The third instalment of pro-wrestling group ICW Central West`s Cowra based extravaganza Western Warfare managed to surpass the high standard set by the previous events held in 2013 and 2016.
(min cost $8)
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On Saturday, October 21 a group of wrestlers from a wide variety of hometowns congregated at Cowra Civic Centre to entertain the local fanbase. Show promoter and wrestler James ‘’High Octane’’ Lanham says that the feedback from his hometown fans and wrestlers alike has been overwhelmingly positive.
‘’The hype around the show has yet to die down, I`m still being recognised around town and having people approach me to talk about the success of Western Warfare 3’’, says Lanham.
‘’This was our biggest and best show yet, the first two drew well but this one way surpassed them.
‘’Another really good surprise was how vocal and emotionally invested the audience were in the show, I thought maybe the fans would not be so excited and loud after many of them seeing us previously but boy was I wrong.
“This was our loudest and most enthusiastic audience yet, they were with us for the ride from opening match to the end of the show.
“People filming from the balconies said there were points where the crowd cheered so loudly that the building literally shook’’, explains Lanham.
The local wrestler and now former ICW Central West champion James ‘’High Octane’’ Lanham sadly came up short against ICW World Heavyweight champion in their winner take all title match when masked mad-man Super Crimson Mask ran in and attacked him, leaving him vulnerable to Mezzenger`s submission hold.
While locked tight in the grip of his opponent, the referee called a stop to the match when he deemed High Octane unable to continue.
This meant the unthinkable had happened and the villainous Rob Mezzenger was crowned dual champion.
The two rule-breaking grapplers continued the attack on the local boy post-match as the crowd looked on in disbelief. Just as it appeared that all hope was lost, and evil had prevailed, Canberra wrestling kingpin Rex stormed the ring and made the save.
An impromptu tag-team match between the teams of Rob Mezzenger and Super Crimson Mask and High Octane and Rex was made with the added stipulation that if the team of Rex and Octane won, the person who scored the decision would be champion.
After a back-and-forth battle, Mezzenger took the hometown boy out by driving him into the wooden floor at ringside.
This left Rex at the mercy of the crazed mask wearing wrestler Super Crimson Mask, but Rex was more than up to the challenge.
The match ended when Rex made Super Crimson Mask pass out to a submission hold meaning that not only had he and Octane won the match, but Rex was now the ICW Central West and World Heavyweight champion.
The show ended with all of the wrestlers celebrating in the ring alongside the mayor Bill West.
Following High Octane delivering an emotional thank you speech, fans enjoyed mingling with the wrestlers in the post-show meet and greet.
“After the success of this event, Western Warfare 4 will definitely be happening in the near future’’, he said. “Keep an eye on the ICW Central West Facebook page and in the Cowra Guardian for the announcement of our next event in Cowra,” Lanham said.
Full results from the show:
Referees were Brendan Hawes, Shane Endacott, Luke Marshall and Frank Divito. Commentary was provided by Dennis Thompson, Roxxy Lovell, Mike Kelly and High Octane.
Ring announcing and interviews were conducted by Craig Drayton. The canteen was run by Riding for the Disabled Cowra with all proceeds going to their organisation.
Western Warfare 3 was sponsored by Cowra Carpet Cleaning and Cowra Council with the Mayor Bill West officially opening the event.
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