Thrash Wrestling came to Kamloops 10 years ago, in June of 2009.
The event at the Pavilion Theatre did not draw well and Thrash never came back.
“When I went the last time, I wasn’t financially set to start running the town, so when I lost my shirt, due to my own poor promotion, I wasn’t prepared to come back,” Thrash promoter Nick Szalanski told KTW last weekend on Wrestlemania Sunday.
The pro wrestling organization is enjoying a period of growth across the Okanagan — and it’s time to give the Tournament Capital a rematch.
Thrash will hold an event, Just for Kicks, on Friday, May 10, at Moccasin Square Gardens (334 Chief Alex Thomas Way).
Ticket vendors include Tumbleweed Lounge/Plaza Liquor Store (405 Victoria St.), Big Don’s Super Pawn (345 Tranquille Rd.), ticketseller.ca and MSG. Tickets cost $15 each, four for $50 or $20 at the door.
Liquor will not be sold at the family-friendly event.
“The last few months, I‘ve been trying to track down a venue in Kamloops and they’re all either arenas, way too big, or venues that won’t get back to me or tell me straight up no. I almost gave up,” Szalanski said.
“Another promoter said Moccasin wants wrestling. Once we get into town, anything can really open up. For now, it’s a pretty good start. It seems to have generated interest, just by hanging up posters.”
Szalanski, whose in-ring persona, Slave, is known to dabble in the hardcore side of sports-entertainment, is promising a slobberknocker of a night at Just for Kicks.
“You’re going to see a lot of hard hitting, some strong style, some comedy, some funny angles and there will be some women matches,” Szalanski said.
“It’s about everything that pro wrestling is all about, tag teams, we touch on every angle.”
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.
“We’re trying to branch outside of the Okanagan,” Szalanski said. “It beats me why it took me so long to come back to Kamloops. It’s such a huge market to open up.”
Most of the wrestlers who enter the squared circle in Kamloops will be from the Okanagan, but Szalanski said a few Vancouver and Edmonton grapplers have shown interest in joining the card.
The talent will be hanging around Tumbleweed Lounge after the show. Fans are encouraged to join.
Whether Thrash returns to the River City may depend on how many people show up to MSG on May 10.
“It’s going to be an explosion,” Szalanksi said. “There is no better show than wrestling, as far as live events. Nothing can touch it. We’ve just got to prove it. Once they see it, I’m pretty sure they’ll be sold.”