Sunday, May 28, 2017

Driving down Memory Road. Destination: Pacific Cup.

How many times are you willing to get up after you’re knocked down?  When you are in pain, do you allow that pain to defeat you or do you see it as an obstacle to overcome?  When you feel like you have nothing left to give, are you able to dig down into the deepest parts of you, to defy what your body is trying to tell you and, through sheer force of will, push just a little bit further then the next guy?  These are questions we must all ask ourselves at least once in our lifetime.  Athletes face these mental quandaries regularly while training or performing.  And it is the answer to these questions that just may define their legacy and that will write their name in the history books.


For the athletes that feels they are primed and ready, at the top of their game, better than all of their peers, it is only right that they are put to the test.  Their desire, pride and ego demand it.  Their existence hinges on proving who is, indeed, the master of their craft.  The NFL has the SuperBowl.  The NHL has the Stanley Cup.  Handball has the IHF Super Globe.  ECCW has the Pacific Cup.  A tournament that has been designed to allow those worthy and hungry enough to step up to the task to test their mettle against the very best the Pacific Northwest and the global wrestling landscape have to offer.


With the 2013 Pacific Cup tournament looming so prominently on the horizon (Saturday March 9th, The Russian Community Centre, 2114 W 4th Ave, Vancouver) I thought it might be fun to revisit a few of my fondest memories of Pac Cup tournaments gone by.  This being the 13th annual Pacific Cup tournament, I’m proud to say that I have been privileged to witness the majority of them live.  Trust me, if you love WRESTLING, this is the show you don’t want to miss. The Pacific Cup tournament is a night where memories are made that will last a lifetime.  So, starting tomorrow, I’m going to share a memory or two with you about each of the past Pacific Cup tournaments that I have attended.  We’ll cover one Pac Cup a day until we get them all.  Let’s see what I can manage to dig up out of the cobwebs.  And, please, if you have any enduring memories, leave a comment or let us know.  I’d love to hear them!


One Response to “Driving down Memory Road. Destination: Pacific Cup.”
  1. Paul Cote says:

    I’ve only been to one PAC CUP and that was in 2012 when ECCW was still with the NWA and Artemis Spencer had to defend the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title in every match. Bishop, who eventually won the title and that year’s PAC CUP, actually landed in my lap during a brawl on the outside during one of his matches!

    Yes. A sweaty Bishop is one of my cherished ECCW memories. I think I might need therapy.