Best of the West Delivers on Impact


Owen Travers defies gravity with a dive onto his opponents and partner below during Best of the West on Saturday, March 17 at Fresno City College.

Story By: Anthony De Leon, Sports Editor

A local wrestling promotion held their biggest event of the year on March 17, the Best of the West Year 2 show live on pay-per-view from the Fresno City College gymnasium

Fans in attendance witnesses top notch wrestling mixed with quite a bit of insanity provided by the stars of BotW. Also making appearances were global superstars and former Impact World Champions “Cowboy” James Storm and Eli Drake.

With doors opening at 5 p.m., the crowd began to trickle in to find their seats and get comfortable for the undercard matches of the evening with first bell at 5:30 p.m. When the undercard began, the crowd in attendance was at nearly 150 fans filling both the chairs at ringside and a good section of the bleachers.

One of the highlights of the event was the insane, high impact four-way ladder match involving Marcus Eriks, Vintage Dragon, Kenny K and champion Virgil Green for the West Coast Championship. In a match filled with so many high-spots it was too fast paced to keep up.

Every second there was move after move that garnered attention and the competitors could not restrict themselves to keeping the action inside the ring. The additions of tables added another level of insanity to the match with the ultimate victor being Kenny K climbing the ladder to become the new West Coast Champion.

Former Impact Wrestling Champion Eli Drake put on a show in his match against fellow wrestler Sledge that showed why his is one of the best talents in wrestling today. The seasoned veteran fed off the crowd showing off his technical skills garnered throughout the years and was able to pick up the victory.

The biggest pop of the night for sure was when “Cowboy” James Storm’s music hit and out he came with signature beer bottle in hand ready to take on Johnny Butabi and Adam Mayhem in a triple threat match. The outcome of the match saw Mayhem rolling up Butabi for the win after a tough back and forth between all three competitors. Post-match antics saw Butabi and Storm dish out a little punishment to Mayhem and ending with a celebratory drink in the center of the ring.

The main event of the evening saw “The California Black Sheep” Mike Rayne challenge “Your Demi God of Death” Funnybone in what turned out to be an epic, cringe-inducing steel cage match for the Best of the West Championship.

With bad blood between both Rayne and Funnybone, both competitors pulled out all the stops by including an abundance of weapons on top of the already intimidating steel they were enclosed in. With more than a dozen of chairs brought in the ring by Rayne, the entirety of the match made fans cringe after every chair shot delivered between the two.

With every feud needing a defining moment to leave a lasting memory, these two were able to deliver that moment when Funnybone decided to up the ante by covering the middle of the ring with skin piercing thumbtacks.

With no way to avoid the tacks, the match became a three way featuring Rayne, Funnybone and the tacks. When it was all said and done, Rayne was the victor and the new BotW Champion by finishing off Funnybone with a move off the top rope onto numerous chairs.

With this being their last show at FCC for the next couple of months, you can catch BotW every Tuesday at 7 p.m. online on and visit for numerous upcoming events.