Preview: WrestleZone ‘Summerhill Showdown 2020’

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2019. A mammoth year for WrestleZone. That goes without saying. 2020 though? It looks as if that trend will be continuing as Summerhill Showdown takes place on Saturday evening from the always toasty Summerhill Hotel, now renamed to the Sure Hotel, in Aberdeen. We’ve got debuts, we’ve got returns, we’ve got championship matches, and most importantly, there are no Cystos in sight. A Cysto-free evening. A Cysto-free lifestyle. Nice.

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Undisputed WrestleZone Championship
Damien (c) vs Lou King Sharp

Each time Damien defends the Undisputed Championship, you know you’re in for a great match. His defences against Andy Wild, Crusher Craib, and Austin Osiris all stick out, but this one could very well be the best one yet. Making his return to WrestleZone is Lou King Sharp, a man who is no stranger to WrestleZone gold having been a former Tag Team Champion alongside Krieger. The last time we saw LKS up north was Battle of the Nations 2018, a night where he and ‘Scudmaster Sexy’ lost their titles back to The Rejected. Back then, he was all about booting baws and pumping maws – now, he’s all about the Death Matches. Just take a look at his recent match with Krobar from this past Sunday’s ICW Fight Club tapings, where Sharp took a superbomb through a barbed wire table. Madness. ‘The Blood Tourist’ vs ‘The Revolutionary’ sure does have a nice ring to it if we’re being honest, but will Lou King Sharp find it within himself to topple Damien and kick-off 2020 by winning some championship gold?

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WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship
Alan Sterling (c) w/Caleb Valhalla vs Joe Hendry

It’s a match I never knew I wanted until December 16th. That day would see WrestleZone management unveil Joe Hendry as their special guest for Summerhill Showdown, with ‘The Prestigious One’ scheduled to challenge the new Tri-Counties Champion, Alan Sterling, for that very title. Sterling captured the championship, his first taste of singles gold after being a decorated tag team performer alongside his brother William, at Christmas Chaos, being nailed with a Stunner from Mikkey Vago and accidentally falling on top of defending champion Jason Reed. Through no fault of his own, Alan became the new champion, but he now finds himself in a sticky situation. His reign may be over before it even begins. You don’t need me to sit here and talk to you about all of the amazing feats Hendry has accomplished over the years – a current Ring of Honor star, the reigning Y Division Champion, a participant in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. If he has his way, then he’ll be adding the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship to his trophy cabinet. Keep in mind though, Caleb Valhalla is set to be at ringside for the bout. Unless Joe enters alongside Dave Conrad, he’s at a serious disadvantage here, despite his superior in-ring skills.

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WrestleZone Tag Team Championships
Blue Thunder & William Sterling (c) vs Scotty Swift & Connor Inglis

Christmas Chaos 2019 saw Blue Thunder and William Sterling capture their second set of Tag Team Championships, as they dethroned The Swift Lions in a Steel Cage Match. As a result of their loss, Johnny Lions was forced to retire from professional wrestling, but Scotty Swift is still finding himself as a tag team performer. With his usual partner now no longer an active wrestler, ‘The Red Haired Warrior’ now finds himself tagging with WrestleZone Training Academy standout Connor Inglis, marking Inglis’ first opportunity at championship gold, as well as his first year anniversary as an active wrestler. Swift and Inglis have one thing in common – they both had tremendous rivalries with Crusher Craib. ‘The Creator of Carnage’ never showed his respect for Swift at the conclusion of their rivalry following Halloween Hijinx 2018, but he did shake the hand of Inglis after he was pinned by the upstart for the third time last month. Crusher isn’t currently scheduled to wrestle at Summerhill Showdown, but thinking about it, he could easily insert himself into the Tag Team Championships picture. He surely can’t be pleased about his two biggest rivals getting championship opportunities while he’s left to the side – pair him with an Andy Wild or a Mauler Murphy, and just sit back as the destruction unfolds.

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Shawn Johnson vs Bryan Tucker

Seeing as their bout at Christmas Chaos didn’t properly get underway, WrestleZone management have ordered Shawn Johnson and Bryan Tucker to collide once more. Ever since Tucker made his return at Battle of the Nations, he’s had it out for his former Granite City Hotshots partner, reeling off the fact that Shawn believed he could make one simple phone call and they would just play happy families all over again. WrestleZone board member Len Ironside demanded a match be signed between the pair at the promotion’s final event of 2019, something that would come back to bite him as the pair were unable to keep their brawl confined to the ring. Will they stay in the ring this time? Who knows. Probably not. However, WrestleZone management are adamant that this will be the pair’s final match together, so it’s possible they’ll insist the assigned referee be slightly more lenient in the count out rules. Otherwise, the rivalry could stretch on for months like it did in 2016. If that is the case though, and the two wage war for the rest of their careers, you won’t see me complaining. Their initial rivalry was a barnstormer from start to finish.

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The Rejected (Chris Archer, Mikkey Vago & Kaden Garrick) vs The Foundation of the Future (Zach Dynamite, Bradley Evans & Ryan Riley)

The gang warfare rolls into 2020 as Chris Archer and Mikkey Vago are joined by the newest Rejected member Kaden Garrick to take on the SWN Year End Awards Tag Team to Watch, The Foundation of the Future. Together, Zach Dynamite, Bradley Evans, and the Male One to Watch Ryan Riley (two awards, truly inspirational) have been running roughshod over WrestleZone since their formation at last year’s Regal Rumble, with both Dynamite and Riley having unsuccessful challenges at Damien’s Undisputed Championship whereas Evans has been, well, a Mad Dog. He’s been going around all the pubs and streets over the Christmas period, picking fights with anyone he possibly can. His reasons for doing so? He’s been pinned twice now at the hands of The Rejected, once after taking a Kaden Garrick spear, and another time after being on the receiving end of a spinebuster/Poison Arrow combination. ‘The Mad Dog’ isn’t going to let that fate come around again. He always carries a chain around with him, a weapon which I can’t recall him actually using that much – perhaps Summerhill Showdown is the place to change that.

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Triple Threat Match
Jason Reed vs Andy Wild vs Dave Conrad

At Christmas Chaos, both Jason Reed and Andy Wild were on the losing ends in their respective championship encounters. ‘The Dad Bod God’ failed to capture the Undisputed Championship from Damien in a Triple Threat Match (Bingo Ballance was the third man in this match), while ‘The One For The Future’ lost his Tri-Counties Championship to Alan Sterling in a Fatal Four Way Match (Ryan Riley and Mikkey Vago rounded out the field). Now, the two Fife Delight members are heading into 2020 with the same thing in mind – to pick up championship gold, and dominate. The Regal Rumble takes place on March 21st, with a victory in the namesake match this year seeing the winner going onto the two-night supershow in May. Before then however, both Fifers have to find their way past Dave Conrad, another man making his WrestleZone debut on Saturday night. The Edinburgh native has had tremendous showings throughout his career in the likes of Discovery Wrestling, with a Respect Pro Wrestling debut last August seeing him have Shaun Walker’s retirement match. What a better way to make your WrestleZone debut than to defeat two former champions. If we’re being brutally honest here though, good luck and best wishes to Reed here – against both Wild and Conrad? He’ll be getting tossed all over the place!

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VIP Ticket Holders Pre-Show – Handicap Match
Mr P vs The Outfit (Dino Del Monte & Ted O’Keefe)

VIP ticket holders for Summerhill Showdown will see a match originally scheduled for Christmas Chaos, as Mr P battles both members of The Outfit in a Handicap Match. This one all stems from the pre-show of Halloween Hijinx, where P and Ted O’Keefe faced off in the inaugural Halloween Switcheroo Match, meaning they dressed in each other’s ring gear. O’Keefe would lose (although in a way he won, since Mr P was dressed as the gangster for the bout), resulting in both he and Dino Del Monte unleashing a post-match assault. A Handicap Match was scheduled for the final show of the year, but after picking up an injury during the training for the bout, Del Monte instead supported O’Keefe from ringside, eventually getting physically involved to assist his pal in winning the match to end 2019 on a high for The Outfit. It’s a shame for Mr P really – it’s been about a month and a half since that match, and still no-one has stepped into aid him in his battle with ‘The Granite City Gangsters’ (Β© Billy Strachan, 2019).

Tickets to Summerhill Showdown are still 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. Doors open at 6pm for VIP ticket holders and 6:30 for general admission ticket holders, with the main card getting underway from 7pm!


Announced Matches
Undisputed WrestleZone Championship – Damien (c) vs Lou King Sharp
WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship – Alan Sterling (c) w/Caleb Valhalla vs Joe Hendry
WrestleZone Tag Team Championships – Blue Thunder & William Sterling (c) vs Scotty Swift & Connor Inglis
Shawn Johnson vs Bryan Tucker
The Rejected (Chris Archer, Mikkey Vago & Kaden Garrick) vs The Foundation of the Future (Zach Dynamite, Bradley Evans & Ryan Riley)
Triple Threat Match – Jason Reed vs Andy Wild vs Dave Conrad
VIP Ticket Holders Pre-Show – Handicap Match – Mr P vs The Outfit (Dino Del Monte & Ted O’Keefe)

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