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Posts Tagged ‘Blaine Meeks’

NWL: Explosion, Expansion and Opportunity at the Scottish Right Temple

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 26, 2017

Just like any business in it’s early stages NWL has had it’s share of ups and downs. Highs and lows and memorable and forgettable moments. Saturday night was undoubtedly one of those high/memorable moments. For starters because of the much anticipated confrontation between NWL_STL general manager Matt Jackson and owner and president Major Baisden. Secondly, because unexpected news about the growth and expansion of the NWL to cities outside Kansas City and the recently controversial St.Louis.

For those not familiar with the narrative allow your boy @_The_Knight_Owl to bring you up to speed. Roughly 6 months ago NWL began running shows at the Casa Loma Ballroom in what some would call a seedy part of St.Louis. Initially and especially at the first show the place was pretty well close to full and the excitement leading to the event was about as good and high as you could ask for.Unfortunately, that proved to be NWL_STL‘s short lived high point. Though the wrestling was on par or in some cases better then any other promotion in the area, something seemed to be missing but no one, not even yours truly who covers wrestling in this area could quite put there finger on it.

Folks would speculate that it was location, others would say it was the fact that the shows where on Thursday/Sunday vs the traditional Saturday night as must indie shows tend to run these days. Some would even say that the STL fans would never support something that originated in Kansas City. Those are just a few of the speculations that could be heard weekly on our podcast or just hanging outside waiting to get into a local wrestling show weather in KC or in STL. Well, about two weeks ago the speculation came to an end. Major Baisden held a press conference via Facebook live just days after making the surprise announcement again via FB (to the ir of many) that HE would never run a show in NWL_STL again! I’ll admit this was shocking but not surprising to those of us who have been following along closely.

In that press conference he confirmed most if not all the speculation and he even pulled back the curtain a bit by admitting that they were behind the 8-ball from the very start due to lack of an ideal venue and also due to what he referred to as a “toxic business environment in St.Louis” also adding that this wasn’t the first time that one of his business had failed/struggled in STL. During the press conference he was open, honest and answered all questions as you would expect a business owner that is as out in front as Major is. One notable viewer that day was the aforementioned GM of NWL_STL Matt Jackson, who seemed to be angry and disappointed at the fact that his guys found out about NWL_STL closing just like the fans via a FB post early Friday morning just over two weeks before. Jackson commented sporadically bringing Baisden’s commitment in making the STL branch of NWL work into question and highlighting the disrespectful way the announcement was made to a group of guys who make a living working for him in STL. Mentioning several times the lack of resources and overall support from the NWL front office who he said “spent twice as much time in Kansas City then St.Louis.”

 

So now the ground work had been set for this confrontation between Jackson and Baisden at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, MO this past Saturday night. As the show kicked off you knew two things for sure. One, you were gonna see incredible wrestling (Dak Draper, Thor Theriot, Lakota Red Cloud, Marty Belle, Blaine Meeks, Jet Royal, Ken Dharma, Hans Ruger, Belvedere, Niles Plonk, Amber Lynn and more were in action) and the confrontation between Jackson and Baisden was gonna be explosive.

NWL KC has flourish with men like Dak Draper leading the way. Though he is not liked very much one can not discredit his winning ways night after night. Photo credit ; René “The Knight Owl” Martinez

Redwing lost a huge match that will now have him be a butler to Niles Plonke for a whole month. Photo credit ; René “The Knight Owl” Martinez

What we didn’t know was the news Major would break to the fans just moments before the confrontation happened.

Photo credit ; René “The Knight Owl” Martinez

Despite the dark clouds looming after the fall of NWL_STL, the breaking news cleared those dark clouds away at least for a moment as Major Baisden announced an unprecedented expansion. The NWL will be running shows outside it’s home cities of Kansas City and St.Louis for the first time ever starting in August! Those city’s include Omaha,NE, Springfield,MO, Topeka,KS and many more (full list pictured above). This news made the crowded erupt as the faithful in Kansas City realized these are all within driving distance to them and they likely have friends and relatives in those areas. As if that weren’t enough the roof almost come off the place when Major announced that #FightClub members would be able to attend these shows at no additional cost! This might have been the biggest pop of the night. Which was followed by about 2mins of “THANK YOU MAJOR” chants. Even from an outsiders perspective there is no doubt that outside the WWE Network itself, the NWL #FightClub pass is the best deal in all professional wrestling today. Visit FightKC.com for more info on that.

Photo credit ; René “The Knight Owl” Martinez

Finally we come to the much anticipated confrontation between the GM of STL and the owner of the company. As one would expect right at the peek of the fan fair about the expansion, Matt Jackson’s music hits and he walks out looking quite casual I might add accompanied buy a few NWL_STL regulars, the Blood Brothers and Dez Wellston only something was different about all of them. They’re demeanor had changed but most noticeably they’re appearance. Those who have followed wrestling in the Midwest before the rise of NWL would know them as Fitchette & Vega aka “The Beasties” and Mike Outlaw. They all seemed a little on edge and ready for a fight including Jackson. But surprisingly unlike most wrestling meetings/conferences this one did not end in fights flying and equipment being damaged. No, this meeting, after about 10mins of verbal daggers being thrown in both directions to an eventual draw, ended in a high stakes agreement between Jackson and Baisden. Instead of buying out Jackson’s contract of close to $50,000, Major turned a potential lability into yet another investment opportunity.

This is the opportunity that was given to Jackson to accept or decline: 6 shows, 6 shows under the direct direction of Jackson and his STL crew. He would be allowed to do it his way with no handcuffs or pretentious prepackaged gimmicks. New venue, new voice and a new vision of what NWL_STL should be in a blue collar, support your own kind-of town. Otherwise Jackson and NWL_STL are out of business, this time, for good! Now only time will tell what the future holds. Though the stakes are high and his a** is firmly on the line yet I get a feeling that that’s just the way Matt Jackson likes it because if these next 6 shows are his last with NWL, he can do it his way, the St.Louis way, with great wrestling, rowdy fans and a whole lot of F’n Anarchy! (Anarchy Rises will take place at the Matteson Square Garden in St.Peters, MO on July 15th)

 

NWL STL Champion Maverick and Mike Outlaw (Formally Dez Wellston) went to war at NWL KC this past weekend. The champion Maverick is set to face fan favorite Gary Jay when Matt Jackson’s looks to show what STL can deliver it Anarchy style. – Photo Credit Brian Kelley

Written by:
René “The Knight Owl” Martinez
of the Wrestle Talk Podcast which can be heard Wednesday nights at 7pm CT by visiting http://www.WrestleTalkPodcast.com

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The Magnum Minute #19 “Concerning Blaine Meeks

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 16, 2017

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Draper Becomes the First NWL Champion

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 26, 2017

By Brian Hoops
Photos Brian Kelley

In the National Wrasslin League, one man stands taller than the rest. At 6’5”, Dakota “Dak”
Draper is not only the tallest wrestler on the roster, he is the first ever NWL Kansas City
Heavyweight Champion.

Draper was crowned champion by defeating Blaine Meeks in the finals of a tournament held
over three months on April 1 at the Scottish Rites Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. The National
Wrestling League was formed in 2016 by  and started promoting in Kansas City
and St. Louis in January, 2017. Shows are run every other Saturday in Kansas City and every
other Sunday in St. Louis.

Draper, real name Sam Udell, was recruited to the NWL KC roster by NWL Director of
Operations Chris Gough. Gough was a former writer for WWE and had always wanted to book
Draper for his Metro Pro Wrestling promotion. “He was appealing to me because he had been to
the WWE like me. I knew he would appreciate this opportunity because of that.”

Draper, better known as “The Mile High Magnum” hails from Colorado. “I grew up a wrestling
fan and was huge fan of”, Draper told me in a phone interview. Draper ended up
wrestling collegiality at Chadron State University in Chadron, Nebraska, a Division 2 program. It
was at the NCAA finals that he caught the eye of WWE talent scout Jerry Brisco. “Late in the
summer of 2007 they brought me to FCW for a tryout. I was in FCW for a week. The only thing I
did well was my promo.”

Draper didn’t get signed but Brisco told him to work on his body and to move to Denver and find
a wrestling school. “I ended up meeting Pat Tanaka and trained with Pat for about nine months.
Gerry Brisco called me again and offered me another tryout. I did well in the ring and in the
promo again and after the promo, they pulled me aside and told me they were gonna sign me.”
Draper signed a two year developmental contract, the first year he spent in Tampa before the
current WWE Performance Center was built in Orlando. Draper worked in developmental as
Travis Tyler and worked mostly in an enhancement role. Draper was released from the
developmental contract in August of 2016 and moved back to Denver to work on the
independent scene.

“I gained a lot of confidence wrestling in the independents. That was the thing that held me back
in WWE, I was always trying to be a character instead of being myself. Now I can be Dak
Draper who thinks he is above everyone else.”

Draper refers to himself as the “Mile High Magnum” as a tribute to his home city and one of his
favorite wrestlers growing up, Magnum TA. Draper says being a heel is natural for him. “Dr.
Tom (Prichard) told us the first day of developmental that the best wrestling characters are
extensions of ourselves with the volume turned up. I didn’t really understand it at the time, but I
am starting to now.”

Draper is the complete athlete that can cause fits for his opponents on the ground and surprisingly in the air as well. Here he catches Blaine Meeks off guard in the finals for the NWL KC Championship.

Draper is one of the eight wrestlers who are employed by the National Wrasslin League. He is
signed through the end of 2018 and appreciates being involved in the promotion. “I really want
to make the NWL a successful company. Its really cool to be involved in the process of creating
wrestling instead of people telling you what to do.”

Draper is the first and only NWL Kansas City Champion. The NWL Kansas City Title will only be
defended in Kansas City and likewise the NWL St. Louis Title will only be defended in St. Louis.
Gough says by the end of the year a champion of the NWL will be crowned and the title will be
defended anywhere. At the end of the year in December, the NWL Kansas City Champion will
meet the NWL St. Louis Champion to determine the NWL Champion.

Gil Rogers put up a fight for the NWL KC title at the Scottish Rite Temple, but Dak Draper would show off his championship skills to retain the belt.

“The NWL championship match will take place in the city that has the best record in the series
between Kansas City and St. Louis at the time. We have a running total record of matches
between a guy from the Kansas City roster versus a guy from the St. Louis roster.” Gough
explained, “Tag Team Champions will be crowned down the road, but probably not this year.”
Gough, the primary recruiter of talent for the NWL is always looking for new talent and bringing in
fresh faces. Former Ring of Honor Champion Kyle O’Reilly has recently worked for the
promotion and “Hardcore” Bob Holly is signed for April 29 in Kansas City.

Fans of the promotion can watch NWL on its you tube channel. Fans in Kansas City can watch
NWL KC on broadcast television at 11 pm Saturday nights on channel 38, The Spot. Gough said
it is the first time professional wrestling has been on broadcast television in Kansas City since
the mid to late 1980’s when Central States was a TV staple.

I asked Draper if being on local television has brought him any recognition when he is out in
downtown Kansas City. “Actually, I was out in the Power & Light District and someone
recognized me. That didn’t happen, even in Orlando. I had some tickets to our next show with
me and gave the guy a couple of tickets to watch the Mile High Magnum

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NWL KC Poll – Who Will Win this Saturday at the Scottish Rite Temple to Enter the Finals on April 1st

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 14, 2017

NWL KC Championship Tournament Semi-Finals Match – Red Cloud vs. Blaine Meeks

NWL KC Championship Tournament Semi-Finals Match – Dak Draper vs. Niles Plonk

HUGE Tag Team Match: Royal Blood vs. The Blood Brothers
– Triple Threat Match: Jeremy Wyatt vs. Thor Theriot vs. Scott Slade

More matches to be announced!

Buy our monthly/yearly FIGHTCLUB KC packages to save money!

FIGHTCLUB KC GOLD (Ringside) – https://shop.nwleague.com/product/fightclub-kc-ringside/

FIGHTCLUB KC SILVER (Orchestra) – https://shop.nwleague.com/product/fightclub-kc-orchestra/

FIGHTCLUB KC BRONZE (Balcony) – https://shop.nwleague.com/product/fightclub-kc-balcony/

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1330 E Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64109

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Join NWL stars & UpDown KC for a WrestleMania party on April 2!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 3, 2017

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101 Southwest Blvd
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

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NWL KC Returns this Saturday at the Scottish Rite Temple Thor Theriot vs Niles Plonk

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 27, 2017

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Our next NWL event is Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m. inside the Scottish Rite Temple! Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Matches announced so far include:

– NWL KC Championship Tournament Quarterfinals Match – Dak Draper vs. Max Edwards
– NWL KC Championship Tournament Quarterfinals Match – Red Cloud vs. Ken Dharma
– NWL KC Championship Tournament Quarterfinals Match – Niles Plonk vs. Thor Theriot
– NWL KC Championship Tournament Quarterfinals Match – Blaine Meeks vs. Flex Zerba

Buy our monthly/yearly FIGHTCLUB KC packages to save money!

FIGHTCLUB KC GOLD (Ringside) – https://shop.nwleague.com/product/fightclub-kc-ringside/

FIGHTCLUB KC SILVER (Orchestra) – https://shop.nwleague.com/product/fightclub-kc-orchestra/

FIGHTCLUB KC BRONZE (Balcony) – https://shop.nwleague.com/product/fightclub-kc-balcony/

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Lakota Red Cloud & Blaine Meeks vs The Howletts this Sat in Kansas City at NWL KC

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 13, 2017

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Purchase tickets here.

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NWL KC This Saturday Royal Blood vs. Niles Plonk & Ken Dharma, Jeremy Wyatt vs. Thor Theriot

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 18, 2017

Don’t you dare miss the second NWL KC event at the Scottish Rite Temple at Linwood & Paseo this Saturday at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. It’s a special night as we kick off the tournament to crown the first KC champion in history with two qualifying matches. League prez Major Baisden will appear to display the stunning KC championship belt—a title definitely worh fighting for.

In other bouts, Thor Theriot will attempt to dethrone the The Monarch Jeremy Wyatt in what should be a classic. Dakota Draper will be there to impress without breaking a sweat. And be prepared for the debut of the maniacal mercenaries from the West Coast, cousins Marco and Leonel Howlett.

They informed us they were “a little disappointed” to find they weren’t booked for the inaugural NWL KC event. So they took negotiations into their own hands—by taking one of our NWL interns hostage. Normally, we wouldn’t cave to such horrifying tactics, but to ensure Harold’s safe return to his family, we agreed to not only air this graphic video but also book the Howletts on this Saturday’s card—against The Union. Joe and Mack are so angry, they are ready to kick these punks’ butts all the way back to California. See what we hope is the first and last appearance of these maniacal mercenaries from the West Coast: reserve you seats at fightkc.ticketfly.com.

NWL KC #wrasslin’ returns to rock the Scottish Rite Temple this Saturday at 7 p.m. In the main event, Royal Blood_NWL will take to the air against high society’s Niles Plonk & Ken Dharma, who claim their organic teamwork will be enough to ground the high-flying favorites.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reserve tix at fightkc.ticketfly.com.

 

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This Saturday in Kansas City, NWL KC Returns to the Scottish Rite Temple

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 17, 2017

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Don’t you dare miss the second NWL KC event at the Scottish Rite Temple at Linwood & Paseo this Saturday at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Stars like Dak Draper, Thor Theriot, Lakota Red Cloud, Blaine Meeks, and Jeremy Wyatt will be competing to kick off the tournament to crown the first KC champion in history.

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NWL STL Championship belt is a beauty…This Saturday the NWL KC belt will debut.

Leage prez Major Baisden will appear to display the stunning KC championship—a title definitely worth fighting for.

And don’t miss the debut of the maniacal mercenaries from the West Coast, the Howlett cousins.

Saturday at 7 PM – 9:30 PM
1330 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64109
Tickets here

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NWL KC Rocks the Scottish Rite Temple

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 10, 2017

Missouri Wrestling Revival was proud to be a part of wrestling history in the Midwest as the wrestling promotion The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) hope to revolutionize the way the sport will be seen for years to come. From the moment the fans entered into the beautiful Kansas City Scottish Rite they were able to have a cold adult beverage while enjoying a WWE style ring and jumbo tron that filled the screen with video packages of the future heroes and villains that will enter the ring each and every other Saturday night.

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The Temple was filled up and ended with a huge sonic boom of happiness as fans cheered as NWL KC’S Blain Meeks and the Royals picked up the first win in the war on NWL STL by defeating Todd Letterman, Dez Wellston, and Christian Adonis.

NWL STL will host their first ever show at the Casa Loma Ballroom this Thursday and I hope that you will join us there but till then let’s take a quick look at a few of the photos of NWL KC’s debut event.

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The Royals and Blaine Meeks def. Todd Letterman, Dez Wellston, and Christian Adonis

Buy Tickets for this Thursday Night for NWL STL by clicking here.

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