The Gratification and Gravitas of Championship - A Cory Bush Highlight
Written by Kyle T. Raios
Ask almost any athlete in any sport: What is the ultimate goal?
And Cory Bush is no stranger to championships.
Is it drive? Or is it obsession?
It’s a fair question.
What possesses a human being to step between those ropes into what many consider hallowed ground?
For some - for many - it’s the pursuit of fame and fortune. For others, it’s the simple gratification of entertaining the masses.
For the “Weight of the World” Cory Bush - when the seeming simplicity of mass is your weapon, and gravity the force chosen to wield it, it’s simply the gravitas of destiny.
Accolades lead to more accolades, and titles tend to breed titles. And all up and down the I-81 corridor, Bush has collected both like a child collecting baseball cards. With nine heavyweight championships and numerous tag titles wrapped around his waist over the course of the last decade, residing at the top of the mountain might seem almost as natural as breathing.
But the ascension hasn’t been easy, and as Bush himself describes it, it’s been anything but straightforward.
“The Weight of the World was born from the thought that I was seen as less than just because I wasn’t your classic, six-pack beach body type of wrestler. So I took the part of myself that was seen as less than and I turned it into a weapon,” Bush answered in an exclusive interview.
“People can scoff and make fun, but what they can’t do is deny the power of my weapon. The Power of the Weight of the World.”
“And that power has repeatedly made me champion.’
On June 5 in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Bush attempted to collect on yet another title in the main event of Voltage Wrestling - Shocking Debut, aiming to be the inaugural Voltage Grand Champion.
Call it destiny, call it fate, call it whatever you’d like - the night played out differently, as the Kingpin of Riot City Sicend outlasted Bush and two others - “Big Trouble” Ben Bishop and “The Savage Gentleman” Victor Benjamin - to claim the title.
“At Voltage, this was my chance to etch my name as the first champion in the company’s history. To be number 1 for a lifetime,” Bush said. “That opportunity was taken from me.”
The perception of Sicend’s stolen valor was enough to force Bush - once again - into an impromptu run-in on the Saturday morning “Rolls Royce of Wrestling Podcasts,” The Podcast Pit, where he had more than a few choice words for the champion.
Hosts Mike Ratick and Rennes Carbaugh had been discussing who would challenge Sicend for the title first, with Big Ben Bishop being the foregone conclusion. A conclusion Bush took personally.
“Sicend you got lucky. And did anybody else in that match, by the way, get hit by the other three members in synchronization to eliminate them? No they didn’t,” Bush said in front of the speechless hosts. “It took Victor’s foot, Ben’s boot, and then Sicend flying from somewhere.”
Like clockwork, Bush issued the challenge for Sicend, staring down the camera and seemingly demanding a shot at the Voltage Grand Championship on July 17 at Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
“You’re not as good as you think you are. You got lucky at that show. And on July 17, if you’ve got the balls to answer my challenge, I’m gonna hit ya with the Weight of the World splash.”
Is it drive? Or is it obsession?
It’s fair question.
For Cory Bush, it’s neither.
“It’s just a vehicle of fate. If there is a championship on my stretch of highway it is only a matter of time before it’s in my clutches. I don’t say that I’m a force of nature just to gratify myself. I’m the Weight of the World and my power is gravity. The gravitational pull to drag championships into my orbit.”
The challenge has been issued, the gauntlet thrown.
Will Voltage Grand Champion Sicend answer the call? And how will The Kingpin of Riot City respond to the first challenge to his new title reign?
Stay tuned in the days to come as we await the response, and further announcements for Voltage Wrestling’s next event, which is sure to only up the amperage from here.
Voltage Wrestling returns to action July 17 at Bad Habits Bar & Grill in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Tickets are on sale now at voltagewrestling.com
Kyle T. Raios is Voltage Wrestling correspondent, host of The Ridikulous Podcast, and a comic book author best known for the dinosaurs in space saga PRIMAL INSTINCT.
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.
Voltage has arrived - and it’s a whole ‘nother league.
For Immediate Release
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Voltage Wrestling is sorry to announce that due to unfortunate circumstances of a personal nature, ECW original The Sandman will be unable to appear on #theshockingdebut June 5th. While we share in your disappointment, we wish The Sandman well, and look forward to his appearance on a Voltage Wrestling event.
Meanwhile, we are excited and thrilled to announce that ECW Orginal, Former WWE Superstar and former ECW World Champion Rhino has been tapped to appear at The Shocking Debut in The Sandman’s abscence.
There will be a special meet and greet before the event as scheduled starting at 6:30pm. For those who have purchased an autograph package for The Sandman, they will be honored for the appearance of Rhino.
This Saturday at O’Connell’s Irish Pub in Martinsburg, West Virginia, at 730 PM, Voltage Wrestling is proud to present the first ever Grand Championship Tournament, featuring eight competitors of incredible athletic quality in a grueling one night, winner-take-all challenge to crown the FIRST EVER Voltage Grand Champion. General Admission tickets remain on sale for $20 at voltagewrestling.com, or at the door on the day of the event