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A War To End It All – Metro Pro Wrestling July Recap

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 18, 2016

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Jeremy Wyatt def. Michael Strider in a hardcore match (unsanctioned).

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Wrestle Radio’s very own James Head and Jake Ryan Patty with Redwing. Thanks to this podcast and Metro Pro Wrestling the first 200 fans went home with a true collectable.

On Saturday July 30th, 2016 Metro Pro Wrestling handed wrestling fans another stellar card. We had huge stars such as Stevie Richards from ECW and Sonjay Dutt from TNA (Who is now the Global Force Wrestling Champion). There was even a Redwing MWR trading card give away sponsored by the Wrestling Radio Podcast to the first 200 paying fans.

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Tina Noire of Galaxy Wrestling All-Stars & Noire Comics designed the awesome back of the Redwing Trading Card.

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However this night on Saturday July 30th, 2016 was all about President Michael Strider and “The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt.

As a Wrestling Fan in the Midwest we have watched President Strider and Jeremy Wyatt developed as two of the best Indy Wrestlers around. Going into this match “A War To End It All” President Strider hasn’t wrestled in 4 years this would be Jeremy Wyatt’s last match.

They have torn each other up all over the Midwest, however this rivalry kicked into high gear 2 years ago when President Strider dressed up as a Referee and cost Jeremy Wyatt his Metro Pro Championship to Derek Stone. This lead to the decision for President Strider to make that if Jeremy Wyatt were to loses his next match that he would be done at Metro Pro . President Strider brought in great talent such as Ricky Cruz and Christopher Daniels. For 2 years Wyatt was unbeaten untill April 2016 when Rhino beat Jeremy Wyatt for the Metro Pro Championship that he got back when he dressed up as Rebulucha. President Strider bought the Championship off Rhino. The next month in May, Jeremy Wyatt manipulated President Strider to get one last match in July where it be Jeremy Wyatt vs President Strider in an unsanctioned Street Fight. Metro Pro and not even the State of Kansas would sanction this Fight.

For President Strider this is his first match in 4 years and it lived up to the hype. Jeremy Wyatt for his final match just wanted to kick President Strider’s ass. For years they have been friends, rivals, back to friends and then more hated rivals. As a wrestling fan you have to respect what these brave men have accomplished. President Strider have won Championships and Jeremy Wyatt is the Belt Collector for a reason as he has won Championships everywhere he has competed. These two men fought all over the Turner Rec Center. They went through tables, chairs, and even had a Barbwire baseball bat that was used in horrific fashion. They used every type of weapon you could think of. Jeremy Wyatt made a promise that he would leave President Strider laying in a pool of his own blood. That’s what he did. After making President Strider bleed a lot he hit his Lightening Spiral for the Pin Fall.

I don’t blame Metro Pro or the State of Kansas to not sanction this Fight. It was a War. There was even blood shed all over the hard wood basketball court. For President Strider I have a new found respect for him. I want to thank him for everything he has done and for putting his body through hell for our entertainment!!

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The Rebel Jeremy Wyatt, for that to be his last match he most definitely went out with a bang. I want to thank him for the years of entertainment!!

I would like to thank him for each show he stepped up and made each show better.

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Thank you Jeremy Wyatt for the memories. You will be Mr. Metro Pro!! Have a Happy Retirement and you will always be Jeremy Wyatt “The Belt Collector”!!

For a complete recap of the Michael Strider vs Jeremy Wyatt match click here.

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MWR Fan Spotlight: Debbie and Tim Chmidling

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 8, 2015

MWR Owner and Editor Brian Kelley: It is with great pleasure that I am with two of the many great fans that support pro wrestling in the Midwest today, Debbie and her younger brother Tim. Thank you Debbie and Tim for taking the time to talk to us here at MWR.

Debbie: Thanks for thinking of us for a spotlight, Brian. I tend to think of Metro Pro as another family and it is nice to be treated that way.

Brian: Let me ask you first, where did the two of you grow up and what were your first memories of the sport that we all love, pro wrestling?

Debbie: We grew up in Leavenworth KS and I loved what seemed to be “very late at night” Saturday night with the local wrestling show, the name of which I have long since forgotten, but the color commentary was done by Bill Kersten, Bob Geigel was the promoter and a wrestler and they had this nefarious bad guy named Handsome Harley Race.

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Tim having a blast at Metro Pro Wrestling. Photo courtesy of Tim and Debbie

 

Tim: I remember the show was Big 2 Wrestling out of St Joseph MO on channel 2. But Debbie is incorrect about Bob Geigel, the promoter was Gust Karras. My favorites were Bulldog Bob Brown, Maddog Harley Race and Black Angus.

 

Brian: Before making your way to discovering Metro Pro Wrestling in Kansas, City for the first time, who were your favorite wrestlers and why?

Debbie: I really liked AJ Styles because he was a wrestler, not a sports entertainer. And Shawn Michaels for the same reason. Stone Cold and the Rock really amused me. And I still enjoy Chris Jericho.

Tim: I was always a fan of Stone Cold Steve Austin, but not so much Stunning Steve Austin. And, of course, Debra for two very good reasons.

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This photo is for Tim :)

 

Brian: As I mentioned in the last question, I met the two of you at Metro Pro Wrestling . How did you find out about the event? Do you remember the date and what do you recall from that night?

Debbie: I went kicking and screaming because Tim wanted to go and I decided to humor him. I even took a book, expecting to be bored. I don’t think I ever did finish that book. But I did get to meet you and Dubray and the wildly talented Rob Schamberger and his equally awesome mom, Dee and her husband Roger.

Tim: I had been watching Metro Pro on Metro Sports and when I found out when it was taping I said I wanted to go. I discovered it late one night while watching Metro Sports and watched it every time it was on after that. Our first trip was November 2010, but don’t ask Debbie because she never gets this stuff right. By fall of 2011 we were regulars, we didn’t miss a show. At least, I didn’t. She decided to go to San Antonio to watch our nephew graduate basic training and I stayed home and got someone else to take me to Metro Pro. I keep my priorities straight.

Brian: The two of you have even taken some road trips to other MWR promotions to support local independent wrestling as well as your favorite wrestlers? This is a two part question, who is your favorite wrestler on the local scene and why?

Debbie: I am captivated by Leland Race. He is so intense and so talented. And I would be remiss not to mention my favorite duo at Metro Pro, Jeremy Wyatt and Mark Sterling. But I have to admit to taking several trips to see Miss Natural because her athletic abilities are so well-honed.

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Brian: What has been your favorite match or moment at a wrestling show on the Independent level that you have been at?

Debbie: The last Jeremy Wyatt/Adam Pearce match. It was just before Metro Pro went on hiatus and it was brutal, technical, funny and smart all at the same time.

Tim: Bruiser Brody vs Kamala in Kansas City in 1984 but as for recently. it had to be Adam Pearce vs Colt Cabana in their fourth match in the Seven Levels of Hate Series.

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Debbie with the NWA Hall of Fame Wrestler and former MWR Wrestler of the Year Adam Pearce. Photo courtesy of Tim and Debbie

 

 

Brian: Another two part question Debbie and Tim, if I was to start a promotion and I came to you and asked you what I should do to improve on what you have seen, what would it be? Also, I am going to have you help me plan a match on my wrestling card, who are you going to have face each other and yes, it can be singles or tag team?

Debbie: Wow, you’d have to go a long way to improve on Metro Pro or WLW, but how about some more athletic, talented women like Stacey O’Brien and Miss Natural. They have had some women pass through, but none have the technical ability or the charisma to grab a crowd like those ladies. We need more ladies that are wrestlers, not divas. I think a mixed tag team of Trevor Murdoch & Miss Natural vs Leland Race & Stacey O’Brien.

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Stacey O’Brien and Miss Natural call a truce long enough to take a picture with one of the biggest fans. – Photo courtesy of Tim and Debbie.

 

Tim: I would mix the talent up more. Book matches where people aren’t always wrestling the same 3 or 4 people. I would like to see a three-way match with A J Styles, Jeremy Wyatt and Mark Sterling with the King brothers banned from the building and my good friend Michael Crase as the special enforcer for the match.

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Tim celebrates with Referee Michael Crase-Photo courtesy of Tim and Debbie

 

Brian: Pro Wrestling is RED HOT in the MWR coverage area with Metro Pro Wrestling packing the Turner Rec Center as well as new promotions popping up in Missouri. I know you have plans to go on the road as well to check out other promotions, what are your upcoming events you hope to attend and if someone was to ask you why they should purchase a ticket to a local wrestling event, what would you say?

Debbie: We are going to see New Breed Wrestling a little farther south in Missouri and I would like to make it to St. Louis for one of the Anarchy shows this spring. From there, it’s not that far to Illinois or Iowa. It’s so little money for such a good time. This isn’t WWE. These people have worked hard to hone their technical skills, they actually come out to meet the fans and, seriously, where else can you get front row seat to three or four hours of entertainment where you can completely lose control and go crazy for only $20.00 And a chance to get your picture taken with Jeremy Wyatt! (It only took me a little over 2 years and was worth the wait.)

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Debbie and the Metro Pro and 3XW Wrestling Champion Jeremy Wyatt – Photo courtesy of Tim and Debbie

 

Brian: Once again, thank you to the two of you for taking part in this edition of the MWR Fan spotlight. It is always a pleasure to see you two at an event as it is people like you that keeps the promotions to not only survive, but thrive in 2015.

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“The King of Chaos” Ricky Cruz Knocks Off Jake Dirden for the Dynamo Pro Championship

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 13, 2014

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Ricky Cruz was true to his word in Glen Carbon when he was able to dethrone Jake Dirden for the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Championship. Ricky Cruz has long been known for his wrestling ability, but the former fan favorite has shown that he is vicious and lethal in bruising battles that have left him and his opponent bloody and battered.

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On May 10th the Sports Academy, Ricky Cruz and the Sexiest Female in the Midwest, Lucy Mendez created mayhem throughout the match. Referee Patrick Hook accidentally got knocked down, Dirden looked to have everything in control as he had Cruz reeling, he put his focus on the devilish Mendez. Shockingly out from the back came “The Belt Collector” Jeremy Wyatt with a chair in hand. Wyatt delivered an explosive shot with the chair but somehow Dirden was able to survive….for the moment.

With the replacement referee Michael Crase trying to maintain order, Mendez was once again a distraction allowing Wyatt to strike again, this time with the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Championship belt. Within in moments, the ref was counting to three crowning Cruz as the new Dynamo Pro Champion. It was total bedlam at the Sports Academy as the fans were in shock and dismay.

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Adam Pearce wins Metro Pro Title

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 4, 2013

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By Mike Wilson

Fans of Kansas City wrestling were witness once again to pro wrestling history as the Metro Pro title changed hands Saturday July 13. The night started with champion Jeremy Wyatt facing off in a main event caliber match with number one contender Mark Sterling, who had The King Brothers at ringside with him. The two battled it out going back and forth giving the fans at Turner Rec Center everything they had, and then some. Sterling came close many times to gaining the three count, but could not hold the shoulders of Wyatt to the mat, or get him to tap out with his finisher the Markshooter.

Anyone who has seen Sterling in a match knows he only has one major weakness and that is his temper, which has ended up costing him more than one match. In a fit of rage Sterling grabbed his kettle ball and with the King Brothers holding Wyatt’s arms he attempted to end the belt collector’s career permanently. Thankfully referee Michael Crase caught it in time ripping the illegal object from Sterling’s hands. This however did not stop the match from breaking down into complete chaos.

Three on one Wyatt fought them off the best he could until in a surprise move 5 time NWA champion Adam Pearce hit the ring, running off the Kansas City Kings effectively saving The Rebel from the beating of a lifetime. This was not however a completely selfless act on the part of Scrap Iron as he immediately called in the favor as he challenged Wyatt for the title in the main event of the night.

The anticipation was high through the rest of night as fans enjoyed match after exciting match waiting for the main event to see if Pearce, who had failed in his attempt at the gold four months prior, was going to knock Wyatt off as champion. Which was Scrap Iron’s main reason for challenging him, stating he could not get his loss out of his head, and wouldn’t be happy until he proved what he already knew… That he was better than Wyatt.

Ever since winning back the Metro Pro title in a 3 stages match in December Jeremy Wyatt has been on a mission to prove he really is the best wrestler in the Midwest. Over the course of 2013 he has put his title on the line against the best he could find all over the United States.

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In February he went one on one with former TNA talent T.J. Perkins, showing off his agility in a spectacular fashion, coming out on top with a very decisive victory over the young, able opponent. March gave us our first Pearce vs. Wyatt match of the year which was an an all out brawl that The Rebel proved to be the better man on that night.

When April’s event came we saw him take on and beat one of his most agile and well rounded opponents to date Ring of Honor superstar and one half of their tag team champions Kyle O’rielly.

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The Commission tried to knock him off the top by bringing in the like minded and former leader of WWE’s Right to Censor leader Steven Richards, who in the end tapped out to Wyatt’s crossface submission move. Proving no matter what the style, be it high flyer, brawler, or technical he could beat them all. Wyatt was definitely on the top of his game, and everyone could not wait to see the rematch of the year.

The minute the music hit to introduce the first combatant in the main event the crowd erupted. The energy was literally vibrating through Turner Rec Center, and as expected the two men gave it everything they had from bell to bell. Each man trying to out do the other in and out of the ring.

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In the end the pile driver beat the lightning spiral, and Adam Pearce got the 1-2-3 becoming the new Metro Pro Champion.

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That however is not where this story ends. In an uncharacteristic act by super heel Pearce he extended is hand in a show of sportsmanship, showing Wyatt that he had done something few others had done in the ring, gained his respect. Wyatt’s reaction… attacking Pearce with a ferocity, pummeling the new champion before rolling out of the ring to escape retribution, but did he?

With the crowd chanting “hardcore rematch” over and over Pearce obliged by challenging Wyatt to a dog collar match in August, and if you have ever seen one of these matches they are as brutal of a match as they come. Metro Pro’s August show will not be one to miss, as these two go at it again only this time there be no way to run, and oh yes there will be blood.

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MWR Spotlight: Luke Roberts (Part 1 of 3)

Posted by Admin on May 13, 2008

Luke Roberts (Part 1 of 3)

by Brian “Flair” Kelley


Luke, you have been in the business now for 18 years. How did you go about it and what did your family think about this decision?

As far as getting into the wrestling business, I was very fortunate that my brother had been wrestling at South Broadway for a couple of years prior to my in-ring debut. Many people said that there was no way I would survive, let alone succeed in professional wrestling. Typically, as brothers are, my brother loved the idea of being able to beat on his brother and get paid for it. My father thought that it would be a good way to toughen me up. My mom was scared to say the least.

What were your first roles in the business?

My first roles in wrestling were very challenging. I was in charge of playing entrance music for the wrestlers. I helped with printing and story ideas for the South Broadway program. I ran jackets and things back to the locker rooms. Even at an early age, I pretty much had to know a large amount about professional wrestling.

Who in the business has been the most instrumental in your success?

Well, I can honestly say that several people were instrumental in getting me to where I am today. My trainers, Billy Bob, John Blackheart and “The Human Wrecking Ball” Pete Madden were very instrumental in getting my mind into pro wrestling. They showed me not only the flash and the glitz of wrestling, but how to protect yourself at the same time. As a referee, I would have to say that the most instrumental in my career would have to go to Butch Fletcher. He knew me from my days as a wrestler, knew my heart was definitely into wrestling, and asked me to referee for him. The rest is history.

What has surprised you the most about wrestling in general?

What has surprised me the most about wrestling is the “who you know” mentality of a lot of pro wrestlers. There are many wrestlers who get overshadowed by those who don’t deserve to be involved in the spotlight. I know several great wrestlers who have had to leave wrestling because they could not get their fair chance.

At an early point of your life, who in “The Big Show” did you look up to? Being in the business for so long, did you ever meet that person and what were your thoughts afterwards?

As a young child, my brother and I were huge into wrestling. I really liked Harley Race. At first, I could not explain why I liked him other than my brother and my dad did, so I guessed I should, too. After a couple of years of being involved in wrestling, I wrestled on a show for the Mississippi Valley Wrestling Alliance. The main event was the crowning of the MVWA Missouri State Champion. The match was between Derek Stone and Ace Steel. Harley was going to present the belt to the winner. I was a nervous wreck before my tag team Lemay Street Fight. Just talking to him, I learned so much and became much more relaxed. I really wish that I could have had more time to talk with him. He is one of the classiest people I have ever met in professional wrestling.

Your reply may be lengthy, but it is very important. Give us the history of pro wrestling in St. Louis over the past 18 years in the eyes of Luke Roberts.

The St. Louis professional wrestling scene has changed so much in the last twenty years that you would swear there is no way that St. Louis survived with only one promotion in town. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, South Broadway was the “only game in town” yet the wrestlers were top notch. The main “bad guy” was the Giant Assassin. He was managed by Big Daddy. These two were able to lift a finger and almost incite riots. On a monthly basis, they would consistently wrestle wrestlers like Ron Powers, Ed Smith, Gary Jackson, and a host of others. There was no one who could take them down. They were the “in crowd” at South Broadway. People wanted to be seen with these two people. They were almost, at times, like rock stars. The light heavyweight scene was unmatched. With a roster like Keith Smith, Chaz Wesson, Pete Madden, Danny Boy, John Blackheart, Johnny Jett and others, they consistently tore the house down every month. In the mid 1990’s, the scene changed with the emergence of companies like the Interstate Wrestling Alliance (IWA), Central States Wrestling Alliance (CSWA), and Central Championship Wrestling (CCW). Out of this group, CSWA turned into Rampage Championship Wrestling (RCW). The IWA changed on the business side of the company and became the Mississippi Valley Wrestling Alliance (MVWA). As the late 1990’s approached, a lot of the “trend setting” was being done by Midwest Renegade Wrestling (MRW). Most of today’s fans would know that MRW morphed into the wrestling juggernaut that became Gateway Championship Wrestling (GCW). Until GCW came around, no one single company had the power to challenge South Broadway. Once a company could show that they could challenge them for the top spot, it seemed like companies were coming out of the woodwork. If it weren’t for GCW, companies like the UWA and LWA may not have materialized to become the companies that they are today.

You have been a referee, wrestler, ring announcer and commentator among other things in the business. Which facet do you prefer and why?

If I had to choose one, I would say that I enjoy refereeing the most. At 31, it still gives me the adrenaline rush that wrestling did, but without a lot of the bumps and bruises that come with it. Refereeing also keeps you mentally “on your toes” at all times.

Who in your mind is the best ever in the positions you have worked with and why?

Referee –
It is really hard for me to limit it to one on this question. I would say that there have been three referees that really stand out to me. One referee that stands out to me is Bama Bodine. This guy was about five feet tall and weighed about 100 pounds. He was the tiny referee that everyone tried to push around, but was always able to put you right in your place. The second one would be Butch Fletcher. In his day, he was always able to be in the right place to where he would be refereeing a match, but you would never know he was there. The last referee is Michael Crase. As far as referees today go, he is the best in St. Louis. Every time I refereed a show, I hoped that he would be there. If he wanted to be, I feel that he has the skills to referee for any of the major companies if he chose to do so.

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I would say that the best announcer that I have worked with would have to be Dr. Love in the LWA. His work is acceptable. His energy, however, is unmatched. I try my best to match his level of energy and, to this day, I have not found a way to match it.

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Frank Reed always seems to know something about everyone. He can take one piece of information about a wrestler and weave it together to where you would think that he has known the person for years. Frank always thinks on his feet and that’s what makes him so good.

What are your thoughts on Jeremy Borash?

I feel that he brings a lot to the table in terms of what he can do for a wrestling company. He seems like he can do almost anything. I try to model and compare a lot of how I do things to him.

Have you ever been asked to be a part of an angle that you refused or afterwards regretted?

Early in my career, nothing was out of my realm. I was willing to do anything to make people hate me. Today, I am a little more limited and reserved with what I do.

Any good road stories that come to mind?

My first road trip to Chicago was great. Billy Bob, Mark K. Fabe and I wrestled in St. Charles on a Saturday night. We drove almost all night to get to Chicago. We were told to take a particular exit to our hotel. When we got to the exit, we remembered hearing something about road construction by our hotel. We figured that we could just go to the next exit, turn around, and backtrack to our hotel. Needless to say, our five minute detour cost us almost an hour and a half.

Then, going on about two hours of sleep and a lot of soda, I tried to take a shower. By this time, a wrestler known as the Beast charged through the door, scaring me half to death. I have never been the same since. Once I finally got of the shower, I heard a ton of noise and the phone ringing. Apparently, two other wrestlers wanted Mark Fabe to wake up. So, in typical wrestler fashion, they start throwing standing moonsaults on the bed until he woke up.

Finally, we met up with several of the other wrestlers from the show for breakfast. One of the wrestlers, Matt Taylor, was feeling really bad from too much partying the night before. We all started talking about what we wanted to eat, he turns as green as a piece of grass, runs screaming across the restaurant, hurdling tables as he went to the restroom. The show was horrible, but getting to the show was a blast.

Another good road story happened a couple of years ago after a UWA show. Scott Murphy and I were coming home from a show. We stopped at a McDonald’s with Scott’s wife and a friend of ours. Scott was being loud, which for him is not that difficult. We all try to get him to quiet down. I had to go to the restroom. I realized on my way there that there were two on-duty police officers at the McDonald’s as well. So, on the way back, I told Scott that we needed to go before the police arrested him. He did not believe me until we were leaving and he saw them follow us out of the McDonald’s. Then, the officers followed us for almost a half mile before they turned down another road. Scott has always said that he was not scared, but I could tell that Scott got a little more than he bargained for.

Wrestling fans never seem to get enough of stories of guys ribbing each other, how do you feel about them and would you care to share some?

Ribbing other wrestlers is a staple of professional wrestling. Many professional wrestlers are like the class clowns from junior high school. Ribs definitely make things much more fun. Some of the ribs that I have seen include completely wrapping a wrestler’s bag in duct tape, hiding people’s clothes throughout the building, and putting an inappropriate bumper sticker on someone else’s car.

The best rib that I was a part of was on the way to a show in Cahokia, Illinois. We told one of the younger wrestlers that we were going to play tag. He got out of my car and tagged another wrestler’s car. While he was doing this, the light changed, and we left the guy standing in the middle of the road. We watched him as he begged for a ride to the show. It was priceless. So, the other wrestler lets him get in the car. When we came to the next stop light, the guy pulls the exact same trick on the guy, but manages to have the wrestlers actions seen by a Cahokia policeman. We all played it off like the officer was going to come and arrest him. We clued the officer in on the joke and he worked with us. The officer asked for this guy to come talk to him. He was scared to death. After asking him several questions in a serious tone, we let him in on the joke. It was the best rib I have ever have been a part of.

In what ways could pro wrestling in St Louis improve?

Honestly, I think that there are a lot of ways that professional wrestling in St. Louis can improve. Wrestlers need to be given the opportunity to train freely and learn from a variety of different wrestlers to become better wrestlers and make an impact on professional wrestling. Not only can wrestlers learn more from a variety of different styles, they can learn from the history of professional wrestling to make the sport better.

What are the common mistakes that independent promotions make while trying to draw a crowd?

Here are the mistakes that I have seen independent promotions make over the course of my career:

1) Companies do not have people dedicated to advertising the event.

I have seen companies wait until the day of the show and try to hand out flyers, hope that they will draw a crowd based on one poster in the venue, or solely base their advertisements to the Internet. I feel that companies like MMWA, GCW, and LWA have made it a point to focus on a multi-tiered advertisement system. The MMWA has their event posters out a couple of days after their most recent event, promote their shows on their website, and advertise their show dates on their television program. When they were in operation, GCW always made it a point to not only promote their shows online, but they would also be seen at events with flyers promoting their upcoming shows. LWA has done television ads, online promotion, posters, and flyers to advertise. If you are going to be a legitimate company, you need to focus on promotion.

2) Don’t force feed a particular wrestler onto a crowd.

If a company chooses to cram a wrestler or a faction down the throats of wrestling fans, make sure that the wrestler can keep it original. Too many wrestlers, managers, etc. give the fans the same lines at the same place every month. You have to keep it fresh or you burn out people on professional wrestling.

3) Putting people in a wrestling ring before they have been “trained”.

I have seen way too many people that think that they can be a professional wrestler just because they are well built. I spent three years training in a ring every week learning the various aspects of professional wrestling before I had my first match. Granted, I may not have been the best wrestler, referee, manager, or ring announcer, but I was willing to work at things at take constructive criticism. Today, if you say one thing that a wrestler does not like, it becomes a personal attack on that wrestler. The only way wrestlers get better is through training and experience. Wrestlers need to check the egos at the door. There are many times when I, even with my experience, ask people for advice. If you want to be an egomaniac, hit the door and get out of professional wrestling. You are taking up spaces for those that actually care about professional wrestling.


One question that is often brought is advertising of events. I keep up with shows via websites such as Missouri Wrestling Revival (www.missouriwrestlingrevival.com) and the St.
Louis Wrestling Community (
http://stlwrestling.livejournal.com). What are the most successful forms of advertising a show and can one start too early?

Advertisement is vital to any professional wrestling event. You need to start advertising as soon as possible for the event. I would say that television is probably the best way, but it is not easy to obtain time on television. The best way to advertise for a show is to get as much information out as possible to inform as many people as possible. Flyers, posters, and the Internet will not individually equal success, yet a combination of these types of promotion is necessary for a professional wrestling company to survive.


Where is the best location, at the moment, for shows?

As far as crowd size is concerned, the South Broadway Athletic Club is the best location for professional wrestling events. The people, however, don’t always go for the wrestling. Many of the people that go there go to meet friends and have a few cheap cold beverages. However, as far as wrestling is concerned, the Knights of Columbus Hall in House Springs, Missouri is the best location for wrestling shows. The fans let you know what they want and always seem to have a great time every time professional wrestling comes to town.

How long should a show last and how many matches are needed?

I feel that a professional wrestling show should be around 2 ½ hours in length. You can have six to seven matches to grab the attention of the audience, provide every wrestling fan something that they want to see, and send everyone home happy. Fans want to go to wrestling shows that have what they want to see on a regular basis.

If you were to book a style of wrestling that could put fans in the seats, which one would you target that you would be most comfortable running?

If I had the opportunity to run my own wrestling show, I would have to say that I would like to focus my promotion around the philosophy of the late Sam Muchnick and the NWA of the 1960’s and 1970’s. I feel that you need an opening match with an individual that a wrestling fan can consistently associate with and get behind with little motivation. Wrestling matches need to keep the action going while keeping the fans on the edge of their seats.

What is your take on wrestling promos and interviews during independent shows?
Interviews and promos during independent shows need to be limited to, at most, one per show. An interview only needs to be conducted to promote an upcoming match or to give focus to a big feud in a promotion. Promos should only be used when a promotion wants to bring fans up to speed on a new feud or a new wrestler entering the promotion. I have been involved with companies where the same wrestler had to have an interview or a promo on every show. In the beginning, the fans hated the wrestler. As time went on, wrestling fans and wrestlers alike began to sour on the promotion. Promos and interviews, when used wisely, are a great tool. In the wrong situation, a promo or interview can ruin a promotion.

True or False: An 80’s WWE star will outdraw a current TNA star in St. Louis?

False. I think that the opinion of the casual wrestling fan is changing. I have been on wrestling events with both WWE and TNA wrestlers. The majority of the fans connect wrestling to what is on television right now. Some people will naturally take the trip down memory lane, but most people want to see the wrestlers that they can see on a regular basis.

What current or former stars were the most down to earth?

Out of all of the wrestlers that I have worked with, I would say that Ace Steel, Mike Quackenbush, Samoa Joe, Davey Richards, and Harley Race have been extremely humble. I genuinely felt that these people would be the same whether they were at a wrestling event or walking down the street.

Which ones did you felt thought highly of themselves?

I haven’t really met anyone on a national level that thought extremely highly of themselves.

What are your thoughts on Internet wrestling fans and what kind of impact do they have?

At times, I have felt that Internet wrestling fans have been a blessing and a curse to the world of professional wrestling. The Internet provides wrestling fans an opportunity to follow their favorite promotion or wrestler. However, the Internet allows fans to think that they know everything about professional wrestling. To me, if you have not been in a wrestling ring, you should not be giving advice, comments, or critiques of what goes on between the ring ropes. I am always more than willing to talk to any wrestling fan about what they have seen or about the history of professional wrestling. However, if you want to think that you know more or can be better than the wrestlers in the ring and you are not willing to make the sacrifices that wrestlers do, then don’t even open your mouth.

Editors Note: Part 2 of this interesting and insightful edition of MWR Spotlight will be published in the next few days. I want to thank Luke Roberts for being kind enough to give us a little of his time, and encourage those who would like to be spotlighted, profiled, or interviewed by Missouri Wrestling Revival to contact me.

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