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Posts Tagged ‘Darla Staggs’

Herb Simmons Presents Larry Matysik’s Wife Pat with His Posthumous Award at the CAC in Las Vegas

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 2, 2019

Tonight I was privileged and honored to be invited to the 54th Anniversary of the Cauliflower Alley Club where my great friend Herb Simmons has the distinguished honor to present Larry Matysik’s Pat wife with the Posthumous Award for his dedication to Professional Wrestling.

Herb delivered an excellent speech inducting Larry and sharing their life together in professional wrestling. I cannot think of a better person to bestow this deserving honor on Larry.

Bryan Whitaker

Photo courtesy Bryan Whitaker

Photo courtesy from Bryan Whitaker

Photo courtesy from Bryan Whitaker

Pat Matysik and Herb Simmons – Photo courtesy from Darla Staggs

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Cauliflower Alley Reunion 2012- By Darla Staggs

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 15, 2012

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At The Flamingo

By Darla Staggs

All photos courtesy of Darla Staggs.

Another Cauliflower Alley Reunion has come and gone for another year, but it was a wonderful three days spent with so many friends. I have often said that some of the best friends in the world are my wrestling friends and I will always believe that.

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This year we had to say goodbye to Karl Lauer, only as the Executive Vice President of the club, as he has officially retired. He will still remain involved with CAC and be at the reunions. It was great seeing Karl being honored for all of his hard work he has done for the CAC. This year at the Baloney Blowout, it was dedicated to Karl with a Toast and Roast……the funny thing is, no one really roasted him, as there were just too many things to toast him about. Congratulations to Karl!

I’m not going to list all of the awards from this year, but just a few that were the best to me. If you would like to see all of the award recipients and their bios, you can go to the Cauliflower Alleys website at www.caulifloweralleyclub.org.

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Wendi Richter…..recipient of The Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award

Wendi Richter was recipient of the Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award. I always thought that Wendi and Joyce Grable were the best ladies tag team there ever was. I was friends with Wendi back in the late 70’s when she would be in St. Louis. It was great to see her after 25 years. She is still as beautiful as ever and she was thrilled at being honored by the CAC this year.

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Ricky Steamboat and Brian Blair

The second one I’d like to talk about is Ricky Steamboat! He was recipient of the Lou Thesz Award. This man is probably one of the nicest guys to ever be in the wrestling business. He really takes the time to talk with all of the fans and it’s like he has known you for years. Of course, when Ricky walked into the room all of the fans went to him for autographs and to pose for photos. I overheard someone say to him, “I told you all of the marks were going to mob you!” Ricky looked at him and said, “That is why I’m here, to mingle with my fans!” I thought that was awesome!

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Jim Ross and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin…..recipient of The Iron Mike Award

The last honoree I want to speak about is none other than “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He was recipient of the Iron Mike Mazurki Award. Wow……there are no words that can even describe him. He is another one who is so thrilled to be with his fans. I couldn’t tell you how many hours he spent signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. He stayed until everyone was finished.

The one thing I want to stress is that during Ricky and Steve’s speeches, they stressed to all of the young guys in the business today…..”LEARN TO WORK.” It’s not always about making sure you get all of your moves in and showing what you know how to do, but learn how to work. That is what the fans and promoters and scouts want to see. So guys….remember those three words!

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Classiest Champion of all time…….AWA Champ, Nick Bockwinkel…… Love him!

Of course, there were many other wrestlers there that I got to see and talk to. It’s always good to visit with Nick Bockwinkel and his beautiful wife, Darlene, Ted DiBiase, Terry Funk, Tom Andrews, Bob Giegel and Bill Kersten….they have all been wonderful thru the years.

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Tom Andrews and Bill Kersten

I have said many times before that for me going to the CAC reunions is a great time for me to spend quality time with my wrestling family. It’s always a thrill to see the wrestlers, but most important for me is to spend time with my friends I’ve made through the years. I have met so many wonderful people in this crazy business, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. And this year, I also had the pleasure of traveling to Las Vegas with our own, Gary Jackson……

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My dear friend, Gary Jackson

It was a fun three days!!!

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Ring of Honor electrifies ST Louis, then party like rock stars with Party Animal Radio and MWR.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 7, 2011

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Ring of Honor Stars, Party Animal Radio and the fans are all smiles at the 5th Bar and Grill. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

By Brian Kelley

On the way to cover the red hot promotion in Kansas City Saturday to cover Metro Pro Wrestling I received a call from our good friends at Party Animal Radio. If anything that I have learn from the past is that when I hear from them, good times are just around the corner.

With Ring of Honor returning to ST Louis at the Collinsville Gateway Center, Dubray and I was already planning on checking out the hard hitting action with our good friend promoter Herb Simmons, Keith Smith and many other friends.

After hearing, the good news that there was going to be a special MEET/GREET/AND EAT!!! With the stars from Ring of Honor! I was on the road so I got on the wire to get ahold of my good friend Kari Williams to post the news straight to MWR. For a measly ten dollars fans could have a cheeseburger and fries with the stars from Ring of Honor!

Still the fans were treated to a Sunday matinée of Ring of Honor wrestling. My friends know I love wrestling but for me to miss Sunday NFL football, the show will have to be a guaranteed good time. With ROH World Champion Davey Richards announced to be in action that was all the info I need to know that the TIVO would have to tape the Denver Bronco game.

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Steve Corino and Louie

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Pro Wrestling Phoenix crew made the trip from Council Bluffs Iowa to check out the red hot ROH action.

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Fans have fun before the ROH show.

Ring of Honor brings to the ring no nonsense, hard hitting action the way it is supposed to be. Filled with an awesome roster including the ROH Champ Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas formally of WWE fame as well as former TNA star and current ROH TV Champion Jay Lethal mixed in with the likes of MsChif , El Generico, Jimmy Jacobs, Steve Corino, Future Shock, Michael Elgin, and Tommaso Ciampa including a killer main event as the All Night Express (Rhett Titus and Kenny King) proved that they were real when they defeated The American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards).
A frog splash from Rhett Titus and a shooting star press from Kenny King that allowed King to pin Edwards for the victory. Mutual respect all around after the match, but Edwards told his partner “See you at Final Battle” iPPV on December 23, 2011 – 7:30pm Manhattan Center (Hammerstein Ballroom) , New York , New York.

The 2011 Cauliflower Alley Club 2011 Red Bastein Friendship Award recipient Darla Staggs was in attendance for her very first ROH experience. Darla has been a fan and supporter of pro wrestling for many years, when I asked her what she thought of the show she quickly replied “I Haven’t seen wrestling like this in a long time….fantastic show!!!”

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Darla Staggs is in the clutches of 25 year wrestling vet Keith Smith and his lovely wife Michelle.

This coming from a woman who was live for many of the great Wrestling at the Chase shows in ST Louis’s golden era of pro wrestling is quite a compliment.

I was happy to run into “ECW Original” Angel after the show, Angel is looking in awesome shape and ready to run over the competition and a ROH run for the King of the Streets would be one that I would be very interested in seeing myself.

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Young rising local star Aiden Young may not have a title yet but still has a beautiful women to come check out ROH with.

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SICW Promoter Herb Simmons was on hand to check out ROH. Fans can check out SICW this Saturday in East Carondelet Il along with CWC Champ Ron Powers.

Also in attendance was one of the top tag teams today the Kentucky Buffett of Alex Castle and Matt Cage, Aiden Young former GCW Star Mike Sharona and the Manager of Champions Travis Cook.

Then it was off for ROH –Party Animal Radio after party 2011, if you missed the last ROH after party click here for all the great times from 7-23-2010.

This time the party was at the 5th Quarter Bar & Grill and as usual, we got there early and sat with our friends Drew, Gary and Ben while waiting on the ROH Stars to show up as they showered and if they were like us, got lost in the big streets of Collinsville Illinois.

While we waited the waiter and waitress worked hard to take the fans orders and drinks. I was stunned to hear that their special on that night was Natural Light for only $1.00, so for $22.00 I got Dubray and I 2 hamburgers and a beer, and though some of you may be thinking that “oh yuck” Natty light but I actually like it so the night was starting off right.

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These fans traveled from Quincy Illinois for Ring of Honor and take in the after party afterwards. Here they get an awesome picture taken with the top women wrestler ever , (Of course we are 100% biased as well as correct :)) MsChif.

The first ROH star to make her way to the bar was MsChif, who was game for some food herself with some friends. I spoke to some really cool fans that had driven from Quincy Illinois to check out ROH and was interested in getting their picture taken with Your Soul’s Tormentor – MsChif. Before She left she was more than happy to take her photo with the group of friends who made their way to check her out in another win in her hometown of St Louis against Mia Yim(w/ Prince Nana, Robert Evans, & Ernesto Osiris) via Desecrator.

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The wrestlers takes their seats to sign autographs and take photos with some of the very best in the world today.

Fans could line up for pictures and autographs with the stars such as Kenny King, Eddie Edwards, Charlie Hass and Rhett Tittus.

The service was awesome at the 5th Quarter Bar & Grill and the food was maybe the best that I have ever had at a small bar. When I asked the waitress who they would choose a wrestler to have their picture taken with, they quickly giggled and chose the former ROH World Champion Eddie Edwards.

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My friend Darla Staggs asked me last week at a show if I could build a promotion around one wrestler today who would it be. My answer Eddie Edwards. Edwards has the talent charisma and skills for many years to come along with one great match after another . Here he gets all the love from the girls in the house.

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GOOD TIMES!!!

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Has Edwards met his match???

Edwards had been smiles all night with the  girls,Edwards the number one contender for the ROH title played around with funny poses along with the girls for MWR.

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Awesome friends of MWR along with Ricky Cruz, International superstar (on the far right), see Cruz in action in East Carondelet Illinois for SICW this Saturday.

At one table was our friend Keith Smith with family and friends along with rising star in the Midwest Ricky Cruz chilling out with laughs and great food.

While walking around I noticed a couple that were just enjoying a beer, so I introduced myself and asked if they had ever heard of MWR. The couple stated they didn’t even know wrestling was in town and really wasn’t a fan but was kind enough to take part in the MWR Photo recap of the party. Her friend wasn’t interested in taking photos but she was able to get a photo with Charlie Hass and Delirious. Hopefully, the next time ROH comes to town, they will check out the show to see just how talented these guys were.

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Dubray and POO DOO

MWR’S Dubray Tallman was even able to find local wrestling legend Poo Doo the Cow, coming out of the farm to get his drink on.

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CHEERS

I am not going to lie to you; I was amazed that there were so few fans that took the opportunity to come to this event, , but I can understand when there was such short notice on the event but it was easily the best value for your money all year. The ROH Stars even after a show the night before in Louisville, KY and less than 24 hours made their way to STL only to give a 110 percent in the ring then make their way to be kind to each and every one of the fans in that bar giving them memories that will last a lifetime.

Let’s take a look at the rest of this awesome night of meet and greet with the ROH Stars and fans.

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Fans party with Charlie Hass

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Kenny King is a name you will soon not forget, as he seemed to enjoy the fans as much as they did him. Here he poses along with one half of the party animals themselves the Briscoe Brothers.

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Eddie Edwards ,Rhett Titus poses with a fan in good fun.

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You can see comedian Louie open up for the Iron Sheik’s comedy show this Saturday. My suggestion to Louie is a T-shirt would have been cheaper, and a MWR logo would have been a hell of a lot cooler.

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Louie and the tatoo of the World Title.

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Fans could have seen Tommaso Ciampa at Harley Race's WLW in the past, now he is one of top young stars at ROH.

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Party Animal Radio's Mike Gordon.

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ROH T.V. Champion Jay Lethal with the hottest girl at the bar that night, Dubray Tallman.

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Shelton Benjamin and one of my friends Drew.

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Nobody parties like Briscoe Brothers and Party Animal Radio Mike and Cody.

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Dubray Tallman and Kenny King.

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The hard working ladies of the 5th Bar and Grill.

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I wished this photo would of came out better sorry guys.

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ROH superstar Delirious

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Gary, St Louis ring announcer Ben Simon and Dubray Tallman.

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Not a wrestling fan but she was open for a lot of fun.

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Rhett Titus

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When you need to get great service , these three bartenders are the champs.

For the fans that missed this weekend’s events, you will not want to miss next Saturday as Party Animal Radio and ROSS ANTHONY PROMOTIONS have a fun filled weekend planned for you with former WWE World Champion the IRON SHIEK. For only $55.00 fans can have dinner with the Iron Sheik, fans will receive autographed photos from prior guests Tony Atlas and Harley Race free. Fans can also get a discount to the “Iron Sheik Stand up Show”, with the purchase of a “DWTL3″ ticket (you will still get the free autographs from Atlas & Race).For tickets call-314-669-4727 or 573-270-7218 or for more information visit the website at http://www.stlouiswrestling.webs.com.

Throughout the night fans were able to purchase raffle tickets for a chance at free tickets to these events as well as Party Animal Radio t-shirts. So please join us this Saturday for the Iron Sheik meet and greet dinner. A night you will never forget.

Do not forget to check out the Ring of Honor website to find out more on the ippv, events, DVDS and results by clicking here

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