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Ballance Primed To Banish Rival From CCW

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Celtic Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion and Irish News Review columnist Bingo Ballance returns to the ring on November 29th when he defends his title against Ross Browne in a match that will also see the loser leave CCW.

We sat down with Bingo Ballance, author of the Ballance Sheet, ahead of the CCW Riot pay per view to get his thoughts as he gets set to defend the title he won during an eight man tournament at CCW Revolution back in May.   

1) Ross Browne has been quite critical of you to date, what do you have to say to him?

I would say that he can be as critical as he wants, but since he’s done fuck-all in and for Irish wrestling, his opinion is completely worthless.

2) Has Ross’ return to the ring simply been a PR stunt to further help him promote his TV show The Fear?

I don’t know why he’s back, nor do I care, to be completely honest. All I care about is making his return to wrestling a brief one.

3) Is Ross worthy of a title challenge?

No. He hasn’t earned it. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, though, as they say, and CCW management have seen fit to grant him an opportunity, so it’s their funeral. I can’t stand the guy, and I know he feels the same about me. We’re gonna tear the Savoy to ribbons at the end of the month, and it’s on Lee Cahalane’s head what happens. He brought this cretin into his promotion, and gave him a platform to spew his rhetoric. He can pretty much kiss his fucking venue deposit goodbye right now.

4) Do you see your opponent having the hometown advantage as an issue?

I would hope that my work in Cork over the years would stand to me, and the fans there would know what I’m about, but I’m a realist. I know that, more than likely, Ross is gonna have the support of the majority of the audience, and I’m prepared for that. It’s a shame that people would get behind an individual like him, claiming to be a “real wrestler”- despite having not set foot in a ring in about seven years- rather than someone who has ACTUALLY been wrestling for almost a decade, but what can you do? That’s life, and that’s the modern age. Mediocrity is celebrated, and hard work resented.

I’m concerned less with the choice of venue, actually, than with the choice of referee. Why Ross Browne’s former tag partner was chosen to officiate such a high-stakes match is truly beyond me. Something about it stinks. I don’t know Adam Abz, so I’m not going to presume to speak to his frame of mind, but I won’t be turning my back on him. Not for one second.

5) How determined are you to cement your legacy as both the first and greatest CCW champion?

I can look myself in the mirror and know that I earned the Championship. Earned it. That’s all that matters to me. Cementing a legacy, leaving a mark? Not my focus, and not my concern. I’m proud of the body of work I’ve amassed over the last eight years, and the contribution I’ve made to wrestling both in this country and on behalf of this country, abroad. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. How I’m viewed by others is irrelevant to me.

6) What would it mean to banish your opponent from CCW for good?

It would be one of the most personally gratifying moments of my career. Ross Browne is pretty much the living, breathing embodiment of every single irritating, unpleasant prick I’ve had to encounter in wrestling. Arrogant. Elitist. A bullshitter. A bully. A guy pathetically trying to use pro wrestling as a platform to try to prove to the world how tough he is. To rid the scene of someone like that would be massively rewarding and cathartic.

Image courtesy of Vaughan Buckley/CCW

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