Aaron Idol wins Pacific Cup
Saturday night in Vancouver, ECCW furthered its feud with New Japan Pro Wrestling grapplers as Aaron Idol toppled Puma and "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson to claim the fifth annual Pacific Cup tournament.
After defeating APW's JJ Perez in the second round, Idol overcame extremely stiff competition in both Danielson and Puma in a 25-minute classic that saw Idol gain the hard fought victory over Danielson after a thunderous top rope backdrop.
Danielson and Puma presented Idol with the Pacific Cup trophy after the match, but, in typical wrestling fashion, attacked Idol, breaking the Pacific Cup trophy in half and leaving Idol face down on the mat. An enraged Danielson proclaimed the superiority of not only himself and Puma, but of New Japan Pro Wrestling as well over ECCW's junior heavyweights.
Following the end-of-show hijinks, ECCW owner Dave Republic issued a challenge to New Japan and its head respresentative Antonio Inoki to bring anybody from New Japan to face off Dave Richards, Idol, and all of ECCW.
Idol has only been wrestling since 2001. The 6-foot, 215-pound native of Burnaby, BC told Something Cool News - Wrestling recently that he had been concentrating on training for the PacCup this year. "To be honest, I have very few time constraints on my progress in wrestling. I was disappointed in my performance in last years Pacific Cup, and have been training even harder in preparation for this year," Idol told the website.
Previous Pacific Cup winners have included Asian Cougar (2000), Black Dragon (2002), Scotty Mac (2003), Major Hardway (2004).
Here are the results from both days of the Pacific Cup tournament:
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver
PACIFIC CUP FINALS
Aaron Idol over Puma and American Dragon to win the tournament
PACIFIC CUP SECOND ROUND
Puma over Dave Richards
Aaron Idol over JJ Perez
American Dragon over Black Dragon
Mike Dempsey over Nate Daniels
Jesse Jimenez over Tony Tisoy
Fast Freddy Funk over Derek Sanders
Juggernaut, "Maniac" Matt Borne & Abbadon over Seth Knight, Ladies Choice & Machette Brown
Friday, April 22, 2005
Dropkick Murphy over Derek Sanders to retain the NWA Canadian Jr Heavyweight title
Juggernaut over "Maniac" Matt Borne to remain NWA/ECCW Champion
PACIFIC CUP FIRST ROUND
Dave Richards over T. Kasaki
Puma over Jesse Jimenez
JJ Perez over MR2
Aaron Idol over Memphis Raines
Black Dragon over Scotty Mac
American Dragon over Chance Beckett
The next ECCW show is Friday, May 6, 2005 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Port Coquitlam, BC, with an 8 pm belltime. In the main event, it's Cole Bishop, Kurt Sterling & "Gorgeous" Michelle Starr vs. Wrathchild, Killswitch & Ladies Choice. Also on the show, Chance Beckett takes on Aaron Idol in a number one contender's match for the NWA/ECCW Pacific Northwest Jr Heavyweight title.
Feb. 18, 2004: Pacific Cup: A History
Feb. 18, 2004: Pacific Cup a chance for talent to shine
Profile of 2004 Pacific Cup winner Major Hardway
Official ECCW website
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