REVIEW: IPW:UK Snodmania 2017

REVIEW: IPW:UK Snodmania 2017


 




On Saturday the 3rd of June, IPW returned to Snodland for their annual SNODMANIA event. The 2017 show was a night of fine wrestling and the action was swell. The theme for the show featured four singles matches, with each winner of said matches advancing to the main event of the evening, a Fatal-4-Way Elimination Match. The wrestler that then won the 4-man ruckus was crowned the SNODMANIA king! With a great chance to make this night their own, the IPW men and women competed to continue making their own mark within the promotion or in some cases... make an indelible first impression. Here's what went down...


1 - Fatal-4-Way Qualifier:  'Liverpool's Number 1' Zack Gibson defeated 'WWE UK Star' Tucker via submission
















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Robyn Goding





The night gets off to a rowdy start as the ever-so proud Zack Gibson's music hits, a rousing rendition of Liverpool's anthem. Zack walks to the ring in stride as he observes the Snodland crowd, he doesn't look too pleased. His face needs to be seen to genuinely understand his resentment towards those who boo him. Upon entering the ring Gibson takes an opportunity to address the fans. He informs that he is "Liverpool's Numb-ehhh 1, soon to be recognised as the UK's Numb-ehhh 1 and The World's Numb-ehhh 1", Zack speaks with conviction as he couldn't care less what the people of Snodland think about him. Tucker soon emerges to the approval of the crowd, the crowd instantaneously know who they'd like to see advance into the main event that night. Knowing what we do about both of these wrestlers, it was clearly going to be a solid bout. Right off the bat, Gibson and Tucker tore into each other. Zack really dislikes Snodland as he was heckled by a fan to which he condemned the remark hurled at him by saying that's the kind of thing he expects from this scumbag area. Yeah, Zack has no regard for any feelings he may hurt. Throughout the match, Gibson seems to find motivation in knowing that his rough, aggressive strikes take a lot out of Tucker however Tucker's unwavering desire to win and wow the audience is what keeps him in the fight. When he does get the chance to fight back, Tucker does everything he can to impress the fans. At one point in their encounter, the two trade forearms as they attack one another back-and-forth. Eventually after using the ref as a distraction, Gibson slaps Tucker in the head in a show of disrespect and locks in the Shankly Gates much to the dismay of Snodland but Zack doesn't care as he picks up the win.


2 - Fatal-4-Way Qualifier: 'Savvy' Sid Scala defeated Kelly Sixx via pinfall











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Robyn Goding



On paper, this clash has all the makings of a quality wrestling match and that's exactly what it was. It was a real mix of competition, entertainment and personality. 'Savvy' Sid Scala and the diligent Kelly Sixx are two completely different performers. Sid Scala is light-hearted and thrives off of the positive energy from those that love him. Kelly Sixx on the other hand wrestles with a chip on his shoulder, he hates everyone. Sixx is nasty and he knows it, that's exactly the demeanor and attitude he displays while performing. Before the action gets underway, there's a blatant contrast in the competitors entrances. One thing that is never lost on me is the sheer happiness and joy that Sid Scala brings to crowds when his music hits. The moment he explodes through the curtain on his trusty scooter, fans are elated. Sid raises the mood as he greets fans of all ages at ringside as they cheer him on. His liveliness and enthusiasm makes people gleeful. Then, there's Kelly Sixx, who shouts at fans on the way to the ring, trying to bring them down by finding just about anything to insult them with. The mood of his entrance differentiates to that of Scala's. Sixx isn't about fun, he's about getting down to business but then again, don't be fooled, as much as 'Savvy' Sid Scala enjoys having great times, he's all about getting it done. At the beginning of the match, 'Savvy' Sid is up to his tricks much to the delight of the fans. Sixx questions whether they're there to wrestle or have a laugh. Sid tells him they're there to wrestle and as the contest begins, Sixx backs into the corner begging the ref to make Scala wrestle properly. This set the tone for the rest of the bout. The match is full of comedic elements such as Sid using his savvy to outsmart Kelly, making him fall for his classic tricks. There are so many good ones to be seen. On one particular occasion in the contest, Sixx leaves the ring as Sid proceeds to chase him through the crowd, in an attempt to catch Kelly faster, Scala runs to the merchandise table to grab his scooter. Sid then chases Sixx on his scooter, it was hilarious to see. Sixx resorted to being boisterous pulling Sid's "stupid long hair!". Kelly also found solace in mocking crowd members who were cheering for Sid by copying their actions and asking them if they were 5. When it was all said and done though, Sid's perseverant ways paid off as he picked up the win to secure his spot in the main event.




3 - Bonus Match: Chakara defeated Bobbi Tyler via pinfall











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Robyn Goding



This was a bonus match due to some re-scheduling that had to take place on the card but the bout that was made presented a golden opportunity to the dynamic Chakara and debuting Bobbi Tyler. This impromptu battle between two promising women looking to turn more heads on the IPW scene saw a fierce confrontation commence. Chakara always wrestles with heart and an admirable amount of fighting spirit and this match was no exception, she fought with fortitude and boldness. This was all opposed by a formidably nifty Bobbi Tyler who looked to open eyes herself making a first time appearance with IPW. With IPW Women's Champion, Livvii Grace at ringside, Chakara had the chance to show Livvii that she had what it takes to win the championship in their championship match at Harlow on the 2nd of July. Bobbi had the chance to show Livvii that she could be a future contender. Tyler carried herself with an air of confidence as she couldn't understand why the fans never took to her, during the course of the match Bobbi makes quips about first impressions, even exclaiming "You only just met me!" in regards to the negative reactions she was receiving. Bobbi just couldn't see herself doing any wrong. Chakara encourages the fans to will her on as she slaps the canvas making them rally in support of her. If there was ever a testament to Chakara's resiliency, it's when she caught Bobbi with a Powerbomb when Tyler tried to hit her with a Double-knee Facebuster. After connecting with the move, there was a moment in the match where both women lay flat on their backs. Despite Chakara hanging in there and mustering the strength to pull-off the move, she couldn't capitalise on it for the pin but it was an opening in the match that she needed to get that spring back in her step. The finish came when Chakara hit Bobbi with her signature Gory Neckbreaker. Upon celebrating her victory, Chakara was daring Livvii Grace at ringside to get in the ring and fight her. Grace turned down the offer telling Chakara no, it was her night off before looking around as if she couldn't believe Chakara had the audacity to call her out that way. This was a big win for Chakara as she now has a confidence boost going into Harlow. There's certainly a lot going on in the women's division. Chakara has proven that she's championship material. Livvii Grace though, well Livvii is devious and has reinvented herself to become a champion that is resolute. You've got to give it to her, she'll do what it takes no matter how dastardly. Livvii is a real bad, villainous knockout if you know what I'm saying? Then there's 'Amazon' Ayesha Ray and Nightshade to consider, they're the other 2 ladies involved in the equation. Who's going to emerge the champion from their big-time match-up in Harlow? I don't know but I'll go on record by saying this now, the girls are going to smash it. It's one not to be missed. Whether you're there in person or you watch the show on-demand, you need to see it. Also, if you are subscribed to IPW's on-demand service, check out Bobbi Tyler. I pose you these two questions, what do you think of her and does she rub you the wrong way?






4 - 'Wrecking Ball' Scott Star and Kotaro Suzuki defeated The London Riots via pinfall











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Robyn Goding



This tag team match was a good one. It was solid and exciting. There were a number of elements that made it so. The All-England Champion Scott Star had the chance to team up with seasoned veteran and Japanese star Kotaro Suzuki who has appeared at IPW once before picking up a win over a young Marty Scurll. The London Riots consistently evolve as a team and they're an absolutely fantastic duo that always put on great performances regardless of who they are put in there with. Looking at it from that stand-point alone, all of these guys together vying for a win, sparks! The match started off with Rob Lynch and Kotaro Suzuki putting on an impressive display of sound technical wrestling. Lynch performs with power and assertiveness. When Scott Star and 'Shotgun' James Davis get in there, the pace starts to pick-up. Scott imitates JD's shotgun motion which Davis doesn't take too kindly too and gets aggressive with Star. He pulls Scott's shirt over his head so he cannot see the barrage of forearms he hits him with in the corner, it's little nuances like that which make James a feisty competitor. What you see in this match is how well Star and Suzuki gel together when paired up to take on the tandem of James Davis and Rob Lynch. When it comes to getting gritty, Star, Suzuki, Davis and Lynch all have that next level of grit in them. Another element in this match which was riveting to see is the combos of tag team moves. The London Riots have this series of manoeuvers in which they deliver a flurry of kicks to their opponents head before putting them down with a lariat for JD to hit a Running Senton, it always looks cool and effective, they performed it in this bout. If you enjoy tag team wrestling and the creative chaos it brings, I recommend you watch this match. It pitted two teams with a difference in style and had them go at it until a winner prevailed. Star and Suzuki won when they hit a Superkick and Tiger-feint Kick simultaneously.




5 - Fatal-4-Way Qualifier: Wild Boar defeated 'The Original Badman' Beano via pinfall











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Robyn Goding



This contest writes itself. You put a decorated wrestler and champion from all around in the UK in Wild Boar against a man that calls himself 'The Original Badman' Beano. They're both making their own respective IPW debuts and look to pick up a victory in this singles match to qualify for the main event, in the hopes that they then win that. What better way to start making waves? With this serving as their motivation, it was time to wrestle... or was it? Beano weren't having none of it, Boar's intimidating presence appeared to have thrown Badman Beano off early as he exited the ring which prompted fans to chant "You don't know what you're doing!". Beano was trying to reason with the crowd telling them he ain't scared of no one and he dares them to get in there with the wild one. The longer Beano spent outside the ring the more rampant Boar was getting, he was raring to go. At this point the crowd was left wondering if Beano was a badman or madman. After delaying their match any further, Beano plucked up the courage to go face-to-face with Wild Boar and when he did, he took it to him. Boar synonymous with being a brutal hard-hitter, was able to dish out everything he absorbed and more. They took their fight outside the ring as Boar delivered an onslaught of attacks on Beano's chest. In one moment of the match Beano retreats while literally yelling at the camera "My poor chest!", to see the raw emotion of this match you'll need to watch on-demand and see for yourself what it was like to see Beano wincing in pain up close. You'll see it in his face, he was hurting. It all proved to be too much for Beano, Wild Boar's savage ways left Beano out for the count. Boar advances and Beano is left distraught. I can imagine Beano would like the chance to bounce back though.




6 - Fatal-4-Way Qualifier: 'Smooth' Sammy Smooth defeated Danny Duggan via pinfall due to interference from Livvii Grace and Cieran Donnelly











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Robyn Goding



Two of IPW's most polarising talents were set to go head-to-head in a bout that was surely going to have some controversy involved. Why? Well, because of everything that has been going on in IPW as of late and all the factors that were present on this night. There is always trouble when The Rebel Without A Cause Sammy Smooth is around. He's conniving. Much-like Livvii Grace he shares the same by any means necessary mentality. Going into this match you have to wonder what was going through Danny Duggan's mind after the events of Supershow 9 in Rochester when he was assaulted by his former DND partner and long-time friend Cieran Donnelly. Either way, IPW fans have taken to Duggan in a major way as he has proven to be a popular star. The same used to be able to be said about Sammy Smooth. Duggan looked to take charge of his singles career while Sammy recently lost the All-England Championship so both guys had hopes of winning their qualifying match and then the Fatal-4-Way main event to get back on the right track once again. As Sammy's music hits, the atmosphere resembles that of a western movie, like you're awaiting the arrival of an outlaw, a bandit, a good guy gone bad. Smooth takes his time to step through the curtain and when he does, he takes even more time to continue making his way to the ring. Sammy has an intangible energy about him, he creates a mood. Duggan's music hits and the crowd give him a warm welcome to Snodland. The two tee-off on one another the moment the bell rings. This contest has sees Sammy's temper flaring as he looks to inflict as much pain upon Duggan as possible while Danny looks to overcome insurmountable odds later on. The guys did this tremendous spot where they both bridged at the same time and then engaged in a war of slaps while maintaining their positions. It was incredible. Sammy stares down at all the kids who insult him during the match, he gives them a menacing stare and does his best to make the experience uncomfortable and unnerving for the fans. Speaking of teeing-off earlier, there came a moment in the match when Sammy and Duggan are trading blows right before Danny pumps his fist and runs, leaps in the air and hits a punch on Sammy. The punch has a resounding effect on Smooth as he falls outside of the ring but Sammy grabs the ropes and fires back with a cracking headbutt, the impact was immense. It's always interesting in these kind of scenarios to see what the competitors will pull out of the bag in order to win. In the final moments of the hotly contested bout, Duggan seized an opportunity to put Smooth away, locking him in a cross-face submission hold immediately after he kicked out of Danny's pin attempt. Livvii Grace runs from where she was watching the show and frantically tries to get in the ring. Another thing I must say about Livvii is damn, that girl can scrap. As the referee tussles with Grace to keep her out of the ring, Cieran Donnelly enters on the other side and hits Danny with a game-changing Superkick. The crowd watches on in disbelief as Sammy arises to claim the match his own. Sammy wins after going the distance with Duggan. The trio of Sammy Smooth, Livvii Grace and Cieran Donnelly walk away united looking rather pleased with themselves. They've devised another grand scheme. Danny apologises for coming up short, reassuring the crowd that he came so close.


7 - Main Event - Fatal-4-Way Elimination Match: 'Savvy' Sid Scala defeated 'Smooth' Sammy Smooth, Wild Boar & Zack Gibson


 













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Robyn Goding





It was time for the main event of the evening, a contest in which all those that qualified were determined to win and show that they could go the distance. Out first is Liverpool's Number 1, Zack Gibson and this time, the fans voice their disliking for him again by singing "You'll never get a job" to him as he struts his way to the ring, again, Gibson shoots them with that same look of disdain that he did earlier on in the night. His reaction says it all. Then, for a second time that night, fan-favourite 'Savvy' Sid Scala is out to bring joy to the fans for a second time as Snodland lights up with excitement to see what trickery Sid Scala has prepared for this match. Boar is the third wrestler to enter, he wastes no time in getting to the ring, seemingly adamant to get at Gibson as referee Tom Scarborough tries to maintain the situation under control. Then finally, out comes 'Smooth' Sammy Smooth accompanied by Livvii Grace and Cieran Donnelly. They've got to have a plan of action in order for Smooth to win this match! We've all four guys now in the ring it was time to get the main event to a start and the instant it does a frenzy ensues. Danny Duggan's music hits as he quickly appears from behind the curtain, much to the surprise of Sammy, Livvii and Cieran, clearly seeking retribution Duggan is then joined by The London Riots. As Smooth looks on, Sid Scala gives a wave as he rolls Sammy up to eliminate him. A second chase of the night commences as Duggan and The Riots chase off Sammy, Livvii and Cieran through the crowd and then into the back. With Scala, Boar and Gibson being left they start to fight. A brief alignment between Sid and Boar is quickly broken when Gibson is on the outside of the ring, Scala hypes the fans suggesting that he is about to dive on Zack outside of the ring but is cut-off by Boar, it is every man for himself and Boar wants to win. With Gibson out of the picture for the time being, this leaves Scala and Boar to duke it out and that's what they do. In the most opportune time though Gibson intervenes catching Boar off-guard and eliminated him from the match via pinfall. This meant that 'Savvy' Sid and Zack Gibson were the last two and one of them was set to become The King of Snodland. Gibson found his groove so to speak as he may have been out earlier on in the match but threw everything he had at Scala and he did it with force. Strikes, slams, the lot. Zack was merciless when wrestling Scala as he knew he was drawing ever-closer on putting out the ultimate underdog in 'Savvy' Sid Scala. The only problem for Gibson though? Sid Scala doesn't quit and where there's a will, there's a way and it's a sure-fire guarantee 'Savvy' Sid will find it. Zack is a bigger man that Scala but Sid doesn't let factors like that take him out of any fight, let alone this one. Some time down the line, Gibson is wearing down Scala but Sid's outbursts of momentum have taken a lot of Liverpool's Number 1 too. Zack's multiple attempts to put Scala away start to anger him profusely as he starts to take out his frustrations on the referee. Gibson backs Scarborough into the corner and pushes him in the chest. Being the official of the contest, Scarborough retaliates informing Zack that he's the referee and he's not to be touched so he pushes him back and as he does Sid tries to secure the win. Gibson kicks out to the disbelief of Scala, the crowd and Scarborough himself as he gets up and kicks the bottom rope. When you can see a referee reach boiling point in a wrestling match and throw a little tantrum, that's when you know the drama is good. Gibson grabs Scarborough again and throws him out of the way as he viciously low-blows Scala in another desperate attempt to put him away. Gibson's efforts are simply not enough as in the end Sid Scala still picked up a well-deserved, hard-fought victory. The fans were over the moon to see 'Savvy' Sid triumphant. IPW announcer Chris Hatch announces Sid Scala as The King of Snodland as Scala celebrates his major win thus concluding SNODMANIA 2017 with an inspiring, feel-good story.














Photo Credit: Beyond Gorilla Video and Photography


Robyn Goding



This year SNODMANIA was packed with all the wrestling goodness that you can come to expect at an IPW show. The show can be watched on IPW's on-demand service, the link to which I will leave below and for just a small fee you get a whole catalogue full of remarkable IPW shows from over the years! You get past, present and future shows available to be watched whenever you please, so the last question I'll ask is... what are you waiting for?


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