by Adam Morrison
Each year gets better than the last. Aberdeen Anarchy 2017 will go down as an unbelievable night in WrestleZone history. Twists, turns and everything else you could imagine. Several questions came out of this event. What were they? Read on to find out!
I managed to attend the afternoon meet & greet with the former WWE superstars and met Hornswoggle. Loved him growing up, so getting the chance to finally meet him was something special. Also picked up some Aspen Faith merch. Obviously.
Having a ringside seat meant I got in to the Ballroom at 5pm to meet some of the WrestleZone stars, with the guys from Main Event Belts on hand with some of their titles. Fans could get a picture with any belt they wanted for a small donation, with all proceeds going to Friends of Anchor.
VIP Ticket Holders Bonus Match
Blue Thunder & Bradley Evans def. Lord Mr Malice & Nathan North w/Jeeves Winchester by Pinfall
This year’s pre-show match saw Blue Thunder and Bradley Evans teaming up to take on The Greatest of All the Malices and The Most Vintage of All the Norths. Given they only officially debuted on the main roster this past February in Montrose, Evans and North had the chance to compete inside the Beach Ballroom so early in to their careers. Malice and North kept Thunder in their corner for the majority of the match, distracting the referee to beat him down. When Bradley got in, he quickly planted Malice with his signature full nelson slam and soon followed with a TKO for the win. Nothing too special, but it was a perfect way to get all four men a spot on the Aberdeen Anarchy card. Now, the long wait until 7pm.
A nice opening video package officially kicked off Aberdeen Anarchy 2017 as management representative Chris McDonald took his seat at the commentary desk. MC Martyn Clunes welcomed everyone to the historic Beach Ballroom for the fifth time, before we got into our first match of the night.
Johnny Lions w/Sean Wallace def. Damien by Pinfall.
18 months of a back and forth rivalry came to a head at the Beach Ballroom as Sterling Oil’s Damien faced Johnny Lions, who was accompanied by Evening Express reporter Sean Wallace, a man who was shoved by Damien in Stonehaven last month. Damien entered wearing new gear and wearing a t-shirt that will hopefully be on sale at future shows. The amount of animosity between these two was at an all-time high, with so much history between them stemming from their days in Revolution. Johnny caught Damien as he came off the apron and dumped him back on the ring apron with a devastating suplex. Back in the ring, Damien tried to give Johnny a concussion with stiff kick after stiff kick to the head of The Tenacious One. A part of the match I personally enjoyed was when they used each other’s finishers, with Damien using the Lion Cutter and Johnny using the single knee Codebreaker. As Damien was on the verge of victory, he attempted to pin Lions with his feet on the ropes but they were pushed off by Sean Wallace. Damien went down to ringside and shoved Wallace, only to be shoved to the ground as a result. This distracted The Revolutionary, giving time for Johnny to climb up top and dive off with a huge Lion Cutter to pick up the win and put an end to this once and for all. Great match to kick off the fifth Aberdeen Anarchy supershow.
Titles vs Hair Match for the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships
The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) (c) def. The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling) w/Richard R. Russell by Pinfall.
Up next was the second of three Sterling Oil matches of the evening, as The Sterling Brothers tried to become five-time Tag Team Champions against defending champions The Rejected. As Russell and his men entered, they were followed by Triple R’s personal barber, with the barber’s chair sat on the stage. The Rejected burst through the curtain, with Alan and William scurrying from the ring. As they remained at ringside, Archer dove over the ropes to take out The Sterling Brothers which was followed by a suicide dive from Mikkey Vago, something we don’t often see from The Heavy Metal Hooligan. Archer was bursting with energy, diving off the top rope with a huge moonsault on both Sterling Oil members, the same move he used to win the Tag Team Titles back at Summerhill Showdown. The Sterling Brothers looked set to nail Vago with the Oil Crash late in the match, only for Archer to dive off with a huge crossbody. With the referee distracted, Alan grabbed The Rejected’s steel chain as Russell grabbed Chris by the arms. Alan swung, but Archer moved and Russell was struck by the chain. Archer followed up with what appeared to be a diving Sister Abigail for the win to retain the titles for himself and Vago.
With Russell laid out on the apron, The Rejected carried him to the stage and left him in the barber’s chair. The barber started shaving away, before Russell was sprayed in the eyes and woke up in horror. The Rejected strapped Russell to the chair with their chain and finished off Russell’s free hair appointment. Alan and William covered their manager’s bare head with a towel as they retreated through the curtain.
WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship Tournament: Finals
Fatal Four Way Ladder Match
Aspen Faith def. Bingo Ballance, Bryan Tucker and Zach Dynamite
Nice hype package to show how the tournament played out over the past few months, before the competitors entered. Aspen debuted new music and an all-white attire, while Zach had a leather jacket and what appeared to be Becky Lynch goggles. The amount of high-risk moments in this match went through the roof. Zach being tossed over the top rope and landing face-first on a ladder, Bryan’s Twist of Fate off the top of a ladder, Zach’s somersault dive off a ladder. In the end, Bryan was stuck in the tree of woe in the corner and Bingo was trapped underneath a ladder as Aspen and Zach climbed up top. As Dynamite had his hands on the belt, Aspen snapped his fingers and pulled the belt down to become the first Tri-Counties Champion. Moment of the night right there. The King of Catch has ascended his throne on top of WrestleZone.
Crusher Craib’s Announcement
After a breathtaking Ladder Match, Martyn Clunes introduced the man who broke his hip socket at last year’s Aberdeen Anarchy, Crusher Craib. The Creator of Carnage, sporting a bushier beard, entered to such a warm reception from the fans. As he started speaking, some fans started the Stone Cold ‘what’ chants. Is that what you want to chant when someone could possibly be announcing their retirement? As Craib said thanks to the fans for their continued support, he was interrupted by Lord Mr Malice, who was carried through the crowd on a throne. A grand entrance fit for a lord. Malice told ‘Cruncher Crab’ to retire only to be booted in the face for his troubles. Crusher announced that he would be making his in-ring return on September 2nd at Battle of the Nations, but for the remainder of Aberdeen Anarchy he would be joining Chris McDonald on commentary. Great to have the big man back, especially after his actions in the main event. More on that later.
Battle of the Big Men
Hornswoggle def. Lou King Sharp by Pinfall
Rounding off the first half was the colossal meeting between Lou King Sharp and the first of three American guests for the evening, former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Hornswoggle, with referee Mikey Innes being involved quite a bit thanks to Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle tossed some stools in the ring during his entrance, going to toss them into the crowd before being stopped by Martyn Clunes at ringside. With Sharp trying to hide in the crowd, Hornswoggle rang the bell and started the count of 10, taking over for Mikey. LKS eventually got the match started and, while it was odd seeing Sharp as the taller competitor, he used it to his advantage and busted out a spear to The King of Small Style. As he headed up top for the Sharp Splash, Hornswoggle dodged the dive and followed up with three huge German suplexes. Hornswoggle then climbed to the top rope and connected with a Tadpole Splash for the win. This was never going to be the technical masterpiece, but it served its job. Following the match, Hornswoggle got on the mic and thanked the fans for their support.
During the interval, fans could head up to the Star Ballroom and meet the likes of Grado, Sha Samuels and Kid Fite.
Mr P, Grado & Rikishi def. Andy Wild, Kid Fite & Sha Samuels by Pinfall
As Martyn Clunes welcomed us back to the show, we got things kicked right off with the six man tag team match as Mr P and Andy Wild took their teams into battle. Wild, Fite and Samuels entered before their opponents entered. When Rikishi came through the curtain, the roof absolutely came off the Beach Ballroom, with the members of the WrestleZone Training Academy having the time of their lives up in the balcony. Early on in the bout, all three members of Team Wild were seated in the corner ready for a Stinkface. Luckily for them, they were able to escape before Rikishi could get his bum in their faces. Wild and his allies kept the action in their corner for the majority of the match, until Mr P’s team fought back and they were all sat in the corner again. Grado came in with the Roll’N’Slice to dispose of Sha, while Mr P’s bronco buster took care of Fite. Before Rikishi could come in, Andy low blowed him but he soon found himself back in the corner and Rikishi’s bum in his face. Mr P followed with a Scissors Kick for the win.
After the match, Rikishi got on the mic and thanked the fans for their continued support of his family. As he listed them off, fans cheered for the likes of Umaga and The Usos, before raining down with a chorus of boos for Roman Reigns. As he went to leave, Grado invited the Hall of Famer back in for a Too Cool dance. As they got ready, Fite, Wild and Samuels said they could dance better. As they finished, they were taken out with a trio of punches. Mr P and friends danced to Rikishi’s and Grado’s entrance themes before heading backstage.
Sammii Jayne def. Viper w/Melina
The women’s Tables Match followed, as ‘The Queen of WrestleZone’ Sammii Jayne faced Viper with former WWE Women’s Champion Melina in her corner. These two just go so well against each other, no matter where they are. A scary moment came when Sammii went for a suicide dive but got caught in the ropes and landed with a thud on the floor. Thankfully, it was nothing too serious and she was able to continue. Sammii and Viper took their fight to the stage, where Sammii was body slammed on the hard stage before being tossed down the aisle. Back in the ring, Sammii took control and laid Viper on a table and ascended to the top rope. As The Queen dove off looking for a diving senton, Viper moved and Sammii crashed through the table. However, referee Dennis Law announced that you had to drive your opponent through the wood in order to win. As a result, the action continued with a second table on hand. Viper took Jayne to the top rope, putting her up on her shoulders. Thankfully for Sammii, she was able to counter with a hurricanrana off the ropes, sending Viper through the wood for the win.
Following her win, Sammii mocked Melina, leading to Melina slapping Sammii in the face and Viper slamming her down with a Viper Driver. Perhaps planting the seeds for the planned Sammii vs Melina match for the future. Please, someone make it happen.
Undisputed WrestleZone Championship
Shawn Johnson w/Sterling Oil (Damien & The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling)) def. Scotty Swift (c) by Pinfall.
And just like that, it was time for the main event. A video package played beforehand to hype up the stories behind how each man got to the match. 2017 Regal Rumble winner Shawn Johnson entered first alongside Damien and The Sterling Brothers. Scotty Swift entered next to a rapturous ovation, before Martyn Clunes did formal introductions. Early on in the bout, the members of Sterling Oil attempted to interfere but they were caught by referee Dennis Law and were subsequently thrown out from ringside. Just like Shawn said in his recent promo, Scotty appeared to have a nagging injury to his neck which the challenger used to his full advantage. Locking in a front choke, Shawn tried to wear down The Red Haired Warrior but Scotty was able to counter the submission hold. With Shawn back on top, he told Martyn to move as it looked like he wanted to use the ringside table as a weapon. Looking to suplex Swift over the ropes, Shawn was unable to do so as Scotty took the fight to Johnson. Back in the ring, the referee was accidentally knocked down which allowed Damien and The Sterling Brothers to return to ringside to beat down Scotty Swift. Crusher Craib removed his headset and made his way towards the ring. Damien, Alan and William scampered from the ring before Crusher grabbed Shawn by the throat and shoved him towards Scotty for a Granite City Driver. But as Scotty set Shawn up on his shoulders, Crusher booted the champion in the jaw out of nowhere. From there, Shawn dove off the ropes with a diving stomp to Scotty to pick up the win and become the new Undisputed Champion. As Shawn Johnson celebrated his title win after the match, Crusher Craib removed his jacket to reveal a Sterling Oil vest as he rejoined Richard R. Russell’s regime. For the first time in history, Aberdeen Anarchy ended with Sterling Oil on top.
What a show. The amount of effort that went in to it is unreal. This truly felt like WrestleZone’s version of Wrestlemania, with the fantastic video packages, the new attires for some of the wrestlers and match of the year candidates. Aspen Faith and Shawn Johnson winning their respective titles was a personal favourite moment. All that’s left to say is this;
Thank you WrestleZone.
VIP Ticket Holders Bonus Match: Blue Thunder & Bradley Evans def. Lord Mr Malice & Nathan North w/Jeeves Winchester via Pinfall
Johnny Lions w/Sean Wallace def. Damien via Pinfall
Titles vs Hair Match for the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships: The Rejected (c) def. The Sterling Brothers w/Richard R. Russell via Pinfall
Fatal Four Way Ladder Match for the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship: Aspen Faith def. Bingo Ballance, Bryan Tucker and Zach Dynamite
Battle of the Big Men: Hornswoggle def. Lou King Sharp via Pinfall
Mr P, Grado & Rikishi def. Andy Wild, Kid Fite & Sha Samuels via Pinfall
Tables Match: Sammii Jayne def. Viper w/Melina
Undisputed WrestleZone Championship: Shawn Johnson w/Sterling Oil def. Scotty Swift (c) via Pinfall