CHIKARA makes its debut in the Great White North this weekend, holding a doubleshot of events in Ontario. It's an important weekend for Scott "Jagged" Parker in more ways than one. Not only does it give the friends and family of the Montreal native a chance to check him out in CHIKARA close to home, but Parker and his partner Shane Matthews -- the team of 3.0 -- get a shot at F.I.S.T. and the Campeonato de Parejas titles in the main event of tomorrow night's "Green Ice"
event in Vaughan, Ontario.
"It’s funny how those things work out sometimes. The stars are aligned a little bit," Parker said in a recent telephone interview. "I wrote a blog
over at CHIKARA Pro that really summed up my emotions going into the match. It’s very big. It’s cliché to say and everything but it truly does mean everything to me. We’ve been in CHIKARA six years, we’ve had one title shot before and fell short. Now with the added pressure of being the home team if you will, there’s a lot riding on this. We really have to get this done because I don’t know where we can go if it doesn’t work out this time."
Parker and Matthews aren't some makeshift creation of a wrestling booker. The two met as third graders at the same elementary school and quickly established a bond over a shared love of professional wrestling.
"Throughout high school, we were always best buds and pretty much known as the wrestling guys," Parker said.
Parker and Matthews were still in high school when a radio host they were friends with referred them to Jacques Rougeau's wrestling school for a tryout.
"He was asking for a lot of money at the time and we just didn’t get a great vibe from him. … there was something about it that seemed off," Parker observed. "We put it off for a little bit and then found a little indie promotion in Montreal and started the journey."
That journey led the team, then known as 2.0 before their "upgrade" to CHIKARA, and Matthews and Parker have been on the roster for about six years.
"I think it’s best equated to the live equivalent of a comic book," Parker said in attempting to describe CHIKARA's unique take on pro wrestling. "You have live action movies that are adaptations of comic books, but this is really truly genuinely live theater. The way it plays out, especially with the array of characters you have, with the masks and gimmicks and everything like that … and the way the stories are told throughout the CHIKARA universe, stuff that happened six months ago could play a factor down the line so you’ve got to be mindful of the past, which again is very paralleled with the comic book universe. It’s also a nice hybrid style of professional wrestling. It’s almost created its own style by borriwng a little bit of everything. It’s marketed as a family friendly venture. It’s one of those wholesome, all-around products. Even if you’re not the biggest wrestling fan, there’s definitely something in this product you can associate with and enjoy."
Parker also is slated to wrestle on Sunday, in the back end of the doubleshot at "It's How You Play The Game"
in Ottawa. There, he and Matthews will reunite their trios team with El Generico -- dubbed "3.0le!" -- and take on the Batiri. Parker had high praise for Generico, who he called, "in my opinion, the best professional wrestler in the world today."
Another match Parker is looking forward to this weekend? The main event of "It's How You Play The Game", where Eddie Kingston will defend the CHIKARA Grand Championship against Brodie Lee.
"Eddie Kingston is one of my favorite wrestlers to watch. Just that gritty, smashmouth wrestling style. Then you have Brodie Lee who’s very much the same. You know they are gonna lay into each other," Parker said.
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Here's more highlights from our interview with Scott "Jagged" Parker.
On his favorite wrestlers growing up ...
Obviously Hulk Hogan. I was always a diehard Hulkamaniac. I was always a huge Bret Hart fan, which I know is pretty atypical for a Canadian to be a Bret Hart fan. There’s something about him. Something I was always drawn to. He was always so cool with his leather jacket and slicked-back hair, and he was such a great wrestler. I think it’s just branded into us. There’s something about being Canadian. You have to like maple syrup, snow sports, Bret Hart and hockey.
His one must-have item for any wrestling road triip (besides gear) ...
Most of the time since I’m always going to the United States, it’s the passport. I like to always have a nice Dr. Pepper as well. Have a cold one, don’t have to stop, pop that open and keep going down the road.
At Gonzogeek, our motto is that everyone is a geek about something. What does Scott "Jagged" Parker geek out about?
I’m a huge Ghostbusters geek. Huge, massive. I can recite the film verbatim and that’s not just a claim. If anybody wants to put me to the test I will quote any part of it that you wish. I just remember, my first initial VHS copy of that, I wore it out because I would watch it so much as a kid. I would watch the entire movie, rewind it and watch it again, and eventually it broke on me. That is my hugest hugest geek moment right there. I’m not even kidding, I watched it two times a day when I was a kid. I’d say I’m on a schedule of once a month now.