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9-12-2009 MMWA-SICW Photo Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 1, 2009

Thanks to MWR Photographer  Michael R Van Hoogstraat we are able to bring you a photo recap of action in South Broadway in ST Louis on September 12.

So wrestling fans sit back and enjoy.

Core goes after newcomer Ziggy Bones with a vengeance.(Photo credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Core goes after newcomer Ziggy Bones with a vengeance.(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Core is cocky  going in victory.  (Photo credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Core is cocky going in victory. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Core d. Ziggy Bones

Moondog Rover was a little wild and allowed Purple Passion to get the DQ win.(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Moondog Rover was a little wild and allowed Purple Passion to get the DQ win.(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Purple Passion d. Moondog Rover by DQ

MMWA-SICW  star Blade (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

MMWA-SICW star Blade (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe feels the wrath of Blade(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe feels the wrath of Blade(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade finds himself in a place that he does not want to be in.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade finds himself in a place that he does not want to be in.(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*MMWA-SICW Tag Champ Lumberjack Abe fought Blade to a time-limit draw

Dave Vaughn sends Waco on a trip to twist ville. (Photo credit  Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn sends Waco on a trip to twist ville. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco goes flying after a drop kick by Vaughn. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco goes flying after a drop kick by Vaughn. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Working non the arm of Vaughn  kept this contest close. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Working on the arm of Vaughn kept this contest close. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco was relentless in his effort to make Vaughn on dimensional as he worked on the left arm of Vaughn. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco was relentless in his effort to make Vaughn on dimensional as he worked on the left arm of Vaughn. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn finds himself getting close to submit.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn finds himself getting close to submit.(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After a powerful spear Vaughn gets the big win(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After a powerful spear Vaughn gets the big win(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook and his former protégé have words. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook and his former protégé have words. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Dave Vaughn d. Waco(w/ Big Texan)

The Champ Phil E Blunt and Travis Cook has MMWA-SICW where they want them.  (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Champ Phil E Blunt and Travis Cook has MMWA-SICW where they want them. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Fan favorites Gary Jackson & Keith Smith come to the ring.  (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Fan favorites Gary Jackson & Keith Smith come to the ring. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Gary Jackson sends his old rival Shaft up and over.( Photo credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Gary Jackson sends his old rival Shaft up and over.( Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former champ Jackson sends Blunt flyer.  (Photo credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former champ Jackson sends Blunt flyer. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blunt needed to get away from the red hot Jackson.(Photo credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blunt needed to get away from the red hot Jackson.(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft turned things around for his team. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft turned things around for his team. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith shows that he still has some power to his game. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith shows that he still has some power to his game. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former Connection member Dave Vaughn hits a awesome spear on  former team mate and Champion Phil E Blunt (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former Connection member Dave Vaughn hits a awesome spear on former team mate and Champion Phil E Blunt (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith gets the pinfall on Shaft.(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith gets the pinfall on Shaft.(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn, Gary Jackson and Keith Smith unit for the good cause. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn, Gary Jackson and Keith Smith unit for the good cause. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Gary Jackson & Keith Smith d. Heavyweight Champion Phil E. Blunt & Shaft

Johnny Courageous  challenges MMWA-SICW Jr. Heavyweight Champ AJ Williams (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Johnny Courageous challenges MMWA-SICW Jr. Heavyweight Champ AJ Williams (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

 AJ throws caution to the wind. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

AJ goes for a sharp shooter. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

 AJ goes for a sharp shooter. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

AJ goes for a sharp shooter. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Johnny Courageous  suffers a leg injury that cost him the match but AJ Williams shows the heart of a Champion by helping him out of the ring. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Johnny Courageous suffers a leg injury that cost him the match but AJ Williams shows the heart of a Champion by helping him out of the ring. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*MMWA-SICW Jr. Heavyweight Champ AJ Williams d. Johnny Courageous by TKO

The Big Texan brings all his weight down on Bobby D(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Big Texan brings all his weight down on Bobby D(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D and The Big Texan went tooth and nail. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D and The Big Texan went tooth and nail. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

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The Big Texan gets disqualified after using a chair on Bobby D (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Bobby D d. The Big Texan by DQ

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MMWA-SICW August 22,2009

Posted by flairwhoooooo on September 9, 2009

Recap by MMWA-SICW Management
Photo Credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat.
Photo commentary Brian “Flair “ Kelley

Sean Vincent (w/ Travis Cook) defeated ‘The Exciting’ Jaysin Static by pin fall at 11:27 following ‘The Sexy Shoulderslam’

Jaysin Static goes all out to earn a big victory from Sean Vincent (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Jaysin Static goes all out to earn a big victory from Sean Vincent (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Sean Vincent sets up Static for “The Sexy Shoulderslam(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Sean Vincent sets up Static for “The Sexy Shoulderslam(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook taunts Static as his protégé Vincent adds another win for the connection. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook taunts Static as his protégé Vincent adds another win for the connection. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Moondog Rover (w/ Travis cook) defeated Purple Passion by pinfall at 15:40 after an Olympic suplex

Moondog Rover powers his way to victory over Purple Passion. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Moondog Rover powers his way to victory over Purple Passion. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Big Texan (w/ Travis Cook) defeated Lumberjack Abe at 10:34 by pinfall after the big splash.

 The 14 times MMWA-SICW Tag team Champions The Lumberjacks (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The 14 times MMWA-SICW Tag team Champions The Lumberjacks (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe delivers a powerful kick to The Big Texan.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe delivers a powerful kick to The Big Texan.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade defeated Waco by pinfall at 12:26 following the faceplant.

Waco and The Big Texan double teamed Blade throughout the match. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco and The Big Texan double teamed Blade throughout the match. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco goes airborne but it would not be enough as Blade overcame the odds to get a big win.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco goes airborne but it would not be enough as Blade overcame the odds to get a big win.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

AJ Williams defeated Bobby D by pinfall at 7:44 following the superkick to retain the M0/IL Jr.Heavyweight title.

AJ Williams leapfrogs Bobby D.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

AJ Williams leapfrogs Bobby D.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

 Bobby D slows down the speed of AJ with a very painful move.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D slows down the speed of AJ with a very painful move.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D was one step ahead of AJ throughout the match.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D was one step ahead of AJ throughout the match.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Standing on top of  AJ, Bobby D had the perfect strategy against but AJ would prevail. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Standing on top of AJ, Bobby D had the perfect strategy against but AJ would prevail. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith, Danny Boy & ‘Gorgeous’ Gary Jackson defeated Shaft, Dave Vaughn & MMWA-SICW Heavyweight Champion Phil E. Blunt (special referees Tony Casta & ‘Big’ Jim Brown) in a 6-Man Tag Team Elimination Match at 32:50 when Smith finished off Shaft with a UFC-style leglock. After the match, the entire Connection attacked Smith ruthlessly (Jackson was eliminated early on in the match and was in the shower preparing to leave) in the ring. Danny Boy had his hands full but the former Champion did overcome the bad guys and save Keith.

 Travis Cook lets his former protégé  Dave Vaughn know that he is still under contract for the main event(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook lets his former protégé Dave Vaughn know that he is still under contract for the main event(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith bodyslams Dave Vaughn. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith bodyslams Dave Vaughn. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft is punished in the corner.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft is punished in the corner.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Tony Costa slams Shaft to the delight of the fans. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Tony Costa slams Shaft to the delight of the fans. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The MMWA-SICW Kingpin Phil E Blunt works over his arch enemy Gary Jackson (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The MMWA-SICW Kingpin Phil E Blunt works over his arch enemy Gary Jackson (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Smith would go on to finish Shaft with a submission.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Smith would go on to finish Shaft with a submission.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

It was also announced by new Commissioner Tim Miller that, as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of MMWA-SICW on television, an event of start-to-finish cage matches is being planned for this fall… stay tuned!

Do not miss MMWA-SICW when they return to South Broadway this Saturday.

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MMWA-SICW July 11 recap, part two

Posted by reimaginejournalism on August 2, 2009

By Kari Williams

As the second show of the night for the MMWA wrestlers, some of them pulled double duty to please the fans at South Broadway Athletic Club. Depsite the show starting late due to the earlier show in Dupo, the wrestlers delivered exactly what the fans wanted to see, with a few surprise returns mixed in.

Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson and his arch-rival Shaft, with Travis Cook, clashed in the main event. Shaft took the coward’s way out on this exchange, attacking Jackson from behind to start the match. His dastardly antics continued, as Cook interfered, giving Shaft the distinct advantage.

Shaft send the Champ flying.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft send the Champ flying.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The war made its way to the outside for the second time, and Jackson got his revenge and took over.

Gary Jackson can brawl with the best of them. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Gary Jackson can brawl with the best of them. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The Champ sets himself up for a victory.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The Champ sets himself up for a victory.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The champion looked poised for victory, and the Connection must have sensed this, because Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn ran into the ring and attacked Jackson while Cook distracted the referee. All hell broke loose, as Phil E. Blunt, Cook and Shaft assaulted Jackson.

Dave Vaughn and Phil E Blunt assist fellow Connection member on the beat down on the Champ. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn and Phil E Blunt assist fellow Connection member on the beat down on the Champ. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Just when it looked like nobody would come to Jackson’s aid, Commissioner Keith Smith ran from the announcer’s table to do some damage. Even MMWA Promoter Tony Casta got in the mix, as he delivered an old school flying headscissors to Shaft.

MMWA Promoter Tony Casta thrilled the fans when he excuted a perfect flying head scissors on Shaft. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

MMWA Promoter Tony Casta thrilled the fans when he excuted a perfect flying head scissors on Shaft. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Smith revealed that he has become a licensed wrestler in the state of Missouri, and showed The Connection, the papers to prove it.
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Fan favorites Johnny Courageous and A.J. Williams put on, arguably, the best match of the night prior to the main event. Courageous tried to eliminate Williams’ key moves by viciously attacking both the arm and the leg.

Johnny Courageous tries to slow down the fast and furious AJ Williams.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Johnny Courageous tries to slow down the fast and furious AJ Williams.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Not one to be deterred, Williams fought with everything he had, even going so far as to attempt a moonsault within the first five minutes.

OOPPS Nobody home AJ !!(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

OOPPS Nobody home AJ !!(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

These two men took each other to the limit. Despite Courageous trying to remove the possibility of the superkick from Willilams’ arsenal, Williams continued to put Courageous to the test. The match ended in controversy, as both men had the other’s pinned to the mat.

You make the call. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

You make the call. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Blade wrestled Vaughn, accompanied Travis Cook, in a non-title match. Blade controlled the better part of the bout, but that is not to say that Vaughn was overmatched. After Blade connected with an elbow drop from the top rope, Cook began to look worried.

Blade looked strong early in this non title match when he hit a elbow drop from the top rope.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Blade looked strong early in this non title match when he hit a elbow drop from the top rope.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn may have felt that his title could be in jeopardy in the future, if Blade were to win the match—and that lit a fire under Vaughn, who maintained the lead from the momet he connected with a belly to belly suplex.

You can tell on Blades face that he was in trouble after a powerful belly to belly suplex. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

You can tell on Blades face that he was in trouble after a powerful belly to belly suplex. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

However, the fans distracted Vaughn, if only for a moment, which almost caused Blade to get the quick win. Vaughn rapidly regained focus and defeated Blade with the spear in just under 10 minutes.

Blade was not happy about his loss and lmade it clear to the connection.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Blade was not happy about his loss and lmade it clear to the connection.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

During intermission, wrestlers came to ringside to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

MMWA wrestlers took time to meet the fans during intermission. Blade takes time to autograph a poster for a young fan. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

MMWA wrestlers took time to meet the fans during intermission. Blade takes time to autograph a poster for a young fan. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Destiny Diamond had the chance to make up for her shortcomings against Alexis in Dupo, as the two went at it again, with the belt on the line. Alexis started the match off with the early advantage, but Diamond quickly took over, using nearly every illegal tactic possible. From this point on, both women worked hard to either maintain or regain control. Alexis refused to let her belt slip away, and Diamond wanted nothing more than to finally earn the belt. Diamond pulled out a win in 7:21 with a tornado DDT. After the match, Alexis appeared to have injured her neck. She was helped to the locker room.

Destiny Diamond controls Alexis early in the match. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Destiny Diamond controls Alexis early in the match. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

A battle royal took place, featuring Vaughn, Shaft, Williams, Blade, Courageous, Jaysin Static and Core. Bodies flew in every direction, and eliminations occurred at a rapid pace, with Core and Static simultaneously taking each other out, as was the same for Courageous and Williams. Shaft and Blade were eliminated next, respectively, leaving Vaughn as the sole winner.

Dave Vaughn wins a Battle Royal much to Travis cooks approval. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn wins a Battle Royal much to Travis cooks approval. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Static and Core wrestled for the second time this night in the opening contest. Fans distracted Core from the get go, causing Static to try and steal a quick victory. In this back and forth battle, the two went in and out of the ring. In one of the pivotal moments, Static prepared to launch onto Core, who stood on the outside of the ring, but Core saw Static coming and got him caught up in the ropes. That one misstep by Static allowed Core to take the advantage. But Static’s resiliency forced him to continue, and he pinned Core, gaining retribution for his earlier loss.

Core gives Jaysin Static a hand in the opening contest.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Core gives Jaysin Static a hand in the opening contest.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

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MMWA-SICW July 11 recap, part one

Posted by reimaginejournalism on July 31, 2009

By Kari Williams

MMWA-SICW put on a free show for its fans at the Dupo Fairgrounds in Dupo, IL prior to the event at South Broadway Athletic Club later that evening. The show began later than expected due to a rain delay and had only five matches because of time restrictions, but still gave fans the entertainment they desired.

Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson battled a formidable opponent in A.J. Williams, who appears to be looking for a Heavyweight Title reign in the near future. As two fan favorites, Williams and Jackson put on one of the best, most competitive matches of the night. Neither man appeared to gain a clear advantage, depsite their efforts. However, Williams did have Jackson on edge throughout the bout, which allowed Williams to gain mulitple near falls. Each time Williams tried to take control, Jackson used his pure athletic skill to put a stop to Williams. The champion soundly defeated Williams with the Texas Cloverleaf to retain his title after Williams delivered two consecutive elbow drops but could not capitalize.

Bobby D took on the Big Texan in a physical contest. Texan attacked D from the get go, and barely gave him a chance to get out of the box, so to speak. Nonetheless, the one miniscule opportunity D had, he took full advantage of, using any tactics he could. Nothing D did could stop the bigger man, and when Texan caught D with a double-underhook suplex, the end became clear. In nearly 10 and a half minutes, Texan caught D in on the second rope and chokeslammed him to the mat for the win.

Blade had his hands full against Connection Member Shaft, who, conspicuously, was not accompanied by Travis Cook. Using his dastardly ways, Shaft attacked Blade from behind to gain the unfair advantage. However, neither man controlled the match for an extended period. Shaft’s evil ways kept Blade at bay and gave the Connection’s newest member a distinct disadvantage. Just over 10 minutes into the one-sided affair, Shaft stole the victory with a roll up where he had the tights.

Women’s Champion Alexis defended her title against her archnemesis Destiny Diamond, who has tried for the last few months to win the title. Diamond’s skill increases each time she steps in the ring, and this bout was no exception, as she easily dominated the champion. Not using any flashy moves, Diamond controlled the match, but one false move sent Diamond to the wayside and allowed Alexis to take over. Alexis wore down Diamond in a short amount of time, then pinned her after a TKO to retain the belt.

In the opening contest, The Exciting Jaysin Static and Core went at it. With the crowd firmly behind Static, he had a pyschological lead going in. It seemed as though that also worked in Core’s favor, as it gave him more motivation to defeat Static. The two battled in and out of the ring, and Core did everything he could—legally and illegally—to ensure the outcome of the bout. At 8:47, Core had wounded the exciting one enough to get the pin.

Keep checking Missouri Wrestling Revival for the details of the show at South Broadway Athletic Club, which immediately followed this show.

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MMWA-SICW June 13 Recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on July 7, 2009

By Kari Williams
Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Fans noticed white tape around nearly every wrestler’s arm at South Broadway Athletic Club on June 13 as they made their way to the ring. The name “Faith” appeared on that tape. Whether loved or hated by the crowd, virtually the entire locker room paid homage to MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller’s two-year-old niece who died in a car fire on June 1. The night was dedicated to Faith Miller.

AJ Williams honors the memory of two year old Faith Miller, the niece of MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller (MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller)

AJ Williams honors the memory of two year old Faith Miller, the niece of MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

The returning Johnny Courageous took on A.J. Williams in a number one contender’s match for the Junior Heavyweight Championship. Williams came to the ring wearing a shirt commemorating the life of Faith Miller, much to the delight of the fans and Tim.

Johnny Courageous delivers a flying body press on the exciting young AJ Williams  (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Johnny Courageous delivers a flying body press on the exciting young AJ Williams (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

These two fan favorites wrestled a fast-paced, highly competitive bout worthy of main event status. Courageous gained a slight lead from the bell and never quite let go of it. Williams’ willpower was evident, as he did not give in easily. In fact, he went to the top turnbuckle on more than one occasion in hopes of delivering the final blow of defeat to Courageous. Multiple near falls and closecalls emerged as the athletes began running out of time. The bout ended in a time limit draw, with a number one contender for Vaughn’s belt still undecided.

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Phil E. Blunt and Dave Vaughn prepares to go to war with Gary Jackson and Jerome Cody (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Alexis Lightfoot defended her Women’s Championship against Destiny Diamond in the only championship match of the evening. The hatred between these two has grown tremendously since Diamond’s debut in the company. Diamond controlled the early portion of the bout, but choking Alexis on the ropes fueled the champion’s desire to retain her belt. Alexis came at Diamond with a flurry of forearms and punches, bringing victory closer. In spite of Diamond’s attempts to deter Alexis, nothing worked and Alexis retained her title in just over four minutes.

Phil E. Blunt and Vaughn had their hands full against World Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson and Jerome Cody. Both teams worked well together, using frequent tags and double teams as much as possible. In typical Connection fashion, Blunt and Vaughn resorted to illegal tactics to control the battle.

Arguably the two best at MMWA-SICW, Jackson looks to submit Vaughn (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Arguably the two best at MMWA-SICW, Jackson looks to submit Vaughn (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Vaughn returns the favor and brings the pain to the World Champion (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Vaughn returns the favor and brings the pain to the World Champion (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gary Jackson delivers an elbow to an old “friend” (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gary Jackson delivers an elbow to an old “friend” (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Just before the 10-minute-mark, Blunt connected with a piledriver on Jackson, but the champion kicked out. Neither team could gain a clear advantage, which lead to frustration and anger for both teams. Cody launched from the top rope with a flying crossbody onto Vaughn, and chaos erupted shortly thereafter. Both teams were disqualified for the use of a chain, which came into the scuffle.

When the match ended, Blunt tried convincing Jackson that Cody only wanted to be his partner to get closer to the Heavyweight Championship, which caused some tension between the two men.

The previous contest showcased the return of the former MMWA-SICW Junior Heavyweight Champion Kahyman as he took on Lumberjack Gabe (with Abe) in his first match in over a year. Gabe proved his power by shoving Kahyman to the mat. Looking more determined than ever, Kahyman simply smirked to the crowd and bolted toward Gabe, who quickly ran to the outside toward safety. The referee threw out Abe due to interference, and Gabe used the distraction to take control and dictate the pace of the match.

Kahyman is back, better than ever! (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Kahyman is back, better than ever! (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Kahyman slowly worked his way from defeat, began targeting Gabe’s leg, and followed suit with a standing drop kick that knocked Gabe to his feet. Kahyman controlled the match from this moment on, hitting a swanton bomb and covering Gabe for the pin. Kahyman would have won the match at this point, but Abe emerged from the back and broke up the pin in plain view of the referee. However, the referee did not disqualify Gabe, and the match continued. Kahyman won via roll up when Abe attempted to interfere again and nearly collided with his brother. Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn charged the ring to attack Kahyman after the bout. He was restrained and forced to the back.

Dave Vaughn is restrained from attacking Kahyman. The match that the fans have been clamoring for, Vaughn vs. Kahyman is just around the corner. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Dave Vaughn is restrained from attacking Kahyman. The match that the fans have been clamoring for, Vaughn vs. Kahyman is just around the corner. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Shaft, accompanied by Travis Cook, wrestled the Big Texan. They started off with a shoving contest, of which Texan easily got the upper hand.

The Big Texan shows his power to shaft early in the match. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

The Big Texan shows his power to shaft early in the match. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

After the big slam, Travis Cook gives Shaft some encouraging words. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

After the big slam, Travis Cook gives Shaft some encouraging words. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Cook then called for a time out to help Shaft regroup, but Texan still dominated. At one point, Texan choked Shaft, who retaliated in the same manner. Moments later, Cook interfered and proceeded to jump up and down, run around the ring and prance toward Phil E. Blunt—recently arrived at ringside—and the two high fived as Cook proclaimed, “I’m a bad man!” Having gotten the advantage, Shaft began to target Texan’s ankle. Inbetween punishing his opponent, Shaft stopped to argue with a fan, giving Texan a chance to take the advantage, but to no avail. Shaft walked away with a roll up victory as he grabbed the tights for added leverage.

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Where did he go? (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Where did he go? (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

lade chops Jaysin Static on the way to a big win. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

lade chops Jaysin Static on the way to a big win. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static and Blade went at it in the second match of the evening. Static started off on the right foot, but after a mid-ring collision, it looked as if he injured his knee. Blade targeted the injury and almost pinned Static, but the exciting one’s determination never faltered. In fact, Static had control of the match from the five minute mark almost to the end. The exciting one nailed Blade with an impressive superkick, but it was not enough to put the larger man down for the count. Blade pulled out the win only moments later at 6:41.

In the opening contest, Moondog Rover tried to best Lumberjack Abe, despite Lumberjack Gabe’s presence at ringside. Rover weakened Abe’s left arm early on but could not put a stop to his opponent, who quickly changed the direction of the match. In spite of Abe’s determination, the moment that Rover resorted to his dog-like tactics, Abe lost his focus and never regained it.

Bombs away from Lumberjack Abe (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Bombs away from Lumberjack Abe (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gabe appeared to sense his brother’s pending defeat, causing him to take Rover’s bone and taunt him. This act allowed Abe to sneak up on Rover and get a quick roll up victory.

Lumberjack Abe steals a win to start the night. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Lumberjack Abe steals a win to start the night. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Continue to check mmwa-sicw.com and myspace.com/sbacstl for upcoming news on the Christmas in July shows.

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MMWA-SICW February 14 recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on February 27, 2009

Editors Note: MWR would like to thank MMWA-SICW for allowing us to be ringside to take pictures for this wonderful event. We got to see one of the most entertaining matches this year between Dave Vaughn and AJ Williams for the Junior Heavyweight Championship that highlighted a fun filled evening of matches.

A special thank you goes out to MMWA-SICW photographer Michael Van Hoogstraat for his advice and hospitality that evening. Michael has been willing to allow MWR to use his photographs in the future to allow fans to see what they may have missed or relive the excitement. To check out more of Michael Van Hoogstraat work please go to Vans Digital Photo Service. Don’t hesitate to contact Michael to phoograph your next wrestling event.

Now without further ado please take time to check out the great recap by Kari Williams.
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By Kari Williams

Relentless attacks and fire-hot ferocity personified the Valentine’s Day MMWA-SICW show at South Broadway Athletic Club. From the opening match to the main event, tempers flared and emotions raged with blazing desire—all for the chance to prove their own worth as a competitor or to show the naysayers that they truly do have what it takes to succeed as a champion. Themed as a ‘luck of the draw’ night, each match was determined at the beginning of the show.

Bobby D attempted to establish his dominance in the company when he fought “Wild Child” Billy Diamond in the main event. D’s reluctance to start the match did not sit well with either Diamond or the fans. Neither man gained a clear advantage throughout the bout, but D did everything in his power to do so, including using illegal maneuvers. At one point when D seemed to be on the verge of dominating, he let his ego get the best of him and covered Diamond for the pin with only one foot resting on Diamond’s chest, allowing the wounded man to easily escape the pin. Those tactics must have gotten into Diamond’s head because he never fully regained his composure. D scored a spoiled victory after distracting the ref, hitting Diamond with a low blow and surprising Diamond with a roll-up while holding the tights.

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Jeremy Lightfoot thrills the crowd on the way to victory- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Jeremy Lightfoot, Diamond’s tag team partner, took to the ring prior, against one of MMWA-SICW’s newer competitors, Blade. Both men failed to gain the advantage early on, but minutes into the match, Blade connected with a suplex and began to take over. Blade then targeted Lightfoot’s knee and ankle, possibly in an attempt to eliminate the Lightfoot Driver from his opponent’s arsenal. Slowly, but surely, Lightfoot regained his compsure, and did not allow Blade to get the upper hand again—despite multiple attempts. The former champion decided Blade’s fate with a Lightfoot Driver and pin. After the match, the two men showed no hard feelings and shook hands as a symbol of respect.

The Connecton sent its prodigy, Dave Vaughn, out to ruin Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams’ day as the two battled for Williams’ title. In the best match of the night, the two young men fought with all their might for the gold.

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Dave Vaughn masterfully grounds Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams- -Photo Credit – Dubray Tallman

Vaughn controlled the match from the get-go and solidified his dominance after a brutal shoulder tackle that sent Williams down to the mat. Not one to be deterred, Williams attempted to gain momentum with a drop kick and stinger splash, among other things, but nothing could stop Vaughn’s determination.

A.J. Williams  pulls out all stops to keep his championship-Photo Credit Michael VanHoogstraat

A.J. Williams pulls out all stops to keep his championship-Photo Credit Michael Van Hoogstraat

As the match progressed, Williams did get in some formidable offense, as he flew over the top rope to a stunned Vaughn on the outside, which he followed up with running the number one contender head first into the ring post. Nothing Williams did slowed Vaughn down. With Travis Cook acting as a cheerleader at ringside, Vaughn had all the support he needed. Vaughn proved to be too much on this exchange as he walked away with the Junior Heavyweight Championship.

In a match of the year canadaite, Dave Vaughn is the new Champ and his Manager Travis Cook could not be any happier- Photo Credit – Dubray Tallman

In a match of the year candidate, Dave Vaughn is the new Champ and his Manager Travis Cook could not be any happier- Photo Credit – Dubray Tallman

Travis Cook accompanies Phil E Blunt- Photo Credit Michael Van Hoogstraat

Travis Cook accompanies Phil E Blunt- Photo Credit Michael Van Hoogstraat

Shaft’s issues with The Connection continued on this night, as he faced Phil E. Blunt. Shaft seemed hellbent on destroying Blunt and had the means with which to do so.

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Shaft sends Phil E. Blunt on a ride – Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

He relentlessly attacked Blunt’s ankle in preparation for the ankle lock. Then, Cook, sensing defeat, interjected himself in the matchup, causing Shaft to chase him around ringside. Cook’s neck injury notwithstanding, he ran fairly fast without complaint. Seeing that he could not conquer Shaft, Blunt finished the match by forcing a disqualification victory as he stood on the outside next to Cook while the referee counted to 10. After the verdict was announced, Blunt questioned Shaft on whether or not he would join The Connection—an option which they presented to Shaft last month—and Shaft said nothing.

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Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson lets Lumberjack Gabe know where he stands. – Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Heavyweight Champion “Night Train” Gary Jackson put his title on the line against the Battle Royal Champion Lumberjack Gabe. Jackson announced that he would leave their friendship up in the dressing room, and the bout got underway. Both competitors had the fans cheering for them, but it apeared as though Jackson had more fans on his side. Jackson fought with all his might to deter Gabe. Jackson connected with two elbow drops, but only received a two count for his actions. He then trapped Gabe in a submission hold, but Lumberjack Abe, who had been at ringside, distracted the ref, causing Gabe to try and steal the win with a roll-up. However, Gabe was disqualified for Abe’s interference and Jackson walked away with the belt. He then got on the mic and stated that he does not back down from anyone in any federation.

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Womens Champion Alexis Lightfoot works over Stacey O’Brien’s leg-Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

The first title match of the evening took place previously, when Stacey O’ Brien challenged Alexis Lightfoot for the Women’s title. Not willing to let her hard-earned title just slip away, Alexis fought with all of her might.

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The MWR 2008 Female Wrestler of the Year Stacey O'Brien was on top of her game as she uses the ropes to punish Lightfoot- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

From the get go, O’ Brien used underhanded tactics in an attempt to sway the advantage. On a couple of exchanges, O’ Brien’s plan worked, and she could have won the match and regained the belt, but Alexis had the wherewithall to grab the bottom rope and break up the pin attempt. Just when it looked like Alexis would reign supreme yet again, O’ Brien trapped the champion in an excruciatingly painful double-leg Boston crab. Just moments before Alexis was sure to tap out, Destiny Diamond came running out of the crowd, broke up the hold and attacked O’ Brien. Alexis retained the belt due to Diamond’s interference, but O’ Brien emerged victorious.

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Big Texan slams Saladin to the mat- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Big Texan and Saladin put on a show in the second match of the night. Saladin had a difficult time overpowering his larger opponent, which caused Texan to dominate the bulk of the bout. However, at the five minute mark, Saladin delivered a swift kick to Texan’s head, sending him flying out of the ring. Without the support of the fans on his side, Saladin could not get enough momentum going to keep Texan on the ropes. Texan caught Saladin off guard, slammed him hard to the mat and got the three count.

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Lumberjack Abe chops Waco and gets a big win to start the night- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Waco took on Lumberjack Abe in the opening match in what can only be described as a brawl. They came to blows immediately, especially with Lumberjack Gabe’s pending interference on the outside. After the five-minute mark, Waco began to gain control and connected with a flying drop kick, followed by 10 consecutive punches. However, Abe began to sense victory slipping from his grasp, and he quickly pulled out a win.

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MMWA-SICW Dec. 13 Recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on December 23, 2008

By Kari Williams

“Cowboy” Bob Orton made a special appearance in East Carondelet, IL to help “Night Train” Gary Jackson take on Jerome Cody and Phil E. Blunt. With a jam-packed audience at the East Carondelet Community Center, MMWA-SICW put on a show that had the fans on the edge of their seats.

Anticipation buzzed through the building, as Orton made his way to the ring for the main event steel cage match. With Commissioner Keith Smith as the special referee—and his conflicts with The Connection well-known—nobdoy left their seat. Cody tried to end the match abruptly as he went to climb out of the cage the moment the bell rang. Jackson put a quick stop to Cody’s foolishness and proceeded with the match. As Blunt tagged in, he gained control and cornered the recently tagged Orton. Being such, Jackson made the save for the legend, giving Orton the upper hand. In traditional ‘Cowboy’ fashion, he used the legendary cast and gained control. However, the match soon turned against them, but not for long. Jackson once again came to Orton’s aid and cleaned house, thus allowing Orton to secure victory for his team, as Jackson took out Cody.

As a stipulation for the match, if The Connection lost, their manager, Travis Cook, had to be in the ring with Orton for five minutes. At first Cook tried to take advantage, but to no avail. This time slot was apparently a match, and Orton pinned Cook in just over four minutes.

Following the main event, Shaft came out and claimed that his new year’s resolution would start on Jan. 10, when he “puts Jackson down for the one, two, three.”

A former MMWA-SICW Heavyweight Champion in Jeremy Lightfoot took on Eric Brewer in the previous bout. Brewer gained an early advantage with the first takedown, but Lightfoot quickly worked his way out of Brewer’s grasp and hit Brewer with his signature chops. By the five minute mark, Lightfoot gained control, but not for long. Neither man attained a clear advantage but both scored a number of two counts. In the end, Lightfoot won via pinfall at 13:24.

Bobby D had his hands full against the Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams. Despite one’s initial thoughts, D controlled a good portion of the match, until Williams connected with a Harley Race-like high knee and an elbow drop from the top rope. Williams only received a two-count on this excursion, but it did not deter him. He continued punishing D, even taking it outside of the ring. Much to the displeasure of the fans, the match ended in a no-contest because neither man returned to the ring prior to the 10 count.

One of Shaft’s biggest tests to date came in the form of The Big Texan, accompanied by Waco. Shaft would have had an easier time of trying to dismantle Texan if Waco had not been present. The ‘mini-Texan’ interfered on separate occassions, causing Referee Jim Harris to throw him out. Shaft tried to utilize that window of opportunity and capitalize, but Texan’s power overwhelmed him. Shaft’s determination was put to the test yet again, and he passed with flying colors; he regained his focus and locked Texan in his signature ankle lock. Inspite of this, Texan had the wherewithall to esacpe the maneuver, and the match progressed, with both men vying for the upper hand, which neither gained, and the competition ended in a draw at the 15-minute time limit.

The previous bout tested the luchador Chucho’s high-flying antics against the more ‘pound and ground’ style of “Wild Child” Billy Diamond, accompanied by Lightfoot. Chucho and Diamond both had their moments to shine, as Chucho connected with a second-rope moonsault and Diamond caught the luchador in a devastating ankle lock. After five minutes, Diamond had Chucho grounded, but Chucho swiftly sent Diamond out of the ring with a hurricanrana. The resiliency of Diamond shined bright, as he went back to work on the knee/ankle region and thus earned the pinfall at 9:41.

The ‘Middle-Eastern Menace’ Saladin took on a fan favorite in Mr. Bibbs. Saladin controlled the opening stages of the bout, but Bibbs’ tenacity soon took over, and Saladin never had a chance to recover. Ten minutes in, Saladin inadvertently hit his head on the ring post, which allowed Bibbs to catch Saladin off-guard. In the end, Bibbs’ brute force was no match for Saladin, who lost to the MMWA-SICW veteran in 12:11.

One of the company’s newest athletes, Blade, put his skills up against those of Waco, who had The Big Texan at ringside. Perhaps fearing that the newcomer would out-wrestle him, Waco called upon Texan to interfere and tip the scales in his favor, so to speak. Nonetheless, that was not necessary because they appeared evenly matched. As the match came to a close, Waco had a distinct advantage over Blade, but Blade quickly gained momentum—as if from nowhere—and defeated Waco.

The MMWA-SICW returns to the South Broadway Athletic Club in St. Louis, MO on Jan. 10 and the East Carondelet Community Center on Jan. 17.

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MMWA-SICW November 1 Recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on November 12, 2008

MMWA-SICW Recap November 1

By Kari Williams

MMWA-SICW provided fans with another night of controversial wrestling at the South Broadway Athletic Club. A champion was stripped of his title and a new champion was crowned. Two wrestlers made their debuts. And the newest member of the Connection showed his worth.

The main event consisted of Bobby D taking on one-half of the former tag team champions in Mr. Bibbs. Despite the match lasting just over four minutes, D had enough time to establish his dominance over the veteran. In the closing moments, Bibbs went for a splash in the corner, but D had the wherewithall to side-step Bibb’s attempt. This then gave D his golden opportunity to sneak up with a roll up and earn himself a victory.

Earlier in the evening, “Night Train” Gary Jackson should have defended his Heavyweight Championship against Shaft. However, Jackson did not show up at the time of his match, which prompted Commissioner Keith Smith to strip Jackson of the belt and award it to Shaft.

Jackson showed up prior to the final match of the evening proclaiming that he was ready to go. Smith then broke the news to Jackson, who, for obvious reasons, did not care for the news he received. However, Shaft did not want the belt under those circumstances and offered Jackson a title shot.

The previous bout put the always-evil Connection members Phil E. Blunt and Dave Vaughn against fan favorites, Young Aladdin and Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams. Vaughn and Blunt used the typical tag team strategy of frequent tags, which aided them for the majority of the bout as they kept Williams and Aladdin alert and on their toes. Vaughn’s progress as a competitor has improved greatly and it makes sense as to why the Connection called upon one of the brightest stars in the company to replace the now-retired Tommy Knight. However, with the fans urging on Williams and Aladdin, The Connection did not stand a chance. Vaughn and Williams went at it with multiple reversals, one including Vaughn attempting to deliver the spear to Williams and nearly knocking his partner off of the apron. Williams used Vaughn’s misstep to his advantage, which allowed him to connect with the 360 splash for the win at 12:21. Vaughn made an effort to attack both Aladdin and Williams in the aftermath, but Jerome Cody wisely restrained him.

In the second debut of the night, Destiny Diamond gave it her all against the always unpredictable El Uno Loco. The match started off with Loco poking fun and playing games with Diamond, but she stopped Loco in his tracks with a powerful clothesline. Just as Diamond began to control the match, Loco rolled out of the ring to regroup. His tactic worked for a short while, but the determined Diamond in the rough made her presence felt. At one point, she delivered a dropkick that sent Loco flying out of the ring. After flying from the ring apron with an impressive flip that planted Loco even further into the ground, she delivered a turnbuckle walk bulldog for the victory.

Diamond’s father “Wild Child” Billy Diamond had his own battle against The Connection’s Jerome Cody, who was accompanied by Travis Cook. Diamond had the upper hand for the majority of the encounter, but Cook’s attempted interference and Cody’s wily habits proved too great to overcome. Cody definitively ended Diamond’s advantage with a piledrive for the win at 10:21, prompting Diamond to chase after both Cook and Cody.

In the third match of the evening, the newcomer Blade tested his strengths against Johnny Courageous. Despite only performing in his first match, Blade took the fight straight to Courageous. Once Blade gained momentum, he delivered a double-underhook suplex to receive a two count. Nonetheless, after taking a knee to the chest from Courageous, Blade succumbed to his pain, as Courageous defeated Blade with a hold reversal at 13:13.

Due to circumstances beyond this reporter’s control, she missed the first two matches of the night. However, anouther source informed her that The Lumberjacks wrestled Waco and Big Texan to a double-disqualification, and that Kevin X took on Lightfoot. Lightfoot won the bout with an assisted interference from Phil E. Blunt.

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The Learning Curve

Posted by Admin on October 7, 2008

The Learning Curve
Luke Roberts coaches Eric Davis on the referee’s way of life

By Kari Williams
Since Lethal Wrestling Alliance (LWA) referee Eric Davis stepped between the ropes in July 2005, he credits one man with giving him the experience necessary to officiate matches – LWA President Luke Roberts.

“Luke plays agent for me a lot of times as well as being a mentor. His backing along with an inside friend or two help me get my foot in the door… but we all know that it was the booker’s respect for Luke and his talent… that got me my tryout. He is like my big brother out there at shows, granted a considerably older brother, but brother nonetheless,” Davis said.

Davis never received any official training for his position, but he did gain on the job experience.

“[I] worked on many a show with no real knowledge of what was going on until Luke Roberts took me under his wing. I owe a lot to Luke, he is the reason I have been able to get where I am today,” Davis said.

Roberts first met the young ref while training Kurt Styles just over two years ago. Together, the two men spent “a great deal of time discussing the skills necessary to be a referee.”

“I feel honored to be his mentor. Eric is always looking for ways to be a better referee. There have been many times that he has asked me for advice both inside and outside of the ring. He always wants to give 100 percent,” Roberts said.

Once, while watching a WWE Pay-per-view, Roberts, Davis, Styles and Scott Murphy ended up discussing “what good referees should be able to do on a nightly basis.”

“Having been a former wrestler, I know the importance of things like spatial awareness in the ring, knowing when to step in and keep out of situations [and] speed of counts. There have been several of times where we would referee an event, only to watch it later that evening and see what he could improve,” Roberts said.

These two men knew each other prior to Davis entering the business, which Davis did so for the same reason as many others – he was a fan.

“I always wanted to be in the business after watching as a kid, and I knew a few friends that were training so that was my in into the business. And I became a ref due to the fact that I already had physical issues and knew that my back wouldn’t take all the damage too well at all,” Davis said.

In one match with Rampage Chamionship Wrestilng (RCW) Davis felt that he was put in physical-danger.

“It was Blade and Searcher v. Matt Taylor and Marcus Mansfield. Well, after the match Blade and Searcher weren’t happy with the outcome and attacked me. Searcher chokeslamed me; [then] Blade hit a neckbreaker to the knee and for some reason Mansfield bodyslammed me. I think anytime that a wrestler puts his hands on a ref it’s dangerous,” Davis said.

Nonetheless, he loves what he does, and knows that in matches the best referess are the ones you do not see unless you are supposed to.

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