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SLAVE INJURED!

slave2While warming up before BIRTHDAY BASH IV on Friday, November 13, Slave severely injured his left knee. The injury has required surgery, and will unfortunately leave him out of action for quite some time. This injury is a reminder to any and all fans that injuries DO happen in the wrestling business, even during training, and from sometimes the simplest of exercises…we can’t stress enough that professional wrestling should not be attempted at home, etc.

Not only will Slave be out of action for the time being, but his big “Christmas Chaos” match with “Top Drawer” Michael More will now need to see a replacement take Slave’s place. More is already insisting that Slave is faking his injury to avoid another loss from his long-time rival, and is bragging that nobody in the Okanagan is brave enough to fight him in a hardcore match…be it a Christmas-themed one, or otherwise.

“I’m the Celebrity from B.C. and I’m MORE than you’ll ever be,” More screamed, “and anyone that steps into the ring with me at SANTA SLAM IV on December 11, better be prepared for the worst Christmas ever; they’ll be eating their Christmas goodies through a straw, when I’m done with them!”

Two Days In September

On Friday, September 11, Big West Wrestling hosted its first-annual BOWL-A-RAMA bowling tournament at Lake City Bowling & Billiards. The first game was tightly contested (Shotgun Stevens bested Mike Shreddz by only a single point), but Shotgun poured it on in the second game to easily win the tournament by 46 points…

FIRST ANNUAL “BOWL-A-RAMA” RESULTS:
1. Shotgun Stevens: 138-126 (264)
2. Mike Shreddz: 129-89 (218)
3. Krystal Dye: 107-88 (195)
4. Mean Machine, Jr: 88-105 (193)
5. Rusty Diamond: 90-97 (187)
6. Michael More: 91-86 (177)
7. Collin Cutler: 65-99 (164)
8. Mean Machine, Sr: 70-81 (151)
9. Sugar Shane: 70-64 (134)
10. Mad Dog: 43-60 (103)

On Saturday, September 12, Shotgun Stevens looked to add the Okanagan Cup to his 2015 trophy collection; while “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar dedicated the tournament to his mother, who passed away last month. Also, there was a surprise return of a Future Legend, and so much more…

1. OKANAGAN CUP TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL: Shotgun Stevens defeated “Top Drawer” Micheal More.
2. OKANAGAN CUP TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL: Krystal tapped out Mean Machine, Jr.
3. OKANAGAN CUP TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL: “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar defeated Mean Machine, Sr.
4. OKANAGAN CUP TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL: Sugar Shane pinned Rusty Diamond.
5. OKANAGAN CUP TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL: Shotgun Stevens pinned Krystal.
6. OKANAGAN CUP TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL: “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar defeated Sugar Shane, winning a battle of dueling Muzzles.
7. FOR THE BIG WEST TITLE: “Cougar Meat Kid” Collin Cutler pinned Mike Shreddz, after outside interference from Kyle Sebastian.
8. NON-TOURNAMENT TRIPLE-THREAT: Justin Alexander defeated Nick Radford and Slave, stealing the win from his own tag partner.
9. OKANAGAN CUP TOURNAMENT FINALE: “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar pinned Shotgun Stevens, after outside interference from Mike Shreddz.

Mad Dog was in tough against the younger, bigger, and stronger Shotgun; and when Mad Dog fought back, out came Cutler and Sebastian to draw a distraction. However, Sugar Shane and Mike Shreddz made the save, and during the ensuing melee, Shreddz laid out Shotgun and dragged an unconscious Mad Dog on top of him for the emotional victory!

The Year (so far) In Review…

We are halfway through 2015, and what an exciting year it has been for Big West Wrestling. Several new faces have become prominent fixtures on the roster; while several veterans continue to prove they have what it takes to not only survive, but thrive! Year-end awards are still many months away, but here’s some early front-runners to think about:

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: SHOTGUN STEVENS
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Hellion, all three members of NexGen
Quite often in Big West, the Newcomer Of The Year isn’t a rookie…hence the wording of the award: without it’s own school, Big West relies on outside talent more often than not. But as 2014 drew to a close, a true local rookie surprised everyone by putting on a thrilling debut match with Collin Cutler: Shotgun Stevens. Trained by Lance Storm, Stevens has quickly excelled in Big West, putting on highly competitive singles matches with Adam Ryder, Krofton and Mike Shreddz, while making a dominant tag team with Cutler. The recent addition of Mike Rizzo, in a managerial role, makes Stevens even more deadly as the year progresses…as shown by his nearly winning the Big West Title from Shreddz just last month!

TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR: too close to call…
Statistically, the two duos that have had the most success thus far are the “Team Thrash” combo of Michael More & Slave, along with the #TooSweet tandem of Mad Dog & Sugar Shane; the only problem is that we’re not sure if EITHER team will still be together by year’s end, due to their propensity of fighting amongst themselves! Meanwhile, Adult Social Society (Stevens/Cutler) and NexGen (Justin Alexander & Nick Radford) continue to impress, while embroiled in a bitter feud. And let’s not forgot the Voros Twins will be back in August, along with the debuting young Good Brothers!

FEUD OF THE YEAR: another close one…
Earlier in the year, it looked like the Shreddz/Bishop feud was going to light the Okanagan on fire; but scheduling conflicts and injuries have unfortunately caused Bishop to cancel several scheduled appearances in Big West. In the meantime, the House of Hell and “Team Thrash” have been violently battling each other, as have Adult Social Society and NexGen. And let’s not forget the love/hate relationship between the scuffling cousins: Sugar Shane and “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar. How will the addition of the Okanagan-Interior Title affect their teamwork…or lack thereof?

MATCH OF THE YEAR: SHREDDZ vs. SHOTGUN (June 19)
At SICK OF YOU II, Shotgun Stevens found himself with his first-ever career title shot; and with the scheming Mike Rizzo in his corner, it looked like that first chance wasn’t going to be wasted. The only thing Stevens and Rizzo didn’t count on, was the support of the Shreddiez…and the heart of a champion. Without question, Shreddz and Shotgun tore into each other like the proud young lions they are; but despite their collective “youth” in the ring, they put on a match of epic proportions. Both men were swinging for the fences from the opening bell to the surprising finish, and Shreddz surely had his toughest challenge to date. Other solid contenders for “MOTY” are the K5 Ladder Match from REACH FOR THE SKY (January 16), a showdown between Adam Ryder and Black Dragon from HURTS SO GOOD IV (March 20), and the NexGen/Society six-person battle from IT’S ALL ABOUT RESPECT IV (April 17).

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: MIKE SHREDDZ
Currently, nobody has had more success in Big West than the reigning Big West Champion: first-ever K5 Medallion winner in January … won the Big West Title in February … regained the title in April … multiple “MOTY” candidates with the likes of Bishop, Shotgun Stevens, and Ravenous Randy … one of only a handful of B.C. wrestlers to even APPLY for Tough Enough … took part in Tony Condello‘s infamous Northern Hell Tour … has traveled more miles this year than any other wrestler in the Okanagan … the list is already a long one. Shreddz is only in his second year in the business, but his dedication to training and to getting himself out there for multiple wrestling promotions has resulted in an accelerated learning curve. Can Shreddz maintain his iron grip on the Big West Title, and cement his 2015 legacy? He’s got some tough challenges ahead of him, that’s for sure!

Meanwhile, we would be remiss if we didn’t at the very least give an Honorable Mention to the success of Adam Ryder, who is collecting belts in every promotion not named Big West. Only time will tell if that championship doesn’t get added to his collection before 2015 draws to a close. Also, let’s not forget Collin Cutler, with his guaranteed Big West Title shot in September: he’s proven lately that he is NOT to be taken lightly.

First-Ever Title for Sugar Shane could be #TooSweet to handle…

11401391_977380202296488_278120433118121688_nSugar Shane defied the skeptics at Lumby Days on Friday, July 12: winning the vacant Okanagan-Interior Title in a 10-Person Battle Royale. While the hometown faithful were loud and proud of Shane’s big victory, he quickly learned the hard way that while anyone can win a title…it’s a whole different thing to defend it.

Shane’s first defense was the very next night, against Thrash mainstay and hardcore maniac, Slave. The madman from the Shuswap battered Sugar Shane from pillar to post; when Shane rallied, the West Coast Warrior surprised everyone by interjecting himself and attacking the new champion. Luckily for Shane, his cousin, “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar was sitting in on commentary and joined the fray to initiate and impromptu tag match. In an ugly battle, the #TooSweet tandem were victorious, after Shane leveled Slave with a big spear. But despite the big victory (one the Sugar Cousins desperately needed, heading into SICK OF YOU II on June 19 at Lake City), Mad Dog was not impressed.

“Shane has to develop a killer instinct if he’s going to remain champion,” Mad Dog told BigWestWrestling.com, “and he needs to develop one in a goddamn hurry.”

Mad Dog knows a thing or two about holding the title: he was the first-ever Okanagan-Interior Champion back in 2009, also winning the belt in a 10-Man Battle Royale. He held the belt for almost 18 months, and defended it in five different promotions throughout the region.

“People weren’t willing to give me or the new championship a chance,” Mad Dog stated, “but I went out there and battled anyone and everyone who wanted a shot. I suffered a concussion against Michelle Starr and still retained the title; Danny Knightmare destroyed my knee but still I limped out of town as champion. A champion has to do anything and everything to surive.”

Sugar Shane’s next title defense is Friday, July 10 in Vernon when Thrash Wrestling presents UNACCEPTABLE at the Schubert Centre. At press time, the challenger has yet to be named.

Wild Okanagan Weekend!

thiessenjarretThe 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!

WRESTLERS CONTINUE TO BATTLE FOR THOSE IN NEED

After raising $115 for the YMCA Megathon in February, Big West Wrestling continues its tradition of charitable works: the Kelowna-based wrestling promotion, that puts on monthly events at Lake City Bowling, is collecting non-perishable food items for the Food Bank at their next event on Friday, April 17. Everyone that donates will receive raffle tickets for various prizes, many of which will be donated by local merchants.

This food drive is being spear-headed by local wrestler, Mike Shreddz, who is also slated for a big rematch with Bishop on April 17, for the Big West Television Title. Shreddz actually won the title on February 20, but was cheated out of the belt later that same evening by Bishop, a 13-year wrestling veteran who goaded the second-year star into putting his new championship on the line at the spur of the moment. In a rematch on March 20, Shreddz had nearly regained the title when Bishop purposefully got himself disqualified to retain his championship. Due to this behavior, Big West management has decreed that their April 17 rematch at Lake City will allow the title to change hands on a disqualification: a dramatic alteration to the rules of professional wrestling, where championships cannot normally be won in such fashion.

Meanwhile on April 17, Danni (Dastardly) Deeds and Kelowna’s Marty (Mad Dog) Sugar bring their long-standing feud to a conclusion with a Lumberjack Match. Since last September, every battle between Deeds and Sugar has resulted in excessive brawling outside the ring; this time, wrestlers will surround ringside to ensure the two men stay in the ring and settle things, once and for all.

Other action sees the 2015 Grapple Bowl winner, Sugar Shane, battling the 25-year veteran, Black Dragon. Also on hand will be Kelowna’s Collin (Cougar Meat Kid) Cutler, and Oregon’s exciting NexGen trio of Justin Alexander, Nick Radford, and Krystal Dye. The hated Rigor Von Slasher will also be on hand, not only managing Danni Deeds, but bringing the violent Hellion to town for battle.

Advance tickets for this family-friendly event are available at Lake City Bowling, Players Choice Sportscards & Collectibles, Sun City Vapors, and Pacific Northwest Indoor Gardener. Doors open at 7:30pm, and heavily-discounted tickets will be available at the door for those that bring their ticket stubs from the Kelowna Invasion show that’s happening on April 10 at Rutland Centennial Hall. For more information, contact Big West via email at bigwestwrestling@me.com or via the Big West Wrestling page on Facebook.

10682412_413642038804518_1353634856503154772_o Bishop (left) and Mike Shreddz continue to battle over the Big West Television Title on Friday, April 17 at Lake City Bowling. Click the image for event information!

Sweet Silence?

10981365_413633912138664_3302246019174746075_oOn Friday, February 20, at Big West’s Bad To The Bone event, “Mad Dog” Marty Sugar was looking to celebrate his 40th birthday by becoming a two-time Television Champion in a long-awaited rematch with “Dastardly” Danni Deeds; instead, a match that spun out of control saw Mike Shreddz cash in his K-5 Medallion to win the title. While Shreddz would later be cheated out of the title that very night in a hard-fought match with BISHOP, Mad Dog would focus his frustration on the Special Referee of his title tilt: his own cousin, Sugar Shane. While Shreddz celebrated his title win, Mad Dog slapped Shane (and not for the first time), only to have his larger cousin fight back…as the picture can attest. Mad Dog challenged his cousin to a fight, but Shane refused to answer, even after the show was over:

Mad Dog is now part of a Four-Way Elimination Match for the Big West Television Title at Hurts So Good IV on March 20 at Lake City Bowling (with Shreddz, Deeds and Bishop), while Shane finds himself teaming with West Coast Warrior in a match with the Mean Machines; but Mad Dog still wants his cousin in a fight. The question is, will Mad Dog get the family fight he craves…and will his current anger with his cousin ruin his focus on regaining the Television Title he’s desperately wanted back since last autumn? Shane is still refusing to comment on this explosive family situation, but maybe the “Fans Bring The Weapons” Grapple Bowl Main Event might settle a few things between the Sugar Cousins? We’ll see what unfolds on March 20 at Lake City!

(Please click the thumbnail photo for a direct link to event!)

Chair Shots!

Big West had reached a verbal agreement with a couple in Kettle Valley for 30 new chairs, which were almost picked up in time for “Bad To The Bone” on February 20. Logistics kept the chairs from being picked up that weekend, and sadly, the verbal agreement has been violated: the people in Kettle Valley failed to hold the chairs for Big West, and then tried to inflate the price for the few they had remaining. As you can imagine, we at Big West are very disappointed.

But never fear…we are still on the case! Stay tuned.

15 To Watch in 2015

15. Cremator Von Slasher
Cremator Von Slasher
Last March, after losing the Big West Title in Osoyoos, Cremator Von Slasher found himself suspended from Big West indefinitely by then-Commissioner, West Coast Warrior: not surprising when he trashed the dressing room after the show! When Warrior stepped down from his post at the end of 2014, the new Championship Committee decided to remove all past suspensions…and there are sinister whispers that the longest-reigning Big West Television Champion in history might return for some measure of revenge on the promotion he enjoyed terrorizing for several years.

But while Cremator was gone, his little brother, Rigor, aligned himself with “Dastardly” Danni Deeds and the House of Hell…a group of men that Cremator has violently feuded with the past few years. Will the Von Slasher Family reunite to run roughshod over Big West once again, or will Cremator find himself the odd man out? Or can he actually get along with the House Of Hell and put aside old grudges going into 2015? We shudder at the thought of the House adding a 6-foot-10 masked madman to the fold…

The Word On The Bird

10941016_398470850321637_5737014661363203753_nWe’ve gotten some breaking news out of Birdland, and sadly: we almost mean that literally.  On Friday, January 16 at REACH FOR THE SKY, Andy The Dreadful Bird suffered a dislocated rib and will be out of action for an indefinite period of time.

While everyone knows Andy for being a high-flying and fun-loving wrestler from Pukkaluck County, it’s imperative that we make mention the true strength and determination Andy possesses: the injury was suffered BEFORE he went “beak to nose and talons to toes” with four other men in the grueling K5 Ladder Match main event!

The injury puts on hold several Big West matches Andy was scheduled to have in the first few months of 2015, including a tag team rematch of The Mean Machines against the Pukkaluck Express (Bird & KROFTON), as well as a much-deserved second shot at the Big West Television Title. We wish Andy a speedy recovery, and a return to the Okanagan very soon!