Conflict defines the history of humankind.
The struggle against expectation defines the individual.
Come June 5 at O’Connells Irish Pub in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the matchup Cory “Weight of the World” Bush v. Brandon “Mr. X-Cellence” Scott may very well be the defining battle in the opening round of the tournament to crown the FIRST EVER Voltage Wrestling Grand Champion.
The Tri-State has a reputation for breeding formidable competitors, and these two combatants are no exception. Hagerstown borne, Hagerstown bred, Cory and Brandon are both products of the 1-81 corridor wrestling scene. And while Brandon left the area in the pursuit of accolades elsewhere, Cory remained to dominate the scene, winning every championship there was to win on home turf.
But a new one has been forged, fresh and without a bearer. And for men of this athletic caliber, glory is the goal - wherever it may be found. And a recent - and surprise - appearance on The Podcast Pit by Cory Bush drove the point home. For him, it’s not about the past, but what comes next.
“When I want championships, I come in, I find the guy who has them and I take them. And my track records says that's not a lie,” he told hosts Mike Ratick and Rennes Carbaugh. “The letters don’t matter, the marquee does. And the marquee more times than that not has said Cory Bush versus the champion and the champion loses.”
Ratick did challenge that Brandon Scott has the speed and technical prowess to withstand the power of the heavyweight. But as Cory retorted, “everybody has a plan until they get hit.”
“Doesn’t matter how many times you can jump, roll, flip, or dive. When you get hit with the weight of world, your skill set means nothing because you don’t have enough air in your lungs to keep fighting.”
With just under a month to go, the Voltage Grand Championship Tournament is shaping up to be a clash of light and heavyweights alike. But in this SHOCKING DEBUT of Voltage Wrestling, anything can happen.
The countdown is nearing its conclusion. Will Brandon Scott respond to Cory, and what choice words will Mr. X-Cellence have for the Weight of the World?
And you can be absolutely positive that as June 5 approaches, we’ll be hearing from the remaining participants in this Grand Tournament to crown the FIRST EVER Voltage Wrestling Grand Champion.
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By Kyle Raios
Author of Primal Instinct, Egyptologist, Baseball Connoisseur, Pro Wrestling Enthusiast