Pro Wrestling Chaos kicked off the new year in a great way with their first appearance at Newman Hall, Westbury-on-Trym. Doors opened at 1800hrs GMT at the new venue, so naturally, I got to the building for about 1745hrs. The building was tucked away behind a church and wasn't easy to find initially. A big thanks to Craig Gilbert for posting on Facebook about the whereabouts of Newman Hall. I think I'd still be trying to find it now otherwise!
As mentioned, I arrived a few minutes early so waited in the queue when a few familiar faces showed up, so we all had a good old chit chat while waiting. I posted on Facebook earlier in the day about it being my first time taking notes at a show and my good friend Jamie Taylor asked if I had my stopwatch ready. Well, the stopwatch got left at home sadly so manual counting would've been needed for match times. By the way, if you happen to read "Mississippi" a few times during this report, that's because I'm a man and can't multitask...
We got into the venue just after 1800hrs, showed our tickets/season ticket cards to the ladies on the door and went into the hall. For a smaller venue, it was a decent size. High ceiling, stage and probably 200-250 seats awaiting a sold out crowd. I bumped into a few friends inside, and we had about an hour to kill before showtime, so had a good catch up. I also had chance to speak with Drew Parker who was in attendance. Keep an eye out for him. The guy has bags of talent, potential and charisma. Always enjoy speaking with him. I got myself a drink (£1.90 for a can of Diet Coke! Safe to say I didn't drink too many of those!) before finding my seat which was, of course, front row.
The show kicked off at 1900hrs with Chaos owner Dave Mercy thanking the sold out crowd for...well...selling out the show of course. Dave announced that we have a new M.C. named Rob (who's last name I didn't quite catch so I do apologise) and live commentary for the first time ever which will now happen at all future Chaos events. This is one thing that I'm really happy about because previously they'd have the commentary as a voice over. I'm never one to talk badly of a promotion I love so dearly but I really struggled with the voice over commentary. Great move to have it live from now on! Dave also stated that the intention is to get shows available on the On Demand service a lot quicker (just £3.99 a month people. Which is almost free and we all like free stuff, don't we?)
Big Grizzly vs 'Flying' Mike Bird (Ref: Paz)
The opening contest was between Big Grizzly and two time former King of Chaos champion "The Ginger Jesus of Professional Wrestling" Mike Bird. As mentioned in the preview, these two have had a rivalry of sorts over the past four or five months with Bird coming out on top more often than not. I wasn't sure what to expect here. That's not in a negative way it's just that these two have been hitting ten bells of "you know what" out of each other for months so it was more of a case of "How much more "you know what" can they knock out of each other?" By the way, I should explain that I'm going to try to refrain from swearing...which for those who know me will find that highly surprising!
In the early stages, Bird being the more technical of the two, tried a little bit of chain wrestling but it proved difficult to get the much bigger man off of his feet. Grizzly soon took control using his power and strength using all kinds of holds, strikes and throws to wear down his more experienced adversary.
While in command, Grizzly thought it'd be a good idea to take off a turnbuckle pad to gain the unfair advantage. Paz warned Grizzly not to use the turnbuckle several times. Rather him than me, he's a big, scary dude! Paz' warnings didn't work though. Grizzly used the turnbuckle before hitting Bird with a huge chokeslam to pick up the win to gain a measure of revenge on "The Ginger Jesus".
Jetta & Jeckel vs Sierra Loxton & Gideon (Ref: Mark)
For me, this was certainly one of the more interesting match ups of the night because the one question on my mind, and quite possibly most of the fans in attendance, was "Is this a mixed tag (women vs women/men vs men only) or an intergender tag (anyone vs anyone). One thing I'd like to note is how intriguing Sierra is as a performer. She's got her character of 'The Freaky Princess' nailed down and is improving constantly in the ring. There's nothing but huge things in her future, especially given the fact that she's only 18 years old and has plenty of time to keep improving. Certainly one to keep an eye out for.
The entrances for Loxton and Gideon had me intrigued. Not because they were flashy by any means. But the fact that Sierra used the half war paint look with a Singapore cane to go along with Gideon's usual war paint and Singapore cane really made them look like a team. Certainly a team I'd love to see again down the line!
The question of "mixed" tag or "intergender" tag was quickly answered when Sierra and Jeckel faced off with one another. I enjoyed the fact that Jeckel didn't hold back and went at Loxton like he would've done if it was Gideon in the ring. It really added to the legitimacy of the match, which is one of the things that wrestling is all about.
The ending came about when it looked as though Gideon was going to knock out Jetta. A distraction by Jeckel prevented it and Jetta hit a low blow right in front of ref Mark. However, there was no disqualification! Why you ask? I can't tell you unfortunately. This allowed Jeckel to hit his finisher to pick up the win for his team. I must admit, when watching live, I was adamant that Sierra was the legal wrestler. I could be mistaken and I'll have to check once the VOD is available.
After the match, we saw The Brotherhood, Nathan Bane, Elijah Dahl and Joe Mezinger, appearing out of seemingly nowhere. These three men made their debut's at 'Let Them Eat Chaos' and they told us they'd make their mark. They surrounded the ring leaving Gideon and Sierra vulnerable in a three against two scenario. Gideon did his best to try and fight them off but the numbers were seemingly too much until help came from an unlikely source: Jeckel! He returned to the ring and The Brotherhood quickly scarpered. Why would Jeckel help out Gideon? Could all of this mean that we'll see a Team H8 reunion? I'm sure we'll find out at the next event, 'Chaos B Ballin' in February.
'Filthy' Chris Walker vs 'Dirty' Dick Riley (Ref: Paz)
A match built off of a heinous attack at 'Let Them Eat Chaos' which was well built up by M.C. Rob for the live crowd in Westbury-on-Trym. Walker came out to The Magnums old entrance music 'Hot Stuff' but had a completely new look. A black sleeveless leather jacket and black, ripped trousers which seems to suit the new Chris Walker really well.
Dick, on the other hand (I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere), had the old Magnums look but came out to 'Easy Lover' by Phil Collins. Of all the songs! Of all the fuc...I mean...um...flipping songs. It works, don't get me wrong. I've just never been a fan of Phil Collins and especially that song. Fingers crossed a camera didn't catch me singing along!
Riley, perhaps overcome with the emotion of the event, went after Walker straight away. Walker, of course, wanted nothing to do with any of it and tried to get away from Dick to put some distance between the two but Riley wouldn't allow it. On two or three occasions when Walker tried to get away, Riley stopped him and went on the attack. Something I admire in wrestling in tenacity and 'Dirty' Dick Riley has plenty of it.
Riley came out on top here. He used a vicious superkick to put away 'Filthy' Chris, but I really don't think we've seen the end of this. There seems to be more about this. Walker will have to justify his actions from 'Let Them Eat Chaos' and defeating Riley is the best way to do that. Should another match happen between these two former best friends, you won't see any complaints from your reporter!
The intermission came after this match which gave us all a chance to grab a drink, check out the merch or simply just sit around and talk about how awesome the first half of the show was! Not only that, a few people had gone to shows the previous night and also were off to shows the following day so that was a topic of discussion. All of that along with avoiding all forms of social media so that the WWE UK Championship Tournament was kept under wraps until we all got chance to watch it when we'd arrived home.
Steele Dragons vs Project Lucha - Knights of Chaos Championship (Ref: Mark)
Watching this, I honestly couldn't find the right adjective to use for this match. Funny? Humorous? Hard hitting? Literally all of those but perhaps entertaining would be better. Yes, entertaining! Adjective found! It almost felt like we were watching the banter edition of Project Lucha (similar to the banter edition of The Origin in PROGRESS) with all of the humour flying around.
After a load of shaking, handshaking, and group hug shenanigans at the start of the match, as well as everyone was trying to communicate with El Ligero, who only speaks fluent Spanish, the match got underway. Well, not quite. The Modern Culture (Danny Jones and Richie Edwards) came out accompanied by their leader: Mr. Heir to the Throne himself, 'Flash' Morgan Webster. Webster joined the commentary team while Richie and Danny stayed around the announce table.
The Modern Culture had a big say in the outcome of this match. They came down to ringside and took Ligero's cape as well as Eddie's mask (if you've never seen Eddie Mysterio, you're missing out). They mocked both men from the stage which caused Ligero and Dennis to chase them both to the back. Kirby looked to take advantage and set Alex up for the Sable Bomb, but the Bristol native was able to counter it into a sunset flip pinning combination for the win.
Afterwards, The Modern Culture came back out looking to put the boots to Kirby and Steele but they were chased away by Dennis and Ligero. There was a great show of respect between both teams after the match and the fans who chanted for all four men. Looking forward, it looks as though we'll be seeing The Steele Dragons defending against The Modern Culture. They seem to want to challenge for the belts and with Alex and Eddie being fighting champions, I'm sure a match between both teams isn't far off. The only question that's on my mind though is "Could it have been The Modern Culture who attacked Alex at 'Let Them Eat Chaos?" If it was, I'm sure we'll find out soon enough!
Eddie Ryan vs Rampage Brown (Ref: Paz)
Eddie Ryan had been saying all over social media that he wanted more competition in the land of Chaos and he certainly got it in this match. This was probably the most physical match on the night, which came as no surprise to me whatsoever. Both men are hard hitting, powerful and love a good slobber knocker. Rampage has some of the hardest chops I've ever witnessed and wouldn't mind seeing a chopping contest between him and Mike Bird. Perhaps they could use Eddie Ryan's chest as the target? It certainly got a lot of abuse here so he should be used to it!
Eddie picked up the win in this one. He countered a piledriver into a pinning combination but used the ropes to gain the unfair advantage. Rampage was clearly upset that Paz hadn't seen this but he had no time to argue as he was attacked by Eddie after the bell in a completely unprovoked attack. Rampage had the last laugh though as he ended up hitting Ryan with a Piledriver which, when Eddie came back around, seemed to daze and confuse the number one contender.
The question on my mind is "When will Eddie get his title opportunity?" He's been the number one contender since August and hasn't yet had his title shot. Will he get it at the next event? Will he have to wait longer? Will he ever get it? I'm sure that if Chaos management don't hand him his rightful title match, he'll do whatever he wants to take it. After all, who's going to try and stop him?
Wild Boar vs Jimmy Havoc - King of Chaos Championship (Ref: Mark)
Main event time and the crowd was electric for the King of Chaos. Boar has developed a huge, huge following from the Chaos faithful over the past 18 months or so since he won the first ever Heir To The Throne. His intensity in the ring is only matched by his ability to put on stellar matches time and time again. This match was no exception to that either.
When you have two extremely talented guys like Boar and Jimmy Havoc against one another, only one thing can happen: Magic! A lot of people tend to forget just how good of a wrestler Jimmy is because of his history in no disqualification type matches. I defy anyone who can name five men or women on these shores better at story telling in the ring than Jimmy. Hell, name me three! It's one of the main reasons why he draws so much attention from fans, whether they're cheering or booing him.
This match had it all: Drama, physicality, wrestling and most of all: A damn good story! A few minutes in, both men had found their way to the stage where they were knocking ten bells of "you know what" out of each other. Ref Mark was issuing the count and as he got to nine, Jimmy clocked Boar with a huge Acid Rainmaker on the stage. Mark counted to ten and it was announced that the match was a double count out. Jimmy, clearly incensed by this decision, ordered Mark to restart the match as a no DQ which Boar was happy to agree to.
This brought complete and utter chaos (pun intended). Havoc grabbed himself a couple of chairs, Boar got one for himself and hit Jimmy in the head with it when the challenger tried to pull Boar into the ring. Boar dominated his challenger for the next few minutes after that. This domination included Boar spearing Havoc through a legless table and there was a near fall on the pin attempt.
Jimmy started coming back into it with a DDT onto a chair and a few moments later superkicked a chair into Boar's face. Havoc was unable to put the champion away though. I talked about Dick Riley being tenacious earlier. I personally don't think there's a more tenacious wrestler in Chaos than Wild Boar. Everything he's had thrown at him this year and he's still fighting! That's one of the things the Chaos fans love most about Boar. The fact that he doesn't give in, and he certainly wasn't going to give in to Jimmy on this night.
The brutality ended, funnily enough, with a wrestling move. Havoc looked to score with another Acid Rainmaker but Boar countered into a backslide for the three count and retained his King of Chaos Championship. After the match had ended, Havoc offered a handshake to his opponent which Boar eventually accepted. What he didn't see coming was the low blow that Jimmy hit and the Acid Rainmaker which followed leaving Boar down on the canvas. This now leads us into...
Wild Boar vs 'Flash' Morgan Webster - King of Chaos Championship (Ref: Mark)
As Jimmy was leaving the hall, the familiar sound of 'Flash' Morgan Webster's music hit, and out he came with his briefcase in hand. After a brief stare down on the stage with the former challenger, Jimmy seemingly gave Webster his blessing to take advantage of the carnage he'd just left in the ring. However, Morgan, sporting a sling to protect his injured shoulder, stopped as he was making his way to the ring because the King of Chaos had made it back up to his feet. What Boar didn't see coming was Richie Edwards and Danny Jones running in from behind to attack him. That's when 'The Modfather' made his way into the ring to announce he was cashing in.
Ref Mark wasn't keen on the thought of a cash in under these circumstances, but he had no choice and was forced to allow it. However, that all came after a vicious assault by The Modern Culture on the champion who lay prone in the ring for Webster to pin him...1...2...KICK OUT! Boar was still alive in the match and Webster had a real look of worry on his face. He saw the title belt in the corner and picked it up to use it on the champion, but this was stopped by the referee. Boar got a long two count off of a roll up which saw Mark dragged from the ring by Richie Edwards and both he and Danny Jones issued the beat down on the outside.
After another attack in the ring on the champion, who did manage to hit a spear on Jones, Webster ordered Richie to "go and get him". We were all thinking who Webster could've been talking about. Could it have been another wrestler to assist in the attack? Could it have been a ghost from Boar's past? My hope was that it would've been Mike Bird. However, it turned out to be Paz. However, it wasn't to help, he was dragged out in a headlock by Richie and forced to officiate the rest of the match.
From that point on it was pretty much all Webster. He hit several knee strikes to the face of Wild Boar and ordered Paz to check to see if Boar gave up after each one. However, the tenacious Wild Boar never gives up. This prompted 'Flash' to hit one more running knee and followed it up with his version of the Guillotine Choke. As Boar faded, Paz checked on the champion. Boar's arm dropped once...twice...and as Paz held it up for the third time, you could see the despair in his face. Clearly he didn't want to be the one to cost Boar the title. Ref Mark had come back around on the outside and told Paz he had to let the arm go. He did and it dropped to the canvas for a third time meaning that 'Flash' Morgan Webster had become the new King of Chaos Champion. Much to the chagrin of a sold out Newman Hall that is. Not so much for me, though. I've been a Webster fan since I first saw him and took great pride in rubbing it in that 'The Modfather' had just taken the highest honour in Pro Wrestling Chaos!
I had a bit of a smug grin all the way home (the grin was huge). Texting friends who either weren't in attendance or aren't able to get to the Bristol area that we have a new King in the land of Pro Wrestling Chaos and his name is 'Flash' Morgan Webster!
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