We Are The Champions: Aberdeen Anarchy’s Championship Contests

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When it comes to championship matches at Aberdeen Anarchy, not just anyone can challenge for the gold on offer. The challengers need to earn their opportunities at the gold, such as winning the Regal Rumble Match in the case of the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship. Since 2013, there have been a total of 11 championship contests held at the biggest event on WrestleZone’s calendar. In those matches, the likes of Crusher Craib, Joe Coffey, Andy Wild, and The Rejected have entered the event as champion, while names like Jack Jester, Aspen Faith, Damien, and The Granite City Hotshots have left the venue with the titles around their waists.


Aberdeen Anarchy – June 1st 2013 – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Crusher Craib def. Johnny Lions to win the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship w/Len Ironside as Special Guest Ringside Enforcer

The first Aberdeen Anarchy (if we’re only counting the Beach Ballroom events) took place on June 1st 2013 and featured a mammoth main event, as “Tenacious” Johnny Lions defended his Undisputed Championship against the winner of the 2013 Regal Rumble Match Crusher Craib. Sterling Oil’s adviser Richard R. Russell stood in Lions’ corner (the rest of Sterling Oil had been sent to the back prior to the match), while British wrestling legend and now WrestleZone board member Len Ironside served as the ringside enforcer for the bout. It was an evenly contested match for the most part, with The Creator of Carnage executing a fallaway slam while The Tenacious One performed the Biggest Legdrop Ever (it’s huge). A boot to the face of referee Mikey Innes allowed William Sterling and Mr Malice to return to ringside, eventually receiving a double noggin’ knocker from Ironside. Damien rushed through the crowd and superkicked Craib, with Richard R. Russell then revealing a referee shirt. He was quickly taken out be Len though and one big boot later, Crusher Craib began his first reign as the Undisputed Champion.

Not defended – The WrestleZone Tag Team Championships (then-champions The Granite City Hotshots (Bryan Tucker & Shawn Johnson) teamed with Jim Duggan to defeat Aspen Faith, James Midas, and Scott Maverick)

Aberdeen Anarchy – May 10th 2014 – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Jack Jester def. Crusher Craib to win the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship

In one of the more brutal Aberdeen Anarchy matches, Crusher Craib (still in the reign from when he won it the previous year) put his title on the line against 2014 Regal Rumble winner Jack Jester. The build towards the match was as tense as ever and when the ball rang, all hell broke loose. Referee Mikey Innes wasn’t safe at any point during the contest, eventually finding himself knocked to the floor. The whole match was just a big brawl between two behemoths who hated each other, resulting in a steel chair and Jester’s trademark corkscrew both coming into use. In one of the most shocking WrestleZone moments, Big Kink grabbed staff member Thea and essentially held her hostage, threatening to do some serious damage to her unless Craib laid down. Once everything settled down, the champ was levelled with the chair and after a tombstone piledriver, we had a new Undisputed Champion crowned.

The Granite City Hotshots (Bryan Tucker & Shawn Johnson) def. The Thunder Buddies (Blue Thunder & William Sterling) in a Ladder Match to win the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships

The second Beach Ballroom show saw the first ever Ladder Match in WrestleZone history as The Thunder Buddies defended the Tag Team Championships against The Granite City Hotshots. Throughout the whole match, all four men took their fair share of bumps and spills on to and off the ladders. Shawn Johnson took a huge dive off a ladder on to his opponents at ringside in one of the best visuals I’ve seen from WrestleZone, while William Sterling was lucky to still be standing after the match with the amount of painful-looking spots he was taking. He goes above and beyond in these big stipulation matches. When it came to the end though, it would be The Hotshots leaving the building that night with the titles around their waists once again.

Aberdeen Anarchy – May 23rd 2015 – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Scotty Swift def. Joe Coffey to win the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship

Coming into Aberdeen Anarchy 2015, Joe Coffey had shockingly dethroned Crusher Craib to capture the Undisputed Championship and Scotty Swift had won the year’s Regal Rumble Match. The title match itself was a big one, having a lovely video package explaining what professional wrestling means to The Red Haired Warrior. Not too long into the match, it looked as if things were going to be cut short as The Iron King missed his Fall From Nebula crossbody, clutching at his knee in the process. It’s wrestling though, this was all a ruse – that cheeky Coffey! Finishers were traded before Swift hoisted Coffey on to his shoulders with a Granite City Driver. One, two, three. The hometown here had done it in one of the most feel-good WrestleZone moments ever.

Not defended – The WrestleZone Tag Team Championships (then-champions The Granite City Hotshots (Bryan Tucker and Shawn Johnson) lost to Jack Jester and in a Triple Threat Match to Kenny Williams, also involving Bingo Ballance, respectively)

Aberdeen Anarchy – June 4th 2016 – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Scotty Swift def. Crusher Craib to retain the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship

At this point, Scotty Swift vs 2016 Regal Rumble winner Crusher Craib was without a doubt the biggest Aberdeen Anarchy main event of all time. Two of WrestleZone’s biggest names of all time battling it out on the biggest stage of them all. With Swift clinging on to his Undisputed Championship and Craib booting Shawn Johnson out to win his third Regal Rumble Match, the fans were eager to witness what was sure to be a classic match. That is exactly what this was, with both men putting it all on the line to leave as the champ. Ring announcer Martyn Clunes took a spill at ringside during the match after The Creator of Carnage rang through him, followed soon after by Crusher missing a diving splash. A normal reversal from Swift at first but a more serious thing as we soon learned. WrestleZone’s most dominant force was put on the injured shelf as a result.

Not defended – The WrestleZone Tag Team Championships (then-champions Kaden Garrick & Mr P teamed with Johnny Lions in a losing effort in a Ladder Match to Sterling Oil (Damien & The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling))

Aberdeen Anarchy – June 17th 2017 – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Shawn Johnson def. Scotty Swift to win the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship

2017 would mark a pivotal moment for the career of Shawn Johnson as Richard R. Russell lost hope in Damien as being Sterling Oil’s golden boy, instead placing that trust in Shawn. Clearly, he knew what he was doing as the former Granite City Hotshot would go on to win the 2017 Regal Rumble Match and earn the right to challenge for Scotty Swift’s Undisputed Championship at Aberdeen Anarchy. Damien and The Sterling Brothers would be ejected from ringside not long after the bell rang, providing an even playing field for the time being. Both men utilised all manner of strikes and submission holds in an effort to wear each other down, followed not long after by a ref bump. As expected, Sterling Oil returned to ringside, eventually being chased off by guest commentator Crusher Craib. However, a boot to the skull of Swift would cement Crusher’s status within Sterling Oil and would also assist Johnson in bringing the Undisputed Championship to the ranks of Sterling Oil.

Aspen Faith def. Bingo Ballance, Bryan Tucker and Zach Dynamite in a Fatal Four Way Ladder Match to crown the inaugural WrestleZone Tri-Counties Champion

Starting in late 2016, a 16 man tournament commenced to crown the inaugural WrestleZone Tri-Counties Champion. By the following April though, management were unable to determine their two finalists as the four remaining competitors – Aspen Faith, Bingo Ballance, Bryan Tucker, and Zach Dynamite – kept going to no contests, time limit draws, double disqualifications, etc. in their semifinal bouts. As a result, Chris McDonald put them all in a Ladder Match at the Beach Ballroom extravaganza. The match, as you would expect, was one of the best WZ matches in recent history. Each man took their fair share of pain, with Dynamite leaping off a ladder with a somersault dive on to everyone else down below while Ballance nailed a unique slingshot lungblower out of the corner. In the end, Tucker was trapped in a ladder-assisted tree of woe while everyone’s favourite Irishman lay helpless underneath another ladder with Aspen and Zach at the top. A quick snap of the fingers ala Pete Dunne, and The King of Catch made WrestleZone history!

The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) def. The Sterling Brothers (Alan Sterling & William Sterling) in a Titles vs Hair Match to retain the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships

One of the main stories for the entirety of 2017 was the Tag Team Championships battle between The Rejected and The Sterling Brothers. At that year’s Aberdeen Anarchy, they faced off in one of their many matches for the titles, with Richard R. Russell’s hair also on the line. Right off the bat, Chris Archer and Mikkey Vago wiped out their opponents with suicide dives, something we don’t often see from the latter. Alan and William used some dirty tactics to control the match in their favour for a while, with Triple R also getting involved at one point and taken out for his troubles. A diving flatliner from Archer to Alan secured a win for The Rejected, and Russell was shaved bald post-match to the delight of every single person in the Ballroom that evening.

Aberdeen Anarchy X – September 1st 2018 – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Damien def. Shawn Johnson in a Steel Cage Match to win the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship w/Lee McAllister as Special Guest Ringside Enforcer

The rivalry that built up between Damien and his former Sterling Oil comrades was immense, with every moment providing a new dynamic to the story. It all came to a head at Aberdeen Anarchy X, WrestleZone’s tenth anniversary. Professional boxer and general toughman Lee McAllister served as the ringside enforcer while a steel cage surrounded the ring for the first time in WrestleZone history. Both men wasted no time in trying to escape the cage for a quick and easy victory, with Damien also diving from atop the cage at one point, caring more about inflicting pain on Shawn than winning the math. The Sterling Brothers were both wiped out at ringside at the hands of McAllister, while Richard R. Russell would also be ragdolled around the outside. A low blow on the side of the cage (shades of how Shawn regained the title from Damien at the 2018 Summerhill Showdown event) saw Damien become the first ever three-time Undisputed Champion ever.

Zach Dynamite def. Andy Wild, Mr P and Nathan North in a Fatal Four Way Match to win the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship

With a challenger to Andy Wild’s Tri-Counties Championship unable to be determined, WrestleZone management instead gave The Stovie Superman Zach Dynamite, Mr P, and Nathan North to contend with in the one match. This wasn’t a match for Wild though, with overhead belly to belly suplexes coming for every one of his challengers. North appeared to take the brunt of the damage throughout the match – poor lad. Mr P connected with his signature axe kick in the latter stages of the match, before being hoisted on to the shoulders of his apparent friend Bradley Evans and dropped with a TKO. Just like that, Zach Dynamite was once again crowned the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Champion.

The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) def. The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan) in an Elimination Tables Match to retain the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships

After their formation in WrestleZone at the 2018 Regal Rumble, The Kings of Catch received their first two on two opportunity at the Tag Team Championships opposite The Rejected at Aberdeen Anarchy X, with the only way to win being to put your opponents through tables. All four competitors tore into each other, with Aspen Faith and Mikkey Vago both going through tables. As it looked like the same was about to happen to Lewis Girvan, Faith hopped on to the ring apron and shoved Chris Archer off the ropes through Martyn Clunes’ desk at ringside. They’d done it! The Kings of Catch reigned supreme! But they never because apparently, announcer tables don’t bloody count. A Hype Ryder later, and The Rejected remained the champions for a few more weeks.


The card for this year’s Aberdeen Anarchy as it currently stands:

Undisputed WrestleZone Championship with Austin Osiris as Special Guest Referee – Damien vs RUDO Lightning (c)
Fatal Four Way Match for the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship
– Mr P (c) vs Andy Wild vs Jason Reed vs Shawn Johnson
Triple Threat Steel Cage Match for the WrestleZone Tag Team Championships
– The Kings of Catch (Aspen Faith & Lewis Girvan) (c) vs Scotty Swift & Johnny Lions vs The Thunder Buddies (Blue Thunder & William Sterling)
PAC vs Zach Dynamite
Triple Threat Match – Bingo Ballance vs Lionheart vs Crusher Craib
Grado vs Alan Sterling
WrestleZone Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Triple Threat Match
– The Rejected (Chris Archer & Mikkey Vago) vs The Foundation of the Future (Bradley Evans & Ryan Riley) vs The Outfit (Dino Del Monte & Ted O’Keefe)
VIP Ticket Holders Pre-Show Triple Threat Match – Irving Garrett vs Caleb Valhalla vs Kaden Garrick

At the time of writing, tickets can still be purchased both online from http://www.ringsideworld.co.uk and in-person at Forbidden Planet in Aberdeen. Tickets are priced £27 for a ringside ticket and £17 for a general admission ticket. Please note, ringside tickets can be purchased online only. Doors for ringside ticket holders open at 5pm followed by general admission ticket holders at 6pm, with the main portion of the show kicking off at 7pm. Come along and witness a historic night for all at WrestleZone!

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