Billy Suede

Billy Suede

Interference costs wrestlers a chance at tag titles

The Nanaimo tag team of B.J. Laredo and Scott Steel nearly won the VIPW tag titles on Saturday night.

The main event featured tables, ladders and chairs, and then at the key moment, interference.

The Nanaimo tag team of B.J. Laredo and Scott Steel nearly won the Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling tag titles on Saturday night at the Departure Bay Activity Centre, but Ice, making his return to town, got involved. An Ice Pik superkick on Laredo resulted in a pinfall, and the champs, Billy Suede and Tony Baroni, retained the belts.

“We had ‘er, man, those tag titles were within our grasp,” said Laredo. “It’s not even worth calling [Ice] a Nanaimo guy anymore.”

Ice explained his actions after the match, recalling how he used to be the hometown guy in Nanaimo and it was “harmony” and “magical,” but now all he hears about is Laredo and Steel.

“It’s something that I should have done a long time ago, is come back and kick B.J. Laredo,” Ice said.

The spot of the match saw Steel leap off the very top of a ladder and splash Baroni through a table. Earlier in the match, Laredo slammed Suede through Baroni, through a table set up in the corner of the ring.

In other action, Ice beat Eddie Osbourne, Cole Bishop and Violet defeated Riea Von Slasher and Lak Siddartha in a mixed tag match, Cremator Von Slasher beat El Phantasmo, and Krofton defeated Shreddz.

The venue was filled to standing-room only on Saturday.

“VIPW is growing, skyrocketing,” said Brent LaPlante, event promoter. “If we can just build on that, who knows?”

BELL TIME … VIPW will return to Nanaimo on Jan. 23, when Laredo will face Ice in what’s being billed as the ‘Battle of Nanaimo.’

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