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Posts Tagged ‘2017 MWR Wrestler of the Year’

2017 Missouri Wrestling Revival Female Wrestler of the Year – Savanna Stone

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 19, 2018

Photo Credit Stop Reed Photography

By Luke Roberts

Missouri Wrestling Revival is honored to recognize Savanna Stone as the 2017 Missouri Wrestling Revival Female Wrestler of the Year. In her first year inside the professional wrestling ring, Savanna Stone has gone from nervous rookie hoping that professional wrestling promotions around the country would invite her to compete in their promotions to strong, confident woman that is one of the fastest-rising female professional wrestlers in the United States.

Seeing World Wrestling Entertainment’s Nikki Bella compete inside the squared circle gave Savanna Stone all the motivation she needed to choose a career in professional wrestling. As a sixteen-year old, Savanna Stone was one of the youngest wrestlers to train under the guidance of the trainers at the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Dojo and “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin. Being athletic as a youngster gave Savanna a glimpse regarding the hard work, athleticism, and dedication that would be needed to compete inside the professional wrestling ring. When asked about Savanna Stone, Dynamo Pro Wrestling promoter Jim Yount said “From the very beginning, Savanna has shown that she has the heart, desire, and drive to go as far as she wants to in the world of professional wrestling”.

From the beginning of her training, Savanna Stone has developed a storied rivalry against Rahne Victoria. These two competitors have already had many battles in promotions throughout the Midwest. In addition to her matches with Rahne Victoria, Savanna Stone has competed against some of the best female professional wrestlers in the United States, including Tootie Lynn Ramsey, Allie Kat, Kylie Ray, Sierra, Carolina Grizelda Esmeralda Rodriguez, Randi West, Miss Monica, Angelus Layne, Laynie Luck, Mia Yim, and Marti Belle. Savanna Stone has consistently impressed professional wrestling fans and promoters alike. At Proving Ground Pro, commentator/co-owner Brady Lawrence has stated on many occasions that “Savanna Stone is a natural. She has the single most important quality in professional wrestling and that is that she is genuinely fun to watch inside the ring. Her talent, charisma, and natural ability are off the charts. Savanna Stone is a young woman who is athletic, determined, and committed to professional wrestling. Capturing these qualities at such an early age gives her a virtually unlimited ceiling in the world of professional wrestling”.

In 2017, Savanna Stone competed in many professional wrestling promotions, including Wrestling Over Everything, Proving Ground Pro, the National Wrasslin’ League, Zero1 USA, Glory Pro Wrestling, and Dynamo Pro Wrestling. Many professional wrestling fans have quickly joined the “Stone Nation”. When people talk about Savanna Stone, they are quick to point out that Savanna Stone is the future of women’s professional wrestling. “I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Savanna Stone on the Wrestle Talk Podcast” said Rene Martinez, host of the Wrestle Talk Podcast. “and I can say with great confidence that the sky’s the limit for Savanna Stone. This young professional athlete’s fun-loving, genuine attitude is infectious to say the very least. As host of the Wrestle Talk Podcast, I’m truly looking forward to speaking with Savanna Stone in the future as her career continues to evolve and grow. Simply put, Savanna Stone is someone you want to watch before she makes to a major professional wrestling promotion”.

As the year 2017 drew to a conclusion, 2018 looks to be proof that Savanna Stone has definitely made a claim to being the future of women’s professional wrestling.  In addition to winning the Zero1 USA Women’s championship, Savanna Stone also competed against Nia Jax on WWE’s Monday Night Raw program on Monday, February 5th. Savanna Stone is slated to face LuFisto at Glory Pro Wrestling’s One Year Anniversary on February 18th has been signed to take part in the Making Towns Classic tournament on May 12th, 2018 in Nashville, Tennesse. This tournament will feature such competitors as Delilah Doom, Hudson Envy, Aja Perera, Isla Dawn, Jordynne Grace, Veda Scott, Samantha Heights, and Su Yung. As professional wrestling fans around the country are quickly learning, “You Can’t Break Stone”. Congratulations to Savanna Stone, the 2017 Missouri Wrestling Revival Female Wrestler of the Year.

 

2016 MWR Awards

Female: Miss Monica Passeri

2015 MWR Awards

Female: Lucy Mendez

2014 MWR Year Awards

Female: Lucy Mendez

2013 MWR Year Awards

Female: Heather Patera (Miss Natural)

2012 MWR Year Awards

Female: Heather Patera (Miss Natural)

2011 MWR Year Awards

Female: Stacey O’Brien

2010 MWR Year Awards

Female: Amy Hennig

2009 Awards

Female: MsChif

2008 Awards

Female: Stacey O’Brien

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2017 MWR Wrestler of the Year: “Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper

Posted by Ben Simon on January 7, 2018

Write up by Ben Simon

Missouri Wrestling Revival is proud to present our most prestigious year-end award to the “Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper.

The 2017 Wrestler of the Year award recipient is a unique one for two reasons.

First, this was the first year anyone had ever heard of Dakota Draper under any ring name in the Midwest.  Formerly known as Sammy Six Guns, Draper had wrestled in WWE NXT, but he was unknown in the MWR states.

Second, the MWR board voted unanimously for Draper.  This never happens!  The decision wasn’t tough though; the six-foot five-inch tall Draper has had one of the best years of any independent wrestler we have ever seen.

It is rare to see such a blend of size, strength, athleticism, and charisma as Dak Draper possesses.

The 250 lb. heavyweight was one of the first signings of the National Wrasslin’ League, which launched in January 7, 2017 and is already the most active promotion in Missouri.

Dak Draper proved unbeatable the entire year.  He won the tournament to crown the first NWL Champion on April 1 and held the title until December 8, when he lost it in a 30-man Rumble match (which he entered voluntarily).

Our mathematical Missouri Rankings system has had him at #1 in the State since the end of April (26-0-1 record; the blemish was a double countout in St. Joseph against Maverick).  He even surpassed Ricky Cruz‘s record high rating, which means he is the most dominant wrestler in Missouri (at least!) since 2013 (at least!).

Draper’s relationship with the fans has matured this year.  He has always been charismatic yet brash.  Most NWL viewers thought he was downright annoying at first.  However, the man who likes to point and proclaim, “Shame on you!” eventually had a popular catchphrase on his hands.

The fans joined Draper’s favor after he was accused of throwing an elimination match for control of the NWL’s matchmaking.  Dak denied the accusation by company owner Major Baisden and sought to prove his word by putting his title on the line in the NWL Rumble, which he lost.  This has redeemed his abrasive personality to many fans.

The Denver, Colo. native is a master of self-promotion.  He even has his own YouTube series, The Magnum Minute.  He has produced about 50 short episodes this year.

Congratulations to “The Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper for earning the 2017 MWR Wrestler of the Year award.

Past MWR Wrestlers of the Year

2016 Mike Outlaw

2015 Jeremy Wyatt

2014 Ricky Cruz

2013 Jake Dirden

2012 Adam Pearce

2011 Brandon Espinosa

2010 Mike Sydal

2009 Mark Sterling

2008“The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt

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