Blackpool Combat Club

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Blackpool Combat Club
Stable
MembersBryan Danielson
Jon Moxley
Wheeler Yuta
Claudio Castagnoli
Name(s)Blackpool Combat Club
Billed heightsDanielson: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Moxley: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Yuta: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Castagnoli: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Former
member(s)
William Regal (manager)
DebutMarch 6, 2022
Years active2022–present

The Blackpool Combat Club (BCC) is a professional wrestling stable performing in All Elite Wrestling (AEW), New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), and Ring of Honor (ROH). Formed in 2022, its name derives from the town where English wrestling personality William Regal—the group's creator and initial manager—began his career. The group was originally a tag team managed by Regal and consisting of American wrestlers Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley, who were later joined by American wrestler Wheeler Yuta and Swiss wrestler Claudio Castagnoli. Regal left AEW in November 2022, but the group continues to use its original name in honor of him. They are noted for their gimmick of targeting those they believe are not dedicated enough to professional wrestling, seeing extreme violence as a beautiful thing or a rite of passage, outnumbering their opponents, stabbing them with screwdrivers, and spilling blood during their matches.[1]

Background[edit]

Bryan Danielson and Jon Moxley had their first interaction together in December 2007 when Danielson defeated Moxley at Mad-Pro Wrestling's (MPW) Rise Up event in Chillicothe, Ohio.[2][3] This match was later referred to by Moxley in a February 2022 promo when the two began feuding with each other in AEW.[4] They next met in August 2010 at Heartland Wrestling Association's (HWA) Road to Destiny event before Moxley challenged Danielson at Dragon Gate USA a month later.[5][6] Danielson, who was employed by WWE under the ring name Daniel Bryan at the time, defeated Moxley during both matches. In 2011, Moxley signed with WWE and was renamed Dean Ambrose; he wrestled in its development territory, FCW, which later became NXT. He became a successful member of The Shield after his main roster debut, and would wrestle Bryan in various matches throughout the 2010s. Both men became successful world champions for WWE before reverting to their respective names after leaving WWE (Moxley in 2019 and Danielson in 2021) with both men joining AEW. During that period, prior to the Blackpool Combat Club's establishment, William Regal was also employed by WWE as a wrestler and general manager for NXT; during this time, he helped to train and teach both Danielson and Moxley, and even feuded with Moxley.

History[edit]

Alternate logo of the faction

On the February 2, 2022 episode of Dynamite, Danielson told Moxley that he wanted to form a tag team,[7][8] which Moxley accepted on the condition that they wrestle each other first.[9] Danielson was defeated by Moxley at Revolution on March 6, after which the two began brawling. Regal, once a mentor to both men, made his AEW surprise debut to break up the fight and force them to shake hands.[10] The two formed a team with Regal acting as their manager, later being named the Blackpool Combat Club (BCC) in honor of the English town where Regal began his career.[11][12]

On the April 8 episode of Rampage, Moxley defeated ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta in a critically acclaimed non-title match. After the match, Regal offered Yuta a handshake, and subsequently invited him to join the group, which Yuta accepted.[13][14] On the May 11 episode of Dynamite, Eddie Kingston and Santana and Ortiz united with the BCC to fight off the Jericho Appreciation Society (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, and Matt Menard).[15] At Double or Nothing on May 29, the BCC teamed with Eddie Kingston, Santana, and Ortiz to face the Jericho Appreciation Society in an Anarchy in the Arena match, but lost.[16]

At AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door on June 26, Yuta teamed up with Kingston and Shota Umino in a losing effort against Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, and Minoru Suzuki. Later that night, Claudio Castagnoli—who defeated Regal in his final match nine years prior—joined the BCC and made his surprise AEW debut as Danielson's handpicked replacement due to the latter suffering an injury, defeating Zack Sabre Jr. while Moxley defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the interim AEW World Championship in the main event.[17] The BCC would then team up again with Kingston, Santana, and Ortiz and avenge their loss to the Jericho Appreciation Society in a Blood and Guts match at the eponymous event.[18] At Death Before Dishonor on July 23, Castagnoli defeated Jonathan Gresham to capture the ROH World Championship, while Yuta successfully defended the ROH Pure Championship against Daniel Garcia.[19]

On the August 24 episode of Dynamite, Moxley quickly defeated lineal AEW World Champion CM Punk to win his record-setting second AEW World Championship, becoming the undisputed AEW World Champion in the process.[20] Danielson was defeated by Jericho at All Out on September 4, while Moxley lost the undisputed championship to Punk, ending his reign at 11 days.[21] On the following episode of Dynamite, Yuta lost the ROH Pure Championship to Daniel Garcia, thus ending his reign at 159 days.[22] Moxley and Danielson were inserted in the AEW Grand Slam Tournament of Champions to crown a new AEW World Champion as previous champion CM Punk was stripped of the title.[23] At Grand Slam on September 21, Castagnoli lost the ROH World Championship to Chris Jericho, while Moxley defeated Danielson in the tournament final to win the vacant championship, becoming the first ever three-time AEW World Champion.

At Full Gear, Moxley would lose the title to MJF after Regal secretly handed his signature brass knuckles to MJF to punch Moxley with while the referee was distracted, betraying the group and aligning himself with MJF. Just 11 days later, MJF betrayed Regal and severely injured him with the brass knuckles. Following this, it was reported that Regal was set to leave AEW; in-storyline, Regal revealed that he betrayed the BCC to teach them their final lesson, which was to never trust anyone.[24] His last appearance was a pre-taped segment aired on the December 7 episode of Dynamite.[25] Despite Regal’s betrayal and subsequent departure from AEW, the stable kept the “Blackpool” in their name.

On the March 8, 2023 episode of Dynamite, Danielson announced that he would be going home to be with his family after his loss to MJF at Revolution. After Castagnoli and Moxley defeated The Dark Order members John Silver and Alex Reynolds, the three remaining BCC members continued their assault and attacked Dark Order members Evil Uno and Hangman Page, turning the stable fully heel for the first time.[26] Danielson returned on the March 29 episode of Dynamite, seemingly to convince his BCC teammates to stop their attack on Kenny Omega, but he instead joined them in attacking Omega and turned heel. On the May 10 episode of Dynamite, during a steel cage match between Omega and Moxley, Omega's manager Don Callis betrayed Omega by stabbing him with a screwdriver and allowing Moxley to win.[27] The Elite (Omega, Page, and The Young Bucks) challenged the BCC to an Anarchy in the Arena match at the Double or Nothing event on May 28, which the BCC won after assistance by Callis and Konosuke Takeshita, who attacked Omega during the final moments of the match, allowing Wheeler to get the pin on Omega.[28] At Forbidden Door, the BCC teamed with Takeshita and Shota Umino in a losing effort against the team of The Young Bucks, Page, Eddie Kingston and Tomohiro Ishii, while Danielson defeated Kazuchika Okada by submission, despite suffering an arm injury that sidelined him for 3 months. The Blackpool Combat Club's feud with The Elite ended at Blood & Guts on July 19, where Moxley, Castagnoli and Yuta teamed up with Takeshita and Pac, in another loss to The Elite in a Blood and Guts match following Pac and Takeshita leaving the match.

Following their feud with The Elite, at All In on August 27, the BCC teamed with Santana and Ortiz to face Eddie Kingston, Penta El Zero Miedo and Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta) and Orange Cassidy in a Stadium Stampede match, but they lost. At All Out on September 3, Danielson made his return from injury as a face and defeated Ricky Starks in a No Disqualification Strap match, Castagnoli and Yuta defeated Kingston and Katsuyori Shibata in a tag team match, while at the main event, Moxley was able to win the AEW International Championship from Cassidy. At Grand Slam on September 20, Castagnoli lost the ROH World Championship to Kingston in a Winner Takes All match that also put the Strong Openweight Championship on the line. After the match, Claudio finally shook Eddie's hand after years of animosity between the two, showing a sign of respect and a face turn, while Moxley lost the AEW International Championship to Rey Fénix. On the September 30 edition of AEW Collision, the Blackpool Combat Club turned face when they teamed with FTR and were defeated by Big Bill and Ricky Starks and Aussie Open in an All-Star 8-men tag team match. On the November 25 edition of AEW Rampage, Yuta defeated Shibata to win the record 3-times ROH Pure Championship.

On April 12, 2024 at Windy City Riot, Moxley defeated Tetsuya Naito to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.[29]

Members[edit]

* Founding member
M Manager
Member Joined
Jon Moxley * March 6, 2022
Bryan Danielson * March 6, 2022
Wheeler Yuta April 8, 2022
Claudio Castagnoli June 26, 2022

Former[edit]

Member Joined Left
William Regal *M March 6, 2022 December 6, 2022

Timeline[edit]

As of July 13, 2024

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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