Prince George’s new professional wrestling league Primetime Wrestling crowned its first two champions in front of two sold out crowds at the House of Ancestors over the weekend.
On Friday night, “Backstage Pass” Braydon Goss survived a six-man elimination tournament to claim the league’s Northwestern championship. The 29-year old wrestler from Summerland, B.C., is a graduate of the Storm Wrestling Academy formerly of Calgary and has been competing for five years.
“This was a hard-fought victory,” admitted Goss after surviving two matches to claim the title. “But you can only call yourself the best by beating the best and I welcome the opportunity to be matched against the very best competition in Canada.”
The vacant heavyweight championship went to the “Mr. Beefy Goodness” Vance Nevada, who outlasted twelve other competitors in an over-the-top rope battle royal to seize victory. Nevada, originally from Brandon, Man., extended his standing record as the professional wrestler with the most championship title reigns in Canadian professional wrestling history, claiming the Primetime Heavyweight title as the 46th title belt of his 30-year ring career.
Local organizers Davy Greenlees and Stuart Brown were encouraged by the fan response to the pair of events over the weekend which included a guest appearance by B.C. Indigenous Sports Hall of Famer, Prince George’s Princess Delta Dawn (Dawn Murphy) who also found herself embroiled in the action.
Organizers are already looking ahead to future touring dates across northern B.C., including a return to Prince George at the House of Ancestors on May 12 and 13. Details and matches are expected to be announced soon, including the first title defenses of the new champions crowned this weekend.