Review: WrestleZone ‘Summerhill Showdown 2019’


WrestleZone began their 2019 with Summerhill Showdown, emanating from Aberdeen’s Summerhill Hotel. Outside, it was one of the coldest nights I can remember but once the action kicked off inside the building, it was one scorching evening. A total of eight matches were contested, including three huge championship matches and four men making their WrestleZone returns. A lovely night indeed. Kicking things off of course though was the Summerhill Showdown pre-show!

VIP Ticket Holders Pre-Show
Ryan Riley def. Kaden Garrick by Pinfall

I’ll tell you this now right from the start – I bloody love watching Ryan Riley. Everything about the guy is great to watch, even if he is a bit too cheery for my liking. He’s lost seven stone you know. He won’t let anyone forget that, and rightfully so – a massive accomplishment. His opponent here was Kaden Garrick, a man who may be short in height but more than makes up for it in terms of his sheer strength. A battle of shoulder tackles kicked the match off, before Riley began to focus his attack on the arm of Kaden in an attempt to eliminate the prospect of being hit with a spear. Mr Inspirational hit a dropkick that was simply excellent, unless your name is Kaden Garrick that is. The former two-time Tag Team Champion fought back into things with some impressive throws before finding himself stuck in the corner. It was here that Riley drilled his boot into Kaden’s skull to score himself the three count and kick 2019 off in inspirational fashion.

I really enjoyed this one. Ryan will undoubtedly be a major player in WrestleZone in a year or two, and could also expand out to other promotions. I could see him making it in the likes of your Discovery Wrestling and Respect Pro Wrestling. A future Tri-Counties Champion for sure, and possibly even Undisputed Champion in my eyes. Kaden Garrick meanwhile, well, he continues to be on a losing streak. For those that remember, a losing streak caused him to snap and turn on Mr P in 2016. Maybe that’s what he needs to do again here to get his career back to winning ways.

Jason Reed w/Agent W def. Shawn Johnson by Pinfall

The main card began with Martyn Clunes’ usual schtick, leading us into the official Summerhill Showdown 2019 opening match – Jason Reed against Shawn Johnson. I’m not sure if I even need to say it at this point, but I am 100% behind Mr Reed’s campaign to Make WrestleZone Great Again. If we all band together, we can help make his dream become a reality. Anyway though. The reception when Shawn Johnson came bursting through the curtain was deafening, something we haven’t heard for Shawn’s entrances in over three years. Delighted to have him back. He was rocking his old Granite City Hotshots gear which, as you can probably guess, had my mind racing for some sort of Bryan Tucker-related shenanigans later on. Spoiler alert – he was nowhere to be seen. A slow start to begin as Reed refused to enter the ring but when he did, we were witness to some of Shawn’s vintage moves that have been dearly missed on WrestleZone shows. From here, it was a mixed match with Reed using moves to wear Johnson down, whereas Shawn used moves to excite the crowd and kick the night off in style. It wouldn’t be the best return match though, as an Agent W distraction allowed Reed to roll Johnson up from behind and score a surprise victory. Remember folks, rollups are a key necessity for helping Make WrestleZone Great Again!

A surprising end to an entertaining match. It sort of came out of nowhere really, but that’s what rollup victories are all about I guess. Right now, Jason is still my pick to win this year’s Regal Rumble. It just has to be him really. He’s on a roll in WrestleZone at the moment, and it’d be a shame to not give him the spotlight he deserves. No new members of The Reed Cabinet were revealed here to my surprise, but there’s still plenty of time.

Triple Threat Match for the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship
Mr P (c) def. Zach Dynamite and Bradley Evans by Pinfall

The first of three championship matches followed, with Mr P’s Tri-Counties Championship on the line in a Handicap Match, ahem, a Triple Threat Match. As soon as the bell rang, Zach Dynamite and Bradley Evans were teaming up to take the title back to their duo. As we’ve come to expect though, Mr P wouldn’t go down without putting in the best fight he possibly could. A lovely moment came when he delivered a headscissors to Evans, sending him flying into Dynamite. It wasn’t the crispest of moves, but it still looked beautiful. The champ was tossed out the ring soon thereafter, leaving the two challengers alone. It looked as if Bradley was about to snap (a key note to remember is that it was last year’s Summerhill Showdown where Dynamite turned on Evans), but they instead high fived each other. Like when The Kings of Catch hugged at last year’s Square Go! but with less cheers and more boos. Mr P would eventually keep his hands grasped on the championship after taking Evans out with an Axe Kick, with Evans shoving Dynamite out of the way to take the move for himself. He may have thought he was doing something to benefit Zach, but Fully Loaded was less than impressed.

A fun Triple Threat Match with a story told throughout. Mr P will forever be the perennial fan favourite, no matter what he does. It’ll be interesting to see who he moves on to face next, seeing as it looks as if this rivalry is over for the time being. Speaking of things that are over, the friendship between Zach and Bradley may be coming to a crashing halt in the next few weeks, with the latter being ordered about post-match. There’s still the Tag Team Championships lads, don’t turn on each other quite yet.

WrestleZone Tag Team Championships
The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan) (c) and Scotty Swift & Johnny Lions went to a Double DQ

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to enjoy the team of Scotty Swift and Johnny Lions as much as I am. It’s brilliant. Never knew how much comedy could come out of a team with those two until now. This may be the only time where I wasn’t that bothered if The Kings of Catch lost, which says a lot. Lions even wore his old red singlet to show his allegiance to The Red Haired Warrior. It’s as if we didn’t already know how much he enjoys teaming with Swift. Lewis Girvan added another profession to his resume here, becoming the honorary bell ringer for the bout. That man can do it all! I should probably speak about the actual match too. As mentioned, Swift is a surprisingly entertaining comedy wrestler, as proven when he and Aspen Faith tugged on each other’s beards before Girvan broke the hold. Referee Dennis Law had one of my favourite lines of the night with this – ‘put the beards down’. Anyway though, the match progressed with some excellent stuff from both sides, with Johnny Lions performing a huge Flying Lion missile dropkick to both Faith and Girvan. New champs were almost crowned as The Swift Lions used the old America’s Most Wanted Death Sentence finish, only for Blue Thunder and William Sterling to storm the ring and take out both teams. Boo those men. Boo! They interrupted a bloody great tag match. It does however look like we’ll be getting a Triple Threat championship match now though, which looks to be a theme in WrestleZone at the moment.

This was the best match of the night for my money. All four men provided one of the funniest matches I’ve ever seen in wrestling. As mentioned, I wasn’t overly fussed about who walked away with the titles, which says it all really in a match that features The Kings of Catch. It takes a lot for that to happen, so props to The Swift Lions. Or whatever they’re calling themselves. Poor Martyn Clunes didn’t have a clue what to announce them as. As for The Thunder Buddies, it’s nice to have them back in the mix. Only time will tell how they merge back into the fold with the current crop of teams in WrestleZone.

Alan Sterling w/Caleb Valhalla def. Irving Garrett by Pinfall

It’s gotta be him, right? The man who proclaims it is all about Alan Sterling faced a daunting task in the form of one Irving Garrett. As soon as the bell rang, The Bone Collector had Alan tied up in several knots, posing whenever he had the opportunity to do so. It was actually quite soon into the contest where Irving synched in his patented figure four heel hook, a move that gave him quite a bit of success in last year’s Drew Galloway Invitational Tournament. Luckily for Alan, he reached the ropes as the match turned to his favour. The Sterling brother had me chuckling during this match, telling Garrett that he couldn’t have his bones because they’re attached to him. Alan can be deadly serious when he needs to be, but comedy Alan is the best Alan. He somehow failed to win with a massive lariat and found himself rolled up in an inside cradle, a move that Caleb Valhalla would roll over into Alan’s favour while referee Mikey Innes was dealing with a turnbuckle pad being yanked off for the victory.

As I said, Alan Sterling’s comedy stuff is the best kind of Alan. I was all over the Lord Alan Sterling and Mixed Martial Alan antics back in the day, so of course I’m all for this All About Alan nonsense. Who knows, maybe the future is bright for Alan with Caleb by his side, and perhaps there’s some singles gold waiting down the line for him. On a side note, Irving Garrett needs to be a regular (or at least semi-regular) member of the WrestleZone roster in 2019. He’s brilliant.

The Outfit (Dino Del Monte & Ted O’Keefe) def. The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) by Pinfall

Speaking of things that are brilliant, The Outfit were out next. They essentially controlled the entirety of the match against The Rejected by focusing all their assault on the leg of Mikkey Vago, weakening the powerhouse of the duo. Chris Archer managed to get in some brief offence but it just wasn’t enough. Dino and Ted had the match in their bag as soon as they attacked the multi-time Tag Team Champions before the bell. Vago had his knee smashed against the ring post, a move that always makes my knee shiver whenever I see it. For some reason, Vago thought he had enough power in his leg to go for their tag finisher but as expected, he collapsed under the weight. A gorgeous rolling elbow sent Archer flying from the ring and a Magic Killer spelt the end of the road for The Heavy Metal Hooligan. He had to be helped back through the curtain, but no word yet if the injury is serious or not.

It’s getting repetitive to say this time and time again, but The Outfit are without a doubt one of the best things to emerge from the WrestleZone Training Academy. As soon as they debuted at last year’s Regal Rumble, I became an immediate fan. The only thing I wasn’t so keen on was Dino Del Monte’s rather over the top facial expressions, but he seems to have toned them down a bit. As long as he keeps using that discus elbow, he’ll remain a good lad in my books. I expect tremendous things from The Outfit in 2019 – keep your eyes peeled!

Open Challenge
Crusher Craib def. Connor Inglis by Pinfall

Crusher Craib is a terrifying man when he’s stood directly in front of you. That’s a fact. His open challenge was one of the main things I was looking forward to on the show, mainly due to the element of surprise. With no-one answering, he challenged one of the WrestleZone Training Academy trainees around ringside to come in and make their debut. Specifically, he challenged one Connor Inglis. Mr P came out with some knee pads, and the match was official. To the shock of absolutely no-one, The Creator of Carnage killed Mr Inglis. A scoop slam shook the entire room. Connor became a fan favourite here though, very nearly scoring an upset with a victory roll that had the entire crowd on the edge of their seats. He’ll be a major star when he’s properly made his debut – he was throwing out Pele kicks and flying forearms from the top rope like there was no tomorrow. Sadly, some punches to the back of the neck and a Black Hole Slam saw the match come to an end as Connor lay motionless in the middle of the ring.

The reactions Connor was getting throughout the match were absolutely deafening. There wasn’t a single person who didn’t want him to win the match and end Craib’s unpinned streak. A star was made at the Summerhill Hotel this past weekend, and there isn’t anything that can take away the fact that a trainee almost defeated a former two-time Undisputed Champion. When the time comes for his official main roster debut, look out for this guy. WrestleZone are on to something special with him under their wing.

PAC Is Coming

Now, on to some important announcements. Aberdeen Anarchy 2019. The date has been moved to Saturday April 13th due to the busy schedule of the man they’ve signed to appear and seeing as he’ll be in Scotland for BCW the day before, WrestleZone have pounced at the opportunity to sign PAC for the Beach Leisure Centre! It’s been two days since the announcement, and I’m still in shock. The actual PAC is coming to Aberdeen. Billy’s made a Five Picks postΒ here, so give that a read. Personally, I’m all for PAC vs Bingo Ballance. Let us know who you’d like to face PAC come April 13th.

Triple Threat Match for the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship
Damien (c) def. Jack Jester and Krieger by Pinfall

Main event time, but not before a lovely dance off! Krieger showed us all his usual sexy dance which remains the best thing in Scottish wrestling since The Malystos, while Jack Jester and Damien showed us all the Slosh. Your Summerhill Showdown main event ladies and gentlemen. Once the action actually began though, Damien made alliances with both men, both being short-lived affairs. Big Scudmaster Sexy found himself on the receiving end of the old Hardcore Holly rope-hung kick to the midsection, which harmed his wee man. His words, not mine. He still managed to get his boot up for a superkick, and a lovely one at that. Speaking of people with lovely moves, Damien has an excellent cannonball off the apron. They’re just three really good wrestlers, there’s not much else to say. Jack Jester was taken out of the match as Krieger went for a chokeslam on Damien because he’s Kane now apparently, but The Revolutionary countered it with a Codebreaker to secure another successful defence of his Undisputed Championship.

There wasn’t a story for this one, and there didn’t need to be. When you’ve got three wrestlers who are great at what they do, you’ve got yourselves a high quality main event. Krieger should be in main events more often judging by his performance here. Excellent stuff all around from the self-proclaimed serious wrestler. I’ve got no clue as to who will end Damien’s reign as champ, except for the fact that I do have a man in mind and that man being Jason Reed. Maybe that’s me being biased because I support his campaign plans, but who knows. It could be him. It could be Krieger. It could be Lord Michael of Graham. You never know what’s going to happen!

An outstanding way to kick off 2019. WrestleZone in 2017 and 2018 was superb to watch, and this year looks to be no different. They’ve got PAC coming in, which is sure to send fans flocking to the north-east. He’s coming in just under three months – get your tickets fast to avoid disappointment!

Quick Results
VIP Ticket Holders Pre-Show – Ryan Riley def. Kaden Garrick by Pinfall
Jason Reed w/Agent W def. Shawn Johnson by Pinfall
Triple Threat Match for the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship – Mr P (c) def. Zach Dynamite and Bradley Evans by Pinfall
WrestleZone Tag Team ChampionshipsΒ – The Kings of Catch (c) and Scotty Swift & Johnny Lions went to a Double DQ
Alan Sterling w/Caleb Valhalla def. Irving Garrett by Pinfall
The Outfit def. The Rejected by Pinfall
Open Challenge – Crusher Craib def. Connor Inglis by Pinfall
Triple Threat Match for the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship – Damien (c) def. Jack Jester and Krieger by Pinfall

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