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Posts Tagged ‘Matt King’

2016 Missouri Wrestling Revival Future Star – Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 20, 2017

Bio courtesy of Patrick Brandmeyer

The names of Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett are well-known to Midwest wrestling fans, but the national wrestling scene has only recently begun to discover the talents of these skilled competitors.

Both men started their careers with Dynamo Pro Wrestling before branching out to the Lethal Wrestling Alliance, which would later become St. Louis Anarchy. Vega was first known as a tag team competitor and teamed with Johnny Vinyl to feud with The Ego Express(Steven Kennedy & K.C. Karrington), leading to Kennedy & Karrington becoming the first LWA Tag Team Champions when they defeated Vega and substitute partner Dingo. After that, Vega focused on singles competition…after holding the NWA Missouri Title in Dynamo Pro, he went on to capture the LWA Heavyweight Title from Gary Jay in December of 2009. Vega held the title for most of 2010 before dropping it to Evan Gelistico; this occured shortly before the transition to St. Louis Anarchy and Vega spent most of that promotion’s existence chasing the title.


Davey Vega explodes with a clothesline on ROH Star Jonathan Gresham.

In that time, Vega competed against some of the best wrestlers in the world and scored victories over many of them. That list included such names as Davey Richards, Kyle O’Reilly, Johnny Gargano, Arik Cannon, A.C.H., Michael Elgin, Roderick Strong, Chris Hero, Jonathan Gresham, D.J. Z, T.J. Perkins, Chip Day, and Martin Stone. In his final opportunity at the gold at St. Louis Anarchy’s last show, Vega finally capitalized by winning a triple threat match with champion Fitchett and Gary Jay for the title! Vega will continue to carry the championship in Pro Wrestling Championship Series as the “Gateway Heritage Title“.

As for Fitchett, his career took a similar path and he squared off with many of the same competitors as his often-time tag partner Vega. In fact, Fitchett and Vega were Tag Team Champions in both the Chicago-based All-American Wrestling and the Kansas City-based Metro Pro Wrestling!


TJ Perkins found WWE gold in 2016, but before that he and Fitchett put on a wrestling clinic at St. Louis Anarchy.

The “Dirty Rook” took his lumps in his early LWA and SLA career, enduring hard-hitting battles with the likes of Arik Cannon, Akira Tozawa, Alex Shelley, and his trainer Dingo. Fitchett was frustrated after several near-misses in title matches against Darin Corbin and Gary Jay, leading to him taking a sabbatical from SLA competition; however, it turned out that he was hiding under the mask of “Dangerous Deveroux” as he competed for SLA and PWCS. Fitchett had an uphill battle against Gary Jay as the champion rode a wave of momentum, holding the title for over two years with title defenses against some of the toughest competition in the country. Winning a thirty-man Anarchy Rumble in late 2015 finally propelled him back into title contention…and in February of 2016, Fitchett finally ended Gary’s monumental title reign to reach the top of the mountain!

Fitchett didn’t shy away from challenges as he defended his title against Evan Gelistico, T.J. Perkins, Jake Dirden, and Paco Gonzalez…but on STL Anarchy’s final night, he lost the title to Vega.

It took several years for both men to gain attention in the national independent wrestling scene, but their exposure in AAW and Beyond Wrestling has turned the heads of many onlookers. Now forming the “Blood Brothers” tag team in the National Wrasslin’ League under the names Davey Gibson and Matthew Grundy, the two look to add more tag team gold to their already impressive resumes! These two men have been considered the Midwest’s best-kept secrets, but that secret is finally getting out!

Look for an exclusive MWR Future Star artwork honoring Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett for their achievement from acclaimed artist Dartallion Allen Jr. in the future.

If you would like to sponsor the MWR Future Star Plaques for Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett then please contact MWR at flairwhoooooo@yahoo.com. The cost is 50.00 each or $100.00 for both (two plaques) and you will receive a past MWR Yearbook, a Tyler Black (Seth Rollins rookie card) and a mention on the MWR Website.

2016 MWR Award

Future Star: Kevin Lee Davidson / Todd Letterman

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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PWI Rookie of the Year Nominee Raphael (Matt) King speaks to his fans, in a heartfelt address.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 3, 2013

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The deadline is December 6th!!! That’s just THREE days away!!! Everyone please email pwiawards@yahoo.com, put rookie of the year in the subject line, and Matt(Raphael) King in the body! If you haven’t already, have your friends and family help out too! Thanks for all the love and support guys.

PWI Rookie of the Year Nominee Raphael (Matt) King speaks to his fans, in a heartfelt address.

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Support Matt (Raphael) King or “DirdEY” Jake Dirden for the 2013 PWI Rookie of the Year

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 26, 2013

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Pwiawards@yahoo.com Ballots are due December 6th 2013

I would like to thank each and every one of you wrestling fans that have checked out Missouri Wrestling Revival.com for the past 6 plus years. The site is set up to honor the stars from the past, help the present and support the stars of tomorrow and you are the most important factor in making that happen.

Each year the number one wrestling publication in the world Pro Wrestling Illustrated asks their readers to vote for the Years Best. Because MWR main goal is to support the foundation of the sport, the Independents, one of the most important awards is the Rookie of the Year Award.

In the past MWR has encouraged you to support two wrestlers in our area that truly deserved to be named the PWI Rookie of the Year. We hope that you continue to support the hard working men and women in pro wrestling that give their all to entertain you the fans, in one of the biggest awards in the sport in that stage of their career.

Mike Sydal– Though Sydal is the brother of Evan Bourne; he would go on to be named the 2009 PWI Rookie of the Year on his own merits. Around the Midwest, he is one of the most loved wrestlers among the fans, thanks in part to his humble attitude and electrifying wrestling moves. A true student of the game Sydal learned by one of the best in Mark Sterling, then turned around to further his training at World League Wrestling with Harley Race, Ring of Honor, and in Japan.

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This year Sydal has been wrestling around the world including Korakuen Hall in Tokyo proving that you the fans made the proper choice for the 2009 PWI Rookie of the Year.

Ace Hawkins– During his rookie year, Hawkins wrestled around the country honing his skills to be the very best that he could be. Time at Ohio Valley Wrestling and an appearance on WWE PPV was just a few highlights of a very young career that Hawkins has achieved so far.

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Ace Hawkins

Any fan that has seen Hawkins wrestle in singles or in a tag team with partner Brandon Espinosa could vouch that he was worthy for the PWI Rookie of the Year award for 2011.

At the beginning of this year, I was certain that the man that MWR was going to support for the PWI ROY would be Jake Dirden. Dirden had just taken part in Harley Race’s World League Wrestling, WWE, Pro Wrestling NOAH camp and was so impressive that he not only caught my eye, but earned himself a tour to train and wrestle with NOAH in Japan.

Dirden would have such a great year that he would make waves in Japan and in the Midwest enough that the current Dynamo Pro Wrestling Champion is among the top wrestlers up for the 2013 MWR Wrestler of the Year.

Little did I know though was a man that I had met at the same time would be so good that MWR could not also honor him with our support. His name was Matt King. When I met King, I  could tell that he had a great look and was working with one of the best in Brandon Espinosa, so I knew he could be good. You can have talent, and a look, but that will take you only so far. King would prove to be much more.

King would transform himself into Raphael King, and more importantly worked like a madman in matches around the country to become one of the best young talents going today.

Out of respect for both men, whom I believe deserve such an honor, I am giving each of them the support of MWR in this post and leaving the tough decision on who to vote for up to you the fans. Regardless if you are for one or the other you HAVE TO VOTE to pro wrestling illustrated .

Reading the post and liking it is not enough.

Flood in the e-mails of PWI for your support!!

Pwiawards@yahoo.com Ballots are due December 6th 2013

Matt King

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Standing at 6’5 inches tall, weighing in at 245 lbs., and only 20 years of age, (Matt) Raphael King, hit the ground running hard! The St. Louis native burst onto the scene in December of 2012, and started making waves almost immediately. After only a few months, he debuted at the world renowned Ohio Valley Wrestling and made lots of noise. He didn’t stop there of course, wrestling 3, even 4 times a week, having over 150 matches in his rookie year! He quickly took his talents to numerous states throughout the Midwest.

His hard work, dedication, and passion truly showed, as in only his first year of in-ring competition, he’s worked for top notch promotions such as Harley Race’s WLW, NWA, and AIWF. Before the calendar year is over, Mr. King would have debuted for Beyond Pro Wrestling, a MAJOR milestone in his young career. A true student of the game, he has learned under top names such as Al Snow, Dragongate’s Jon Davis and ROH’s Delirious.

Since July, King has moved to Atlanta, GA to further his career and knowledge, training under Curtis Hughes at the world renowned WWA4 wrestling school, (formerly WCW’s Power Plant). He’s also debuted for numerous new promotions in the south, injecting his talents and skill, into North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, with more states and promotions on his list to conquer. This rookie is truly the poster boy, frontman, model image if you will, of hard work, dedication, passion, sacrifice, and a true love and respect for this business. Accomplishing SO MUCH, in such a short period of time, at such a young age is more than enough to qualify this young man to be ANYONE’S Rookie of the Year. Many people have noticed this bright young talent, including one of the top Sports Entertainment companies in our business.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated has also noticed him, and bestowed upon him this honor of being nominated for PWI “Rookie of the Year”. It’s time that we repay his hard work, and commitment to us fans of this business, by taking the brief amount of time to email pwiawards@yahoo.com, or mail in the ballot from your November issue of PWI, and cast your vote for one dedicated, passionate, success-driven young man, Matt King.

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Facebook: Raphael King(MattKing)

Twitter: @RealRaphaelK

YouTube: MattKing


*States wrestled in:
-Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and counting

*Match Count:

-Curtis Hughes
-Jon Davis
-Al Snow
-Brandon Espinosa
-David Cox
-Ken Kasa

*Top Promotions worked for:
-NWA- Central States
-NWA-Florida Underground Wrestling
-AIWF-Ring Wars Carolina
-Ohio Valley Wrestling
-World League Wrestling

*Number of Promotions worked for:
-30(Rookie Year)

*Calculated Miles Traveled(Rookie Year):

-98, 398miles (Calculated using distance from home city, to city of show and back, from October 2012-October 2013).

Jake Dirden

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This year we have a true contender to be named the best rookie in the world, and that man  is “Dirdey” Jake Dirden. Dirden has made a huge impact at St Louis Wrestling’s Dynamo Pro Wrestling, 3XWresting in Iowa, Metro Pro Wrestling in Kansas City, as well as SICW in East Carondelet, Illinois.

In Missouri, Dirden took the wise decision to travel to Eldon, Missouri to train with 8-time NWA Worlds Champion Harley Race, WWE’S Lord Steven Regal and Ricky Steamboat and Japans NOAH’s week long camp. During the annual camp show Dirden proved that he was ahead of the game with an impressive match against Mizfit Manners.

Shortly thereafter, Dirden was signed for a 3-month tour of Japan with NOAH. Amazingly Dirden who is just a rookie, found himself wrestling in Japan against the likes of Hitoshi Kumano, Atsushi Kotoge, Yoshinari Ogawa, Ishimori, Inoue , Kumano and MAYBACH Taniguchi. Dirden would be a favorite during the TNA Gut Check voting, coming up just short in that opportunity, yet for a wrestler with a half of year’s publicity, one could say that was amazing.

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Back in the states Dirden found himself wrestling against the best in the Midwest, capturing the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Championship from Dan Walsh, thus ending his near year long title reign. This weekend Dirden sets his sights on ROH Superstar TaDarius Thomas, America’s Favorite Son” Ruff Crossing, and Textbook” Tyson Dux to add the Proving Ground Pro Franchise title in Pettersburg, Ilinois.

2013 has been a year of destruction around the world, as Jake Dirden continues to deliver an impact in the world of pro wrestling, looking to become the 2013 PWI Rookie of the Year .

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Pwiawards@yahoo.com Ballots are due December 6th 2013

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Wild World of Wrestling from the historic South Broadway Athletic Club (12/28/13)

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 26, 2013

Wild World of Wrestling (12/28/13)
by StLouisWrestling
Producer: Tim Miller
Recorded: 12/8/12

MO/IL Junior Heavyweight Championship
Max Archer (c) vs. Brandon Espinosa

MO/IL Heavyweight Championship (Replay)
Gary Jackson (c) vs. The Big Texan

Battle Royal Championship (Replay)
Max Archer vs. The Big Texan vs. Webmaster Stevie K vs. Brandon Espinosa vs. Chase King vs. Andrew Wilder vs. Matt King

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