The Newcastle wrestler who is making a name for himself in the United States deathmatch scene
One of the UK’s finest independent grapplers is making a name for himself across the pond in the USA in some of the biggest independent promotions stateside - and he is from Newcastle.
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Lou Nixon, known in some circles as the ‘Geordie Judas’, is forging out a path in the hardcore world of deathmatch wrestling where the talented workers fuse their wrestling knowledge with the use of a myriad of weapons such as glass, light tubes and barbed wire.
It’s not for the faint hearted but that’s what drew Lou into the deathmatch world which has taken him onto the global scene in both the XPW and ICW NHB promotions.
Lou said: “I got into deathmatch wrestling after watching Big Joe vs Michael Caden in the main event of the first RISE, a wrestling promotion based in Leeds, event I was a part of and they got me hooked.
“I instantly thought I want to do that and felt I could apply my shoot style to deathmatch and be something unique in that world.”
It’s not just a fusion between regular wrestling and the deathmatch genre that makes Lou unique.
In a world where there are many gimmicks, Lou’s legitimate background in both boxing with a 2/2 record, Mixed Martial Arts with a 2/1 record and boasting an impressive 5-0 record in Muay Thai to really help stand out from the pack and craft his very own crossover niche appeal.
He added: “Well first and foremost this is the style I use and I think it’s clear I’m a fighter when I’m in the ring which is what I feel sets me apart from everybody in the scene.
“It also helped me alot getting in shape over the lockdown which I feel has a huge part to play in the position I’m in now in wrestling in 2023.”
Indeed, it was Lou’s most recent foray into the American deathmatch scene that earned him major plaudits from one of the biggest names in the deathmatch genre, former WWE referee Drake Younger who gave significant praise at the end of their recent bout calling Lou “the future of this business”.
Whilst bookings for a plethora of UK promotions continue to come in, April will see Lou travel across the pond again to take part in a huge 16 man, two ring deathmatch tournament titled ‘Killafornia 2’ for Xtreme Pro Wrestling.
Then in June, Lou will venture further across the USA to Chicago where he’ll be competing again for ICW NHB within the confines of their unique ring where the ropes are taken away and the ring is adorned with cold hard steel chains.
“I instantly felt at home in the chains,” commented Lou. “I’ve been fighting in a cage since I was 15-years-old so it was just another day at the office for me.
“I’m really glad I got to show the world what I could do that weekend against three of the best America and ICW has to offer.”
Closer to home, business as usual resumes as Lou links up with his fellow Britain’s Top Team partners, the equally explosive Brett Semtex and led by the nefarious Dr Leonardo Darwin for the Leeds-based RISE promotion where they continue to run roughshod over their peers as the key heel (bad guy) wrestlers in the promotion.
Lou stated: “RISE will always be my home and I owe former RISE owner Danny O’Doherty a lot for giving me opportunities to showcase my skills which has led me to the success I’m getting now but the formation of BTT and Darwin taking over the ownership has changed Rise forever and for the better.
“There’s no better trio than Darwin, Brett Semtex and myself in the UK and the only way is up for us all.”