Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pacific Cup 2000: A Retrospective

I’m sure a wise man somewhere at some point in human history once said that if you want to tell a story, it’s best to start from the beginning.  So, let’s wind the clock back to the year 2000 and transport ourselves to the fabled Eagles Hall in New Westminster B.C.  Though I still have the event poster for this show on my wall, I didn’t actually attend the first Pacific Cup.  It wasn’t because a lack of wanting to be there though, that’s for sure.


Diving back into the archives and looking at that poster, it is clear to see that this initial Pac Cup tournament was going to set a high standard for the future.  Looking at the storied past of the Pacific Cup, one will notice that it has indeed incurred many format changes.  A 16 person tournament.  A 2 day tournament. An 8 person tournament.  The brackets for the first Pac Cup were set up as follows: 12 men entered, so there were 6 one-on-one matches in the opening round.  Then there were 3 one-on-one matches in the semi finals, leading to a three-way finale to determine the winner and first ever ECCW Pacific Cup champion.


The card included such ECCW stalwarts as Chance Beckett, “Tornado” Tony Kozina (who returns to the tournament again this year), Adam Firestorm, Disco Fury, and Scotty Mac’s future tag team partner Havoc.  This night also featured an athlete that I had heard was doing things in the IWA promotion in Japan that was leaving a huge impression on those that had witnessed them, and making his first appearance in North America, Asian Cougar.  I got to watch Asian Cougar wrestle in his subsequent returns to the Pacific Northwest and he did indeed live up to the hype.  I can only imagine how well he performed in his debut outing.  He is, in fact, the main story here as he was the winner of the Pac Cup event beating both Adam Firestorm and then Chance Beckett in matches that, on paper, probably would have blown my mind.  Asian Cougar fought his way to victory in the main event that night against Tony Kozina and Havoc in what has been said to have been a true masterpiece of mayhem.


Tomorrow we’ll jump forward to 2002 as ECCW didn’t end up running the tournament in 2001 due to their extensive touring schedule that year.


If you happened to be at the Eagles Hall on November 24th 2000 when the first Pacific Cup event was held and you have a personal account of the show, leave a comment below and tell us about it.  We’d love to hear it!


…and remember to mark March 9th 2013 on your calendar and make your plans to join us at the Russian Community Centre ( 2114 W 4th Ave. Vancouver.  On the corner of W 4th and Arbutus) for the 13th Pacific Cup.  I’m predicting a sell out crowd so get your tickets early by ordering them in the Shop section of this page.  Don’t risk being left out in the cold on this one!

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