In the world of professional wrestling, even something as simple as Sunday Brunch can turn into a No Holds Barred battle. Instead of mimosas and Eggs Benny, it was angry words and lawyers on speed dial when the Big West Board of Directors convened on April 17 at an undisclosed downtown Kelowna location.
The meeting was brought on after Managing Partner, Marty Sugar, made the surprise announcement on April 15 at IT’S ALL ABOUT RESPECT 5 that Collin Cutler was being stripped of the Big West Television Title, causing his reign to come to a crashing halt at 216 days: 13 days shy of breaking Cremator Von Slasher‘s record and cementing Cutler’s legacy as greatest champion in Big West Wrestling history. Sugar refused to apologize for the decision.
“Big West has been plagued with unprofessionalism like this in the past,” a defiant Mad Dog barked, “and I’ll be damned if I let it happen again. I won’t let this company and it’s championship be sabotaged, like it was in 2013.
“Is it fair for [Matt XStatic] to win the title this way? Of course not,” Sugar stated, “but Kelowna was promised a title match and they got it. Anyone that thinks they can skip out on an event of mine and get away with it is sadly [expletive deleted] mistaken. Cutler can ask the slag heap of not-so-professional wrestlers that don’t work here anymore.”
While the fans raucously approved XStatic’s big victory over Shotgun Stevens and the meddling Mike Rizzo, it should come as no surprise that all three members of the Adult Social Society were livid. Rizzo wasted no time threatening legal action, and Cutler–who is still in possession of the Television Title–suggested he would sell the championship online to the highest bidder.
Meanwhile, Big West’s Board of Directors were also concerned with Sugar’s verbal tirade to open the April 15 event. Sources indicate that while the Board did agree with Cutler being stripped of the title for failing to get advanced approval for missing the show, they collectively felt that Marty Sugar’s actions came off as less professional and more as a personal vendetta.
“Marty Sugar is very passionate about professional wrestling,” one board member stated, requesting anonymity, “he’s definitely nicknamed Mad Dog for a reason. But at the end of the day, a certain level of decorum is expected; even within the wild and unpredictable world of professional wrestling.”
Just this afternoon, Big West was finally able to organize a lawyer-free luncheon with Sugar and Rizzo at the center of it. The following key issues were resolved:
1. Collin Cutler would agree to relinquish the Television Title to Matt XStatic, but only if done privately and away from both live crowds and the cameras;
2. Marty Sugar would relinquish his role as “Managing Partner” and was cleared to return to full-time wrestling;
3. Both Mike Rizzo and Collin Cutler would drop potential litigation against Big West Wrestling; and,
4. A new Managing Partner will be announced next month.
Discounted tickets for our May 20 event at Lake City Bowling will be available at the Kelowna Invasion event on May 6 at Rutland Centennial Hall, where numerous current and former Big West stars will be in attendance. The show is headlined by WWE Hall Of Famer, Mick Foley, and the Midget Wrestling Warriors. For last-minute Invasion tickets, please head to the Invasion Championship Wrestling website.