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.

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