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SICW Wrestling Explosion Ricky Cruz & Ron Powers vs Attila Khan & Chris Hargas, Big Jim Hoffarth vs Ax, Fabulous Moolah vs Winona Littleheart

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 4, 2015

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SICW Wrestling Explosion Classic Wrestling Championship: Flash Flanagan vs Daniel Eads; Chaz Wesson interview; Midget match: Little Kato vs Beautiful Bobby Dean

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 27, 2015

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SICW- Saturday June 20th the SICW fans will be in for

another great evening of Wrestling action.

See all the SICW stars at the East Carondelet Community, see Ron Powers and “Red River Jack” tag against Travis Cooks’ organizations, see the SICW debut of “The Tokyo Monster” Kahagas,

Plus the SICW Classic title on the line as Champion Flash Flanagan battles ‘Old School Warrior” Chaz Wesson.

Call today for you tickets 618-286-4848

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SICW Wrestling Explosion Keith Smith Jr & Chaz Wesson vs Ken Kasa & Chris Hargas; Red River Jack vs Bull Bronson; Daniel Eads interview

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 17, 2015

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One on One with “The Voice of Minnesota Wrestling” Ring Announcer Mick Karch

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 13, 2015

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It is a pleasure today to be joined with “The Voice of Minnesota wrestling” Mick Karch for this edition of Missouri Wrestling Revival’s One on One. MWR fans will have a special oppurtunity to get to meet Karch in East Carondelet, Illinois on May 16th during the SICW “Bruiser Brody Memorial” event that will also include the afternoon “Meet and Greet” with several Wrestling Legends including Brody’s lovely widow Barbara Goodish, former American Wrestling Association (AWA)Champion Stan Hansen, Wrestling at the Chase announcer Larry Matysik, Wrestling superstar “Cowboy” Bob Orton, the first ever WWE (Then known as the WWF) female ring announcer Mike McGuirk starting at 3:30pm that will conclude with a memorable night of action featuring the stars of SICW.

Please note: All photos courtesy of Mick Karch.

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With Terry Taylor and Missy Hyatt, my broadcast colleagues in the American Wrestling Federation Warriors of Wrestling.

Brian: Mick, thank you so much for taking the time to be with us at MWR today.

Mick: Brian, it’s my pleasure. You do a terrific job.

Brian: Today’s wrestling fans have many opportunities to discover wrestling through the WWE on the USA Network, TNA on Destination America, Ring of Honor on Sinclair as well as various outlets on the internet including Youtube and promotions own websites. Yet, as a man that started his career in the 70’s, I have to ask what was your first exposure to the sport as a fan and who was it that created that spark for the love of pro wrestling?

Mick: I did behind the scenes print publicity for the AWA from 1973-1986. In 1987, I was hired on as their ring announcer and occasional color guy for their ESPN tapings at the Showboat in Las Vegas. It is so ironic to have eventually worked for them, because my hero as a child was Verne Gagne. I was flipping through the TV channels at the age of nine, and I saw big Tiny Mills, a 6’3″, 275 pound lumberjack, pushing around the TV announcer, Marty O’Neill. Marty was all of about 5’6″. Tiny was ranting and raving about wanting a match with Verne Gagne.

I saw my first live event May 17, 1960, in Minneapolis, and Verne was in the main event, teaming with football and wrestling star Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb to face Mills and Stan “Krusher” Kowalski. I was hooked on wrestling for life.

Brian: You entered the business during a time that it was hard to break in due to the laws of Kayfabe being enforced. At what point did you realize that the matches were predetermined and how were the doors open for you to be included among the circle of people that were involved in the sport?

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Mick: Like any kid from that era, I refused to listen to my parents and siblings, who told me that wrestling wasn’t on the “up-and-up.” Of course, I refused to believe it—for a while. As time went on, I began to pick out certain things that didn’t seem quite right. When I ventured down to the Dyckman Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, which housed the Minneapolis Boxing & Wrestling Club (AWA) a few years later and saw Reggie Parks and Moose Cholak standing by the elevators, laughing and joking, the light bulb went off. Parks and Cholak were in the midst of a “feud” at the time. Now it all made sense.

You are so correct that this was the “kayfabe” era, and the wrestling business was protected to the hilt. No one was automatically allowed even remotely close to the inner circle. I literally hung around the TV tapings and the arena matches for years before I was semi-trusted. That is certainly a far cry from today’s scenario, when it seems just about anyone can finagle their way into a locker room or back stage.

Brian: Before we go any further with the AWA we have to mention the great Verne Gagne. Last month on April 27th , Gagne passed away at the age of 89, but his contribution to the sport of wrestling as a Champion, promoter and trainer defined an era of wrestling that continues to this day. What were your memories of Verne Gagne and out of those three different aspects of wrestling do you feel was his biggest accomplishment?

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Former AWA World Champ Verne Gagne by the Artist of Champions Rob Schamberger

Mick: As it relates to Verne Gagne, I don’t think his impact and imprint on the business can be overstated. His influence was monumental, going back to the mid-1950’s when he was really the first national “babyface” wrestler on the old Dumont Network. Televised pro wrestling was an absolute mainstay back then, and Verne was its original big star. As the years went on, his star shone brighter and brighter. He was the epitome of a champion: good looks, tremendous conditioning, smart, articulate, and always the ultimate professional. As a promoter, he had a keen eye for talent and he ruled with an iron fist. Verne was first and foremost a WRESTLER, and you damn well better know how to wrestle if you worked for him. The AWA had its share of off the wall characters, too, but nothing like the circus “sports entertainment” that the WWF/WWE foisted on the world.

As a trainer, there were none better than Verne. Look at the roster of guys he turned out: Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter, Greg Gagne, Jim Brunzell, Scott Irwin, Bob Backlund, Khosrow Vaziri, on and on. Amazing.

Brian: The AWA was filled with several larger than life characters throughout the years that thrilled fans with exciting action in the ring and memorable interviews that drew huge crowds night after night. Men such as a Nick Bockwinkel , Mad Dog Vachon, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Dick the Bruiser, Larry Hennig and Baron Von Raschke just to name a few. Who were your favorites to work with personally and can you share a story with the MWR fans of one of those stars?

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With Nick Bockwnkel, 1982.

Mick: My favorite wrestlers over the years tend to be the “heels.” My all time favorite, bar none, is Nick Bockwinkel. I honestly believe that he was the standard bearer for the wrestling business in the 1970’s and early 80’s. I was also a huge fan of the late Dr. Bill Miller, Dick (Dr.X/Destroyer) Beyer, Stan “Krusher” Kowalski, and Bobby Heenan. The stories about these guys could fill a book, but I’ll share one kind of bizarre and scary one.

Dr. Bill Miller wrestled in the AWA under a mask as “The Mysterious Mr. M.” He won the AWA title from Verne in January 1962. In August of that same year, Verne won the title back in Minneapolis. The end of the match saw Verne twist the mask so Miller couldn’t see, then he dropkicked and pinned him. The stipulation was if Miller lost, he would unmask, which he did right after the match. On his way back to the locker room, a crazed fan leaned over the railing of the balcony and viciously hit Miller over the head with a 2 x 6 board with a 1/8″ steel spike on the end. A nearly unconscious Miller was assisted back to the locker room.

Some 12 years later, Miller returned for a short stint in the AWA and I spoke with him at the TV tapings. We discussed the incident, which Miller said he remembered like it was yesterday. He explained that when he went back to the locker room and was regaining his senses, he could actually put his pinky finger into the top of his head a feel his brain! Miller was a veterinarian and he knew how serious it was. He showed me the scars which were still clearly visible. The perpetrator, by the way, was never caught.

“The World’s Most Scientific Wrestler” Wilbur Snyder teams with “The Man With The Cast Iron Stomach” Pepper Gomez, to go against the feared master of the heart punch Ox Baker and Dr. Big Bill Miller. This is the first of a two fall battle.

Editors note: SICW fans were fortunate enough to meet OX Baker in 2014 at the East Carondelet Community Center , before he passed away months later.

Brian: Here at Missouri Wrestling Revival, we work with many ring announcers throughout the MWR coverage area. What would be your advice to someone that is looking to become the best ring announcer that they can be?

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With AWA/WWF announcer Ken Resnick, 2015

Mick: To aspiring ring announcers, here’s a few tips. Take a deep breath and relax. The audience will pick up on it right away if you are nervous. Do your homework. Make sure you are clear on all the weights, hometowns, and match stipulations. Most importantly, don’t be too overbearing. Deliver your intro forcefully and clearly, but don’t try to be flamboyant and outshine the wrestlers. Remember, it’s about them, not you.

Brian: On December 29th, 1985 Stan Hansen defeated Rick Martel to become the AWA World Champion? Hansen was also a Mega Star in Japan with his good friend and partner Bruiser Brody who is set to be honored next week at SICW with the Bruiser Brody memorial event in East Carondelet Illinois. As a fan that Grew up in the 80’s, Hansen’s version of the clothesline, the Lariat was a feared move that every wrestling fan “knew” had broken WWWF Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino’s neck in the 70’s. I don’t remember a match that involved Hansen that the commentator put over the fact that he could win the match with the lariat if he was able to land the move. Who and what were some of your favorite finishers to call during a match while you did color commentary?

Mick: My favorite finishing maneuvers to call play by play on? Wow, that’s a tough one. I would say Bruiser Brody’s boot to the face and flying knee drop, Greg Gagne’s sleeper hold, Jerry Blackwell’s big splash, and Mad Dog Vachon’s piledriver rank right up there. It’s sad how the business has changed and the finishers I’ve mentioned are just another move in the matches these days, and usually the opponents kick out at least once.

Brian: Fans of today can relive the AWA through the WWE DVD release WWE: The Spectacular Legacy of the American Wrestling Association. Was this a worthy look of the AWA, and what would you have liked to have seen showcased more or less on the DVD?

Mick: I thought the AWA DVD was pretty decent, especially when you consider it was a WWE release. Watching some of the old footage is particularly great to an old school fan like me. If there is anything I had a problem with it would be how much emphasis was placed on the erosion of the promotion. I guess that’s to be expected, but the AWA had 50 years of greatness before the wheels fell off the bus.

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At Cauliflower Alley Club with Sir Oliver Humperdink.

Brian: Recently you and I had the pleasure of spending time in Las Vegas at the 50th Anniversary of the Cauliflower Alley Club. The event was filled with memories and moments that will last a lifetime including what I felt was one of the most entertaining acceptance speech’s of All-time when one of my heroes, Harley Race presented Hennig  the “Iron” Mike Mazurki Award. The two, along with Hennigs’ wife Irene could easily take their show on the road as they delivered laughs and good times that exhibit what the CAC is all about. This is a multi-part question, how long have you been a member of the CAC, what have been your highlights of attending the reunion and why should a wrestling fan join a club that we feel so passionate about?

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Mick: I have been attending the CAC reunions since 2000. There is no way to describe the feeling you get rubbing elbows with the legends of the business. I have met so many amazing people. Since I started going there, I have seen the likes of Steve Austin, Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat, Antonio Inoki, Pat Patterson, the Vachons, Hard Boiled Haggerty, Tex McKenzie, Kurt Angle, Sputnik Monroe, Larry Hennig, Harley Race, Lou Thesz, Bobby Heenan, The Crusher, Jim Cornette, JJ Dillon, Nick Bockwinkel, Terry Funk, The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Judy Grable, Stan Hansen, Tim Woods and Johnny Walker (“Mr. Wrestling” 1 & 2), Ox Baker, Superstar Graham, Jimmy Valiant, on and on and on. Hundreds of superstars. I would tell anyone who is truly passionate about the wrestling business, you NEED to attend at least once. You owe it to yourself. I would also say, don’t wait. Many of the people I just mentioned have passed away. You just never know.

Brian: As we prepare for an exciting weekend built around the memories of Bruiser Brody at the show of the year for SICW, what were your memories of Bruiser Brody?

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With Bruiser Brody, 1987

Mick: My memories of Bruiser Brody. God, so many. I was a fan of his long before I ever saw him wrestle in person. Watching him on various syndicated wrestling programs and reading about him in the magazines, I always looked forward to seeing him. When he first arrived in the AWA area, it was incredible. His aura, his mystique, his sheer presence. I don’t know if I have ever seen a feud to match the one he had with Jerry Blackwell. In 1986, I had the tremendous honor of doing two television interviews with him at a show in Winnipeg, Canada. Bruiser main evented against the guy I know many fans in this area are very familiar with, “Bulldog” Bob Brown. Their match was a war and spilled out into the crowd. Even though I had been announcing for a couple years at that point, Brody was my first “big time” interview, and needless to say I was initially scared to death. But he spoke with me beforehand, laid down a few guidelines, and the promos went perfectly. When he thanked me for a job well done, I felt as if I had truly arrived as an announcer in the wrestling business. I will never forget that.

Brian: Since AWA has closed doors you have stayed active in the world of pro wrestling. Please tell the fans what you have been up?

Mick: During the time frame that the AWA was shutting down, I left there and became host of a four-hour wrestling block in the Twin Cities called “Saturday Night at Ringside.” Joe Pedicino and Paul Heyman were instrumental in getting me the job. Besides carrying NWA Worldwide, World Class, Pro Wrestling This Week, and Windy City Wrestling, I incorporated localized tie-ins for independent wrestling shows, brought in both local and national wrestlers, created angles and storylines, did trivia contests, answered viewer questions, and had fans appear as a “Ringsider of the Week.” In fact, the famous lady wrestler “ODB” was a “Ringsider” on my program at the age of 8 !!

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On the set of “Saturday Night at Ringside,” with Stan Kowalski, Baron Von Raschke, Larry Hennig, Al DeRusha, Wally Karbo and Mad Dog Vachon (1990.)

I have worked for the American Wrestling Federation “Warriors of Wrestling” under the direction of Sgt. Slaughter and Tito Santana; I have done television for literally dozens of independent promotions in the United States, Canada, and Australia. For the past 17 years, I have been lead booker and TV host for Ed Hellier’s Steel Domain Wrestling, based out of Minnesota.

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Hosting Steel Domain’s “Championship Wrestling from the Twin Cities” program with promoter Ed Hellier, 2015.

In the early days, SDW had future world champions C.M. Punk, Adam Pearce, Colt Cabana, Ken Anderson, Shawn Daivari, and Austin Aries on the roster AT THE SAME TIME!!!

Brian: Mick, thank you so much for taking the time with Missouri Wrestling Revival and we look forward to seeing you at SICW’s Bruiser Brody memorial event that starts with the 3:30 Q and A. Do you have anything that you would like to mention as we end this interview and prepare for such an exciting weekend?

Mick: I would like to extend my most sincere thanks to you for the opportunity to share part of my story, and to Herb Simmons and Larry Matysik for inviting this old AWA guy to such a wonderful event!!

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FLASH FLANAGAN PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS TO BECOME THE CLASSIC WRESTLING CHAMPION

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 3, 2014

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Heath Hatton had been a fighting champion ever since defeating the Ironman Ken Kasa on July 26th in East Carondelet, Illinois. Since that time he has been the hunted by many of the toughest men in the Midwest today, including the “The King of Chaos” Ricky Cruz, Ken Kasa, and Bull Bronson. Yet, it would be one man who has been relentless in his pursuit of the SICW title and that man is none other than Flash Flanagan.

Flanagan has a long history of calculated violence in his career as he made his way to Puerto Rico to the WWE earning a reputation as a bulldozer that has been known to put true fear in fans as well as his opponents. The first piece of business was getting under the skin of the champion Hatton when he targeted Hatton’s protégé “The Man of Tomorrow” Daniel Eads. Flanagan dished out a brutal beating on the rising young star during a match, that brought out the champion to make the save.

That set up a title match in Fairmont City where Flanagan nearly cheated his way to victory, but the decision was reversed and Hatton was able to fight another day as champ. After a successful title defense back in East Carondelet, Illinois against Travis Cooks’ body guard Bull Bronson, Hatton once again was staring across the ring against Flanagan in the cold November night.

Early and often in the match the challenger Flanagan worked on Hatton arm. Just as it look as if Hatton was about to take over, one minor mistake would lead to a world of pain for the champion when Hatton accidentally took out the ref with a blind cross-body off the second rope. Hatton locked in the crippler crossface on Flanagan , but the ref was still down and didn’t see the tapout. When Hatton attempted to revive the referee, Flanagan struck with a superkick and then a ruthless blow to the head via his kendo stick. Flanagan thought he had won the belt, as the referee counted 1-2-2 and a half, before Hatton kicked out. When Flanagan attempted to use a steel chair, Hatton was a step ahead of him and reversed it for an Irish whip into the chair, then attempt a rollup to end the match, but Flanagan blocked it and held onto the ropes to end the reign of Heath Hatton as the SICW Champion.

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SICW- Legendary Wrestling Manager
Jim Cornette returns as Special Guest Referee Saturday December 13th in East Carondelet.
“NO DISQUALIFICATION MATCH”
THERE WILL BE A WINNER
The night of Managers. Big Daddy, with
“Red River Jack” against “The King of Chaos” Ricky Cruz, with Travis Cook. Call now for tickets 618-286-4848

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*BREAKING NEWS**

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!
We’re very pleased to announce, after months of negotiations, we can now reveal that on Dec. 13th. 2014 in E. Carondelet, IL…

“Volatile” Curtis Wylde w/ Wyldefyre will be making our official debut with SICW Wrestling Explosion!!

Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling has been a premier organization in Pro Wrestling for more than 40 years, and continues to bring in some of the top names in our industry! We are very proud to join such a great wrestling family!

Come out Dec. 13th, and see the LEGENDARY James E. Cornette!!
He will be a Special Referee for Ricky Cruz w/ Travis Cook vs. Red River Jack w/ Big Daddy, Champion Flash Flanagan defends his SICW Title against the “Old School Warrior” Chaz Wesson, Sean Vincent returns!!

With SICW ending the year with such a blowout show… 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for Pro Wrestling fans! Tell your friends and bring everyone you know! You are not going to want to miss all the great SICW Action!

Call 618-286-4848 to reserve your seats.

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Ron Powers, Ricky Cruz and Travis Argue; Chaz Wesson vs. Ali Vaez and Ali’s Attack on Gary Jackson; Jackson interview

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 21, 2014

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12/13/2014 – SICW East Carondelet Illinois 823 State St East Carondelet. Il 62240 –

Doors at 7 PM; Bell Time at 8 PM 618-286-4848

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SICW Wrestling Explosion PLUS Info on the Return of Jim Cornette on Dec 13th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 16, 2014

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Herb Simmons Makes Announcement; Shiloh & Bobby vs. Cage & Maliki; Classic Cowboy Bob Orton

12/13/2014 – SICW East Carondelet Illinois 823 State St East Carondelet. Il 62240 –Doors at 7 PM; Bell Time at 8 PM 618-286-4848

SICW- Big news coming out of SICW. Just signed for Saturday December 13th, in East Carondelet, “Red River Jack” with his Manager Big Daddy in the corner, having war with “The King of Chaos” Ricky Cruz and his Manager Travis Cook in his corner, with a Special Guest Referee, Jim Cornette. That’s right, Cornette the Manager who invented the rules to break has been asked to return to SICW to handle this match. I have given him the authority that night to appoint a Special Policeman if you will, to help maintain law and order, someone who wont back down. You will hear more from Jim Cornette in the near future about his return to SICW for the big SICW “Christmas Show” Saturday December 13th. Mark your calendar now.

Also signed for that night for and old St. Louis Style “Texas Death Match” between Gary Jackson our local Military Hero, against the man from the Far-East, Mohamed Ali Vaze. In both these matches there must be a winner by pin fall or submission.

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Gary Jackson vs. Ali plus Ali interview, Classic St. Louis Tag Bout

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 31, 2014

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SICW Wrestling Explosion Ricky Cruz and Travis Cook Alliance, Hatton & Eads vs. Kasa & Flanagan

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 23, 2014

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Attila Khan, Mongolian Mad Man Debuts at SICW this Saturday night

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 10, 2014

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SICW– In the Wrestling business there is no rest, SICW is always looking to bring the best to their fans, and just tonight an arrangement was made with another “Beast of a man” from Mongolia, “Attila Khan”, I cant tell you what to expect out of this individual, it’s been said he is a person that is hard to control. This Saturday is shaping up to a night of SURPRISES! Plan to join us at the East Carondelet Community center at 8pm for the best in the business, SICW brings you the past, current and future stars of the wrestling business. Call 618-286-4848 as operators are standing by to reserve your seat.

Heath Hatton & Daniel Eads vs. Ken Kasa & Flash Flanagan
-Red River Jack vs. Bull Bronson
-Big Jim Hoffarth vs. Ricky Cruz
-Gary Jackson vs. Mohamad Ali Vaez
-Bobby D vs. Frankie Wyatt
-Farmer Billy Hills vs. Ax Allwardt
-The Tornado vs. Attila Khan
Appearing: One Man Gang

East Carondelet Illinois 823 State St East Carondelet. Il 62240 – Doors at 7 PM; Bell Time at 8 PM 618-286-4848

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