Nanaimo pro wrestler Scott Steel jumps off a ladder to attack an opponent during a championship match at the Departure Bay Activity Centre this past winter. (NEWS BULLETIN file)

Wrestler gets rematch for pure violence title

Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling has a show this Saturday (May 27) at Departure Bay Activity Centre

It’s traditional that when wrestlers lose title belts, they get a mandatory rematch. This week, Nanaimo’s Scott Steel gets two rematches.

The high flyer, a two-time Pure Wrestling Association Pure Violence champion, will try to win back that title this weekend (May 26-27) when he takes on Riea Von Slasher at Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling shows in Langford and Nanaimo.

Riea defeated Steel for the title earlier this year thanks to interference from Cremator Von Slasher.

“Hopefully she keeps her goons in the back this time and doesn’t have them interfere,” Steel said.

With two chances at the belt, Steel has come up with a couple of different game plans for his matches.

“It’s not going to be for the faint of heart, that’s for sure,” he said.

Saturday’s Nanaimo show will be taped for TV. The main event is a battle royal in which fans are invited to bring the weapons for wrestlers to use.

“It should be an interesting one,” Steel said. “I’ve been in a few of those and some diverse objects get into the fold … We’ve had baby carriages, we’ve had ironing boards, [a] 50-inch flatscreen TV.”

He said sometimes it takes some creativity to utilize an object as a weapon, while most of the time it’s simple – just grab the weapon and hit someone with it.

Also on the card, two Nanaimo wrestlers, B.J. Laredo and Zakk Merrick, meet in a grudge match. Merrick attacked his former training partner Laredo at the most recent Nanaimo show.

“I think [Merrick] just has a bit of a chip on his shoulder,” Steel said. “I think that he wants to be where B.J. is, at the top tier, in the spotlight.”

The Saturday show starts at 7 p.m. at the Departure Bay Activity Centre. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance from That ’50s Barbershop, Centre Court Collectibles and Two-Headed Giant.

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