The Heavyweight house of pain Stixx has been Alpha Omega Champion for almost a year.
He has been undefeated in Morecambe for almost NINE years.
In that time he has become the #1 wrestler in Morecambe fans’ eyes and Morecambe has become a second home to him.
He has faced the absolute best the country has to offer and has always come out on top.
He has put his body through tremendous stress strain and injuries to keep the “Stixx Streak” alive.
Now Stixx has reached the pinnacle of his career here, he realises some things are more important than streaks or even the Alpha Omega title. Namely family.
Stixx – real name Paul Grint – has a family to take care of, with his daughter reaching a vital age where he needs to be hands on with her growth and development. He also has the House of Pain training school to run, and the next generation of superstars to train.
With the injuries mounting up, and with him not getting any younger, Stixx has realised that now is the time to hang up the boots and retire from Morecambe Wrestling.
“I don’t want to be one of those guys who doesn’t know when to take a step back” He said, “The streak and the title have become so important to me I kept coming up – driving for eight hours with an injured back – to keep the dream alive for the people of Morecambe. But I don’t want to reach the point where I can’t pick my baby girl up or play with her because I went too far, or took one match too many. And the calibre of wrestlers for me to defend against keeps getting better and better. For the sake of my health, and the sake of my family, I have to call it a day.”
Stixx announced that he would be retiring at Remember Remember on November 12th.
Before we bid an emotional farewell, we will take a look back at the Morecambe career of Stixx.
The last time Stixx lost a match in Morecambe was on February 2 2008 when he was pinned by Sam Slam at XWA Gold Rush. In the eight years and eight months since then his record is as follows: 26 wins, 2 no contests, 0 defeats.
It is quite simply the greatest streak in British Wrestling and may never be bettered.
And if – as expected – Stixx retires from Morecambe Wrestling on November 12 and vacates the Alpha Omega Wrestling championship, it will never be broken.
The Stixx Streak
April 12 2008 Pinned Zak Zodiac, XWA War on the Shore, Morecambe Dome
July 5 2008 Battled Martin Stone to a no contest, XWA Vendetta, Morecambe Dome
Nov 1 2008 Pinned RJ Singh, XWA Battle of Britain, Lancaster and Morecambe College
Feb 7 2009 Beat Rockstar Spud by disqualification, XWA Gold Rush, Morecambe Dome
July 4 2009 Pinned Marty Scurll, XWA Vendetta, Morecambe Dome
Sep 12 2009 Pinned Declan O’Connor, XWA Last Fight at the Prom, Morecambe Dome
Jan 30 2010 Pinned Baz Attitude, XWA Gold Rush, Morecambe Dome
Apr 3 2010 Pinned Bam Bam Barton, XWA War on the Shore, The Carleton
Jul 17 2010 Pinned Rockstar Spud, XWA Vendetta, The Carleton
Oct 2 2010 Pinned Cyanide, XWA Last Fight at the Prom, The Carleton
Feb 29 2011 Eliminated Colossus Kennedy to win the Gold Rush, XWA Gold Rush, The Carleton
June 4 2011 Beat David Deville by disqualification in match for the FWA/XWA Titles, XWA War on the Shore, The Carleton
Oct 8 2011 Teamed with Sam Slam and Johnny Phere to beat Nathan Cruz, Colossus Kennedy and Dave Rayne in a six man tag team match, XWA Last Fight at the Prom, The Carleton
Feb 4 2012 Eliminated Joey Hayes to win the Gold Rush rumble, XWA Gold Rush, The Carleton
May 12 2012 Battled Johnny Phere to a no contest in match for XWA Title, XWA War on the Shore, Lancaster and Morecambe College
July 28 2012 Pinned Dangerous Damon Leigh, XWA v GPW Vendetta, Lancaster and Morecambe College
Aug 25 2013 Pinned Max Angelus, PAID Promotions Battle of the Brits, Globe Arena
Aug 25 2013 Pinned Craig Kollins, PAID Promotions Battle of the Brits, Globe Arena
Dec 1 2013 Teamed with Bubblegum and Jon Aggro to defeat Johnny Phere, Max Angelus and Rossion in a six-man elimination match, PAID Promotions Fightmare Before Christmas, Globe Arena
Dec 7 2014 Teamed with Dave Mastiff, El Ligero and Ricky J McKenzie to beat Craig Kollins, Tyson T-Bone, CJ Banks and Chris Ridgeway in an eight-man elimination match, PAID Promotions Fightmare Before Christmas, Morecambe Winter Gardens
Feb 15 2015 Pinned Barricade, PAID Promotions Love and War, Morecambe Winter Gardens
Feb 15 2015 Beat Craig Kollins by disqualification in match for the PAID Promotions Title, PAID Promotions Love and War, Morecambe Winter Gardens
June 20 2015 Pinned Craig Kollins to win the PAID Promotions Title, PAID Promotions All or Nothing, Morecambe Winter Gardens
August 15 2015 Teamed with Joey Hayes to beat Johnny Phere and Craig Kollins, PAID Promotions Vendetta, Morecambe Winter Gardens
December 5 2015 Pinned Chris Ridgeway to win the vacant AOW-UK Title, AOW-UK Fightmare Before Christmas, Morecambe Winter Gardens
January 23 2016 Beat Joe Hendry by submission to retain the AOW-UK Title, AOW-UK Outbreak, Morecambe Winter Gardens
May 14 2016 Pinned Johnny Phere to retain the AOW-UK Title, AOW-UK War on the Shore, Morecambe Winter Gardens
Sep 17 2016 Beat Nathan Cruz by submission to retain the AOW-UK Title, AOW-UK Golden Chance, Morecambe Winter Gardens
Remember Remember: Stixx’s Top Ten Morecambe Moments
1) His debut
It was June 26 2004 when Stixx first competed in Morecambe. The up-and-coming heavyweight pinned Ross Jordan in his first match at the Morecambe Dome. Jordan would later become better known as ‘The Bollywood Dream’ RJ Singh. As Stixx has now competed in Morecambe for more than 12 years, he is the joint longest serving member of the Morecambe Wrestling roster alongside Joey Hayes, who also made his Morecambe debut on the same card in 2004.
2) Winning the FWA Tag Team Titles
Stixx’s first title reign in Morecambe began when he and Martin Stone defeated Hampton Court to win the FWA Tag Team Titles in Morecambe. This victory came at The Dome on June 18 2005 on a history-making event called FWA NOAH Limits. The show was headlined by the first ever world tag team championship match on British soil by a Japanese promotion, as Noamichi Marufuji and Minoru Suzuki beat Doug Williams and Scorpio to lift the Pro Wrestling NOAH GHC Tag Team Titles.
3) His last loss
The date of February 2 2008 has been etched in history as the last time Stixx was beaten in Morecambe. The loss came to former XWA Champion Sam Slam in a singles match at XWA Gold Rush, but Stixx can blame the loss on the man who’d hired him as his bodyguard for the evening, ‘The Shining Light’ Stevie Knight. After the match Stixx physically attacked Stevie, much to the delight of the fans. For the first time in his career, Stixx heard cheers. This was when his unbreakable bond with the Morecambe fans began.
4) The Stixx Streak begins
On the very next Morecambe Dome show, Stixx pinned the teenage masked star Zak Zodiac to etch his first win as an XWA fan favourite. Zak thus became the first victim of The Stixx Streak. Today, that masked youngster is better known as Zak Knight, one half of The UK Hooligans tag team and a member of British Wrestling’s First Family, all of whom have competed in Morecambe. Zak’s sister, WWE superstar Paige, his brother (and Hooligans partner) Roy Knight, his father Ricky Knight and his mother Sweet Saraya.
5) Rivalry with the Rockstar
One man who tried desperately to end the Stixx Streak in its early years was now TNA star RockStar Spud. Stixx and Spud feuded in 2009 and 2010, and had a pair of intense matches in Morecambe. The sneaky Rockstar was so determined to injure and defeat Stixx that on one ignominious night at The Carleton, he wrapped Stixx’s own steel chain around his neck and tried to choke him out. But Spud’s gutter tactics were all in vain. Stixx beat him on both occasions.
6) Back to back Gold Rush wins
Nobody has ever won a Morecambe rumble twice…except ‘The Heavyweight House of Pain’. For two years running in 2011 and 2012, Stixx battled past 14 opponents to win the Gold Rush rumble at The Carleton and keep the Streak alive. His victory in 2012, when he lastly ousted his great friend Joey Hayes, was one of the classic all-time Morecambe victories as Stixx and Joey battled back and forth for almost 10 minutes as the last two men remaining. Stixx’s win added to his growing reputation as being unbeatable by the seaside.
7) Alpha Omega – a new era
Greg ‘The Truth’ Lambert and The Riot Club were running roughshod over Morecambe in 2014 and their reign of terror had to be stopped. Enter Stixx as leader of a new movement called Alpha Omega Wrestling. Stixx and his AOW allies made it their mission to remove Lambert from power. They achieved their aim at Vendetta on August 15 2015 when Stixx and Joey Hayes overcame all the odds to defeat Lambert’s handpicked team of Johnny Phere and Craig Kollins. This ensured the name of the company changed from PAID Promotions to Alpha Omega Wrestling, with Stixx’s contribution directly influencing a change in the course of Morecambe Wrestling history…for the better.
8) The champion at last
For all his incredible run of victories, Stixx had never won a singles championship in Morecambe. That changed on the night of June 20 2015 when ‘The Heavyweight House of Pain’ pinned Craig Kollins to become the PAID Promotions Champion. When PAID was driven under on the very next show, a new Alpha Omega Wrestling title was created. Stixx showed his honourable side, refusing to accept the new title unless he earned it in the ring. He then pinned Chris Ridgeway to become the first AOW-UK Champion in a gruelling bout at Fightmare Before Christmas 2015 and has held the title ever since.
9) Wars with the Warrior
Stixx has gone on record to say his toughest ever opponent in Morecambe was ‘The Psychotic Warrior’ Johnny Phere. They have engaged in some bruising bouts over the years, with neither man scoring what can be called a conclusive victory over the other until War on the Shore 2016, when Stixx pinned Phere after a knock down drag out affair to finally win both the battle, and the war with the Warrior.
10) The final battle?
The perennial thorn in Stixx’s side, nefarious manager Greg ‘The Truth’ Lambert, spent an entire year throwing different challengers in Stixx’s direction in an obsessive effort to end The Stixx Streak. The talented ‘Showstealer’ Nathan Cruz came closest of all on September 17 2016 at Golden Chance, when an injury-plagued Stixx looked done for. Somehow the champion summoned up the herculean effort to come back and defeat Cruz, finding a way to win as he has done so many times in Morecambe. But in doing so, the Morecambe fan’s hero appears to have used up the last ounces of his fighting energy. Stixx announced after the match that November 12 2016 will be the date of his final appearance in the town after what has been a storied career in Morecambe Wrestling.
On top of all of his achievements in the ring, Stixx has been a locker room leader and an iconic figure backstage, helping stars reach the next level and inspiring everyone to raise their game show after show.
On behalf of everyone at Alpha Omega Wrestling, and all of the Morecambe fans, we want to say THANK YOU STIXX.by