It couldn’t have happened at a better place or a better time for the professional wrestler known as the Canadian Classic Collin Cutler.
Performing in his home town in front of friends and family, the 22-year-old Cutler claimed the singles championship belt in Thrash Wrestling’s show at the Rutland Centennial Hall late last month.
It was the first title belt for Cutler, born and raised in Kelowna, since he started wrestling professionally three years ago.
“It was a dream come true to wrestle for the title in my home town in front of friends and family,” said Cutler this week. “It doesn’t get any better than that. The match was everything I wanted. To hear the crowds reaction when they announced the new Thrash champion was awesome.”
Cutler is a graduate of Rutland Senior Secondary and someone who grew up in love with professional wrestling. As a kid he attended wrestling shows and it’s the kids today who make what he does so much fun.
“The biggest thing for me is the kids,” he said. “The kids love it. It’s still real for them. You look at those kids and it reminds you of being a kid. I used to get so excited and just seeing that excitement is so great.”
Cutler grew up wanting to join the wrestling business. Since the age of 14 it’s been his dream to work within the sport that has become big entertainment. Although wrestling can have a bad rap in some circles as being fake, Cutler says they are a form of entertainment.
“It’s not just wrestling, it’s a show from start to finish, thats what we are trying to do,” he said. “I have huge respect for the sport as an art form.”
After taking in wrestling shows as a fan, Cutler began to dream about the sport as a career. Since the age of 14 wrestling is what he wanted to do.
Now as a 23-year-old that passion hasn’t stopped flowing.
“This is all I really care about,” he said. “This has been a dream of mine since I was 14. Hopefully in the next five, six or 10 years I can travel and wrestle on the independent scene in places like Mexico and Japan where wrestling is huge.”
In the meantime Cutler is impressed with the new Thrash Wrestling company that he is now a title holder for. Thrash began as a grassroots organization operating out of Enderby but has grown to include shows all over the Okanagan Valley and is bringing in bigger name wrestlers all the time.
Cutler will have a rematch with the man whose title he won coming up in a show in Vernon while the crew will be back in Kelowna on May 1 when Cutler will be involved in a cage match.
Thrash will also be performing outside at Rutland May Days in the lacrosse box immediately after the May Days parade.
I want to give a big thanks out to everyone who has bee coming out to the shows,” he said. “Thanks to our referee KJ and Thrash. This was a big honour for me to get this.”