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Posts Tagged ‘Major Baisden’

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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Ace Steel Comes Back to His Roots

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 29, 2017

By Brian Hoops

Photos Brian Kelley

 

Many wrestlers retire from wrestling, but almost all return to the ring at
some point. Ric Flair had an incredible send off at Wrestlemania XXIV,
wrestling his final match on the biggest and grandest stage of them all,
but Flair returned to wrestling less than 2 years later. Nick Bockwinkel
retired in 1987 but wrestled in 1992 and 1993 for special return matches.
The great Verne Gagne retired and came out of retirement numerous
times.

Chris Guy, who wrestles as “Sexy” Ace Steel, never actually retired, but
the pull of wrestling for one of the top independent promotions in the
country, was too much for Ace Steel to ignore. Steel has once again
returned to active wrestling as part of the “Foundation” in the National
Wrasslin League. Steel was happy, living a comfortable life in
Springfield, Missouri with his wife working a regular job.

Steel plans to continue with his full time life outside the ring, but as the
NWL has increased the number of their monthly wrestling events, the
call to the veteran Steel was made and his interest piqued. “They wanted
me to come in as a trainer, but I didn’t want to leave my life and pick up
and move again. I am not going to wrestle on every event, but I
definitely will be more active in the ring than I have been.”

Steel worked for Chris Gough, former owner of Metro Pro and current
director of wrestling operations for NWL at Metro Pro Wrestling before
Gough closed Metro Pro Wrestling to work for Major Baisden and the
NWL.

Steel attended a NWL show in Kansas City on July 8 and was so
impressed with the talent, the shows and NWL owner, Major Baisden;
he wrestled on the NWL show in Joplin, Missouri on August 4,
defeating Stevie Richards.

“Ace steel has such a tremendous reputation, both as a worker and as a
trainer. The years we worked together at Metro Pro hatched some of the
best moments we ever had. I was asking him for months to come back to
NWL, and when he told me he was ready, I knew it was going to lead to
great things again. He has joined Jeremy Wyatt and Michael Strider in
The Foundation, and they will be a trio that will be hard to overcome”,
Gough explained.

Steel grew up in Chicago and fell in love with professional wrestling. “I
grew up watching the AWA and as soon as I graduated high school, I
started training with Windy City Wrestling.”

Steel debuted for Windy City Wrestling in 1991 and wrestled in
independent promotions for most of the hey day of the wrestling wars in
the 90’s. In 1998, Steel became a wrestler and trainer for St. Paul
Championship Wrestling, which later became Steel Domain Wrestling.
Steel became friends with two other Chicago natives who were making a
name for themselves on the independent circuit; Colt Cabana and CM
Punk. Steel trained both Cabana and Punk.

“Ace Steel has worked for Steel Domain Wrestling and has incredible
respect in our locker room”, says Steel Domain owner Ed Hellior. “The
last time he was here, I watched him do a coaching session with a couple
of Ken and Shawn’s students. (Ken Anderson and Shawn Diavari). What
I noticed is it’s once thing to be a world class wrestler, but he his an
outstanding coach and teacher. There are a number of great wrestlers,
but it does not mean they can teach. Even Steven Regal (William Regal)
got wind of the session and commented on Ace. “

In 2003, Steel made his first appearance in Japan wrestling for NOAH.
“I couldn’t wait to be in a place where at times wrestling, the pure mat
wrestling techniques and training, were common and the norm,” Steel
told Slam Wrestling. “The Japanese have such a level of dedication and
to workout and train everyday, and get on a bus to the next town was the
best. I’ve been in the ring many times with (Mitsuharu) Misawa,
(Yoshinari) Ogawa, (Akira) Taue, KENTA (Kenta Kobayashi),
(Naomichi) Marafuji, (Yoshinobu) Kanemaru –– you name it. And each
time learning so much and to gain their respect is awesome. NOAH is
the top Japanese company.”

Steel briefly worked for TNA after its inception, forming a tag team with
Punk and also wrestling in the X Division. After his TNA contract
expired, Steel signed with Ring of Honor, forming a tag team with
Cabana and Punk called the Second City Saints. Steel also has wrestled
for WWE in the past. During a September 27, 2004 edition of Raw,
Steel wrestled as Scott Colton (real name of Colt Cabana), losing a
match to Eugene. As a repayment of the inside rib, Cabana wrestled as
Chris Guy, (Steel’s real name) on an April 10, 2006 episode of Raw.
Maybe Steel’s most memorable performance on Raw occurred on
January 8, 2007, when Steel portrayed Donald Trump in an inter gender
match against “Rosie O’Donnell“.

Steel later was signed to a
developmental contract with WWE and wrestled in both of the WWE
developmental territories at the time, Deep South Wrestling and Ohio
Valley Wrestling.

On December 5, 2008, Steel returned to ROH at the “Wrestling at the
Gateway” event, teaming with Necro Butcher against Jimmy Jacobs and
Delirious. Steel also appeared in the 10-man cage match at the “Caged
Collision” event on January 31, 2009.

Ace Steel once held onto Harley Race’s WLW Championship.

Steel recently turned 44 years old, making him a veteran presence and a
natural locker room leader. “I am really impressed by the guys in the
locker room. They are all really excited to be wrestling for the NWL.”
Jeremy Wyatt cryptically told NWL fans “Foundation” members
Michael Styder and Wyatt had an “Ace” up their sleeve weeks ago.

Steel debuted in Kansas City as a surprise opponent for Gil Rogers on
August 5 and affirmed his affiliation with the Foundation during an
interview later that evening.

Despite being a former Steel Domain Champion and Metro Pro
Champion, some of Steel’s greatest accomplishments have come from
the words of other wrestlers. “Having Regal (William) choose me to
work with him (on Harley Race events) is such an honor. Regal said he
chose me because he trusted me to do what needed to be done” Steel
explained. “Having Ricky Steamboat tell me ‘you made that match worth
watching’ is really special to me.”

For now, Steel is content to wrestle part time for NWL and also loves
training younger wrestlers.

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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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