Nanaimo pro wrestler Ice will be on the card at Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling’s Headlocks for Hunger show this Saturday (Nov. 21).

Nanaimo pro wrestler Ice will be on the card at Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling’s Headlocks for Hunger show this Saturday (Nov. 21).

Wrestler makes homecoming

NANAIMO – Ice will make his return to the ring in his hometown this Saturday (Nov. 21) at VIPW’s Headlocks for Hunger card.

He’s new to Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling, but he knows how to win in Nanaimo.

Ice will make his return to the ring in his hometown this Saturday (Nov. 21) at VIPW’s Headlocks for Hunger card at the Departure Bay Activity Centre.

The ‘Larger Than Life Superstar’ has been wrestling in Ontario the past several years.

“My heart’s still on the West Coast,” he said. “The fan base and the electricity that the West Coast brings, as much as you want to look for it elsewhere, there’s no place like home, so to speak.”

He had been keeping an eye on VIPW from afar and likes the level of fan engagement.

“When the fans are having an amazing time, you know the wrestlers are having an amazing time, so you just want to be a part of it,” Ice said.

He’ll take on Eddie Osbourne, a big, tough bruiser with whom Ice has feuded in the past.

“He’s fallen almost every time to my speed. It doesn’t matter how big you are, if I can be one step ahead of him, he’s got no chance,” Ice said.

Hometown advantage could also be a factor. Ice is “pumped” about returning home to wrestle.

“There’s just a different level that comes with that,” he said. “Pressure, excitement, thrill, you name it, I’m going to be feeling it.”

The main event features two other Nanaimo wrestlers – B.J. Laredo and Scott Steel, who will be facing VIPW tag-team champions Tony Baroni and Billy Suede in an anything-goes street fight.

“There’s no rules. Basically anywhere in the building, anywhere outside, it doesn’t matter,” said Laredo. “We can use anything as a weapon.”

Cremator and women’s champ Riea Von Slasher are some of the other names on the card.

BELL TIME … First match is at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door or $10 in advance at Popeye’s Nanaimo and That ’50s Barbershop. The Headlocks for Hunger card supports the Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. Fans who bring three non-perishable food items will be entered into a prize draw and those who bring 10 non-perishable food items will get five entries into the draw.

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