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.