With wXw announcing this past week that the English-language versions of Shotgun are about to be removed from wXwNOW, it’s about time to take a look at that particular back catalog!

wXwNOW has every episode of Shotgun up from 269 to 374 – the “Shotgun XXL” farewell. We’ve covered pretty much every episode (filling in the blanks as we speak), but for the meantime, here’s a look at the pick of the matches from Shotguns past. If you’re reading this after May 15, your only way to watch the complete Shotgun archives will be with German commentary…

The storyline thread in 2017/8 that led to Dirty Dragan’s trial series may not have yielded much in the way of “high-rating matches”, but the entire story from start to… well, let’s not talk about how the ending petered out, but that whole storyline is one that was near and dear to my heart.

Other storylines and bits that obviously threaded across Shotguns included the rise and fall of RISE, Alpha Kevin and Melanie Gray hitting the rocks, the formation of “not-RINGKAMPF” Hans Krueger (hi Jaxon!), Bobby Gunns’ Raucherpause, and of course, the epic three-part documentary on Ilja Dragunov in 2017.

So, sit down, log into wXwNOW and feast your eyes on these matches…

Shotgun Plus 271 – RINGKAMPF (Timothy Thatcher & WALTER) vs. A4 (Absolute Andy & Marius Al-Ani)
Shotgun Plus 272 – Axel Dieter Jr. vs. Da Mack
Shotgun Plus 273 – Timothy Thatcher vs. Bobby Gunns, Chris Colen & John Klinger vs. RINGKAMPF (Axel Dieter Jr. & WALTER)
Shotgun Plus 288 – Tyler Bate vs. David Starr
Shotgun 292 – RINGKAMPF (WALTER & Axel Dieter Jr.) vs. Jurn Simmons & Da Mack
Shotgun 295 – RINGKAMPF (Axel Dieter Jr, WALTER & Timothy Thatcher) vs. A4 (Absolute Andy & Marius Al-Ani) & Jurn Simmons
Shotgun 298 – RINGKAMPF (Axel Dieter Jr. & Timothy Thatcher) vs. David Starr & Jurn Simmons
Shotgun 299 – WALTER vs. Matt Riddle
Shotgun 308 – Ilja Dragunov vs. Angelico
Shotgun 310 – Bad Bones vs. David Starr
Shotgun 312 – Alexander James vs. Ilja Dragunov
Shotgun 313 – Die Keiler (Veit Müller & Jan Dietrich) & WALTER vs. A4 (Absolute Andy & Marius al-Ani) & Francis Kaspin
Shotgun 314 – Alpha Female vs. Melanie Gray; RINGKAMPF (WALTER & Axel Dieter Jr.) vs. Mike Bailey & Jurn Simmons
Shotgun 318 – WALTER vs. Jurn Simmons
Shotgun 320 – Alexander James vs. Jurn Simmons
Shotgun 323 – RISE (Ivan Kiev & Pete Bouncer) vs. A4 (Marius al-Ani & Absolute Andy)
Shotgun 324 – RISE (“Bad Bones” John Klinger & Pete Bouncer) vs. RINGKAMPF (WALTER & Timothy Thatcher)
Shotgun 332 – RISE (“Bad Bones” John Klinger & Da Mack) vs. RINGKAMPF (WALTER & Timothy Thatcher)
Shotgun 334 – Monster Consulting (Avalanche & Julian Nero) vs. RINGKAMPF (WALTER & Timothy Thatcher) – this one’s up on YouTube in German…
Shotgun 336 – Dirty Dragan vs. Timothy Thatcher. Forget the stars…
Shotgun 353 – David Starr vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Shotgun 355 – David Starr vs. Bobby Gunns
Shotgun 361 – Absolute Andy & Melanie Gray vs. Marius al-Ani & Killer Kelly (the Amazing, Spectacular, Invigorating, Monumental, Wonderful and Historic Absolute Andy Experience featuring M.G. rise again!)
Shotgun 365 – WALTER vs. Pete Dunne
Shotgun 367 – RINGKAMPF (WALTER & Timothy Thatcher) vs. Monster Consulting (Avalanche & Julian Nero) vs. Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet)
Shotgun 370 – Jay-FK (Jay Skillet & Francis Kaspin) & Absolute Andy vs. Ilja Dragunov & Monster Consulting (Avalanche & Julian Nero)
Shotgun 372 – Fred Yehi vs. Lucky Kid
Shotgun 373 – Jay-FK (Francis Kaspin & Jay Skillet) & Absolute Andy vs. RINGKAMPF (WALTER & Timothy Thatcher) & Ilja Dragunov

A big list of matches there, stretching from the days when Shotgun was the pick of wXw’s house show loop, to the days when wXw held specific shows to tape for Shotgun – there’ll be something for pretty much everyone here!

  • While you’re here and interested in wXw Shotgun from the past, why not take a look at their plans to do an updated version of Shotgun? There’s a big ol’ Tweet thread here, with options to buy “tickets” to get your name in the credits as well as posters as well…