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The ownership battle for Chaos has been a big centrepiece of the story over the last couple of shows, since the returning Dave Mercy rocked up at Total Chaos to challenge Pariah Khan’s status-quo, and now we’re at the point where the teams will start forming for October’s all-out, 4-on-4 decisive battle. Here and now though, Jeckel and Mike Bird will be choosing their partners for a #TeamKhan vs #TeamMercy tag match, with them likely to be the first selections for October it will be another chance to see how the vanguard skirmishes effect the final battle. Victory may well give that side a better chance at attracting the better soldiers, and Jeckel already holds a nefariously gained win over Bird from last month’s event.
The 6-man Lucha Libre Tag match from ‘Wrath of Khan’ created quite a buzz last month too, and gave us a high-octane taste of what’s to come when the Knights of Chaos Tag Team Tournament* continues as the Swords of Essex (Will Ospreay & Paul Robinson with Scotty Essex) take on Project Lucha (El Ligero and Martin Kirby), this time minus Shane Strickland and Mark Andrews.
The Wild Boar has been dominant as King of Chaos, defeating all challengers with his explosive power, excellent technique and gritty attitude, but has been handed a brutal test in the form of Dave Mastiff, one of the UK’s leading proponents of ‘Big Lads’ wrestling. They’ve got the challengers queuing though, with so many superb athletes in Chaos, so a Number-one Contender match is in order. Eddie Dennis is a solid contender after hard-fought, narrow defeats to visiting stars Drew Galloway and Chris Hero this year, but Eddie Ryan’s dislike of the Chaos fans has given him a new-found steely focus (and gaze) demonstrated in his demolition of Damian Dunne, so the two Eddies face off for a future chance at being Champ.
The match I’m personally looking forward to is the culmination of a long-running and bitter feud between Gideon and his former protégé ‘Evil’ Ian Williams, as Gideon puts his career on the line to challenge him in a No-Disqualification match. The promo videos released in the last couple of weeks have whet my appetite for this one too. Both men are outstanding wrestlers, Williams suits the role of cowardly desperate rogue that he adopts so well and Gideon is the epitome of a hard-man with a cause, neither of them hold anything back in their offence.
The final match announced is a return for the Wild Galleons, not seen since the end of last year, against Panda Club, composed of Chaos mainstay Panda Cub & débutant Panda Mask II. These guys aren’t just bright, cheery and kid-friendly, they are fantastically fast and entertaining in the ring as well. This is a card that is well backed by good feuds, stories and history; stylistically, it has something for everyone.
The only other thing to mention is the demands on Chaos management from the injured ‘Flash’ Morgan Webster: to distribute some beautifully shot promos of the Modfather, with a mysterious message ‘to the Man that Would be King’. All thriller, no filler, as they say!
As the show kicks off, General Manager Jimmy Havoc comes to the ring and, as usual, kicks out dapper announcer Hank McCoy because he has some bad news to give. Wild Boar is bought to the ring as he has an injury and cannot defend his championship, so Havoc torments him and the crowd a little with the prospect of stripping it from him. The Chaos faithful are having none of it however, backing the King of Chaos with chants of ‘Boar is our Champion’ shouting the GM down. Havoc allows the champ to keep his title with the caveat that he must be fit enough to face Sami Callihan at The Hungerford Games.
Team Khan/YWK (Jeckel & ??? w/Pariah Khan) vs Team Mercy/nWk (Mike Bird & ??? w/Dave Mercy)
Jeckel and Khan enter first to the great displeasure of the Chaos Club, with Khan grabbing the mic to disparage Bird’s four-letter slips at the last show and loquaciously introduce Jeckel’s partner, ‘Filthy’ Chris Walker of The Magnums. It’s been a while since the Magnums graced a Chaos ring, but Walker is always good value for sleazy excellence and made the most of his entrance. Bird and Mercy entered to cheers, and reposed on the front row to introduce their mystery competitor. Enter Rampage Brown, the man who had left Jeckel with a nasty head injury when they last met, to a huge ovation and a rapidly retreating Team Khan.
Brown dominated Chris Walker in the early going, showing his position as one of the UK’s leading heavyweights is well earned, and compounded Walker’s misery with some quick tags with Bird. ‘Flying’ Mike and Jeckel continued their enmity, once Jeckel had finally got back in the ring after trying to avoid Rampage, and worked over The Ginger Jesus expertly cutting the ring in half with deviously good rolling tags in the corner.
Bird valiantly fought his way out to deliver the hot tag to Rampage Brown, who came out like a rocket to deliver some mighty strikes, big boots and slams. Overall, Bird and Brown dominated this match, but it was to no avail as with Ref Paz dealing with Browns protestations of YWK cheating, Mike Bird received a savage ding on the head from the ring bell and was pinned quickly.
Two nefariously gained victories for Team Khan now, but as Dave Mercy points out to the gloating Pariah, it’s the match in October that really counts.
Jeckel & ‘Filthy’ Chris Walker w/Pariah Khan def. ‘Flying’ Mike Bird & Rampage Brown w/Dave Mercy by pinfall.
Career vs Career, No DQ Match: Gideon vs ‘Evil’ Ian Williams
Before the event, I was aware that Gideon was staking his career in order to tempt Williams into a final, decisive fight; it seems that the stakes have been taken to parity. I do love a good lucha de apuesta.
The desperation was tangible for this bout, Ian Williams coming out the block quickest and taking it to Gideon. In response Gideon dropped Evil Ian on to the ropes, and proceeded to almost decapitate him from the turnbuckle. Chairs were a major feature of this match; Gideon put down two and set Williams up for a muscle-buster from the corner, but having already suffered one earlier in the match he quickly came to his senses and reversed, bombing Gideon through them.
With Ian dazed, more and more chairs were added to the ring. Gideon had taken too long though, and suffered agonising drops on to the pile at Ian’s hand. Chairs weren’t the only weapon employed; Ian striking out with Gideon’s cane, even hitting himself with a rebound from the ropes until Gideon retorted with a sharp cranial cane-slap of his own.
This match was always on a knife-edge and control swung wildly between the two athletes, but Gideon put pay to this feud, and Ian’s career, with one last muscle-buster on to the unforgiving metal pile. 1-2-3.
Gideon def. Ian Williams by pinfall. Ian Williams retires as a result.
Big Grizzly vs Dave Mastiff
Replacing The Wild Boar as Mastiff’s opponent is Big Grizzly, who has been Chaos’s dominant big guy for a while, as well as wearing gold in other places around the region this year. He has also appears to have been converting mass to muscle recently and was very impressive in the opening of this match against the renowned Mastiff, trading hard slaps and forearms, even a couple of room-shaking suplexes and slams.
That was until the action spilled to the ring-side and Grizzly missed a chop to Mastiff’s chest and connected with the ring-post instead. Mastiff leapt to capitalise and worked the hand and arm hard, even getting a ring-side kiddie to take a nibble on the big Welshman’s finger; he beat off a rally from Grizzly and looked good for the win, until Big Grizzly locked in a match-winning choke-slam that echoed from the ceiling.
Big Grizzly def. Dave Mastiff by pinfall.
The intermission became very interesting, very quickly, when Jimmy Havoc and Gideon carried a taped and bound Ian Williams to the ring with a pair of hair-clippers… it’s not enough to take his career, Gideon wants revenge for his beard too!
Number One Contender Match: ‘The Pride of Wales’ Eddie Dennis vs ‘Lionheart’ Eddie Ryan.
The contrast in entrances between these two competitors was stark, Dennis had high energy and loud music with the love of the fans, whilst Ryan entered in silence, in plain trunks, his gaze of revilement reflected in that of the fans. Chilling and effective.
After some fun with names from Ref Mark, the Pride of Wales set out with his usual Strong attack, plenty of stinging chops, kicks and forearm strikes which the Lionheart weathered well, even escaping an attempt at a Next Stop Driver. They took it to ringside as well, Dennis enjoying his popularity with some crowd help and getting birthday boy Isaac involved with some blows to Ryan. The Chaos Club didn’t disappoint with the obvious either, ‘Let’s go Eddie… Eddie sucks!’ rang round the venue.
The Englishman wasn’t allowing all one-way traffic though, as he delivered a series of brutally elegant suplexes to Dennis and proved himself to be biding his time, waiting for the ideal moment to strike and lock in his extremely effective sleeper finisher. For the second time in consecutive Chaos events, Eddie Dennis is defeated by TKO/Referee stoppage.
Eddie Ryan def. Eddie Dennis by TKO to become No.1 Contender to the King of Chaos title.
The Wild Galleons (Roger The Cabin Boy & Kraken II) vs Panda Club (Panda Cub & Panda Mask II)
Kraken II is added as a late replacement for the AWOL Captain Dick Morgan, but hopefully he’ll be less grizzly than his namesake forebear! High-octane entrances are followed by some high-flying action, but the match was only really getting started when all the lights in the building went dark.
After the technical problems last month in Thornbury, my heart was in my mouth… would this be another show ruined before the main event? A flicker from the Chaostron though diminished my fears, but bought some new ones as Morgan Webster appeared on screen with another ‘to the Man that Would be King’ video, his messianic message demanding: Follow.
As the lights came back up, both Roger and Panda Cub turned immediately upon their own partners, falling for Flash’s hypnotic insinuations; all the more shocking considering Webster and Cub’s historic rivalry.
Wild Galleons vs Panda Club ended in No Contest.
Knights of Chaos Tag Team Tournament Semi-Final* Match: Project Lucha (El Ligero & Martin Kirby) vs The Swords of Essex (Will Ospreay & Paul Robinson w/Scotty Essex)
Before the match started, The Swords of Essex débuted their new British Triangle Championship belts as part of their impressive entrance. The crowd were seriously split for this match, both teams being firm fan favourites, and the trios match fresh in their memories. If duplication of last month’s show-stopper was a worry, then in all but quality it was quickly put to rest and I slipped into that rapturous state in which I found myself previously. Robinson and Kirby traded technical moves par-excellence, until El Ligero inserted his expertise into preventing Paul from getting to Ospreay. Eventually though, the Aerial Assassin was tagged by the tenacious Gent, Robinson, and set off with flips, kicks and his patented Essex Destroyer.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic, Project Lucha using all their tag-team nous to double-team and deal out their own high-flying, high-impact offence, but it was of no use. The finish was exquisite: Robinson hit a spinning wheel kick to the prone Ligero, and went to climb the turn-buckle. As the Mexican Sensation staggered to his feet, Will delivered the OsCutter, followed immediately by Paul’s sweet moonsault for the pin, progression into the final and yet another standing ovation!
Swords of Essex def. Project Lucha by pinfall to progress to the final of the Tag Tournament.
Grabbing a mic, Ospreay told the Chaos crowd that it was time that he stopped filling in for Scotty Essex, but praised his opponents for the two outstanding matches they’d been given. He finished off the night in spectacular form by telling Project Lucha to get another man again, so they can go at it for the British Triangle Championship too.
Yet another quality night from Pro Wrestling Chaos, with each and every match having it’s own story and building upon it, delivering quality wrestling and entertainment. No one can afford to ‘phone in’ a performance here, it’d stand out a mile.
The ownership battle has progressed, but with the performances mattering more than the results until October, it is almost certain that Team Mercy/nWk came away with the most plaudits and therefore the advantage in attracting their warriors for the final bout.
The obvious highlight matches for myself though were the Career vs Career No DQ – seriously, nothing was held back, the scalping felt like finality – and the Tag-Team Tournament Main Event for such sheer World Class quality.
A big thank-you as well to the retiring Ian Williams, despite his evilness and the poncho, he will be missed by many. At least we have Sami Callihan’s requested match against Wild Boar to look forward to!
My final note is a personal one, but relevant: I am a carer for my disabled wife, who I took to this, her first wrestling event since she was a kid. It was a big challenge for her, but the staff and fellow fans were an absolute delight, making the whole process so much easier. She is now hooked, and planning on coming to as many shows as her illness allows! If you have any issues, talk to the event organisers as they are very friendly and accommodating.
By Tim Ricketts (@TMRicketts)
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*Corrections and Apologies: Due to me misreading the announcement, I incorrectly stated that last month’s Lucha Tag match was part of the Tag Title Tournament. It’s not. This one is.