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NWL to Present First Live Wrestling Events in KC, St. Louis in January, Supported by Major Ad Campaign

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 21, 2016

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Startup pro wrestling company NWL, LLC recently launched “Wrasslin’ With Character,” a multi-platform marketing campaign introducing some of the larger-than-life personalities who will be appearing at the League’s inaugural NWL KC and NWL STL events in January.

Seven NWL stars, including “The Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper, 6-foot-6-inch survivalist Jack Foster, former NFL lockdown corner Ray Briggs, and wine connoisseur Niles Plonk, are featured in a series of indoor ads at bars and restaurants throughout both cities as well as at the Scottrade Center for all St. Louis Blues home games this season.

The Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts of NWL Corp, NWL KC and NWL STL are adding videos and photos daily that provide more in-depth looks at each grappler featured in the campaign.

The colorful character posters are complemented by humorous radio spots appearing in steady rotation on Kansas City stations 610 Sports, 810 WHB, Talk 980, 96.5 the Buzz, 98.9 the Rock and 101 the Fox, all designed to drive ticket sales to the NWL KC’s first show ever on Jan. 7 at the Scottish Rite Temple at 1330 Linwood Blvd.

NWL STL’s version of the “Wrasslin’ with Character” spots are now airing in St. Louis on 105.7 the Point, KSHE 95, and 92.3 WIL. NWL STL has also reached a deal with FM NewsTalk 97.1’s popular hosts Dave Glover and Tony Colombo to promote and recap the group’s wrestling events held every other Thursday night at the Casa Loma Ballroom, beginning with its Jan. 12 debut.

Featuring the “voices” of some of wrestling’s greatest legends, the spots are geared primarily at men 32–52 who used to enjoy pro wrestling in the ’80s and ’90s before the product became stale; however, the NWL’s modern, edgier presentation is also suitable for families.

“The campaign harkens back to the glory years of KC and St. Louis wrestling, when outrageous performers like Dick the Bruiser, King Kong Brody, Dick Murdoch and Bulldog Bob Brown thrilled fans throughout the territory with their unique brand of mayhem and storytelling,” says Major Baisden, League president. “This creative campaign is our way of letting fans know that the wrasslin’ they used to love is back, with exciting new characters that will deliver edgy, storyline-driven entertainment every other week in their town.”

In October, NWL KC announced a partnership with the Scottish Rite Temple, located at Linwood and Paseo in midtown Kansas City to present a full slate of live events every other Saturday night in 2017. Rival promotion NWL STL then revealed plans to run shows at the Casa Loma every other Thursday night in the heart of the Cherokee Street/Antique Row Business District in South St. Louis. Tickets for NWL KC and NWL STL events are now on sale through the TicketFly mobile app at fightkc.ticketfly.com and fightstl.ticketfly.com.

“KC and St. Louis remain the best cities for professional wrestling in the country, and the NWL is proud to make our debut in these two fantastic venues that will provide an intimate, rowdy experience our fans will enjoy,” Baisden says. “Featuring a mix of the best homegrown Midwest talent and some of the hottest free agents in the country who have signed and moved to the area, the League expects NWL KC and NWL STL to thrive and fuel the flame of an already intense rivalry between the two cities.”

Baisden, a KC-based entrepreneur who sold his last startup, Iris Data Services, Inc. for $134 million in spring 2015, also announced that both promotions have finalized deals to complete their entire initial rosters, who will occasionally square off against each other and eventually compete for the League championship—and city bragging rights—at the company’s end-of-season spectacular in December.

Recent notable NWL KC signings include “The Monarch” Jeremy Wyatt, Thor Theriot, the Swoll Patrol, and Lakota Red Cloud. In addition to the high-profile NWL STL signings announced last week for Dez Wellston and Maverick, the promotion has also inked deals with local sensations Gary Jay, who will compete as Jay Lutz, and Davey Gibson and Matthew Grundy , formerly known as Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett, who will appear in tag-team competition as “The Blood Brothers.” Other recent NWL STL signees include “SuperSoul” Coco Rumble, Cornell Douglas and Emmett DuBois, “The Billion-Dollar Brother.

 Kansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) December 21, 2016 Startup pro wrestling company NWL, LLC recently launched "Wrasslin' With Character," a multi-platform marketing campaign introducing some of the larger-than-life personalities who will be appearing at the League's inaugural NWL KC and NWL STL events in January. Seven NWL stars, including "The Mile High Magnum" Dak Draper, 6-foot-6-inch survivalist Jack Foster, former NFL lockdown corner Ray Briggs, and wine connoisseur Niles Plonk, are featured in a series of indoor ads at bars and restaurants throughout both cities as well as at the Scottrade Center for all St. Louis Blues home games this season. The Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts of NWL Corp, NWL KC and NWL STL are adding videos and photos daily that provide more in-depth looks at each grappler featured in the campaign. The colorful character posters are complemented by humorous radio spots appearing in steady rotation on Kansas City stations 610 Sports, 810 WHB, Talk 980, 96.5 the Buzz, 98.9 the Rock and 101 the Fox, all designed to drive ticket sales to the NWL KC's first show ever on Jan. 7 at the Scottish Rite Temple at 1330 Linwood Blvd. NWL STL's version of the "Wrasslin' with Character" spots are now airing in St. Louis on 105.7 the Point, KSHE 95, and 92.3 WIL. NWL STL has also reached a deal with FM NewsTalk 97.1's popular hosts Dave Glover and Tony Colombo to promote and recap the group's wrestling events held every other Thursday night at the Casa Loma Ballroom, beginning with its Jan. 12 debut. Featuring the "voices" of some of wrestling's greatest legends, the spots are geared primarily at men 32–52 who used to enjoy pro wrestling in the '80s and '90s before the product became stale; however, the NWL's modern, edgier presentation is also suitable for families. "The campaign harkens back to the glory years of KC and St. Louis wrestling, when outrageous performers like Dick the Bruiser, King Kong Brody, Dick Murdoch and "Bulldog" Bob Brown thrilled fans throughout the territory with their unique brand of mayhem and storytelling," says Major Baisden, League president. "This creative campaign is our way of letting fans know that the wrasslin' they used to love is back, with exciting new characters that will deliver edgy, storyline-driven entertainment every other week in their town." In October, NWL KC announced a partnership with the Scottish Rite Temple, located at Linwood and Paseo in midtown Kansas City to present a full slate of live events every other Saturday night in 2017. Rival promotion NWL STL then revealed plans to run shows at the Casa Loma every other Thursday night in the heart of the Cherokee Street/Antique Row Business District in South St. Louis. Tickets for NWL KC and NWL STL events are now on sale through the TicketFly mobile app at fightkc.ticketfly.com and fightstl.ticketfly.com. "KC and St. Louis remain the best cities for professional wrestling in the country, and the NWL is proud to make our debut in these two fantastic venues that will provide an intimate, rowdy experience our fans will enjoy," Baisden says. "Featuring a mix of the best homegrown Midwest talent and some of the hottest free agents in the country who have signed and moved to the area, the League expects NWL KC and NWL STL to thrive and fuel the flame of an already intense rivalry between the two cities." Baisden, a KC-based entrepreneur who sold his last startup, Iris Data Services, Inc. for $134 million in spring 2015, also announced that both promotions have finalized deals to complete their entire initial rosters, who will occasionally square off against each other and eventually compete for the League championship—and city bragging rights—at the company's end-of-season spectacular in December. Recent notable NWL KC signings include "The Monarch" Jeremy Wyatt, Thor Theriot, the Swoll Patrol, and Lakota Red Cloud. In addition to the high-profile NWL STL signings announced last week for Dez Wellston and Maverick, the promotion has also inked deals with local sensations Gary Jay, who will compete as Jay Lutz, and Davey Gibson and Matthew Grundy, formerly known as Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett, who will appear in tag-team competition as "The Blood Brothers." Other recent NWL STL signees include "SuperSoul" Coco Rumble, Cornell Douglas and Emmett DuBois, "The Billion-Dollar Brother." About NWL The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) is reviving the historical roots of the business. Fueled by intercity rivalries, the NWL prides itself on family-friendly, storyline-driven programming that delivers thrilling athletic action and entertaining characters.

To all local firefighters who risk their lives to serve our great community, NWL STL would love to show our gratitude for a job well done. We’re offering 2 free tickets for firefighters to our inaugural show Jan. 12 at the Casa Loma. Simply shoot us a message, and we’ll hook you up. Happy holidays!

Contact NWL STL on Facebook Here.

About NWL

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

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Pro Wrestling Resurgence Street Fight in Swansea -Danny Adams and Barackus

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 8, 2016

Results courtesy of Ben Simon

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Sean Orleans announced that Pro Wrestling Resurgence will return on January 14th. They will begin their tournament to crown the first ever Resurgence Champion! Keep an eye out for details TBA soon!

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Paco Gonzalez d. Kevin Lee Davidson with a crucifix (7:47).

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-Brandon Aarons d. Seabass after a superkick (9:17).

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-Gary Jay d. Jason Roberts with a roaring elbow (7:48).

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-“Risky Business” Everett Connors d. Mike Outlaw by countout (10:46).

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-Brandon Espinosa d. Donovan Danhausen via cross-armbreaker (9:52).

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-The Submission Squad(Evan Gelistico & Pierre Abernathy) d. Austin Blackburn & Matt Kenway; Pierre pinned Kenway by blocking a re-entry sunset flip while holding onto Gelistico for illegal leverage (10:53).

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-“The Millenial” Danny Adams d. Barackus in a street fight; Adams won with a guillotine lock as both men were tied up in the ropes (14:28).

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St Louis Anarchy Goes Out with a Bang as NWL KC Attacks

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 2, 2016

By Patrick Brandmeyer
Photos by Brian Kelley

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Free NWL #FightSTL shirts, stickers, and more for the first fans through the door at St. Louis Anarchy’s awesome show.

-The show started with promoter Pierre Abernathy addressing the fans and acknowledging the fact that it was the final show for St. Louis Anarchy. He brought out National Wrestling League promoter Major Baisden; he got a mixed reaction, but he spoke to the fans about his vision for the NWL and seemed to have them on board.

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The Hooligans(Devin & Mason Cutter)(w/ Uncle Leo) d. The Viking War Party(“American Viking” Alexandre Rudolph & “Littlest Viking” Jake Parnell); the match broke down into a bar fight with the four sitting in chairs and punching each other. It finally came down to Devin simply pummeling Parnell to the mat and pinning him (15:53).

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“Dad Bod” Sean Orleans won a four-corner match with Cody Krash, Ken Lee, & Chris Crunk when he pinned Crunk after hitting a double Stone Cold Stunner on Crunk & Lee (6:03).

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-Donovan Danhausen d. Slade Sludge with a sitout powerbomb (6:24).

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“Absolute” Ricky Starks d. Kiyoshi Shizuka(w/ Greg Jovi) after the Angel’s Wings(sitout Pedigree) (8:43). Before the match, Starks declared that Vince McMahon did not own him and he tore up the contract in his hand, saying that he would be a member of St. Louis Anarchy for life. (Err…)

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Kevin Lee Davidson d. Mike Outlaw after a Regal Roll off the second rope followed by the spinebuster (10:01).

-Cause members Evan Gelistico & Danny Adams brought out Everett Connors, who seemed to have amicably split from the group…however, tempers flared and Connors chased them from the ring.

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-“The Savior Of Pro Wrestling” Jimmy Rave d. Everett Connors after the Ghanarhea(snap cradle Olympic Slam) (15:46).

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Angelus Layne & Austin Blackburn d. Evan Gelistico & Danny Adams when Blackburn pinned Gelistico with a Code Red (13:10). The building had a power outage during the match and the fans lit the ring with their cellphones so the match could continue!

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Aaron Solow won a triple threat match with Paco Gonzalez and Jason Roberts when he pinned Roberts after a cradle DDT (9:53); the power remained out for the duration of this match, but was finally restored before the next bout.

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-Roscoe East Lisa(“Zesty” Zakk Sawyers & “The Big Mustache On Campus” Mikey McFinnegan) d. Team I.O.U.(“The Down-South Dandy” Nick Iggy & “The Music City Mutt” Kerry Awful) to retain the Tag Team Titles; Sawyers pinned Awful after he and McFinnegan delivered a spiked Air Raid Crash (16:38).

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-“Gorgeous” Jordan Lacey d. “The Incredible Primal Prodigy” Matt Kenway (Look At Him) after the Jenna Jameson(swinging uranagi) (2:02). Gelistico & Adams attacked Lacey after the match, but the returning Adam Caster and Frankie Big Balls made the save! Caster addressed the fact that he had bought into Gelistico’s “bull$#!+”, but he had to retire from wrestling due to concussions and had cleared his head.

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He introduced Frankie Big Balls as well as several personalities from SLA’s predecessor, the Lethal Wrestling Alliance: Jordan Taylor(former LWA President), Tim Pickerill(who did a lot of behind-the-scenes work for the LWA), and Mad Dog Daffronian(LWA ring announcer).

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-“The Ace Of Anarchy” Davey Vega won a triple threat match with Gary Jay(w/ Dorian Victor & Mrs. Victor) and Mat Fitchett(C) to win the Heavyweight Title. Vega delivered his brainbuster onto the knee on Gary Jay, then hit the move on Fitchett as well and pinned the champion for the win (17:02)! Vega barely had time to celebrate his win as several competitors from the Kansas City side of the NWL attacked all three competitors; I saw Logan & Sterling Riegel), Jake & Ryan King, Kiyoshi Shizuka, and even Michael Strider!

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The locker room emptied to run them off, ending with K.L.D. Awesome-Bombing one of the Riegels over the top rope onto the other K.C. interlopers! Major Baisden and Lucy Mendez stood with the St. Louis crew in the ring as Baisden admonished the Kansas City crew for interfering with the show.

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The three competitors and Pierre Abernathy said their final words before the show officially wrapped up, closing the book on an era in St. Louis wrestling.

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Davey Vega Named the First Ever Gateway Heritage Champion- PWCS Returns Dec 10th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 21, 2016

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From the office’s of PWCS

As we teased last night, the league has decided that in 2017 it is time to introduce a bench mark of singles excellence. This singles champion will serve as a MVP of sorts. It’s holder will be recognized as the best singles wrestler in PWCS. He will be the most valuable wrestler in the league, and assuredly receive secure contracts and bonuses from his team.

The championship will honor not only the past St. Louis Anarchy champions, but all the great champions of the St. Louis area indies of the past. The areas rich history will be honored by the Gateway Heritage Champion.

After his efforts to defeat Gary Jay and Mat Fitchett we recognize Davey Vega as the first Gateway Heritage Champion. We are honored to carry on this rich history.

PWCS Mega Ticket 2016
The 2015 Mega-Ticket combined two companies together for a huge celebration of independent wrestling. 2016, PWCS keeps the celebration alive by combining its two biggest and wildest events into one night of action!

The 2016 Mega-Ticket event will see 6 “Wild Card Stage” matches. These six matches will determine which two teams will top the standings at the end of the night. Instead of waiting until January for those two teams to square off though, they will immediately determine the 2016 PWCS Champion that night in the Main Event!

Add in Arik Cannon, Darin Corbin, and Pierre Abernathy’s last singles match versus Gary Jay and you have a night that can only be called the 2016 PWCS Mega-Ticket!

***Main Event***
2016 PWCS Wrestling Championship Match
(First Place Team)
Vs
(Second Place Team)

***One Last Time***
Pierre Abernathy
Vs
Gary Jay

Arik Cannon (Blacklist)
Vs.
Mat Fitchett (Resurgence)

Also Signed:
Jake Dirden
Darin Corbin
Mike Outlaw
Angelus Layne
Danny Adams
Paco
Davey Vega
& More!

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One Promotion,Thousands of Memories- SLA has Their Last Event this Friday- Do Not Miss Out

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 13, 2016

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Photo Kari Williams

The end of an era will happen this coming Saturday in Alton, Illinois as St. Louis Anarchy will have their last event this coming Friday In Alton, Illinois . The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL, LLC) has acquired them with exciting events scheduled in 2017 (more details here).

If you have not been with MWR for the past 8 plus years you may have not known that the SLA foundation was built through a promotion called the Lethal Wrestling Alliance.The LWA featured a group of men and women that had the passion and work ethic to provide the fans with an exciting and fresh style of wrestling. This grass roots promotion offered an opportunity for many of the rising stars in the area to excell against several stars around the country, several of them that  would go onto star in the main event of Wrestlemania.

Throughout the years the LWA would feature hardcore matches, comedy, wrestling classics and memories that shaped the sport in St. Louis for this generation and years to come. The transition from the LWA to the promotion now known as St. Louis Anarchy would find huge success in their home of Alton, Illinois with double shots on Friday and Saturday in front of some of the best fans in the country.

SLA will forever hold a place in my heart due to the  wonderful fans that came to the events for all those years in an unforgettable atmosphere. The above photo is one of my personal favorites, an early LWA event in House Springs as we tailgated prior to a show where we enjoyed delicious food, beer and great friends. I have always loved to see the Lacey and Jackson family as well and supporting the hard working men and women that gave their blood sweat and tears for the fans and the sport that we love.

I would like to encourage all of my friends that we have met in the past to make their way to Alton, Illinois this Friday for one last memory of St. Louis Anarchy and if you have never experienced SLA then please come out to be a part of history as I expect this to be a night to never forget.

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Congrats from MWR to everyone at SLA for their success as they look to make the NWL a huge success in 2017.

Brian Kelley
MWR Owner and Editor

For a great one on one interview with Pierre Abernathy about the LWA that was done in July of 2015 click here

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Don’t miss live NWL STL wrestling events every other Thursday at the Casa Loma Ballroom, located at 3354 Iowa Ave in St. Louis, beginning with our first show on January 12.

Sign up to receive ticket info as it becomes available at fightstl.com.

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Saint Louis Anarchy presents : Straight Outta Anarchy (Our final event)

Friday Nov. 18th live from the Spaulding Hall Club

Doors Open at 6:30pm , Show Starts at 7pm

Tickets on sale at link below or http://www.stlanarchy.com

Front Row: $15, Second Row $12, Gen Admission $10

All tickets $15 at door

Full Bar, $1 BEER and Jello Shots and Food.

Matches Signed:

Saint Louis Anarchy Championship Triple Threat: Gary Jay vs Davey Vega vs. Mat Fitchett

Jimmy Rave vs. Mr. Connors

Saint Louis Anarchy Tag Championship Match: Roscoe Eat Lisa vs. Team IOU

Rivals Collide : The Hooligans vs. Viking War Party

Andy Dalton returns from successful tour of Pro Wrestling NOAH

More matches coming Monday.

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St. Louis Anarchy May 2016 Night One Angelus Layne Returns, Fitchett Retains Title, TJ Perkins vs Davey Vega

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 3, 2016

By Patrick Brandmeyer
Photos By Brian Kelley

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Jojo Bravo vs. Sammy Guevara: Young Texas standout Guevara was making his SLA debut here. Jojo had been frustrated in his recent outings as officiating miscues had led to several losses. While the traditional face-vs.-heel structure often falls by the wayside in Anarchy(more on that in a bit), Sammy was decidedly the arrogant punk as opposed to the longtime favorite Jojo.

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After a fine opener, Jojo won with a modified backslide in 9:33 and proclaimed “I still got it!” Good for him.

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Angelus Layne made her first SLA appearance in quite some time. I’m a fan…she’s a cool person with a unique look compared to a lot of female wrestlers. Would like to see more women’s wrestling in the area in general, but I seem to mention that approximately once a commentary. At any rate, she said that her goal was to win the St. Louis Anarchy Title as she only had one prior title shot(when Gerald James was champion). That prompted an interrupted by The Cause(minus Adam Caster) and words were exchanged over who truly deserved a title shot(Angelus or Mr. Gelistico), setting up Angelus vs. Mr. (Everett) Connors for the following night’s show. Gelistico officially took up Heavyweight Champion Mat Fitchett on his open challenge for the evening.

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“The Outlaw” Ken Phoenix vs. Kevin Lee Davidson: Phoenix has made a handful of appearances on Ring Of Honor television and this was his St. Louis-area debut. He had a rough time of it as he was attempting to be the fan favorite against K.L.D., who was decidedly the heel of the match but gets a lot of fan support in this area.

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The match was good otherwise, but it had to suck for Phoenix as he did his best to play to the fans only to get a lot of boos from the K.L.D. supporters. Davidson won with his signature spinebuster in 6:25; that move tends to disrupt ceiling tiles in low-clearance buildings such as the Alton venue.

Heavyweight Champion Mat Fitchett came out to set the ground rules for his title reign. (Previous Gerald James had set it up that his defenses would be best-of-three-falls.) Fitchett’s rules were simple: No countouts, DQs, or time limits so a decisive winner would be established. Okay then…SLA has relaxed rule enforcement anyway, though they do have time limits(as established in the Gerald James-Davey Vega sixty-minute draw).

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Paco Gonzalez, Mike Outlaw, Nick Cutler, & Jason Roberts vs. The Cause(Tag Team Champion Mr. (Evan) Gelistico, Mr. (Danny) Adams, Mr. (Everett) Connors, & Mr. (Austin) Blackburn): I don’t think co-Tag Champ Adam Caster was specifically advertised for the SLA weekend, but Blackburn probably saw more in-ring duty than anticipated. This was advertised as Paco recruiting a team of “upstarts” to fight The Cause; Outlaw was the only other known quantity on that side. I think I had heard Cutler’s name in the past(central Illinois guy?) but hadn’t seen much of him; apparently he and Roberts are both trainees of Michael Elgin.

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The match was more competitive than I would have guessed and Blackburn tagged into the match out of a desire to prove himself…but that backfired as Paco pinned him after a Death Valley Driver in 10:40. Paco’s teammates left ringside as Paco confronted Gelistico, saying HE deserved a title shot(having given Gerald James a good fight recently)…that prompted a gang attack by The Cause until Jojo Bravo made the save.

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Jojo and Paco challenged The Cause to a tag match for the following night’s show.

Roscoe Eat Lisa(“Zesty” Zakk Sawyers & “The Big Mustache On Campus” Mikey Mcfinnegan) vs. The Viking War Party(“American Viking” Alexandre Rudolph & “Littlest Viking” Jake Parnell), Tag Team Title Contenders Tournament:

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This was part of a mini-tournament to determine the next challengers for The Cause with four fan-favorite duos competing for that right. While Sawyers has done week in recent months for both SLA and PWCS, he and McFinnegan were probably the underdogs in this matchup against the Vikings. The Vikings were their usual rambunctious selves, throwing chairs into the ring before the bell…Parnell headbutted the top turnbuckle until the pad fell off, then he threw the pad into the crowd and they played keep-away with it…heh.

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Parnell tried to hide the pad in his tights…um, no. When he pulled the pad out of his tights, his driver’s license fell out…har har. (Do Vikings drive?) The Vikings tried to bum a smoke from Zakk before things officially got underway, to no avail. I’ve only recently seen more of the Sawyers/McFinnegan tag team, though they’ve been working together for quite a while now. They had a lot of false finishes between them, ending with McFinnegan getting the surprise pin on Parnell after an assisted Air Raid Crash in 12:40.

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“The Leader Of The Pack” Stephen Wolf vs. “The Lone Star” Curt Stallion: Wolf was scheduled to face Trik Davis who was M.I.A. for the whole weekend as far as SLA was concerned. (This wasn’t directly addressed until the following night’s show.) All things considered, this show was pretty good about having face/heel matches as Stallion was in rulebreaker mode. This was a solid bout, though fans weren’t too familiar with either guy; Wolf won with a Blue Thunder Bomb in 12:40.

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Gerald James(w/ Dorian Victor) vs. Jonathan Gresham: This was a battle of fan favorites as James has effectively turned face in SLA. Gresham has been getting a lot of attention in the Midwest in the past few years and also made a few appearances on Ring Of Honor television, upsetting Cedric Alexander and wrestling Roderick Strong for the T.V. Title. This shaped up to be a good battle between two smaller strikers, with Gresham having a slight edge in the technical aspect of the game as he focused his attack on James’ arm.

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After the standard fighting-spirit exchanges and near-falls, Gerald got the win after a kick to the knee followed by a sliding forearm smash in 12:18. That seemed oddly short, all things considered. Cue mutual respect and all that.

Ricky Starks vs. Alex Castle: Starks made a lone appearance on NXT several months ago(as an unnamed-on-TV enhancement talent), so he’s gotten the big head and believes he’s inevitably WWE-bound. However, he competes on the indies FOR THE FANS~!…he’s clearly disingenuous, but he’s entertaining enough that the fans like him anyway.

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That set him up as the fan favorite against the more traditional heel Castle. Starks blatantly copped a few familiar-looking moves and sequences, even saying “I’m sorry, I love you” before a superkick attempt(which missed). Starks won clean with a ropewalk DDT in 9:26, but the highlight was the post-match promo: Starks told Paul, err, TRIPLE H that his return to NXT would have to wait because he wanted to wrestle FOR THE FANS OF ST. LOUIS ANARCHY! He wants to continue to compete for the fans…wait for it…then, now, and forever. Forever…forever…forever…forever…forever…etc. Tremendous.

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The Hooligans(Devin & Mason Cutter) vs. Team I.O.U.(“The Down-South Dandy” Nick Iggy & “The Music City Mutt” Kerry Awful), Tag Team Title Contenders Tournament: These teams have gone around the proverbial horn with each other on the Midwest independent scene, but this was my first time seeing one of their battles in person. This was the all-out brawl that you would expect, complete with one of the Hooligans’ favorite sequences:
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They sit in chairs in a circle with the opponents and they just punch each other in the face as hard as possible. I know some people look down on the fighting-spirit sort of exchanges(“I’m going to let you hit me!”), so your mileage may vary on stuff like that. The exchange took place on the floor, leaving poor Brandon Tolle in a quandary about whether to count them out.

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I.O.U. have worked as rulebreakers in St. Louis Anarchy despite being fan favorites in other promotions(which was how they competed in High Risk Wrestling last year), but then the Hooligans are likely to get cheered either way. I always joke that I lose track of which Hooligan is which, so I have to rely on the Bella System to figure it out: Wait for one to yell out the other’s name. (This was before the Bellas became distinctly different-looking.) This eventually got back into the ring and they traded the standard high-impact offense, ending out of nowhere as Devin pinned Awful with a sunset flip off the second rope in 11:31. The Hooligans were set to face Roscoe Eat Lisa on the following night’s show for the next shot at The Cause.

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Mat Fitchett vs. Mr. (Evan) Gelistico for the Heavyweight Title: Gelistico seemed to play it straight for a while, despite being the obvious rulebreaker in the match, but SHENANIGANS~! were afoot in the big picture. Fitchett appeared to be on the verge of victory after a piledriver but Mr. Adams and Mr. Connors distracted the ref. Brandon Tolle ejected them from ringside, to the point that he physically chased them out the front door! In the meantime, Fitchett tilt-a-whirled into a DDT and went for a pin; that prompted Mr. Blackburn to make his entrance in a referee’s shirt to count two before stopping short. Gelistico decked the champion with the Rulebook and Blackburn nearly made the three-count, but Angelus Layne pulled him out of the ring and dealt with him in short order. Evan brought in a chair, but Fitchett turned the tables and hit a cradle piledriver on the chair…OW. Tolle returned to the ring just in time to make the three-count in 15:42…woo. Fitchett would go on to face the winner of the night’s main event…and he crossed paths with his longtime friend and tag partner Davey Vega in the aisleway.

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Davey Vega vs. T.J. Perkins: TJP’s career has taken some interesting paths in recent years…he competed for Anarchy a handful of times, but TNA commitments took precedence as he held their X-Division Title as Manik(formerly Suicide). Since departing from that company, he has competed for EVOLVE and recently qualified for WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic…cool for him. Vega currently holds the All-American Pro and Metro Pro Tag Titles with Fitchett and recently made his Ring Of Honor debut in a dark match. However, the SLA Title has eluded him…he hasn’t held singles gold in quite a while(he’s been Lethal Wrestling Alliance Champion and NWA Missouri Champion in Dynamo Pro). Vega’s recent track record against national stars has been pretty good as he holds wins over such names as Chris Hero, Roderick Strong, and El Generico(whatever happened to THAT guy?).

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It was a really good competitive battle between fan favorites and the audience wasn’t as invested in the match as I would have thought…hmm. In what came as a surprise to some in attendance, TJP got the tapout win with a modified heel hook in 16:14 and earned the title shot at Fitchett the following night…leaving Vega frustrated once again.

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David Wilson’s Exclusive Interview with Gary Jay

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 31, 2016

David Wilson – Thanks for taking the time to do this.

Gary Jay  – Thanks for having me.

1- DW – How long have you been wrestling?

GJ – I have been wrestling for 13 years, I had my debut at a XWA show and wrestled twice, One of my opponents was Jordan Lacey, I lost both matches.

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2 DW – Is that the night that Pierre Abernathy and Evan Gelistico also made debuts?

GJ– Yes it is.

3 DW – What actually got you into wrestling?

GJ – As a kid I was flipping through the channels and came across wrestling on TV, I watched for a while and knew this was something I wanted to do.

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4 DW – Who is the biggest name in wrestling you have faced?

GJ – I would have to say probably Alex Shelley and El Generico (WWE’s Sami Zayn)

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5 DW – How did the Gary’s dad gimmick start?

GJ – After I became Gary The Night Owl which is the bad version of the Barn Owl, after a while Dorian started to pull me out of the Night Owl character and he called me Son and I said something about that’s my dad and it stuck from there and we ran with it.

6 DW – How did Stiff Robo Ginger come about?

GJ – One night I was watching RoboCop and needed to create a name for a website and I just kind of came up with it.

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7 DW – If you could wrestle anyone living or dead who would it be?

GJ – The Undertaker, well because he is the Undertaker, and honestly Shawn Michaels for the learning experience I would get from him.

8 DW – A fellow fan Scott Woll wants to know, What happened to BOSS? Are they on hiatus or is the group no more?

GJ – I believe BOSS has served its purpose.

9 DW – Another fellow fan Tim Richbourg wants to know, With all the bumps and chair shots and the head first into the wall, are you concerned about concussions?

GJ – I am very concerned, I am also very confident in my ability and my body and feel as if I have control of my own body at all times.

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10 DW – Another fellow fan Jason Cline wants to know where the Rents Due saying came from? We both love the saying.

GJ – Basically making fun of a wrestler that uses a landlord gimmick.

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11 DW – What can we expect from you for the rest of 2016?

GJ – Just looking forward to the rest of the year and seeing what opportunities arise.

12 DW – When will we see you get your Anarchy Belt back?

GJ – I’m not sure, all I can say is sit back and wait and see what happens.

13 DW Who are the wrestlers you like working with? and Who are you excited to work with?

GJ – I love working with Davey Vega, Mat Fitchett, Martin Stone, Davey Richards, Kyle O’Reilly and Aaron Epic. And a few I get excited to work with are Chip Day, Jimmy Rave and Eddie Kingston.

14 DW – This last question was submitted by Mikey McNeely and is several questions in one.

What kind of products do you use on your facial hair? I just use beard shampoo and conditioner.

What’s your favorite animal? Cats of course.

What’s your favorite food? Hamburgers, Fries, wings and salad. I HATE pizza.

What’s your favorite movie? Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption and Batman movie.

Where did you share your first kiss? I really don’t remember.

What was your favorite class in school? Probably Drama.

What is your favorite emoji? I would have to say the POOP emoji.

Which tattoo was your first? Which is your favorite? The barn owl was first. I would have to say the Me on Me is my favorite.
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I just want to say Thanks to Gary for taking the time. Brian thank you for letting me do this. I hope everyone enjoys reading this. And to any promotions that see this and have never had him on your show you need to book him, you won’t be disappointed.

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MWR Super fan Jackson Cline’s Top Ten Favorite Wrestlers

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 21, 2016

It was a great honor that my friend Jason Cline messaged me the other night to tell me that his son Jackson was reading the 2015 MWR Yearbook before he went to bed. What a honor, that he has enjoyed the book so much.

Jackson did have one concern, in the 2014 yearbook I had listed my top ten favorite wrestlers of all-time and he could not believe that I had not listed the very talented and highly entertaining Daniel Bryan.

In the 2015, I did have two very talented wrestlers Billy McNeil and Jordynne Grace list their favorite wrestlers in a great edition to the book. I mentioned to Jackson’s dad Jason that I would love to have Jackson’s personal top ten to add to the site.

Tonight I was thrilled to receive that list and am very happy to share them with you.

Brian I told Jackson about your offer to post his top ten list, when I got home today here’s what he had for me. Presenting the “official” top ten wrestlers and/or teams in his own words with mine in parentheses:

1)AJ Styles – “He’s awesome in the ring, and my dad always plays his theme songs in the car” (true on both accounts)

2)Michael Elgin – “He was my first favorite wrestler” (I started getting back into wrestling right when Elgin was moving up the card in ROH and Jack immediately latched on to him.

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We’ve met him multiple times and he’s always been great to us.

3)Dalton Castle – “He is so unique in the ring” (Jackson loves the antics of Dalton’s boys, but he’s right about his ring style as well)

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4)Red Dragon – “They are awesome singles wrestlers and when they tag they’ll kick your butt” (Can’t argue with that logic lol)

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5)Davey Vega – “He’s great in the ring and a good guy” (Agreed 100% on both, Davey’s been nothing but great to us and he’s a very good wrestler.)

6)Mat Fitchett – “I always liked him but he moved up a lot when he beat Gary Jay” (The thing I love most about watching wrestling with Jack is getting to remember when I was his age and how I loved the good guys and hated the bad guys. When Fitchett beat Gary Jay he was so excited that it made a great match even better for me personally)

7)The Viking War Party – “Jake and Alex are hardcore” (Jackson LOVES to watch VWP fight The Hooligans probably more than any other matches, I struggle to keep up with him as he’s running around trying to see wherever they’re at while brawling outside the ring.)

8)The Hooligans – “I love it when they fight outside the ring” (See above)

9)Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson – “Nobody can deny The Bullet Club” (I watch a lot of New Japan, which means Jackson does as well. Now that they’ve made it to WWE Jackson wants to watch Raw and Smackdown.)

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10)The Young Bucks – “I like their style and I like superkick parties” (what kid wouldn’t like The Young Bucks?)

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Dartallion Allen Jr. MWR Top Draws – Gary Jay

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 24, 2015

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Metro Pro Wrestling Celebrates Five Years of Excitement

Posted by flairwhoooooo on July 2, 2015

By Brian Kelley

Five years ago Kansas City was virtually a ghost town for pro wrestling. Thanks to the hard work, dedication and professionalism of Chris Gough pro wrestling would not only return, but earn a reputation as one of the most respected Independent promotions in the country by fans and wrestlers alike.

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Chris Gough’s road to reviving pro wrestling in the Midwest started off as a graduate at the University of Missouri that opened the road for a job at the top as a writer for the WWE during the beloved Attitude era. Gough would return home in the Kansas City area to start a new life in the world of pro wrestling as a promoter, under the banner of Metro Pro Wrestling with a TV taping at the historic Memorial Hall on June 5, 2010. For the past five years fans have been able to keep up with Metro Pro Wrestling on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel , while YouTube features close to one hundred and fifty episodes of the red hot action.

We caught up with just a few of the people that have enjoyed the hard work of Chris Gough and MPW to get their thoughts on the past five years.

Former three time Metro Pro Wrestling Champion Jeremy Wyatt – Metro Pro has been thru its ups and downs. The downs have nearly been devastating, but the promotion has always came out on the other end even better. You take Metro and put it on one of the coast, and it’s easily considered one the top promotions in the country. Being in the Midwest, it somewhat gets overlooked. I couldn’t be prouder to have been a part of this promotion since day one. Kansas City was a ghost town for so long, Metro made wrestling a big deal here again. I’m obviously winding down, but knowing Metro is only going to continue to get bigger and better makes a small part of me wish I could wrestle forever.

Current Metro Pro Wrestling Kansas State Champion Mike Sydal – When Chris Gough started Metro Pro Wrestling, he revived wrestling in KC. He created something special for the Kansas Citians who love wrestling.

Metro Pro Wrestling fan Debbie ChmidlingI enjoy knowing that there is a well-run group of Professional wrestlers (emphasis on Professional) locally that we can go watch and enjoy. I enjoy the camaraderie, the feeling of community and knowing I am among friends. I am also proud that when wrestlers who aren’t local and travel in to visit mention Metro Pro, they always mention that Chris Gough is absolutely the quintessential promoter

Former one half of the Metro Pro Wrestling Tag Team Champions Mark McDowell – Metro Pro & Chris G. had brought back the missing tradition of pro wrestling to the K.C. region and continues to bring a magic that fans and families can continue to enjoy.

Metro Pro Wrestling Wrestler The Iceman – When Chris started Metro Pro you had a good feeling from day one it was going to be something great and since Metro Pro bursted on the scene 5 years ago and made KC a hotbed for professional wrestling again it has given KC something else to be excited about…The Royals, The Chiefs and for the past 5 years Metro Pro Wrestling…Thank you Chris and thank you Metro Pro fans!

Metro Pro Wrestling fan Glen Enloe – Metro Pro Wrestling has grown from a hope to a thriving reality in just 5 short years. It has been a combination of exciting & creative matches along with a friendly atmosphere both on stage & back stage puts it ahead of many independent wrestling promotions. While we all hoped it would bring back the good old days of KCK’s Memorial Hall wrestling, I think we are all a little surprised & pleased that Metro Pro has lived up to the bill & in some ways surpassed it. Long live Metro Pro!

Metro Pro Wrestling fan Paul Johnson – I like to think of metro pro wrestling as one big happy family. The connection between fans and wrestlers is awesome. It’s what makes it the success it is today and will be in the future.

Ring Announcer Dan Gier – “METRO… Chris has had to answer many challenges… to build, then maintain quality “Indy wrestling” plus the added lore of Kansas City Wrestling established in fans for decades not only the live performances but TV as well… and those challenges have been met.”

They say when you are having fun, time flies and that has been so true with Metro Pro Wrestling. Metro Pro fans have had the chance to meet the 8-time NWA World Champion Harley Race, while witnessing the NWA World Title would change hands for the first time since September 17, 1981, (Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes) when Adam Pearce defeated Colt Cabana on July 21st, 2012. Many of today’s national superstars have made their way to MPW including Tommy Dreamer, Christopher Daniels, Santana G, T.J. Perkins, Stevie Richards, Ace Steel and Kyle O’Reilly.

Though it may have been a great treat to have the world wide superstars appear at Metro Pro Wrestling, it has been a plethora of young talents that have gave their heart and soul to the promotion that has made sure that the fans clear their calendar. Homegrown talent and former WWE Superstar Trevor Murdoch lead the way at the start by defeating Michael Strider for the TV title at Memorial Hall. Striders historic road to the championship, as well as his feud with Derek Stone that led to a Ric Flair eques retirement that told a story that touch the hearts of the MPW faithful.

In the past, Kansas City grew to love Race, Bob Geigle, Bulldog Bob Brown, Rufus R Jones, but todays fans will tell their kids about the great matches of Jeremy Wyatt, Bull Schmitt, Mark Sterling, Mike Sydal, the Iceman, Kobra Kai Dojo, ACH, and Showtime Bradly Charles that they saw live in action at  the Turner Rec Center .

Though the promotion celebrated their five year existence on June 6th, there is no doubt that the future of MPW promises to bring even more thrills and memories for years to come.

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Michael Strider

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Jeremy Wyatt lays into Michael Strider

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Strider runs for cover with Lucy Mendez.

Fans never know what to expect at a Metro Pro Wrestling event, so with the announcement of a special guest formally from WWE hinted on their website, the fans flocked the Turner Rec Center early. With a buzz in the air it was announced that the special guest interviewer formally of WWE was Lucha Underground’s Michael Striker. Fans can catch wrestler, now color commentator Michael Striker each and every week on the El Ray Network along side wrestling legend Vampiro. It could have been an easy payday for Striker to come to MPW and sign some autographs as he is a wrestling star seen on TV every week. But Michael Strider, who is now the MPW commissioner, has been on a quest to remove Jeremy Wyatt by proclaiming the next match that Wyatt loses will be his last at MPW shocked everyone in attendance when he enlisted Striker to challenge Wyatt if he was able to defeat Ricky Cruz at the beginning of the night.

The evenings main event would also be the return of ECW Legend Tommy Dreamer going to war in a NO-DQ match with the Worlds Fittest Wrestler, Mark Sterling.

Before we take a moment to check out the highlights of another exciting night of action of Metro Pro Wrestling, let me extended an invitation to you to become part of the MPW family on August the 8TH when they begin their march for five more years of action that you will not want to miss.

June 6, 2015 – Turner Rec Center, Kansas City, KS – Fifth Anniversary Show

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One mistake is all it took for the KC Wolves to get the win in the dark match.

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– Dark Match: KC Wolves defeated Mike Outlaw/Keith Smith Jr.

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Chris Gough and his family was presented with a belt celebrating the past 5 years.

– Dark Match: KC Wolves defeated Mike Outlaw/Keith Smith Jr.

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The future of MPW?

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The calm before the storm as Matt Striker plays around with as Jeremy Wyatt thanks the MPW Promoter Chris Gough and his family for their hard work and sacrifices from the MPW Locker room.

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Matt Striker welcomes the MPW crowd to another exciting night of action.

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Striker sends a message that if Wyatt is able to get pass Ricky Cruz that same night then he will have to face the former WWE Superstar.

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Tyler Cook

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Out of the way just in time.

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The Math Magician in deep trouble in the corner.

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– Tyler Cook defeated the Math Magician

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The Kansas MPW Champion Mike Sydal

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Sydal works the legs of Jake Dirden.

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Sydal finds himself in the power gripe of Jake Dirden.

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– Kansas Championship Match: Mike Sydal defeated Jake Dirden

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4 on 4 wild mayhem

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The good guys with a little help from the fans.

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Davey Vega in the hands of the former MWR Tag Team of the Year, the American Bulldogs.

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Gary Jay goes surfing on the Killer City Kings.

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– Kobra Kai Dojo/Commission defeated King Brothers/American Bulldogs

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Jeremy Wyatt

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Jeremy Wyatt leans on the King of Chaos Ricky Cruz.

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– Jeremy Wyatt defeated Ricky Cruz

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– Redwing defeated Kraig Keesaman

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The current MWR Female Wrestler of the Year, Lucy Mendez

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D’Arcy Dixon

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– Lucy Mendez defeated D’Arcy Dixon

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Matt Striker

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SBC with the save!!

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Metro Pro Wrestling Champion Derek Stone.

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Stone taunts the crowd.

 

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Bolt Brady goes for a ride.

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Metro Pro Championship Match: Derek Stone retained against Bolt Brady

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ECW Legend Tommy Dreamer.

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A huge win for the Worlds Fittest Wrestler under the bright lights at the Turner Rec Center.

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Tommy Dreamer lost to one of the best in the country Sterling on the fifth Anniversary, but thanks the MPW crowd for coming out for the historic night at the Turner Rec Center.

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Metro Pro Wrestling returns to Turner Rec Center in Kansas City, KS, on Saturday, August 8, for our next event! Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m.

Matches will include:

– The 2015 Metro Proyale, which is a Royal Rumble-style match where the winner will get an immediate Metro Pro Championship match following his/her victory!

Additional matches to be announced soon!

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

Purchase tickets now in our online store!

Metro Pro Wrestling on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KCMetroPro

Check out Metro Pro Photos on Facebook: Metro Pro Wrestling Photos

Metro Pro Wrestling airs every Saturday night on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel at 11 p.m. The show replays several times during the week! Check local listings for details.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is a regional 24-hour sports network, and it is the ONLY place you can see Metro Pro Wrestling! Catch us on:

• Time Warner Cable SportsChannel – Channel 30 & 323
• Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 2 – Channel 324
• Time Warner Cable Nebraska
• Comcast Cable Channel 44 & 258
• WOW! Cable – Lawrence 37

Turner Rec Center is located at 831 S. 55th St, Kansas City, KS.
For more information, call Metro Pro at (816) 974-7160.

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