This was quite an interesting match. Not often do you see a man getting booed in his own city in wrestling. Especially when that city is Bristol and his opponent is Welsh. Unfortunately for Charlie Sterling, all bar a small section of fans who were on his side, the rest of this audience was solidly behind ‘The Pride of Wales’. It got even more bizarre with the crowd heat of the local lad Sterling when he decided to disrespect the Welsh flag. Now, I know we have some Welsh fans in the crowd at these events, but to hear a Bristolian crowd booing one of their own for disrespecting the Welsh flag was something new to this reviewer!
Sterling controlled large portions of the match and showed why he’s regarded so highly by companies such as ICW and Rev Pro. He worked an aggressive style with small hints of his high flying capabilities that we tend to see in the aforementioned Insane Championship Wrestling. Being this dominant and aggressive, Sterling felt the need to anger his hometown crowd by flipping the bird on several occasions. Not cool, Charles! This is a family show!
It was the Welshman who picked up the win here. After Charlie missed what appeared to be a corkscrew senton from the top rope, Eddie, who was bleeding from the nose, scored with the Next Stop Driver to pin Charlie and win the opening contest of the evening. This wouldn’t be the last we’d see of Eddie on this show, though. Stay tuned folks…
The Brotherhood vs Team H8
One of the big questions heading into this event was “Would Jeckel accept Gideon’s offer to reunite Team H8?” Well, when Drowning Pool’s ‘Bodies’ hit our ears, our questions were answered as Gideon and Jeckel hit the ring together to take the attack to The Brotherhood gaining an early advantage on the young up and comers.
The momentum didn’t last long though as the numbers game soon caught up to Team H8 and The Brotherhood showed us the domination that they’ve been promising for months. Even when Team H8 looked like they could make the tag, Nathan Bane distracted Jeckel on the apron long enough for Joe Mezinger drag ‘The Red Emperor’ back into The Brotherhood’s corner to continue the beat down.
One impressive moment in this match was when Elijah Dahl had Gideon in the tree of woe and it looked as though Dahl was going to hit a double stomp to his adversary. However, Gideon showed great core strength to lift himself up and throw Dahl off the top rope halfway across the ring. Now that was cool! Sadly for Team H8, they weren’t able to pick up the win as The Brotherhood hit a Shield style triple powerbomb to Jeckel to pick up the win.
What does this mean moving forward? Is this feud now over with? Or will we see more battles between these two teams? Stay in touch with Pro Wrestling Chaos on all platforms of social media to find out!
‘The English Lion’ Eddie Ryan vs ‘The Innovator of Violence’ Tommy Dreamer
Now this isn’t something you see everyday. A former two time World Champion and wrestling legend in your hometown. I grew up watching Tommy in the early 2000’s in my mid teens and always loved his work. Now I was getting to see him wrestle while sat in the front row for one of my favourite promotions in my hometown of Yate. Definitely a dream come true for me to see the legend.
After a few early exchanges, Tommy grabs the mic which didn’t work initially. However, when Rob Maltman managed to fix the technical issue, Dreamer insisted that this match become no disqualifications, no count outs and falls count anywhere. Of course, the Chaos Club was all for this and I don’t think Eddie Ryan had much choice in the matter because Ref Mark made the stipulation official.
This was certainly one of the more hard fought battles of the night, but then I didn’t expect anything less from ‘The Innovator of Violence’ and ‘The English Lion’. Eddie has been begging for this type of opportunity for months and it’s safe to say that he left a huge impression on those who thought he couldn’t hang with a guy like Tommy. That’s even with the weapons Dreamer introduced which included couple of beer cans from a fan in the front row, a ladder and the ring bell. The ring bell was quite possibly Ryan’s least favourite as it was rung against a not too comfortable part of his anatomy!
Although ‘The English Lion’ fought valiantly here against the ECW Original, it was Tommy who picked up the win with a Dreamer Driver onto a steel chair. Now that Eddie has had this huge opportunity, and lost, how much longer can he go on demanding big matches? One thing I wouldn’t mind is seeing him forming a tag team with Big Grizzly. I think that could work perfectly given both men are constantly demanding the same things. However, more on Grizzly later on in the review.
‘Dirty’ Dick Riley vs ‘The King of Dong Style’ Joey Ryan vs ‘The Girl With the Shiniest Wizard’ Nixon Newell – ATTACK! Pro Wrestling 24/7 Title and DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight Title
Damn, that was a long title for this match, wasn’t it? Now, before I talk about the match I should point out that both championships can change hands at any stage. With this in mind, Dick Riley decided to roll up Nixon Newell as she hit the ring during her entrance to become the new ATTACK! Pro Wrestling 24/7 Champion. Yep, the match hadn’t even started and we had a pinfall.
When the match finally did get started, there were lots of “We love Dick!” chants, which surprised both Joey and Nixon. The popularity of Dick is enormous. Almost as enormous as his…(wait for it)…former tag team partners ego! Were you expecting me to say something else? Speaking of dick, Joey seemed obsessed with wanting someone to touch his at the start of the match, but wasn’t keen on comparing sizes with Riley. Yes, all of this happened on a family show and it was hilarious!
The match itself was great fun to watch. Lots of comedy, lots of Dick loving, lots of shenanigans and lots of fun! Hell, we even ended the match with a new DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion when Nixon Newell pinned Joey Ryan to win the belt. Even after the match the shenanigans weren’t over as Joey pinned Riley to become the new ATTACK! Pro Wrestling 24/7 champion. Well, it’s safe to say that I didn’t expect any titles to change hands so I’m astounded to see two title changes. I’m intrigued to see how this effects the next ATTACK! event in Cheltenham on May 13th!
The interval was up next. Me being back to my meet and greet ways queued to meet Tommy Dreamer. He seemed absolutely knackered, but then I was later told that he was running on very little sleep so it’s understandable that he seemed that way. Still, he was kind enough to sell merchandise and take pictures with lots of fans which was cool.
Bird & Boar vs The Modern Culture – Knights of Chaos Titles and ICW Tag Team Titles
Our second double title match of the evening saw the ICW Tag Team titles defended in a Pro Wrestling Chaos ring for the first time. Now, before I talk about this match, I want to mention that a few weeks ago, I had an idea that came to fruition here. What was that idea I hear you ask? Nerds! That’s right, those little sweets that we all used to love as kids. My thought process being that if enough of us had a box or two each, we could rile the Modern Culture. eBay was very good to me for this one as I couldn’t find a multi box of them anywhere else. It worked though! Hell, someone even threw a couple of boxes into the ring for Bird and Boar to feast upon!
Now that my mark out moment for the evening was done, onto the wrestling. This was a decent enough match. There was’t anything flashy about it and at the same time there wasn’t anything bad about it either. It was a smart match. Both teams had dominant spells, both teams hit some of their big spots and both teams looks very good! The match ended in a double count out which was how I expected it to end with both sets of belts being on the line. All four men held a bit back it felt but that could be to save something for us down the line.
Initially I was disappointed because we didn’t get to see Mrs Patterson’s Revenge, however when Bird told the Nerds that they weren’t done, they went after the Knights of Chaos, only to be stopped by security. The security didn’t hold them back for long though, as Bird and Boar took out a few members of the security team, dragged one of them back into the ring and hit Mrs Pattersons Revenge and celebrated with Nerds (the sweets variety) ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin style to a big ovation. Is this the only time we’ll see the ICW Tag Titles defended in Chaos? I sincerely hope not!
‘The Necromancer’ Mikey Whiplash vs Big Grizzly
Lets address the elephant in the room shall we? Yes, in the preview for this event I got Mikey Whiplash’s nickname horribly wrong and called him ‘The Neck Romancer’. Mikey did point this out for the world to see on Twitter and I did tell him I’d be making a sign saying “Mikey Loves Necks”. I did make the sign which sadly, I don’t think he saw and there were several reasons for this.
The first reason was the fact that Grizzly took out Mikey during his entrance and continued to beat on him for several minutes. Mikey did start to make a comeback, which was around the time my friends Tom Smith and Rowan Ellis decided to start a “Neck Romancer” chant and looked right over to me when they did. Grizzly did get back on top though but wasn’t able to pick up the win as Mikey rolled Grizz up for a three count.
Afterwards, Grizzly wasn’t done and unleashed a vicious assault on Mikey Whiplash. Grizzly has been wanting to make a statement for months now and I think it’s fair to say that he finally did it at Sweet Dreams at the expense of a British wrestling icon. Something tells me that this one is not over by a long, long way!
‘Flash’ Morgan Webster vs Alex Steele – King of Chaos Championship
Alex was wrestling in his hometown of Yate for Chaos’ richest prize and had the crowd firmly in his corner. Well, all barring one individual who decided to heckle both men throughout the match but the less said about that the better. Rob Maltman gave us our in ring introductions, as all top tier title matches should be presented. This really adds to the big fight feel in my opinion.
In the early stages, Alex was concerned about Modern Culture being at ringside and potentially having an influence on the match. He was right to be concerned as well as Danny Jones dragged Alex from the ring at one point. Ref Mark quickly made the right call though in banning the Knights of Chaos from ringside and informed Rob Maltman on commentary that if Jones and Ricci made their way back to ringside then Webster would forfeit the title. Harsh, but probably fair.
Now, there were three finishes to this match so I’ll go through them one by one for you:
Firstly, after Ref Mark had been knocked down when Webster drove Alex into him, ‘The Modfather’ grabbed his helmet from ringside but was stopped by the hometown hero. Alex, held the helmet looking to use it on Webster who was down on the canvas but insisted he wouldn’t. Webster then pulled one out of the Eddie Guerrero playbook by convincing Ref Paz that Alex had clocked him with the helmet. Paz called for the bell and Webster was declared the winner. Or was he?
Dave Mercy made his way to the ring and says he saw exactly what was going on and restarted the match as no DQ. Alex quickly took advantage and scored with a superkick. 1…2…3! Alex Steele had pinned ‘Flash’ to become the new Pro Wrestling Chaos King of Chaos champion in his hometown! Or had he?
Ref Mark pointed out to Rob Maltman that Webster’s foot was underneath the bottom rope which meant the pinfall didn’t stand and the match was restarted again! Once Webster had regained the composure which he lost after being knocked silly by that superkick, he locked in The Strangler which Steele was able to break free from. After a few more exchanges, Alex had seemingly re-injured the foot which he broke back in October at All or Nothing. Webster looked on concerned initially, and even started a round of applause for Alex.
That didn’t last long though as Morgan ran in with a knee strike and picked up a large piece of metal which he’d obtained from under the ring earlier in the match. Flash really went to town on Alex’s foot with this piece of metal before locking in the Figure Four Leg Lock which Alex eventually had no alternative but to tap out to. After the match had ended, Danny Jones and Edwin Ricci returned to the ring to start a beat down on Alex. Dave Mercy signalled for help and it came in the form of Alex’s tag team partner Eddie Dennis who cleaned house and seemingly signalled his intentions to challenge ‘Flash’ for the title down the line.
So, that wraps up this review of Pro Wrestling Chaos’ event Sweet Dreams. I’d struggle to decide which match I preferred between the opener of Eddie Dennis vs Charlie Sterling and the main event King of Chaos title match. All in all, it was a damn good wrestling show! One which you won’t want to miss when it’s available on demand.
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The next event for Pro Wrestling Chaos is their return to Westbury-on-Trym’s Newman Hall. One match has been announced so far and it’s a big one! Matt Riddle makes his Pro Wrestling Chaos debut when he takes on Mike Bird in what’s sure to be an awesome contest