credit: NWA Atlantic Canada
When the Spryfield Arena lights dimmed on April 5th, and the NWA-ACCW’s debut show had ended, local wrestling fans should have been able to draw two fairly solid conclusions: that quality wrestling had returned to the Maritimes, and that the face of the promotion would not be a “face” at all.
This attitude has rubbed some observers the wrong way. Inside and outside of ACCW, Havoc has his detractors. They call him a rule-breaker, a loose cannon, a backstage cancer. They claim he’s taken shortcuts and whisper about stripping him of his title.
Like the historical importance of his belt, Havoc is aware of these sentiments. Similarly, Havoc doesn’t care about the naysayers, either. JB Havoc does not give any thought to public opinion, be it good or bad. He is not interested in being a fan favourite, or popular with the other wrestlers, or even if he is in the Board of Directors’ good favour.
He is JB Havoc, the Monster of the Maritimes, and he cares only about the gold … that, and how much pain he can deliver to anyone who tries to take it from him.
Whether others like it or not, it cannot be argued that this single-mindedness hasn’t served Havoc well. Long before the ACCW’s opening bell, this Monster of the Maritimes promised – in a taped video promo – to hurt his opponent. He said bad things would happen to Jaxon Furey in their title bout, and guaranteed that he, JB Havoc, would walk away the victor.
All of those prophecies came to pass, as Havoc’s focus and intensity propelled him to a savage victory that suited his personality. Furey, and the ACCW Chairman, were left discarded on the floor; regarded more as inconveniences than men. Their pain and suffering may have come at Havoc’s hand, but did not merit his consideration. Only the belt he took from the ring mattered.
In the days that followed, much was said, and many questions were raised, in regards to that match, and the Monster of the Maritimes who became champion. In a rare moment of calm, perhaps at the eye of Havoc’s storm, JB sat down with the Ghost Writer to address some of those questions.
With that, the storm’s eye abruptly closed, and the interview was over. As champion, Havoc may have had other obligations, but the interview was not time wasted, as it gave us all a rare insight into the thoughts of the Monster of the Maritimes.
The ACCW’s next show is scheduled for June (date & location TBA), and will feature an 8-man Title Tournament to crown the new NWA Junior Heavyweight Canadian Champion. That title, when decided, will be defended cross-promotionally within the Canadian branches of the NWA.
Just as the Jr. Champ will be on the move, this connection with other NWA-branded promotions will herald a wave of established talent flowing through the Maritimes in the coming months. Some names scheduled to appear in the near future include Tyson Dux, former Ring of Honor champion Kevin Steen, and – interestingly – current NWA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Conway.
Whether any, all, or none of these men are coming for Havoc is unknown. What is known, is that – as champ – he is a target. And whether the challenges come externally, or from within the ACCW roster, they will be coming.
Either way, for JB Havoc, that’s just fine. He doesn’t care who he has to go through to accomplish his goals. He cares about the gold … and delivering pain.
He loves to intimidate. He loves to fight. And he loves being the champ. Whether anyone else likes it or not.