The group behind the “Kelowna Invasion” fundraising supershows were at it again this week: Thursday, April 9 in Vernon and Friday, April 10 in Rutland. Both shows were headlined by the legendary Jeff Jarrett, and Big West Wrestling was honored to have such a major role in both sold-out evenings.
Thursday saw Adam Ryder take a big win over the amazing Billy Suede, while Mike Shreddz showed grit and determination in a triple-threat match against the talented Tony Baroni and the veteran Nelson Creed; a match that ultimately was won by Baroni. Cougar Meat (Collin Cutler & Kyle Sebastian) reunited and used the help of Adult Social Society teammate, Shotgun Stevens, to win a Triangle Tag Match that included DTA (Danny Adonis & Jordie Taylor) and the Bollywood Lions (Gurv & Harv Sihra). Cougar Meat last eliminated the Sihras, and Shotgun joined in on a post-match assault, before Jeff Jarrett made the save and Stevens was left with an injured shoulder.
Meanwhile, in the featured Six-Man Grudge Match, the Big West team of The Sugar Cousins (Mad Dog & Shane) and the Big West Champion, Bishop, failed to work together against the cohesive Thrash Wrestling trio of Slave, Black Dragon, and the Thrash Champion, Michael More. Not only could the cousins not stop bickering, but a frustrated Bishop ultimately clobbered Mad Dog and walked out in disgust! Mad Dog would fall victim to double-teaming from Slave and the world-traveled Dragon, and Thrash Wrestling clearly left Vernon looking and feeling good with such a big win over their territorial rivals.
Friday night saw Kelowna’s own “Chosen One,” Mayor Colin Basran, stand tough against the bullying Mike Rizzo, who would end the night unconscious after the more famous “Chosen One,” Jeff Jarrett, shattered a guitar over Rizzo’s skull. Meanwhile, Adam Ryder got a big victory over Kenny Lush in an extremely physical battle, and Cougar Meat (along with Billy Suede) found themselves on the losing end of a thrilling six-man tag match against the Bollywood Lions and Double-J. “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar got a measure of revenge against Black Dragon, getting a roll-up win in a match that was controversially reffed by his own cousin, Sugar Shane; Shane has to battle Dragon on April 17 at “It’s All About Respect IV,” at Lake City Bowling, so we will see how angry Dragon is next Friday.
But the big news for Big West was the surprise announcement that Bishop was being forced to defend the Big West Television Title against Mike Shreddz, a week earlier than expected. Bishop was angry and aggressive, beating Shreddz from pillar to post; but Shreddz was game, and he wouldn’t give up. In the end, Shreddz dug down deep and got the win, to become two-time Champion, in front of a capacity crowd that blew the roof off when their hometown boy took home the title!
Big West Wrestling would like to thank the Invasion team for having us, and we look forward to their big return to the Okanagan this autumn!