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Championship Controversy: Resolved?

As mentioned on Saturday, the Television Title showdown between Mike Shreddz and Collin Cutler on May 12 at HURTS SO 6OOD ending in controversy: specifically for the 15:00 time-limit being exceeded.

Big West Managing Partner, Mike Chisholm has reviewed the footage and talked to everyone involved, and has made the following rulings on the matter:

1. Mike Shreddz will NOT be stripped of the Big West Television Title; the referee’s final decision will stand.
2. Collin Cutler WILL be granted a rematch at the time and place of his choosing.
3. Ring Announcer, Handsome Pete, has been suspended for the entire May Days long weekend, for failing to adhere to his timekeeping duties.
4. Marty Sugar has been fined an undisclosed amount; more for his unprofessional comments about the situation, than for the incident itself.

Ironically, Sugar’s actions have cost him more than money: at BOWL-A-RAMA 3 on June 16, the winner of the bowling tournament was guaranteed a shot at the Big West Television Title, but Shreddz had already booked that weekend off for vacation. Now, Sugar will be the one putting his Okanagan-Interior Title on the line that very night!

Championship Controversy

On Friday, May 12, Big West fans were witness to an excellent Main Event for the Big West Television Title that saw Mike Shreddz defeat Collin Cutler, joining Cutler and KC Andrews as only the third three-time Champion in company history. But the match was not without controversy, as witnessed by this social media comment by Cutler, himself:

Rumour has it, that Danni Deeds immediately made the comment: “Wait, we get automatic title rematches in Big West?”

Historically, Big West has not been kind to former champions: Cremator Von Slasher‘s record-breaking title reign of terror ended with the 6-10 monster never returning to the company; Kyle Sebastian never received a rematch after losing to Cremator, and Marty Sugar never received a one-on-one rematch after losing to Danni Deeds. Deeds himself never received a one-on-one rematch after both of his title reigns; and Deeds is one of the few champions in company history to actively go out of his way to give the former champion, Shotgun Stevens, a rematch…but even Stevens never had an immediate one, as the first title defense of Deeds’ reign was determined by a show-opening Battle Royale in January.

And now Mike Shreddz is slated for the same, as his first title defense comes on May 19 at Rutland May Days…and is determined by the winner of the 2017 Grapple Bowl that very evening. But there’s more controversy in this scenario.

The Big West Television Title has a specific rule in that it is defended within the confines of a 15:00 time limit. Cutler was able to survive that timeframe, only to have Big West founder, Marty Sugar, demand a five-minute “overtime period” be put in place. Shreddz made short work of overtime, though, locking Cutler in a crossface for the submission victory. But there are questions as to the actual match time, itself. To be fair, bell to bell clocks in at just under 20 minutes, before the bell was rung to acknowledge a time-limit draw. Sugar defended his decision, though:

“Cutler spent a good two minutes at the start of the match, AT LEAST, walking around ringside shooting his mouth off and then doing that annoying striptease bit,” Sugar stated, “so I had no qualms telling Handsome Pete [Big West’s ring announcer], to let the clock drag a little.”

“To be fair,” Sugar added, “I was more preoccupied with Mike Rizzo magically showing up as the Main Event started–AGAIN–to care that the time-limit had been exceeded.”

While Sugar is no longer in charge of showtime decisions within the company, he was filling in for Managing Partner, Mike Chisholm, who had a prior engagement on May 12. Chisholm has promised to review the tape before making a final comment on this whole situation. Stay tuned for updates.

Somebody’s Gotta Go

“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.

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…

BEST OF THE QUINQUENNIUM: Number 1

“COUGAR MEAT KID” COLLIN CUTLER

cutlerThe least-surprised person in the building at BIRTHDAY BASH V on November 11 was Collin Cutler, when his name was announced by Mike Chisholm as The Best Of The Quinquennium. A two-time Big West Television Champion, Cutler holds the career records for days as champion (335) and career title defenses (6), as well most career matches (66) and victories (33) to date.

Nobody has been had more “Match Of The Year” contenders than Collin, an award he won in 2014; and while never being named “Wrestler Of The Year” (which he hates being reminded of), nobody has been a runner-up more often. Cutler has also had some amazing feuds in the past five years, with the likes of Adam Ryder, Kyle Sebastian, KC Andrews, Justin Alexander, Mike Shreddz…and most-recently, with Matt XStatic: a feud that raised the bar as far as athleticism and match-quality within the company is concerned.

Cutler started as a tag team competitor, and his partnerships with Adam Fedky, Kyle Sebastian, Shotgun Stevens and Bambi Hall have definitely been successful: both here in the Okanagan, and throughout the province. But Collin’s rise as a singles star cannot be denied. A mainstay on the Okanagan scene since his debut in 2008, Cutler has held every championship the Okanagan has to offer, and has become a true mentor to the younger stars coming up the ranks.

Love him or hate him, Collin Cutler is–without question–the greatest wrestlers in the history of Big West Wrestling. Congratulations!

BEST OF THE QUINQUENNIUM: Number 2

“MAD DOG” MARTY SUGAR
martyThe founder of the company, “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar has been with Big West Wrestling since Day One. A former Big West Champion for 138 days in 2014, Mad Dog is better known for his violent feuds with the likes of such unlikable characters as Cremator Von Slasher, The Texecutioner, Mutato, Xavier Galaxy…and most notably, KC Andrews: twice voted Big West Feud Of The Year, and one that raged from 2011 until Andrews left the company (and the province), in 2014.

Marty has had successful tag team runs with the likes of Andy Bird and Mike Shreddz, and is a former Rutland Rumble and Okanagan Cup winner. He has also been involved in some of the more colorful and creative matches in Okanagan wrestling history, such as a Bodybag Match with Cremator, a Bullrope Match with Tex, a Shock-Collar Match with Andrews, a “Trick Or Treat” Match with Galaxy, and numerous Dog-Collar Matches.

Sugar’s biggest battle now seems to be behind the scenes, however, as he has recently been butting heads with Mike Chisholm; Mike is the “Managing Partner” of Big West, but Sugar has still had a hand in some controversial decisions as of late…including violently firing referee, Nick Randell, which has lead to a lawsuit against the company. Only time will tell how this one plays out!

BEST OF THE QUINQUENNIUM: Honorable Mentions

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DON HELLION
Hellion debuted on February 20, 2015, a masked madman under the control of Rigor Von Slasher. As part of the House Of Hell, Hellion found himself embroiled that year in a violent feud with Thrash Wrestling mainstays, “Top Drawer” Michael More and Slave. Injuries would hinder Hellion’s visits to Kelowna; when he returned in 2016, he had transformed into an unmasked loverboy…to the shock of everyone. Hellion is a talented competitor, who looks to finish up 2016 strong, and make serious waves in Big West in 2017.

EL DIABLO
Diablo debuted at the 2013 Rutland May Days, and wowed the crowds with his high-flying athleticism. Routinely the underdog, the diminutive El Diablo was sure to give it his all in the ring, win or lose. The 2013 Newcomer Of The Year will fondly be remembered as one of the most exciting wrestlers in company history.

RIGOR VON SLASHER
Rigor Von Slasher was in the very first match in company history: November 11, 2011, when he lost to the much larger Mean Machine, Sr. Not to take the loss quietly, Rigor quickly recruited big brother Cremator to avenge the loss; and Cremator did, quickly and painfully. This opened the floodgates of evil, as Rigor first attacked Big West with his Von Slasher family, and later his menagerie of freaks known as The House of Hell. Along the way, feuding with the likes of “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar, Mike Shreddz, and the “Thrash Wrestling Originals,” Rigor would manage two of the longest-reigning Big West Television Champions in history, and twice be named Big West’s Most Hated.

MEAN MACHINE, JR.
The son of the original Mean Machine, “Junior” found himself in a high-profile feud in 2015 against Krystal, and became the self-professed “chairman” of Big West Wrestling. While never the most successful wrestlers, on paper, the Mean Machines are never a group to be taken lightly. After being embarrassed at the 2016 Rutland Rumble, the Machines are laying low…but for how long?

XAVIER GALAXY
Galaxy debuted on January 20, 2016, losing a K5 Qualifying Match to the much larger Shotgun Stevens. After taking a moment to regroup, the controversial rookie returned in May with a vengeance: he instantly targeted such veterans as Black Dragon and “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar, and was able to embarrass them both this year. Galaxy and his “Constellation” tag partner, “Black” Jack Nelson, would also defeat the self-professed Big West World Tag Champions, the Purple Wizards, in August; sending that popular duo into an emotional tailspin. Meanwhile, his feud with The Mad Dog and their “Trick Or Treat” Match in October was something else. Big things are surely on the horizon for Galaxy, throughout the province, in 2017.