Ricky Cruz dethrones Ron Powers under the watchful eye of Gerry Brisco during the 53 Anniversary of Wrestling at the Chase.
Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 4, 2012
By Brian Kelley
It was now or never for the Puerto Rican star Ricky Cruz to overcome the most dominate champion in recent memory in Ron Powers on May 19, 2012 The title on the poster stated it all, “Ricky’s last chance” with a picture of the champ Powers in a white t-shirt blazoned with Cruz’s blood during a match last year and a photo of the fan favorite Ricky Cruz.
To make the stakes even higher on this evening was presence of WWE HOF and an important member of the WWE as a talent scout, Gerry Brisco was in the house along with his son Wes Brisco.
Another historic evening for SICW as they celebrated 53 Years of Wrestling at the Chase in a packed house with fans young and old, waiting to see a legend in Gerry Brisco and if by the chance Cruz would be able to walk out with the CWC title.
We got there early filled with excitement on not only the Cruz-Powers match but a chance to see the second generation superstar Wes Brisco take on Sean Vincent. I was so excited that as the doors opened from promoter Herb Simmon’s wife Mickey that when I received a text from SICW ring announcer Jeff Vernetti asking if we were already passing out his brand new MWR Trading card # 74? OOPS. Quickly I got with MWR DIVA Dubray who went to pass out to the fans that had already paid their free Vernetti MWR Trading card.
Almost forty years to the date St Louis wrestling promoter Sam Muchnick presented a new NWA World title belt to the winner of the Harley Race and Gerry Brisco’s late brother Jack Brisco. In an exciting announcement Herb Simmon’s started the night off with presenting Powers with brand new shiny CWC title.
Power’s stated that “It was time that he would have a title belt worthy of him to carry to the ring unlike one that was made at the local Home Depot”. Race would start the night off as the NWA Champ, but when the dust settled it would be Gerry’s brother Jack taking home the brand new belt.
Could history repeat itself?
After an exciting contest that saw the crowd celebrate as Dan Walsh & LaMarcus Clinton defeated Max Archer & Tony Raze when LMC pinned Archer after the Macho Elbow the first Chase moment happened. Former Wrestling at the Chase announcer Larry Matysik interviewed Gerry Brisco in front of the fans.
A special moment was captured when Herb Simmons surprised Brisco with an old adversary on the telephone in last year’s special guest Dory Funk JR.
During the intermission my friend ICON showed off the painting of one of the exciting new MWR Trading cards, Ring of Honor tag team “The All Night Express” Rhett Titus and Kenny King that will be used for MWR trading card number 80.
In a co-main event the before mention second generation superstar Wes Brisco a former WWE developmental star would be taking on the newly fan favorite Sean Vincent. Vincent a former stooge of Powers had recently broken away from the stable after becoming jaded with the addition of The Big Texan and Waco.
The month before Vincent lost a close matchup for the number one contender ship against Ricky Cruz for the chance to take on his former leader Ron Powers for the title. Still an opportunity to wrestle a man who many feel is a star in the making in Wes Brisco in front of his father Gerry Brisco a WWE scout is a dream for any talented wrestler in the Midwest would welcome on any day.
While Brisco has the namesake, Vincent has earned the respect of MWR with many great matches throughout the years. Brisco would explode at times only to see Vincent slow it down to take advantage in a battle between two of the very best. With the fans screaming for the figure four, Brisco tried to provide the fans with their wish but Vincent kicked out the first time but with sheer tenacity Brisco locked on the figure four in the middle of the ring. Vincent fought, screamed, and struggled to get out, or to reach the ropes with no hope at all. Moments later Vincent tapped as Brisco picked up the victory.
Out of respect the young Brisco offered his hand to the frustrated Canadian Hero Sean Vincent. Disappointed and upset, Vincent would share the respect to the second generation star. Moments later Vincent and Brisco would be joined in the ring by Brisco’s father who showed the utmost respect to Vincent by getting into the ring to raise the hands of both men.
The time was here that everyone was waiting for, the main event.
Could Cruz defeat Powers?
If not could anyone in the Midwest stop the monster?
As Powers entered the ring it was obvious that Cruz would not only have to pin the champ but watch his back as the masked men The Big Texan and Waco came to ringside to wreck havoc throughout the match.
Special Referee for the night was none other than Gorgeous Gary Jackson, a man who has been eyeing the title for some time now but with the animosity between these two at an all-time high, there had to be a man that was able to control the madness that look to be involved in this match.
With the crowd soundly behind Cruz with Lets go Ricky chants echoing the packed building; Powers looked to take them out of the match as he threw Cruz to the concrete floors. While Powers distracted the referee the opportunity arouse for Waco and Texan to put the boots to the young star. At one point two of the biggest fans in the front row grew so upset that there was a three on one advantage that they left the show in disgust telling one of the security men that it wasn’t right and they were leaving.
Moments later Jackson had enough of the cheating and ejected the masked duo from ringside. Yet as Jackson made sure that they left the ring, that gave Powers a chance to pull out a steal chain out of his gear and wrap it around his knuckles. As Cruz came towards Powers unaware of the danger ahead, Power struck with a vicious blow that dropped Cruz like a rock.
Powers looked to have ended Cruz’s quest at the CWC title with one shot, as Jackson counted one –two- thr——-Cruz was able to barly kick out thus giving the fans and himself hope. Still Cruz was wearing down from the brute strength of the champ. Yet, Cruz is no rookie and has a heart of a champion and as Powers argued with Jackson it gave himself a chance to regain himself and strike with a superkick on the champ. The fans came to their feet as Cruz went for the pinfall but the champ kicked out.
Blow after blow the action went back and forth between two of the top wrestlers in the country. Powers nailed a patented piledriver and I was sure it was all but done but somehow, someway Ricky Cruz was able to survive.
Then it happened Powers set up a second piledriver, but Cruz reversed out of the maneuver and delivered a second superkick to finally defeat Powers for the title!
NEW CHAMP NEW CHAMP NEW CHAMP
Ricky Cruz had done it!!!!
As the crowd came to their feet and the building shook with excitement and cheers, the WWE HOF Gerry Brisco came to the ring to strap on the title around Ricky Cruz’s waist just as Muchnick had done for his brother Jack nearly forty years ago when he defeated Race for the NWA World Championship.
History was made, Ricky Cruz had done the unthinkable and defeated Ron Powers for the CWC title.
I leave you with final words from the champ Ricky Cruz as he spoke to the fans on that night.
“I want you to know that even though Puerto Rico is my home country and my first love, that I want to thank each and everyone of you for your support. I love you and American, thank you so much”- Ricky Cruz.
SICW returns on 6/16/2012 MMWA-SICW East Carondelet Illinois 823 State St East Carondelet. Il 62240 –$9 Doors at 7 PM; Bell Time at 8 PM.