On February 9th, Shane Malice stepped in to the Rankins Physical Therapy Center for the first time in a very long time as his own man. For those who haven’t been following WDWA for at least the last year, the man known as “The King of the North” had been a key member of a group that has run roughshod over WDWA: S.I.N. After the events that unfolded in January at the Holy Grail Tournament, it was safe to say that he bid that faction farewell. After the conclusion of his match with Sicend at Absolution, it was clear that the group did not take kindly to being publicly spurned by anyone. Both Sicend and Malice were attacked by members of S.I.N, resulting in a no-contest bout on what should have been an excellent matchup between two great competitors. Those of you who haven’t been following are probably asking yourself: How did things get to this point.
It all starts in early December in Harpers Ferry, WV. Shane Malice, mired in a bit of a losing streak enters another contest being accompanied to the ring by obviously frustrated members of S.I.N. You could hear the voices of disappointment at ringside anytime his opponent would get the upper hand. “You’re a former champion,” “What the hell is wrong with you,” the group’s members would shout. In the end, it was another loss for Malice. But, things were about to get a bit worse for The King of the North. WDWA Commissioner Latin Tornado announced immediately after the match that Shane Malice was being sent home for 30 days as a result of his most recent loss. “We hold our performers to high standards. If you can’t win matches, then you don’t belong here,” said LT. “We were originally going to let him go completely, but I know the Shane Malice was capable of more than what he recently displayed, so I gave him 30 days to recharge,” he later added.
“I’ll be honest, the suspension hit me like a ton of bricks,” said Malice when we contacted him a few weeks ago via telephone. “I understand that I had not been performing well, but that suspension made me do some serious soul searching to figure out how to come back strong.” We were told by several WDWA officials that the suspension may have been longer had it not been for one thing. That one thing was that Shane Malice was guaranteed a spot in the Holy Grail Tournament in January as a result of being a title holder in 2018. “That tournament was my only real shot at redemption. With my recent track record, I knew that winning the whole thing would be a longshot. I at least wanted to make my mark and proved that I belonged in this promotion,” Malice said. “I knew if I didn’t advance to the 2nd round at the very least, I would be gone from WDWA. That entire 30 days, I trained like a madman to ensure that defeat was not in the cards. Physically, I was prepared as ever. I was not prepared for what I would face mentally that day.”
What Shane is referring to is his first round opponent, then fellow S.I.N member Killian McMurphy. While the contest was a fantastic one to open the tournament, members of S.I.N interfered continually on McMurphy’s behalf. Despite all of that, a confused Shane Malice pulled out a win to advance to the 2nd round of the tournament. His 2nd round opponent was yet, another member of S.I.N, Gavon Jaxon. While McMurphy was willing to compete with Malice, Jaxon had other plans. His plan was to simply demand that Malice lay down for him and allow him to advance to the finals of the tournament, rested and ready to compete. In the most difficult decision that he had to face that night, Malice ultimately decided to compete, defeating Jaxon with 3 vicious knees to the skull. No matter what else happened that night, Shane Malice proved that he belonged back in WDWA. But….. the night was not over quite yet. There was still one more match on the table for the King of the North: the tournament finals against one of the best competitors in WDWA today, The Hawaiian Warrior: Kekoa.
“I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was going to win the tournament at that point,” said Malice who described himself as being physically spent after the first two contests. When we spoke with Kekoa, he seemed pretty sure of his chances going in to the finals. “Coming back from a long losing streak and a month layoff to winning 3 matches in a night is hard to do, so I thought my chances were pretty strong to win,” he said. Make no mistake, Shane’s a great competitor, but after everything he had already gone through that night, my odds were strong. As fate would have it, not strong enough.”
It was an amazing back and forth match, with both men giving it their best. In the end, The King of the North added another title to his collection: Holy Grail Tournament Champion. After the match, the entire locker room congratulated him as both the fans in Berkeley Springs and his daughter at ringside stood and cheered in adulation for a man who overcame incredible odds to not only save his spot, but ascended back to the top of WDWA. Now, the mission is clear for Malice. “In 2019, I plan to rid WDWA of the group that almost cost me my career in S.I.N, but to once again become WDWA Champion. This year, I plan on testing myself against the very best competition possible to back up the claim that I am the best this company has to offer.
His next test is on March 2nd, when he faces area standout Bill Bain in Harpers Ferry, WV. Can Shane Malice continue his road to the WDWA Championship? Be there in person to find out. Click the link below to purchase tickets.