Guest Column: The rise of Bingo Ballance

August 12, 2018

By Billy Strachan, Scottish Wrestling Network

In the second of a series of articles in the build-up to WrestleZone- Aberdeen Anarchy X, Billy Strachan of the Scottish Wrestling Network takes a look at the match between Bingo Ballance and Chavo Guerrero Jr.

As the countdown continues to Aberdeen Anarchy X, one man that is on course for a dream match is 13 year veteran Bingo Ballance. Ballance will come face to face with a man from the legendary Guerrero family, multi time champion, Chavo Guerrero Jr.

The Irishman has been making his way to The Granite City since 2009, making his debut at Aberdeen Anarchy IV inside The Northern Hotel against 'Tenacious' Johnny Lions. Aberdeen quickly became a second home to 'The Zenith of Zero Gravity', wowing crowds every time he would set foot into the ring, living up to his moniker.

In his quest to face the best, his journey in the world of professional wrestling has seen him face huge names including former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville and current WWE United Kingdom superstars Jordan Devlin, Zack Gibson and El Ligero, picking up championships along the way.

The winner of the 2011 Regal Rumble, Bingo would go on to defeat 'Tenacious' Johnny Lions at Halloween Hijinx 2012 to win the Undisputed WrestleZone Championship at the Summerhill Hotel, marking the first Irish Undisputed WrestleZone Champion, his three month reign would end thanks to 'The Tenacious One'.

As a former Undisputed WrestleZone Champion and Regal Rumble winner, Bingo Ballance has had many battles at The Beach Ballroom when Aberdeen Anarchy has rolled round, facing the very best in the UK. His battles has seen him take on former Undisputed WrestleZone Champion, current Tri-Counties Champion, Andy Wild, a match that opened the 2014 event, a last minute change with Ballance due to take on Noam Dar who got injured the night before the showdown. Wild and Ballance fought tooth and nail but the Irishman picked the win.

In 2015, Ballance would wow the crowd in The Beach Ballroom once again in a high flying triple threat encounter against current WWE NXT UK superstar Kenny Williams and current Undisputed WrestleZone Champion Shawn Johnson. Although Ballance came up short, he once again lived up to being 'The Zenith of Zero Gravity' as the 1,312 fans were left on the edge of their seats with every twist and turn taking place.

Last year Bingo was in the title picture, as the end of 2016 saw the arrival of the WrestleZone Tri-Counties Championship, Ballance was part of the tournament to crown the first champion, defeating Alan Sterling in the qualifier before being victorious over a game Damien to move onto the semi-finals. A lot of shenanigans lead to Aberdeen Anarchy 2017 which saw Zach Dynamite, Bryan Tucker, Aspen Faith and Bingo Ballance make their way to The Beach Ballroom and scale ladders in order to become the inaugural champion. Though Ballance would be trapped while watching Aspen Faith unhook the title, he was part of another sure fire WrestleZone classic at Aberdeen Anarchy.

His two matches with Stevie Xavier are among the most talked about matches in the last ten years in WrestleZone. Bingo and Stevie officially opened the first Aberdeen Anarchy show to take place at The Beach Ballroom, in front of 1,103 fans in 2013. It is a match that is still considered one of the best in WrestleZone history and it set the tone for a historic night inside The Beach Ballroom as five years of WrestleZone was celebrated. The rematch took place three years later, 2016, once again at The Beach Ballroom. It was one of the most anticipated matches in Aberdeen Anarchy history as Xavier and Ballance once again locked horns, on that night Bingo once again saw victory and once again created magic in the middle of the squared circle.

Pushing the limits of high-flying, with finding innovative ways to bamboozle and defeat opponents, Bingo Ballance is one of the premier athletes to ever set foot in The Granite City. On September 1st, 2018 Bingo Ballance takes on 'The Mexican Warrior' Chavo Guerrero Jr., a former WWE and WCW Cruiserweight Champion, former WWE and TNA Tag Team Champion, a former ECW Champion, a man with countless other accolades on his CV. Chavo Guerrero Jr. steps into an environment that Bingo Ballance has made his own, at The Beach Ballroom there is all the making of another instant classic as the ten year celebration of WrestleZone comes to its peak.

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