We’re Halfway There…


Canada Day unofficially marks the halfway-point of 2017, and this has been shaping up as the busiest wrestling year in Okanagan history. With our successful return to the annual Rutland May Days, Big West has been busier than ever; and despite the questionable weather patterns, this summer could be the hottest on record as far as wrestling action is concerned!

Let’s take a moment to look at the movers and shakers of the first half of 2017, shall we?

MOST POPULAR: SHREDDZ
The three-time Big West Television Champion is back on top, not only of the rankings…but in the hearts and minds of the Big West fans. The Shreddiez are loud and proud of their purple-powered wrestling machine. Salty The Seaman has also proven a hit, and the debuting “Golden” Graham Campbell really captured the crowd’s attention in June.

MOST HATED: XAVIER GALAXY
This could be our most hotly-contested annual award, by the time December rolls around: Michael More and his loud-mouthed sidekick, Todd Quality, get showered in boos every month; and the fans were not happy when Collin Cutler capitalized on an injured Danni Deeds to become three-time Television Champion in April. But with Shotgun Stevens out of the picture, Xavier Galaxy has gladly filled the void when it comes to the category of cocky, egotistical youngster on the rise.

MOST IMPROVED: DON HELLION
“The Lover” has nearly a decade of experience, but has never had a chance to reach his full potential in Big West…until now, as he finally gets his first shot at a championship. Can the powerful Lothario take that next step to greatness on July 14? Others showing promise are Xavier Galaxy, as he has been excelling in singles competition, and Joe Funk has shown promise since losing the “Wildkard” mask and persona.

NEWCOMER: JAYCE D’ARCY
This will be another year-end Battle Royale, as the Wild Okanagan Wrestling school is working hard to create some new stars in the region, and so many new faces have also shown up from other parts of the province. Nathan Kabe has exploded onto the scene, and Davey Deals has shown potential; but D’Arcy has the slim advantage right now.

MATCH OF THE YEAR: Shotgun vs. Shreddz (Loser Leaves Town: April 7)
There have been more matches than ever in Big West this year, but this battle displayed a ton of energy, animosity, and raw emotion that had the whole crowd on the edge of their seats. Marty Sugar declared it the best match he’s ever scene in the Okanagan: high praise, indeed!

TAG TEAM: TOP QUALITY
You don’t have to like Michael More and Todd Quality (the noise you fans collectively make when they hit the ring already proves that), but you cannot deny their success. After losing their inaugural tag match, to the veteran combo of Black Dragon and Salty, they have dominated the Big West tag team ranks. A match with the upstart Tokyo Raiders on July 14 could truly cement the team’s greatness.

BEST WRESTLER: SHREDDZ
Injuries kept Shreddz from reaching his full potential in 2016, but this year he has done more than simply regain the form that saw him become 2015 Big West Wrestler Of The Year: he has surpassed it. Six victories in May alone, including five Television Title defenses, statistically making him the most dominant champion in company history? And even with Michael More breathing down his neck, Shreddz is determined to make 2017 his year.

And let’s not end without touching on the big storylines heading into the summer: who attacked Collin Cutler with that steel pipe last month? And what is the Big News that Mike Chisholm has in store for us? Can Danni Deeds become a three-time “Intellectual” Champion…and if so, how Dastardly will he become to achieve that goal?

Buckle up, fans: it’s going to be a wild ride!

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