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The Best Kept Secret in the MWR Coverage Area Heading into 2018

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 10, 2017

By Brian Kelley

As we head into 2018 I have made my way to over my 50th show of the year. Throughout the years I have witness Jeremy Wyatt go from a wrestler in Kansas to a man that many consider to be the best in the Midwest for the past decade. We have covered and supported homegrown talents that have wrestled literally around the world.

Yes, it has been a honor and pleasure to work with past legends of wrestling and the superstars of today, one of first MWR goals has been to shed some light on the young talent in the area to wrestling fans around the country.

MWR has an award at the beginning of the year to honor the wrestler we feel has the work ethic, talent and drive to become one of the best in the sport. That award is named the MWR Future Star and last year the bar was set high with the likes of Kevin Lee Davidson, Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett, three men who has earned the respect of fans and promoters alike for great matches each and every night.

As we go head into the end of the year it is easy to point out to any fans in the area that Dak Draper, Jake Parnell, the Riegel Twins, and Stephen Wolf are men that deliver night in and night out when called upon.

Recently during a conversation with some wrestling fans who I though was the one wrestler who fans have not heard of who could become the future. I told them that I had not thought about it but if they gave me a moment to sleep on it then I would share my choice on the MWR site.

So though it is not an official award, this is my personal choice of who I would add to my roster that is not known that I could build into a huge superstar if I had a promotion.

That man is Jaden Roller. I have only seen him in action less than a handful of times, but the skill set is obvious and you add on the fact that he has charisma. With the right opportunity I could see Roller become a Champion that could headline cards for years to come.

So I ask you. Who do you feel is a wrestler that we will be talking about that is currently relative unknown?

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From the Rebel to the Monarch – Jeremy Wyatt Could Very Well be the Best

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 30, 2017

By Brian Hoops

Photos Brian Kelley

“Not only is Jeremy Wyatt a great athlete, he also has one of the best minds for the
business. He is SO underrated on a national level that’s its criminal!”NWL Tag Team
champion Michael Strider.

2017 will be known as one of the greatest years for in ring performances in professional
wrestling history. 4 star, 5 star and even 6 star matches are seen from every level of
wrestling this year and one wrestler who has consistently produced some of the best
matches in 2017 is Jeremy Wyatt.

Wyatt may not be a household name nationally, but Wyatt’s talent is on par with any
professional wrestler in any promotion.

Wyatt has carved out a career mostly on the Midwest independent scene but now
wrestles exclusively for the National Wrasslin League, based in Kansas City, Missouri.
Wyatt has been the champion of the 3XWrestling promotion in Iowa, the Central States
Champion and Metro Pro Wrestling champion.

Wyatt, born June 26, 1978 in Kansas City, Missouri has lived in Kansas City his entire
life. Wyatt went to Raytown High School (suburb of Kansas City), excelled in football as
a wide receiver, making 2nd team all conference and all district his senior year and drew
some interest in football powerhouse Northwest Missouri State University, Central
Missouri State and Mid American Nazarene. Wyatt claims baseball was his best sport,
but Wyatt was bored with the sport and never played for his high school team, instead
played for summer league teams.

Raised by his father who worked mostly nights, Wyatt played sports with his friends and
discovered professional wrestling when he was 5 or 6 years old. “My all time favorite
was Sting, followed by Macho Man Randy Savage. I was always drawn to those 2
because their gear was always so colorful and they had ridiculous amounts of charisma.
I met Sting once after a show at Memorial Hall and he talked to me for a good 5 minutes
or so. I was 11 at the time and he was already my favorite and that experience sealed
the deal” Wyatt reminisced.

When Wyatt was younger, he went to every show that came to town. “My friends and I
would sit in either the 1st or 2nd row, and we would always start chants. When you’re a
kid, and everyone joins in, you think you’re the coolest kids in the building.”
“There was a show at Municipal (Municipal Auditorium) and we were in the 2nd row. My
dad’s friend took us. He got a little liquored up and ended up dumping an entire beer on
Rick Rude during a match with Roddy Piper. Security came over, but no one would point
him out since he was with ‘the kids starting all the chants’, everyone said it was ‘some
guy that went running back that way’.”

Wyatt started training in St. Joseph, Missouri in 2001 with a guy named Steve Estes.
Estes taught Wyatt how to bump and other basics, but Estes had a poor reputation in
the wrestling industry which hurt Wyatt when he tried to get bookings. “I was grateful for
the opportunity to get my foot in the door, but I should’ve done more thorough research
and went somewhere more reputable.”

“Steve had such a bad rep that I was guilty by association, and had a stigma placed on
me in the area. Once I was able to get on some shows that didn’t involve him, which
took a few years, people saw I was decent enough to get some opportunities,” Wyatt
remembered.

“Wyatt is this area’s best kept secret. I wish he had traveled more early on. He has a
really good mind for wrestling. His work right now is top notch.” NWL Tag Team
champion Ace Steel.

Once the doors to the independent scene were opened, Wyatt started working matches
in NWA Central States. “Michael Strider (fellow Foundation member) was one of the
guys to vouch for me and push for someone to give me an opportunity. He had some
pull at NWA Central States,” Wyatt remembered fondly.

“When I met Jeremy Wyatt back in 2010, he was already a well-known wrestler in the
Midwest. Since then, he has become the best wrestler I’ve seen who has not signed a
deal with WWE or any other national/international company. When I ran Metro Pro
Wrestling for six years, he was the best champion I had, and he was the backbone of
the company. The years he was on top were the best years we ever had.” – former
WWE writer and Metro Pro Wrestling owner Chris Gough.

“I had a stretch where I went down to Florida in 2010-2011 and had a chance to wrestle
Tyler Black (Seth Rollins) to a 30 minute draw when he was ROH champion. I’ve also
had a couple of matches with Christopher Daniels that I’m really proud of. Daniels is the
guy who drew me to independent wrestling. He is the guy that really stood out to me, so
he ended up becoming my ‘dream match’ back then,” Wyatt remembers.

Wyatt blends his athleticism along with the ability to work his opponents strengths into
telling a story in his matches. It’s a old school approach that works perfectly in the NWL.
“The best thing I’ve ever done was go to a day long seminar with Nick Dinsmore in
summer of 2008. I was floundering a bit, not improving at the clip I wanted. The way he
explained things just seemed to click. Literally felt like a lightbulb coming on. From that
day on, I think my work, and the way I did things changed, very much for the better,”
Wyatt explains.

“In NWL, he’s a very respected ring general who isn’t the most vocal leader, but
definitely leads by example. He’s one of the reasons I continue to enjoy working in
wrestling. It’s the details that make him the best. Every move and decision he makes in
the ring has a purpose. Every sequence is part of a story. Wyatt can make you believe
he can take down a man twice his size because he understands psychology as well as
anyone.” – Chris Gough, NWL Executive.

When working against a giant brawler like Jack Foster, Wyatt incorporated Foster’s
ability to fight and punch into the match, leading to a spot where Foster hit his hand
against the steel ring post and “injured” his hand the rest of the match. Wyatt worked
spots against the injured hand into the match, reminiscent of the nostalgic Andersons
tag team who would injure a body part and work their entire match around the injured
body part.

“He is undoubtedly the pound-for-pound best professional wrestler I have worked with.
That goes for any level – Midwest indie, national indie names, long-time WWE stars. I
still consider him one of the top talents in the country today.” – Midnight Guthrie,
announcer.

Wyatt showed his versatility in a feud with rookie Anthony “Sharkbait” Gutierrez.
Gutierrez is a former MMA fighter who is athletic but transitioning into professional
wrestling. Wyatt worked MMA spots into the match for Gutierrez to shine when he was
on offense and made the match believable and competitive.

“Jeremy is the hardest worker I’ve ever met. He’s continuously working on improving as
a wrestler and is obsessed with having different matches for different scenarios. There’s
no such thing as a “standard Wyatt match”. – Michael Strider

 

Everything Wyatt does is worth purpose. Two of Wyatt’s moniker’s is the “Monarch” and
the “King of Kansas City.” Engraved on his long trunks is the head of a lion; the
“Monarch” and “King of the Jungle.” What many fans may not realize is Wyatt is a huge
baseball fan and the Monarch name is also a tribute to the old Negro baseball league
team that was based in Kansas City, the Kansas City Monarchs.

“I do put a lot of thought into things, I’m going to work a match differently if it’s just a one
off against someone than I would if it’s the 1st match of a new feud. And the same goes
with the 1st match of a feud would be worked differently than the blow off. Just like with
matches, building and telling a story, I like doing the same (probably even more so) with
a long drawn out feud. I think I’ve developed a pretty good idea what works, what
doesn’t. I think I process things pretty well as far as how to feel out the crowd.
Sometimes you have an idea, if they’re not digging it, you have to be able to adjust. I
never go into a match thinking I have to do anything for sake of doing it. If it fits into the
story, cool. If not, I don’t need to force a square peg in a round hole,” Wyatt explained.

Despite being one of the best wrestlers in the Midwest, Wyatt has never really pursued
a chance to wrestle for a national promotion. “Wrestling, as much as I love it, has never
been the be all, end all for me. I am happy with my life, and I never felt the need to
make certain sacrifices that would be needed to ‘make it’ in wrestling.”

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WLW 2017 November Photo Recap From the Harley Race Wrestling Arena

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 19, 2017

Mike Sydal pinned Air Raid

WLW Jr. Heavyweight Champion Jon Webb d. Orion Creed

Jayden Fenix d. Sean Orleans

Ron Simmons takes the time to visit with Harley Race andf the WLW Fans.

Leland Race d. Rex Fults

Superstar Steve Fender & Brandon Espinosa d. Kyle Roberts & Warwick Stephans to win the vacant WLW Tag titles.

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Makaze Lights up Brandon Aarons For the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Championship

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 10, 2017

By Patrick Brandmeyer

The Master Of Hairflips” Brandon Aarons vs. “The Wind Of Destruction” Makaze for the Heavyweight Title: I was unclear on whether Makaze was considered a former Dynamo Pro Heavyweight Champion...he was NWA Missouri Champion on the night that the championship was converted into the current Dynamo Title. At that show, he was defeated by K.C. Karrington for the title…and this was his first chance to get back to the top of the promotion. Makaze had recently returned to his rulebreaking ways and that attitude had led to several victories, putting him in position for this opportunity. Aarons had been on a roll with successful title defenses against Dingo, Danny Adams, and Brandon Espinosa and Roy Lewis in a triple threat match, as well as his win over Nick Brubaker at Proving Ground Pro…he was also nearing the one-year mark as champion, as he defeated Mike Outlaw for the belt last November.

I was NOT expecting a title change here, but I had a feeling Aarons was about due for it. Jaden Roller made his way to ringside to confront Aarons over his earlier actions…Aarons was distracted but only momentarily. Aarons rallied and delivered the close-range superkick that won him the title in the first place, but Roller got up on the ring apron to put the bad-mouth on the champion. He claimed that Aarons was jealous of his own hairstyle…them’s fighting words and Aarons took him out with a superkick. However, Makaze was lying in wait…and as the referee’s attention was on Roller, Makaze threw a FIREBALL in Aarons’ face! Makaze quickly covered and the referee turned around to count three in 14:35, crowning Makaze as the new Dynamo Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion!!

To see exclusive video of this historic title change from Dynamo Pro click here.

 

Brandon Aarons the very next day is without his Championship, beaten and battered. Will he ever be the same again?

The REMATCH – Dynamo Pro Wrestling Champion Makaze vs Brandon Aarons on Nov 25th Details coming soon.

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Arn Anderson is on His way to WLW in 2018 on March 10th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 6, 2017

It was announced that during World League Wrestling this past weekend that during the Night of Champions 3 on March 10th, the Enforcer Arn Anderson is on his way to the Harley Race Wrestling Arena. Anderson is an WWE Hall of Famer and an original Four Horseman. He makes very few appearances in the Midwest so we urge you to reserve that day to join WLW that night.

Keep up with MWR for more details on Tickets and location as they come in.

 

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New WLW Tag Team Champions – Steve Fender and Brandon Espinosa

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 5, 2017

This past weekend at the Harley Race Wrestling Arena, Superstar Steve Fender and Brandon Espinosa defeated Kyle Roberts and Warwick Stephans to win the vacated WLW Tag-Team Championships. The new tag team Champions Fender and Espinosa were able to win the belts despite miscommunication between the two at that saw them come to near blows during several key moments of the contact .

If these two can get on the same page, they could very well hold onto these belts for a long time as both of them are two of the top wrestlers during the MWR years. Fender was one half of the first ever WLW Tag Team Champions back in 2001 with Matt Murphy. Since then he has held onto the belt with several partners throughout the years including Ace Steel, Mason Hunter, Mark Sterling, Bao Nguyen and Dangerous Derek just to name a few. Espinosa is no stranger to tag team success with partners Brandon Aarrons, Mike Sydal and Ace Hawkins.

WLW returns to Richmond, Missouri this coming Saturday. Be sure to keep up with MWR updates on the new Champions and WLW Stars.

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Kris Wyatt Gone But Not Forgotten –New Breed Wrestling Honored a Friend in Eldon, Missouri

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 25, 2017

Though he never held a World title or wrestled in Japan, Kris Wyatt touched many people in his life. From a loving son and husband, he took time to support local wrestling for many years in Missouri as a group of Harley Race’s World League Wrestling fans called the Fulton Animals. They came to many wrestling events to cheer the good guys and to give the bad ones a hard time. When it was said and done Kris and his group of friends created memories for not only themselves but the wrestlers they supported.

Many years later Kris would team up with former World League Wrestling referee Scott Zei when he decided to start the Missouri base New Breed Wrestling. Kris would be helpful with the sound system, before taking over the booking.

Kris would have been proud of the huge turnout for the sport that he loved. The night started off with a ten bell salute in the honor of Kris and former Central States Wrestling ring announcer Bill Kersten. Former WLW and WWE Superstar Trevor Murdoch made a surprise appearance for a special speech to the fans on what Kris meant to him and his career.

In attendance was his mother Daisy and wife Cindy as well as many extended family ringside. The night would feature many high flying, hard hitting battles and a steel chain match that had the crowd popping all night long worthy of our friend Kris Wyatt.

Prior to the New Breed Wrestling event the fans could sign a memorial book of Kris Wyatt as they checked out the joy that he brought many in his life.

Many of the New Breed Wrestling family gathered for a photo at the memorial table. These were just a few of the hard working men and women that were proud to be a part of the Kris Wyatt Memorial event.

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Ken Kasa Becomes a Two Time SICW Classic Champion

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 22, 2017

Photo Jay King

Travis Cook did all he could to keep the SICW Classic Wrestling Championship around the waist of his man Chris Hargas. During a key moment in the match Cook attempted to hit Kasa with a chain but it would backfire when Kasa pushed Hargas into him That did not stop Cook from continuing to interfere as later on he loaded his hand with powder but Kasa was fast enough to knock the powder into the face of the Manager of Champions. While Cook was arguing with SICW Promoter Herb Simmons, Kasa crawled under the ring and came up behind Hagas with a John Woo off the top rope to regain the SICW Classic Wrestling Champion.

Be sure to join SICW next Saturday October 28th at the Caseyville Village hall in Caseyville Illinois.

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October 2017 World League Wrestling Recap Harley Race Invitational Tournament Finals

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 21, 2017

 

Brandon Espinosa def. Danny Adams

Rex Fults def. Jaden Roller

Superstar Steve Fender def. Warwick Stephens

WLW Jr. Heavyweight Champion Jon Webb def. Orion Creed

MWR Missouri Champion Ace Hawkins def. Jack Gamble

Jayden Fenix def. Kyle Roberts to win the Harley Race Invitational Tournament

Harley Race’s World League Wrestlng brings it again! Live Professional Wrestling that the entire family can enjoy!

WWE Hall of Fame member, Former WCW Heavyweight Champion, and former WWE Tag-Team Champion RON “FAROOQ” SIMMONS will be attending the event to meet the fans and see the hype of what is happening at the Race Wrestling Arena! Fans can purchase autographs and photos with Mr. Simmons before and during the event.

The main event is set as Kyle Roberts and Warwick Stephans team up to take on Superstar Steve and Brandon Espinosa! More matches to be announced!

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Dak Draper – The Mile High Magnum By Brian Hoops

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 18, 2017

By Brian Hoops
Photos Brian Kelley

July 31, 2014 was a career defining moment of young Sam Udell, having just been cut from his
WWE developmental contract, Udell faced an uncertain future. “It was weird, I didn’t know what I
was going to do, but I knew that I would be alright. I was excited for the new adventure. I love
stories. I love telling stories, I love listening to stories. I knew I’d get a lot of cool stories out of
the next few years,” Udell explained.

Udell was born in Denver, Colorado on March 20, 1988 to Chris and Janet Udell. Udell’s father
was a huge influence on him growing up. “My dad always knew that there was something
different about me. He would tell me that other people can grow up to work 9-5 jobs, I’m
supposed to do something else, I’m supposed to be in front of people.He was big on goal
setting, and being conscious of whether or not what you’re doing will bring you closer or further
from achieving your goals.”

Growing up in Denver, Udell was an avid sports fan, following the Denver Broncos NFL team
and the WWE (WWF at the time).

Udell played football and wrestled at St. Mary’s Prep high school in Colorado Springs, a suburb
of Denver and lead the state of Colorado in quarterback sacks his senior year from his
defensive end spot. Udell would win male athlete of the year and player of the year honors in
football and city and league wrestling champion and Tri-Peaks league wrestler of the year.

Even though he has the work ethic of a Champion Dak Draper always has time to enjoy the view in the mirror.

Udell was recruited by Chadron State, a Division II wrestling power house in Chadron, Nebraska
to join the University’s wrestling program. Udell wrestled and lettered three years and placed in
the top 12 in the nation his senior year in the NCAA national tournament. It was at the NCAA
finals that he caught the eye of WWE talent scout Gerry Brisco. “Late in the summer of 2011
they brought me to FCW for a tryout. I was in FCW for a week. The only thing I did well was my
promo.”

Udell didn’t get signed, but Brisco told him to work on his body and to find a wrestling school. “I
moved back to Denver and ended up meeting Pat Tanaka and trained with Pat for about nine
months. Gerry Brisco called me again and offered me another tryout. I did well in the ring and in
the promo again and after the promo, they pulled me aside and told me they were gonna sign
me.”

Udell signed a two year WWE developmental contract in August, 2012. The first year he spent
in Tampa before the current WWE Performance Center was built in Orlando. Udell worked in
developmental as Travis Tyler, mostly in an enhancement role.

Udell was released from the developmental contract on July 31, 2014 and moved back to
Denver to work on the independent scene. Udell made ends meet by becoming a personal
trainer and wrestled weekends on the independents.

Unbeknownst to Udell, the wheels were in motion in Kansas City, Missouri for the biggest
opportunity of his wrestling career.

A lifelong wrestling fan by the name of Major Baisden sold his tech company, Iris Data Services,
for $134 million and was looking for his next business opportunity. Born in Sacramento,
California, Baisden graduated from the University of California-Davis at only 19 years old.
Basiden worked as a manager for the legal tech support unit of the California Department of
Justice and helped to move the company into the digital age. In 2007, Baisden moved to
Kansas City and formed his own company, Iris Data Services.

After selling his company in January, 2015 and staying on through the year as a consultant,
Baisden contacted Chris Gough. Gough had experience working for the WWE (1999-2003) and
founded Metro Pro Wrestling in Kansas City in 2010. Gough also produced the documentary on
wrestling in the Central States territory called “KC On the Mat.” Baisden offered to buy Metro
Pro Wrestling and hired Gough to run his new organization, the “National Wrasslin League” in
August, 2016.

Gough was named directer of operations of the new company and his duties include,
announcing, booking and hiring of talent. One of the first calls Gough made when recruiting
wrestlers was to Udell. Gough had always wanted to book Udell for his Metro Pro Wrestling
promotion. “He was appealing to me because he had been to the WWE like me. I knew he
would appreciate this opportunity because of that.”

Udell met with Gough and Baisden in Kansas City, liked what he heard and signed a two year
contract. Udell became Dakota (Dak) Draper from Denver, Colorado.

“I gained a lot of confidence wrestling in the independents. That was the thing that held me back
in WWE, I was always trying to be a character instead of being myself. Now I can be Dak
Draper who thinks he is above everyone else.”

Draper refers to himself as the “Mile High Magnum” as a tribute to his home city and one of his
favorite wrestlers, Magnum TA. Draper says being a heel is natural for him. “Dr. Tom (Prichard)
told us the first day of (WWE) developmental that the best wrestling characters are extensions
of ourselves with the volume turned up. I didn’t really understand it at the time, but I am starting
to now.”

Draper exploded on the NWL scene and quickly became the most polarizing figure on the NWL
roster. Boasting to be 6’5”, tan and handsome; Draper’s arrogance attracted the ire of some
fans, but also the adulation of many more. Draper’s t-shirt is the best selling merchandise item
for the NWL.

Draper won a tournament to crown the first NWL Kansas City champion, defeating rival Blaine
Meeks in the final. Draper has since cleared out all challengers in the division and remains the
only undefeated member of the NWL roster.

While speaking into a microphone has always been Draper’s strength, his verbal skills and in
ring presence have improved during his time in the NWL. “I created a weekly YouTube show
called ‘The Magnum Minute’ which has helped me so much on the microphone. Editing videos
of myself over and over makes it easy to improve.

Draper appreciates being involved in the NWL promotion. “I really want to make the NWL a
successful company. Its really cool to be involved in the process of creating wrestling instead of
people telling you what to do.”

No one wrestler is more giving of his time in promoting wrestling for the NWL than Draper.
Draper’s verbal skills and outgoing personality make him the go to man on the NWL roster when
it comes to radio and television appearances for promoting upcoming events. Draper routinely
spends his free time making personal appearances trying to promote the NWL brand.

“I got the right basics in NXT and then went out and got a chance to apply what I learned on my
own. I got to think and grow with no safety nets,” Draper explained when talking about his in ring
performance. “I’m not playing a role when I’m out there anymore, I’m being who I’ve wanted to
be for my entire life. I’m comfortable when all eyes are on me, and I’m at my best when I’m
comfortable.”

Through aggressive marketing efforts, NWL has secured television time in Kansas City for the
first time since the mid to late 1980’s when Central States was a TV staple. I asked Draper if
being on local television has brought him any recognition when he is out in downtown Kansas
City. “Actually, I was out in the Power & Light District and someone recognized me. That didn’t
happen, even in Orlando. I had some tickets to our next show with me and gave the guy a
couple of tickets to watch the Mile High Magnum.”

NWL television is also available in St. Joseph, Joplin and Springfield, Missouri as well as
Wichita, Kansas. The NWL you tube channel also shows the television program after they have
aired on TV.

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