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MWR Trading card #98 “Loverboy” Matt Riviera

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 6, 2013

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Photo via Matt Riviera’s facebook

We are thrilled to have one of the hottest stars in the wrestling world. Matt Riviera to join the  first ever MWR Trading card set. You have seen him on your TV screen as a reality star including the new season of “The Millionaire Matchmaker” on Bravo network that will begin airing this Thursday. Riviera will be honored later this year from the Cauliflower Alley Club as the 2013 Men’s Active Wrestling Honoree.

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Lets get the facts from his very own website.

Matt Riviera is someone who could easily be called a renaissance man. On one hand, he is a top notch professional wrestling star who is adored by fans all over the United States. On the other hand, he is a Reality TV Star having been featured on the VH1 show, Megan Wants a Millionaire. And on the other hand…I need more hands.

Movie Star, Celebrity TV Star, Professional Wrestler…where to start?

Matt Riviera started out as a wrestling fan. When he watched WCW on TV, he had aspirations of one day entering the squared circle as a wrestler himself. But that was to be years away. He could not train in the ring legally until he was 16 and he had the wrestling bug in him. So he did the next best thing. He asked local promoters what he could do until he was old enough to start training.

The first thing promoters told him was that shows don’t happen without sponsors. And if he could help find sponsors, that would go a long way to helping him get in the business. They also told him that he could help put posters up around town to promote the next show. In exchange for that, he would get free tickets to the show. The best part of that is that he started meeting a lot of the wrestlers that would one day be his contemporaries. From town to town in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, Matt would be driven around by a father who made sure his compassion for wrestling would not diminish. And the wrestlers and promoters remembered that kid who embraced the business at a young age.

When he reached age 16, he began training in Paris, Arkansas with two gentlemen who would loom large in his life in later years. Pine Bluff’s Tim Storm and Fort Smith’s Jeff Jett would help train Matt in the beginning. He decided the best way to find wrestling dates was to open his own promotion and Global Pro Wrestling was born.

Matt would bring stars in from around the country and promote shows that most folks today would be jealous of. From “Hacksaw” Butch Reed to “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, Global Pro Wrestling set the standard for professional wrestling shows in Arkansas. And this even before Matt got his college degree. He took some time off from promoting to attend Harding University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism, a perfect lead-in to where he was to go next.

Although Hollywood was calling because of his dashing good looks and charm, Matt still had the wrestling bug in him. He had continued his training and done some spot appearances for other promoters throughout the Midwest while in college. The urge to promote, though, was stronger than ever. But time was a premium for Matt. How to train and run a promotion at the same time was tough. So he took on a partner/trainer and opened The Wrestling School in Russ Vegas, Arkansas. That partner would help him train up and coming wrestlers while Matt gained the valuable gym time on his own.

Global set up a separate promotion that could be run while he devoted his time to another calling, acting. Matt was featured in a movie shot in Arkansas, “Blood Forest – Legend of the Cave Tribe”. With this, he could film during the week and still wrestle on selected weekends. Matt moved from that film to another Arkansas-based film, “Happy Hour”. It was during the shooting of this movie that Matt’s third calling came.

A production company for VH1 had seen some of Matt’s work (and his wrestling work as well) and invited him to audition for a new Reality Show, “Megan Wants a Millionaire”, featuring Megan Hauserman. Although the series was cancelled prematurely due to legal issues with one of the bachelors, Matt was in all episodes that aired before the cancellation.

When Matt returned to Arkansas, he felt he needed to take the wrestling business one step farther. With the creation of Traditional Championship Wrestling, Matt finally had a promotion that was destined to succeed big time! The TCW crew was assembled and featured not only local wrestling stars, but also stars who had made their name in other national promotions. Television started slow and was seen only on the promotion’s web site. But in July of 2011, TCW premiered in the Fort Smith, Arkansas and Little Rock Arkansas markets on broadcast television. The half hour show was seen by over a million viewers each week. In January 2012, TCW was picked up by MeTV Arkansas which would triple the potential viewers each week. In June 2012, TCW Television is projected to move from 30 minutes to one hour per week.

So you decide… Movie Star, Celebreality TV Star, or Professional Wrestler. Where will you see Matt Riviera next?

We know now, it is with the MWR Trading card set as number 98 in a card that is worth its weight in gold.

Check out Matt Riviera.com

Traditional Championship Wrestling.com

Be sure to check out TCW in Springfield, Missouri and tell them you heard about it Missouri Wrestling Revival.

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#1 The Northstar Express Darin Corbin and Ryan Cruz – 2008 MWR Tag team of the Year

#2 Mark Sterling– 2009 MWR Wrestler of the Year

#3 The Hooligans Devin and Mason Cutter – 2009 MWR Tag Team of the Year

#4 MsChif 2009 MWR Female Wrestler of the Year —-SOLD OUT—

#5 Mike Sydal – 2009 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year —-SOLD OUT—

#6 Jeremy Wyatt – 2008 MWR Wrestler of the Year, 2008 & 2009 MWR Match of the Year (vs. Michael Strider, vs. Tyler Cook) —-SOLD OUT—

#7 Santana G – Midwest Sweetheart

#8 Kahagas – The Tokyo Monster

#9 Mephisto– Hardcore Favorite

#10 Tyler Black – Ring of Honor World Champion

#11 Sir Bradley Charles – Rising star trained by Lance Storm

#12 Brandon Espinosa – 2011 MWR Wrestler of the Year

#13 Dave Vaughn – The Wrestling Machine

#14 “The Future” Donovan Ruddick – The 6’9″ Monster

#15 Brandon Aarons – Current Triple Crown Champion in the Midwest

#16 Davey Richards – Arguably the best in the world today

#17 “Superstar” Steve Fender – First American wrestler to train in Pro Wrestling NOAH Dojo

#18 MR Late Nite – “Hollywood Super Agent”

#19 Eric Allen – The Pride of Peoria

#20 Eddie Edward – American Wolf

#21 Evan Money – The Pro Wrestling Kid

#22 Delirious – A Familiar Face from “The Edge of Insanity”

#23 Jason Jones – On the Path to Superstardom

#24 Tony Kozina – Rugged and Well-Traveled Veteran

#25 Jeromy Robb Senior Referee at 3XW and MECW

#26 Sean Vincent Canada’s Favorite wrestler

#27 Lucy Mendez – Midwest Latino Knockout

#28 Trevor Murdock – Former WWE Superstar

#29 Eric Davis –Senior referee at IHW and PWE

#30 Angel -ECW Original

#31 Jonathan Greshem Electrifying young star

#32 Brett Young -#1

#33 Michael Crase Jr -Metro and NWA Dynamo Ref

#34 U-Gene Dinsmore Lovable fan favorite.

#35Billy McNeil– Innovating high flyer.

#36 Mia Martinez – Mysterious and fiery, Midwest diva

#37 Mike Sydal – 2010 MWR Wrestler of the Year

#38 Stacey O’Brien-2008 MWR Female Wrestler of the Year

#39Neil Diamond Cutter– Prince of Death

#40Bloody Harker Dirge– God of Thunder

# 41Brian Breaker– 2011 Pro Wrestling Noah tour

# 42 Brandon Schmitt -WLW and Metro Pro Ref

#43 The The Mississippi Madman– PWE Champion

#44 Dan Gier WLW Announcer

#45 B.G. James– 7 time World Tag Champion

#46 Rob Conway– 3 Time WWE Tag Champion.

#47 Larry Zbyszko2 time AWA World Champion

#48 Michael Barry – MR Saturday Night

#49 The Lumberjacks Abe and Gabe– Most decorated tag team in the Midwest

#50 Larry Matysik – Wrestling at the Chase announcer

#51 Jimmy Jacobs– ROH Superstar

#52 The Survivor Barry Ryte – Cancer Survivor

#53 Jessie Belle Smothers – Tracey Smothers daughter DING DING

#54 The Strong Style Devil’s – Bailey Mannix Eric Allen, Loveley Leon

#55 Ace Hawkins– Young High flyer

#56- Ryan Howe– WWE Tough Enough

#57- Misfitt MannersMizfitt Madness

#58- JB Payne-The Midwest Mauler

#59 Dave Hebner – Legendary Ref

#60 El Generico– The Generic Luchador

#61 Tony AtlasMR USA

#62 MsChif Raven Johnson Art card of the 2012 MWR Sexiest female of 2012

#63 Maddog McDowell Fan favorite around the Midwest WOOF WOOF

#64 Michael Elgin– ROH Superstar

#65 KC Jackson– The Main Attraction

#66 Ron Powers – SICW Champion

#67 The Briscoe Brothers– The Baddest Tag team on the planet.

#68 OUTKAST– One half of the Bum Rush Brothers.

#69 Miss Natural– 5-time Harley Race’s WLW Ladies Champion.

#70 Bob Geigel 3-times NWA president

#71 Chase King Young star in St Louis.

#72 MWR/3XW Match Card Jeremy Wyatt vs Mark Sterling IRON MAN CARD

#73 Hellfire Symphony– The Great Malaki and The Great Cheyenne

#74 Jeff Vernetti SICW ring announcer

#75 Stacey O’Brien – 2 time MWR Female Wrestler of the Year

# 76 Michael Strider– Kansas City wrestling legend.

#77 Amanda the Blood Thirsty Vixen -Beautiful, Extreme and BloodThirsty

#78 Ricky Cruz Puerto Rican Superstar

#79 Adam Pearce – Former 5-Time NWA World Champion.

#80 The All Night Express– Rhett Titus and Kenny King-Red hot tag team

#81 Marshall and Ross Von Erich– Sons of Legend Kevin Von Erich

#82 Frank Gotch– Undefeated World Champion

#83 Justice – The wrestler/biker on a mission

#84 Bruiser Brody– The man who bowed down to no one.

#85Scarlett Bordeaux– The Perfect 10

#86 Sweet” Saraya Knight- SHIMMER Champion.

#87 La Rosa Negra NWA Ring Warriors Battling Bombshells Champion

#88 Santana G Brady Hicks.com Team up card– Shine star

#89 Bull Schmitt – Former Metro Pro Champion and Pro Wrestling Noah star.

#90 ACH– – NWA Central States Champion.

#91 Kevin Sullivan The Taskmaster

#92 Bull Bronson– NWA Mid-South Champion.

#93 Elvis Aliga– One half of Harley Race’s WLW Tag team champs with Ryan Drago

#94 The Magic Man Midwest star that became a legend in Japan

#95 The SHOGUN” Chris L.O.G.A.N– Young and powerful Midwest star

# 96 Jimmy “Big Time” Harris– Senior ref MMWA, SICW

# 97 Christina Von Eerie – Female wrestling sensation

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For a complete list of Missouri Wrestling Revival trading cards as well as WWE , TNA and Japan sets check out the website Wrestling trading cards.com here.

To purchase MWR Trading cards:

1) Catch the star at a show to have them autograph the cards personally

2) Contact them via facebook or myspace

3) Send $1.50 in money order or check for each card at *

Brian Kelley

305 West 3rd Salisbury Missouri 65281

or Paypal at flairmwr@yahoo.com

*Checks will take longer to clear than money orders so expect time for that to happen. Make sure you list exactly what card you are wanting to have.

Please note that when purchasing MWR Trading cards from the wrestlers, that they decide the prices for their cards. We highly recommend that you get them from the stars themselves and let them know that you enjoy MWR.

These cards are limited and are not mass produced making them highly collectable.

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