- Thirsk, North Yorkshire
- 5′ 11″
- 180 lbs
- Signature Moves
- Moonsault; Kendo Leglock
The pride of Thirsk, North Yorkshire is undoubtedly one of the finest Cruiserweights on the UK scene.
Martin Kirby made his PCW debut at A New Beginning in August 2011. Teaming with Nathan Cruz (subbing for an injured Kris Travis, Kirby's regular Project Ego tag team partner), the make-shift team would suffer a loss to the duo of Greg Burridge and international star Colt Cabana.
Returning in October with a new look, a new attitude and as a solo act, Kirby began to wow audiences in Cruiserweight action now he was striking out on his own in PCW.
Kirby's first big win in singles competition would come in June 2012 at Guild Wars. Locking up with the arrogant, future TNA star Rockstar Spud, Kirby would get under the pint sized grappler's skin and ultimately defeat him.
In late 2012 and early 2013, Martin Kirby made a foray back into tag team competition as part of Project Lucha with El Ligero. The duo would challenge Fight Club for the PCW Tag Team titles at Invasion in November 2012. Stunning PCW audiences who hadn't had the pleasure of seeing them team before, Project Lucha came within an eyelash of taking the company's doubles prize. It was only due to a deliberate disqualification that Fight Club retained the belts.
As news filtered throughout PCW that international tag team sensation The Young Bucks were coming to PCW, Martin Kirby lined himself and Ligero up to be the team that would get to face them. The PCW crowd agreed and the match was set for January 2013 at More Bang For Your Buck. The Young Bucks would defeat Project Lucha in what was dubbed one of the matches of the year by fans and critics alike.
Back in singles action in June, Martin Kirby would get his first taste of an international star in singles competition as he squared off with former WWE Intercontinental, United States and Tag Team Champion, Shelton Benjamin. Although Kirby was defeated, he took the North Carolina native to his limit and gained the respect of the two-time All American.
Project Lucha would ride again in October at Final Fight. Teaming to take on the sensational tag team of Dean Allmark and Japanese legend, Ultimo Dragon, Kirby and Ligero would unfortunately be defeated despite an impressive showing.
In November at Supershow 3, Martin Kirby would get the biggest opportunity of his PCW career as he was awarded the chance to take on another Japanese legend in Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Kirby would take the veteran to the limit but grow increasingly frustrated at the fact that he just couldn't put Liger away. After the referee in the match was knocked down, Kirby considered blasting Liger with a chair. Although this surely would have given him the win, the Yorkshireman couldn't bring himself to do it and threw the chair from the ring. Liger would defeat Kirby shortly after this. Kirby later said he had too much respect for Liger to take such a short-cut.
On the 2nd day of Supershow 3, Project Lucha would be granted a tag team title shot against Rampage Brown and T-Bone but they were unable to wrest the belts away from the two gargantuans.
In February 2014 at Road 2 Glory, Martin Kirby would get another massive opportunity in his career when he challenged ROH's Tommaso Ciampa for the ROH World Television Championship. Kirby came so close to taking the coveted title from Ciampa but just came up short. Ciampa would take the microphone after the match, express his respect and admiration for the incredible performance that the “Pride of Thirsk” had just entered and deem that a rematch must happen somewhere down the road.
Kirby would score a big win in a Fatal 4 Way match over El Ligero, Noam Dar and Mark Andrews at Supershow 4's afternoon show. Project Lucha would also re-unite at Supershow 4 to take on ROH World Tag Team Champions, reDragon, in a non-title match. They would unfortunately be defeated.
Martin Kirby has since bounced back in singles competition with a victory over Noam Dar.
Kirby would score another big win in September at Just Get in the Bloody Ring when he was victorious in a triple threat match against Dean Allmark and Will Ospreay.
The Thirsk native would get a crack at Bubblegum and the PCW Cruiserweight title in October at Fright Night III but was unfortunately defeated. Not taking the victory lying down, “Kane-by” as he was known that evening sat up and drilled the champion with a hellacious chokeslam before removing his mask and exiting the ring.
Martin Kirby would get the chance of a lifetime on show 1 of PCW & ROH Supershow of Honor when he went up against world renowned technical wizard, Lance Storm. Despite coming up short, Kirby took Storm to the limit and gained the Canadian's respect. Kirby bounced back the following day, on show 2, with a victory over ROH wrestler Cedric Alexander.