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Posts Tagged ‘Eric Brewer’

Long Road Back: Espinosa Returns To The Top

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 20, 2013

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For the second time in his career Brandon Espinosa lays claim to the MMWA Heavyweight Championship.

By Patrick Brandmeyer

It was a long and winding road between title reigns for Brandon Espinosa.

He had held the Junior Heavyweight, Television, and Battle Royal Championships in the MMWA, but the “big belt” is the goal of any wrestler in a promotion. Winning the King Of St. Louis Cable Tournament in October of 2011 paved the way for him to challenge for the Heavyweight Title…and he definitely helped his cause by defeating then-champion Gary Jackson in the finals.

Many people expected him to cash in his opportunity at the earliest possible show…but he bided his time until he was ready. He suffered a disqualification loss to Jackson in December, but was granted a rematch in January 2012 and finally won the belt at that time.

During that time period, Espinosa was branching out in his wrestling career. He had become a consistent competitor on the roster of Ohio Valley Wrestling and also won championships in other Midwest promotions. With his focus divided, one had to wonder if the MMWA Heavyweight Title was foremost on his mind. After successful title defenses against Ace Hawkins and LaMarcus Clinton, he needed help from bodyguard Eric Brewer to hang onto the gold against the former champion Gary Jackson in April. Espinosa lost the title back to Gary in May and disappeared from the St. Louis wrestling scene for most of the calendar year.

While Espinosa traveled all over the Midwest and made his name on the national scene, he felt like there was unfinished business on the home front. When he made his surprise return to the South Broadway Athletic Club in December, he made his intentions clear: He wanted to regain his championship status.

He wasted no time in defeating Max Archer for the Junior Heavyweight Title, but another man had his eye on the Heavyweight Title: Espinosa’s former trainee Dave Osborne. Osborne had won the second annual King Of St. Louis Cable Tournament and wanted the belt for himself.

Espinosa was sidetracked by another name for his past as A.J. Williams returned to the ring after a lengthy absence. The two renewed their rivalry with a thrilling twenty-minute time-limit draw in January, then Espy cost Williams his chance to win the T.V. Title in February against Jimmy D. While this was going on, Osborne captured the Heavyweight belt from Jackson…meaning Espinosa had a new target at the top of the mountain.

Despite his issue with A.J., Espinosa’s primary goal never changed. When Osborne signed an open contract to defend his title at the June show, Espinosa was one of two men(along with Gary Jackson) to step up to the plate. Even after losing the Junior Heavyweight belt to A.J. earlier in the evening, Espy was ready to reclaim South Broadway’s top prize.

The chaotic nature of a triple threat match came into play as Osborne seemed to have the advantage over Jackson with a submission hold. However, Espinosa stunned him with a flying kick off the second rope and scored the pin, winning the Heavyweight Title once again!

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You can see the anger in Dave Osborne’s eyes as he recovers from Espinosa’s blow to the back of his head. Can the student become focus enough to overcome the his teacher and new MMWA Champion Brandon Espinosa?

Espinosa won’t have much time to rest on his laurels as the challengers will be lining up. Former titleholders Osborne and Jackson both want their shots at the told. Old rivals like Ace Hawkins may have their eyes on the top spot. Will A.J. Williams be satisfied with the Jr. Heavyweight Title or will he want to dethrone Espy once again? We’ll find out in due time…but for now, Brandon Espinosa is the top guy in the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Alliance!

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MMWA-SICW Feb 21 Photo recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 11, 2009

MWR is proud to have Michael R Van Hoogstraat a part of the MWR family. Michael is a photographer for MMWA-SICW. Michael has agreed to share with us his wonderful pictures in a recap form from time to time. This time we are going to look back at the show from MMWA-SICW on February 21st in East Carondelet, IL at the Community Center.

The results of the matches were as followed.
Blade defeated Bobby D.
Waco beat Lumberjack Abe.
Eric Brewer defeated Purple Passion.
Lumberjack Gabe beat The Big Texan.
Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn defeated CHUCHO.
Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson beat Shaft.

Now sit back and enjoy some of the action from MMWA-SICW.

Bobby D enters the ring to take on Blade (Photo Credit : Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D enters the ring to take on Blade (Photo Credit : Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D feels the power of Blade (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D feels the power of Blade (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

It’s a bird it’s a plane it’s….You know where I am going …it’s Bobby D  (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

It’s a bird it’s a plane it’s….You know where I am going …it’s Bobby D (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade did his best not to submit, though he survived and got the victory  he had to feel it the next day (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade did his best not to submit, though he survived and got the victory he had to feel it the next day (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe and Waco set to battle (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe and Waco set to battle (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Eric Brewer is ready for a fight. (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Eric Brewer is ready for a fight. (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn and Chucho have a test of strength. (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn and Chucho have a test of strength. (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn slows down CHUCHO (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn slows down CHUCHO (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn slows down CHUCHO (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn slows down CHUCHO (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Champion is in trouble!!! (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Champion is in trouble!!! (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn Retains the Championship (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn Retains the Championship (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The evil Saladin (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The evil Saladin (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

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Unfortunately Mike was unable to photograph the Heavyweight title match between Gary Jackson and Shaft.

You can check out MMWA-SICW this Saturday in St. Louis, MO at the South Broadway Athletic Club. For more information please go to the MMWA-SICW website.

Special thanks go out to Tim Miller.

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MMWA-SICW Jan. 17 recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on January 29, 2009

By Kari Williams and Patrick Brandmeyer

MMWA-SICW kicked off its year in East Carondelet, IL with a night of unique match ups, with The Connection trying to control assert their dominance yet again and champions fighting for everything to retain their titles.

“Night Train” Gary Jackson took fans on an impressive ride during his main event battle with Connection Member Phil E. Blunt with Jackson’s Heavyweight title on the line. Connection Manager Travis Cook—who was at ringside with Blunt—tried getting involved in the match early on. When Blunt gained the upper hand and tossed Jackson to the outside, Cook attempted to attack the champion but ended up being chased around the ring by “Night Train,” causing just enough of a distraction for Blunt maintain the advantage. Slowly, Jackson began to turn the tide in his favor and he relentlessly pummeled Blunt. However, Blunt’s evil tactics took control once again, as he choked Jackson.

The fans were solely behind the champion, and once they started chanting for Jackson, he strived to get control, but Cook interfered yet again, right at the 10 minute mark. The two men then battled recklessly for the remainder of the bout, with each scoring nearfalls. Just as Blunt looked like he would gain the belt, he had a confrontation with Commissioner Keith Smith, causing just enough of a distraction for Jackson to score a victory with a roll-up.

After the match, Cook provoked Referee Jim Harris, and Harris took off his shirt, prompting Jackson to put it on and pretend that he would be the ref in a match between the two, but Cook ran to the back like a scolded dog. Jackson then told the Connection, if they want some, come get some, and he called out Shaft, who had been at ringside watching the match.

Jeremy Lightfoot and Shaft continued their seemingly endless feud once again. However, they seemed to have a newfound respect for one another, as the match began with a handshake. Although slow to get started, Lightfoot and Shaft turned their bout into a brawl as they went back and forth, both inside and outside of the ring. At one point, Lightfoot shot Shaft into the table with the ring bell and Shaft landed face first on the bell and even pulled it down with him. Later on, as the two men waged battle on the outside yet again, Lightfoot took a fan’s (my) water bottle, drank nearly all that was left, then smashed the bottle over Shaft’s head. The match ended in a double count out at just over 16 minutes and the two continued fighting to the back.

Previously, the fan favorite, A.J. Williams defended his Junior Heavyweight Title against Bobby D. The challenger controlled the beginning of the match and when Williams appeared to have injured his knee, D took notice and targeted the area. Just after the five minute mark, Williams had the opportunity to connect with a superkick, but he could not capitalize on the situation. With guts and determination, Williams continued his attack, despite the injury, and though D snuck in a few select offensive moves, Williams decisively ended the bout with another superkick at 11:20.

The Connection’s newest and most promising member, Dave Vaughn took on Eric Brewer. Vaughn’s pure athleticism clashed with Brewer’s more hard-hitting style, delivering one of the best matches of the evening. Vaughn dominated the majority of the match up with only a slight assistance from Cook, proving that The Connection has enough belief in him that he can win a match on his own terms. Nonetheless, Brewer pummeled Vaughn at every possible opening. In the closing moments, Vaughn readied himself for a spear, but Brewer telegraphed the maneuver. Mere moments later, Cook caused a distraction, giving Vaughn enough time to recover from Brewer’s spinebuster and connect with the second spear and lock up another victory for The Connection.

Prior to the match, Cook, Blunt and Vaughn came to ringside complaining about Jerome Cody’s suspension, which occurred at the show in St. Louis, MO the previous week. Cook proclaimed that his lawyers are trying to overturn the suspension and stated, “We are not down. We are not out. We are bigger and better than ever.”

The first title match of the evening pitted Women’s Champion Alexis Lightfoot against the former champion in Stacey O’ Brien. O’ Brien’s determination to regain the belt showed in every punch and every kick. She controlled the second half of the bout and had Alexis ready for the pin, but just after 10 minutes, Alexis began to feel her title slipping away, causing her to comeback viciously and retain.

Due to scheduling conflicts, this reporter missed the first two matches, and Patrick Brandmeyer has the rest of the details from the night.

The second matchup was Waco (w/ Big Texan) v. Saladin. Neither guy was all that popular with the East Carondelet audience, and neither seemed all that interested in changing that opinion. Both men used underhanded tactics, but Waco came out on top with a rollup and handful of tights.

In the opener Billy Diamond wrestled Big Texan w/ Waco. Texan focused his attack on the back, while Diamond attempted to work the leg to cut the big man down to size. The finish came when Diamond hit a Stunner, but Waco broke up the pin for the DQ. The masked team beat down Diamond until Jeremy Lightfoot hit the ring with a kendo stick and cleaned house.

The next MMWA-SICW show will take place Feb. 14 at the South Broadway Athletic Club in St. Louis, MO followed up the next weekend returning to the East Carondelet Community Center.

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MMWA-SICW Dec. 13 Recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on December 23, 2008

By Kari Williams

“Cowboy” Bob Orton made a special appearance in East Carondelet, IL to help “Night Train” Gary Jackson take on Jerome Cody and Phil E. Blunt. With a jam-packed audience at the East Carondelet Community Center, MMWA-SICW put on a show that had the fans on the edge of their seats.

Anticipation buzzed through the building, as Orton made his way to the ring for the main event steel cage match. With Commissioner Keith Smith as the special referee—and his conflicts with The Connection well-known—nobdoy left their seat. Cody tried to end the match abruptly as he went to climb out of the cage the moment the bell rang. Jackson put a quick stop to Cody’s foolishness and proceeded with the match. As Blunt tagged in, he gained control and cornered the recently tagged Orton. Being such, Jackson made the save for the legend, giving Orton the upper hand. In traditional ‘Cowboy’ fashion, he used the legendary cast and gained control. However, the match soon turned against them, but not for long. Jackson once again came to Orton’s aid and cleaned house, thus allowing Orton to secure victory for his team, as Jackson took out Cody.

As a stipulation for the match, if The Connection lost, their manager, Travis Cook, had to be in the ring with Orton for five minutes. At first Cook tried to take advantage, but to no avail. This time slot was apparently a match, and Orton pinned Cook in just over four minutes.

Following the main event, Shaft came out and claimed that his new year’s resolution would start on Jan. 10, when he “puts Jackson down for the one, two, three.”

A former MMWA-SICW Heavyweight Champion in Jeremy Lightfoot took on Eric Brewer in the previous bout. Brewer gained an early advantage with the first takedown, but Lightfoot quickly worked his way out of Brewer’s grasp and hit Brewer with his signature chops. By the five minute mark, Lightfoot gained control, but not for long. Neither man attained a clear advantage but both scored a number of two counts. In the end, Lightfoot won via pinfall at 13:24.

Bobby D had his hands full against the Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams. Despite one’s initial thoughts, D controlled a good portion of the match, until Williams connected with a Harley Race-like high knee and an elbow drop from the top rope. Williams only received a two-count on this excursion, but it did not deter him. He continued punishing D, even taking it outside of the ring. Much to the displeasure of the fans, the match ended in a no-contest because neither man returned to the ring prior to the 10 count.

One of Shaft’s biggest tests to date came in the form of The Big Texan, accompanied by Waco. Shaft would have had an easier time of trying to dismantle Texan if Waco had not been present. The ‘mini-Texan’ interfered on separate occassions, causing Referee Jim Harris to throw him out. Shaft tried to utilize that window of opportunity and capitalize, but Texan’s power overwhelmed him. Shaft’s determination was put to the test yet again, and he passed with flying colors; he regained his focus and locked Texan in his signature ankle lock. Inspite of this, Texan had the wherewithall to esacpe the maneuver, and the match progressed, with both men vying for the upper hand, which neither gained, and the competition ended in a draw at the 15-minute time limit.

The previous bout tested the luchador Chucho’s high-flying antics against the more ‘pound and ground’ style of “Wild Child” Billy Diamond, accompanied by Lightfoot. Chucho and Diamond both had their moments to shine, as Chucho connected with a second-rope moonsault and Diamond caught the luchador in a devastating ankle lock. After five minutes, Diamond had Chucho grounded, but Chucho swiftly sent Diamond out of the ring with a hurricanrana. The resiliency of Diamond shined bright, as he went back to work on the knee/ankle region and thus earned the pinfall at 9:41.

The ‘Middle-Eastern Menace’ Saladin took on a fan favorite in Mr. Bibbs. Saladin controlled the opening stages of the bout, but Bibbs’ tenacity soon took over, and Saladin never had a chance to recover. Ten minutes in, Saladin inadvertently hit his head on the ring post, which allowed Bibbs to catch Saladin off-guard. In the end, Bibbs’ brute force was no match for Saladin, who lost to the MMWA-SICW veteran in 12:11.

One of the company’s newest athletes, Blade, put his skills up against those of Waco, who had The Big Texan at ringside. Perhaps fearing that the newcomer would out-wrestle him, Waco called upon Texan to interfere and tip the scales in his favor, so to speak. Nonetheless, that was not necessary because they appeared evenly matched. As the match came to a close, Waco had a distinct advantage over Blade, but Blade quickly gained momentum—as if from nowhere—and defeated Waco.

The MMWA-SICW returns to the South Broadway Athletic Club in St. Louis, MO on Jan. 10 and the East Carondelet Community Center on Jan. 17.

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