It’s been a long time since wrestling fans have seen the independent legend, Nigel McGuinness.
McGuinness was last seen during his six-year run in WWE as a colour commentator for NXT, NXT UK, 205 Live and Main Event.
WWE signed McGuinness in 2016 to commentate on the first-ever United Kingdom Championship Tournament in Blackpool, England. Following his successful debut he joined the team on NXT. He then operated on the company’s other brands as well as Level Up.
He was released by WWE in October of last year after being furloughed by the company through the pandemic.
Prior to joining WWE, McGuinness is widely regarded as one of the best independent wrestlers of all time. He rose to prominence in the early 2000’s in Ring of Honor. During this period the star squared off against the likes of Bryan Danielson, Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins and more.
He quickly became one to watch in the promotion due to his football hooligan persona, spikey blonde hair and penchant for uber-violent matches. He was crowned both ROH Pure and World Champion in the space of two years.
McGuinness’ whopping 545-day world title reign saw wince-inducingly violent matches and memorable angles. Turning heel early on in his reign, the future Desmond Wolfe displayed great charisma and in-ring psychology throughout his tenure as a top champ villain.
Throughout his career, he also performed for Pro Wrestling NOAH, PWG, and TNA. He signed for the promotion in 2009 and became known as Desmond Wolfe. During his time in TNA, he wrestled the likes of Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley, and challenged AJ Styles for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
McGuinness retired from in-ring competition in 2011 after 12 years in the business.
Nigel McGuinness Will Appear For Progress Wrestling
On February 26th Progress Wrestling announced Nigel McGuinness would be appearing at their annual tournament, Super Strong 16 2023.
The tournament will take place across three days, May 27-29, 2023, at two venues in Tuffnel Park and Camden, London. The events feature some of independent wrestling’s top talents.
Over the years the likes of Will Ospreay, Zack Sabre Jr., Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne have participated in the tournament.