Wrestling in Govan – officially
June 10, 2012 by Grace Franklin
International wrestling superstar Doug Williams was the main attraction at the Scottish Wrestling Alliance show at the Pearce Institute in Govan on Friday 1 June, defeating Irish-born but Govan-based wrestler Damo O’Connor in front of a vociferous and hostile crowd.
The English grappler now works for TNA Wrestling in the US but the show was something of a homecoming for the star whose career started in the UK, and who wrestled many times in Glasgow before his big break. He said: ‘It’s good to be back in the UK, and it’s always fun to wrestle in
Scotland because I can rile up the crowd and play the bad guy from England.’ He added: ‘I’ve fond memories of wrestling in Scotland and have worked with the SWA in its previous incarnation and always enjoy myself.’
In his illustrious career, Williams has wrestled all over the world and cites Germany and Japan as two of his personal favourite places to work. But he always has a special place in his heart for the independent shows in the UK where he made his name.
‘Smaller shows like the ones promoted by SWA are great because you can interact with the crowd directly and get people involved in the action. The fans in the UK are among the most passionate. They appreciate good wrestling and the technical side of the sport’
Other highlights of the show included Joe Coffey defeating Black Samurai Junior, Lewis Girvan and Mark Anthony to retaining the Laird of the Ring Championship, and Mikey Whiplash defeating Andy Anderson to win the NWA Scottish Championship.
Full results of the show and other information about SWA and its future events can be found at
Williams will be back next year as part of the TNA UK Tour, which comes to Glasgow in January 2013.