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RIP Wrestling Promoter and Former Wrestler Tony Casta

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 4, 2020

Tony Casta with his wife Wanda

It is with great sadness that we are to report today that our longtime friend Tony Casta has passed away. Fans of today know Tony as the man that you first saw along with his wife Wanda as you entered the historic South Broadway Athletic Club each and every month in St. Louis.

Tony Casta was always welcoming to all his fans and took time to tell stories of matches and shows that he had promoted in days gone past. His promotion MMWA to this day can lay claim to being one of the most successful long term promotions in the country packing sell out crowds year after year. Casta would team up with fellow promoter Herb Simmons to do joint shows under the MMWA-SICW umbrella. The two often teamed up to support various fundraisers to give back to the community. His life would not only touch the fans but many wrestlers you and old that he worked with. Chances are if you have seen a wrestler in the Midwest during the past 40 years they have worked with Tony Casta at one point or another.

In 2014 Missouri Wrestling Revival knew that he was an obvious choice for the MWR Lifetime Achievement Award. A great write up was done for the announcement of Tony Casta as the recipient of the award was done by Jimmy Harris and I welcome you to take the time to read it here.

Other Awards

2018 Hall Of Fame Class The Independent St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame.

2018 Hall of Fame Class The Midwest Independent Wrestling Hall Of Fame.

We would like to send our deepest condolences to his lovely wife Wanda, as well as his extended family and friends during this trying time. We will miss his smile and handshake as we enter the doors at the SBAC.

On a personal level, thank you Tony for your friendship and support of MWR. Today is the first day we are without you, but we will always remember you Tony.

Brian Kelley – Owner Missouri Wrestling Revival

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Missouri Rankings Update: COVID-19 hiatus begins

Posted by Ben Simon on April 23, 2020

MO Rankings

SEE THE RANKINGS

The new Official Missouri Rankings list, good through June, has been calculated and published.  Head over to the MO Rankings page for the latest publication.  To qualify for the Top 10, a wrestler must have the highest ratings with consistent activity (RD ≤ 175).  Rankings are published every two months.

For details on how the rankings work, read the Introduction

MOVEMENTS & EXPLANATIONS

This was an abbreviated period, with only three events at the beginning of March. One of those (MMWA 3/14) was during the pandemic, and is likely the last professional wrestling event in Missouri for many months.

No changes in the top five spots, and of them, only #1Ricky Cruz wrestled. He earned a victory over the overmatched Damion Cortess. #6Gary Jackson just barely passes the activity threshold and returns to the ranks with a win over Ryan Ash at the South Broadway pandemic event.

#9Ace Hawkins and #10Moses enter the Top 10 after the inactive departures of Sean Patrick, Steve Fender, and WLW king Derek Stone. Hawkins has explicitly announced the end of his regular wrestling career, so this is a bonus. For “The Deliverer” Moses, his debut on the list is earned, as the WLW Tag Team champ is on a five match winning streak.

The rankings system will not freeze during the COVID-19 event cancellations. While our abilities to hold events are on hold, time is not. Time factors decay into the wrestlers’ rating numbers. In the months ahead, we will see wrestlers drop from this list through no fault of their own.

When events return, the wrestlers’ ratings will be able to change rapidly based on a win or loss, much like when this system was in its infancy.

Missouri title belt in Studio B

Can the Missouri Title be decided in my empty garage?

The rules for the Official Missouri Rankings and the State title decree that title bouts can only take place at events sanctioned by the Missouri Office of Athletics. In theory, if a promoter staged Cruz vs. Crowley or Surge in his garage, and paid for a State inspector to be there, it could happen. The spectacle would come at a guaranteed loss to the promoter, so it is unlikely. The State also may not allow it.

Ever since the most recent MWR champion Farmer Billy Hills retired in October, promoters and wrestlers continue to ask how a new Missouri champion will be crowned. It will be one match, one-on-one, based on the rules stated on the bottom of our Champion page.

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Camron Branae Brand New Highlight Reel

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 11, 2020

Promoters can book this young and rising star at her business e-mail clay.camron@yahoo.com

or via Facebook here

or her instagram

Your fans will thank you for it.

Fans feel free to ask your favorite promotion to bring her there in 2020.

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Missouri Rankings Update: Frankie D upsets Curtis Wylde, ACW’s champ makes the list for first time

Posted by Ben Simon on March 6, 2020

MO Rankings

SEE THE RANKINGS

The new Official Missouri Rankings list, good through April, has been calculated and published.  Head over to the MO Rankings page for the latest publication.  To qualify for the Top 10, a wrestler must have the highest ratings with consistent activity (RD ≤ 175).  Rankings are published every two months.

For details on how the rankings work, read the Introduction

MOVEMENTS & EXPLANATIONS

Four new wrestlers have entered the Top 10 after the last two months. #4Brian James is the first ranked American Championship Wrestling titlist, #8Steve Fender and #9Derek Stone return due to the departures of several others, and MMWA champ #10Frankie D appears on the list for the first time.

The most significant match last period was indeed Frankie’s win over #6Curtis Wylde to win the MMWA Championship. Frankie rose an incredible 17 rungs in the rankings, while “Volatile” Wylde (who has proven his worth) steps back two spots.

Missouri title belt in Studio B

Hey, I’m a promoter! I want to host the State championship match. How do I do it?

Ever since the most recent MWR champion Farmer Billy Hills retired in October, promoters and wrestlers continue to ask how a new Missouri champion will be crowned. It will be one match, one-on-one, based on the rules stated on our Champion page:

Championship vacancies can be filled in the following two ways:

  1. MWR’s Nos. 1 and 2 contenders wrestle one another.

  2. If the Nos. 1 and 2 contenders choose not to wrestle one another and either of them wrestles No. 3, No. 4, or No. 5, the winner may be awarded the Missouri Heavyweight Title belt if the Editorial Board deems the contenders worthy.

With #1Ricky Cruz being dominantly at the top at present, a match for the crown during March or April would probably have to include him.

Please contact us to determine whether the match you booked is eligible to be for the fabled MWR Missouri Heavyweight crown.

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Herb Simmons to be Presented with the 2020 CAC Red Bastien Friendship Award

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 1, 2020

 

BREAKING NEWS – Wanted to pass along that Herb Simmons will be receiving the 2020 Red Bastien Friendship Award. Herb is a long time promoter in the St. Louis Area, and highly respected all around. We look forward to honoring Herb Simmons in September!

55th Annual Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion
September 21-23, 2020
Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Buy reunion tickets

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PGP Presents the 2020 Ryan Buckley Memorial Tournament

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 1, 2020

 

Blake Steel returns to the Proving Ground to challenge Mike Outlaw for his PGP Franchise Championship,

The Shovel Boys put their tag team titles on the line as they face The Roomates!

The Mercury Brothers return to The Proving Ground to face Victor Analog and the debuting Berna!

And of course, Vic Capri, Jake Dirden, Mario Crivello, JJ Garrett, Mikey BMOC, Camaro Jackson, Mallaki Matthews and “The Gargoyle” Kerry Awful compete in the 2020 Buckley Cup tournament!

BE THERE! This is a show you do not want to miss!

 

 

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WLW Comes to Richmond, MO This Weekend March 7, 2020

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 1, 2020

Today has been filled with a lot of progress. We continue to do so by announcing our return to Richmond, MO on Saturday March 7th!

This will be WLW’s first time back at the Richmond Community Center since September of 2019, and we are ready to go!

Matches will be announced in the near future.

This event (as with all of our events held there) will be a fundraiser for Off The Grid Adventures headed up by Robman Kinnard. This organization is great for a lot of reasons, but one of the most important is that it gives children and young adults the opportunity to grow as a leader.

Tickets for this World League Wrestling event will start to go on sale next week online, and by the end of the week, will be in Richmond at Academy Bank and Inspired Ink Tattoos.

2020 is just getting ready to kick off!

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Tito Santana Maintains Order at SICW – Feb 15 SICW Photo Recap

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 17, 2020

By Patrick Brandmeyer

The War Machine(w/ Travis Cook) d. Richard Shaw with the heart punch (1:15). “Your Canadian Hero” Sean Vincent attacked War Machine afterwards but War Machine fought him off and laid him out with the heart punch.

-Billy McNeil d. “The Mountain Man” Jake Prater after the top-rope elbowdrop to the back (7:13).

 

 

-“The Son Of The South” Frankie D d. Rob Kowalski by DQ when Kowalski brought Frankie D’s chair into the ring and shoved the referee (7:20). Frankie D bashed Kowalski with the chair, but the big man shrugged off the abuse and struck Frankie with his own chair.

 

-“Superstar” Steve Fender(w/ Travis Cook) d. Bobby D with the brainbuster (10:54).

-Ax Allwardt d. “The Butcher” Damian Blade by DQ when Blade threw Ax over the top rope (7:05).

-Mauler McDarby d. “The Real Deal” Chris Kade after Kowalski tripped Kade during a re-entry suplex, holding his foot as McDarby fell on top for the pin (9:56). Cowboy Bob Orton saved his trainee from a post-match attack, setting up a tag match for the March 21st show.

-“The Night Train” Gary Jackson & Gil Rogers d. “The Talented” Ken Kasa & King Christopher Hargas(w/ Travis Cook) to retain the Tag Team Titles. Kasa & Hargas initially won when Hargas hit Rogers with a chain behind the referee’s back and Kasa got the pin (7:14), but Flash Flanagan told the referee what happened and the match was restarted. The champs retained when Rogers kneelifted Kasa into Jackson’s subset flip for the three-count (3:49 of the restart, 11:03 total). Chaos erupted afterwards with Kasa, Hargas, Fender, & War Machine beating down Jackson, Rogers, & Flanagan…they finally took their leave when Billy McNeil hit the ring with a chair.

-“The King Of Chaos” Ricky Cruz d. “Volatile” Curtis Wylde(w/ Wyldefyre & Rob Kowalski) to retain the Classic Title; Tito Santana was the special guest referee. Wyldefyre was ejected from ringside early; when Kowalski blatantly interfered, Tito fought him off before ejecting him as well. When Wylde confronted Tito, Cruz rolled him up for the pin (10:39). Wylde attacked Tito from behind after the bell, but Tito fended him off and put him out with a sleeperhold…leading to Cruz using Wylde’s own hairtrimmers to relieve Wylde of more of his hair.

 

 

 

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WLW Returns this Saturday Feb 22nd in Troy, MO

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 17, 2020

The main event of Wrestling at the Race Arena is set! Colton Theron Vaught and Moses “The Deliverer” challenge WLW Tag-Team Champions Jon Webb and Derek Stone (The Empire) for the gold!

Fans have seen The Deliverer and Must CTV grow from day 1 and now they are challenging for the tag-team gold in just 9 days!

The Young Lions tournament continues as Sean Patrick will face off against ZC Hendricks!

Jack Gamble will be facing off against Rahim De La Suede on February 22nd! The last time Gamble was in the area was at Night of Champions 4. He has a task ahead of him, but both men are capable of walking away with a win here. Only 1 will though.

 

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WLW Live + Car Wash Fundraiser in Richmond, MO March 7th Derek Stone, Mike Sydal, Jack Gamble and more

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 17, 2020

 

WLW kicks off wrestling in Richmond on March 7, 2020! Wrestlers including WLW Heavyweight Champion Derek Stone, Jack Gamble, Mike Sydal, Moses “The Deliverer”, Rahim De La Suede, Colton Theron Vaught, Austin Cravens and MORE scheduled to appear!

This event is sponsored by Rob Kinnard’s non-profit organization Off The Grid Adventures that helps troubled youth, veterans and special education through outdoor activities! They will be having a huge pre show with A LOT unique raffles including rare Chiefs and Royals….so bring your cash!, inflatables, national guard monster truck, Richmond Fire truck and they are even doing a skit with the wrestling super stars and tug o war! Maybe a Storm Trooper will show AND ….. A CAR BASH! $5 for 6 hits. Windows and tires are extra! Come and take out some built up anger!

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