Preview: WrestleZone ‘Christmas Chaos 2019’

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For the final time in 2019, WrestleZone will be hosting another wonderful show as they return to the Danestone Community Centre in Aberdeen for Christmas Chaos. They’re going all out for their last show of the decade, with the return of former Undisputed Champion Bingo Ballance as well as a Steel Cage Match for the Tag Team Championships that will see Johnny Lions hang up his boots for good should he and Scotty Swift lose their titles. It’s been a sensational year for the Aberdeen-based promotion, so let’s end it on a bang!


Undisputed WrestleZone Championship – Triple Threat Match
Damien (c) vs Andy Wild vs Bingo Ballance

Damien faces another tough test as the Undisputed Champion as he defends his title against two former champions in the form of Andy Wild and Bingo Ballance in a colossal Triple Threat Match. Since regaining the title from RUDO Lightning at Aberdeen Anarchy, The Revolutionary has overcome some huge obstacles to remain the champion for this long, defeating both Zach Dynamite and the returning Liam Thomson at Battle of the Nations. More recently, he defeated Austin Osiris at Halloween Hijinx to hand Big Money his first pinfall loss, although Osiris has since claimed that his 1,000+ day undefeated streak applies only to Wrestling Experience Scotland’s Five Pound Wrestling events. Now, both The Dad Bod God and The Zenith of Zero-G are coming for the title they once held. Andy Wild has been targeting both Jason Reed and Alan Sterling over the last few months, with a recent successful defence of his UEWA European Heavyweight Championship at Halloween Hijinx seeing Wild overcome both individuals in a chaotic match. Meanwhile, Bingo Ballance hasn’t been seen since Aberdeen Anarchy, where he became the first man to pin Crusher Craib since The Creator of Carnage’s return from injury in September 2017. What better way to make your return to WrestleZone than by becoming a two-time Undisputed WrestleZone Champion.


WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship – Fatal Four Way Match
Jason Reed (c) vs Mikkey Vago vs Alan Sterling vs Ryan Riley

Three men will be looking to lift their first taste of singles gold in WrestleZone as Mikkey Vago, Alan Sterling, and Ryan Riley are all set to challenge Jason Reed for the Tri-Counties Championship. The One For The Future has been increasingly successful up north since beginning his campaign to make wrestling great again last June, evident by the fact that he lifted the Tri-Counties Championship from Mr P this past April. It’s been a common theme throughout his reign for him to take on multiple challengers at a time, so Reed shouldn’t necessarily be surprised to see Vago, Sterling, and Riley all coming for his title at once. While Mikkey Vago and Alan Sterling are both multi-time Tag Team Champions, neither of them have ever lifted the Undisputed or Tri-Counties Championships, while Ryan Riley is yet to win a championship full stop. Throughout November, it looks as if Alan has become a sea captain, a role he has given his life to, but will Alan be able to steer HMS Sterling towards winning the Tri-Counties Championship? With Caleb Valhalla not set to be at this show, it’ll be a tough task for the captain to accomplish that, especially seeing as the other three men will have backup if need be – Agent W, Chris Archer (maybe Kaden Garrick too), and Zach Dynamite and Bradley Evans, although I’m not entirely sure you would class Agent W as backup. He’s there nonetheless.


WrestleZone Tag Team Championships – Steel Cage Match
Scotty Swift & Johnny Lions (c) vs Blue Thunder & William Sterling

In March, Johnny Lions made it clear what his intentions were – he was going to retire by the end of 2019. Due to that statement, The Tenacious One has since gone on to put his career on the line every time he and Scotty Swift defend their WrestleZone Tag Team Championships. Together, Lions and Swift have come oh so close to losing their titles, albeit due to nefarious means. The Outfit had won the championships at Battle of the Nations when Ted O’Keefe used a pair of brass knuckles, while Blue Thunder and William Sterling lifted the titles at Halloween Hijinx following Sterling’s use of a crutch during a Halloween Brawl (clearly not a Halloween-themed item). After the referee in these respective matches had been made aware of the cheating tactics of both teams, it’s allowed the champs to remain on top of the doubles division for so long. Now though, WrestleZone management have provided Thunder and Sterling with one last chance to lift the Tag Team Championships before we begin 2020, but there’s one slight twist – the ring will be surrounded by a steel cage! For just the third time in WrestleZone history, the blue bars will be placed around the squared circle as Scotty Swift, Johnny Lions, Blue Thunder, and William Sterling go to war for both the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships and Johnny Lions’ career. It’s all or nothing for The Swift Lions.


Christmas Brawl
Connor Inglis vs Crusher Craib

It’s the rivalry that’s spanned the entire year, but now, the final chapter will be written at Christmas Chaos when Crusher Craib and Connor Inglis collide once more in the annual Christmas Brawl. All the way back at Summerhill Showdown, Crusher issued an open challenge to anyone in the WrestleZone locker room, with no-one having the guts to answer the call of The Creator of Carnage. Seeing this, the former two-time Undisputed Champion instead handpicked Connor (who was handling security duties for the event) to face him. Although Crusher would come out victorious in this encounter, Connor became an immediate fan favourite here because he showed true fighting spirit. He’s had the number of WrestleZone’s resident behemoth since then, including eliminating him from the Regal Rumble Match, costing him his unpinned streak against Bingo Ballance at Aberdeen Anarchy, and scoring two upset victories over him at both Battle of the Nations and Halloween Hijinx. However, those were both rollup wins. Crusher firmly believes that Connor can’t beat him like a real man, which is why he issued another challenge to the WrestleZone Training Academy graduate for Christmas Chaos. The three-time Regal Rumble winner wants one last chance to beat the living daylights out of one of his greatest rivals, whereas Connor will relish in the opportunity to score a third pinfall victory over Crusher Craib. Expect lots and lots of weapons to be used in this one.

Check out this cracking promo video for the match put together by the fine folks at Bearhug Design;


Shawn Johnson vs Bryan Tucker

From one outstanding rivalry to another, the tensions between Shawn Johnson and Bryan Tucker have been reignited following the latter’s return to WrestleZone at Battle of the Nations. When Blue Thunder and William Sterling challenged Shawn to find a partner to face them at the annual summer extravaganza, Bryan Tucker, who hadn’t been seen in WrestleZone since the previous September, came to his former partner’s aid to reform The Granite City Hotshots. However, the 2011 Regal Rumble winner instead decimated Johnson, showing that he still wasn’t over what Shawn had done to him at Christmas Chaos (Comes Early!) in November 2015. Speaking at Halloween Hijinx, Tucker revealed that his reasons behind the assault were because everyone had forgotten about him when he suddenly disappeared 11 months prior to his return. No-one cared enough to reach out to him to see how he was doing. After making some comments about Shawn’s newly-born daughter, the fight was on between the former multi-time Tag Team Champions. Back in 2016, the pair had a terrific series of matches, including a brilliant Christmas Brawl at that year’s Christmas Chaos that saw Tucker powerbomb Johnson through a table for the win. Although this is scheduled to be a normal bout, there’s no way that we’re in for a wrestling match here. Things have become far too heated for the two to fight with any rules in play – all the best to the referee for keeping this one under control.


Handicap Match
Mr P vs The Outfit (Dino Del Monte & Ted O’Keefe)

On the Halloween Hijinx pre-show, Mr P (dressed as Ted O’Keefe) was victorious over Ted O’Keefe (dressed as Mr P) in WrestleZone’s first ever Halloween Switcheroo Match. It was all meant to be a bit of fun and games to get everyone into the Halloween spirit, but neither Ted nor Dino Del Monte saw it that way, as they ambushed Mr P following the bell. Del Monte picked up a win over the former Tri-Counties Champion in Huntly a few weeks ago, with a loss to Blue Thunder in Newtonhill further sending P down the pecking order within WrestleZone. He now has a chance to gain retribution over The Outfit for their actions at Halloween Hijinx, however, it’ll come in the form of a Handicap Match. Mr P always goes on about embracing the chaos, but no-one wants to be coming face to face with both members of The Outfit at the same time. The Granite City Gangsters (stealing that from Billy who called them that in his Ones to Watch article here) very nearly became the WrestleZone Tag Team Champions at Battle of the Nations, and if it weren’t for referee Dennis Law finding out about their usage of brass knuckles en-route to capturing the gold, then they’d be standing here today with the titles around their waists. They want to be taken seriously, so as long as they beat Mr P within an inch of his life here, they should be fine as we head into a new decade.


VIP Ticket Holders Bonus Match
Chris Archer & Kaden Garrick vs The Foundation of the Future (Zach Dynamite & Bradley Evans)

VIP ticket holders will witness the continuation of the rivalry between The Rejected and Kaden Garrick, and The Foundation of the Future, as Chris Archer unites with Kaden to take on FOTF representatives Zach Dynamite and Bradley Evans. The story between these two units heads all the way back to May, where Kaden suffered a loss to Bradley Evans in Stonehaven thanks to the interference of the other members of The Foundation of the Future. Following that loss, Garrick vowed to take care of WrestleZone’s newest trio, later being joined in his quest by Chris Archer and Mikkey Vago. Archer was forced to play peacemaker at Halloween Hijinx during a six man tag team match due to Vago and Garrick being unable to coexist for the bulk of the match but eventually, Kaden was able to pin Evans to end his losing streak, something that won’t be sitting well with The Mad Dog. With Mikkey Vago and Ryan Riley busy challenging for Jason Reed’s Tri-Counties Championship elsewhere in the night, the remaining four will lay into each other to kick off WrestleZone’s final event of 2019.

Tickets to the show are available from Ringside World, priced at Β£15 for VIP, Β£12 for adults, and Β£10 for under 14s. Fans can also pay at the door on the night of the show. Doors open at 6pm for VIP ticket holders and 6:30 for general admission ticket holders, with the main card getting underway at 7pm!

Announced Matches
Undisputed WrestleZone Championship – Triple Threat Match – Damien (c) vs Andy Wild vs Bingo Ballance
WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship – Fatal Four Way Match – Jason Reed (c) vs Mikkey Vago vs Alan Sterling vs Ryan Riley
WrestleZone Tag Team Championships – Steel Cage Match – Scotty Swift & Johnny Lions (c) vs Blue Thunder & William Sterling
Christmas Brawl – Connor Inglis vs Crusher Craib
Shawn Johnson vs Bryan Tucker
Handicap Match – Mr P vs The Outfit (Dino Del Monte & Ted O’Keefe)
VIP Ticket Holders Bonus Match – Chris Archer & Kaden Garrick vs The Foundation of the Future (Zach Dynamite & Bradley Evans)

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