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Posts Tagged ‘Major Baisden’

NWL: Explosion, Expansion and Opportunity at the Scottish Right Temple

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 26, 2017

Just like any business in it’s early stages NWL has had it’s share of ups and downs. Highs and lows and memorable and forgettable moments. Saturday night was undoubtedly one of those high/memorable moments. For starters because of the much anticipated confrontation between NWL_STL general manager Matt Jackson and owner and president Major Baisden. Secondly, because unexpected news about the growth and expansion of the NWL to cities outside Kansas City and the recently controversial St.Louis.

For those not familiar with the narrative allow your boy @_The_Knight_Owl to bring you up to speed. Roughly 6 months ago NWL began running shows at the Casa Loma Ballroom in what some would call a seedy part of St.Louis. Initially and especially at the first show the place was pretty well close to full and the excitement leading to the event was about as good and high as you could ask for.Unfortunately, that proved to be NWL_STL‘s short lived high point. Though the wrestling was on par or in some cases better then any other promotion in the area, something seemed to be missing but no one, not even yours truly who covers wrestling in this area could quite put there finger on it.

Folks would speculate that it was location, others would say it was the fact that the shows where on Thursday/Sunday vs the traditional Saturday night as must indie shows tend to run these days. Some would even say that the STL fans would never support something that originated in Kansas City. Those are just a few of the speculations that could be heard weekly on our podcast or just hanging outside waiting to get into a local wrestling show weather in KC or in STL. Well, about two weeks ago the speculation came to an end. Major Baisden held a press conference via Facebook live just days after making the surprise announcement again via FB (to the ir of many) that HE would never run a show in NWL_STL again! I’ll admit this was shocking but not surprising to those of us who have been following along closely.

In that press conference he confirmed most if not all the speculation and he even pulled back the curtain a bit by admitting that they were behind the 8-ball from the very start due to lack of an ideal venue and also due to what he referred to as a “toxic business environment in St.Louis” also adding that this wasn’t the first time that one of his business had failed/struggled in STL. During the press conference he was open, honest and answered all questions as you would expect a business owner that is as out in front as Major is. One notable viewer that day was the aforementioned GM of NWL_STL Matt Jackson, who seemed to be angry and disappointed at the fact that his guys found out about NWL_STL closing just like the fans via a FB post early Friday morning just over two weeks before. Jackson commented sporadically bringing Baisden’s commitment in making the STL branch of NWL work into question and highlighting the disrespectful way the announcement was made to a group of guys who make a living working for him in STL. Mentioning several times the lack of resources and overall support from the NWL front office who he said “spent twice as much time in Kansas City then St.Louis.”

 

So now the ground work had been set for this confrontation between Jackson and Baisden at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, MO this past Saturday night. As the show kicked off you knew two things for sure. One, you were gonna see incredible wrestling (Dak Draper, Thor Theriot, Lakota Red Cloud, Marty Belle, Blaine Meeks, Jet Royal, Ken Dharma, Hans Ruger, Belvedere, Niles Plonk, Amber Lynn and more were in action) and the confrontation between Jackson and Baisden was gonna be explosive.

NWL KC has flourish with men like Dak Draper leading the way. Though he is not liked very much one can not discredit his winning ways night after night. Photo credit ; René “The Knight Owl” Martinez

Redwing lost a huge match that will now have him be a butler to Niles Plonke for a whole month. Photo credit ; René “The Knight Owl” Martinez

What we didn’t know was the news Major would break to the fans just moments before the confrontation happened.

Photo credit ; René “The Knight Owl” Martinez

Despite the dark clouds looming after the fall of NWL_STL, the breaking news cleared those dark clouds away at least for a moment as Major Baisden announced an unprecedented expansion. The NWL will be running shows outside it’s home cities of Kansas City and St.Louis for the first time ever starting in August! Those city’s include Omaha,NE, Springfield,MO, Topeka,KS and many more (full list pictured above). This news made the crowded erupt as the faithful in Kansas City realized these are all within driving distance to them and they likely have friends and relatives in those areas. As if that weren’t enough the roof almost come off the place when Major announced that #FightClub members would be able to attend these shows at no additional cost! This might have been the biggest pop of the night. Which was followed by about 2mins of “THANK YOU MAJOR” chants. Even from an outsiders perspective there is no doubt that outside the WWE Network itself, the NWL #FightClub pass is the best deal in all professional wrestling today. Visit FightKC.com for more info on that.

Photo credit ; René “The Knight Owl” Martinez

Finally we come to the much anticipated confrontation between the GM of STL and the owner of the company. As one would expect right at the peek of the fan fair about the expansion, Matt Jackson’s music hits and he walks out looking quite casual I might add accompanied buy a few NWL_STL regulars, the Blood Brothers and Dez Wellston only something was different about all of them. They’re demeanor had changed but most noticeably they’re appearance. Those who have followed wrestling in the Midwest before the rise of NWL would know them as Fitchette & Vega aka “The Beasties” and Mike Outlaw. They all seemed a little on edge and ready for a fight including Jackson. But surprisingly unlike most wrestling meetings/conferences this one did not end in fights flying and equipment being damaged. No, this meeting, after about 10mins of verbal daggers being thrown in both directions to an eventual draw, ended in a high stakes agreement between Jackson and Baisden. Instead of buying out Jackson’s contract of close to $50,000, Major turned a potential lability into yet another investment opportunity.

This is the opportunity that was given to Jackson to accept or decline: 6 shows, 6 shows under the direct direction of Jackson and his STL crew. He would be allowed to do it his way with no handcuffs or pretentious prepackaged gimmicks. New venue, new voice and a new vision of what NWL_STL should be in a blue collar, support your own kind-of town. Otherwise Jackson and NWL_STL are out of business, this time, for good! Now only time will tell what the future holds. Though the stakes are high and his a** is firmly on the line yet I get a feeling that that’s just the way Matt Jackson likes it because if these next 6 shows are his last with NWL, he can do it his way, the St.Louis way, with great wrestling, rowdy fans and a whole lot of F’n Anarchy! (Anarchy Rises will take place at the Matteson Square Garden in St.Peters, MO on July 15th)

 

NWL STL Champion Maverick and Mike Outlaw (Formally Dez Wellston) went to war at NWL KC this past weekend. The champion Maverick is set to face fan favorite Gary Jay when Matt Jackson’s looks to show what STL can deliver it Anarchy style. – Photo Credit Brian Kelley

Written by:
René “The Knight Owl” Martinez
of the Wrestle Talk Podcast which can be heard Wednesday nights at 7pm CT by visiting http://www.WrestleTalkPodcast.com

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Wrestle Talk Podcast Pop-Up: Dez Wellston / Mike Outlaw Presented with the 2016 MWR Award at #UniverseMania

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 14, 2017

Missouri Wrestling Revival would like to thank our good friend Rene Martinez for the awesome presentation of 2016 MWR Wrestler of the Year plaque sponsored by Brandis Outlaw to  Dez Wellston / Mike Outlaw during the  party in Kansas City at Rockstar Burgers on April 2nd, 2017 . We were thrilled to see that NWL owner Major Baisden was willing to be a part of the moment that is sure to be one of so many to come to Wellston.

Visit: http://www.WrestleTalkPodcast.com  more!

We still have some 2016 plaque presentations to give away in the near future. Each wrestler gets a plaque with artwork of them from artist Dartallion Allen Jr.

2016 MWR Wrestler of the Year Mike Outlaw/Dez Wellston

Sponsored by Brandis Outlaw

Presented at Wrestle Talk Podcast #UniverseMania watch party at Rockstar Burgers.

2016 MWR Female Wrestler of the Year Miss Monica

Sponsored by SICW Promoter Herb Simmons

Presented at World League Wrestling Night of Champions 2 with Kurt Angle

2016 MWR Tag Team of the Year Alpha Class (Danny Adams & Paco Gonzalez)

Sponsored by On the Ropes Network

Presentation to be at Glory Pro Wrestling in Alton, Illinois on May 7th 405 East 4TH Street

2016 MWR Future Star of the Year’s Davey Vega

Sponsored by Mike Wilson’s Shooter Spotlight

Presentation to be at Cape Championship Wrestling on April 22nd 410 Kiwanis Drive

2016 MWR Future Star Award Kevin Lee Davidson / Todd Letterman

Sponsored by Brandi Outlaw

Presentation – TBA

2016 MWR Future Star Mat Fitchett / Mathew Grundy

Sponsored by Jason and Jackson Cline

Presentation – TBA

 

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Brian Hoops Proclaims that the NWL is the Hottest Wrestling Promotion in Missouri

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 13, 2017

By Brian Hoops

Photos Brian Kelley

As first seen at http://www.wrestlingobserver.com

There is a new independent wrestling promotion, and its changing the traditional way of running a wrestling promotion. The National Wrasslin League was founded in September by Major Baisden and ran its inaugural show in Kansas City on January 7. According to its press release, “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.”

NWL has financial backing behind it. Baisden, best known in the Kansas City area as the President and co-founder of Iris Data Services, Inc., sold Iris Data Services to Epic Systems Inc for $134 million in April, 2015. Baisden has a love for baseball, football and pro wrestling and decided to start his own wrestling promotion and promote it differently than traditional wrestling promotions.

Major Baisden does his best to keep Michael Strider from losing his temper under the bright lights at the Scottish Rite Temple.

In October of 2016, NWL reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Metro Pro Wrestling, a local promotion based in Kansas City, which became part of NWL KC. Metro Pro was the brainchild of Chris Gough, a former WWE creative team member who moved back to his native Kansas City to start a family. Gough is also the man behind the really awesome documentary, “KC: Beyond the Mat” that focused on the Kansas City based Central States and Heartland of America promotions. Gough was offered a full time position in the NWL offices and works behind the scenes running the new promotion. NWL also acquired St. Louis based Anarchy Pro Wrestling.

The promotion plans to run shows on alternating Saturday nights in Kansas City and alternating Thursday nights in St. Louis, at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City and the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis, Missouri. Soon, the St. Louis shows will run on Sunday afternoons. The Scottish Rite Temple is also home to Invicta MMA shows. Throughout the season, the final show of each month will pit wrestlers from KC and St. Louis against each other, with the city earning the most victories recognized as the league’s best town. The NWL’s top city will also earn negotiation rights for all new talent entering the NWL in 2018. It is a business model geared more towards minor league hockey or minor league baseball, as the promotion hopes to build a loyal fanbase in each city.

According to Gough, NWL has signed more than 50 wrestlers to contracts, including eight who work for the promotion full time. These wrestlers receive full benefits, including health insurance and work full time for the promotion, even though they only run four shows per month. NWL is building out a 10,000 square foot building, just north of Kansas City to be used as a training and performance center.

The first show in Kansas City drew what had to be considered an excellent crowd for its debut show, 510 fans thanks in part to flash sales and other promo code offers. Ringside seats are $40, but if you commit to a membership, the cost is $50 a month with additional membership perks.

St. Louis sold only 225 tickets until a strong walkup pushed total fans in attendance to near 500. The crowd for the second Kansas City show was nearly half of the first. This will be one of the struggles of the promotion, how to maintain crowds when running every other week with many of the same wrestlers.
The promotion plans to crown a Kansas City and St. Louis champion through a tournament this spring. The two champions will then square off in a mid-season showdown, with the winner earning home-arena advantage for the year’s big finale in December. On the night of the season finale, the NWL’s League champion will also be decided that evening with a tourney involving the St. Louis and KC titleholders as well as the No. 1 contenders for both belts. The December spectacular will also crown the NWL’s tag-team champions in a tournament featuring the four teams with the best records over the course of the 12month season.

The show I attended was certainly entertaining and different than the normal independent show. Baisden acquired a jumbotron style video board that sits on a stage where the wrestlers come out and to the ring, very similar to how WWE has its wrestlers come to the ring. Baisden is a fixture at the shows, watching and interacting with fans and even getting into the ring to brow beat a local manager. There is some good talent on the shows, including top area heel Dak Draper (Sam Udell, a recent cut from WWE Developmental),

Dak Draper

Ken Dharma (Mike Sydal) and

Niles Plonk. Plonk has the best gimmick since Madonna’s boyfriend gimmick that Louis Spiccoli used, as he’s a wine connoisseur. Plonk actually owns a vineyard in Missouri.

Independent name talent including Kyle O’Reilly and Arik Cannon, have become part of the NWL in recent weeks.

 

Update News from NWL KC

Our next NWL event is Saturday, March 18, at 7 p.m. inside the Scottish Rite Temple! Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Matches announced so far include:

– NWL KC Championship Tournament Semi-Finals Match – Dak Draper vs. Niles Plonk
– NWL KC Championship Tournament Semi-Finals Match – Red Cloud vs. Blaine Meeks
– HUGE Tag Team Match: Royal Blood vs. The Blood Brothers
– Triple Threat Match: Jeremy Wyatt vs. Thor Theriot vs. Scott Slade

More matches to be announced!

Buy our monthly/yearly FIGHTCLUB KC packages to save money!

FIGHTCLUB KC GOLD (Ringside) – https://shop.nwleague.com/product/fightclub-kc-ringside/

FIGHTCLUB KC SILVER (Orchestra) – https://shop.nwleague.com/product/fightclub-kc-orchestra/

FIGHTCLUB KC BRONZE (Balcony) – https://shop.nwleague.com/product/fightclub-kc-balcony/

 

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NWL President Major Baisden’s Open Letter to the Fans

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 24, 2017

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First of all, I am going to apologize for the length of this post. That said, I believe it is the most effective way to get out a bunch of information at one time.

An open letter to Indie Wrestling Fans

Since we started the National Wrasslin’ League in September of ’16, I have received a ton of questions about what/why we are doing what we are doing. These questions increased after the acquisitions of MetroPro and St. Louis Anarchy and again after running our first shows. Many of these questions are the same. Below I have attempted to list the most common questions and answer them as frankly as I can. My goal is to let the fans know where we are coming from and what we are trying to accomplish. I am sure some will agree and some will not. Some will hate what we are doing, some will love it, some won’t care. That’s fair, and that’s life. I am simply giving you more information to base your opinion on.

Why is the name Wrasslin’?

The name is wrasslin’ because wrestling was already taken. We looked at a ton of variations of names. Thousands of names (literally) are already taken. We attempted to purchase the rights so we could use “wrestling” but were unsuccessful (trust me, we tried). So, we were left to coin the term wrasslin’ to distinguish ourselves both legally and market-wise, which is also why you see us use it prominently.

Why did you move from MetroPro and Anarchy’s existing venues?

This is a two-part answer: 1) the existing venues were simply too small; 2) we wanted to be in a central location. The way we are doing this is expensive. Our wrestlers, both part time wrestlers/managers and full time wrestlers/managers, are actual employees not contractors. They are eligible for unemployment when/if they leave. Full timers get healthcare, dental, and retirement benefits. We have workers comp insurance for all of them (insurance companies believe pro wrestling is more dangerous than window washing and charge us accordingly). We pay to get them all licensed. We house those who have relocated. We even have an employee equity program where wrestlers can become part owners in the venture.

All of that is expensive. Therefore, we need to run in a venue that will hold enough people for us to break even. That is about 1,200 people.

STL and KC are also very sprawled out cities. We chose central locations so that fans from all over the metro area could make it to the show without having to drive an insane distance. It is much cheaper to run in Illinois and Kansas. But doing so cuts off the western part of the STL metro and the eastern part of the KC metro for the average fan. Gas, like ticket prices, are a factor.

Speaking of ticket prices, why are they so high?

We base our ticket prices on multiple factors. Most importantly is what it takes for us to keep running. As I mentioned above, we take care of our talent in a way that no other promotion does. There’s an expense to that. Simple business says one needs to cover ones costs…
We also base prices on minor league sports – minor league hockey and baseball specifically because they pay similar salaries and run 20+ times per year in their home stadiums. Finally, we base our prices on indie promotions. There are several promotions in line with our pricing.

Even though we are in line with many other indie promotions, I understand we run more often than other promotion does. I understand that’s why the prices are too much for many families to bear. That is why we created the Fight Clubs. In StL, $15-$50/mo gets you tix to all of our shows. In KC its $25 – $50/mo (KC is more expensive bc we have a larger venue). We did this for the Indie fan and their families. We can offer that discount level because if we know you are going to be there, then we can plan our costs better. I want you to be a part of this and are trying to make it work for all of us.

If wrestlers are so important then why are you making everyone change their names?

The name changes are necessary in order to protect our investment. The cool video board we have, the entrance gear we have custom made, the ring gear we have custom made, the wrestlers themselves, and the original music we have commissioned cost a ton. I made that investment because the characters and storylines is what drives our promotion. If we spend all of that to get these characters over, then we need to own those characters. It is not fair to our wrestlers to go to them and say “We are going to hype and market your character like crazy, so we need you to give us ownership of it.” They have spent years developing those personas. Instead, we asked THEM to come up with new ones.

We did not go to them and say “Dirden, you are now Jack Foster.” We all got on a conference call and Dirden pitched us HIS ideas and we discussed them and came up with Jack Foster. All our guys have been excited to come up with new personas. Much of the time on the indie scene, wrestlers must get themselves over with their moves because they may never return to a given city more than once or twice. At the National Wrasslin’ League, they perform in front of the same audience every other week. That means they must get themselves over with their character. What you see here is our talent exercising their creative capabilities. I think that is a pretty cool thing.

Why are you running on Thursdays in St. Louis?

I do not want to run on Thursdays in St. Louis. We want to run on Saturdays. We went to every venue that holds over 1000 people (that wasn’t a VFW hall type venue) from the river to 170, north to 270 and south to 55 and they all told us no. They told us no because they did not want professional wrestling in their venue. We even offered some places (like Ballpark Village, Union Station, America’s Center, and Scottish Rite) more than their typical venue fees and offered to pay for a full year up front in cash. We were turned down by all of them. I do not know why there is such intolerance of wrestling in St. Louis venues. We are grateful to the fine folks at Casa Loma for letting us run on Thursdays because if they didn’t, we would not have a home anywhere in St. Louis. We are still looking for a larger venue that will allow us to run on Fridays or preferably Saturdays. Your support will help us do that.

Why can’t we interact with the wrestlers like we used to?

That was my mistake and I apologize. We had many complaints after our first show re this. We changed it immediately. Going forward, we will have a wrestler at the merch table for a portion of our shows, take 15 minute intermissions where wrestlers will be out and available to interact with fans, and have wrestlers stay after the show to sign autographs, take pictures and interact with you.

Are you going to be on TV?

We are currently negotiating with several different options. We will let you know how those go over the coming months.

Are shows going to be available online?

We are now able to commit to a publication schedule. Every Wednesday at 5 pm, the previous week’s show will be posted to our youtube page (youtube.com/nationalwrasslinleague). We will post post fight interviews the first business day after each show. You will also see weekly recaps on our FB page and weekly FB live interviews with wrestlers.

You’re just another big promotion coming in to kill the indies.

I know, not really a question. But it is a sentiment I have heard numerous times. This is not the case. Our alliance with Mike Elgin and Glory Pro speaks to that. We are not the WWE coming in and taking a promotion out of the city. We are not trying to become WWE. We are trying to become a local wrestling company that all of StL and KC can enjoy. Our whole business model is predicated on our belief that local wrestling can work on a large scale. We are literally trying to boost local wrestling, not kill it.

As I mentioned at the start of this letter, my goal is to give you all understanding of why we do what we do. In some cases our decisions are what we believe is best, in other cases, we are trying to make the best out of a crappy hand. I am investing in pro wrestling because I believe in it and I love it. I am investing in our talent because I think they are awesome people who deserve an opportunity to make a good living doing what they love. I am writing this because I care about the fans – all of them. And I want your input. You can tweet me at @krazykimo with any feedback or suggestions you may have. I will do my best to get back to all of you.

We are going to have to attract more than just indie fans to make this work. That said, we cannot do it without you. Time will tell whether this will work or not. I am going to do everything I can to make it successful and create something wrestling fans in KC and StL love coming to. The worst-case scenario is we all get to watch a bunch of rock stars excel at their craft for a few years. The best-case scenario is we get to create something unique and awesome for our cities, our region and our sport. That’s worth a hell of an investment.

See you at the shows,
Major

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First Party at the Casa Loma Ballroom in NWL STL a Huge Success- Every Other Thursday Night It’s the Place to Be

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 21, 2017

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NWL Hosts Successful Pro Wrestling Debuts in KC, St. Louis, Prepares to Crown League Champions

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 20, 2017

15976964_1220857381294922_4156834726153145111_nKansas City, Mo. (PRWEB) January 19, 2017

The NWL, a new pro wrestling startup conceived by Kansas City-based entrepreneur Major Baisden, debuted to enthusiastic large crowds at midtown KC’s Scottish Rite Temple on Saturday, Jan. 7, and at the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis on Thursday, Jan. 12.

“The strong attendance and fan response at both inaugural events indicate that KC and St. Louis continue to be two of the best cities for pro wrestling in the country,” says Baisden, who started the NWL in July with an idea, a business plan, three staff members, and not a single wrestler under contract. “The fans in both cities seemed to rejoice that the local wrasslin’ they grew up loving was finally back. Witnessing the tremendous crowd reactions at both venues was really special to me, as I’ve been a huge fan since I was a kid. After both shows, we received several positive reviews by wrestling journalists, podcasters, and social media fans alike for the quality of the presentation and the in-ring product itself.”

Both initial NWL shows featured main events pitting teams representing Kansas City and St. Louis battling each other for civic pride and bragging rights as part of what will be an ongoing I-70 Series of Wrestling. Team NWL KC enjoyed the home mat advantage at the Scottish Rite, winning a six-man tag bout, while Team NWL STL triumphed in a rematch in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Casa Loma, with the results in sending the local fans in each town home happy.

Throughout the season, the final show of each month will pit wrestlers from KC and St. Louis against each other, with the city earning the most victories recognized as the League’s best town. The NWL’s top city will also earn negotiation rights for all new talent entering the NWL in 2018. The NWL is running events in KC every other Saturday and in St. Louis every other Thursday, making it vital for fans leaving the building wanting more.

To further capitalize on the natural rivalry between KC and St. Louis, both promotions will soon kick off tournament matches to decide the League’s KC and STL champions this spring. The NWL STL champion and the NWL KC kingpin will then square off in a mid-season showdown, with the winner earning home-arena advantage for the year’s big finale in December.

On the night of the season finale, the NWL’s League champion will also be decided that evening with a tourney involving the St. Louis and KC titleholders as well as the No. 1 contenders for both belts. The December spectacular will also crown the NWL’s tag-team champions in a tournament featuring the four teams with the best records over the course of the 12-month season.

“From personal issues to civic pride to championships that are earned in the ring after months of intense competition, NWL KC and NWL STL are presenting compelling, storyline-driven entertainment featuring some of the best athletes in the world,” Baisden says. “More than anything, the NWL is proud to bring back the kind of pro wrestling the fans in both these great cities deserve.”

NWL KC returns for its second show Saturday at the Scottish Rite on Saturday, Jan. 21, while NWL STL brings its own brand of wrestling action back to the Casa Loma on Thursday, Jan. 26. Tickets are available at fightkc.ticketfly.com and fightstl.ticketfly.com, respectively.

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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2016 Missouri Wrestling Revival Future Star – Kevin Lee Davidson / Todd Letterman

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 19, 2017

The Missouri Wrestling Revival Future Star Award has always been one of my favorite awards to give a wrestler. In the past, we tried to honor wrestlers that were just starting out within their first few years that we believed had the talent as well as have shown the desire to go the extra mile on the roads, training with veterans and doing everything that they possibly could to succeed.

This award was one that was personally chosen by myself, and I have been very proud of all the great talents that we have chosen.

This year I decided to change the philosophy of the award to not only talents that are just starting out. The reason is that wrestling has evolved within the past few years where stars that have entertained us on the Independents for years have had the opportunity to become household names at the WWE such as Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens.

So I asked myself, Brian, with so many young wrestlers in the area often traveling in and out of the area, they often are in the mention of top wrestlers, but because of coming in and out of it how can I honor them for their efforts? So with that thought I imagine the MWR Future Star Award to be a representation of who I would send today to NXT if the WWE asked me and my reputation was on the line. Please note that former MWR Wrestlers of the Year winners will not be up for this award

This year we will have two announcements, one today and one tomorrow. Both as important as the other.

Kevin Lee Davidson is a wrestler that meets all the criteria that the past winners exhibited. I love his size, and his raw talents. He has shown that he is smart enough to reach out to the top trainers in the area to improve himself as he has been under the tutelage of former MWR Wrestler of the Year Brandon Espinosa, Former ROH World Champion Michael Elgin, and through camps with the likes of eight time NWA World Champion Harley Race. He has already wrestled in another country and been seen on Ring of Honor TV.

Today, he is a signed contracted wrestler with NWL that feature trainers such as former Harley Race’s right hand man, Derek Stone, and Michael Strider, as well as the wrestling minds of Chris Gough, Major Baisden, Matt Jackson and Travis Scott Bowden the foundation is as strong to succeed as it could be anywhere in the independents.

Brian Kelley – Owner and Editor Missouri Wrestling Revival

0A mere two and a half years into his wrestling career, Kevin Lee Davidson(aka Todd Letterman) has made a huge impact on the Midwest wrestling scene. Debuting in the Mid-Missouri Wrestling Alliance in the summer of 2014, “K.L.D.” made an immediate impact with his sheer size and power. He held the Television, Survivor, and Heavyweight Titles in his time with the promotion, but his journey was just beginning as he appeared for most of the major promotions in the St. Louis area; his experience includes matches with Dynamo Pro Wrestling, World League Wrestling, St. Louis Anarchy, and Wrestling Invades America(where he held their Heavyweight Title).

K.L.D.’s big step in the wrestling world was seeking the mentorship of Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling star “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin; this led to several appearances for ROH as well as matches in Canada and Europe. Most recently, his talents caught the eye of National Wrasslin’ League President Major Baisden…K.L.D. was one of the first to be signed to an exclusive NWL contract!

Now known as “The All-American” Todd Letterman, the big man is one of the top names in the new NWL promotion…will he be the first NWL St. Louis Champion? Don’t bet against him!

Look for an exclusive MWR Future of the Year Kevin Lee Davidson/ Todd Leterman artwork honoring her for his achievement from acclaimed artist Dartallion Allen Jr. in the future.

If you would like to sponsor the MWR  Future Star of the Year Plaques for KLD /Todd Leterman then please contact MWR at flairwhoooooo@yahoo.com. The cost is $50.00 and you will receive a past MWR Yearbook, a Tyler Black (Seth Rollins rookie card) and a mention on the MWR Website.

Bio courtesy of Patrick Brandmeyer

2015 MWR Award

Future Star: Redwing

2014 MWR Year Awards

Future Star: Daniel Eads
Future Star: Elvis Aliaga

2013 MWR Year Awards

Future Star: Raphael King
Future Star Alexander Rudolph

2012 MWR Year Award

Future Star: ACH

2011 MWR Year Award

Future Star: Brian Breaker

2010 MWR Year Awards

Future Star: Sir Bradley Charles

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NWL KC This Saturday Royal Blood vs. Niles Plonk & Ken Dharma, Jeremy Wyatt vs. Thor Theriot

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 18, 2017

Don’t you dare miss the second NWL KC event at the Scottish Rite Temple at Linwood & Paseo this Saturday at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. It’s a special night as we kick off the tournament to crown the first KC champion in history with two qualifying matches. League prez Major Baisden will appear to display the stunning KC championship belt—a title definitely worh fighting for.

In other bouts, Thor Theriot will attempt to dethrone the The Monarch Jeremy Wyatt in what should be a classic. Dakota Draper will be there to impress without breaking a sweat. And be prepared for the debut of the maniacal mercenaries from the West Coast, cousins Marco and Leonel Howlett.

They informed us they were “a little disappointed” to find they weren’t booked for the inaugural NWL KC event. So they took negotiations into their own hands—by taking one of our NWL interns hostage. Normally, we wouldn’t cave to such horrifying tactics, but to ensure Harold’s safe return to his family, we agreed to not only air this graphic video but also book the Howletts on this Saturday’s card—against The Union. Joe and Mack are so angry, they are ready to kick these punks’ butts all the way back to California. See what we hope is the first and last appearance of these maniacal mercenaries from the West Coast: reserve you seats at fightkc.ticketfly.com.

NWL KC #wrasslin’ returns to rock the Scottish Rite Temple this Saturday at 7 p.m. In the main event, Royal Blood_NWL will take to the air against high society’s Niles Plonk & Ken Dharma, who claim their organic teamwork will be enough to ground the high-flying favorites.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reserve tix at fightkc.ticketfly.com.

 

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Metro Pro Curtain Call: End of an Era

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 23, 2016

Title courtesy of Bryan McIntosh
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Metro Pro Wrestling Owner thanks the fans for their support and welcomes them to come to NWL on Jan 7th.

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NWL Owner Major Baisden

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After being told that he was not to interfere at the St. Louis Anarchy’s final show, Michael Strider was fired and had to be escorted out of the ring.

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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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