Always electric, always controversial and always raining fallout amongst the CCW locker room: CCW Super 8 is fast becoming an iconic event for our little Indie company.
As you'll no-doubt be aware by now, this year's Super 8 Champion is the spectacular AJ Hughes. The local lad and proud Welshman lifted the Cup to rapturous adoration from the Bryn Cadno crowd. I couldn't hear myself commentating, such was the noise.
The whole night was a wonderful spectacle of wrestling; Keith 'The Destroyer' Mathews was on top form as usual as he bade to retain his Super 8 crown of 2014. He would have become the first man ever to do so if he had done. Mathews squared of against the assassin-minded, coldly-focused Rhys Reflex. 'The Self Proclaimed Future Legend' gave as good as he got in his match with Mathews and actually seemed to have the upper hand for long stretches. But nevertheless, the spirit of the Destroyer was strong enough for him to get through, despite taking serious damage to his leg and wrist at the hands of Reflex. How much would that damage carry over to his next match? Was it a contributing factor? Only Mathews can for sure, but something tells me there is bad blood between these two.
Match two saw the supremely talented 'Mr Massive' Dan Evans take on AJ Hughes in a match worthy of the final itself. If you get a chance, check out the Pump Handle Suplex Evans delivered to Hughes. Fine technical wrestling. Yes I'm biased but it's one of the best matches you'll see anywhere in my opinion. Two talented wrestlers in their prime going at it - fantastic!
Match three was a very interesting one because we finally got to see The Legion, who have been stalking and threatening the Boss! The Chairman, Mason Tombs! This match was vintage Tombs, harking back to his early KSW days as he charismatically disarmed the threat of The Legion. However, it was clear from their promo that The Legion had no real interest in winning the Super 8 Tournament, their only goal was to take out Tombs. Lo and behold, when the opportunity arose, Nemesis climbed in and took tombs out. Yes, Ulcio was disqualified, so Tombs went through but they had struck. We still have no idea who these guys are and why they hate Tombs so much.
G-Force ve Seth Skyline was a top, top match, thoroughly enjoyable from this wrestling fan's perspective. Skyline is a great talent and will surely rise highly in this industry. However, G-Force, accompanied by his awful rogue of a manager Dick Chambers claimed the win and the Semi Final place on offer.
We saw some great matches too between Byson and The Unit; a real hard-hitting lorry-collision of a match this and 'Celtic Kid' Ben Evans vs 'Mr No Fear' Ryan Lloyd. This has been a rivalry long in the making but interestingly, Evans seems to have ditched Dick Chambers as his manager! Kudos to you, Celtic! I imagine that must be akin to Frodo dropping the Ring of Power into the crack of Doom. Blessed relief. Their match was an electric, high flying duel of which Lloyd came out on top but it was gratifying to see these two wonderful talents shake hands and show genuine respect for one another afterwards.
Semi Final number one was G-Force vs Mason Tombs! What a great match this would be! Sadly no one told The Legion as they ran in and lay into Tombs before he even got to the ring. All G-Force had to do was watch as his opponent was laid out for him. The Legion departed, satisfied with their work in derailing Mason Tombs and G-Force landed the easiest of wins and the spot in the CCW Super 8 Final.
The other half of the tournament table had thrown up a real quandary for the CCW Elite, the loyal fan base. Their two favourites would go head to head once again: Keith Mathews vs AJ Hughes. Another match worthy of the final. For those of you still paying attention, cast your minds back to Super 8 2015, who did Keith Mathews beat in the semi-final that night? Ace Jordan, AKA AJ Hughes. These two have been friends, allies, enemies, hated rivals, and tonight friends again as their long relationship as professional wrestlers drew them to the ring once again! Our crowd was nearly split 50/50 but it was AJ who seemed to garner the affection of the crowd overall. Perhaps this was the separating factor as after another intense wrestling match, AJ Hughes beat Mathews to claim his spot in the Final!
So then, our final was set, The Man Stronger than Gravity: G-Force against the electric AJ Hughes. This was the first time G-Force had been involved in Super 8 proper. He and Celtic Kid of course felt slighted by Mason Tombs after not being included in 2014. The teaching and inspiration of The Smartest Man in Wrestling Today; Dick Chambers could clearly be seen, as his man G-Force was a snarling, menacing, calculating beast all night long. If ever there was a whiff of danger, Chambers would react and allow G-Force to regain control. ('Cheating' in the old tongue).
Hughes had been to the CCW Super 8 final once before, being bested by Syd Phillips in the first ever tournament. As I mentioned, he had also been to the semi-final, being bested by Mathews. So he was in some danger of becoming the Super 8 'nearly man'. As it was however, this was to be Hughes' finest hour. A triumph of endurance and wrestling finesse as the firm crowd favourite overcame the magnitudinal threat of G-Force and to the Bryn Cadno Community Centre's delight, lifted the CCW Super 8 Cup.
'Nearly man'? Not quite. By winning the Super 8 Cup, AJ Hughes becomes the most decorated man in Conwy County Wrestling with one Welsh Championship also to his name.
If you managed to get to Super 8, thank you so, so much for coming. Your attendance helped make it one of the best events CCW have put on since our inception. If you follow us online, thanks for joining in and if you're new to CCW, well, you picked a great time to find us!
'Chocolate Pain' Nelson Rahi