PREVIEW: WrestleZone Aberdeen Anarchy 2017

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

For four years WrestleZone have sold out the historic Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen. For the past four years we have seen Hall of Famers, Legends, stars from across the Atlantic head to the Granite City for an unforgettable night of professional wrestling.

And on June 17th it happens all over again.

And it keeps getting bigger.

Before we get onto the matches, at the 2016 Aberdeen Anarchy event Crusher Craib attempted to regain the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship from Scotty Swift. After a grueling contest Craib fell from the top turnbuckle and landed with an almighty crash, a pinfall later and Scotty Swift retained his championship. As Swift made a quick exit, Crusher Craib received medical attention for what was revealed to be a broken hip socket from the impact. At this years event it will be the first time fans will see Crusher in over a year, he will be making announcement about his career. What is interesting about this is, will he be announcing the end or will it be the beginning of something new…and terrifying. His return also adds an unpredictable element to the main event, will he help or hinder Scotty Swift if he decides to come a bit closer to the action?

Speaking of the main event, the first official match announced was made after the Regal Rumble when Sterling Oil’s Shawn Johnson outlasted 19 others to become the 2017 winner. Shawn Johnson’s win saw him catapulted to the main event, the first time since 2013 that Richard R Russell had a representative in the main event of the supershow. It didn’t end well back in 2013 but Russell is a master tactician who will have a plan lined up. What he may not be able to count on is loyalty, since Shawn was Russell’s chosen boy to win the Regal Rumble it has left Damien to become somewhat outcasted and shunned. His face at the end of the Regal Rumble spoke a thousand words:

photo credit Kyle Watt

Will Damien be a factor? Will Crusher Craib be a factor? Can Richard R Russell finally bring back the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship to Millionaire’s Row?

This is why Aberdeen Anarchy is a must see event and why it has sold out four years in a row to over 1000 fans. It’s edge of the seat viewing with predictions being split. The special guests may be what draws you in but the storylines crafted make you come back for more.

Scotty Swift will not only defend his Undisputed WrestleZone Championship but also an undefeated streak of 4 – 0 at the Beach Ballroom. It will be a mighty task if Johnson walks away with that belt in his grasp.

Richard R Russell is in for a busy night with not just one title match to watch but his the Sterling brothers have a chance to regain the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships against The Rejected. Archer and Vago took the champions by surprise by accepting their open challenge at Christmas Chaos 2016 and since then they have had William and Alan in their back pocket. For The Rejected to accept another title match they needed something in return, an opportunity to embarrass Richard R Russell and Sterling Oil one more time. If Archer & Vago retain the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships, Russell will have his head shaved bald. A big gamble for the high strung manager of Sterling Oil, a gamble that could see him save money on shampoo but also see his boys titleless on the biggest night in WrestleZone’s calendar.

Johnny Lions and Damien face off for one final battle, almost a year and a half of punches and insults thrown these two looked to fight forever. Lions will have the Evening Express’s Sean Wallace in his corner who suffered an attack by the increasingly erratic Damien. Could losing this final battle be the straw that broke the camel’s back? Should Damien be broken and his aim to prove his worth to Sterling Oil be at the forefront, this could spell the beginning of a very messy situation in WrestleZone.

Three matches into this review and we haven’t even scratched the surface on this years guests.

After Mickie James was removed from the line up due to re-signing with WWE, WrestleZone brought in former WWE Women’s and Divas Champion Melina as her replacement. The high profile superstar drew the ire of ‘The Queen of Catch’ Sammii Jayne who challenged Melina to a match, which she accepted. Unfortunately, a knee injury forced Melina to pull out of the match but she will still be there to support her substitute. ‘The Vixen of Violence’ Viper. Viper and Sammii faced off last year in an incredible mixed tag team match which saw Viper powerbomb Sammii off the second rope on the road to victory. As an added bonus, WrestleZone decided to make this match a tables match, just to add an extra layer of danger. These two are very familiar with each other so expect something special with plenty of twists and turns.

Sammii’s King is also in action as the finals of the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Title Tournament finally concludes at Aberdeen Anarchy following two failed semi final rounds with no winners. ‘The King of Catch’ Aspen Faith has been at the centre of this situation since his time limit draw at the Regal Rumble with the view of if he can’t be the champion, then no-one can. The beautiful WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship will be suspended above the ring and the winner will have to scale a ladder to retrieve that title and become the inagural champion. Let’s breakdown the final four:

Aspen Faith – Arguably the favourite to win, however, isn’t a fan of heights as revealed on the World of Trash podcast (link). Not short of confidence and has plenty of talent to overcome a little acrophobia.

Bingo Ballance – The Zenith of Zero Gravity is almost custom made for this exact match, no fear to take risks in the hope to gain gold.

Bryan Tucker – Out of the four participants, Tucker is the only man to compete in a ladder match at the Beach Ballroom. A match that also saw him victorious. Lightning could strike twice.

Zach Dynamite – The wildcard perhaps, certainly can fly but maybe hasn’t had the chance to shake off all the ring rust since his return last year from a long time sitting on the sidelines injured.

All we can be sure off is that we will have a new Tri-Counties Champion and it will be one of those four men.

Mr P and Grado ride again as they team up with WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi to face the physically imposing team of Andy Wild, Kid Fite and the debuting Sha Samuels. Mr P and Grado may’ve teamed up before but Fite and Samuels have held tag team gold, add Wild and you have a scary trio of calculating monsters. Wild and Mr P have been at each others throats with Wild looking to manhandle the principal of chaos but Mr P doesn’t go down without a fight plus he has back up, big back up in the form of former WWE Tag Team and Intercontinental Champion, WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi who surely has some stinkfaces with the names Wild, Samuels and Fite on the tank.

The final match to complete this preview is the battle of the big men, the colossal Lou King Sharp against former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Hornswoggle. A match up that will see Sharp having the rare chance to tower over his opponent. The ring will need to be supported just to hold Sharp’s hulking ego. This match will be worth the price of admission alone with shenanigans galore.

Plus the inclusion of a pre-show match for VIP ticket holders, a meet and greet before the event and a post show party in Aberdeen. Fans will be flocking, and likely turned away on the day, so it’s almost a necessity to buy tickets now so that you won’t be left disappointed.

Limited general admission tickets, priced at £17, are still on sale if you haven’t already got, available from any of the following places;
www.aberdeenperformingarts.com,
The Lemon Tree on West North Street,
His Majesty’s Theatre on Rosemount Viaduct or by phoning them on 01224 641122

Announced Matches:
Pre-Show – Blue Thunder & Bradley Evans vs Lord Mr Malice & Nathan North
Johnny Lions w/Sean Wallace vs Damien
Andy Wild, Sha Samuels & Kid Fite vs Grado, Rikishi & Mr P
Lou King Sharp vs Hornswoggle
Tables Match – Sammii Jayne vs Viper w/Melina
WrestleZone Tag Team Championships vs Richard R Russell’s Hair – The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) (c) vs The Sterling Brothers (William Sterling & Alan Sterling) w/Richard R Russell
WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship – Ladder Match – Bryan Tucker vs Bingo Ballance vs Aspen Faith vs Zach Dynamite
Undisputed WrestleZone Championship – Scotty Swift (c) vs Shawn Johnson

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