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Douglas Clayton Durdle (born September 1, 1972), better known by his ring name Doug Williams, is an Englishmarker professional wrestler. He is currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is one half of the TNA World Tag Team Champions with Brutus Magnus, and various independent promotions in the United Kingdommarker and abroad, including the Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA), One Pro Wrestling (1PW) and Pro Wrestling Noah.

Career

During the 1990s Williams trained with (and wrestled for) NWA UK Hammerlock.

While competing in FWA's King of England tournament Williams wrestled and won a match against Eddie Guerrero. Williams would also go on to become the promotion's top champion.

By 2004, Williams would begin touring with Pro Wrestling Noah in Japanmarker where he would become a Global Honored Crown Tag Team Champion with Scorpio.

Williams continued to win many foreign and local championships, even defeating "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson in the final of a tournament in Rethelmarker, Francemarker on May 6, 2005 to became the first International Catch Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion.

While World Wrestling Entertainment was touring England in November 2006, Williams made a dark match appearance in a losing effort to Carlito.

Williams would also appear occasionally on television throughout 2007 and 2008 with British wrestling promotion, while with TNA due to the ruling their contracted wrestlers can appear in independent promotions that aren't televised in the USA.

Ring of Honor (2002-2007)

Williams went on a tour around the United Statesmarker on several occasions making notable appearances in Ring of Honor over the course of several years. He debuted for the promotion on June 22, 2002, defeating American Dragon. This victory earned Doug a shot at the ROH World Championship on July 27, 2002, which was fought under ironman rules in a four way contest, which also featured Christopher Daniels, Low Ki and Spanky.

His return to Ring Of Honor saw Williams regain the FWA British Heavyweight Championship from Christopher Daniels, on March 22, 2003, before unsuccessfully challenging Samoa Joe for the ROH World Championship on April 26, 2003. On July 19, 2003, Reckless Youth defeated Doug Williams in a pure wrestling challenge.

After another stint away, Williams returned on February 14, 2004 to defeat Chris Sabin in the pure wrestling tournament, but was later knocked out by CM Punk.

On July 17, 2004, in Elizabeth, New Jerseymarker, Williams defeated Jay Lethal, Nigel McGuinness and John Walters, in order to qualify for the Pure Wrestling final. The final was contested later that evening, and saw Williams defeat Alex Shelley to capture the Pure Wrestling Championship. Doug had two successful defenses of the Pure Wrestling Championship. He defeated Shelley on July 23, 2004 and defeated Austin Aries via submission one day later. He later then lost the title to John Walters, however, on August 28, 2004.

On September 11, 2004, Williams had another unsuccessful shot at the World Championship, which was also against Samoa Joe. On May 13, 2005, Williams once again wrestled in ROH when he teamed with Colt Cabana to defeat the team of Nigel McGuiness and Chad Collyer, before losing to Homicide the next day.

During ROH's tour of the United Kingdommarker in August 2006, Williams teamed with Jody Fleisch as "Team UK", defeating "Team Noah" (SUWA and Go Shiozaki). The second show of the tour took place in Broxbournemarker and saw Williams defeat Jimmy Rave.

Williams' last appearances in ROH were in 2007. On April 13, Williams teamed with regular partner Nigel McGuinness to face then-World Champion Takeshi Morishima and Chris Hero in a tag team match. McGuinness pinned Hero to win the match for his team. The next night at Fighting Spirit on April 14, Doug made it two for two by defeating Colt Cabana with his Chaos Theory finisher.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2008–present)

House shows (2008)

Williams at a TNA House Show in Dublin in January 2009
Williams wrestled James Storm on March 26, 2003 during TNA Xplosion. It wasn't until Williams was confirmed to have signed a contract with TNA Wrestling from June 12, 2008 that he became part of their roster to take part in TNA Wrestling's World X Cup.

Williams was part of TNA's UK tour, wrestling in all four shows. On June 12, 2008, in Liverpoolmarker, Doug teamed with Gail Kim, though they fell short in defeat to the team of Awesome Kong and "Cowboy" James Storm. On June 13, 14 and 15, TNA held a second show in Liverpoolmarker, along with others in Coventrymarker and Brentwoodmarker. Doug also wrestled on these shows, with multiple 3 Way Dances against Jay Lethal and A.J. Styles. Styles was victorious on all three occasions.

Team International (2008)

Williams represented Team International during the 2008 World X Cup tournament, where he defeated Team Japan's Masato Yoshino in his Impact! debut on July 10, 2008. He then wrestled in a 12-Man World X Cup Elimination Contest, at Victory Road. Williams returned to TNA at Turning Point where he competed in a X Division seeding match. He eliminated Jimmy Rave from the ten man match, but in the end the eventual winner Eric Young eliminated him placing him third in the X Division rankings. Williams competed on TNA's 2009 Maximum Impact Tour in X Division matches.

British Invasion / World Elite (2009)

Williams re-appeared on TNA television on the April 30, 2009, edition of Impact!, as a member of The British Invasion faction, along with Brutus Magnus and Rob Terry. The British Invasion got to the final of the Team 3D Invitational Tag Team Tournament but lost to Beer Money, Inc. at Sacrifice. In the dark match of Slammiversary, the British Invasion defeated Rhino and Eric Young. Later that evening, they interfered in the TNA World Tag Title match. At Victory Road, Team 3D retained their IWGP World Tag Team Titles against the British Invasion. On the July 25th edition of Impact!, the British Invasion, Sheik Abdul Bashir and Kiyoshi defeated the TNA Originals after Eric Young turned on his team. After the match, Young, the British Invasion, Bashir and Kiyoshi formed World Elite. On the July 30 episode of Impact!, Williams and Magnus won the IWGP Tag Team Championship by defeating Team 3D in a Tables match. However, New Japan Pro Wrestling would state that they still recognize Team 3D as the official champions since TNA did not have proper sanction to make the title change. On August 10, 2009, NJPW formally recognized the title switch. At Bound for Glory the British Invasion lost the IWGP Tag Team Titles back to Team 3D, but managed to win the TNA World Tag Team Titles in a four way Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match against Booker T and Scott Steiner, Team 3D and Beer Money.

In wrestling





  • Nicknames
    • "The Anarchist"
    • "The Human Torture Device"




Championships and accomplishments

Martial arts

  • Judo
    • British Judo Championship (72 kg weight class; 1992)


Professional wrestling





References

  1. CygyWrestling.com - TNA Xplosion Results Archive 2003
  2. Wrestlezone article on Williams TNA signing
  3. BritWres.com - British Wrestling News & Views
  4. BritWres.com - British Wrestling News & Views


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