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Posts Tagged ‘Casa Loma Ballroom’

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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Controversy at the Casa Loma Ballroom – Maverick and Drew Gold End the Letterman Era

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 7, 2017

Photos and article by Brian Kelley

The Letterman era has ended before it could fully get started thanks to the dirty nasty tactics of two men. That is right Maverick is the new NWL St. Louis champion after defeating Todd Letterman and Cornell Douglass (with Castle) in a three-way match on June 4 at the Casa Loma Ballroom and MWR was on hand to cover all the hard hitting action.

The three powerhouses went to war, only hampered by the interference of “Brother” Castle. The referee’s hands were tied (as in typical three-way fashion) there were no disqualifications. “Lockdown” Ray Briggs made his way to the ring to clear Castle from ringside.

Confusion set in when Drew Gold, manager of “Greatness” Marcellus Gaines entered the ring with brass knuckles.

At first, it looked as if he would hit Letterman, only to have Maverick stop the blow by taking the brass knuckles out of Gold’s hand. Then it happened ….. Maverick drilled Letterman with the brass knuckles

Just like that Maverick had the NWL STL strap in his powerful grasp and Drew Gold flaunted a Maverick T-shirt much to the disdain of the NWL STL fans.

Moments later, the big man Jack Foster came to the ring to confront the new champion. He let it be known that he was on the hunt for the title. Maverick vs. Foster would be a war for the ages.

Heading into Father’s Day weekend, Maverick stands atop the NWL STL. Reserve your tickets for June 16th at the Casa Loma Ballroom by heading to http://fightstl.com/. Note this is a Friday card, with a bell time of 7 P.M.

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Dartallion Allen JR MWR Top Draw: 2016 MWR Future Star of the Year Davey Vega

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 15, 2017

Davey Vega has been one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest for some time. One of those reasons is because of his limited exposure in the area due to seeking out challengers outside of the area, but if you were to ask any of the fans of St. Louis Anarchy, they would tell you that he has been a star for years.

MWR agrees with them, but there is no doubt that he has only touched the surface of what he is able to accomplish. Recently at NWL (as Davey Gibson) we watched a wrestling clinic when he went toe to toe with the former Ring of Honor World Champion Kyle O’Reilly in a match at the Casa Loma Ballroom that is an early candidate for match of the year.

Speaking of matches of the year candidates, Vega recently had not one, but two battles that would have to be considered when he teamed with Blood Brother teammate Mathew Grundy ( and fellow 2016 MWR Future Star of the Year Mat Fitchett) against the Royal Blood (Jet and Jax Royal). The two matches left fans wanting more and as my friend Patrick Brandmeyer stated had a feel of the Rock and Roll Express and Midnight Express clashes that set a standard in tag team competition in the 80’s.

Regardless if  he is to find success as a singles star or in tag team action, it is our belief that Davey Vega is one of the premier stars in the sport for many years to come. We welcome you to come out next Saturday at Cape Championship Wrestling as we present him with the 2016 MWR Future Star Plaque in the epic card in Cape Girardeau , Missouri when he will take on former TNA star Joey Ryan.

This MWR plaque is sponsored by our good friend Mike Wilson’ Shooter Spotlight, and will feature this very own artwork in the frame.

 

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The Champagne has been Popped- Dak Draper is the First Ever NWL KC Champion

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 2, 2017

The Mile High Magnum Dak Draper and Blain Meeks went to war at the Scottish Rite Temple in the finals of the NWL KC Championship last night that had fans clamoring for more.

Early on it looked as if Meeks speed would be the deciding factor on his way to the title, but Draper was able find an opening to force his will at key moments of the match. Meek chants from the fans shook the building as their favorite looked to have the match won with his daring and fearless aerial attack he was able to hit, in and out of the ring with expertise timing and perfect location on Draper’s body and head.

After a roller coaster chain of events that saw Marco and Leonel Howlett enter the ring in hopes of helping out Draper, the Royal Blood, Jax and Jet came out to run them out of building. It was still anyone’s match to win. When the smoke cleared it was Draper that was able to get the 1-2-3 and make history as the first ever NWL KC Champion.

Now Draper has his  million dollar looks, the perfect tan and the NWL KC Championship belt around his waist with the finest drinks in hand. Meeks can hold his head up high and learn from this classic match to prepare him for his rematch that we can’t wait to witness ourselves.

Keep an eye out at MWR to find out who will be the first to face the new champion for the title.

We hope to see you this Sunday as the huge NWL STL Tournament  is set to happen  at the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis.

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NWL STL Championship Tourney – Elite Eight This Thursday in St. Louis at the Casa Loma Ballroom

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 5, 2017

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NWL STL Championship Tourney – Elite Eight
Casa Loma Ballroom
Thu 7 PM · 3354 Iowa Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118

Come out and see brutes wreck each other for the STL champion title.

Help decide the future of Saint Louis!

Buy tickets here.

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Dartallion Allen Jr. Top Draw: 2016 MWR Wrestler of the Year Dez Wellston / Mike Outlaw

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 2, 2017

MWR artist Dartallion Allen Jr. returns to the site with his MWR 2016 Award Top Draws of the 2016 MWR Wrestler of the Year Mike Outlaw. Outlaw had a great year in which he won titles and delivered exciting matches around the Midwest in just about every top promotion that we covered. MWR was not the only group that had an eye on him, as the new wrestling league the NWL signed him to an exclusive contract and fans can only see him at the Casa Loma Ballroom for NWL STL or the rare Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City for NWL KC.

This MWR plaque is sponsored by our dear friend Brandis Outlaw, and will feature this very own artwork in the frame. In the near future we hope to present it to him in person to honor him on a memorable 2016. .

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If you would like to have some artwork done by the very talented Dartallion Allen Jr. here is how to do so. Tell him MWR set you.

Email Dartallion21x@gmail.com
Instagram and Twitter: Dartallion21x
9×12 Bristol board sketch : $25/ with grey tones $35
11×14 Bristol board sketch $35
/ with grey tones $45
11×17 Bristol board sketch $45/ grey tones free
Digital color prints 8×10,11×14,11×17
$10, $15, $20

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NWL STL Feb 9th Recap: The Casa Loma Ballroom on Thursday Night Continues to Thrill Fans.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 20, 2017

Photos by Brian Kelley
Special commentary by Patrick Brandmeyer

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NWL Fans had a chance to do promos and take photos with the NWL stars . Here are two that got to meet the charismatic Buddy Shepherd.

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Cue Buddy Shepherd…despite Skyler Beckett rejecting his mentorship on two previous occasions, he invited Skyler to the ring for one more chance to accept his proposal.

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Beckett gave it some thought and finally decided to accept The Buddy System into his life. Buddy proclaimed that “Buddy’s coming into you!” and Beckett put on the T-shirt. #HALLELUJA – Patrick Brandmeyer

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Super Soul” Coco Rumble vs. “The Billion-Dollar Brother” Emmett DuBois: DuBois seemed to be FINALLY ready to compete…but as the referee made a move to do the standard pre-match check, DuBois’ cramps acted up again. – By Patrick Brandmeyer

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The Blood Brothers (Davey Gibson & Matthew Grundy) def. Cornell Douglass & Christian Adonis (w/ Carolina Grizelda Esmeralda Rodriguez)

Use the promo code NWLSTLLVR to get tickets as low as $9 and watch NWL STL try to even the 1-70 series with KC this Thursday night. https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1397708/tfly

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Davey Gibson vs. Cornell Douglass at the Casa Loma Ballroom this Thursday Night Feb 23

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 19, 2017

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Thursday, February 23 at 7 PM – 10 PM

3354 Iowa Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118

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NWL Hosts Successful Pro Wrestling Debuts in KC, St. Louis, Prepares to Crown League Champions

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 20, 2017

15976964_1220857381294922_4156834726153145111_nKansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) January 19, 2017

The NWL, a new pro wrestling startup conceived by Kansas City-based entrepreneur Major Baisden, debuted to enthusiastic large crowds at midtown KC’s Scottish Rite Temple on Saturday, Jan. 7, and at the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis on Thursday, Jan. 12.

“The strong attendance and fan response at both inaugural events indicate that KC and St. Louis continue to be two of the best cities for pro wrestling in the country,” says Baisden, who started the NWL in July with an idea, a business plan, three staff members, and not a single wrestler under contract. “The fans in both cities seemed to rejoice that the local wrasslin’ they grew up loving was finally back. Witnessing the tremendous crowd reactions at both venues was really special to me, as I’ve been a huge fan since I was a kid. After both shows, we received several positive reviews by wrestling journalists, podcasters, and social media fans alike for the quality of the presentation and the in-ring product itself.”

Both initial NWL shows featured main events pitting teams representing Kansas City and St. Louis battling each other for civic pride and bragging rights as part of what will be an ongoing I-70 Series of Wrestling. Team NWL KC enjoyed the home mat advantage at the Scottish Rite, winning a six-man tag bout, while Team NWL STL triumphed in a rematch in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Casa Loma, with the results in sending the local fans in each town home happy.

Throughout the season, the final show of each month will pit wrestlers from KC and St. Louis against each other, with the city earning the most victories recognized as the League’s best town. The NWL’s top city will also earn negotiation rights for all new talent entering the NWL in 2018. The NWL is running events in KC every other Saturday and in St. Louis every other Thursday, making it vital for fans leaving the building wanting more.

To further capitalize on the natural rivalry between KC and St. Louis, both promotions will soon kick off tournament matches to decide the League’s KC and STL champions this spring. The NWL STL champion and the NWL KC kingpin will then square off in a mid-season showdown, with the winner earning home-arena advantage for the year’s big finale in December.

On the night of the season finale, the NWL’s League champion will also be decided that evening with a tourney involving the St. Louis and KC titleholders as well as the No. 1 contenders for both belts. The December spectacular will also crown the NWL’s tag-team champions in a tournament featuring the four teams with the best records over the course of the 12-month season.

“From personal issues to civic pride to championships that are earned in the ring after months of intense competition, NWL KC and NWL STL are presenting compelling, storyline-driven entertainment featuring some of the best athletes in the world,” Baisden says. “More than anything, the NWL is proud to bring back the kind of pro wrestling the fans in both these great cities deserve.”

NWL KC returns for its second show Saturday at the Scottish Rite on Saturday, Jan. 21, while NWL STL brings its own brand of wrestling action back to the Casa Loma on Thursday, Jan. 26. Tickets are available at fightkc.ticketfly.com and fightstl.ticketfly.com, respectively.

About NWL

The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) is reviving the historical roots of the business. Fueled by intercity rivalries, the NWL prides itself on family-friendly, storyline-driven programming that delivers thrilling athletic action and entertaining characters

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

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