This weekend’s main event won’t be just about winning a wrestling match – hometown pride is on the line.
Two Nanaimo grapplers, B.J. Laredo and Ice, will square off in a no-holds barred grudge match Saturday (March 26) at the Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling card at the Departure Bay Activity Centre.
The feud has been brewing since the fall, when Ice interfered in a match that cost Laredo and partner Scott Steel, also from Nanaimo, the tag-team titles.
Ice, who now lives in Toronto, has disparaged his former hometown and has avoided getting in the ring with Laredo. On Saturday, the match is set to finally happen.
“I’m proud of where I come from, so I want to fight for Nanaimo and show everyone that’s coming to the show that we’re better than anything he left for in Ontario,” Laredo said.
At the last VIPW show in Nanaimo, Laredo got through two of Ice’s henchmen in one night, but that doesn’t mean he’s expecting an easy time this weekend.
“It’s Ice. He’s a conniving, tricky person, so he’s going to have more than one trick, I’m sure,” Laredo said. “I’ve got to keep my eyes in the back of my head and keep a lookout.”
Steel also has a big match coming up on Saturday, as he’ll fight Lak Siddartha in a ladder match for the Pure Wrestling Association’s Pure Violence championship.
“That’s going to be one to watch, because Scott definitely likes to leave his feet when it comes to ladders,” said Brent LaPlante, show promoter.
In other matches, Bishop will defend his VIPW title against Eddie Osbourne, the tag-team champs the Wisemen will face off against Krofton and a mystery partner and women’s champ Riea Von Slasher will defend her belt against Violet in what has been a back-and-forth feud. Also, Shreddz will take on Super V-Los.
LaPlante is looking forward to the show, as the attendance at VIPW have been trending upward and the wrestlers appreciate the support.
“It’s overwhelming,” he said. “And it’s not just family and friends, it’s people that truly love wrestling.”
Bell time is 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10, or $15 for front-row, in advance at That ’50s Barbershop and Centre Court Collectibles, or $15 and $20 at the door.