WrestleZone 2017 Year in Review

As we come to the end of another year, it’s quite clear that 2017 was quite possibly WrestleZone’s greatest. Another sellout of the Beach Ballroom, compelling stories and characters and the crowning of their first-ever Tri-Counties Champion. Today, let’s take a look back at what 2017 was for WrestleZone.

The year kicked off with a return to the Summerhill Hotel in Aberdeen on January 21st as WrestleZone hosted Summerhill Showdown. The show featured The Rejected answering the Open Challenge of The Sterling Brothers, which saw them capture the Tag Team Championships for a second time. Elsewhere, Zach Dynamite advanced to the semifinals of the Tri-Counties Championship Tournament with a win over Sterling Oil’s Shawn Johnson, former tag partners Kaden Garrick and Mr P went to a double count out and Andy Wild held on to the Undisputed Championship after pinning Grado with a hold of the ropes.


As WrestleZone made their return to the Montrose Town Hall, two graduates of the WrestleZone Training Academy made their official main roster debut as Bradley Evans and Marcus North competed on opposing sides in a six man tag team match. In the main event of the show, champion Andy Wild and challenger Scotty Swift went to a double pinfall which would usually mean the champion retains their title. However, Wild proceeded to put his hands on officials and was as a result stripped of the Undisputed Championship. Also in the title picture, the final four were confirmed in the Tri-Counties Championship Tournament as Aspen Faith, Bingo Ballance and Bryan Tucker joined Shawn Johnson with wins over Johnny Lions, Damien and Andy Wild respectively.

The next big event on the WrestleZone calendar saw a return to Aberdeen’s Northern Hotel for The Regal Rumble. Before we got to the 8th annual Regal Rumble Match however, there were some title issues that needed sorting. First up, the Tri-Counties Championship. With the semifinals drawn as Aspen Faith vs Bingo Ballance and Zach Dynamite vs Bryan Tucker, all four gave it all they had to make history. However, Aspen and Bingo went to a 10 minute time limit draw which meant Zach/Bryan was instead the finals for the title, only for Faith to interfere and cause a no contest. This would prove to be a hectic situation for Chris McDonald and the rest of WrestleZone management. One title that was resolved however was the Undisputed Championship as Scotty Swift defeated Andy Wild in a No DQ Match to win the vacant title and become a two-time champ. Finally the main event, which saw Shawn Johnson eliminate Grado to win the Rumble Match and earn a shot at Scotty’s Undisputed Championship in the main event of Aberdeen Anarchy. However, Shawn’s Sterling Oil ally Damien wasn’t best pleased with this result…


Between the Regal Rumble and Aberdeen Anarchy, WrestleZone held live events in towns such as Fraserburgh and Inverurie. Over these shows, the semifinals of the Tri-Counties Championship Tournament were replayed in Westhill on April 22nd. Unfortunately for management, Tucker and Dynamite went to a 10 minute time limit draw and Faith and Ballance went to a no contest due to the interference of the other two semifinalists. As a result, Chris McDonald put the four of them in a Ladder Match to crown a champion at the Beach Ballroom supershow. WrestleZone would also host outdoors shows at Granite City Comic-Con, Enjoy Music Festival and Union Square, with the latter featuring the debut of PBW Academy’s Prince Asad and Owen Jakks. Now, all eyes were on the Beach Ballroom as June 17th finally rolled around.


The supershow featured all three of WrestleZone’s titles on the line and former WWE superstars Rikishi, Hornswoggle and Melina were in attendance. “Your Mother’s Favourite Wrestler” Lou King Sharp fell short (no pun intended) to Hornswoggle in an aptly-titled Battle of the Big Men, Rikishi teamed with Mr P and Grado were victorious over Andy Wild, Kid Fite and the debuting Sha Samuels and Melina managed Viper as she failed to defeat Sammii Jayne in WrestleZone’s first-ever women’s Tables Match. Aside from the title matches and the big guest, former allies Johnny Lions and Damien finally put an end to their 18-month long rivalry with The Tenacious One picking up the win with help from the Evening Express’ Sean Wallace.

First up in title matches were the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships as The Rejected were able to retain their gold against former champs The Sterling Brothers in a Titles vs Hair Match which meant Sterling Oil’s strategist Richard R. Russell was shaved bald. Up next was a terrific Fatal Four Way Ladder Match as Aspen Faith managed to overcome his fear of heights as he defeated Zach Dynamite, Bryan Tucker and Bingo Ballance to become the inaugural Tri-Counties Champion. In the main event, Shawn Johnson finally won the Undisputed Championship from Scotty Swift with help from Sterling Oil’s newest member, the returning Crusher Craib.

After being unable to beat Johnny Lions, troubles continued for Damien two weeks later in Ellon as he was on the receiving end of the pinfall in a six man tag team match before being put in harm’s way by stablemate Shawn Johnson in order for Shawn to retain his Undisputed Championship. Then at Proving Grounds, Damien and Shawn came up short in their challenge for The Rejected’s Tag Team Championships, leading to Johnson walking out on The Revolutionary. This show also featured the WrestleZone debuts of Aaron Echo and Krieger, who both unsuccessfully challenged Aspen Faith for the Tri-Counties Championship. Back to Damien, as he suffered an upset defeat at the hands of young upstart Bradley Evans in Laurencekirk. Despite his recent lack of form, he was given the opportunity of a lifetime against the first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate at Battle of the Nations. This show would also featured the in-ring return of Crusher Craib.

So then, Battle of the Nations came around on September 9th from Aberdeen’s Northern Hotel. Kicking off the second half, Damien and Tyler Bate put on an instant classic (highlight video here). After putting up a valiant effort, Damien fell short to Bate after a Tyler Driver ’97. But his performance was enough, as The Revolutionary earned the respect of Tyler and every single one of the fans in attendance. We’ll get back to him later. Elsewhere on the show, Nathan North introduced his new manager on the pre-show as Jeeves Winchester, Aspen Faith retained the Tri-Counties Championship against a man who helped train him in “Tenacious” Johnny Lions, Andy Wild was victorious in this year’s Battle of the Nations after the interference of Nathan North, The Sterling Brothers became record-breaking five-time Tag Team Champions by winning an Anything Goes Tornado Tag Team Match against The Rejected before putting Mikkey Vago on the shelf with a concussion and Crusher Craib absolutely decimated Scotty Swift. After several big boots and a curb stomp, The Red Haired Warrior was stretchered to the backstage area and diagnosed with a concussion, amongst other lingering injuries. Now, back to Damien…


After Shawn Johnson was able to retain the Undisputed Championship in a Triple Threat main event over Zach Dynamite and former champion Joe Coffey, the entirety of Sterling Oil emptied from the backstage area to show their appreciation for Shawn. While Crusher Craib and The Sterling Brothers all had their kind words for Johnson, The Revolutionary had other plans in mind. The roof came off the Northern Hotel as Damien superkicked Shawn right in the jaw (available here). Richard R. Russell was fuming as Damien headed up through the crowd. Having been pushed to the side since Shawn Johnson came into the fray, Damien realised what was best for his career going forward and left the Sterling Oil ranks. What’s followed since has been some of the best work I’ve seen from Damien.

Between Battle of the Nations and the next big show Halloween Hijinx, there were plenty of talking points. Damien fought his way through the members of Sterling Oil as he defeated William Sterling in Keith and then his brother Alan in Brechin. In the Tri-Counties picture, Mr P won a Triple Threat #1 Contenders Match in Keith over Zach Dynamite and Johnny Lions, earning a title shot against Aspen Faith in Brechin the next week. Unfortunately for him, the match went to a 10 minute time limit draw following a distraction from “Vintage” Nathan North. Shaw Johnson also managed to retain his Undisputed Championship in Keith against Chris Archer and then in a Triple Threat Match in Brechin against both Archer and Johnny Lions. As we arrived at the Balmedie Leisure Centre for the last show before Halloween Hijinx, a lot went down on that show. The Sterling Brothers remained Tag Team Champions with a win over new allies Zach Dynamite and Bradley Evans, Aspen Faith clung on to the Tri-Counties Title with a win over Chris Archer, Jason Reed returned to WrestleZone with a new attitude and a win over Mr P and Johnny Lions and in the main event, Sterling Oil’s Shawn Johnson and Crusher Craib defeated Damien and former Revolution partner Johnny Lions (a full highlight music video for this show can be viewed on Facebook).

WrestleZone’s next big show came on October 28th from Aberdeen’s Kincorth Community Centre as they presented Halloween Hijinx. With a huge main event, there was plenty that came before that. Aspen Faith once again retained the Tri-Counties Championship with a win over Bradley Evans and handed him a concussion in the process, women’s action returned to the north-east as Sammii Jayne pinned Debbie Sharpe, Alan Sterling turned Chris Archer inside out with a brutal lariat for the win in a six man tag team match, Nathan North defeated arch rival Mr P with help from Jeeves Winchester then stole P’s Scotland flag and Zach Dynamite forced Blue Thunder to tap out in a Halloween Brawl also involving Andy Wild. Main event time then, as Damien challenged Shawn Johnson for the Undisputed Championship. With referee Dennis Law ejecting The Sterling Brothers from ringside early on, it was an even playing field except for Richard R. Russell in Johnson’s corner. But after Law was knocked down, Crusher Craib entered and delivered a devastating chokeslam to Damien on the ring apron. But as we’ve come to know with Damien, nothing will be enough to keep him down. A Codebreaker caught Shawn mid-flight and it was enough to keep Sterling Oil’s golden boy down for the three count as a new Undisputed Champion was crowned. The Kincorth Community Centre exploded as Damien captured the title for the second time in his career. But without Sterling Oil by his side, Damien knew he would have a huge target on his back.


The next two shows were quite eventful, given they were only smaller events. The first was at Huntly’s Stewarts Hall on November 11th, which featured Damien’s first successful of the Undisputed Championship against Nathan North. But it was the main event that had fans talking, as Aspen Faith lost his Tri-Counties Championship to Zach Dynamite. With Bradley Evans in his corner, Fully Loaded finally captured gold for the first time after 7 long years. One week later, WrestleZone returned to the Arbroath Community Centre and featured Damien hanging on to his Undisputed Championship with a win over Andy Wild and Zach Dynamite defended the Tri-Counties Championship for the first time with a win over Jason Reed. On this night, it was the tag team division that had us talking. After Richard R. Russell got The Sterling Brothers disqualified to retain their Tag Team Titles over Bryan Tucker and Chris Archer, Mikkey Vago made his return from injury to prevent any further attack on Archer and Tucker. The Heavy Metal Hooligan then laid down the challenge for one final title match between the teams at Christmas Chaos in the annual Christmas Brawl, a challenge that would be accepted.


Just like that, it was already time for the last show of the year as we had Christmas Chaos on December 2nd from Aberdeen’s Danestone Community Centre. Zach Dynamite kicked off the show in style as he retained his Tri-Counties Championship in a fantastic Fatal Four Way Match, before Mr P reclaimed his Scottish flag by beating Nathan North and Jeeves Winchester. The Rejected would go on to become three-time Tag Team Champions by beating The Sterling Brothers in a Christmas Brawl, only after Scotty Swift’s music played to distract Alan and William. Kasey’s WrestleZone debut was unsuccessful as she lost to “The Queen of WrestleZone” Sammii Jayne, before Shawn Johnson stole Andy Wild’s pinfall over Bradley Evans to win a Triple Threat Match. Finally in the main event, Damien retained his Undisputed Championship after being counted out in his match with Crusher Craib. After being attacked by the rest of Sterling Oil after the match, Damien was soon saved by the returning Scotty Swift. Swift and Damien showed respect to each other afterwards, something I thought I would never see.

What a year it’s been for WrestleZone. From another sellout of the Beach Ballroom to crowing their inaugural Tri-Counties Champion, it’s been an unforgettable past 12 months. Here’s to the next 12!

All Title Changes

Undisputed WrestleZone Championship
Andy Wild – October 28th 2016 to February 11th 2017
Vacant – February 11th 2017 to March 18th 2017
Scotty Swift – March 18th 2017 to June 17th 2017
Shawn Johnson – June 17th 2017 to October 28th 2017
Damien – October 28th 2017 to Present

WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship
Tournament in Progress – October 15th 2016 to June 17th 2017
Aspen Faith – June 17th 2017 to November 11th 2017
Zach Dynamite – November 11th 2017 to Present

WrestleZone Tag Team Championships
The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling) – August 13th 2016 to January 21st 2017
The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) – January 21st 2017 to September 9th 2017
The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling) – September 9th 2017 to December 2nd 2017
The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) – December 2nd 2017 to Present

Win/Loss Records (N.B the only outdoors shows included are Live at Granite City Comic Con and Live at Union Square)
“The Author of The Echo Bible” Aaron Echo – 0 wins, 1 loss
Alan Sterling – 7 wins, 12 losses
“Unstoppable” Andy Wild – 5 wins, 9 losses, 1 draw
“The King of Catch” Aspen Faith – 13 wins, 9 losses, 3 draws
“The Zenith of Zero-G” Bingo Ballance – 1 win, 1 loss, 2 draws
Blue Thunder – 4 wins, 8 losses
Bradley Evans – 8 wins, 12 losses
Bryan Tucker – 12 wins, 11 losses, 2 draws
“The Outcast” Chris Archer – 14 wins, 12 draws
“The Creator of Carnage” Crusher Craib – 8 wins, 0 losses
“The Revolutionary” Damien – 7 wins, 18 losses
Debbie Sharpe – 1 win, 4 losses
Grado – 2 wins, 1 loss
“The King of Small Style” Hornswoggle – 1 win, 0 losses
“The Cheekiest Wrestler in the World” Jason Reed – 1 win, 3 losses
Jeeves Winchester – 0 wins, 1 loss
Jimbo Bannon – 4 wins, 2 losses
“The Iron Man” Joe Coffey – 0 wins, 1 loss
“Tenacious” Johnny Lions – 6 wins, 13 losses
Kaden Garrick – 1 win, 3 losses, 1 draw
“The Clown Princess of Carnage” Kasey – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Demolition Man” Kid Fite – 1 win, 1 loss
“Scudmaster Sexy” Krieger – 0 wins, 1 loss
“The Greatest of All the Malices” Lord Mr Malice – 1 win, 7 losses
“Your Mother’s Favourite Wrestler” Lou King Sharp –  3 wins, 5 losses
“The Heavy Metal Hooligan” Mikkey Vago – 14 wins, 7 losses
Mr P – 7 wins, 10 losses, 2 draws
“Vintage” Nathan North – 5 wins, 14 losses
Owen Jakks – 0 wins, 1 loss
Prince Asad – 0 wins, 4 losses
Rikishi – 1 win, 0 losses
“The Queen of Catch” Sammii Jayne – 7 wins, 1 loss
“The Red Haired Warrior” Scotty Swift – 7 wins, 11 losses, 1 draw
“The East-End Butcher” Sha Samuels – 0 wins, 1 loss
Shawn Johnson – 15 wins, 5 losses
The Super Executioner – 1 win, 6 losses
Tyler Bate – 1 win, 0 losses
“The Vixen of Violence” Viper – 0 wins, 2 losses
William Sterling – 7 wins, 13 losses
The WrestleZone Dominator – 0 wins, 1 loss
“Fully Loaded” Zach Dynamite – 14 wins, 12 losses, 2 draws

Andy Wild, Aspen Faith & Kaden Garrick – 0 wins, 1 loss
Andy Wild, Kid Fite & Sha Samuels – 0 wins, 1 loss
Andy Wild & Nathan North – 0 wins, 1 loss
Aspen Faith, Damien & Nathan North – 0 wins, 1 loss
Aspen Faith & Sammii Jayne – 1 win, 0 losses
Blue Thunder & Bradley Evans – 1 win, 0 losses
Blue Thunder, Bryan Tucker & Zach Dynamite – 1 win, 0 losses
Bradley Evans, Bryan Tucker & Zach Dynamite – 1 win, 0 losses
Bradley Evans & Chris Archer – 1 win, 0 losses
Bradley Evans & Jason Reed – 0 wins, 1 loss
Bradley Evans & Zach Dynamite – 0 wins, 1 loss
Bryan Tucker & Chris Archer – 0 wins, 1 loss
Bryan Tucker, Chris Archer & Johnny Lions – 0 wins, 1 loss
Chris Archer & Debbie Sharpe – 0 wins, 1 loss
Damien & Johnny Lions – 0 wins, 1 loss
Damien, Kaden Garrick & Nathan North – 0 wins, 1 loss
Grado, Jimbo Bannon, Johnny Lions & The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) – 1 win, 0 losses
Grado, Mr P & Rikishi – 1 win, 0 losses
Jeeves Winchester & Nathan North – 0 wins, 1 loss
Jimbo Bannon, Johnny Lions & Scotty Swift – 0 wins, 1 loss
Kid Fite & Shawn Johnson – 1 win, 0 losses
Lord Mr Malice & Nathan North – 0 wins, 1 loss
Lord Mr Malice & William Sterling – 0 wins, 1 loss
Lou King Sharp & Sterling Oil (Damien, Shawn Johnson & The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling)) – 1 win, 0 losses
Mr P & The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) – 1 win, 0 losses
Mr P & Scotty Swift – 0 wins, 1 loss
Mr P, Scotty Swift & Zach Dynamite – 1 win, 0 losses
Nathan North & Sterling Oil (Damien & Shawn Johnson) – 1 win, 0 losses
The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) – 7 wins, 1 loss
The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) & Scotty Swift – 1 win, 2 losses
The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling) – 3 wins, 5 losses
Sterling Oil (Alan Sterling & Damien) – 0 wins, 1 loss
Sterling Oil (Alan Sterling, Damien & Shawn Johnson) – 0 wins, 1 loss
Sterling Oil (Crusher Craib & Shawn Johnson) – 1 win, 0 losses
Sterling Oil (Crusher Craib & The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling)) – 1 win, 0 losses
Sterling Oil (Damien & Shawn Johnson) – 0 wins, 1 loss
Sterling Oil (Damien, Shawn Johnson & William Sterling) – 1 win, 0 losses
Sterling Oil (Damien & The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling)) – 0 wins, 1 loss
Sterling Oil (Shawn Johnson & The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling)) – 1 win, 0 losses

Here’s where you can catch WrestleZone in 2018;

January 20th at the Summerhill Hotel, Aberdeen (Summerhill Showdown)
February 3rd at the Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill
February 10th at the Town Hall, Montrose
March 17th at the Northern Hotel, Aberdeen (Regal Rumble)
April 14th at the Dalrymple Hall, Fraserburgh
April 28th at the Town Hall, Stonehaven
May 12th at the Ashdale Hall, Westhill
May 19th at the Victoria Hall, Ellon
May 26th and May 27th at Pittodrie Stadium (Granite City Comic Con)
June 9th at the Northern Hotel, Aberdeen (Battle of the Nations)
July 21st at the Baden Powell Centre, Turriff
August 11th at the Town Hall, Inverurie
September 1st at the Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen (Aberdeen Anarchy X)

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