“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.