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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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Former WWE Superstar Bob Holly & Thor Theriot vs Jeremy Wyatt and Michael Strider on April 29th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 21, 2017

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Pro Wrestling Phoenix Jan 16th Bob Holly + PWP Champion Mark Sterling vs Tony Cortez

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 6, 2016

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PWP presents our eleventh annual Year of the Phoenix event!!!

*** PWP Champion MARK STERLING defends against former 3 time PWP Champion, TONY CORTEZ!!!

*** Former WWE Superstar HARDCORE HOLLY returns to PWP, and will collide with The Greece Pit’s L-RAY w/ “Manager Supreme” Axel Greece!!!

Also in action:

*** NEW PWP Tag Team Champions THE DANIELS BROTHERS
*** PWP Rising Phoenix Champion ZAC JAMES
*** PAT POWERS
*** BRANDEN JUAREZ
*** “SIMPLY RAVISHING” RYAN SLADE
*** THE AMERICAN BULLDOGS
*** DALTON LEE ROTH
*** “THE KARAOKE KING” PURPLE
*** THE BLUE ROCKET
*** AND MANY MORE!!

National Guard Armory
2415 E Kanesville Blvd
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

Tickets available right now via Paypal at http://www.PWPlive.net – or at the door the day of the event.

Tickets $10
Doors at 6:30 PM, Bell Time 7:00 PM

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Ring of Honor Superstar Kenny King welcomes you to MWR.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 13, 2011

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Kenny King earned a handshake from Christopher Daniels earlier in the year (Photo Credit Scott Finkelstein)

Kenny King has been featured on WWE’S Tough Enough, but that moment is sure to be far from the highlight of this young stars career. King initially trained by WWE superstars Al Snow, Bob Holly, Chavo Guerrero and Ivory. In Las Vegas, he got to train with former AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel and Scott Casey only improving his talent at a rapid speed.

While working on a local show he would go toe to toe with Mike Mizanin, known today simply as The Miz. A short stint but a very educational one was his time at TNA that only would prepare him for where he is today.

Today he is one of the top young tag teams in ROH called The All Night Express, with Rhett Titus. The two would be able to capture a huge victory in St Louis on November 6th against the American Wolves , ROH World Champion Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards in what many fans noted to MWR was the match of the night.

We caught up with the red hot Kenny King and he had this advice to all the wrestling fans around the world.

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