Preview: WrestleZone ‘Christmas Chaos’ (4 Dec)

WrestleZone Christmas Chaos 2021

Originally, I had written “What a year” for this opening paragraph, before quickly realising that this is only WrestleZone’s third show of 2021. Halloween Hijinx was a blast, though, wasn’t it? Christmas Chaos looks like it’ll be the same off the main event Christmas Brawl alone, but then you’ve also got the possibility of a Foundation of the Future celebration to end the night, a strap match, more Captain Alan antics, and who knows, maybe a pissy seat to go along with it, like the icing on top of a gone-off cake. You might even see Santa Claus as a guest timekeeper at some point. Let’s just hope he doesn’t do to Damien what Damien did to Johnny Lions in 2016…


Undisputed WrestleZone Championship – Triple Threat Christmas Brawl
Damien (c) vs. Bruiser Brad Evans vs. Scotty Swift

Christmas Brawls, like Halloween Brawls, are always a hoot, though these have taken on a much more serious tone than pumpkin helmets and sweeties inside a thumbtack bag. The last one in 2019 – Crusher Craib vs. the then-Connor Inglis – was brutal. Given how this has come around, we’re looking at CZW levels of madness here, just, y’know, without the DJ Hydes of the world if you know what I mean wink wink nudge nudge. Bruiser Brad Evans, furious at losing to Damien at Halloween Hijinx and that I called his uranage a Rock Bottom (an easy mistake), barged into WrestleZone’s recent Training Academy event, demanding a rematch for the title. He didn’t get one, but Scotty Swift got a Piledriver, hence his addition to the title picture. I would say that Damien’s title reign is pretty much over, as either an Evans or a Swift win would give WrestleZone that hook for 2022 to reel you in (or to make you think some mad, weird, doesn’t-even-make-sense storyline is happening, if you’re myself or Billy), but I said that for Halloween Hijinx, too. Damien had been quiet. He still is. The once-vocal champion has stepped back from talking the talk to focus on wrestling the wrestle. It’s worked once already, mind. A genuine must-see main event, this one.


WrestleZone Tag Team Championships
Crusher Craib & Connor Molloy (c) vs. The Foundation of the Future (Zach Dynamite & Ryan Riley)

Here’s where things get interesting. Bruiser Brad Evans, Zach Dynamite, and Ryan Riley, all members of the Foundation of the Future, find themselves on the challenging side of WrestleZone championship matches in the same evening. Maybe it’s just the smell of Christmas dinner in the air, but there’s big Sterling Oil vibes around this. For them to hold 66.66% of WrestleZone gold heading into 2022 would, again, give WZ that hook for both their regular fanbase and their new viewers as we approach Aberdeen Anarchy season. They looked like champions at Halloween Hijinx, which I thought only furthered my theory before lol, I’ll forever be wrong. Crusher Craib and Connor CraibMolloy are fine champions and had a fine match vs. Ted O’Keefe and Umar Mohammed, but our old chum COVID robbed us of properly enjoying their title run like we’d gotten to with Damien’s and Captain Alan Sterling‘s. A breath of fresh air could be beneficial here.


Strap Match
Shawn Johnson vs. Bryan Tucker

The lumberjack match wasn’t great, but Shawn Johnson vs. Bryan Tucker typically is. Their original 2016 run was superb, from Shawn’s initial turn right through to their Christmas Brawl at this very event five years ago. That’s what their blood feud should be remembered for; the big turn from Shawn, the even bigger Regal Rumble return from Bryan, the amazing matches they had, even the brief reunion of the Granite City Hotshots. It’s all been wonderful, but I just can’t get that thought of the lumberjack match out my mind. It wasn’t abysmal, but in comparison to the remainder of Halloween Hijinx, you can’t call it great. It didn’t help, of course, that in the initial strap match announcement video, I convinced myself – and have since convinced myself I’m not alone on this – that a Steel Cage match was on its way. Nonetheless, this will most likely serve as the conclusion to the story, just like it did in 2016, and we can all move on with our lives.


The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) vs. Captain Alan Sterling & Caleb Valhalla

Halloween Hijinx was a marvelous night for the Rejected, with Mikkey Vago winning the annual Halloween Brawl over Caleb Valhalla and Zach Dynamite, and Chris Archer usurping Captain Alan Sterling as the Tri-Counties Champion. At Christmas Chaos, they’ll look to accomplish the same feat, in doing so making it five of a possible six Christmas Chaos‘ to feature Vago and Sterling in the same match at WrestleZone’s December favourite. Looking back on that in itself is a journey, given the different range in match types; one year, you’re getting Vago military pressing Alan through a chair, and the next, you’re getting Captain Alan mistakenly landing atop Jason Reed off a Stunner. That, however, won’t be the big story here. Instead, it’s the age-old tale of Alan and Caleb. It’s almost like a running joke at this point, as it was beingΒ heavily teased pre-lockdown that a turn was happening, and now you’ve got the perfect opportunity to do it. You can easily build a story out of Alan blaming his Tri-Counties Championship loss on Caleb being absent from training sessions, instead wrestling for FCW and Reckless Intent. It’s a simple story, something that WrestleZone often does to great perfection.


Umar Mohammed vs. Ted O’Keefe

Case in point, Umar Mohammed vs. Ted O’Keefe is happening for a very simple reason. They teamed together at Halloween Hijinx, challenged unsuccessfully for the Tag Team Championships, and had a shove-off post-match. Umar was replacing Ted’s usual partner of Dino Del Monte. That’s the whole story. You don’t need anything else, though I’m sure Ted’s real reason for being fuming was because his altered Kameez wasn’t as extravagant as that of Umar. This is the match where you’ll maybe get a flip or two, if Umar’s recent outings at Fair City Wrestling have been anything to go by. It’s just great to (seemingly) have Umar on WrestleZone regularly. Watching social media highlights isn’t quite the same as experiencing the flamboyance in-person.


Mr P vs. Mauler Murphy

Otherwise known as the WWE 2K Universe Mode match of the night, Mr P vs. Mauler Murphy is also a thing that’s happening. All jokes aside, this could be fun. Murphy’s come a decent distance from when he first debuted at Proving Grounds 2019, getting closer and closer to being a legitimately entertaining big guy who does big guy things. His crowd work I’d say still needs some finishing touches glazed on, but aside from that, he’s getting there. Then, there’s Mr P, who’s about as complete and wholesome a wrestler as you can get. There’ll be some flag mischief and some lifting of the kilt for sure. It wouldn’t be Christmas without it, eh?


Pre-Show – WrestleZone Training Academy Showcase
Evan Young vs. Ronan King

So, this is cool. It’s no secret how fond SWN is of both WrestleZone and its Training Academy, but it’s not even just because they’re the local promotion and it’s the easy choice. The amount of talent coming out of the school is insane, and this proves it. Evan Young, coming off an impressive debut at Halloween Hijinx and subsequent win at WrestleZone’s Training Academy show, comes up against Ronan King. This will be my first chance to see Ronan live, him having only debuted at that aforementioned Academy show. All I know is he wears what appears to be Zubaz as his ring gear, which is…a choice. This effectively acts as an advertisement for the Academy, too. Let’s say you’ve got a young fan around the same age as Evan and Ronan sitting in the crowd on Saturday. Maybe they don’t think they can do it, but they oh so want to. Then, they see this match. They realise they can do it. They sign up. Fast forward a couple of years, they’re in the same spot as Evan and Ronan, and the cycle continues from there. Ideally, you’d then get flocks of aspiring wrestlers coming through the ranks just like that. On paper, it sounds like a great marketing strategy.

Tickets to Halloween Hijinx are available from Ringside World, priced at Β£15 for VIP, Β£12 for adults, and Β£10 for under 14s, with a pay-at-the-door option also available on the night. Doors open at 6pm for VIP ticket holders, and 6:30pm for everyone else, with a scheduled start for 7pm.

Announced Matches
Undisputed WrestleZone Championship – Triple Threat Christmas Brawl – Damien (c) vs. Bruiser Brad Evans vs. Scotty Swift
WrestleZone Tag Team Championships – Crusher Craib & Connor Molloy (c) vs. The Foundation of the Future (Zach Dynamite & Ryan Riley)
Strap Match – Shawn Johnson vs. Bryan Tucker
The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) vs. Captain Alan Sterling & Caleb Valhalla
Umar Mohammed vs. Ted O’Keefe
Mr P vs. Mauler Murphy
Pre-Show – WrestleZone Training Academy Showcase – Evan Young vs. Ronan King

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