XBA Xtreme Backyard Assault is an Australian media entertainment company that is primarily known for Backyard Wrestling, based in Adelaide, South Australia founded in 2001 by Shawn Montague and had its last show in 2005. However returned in 2021 as a web series, opening the vault of old matches with new commentary and featuring new virtual title matches.
They are well known by their "Death Death Documentary" DVDs which were distributed with licensed soundtracks by Industrial Strength Records featuring; Lenny Dee, The Berzerker, Delta 9, Moshpit and more.
All though the company and match types are mainly inspired by WWE and CZW, they perform minimal professional wrestling manoeuvres and focus more on hardcore violence with weapons and perform jackass style stunts and comedy skits.
"They cover the grass in glass and bloody bodies on the floor, somebody lock these guys up!"
History[edit | edit source]
XBA was first established in 2001 by Shawn Montague, however ownership roleplaying was done by the anonymous Malakian. Two shows occurred each month, one was a house show event entitled "Darkness" followed by a pay-per-view. Most wrestlers were personally trained by Montague, some of which have never wrestled before.
They had several unique violent match types, most notable from ReVolution 3; The Drunken Death Match, which 3 individuals were filmed drinking throughout the night and then thrown into a ring together. Another included being Buried Alive In Hell's Pit, which the object was to throw your opponent into an 6 foot grave full of glass to win.
"Don't try this at home, Try it at ours!"
Their obscure insanity captured audiences mainly throughout their website clips and VHS/DVDs sold locally, as the live events were closed to the public. However the group gained some publicity by featuring on Russel Gilberts "Wild Wacky Sports". Witnesses to the live events and recordings critic how violent and shocking some matches become, while others are just fun to watch.
Filming locations were various backyards based in South Australia including; Elizabeth, Salisbury, Pooraka, Golden Grove, Gawler and had one event in Sydney, NSW.
The group narrowed down in size by its last year standing, however they were hitting harder than ever. In 2006, two new arena's were under construction with their own full size professional ring. However the owner put the group on hiatus to focus on a musical career.
A new web-series was promoted by Montague in 2020 featuring new commentary over remastered VHS matches, to release in the near future. A reunion show has been discussed since 2012 with Bitch vs. Shawn Montague being pitched as the main event, KidCrusher noted this may come into reality after the launch of the upcoming web series.
A series of "Death Death Documentaries" were released throughout the years and served as "The Greatest Hits" of XBA matches. The first 3 volumes were released on VHS rental at local Blockbuster Video stores in South Australia but are now extremely rare, however a new DVD version was remastered and re-released in 2007 with distribution by Victim Gear and a licensed soundtrack, and it is still available today.
In 2021, Montague announced the XBA Championship will be defended for the first time in 15 years on The Drain Podcast on Australia Day during a segment called "Digital Darkness" which could lead to more events in the future. The event featured a guest appearance by wrestling legend Mad Man Pondo.
Main Roster[edit | edit source]
As Featured in Death Death Documentary
- Shawn Montague
- The Desercrator
- Peter Because
- That Guy
- Sissy Boy
- Romper Stomper
- The Oks
- Derker Derkerstans
- Party Boy
- Hatchet Hustler
Show List[edit | edit source]
- January - Hatchet Rumble
- February - Slaughterhouse
- March - ReVolution
- April - Creep Show
- May - Baddass Of The Backyard
- June - Forsaken
- July - Resurrection
- August - Hell-bound
- September - Backstab
- October - Confliction
- November - Longtime Dead
- December - Meltdown
Filmography[edit | edit source]
|2002||XBA: Volume 1||VHS||Blockbuster Video Release|
|2002||XBA: Vol.2||VHS||Blockbuster Video Release|
|2002||XBA: Vol.3||VHS||Blockbuster Video Release|
|2003||XBA: Forsaken||VHS||Blockbuster Video Release|
|2003||XBA: Death Death Documentary||DVD|
|2004||XBA: Death Death Documentary
|2004||XBA: BEST of BITCH:
Chronicles of Pain
|2007||Death Death Documentary||DVD|
|2021||The Drain||WEB||Virtual XBA: Digital Darkness|
Champions[edit | edit source]
|2001||WishMaster||In Your House||Battle Royal|
|2002||StashMan||Long Time Dead|
|2003||Ripper||Trick Or Treat||Vacated|
|2004||The Desercrator||ReVolution 3|
|2004||The Desercrator||Forsaken 3|
|2004||StashMan||Long Time Dead|
|2005||The Desercrator||Darkness 10|
*title history to be updated.
- 2002 - Shawn Montague
- 2003 - Stash
- 2004 - The Desercrator
- 2005 - Skits
Baddass Of The Backyard
- 2004 - Bitch
- 2005 - The Desercrator