Avalon’s Belt Has Been Taken; Is His Title Next?
One week after pinning the champ, Sasha Darevko has stolen the Hollywood Heritage Championship
If there’s one thing the fans at the Oceanview Pavilion are not accustomed to seeing these days, it would be “Pretty” Peter Avalon without gold around his waist.
Make no mistake about it – the oft-decorated star of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood is still very much the reigning and defending Hollywood Heritage Champion. But the gold, itself, lies in the clutches of Avalon’s latest nemesis – self-proclaimed Russian “SuperTsar”, Sasha Darevko.
Their feud began when the champion joined CWFH commentators at ringside to watch the Percy Pringle III (PP3) Cup. On his way to the ring to compete, Darevko stopped in front of Avalon to menacingly point at the Heritage Championship belt. Avalon dismissively waved off Darevko. It would be the first time Avalon ignored the Russian’s warning about his intentions to come seeking the title.
Darevko may have looked past his own PP3 match, though, as he suffered an embarrassing defeat to his own signature ‘chain shot’. As Sasha sat up, his dazed eyes narrowed and focused into daggers, but not at his opponent. Instead the seething Russian glared ominously at the champion and at his belt. Avalon failed to take notice; however, marking now the second time he would look past a Darevko warning.
Two short weeks later, Sasha was done pointing and staring. He opened the show with a blisteringly blunt interview in which he told Avalon that he was coming for him and that the champ had better watch his back. Avalon’s attention was elsewhere, though, as CWFH’s proud, fighting champion focused himself on his title defense in that evening’s main event. This would be the third and final time he would be able to ignore Sasha’s threats.
Avalon won the evening’s main event in his typical impressive fashion, but his arm scarcely reached sky before Darevko struck and, as promised, he struck from behind. The Russian used his trusty chain to administer a devastating beatdown, so blind and so dirty that Avalon had to be told the identity of his assailant after the match. Sasha had the champ’s attention now.
After leaving Hollywood Heritage Champion “Pretty” Peter Avalon laid out a few weeks ago, ‘SuperTsar’ Sasha Darevko gets a non-title match on this week’s episode of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood!Tune-in Saturday at 4PM on KDOCTV Los Angeles / KOFY-TV San Francisco and 12AM EST/9PM PST on Youtoo America!
Posted by Championship Wrestling from Hollywood on Monday, February 22, 2016
The following week, Avalon delighted at his chance to get his hands on Darevko in non-title action. In the late stages of an evenly-matched contest, Derevko fell to the mat clutching his knee. The frustrated champion maintained his sportsmanship and let CWFH officials examine his opponent, despite vocally expressing his suspicions over the authenticity of Darevko’s injury.
The champion’s instincts were sharp. As soon as Avalon turned away from his opponent for a split-second, the challenge abandoned his ruse and struck Avalon hard and rolling him up for a pinfall victory that was every bit as dirty as it was shocking. Fake injury or not, the message was delivered: Darevko had pinned the champ.
The following week, Avalon was granted another shot at revenge as he teamed with Television Champion James “Main Event” Morgan against Derevko and his comrade-for-a-day Todd Chandler. Again, Avalon seized a late advantage and again, Darevko resorted to dirty tricks. This time, the Russian abandoned Chandler to battle both Morgan and Avalon as he darted over to the timekeeper’s table, stole the Heritage Championship and escaped the Oceanview Pavilion before the match concluded and long before the belt’s rightful owner, Avalon, noticed.
While it remains clear that PPA can match the Russian SuperTsar in in-ring competition, Darevko’s mind games, dirty tactics and sadistic ambitions have successfully given the challenger the advantage. Now, Darevko holds the belt, but not the title. If the exasperation on Avalon’s face was any indicator, it may not be long until Sasha is the rightful owner of the belt he now possesses.
Will Peter Avalon reclaim what is rightfully his, or has he already worn the Heritage Championship for the last time? Tune in next week to Championship Wrestling from Hollywood to find out!