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Hollis Giroux Captures the Cape Championship Wrestling Title

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 26, 2017

Hollis Giroux def. Colt Cabana, Austin Lane & Brandon Barbwire to win the CCW Heavyweight title.

The new Champion Hollis Giroux joins the faction the Pinnacle. Jeff O’Dell betrayed Brandon Barbwire costing him the CCW Championship in shocking fashion.

Next show will be on May 20th, more details at MWR soon as well as a complete recap from our friend Jared Smith.

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My 1-2-3 Cents Episode 125: Girl Fight, Super Show coming to CCW with Jason Wells

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 10, 2017

Cape Championship Wrestling has been entertaining wrestling fans in southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and western Kentucky for nearly a year. CCW will have a big presence at this year’s Cape Con event. On Friday, April 21 it’s ladies night as CCW teams up with Madman Pondo for Girl Fight. It’s the first ever Luna Vachon Memorial Tournament.

Then on Saturday, April 22 it’s the CCW Super Show. You’ll see all the stars of CCW including champion Brandon Barbwire, tag champs Farmer Billy Hills & Dell Tucker and Austin Lane. Plus guests scheduled to appear include Colt Cabana, Joey Ryan and Jeff Cobb. The company’s COO Jason Wells explains more in today’s podcast.

Stride Pro Wrestling is working on a big show in May. It includes a TLC match for the Stride Pro Wrestling championship as Heath Hatton defends against Roger Matheus. And former WWE Superstar (Brodus Clay) Tyrus will also be on hand.

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Double Shot Weekend in Cape Girardeau, MO April 21-22 – Girl Fight, Davey Vega, Joey Ryan, Colt Cabana, Ace Hawkins

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 4, 2017

Recap from their last event from the website Talking Smith

By Jared Smith

Hey all!! Smitty back at you after one AWESOME weekend!!! Not only did we have a great birthday gathering with my (Jared) side of the family, but we were able to take in another AWESOME Cape Championship Wrestling card!! The AC Brase Arena Building was packed once again as the CCW faithful were out to support the crew and let me tell you, CCW did NOT disappoint us!! Take a look up there at the card and then stick around for some fun!

We did something different this time around. On our way to my parent’s house, Mrs. Smitty got the idea of doing a road trip, live broadcast! So I said…heck yeah!! We hadn’t gone live or recorded a video in quite some time, and its something we probably need to do more. I know, we’re still stuck in the 20th century with our blogs and what not, but hey, we love to write!! But, the live videos will become a part of everything. So here’s our live video recap!!

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Enjoy that!! But I’ll sum things up in a bit quicker manner than the video. It was a longer one, but we had a lot to talk about and some cool folks to interact with while doing so! But anywho, here’s what’s going on!

For me, Ace Hawkins and Brandon “Espy” Espinosa stole the show right out of the gate. This is a rivalry that’s been going on for years. These guys have insane chemistry in the ring, whether they’re teaming or going to war against each other, so things are extremely fluid. Espy debuted a new look, similar to the Guerilla’s of Destiny but also akin to a Dia de Los Muertas skull as well. Very dark and sinister. In fact, Espy hit the aisle and stared directly at Ace and then hit the ring hard. We got such a great match from these two again and I was hoping that Espy would take the MWR Missouri Championship back home with him. I was emotionally drained from that one. So many near pinfall moments, so many hard hitting moments, just a GREAT opening match.

Up next was JD Wilk. Now, JD was supposed to take on Jason Vaughn, but if you kept up with the events this week, new GM Osby Tomlin decided to fire Jason Vaughn due to a variety of differences in the back. I’m not sure whether I believe that or not, but I do know that it ignited a fire in The Fury. However, with that being said, JD Wilk had an open invitation to anyone and it was answered by…PHOENIX!!! This kid, Phoenix, is so hard not to like. He’s all smiles and you can tell he loves to be in that ring. We thought that about JD, but, he seems to be getting a big head really quick. The match was great, though, and Phoenix really brought it to JD. Ultimately, JD was just too quick and powerful for Phoenix. But, after JDW got the win…JASON VAUGHN SHOWED UP!!! He came flying out from the back, defying the orders from GM Osby Tomlin, and delivered a MAJOR beating on JD in the ring. Osby came out with security to get Jason out of the ring and, surprisingly, he left without a ruckus. But, I believe the message has been sent to CCW management…Jason Vaughn wants his match.

We were treated to a variety of debuts on Saturday and one that I was very excited for was The Inkcredible Darius Lee, Tatt2, making his CCW debut. He’s an exciting, high flying, athletic wrestler from the Memphis area and his energy was something that hit the crowd hard! He was going up against another solid competitor, THE Cody Wilson. Cody is a no-nonsense guy that I still haven’t fully grasped yet, but I do know that he’s a strong style type who can take a good beating but still come back to dish it out. It was a contrast of styles, but it worked together very well as Cody is deceptively quick and has no issues taking things to the air if needed. However, it was apparent early on that the speed and quickness of Tatt2 would make it hard for Cody to hang in there. To his credit, he was able to keep pace for a while, but ultimately the speed wore him down. This match was capped off with a BEAUTIFUL 450 Splash from the top rope that got the crowd off their feet. A solid debut and I hope to see more of him.

Another debut was made in the following match, as the women of CCW took center stage! Coming up along with the Super Show next month, the women get a night all to themselves on Friday, April 21st, as Girl Fight brings the inaugural Luna Vachon Memorial Tournament, which will feature 8 of the best women around! On Saturday, we got to enjoy three of them, as Sweet Sarah Summers, Marni Gras and a debuting Nikki Lane, squared off in a triple threat match. Former TNA/Impact Star, Angelina Love, also made a CCW debut as she accompanied Marni Gras to the ring and stayed ringside throughout the match. This one started off featuring Marni Gras and Nikki Lane teaming up to take down Sarah Summers multiple times. However, this union was quickly tested as both women attempted pinfalls to win the match. This one went back and forth the whole match and it was one of those with a high number of near 3 count moments. In the end, though, Marni Gras took the win, but she’s got a big target on her back in CCW, as she has the other ladies gunning for her!

After intermission, we were treated to another debut, which was the monster Barackus! He’s a beast!! But his opponent, Kyle O’Reilly, is no stranger to taking down bigger guys! Kyle has this insane ability to attack people and never seems to slow down or let things affect him. However…BRACKUS IS A BEAST!! And he used his size and strength to keep Kyle immobilized throughout the match. That didn’t slow down Kyle, though, as he was able to use the quickness of his strikes to create distance from Barackus. Kyle focused his attacks on the legs of Barackus, in hopes of taking him out there to get him to the ground. Barackus, much to his credit, did not let that stop him from dishing out punishment at any opportunity, though. Kyle eventually did wear the big man down, even suplexing him down at one point, and wrapping things up with an armbar. Its easy to see why Kyle O’Reilly is a former ROH World Champion and rumored to be on his way to NXT. He’s a true professional in all areas and it was truly a treat to be able to see him in the CCW ring.

The next match was one that I was excited for, but at the same time, dreaded seeing at the same time. Hollis Giroux vs Austin Lane squared off in a number one contenders match. Both of these guys are fan favorites, probably two of the top in that department, and have cemented themselves within the CCW fans. The instant I saw Hollis square off against Davey Vega, I knew he had that “it” factor about him. Same as Austin and Ricochet, it was my first experience seeing Austin and he not only held his own in that ring last year, but he quickly had me watching the match, mouth wide open, saying THIS IS AWESOME, as it truly was. HOW CAN YOU PICK SIDES IN A MATCH LIKE THIS!? We tried not to. I cheered for both guys at every opportunity. It was, as I said in the video, on par with Hogan/Warrior at Wrestlemania 6. However, the way it ended, with both men rolled up, both shoulders on the mat, was satisfying in a disappointing way. If that makes sense. I was relieved that neither lost, upset that neither won, but hoped to see their friendship and ability to work together come out uncompromised. I hope that will remain. It was a match packed with so much emotion.

The tag title match was up next and, with Dell Tucker unavailable due to prior commitments, The Pinnacle opted for the use of the Freebird Rules, and brought in the Nephilim, D’Mone, to fill the spot next to Farmer Billy Hills. Their opponents were Syn and the man, the myth, THE LEGEND…BLASTER!!! After being ousted from The Pinnacle last month, Blaster returned with his tag partner once again being Syn, to get a crack at the tag titles. Farmer Billy Hills, in usual form, attempted to fight just about everyone in the audience. I’m pretty sure he was yelling at a baby at one point. Savage. You know that a match featuring The Pinnacle will be loaded with shenanigans, and it had plenty of that. Jeff O’Dell has a new bodyguard, the diminutive Marko, which added one more element of outside interference. Blaster and Syn fought them off well. We were able to see a lot more of Syn on Saturday than we did last month at Tag Team Warfare. Syn is VERY impressive in the ring. He’s athletic and quick, with a wide array of moves. I was glad to see him bringing it on this level. However, as hard as Blaster & Syn fought, they just couldn’t weather the Pinnacle storm, as Billy and D’Mone took the win. Afterward, they unleashed a furious beating upon Blaster in the middle of the ring until suddenly, Osby Tomlin appeared! He said that this was too much and that in April, Blaster would again be getting a tag title shot, but this time, his partner would be none other than JEFF COBB!!! WOW!!! Two beasts will set their sites on The Pinnacle!! For once, I think Billy Hills was speechless.

The final match featured the stalwart veteran, the Sexy one himself, Sexy Sarge, going up against CCW longtime champion, Brandon Barbwire. Sarge issued this challenge back in January after Caged Chaos. In the time following, Brandon has made sure to let everyone know that he thought Sarge was an old geezer. I think Saturday night reminded Brandon that Sarge still has a lot left in his tank. It seemed as if Sarge was trying to cave in Brandon’s chest with his chops. However, and I feel this is an area that is overlooked with Brandon, he is very resilient and able to weather a storm like that. I truly think that is one of the reason he’s been able to hold onto his title. Well, that and Jeff O’Dell. Maybe that alliance is on its way out. Brandon was able to wear down Sarge and take the win in this one. Although, I’m sure that we all agree that…BRANDON TAPPED!!! Jeff O’Dell saved his boy once again. After the match, Brandon was face to face with Hollis and Austin Lane as Osby Tomlin made his way out. Osby announced that, following the number one contender match earlier, Brandon would be facing Hollis Giroux at the Super Show. As well as Austin Lane!!! We got the triple threat. But then, the last big announcement of the night. Osby inserted a fourth into the equation, that being none other than….COLT CABANA!! COLT CA-BA-NA! COLT CA-BA-NA! The crowd erupted. In the meantime, Brandon was knocked on his back by Austin and Hollis, as those two celebrated before leaving. What a night!!!

 

LEVA BATES “Blue Pants”
&
MARNI GRAS
VS
Nikki Lane
&
Sarah Summers

Tatt2
Vs
Brandon “Espy” Espinosa
Vs
D’mone Solavino

MWR CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

ACE HAWKINS
vs
SYN

THE L.A Hustlers & JD WILKS
Vs
ROSCOE EAT LISA & “Sexy” Sarge Oriley

CCW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

PINNACLE
“Farmer” Billy Hills & Dell Tucker
Vs
BLASTER & LUCHA UNDERGROUND STAR
JEFF COBB

DAVEY VEGA
VS
LUCHA UNDERGROUND STAR
JOEY RYAN

The Main Event
CCW HEAVYWEIGHT Championship

Brandon Barbwire
VS
Hollis Giroux
Vs
Austin Lane
Vs
Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana

SO there ya go!! Check out the video for more details and fun with us, and while you’re at it, hit up the links below to visit our friends!! And as always, y’all stay cool!

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The AJ Awesome Show – Miss Monica, Matt Kenway, Colt Cabana and Mephisto

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 3, 2017

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PWCS Presents: The 2017 STLI Tournament Danny Adams Battles Colt Cabana 1/21/2017

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 29, 2016

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PWCS is ready to start off Alton with a bang! Danny Adams battles

Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana in first round action!

Tickets are on sale now

Buy: http://www.pwcswrestling.com

2016 may have been the single wildest season in the history of PWCS! A season full of bitter rivalries, tearful goodbyes, and the best wrestling in St. Louis culminated with Danny Adams leading the Ego Busters to the 2016 PWCS Championship!

And now, we look forward! As the calendar flips to the new year, another exciting PWCS season is just on the horizon and what better way to kick things off than our version of the All-Star game, the 2017 St. Louis Invitational! The STLI will feature some of the major players of the 2016 season and they will battle it out to decide who was the ultimate All-Star of the season

Also signed, a very special main event. “The Miracle Worker” Davey Vega will put his newly earned PWCS Gateway Heritage Championship on the line against his tag partner and best friend “The Dirty Rook” Mat Fitchett! These two pillars of St. Louis have never faced off in the area and are set for a marquee match January 21st for PWCS’s new MVP prize, the Gateway Heritage Championship.

***Main Event***
PWCS Gateway Heritage Championship Match

“The Miracle Worker” Davey Vega (c)
Vs.
“The Dirty Rook” Mat Fitchett

The STLI Tournament!

AND MORE!

Don’t sleep on these! Let’s jam pack the Spaulding Club!

01/21/2017 – Pro Wrestling Championship Series The Spaulding Hall 405 East Alton, Illinois 62002 Tickets Front Row $12.00 GA $10.00 Kids $8.00

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Metro Pro Wrestling – October 8, 2016 – Tag Teammageddon 2016 Colt Cabana & Tom Prichard set to Appear

Posted by flairwhoooooo on September 1, 2016

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Our next Metro Pro Wrestling event is Saturday, October 8, at 7 p.m. inside Turner Rec Center in Kansas City, KS! Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

MAIN EVENT: Tag Teammageddon 8-man Elimination Tag Team Match – Team Ace vs. Team Redwing

– Also set to appear:
Tom Prichard

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and Colt Cabana
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Front Row: $20
General Admission: $15
Kids 5-12 (Does not count front row): $10
Under 5: Free

Tickets

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Train with Colt Cabana at the KC Pro Wrestling Training Center Sunday July 10th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 9, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Sunday July 10th, Former WWE & ROH Superstar COLT CABANA is coming to the KC Pro Wrestling Training Center for a Pro Wrestling Seminar. If you are looking to master your craft and sharpen your skills, then this is for you. We will be taking ONLY 15 participants for this Seminar. Message us or email us at: kcprowrestlingtraining@yahoo.com for more details. This is an RSVP only. Go to http://www.kcprowrestlingtc.com to save your spot.13323554_1209224075762401_3399071822100658227_o

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2015 Missouri Wrestling Revival Wrestler of the Year Jeremy Wyatt

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 1, 2016

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In 2015 many wrestlers in the Midwest deserved to win awards by having great matches, earning accolades and drawing big crowds all around the Midwest. That could not have been done if the talent was not delivering in the ring having fans counting the days till the next event.

Jeremy Wyatt first won the MWR Wrestler of the Year award in 2008 when he earned the nickname the Belt Collector by capturing belts throughout the Midwest. Since that time he has been in the running for the same award every year as he delivered excellent matches and built a fan base through cheers and hate throughout the Midwest.

In 2015, Jeremy Wyatt once again filled the arenas with historic matches and feuds while being showcased in 23 main events in 5 of the MWR promotions including his home of Kansas City, as well as Des Moines, Iowa, Granite City, Illinois and Council Bluffs Iowa.

His feud with Metro Pro Wrestling commissioner Michael Strider has lead to huge matches with the likes of Christopher Daniels, Matt Striker, Ricky Cruz, Christian Rose, Ace Steel and has involved Jim Cornette to  help spearhead wrestling back to life in Kansas City. He represented 3XW as their champion against the like of Rory Fox while  feuding with his often friend/rival Mark Sterling in a dog collar ladder No DQ match and an 80 Minute Iron Man match, while facing Hype Gotti in a loser leaves PWP match in July.

In St. Louis, Wyatt found himself drawing red hot heat from the fans at St. Louis Anarchy and PWCS as he battled Colt Cabana while testing his skills against KC Karrington, Makaze,  & Steven Kennedy in the main events.

There is talks that Jeremy Wyatt is close to calling it a career, but if anything is clear it is that his impact on the MWR Coverage area is still being felt in 2015 and beyond.

Past MWR Wrestlers of the Year Winners

2014 Ricky Cruz
2013 Jake Dirden
2012 Adam Pearce
2011 Brandon Espinosa
2010 Mike Sydal
2009 Mark Sterling
2008 Jeremy Wyatt

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The 2015 Fall Rundown of Classic Matches in the MWR Coverage Area

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 27, 2015

The fall months of November were red hot as the best in the Midwest battled it out in cages, survivor series matches, and Iron Man matches and much more. We got to see wrestling superstars such as Ricky Morton, Davey Richards, D.J. Shiima Xion, and Colt Cabana in action and new champions.

Once again Missouri Wrestling Revival continued their tradition as being the home for fans to find out about this must attend events. Let us take a look at just a small sample of the great matches that you should of have seen live.

All photos take by Brian Kelley

11/07/2015 – Dynamo Pro Wrestling- Fenton, Missouri

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Dynamo Pro Wrestling Champion and Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Champion Ricky Cruz fought Evan Morris to a no contest.

11/13/2015 – St. Louis Anarchy- Alton, Illinois

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St. Louis Anarchy Champion Gerald James (w/ Dorian Victor) def. Davey Richards in a best-of-three-falls match.

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Davey Vega def. D.J. Shiima Xion

11/14/2015 – St. Louis Anarchy- Alton, Illinois

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D.J. Shiima Xion def. Everett Connors (w/ The Cause)

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Gorgeous Jordan Lacey def. St. Louis Anarchy Champion Gerald James (w/ Dorian Victor) by DQ in a best-of-three-falls match.

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Mat Fitchett won the thirty-man Anarchy Rumble. Order of entry: Davey Vega, Evan Gelistico, Steve O. Reno, Mikey McFinnegan, Danny Adams, Billy McNeil, Everett Connors, Matt Cage, Jake Parnell, Trik Davis, Alex Castle, Sean Orleans, Howard, Greg Jovi, Dash Rando, Austin Blackburn(miraculously rising from his wheelchair), Mallaki Matthews, Super Electro, Mat Fitchett(#19), Dorian Victor, Zakk Sawyer, Jack Adonis, Paco Gonzalez, Christian Rose, Adam Caster, Mike Sharona, Nikki Strychnine, Jojo Bravo, Alexandre Rudolph, and Ricky Starks. Eliminations: McFinnegan by Gelistico, McNeil by Connors, Parnell and Reno by Gelistico, Davis by Cage, Jovi by Orleans, Orleans by Gelistico/Adams/Connors, Rando by Castle, Howard by Gelistico, Castle by Cage, Cage by Gelistico/Adams/Connors, Adams & Connors by Vega, Gelistico by Vega, Blackburn by Vega, Mallaki by Vega, Electro by Fitchett, Sawyers by Victor, Victor by Vega, Adonis by Fitchett, Sharona by Rose, Rudolph by Rose, Strychnine by Rose, Caster by Vega, Starks by Jojo, Paco by Rose, Jojo by Rose (after the referees missed Jojo eliminating Rose on the other side of the ring), Rose by Vega, Vega by Fitchett.

11/21/2015 – Gateway Elite Wrestling – Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

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Jack Gamble def. Elvis Aliaga in a tables match.

11/28/2015 – Wrestling Invades America – Swansea, Illinois

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Wrestling Invades America Champion Kevin Lee Davidson def. Leone Mephisto

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Pro Wrestling Epic Champion Brandon Aarons def. Adam Caster.

12/05/2015 – Metro Pro Wrestling – Kansas City, Kansas

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Metro Pro Wrestling Central States Champion Ace Steel def. Ricky Morton after “Santa Claus” Bobby Eaton interfered.

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Metro Pro Wrestling Champion Jeremy Wyatt def. Mark Sterling in a 60 minute Iron Man Match in overtime at the 80 minute mark.

12/06/2015 – Pro Wrestling Championship Series/ St. Louis Anarchy – Alton, Illinois

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Colt Cabana def. Jeremy Wyatt

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Pierre Abernathy def. Kikutaro by submission

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Gerald James def. Zakk Sawyer (2-1 falls)

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Grado def. Everett Connors

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Survivor Series Match: The Resurgence – Steven Kennedy, Jake Dirden, Davey Vega, & Mat Fitchett vs. Chaos Nation – KC Karrington, Adam Caster, Evan Gelistico & Pierre Abernathy . . . Survivors: Mat Fitchett & Davey Vega.

12/12/2015 – Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling -East Carondelet, Illinois

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Sean Vincent def. Curtis Wylde in a cage match

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Gary Jackson def. Attila Khan in a cage match

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Kahagas def. Ron Powers and Flash Flanagan to win the SICW Classic title in a cage match (triple)

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One on One with “The Voice of Minnesota Wrestling” Ring Announcer Mick Karch

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 13, 2015

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It is a pleasure today to be joined with “The Voice of Minnesota wrestling” Mick Karch for this edition of Missouri Wrestling Revival’s One on One. MWR fans will have a special oppurtunity to get to meet Karch in East Carondelet, Illinois on May 16th during the SICW “Bruiser Brody Memorial” event that will also include the afternoon “Meet and Greet” with several Wrestling Legends including Brody’s lovely widow Barbara Goodish, former American Wrestling Association (AWA)Champion Stan Hansen, Wrestling at the Chase announcer Larry Matysik, Wrestling superstar “Cowboy” Bob Orton, the first ever WWE (Then known as the WWF) female ring announcer Mike McGuirk starting at 3:30pm that will conclude with a memorable night of action featuring the stars of SICW.

Please note: All photos courtesy of Mick Karch.

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With Terry Taylor and Missy Hyatt, my broadcast colleagues in the American Wrestling Federation Warriors of Wrestling.

Brian: Mick, thank you so much for taking the time to be with us at MWR today.

Mick: Brian, it’s my pleasure. You do a terrific job.

Brian: Today’s wrestling fans have many opportunities to discover wrestling through the WWE on the USA Network, TNA on Destination America, Ring of Honor on Sinclair as well as various outlets on the internet including Youtube and promotions own websites. Yet, as a man that started his career in the 70’s, I have to ask what was your first exposure to the sport as a fan and who was it that created that spark for the love of pro wrestling?

Mick: I did behind the scenes print publicity for the AWA from 1973-1986. In 1987, I was hired on as their ring announcer and occasional color guy for their ESPN tapings at the Showboat in Las Vegas. It is so ironic to have eventually worked for them, because my hero as a child was Verne Gagne. I was flipping through the TV channels at the age of nine, and I saw big Tiny Mills, a 6’3″, 275 pound lumberjack, pushing around the TV announcer, Marty O’Neill. Marty was all of about 5’6″. Tiny was ranting and raving about wanting a match with Verne Gagne.

I saw my first live event May 17, 1960, in Minneapolis, and Verne was in the main event, teaming with football and wrestling star Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb to face Mills and Stan “Krusher” Kowalski. I was hooked on wrestling for life.

Brian: You entered the business during a time that it was hard to break in due to the laws of Kayfabe being enforced. At what point did you realize that the matches were predetermined and how were the doors open for you to be included among the circle of people that were involved in the sport?

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Mick: Like any kid from that era, I refused to listen to my parents and siblings, who told me that wrestling wasn’t on the “up-and-up.” Of course, I refused to believe it—for a while. As time went on, I began to pick out certain things that didn’t seem quite right. When I ventured down to the Dyckman Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, which housed the Minneapolis Boxing & Wrestling Club (AWA) a few years later and saw Reggie Parks and Moose Cholak standing by the elevators, laughing and joking, the light bulb went off. Parks and Cholak were in the midst of a “feud” at the time. Now it all made sense.

You are so correct that this was the “kayfabe” era, and the wrestling business was protected to the hilt. No one was automatically allowed even remotely close to the inner circle. I literally hung around the TV tapings and the arena matches for years before I was semi-trusted. That is certainly a far cry from today’s scenario, when it seems just about anyone can finagle their way into a locker room or back stage.

Brian: Before we go any further with the AWA we have to mention the great Verne Gagne. Last month on April 27th , Gagne passed away at the age of 89, but his contribution to the sport of wrestling as a Champion, promoter and trainer defined an era of wrestling that continues to this day. What were your memories of Verne Gagne and out of those three different aspects of wrestling do you feel was his biggest accomplishment?

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Former AWA World Champ Verne Gagne by the Artist of Champions Rob Schamberger

Mick: As it relates to Verne Gagne, I don’t think his impact and imprint on the business can be overstated. His influence was monumental, going back to the mid-1950’s when he was really the first national “babyface” wrestler on the old Dumont Network. Televised pro wrestling was an absolute mainstay back then, and Verne was its original big star. As the years went on, his star shone brighter and brighter. He was the epitome of a champion: good looks, tremendous conditioning, smart, articulate, and always the ultimate professional. As a promoter, he had a keen eye for talent and he ruled with an iron fist. Verne was first and foremost a WRESTLER, and you damn well better know how to wrestle if you worked for him. The AWA had its share of off the wall characters, too, but nothing like the circus “sports entertainment” that the WWF/WWE foisted on the world.

As a trainer, there were none better than Verne. Look at the roster of guys he turned out: Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter, Greg Gagne, Jim Brunzell, Scott Irwin, Bob Backlund, Khosrow Vaziri, on and on. Amazing.

Brian: The AWA was filled with several larger than life characters throughout the years that thrilled fans with exciting action in the ring and memorable interviews that drew huge crowds night after night. Men such as a Nick Bockwinkel , Mad Dog Vachon, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Dick the Bruiser, Larry Hennig and Baron Von Raschke just to name a few. Who were your favorites to work with personally and can you share a story with the MWR fans of one of those stars?

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With Nick Bockwnkel, 1982.

Mick: My favorite wrestlers over the years tend to be the “heels.” My all time favorite, bar none, is Nick Bockwinkel. I honestly believe that he was the standard bearer for the wrestling business in the 1970’s and early 80’s. I was also a huge fan of the late Dr. Bill Miller, Dick (Dr.X/Destroyer) Beyer, Stan “Krusher” Kowalski, and Bobby Heenan. The stories about these guys could fill a book, but I’ll share one kind of bizarre and scary one.

Dr. Bill Miller wrestled in the AWA under a mask as “The Mysterious Mr. M.” He won the AWA title from Verne in January 1962. In August of that same year, Verne won the title back in Minneapolis. The end of the match saw Verne twist the mask so Miller couldn’t see, then he dropkicked and pinned him. The stipulation was if Miller lost, he would unmask, which he did right after the match. On his way back to the locker room, a crazed fan leaned over the railing of the balcony and viciously hit Miller over the head with a 2 x 6 board with a 1/8″ steel spike on the end. A nearly unconscious Miller was assisted back to the locker room.

Some 12 years later, Miller returned for a short stint in the AWA and I spoke with him at the TV tapings. We discussed the incident, which Miller said he remembered like it was yesterday. He explained that when he went back to the locker room and was regaining his senses, he could actually put his pinky finger into the top of his head a feel his brain! Miller was a veterinarian and he knew how serious it was. He showed me the scars which were still clearly visible. The perpetrator, by the way, was never caught.

“The World’s Most Scientific Wrestler” Wilbur Snyder teams with “The Man With The Cast Iron Stomach” Pepper Gomez, to go against the feared master of the heart punch Ox Baker and Dr. Big Bill Miller. This is the first of a two fall battle.

Editors note: SICW fans were fortunate enough to meet OX Baker in 2014 at the East Carondelet Community Center , before he passed away months later.

Brian: Here at Missouri Wrestling Revival, we work with many ring announcers throughout the MWR coverage area. What would be your advice to someone that is looking to become the best ring announcer that they can be?

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With AWA/WWF announcer Ken Resnick, 2015

Mick: To aspiring ring announcers, here’s a few tips. Take a deep breath and relax. The audience will pick up on it right away if you are nervous. Do your homework. Make sure you are clear on all the weights, hometowns, and match stipulations. Most importantly, don’t be too overbearing. Deliver your intro forcefully and clearly, but don’t try to be flamboyant and outshine the wrestlers. Remember, it’s about them, not you.

Brian: On December 29th, 1985 Stan Hansen defeated Rick Martel to become the AWA World Champion? Hansen was also a Mega Star in Japan with his good friend and partner Bruiser Brody who is set to be honored next week at SICW with the Bruiser Brody memorial event in East Carondelet Illinois. As a fan that Grew up in the 80’s, Hansen’s version of the clothesline, the Lariat was a feared move that every wrestling fan “knew” had broken WWWF Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino’s neck in the 70’s. I don’t remember a match that involved Hansen that the commentator put over the fact that he could win the match with the lariat if he was able to land the move. Who and what were some of your favorite finishers to call during a match while you did color commentary?

Mick: My favorite finishing maneuvers to call play by play on? Wow, that’s a tough one. I would say Bruiser Brody’s boot to the face and flying knee drop, Greg Gagne’s sleeper hold, Jerry Blackwell’s big splash, and Mad Dog Vachon’s piledriver rank right up there. It’s sad how the business has changed and the finishers I’ve mentioned are just another move in the matches these days, and usually the opponents kick out at least once.

Brian: Fans of today can relive the AWA through the WWE DVD release WWE: The Spectacular Legacy of the American Wrestling Association. Was this a worthy look of the AWA, and what would you have liked to have seen showcased more or less on the DVD?

Mick: I thought the AWA DVD was pretty decent, especially when you consider it was a WWE release. Watching some of the old footage is particularly great to an old school fan like me. If there is anything I had a problem with it would be how much emphasis was placed on the erosion of the promotion. I guess that’s to be expected, but the AWA had 50 years of greatness before the wheels fell off the bus.

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At Cauliflower Alley Club with Sir Oliver Humperdink.

Brian: Recently you and I had the pleasure of spending time in Las Vegas at the 50th Anniversary of the Cauliflower Alley Club. The event was filled with memories and moments that will last a lifetime including what I felt was one of the most entertaining acceptance speech’s of All-time when one of my heroes, Harley Race presented Hennig  the “Iron” Mike Mazurki Award. The two, along with Hennigs’ wife Irene could easily take their show on the road as they delivered laughs and good times that exhibit what the CAC is all about. This is a multi-part question, how long have you been a member of the CAC, what have been your highlights of attending the reunion and why should a wrestling fan join a club that we feel so passionate about?

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Mick: I have been attending the CAC reunions since 2000. There is no way to describe the feeling you get rubbing elbows with the legends of the business. I have met so many amazing people. Since I started going there, I have seen the likes of Steve Austin, Roddy Piper, Ricky Steamboat, Antonio Inoki, Pat Patterson, the Vachons, Hard Boiled Haggerty, Tex McKenzie, Kurt Angle, Sputnik Monroe, Larry Hennig, Harley Race, Lou Thesz, Bobby Heenan, The Crusher, Jim Cornette, JJ Dillon, Nick Bockwinkel, Terry Funk, The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Judy Grable, Stan Hansen, Tim Woods and Johnny Walker (“Mr. Wrestling” 1 & 2), Ox Baker, Superstar Graham, Jimmy Valiant, on and on and on. Hundreds of superstars. I would tell anyone who is truly passionate about the wrestling business, you NEED to attend at least once. You owe it to yourself. I would also say, don’t wait. Many of the people I just mentioned have passed away. You just never know.

Brian: As we prepare for an exciting weekend built around the memories of Bruiser Brody at the show of the year for SICW, what were your memories of Bruiser Brody?

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With Bruiser Brody, 1987

Mick: My memories of Bruiser Brody. God, so many. I was a fan of his long before I ever saw him wrestle in person. Watching him on various syndicated wrestling programs and reading about him in the magazines, I always looked forward to seeing him. When he first arrived in the AWA area, it was incredible. His aura, his mystique, his sheer presence. I don’t know if I have ever seen a feud to match the one he had with Jerry Blackwell. In 1986, I had the tremendous honor of doing two television interviews with him at a show in Winnipeg, Canada. Bruiser main evented against the guy I know many fans in this area are very familiar with, “Bulldog” Bob Brown. Their match was a war and spilled out into the crowd. Even though I had been announcing for a couple years at that point, Brody was my first “big time” interview, and needless to say I was initially scared to death. But he spoke with me beforehand, laid down a few guidelines, and the promos went perfectly. When he thanked me for a job well done, I felt as if I had truly arrived as an announcer in the wrestling business. I will never forget that.

Brian: Since AWA has closed doors you have stayed active in the world of pro wrestling. Please tell the fans what you have been up?

Mick: During the time frame that the AWA was shutting down, I left there and became host of a four-hour wrestling block in the Twin Cities called “Saturday Night at Ringside.” Joe Pedicino and Paul Heyman were instrumental in getting me the job. Besides carrying NWA Worldwide, World Class, Pro Wrestling This Week, and Windy City Wrestling, I incorporated localized tie-ins for independent wrestling shows, brought in both local and national wrestlers, created angles and storylines, did trivia contests, answered viewer questions, and had fans appear as a “Ringsider of the Week.” In fact, the famous lady wrestler “ODB” was a “Ringsider” on my program at the age of 8 !!

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On the set of “Saturday Night at Ringside,” with Stan Kowalski, Baron Von Raschke, Larry Hennig, Al DeRusha, Wally Karbo and Mad Dog Vachon (1990.)

I have worked for the American Wrestling Federation “Warriors of Wrestling” under the direction of Sgt. Slaughter and Tito Santana; I have done television for literally dozens of independent promotions in the United States, Canada, and Australia. For the past 17 years, I have been lead booker and TV host for Ed Hellier’s Steel Domain Wrestling, based out of Minnesota.

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Hosting Steel Domain’s “Championship Wrestling from the Twin Cities” program with promoter Ed Hellier, 2015.

In the early days, SDW had future world champions C.M. Punk, Adam Pearce, Colt Cabana, Ken Anderson, Shawn Daivari, and Austin Aries on the roster AT THE SAME TIME!!!

Brian: Mick, thank you so much for taking the time with Missouri Wrestling Revival and we look forward to seeing you at SICW’s Bruiser Brody memorial event that starts with the 3:30 Q and A. Do you have anything that you would like to mention as we end this interview and prepare for such an exciting weekend?

Mick: I would like to extend my most sincere thanks to you for the opportunity to share part of my story, and to Herb Simmons and Larry Matysik for inviting this old AWA guy to such a wonderful event!!

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