Cody “TKO” Smith’s pro wrestling career has never been hotter.
The Squamish resident is in demand south of the border, competing in Oregon and Nevada, and returns to Totem Hall on Friday (March 27) to battle former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Jinder Mahal.
Smith has had a love-hate relationship with local fans over the years and that trend could continue at Friday’s show. He admitted to attacking Mahal after a recent match in Vancouver, but said he’ll be bringing his best to Squamish.
“What happened in the past should stay in the past,” he said. “But if Mahal wants to bring that to Squamish I’ll deal with that then. I’m looking forward to the match, it’ll be two bulls locking horns and I’m sure the match will not just be in the ring, but all over Totem Hall.”
It’s the first time the two wrestlers have ever squared off and Smith said he and his tag team partner Travis Syonis eventually plan to take the All Star Wrestling tag team titles from Mahal and his partner Gama Singh Jr.
It isn’t just ASW where Smith is raising hell, as he’s also starring in Oregon with the West Coast Wrestling Connection (WCWC) and in Las Vegas with PPW. Smith was selected to help carry on the legendary “Grappler” moniker with WCWC, following in the footsteps of Oregon legend Len Denton.
“It’s an honour to work with him and to have my name etched into wrestling history,” he said.
Both WCWC and PPW air on-television broadcast throughout the world and online. He’s also working with former WWE women’s champion Lisa Marie Varon, (aka: Victoria) who has been accompanying him to his bouts.
Smith and Mahal is one of several bouts occurring at the Totem Hall. ASW cruiserweight champion battles “Cougar Meat Kid” Colin Cutler in a title match, Squamish favourite Mr. India faces Syonis, Disco Fury takes on Azeem the Dream and Adam Ryder locks horns with The Great Kasaki.
It all goes down on Friday at Totem Hall with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the first match occurring at 8 p.m. For more information on the event, visit www.facebook.com/events/830335183690078.