MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - The day has come, and the day has gone, but expectations were high and subsequently met Saturday night, June 5 at O’Connell’s Irish Pub. Despite the heat and the onslaught of cicadas, a capacity crowd witnessed history with the first ever tournament to crown the inaugural Voltage Grand Champion, and special guest appearance by former ECW/WWE superstar and one half of the current Impact Tag Champions Rhino.
The eight man tournament kicked off the night with four hard fought, grueling matches that whittled the championship tournament down to four contenders. Local favorite and veteran Sicend took down Myles Millenium in the opener, followed by “Big Trouble” Ben Bishop taking out Jason Radatz. “Weight of the World” Cory Bush took down longtime rival Brandon Scott, while “The Savage Gentleman” Victor Benjamin defeated Madd Max Morrison to grab that fourth and final spot in the tournament final.
Captain D Decapitate made a brief appearance, interrupting the night with laments of not having a spot on the card, but promising to be there for the Voltage Wrestling return at O’Connell’s pub on September 18 - and declaring he wouldn’t be coming alone.
Professor Jakob Edwin continued his ongoing search for a tag partner, which ultimately led to vying candidates Jeremy Grimes and Darius Carter being jumped by Jordan Evans and Eric Ecton. Not one to let injustice stand, Rhino made his long awaited appearance and cleared the ring, before asking Voltage Commissioner Mike Ratick to even the odds and sanction the six-man tag match.
Rhino soon did what he does best, and gored his way to victory, much to the delight of everyone in attendance.
Our main event saw a four way elimination, no disqualification showdown between all first round winners. The action spilled out into the crowd before it ever got in the ring, with Bush being the early target of the other three. Sicend brought his brand of high-flying, hardcore action with a moonsault off the bar patio that cleared the way and literally leveled the field.
The chaos managed to work its way back to the ring, and Bush was quickly eliminated by a series of devastating hits from the other three combatants. Not long after, Benjamin was defeated leaving The Kingpin of Riot City and Big Trouble as the last men standing. In a tale as old as time but too often forgotten, the giant was taken out by a surprise roll-up that ended in a three count, and the crowd roared hard as Sicend was crowned the first ever Voltage Grand Champion.
It was a night of shock and awe - hallmarks of the Voltage Wrestling brand - making a definitive mark on the local landscape.
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