Vance Desmond won the Nathan Bush Memorial Cup Tournament Saturday night at the Harts Community Center. Desmond holds Nathan's son following the tournament finals.
All-Star Wrestling crowned the inaugural winner of the Nathan Bush Memorial Cup Tournament Saturday night at Harts.
Nathan Bush was the primary color analyst and broadcast journalist for WVOW Sports and the ASW commentary team. Bush passed away unexpectedly on October fifth. He was 31 years old.
The eight-man elimination tournament Saturday night at the Harts Community Center was dedicated to his memory.
Bush’s mother Pam was in attendance along with Nathan’s pride and joy, his son Kade.
“We feel like we’re amongst family,” Pam told WVOW while sitting ringside. “We appreciate Gary Damron and everything all of these wrestlers did and the kindness and the respect and the love they’ve shown us. We love them all.”
The single elimination tournament winner would have to win three straight contests in one night. And the winner was “Violent” Vance Desmond when he pinned the shoulders of Shane Storm while attempting roll out of a rear naked choke.
The winning fall of the tournament with Desmond pinning Storm
Nathan’s mother Pam presented the cup trophy to Desmond.
The card also featured a special attraction match with WWE Hall of Famers Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, The Rock N’ Roll Express. The legends, along with Morton’s son Kerry, won a six-man tag team match against Benny Conley and The Reality.
Danhausen at ringside during the six-man tag
Moreover, independent wrestling sensation Danhausen was in attendance signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. The very nice and very evil wrestler did not wrestle because he is still dealing with broken leg suffered in Knoxville on Halloween.
The tournament will not be the only event in Bush’s memory. This April, Bush will be inducted into the All-Star Wrestling Hall of Fame.
ASW Promoter Gary Damron announced the induction during the Halloween edition of the World View.
“We will never forget him,” Damron said. “This is definitely a way just to honor his memory and that is to put him into our hall of fame.”
Nathan Bush will join the ranks of wrestling royalty alongside Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express, the Mid-Atlantic Outlaws and former ASW Appalachian Heritage Champion Dirk Extreme.