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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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Harley Race’s WLW 2-Day Beginners Training Camp Nov 3-4 Only $150.00

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 16, 2017

Many of you have been asking – when is the next beginners camp? Well – we have answers! November 3rd and 4th! Coming up in just a few weeks is your opportunity to dive head first into finding out what training is like at one of the most prestigious wrestling schools around.

You will get hands-on training for 2 days straight, and this camp will be different from the others we have hosted as this 2-day beginners training camp will be held in conjunction with the November 4th supershow with WWE Hall of Fame member Ron Simmons comes to the Race Wrestling Arena!

You will find out what goes into training at a 5-star wrestling school, but also what it is like at a professional wrestling event.

Information on this camp can be found at http://www.harleyrace.com/2017beginnerscamp.html. Cost for this camp is $150 total.

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Congratulations to Jayden Fenix for Winning the 2017 Harley Race Invitational Tournament

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 14, 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 (W/ Cando Curtis)
MWR Missouri Champion Ace Hawkins def. Jack Gamble
Jayden Fenix d. Kyle Roberts to win the Harley Race Invitational Tournament

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BET and Centric Reality TV Star Raphael King Returns to MMWA on November 11th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 12, 2017

 

**BREAKING NEWS**

It has just been confirmed by officials at MMWA headquarters, that reality tv star and former MMWA Superstar,  will be appearing LIVE at “Reloaded”! After a FOUR YEAR absence, what could possibly be the reason for this St. Louis bred superstar to return home to MMWA!? Find out Saturday, November 11th @ 8pm Live from the historic South Broadway Athletic Club.

Be part of a HISTORIC night that you’ll never forget!

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Ron Simmons comes to the Race Wrestling Arena! Tickets Only $15.00

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 10, 2017

From the office’s of WLW

Tickets are now on sale for November 4th with WWE Hall of Fame member Ron Simmons! Meet the former WWE Tag-Team Champion/WCW World’s Heavyweight Champion at the Race Wrestling Arena in Troy, Missouri! Tickets are $15 per person. We will be giving away 1 set of 2 tickets with an online contest. Details will be announced this week.

The main event is set as Kyle Roberts and Warwick Stephans team up against Superstar Steve and Brandon Espy Espinosa! This past Saturday night, things got extremely heated between the 4. You won’t want to miss this main event match up! In addition to that great main event, World League Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Leland Race has laid out an open challenge to anyone who wants a shot at one of the most prestigious championships in all of professional wrestling. Who will step up? Find out on November 4th!

Visit www.harleyrace.com/event1.html now to purchase your tickets!

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Back By Popular Demand at WLW – Ron Simmons Comes to Troy, Missouri Nov 4th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 8, 2017

Ron Simmons by Rob Schamberger

November 4, 2017
World League Wrestling
198 Cherry Blossom Way, Troy, Missouri 63379

From robschamberger.com.

Ron Simmons follows in a proud tradition of men who have competed both on the gridiron and in the squared circle. In football, he played for Florida State University where he was recognized as an All-American. He briefly played for the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits. One of his teammates in Tampa, Larry Pfohl, would also go on to wrestling fame under the name of Lex Luger. Simmons would then transition to wrestling, where in WCW he would join Butch Reed in the tag team Doom. Doom would feud with the likes of the Steiner Brothers, the Rock n’ Roll Express and the Four Horsemen, before breaking up and feuding with one another.

As a singles wrestler, he would soon face Luger for the World Championship, a match he would not succeed in. He would also face Kevin Nash and Scott Hall in their respective gimmicks Oz and the Diamond Studd. But it was in 1992 that he would face and defeat Vader for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship that Simmons found himself the company’s first African-American to hold the title. The crowd reaction from his victory is one of the greatest in wrestling history, with fans losing control of themselves, jumping up and down, screaming and crying. It gives me chills every time I see it. He held the title for five months.

In 1996 he joined the WWE as Farooq to feud with Ahmed Johnson, later forming the awesomely-named stable The Nation of Domination, a group inspired with the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. Simmons would later lose control of the group to a young upstart by the name of The Rock. He would soon find himself partnered with John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield. The group was first called Hell’s Henchmen before being incorporated into the Undertaker’s storyline as the Acolytes. The two were a perfect pairing of hard-hitting, smash-mouthed bad-asses that blurred the lines of reality with the viciousness of their attacks. This was around the time I started watching wrestling, and they were instantly my favorite team. They really struck me as two guys you really wouldn’t want to be in a bar with.

No longer associated with the Undertaker, the duo rechristened themselves as the Acolyte Protection Agency, mercenary bodyguards available to the highest bidder. The team continued their smash-mouth matches, but would also have occasional barfight vignettes at a tavern in the town they were visiting. It was during the APA time that Simmons started incorporating what would become his trademark by saying ‘DAMN’ when something would disgust him. The team would disband as JBL went on to singles glory and Simmons left the company.

He still makes semi-regular appearances, largely in a comedic role. Some in-ring or backstage segment will get ridiculous with the wrestlers acting a fool, and the camera will pull back or pan over to reveal Simmons standing there with a disgusted look on his face, then loudly proclaiming, “DAMN!” It pops the crowd every single time, including me.

In 2008 he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame for his time at Florida State, of which he was also entered into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame due to his accomplishments as the first African-American WCW World Champion and his prominence in the Attitude Era with WWE.

About the piece: I did this one in a similar style to the JBL portrait, but in a red color scheme rather than the blue one of Layfield’s. I wanted the two to compliment one another, while still letting each retain their individuality. I painted the background with acrylic red and black house paint and some watered-down gesso. I then brought in the figure and used a little bit of the red and black to give it some zing. I then took a couple pieces of scrap foam board I had sitting around and used them to mask the lines for the horizontal stripes of spray paint. I then put a little more watered-down gesso on and it was good to go! DAMN!

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Dynamo Pro Wrestling Champion Brandon Aarons vs Makaze Oct 28th St. Louis, Missouri

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 7, 2017

 

Dynamo Pro returns to Concordia Turners on Saturday night Oct 28th with “FRIGHT NIGHT FIGHTS”

*MAIN EVENT*
DPW Heavyweight Title Match
Brandon Aarons(c) vs Makaze

*WOMEN’S MATCH*
Rahne Victoria vs Savanna Stone

Justin D’Air vs Xaiver Shadows

Keon Option vs Victor Von Stein

Adrian Surge vs Jaden Roller

Also appearing CJ Shine, Brandon Espinosa, Jackal, The Snitch and more…..

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MWR Missouri Champion Ace Hawkins Prepares to Tour the U.K.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 2, 2017

Can Ace Hawkins remain the the MWR MO Champion this coming weekend at Harley Race’s World League Wrestling when he defends his title against Jack Gamble in Troy, Missouri? If so this match may prepare him for his upcoming tour of the U.K. because Gamble has toured Japan for NOAH with multiple years attending the WLW/WWE/NOAH/ROH camps in the years past. Gamble is formally one half of the MWR Tag Team of the Year recipient with partner Jon Webb, so there is a great chance that Hawkins could be boarding the plane without the belt in hand.

Regardless of what happens, Hawkins is one of the truly exciting young stars in the country. Fans of the U.K are about to see why many people believe that he often has the match of the night when looks to take on all challengers in a huge tour.

Here is the early preview of the MWR Missouri Champions tour schedule.

OCTOBER

22nd – Belper – Belper Leisure Centre
22nd – Chapel St. Leonards – The Club Tropicana
24th – John Fowler Holiday Parks – South Bay
25th – John Fowler Holiday Parks – St. Ives
25th – Ingoldmells – Coastfields Holiday Village & Parks
25th – Skegness – Embassy Theatre, Skegness WOW!!
26th – John Fowler Holiday Parks – Trelawne Manor
26th – Skipsea – Skirlington Leisure Park
28th – Private Event
29th – Chapel St. Leonards – The Club Tropicana

More October dates to be added

NOVEMBER

1st – Douglas, Isle of Man – Villa Gaiety –

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