Island Charity Wrestling is coming back to the Valley to put on another family charity show Aug. 10. Since it’s all for and about the kids, all profits again this year support You Are Not Alone (YANA).
Since 2009, this charity group of retail workers and weekend warriors have been putting on entertaining wrestling shows for local charities. ICW tries to provide low-cost family entertainment for charity featuring wrestling action of all sorts, zany good and evil characters, and story lines, but not professionals. Most members have had a little training from experienced professionals, and a few have been involved to some degree in the pro circuit, but the majority are local Joes who practise regularly to put on pro-style shows for fun, charity and community service. ICW’s ranks are largely beginner and vary in skill and experience but do their best and always entertain, and have a loyal following of supporters that come to all their shows, especially children.
The theme of the upcoming show is Night of Champions — the only show of the year that all five championships are defended. In addition to five title bouts, there will be some additional singles and grudge matches to fill out the card.
The ICW championship pits Dangerous Doug Beattie against Splash Campbell. DDB has used every dirty trick in the book to hold onto his title, including constant interference in his title defences by his Chain Gang mates Acadian Assassin and A-Train. After doing this twice to Splash Campbell, DDB’s cronies are now banned from ringside for this match. Can DDB defeat Splash without help?
Vancouver Island Hardcore Championship ‘Fans bring the weapons’ match features Big Willy Johnson and Acadian Assassin. While Acadian may be evil, he defended his championship regularly for nearly four years, until a year ago when Johnson found a way to finally get the gold from the evil Acadian’s grasp. Now, Acadian is finally getting his rematch. Will he get back what he feels is rightfully his, or will the Big Willy era continue? These matches have no rules so anything can – and will – happen. As an added twist, the board of directors has decreed the 24/7 rule will be reinstated after this match.
For the Vancouver Island Charity Championship: All the wrestlers in attendance will have the chance to dethrone the Champion El Taco in the charity over-the-top-rope battle royale.
Other announced matches have Vancouver Island Tag Team Champions The Chain Gang defending their titles in an open challenge; The ICW West Island Championship will be on the line as three talented Port Alberni stars will battle for the prestigious gold in a triple-threat kendo stick match; The Bumbling B will take on Massey Ferguson; ‘Mexico’s biggest Canucks Fan’ Juan E. Cañuck will battle former hockey enforcer Ron ‘The Hammer’ Domi; and Vito the Legbreaker will face Stan ‘The Lumberjack’ Boyd, and more.
There will be a concession, merchandise table, programs, prize draws, and a yours-and-mine draw. In a special draw, there is a unique opportunity to own a piece of local wrestling history as ICW is doing a redesign of one of their championship belts, so the authentic original hand-crafted leather-and-metal belt will be raffled off for charity. What child or fan wouldn’t want to own that? Wrestlers will be available immediately after the show for autographs and pictures for the kids.
All seats are for a minimum $5 donation. It will be held at the K’omoks First Nation gym next to the I-Hos Gallery at 3320 Comox Rd. in Courtenay. Doors open at 7 p.m. and action starts shortly after until about 8:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Ticket pre-purchase is recommended, available from any participant or by phoning 250-792-3332.
– Island Charity Wrestling