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High Voltage Wrestling- Shakes the foundation in the Midwest

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 6, 2008

By Brian “Flair” Kelley

The new promoter on the block, TNT Kenny G and his promotion High Voltage Wrestling were to have their first show on Saturday October 4th. Many people thought that he should not be running in the venue that he was in ( Granite IL ), because other promotions such as LWA, FTW, and FIST have run there prior to HVW. One reasoning was “Because you’re Lazy” and when he posted a message on the St Louis Wrestling Community Board,  asking local talent to contact him to do be a part of a show, many had a reason to be cautious of High Voltage Wrestling.

 

A couple of weeks prior to the show TNT Kenny G posted on the message board that Brandon Espinosa (I like him) DaCobra (I have wanted to see him) were to be on the show so he had my attention, but with the Missouri/ Nebraska football game on prime time and Kimbo (14 seconds of fame) Slice was to fight UFC Legend Ken Shamrock, I  wanted to save money and stay home and watch TV for once. Then he had to do it, he posted that Spoiled Steven Kennedy (One of my favorites) Cecil Cerveza (I have wanted to see) Mephisto along with Gary the Barn Owl taking on his rival Pierre Abernathy.  I just couldn’t’t resist the temptation of a night of wrestling that promised a little bit of everything. So with the goal to convince my girlfriend to go, I explain to her that “The Future” Donovan Ruddick was involved in the main event. The Future is one of her favorites so she was on board for another wrestling trip.  

The first thing that I noticed as I paid for our tickets was that the employees, ticket taker, security and concession booth were all supporting a High Voltage Wrestling T-shirt, they had two different styles Red and Yellow or Black and yellow. That made this new promotion look very legit, and organized and I had not even made it to my seat yet.

 

We sat in the front row so that I could get the best pictures possible and were grateful that they didn’t have a ring rail. Some promotions have and some don’t. I have grown fond of not having something in front of me. There would be times in the night that we had to flee from our chairs due to the action coming our way. Do you need to ask why I love Indy wrestling?  

We have made many friends going to shows, so I made my rounds and said hello to one fellow wrestling fan, Patrick Brandemeyer, who is also a comedian and had been offering cookies to whoever comes and sees him perform at the Westport Funny Bone. I gave him a hard time by asking him if the cookies would be fresh baked before heading back to my seat.

 

High Voltage Wrestling’s very first wrestling match was an exciting bout between DaCobra and Jon Divosi. DaCobra is a star in the making with lighting quick moves and devastating kicks. Divosi to his credit was able to get hit from every direction. Divosi must have felt he had a win with a modified side effect off the second rope but DaCobra just barely kicked out. DaCobra was able to catch a second wind, went to the top rope and hit one of the most exciting moves I have ever seen live – The 630 Splash!!! You may think I am lying but I was so excited that I forgot to cheer as the ref counted to three. I turned to my girlfriend and said “I would hate to be the wrestler that had to follow that match”.  

DaCobra  is set to hit the amazing 630 splash.

DaCobra is set to hit the amazing 630 splash.

 

 

 

 

The second match would be a tag team match as the team of Bandana Mafia (Evan Gelistico and Davey Vega) taking on Steven Kennedy and Rick Stone. While the ref did a search for weapons he found many hidden Bandanas hidden in the ring attire of the Mafias. To the best of my knowledge the match between the two teams were the first time they had been together. The Mafia really took it to Stone, all the while getting under Kennedy’s skin as Kennedy frequently entered the ring without being tagged. This prompted the ref Eric Davis to spend energy and time on getting him out the ring. With the refs back turned, the Mafia, at one moment used a bandanna to choke Stone. The confusion played into their favor as the team of Stone and Kennedy never got off the ground and with a cheap shot from Gelistico would seal the win for the Mafia.

The Promoter of HVW, Kenny G came out to the ring to thank the fans for coming and being a part of their grand opening. Out came Kris Synz, who stated that he was in fact a three time Hardcore Champion and was appalled that he was not a part of High Voltage Wrestling’s night of wrestling. Synz made the mistake of getting in the face of Kenny, and Kenny made quick work of the former hardcore champion with a flying kick using a baking pan on top of him in the corner. Kenny just got his breath when Mephisto came out from the back to tell Kenny that he had just disposed of a never was and that if he ever wanted to get in a real hardcore wrestlers face to step up. Kenny did not hesitate to go at Mephisto and a match was started. Though the bell was rung these two men went at it outside almost as soon as it started, which prompted a double count out. 

A familiar feud was rekindled when Gary the Barn Owl defended his ACW U-30 belt against the European scumbag Pierre Abernathy.  The action was back and forth throughout the match. At one time Pierre pounded Gary in the corner unmercifully and looked to have a chance to win the title but Gary persevered in the end with a flying flat liner and was able to get the win and retain the title.

 

Pierre Abernathy steps on Gary the Barn Owl in the corner.

 It was time for the intermission and I went do some work for the site and lost track of time, which led me to miss the first match to my disappointment. The Hybrids (Jason Lyte & Donovan Cain) defeated the tag team of Cecil Cerveza & D’Andre King.

Brandon Espinosa used his speed to keep Adam Evans off of his game in the first round of the HVW Heavyweight tournament.

I came back in time to see the co –main event between Adam Evans accompanied by the Magic Man taking Brandon Espinosa in the tournament to decide the first round for the HVW Heavyweight title. Adam Evans has the look to go far in the sport, and though I respect Espinsoa, I gave him very little chance  winning this with the odds so stacked against him. Evans himself seemed to take his opponent lightly and taunted him by relaxing on the top rope after taking him to school. Espy has improved so much in this year alone, that he can not be overlooked. Evans seem to have the match in hand but still the Magic Man could not resist interfering by trying to throw fire at Espy, but this backfired and burned his own man which allowed the upset to happen. Espy will take on the winner of the “The Future” Donovan Ruddick and Bobby Danger at  next months show.  

Donovan Ruddick overpowers Bobby Danger early in the match.

Bobby Danger is not a small guy by no means, but he was facing one of the most powerful men in the Midwest . Danger, to his credit brought everything he had and knew that in this match  he would have to use his speed to get the edge over the Future. It looked to pay off with a corkscrew plancha to almost move on in the tournament, but when Danger went and hit a flying body cross the Future rolled with it, powered him up into the Razors edge into a monster slam and within a moment we had out second contestant in the tournament to become the HVW Heavyweight Champion.

Espy with a renewed confidence came out to the ring to confront the man who he will take on November 22 when HVW Presents Fuel for Fire again at Granite City . The Future and Espy could not wait till November and the fists were flying. The locker room attempted to separate the two men outside the ring. Bobby Danger excited the crowd with a plancha outside the ring on top of all the wrestlers. Bodies were lying onto the floor when Promoter Kenny G stated that next month the man KAHAGAS would be in action and for them.  

TNT Kenny G blows a fuse after the pandemonium that ensued after the main event.

 

High Voltage Wrestling’s first show was well planned by the promoter Kenny G. He showed class by inviting the local talent to come and introduce themselves at the show. This show had some St Louis flavor to it and with some outside talent he was able to add freshness to their first show. The matches were well booked and in turn, the wrestlers gave the fans a great show.

Their next show on November 22 at Granite City IL , will have

Brandon Espinosa challenging “The Future”, Donovon Ruddick to see who will hold the right to be called the first High Voltage Wrestling Mid-West Heavyweight Champion.  

“The Future” Donovan Ruddick goes for the HVW Title on November 22

 

Kahagas has taken on some of the wrestling’s best, When he enters the Midwest, he looks to bring the pain to MWR #1 ranked wrestler Jeremy “The Rebel” Wyatt.

 DaCobra vs. Mark Sterling

 The Ego Express VS Brett Young and Mike Sydal

Also in action – The Bandana Mafia, Gary Jay, Cecil Cerveza, Pierre Abernathy, Deandre King, Cheapshot Mcgrot, Shane Rich, Mephisto and more !

If you missed the last show don’t make the same chance again.

For more info check out  http://www.myspace.com/hvw_midwest   

On November 22, Brandon Espinosa will have a chance to shock the Midwest and be the very first HVW Champion.

The battle of PWI 500 stars Jeremy Wyatt (449 ) vs. Kahagas (373).

 

 

 

 

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St. Louis Pro Wrestling Has a Mouthpiece Again

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2008

St. Louis Pro Wrestling Has a Mouthpiece Again
The Return of Absolute Wrestling Radio

by Josh Ray
MWR Owner-Editor
inadvertent.nerd@gmail.com

This summer was a bittersweet time for pro wrestling as it pertains to its presence on the radio airwaves. A radio show known as Absolute Wrestling Radio (AWR) joined another longstanding program on the radio, adding some independent pro wrestling flavor to the Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) mix. The good times were short lived, however, when both programs were taken off the air toward the end of the summer.

Now the new kid on the block returns, as Mark Bland and Matt Krueger bring Absolute Wrestling Radio back to St. Louis on Sundays starting October 5, 2008 on Team 1380 AM. The show will air in the 2PM to 3PM time slot. Missouri Wrestling Revival will be hosting the podcast version of the show each and every week for those that live outside of Team 1380 AM’s listening area.

Late this past week, I was able to sit down with one of the hosts of Absolute Wrestling Radio, Mark Bland, and talk about what happened with AWR and what fans can expect in the future.


First of all, welcome back to the radio airwaves, Mark. What brought about AWR’s removal from radio in the first place?

(Mark laughs after hearing the question…)

You get off to the point quick. Fair question. Me and my co-host, Matt, originally had a deal with the radio station in regards to solidifying sponsors for the show. We had a few lined up, but then the economics of life, as if we haven’t heard enough about that recently, required those companies to pull out at the last minute. At that point we (AWR and the station) decided to pull off the air and revamp our game plan. Which brings us to our return on October 5th from 2 to 3 PM on Team 1380AM Radio.


How did you feel your first set of shows went?

The last couple of shows went really well, including the show with TNA star Eric Young. But that first month we felt really disjointed and all over the place. Then we realized that this is what our show is… it’s a fun run through the world of MMA and Pro Wrestling. We are all over the place to keep people on their toes. There is some definite direction in the planning of each show, but that disjointed feel makes us Absolute Wrestling Radio.


What finally got AWR back on the air?

Well, we added a new team member, not on-air, named Dan and he has been helping us solidify sponsors and opportunities. We also had a meeting with our guys at 1380 AM and explained the lack of any other shows currently doing our format of talk and that it was a good piece of entertainment to bring back to the ST. Louis airwaves. Team 1380 AM has had our back the entire time and we are very appreciative that we work with them on a weekly basis.
What can we expect for Sunday’s show?

The same old get in and grind it up discussions you had before. We want the local MMA/Pro-Wrestling fans to look at us as a place to get a little talk about their favorite pastimes. We want them to call in and be a part of the show, give us their opinions and tell us if they think we are full of BS. We only regulate the language used, other than that we are “no holds barred”. All of the Sundays will be just as good as the last, and there will be great interviews with their favorite fighters and wrestlers, up to date news on big happenings, and a chance to voice your opinion.

One thing we don’t really do is the weekly round up of everything that happened on the weekly shows. We tend to choose the bigger or more intriguing stories that come from WWE, UFC, and TNA, among others, and then talk about those. We might discuss the surge of Santino Marella becoming a bigger star as opposed to harping on the Chris Jericho/Shawn Michaels drama. You can get rundowns on what happened from the respective websites of the organizations, but you can only get varying viewpoints from our show. Thats what I think our main point is. Plus we will cover the local scene and try to get some recognition for those guys and gals as they attempt to climb the ladder to the top.
Do you have anything else lined up for future shows?

We are planning on some great give-aways for the fans and interviews with people such as Chuck Liddell, Evan Bourne, Ms. Chif, Awesome Kong, BJ Penn, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, and even Kimbo Slice if we can get him.
Is Matt Krueger still your on-air partner?

Matt is definitely my on-air partner. More people might know of me from my wrestling days ( or might not), but Matt is new and fresh. He has a great love for pro wrestling and an awesome ability to really ask the intriguing questions regarding current situations. Matt surprises me on a weekly basis and will hopefully do the same for the fans.
Can we still expect MMA and Indy pro wrestling topics in addition to info on WWE and TNA?

YES! That is and will always be a main focus. Our biggest problem is that the organizations don’t know we exist. We plug them on a weekly basis and they have never tuned in. Probably 60% of the organizations on the wrestling side still haven’t found us, and almost 80% of the MMA organizations haven’t found us either. We totally love dishing on the local scene and giving our two cents. One problem is that we are only two people and can’t get out to every show the way we would like, so we have to get a majority of our local info second hand. As we get more recognition that will change and we will be more “in the loop” than we have been. It’s all a day to day building process.

But that is why Missouri Wrestling Revival exists!
What message do you have for indy wrestling promoters in the area?

Get at us! Let us know what is going on and invite us to be your friend. We do a weekly run down of what is coming up each week regionally. So you are already getting free publicity, use it to your advantage. Let us know, call in a talk with us on the show. BUT, BUT, BUT… do not call in to just plug your show. That is why we do the rundown at the end of each show, so everyone gets a fair shot and listen. We have to keep to topic for a majority of the show and if we pose a question on Shane McMahon and you call into plug your company then you disrupt the flow of the show and it kills the topic.

It’s truly simple. You can make all of them happy some of the time and some happy all of the time, but not all happy all of the time. It just isn’t possible. Don’t get mad if you didn’t get plugged. It’s probably because you didn’t contact us or your show is a few weeks out and we tend to promote the ones coming up that week and weekend. Communication is necessary for us to be successful and help you to be also.
Is there anything else you would like to say for those out there as excited as I am about the return of AWR?

Make us your own. Use us to entertain you on Sundays. Help us discuss your favorite topic in the world of MMA and pro wrestling. We do this for the fans of the sport in St. Louis and those that listen to the podcasts online each week. This is your show to make successful or help fail. Either you can have a cool show to talk about what you want to talk about, or there can be NO show at all and nothing comes of it. We are doing A LOT more good being on the air and giving the local and regional promotions a voice than if we were not on the air and no one was talking them up.

So please, tell your friends and family about Absolute Wrestling Radio on Team 1380 AM from 2 to3 PM on Sundays. And we look forward to hearing from all the great MMA, Indy and Professional Wrestling fans in the St. Louis Area.

Mamma Juwanna Energy Juice.

(Mark points at an imaginary Mamma Juwanna bottle and smiles.)

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