Six days after the eventful Battlezone show, Scottish Wrestling Alliance was back in action at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley for Aftermath! In what, on paper, looked like the best wrestling card you’re likely to see all year, there were a lot of expectations to live up to and yet again, SWA did not disappoint.
For the second consecutive week, we opened with the new Battlezone champion, Jack Gallagher, as he took on the man who he last eliminated in that very rumble match last week – Rampage Brown. In what was a rather surprising turn of events, Brown dominated from the get-go, thwarting any attempt of Gallagher gaining some momentum. Early on, Gallagher tried to straight out-wrestle the big guy, by working on Brown’s arm with a wristlock, and then a hammer lock. The writing seemed to be on the wall from a long way out though, as Brown used his power to keep Gallagher grounded, and despite Gallagher’s best attempts at a rally, Rampage managed to put him away with an emphatic piledriver.
Kenny Williams and Dickie Divers faced off in what was a fast paced encounter next. Kenny kicked us off with some high flying offense, culminating in his springboard back elbow for two. Divers looked to slow Williams down with a suplex. All the rage looked to be with the New Age Kliq’s master bump-taker, but he made the mistake of giving Kenny too much time on the top rope. When Divers failed to hit the superplex, Williams got his bearings, hitting his patented Quiffbuster DDT to pick up the hard fought win.
Next up, the team of Grado and Robbie Solar took on Eric Canyon and Grado’s long term nemesis, Adam Shame. On more than one occasion, Grado was stopped before completing his bionic elbow, before Shame had a shot at it himself. Solar used his quickness throughout to keep his larger opponents at bay. The match came to an end when Grado was able to put Shame away with an F5. It wasn’t the end of the night for Solar and Grado though, as Shame tried to put Solar through an ironing board. Grado rallied though, hitting Canyon with a Rock Bottom before powerbombing Shame through the ironing board himself.
The first half main event was the one we were all on the edge of our seats to see. Mikey Whiplash vs Tommy End. It was the match that drew me to the event before anything else was confirmed, and it didn’t fail to disappoint. We were treated to some of End’s infamous kicks to start with, as he tried to take Whiplash off guard. The action made its way to the outside, where End took to the top rope and hit the most mental moonsault onto Whiplash on the floor. Back in the ring, End tried to wear down Whiplash with numerous kicks, but the former SWA Zero1 Heavyweight champ proved difficult to put away. In the end, and after a hellacious contest, Whiplash was finally able to pick up the win with a huge lariat that turned End inside out. In a card that was as good as it was, this was a worthy match of the night.
The feel good story of the night came in the form of the SWA Tag Team Titles match between champions Glen Dunbar and Alex Cavanagh of The Forgotten and challengers Adam Carrel and Paisley’s own D.C.T – Muay Tache. Early on, it was The Forgotten who looked strong, taking advantage of the fact that Carrel and D.C.T didn’t appear to be on the same page entirely. On a couple of occasions, D.C.T tagged himself in while Carrel was building a head of steam, only to be dominated by Dunbar and Cavanagh. When it looked as though Muay Tache were closing in on the win, The Forgotten’s manager Jam O’Malley took it upon himself to ensure the titles stayed with his guys, but as he jumped onto the apron, title belt in hand, DCT sent Dunbar head first into it. The hometown boy rolled up the dazed Dunbar to capture the SWA Tag Team Championships for himself and Carrel, who finally agreed to give D.C.T a hug, as they celebrated their victory.
The term “dream match” gets thrown around a lot but this was one in every sense of the word as Noam Dar took on Lewis Girvan. In what was a well balanced affair, Girvan looked to prove just why he deserves to be at the top end of every card he’s on, and there would have been no better way of doing so than defeating arguably the best wrestler in Scotland in Noam Dar. We were treated to some of the best dropkicks in the business from either party, as well as some cracking chain wrestling throughout. A stinging superkick from Noam ultimately signalled the end, as he got Girvan in the backslide position, and then spun him around repeatedly before bringing him over the pin. Some cheekiness with his feet on the ropes helped wrap up the win for Dar. Afterwards, some wee boys ran up and one swung for Noam, who in turn picked up a steel chair and chased him out the room with it. At a family show. Ah, wrestling.
Another dream match-up next as Nikki Storm took on Canadian grappler Leah von Dutch in what was a somewhat quick encounter. When von Dutch sent Storm to the outside, Storm seemed to vanish into thin air. Confused, the Canadian took her eye off the ball, and when you’re facing one of the canniest wrestlers in the country, that can prove costly, and that was the case here. Storm reappeared out the other side of the ring, slid back in and rolled LvD up for the win.
Our main event of the evening was the age old tale of Scotland vs England, as Joe Coffey took on big Dave Mastiff in what was truly a hard-hitting contest… after it finally got started that is! After squaring each other up for a couple of minutes, Mastiff got on the mic to slander Scotland. Saying that we are still, and always will be, England’s slave country, after we spinelessly voted No. Joe was having none of that, and claimed that he wished there was a Yes vote, because he’d have personally rebuilt Hadrian’s Wall to keep people like Mastiff out of Scotland. Offended, Mastiff left the ring, but Coffey went in pursuit, bringing Mastiff back to the ring and THEN we had us a match. Attempts to take each other off their feet early on were met with failure, before Mastiff took advantage with a huge backdrop onto the prone Coffey. Mastiff hit a huge German suplex which couldn’t put Coffey away, before Coffey took to the top rope and hit a huge flying dropkick. Coffey began to get into the rhythm of the match, successfully hitting his big splashes in the corner, and an impressive German suplex of his own, before his trusty discus lariat proved enough to keep the big man down for the three count. Coffey celebrated with a Scotland flag as we closed another great night for the Scottish Wrestling Alliance. But with no fallout from his brother Mark’s betrayal on the night, one must wonder where Joe Coffey’s state of mind is at. I’m sure we’ll find out in due course.
Another fantastic show, with every match delivering in its own special way. The inclusion of Tommy End made for an extraordinary match with Whiplash and victories for hometown hero D.C.T and well loved former champ Joe Coffey ensured that everyone went home happy. All in all, I give this show 9.5/10, because Dickie Divers didn’t win. Dickie Divers 4 Life.