Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling celebrates 10 years

Plus, an arrest in Sooke, a food truck and music festival, and more

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Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling celebrates 10 years with special event

Westshore wrestling is back as Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling (VIPW) prepares for its season opener on Sept. 22. The night is a special event, as the VIPW is celebrating its 10th anniversary tour, kicking off at the Langford Legion.

The Langford Legion, VIPW’s arena, has undergone some renovations to prepare for the show, and is ready to debut its new work for Westshore audiences to enjoy. As a few areas begin to open, the Legion will give full access to all services on Oct. 14, with a grand opening community event.

On opening night, fans will watch a lineup of incredible talent, including BC local Riea Von Slasher who will face Tessa Blanchard. The lineup of wrestlers for the evening includes:

  • Jordie Taylor vs. Moondog Manson

  • Cope vs. BJ Laredo

  • Vance Nevada vs. Braydon Goss

  • Riea Von Slasher vs. Tessa Blanchard

  • Dogg Complex vs. Architects of Anarchy (for the VIPW tag team titles)

  • Evan Ashford vs. Jake Kruger vs. Mat Maverick vs. Badman McCann (four-way scramble match)

With doors opening at 6:30pm and the opening bell at 7pm, fans will want to arrive early to find a good spot to watch. Top Dog Pizza will provide the evening’s food, and booze will be available to those 19 and over. Tickets are on sale online for $20 and will also be available at the door for $25. Front-row tickets are also available for $25 in advance and $30 at the door, while kids get in for $15.

Grab your ticket and prepare for a wild night of throwing, fighting, and all-around crazy fun.

For more information on local wrestling, check out our photo feature on 365 Pro Wrestling.

Around the 'Shore

🌡️ View Royal looking to landlords to provide adequate heating and cooling systems: After Vancouver Island’s hot summer, View Royal staff are looking into introducing rules that would set minimum and maximum temperatures for rental units in the community. Staff report that this regulation would come into place for tenants denied access to a proper heating or air conditioning unit by a landlord. [Vancouver Island Free Daily]

🚔 Man arrested after stabbing two individuals in Sooke: Two males were taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries in a double stabbing on Sept. 16 at around 6pm. With an ongoing investigation, West Shore RCMP arrested the 21-year-old male suspect nearby the 6600-block of Sooke Road.

📑 Sooke writer creates spontaneous poems for strangers: Fatima Hirsi asks questions about strangers, then comes up with poems for them on a typewriter in around 20 minutes. Hirsi has been creating these poems for 14 years, travelling with her typewriter and interacting with strangers after finding inspiration from a fellow writer when living in Austin, Texas. [CTV]

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🏈 Westshore Rebels put up nearly 100 points in Island football battle: The Rebels took another win, bringing their streak to 7-0 after beating the Nanaimo-based Vancouver Island Raiders 97-14 at home in Langford in Saturday’s “Battle of the Rock.”

⚽ ️Pacific FC keeps second place with 4-1 win: The Langford soccer team blew out York United FC in Ontario on Sunday. PFC (40 points/2nd in the Canadian Premier League) neither gained nor lost any ground versus main rivals Cavalry FC of Calgary (46 points/1st) and Forge FC (39 points/3rd). Watch the highlights:

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Community Events

🚚 Food Truck and Music Festival: On Sept. 22 from 4 to 8pm and Sept. 23 from noon to 7pm, head to the Langford Station for the annual Food Truck and Music Festival. With over a dozen food trucks, a lineup of local musicians, activities, and more, each day will be filled with fun for locals to enjoy.

🍪 Fall Cookie Decorating Class: Looking for a fun and delicious fall activity? Make sure to sign up for Island Cookie Jar’s fall cookie decorating class this Sept. 24 in the Westhills Arena. With two classes available, Island Cookie Jar also hosts other themed decorating classes throughout the year.

🪴 View Royal Garden Club general meeting: Learn more about gardening on Sept. 27 in Wheeley Hall, as the View Royal Garden club hosts Maria Hendrix from West Bay Rock Gardens as its speaker for the monthly general meeting. From 7:30 to 9pm, listen to Hendrix’s presentation about creating successful Rock Gardens, and watch a judged mini-show featuring exhibits from members’ gardens.

What’s Offshore?

🚢 The HL Harmony is a bulk carrier built in 2015 and is sailing under the flag of Panama. It is sailing from Gwangyang, Korea 🇰🇷 to an unknown port and was scheduled to arrive Sept. 18.

Westshore Snaps

August sky ablaze. —Niece Gary, View Royal

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