Review: Wrestlezone ‘Regal Rumble 2018’ (Billy)

Oh what a night, at the end of March, 2018. WrestleZone returned to The Northern Hotel in Aberdeen for the Regal Rumble. A night of new champions, shocking moments and barbarity.

To the very important peoples that got in a little earlier they were treated to the debut of Dino Del Monte who was flanked by Ted O’Keefe. Dino was a lanky boy, skinny jeaned and flatcapped with the well dressed Ted by his side. They attacked Blue Thunder before the bell with plenty of gusto. Thunder did his best to rock Del Monte but the distractions of O’Keefe kept his client on the upper hand. O’Keefe landed a lovely Arn Anderson style spine buster which lead to a spinning elbow from Del Monte for the debut victory. Really impressed with Del Monte and especially his manager. Looking forward to seeing more of him in the future.

The show properly kicked off with the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship triple threat match, a lot of shenanigans before the bell with Girvan running away with the title and Jester chasing Johnson around the venue. When the match finally going there was very little breathing room in the action, Shawn Johnson took some blistering chops from Jester and Girvin that echoed around the room. Johnson attempted double team combos but couldn’t get on the same page as his opponents. Girvan fought out of a Tombstone attempt from Jester into giving Jester a Tombstone of his own. Johnson rolled Girvan up for the win. A great match to kick off the event.

Next up was the No Disqualification match between Scotty Swift and Crusher Craib. This was hard to watch with Crusher whipping Scotty with giant kendo stick, breaking it over his back. Scotty fought back and targeted Craib’s leg and the hip joint that was broken that lead to this situation, using the kendo stick to add torque to a figure four leglock. Craib avoided a kendo stick shot which saw the stick bounce off the top rope into Swift’s eye. A table was brought in and put into the corner…right in front of my viewpoint so I missed quite a lot from then on. Swift put Craib through another table with a Granite City Driver. The Sterling Brothers rushed out to help Craib which was closely followed by Bryan Tucker attempting to fight them off. Craib and Swift fought to the table in the corner and after three/four attempts from Craib, Swift was bounced off the table but it never broke, Craib cut his losses and pinned Swift for the win. Difficult to watch (not just because of the table in the corner), seeing the giant kendo stick break over Swift’s back and splinter everywhere was brutal.

Aspen Faith defended the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship in a big fatal four way. Wild, Lions and Mr P were all pushing each other about before the bell. The action was thick and fast with Aspen clearer the ring and diving off the apron with a senton. What followed was a big brawl between the four. Lots of moving parts. Sammii jumped in with a top rope hurricurana on Andy Wild during the match. Wild set up Faith for a powerbomb but Lions jumped off the top rope for a seated senton only to be caught and planted with a big Wild Driver for the shocking win. Didn’t see it coming, Faith looked dejected after the match.

The first half main event of the show was the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships. Lou King Sharp and Krieger, Proper Mental, strutted and scudded in their unique way and it was pure dead brilliant, giving us some sexy dancing and dragging Martyn Clunes into the action. Archer and Vago tried everything they could to beat them, Archer even hit a beautiful moonsault but Sharp and Krieger were on a different gear and tore through the champions, beating them and taking the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships.

As I was sending a wee tweet I looked up to see Aspen Faith, with Sammii in tow, attacking Vago and Archer. Girvan ran out and it looked like they were going to square off but they hugged! Girvan removed his hoodie and revealed a King of Catch shirt. KINGS OF CATCH IN WRESTLEZONE! WITH SAMMII JAYNE! THE KINGDOM OF CATCH IS IN THE NORTH EAST! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHSPEN AND LEWIS! So excited to see this as you could imagine from that reaction there… they hit an Apter Burner before gesturing around their waists. The tag team division has been changed dramatically.

Before the main event there was the raffle and the announcement of the first guest for Aberdeen Anarchy X on September 1st. A former WWE Tag Team Champion, a former WWE United States Champion, a Royal Rumble runner-up and two time WWE Intercontinental Champion, a title he won on his first night in WWE. Santino Marella is coming to Aberdeen Anarchy! A great guest, looking forward to seeing him in September.

It’s at this point that WrestleZone Management Representative Chris MacDonald gave Scottish Wrestling Network a plug, good guy that Chris MacDonald. You can check out more dedicated Scottish wrestling content on http://www.SWNetwork.tk.

Main event time and it was a biggie, the Regal Rumble was the biggest ever with 25 wrestlers all vying to headline Aberdeen Anarchy X. Well, 24 all vying and Richard R Russell openly wishing to avoid the match all together. The ring filled up quickly with Blue Thunder being dumped out first, Damien was in the thick of the action quite a lot starting from number one. Highlights include both Aspen Faith and Lewis Girvan had changed into their Kings of Catch gear to signify the unity. A reunion of Revolution with Damien, Johnny Lions and Chris Archer controlling the early going. Lord Michael of Graham made his debut in the Lord Alan Sterling singlet with his name covered with some masking tape. He was accompanied by the returning Mr Malice, sharply dressed in a purple suit. Lord Michael came face to face with Alan Sterling before being hoofed out quickly. Mr Malice had words with Jeeves Winchester on the way out branding him a traitor. Lou King Sharp did his best Road Dogg impression by latching himself onto the bottom rope for the majority of his stay in the match. We got a continuation of some current feuds with Zach Dynamite and Bradley Evans going at it while Chris Archer made a beeline for Lou King Sharp at any chance. Aspen Faith slipped on the apron but caught himself, while I had a heart palpitation, he was dumped out shortly afterwards to my sadness. Kaden Garrick was the mystery entrant, returning from a long lay off with a bang, throwing about spears like no tomorrow. Dino Del Monte squared off with Crusher Craib only to receive a huge Black Hole Slam for his troubles.

Before the 25th entrant, the ring was cleared with Damien eliminating Mr P. Leaving just Damien in the ring as the clock counted down to one. Richard R Russell’s music hit but nobody entered, eventually an ensemble of wrestlers carried Russell out, still in his jeans and jacket, and threw him in the ring. Damien threatened to level Russell but couldn’t bring himself to do it. He grabbed a mic and told Russell that he was pathetic and to get himself over the top rope. As Damien turned around Russell pounced, only to get punched in the face. Shawn Johnson rushed into the ring and a brawl ensued. Before we knew it, Damien was getting thrown over the top rope by Richard R Russell, the 2018 Regal Rumble winner.

A silence hit The Northern Hotel, nobody could believe that Russell had done it. Shock hit as Damien sat in the ring, struggling to believe that Richard R Russell had just won the Regal Rumble and that he had been screwed once again by Sterling Oil.

What a fantastic show from start to finish. The landscape in WrestleZone changed at Regal Rumble, new champions were crowned, alliances came together, wrestlers debuted and returned AND the first name has been announced for Aberdeen Anarchy X.

The road to Anarchy has begun…


Quick Results:
VIP Ticket Holders Match – Dino Del Montre w/Ted O’Keefe defeated Blue Thunder by Pinfall.
Undisputed WrestleZone Championship – Triple Threat – Shawn Johnson defeated Jack Jester & Lewis Girvan by Pinfall to retain the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship.
No Disqualification – Crusher Craib defeated Scotty Swift by Pinfall.
WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship – Andy Wild defeated Aspen Faith, Mr P & Johnny Lions by Pinfall to win the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship. **NEW CHAMPION**
WrestleZone Tag Team Championships – Proper Mental (Lou King Sharp & Krieger) defeated The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) by Pinfall to win the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships. **NEW CHAMPIONS**
Regal Rumble – Winner: Richard R Russell.

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