|2012 Pacific Cup poster|
I have sat down and recapped my favourite 5 Pacific Cup moments since I started attending ECCW shows over the past 2 years and have come up with the following:
Honourable Mention: Nicole Matthews enters Pacific Cup tournament for the 2nd time in 2011
|Matthews vs Suede - Pac Cup 2011|
Wrestlers over a certain weight aren't allowed in the Pacific Cup. However, members of the opposite sex apparently are. While it wasn't her first year in the tournament (she fought Artemis Spencer back in 2009)... ECCW Supergirls Champions Nicole Matthews inserted herself in to the 2011 edition of the competition. While her qualification match with Chuck Awesomesauce should be buried and never spoken of again, Nicole engaged in a very lively quarterfinal contest with former partner, Brilliant Billy Suede. Matthews was eliminated by Suede but it was still a breath of fresh air to have a supergirl involved. Especially since it is Nicole Matthews, who, in my opinion is a better worker than half of the men in the promotion. I never believed she would win it, but she was atleast a believeable competitor in the tournament.
5. Nick Price defeats Jamie Diaz in Pac Cup qualifier
|Price vs Diaz in 2011 Pac Cup Qualifier|
4. Kyle O'Reilly returns to defeat Scotty Mac at Pac Cup 2011
|O'Reilly returns at 2011 Pacific Cup|
3. Bishop & Kenny Lush collide at Pac Cup 2011
This is the only match on my list that wasn't a Pacific Cup Tournament match. One of the major changes to this year's edition of the Pacific Cup is that there are no weight limitations. Since the inception of the tournament, participants must be qualified Junior Heavyweights to enter. Since ECCW has now abolished all weight classes and title belts, the Pac Cup is a one-size-fits-all tournament. 2011 was the last year to house these limitations... but it didn't stop Bishop and Kenny Lush from almost tearing the Russian Community Centre in to pieces.
|Bishop vs Lush at 2011 Pacific Cup|
2. Artemis Spencer defeats El Phantasmo in 2010 Pac Cup semi-finals
This is probably what drew me to ECCW in the first place. The 2010 Pacific Cup and in particular, the performance of Artemis Spencer. I had started consistently attending ECCW shows in early 2010 but this was my first blockbuster ECCW event. After witnessing opening matches including Billy Suede, Kyle O'Reilly, Memphis and the like... I knew I was in for a night to remember. The one match that stole the whole entire show was Artemis Spencer vs El Phantasmo.
|Artemis Spencer wins 10th annual Pacific Cup in 2010|
1. RICK becomes first alternate competitor to win Pac Cup in 2011.
One thing that hasn't changed about the Pacific Cup is the 'Alternate contender' rule. In case of an injury to a Pac Cup entrant, ECCW assigns a designated replacement who waits on stand by to replace the injured wrestler. While this 'Alternate contender' has been used in past Pacific Cups, it never really came in to play. That is, until 2011. RICK, formerly known as Rick the Weapon X had recently turned heel after years of being sluffed of by the fans. After being excluded from the 2011 Pacific Cup tournament, RICK (a runner up in 2009) was assigned the role of alternate contender on the night of the event.
|RICK wins 2011 Pacific Cup|
The only disappointing thing about this was the fact that we never got to see the aftermath. Unfortunately, just as RICK's heel character was picking up some real steam after his 'theft' of the 2011 Pac Cup, he was summoned back to his homeland of Australia to deal with personal matters. Part of me still naively hopes to see RICK's face pop out of the ECCW curtain at every show as a special surprise. Still no luck.
Hopefully the 2012 edition of the Pacific Cup brings us just as many memorable moments and matches!
The 2012 Pacific Cup takes place February 24th & 25th.
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