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“This town isn’t big enough for the both of us…”

For three-plus years, fans have come to expect the unexpected from Mike Shreddz when he has something to say; but when the purple-haired powerhouse angrily grabbed the microphone after his Television Title tilt on March 10 at R3ACH FOR THE SKY, nobody ever expected such an epic stipulation.

Loser. Leaves. Town.

Three words that have long instilled fear in any professional wrestler’s heart: to have everything come down to one match. This isn’t a championship opportunity that can possibly be earned again down the road, or a slip in the Top Ten rankings that can be regained with a little hard work: this is a man’s livelihood at stake.

But there stood Mike Shreddz, his eyes wild with rage and his body racked with pain after Shotgun Stevens had interjected himself into the Television Title Triple-Threat Match to take Shreddz out of the equation. While Danni Deeds would ultimately survive the match by pinning Shotgun’s mentor, Collin Cutler, it was the post-match showdown that grabbed everyone’s attention. Because with ten simple words, Shreddz had challenged Shotgun to join him in putting their Big West Wrestling careers in jeopardy. And while Shotgun initially was talking tough at ringside, his arrogant tone faltered ever so slightly when Big West Managing Partner, Mike Chisholm, made the match official for IT’S ALL ABOUT RESPECT VI on April 7 at Lake City Bowling.

Since 2015, Shotgun and Shreddz have seen their careers intertwined: two amazing young talents with worlds of potential. Maybe in an alternate universe they could’ve been the most dominant tag team in B.C. wrestling history; but here in Big West they have been waging war from Day One, with epic matches and a rivalry that has wreaked havoc throughout the Okanagan…and beyond. But why would Chisholm agree to send one of Big West’s best and brightest packing?

“It actually wasn’t hard to go along with the idea,” Chisholm said.

“These guys have been making [Big West management] pull our hair out for two years now…officials have been hurt, rules have been disregarded, property has been damaged…because these two just don’t like each other. We are just sick and tired of it.”

Indeed. Shotgun costing Shreddz the title on March 10 isn’t a new phenomenon: ever since Shreddz bested Shotgun on June 19, 2015, to retain the Big West Television Title (a match chosen as the 2015 Match Of The Year), the two have been orbiting each other in a universe of pain and destruction. Shotgun cost Shreddz the 2016 Rutland Rumble; Shreddz cost Shotgun both the 2015 and 2016 Okanagan Cup tournaments. Shotgun gave Shreddz a concussion on December 11, 2015, and then took him out with a shoulder injury this past July 15; Shreddz cost Shotgun the Television Title back on November 11.

“We are in the ‘Professional Wrestling’ business,” Chisholm stated, “and these guys haven’t been very professional. The logical solution is that one of them goes away.”

“Plus,” Chisholm added with a smile, “it will make for a very, very entertaining match.”

But who has the edge? Shotgun has youth and size on his side, but Shreddz has power and the ever-present Shreddiez that have routinely inspired him to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The two men have had similar top-tier success in the Okanagan: they both have had extended runs as Big West Television Champion, they both have won the Rutland Rumble, they both have been named Newcomer and Wrestler Of The Year; they both have had Main Event and show-stealing matches at Invasion Weekends. And both of them are too stubborn to give an inch.

One thing is clear: when the dust settles on April 7, someone’s time in Big West is up.

MAD DOG’S CORNER: Security (Or Lack Thereof)

BIGWESTWRESTLING.COM has been on my case for months to start writing a column for the website, but I’ve been content to focus on wrestling and the TV show; especially now that Mike Chisholm has taken over most of the match-making duties as Managing Partner. But then Big West posted this article about how Davey Deals had been suspended from his gig as Big West Head of Security, and it reminded me about how another of our security guards, Ryan Grynn, “accidentally” blinded me on March 10 in my match with Xavier Galaxy.

And after finally calming down about March 10, I’m angry all over again.

What the eff is the deal with our security guards, lately? When did they forget that their job is to keep the fans away from the wrestlers, and not interfere in matches that their pals are in? It’s bad enough the ring crew doesn’t know how to put tools away or properly fold ring aprons, or that wrestlers can’t pick up after themselves in the damn locker room…I have to police the Security staff, now, too?

And since the website likes GIFs so much:

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Something these security guards are forgetting though, is the balance of power in Big West: while Chisholm is the “front of house” guy (dealing with matches and wrestlers and such), I’m the “back of house” guy, dealing with the ring, TV production…oh, and support staff and their bad behavior. While I’m looking forward to addressing these concerns, live at Lake City Bowling on April 7, I’m fairly certain Mr. Deals and Mr. Grynn will not be as excited about dealing with ME.

See you there, boys.

Head Of Security: Suspended!

As mentioned on the Big West Wrestling Facebook page on March 13, Davey Deals–who only two months ago was promoted to head of Big West Security–has been suspended pending an investigation into his recent behavior. Problems started on February 24 in Vernon, at the Thrash Wrestling CONTENTS MAY EXPLODE! event, when Deals inexplicably attacked Danny Knightmare during his match with Michael McCaw; this helped McCaw immediately secure victory with a Kiwi Cutter.

While Big West was warned of the issue, nothing of this nature had ever happened at a Big West event…until March 10 at R3ACH FOR THE SKY, when Deals assaulted Don Hellion, who was immediately laid out by McCaw and his Kiwi Cutter. Here you can see GIF footage of both incidents:

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After the second incident in as many weeks, it became clear that something must be going on. Deals remains tight-lipped, and McCaw has refused comment at this time. The issue will hopefully be resolved–one way or the other–on April 7 when Big West Wrestling presents IT’S ALL ABOUT RESPECT VI at Lake City Bowling.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

March 10, 2017, could easily go down as one of the biggest shows in Big West Wrestling: several men have the chance to reach out and grab history, if they so desire.

First off, there’s Shotgun Stevens, the 2016 Big West Wrestler of the Year, who could cement his young legacy by becoming the first two-time winner of the K5 Medallion. Shotgun won the K5 last year, en route to upending Matt XStatic for the Big West Television Title; a championship that Shotgun would hold for 175 straight days before falling to “Dastardly” Danni Deeds back in November. Shotgun needs to get by Don Hellion in a K5 Qualifier, but Shotgun has beaten “The Lover” in the past, and has the K5 experience: not only is he the only person in the ten-man field this year that has ever made it to a K5 finale, this will be his third straight year in the grueling event!

Meanwhile, both “Cougar Meat Kid” Collin Cutler and Mike Shreddz are also looking to make some history, by becoming three-time Big West Television Champion. The only man to ever do that, thus far, was the controversial KC Andrews, the first-ever Big West Television Champion…and, oddly enough, the second-ever champion, after being stripped of the title just 20 days after winning it (for professional misconduct), only to regain the title later that very same day.

But there’s also the aforementioned Danni Deeds, who is chasing some history of his own. Not only is he the defending champion going into March 10, in tough against BOTH Cutler and Shreddz in a Triple-Threat Match, but he’s currently chasing some championship milestones: going into R3ACH FOR THE SKY, he’ll tie Cutler’s first reign as champion (119 days), and if he can survive this title defense, he’s guaranteed to break Cutler’s record of total days as champion (335 days over two title reigns), by the time we get to IT’S ALL ABOUT RESPECT VI, on April 7…as Deeds’ first reign as champion lasted 189 days.

Looming over all of these records, of course, is Cremator Von Slasher and his 226-day reign of terror as Big West Television Champion…a record that seemingly might never be broken. Only time will tell.

2017 Okanagan Rankings

**as of April 23, 2017**

OKANAGAN-INTERIOR CHAMPION:
“Mad Dog” Marty Sugar
(defeated Michael More on February 24, 2017, in Vernon, BC)

BIG WEST TELEVISION CHAMPION:
“Cougar Meat Kid” Collin Cutler
(defeated Danni Deeds on April 7, 2017 in Kelowna, BC)

THRASH WRESTLING CHAMPION:
“Hurricane” Adam Ryder
(defeated Michael More on May 23, 2015 in Enderby, BC)

1. Black Dragon (+1)
2. “Top Drawer” Michael More (-1)
3. Michael McCaw (+1)
4. Mike Shreddz (+4)
5. “Dastardly” Danni Deeds (FC)
6. “The Lover” Don Hellion
7. Matt XStatic
8. The Great Kasaki (+6)
9. King Khash (NR)
10. Xavier Galaxy
11. Buddy Wayne (NR)
12. Bambi Hall (-3)
13. “Your Wrestling Extraordinaire” Aiden Adams (-2)
14. Salty The Seaman (-1)
15. Jayce D’Arcy (NR)
16. “Supernatural” Nelson Creed (NR)
17. Kyle Sebastian (-2)
18. Carl “The Catch” Cunningham (NR)
19. Kobra Kai (-7)
20. Kenny Lush (NR)

APRIL WRESTLER OF THE MONTH: Mike Shreddz (undefeated with 3 big singles wins)
APRIL MATCH OF THE MONTH: Shreddz vs. Shotgun, Loser Leaves Town (April 7, Kelowna)

MARCH WRESTLER OF THE MONTH: Michael More (3-1 on the Month; won K5 Medallion)
MARCH MATCH OF THE MONTH: Ryder vs. XStatic vs. Kasaki (March 18, Penticton)

FEBRUARY WRESTLER OF THE MONTH: Black Dragon (2-0-1 on the Month)
FEBRUARY MATCH OF THE MONTH: Mad Dog vs. More, Last Man Standing (Feb. 24, Vernon)

JANUARY WRESTLER OF THE MONTH: Michael More (2-1 on the Month)
JANUARY MATCH OF THE MONTH: Adam Ryder vs. Matt XStatic (Jan. 27, Vernon)

KEY:
(+??) — spots a wrestler climbed UP the Top 20.
(-??) — spots a wrestler fell DOWN the Top 20.
(NR) — NOT RANKED the month before in the Top 20.
(FC) — FORMER CHAMPION now ranked in the Top 20.

2016 OKANAGAN RANKINGS & AWARDS: YEAR IN REVIEW

OKANAGAN-INTERIOR CHAMPION:
“Top Drawer” Michael More
(defeated Shane on October 2, 2015 in Peachland, BC)

BIG WEST TELEVISION CHAMPION:
“Dastardly” Danni Deeds
(defeated Shotgun Stevens on November 11, 2016 in Kelowna, BC)

THRASH WRESTLING CHAMPION:
Adam Ryder
(defeated Michael More on May 23, 2015 in Enderby, BC)

1. Shotgun Stevens
2. “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar Thrash Tag Team co-Champion
3. “Cougar Meat Kid” Collin Cutler
4. Black Dragon Armstrong MetalFest Champion
5. Shane Thrash Tag Team co-Champion
6. Mike Shreddz
7. Bambi Hall
8. Matt XStatic
9. Nick Radford
10. Xavier Galaxy
11. Rusty Diamond
12. Michael McCaw
13. “The Lover” Don Hellion
14. “Bosnian Adonis” Aiden Adams
15. The Great Kasaki
16. “Black” Jack Nelson
17. “Supernatural” Nelson Creed
18. Kyle Sebastian
19. Shortsleeve Sampson Midget World Champion
20. Liiza
21. Wildkard
22. “Lightning” Leon Grayson
23. “Real Karate Kid” Danny Knightmare
24. King Khash
25. Val Venis
26. Tony Cage
27. T-Shock
28. Mean Machine, Jr.
29. Krystal
30. “Big” Jack Cunningham
31. Carl “The Catch” Cunningham
32. Slave
33. Mean Machine, Sr.
34. Amir Jordan
35. “Hotshot” Danny Duggan
36. Davey Boy Smith, Jr.
37. Kobra Kai
38. “Loose Cannon” Kenny Lush
39. Prince Akeem
40. Daniel Adonis
41. Jordie Taylor
42. “Streetfighter” Tim Flowers, Jr.
43. Azeem The Dream
44. Christopher Ryseck
45. Slammer
46. Scotty Mac
47. “The Promise” Antonio Thomas
48. “Tasty” Travis Cole
49. Tyler Colton
50. Gurv Sihra

WILD OKANAGAN WRESTLING ANNUAL AWARDS:
MALE WRESTLER: “Cougar Meat Kid” Collin Cutler
FEMALE WRESTLER: Bambi Hall
TAG TEAM: Cougar Meat (Collin Cutler & Kyle Sebastian)
MATCH: Davey Boy Smith, Jr. vs. Kenny Lush (September 30: Kelowna Invasion VII)
FEUD: Black Dragon vs. Shotgun Stevens
MOST POPULAR: Mike Shreddz
MOST HATED: Shotgun Stevens
MOST INSPIRATIONAL: Mike Shreddz
COMEBACK: “Dastardly” Danni Deeds
MOST IMPROVED: Bambi Hall
NEWCOMER: Liiza
REFEREE: Tyler Stadel
MANAGER: Mike Rizzo

BIG WEST WRESTLING ANNUAL AWARDS:
WRESTLER: Shotgun Stevens
WOMAN: Bambi Hall
TAG TEAM: Purple Wizards (Nick Radford & Rusty Diamond)
MATCH: Collin Cutler vs. Mike Shreddz (December 9: Okanagan Cup Quarterfinals)
FEUD: Mike Shreddz vs. Shotgun Stevens
MOST POPULAR: “Dastardly” Danni Deeds
MOST HATED: Shotgun Stevens
MOST IMPROVED: Matt XStatic
NEWCOMER: Xavier Galaxy
REFEREE: Julie Masse

THRASH WRESTLING ANNUAL AWARDS:
WRESTLER: “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar
TAG TEAM: #TooSweet (Mad Dog & Shane)
MATCH: Adam Ryder vs. Collin Cutler (November 26: Enderby)
FEUD: Collin Cutler vs. Michael More
MOST POPULAR: Black Dragon
MOST HATED: Shotgun Stevens
MOST IMPROVED: Bambi Hall
NEWCOMER: Michael McCaw
REFEREE: Julie Masse

2017 Okanagan Wrestling Results

Big West Wrestling presents ANIMAL HOU5E: January 13, 2017
Lake City Bowling & Billiards: Kelowna, BC
1. Micheal More won an 8-Man Battle Royale for a spot in the Main Event.
2 Collin Cutler (w/Shotgun Stevens) defeated Michael McCaw.
3. Mike Shreddz defeated Scott Justice (w/One Winged Angel).
4. Black Dragon fought Don Hellion to a no-contest when the Adult Social Society (Cutler/Shotgun) attacked both men.
5. Danni Deeds defeated Michael More to retain the Big West Television Title; initially More got the pin but the match was restarted when it became apparent Deeds’ foot was under the bottom rope…

Thrash Wrestling presents COLD BLOODED: January 27, 2017
Schubert Centre: Vernon, BC
1. Don Hellion defeated Michael McCaw.
2. Salty The Seaman defeated Fuzzy Peach, in Salty’s Okanagan debut.
3. Black Dragon & Kobra Kai defeated ADULT SOCIAL SOCIETY (Collin Cutler & Shotgun Stevens).
4. Michael More defeated “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar in a Hardcore Match, claiming himself the NEW Super Evil Champion.
5. Adam Ryder defeated Matt XStatic to retain the Thrash Wrestling Title.
–after the show, Cutler/Shotgun attacked XStatic, prompting Kai/Dragon to make the save.

Big West Wrestling presents BAD 2 THE BONE: February 10, 2017
Lake City Bowling & Billiards: Kelowna, BC
1. Adult Social Society hijacked the show, but Managing Partner, Mike Chisholm, attempted to stand his ground…
2. Shotgun Stevens pinned Michael McCaw.
3. Black Dragon and Collin Cutler fought to a no-contest.
4. Michael More defeated Marty Sugar in a violent Dog-Collar Match, after laying Sugar out with the Okanagan-Interior Title.
5. Black Dragon & Michael McCaw defeated Collin Cutler & Shotgun Stevens, in a wild tag match that saw ringside security left laying before McCaw pinned Cutler for the big win.

Thrash Wrestling presents CONTENTS MAY EXPLODE: February 24, 2017
Schubert Centre: Vernon, BC
1. LAST MAN STANDING: Marty Sugar defeated Michael More, to regain the Super Evil trophy and become TWO-TIME Okanagan-Interior Champion.
2. Michael McCaw defeated Danny Knightmare, after interference from Davey Deals.
3. Bambi Hall defeated Allie Parker, and then stated she’d be going after the men to claim some Okanagan titles…laying down her first challenge to The Mad Dog!
4. SIX-MAN TAG: Black Dragon, Kobra Kai & Matt XStatic defeated Collin Cutler, Kyle Sebastian & Shotgun Stevens.

Big West Wrestling presents R3ACH FOR THE SKY: March 10, 2017
Lake City Bowling & Billiards: Kelowna, BC
1. Danni Deeds opened the show by calling out Shotgun Stevens…
2. “Dastardly” Danni Deeds defeated Shotgun Stevens to retain the Big West Television Title.
3. K5 QUALIFIER: Xavier Galaxy defeated “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar.
4. K5 QUALIFIER: “The Lover” Don Hellion defeated Nostrodamus Nerdlynger, via countout.
5. K5 QUALIFIER: Michael McCaw defeated Tod Quality.
6. K5 QUALIFIER: “Your Wrestling Extraordinaire” Aiden Adams defeated “Crazed Cowboy” Jacob Creed.
7. K5 QUALIFIER: “Top Drawer” Michael More defeated Black Dragon.
8. TRIPLE-THREAT: “Dastardly” Danni Deeds defeated “Cougar Meat Kid” Collin Cutler and Mike Shreddz, to retain the Big West Television Title; Deeds pinned Cutler, despite liberal interference from Shotgun Stevens…
9. K5 LADDER MATCH: Michael More defeated Aiden Adams, Don Hellion, Michael McCaw and Xavier Galaxy, thanks to surprise interference from Slave!

Thrash Wrestling presents WAR & PIECES: March 18, 2017
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 40: Penticton, BC
1. Michael McCaw defeated “Top Drawer” Michael More, after interference from Davey Deals.
2. “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar defeated Black Dragon, to retain the Okanagan-Interior Title.
3. Shotgun Stevens defeated Big West Television Champion, “Dastardly” Danni Deeds, via DQ; a locker-room clearing brawl lead to…
4. SIX-MAN TAG: Black Dragon, Michael More & Shotgun Stevens defeated Danni Deeds, Marty Sugar & Michael McCaw.
5. TRIPLE-THREAT: “Hurricane” Adam Ryder defeated Matt XStatic & The Great Kasaki with a double-pin, to retain the Thrash Wrestling Title.

Big West Wrestling presents IT’S ALL ABOUT RESPECT VI: April 7, 2017
Lake City Bowling & Billiards: Kelowna, BC
1. “Cougar Meat Kid” Collin Cutler defeated “Dastardly” Danni Deeds to become THREE-TIME Big West Television Champion.
2. “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar pinned Xavier Galaxy to retain the Okanagan-Interior Title.
3. “The Lover” Don Hellion defeated the debuting Jayce Darcy; post-match, Hellion was assaulted by Michael McCaw & Davey Deals.
4. Black Dragon and Salty The Seaman fought to a no-contest when “Top Drawer” Michael More and Todd Quality interfered.
5. Dragon/Salty defeated THE VEST FRIENDS (More/Quality) in an impromptu tag team mach.
6. NO-DQ, LOSER LEAVES TOWN Mike Shreddz defeated Shotgun Stevens; after some heartfelt words, Collin Cutler and Mike Rizzo angrily assaulted Shotgun and left him laying.

Thrash Wrestling presents THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD: April 15, 2017
Edgewater Bar & Grill: Peachland, BC
1. Jayce D’Arcy defeated Davey Deals in about 5 seconds, in a match demanded by Michael McCaw for the newcomer to “prove” himself.
2. Michael McCaw (w/Davey Deals) defeated Jayce D’Arcy, after interference from Deals.
3. Black Dragon pinned “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar in a non-title match, to become Number One Contender to the Okanagan-Interior Title.
4. EDGEWATER BAR BRAWL: “Top Drawer” Michael More defeated Shotgun Stevens when Special Referee, SLAVE, assaulted Stevens in order to enact revenge on the injuries he suffered at Shotgun’s hand at Super Evil…but not before More accidentally shattered a beer bottle over Slave’s head!

Invasion Championship Wrestling presents BREAK IT DOWN: April 21, 2017
Rutland Centennial Hall: Kelowna, BC
1. TRIPLE-THREAT: The Great Kasaki defeated Black Dragon and “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar.
2. Buddy Wayne defeated Cody Chhun.
3. Mike Shreddz defeated Nelson Creed.
4. Carl Cunningham tapped out Matt XStatic.
5. Kenny Lush tapped out Shotgun Stevens.
6. King Khash tapped out Tim Flowers, Jr.; a post-match assault left Flowers injured and Mike Democrat taken by ambulance to hospital.
7. Cougar Meat (Collin Cutler & Kyle Sebastian) fought Team USA (Azeem The Dream & Christopher Ryseck), to a DDQ brawl.
8. Adam Ryder defeated Billy Gunn after Gunn inadvertently knocked the ref out, costing himself a possible victory.

Invasion Championship Wrestling presents ARE YOU READY: April 22, 2017
Rec Centre: Vernon, BC
1. TRIPLE-THREAT: Black Dragon defeated “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar and The Great Kasaki.
2. Buddy Wayne defeated Cody Chhun.
3. Mike Shreddz pinned Matt XStatic.
4. Tim Flowers, Jr. defeated Shotgun Stevens in Shotgun’s final contractually-obligated Okanagan match.
5. Adam Ryder defeated Carl Cunningham.
6. Nelson Creed pinned Kenny Lush.
7. Cougar Meat (Collin Cutler & Kyle Sebastian) fought Team USA (Azeem The Dream & Christopher Ryseck), to a double-pin draw.
8. King Khash tapped out Billy Gunn after interference from Mike Rizzo…but both Rizzo and Khash got left laying by the WWE legend to end the show!

OKANAGAN RANKINGS & AWARDS: December 2016

OKANAGAN-INTERIOR CHAMPION:
“Top Drawer” Michael More
(defeated Shane on October 2, 2015 in Peachland, BC)

BIG WEST TELEVISION CHAMPION:
“Dastardly” Danni Deeds
(defeated Shotgun Stevens on November 11, 2016)

THRASH WRESTLING CHAMPION:
Adam Ryder
(defeated Michael More on May 23, 2015 in Enderby, BC)

1. Shotgun Stevens
2. “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar Thrash Tag Team co-Champion
3. Mike Shreddz
4. Black Dragon Armstrong MetalFest Champion
5. “Cougar Meat Kid” Collin Cutler
6. Don Hellion
7. Shane Thrash Tag Team co-Champion
8. Bambi Hall
9. Matt XStatic
10. Nick Radford
11. Xavier Galaxy
12. Rusty Diamond
13. Michael McCaw
14. “Bosnian Adonis” Aiden Adams
15. Wildkard
16. “Black” Jack Nelson
17. The Great Kasaki
18. “Supernatural” Nelson Creed
19. Liiza
20. Kyle Sebastian

FIRST STAR: Mike Shreddz (won Okanagan Cup and foiled the Adult Social Society)
SECOND STAR: Shotgun Stevens (Okanagan Cup finals for second year in a row)
co-THIRD STAR: Don Hellion (Okanagan Cup semifinalist)
co-THIRD STAR: Wildkard (Okanagan Cup semifinalist)

MATCH OF THE MONTH: Collin Cutler vs. Mike Shreddz (Okanagan Cup Quarterfinal)

FINISH STRONG: Okanagan Cup Odds

okanagan-cup SANTA SLAM V is the final Okanagan show of the year; and along with the annual “Christmas Chaos” match (this year involving Michael More and Marty Sugar), it once again features the Okanagan Cup tournament. Of the eight men involved this year, two are former winners, two are former finalists, and four are making their Cup debuts. Here we rank them, in order of odds to win it all…

1. COLLIN CUTLER
“The Cougar Meat Kid” was recently named “The Best Of The Quinquennium” in honor of Big West’s five-year anniversary, as statistically the greatest wrestler in company history. In 2014 he won the Okanagan Cup (albeit with interference from Kyle Sebastian), and followed that up with the second-longest Television Title reign of all-time. Cutler is no stranger to tournaments, having made it to the finals of the Armstrong MetalFest tournament this year, and he is one of the most-experienced men the Okanagan Cup, as this will be his fourth. If Cutler can survive his quarterfinal opponent, there’s a good chance he can go all the way…

2. MIKE SHREDDZ
…but for Cutler, that Quarterfinal match is a doozy: the one and only SHREDDZ! Shreddz and Cutler met in the aforementioned 2014 Cup Finals that ended with a controversial win for Cutler. This year, there’s a 99.9% chance that Kyle Sebastian will NOT be in attendance, so Shreddz has one less thing to worry about; but if he is looking ahead to a potential finals battle with his nemesis, Shotgun Stevens, Shreddz might take himself out of the game and not even get out of the quarterfinals. It’s safe to say that whomever survives the Cutler/Shreddz showdown, is definitely an odds-on favorite to win it all.

3. DON HELLION
The Don has always been a secondary player in Big West wrestling, but in 2016 he started to come into his own. He’s garnered a few victories and his “Relax & Romance” partnership with Michael McCaw shows promise. Hellion also has recent tournament experience, as he took part in a bloody Super Evil quarterfinal battle with Michael More. While not victorious there, Hellion is primed and ready to make a run in the Okanagan: this tournament could be the catalyst towards a huge 2017.

4. BLACK DRAGON
The original Okanagan Cup winner, back in 2011, Dragon is the most-experienced guy in any Okanagan locker room…and he’s been on fire this year. Not only did he win the Armstrong MetalFest tournament this summer, but he had a run with the Thrash Tag Team Titles and made it to the semifinals of Super Evil XV. Plus, he’s had the number of his quarterfinal opponent, Shotgun Stevens, this year: 6-2 against his larger foe, including first-round wins in both of the tournaments we mentioned.

5. JACK NELSON
“Black” Jack has had a solid rookie year in the Okanagan, especially as part of “The Constellation” team with Xavier Galaxy. When it comes to singles matches, the tough-as-nails Brit has yet to record a win in the Okanagan…but he’s been inching closer every match. Is the Okanagan Cup his time to finally break out? We shall see.

6. SHOTGUN STEVENS
If this tournament was held in September like it was in 2015, Shotgun would’ve been the odds-on favorite to win it all. But he’s been on a cold streak: two singles losses to Black Dragon, and dropping the Big West Television Title to “Dastardly” Danni Deeds will make a guy question himself. As mentioned earlier, he’s really struggled against Dragon (his quarterfinal opponent), and will he be distracted by Mike Shreddz being not only in the building…but in the tournament? Don’t count Shotgun out, though: we’re sure the powerful youngster won’t run cold for much longer.

7. WILDKARD
The masked rookie has shown promise in his last two Okanagan matches, and is looking to finish 2016 strong. Wildkard hasn’t had a ton of opportunities to shine in the Okanagan, but this tournament would be a perfect way to get noticed as the year comes to a close.

8. T-SHOCK
Now this dead-last ranking for the diminutive T-Shock isn’t meant as an insult: the young masked man has shown a lot of heart and determination this year, against bigger and more experienced foes like Cutler and Shotgun. But T-Shock has yet to record a win in the Okanagan, and SOMEBODY has to finish last on our list, right? Maybe this lights a fire under T-Shock, and gives him the impetus he needs to explode on the Okanagan scene…

OKANAGAN RANKINGS & AWARDS: November 2016

OKANAGAN-INTERIOR CHAMPION:
“Top Drawer” Michael More
(defeated Shane on October 2, 2015 in Peachland, BC)

BIG WEST TELEVISION CHAMPION:
“Dastardly” Danni Deeds
(defeated Shotgun Stevens on November 11, 2016)

THRASH WRESTLING CHAMPION:
Adam Ryder
(defeated Michael More on May 23, 2015 in Enderby, BC)

1. “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar Thrash Tag Team co-Champion
2. Shotgun Stevens
3. Black Dragon Armstrong MetalFest Champion
4. “Cougar Meat Kid” Collin Cutler
5. Shane Thrash Tag Team co-Champion
6. Bambi Hall
7. Matt XStatic
8. Mike Shreddz
9. Nick Radford
10. Xavier Galaxy
11. Rusty Diamond
12. Michael McCaw
13. “Bosnian Adonis” Aiden Adams
14. “Black” Jack Nelson
15. The Great Kasaki
16. “Supernatural” Nelson Creed
17. Don Hellion
18. Liiza
19. Leon Grayson
20. Kyle Sebastian

FIRST STAR: “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar (won SUPER EVIL XV in Enderby)
SECOND STAR: “Dastardly” Danni Deeds (won Big West Television Title at BIRTHDAY BASH V)
THIRD STAR: “Top Drawer” Michael More (3-1 in November, SUPER EVIL finalist)

MATCH OF THE MONTH: Adam Ryder vs. Collin Cutler (Thrash Title: November 26, Enderby)