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Becoming The IKON: Exclusive interview with Brian Thompson

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 26, 2016


Bobby Eaton and Brian Thompson – Courtesy of Brian Thompson’s Facebook page.

By: René Martinez

Brain Thompson like a lot of other young men had humble beginnings hailing for the small town of about 7,500 people known as Dexter, MO. Growing up in the golden area of wrestling his main influences were WWF and Jim Crocket’s promotion. In the following interview we dig a little deeper in what exactly makes up the man now known to many as The IKON.

Rene: “Tell us more about your early influences. Who as the first person to really introduced you to wrestling?”


IKON: “My dad for sure. Funny thing is that as became a fan he stopped watching cause I kind of burnt him out on it so it was kind of a fair trade off’

Rene: “Speaking of your folks, what did they do for a living when you were a kid?”

IKON: “My dad was a self-employed layer and my mom was a factory worker. We were a middle class family. I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth but I can honestly say I never wanted for anything.”

Rene: “Any early influences once you started watching wrestling?”

IKON: “Absolutely, I mean the Midnight Express, Rock n Roll Express, Road Warriors, The 4 Houseman and even Big Boss Man.”

Rene: “Now you just said the Rock and Roll Express, don’t you know work with Ricky Morton like on a weekly basis?”

IKON: “Yeah I do stuff with Ricky. We recently started a monthly podcast and of course as you know I’m best friends and roommates with “The Beautiful” Bobby Eaton of the Midnight Express. The show is fun though man, we have had some great guests on so far like Jeff Hardy and Jim Cornette and we have a couple other real great ones coming up as well. It’s called the School of Morton podcast.”

Rene: “We caught Ricky a little while back over at Metro Pro Wrestling as well as Bobby Eaton. What can you tell the readers about that experience?”


Photo courtesy of Brian Thompson’s Facebook Page.

IKON: “Man that was a fun shot over in Kansas City. Ha-ha, everyone ended up being a little surprised because Bobby ended up being someone of an unadvertised guest when he dressed up like Santa Clause. The crowed liked that deal man and the guys in the back got a kick out of it as well. We actually ended up running that spot a couple of more times due to the success we had with it over in Kansas City.”

Rene: “OK you cool with a couple random questions?”

IKON: “Of course man.”

Rene: “OK growing up in the state of Missouri I got to ask, are you a Royals or Cardinals fan?”

IKON: “Cardinal Red all the way brother but I will say this; I’ve always enjoyed the Royals. Unless of course they are playing my cards then all bets are off. Also during the 90’s I was really into the Atlanta Braves when they were on TBS.”

Rene: “Next question, if we sat you down at a table and you had to choose from one of these 3 dishes which would you choose? BBQ, Mexican or insert your own choice”

IKON: “My I just got hungry all of a sudden. But um I will say I’m somewhat of connoisseur of foods. Not too much out there that I don’t like. But, I got to go with Mexican because I like to eat it 1-2 times per week. Now that I think about it it’s kind of funny because I took several Spanish classed in high school and college but it has faded a little bit. From time to time I do like bust it out on a lovely waitress that might be working at a Mexican restaurant just to impress them a little bit. Good thing for me I’ve gotten good baby face pops from it especially when I use the “muy inteligente” line which means you are “very intelligent.”

Rene: “Alright lets wrap up part up part one of this interview with a fun wrestling question. If you were an in ring competitor what would your name be and what would be your finisher?”

IKON: “Ok, The name is easy it would the IKON of course. For the finisher i….

Rene: “Dude don’t say Mexican surf board. Please don’t say Mexican surf board! Ha-ha!

IKON: “Ha-ha, nah man to be honest I would probably have to go with something old school like Tully Blanchard’s Sling Shot Suplex. If you haven’t seen it you have to look it up man! Basically it’s like getting a guy up for a vertical suplex but you bounce the guy off the top rope then he bounces back. It’s awesome.”

You have been reading part one of our exclusive interview with THE IKON Brian Thompson. Ring announcer for WLW, manager and friend of “The Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, and host of The School of Morton podcast with Ricky Morton. Check back with Missouri Wrestling Revival for part two of this incredible interview and be sure to catch Rene aka @_The_Knight_Owl live every Thursday 8/7ct on the Wrestle Talk Podcast with Joe and Rene on BlogTalkRadio.com/WrestleTalkPodcast.

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Brian Thompson will be announcing the HUGE WLW Night of Champions in St. Peters, Missouri this Saturday Night.

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Brandon Espinosa Takes on Farmer Billy Hills for Missouri Strap in Cape Girardeau, Aug. 27

Posted by Ben Simon on August 23, 2016

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Brandon Espinosa makes his way into unfamiliar territory for a Missouri Heavyweight Championship match against Farmer Billy Hills in Cape Girardeau on August 27.

Cape Championship Wrestling’s card at A C Brase Arena presents Espinosa’s sixth defense of the gold and zinc strap.  Farmer Hills, of Mud Lick, Ky., is coming off a tournament victory over Cape’s own Jason Vaughn.

For that reason and several others, Billy Hills fans are a rare find in Cape.  Espy says he intends to teach Hills “a lesson in respect… and wrestling, of course.”

Brandon Barbwire lays his CCW Title on the line against the “Intelligent Monster” Jake Dirden.  Dirden is a proven winner and will be a very tough opponent for the first CCW champion.

Ricochet, one of independent wrestling’s most well-known stars, takes on Arkansas’s Austin Lane in what is expected to be one of the speed demon’s last matches on the indy scene.

Read the title announcement and rules

Missouri Heavyweight Championship
CBrandon Espinosa vs. Farmer Billy Hills

CCW Heavyweight Championship
Brandon Barbwire (c) vs. #3Jake Dirden

Ricochet vs. Austin Lane
Sarge O’Riley vs. TBD
Tony Kozina vs. Hollis Giroux
Paloma Starr vs. Little Bit

Bell at 7.  Tickets are $10.

CCW 8/27/16

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One More Time – SICW Classic Wrestling Champion Ron Powers vs Kahagas Sept 17th East Carondelet, Illinois

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 23, 2016



Due to the outcome last night of the three way match between Gary Jack, Big Jim Holfarth, and “The Tokyo Monster”, Champion Ron Powers will defend the SICW title against the International Superstar and former SICW Champion “The Tokyo Monster” Kahagas.

Powers battled Attila Kahn to retain the Classic SICW Title and now he has to prepare for The MONSTER. That takes place Saturday September 17th in East Carondelet Illinois.

SICW Professional Wrestling was founded in the late 70’s and has grown over the past 35 years to be known throughout the Midwest.

1418 State St
East Carondelet, IL 62240
(618) 286-4848

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Mike Outlaw on Top Once Again – Shorty Biggs Upsets Bumrush Partner Outtkast for the D-1 Title

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 22, 2016

By Patrick Brandmeyer
Photos Brian Kelley
Complete recap in the future at MWR

“The Don Mega” Shorty Biggs d. Outtkast to win the D-1 Title; Outtkast got a near-fall after his corkscrew moonsault senton, but missed his second attempt at the move. Shorty capitalized with a Paydirt and fireman’s-carry Michinoku Driver for the win over his Bumrush Brother tag team partner (16:05).


Shorty was happy to give his tag team partner his return match for the title…it sounds like it’ll take place at the September 17th show.

Mike Outlaw d. “Dirdey” Jake Dirden to win the Heavyweight Title for the second time. Dirden nearly won by countout after throwing Outlaw over some ringside chairs, but he barely beat the ten-count. The referee was knocked down and Dirden delivered a chokeslam, but there was no one to count the pin attempt. Dirden brought in a chair, but Outlaw dropkicked it back into his face and delivered the High Noon(top-rope elbowdrop) for a close near-fall. An errant Dirden boot felled the referee again and Outlaw hit a middle-rope springboard European uppercut, but Dirden took him out with the chair and a second referee ran in to count…two. Dirden wedged the chair in the corner as the second referee helped the first official back to the dressing room area…but Outlaw reversed an Irish whip into the corner chair, then whacked Dirden twice with the chair. Outlaw followed up with the Mafia Kick and the second referee returned to count…two. Outlaw didn’t waste time and dropped Dirden with a second Mafia Kick, then hit a second High Noon to finally get the win for the title (21:08)!


Outlaw was ecstatic to regain the championship after a year-plus of Dirden dodging him…but he said he wouldn’t be the same kind of champion and offered Dirden a rematch whenever he wanted it. The two shook hands to end the show.


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PWP Presents: WrestleRama XI !! – Thursday August 25th at The Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha, NE!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 21, 2016


Tickets $10
On sale NOW at Etix.com – or at the door the night of, while they last.


Main Event!
*** In a HUGE Triple Threat Match for the PWP Championship – it will be current champion BRANDEN JUAREZ defending against PWP icon HYPE GOTTI, and current IWGP Intercontinental Champion and former ROH Heavyweight Champion – the returning “UNBREAKABLE” MICHAEL ELGIN!!!!

*** PWP Tag Team Champions – PAUL & JOEY, THE DANIELS BROS. w/ “MANAGER SUPREME” AXEL GREECE will defend their titles against DUKE CORNELL & DARREN “MOONSHINE” RUSSELL – GUNS & BEER!!!! This will be a rematch from WrestleRama X, where Guns & Beer defeated The Daniels Brothers, Cornell & Russell now strive to do it again…but this time with the PWP Tag Team Titles on the line!!!

Plus MUCH more, featuring:

* PWP Rising Phoenix Champion – “THE ONE MAN CARTEL” CUCO SANTIAGO
* And many more!!

Tickets just $10!!

Waiting Room Lounge
6212 Maple St.
Omaha, NE

Doors open at 7:00 PM, action kicks off at 8!!



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Join MWR for Dynamo Pro in Wood River, Illinois this Saturday Night Jake Dirden vs. Mike Outlaw Doors 4:30

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 19, 2016


Dynamo Pro is returning to the Douglas Club on Saturday night. Aug 20th with a special start time of 5pm.

Already signed:
Heavyweight Championship Title Match
Jake Dirden(c) vs Mike Outlaw

CJ Shine vs The Snitch
Makaze vs Ozzie Gallagher

Also scheduled to appear
Brandon Espinosa
Shorty Biggs
D-1 Champion – Outtkast
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Dartallion Allen’s MWR Top Draw Brandon Espinosa

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 19, 2016


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Raphael King and Devyn Nicole King Debut on the Centric Network, Aug 20th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 19, 2016


Pro-wrestler Delenia Adams stars in Centric’s docu-series My Current Situation, where the 30 year old mother-of-two attempts to make peace with her doubts about the age difference in her relationship to 23 year old wrestler Matthew King.

Direct TV Channel 330

Click here for more information.


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A War To End It All – Metro Pro Wrestling July Recap

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 18, 2016

Photo credit: Brian Kelley






Kraig Keesaman, Howard Moritz, & Kiyoshi Shizuka def. Jay Howard, The Math Magician & Bobby Blackshire









Metro Pro Wrestling Central States Champ Ace Steel def. Vic Capri










Metro Pro Wrestling Tag Champs The Kobra Kai Dojo (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) def. Evan Gelistico & Pierre Abernathy, The Diamond Dogs (Graham Bell & Luke Langley) and Jake & Ryan King

Metro Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title Tourney Round One








Devin Thomas def. Sonjay Dutt










Mike Sydal def. Stevie Richards




Ace Steel was able to get the attention of Redwing, who left the ring to chase his arch rival.



Kevin Lee Davidson def. Nate Redwing by countout





Hype Gotti def. Mike Outlaw

Jeremy Wyatt def. Michael Strider in a hardcore match (unsanctioned).

By James Head


Wrestle Radio’s very own James Head and Jake Ryan Patty with Redwing. Thanks to this podcast and Metro Pro Wrestling the first 200 fans went home with a true collectable.

On Saturday July 30th, 2016 Metro Pro Wrestling handed wrestling fans another stellar card. We had huge stars such as Stevie Richards from ECW and Sonjay Dutt from TNA (Who is now the Global Force Wrestling Champion). There was even a Redwing MWR trading card give away sponsored by the Wrestling Radio Podcast to the first 200 paying fans.


Tina Noire of Galaxy Wrestling All-Stars & Noire Comics designed the awesome back of the Redwing Trading Card.

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However this night on Saturday July 30th, 2016 was all about President Michael Strider and “The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt.

As a Wrestling Fan in the Midwest we have watched President Strider and Jeremy Wyatt developed as two of the best Indy Wrestlers around. Going into this match “A War To End It All” President Strider hasn’t wrestled in 4 years this would be Jeremy Wyatt’s last match.

They have torn each other up all over the Midwest, however this rivalry kicked into high gear 2 years ago when President Strider dressed up as a Referee and cost Jeremy Wyatt his Metro Pro Championship to Derek Stone. This lead to the decision for President Strider to make that if Jeremy Wyatt were to loses his next match that he would be done at Metro Pro . President Strider brought in great talent such as Ricky Cruz and Christopher Daniels. For 2 years Wyatt was unbeaten untill April 2016 when Rhino beat Jeremy Wyatt for the Metro Pro Championship that he got back when he dressed up as Rebulucha. President Strider bought the Championship off Rhino. The next month in May, Jeremy Wyatt manipulated President Strider to get one last match in July where it be Jeremy Wyatt vs President Strider in an unsanctioned Street Fight. Metro Pro and not even the State of Kansas would sanction this Fight.

For President Strider this is his first match in 4 years and it lived up to the hype. Jeremy Wyatt for his final match just wanted to kick President Strider’s ass. For years they have been friends, rivals, back to friends and then more hated rivals. As a wrestling fan you have to respect what these brave men have accomplished. President Strider have won Championships and Jeremy Wyatt is the Belt Collector for a reason as he has won Championships everywhere he has competed. These two men fought all over the Turner Rec Center. They went through tables, chairs, and even had a Barbwire baseball bat that was used in horrific fashion. They used every type of weapon you could think of. Jeremy Wyatt made a promise that he would leave President Strider laying in a pool of his own blood. That’s what he did. After making President Strider bleed a lot he hit his Lightening Spiral for the Pin Fall.

I don’t blame Metro Pro or the State of Kansas to not sanction this Fight. It was a War. There was even blood shed all over the hard wood basketball court. For President Strider I have a new found respect for him. I want to thank him for everything he has done and for putting his body through hell for our entertainment!!





The Rebel Jeremy Wyatt, for that to be his last match he most definitely went out with a bang. I want to thank him for the years of entertainment!!

I would like to thank him for each show he stepped up and made each show better.


Thank you Jeremy Wyatt for the memories. You will be Mr. Metro Pro!! Have a Happy Retirement and you will always be Jeremy Wyatt “The Belt Collector”!!

For a complete recap of the Michael Strider vs Jeremy Wyatt match click here.


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2016 Harley Race Wrestling Camp Aug 22-26

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 16, 2016


We understand that Only a few spots remain for the BIGGEST TRAINING OPPORTUNITY in the Midwest You could have the chance to participate in! Hiroshi Tanahashi, Dave Taylor, “The Hurricane” Shane Helms, and more will be here instructing, evaluating, and giving valuable advice that you will only be able to get at one place – the 2016 Harley Race Wrestling Academy!

Information and signups available at http://www.harleyrace.com/trainingcamp.html! We understand

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