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Posts Tagged ‘Jack Foster’

Draper Retains NWL Title Over Meeks

Posted by flairwhoooooo on September 4, 2017

By Brian Hoops
Photos Brian Kelley

In a hard fought one on one contest, Dak Draper defeated Blaine Meeks by referee stoppage in a no dq match to retain his NWL Kansas City Championship Saturday night, September 2 at the Scottish Rites Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.  Draper used at least three different steel chairs in brutal encounter, but his actions after the match ended is what drew the ire of NWL President, Major Baisden. “I am going to work with my full team of advisors in determining what the best course of action is for dealing with Dak Draper’s future in the NWL,” Baised wrote on Twitter.

Draper used two of his Draper bombs but couldn’t pin Meeks, even after using chairs to Meek’s back repeatedly. Meeks put on his cape and hit his finishing move, “comic mischief”, but Draper was able to kick out.
The finish came when Draper used Meek’s own cape, tied to the ropes to choke out the challenger and the referee had no choice but to stop the contest.
Draper who went to the hospital after the match to receive stitches for a cut near his eyes, continued to attack Meeks after the match. Draper wrapped Meeks legs around the ring post and repeatedly hit Meeks with a chair in his already damaged knee.
Looking at the company website, Meeks is not advertised for upcoming shows through September and Draper could be stripped of the title as he is listed on events, but his matches are not advertised as title matches.
The crowd the Scottish Rites Temple was down from normal, estimated at 225 fans as the WWE was at the Sprint Center and likely hurt the normally large crowd.
In other matches, The Besties in the World defeated the Howlettes in a wild brawl to advance to the finals of the NWL Tag Team Tournament,
Jack Foster defeated Michael Strider and Mike Outlaw defeated Niles Plonk.
After the match, a security video played, showing Plonk’s butler, Belvedere was not really injured, which freed Red Cloud from his commitment to serve Plonk.
Also, Thor Theriot defeated Maverick by countout,
Devlin defeated Gil Rogers, Jet Royal defeated Ken Dharma and
Jeremy Wyatt pinned Anthony Guitteriez.
There have many been many, many great wrestling matches so far in 2017. Two of the best occurred in the NWL Saturday night, September 2. The Draper vs. Meeks and Wyatt vs. Guittereiz matches were among the best of 2017 on any level.

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The AJ Awesome Show Episode 31 – Jack Foster

Posted by flairwhoooooo on September 4, 2017


Episode Thirty-one of The AJ Awesome Show. We hope you enjoy it! Please subscribe if you like this video! Music Credits: “Frag Out” – DJ Assass1n and “I Stand Alone” – Godsmack. Please visit these artists websites to learn more about their music.

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Controversy at the Casa Loma Ballroom – Maverick and Drew Gold End the Letterman Era

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 7, 2017

Photos and article by Brian Kelley

The Letterman era has ended before it could fully get started thanks to the dirty nasty tactics of two men. That is right Maverick is the new NWL St. Louis champion after defeating Todd Letterman and Cornell Douglass (with Castle) in a three-way match on June 4 at the Casa Loma Ballroom and MWR was on hand to cover all the hard hitting action.

The three powerhouses went to war, only hampered by the interference of “Brother” Castle. The referee’s hands were tied (as in typical three-way fashion) there were no disqualifications. “Lockdown” Ray Briggs made his way to the ring to clear Castle from ringside.

Confusion set in when Drew Gold, manager of “Greatness” Marcellus Gaines entered the ring with brass knuckles.

At first, it looked as if he would hit Letterman, only to have Maverick stop the blow by taking the brass knuckles out of Gold’s hand. Then it happened ….. Maverick drilled Letterman with the brass knuckles

Just like that Maverick had the NWL STL strap in his powerful grasp and Drew Gold flaunted a Maverick T-shirt much to the disdain of the NWL STL fans.

Moments later, the big man Jack Foster came to the ring to confront the new champion. He let it be known that he was on the hunt for the title. Maverick vs. Foster would be a war for the ages.

Heading into Father’s Day weekend, Maverick stands atop the NWL STL. Reserve your tickets for June 16th at the Casa Loma Ballroom by heading to http://fightstl.com/. Note this is a Friday card, with a bell time of 7 P.M.

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Meet Jack Foster and Ken Dharma

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 19, 2016


Jack Foster declares he’s the only one who can save St. Louis wrestling because he IS pro wrestling. Anyone care to argue this point with this intense 6-foot-6-inch superstar? Didn’t think so. #FightSTL


Prepare to be enlightened by this purposeful soul when Ken Dharma graces NWL KC with his debut on Jan. 7 at the Scottish Rite Temple. Reserve tickets now at fightkc.ticketfly.com #HighonLife #HugKC #Namaste

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Proving Ground Pro presents Miracle on Main Street This Saturday Night

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 12, 2016


“Dirdey” Jake Dirden to defend the PGP Franchise Title for the Final Time

Win…Lose… or Draw….The only 2 time and longest reigning Franchise champion in PGP history will put the belt on the line for the final time in the Proving Ground on December 17th at MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET….. The NWL has signed Jake ( Jack Foster in NWL) to an exclusive contract starting in January of 2017. We at Proving Ground Pro feel that they made a wise decision and wish a huge success in the future for both the NWL and Jack Foster (Jake Dirden). It all comes down to this, Jake Dirden retires as champion or passes the torch to “BuckNasty” Bucky Collins, either way you’ll be witness to Proving Ground Pro history in the making at MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET.

December 17th history is made at the Lawford Theater (225 W Main Street, Havana, IL) with MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET … Doors open at 6:30 PM and the MIRACLE starts at 7 PM. $12 adults and $7 kids or save a couple bucks with $10 adult and $5 kids advance tickets are available in Havana (at Grandpa’s Diner) and Petersburg (at Huebner Tire or Styles & More). If you can’t get to an advance ticket outlet message us on social media (Proving Ground Pro on Facebook and @pgpwrestling on Twitter) and we’ll get you hooked up.

Tag Team Title Match Signed For MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET

December 17th sees the return of PGP Tag Team champions Alpha Class (Danny Adams and Paco Gonzalez) to the Lawford Theater (225 W Main Street, Havana, IL) for another title defense. The astounding rise of Alpha Class has become the stuff of legend in the Proving Ground showing just how high you can climb with talent, hard work and determination. Speaking of legends, once upon a time the amazing Krotch pulled off perhaps the most improbable victory in PGP history by defeating the massive Nate Redwing and earning a shot at the PGP Tag Team Titles. It took a while and the titles have changed hands since Krotch started his search….But Krotch has contacted us and will cash in with Dante Leon as his partner versus Alpha Class at MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET. This will be high octane offense and sizzling speed on display in this potential show stealing match up that needs to be seen by you…Yeah, YOU…..BE THERE!!!

Stephen Wolf vs Timmy Lou Retton To Decide Buckley Entrant at MIRACLE

December 17th (Saturday) will be a classic night in the Proving Ground when MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET presents this mind blowing Buckley Memorial Tournament qualifying match…”Leader of the Pack” Stephen Wolf damn near beat Jake Dirden for the Franchise title at our last show, although he came up short Wolf once again showed he’s ready for prime time. Timmy Lou Retton is a star on the rise with one of the most entertaining styles of wrestling you can find. Blending a dynamic high flying gymnastic based assault with impressive mat skills has forced both fans and opponents to take notice of the impressive Retton. Timmy has collected hardware and found his way to several main events already in his career, now he’s looking to put a Buckley Tournament entry on his resume as well. If you’re a fan of independent wrestling “Dream Matches” then Stephen Wolf versus Timmy Lou Retton is an early Merry Christmas present because you can’t wrap awesomeness….Oxygen masks and flight suits may be mandatory for this match….SONIC BOOM!!!

Plus so much more.

For big deal moments in independent professional wrestling… ENTER THE PROVING GROUND!!!

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Dynamo Pro at the Ready Room – Brandon Aarons Becomes the Champ – Ricky Cruz, Mike Outlaw and Jake Dirden Say Goodbye

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 11, 2016

By Patrick Brandmeyer
Photos Brian Kelley

The ring announcer were Chris Roedel, your assistant ring announcer was Luke Roberts, and your referee was Scott Ramsey.


Jackal vs. “The Caramel Bear” C.J. Shine: The fans were NOT fond of Shine, despite the fact that this was supposed to be an opener between fan favorites. Shine outwrestled Jackal in the early minutes of the match, leading to a danceoff that seemed to go in Jackal’s favor (if you asked the average person in the stands). Shine upset Jackal at the 4 Hands Brewery show last month, so this was a rematch from that particular encounter…in Jackal’s defense, he had just been through a tough matchup with Jake Dirden(the week prior) and Shine was fresh for that bout. Jackal rallied and went for the Killswitch #2 (turnbuckle-walk Tomakazi/Unprettier), but Shine blocked the move and threw him off. Jackal charged at Shine and got caught in a small package for the flash pin in 8:22.


“The Alternative” Ozzie Gallagher(sporting his new shorter hair) made his way to the ring; he had been M.I.A. since the mask-vs.-hair match with Makaze in mid-September. To say the least, his year didn’t turn out as he had planned…but he vowed to get his payback on both Makaze and The Bite Club(Rocket Mapache & Jackal) and to refocus his career in 2017. No match for Gallagher…perhaps next time.




Tag Team Champion “The Valedictorian” Keon Option(w/ Justin D’Air) vs. Rocket Mapache(w/ Jackal): Speaking of The Bite Club, the other half of the team was in action here. D’Air is still recovering from a recent knee injury. I hope to watch the D-1 Title match from last week in Wood River between Outtkast and Rocket; I heard great things about that matchup. Hopefully this will lead to a Tag Title feud between the teams…that part seems to naturally follow as Rocket & Jackal had several near-misses for the belts but never quite won them. The match could have easily gone either way, but Option took it with an axe kick in 6:33. More Mutual Respect(tm) occurred, but Jackal made it clear that they Wanted Da Belts(tm).




Outtkast vs. Makaze for the D-1 Title: Both guys have impressive championship resumes; both men were GCW Light Heavyweight Champions and Outtkast was GCW and Dynamo Tag Champ with “The Don Mega” Shorty Biggs. Makaze briefly held the NWA Missouri Title when it was the top belt in Dynamo Pro; literally on the show when they transitioned from that belt to the current Dynamo Heavyweight Title, he lost it back to K.C. Karrington. Both are veterans in the area and continue to plug away amidst a ton of younger guys, so they brought out the heavy artillery in this championship bout.


I’ve known Outtkast to take crazy amounts of punishment over the years and this was no exception; Makaze caught him with a Death Valley Driver onto the edge of the ring apron! Makaze tried to follow up with a plancha but the titleholder moved out of the way…then Outtkast went to the top rope for a corkscrew moonsault to the floor! Outtkast hit the floor with a thud that was audible throughout the building…ouch. Understandably it took both men some time to collect themselves, but they made it back into the ring and kept on going. Makaze nearly won with his signature Kyouhen(Sharpshooter) and Outtkast barely made it to the ropes. Makaze delivered a Death Valley Driver off the top rope(!) that left both men down…but out of nowhere, Outtkast connected with the Case Study to retain his title in 16:34! It was a tremendous matchup between two guys who I’ve known for most of their respective careers…yes, more Mutual Respect(tm) took place.

Brandon Espinosa vs. “The Incredible Primal Prodigy” Matt Kenway (Look At Him) for the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Title: Surprisingly, Espinosa was the fan favorite in this matchup…both guys have played different roles in area promotions. One of Espy’s favorite tactics in recent months has been to emulate WWE finishers and sequences, so he tried to start off fast with two spears and a Jackhammer(a la Bill Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series); Kenway escaped the Jackhammer setup and bailed out of the ring.






Targeting the arm has been one of Espinosa’s strategies in recent times, but Kenway attempted to use the same tactic against Espy. Kenway brought a chair into the ring and wedged it between the turnbuckles, but it never quite came into play during the matchup…darn you, Chekhov’s Folding Chair! (Thanks A-Top.) It took several tries, but Espinosa was finally able to lock on the cross-armbreaker…Kenway didn’t surrender, but Espy appeared to severely injury Kenway’s arm and the referee called for a stoppage in 18:40! It looked like Kenway’s elbow had been dislocated and he seemingly popped it back into place on the ring ropes…eep.


There would be no Mutual Respect(tm) HERE as Kenway snapped, bashing Espinosa repeatedly with the aforementioned chair(THERE’S our Chekhov’s Gun)…it would be Espy’s old tag team partner turned rival Ricky Cruz who would run off Kenway after the match. (In fact, Espinosa won the MWR Missouri Title from Cruz.) The two didn’t QUITE seem to be on friendly terms, but Cruz and Espy parted ways without incident.

“The King Of Chaos” Ricky Cruz vs. “The Intelligent Dirdey Monster” Jake Dirden: This was a farewell for both men for different reasons; Ricky is retiring at the end of the year and this was his last Midwest match. (He will face El Mesias, aka Mil Muertes, at Galli Lucha Libre in Chicago for his final bout.) Cruz came to the St. Louis area a few years ago for the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Alliance, then later competed for Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling and held their Classic Title. He would go on to compete for Dynamo Pro, holding their Heavyweight and Tag Team Titles(with Espinosa) as well as the MWR Missouri Title. These two have had many battles(eleven, per Ricky) and the feud did a lot to elevate Dirden in the eyes of the fans, propelling him to the Dynamo Pro Heavyweight and Tag Titles(with Jackal). He also appeared in Ring Of Honor’s Top Prospect Tournament in 2015, losing in the first round to eventual winner Donovan Dijak. Dirden is on his way to the NWL as “Jack Foster“, so this was his last match for DPW.

Ricky got streamers for his entrance and asked Dirden for a technical matchup so they could go out on a positive note…but it didn’t take long for the match to devolve into an all-out fight.






Both guys threw their biggest bombs for this final counter and neither would stay down for very long…it took a grand total of four superkicks for Cruz to finally score the decisive victory in 14:58!



Afterwards, Ricky and Jake both said their farewells as the locker room emptied to applaud their efforts!

Mike Outlaw vs. Brandon Aarons for the Heavyweight Title: These guys had a tough act to follow but they brought their A games; they’d crossed paths a few times in the past with Outlaw getting the upper hand in those bouts. They had a strong main-event matchup and the fans seemed to be slightly in favor of Outlaw (despite both men being fan favorites).






Outlaw’s Mafia Kick only got a two-count…then the High Noon(top-rope elbowdrop) only got a near-fall as well. Outlaw lost his composure (not a common thing for him) and brought a chair into the ring, going so far as to push the referee away when the official tried to stop him. Outlaw swung with the chair, but Aarons dodged and the chair rebounded off the top rope to smack Outlaw in the head. Aarons took advantage of the opportunity with a flurry of offense:


Go 2 Sleep, Hairflip(half-nelson) Suplex, and finally a Shining Wizard…and that earned Aarons the Dynamo Pro Heavyweight Title in 14:00!


Outlaw was distraught over the match outcome and grabbed the title belt away from the ref, but presented it to Aarons and raised his hand. After that, Outlaw dropped his own bombshell: He was leaving Dynamo Pro as well (for NWL)!
Outlaw said his farewells to the promotion and wrestlers who got him started in the business and the roster came out for another round of applause.



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NWL STL Signs Renowned Big Man Jake Dirden to Multiyear Deal

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 9, 2016


ST. LOUIS, MO, Nov. 10, 2016: NWL STL recently agreed to terms with wrestling superstar Jake Dirden, who will compete in St. Louis as Jack Foster.

League president Major Baisden, who oversaw the proceedings during a recent press conference at NWL Headquarters in downtown Kansas City, hailed Foster’s signing as one of the League’s biggest yet.

“Jack Foster has competed around the world, but he enters NWL STL with a blank canvas on which to create his career masterpiece,” Baisden says. “Standing at 6 feet, 6 inches tall, with a size 18 boot, Foster’s easily one of the most intimidating competitors I’ve ever seen. Frankly, there may not be another athlete in the League who can match Foster’s intensity or his intelligence.”

Foster, who patterned his style after the legendary Bruiser Brody, views NWL STL as an opportunity to cement his legacy as one of the best big men in the business and take wrestling back to its roots.

“When I look around, I don’t see the same wrestling I grew up watching,” Foster explains. “I’ve fought in St. Louis before but never for St. Louis. I want this city to be proud of wrestling again. I’m bringing old-school pro wrestling back to St. Louis, and I don’t care who I have to step on to make that happen. Pretty soon, everyone in St. Louis will be talking about Jack Foster.”

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