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The 2013 MWR Yearbook is HERE Purchase TODAY!!!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 18, 2014


It is with great excitement that we are presenting the 2013 MWR Yearbook.

Since 2008 Missouri Wrestling Revival has supported the men and women in pro wrestling in the Midwest. Throughout the past 6 years we have had the support and assistance of many great people. From the promoters that work hard to promote shows with their hard earned money and deliver an exciting night for fans to remember to the wrestlers that have driven miles and miles down the road each and every weekend. We have worked closely during the years with many of the top writers, photographers, artist and fans that have true love and respect for the sport.

Each year the yearbook in my opinion is a testament for all the hard work that everyone has done to keep pro wrestling alive in the Midwest. No matter if you have contributed to the yearbook or MWR website this year or if the last time was when the site first opened, please know that you are part of the MWR family and a positive reason for the success of the site.

The 2013 MWR Yearbook returns with the Artist of Champions Rob Schamberger once again painting and designing the cover feature the 2013 MWR Year end Award Recipients.

For the low price of 19.95 on Amazon.com this book is filled with over 650 photos and over 300 pages.

To put that in perspective the cost of this book is only .7 cents per page!!

If that is not enough for you to purchase the book the cover of the the 2013 MWR Yearbook features the return of “The Artist of Champions” Rob Schamberger ,painting and designing the cover feature the 2013 MWR Award Recipients.

Highlights include

• Introduction by Midwest star Darin Corbin

• January- December Top Stories

• Mike Wilson’s Shooter Spotlights

• Articles from Adam Testa, Ben Simon, Herb Simmons, David J. McCutcheon, Mike Wilson, Patrick Brandmeyer, Pete Sakaris, Steven Lucas, Matt Murphy , Patrick Harden, Chris Roedel, Eleanor Harris, Midnight Guthrie, Josh Ray, Brady Lawrence and Jesse Matthews and more.

• Artwork from Artists Mark Taggart, ICON, Raven Johnson, Michael Liao, and Ron McCaffery III

• Artwork of Harley Race, Bruiser Brody, Rufus R. Jones, Macho Man Randy Savage,”Dr. Death” Steve Williams, “Bulldog” Bob Brown Buck Robley, The Great Cheyenne, Ricky Cruz, ACH, Heath Hatton, Dan Walsh, Dubray Tallman, “Miss Natural” Heather Patera, Bull Schmitt, The Magic Man, Sean Vincent, Rachael Summerlyn, Davey Vega, Mark Sterling, Stacey O’Brien, Darin Corbin, Ruff Crossing and the Ladies of MWR featuring every female star that entered a MWR promotion in 2013.

• MWR Complete results page of all the 2013 shows.

• MWR Friends and Family photo collection.

• Wrestle Wear Beyond Compare- MWR Wrestlers model their own shirts.

• A look at books from authors in the Midwest including.

o Larry Matysik’s 50 Greatest Wrestlers of All-time.

o Matt Murphy’s The Story of a Nobody and the pursuit to become Somebody.

o Wrestling at the Chase photographer Roger Deem’s the Strap.

o Blood, Tables and Chairs – “The Story of an independent Wrestler”

• Matt Murphy remembers Dr. Death Steve Williams

• Larry Matysik and Pete Madden on Eddie Smith.

• Wade Chism Flashback.

• The return of the very popular Favorite matches by the wrestlers themselves ..
This year we have

o Brandon Espinosa
o The Drill Instructor
o Flash Flanagan
o Heather Patera
o The Hooligans

• MWR Top Prospects

• MWR Trading Card list

• From the Desk of promoter Herb Simmons.

• MWR by the numbers..

• MWR Year in Awards and for the first time who were the runner ups!


So don’t wait any longer be sure to purchase yourself a copy of the 2013 MWR Yearbook and add it to your collection with the 2011 and 2012!

Thank you for your support of MWR and we hope to see you at a show in 2014!

To PURCHASE this book today click here.

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“Tragedy and Triumph: An Inside Perspective on AAPW Main Event,”

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 1, 2012

By Adam Testa

The call came at 11 a.m. Saturday.

We had already been at work for three hours transforming the Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Warehouse in Marion, Ill., into the All American Pro Wrestling Arena.


Russ - Charles Russell Testa RIP 1920-2012.

I was out picking up supplies from the store when my phone rang. I didn’t need to look further than my caller ID to know what the call was about. My 91-year-old grandfather had just passed away, days after suffering a major stroke.

The call wasn’t unexpected, but I had hoped it wouldn’t come Saturday. That night, AAPW was set to host the biggest event in company history, complete with guest stars PAC, El Generico, Colt Cabana and Matt Cross, who was making a surprise appearance.

Being halfway across the country from where my parents and grandfather live, I didn’t have many options. And, as they say, the show must go on.

I headed back to the arena, where I returned to work with my friends and colleagues on preparing for the show. I knew that’s where my grandpa would want me to be, and I officially dedicated the night to him.

As the day went on, we finished setting up the arena and talent arrived. When the Cabana caravan arrived, I admittedly didn’t know what to expect. For four guys with the recognition and status of those individuals, they could have easily come in, done their thing, got paid and left.

What we saw was the complete opposite. Each of our guests proved to be among the most down-to-earth and humble men I’ve met. From talking to everyone backstage to PAC showing a local talent stretching techniques in the ring, they went out of their way to acclimate themselves to the AAPW atmosphere.

With all the talent in the building, the time came to open the doors to fans. Pre-sales for tickets had been great, but we still didn’t know what to expect. One thing is for certain: We didn’t expect the record-breaking attendance of 405 that awaited outside the door.

With a crowd more than tripling average attendance at our television tapings, the stage was set for an outstanding night. Everyone knew the bar had been raised, and they’d have to step up to the challenge.

From the first of nine matches, pitting year-long rivals Heath Hatton and “Golden Boy” Greg Anthony against each other, to the final bout, a no-disqualification title match between AAPW Heavyweight Champion Edmund “Livewire” McGuire and “Old School Warrior” Ax Allwardt, each and every match brought something different and special to the show.


WWE’S Tough Enough Matt Cross was impressive during his AAPW debut but would come up short against Pokerface. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Our four guests gave it their all, too. PAC and El Generico put on a match rivaling any they’ve had in the past; Cabana meshed extremely well with third-generation star “3G” Eric Wayne; and Cross made a nice surprise answering the undefeated Pokerface’s open challenge.


PAC and EL Generico lived up to the hype as they had a match that left the fans in awe. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Many of the fans in attendance that night didn’t know exactly who these guys were before the show, but by the time the closing bell rang, they had been exposed to an entirely new side of professional wrestling.

Following the PAC-Generico match, as the show headed into intermission, I walked to the commentary table where I was immediately greeted by Chris Hagstrom – AAPW promoter, color commentator and one of my closest friend – and we embraced in a hug. The only words I could mutter were “Thank you,” and he replied, “This is for you know who.” That is a moment I will never forget.


Christ Hagstrom, the AAPW fan that won FREE tickets for a year, Adam Testa and AAPW Star Justice pose after the show. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

That night – Jan. 14, 2012 – proved to be something special. AAPW started five years ago to help raise money for a young girl burned in a fire. In the time since, it’s become a staple of life in Southern Illinois.

“AAPW Main Event” took things to the next level. 2012 looks to be a breakout year for the promotion, as we continue our television show, entering our second season, and expand even more.

Our guest stars all complimented us on our production, professionalism and other values, which meant the world to all of us in the front office. They all – even Japan-based PAC – expressed interest in returning.

But we’d like to think they aren’t alone.


AAPW Champion Edmund McGuire survived Ax Allwardt but he will be enemy number one in 2012, as wrestlers around the Midwest will want to have the prestige of being the AAPW Champion on WSIL3 TV. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

We hope that each of the 405 fans in attendance all left pleased, impressed, entertained and desiring to return. But for me, personally, I hope most of all that my grandfather was watching from above, proud of even the smallest role I played in making that show a reality. This show was for him.


On Jan. 14, 2012, the landscape of AAPW changed. This two-disc set allows the events of that night to live on forever.


AAPW Main Event DVD (Two-Disc Set)


Relive the memories of the biggest night in All American Pro Wrestling history with the “Main Event” DVD. That night, more than 405 fans packed into the arena to see a show unlike anything ever presented in Southern Illinois. Matches on the show include:

– AAPW Heavyweight Champion Edmund “Livewire” McGuire vs. “Old School Warrior” Ax Allwardt

– Play-by-Play Announcer Kevin Hunsperger vs. “The Masterpiece” Mike Masters

– “Boom Boom” Colt Cabana vs. “3G” Eric Wayne

– Stacy O’Brien vs. Rebecca Raze

– PAC vs. El Generico

– The Money Makin’ Jam Boys vs. Roscoe Dwayne Harris of The Convoy and Bull Bronson

– Jay Spade vs. Justice vs. “Farmer” Billy Hills vs. Bull Broson vs. “Playboy” Paul Rose

– “M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross vs. Pokerface

– Heath Hatton vs. “Golden Boy” Greg Anthony

On Jan. 14, 2012, the landscape of AAPW changed. This two-disc set allows the events of that night to live on forever.

Price: $15.00

To see the online store, click the link in the menu bar or click here.


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Dubi meets the AAPW Fans in West Frankfort, Illinois

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 9, 2010

Dubray Tallman here with a brand new “Dubi meets the Fans”. In this edition we are back at All American Pro Wrestling in West Frankfort Illinois.

Brian recently came up with the ideal to have a promotions superstar to wear a MWR Shirt to the ring and throw it out to one lucky fan. This helps out as the drawing sometimes can be a bit hectic to get everyone signed up before the intermission of the show.

Last week my good friend Santana G became the very first wrestling star to share the love of MWR to the fans. On this night was another good friend, Edmund “Livewire” McGuire who was nice enough to be a part of MWRs give away.

I must say that I had a great time before I even got to AAPW as we rode with our good friends Mike Van Hoogstraat and Jonathan Jones. Then we got to AAPW and caught up with old friends and before I knew the bell had ringed. Brian introduced me to Adam Testa from the Wrestling Daily website and one of the games Brian likes to play is “who is going to win” and this time he included Adam and Jonathan as Mike Van was busy taking some awesome pictures. Brian laughed as Jonathan and Adam got one right while I was wrong then I remembered that I need to find some fans before intermission, so I quickly caught up with some great people for the new Dubi meets the AAPW Fans.

AAPW is known for providing wrestling action that everyone can enjoy so there is always an abundance of kids in the house. Speaking of house, the fans love the Mississippi Madman and when the Madman asks “Who House is it?” the fans quickly reply the Madman’s house. I caught up with Josh Turner and his mother Patty Brockman, Mt. Vernon, IL who quickly said the AAPW Champion.

Patty Brockman, The AAPW Champion The Mississippi Madman and Josh Turner (Photo Credit Brian “Flair” Kelley

Up next was young Dakota Wagner and Austin Wagner, West Frankfort, IL who stated that they were fans of Edmund “Livewire” McGuire. McGuire as always was a gentleman and obliged the young AAPW Fans.

Dakota Wagner Edmund “Livewire” McGuire and Austin Wagner (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

I have to laugh about the next Superstar that the fans requested pictures with, Mike Sydal. Over a year ago we pulled up at a show and we had only seen Sydal a couple of times and he always seemed like a nice guy but Brian says” Great Mike Sydal is here! So I replied “What’s the big deal with Mike Sydal?

A year goes by and now wherever we go, from Iowa to Granite City to Kansas all to way to Illinois fans are asking us about Mike Sydal. I asked a couple of girls who their favorite was and they sheepishly stated it was Mike Sydal. When it was time to take the picture one of them got shy and didn’t want to be in it, but young Brittany Mouser from West Frankfort, IL was more than happy to have her taken with him.

Brittany Mouser and Mike Sydal (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

I thought I was done with Dubi meets the fans when Tina Reyling from West Frankfort, IL approached us to have her picture taken with Sydal as well.

Tina Reyling and Mike Sydal (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Not to be left out I asked Mike for a picture of the two of us and as you can see I purchased the hottest wrestling wear in the Midwest, the brand new Mike Sydal t-shirt. .

Dubray Tallman and Mike Sydal (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

After the Main event between Madman and Jeremy Wyatt, I caught up with the lucky fan who caught the shirt thrown by McGuire before his match with “Badboy” Chris Thomas. We would like to thank Jack Holmes and his step dad Paul Fisher . AAPW star  KC Jackson was nearby and was gracious enough to get in the picture with the AAPW Fans.

One half of the Money Makin Jam Boyz KC Jackson on the left, Middle bottom Jack Holmes top middle Paul Fisher and far right Brian Kelley.

Till next time remember when your Dubin it your Dubin it and when your not, your not cool

Loves Dubi

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