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In May of 1996, the Pacific Northwest was introduced to a new wrestling promotion – Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling. ECCW would quickly become the premier independent wrestling company in British Columbia, and went on to become a partner in the National Wrestling Alliance, becoming the organization’s NWA Pacific Northwest territory. The promotion would go on to host the annual Pacific Cup tournament, pulling names as big as former TNA X Division Champion Christopher Daniels, and helping to establish stars like Ring of Honor’s Kyle O’Reilly.


ECCW is considered to be a relatively successful promotion and an integral figure in Canadian wrestling. Maybe that’s not enough.


Instead of Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling opening in May of 1996, a different promotion emerges. Initially calling itself British Columbia Pro Wrestling, the promotion is based primarily out of the Okanagan and will look to expand, with the ultimate goal of becoming Canada’s best and brightest wrestling company.




The debut show for new Canadian promotion British Columbia Pro Wrestling has been scheduled for the end of May. It will take place at the Schubert Centre in beautiful Vernon, BC and is set to feature an eight-man tournament to crown the promotion’s first Okanagan Heavyweight Champion. Local wrestlers like Chance Beckett and the Ladies Choice will be joined by international stars Leatherface and Dr. Luther of FMW fame, and bigger still, the former Thrillseekers, Lance Storm and Chris Jericho, from Smokey Mountain Wrestling in the southern United States. The biggest name on the marquee will be recently released WWF alumni Jean-Pierre LaFitte.


Tickets for the event are just $10, and the company expects to run more shows throughout the Okanagan in the summer.





at the Schubert Centre in Vernon, BC

Saturday Week 4 of May


Okanagan Heavyweight Championship Tournament


Lance Storm Vs Jean-Pierre LaFitte

Chris Jericho Vs Leatherface

Moondog Manson Vs Dr. Luther

Black Dragon Vs Michelle Starr


Tag Team Match

Torch and Chance Beckett Vs Vance Nevada and Bart Sawyer


10 Man Bunkhouse Battle Royal

Winner Gets a Title Shot at the Next Show

The six losers from the tournament and the four men in the tag match are entered.

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<p>Normally I just lurk around diaries, but this has me REALLY interested. Good mix of names and Canadian west coast indy guys. Was Beckett wrestling in 96? I didn't think he started that early. </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Okanagan Heavyweight Championship Tournament</strong></p><p> </p><p>

Lance Storm Vs <strong>Jean-Pierre LaFitte</strong></p><p>

<strong>Chris Jericho</strong> Vs Leatherface</p><p>

Moondog Manson Vs <strong>Dr. Luther</strong></p><p>

Black Dragon Vs <strong>Michelle Starr</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jean-Pierre LaFitte</strong> vs Chris Jericho</p><p>

Dr. Luther vs <strong>Michelle Starr</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Jean-Pierre LaFitte</strong> vs Michelle Starr</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tag Team Match</strong></p><p>

Torch and Chance Beckett Vs <strong>Vance Nevada and Bart Sawyer</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Mr. Beefy Goodness for the win!</em></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>10 Man Bunkhouse Battle Royal</strong></p><p>

<strong>Chris Jericho</strong></p>

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<p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">BCPW Live</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Saturday Week 4 of May</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

From the Schubert Centre in Vernon, British Columbia</span></strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Quarter-Final Match</strong></p><p><strong>

Black Dragon Vs Michelle Starr</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-The inaugural match for British Columbia Pro Wrestling saw an old school style match-up between Dragon and Starr. "Gorgeous" Michelle Starr did everything in his power to keep the smaller Dragon from being able to unleash any kind of aerial assault, and it proved to be a good tactic at first. Black Dragon quickly adjusted to the more traditional style of the match though, and found himself in control after a series of Arm Drag's that would make another, more well known Dragon very proud.</p><p> </p><p>

Starr rolled to the outside to collect his thoughts, but the fans stood up and let him know how they felt about that. Starr, in response, tweaked his nipple at a couple of fans in particular, but turned right into a Baseball Slide from Black Dragon. Dragon tried to send him into the ringpost with an Irish Whip, but Starr reversed it and sent his opponent crashing face first into the steel. Starr rolled him back into the ring and told the fans that he was too smart to lose. He climbed to the top rope, but as he came off with a Double Axe Handle attempt, found nothing but a big right hand to the gut.</p><p> </p><p>

Dragon rallied the fans and wowed them with a Hurricanrana from a standing position. He pumped his fists like he was Scott Steiner, and then pulled Michelle Starr up to his feet, and dropped him with a big time Brainbuster for the three count, becoming the first man to advance to the semi-final of the tournament.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Quarter-Final Match</strong></p><p><strong>

Moondog Manson Vs Dr. Luther</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-In the second quarter-final match, two of the more hardcore styled workers in BCPW went one on one. Manson did his best to try and get the fans behind him, but they didn't seem very co-operative. They instead seemed to get behind the villainous Dr. Luther, who looks like he belongs in an Anne Rice novel. Luther and Manson didn't even care that this was a wrestling show, as they came straight for one another, throwing big rights and lefts. Manson got the upper hand and sent Luther to the floor with a Clothesline over the top.</p><p> </p><p>

While on the floor, Luther and Manson brawled into the seats, where there was no guard rail to separate the two men from the crowd. Manson got the upper hand, but the fans booed him and he looked around in confusion. The momentary lapse in focus allowed Luther to rake his eyes and hit him in the face with a half can of pop. The two men brawled back to the ring, where Luther set up for a Powerbomb, calling for the end. Manson blocked it though, and hit a Back Body Drop.</p><p> </p><p>

Luther ended up getting caught with a big time Clothesline, but kicked out at two. Manson went up top for something, but was crotched on the top turnbuckle as Luther recovered. The good Doctor grabbed Manson by the hair and pulled his head down, yanking him forward and then dropping him with a turnbuckle assisted DDT, right on his head. To the shock of almost everyone, Moondog kicked out just before the three count. Luther shot up in shock and shoved the ref, but then went right back to the attack, kicking the downed Manson, and then covering him again, this time placing his feet on the ropes for additional leverage and getting the three count.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Quarter-Final Match</strong></p><p><strong>

Chris Jericho Vs Leatherface</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-The next match-up in the Okanagan Heavyweight Championship tournament featured the horror movie icon Leatherface squaring off with Chris Jericho, a well travelled young man who has been a top draw in Smokey Mountain Wrestling and been featured prominently in Japan. Jericho easily gave up a hundred pounds to the masked mammoth, but stayed out of harm's way by employing a hit and run strategy that just did not allow the bigger man the opportunity to take the momentum of the match.</p><p> </p><p>

Jericho bungled up his strategy a little bit though, as he tried a Crossbody off the top rope, and ended up being caught in the arms of the big man. Leatherface drove Jericho back first down into his knee with a vicious Backbreaker, and then applied a Camel Clutch. The fans rallied behind the youngster, who struggled mightily to reach the ropes. As he was almost there, Leatherface let the hold go, and dropped an Elbow across the back of the neck. He pulled Jericho up for what looked to be a Powerbomb, but Jericho flipped up over his head and into a Sunset Flip.</p><p> </p><p>

The fans shouted, thinking Jericho had the win, but the monster kicked out at two. Jericho hit the ropes and was looking for something, but ran right into a big time Clothesline. Leatherface hit another Elbow Drop, and then tried for a second Clothesline. This time, Jericho ducked under, jumped up and using the middle rope, sprung backward and twisted over the top of Leatherface's head, right into another Sunset Flip, this time scoring the three count. He didn't stay to celebrate though, as Jericho decided instead to immediately roll out of the ring to avoid any potential revenge at the hands of the big man, who sat in the ring and punched himself in the face several times.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>In-Ring Segment</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-Between matches, the pirate Jean-Pierre LaFitte made his way down to the ring wearing a replica of Bret "the Hitman" Hart's signature leather jacket. He slid into the ring and grabbed a microphone, saying that his favorite thing that he has ever done, was to beat the holy hell out of Canada's favorite son, Bret Hart. LaFitte took the jacket off and threw it to the mat, spitting and stamping on it. He said that he is Canadian. French Canadian, and damn proud of it. He said that while he was busting his ass, the Hart Family is calling the shots. LaFitte finished up by saying that he hopes he gets another chance to get his hands on any one of them, because he hates them all, and he wants to make them feel the pain that he felt, struggling to pay his bills while Bret and Owen sucked on the WWF tit.</p><p> </p><p>

LaFitte's opponent in the first round came out, and it is Lance Storm. A former partner of Chris Jericho, Storm and Jericho have followed similar paths, but on this night, were on their own. Storm grabbed the microphone from the ring mat and went nose to nose with LaFitte. The first thing he said was that he wasn't going to waste anyone's time. Lance told LaFitte that he trained at the Dungeon in Calgary, and that he knows the Hart Family, and they're good people. Storm said that LaFitte needs to look in the mirror if he's looking for a reason why he was let go from the WWF. LaFitte didn't like the comment, and as Storm was saying that he should try learning from some real technical wrestlers, LaFitte dropped him with a big time right hand, kickstarting their match.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>


Lance Storm Vs Jean-Pierre LaFitte</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-LaFitte used the advantage that he gained by attacking Storm prior to the bell ringing, and kept on the attack. Storm did his best to battle back, but every time he let go a right or a left, he received two in return. Storm finally managed to counter a Clothesline attempt by ducking under and then connecting with an Inverted Atomic Drop. The pirate winced in pain, and then received a beautiful Dropkick right to the chops. Storm hit the ropes, but LaFitte was back up quickly and caught him with a knee to the gut, sending him tumbling to the mat.</p><p> </p><p>

Jean-Pierre sent his opponent hard into the turnbuckles, chest first much the same as he had done to Bret Hart several times before. Storm crumpled to the mat, clutching at his chest. LaFitte covered but only got a one count. He pulled Storm back to his feet and sent him back to the mat with a Powerbomb, snapping his head off the canvas. LaFitte climbed to the top rope and went for La Cannonball, his front flip Senton Bomb, but Storm rolled out of the way. Lance quickly covered, but only got a two count off of the missed high risk maneuver.</p><p> </p><p>

Lance hit the ropes with momentum and came at LaFitte with a low Dropkick, catching him in the side of the head as he tried to get to his feet. Lance waited, and then connected with a Superkick, putting LaFitte back down. Storm called for the Sharpshooter in tribute to Bret Hart, but as he was applying it, received a finger rake to the eyes, causing him to let go of the legs. LaFitte got back up and waited as Storm stumbled away, and then back towards him and into a vicious Lariat. Storm looked done for right there, but the pirate went up top again, this time connecting with La Cannonball, and earning his way to the semi-finals of the tournament.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tag Team Match</strong></p><p><strong>

Torch and Chance Beckett Vs Bart Sawyer and Vance Nevada</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-Chance Beckett and the masked Torch were quite obviously the crowd favorites in this one. If not by design, then by default, as the crowd absolutely hated Vance Nevada and Bart Sawyer. Nevada and Sawyer wore matching outfits, with both men wearing black short tights and matching knee pads and boots. They were going for a very old school approach to the match, as they continually shut down the aerial offense of the two young high flyers.</p><p> </p><p>

The heels controlled the majority of the bout, right up until Beckett countered a Headlock with a Back Suplex on the veteran Sawyer. Beckett made the hot tag, pun intended, to his partner Torch, who came in and fired away at both Sawyer and Nevada. The youngsters managed to connect with standing Hurricanrana's on their opponents in stereo, which got a big reaction from the fans. It wasn't to last long though, as Nevada sent Beckett over the top rope and to the floor. Torch was calling for something, but took a low blow from Nevada while Sawyer distracted the ref.</p><p> </p><p>

Vance left the ring and made sure that Beckett couldn't make it back in, as Bart Sawyer pulled Torch up, and drove his head into the canvas with a brutal Piledriver for the victory.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Semi-Final Match</strong></p><p><strong>

Black Dragon Vs Dr. Luther</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-The first semi-final match saw Black Dragon take on Dr. Luther in what turned out to be a very good technical match. Both men took turns applying Headlocks, Wristlocks and Abdominal Stretch's to the other. Neither man could seem to gain an advantage, as whenever one would connect with something, the other would mirror his opponent.</p><p> </p><p>

Dragon rolled Luther up for a two count, and Luther caught him with a Small Package for a return two count. Both men jumped to their feet, but Luther was in charge as he grabbed the waist of his opponent and went for a German Suplex. Dragon flipped back when Luther released him though, landing on his feet. Luther got up thinking he had done some damage and walked to the ropes, where he rested and told the crowd how good he was... except Dragon was right on him, grabbing a waistlock and connecting with a beautifully bridged German Suplex for another near fall.</p><p> </p><p>

Luther was furious and came up swinging before getting caught with a Spinning Heel Kick. Dragon picked him up and went for the Brainbuster, but Luther caught him with a knee to the face before he could lift him. The doctor hit the ropes and tried for a huge boot to the face, but Dragon side-stepped it and kicked his leg out, sending Dr. Luther ass first into the turnbuckles, where he hit and then landed on his head. Dragon set his opponent on the top rope and motioned for a Hurricanrana, but Luther recovered in time to catch him with a big uppercut to the stomach, which he followed up with the Superbomb, a Powerbomb from the top turnbuckle. The ring shook with the impact and the crowd gasped as Luther, who had landed on his feet, fell on top of the broken body of his opponent and scored the pinfall, advancing to the finals of the tournament.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Semi-Final Match</strong></p><p><strong>

Chris Jericho Vs Jean-Pierre LaFitte</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-LaFitte came out all business for his semi-final match as he hit the ring running and immediately went to the attack on Jericho, who was still removing his vest. Jean-Pierre yanked the vest off of his opponent and then used it to choke the youngster. Jericho struggled, but was only given reprieve when the referee pulled LaFitte off of him and threatened to disqualify him. LaFitte yelled at the ref that he can't be disqualified, because he's going to win the Championship.</p><p> </p><p>

Despite several attempts, Jean-Pierre LaFitte could not put away his young opponent. He put him down with a Powerbomb, but only got two. He set him up seated in the corner and hit a running Cannonball, but again, only a two count. Jericho managed to block a Clothesline attempt with his forearms, and then used LaFitte's own thigh to step up and connect with a thudding Enziguri. LaFitte kicked out just after the one count though, showing the fatigue of Jericho, who couldn't pin him right away.</p><p> </p><p>

Jericho stepped outside onto the ring apron, and jumped up for a springboard move of some kind, but as he came off, he was caught by LaFitte, who put him right back down with a Backbreaker. LaFitte went up top for La Cannonball, but Jericho managed to roll out of the way and the pirate crashed hard to the mat. Both men struggled to their feet, where Jericho connected with a big Dropkick. LaFitte stumbled backwards into the ropes, and when he came back, saw Jericho run past him, hit the ropes and come back with a Bulldog. Jericho summoned all the energy that he had left, hit the ropes again, and came back with a springboard off of the second rope and twisted into a Legdrop. Jericho hooked the leg and put all his weight down to get the three count. LaFitte kicked out, but it was too late, as the youngster used his speed to overcome the odds and move on to the tournament final.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>In-Ring Segment</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-The 10-Man Bunkhouse Battle Royal was announced as being next up, but before the match would be a brief intermission for the fans to go buy merchandise, use the washrooms or meet some of the wrestlers. As the intermission came to an end, the wrestlers started making their way out to the ring for the Battle Royal. Torch was on his way out for the second time in the night, when he was attacked from behind by another man who had not been in any of the night's previous matches. The man grabbed a steel chair and laid into the young high flyer. BCPW officials made their way out to help Torch to the back, while the mystery man grabbed a microphone and told the crowd that he was shocked to find out that he wasn't included in the tournament to crown the first champion, but that he's taken matters into his own hands, because you can't just leave out the Ladies Choice.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>#1 Contender to the Okanagan Heavyweight Title</strong></p><p><strong>

Bunkhouse Battle Royal</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-The participants in the match were: Ladies Choice, Jean-Pierre LaFitte, Black Dragon, Bart Sawyer, Vance Nevada, Chance Beckett, Lance Storm, Leatherface, Moondog Manson and Michelle Starr.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Elimination #1:</strong> Chance Beckett was the first man eliminated, as he went straight after Ladies Choice, who had injured Beckett's partner and stole his spot in the Battle Royal. With Beckett laying a beating into Ladies Choice in the corner, Leatherface grabbed him from behind and dumped him over the top rope.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Elimination #2:</strong> Ladies Choice stood up and offered a handshake to Leatherface. The big monster accepted, but was fooled by the nefarious LC. Ladies Choice tried to throw him over the top, but Leatherface was just too heavy and too strong, as he almost effortlessly blocked it and then grabbed the long blonde hair of his attacker and tossed him right to the floor.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Elimination #3:</strong> Vance Nevada and Bart Sawyer were double teaming "Gorgeous" Michelle Starr. Sawyer called for a Spiked Piledriver, so his partner went up to the second turnbuckle. Before he could leap though, Nevada was the recipient of a Dropkick from the Black Dragon, which sent him tumbling to the floor as Starr countered the Piledriver with a Back Body Drop.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Elimination #4:</strong> Michelle Starr continued to do battle with Bart Sawyer, exchanging big right hands. Starr tried to Clothesline Sawyer over the top, but Sawyer ducked under it. Pointing to his head, the veteran tried to show the fans how smart he was, but forgot that he was in a battle royal, as Sawyer and Starr both appeared to be eliminated at the same time by Leatherface, using a Double Clothesline. Starr hit the floor, but Sawyer managed to hold onto the bottom rope and pull himself back in before both feet touched.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Elimination #5:</strong> In an amazing feat of strength, Moondog Manson eliminated Black Dragon by pressing him up over his head, and then tossing him from the ring and to the floor. Dragon needed help getting to the back, and Manson looked to the crowd for approval, getting a little bit more than earlier in the night.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Elimination #6:</strong> With just five men left in the match, everyone's attention seemed to turn to Leatherface, the biggest of the bunch. LaFitte, Sawyer, Storm and Manson all ganged up on the bigger man in one corner of the ring. He tried his best to fight them off, but the numbers were just too much for him as LaFitte pushed him over the ropes with one final shove.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Elimination #7:</strong> The four remaining men paired off, with LaFitte and Manson brawling on one side of the ring while Bart Sawyer and Lance Storm wrestled on the other. Storm tried to throw Sawyer from the ring, but Bart grabbed onto Storm's trunks and dropped to the mat. Sawyer caught him with a low blow, and then tried to toss him, but Storm skinned the cat to remain active in the match. Sawyer saw this and charged at him, only to end up on the receiving end of a Back Body Drop over the top and to the floor.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Elimination #8:</strong> Manson had LaFitte pressed to the turnbuckle as he tried to eliminate the former WWF star. Lance Storm came over to aid him, but the two men could not eliminated the pirate. LaFitte gouged the eyes of Manson, whose elbow caught Storm in the chest, allowing Jean-Pierre the room to get out from the dangerous position he was in. LaFitte put Manson down with a big Clothesline, and then walked right into a flipping Dropkick from Lance Storm. Storm grabbed LaFitte by the head and went to toss him out, only to have the big man pull him in close and then eliminate him instead with a modified Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex.</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Final Elimination:</strong> Manson and LaFitte immediately came to blows, with neither man giving the other any kind of advantage. The fans stood up as both men just kept taking punches from the other, waiting to see who would falter first. It would turn out to be Moondog Manson, as his legs became a little wobbly after one shot in particular. LaFitte charged at him with a big Forearm shot to the face, and Manson fell back into the ropes. LaFitte tried to Clothesline him over the top, but Manson held on and used his weight to keep him inside of the ring. Jean-Pierre wasn't sure what else he could do, so he hit the ropes on the opposite side and came charging back right into a devastating Clothesline from Moondog. LaFitte looked to be as good as dead, laying in the ring motionless as Manson pulled himself back to his feet. Manson pulled the lifeless body of his opponent up, and then played to the crowd, asking which side to toss him out on. After finally getting one section to cheer loudly enough, Manson tossed LaFitte over the top rope, and he tumbled off the ring apron to the floor.</p><p> </p><p>

Moondog Manson is now set to face the winner of the tournament at the next show, in the first defense of the Okanagan Heavyweight Championship.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Okanagan Heavyweight Championship</strong></p><p><strong>

Chris Jericho Vs Dr. Luther</strong></p><p> </p><p>

-With wins over Jean-Pierre LaFitte and Leatherface, Chris Jericho came into the main event tournament final having exhausted himself against two of the larger men in the tournament. Not to be outdone, Dr. Luther also took on a behemoth in Moondog Manson in the first round, and then put on a much better technical display of wrestling in the semi-finals against Black Dragon. Neither man wanted to show any wear and tear to their opponent, hoping that any injuries or fatigue could be hidden. Jericho was the first to break though, as Luther made sure to target the youngster's back early on. A textbook Backbreaker put Jericho down, allowing Luther the opportunity to stretch him with a modified Abdominal Stretch while Jericho was seated on the mat. Chris started to mount a comeback, getting to his feet out of the stretch and catching Luther with a series of elbows to the gut. Jericho hit the ropes, but came back right into a Clothesline. The Doctor then applied a Camel Clutch, which Jericho just barely survived by making it to the ropes.</p><p> </p><p>

Dr. Luther continued to work over the back of the well-travelled Jericho. He sent Jericho through the ropes and to the floor. Luther looked to be going for a Suicide Dive, but as he was coming between the ropes, got caught with a forearm shot from Jericho. Luther crumpled to the ring apron and then down to the floor. Jericho climbed onto the apron, waited, and then connected with an Asai Moonsault. Jericho, now fired up and with the crowd firmly in his hand, grabbed Luther by the hair and the two men brawled through the chairs and fans. Jericho tried to send Luther into a wall with an Irish Whip, but it was reversed and the youngster hit the wall face first. He stumbled backward and right into a Spinebuster onto the carpeted floor. Luther dragged him back to the ring, and slid him in. The Doctor went up to the top turnbuckle and dove off, but ate a big boot in return for his troubles as he landed. Both men took some time struggling back to their feet.</p><p> </p><p>

Luther tried for another Clothesline, but Jericho ducked under, hit the ropes and came back with a Flying Headscissors Takeover. Jericho followed up by hitting a running knee right to the chest, sending Luther hard into the turnbuckle. Jericho propped him up on the top, and then went up and connected with a Top Rope Hurricanrana! Jericho covered, but only got a two count. Chris pulled Luther up to his feet and went for a Suplex, but the Doctor floated over the top and landed on his feet. Luther, with the ref's attention on him, kicked his leg back, catching Jericho in the groin unbeknownst to the referee. He then grabbed Jericho's hair, pulled him into position and dropped him with a Neckbreaker for a two count of his own. The two men continued to fight back and forth until Jericho caught his opponent with a low Dropkick to the knee. Luther screamed in agony as Chris Jericho continued to focus on the knee, dropping elbows and knees of his own onto the joint. Jericho applied the Figure Four Leglock, and it looked like Luther might be forced to tap out, but he managed to reach Jericho and rake his eyes to break the hold.</p><p> </p><p>

The Doctor caught Jericho with a European Uppercut, and then sent him into the turnbuckle. Luther followed him in with a big Clothesline and then climbed up to rain down some big right hands. Jericho blocked the fifth or sixth one, and then connected with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Luther stumbled into a Stun Gun on the top turnbuckle, and then found himself seated back on top as he was before. Again, as before, Jericho went up looking for another Hurricanrana, but this time, as he jumped, Luther caught him and held on to avoid being taken over. With Jericho up in the air, Luther extended his legs on the second turnbuckle to get better height, and then jumped, driving Jericho's head into the mat with a huge Superbomb. Luther had to crawl over to drape an arm across Jericho's chest, but there would be no kicking out this time, as Dr. Luther put away the young superstar with a devastating maneuver to become the inaugural Okanagan Heavyweight Champion.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#2E8B57;"><strong>Notes:</strong></span></p><p>

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Beckett had just started performing on shows around May of 96. I wasn't sure exactly when he started, but there's a serious lack of Canadian indy names that aren't from the East in this mod, so I just rolled with Chance.</span></p>

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<p>Very good first show. My predictions were a little off, but in my defense I had Starr as the face. That's a good excuse, right? </p><p> </p><p>

As far as Chance goes, I didn't realize he started so early. I thought he'd only be wrestling a couple years before that ECWA Super 8 showing that got him pretty over. But now thinking about it, that could have been forever ago. A quick google search tells me that Super 8 was in 2003. Seven years, interesting. </p><p> </p><p>

Anyway, looking forward to more!</p>

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<p>-The next event from upstart British Columbia Pro Wrestling will feature the first defense of the Okanagan Heavyweight Championship. Along with that, it will feature a couple of debuting stars and returning fan favorite Chris Jericho.</p><p> </p><p>

In his first defense of the Okanagan Heavyweight Championship, Dr. Luther will take on the man that he defeated in the first round of the tournament to crown the inaugural champion. Luther cheated to defeat Moondog Manson in the first round of the tournament. Later on in the evening though, Manson punched his ticket to this title opportunity by winning a ten man Bunkhouse Battle Royal. At the end of June, Manson looks to make sure that Justice is Served, as he tries to take the title away from Dr. Luther.</p><p> </p><p>

Two of the final four from the Bunkhouse Battle Royal at the debut show will face off in singles action, as Lance Storm goes toe to toe with Bart Sawyer for the right to face either Dr. Luther or Moondog Manson for the Okanagan Heavyweight Title at a later date.</p><p> </p><p>

Torch, who did not get a chance to compete in the tournament or the Bunkhouse Battle Royal, will look to take out some of his frustrations when he goes one on one with the man that stole his spot in the Battle Royal. Ladies Choice, when reached for comment, only said "I'm facing who?" The arrogance of the superstar may wind up being his downfall though, if he can't get it in check, because the high flying Torch is no laughing matter.</p><p> </p><p>

Along with these matches, we will have the debuts of former FMW Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Champion Rick Titan and Jason Neidhart (the cousin of WWF legend Jim Neidhart), who will be squaring off against each other in what should be a very hard hitting affair.</p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Justice is Served</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Saturday Week 4 of June</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Norval Arena in Armstrong, BC</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Okanagan Heavyweight Championship</strong></p><p>

Dr. Luther © Vs Moondog Manson</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Singles Match</strong></p><p>

Jason Neidhart Vs Rick Titan</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>#1 Contender's Match</strong></p><p>

Lance Storm Vs Bart Sawyer</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Tag Team Match</strong></p><p>

Black Dragon and Chris Jericho Vs Michelle Starr and Bobby Jay</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Singles Match</strong></p><p>

Chance Beckett Vs Leatherface</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Singles Match</strong></p><p>

Torch Vs Ladies Choice</p><p> </p><p>

<strong>Singles Match</strong></p><p>

EZ Ryder Vs Vance Nevada</p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#2E8B57;">OOC: Thanks for reading, everyone. For the second show here, I will be running a prediction contest. The winner of the contest will be able to either create a "local" wrestler to be used in the promotion, or choose the winner of one of the matches on the next show.</span></p>

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<p>Okanagan Heavyweight Championship</p><p>

<strong>Dr. Luther ©</strong> Vs Moondog Manson</p><p> </p><p>

<em>Luther to retain. Probably though some dastardly means.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Singles Match</p><p>

Jason Neidhart Vs <strong>Rick Titan</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Not at all familiar with Jason Neidhart, so fake Razor gets my vote.</em></p><p> </p><p>

#1 Contender's Match</p><p>

<strong>Lance Storm </strong>Vs Bart Sawyer</p><p> </p><p>

<em>In picking Luther to retain, gotta go with Storm. </em></p><p> </p><p>

Tag Team Match</p><p>

<strong>Black Dragon and Chris Jericho</strong> Vs Michelle Starr and Bobby Jay</p><p> </p><p>

<em>Tough one to call, I'll give it to the two that won last show.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Singles Match</p><p>

<strong>Chance Beckett</strong> Vs Leatherface</p><p> </p><p>

<em>This one and the next will be the toughest to call. Giving it to Beckett on a guess.</em></p><p><em>


Singles Match</p><p>

Torch Vs <strong>Ladies Choice</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>Again. very tough to call. Ladies Choice picks up a heelish win.</em></p><p> </p><p>

Singles Match</p><p>

EZ Ryder Vs <strong>Vance Nevada</strong></p><p> </p><p>

<em>It's a Beefy Goodness no brainer!</em></p>

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