Straight outta Rutland, Kelowna Mayor Colin “The Crusher” Basran, was there to pose Thursday with professional wrestler Mike Shreddz and wrestling referee and Big West Wrestling offcial Julie Masse to help promote the return of a popular wrestling fundraising that is coming back to town.
Kelowna Invasion 4, a charity fundraising wrestling show is planned for April 10th at the Rutland Centennial Hall. SInce 2013, the previous shows have raised thousands of dollars for a host of local children’s charities.
Basran said while he plans to participate in the event, he is hoping to avoid having to climb into the ring and wrestle anyone.
“But I’m a good sport, I’ll handle whatever they have in store for me,” he said.
While his wrestling credentials may be unknown, given his political landslide win in November’s mayor’s race, “Crusher” seemed to be an appropriate wrestling nickname for the mayor.
The popular Kelowna Invasion wresting event is a fundraiser and this year will raise money for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign. It’s the fourth time the event has been put on here as a fundraiser for children’s charities in the area and this year will feature well-known professional wrestler Jeff Jarret as well as a host of other wrestlers including Mike Shreddz, Collin Cutler, Kyle Sebastian, the Bollywood Boyz, “Loose Cannon” Kenny Lush and others.
In addition to the Kelowna show, which goes April 10 at the Rutland Centennial Hall, a Vernon event has been added this year, called Proving Ground. It will be staged April 9 at the Vernon Recreation Centre and raise funds for Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
Tickets for the Kelowna event are available at World Gym in Kelowna and The Packing House Pub and Lorenzo’s Barber shop, both located in Rutland. For more information go to kelownainvasion.com