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UCW champ defeats former WWE world heavyweight champ at Summer Explosion in Kentville


Published on July 27, 2017

Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) world heavyweight champion “The Real American” Jack Swagger signs an autograph for a young fan at the conclusion of the main event at the July 20 Ultimate Championship Wrestling (UCW) Summer Explosion Tour show at the Kentville Centennial Arena.

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Published on 27 July 2017

Pain shows on the face of former WWE Superstar “The Real American” Jack Swagger as he challenges “The Vegan Warrior” Markus Burke for the UCW heavyweight championship at the Kentville Centennial Arena on July 20.

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Published on 27 July 2017

Former WWE world heavyweight champion Jack Swagger applies a side headlock on UCW heavyweight champion Markus Burke as Burke squeezes back with a bear hug.

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Published on 27 July 2017

Former WWE Superstar Jack Swagger takes the action to the arena floor as he challenges Markus Burke for the UCW heavyweight championship at the Kentville Centennial Arena.

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Published on 27 July 2017

With pain etched across the face of UCW heavyweight champion Markus Burke, former WWE world heavyweight champion Jack Swagger delivers his infamous “we the people” salute during their UCW championship match in Kentville.

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Published on 27 July 2017

Former WWE Superstar and challenger Jack Swagger applies pressure with a reverse chin lock to UCW heavyweight champion Markus Burke during their main event battle in Kentville.

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Published on 27 July 2017

Frustration is evident on the face of former WWE world heavyweight champion Jack Swagger as he’s unable to put away UCW heavyweight champion Markus Burke.

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Published on 27 July 2017

Former WWE Superstar Jack Swagger was unsuccessful in getting UCW heavyweight champion Markus Burke to submit to his ankle lock.

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Published on 27 July 2017

UCW heavyweight champion Markus Burke has former WWE world heavyweight champion Jack Swagger in a compromising position.

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Published on 27 July 2017

UCW champion Markus Burke takes a moment to regain his composure after successfully defending his title against former WWE world heavyweight champion Jack Swagger.

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Published on 27 July 2017

Referee Squishy raises the hand of UCW heavyweight champion Markus Burke and presents him with the championship belt after Burke defeated former WWE world heavyweight champion and challenger Jack Swagger.

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KENTVILLE, NS - It was a classic pro wrestling encounter that fans in attendance will no doubt remember for a long time to come.

 

Ultimate Championship Wrestling (UCW) brought the biggest Maritime pro wrestling show of the summer to the Kentville Centennial Arena on July 20, part of the Summer Explosion Tour.

The main event featured former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) world heavyweight champion “The Real American” Jack Swagger challenging current reigning and defending UCW heavyweight champion Markus Burke. Burke is considered by many to be the top independent pro wrestler in Canada today.

Burke overcame a succession of suplexes, being rammed into the rink boards and even Swagger’s patented ankle lock submission to rally for the win.

After the match, Swagger displayed sportsmanship in congratulating Burke on the win and said he wants to return to UCW for a rematch at some point in the future. The Kentville show was a one-night only engagement for Swagger.

In the semi-main-event, former TNA and WWE world women’s champion Victoria defeated “The Maritime Sensation” Maddison Miles, perhaps the fastest rising female independent pro wrestler in the country.

In an in-ring interview following the match, Victoria congratulated Miles on her efforts. However, just a few minutes later, during the intermission, the two competitors had to be separated as Victoria attempted to attack Miles.

Fans were treated to several other bouts, including an encounter between midget wrestling stars Short Sleeve Sampson and Prince Akeem.

Sabotage successfully defended the UCW tag team championship against The Boyz.

In a four-way match, Windsor’s “Youngblood” Cody Blade won the UCW Maritime championship from Julien Young. Young told Blade to prepare to relinquish his newly won championship belt when the two squared-off in an upcoming rematch.