New wrestling champ emerges

KC Andrews didn’t know if he was championship material, but he quickly found out during Thrash Wrestling’s Smash Hit event.

Laisen Henson (left) and Jordan Picheniuk watch as the action during Thrash Wrestling heightens.

Laisen Henson (left) and Jordan Picheniuk watch as the action during Thrash Wrestling heightens.

KC Andrews didn’t know if he was championship material, but he quickly found out during Thrash Wrestling’s Smash Hit event.

In a setting at the Royal Canadian Legion Sept. 25 that was reminiscent of the Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke, KC Andrews defeated The Unholy Minion to become the new Okanagan/Interior champion.

“I’m psyched about it,” said KC Andrews of his win. “It’s unbelievable to be able to share that with the people of Penticton. I haven’t been here that long. I’m a newbie to the city but I’ve embraced it and it’s nice to be able to win a title here in my hometown.”

During the match KC Andrews had a moment of clarity where he knew that it was time to win. It wasn’t easy for KC Andrews as the Unholy Minion grabbed him beforehand and tossed him into the post.

“My shoulder was all messed up,” said KC Andrews. “He’s a powerful guy. He’s strong as an ox. When he hits you, he hits you to knock you out. The idea that I had to get into the ring with him after busting my shoulder up was a little scary.”

Working in his favour was being able to outsmart the Unholy Minion.

KC Andrews also loved the response from the crowd, who he said entertains him.

“I do it for the crowd, the people that are loud,” he said. “They are cheering their faces off.”

In the three-way dance, The Greaser Ronnie Angel defeated Slave and Adam Ryder. The Greaser observed the action initially as Slave and Adam Ryder wouldn’t let him in. When he did, Ronnie Angel took a bit of a beating before securing victory.

Thrash Wrestling also ended up with a new champion as the Black Dragon defeated defending champ Michael More.

Thrash Wrestling promoter Nick Szalanski was happy to see the crowd enjoy the matches. While he was disappointed that Smash Hit didnt draw better, he hopes to attract a larger audience when he brings Thrash Wrestling back.

“The first time in a town is always a tough draw,” said Szalanski.

With shows in Kelowna, Vernon and Enderby, Szalanski wants to get into Penticton to solidify the Okanagan market. He added that when he plans the next show that it will be at the Legion again. He liked the way they were treated and the affordable cost to rent the venue.

Thrash Wrestling’s next event is Shocktoberfest at the Rutland Centennial Hall from 8 to 11 p.m.