So, after a great first half year for WrestleZone, they marched into the Summer months full of pride. With several gala shows scheduled, WrestleZone were eager to make an impact, and they did just that by debuting in a new town on July 16th, that town being Laurencekirk. The show will always go down as one of the most historic nights not just in WrestleZone, but in the whole of professional wrestling for one sole reason. That reason was the Super Executioner scoring his first ever victory in his WrestleZone career as he defeated Lord Mr Malice. Elsewhere on the show, Chris Archer defeated Cysto, Johnny Lions and Damien added another chapter to their rivalry by going to a double count out and the tag title situation developed as Alan Sterling defeated Mr P while Kaden Garrick defeated William Sterling. The main event saw Scotty Swift retain his Undisputed Title yet again, this time against Mikkey Vago.
Just a week after making their Laurencekirk debut, WrestleZone returned to Aberdeen’s Cairncry Community Centre for their annual Proving Grounds event. The main event saw Scotty Swift successfully defend his Undisputed Title against the Super Executioner in the company’s first ever Blindfold match. Elsewhere, Cysto 2 scored an upset over Alan Sterling following a distraction from Mr P, Shawn Johnson defeated a man making his first appearance in a WrestleZone ring in Jason Reed and Damien shut down Jimbo Bannon of the WrestleZone Training Academy before having a staredown with Scotty Swift to round off the show.
WrestleZone returned to the Northern Hotel on August 13th for the annual Battle of the Nations show. The main event saw Scotty Swift retain his Undisputed Title in a fantastic Triple Threat against Damien and Joe Coffey, with Aspen Faith unable to compete due to a concussion. The night also saw the Sterling Brothers, William and Alan, win their fourth set of Tag Team Titles in WrestleZone by defeating Kaden Garrick & Mr P, with Alan becoming the first man to pin Kaden’s shoulders to the mat. Elsewhere, Lucy Cole made her debut for the company in a loss to Sammii Jayne, Zach Dynamite returned after a 2 year absence due to injury to defeat Lord Mr Malice, Sir Andrew Wilde won the 2016 Batle of the Nations match for England by defeating Johnny Lions, Shawn Johnson continued his rivalry with Bryan Tucker by defeating him in an Unsanctioned match and Blue Thunder & Jimbo Bannon picked up an impressive win over The Rejected.
WrestleZone then returned to the Banchory Town Hall on August 27th with Damien scoring the victory in the evening’s main event, pinning Zach Dynamite in a Triple Threat match also involving the Undisputed Champion Scotty Swift. Scotty picked up a neck injury in the match but thankfully it was nothing to be worried about. Elsewhere on the card, Kaden Garrick suffered his second pinfall against Sir Andrew Wilde, both members of The Rejected suffered singles losses as Mr P defeated Chris Archer and Bryan Tucker defeated Mikkey Vago, Jimbo Bannon defeated Lord Mr Malice and Jason Reed avenged his Proving Grounds debut loss by defeating The Super Executioner. The next day on August 28th, WrestleZone headed to the Union Terrace Gardens for the last of their 2016 summer gala shows as part of Celebrate Aberdeen.
The stars of WrestleZone returned to action in September with a show on the 17th at Keith’s Longmore Hall. The main event saw Scotty Swift successfully defend his Undisputed WrestleZone Title against Damien in a match that saw Johnny Lions, Bryan Tucker, Alan Sterling and Shawn Johnson all getting involved. I honestly could’ve saw the title changing hands here, not typical for one of the smaller shows. Elsewhere on the show, Alan Sterling picked up a win over young Jimbo Bannon, Shawn Johnson handed another loss to Kaden Garrick, Bryan Tucker defeated Mikkey Vago with a hold of his jeans, Johnny Lions picked up a victory over Vago’s tag partner Chris Archer and Blue Thunder battled through the flu to defeat Lord Mr Malice. A thoroughly enjoyable show.
To round off September, WrestleZone headed back to the Brechin City Hall with the Tag Team Titles hanging in the balance during the main event. Sterling Oil’s Alan Sterling and Shawn Johnson defended the gold against former champ Kaden Garrick and the reigning Undisputed Champion Scotty Swift. It was Swift and Garrick that came out on top via DQ as Alan nailed Kaden with a low blow, retaining the titles for Sterling Oil as a result. Elsewhere, Mikkey Vago defeated Blue Thunder, Bryan Tucker defeated the WrestleZone Dominator, Chris Archer defeated Johnny Lions in a Keith rematch with Damien putting the boots to his former tag partner after the match, Damien took down Jimbo Bannon in a Proving Grounds rematch and Jason Reed returned to WrestleZone as he defeated Lord Mr Malice. It’s worth noting Jeeves Winchester was absent from ringside after catching the flu from Blue Thunder. All in all, a great month for WrestleZone. October could only bring good things, especially with Halloween Hijinx at the end of the month in Inverurie.
WrestleZone started October off with their usual show in Balmedie. This was a huge night for WrestleZone, as they announced the introduction of the Tri-Counties Title. Aspen Faith returned at this show and demanded he get the title. Blue Thunder came out, and a match between the two was made for the following week in the 1st Round of the tournament to crown the inaugural champion. Elsewhere, Jimbo Bannon picked up the win against Chris Archer, Bryan Tucker defeated Mikkey Vago for the 3rd time in a matter of weeks, Andrew Wilde defeated Jason Reed, Johnny Lions was victorious over The Super Executioner, Blue Thunder defeated Lord Mr Malice yet again and Scotty Swift retained the Undisputed Title in the main event against Kaden Garrick and Sterling Oil’s Shawn Johnson. What a night for WrestleZone.
Just one week after, WrestleZone debuted at the Kincorth Community Centre for a charity show to raise funds for the refurbishment of the centre. The main event saw Andy Wild continue his recent win streak as he advance to the Quarterfinals of the Tri-Counties Title Tournament with a win over Jimbo Bannon, before he won the main event 10 man Battle Royal to earn a crack at Scotty Swift’s Undisputed Title at Halloween Hijinx. That match also saw WrestleZone Training Academy members Bradley Maidment and Mark Gove earn the chance to shine alongside some of WrestleZone’s top grapplers. Elsewhere on the event, the Sterling Oil duo of Alan Sterling & Shawn Johnson retained their Tag Team Titles against former champs Kaden Garrick & Mr P via dirty tactics, Aspen Faith defeated Blue Thunder to join Andy Wild in the Quarterfinals, Scotty Swift picked up the win over Mikkey Vago in non-title action and Bryan Tucker won his match against Chris Archer. The road to Halloween Hijinx was looking good.
Halloween Hijinx eventually arrived, and was topped off by the end of a record-setting reign for Scotty Swift. Andy Wild was the one to finally end the 525 day reign of the Red Haired Warrior as Undisputed Champion in the night’s main event. Staying on the topic of titles, Shawn Johnson and Bingo Ballance advanced in the Tri-Counties Title Tournament, joining Aspen Faith and Andy Wild in the final 8, with wins over Mr P and Alan Sterling. Elsewhere on the show, Damien finally got a pinfall over Johnny Lions, Aspen Faith defeated Kaden Garrick to continue Kaden’s losing streak and Cysto was victorious in a Halloween match over The Super Executioner and Lord Mr Malice. What a great month WrestleZone had in October, with three historic shows. The month also saw the company move to a permanent location in Aberdeen where all business duties would be handled aswell as new training facilities. It could only go up from here.
After a great October, WrestleZone made their way to Huntly on November 12th for another great night of action. The evening’s main event saw Andy Wild make the first defence of his newly won Undisputed Title against Johnny Lions with a controversial ending as Andy had a hold of the ropes during the winning pinfall. Elsewhere on the card, Bryan Tucker moved on to the Quarterfinals of the Tri-Counties Title Tournament with a win over Bryan Tucker, Sterling Oil members Alan Sterling, Shawn Johnson and Damien picked up the victory over the team of Mr P, Jason Reed and Cysto 1, Scotty Swift won his match against Mikkey Vago, Chris Archer got a win over Blue Thunder and Aspen Faith picked up the win over Jimbo Bannon in another controversial ending as the referee was taken out while Aspen tapped. By the looks of it, WrestleZone were continuing their great run in October into November.
For their penultimate event of 2016, WrestleZone rolled into the Arbroath Community Centre for a huge night of action. The evening was capped off with a huge six man tag as Scotty Swift, Kaden Garrick and Mr P faced Sterling Oil members Alan Sterling, Shawn Johnson and Damien. Following the involvement of Johnson’s former tag partner Bryan Tucker, it was Kaden Garrick that picked up the win for his team following a devastating spear to Alan. Elsewhere on the stacked card, Johnny Lions advanced in the Tri-Counties Title Tournament with a win over Lord Mr Malice, Mikkey Vago returned to winning ways with a victory over Cysto 1, Chris Archer defeated Bryan Tucker due to a distraction from Shawn Johnson, Lou King Sharp picked up his first WrestleZone win of the year over Blue Thunder and Jimbo Bannon avenged his loss in Huntly when he made Aspen Faith tap out.
WrestleZone capped the year off with Christmas Chaos 2016, making their debut at the Danestone Community Centre. The evening was full of announcements and shocking twists. Grado was announced to be making his return to the Granite City at Summerhill Showdown 2017, while Mickie James was the first former WWE superstar revealed for Aberdeen Anarchy. The evening was concluded with Andy Wild making a successful defense of the Undisputed WrestleZone Title against Scotty Swift and Johnny Lions with the assistance of Damien, dressed as Cysto. Other bouts on the show saw Aspen Faith defeat Jimbo Bannon 2-1 in a contest competed under British Rules, Bryan Tucker ended his rivalry with former tag partner Shawn Johnson by picking up the win in the annual Christmas Brawl and Zach Dynamite and Damien advanced to the Quarterfinals of the Tri-Counties Title Tournament with wins over Chris Archer and Jason Reed respectively. WrestleZone management’s Len Ironside also revealed the actual title belt, which is a beauty, and announced the finals of the tournament would be taking place in Westhill in early 2017. Finally, the opening match of the show saw Sterling Oil’s Shawn Johnson and Alan Sterling retained the Tag Team Titles over Kaden Garrick and Mr P. As a result, Kaden and Mr P are banned from teaming together ever again. However after the match, Kaden made sure that stipulation would be enforced when he attacked his now former tag partner. What a show this was to end 2016.
And so that was 2016 for WrestleZone. A year of shocks and twists now leads us into an exciting period for the Granite City promotion. All eyes will now be focused on making it to Aberdeen Anarchy on June 17th at the Beach Ballroom, and I’m sure there will be many twists and turns along the way.
– Adam Morrison