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Posts Tagged ‘MWR Trading Card’

Ricky Cruz Reflects on his Career in the Midwest- See Him One Last Time on Saturday

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 23, 2016

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When Ricky Cruz told me recently that he was calling it a career for some reason I just did not compute that it would actually happen. Maybe I was in denial. Time passed and to be honest I had forgotten all about it till I was having breakfast at Denny’s with my friends Ben Simon, Patrick Brandmeyer and Gary Weiss and it was one of the main topics this past Friday night.

To say that Ricky Cruz was influential in the Midwest since his debut in 2011 would be an understatement. One of the top stars in his country of Puerto Rico, fans quickly fell in love with not only the wrestling skills that Cruz possessed but the rare charisma that only a few are blessed with. In fact other than Brandon Espinosa and Jeremy Wyatt  there most likely is no other wrestler that I photographed or wrote their name on our site more throughout his time in the Midwest, than “The King of Chaos”, Ricky Cruz.

There is no doubt that his feuds and matches with the likes of Ron Powers, Jeremy Wyatt, Adam Pearce,  and Jake Dirden will be remembered for years to come. More than once I have seen a crowd that was dead for one reason or another come alive as Cruz was able to establish a connection with them and get them to their feet.

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Cuz always took the time to help other young stars in the area along the way with advice in and out of the ring. Though I have mentioned it more than once already it can’t be stated enough the connection that Ricky Cruz had with his fans, young and old. As a photographer he made my job FUN and easy when it was time to get that awesome photo of a wrestler with his fans, before, during and after the matches. If I only had a dollar each time a fan asked for me to take their photo with him through the years I could take December off.

He would go on to star for almost every respectable company in the MWR Coverage area, winning titles and being named the 2014 MWR Wrestler of the Year. We were also honored to have him be a part of the first series of the MWR Trading card set at number #78.

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When Ben Simon came up with the idea of having a MWR Missouri Title, Ricky Cruz became the first ever champion when he defeated Jake Dirden. I am forever grateful that he took pride in carrying the title that had the MWR name throughout the state of Missouri. We had so much fun through his reign working with several top promotions and wrestlers along the way.

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On a personal level, the future Mrs. Brian Kelley, (Dubray) and I will always consider Ricky a dear friend.

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This Saturday I hope that you join me as we say farewell to Ricky Cruz as he takes on his arch rival Jake Dirden one last time at Dynamo Pro Wrestling at the Ready Room on Saturday night.

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I leave you with Ricky Cruz’s final goodbye through social media, but it will be so much sweeter for you to say goodbye to him in person.

By the way Ricky if you decide to renege on this announcement afterwards I am all for it.

Cruz can’t lose.

Brian Kelley – Missouri Wrestling Revival Owner and Editor

Thank you!!

Since May 2011 I’ve had the opportunity to be here in the mid-west doing what I love, WRESTLING. It’s been great to have the chance to entertain the fans and work with so many talented people.

I wanted to take a minute before this 2 last matches and thank the people that have help me and encourage me to continue doing what I love when I thought I would never set foot in a ring ever again. When I came to St. Louis I was injured and I was never to wrestle again or at least that’s what I was told by my Dr. but that wasn’t the case.

As I was getting better I had the chance to meet Keith Smith and Tony Costa, two gentleman that has been in wrestling forever. They gave me a place to train and later on my first opportunity to come back to the ring. For that I will forever be grateful.

Also thanks to Herb Simmons because he gave me a chance to do great things at SICW. Even when we don’t see eye to eye in a couple of things this days I still appreciate the opportunity and the faith he had in me and my work. I hope one day we can seat at Steak and Shake like we use to and talk wrestling.

I have to thank all the veterans that helped in any way, Keith, Chester, Gary, Pete, for all the advice and their comments. Thank you for helping me be better at this craft.

To Dynamo Pro

For giving me a home, a family, and a purpose. It has been an amazing journey with the group and I will definitely miss the shows. Jim Yount, don’t ever quit, don’t ever slow down, you have something really special in your hands.

Crystal Yount my big sis, thank you for always being the voice of reason, for always believing in me and always care about was going on with me. You are family to me!

To the Dynamo staff

From the announcers, photographer, merchandise tables, security, Door, everybody, I will miss hanging out all the time. thanks for the good times!

To my family

Thank you for always keeping me going, for the support and for showing up and surprising me at the shows, it always meant a lot to me

Amanda, what can I say, my corner stone, you being there at every show made it so much bigger. Thank you for not only supporting me but for living the wrestling life with me, the pains, the road trips, the endless nights, the merch table, the driving, the weeks away from each other, the sacrifices and the Iron Skillets hehehe

To the boys

Thank you for the training sessions, the road trips, the stories the laughs and the matches. It’s been amazing to spend all this time with you guys. I love you all! Except you Espy…… hehehe
To the guys like Espy, Dirden, Outlaw, Wyatt, Shorty, Dingo, Pearce, Noriega, Discovery, Barry HP, it was an honor and a privilege to be in the ring with you. Thank you for making me look better than I am hehehe!

To MWR

Thank you for covering my matches, for the pics, and for the awards. Thanks to you I always had pics to send my son. Thanks Brian!!

To all the companies in the area

MMWA,SICW, DYNAMO,CWA,3XW,METRO,NEW BREED,GWF,IWA MID,GATEWAY ELITE,GALLI

Thank you for the opportunity, the respect and the chance to perform in front of the crowds.
To the fans thank you for always supporting me, for buying my merch, for screaming and chanting and making it fun for me. I’m truly grateful for all of it.

Its been amazing!!

Last 2 matches, lets make them count!!!

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11.26.16 Ready Room St. Louis – Ricky Cruz vs Jake Dirden

12.11.16 Galli Arena Chicago – Ricky Cruz vs El Mesias

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MWR Trading Card Series Two #22 The Yoga Monster Mike Sydal

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 10, 2016

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“The Yoga Monster” Mike Sydal has earned many accolades in his short career including the 2009 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year, and the 2010 MWR Wrestler of the Year to go along with several titles including the reigning High Risk Wrestling Championship. Now you can add the first ever wrestler to have 3 trading cards in the MWR Trading Card set.

Time spent in the Ring of Honor dojo and tours of Japan has this young star poised to make an even bigger impact in 2016 and beyond. While with Dragon Gate in Japan, Sydal has mastered Yoga, thus earning the nickname the Yoga Monster.

Sydal has always been known for his exciting moves during his matches and recently has added the Yogasault and the painful Buddha Lock that leaves his opponents on the defense in the air and on the ground.

Fans around the country can now add Mike Sydal’s number 22 of the MWR Trading Series two to their collection of the top stars in the country. Get yours from Mike Sydal or MWR before they sell out as he will tour Japan once again in the summer of 2016.

Mike Sydal will be in action at these exciting events in the upcoming months
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The next Metro Pro Wrestling event is Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. inside Turner Rec Center in Kansas City, KS! Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

– Legendary tag team Demolition (Ax & Smash) will be in the house helping celebrate our Sixth Anniversary!

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– A 16-Man Tournament for the Metro Pro Championship begins!
– President Michael Strider will accept the 2015 MWR Wrestler of the Year Award for the terminated Jeremy Wyatt

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
– Front Row: SOLD OUT
– General Admission: $15
– Kids 5-12: $10

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MWR Trading Card Series: Set #2

#1 Kyle O’Reilly

#2 TJ Perkins

#3 “The Alternative” Brandon Gallagher

#4 Nikki St John

5 “The Big Hurt” Abu Colossus

#6 Darin Corbin

#7 The Iceman

#8 Shooter Spotlight presents ‘American Fury’ Jonathan West

#9 Shooter Spotlight presents Jake Dirden

#10 Shooter Spotlight presents Jimmy Rockwell

#11 Pete Sanctions

#12 Gary Jackson

#13 Ryan Drago

#14 Jack Gamble

#15 Claudia Del Solis

#16 “Crazy” Mary Dobsin

#17 Mephisto

# 18 Jordynne Grace

#19 Leva Bates

#20 Referee Scott Lentz

#21 The Viking War Party (Voracious Viking Frank Wyatt, The Littlest Viking and the American Viking)

#22 Mike Sydal

Check out Set #1

To purchase MWR Trading cards:

1) Catch the star at a show to have them autograph the cards personally

2) Contact them via facebook or myspace

3) Send $2.00 in money order or check for each card at *

Brian Kelley

305 West 3rd Salisbury Missouri 65281

or Paypal at flairmwr@yahoo.com

*Checks will take longer to clear than money orders so expect time for that to happen. Make sure you list exactly what card you are wanting to have.

Please note that when purchasing MWR Trading cards from the wrestlers, that they decide the prices for their cards. We highly recommend that you get them from the stars themselves and let them know that you enjoy MWR.

These cards are limited and are not mass produced making them highly collectable.

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MWR Trading card #19 Eric Allen

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 27, 2010

Eric Allen (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Missouri Wrestling Revival would like to welcome Eric Allen to our trading card set, as he takes the #19 card.

Eric Allen has been a mainstay of the Midwest wrestling scene for quite some time. While he may not be very popular with the fans, his success is hard to argue. In the summer of 2009, Allen held the heavily disputed “Peoria Pride” championship. Many fans felt that he just created the belt and never actually won it. After he dropped the championship, he proved to his critics that he could win a legit championship when he picked up both the MECW Heavyweight title and the IHW Illinois State title in 2010. As this article is being written, he still currently holds both of those championships.

The “Pride of Peoria” has developed a reputation for being very underhanded and cowardly in the ring. Referees usually don’t see what Allen is up to, but the fans sure do. Many may ask how he can be as successful as he is, with all of his character flaws? That’s easy. What Eric Allen lacks in moral fiber and sportsmanship, he makes up for with brains. He has used his high level of intelligence to trick opponents countless times into sealing their own fate.

This very distinguised gentleman’s unique in-ring style and success have garnered him his very own card. Pick yours up today and come see Eric Allen as he will be appearing at both IHW and MECW shows this year.

#1 The Northstar Express Darin Corbin and Ryan Cruz2008 MWR Tag team of the Year.
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Mark Sterling 2009 MWR Wrestler of the Year.
#3 The Hooligans Devin and Mason Cutter 2009 MWR Tag Team of the Year
#4 MsChif 2009 MWR Female of the Year
#5 Mike Sydal 2009 PWI Rookie of the Year
#6 Jeremy Wyatt 2008 MWR Wrestler of the Year. 2008 MWR Match of the Year Michael Strider, 2009 MWR Match of the Year Tyler Cook
#7 Santana G – Midwest Sweetheart
#8 Kahagas
The Tokyo Monster
#9 Mephisto – Hardcore favorite
#10 Tyler Black – Ring of Honor World Champion
#11 Sir Bradley Charles – Rising star trained by Lance Storm
#12 Brandon EspinosaMulti Talented Superstar
#13 Dave Vaughn The Wrestling Machine
#14 “The Future” Donovan Ruddick The 6’9 Monster
#15 Brandon Aarons Current Triple Crown Champion in the Midwest.
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16 Davey Richards Arguably the best in the world today.
#17 “Superstar” Steve FenderFirst American wrestler to train in Pro Wrestling NOAH Dojo
#18 MR Late Nite“Hollywood Super Agent”For a complete list of Missouri Wrestling Revival trading cards as well as WWE , TNA and Japan sets check out the website Wrestling trading cards.com here.

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