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Brandon Aarons beautifies B.A.B.E.WATCH

Posted by reimaginejournalism on March 30, 2009

By Kari Williams

As “Irresistably Flawless” Brandon Aarons saunters to the ring, “Girls go crazy!” becomes his battlecry. With each flamboyant step, he anticipates cries of excitement from the girls in attendance. He foresees them fawning over his Greek god-like physique, hoping he does so much as cast a glance in their direction. The moment he steps through the ropes and flaunts his athletic prowess he lets his personality flourish. When Aarons secures victory, he delivers See You Next Tuesday, a fireman’s carry into a modified lung blower, and covers his opponent for the three count.

Brandon Aarons shows why he is irresistably flawless prior to his match against Mark Sterling on Jan. 2, 2008. Photo by Kari Williams

Brandon Aarons shows why he is 'irresistably flawless' prior to his match against Mark Sterling on Jan. 2, 2008. Photo by Kari Williams

The Newport Beach, CA native began his career three years ago with Gateway Championship Wrestling (GCW) and has since trained with Lethal Wrestling Alliance (LWA) and Dynamo Training Gym, where he currently resides under the tutelage of Dingo. Noticing he needed something extra to stand out, Aarons established a serious training program in which he goes to the gym five days a week.

“[Other wrestlers] go to the gym all the time [and] get buff. Me? I was a little, skinny kid. Plus, I wanted to get the girls. So, I figure, I can go out somewhere, and I see all the girls looking at me, and I’m like, ‘Alright, this is cool.’ And then I see all the old guys looking at me, and I’m like, ‘You know what? I must be really good if the old dudes are checking me out too’,” Aarons said.

Once his desire to work at a more rigorous pace developed, Aarons had the opportunity to wrestle on the National Wrestling Alliance—Central States Wrestling (NWA-CSW, now Dynamo Pro) television taping in April 2008 against Adam Rich and Tony Brock in a three-way for the first Young Dynamo Cup. Boosting his credibility is the fact that he has worked on cards featuring stars such as Al Snow, Samoa Joe, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin.

“I wrestled in front of almost 300 people up in NWA Dynamo in Kansas and then Espy [and I] wrestled as B.A.B.E.WATCH [with] IWA Productions…in January. [In the next year, I want to] wrestle in front of more people, get my name out there, get more publicity, do as much as I can to let people know that Brandon Aarons is the next breakout star in the midwest,” Aarons said.

Brandon Aarons and Brandon Espinosa formed B.A.B.E.WATCH in May 2008 and currently have their sights set on gold. Photo by Kari Williams

Brandon Aarons and Brandon Espinosa formed B.A.B.E.WATCH in May 2008 and currently have their sights set on gold.

Aarons joined forces with “Thee” Brandon Espinosa in May 2008 when their tag team, B.A.B.E.WATCH, debuted in LWA. The duo has wrestled for LWA, New Midwest Wrestling and High Voltage Wrestling (HVW), among other companies. The skill set they possess, and the attention they receive, allows them to stand out, despite Aarons keeping their key moves secret.

“[Espinosa has] his Mexican flying burrito skills, and I [have] my ridiculously good looking things that I do, which is everything. Plus, Espy and I get fan mail. Granted 99 percent of females that attend wrestling shows are complete trash, and I would never converse with them in my entire life—not even through a mutual friend…But B.A.B.E.WATCH…stands for ‘Girls, girls, girls want our bodies, but they cannot touch us so we wrestle ugly dudes and beat them unless they cheat. You know, like the Ego [Express] did on Jan. 24, the day after my birthday,” Aarons said.

Espinosa utitilizes the time spent together to develop their proficiency and skillfulness in the ring.

“As singles competitors, we are able to show one another what is great about each other, which helps us create our tag team aurora. Strategies are pretty much the same [though]. [We] use each other to the other ones advantage,” Espinosa said.

Having a love for the sport since he was 11 years old, Aarons understands his expectations and responsibilites as a wrestler but while balancing a full time college schedule knows he is limited.

Photo Courtesty of Brandon Aarons

Photo Courtesty of Brandon Aarons

Due to his hardwork and dedication, Aarons, along with others such as Mike Sydal, was named as one of the next wave of breakout stars on Missouri Wrestling Revival (MWR) Owner Josh Ray’s, “2008 Year End Awards and Reflective Celebration” post. Aarons feels that he deserves the credit bestowed upon him.

“I don’t blame [MWR] at all [for selecting me] because if I’m going to train this hard, I better be getting something out of it. But guys like Mike [Sydal], he’s pretty talented. I mean, he’s probably almost just as good as me. Almost. You know, he’s got charisma; he’s got skill. Something I think that I possess as well because I’m irresistably flawless,” Aarons said.

Brandon has battled some of the best the Midwest has to offer, here he punishes Mark Sterling at LWA ( Photo Credit Brian “Flair” Kelley)

Brandon has battled some of the best the Midwest has to offer, here he punishes Mark Sterling at LWA ( Photo Credit Brian “Flair” Kelley)

Wrestling for approximately two years, Sydal became an interim member of B.A.B.E.WATCH in Dec. 2008 and appreciates the recognition bestowed upon himself and Aarons.

“It was nice to read that, honestly, because it means people are noticing our hard work. I know both of us can live up to those expectations. We both work hard in and out of the ring, always training in the ring and in the gym,” Sydal said.

Aarons feels secure with his work ethic and plans to prove Ray correct in the coming months. The irresistably flawless one competed in a number one contender’s match for the Heavweight Title against “Future” Donovan Ruddick, J.C. Bravo and Dorian Victor on March 6 for LWA to attest to that fact. In the same month, he wrestled in HVW against Kahagas, who ranked at 373 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s PWI 500 for 2008.

At HVW on March 14, Brandon Aarons accompanies Brandon Espinosa to the ring for Espinosas Livewire Championship match against Gary Jay. Photo by Kari Williams

At HVW on March 14, Brandon Aarons accompanies Brandon Espinosa to the ring for Espinosa's Livewire Championship match against Gary Jay. Photo by Kari Williams

“I can guarantee that I can get a reaction out of anybody no matter what I do, whether I’m shaking hands or pulling down my tights to expose my rock hard abs. I [have] skill, I [have] talent, I [have] charisma. My pecs are good. My triceps are good. My biceps are good. I’ve got rock solid thighs, I’ve got great hair. Those guys on that list, some of them might have some of it, some of them may have none of it, but I have all of it,” Aarons said.

The flamboyant Sydal has grown to know Aarons and thinks highly of his some-time partner.

“Brandon Aarons is a young, hungry, up-and-comer with a great body—a nice hard, tight, young body. He is a skilled wrestler with a chiseled and hard, tan look with a young face. [He has a] great boyish face with a toned physique that captivates you so you can’t look away,” Sydal said.

Aarons can back up such statements because he has girls “sending [him] e-mails [and] messaging [him] on MySpace.” Despite his claims, many fans harass Aarons with accusations of being homosexual, which he firmly denies.

B.A.B.E.WATCH plans to broaden their horizons within the next year. ‘We hope to wrestle as much as we can, capture as much gold–because it looks so good around our waists–and spread the word and looks of B.A.B.E.WATCH,’ Espinosa said. Photo by Brian “Flair” Kelley

B.A.B.E.WATCH plans to broaden their horizons within the next year. ‘We hope to wrestle as much as we can, capture as much gold–because it looks so good around our waists–and spread the word and looks of B.A.B.E.WATCH,’ Espinosa said. Photo by Brian “Flair” Kelley

“We look good. We wear professional-looking gear. I look professional. Espy looks professional. Mike definitely looks professional. His brother is Evan Bourne from WWE. You can’t get more professional than that…What’s gay about us? We don’t do anything gay. We wrestle. That’s what we do. We wrestle. We perform. We get out there. Take names. Kick ass …So, definitely not gay. Not gay at all,” Aarons said.

After working with Sydal semi-regularly for three months, Aarons has no problem with Sydal’s addition to B.A.B.E.WATCH.

“Us good looking guys, we have to stay together because in the wrestling business. It’s hard to find good looking guys, just as hard as it is to find good looking girls…The three of us together has been awesome. B.A.B.E.WATCH as a whole is obviously, Brandon Aarons and Brandon Espinosa, but what do we want? We want babes. What does that ‘S’ stand for? Sydal. He’s the missing link, so if he wants in, he’s in,” Aarons said.

Regardless of the fans’ perception of the irresistably flawless one, he and Espinosa hope to excel as a team, with Espinosa stating that they are on a quest for gold. Before the dashing duet proves themselves in tag team title matches, Aarons must first contend with his opponent at LWA’s next show on April 4 in O’ Fallon, IL. For booking information, contact Aarons through brandonaarons@yahoo.com or www.myspace.com/thegenerickid.

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Al Snow visits The Fan Shop

Posted by reimaginejournalism on February 20, 2009

Compiled by Kari Williams

On Jan. 30, Former WWE, TNA and ECW Superstar Al Snow paid a visit to The Fan Shop located in St. Louis, MO prior to the training seminar he conduted with Dynamo Training Gym. In between signing autographs and memorobilia and talking wrestling with the fans in attendance, Snow accepted an interview with Missouri Wrestling Revival.

Inbetween signing autographs and memorabilia, Al Snow took time for an interview for Missouri Wrestling Revival before leaving The Fan Shop for the training seminar he conducted at Dynamo Training Gym located in St. Louis, MO.

Inbetween signing autographs and memorabilia, Al Snow took time for an interview for Missouri Wrestling Revival before leaving The Fan Shop for the training seminar he conducted at Dynamo Training Gym located in St. Louis, MO.

Kari Williams: How many years have you been wrestling?
Al Snow: This May will be 27 years.

KW:Which titles have you held?
AS: What titles have I held? *slight pause*

KW:Or just the major ones…
AS: I’ve held the WWF Tag Team Titles, WWF Hardcore Title, and the WWF European Title.

Independent Wrestler Michael Morbid waits while Al Snow calls Morbid’s girlfriend, who wanted to attend the signing, but was unable to because of her work schedule.

Independent Wrestler Michael Morbid waits while Al Snow calls Morbid’s girlfriend, who wanted to attend the signing, but was unable to because of her work schedule.

KW:What first hooked you on pro wrestling?
AS: You know, I don’t know. I just knew that it was something I wanted to do, that I had to do. I just fell in love with it.

KW:There’s nothing inparticular that stands out?
AS: Well, you know, I remember when wrestling came back on TV in the area where I lived in Ohio, we had the original shiek…we were part of his terrirtory then it went out of business. And then we didn’t have wrestling for quite a while, and then when I was like 13, I believe, we actually got cable television. I know that’s kind of odd to think, ‘You didn’t have cable television?,’ but they didn’t at that time. And, we got cable television and they started broadcasting Turner–TBS–and we got Georgia Championship Wrestling—NWA Georgia Championship Wrestling. The first thing I saw was they were showing a seen from the omni where Dusty Rhodes was supposed to be the special referee against, I believe it was Tommy Rich and Wahoo McDaniel, against Ole Anderson and Ivan Koloff, and they jumped Dusty in the parking lot prior to it. He was wondering, white shirt, torn, blood dripping all over the place, and so after that I was hooked.

Superfan and Former Independent Valet Barbie Shultz has her autograph jacket signed by Al Snow.

Superfan and Former Independent Valet Barbie Shultz has her autograph jacket signed by Al Snow.

KW:What were your aspirations when you got started and have they changed since you’ve been in the business?
AS: Nope. My goals when I first started were exactly the same then as they are now, and that was, I wanted to have the kind of matches that people would remember. I wanted to make a name for myself in the wrestling business that would last beyond my time in it, and I wanted to make really good money.

KW: What is your favorite match you’ve been in and why?
AS: Gee, I’d say everytime I get to go to the ring. That’s my favorite match.

KW: Is there anything you would consider the highlight of your career?
AS: The highlight of my career?

KW: Or your greatest accomplishment.
AS: I’d say my greatest accomplishment is that I’ve been able to do what I love to do for as long as I’ve been able to do it.

KW: Out of the companies you’ve worked with, which was your favorite to work with or the best to work for?
AS: All the different companies were good for different reasons at different times, but I really enjoyed ECW not just for the obvious reasons of the success that I had there, but also because it was a great comraderie in the locker room and the atmosphere as far as the fans was just amazing.

KW: When did you decide to come to Dynamo for a seminar? Or were you asked to come?
AS: They contacted me about coming.

KW: Why did you decide to come?
AS: Because they asked me to come and do a seminar. The reason I go and do seminars is because I love the wrestling business and there are things about the wrestling business that need to be taught to properly understand the wrestling business, and if they’re not taught and passed along then what happens is the wrestling business changes and it becomes something else. And then it goes away, and that’d be a shame considering that wrestling, other than jazz, is the only other true American art form and it’s lasted since over a century now, and it’d be sad to see it disappear.

KW: How many seminars do you conduct per year? Or does it just depend?
AS: It depends. It depends. Probably last year, I probably did 25 to 30 of them.

KW: All over the country?
AS: All over the country and including Canada too.

KW: Why have you chosen to work with wrestlers on the independent level?
AS: Well, to kind of pass along what I know, and I still enjoy—I still very much enjoy—getting a chance to go out and do what it is I love to do. I never got into wrestling just to be a WWE superstar or an ECW guy or a ‘blah, blah, blah’ guy, you know. I got into wrestling just because I love to wrestle.

KW: If you could give anyone wanting to get involved in wrestling one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
AS: The one piece of advice I would give them is that make sure you are absolutely passionate about what you want to do, and don’t treat professional wrestling as a joke, treat it as what it is. It’s a profession. It’s not a hobby. It’s not a fantasy. It is not something that you just undertake and do on a whim. It’s something that you have to be dedicated to and be willing to sacrifice to have any type of success. And whether you have all the personality, the charisma, the size, the build, the look, the gift of gab, physical ability, you have all of that, [but] if you don’t have passion, you’ll never get any kind of success.

Al Snow signs ‘heads’ while chatting with the owners of The Fan Shop about the local wrestling scene, as well as the goings on in WWE and TNA.

Al Snow signs ‘heads’ while chatting with the owners of The Fan Shop about the local wrestling scene, as well as the goings on in WWE and TNA.

KW: How do you think the Beyond the Mat documentary affected the wrestling business in general or do you think that it has at all?
AS: I don’t think the Beyond the Mat documentary has affected the wrestling business one bit.

KW: Why?
AS: Why? Because the wrestling business is the wrestling business. You know, you’re not exposing or taking the lid off of Pandora’s box on wrestling by watching the Beyond the Mat [Documentary]. You may show another side of it, that might give people either a greater appreciation and respect for it, or, even a greater disdain, but those people are going to have that no matter what. The fact that, the only thing about professional wrestling that’s fake is that it’s predetermined. When that became obvious was back in the 1930s when the newspapers in North America stopped covering it as if it were an actual sporting event. Since then, everybody’s known. It’s not all of a sudden, let’s pull back the curtain and realize that a magician is not actually performing reality-altering spells. We all know that magician is not actually doing that, but we pay to see it. Wrestling’s the same thing.

KW: If you could change anything about your career, what would you change and why?
AS: I would change all of the mistakes that I made and the missed opportunities that I now realize I had that I didn’t fully take advantage of that I could have.

KW: What kind of opportunities?
AS: The one big opportunity is that everytime I would go to the ring, and I had an opportunity, and I didn’t realize that. I thought that it was because I either won or I lost or I did certain things or didn’t do certain things, and every time I went to that ring, I had that opportunity to do business and make myself a star, and I didn’t look at it that way.

KW: Is there anything you’d like to add?
AS: Keep an eye out for me, I am now involved in an even more extreme sport. I am part of the Russian Roulette Players Association. And, you know, it’s pretty extreme because every match is a sudden death match. No pun intended, but I’m gunnin’ for rookie of the year, but we’ll see. There are a couple good players that are coming off the injured/reserved list, and they could cause a problem as far as that—as far as my chances of being rookie of the year.

Paul Morad, the winner of the MWR T-shirt raffle poses with Al Snow, who appeared at The Fan Shop on Jan. 30.

Paul Morad, the winner of the MWR T-shirt raffle poses with Al Snow, who appeared at The Fan Shop on Jan. 30.

You will be able to meet former WWE and ECW wrestler at the The Fan Shop This Saturday at 3:00 P.M. The Fan Shop is located at 1393 Covington Manor Lane in Mehlville, Mo. The signing is sponsored by Southern Indiana Pro Wrestling.

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