Pro Wrestling Chaos returned to Yate for what was their biggest show of the year so far in front of over 400 fans at Yate Leisure Centre. There was a stacked card with absolutely zero filler matches announced. With an unpredictable evening ahead, most of the talk surrounded the main event King of Chaos title match between the King 'Flash' Morgan Webster, 'The Pride of Wales' Eddie Dennis and 'The Heavy Metal Hero' Alex Steele. The winner would obviously be named the King of Chaos, the man who gets pinned or submits would have to leave the promotion and the person not involved in the fall would not be able to contest for Chaos' top championship for the remainder of 2017. Intriguing!
The Brotherhood vs The 3 Demon Army - Steel Cage Match
Another huge match and milestone for Chaos was the first ever Steel Cage match. This was everything we'd hoped for and then some! There was action, drama, unpredictability and Jeckel entering the match via a crossbody from the top of the cage! Yes, you read that correctly and yes, it was incredible!
The rules were very simple - Two men would start (Gideon and Nathan Bane) and every two minutes a wrestler would be selected at random to join the action. Elijah and Mikey Whiplash were the next two wrestlers followed by Joe Mezinger and lastly, Jeckel. The winner would be the team who escaped the cage first.
Bane was the first wrestler to escape the cage, albeit with an assist from Mikey Whiplash. You'd have to think that The Necromancer was thinking of using the numbers game to dominate Mezinger and Elijah. Whiplash was the next person to escape the cage moments before Elijah made his exit. This left Mezinger in a vulnerable one-on-two scenario and as it looked like both members of Team H8 were about to escape the cage, Mezinger prevented Jeckel from doing so while Gideon left his partner to face the mouthpiece of The Brotherhood alone.
There were attempted run ins from Nathan Bane and Elijah but they were thwarted in those attempts by Mikey Whiplash, Gideon and Sierra Loxton who wielded a Singapore cane. Soon after the war on the outside was done, Jeckel managed to escape the cage to win the match for The 3 Demon Army, leaving The Brotherhood to ponder how they lost the biggest match in their young career.
Winners - The 3 Demon Army
While the cage was being taken down, Dave Mercy announced that for the double header event, Coalition of Chaos in October, Rhia O'Reilly and Sierra Loxton are the last two names to fill up the remaining spots in the Maiden of Chaos tournament. Also, during the evening show for that double header, WWE United Kingdom Champion will be in action.
Charlie Sterling vs. Eddie Ryan vs. Paul London vs. Dick Riley
Charlie must be getting fed up with seeing long entrances for his opponents. After facing Alex Steele at the previous event in Hanham, the Bristol native had to endure another long entrance, this time from former WWE Superstar Paul London.
Speaking of London, it was great to see him not being the star of the show. Chaos have a very good habit of making sure the home grown talent on the shows stand out just as much, if not more so than the international stars. Something that can't be said for a lot of other promotions who I feel could learn a thing or two from Chaos when it comes to this sort of thing.
Although he's not a fan favourite by any stretch of the imagination, it was awesome to see Charlie Sterling picking up his first win in a Pro Wrestling Chaos ring. It's more than fair to say that Charlie has had some of the most entertaining matches in Chaos so far in 2017 and picking up a win in the biggest show of the year has to be very satisfying for him after all of that hard work he's put in over the last six months.
Winner - Charlie Sterling
Big Grizzly's Open Challenge
Big Grizzly was out next to address his open challenge. Who would answer the current Heir to the Throne? The answer - Nobody. At least if Grizzly had it his way nobody would've answered it. Grizzly said that the open challenge was cancelled and he'd be watching the rest of the show with the audience when Dragon Pro Academy graduate Beano made his way to the ring.
Beano vs. Big Grizzly
This was a classic case of David vs. Goliath here with the twenty year old Beano coming out to challenge a much more experienced opponent in Big Grizzly. As you can imagine, Grizzly dominated large portions of this match with Beano getting his shots in and eventually overcoming the big man for arguably the biggest win of his career.
Once Grizzly had finished complaining about the result, he realised that Beano was eyeing up his Heir to the Throne briefcase. What ensued was a game of cat and mouse as Beano stole Grizzy's briefcase and ran for all he was worth. Grizz was unable to catch him, even tripping over in his attempts to retrieve his briefcase - much to the delight of the fans in attendance!
Winner - Beano
Project Lucha Underground vs. Mike Bird, Wild Boar & Drew Parker
Welcome back, Drew! This was Parker's first appearance in a Pro Wrestling Chaos ring in over two years and it's more than fair to say he hit a home run with his performance in this match. He had some great tools to work with here. He teamed with the current ICW Tag Team Champions and faced the current Knights of Chaos and current CZW World Champion. Not bad company to keep, Drew!
In a first for Pro Wrestling Chaos, this match was streamed live via Facebook for the world to see. I heard a rumour on the night that over 2,000 people viewed the match live via said Facebook stream. If that is true then that's absolutely amazing. Hopefully this becomes more of a regular thing for Chaos moving forward.
The team of Project Lucha Underground took this one. Ligero and Kirby hoisted Boar up onto their shoulders and Strickland scored with a double foot stomp from the top rope to pick up the win for his team. Again, much like Paul London earlier in the night, Strickland didn't shine above the other five men in this match but shone enough so that everyone knew who he was if the didn't already.
Winners - Project Lucha Underground
Brendan White vs. Chris Ridgeway
If there was an award for best wrestled match of the night then, for me, this match would win it hands down. Although when you've got two of the most talented young wrestlers in the UK in the ring together, what else should be expected? The debuting Chris Ridgeway left a great impression on the fans with the way he worked in this match and fans who regularly check out other South-West and South Wales promotions should be more than familiar with Brendan.
The only disappointment I had was Brendan's new entrance music. Not that I disliked the song, but I was hoping to have a sing along to Survivor's Rocky IV classic Burning Heart. Much like Beano and Drew Parker earlier in the night, both of these men hit a home run with their performance and it's a match I highly recommend everyone checks out on UK Wrestling On Demand (for just £3.99 a month!)
In what came as a big surprise to me, Brendan picked up the win. I say it was a surprise because of the waves Chris Ridgeway has been making around the country as of late. I fully expect and hope to see him back in Chaos in the future because 'Smashmouth' really is a damn fine talent.
Winner - Brendan White
Dragon Pro Academy vs. PCW Academy
A battle two of the finest wrestling academy's in the UK. Representing Dragon Pro was Oliver Sudden teaming with the man who defeated Eddie Ryan at the previous event, Mr. Bananas and their opponents were Philip Michael and Sheik El Sharm.
I hadn't seen much of Oliver Sudden prior to this show and hadn't ever seen the two men representing the PCW Academy, but suffice to say I was very impressed with everyone here. It was Sheik El Sharm and Philip Michael who picked up the win here. This was a match where I'd highly recommend keeping an eye out for all four wrestlers in the future!
Winners - PCW Academy
King of Chaos Championship - 'Flash' Morgan Webster vs. Eddie Dennis vs. Alex Steele
This was quite possibly the biggest main event championship match in Pro Wrestling Chaos history. The man who took the pinfall or submitted would be forced to leave Pro Wrestling Chaos forever. The man not involved in the decision wouldn't be able to challenge for the King of Chaos title for the remainder of 2017 while the winner would walk away with the title and the bragging rights. All the right ingredients for a dramatic and emotional story, right?
This had every ounce of drama and emotion that you could ever wish for in a wrestling match. There were near falls, moments where wrestlers could've submitted and even a spot where it looked as though Webster had re-injured the shoulder which kept him on the sidelines for most of 2016. This was the moment where Webster was taken to the back to get medical attention but he returned moments later, realising that both his title and place on the Chaos roster were in doubt with Eddie and Alex knocking ten bells to poop out of each other in the ring.
Sadly for 'The Modfather', his return to the ring was all in vein as he ended up on the receiving end of a Next Stop Driver from Eddie and had his shoulders counted to the mat meaning the title had changed hands as the fans went absolutely wild for the new King of Chaos, Eddie Dennis.
Although I was extremely happy for Eddie because he's genuinely one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting, I was more upset that I'd not get to see my favourite British wrestler, Morgan Webster, in a Pro Wrestling Chaos ring again. Webster was one of two men who captured my imagination in British wrestling through attending Pro Wrestling Chaos events so to see him leave was highly emotional for me.
Winner and new King of Chaos - Eddie Dennis
So there we have it. Apologies for the review not having as much detail as usual. The story behind that is having written the whole thing out and then closing my web browser before I'd saved my work. Rookie mistake!
The next event comes from Thornbury Leisure Centre on September 23rd. Announced for that event already are WWE Superstar Mark Andrews as well as wXw regular 'Speedball' Mike Bayley and former Ring of Honor star Veda Scott. Unfortunately, I won't be in attendance for this event as I'll be in Wolverhampton with my BritWres Review brother, Billy Johnson for Fight Club: PRO that weekend. Tickets are still available so if you wish to be there, make sure you go to www.prowrestlingchaos.com to get yours!