Thrash Wrestling will be back in Kamloops, with a tentative date set for July 27.
The Okanagan-based pro wrestling promotion held Just for Kicks at Moccasin Square Gardens on Friday, using the event to gauge interest in the city.
Thrash came to Kamloops in June of 2009 and the Pavilion Theatre show flopped, with less than 40 tickets sold. The event on Friday marked its first return since then.
“It went absolutely fantastic,” said Justin Griffore, Thrash’s promoter in Kamloops.
“They can’t wait to make it a stronghold.”
There were about 150 tickets sold prior to the event and about 50 walk-ups. Griffore said a crowd of between 50 and 80 would have been enough to warrant a return to the city.
Moccasin Square Gardens, on the Tk’emlups reserve, is an alcohol-free venue.
“We love the venue, but we’re missing out on about $2,000 in liquor sales,” Griffore said.
The promotion would like to find a new arena, but Kamloops has little to offer that would be affordable and suitable for a wrestling show of its size.
“Our next show is probably still going to be at Moccasin,” Griffore said. “They were blown away by our turnout. It was loud in there.”
Thrash is putting on shows on a monthly basis and has developed followings in Okanagan cities such as Vernon, Penticton, West Kelowna, Osoyoos, Enderby, Armstrong and Lumby.