Pro wrestlers brace for no-holds-barred battle

Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling is promoting a full slate of action at its Breaking New Ground show Feb. 15 in Nanaimo.

B.J. Laredo tries a high-flying attack against a masked mystery opponent at a pro wrestling show three years ago in Nanaimo. Pro wrestling returns to the city Feb. 15 with a Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling card at the Departure Bay Activity Centre.

Pro wrestling returns to Nanaimo for the first time in three years, and it sounds like the grapplers will be making up for lost time.

Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling is promoting a full slate of action at its Breaking New Ground show Feb. 15 at the Departure Bay Activity Centre.

VIPW, a Vancouver Island-owned company, is a relatively new venture that is gaining momentum after putting on seven cards on the Island over the last six months.

“We’re trying to bring wrestling back to the Island on a regular basis,” said B.J. Laredo, a competitor from Nanaimo. “It means a lot to us. We’ve put everything together from the start. It’s been a battle.”

Laredo, ‘the Hardcore Cowboy,’ will be taking on ‘Mad Dog’ Marty Sugar in a no-holds-barred match. There are local bragging rights on the line, as Sugar used to live in Nanaimo.

“Tickets are flying out the door and a lot of them are family and friends so I obviously want to try and win in front of them,” Laredo said.

It’s going to be a challenging match, he predicted.

“It’s going to take a lot. They call him Mad Dog for a reason – he’s tough,” said Laredo. “I’ve got a fair bit of experience and wins under my belt in this type of environment – no-holds-barred or anything-goes or whatever you want to call it.”

The main event is a mixed tag team match pitting Cremator and Riea Von Slasher against Tony Baroni and K.C. Spinelli. The VIPW championship is also slated to be contested, as champ Lak Siddartha will face challenger Billy Suede. Other announced matches include Sid Sylum versus Eddie Osbourne and Krofton versus Kenny Doll.

The Departure Bay Activity Centre is located at 1415 Wingrove St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the first match at 8 p.m. Tickets will be $15 at the door, or $10 in advance at Popeye’s Supplements, China Steps Emporium  or by calling 250-619-2216.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

Finalists announced for Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards

Winners will be honoured at an awards gala Friday, Feb. 22 at the Coast Bastion Hotel

Coldest Night of the Year walk supports people in Nanaimo experiencing homelessness

Island Crisis Care Society event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23

Four Nanaimo athletes make Team B.C. for Canada Winter Games

Judo, synchronized swimming and boxing athletes qualify for games in Red Deer, Alta.

Buccaneers break a third-period tie to beat Generals

Nanaimo doubled up Oceanside 2-1 on Sunday in VIJHL action

100 squares of artwork will be exhibited at Gabriola show

More than 90 artists submitted 12-by-12 inch pieces to Squared Art Show starting Feb. 22

Buccaneers break a third-period tie to beat Generals

Nanaimo doubled up Oceanside 2-1 on Sunday in VIJHL action

Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Lee Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

A Mother’s Wish: Ryan Shtuka’s mother wants her son to be ‘forever known’

‍‍‍‍‍“Let me tell you a story …. it all began with a boy named Ryan”

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Pope Francis has urged participants to meet with abuse victims before they came to Rome

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

Andrew McCabe said FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Most Read