“Die Havoc Die” – A look At UK’s Most Hated Wrestler – Jimmy Havoc
By Aaron Walker
There are not many places where a crowd screaming at you to die and shouting obscenities too harsh to print can be a good thing. Yet in the depths of professional wrestling, in a ring somewhere in the UK, Jimmy Havoc sits in the corner, smiling.
Jimmy Havoc was born Jim Mcahren in Dartford, Kent in 1984. As a child, he quickly fell in love with wrestling and when he was of age, influenced by wrestlers such as Jeff Hardy, Sabu and many competitors on the hardcore wrestling show, ECW, a show with which Havoc himself credits his love of wrestling at a young age, he began training under Andre Sledgehammer Baker and Jon Ryan at the NWA UK Hammerlock training academy. An academy that has also helped build stars like Zack Sabre Jr, Fergal Devitt, Katie Lea and Doug Williams, just to name a few. He made his professional debut in 2004 wrestling for Hammerlock, where he would go on to win the companies junior heavyweight championship, and Triple X Wrestling, where he won their Smash Championship on only one occasion.
He would wrestle for the two companies for a few years until adapting his ring style to a more hardcore, deathmatch style that first attracted him to wrestling as a child, and finding his feet in IPW:UK in 2009, which resulted in top encounters with Zack Sabre JR and Marty Scurll, among others. Havoc’s popularity grew, furthered by his jaunts wrestling around Europe and Germany but it wasn’t until more recently in 2012 that Havoc’s career really broke through. Wrestling for the emerging Scottish based ICW and London based Progress Wrestling, his mix of violent, blood soaked brawls and his quick, exciting technical match ups caught on with crowds on different sides of the country. ICW was where his hardcore matches were best received but it was in Progress where the crowds had caught Havoc fever.
His revisiting of his IPW:UK feud with Jon Ryan and his subsequent losses sent crowds into a frenzy, getting behind him in the biggest way of his career so far. But on September 29th, 2013, at Progress Wrestling’s Chapter 9 event, his career took a turn that would launch him higher than ever before. Havoc turned heel, beating Progress owner Jim Smallman at the show and then capturing the Progress title at the following Chapter 10 via a previously earned any match, any time contract. With the turn and the title win, Jimmy Havoc quickly became Progress wrestling’s most hated wrestler, retaining the Progress title for over a year through any means necessary, leading him to become the companies longest reigning world champion, a title he still hold as of the time of writing.
With the turn, came Havoc’s best persona yet, a character for which held no love or respect for anybody but himself, a man who strived to cause anarchy and destruction wherever he went and to anyone he stepped in the ring with. Havoc isn’t shy of controversy or the fans attitudes towards him either, inciting crowds everywhere he goes, with Die, Havoc, Die being the most popular chant directed back at the heavyweight champion. His Twitter and Instagram feeds are full of jabs towards the crowds that bay for his blood, gloating in his wins and his dodging of his inevitable comeuppance. With his growth in popularity and notoriety, Jimmy Havoc now wrestles at many of the top companies and territories around the UK including Southside, XWE, returning to IPW:UK on occasion, as well as his usual haunts ICW and Progress wrestling.
Although it’s hard to admit, Havoc, as hated as he is, is a true star of the British wrestling scene, whose star is only going to continue growing to heights we can only now guess at. That is, if someone doesn’t kill him first.