the match, an altercation occurred between Ballance and Ross Browne, a former wrestler and RTE personality , who was at the event. This brief bust up between the two lead to a match that saw Ballance lose the Championship and leave Celtic Championship Wrestling.


For close to 2 years the CCW audience were left wondering “Where is Bingo Ballance?”. It seemed unfair that a wrestler that they loved so much, who had so much heart as a Champion, was just gone.


REVOLUTION 3

Then he returned. The return of Bingo Ballance was a delight to the CCW audience, and it wasn’t long until he set his sights on what he felt was rightfully his, The CCW Heavyweight Championship.


In the absence of Bingo Ballance a new star had risen to the top of CCW. A man who, like Ballance before him, the fans could really get behind. This man was “The Lone Wolf” Lycan.


Lycan had been involved in a bitter feud with CCW Chairman Lee Cahalane for over a year. The audience hated Cahalane and loved Lycan, so this feud made for spectacular viewing.

At Revolution 3, Bingo Ballance found himself caught in the middle of this, as he went face to face with Lycan for the CCW Heavyweight Championship.


This was a match fans were crying out to see; a CCW Dream Match. No matter who won the fans knew that they would be happy. If Lycan won, they felt it was well earned, he has jumped over every obstacle that the sadistic Chairman has thrown in his way and if Ballance won then they saw the comeback of the year. The CCW audience were ready to watch this history making match.


As the match went on the two seemed very evenly match, with the crowd cheering both competitors on. Lee Cahalane chose to be the guest commentator for this event, and he seemed very much in favour of a Bingo Ballance win, that is, until he wasn’t. With the referee out of action Cahalane hit the ring and he and Lycan started to attack Bingo, eventually costing him the match. This attack then lead to the creation of CCW’s most feared group, The Establishment. Once again, it seemed as if Bingo Ballance’s hopes and dreams had been smashed at Revolution.


With The Establishment and Lee Cahalane in his way, it seemed impossible for Bingo Ballance to become a possible contender for the CCW Heavyweight Championship, so Balance set his sights on another prize; The All-Star Championship. This was at the time held by Karl Brien. Bingo defeated Karl Brien to become the first person to hold both Championships and it seemed he was doing well, until Marion Armstrong became the number 1 contender for Ballance’s All-Star Championship. Armstrong was a man with a newly found vicious streak and he seemed hell bent on playing mind games with The Zenith of Zero Gravity. When the two finally met in the ring, Armstrong put a heavy beating on Ballance, but Ballance came out with the victory and the All-Star Championship. However, The Establishment were waiting in the wings to strike at the most opportune moment. After the match, as Ballance celebrated, it was announced that Bingo would have to defend hi title again that night,, this time against The Establishment’s Xavier Burns. As the match went on, Armstrong interfered, hitting Ballance with a spear, and costing him The All-Star Championship.


REVOLUTION 4

Bingo Ballance Vs. Omega Vs. Xavier Burns(champion). Ballance had chance to right the wrong that had been done to him, and finally win the Gold at Revolution. Before the event a very subdued and emotional Marion Armstrong addressed the audience, informing them that he had been injured in a ladder match and as result had to retire from Wrestling, he announced that from now on he could be found at the commentators booth. As Ballance made his entrance at Revolution he addressed this with a respectful nod in the direction of his former foe. The match kicked off at a fast pace and continued as such, to the delight of the CCW crowd. The crowd very much behind Ballance, as they had been at previous Revolution events. The audience rose to their feet as it seemed Ballance was about to reclaim the All-Star Championship and spit in the face of his unlucky streak at Revolution. But, just as the referee was about to count to 3, Marion Armstrong pulled Ballance out of the ring and attacked him viciously with a chair, costing him the match and indeed the Championship belt. It seems Armstrong had been once again playing mind games with Ballance and the CCW audience in an attempt to catch the off guard. Once again Bingo Ballance was crewed at Revolution.


At Revolution 5 Bingo Ballance fights for the CCW Heavweight Championship. The events of the past playing heavily on his mind. Can Bingo leave the past in the past, overcome the odds and break his curse at Revolution? Or will he be trapped in this vicious cycle forever?


Get your tickets NOW to find out, as Bingo Ballance , Bruiser and The Champion, “Pastor” William Eaver, go to war at Revolution .


Celtic Championship Wrestling returns to where it all began and presents the fifth annual Revolution. This is the biggest event of the year suitable for the entire family and all ages.


See all your favourite CCW Stars including CCW heavyweight Champion Pastor William Eaver, Ricky Combat, Bruiser, The Establishment, Bingo Ballance, The Wood Bros, The CCW All-Star Champion Danny ''The Beast'' Butler and many more.


Doors Open 6:30pm, Show starts at 7pm.


Get your tickets NOW only available at Eventbrite.ie.


By ccwwebsite, May 23 2017 11:13PM

Celtic Championship Wresting has gone from strength to strength over the past half a decade. What began as an idea in the mind of West Cork Promoter Lee Cahalane over 5 years ago has grown to a well known and well respected juggernaut of Irish wrestling and a company capable of tackling two very different demographics; The fun filled, family friendly shows cater to a younger audience and recently the more in your face, edgier CCW Riot has firmly grabbed the over 18’s market by the proverbial “cojones”, with it’s hardcore style and smash mouth approach.


Revolution 5 will bring CCW back to where the movement began, The Bishopstown GAA hall. The very same place where Celtic Championship Wrestling held it’s inaugural event. Since this first show CCW has captivated audiences all over the County and beyond, with it’s approach to the art of Pro Wrestling. CCW as a company takes it’s cue from it’s American counterparts as it focuses on the story telling element of this great business, much to the delight of the crowd. The vein of thought very much being that “people will come for the wrestling, but will stay for the stories”; almost as if the audience were watching a soap opera, with added athleticism and physical bouts.


Since it’s conception CCW has had many tremendous wrestlers pass through it’s doors, from all over the world as well as heavily featuring home grown talent from Ireland. CCW even set up the CCW Pro Wrestling Academy which hold classes three times a week( Tues, Thurs and Saturday at 4-5 Penrose Quay), in an attempt to build the brand locally and give back to the wrestling community in Cork City. The CCW Academy has spawned many of CCW’s most recognisable stars, most notably Ricky Combat, a fan favourite who has gone toe to toe with some of the best wrestlers in the World including Ireland’s Jordan Devlin and England’s Joseph Conners, who have recently wrestled for Global wrestling super-company the WWE. The academy has also been known to have guest trainers of very hight notoriety, including WWE’s Finn Balor, TNA’s Doug Williams and NXT and NJPW star CJ Parker(aka Juice Robinson).



Returning to The Bishopstown GAA hall is almost poetic for Celtic Championship Wrestling, as they come back to where it all began as conquering heroes, who have done what they set out to do. The audience and shows have evolved and grown as the years have passed. Whether it be the family friendly or over 18’s events, the fans know that CCW will always go above and beyond to provide those in attendance with a phenomenal nights entertainment, as the audience are encouraged to cheer, boo and chant until their voice goes hoarse. The audience are very much a part of the show and indeed a vital part of it.


The very first Revolution event took place in the Bishopstown GAA hall 5 years ago, and since then CCW has started exactly that here among the wrestling fans in Cork, a Revolution. The idea born in Cahalane’s mind, an idea many people felt would fail or fizzle out, has very much come to fruition and the wrestling fans here in Cork couldn’t be happier.


The main event of Revolution 5 has been announced and it is set to tear the roof off the GAA hall in Bishopstown. The CCW Heavyweight Champion “Pastor” William Eaver will defend his championship against the loud mouth & loveable lout, From Ballymun, known only as “ The Bruiser” and “The Zenith of Zero Gravity” himself, Bingo Ballance. This is a match steeped in CCW history, with both contenders being former CCW champions in their own right. In fact it was at the very first Revolution event that Bingo Ballance became the very first CCW Heavyweight Champion. Also appearing on the night are the All-Star Champion Danny “The Beast” Butler, Ricky Combat, The Establishment, Raven Creed, The Tag team champions The Wood Bros, and many more.


Celtic Championship Wrestling returns to where it all began and presents the fifth annual Revolution. This is the biggest event of the year suitable for the entire family and all ages.


For more information visit our facebook page, “Celtic Championship Wrestling”

Tickets are available on eventbrite.ie of visit ccwofficial.com




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