Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 26, 2017
By Brian Hoops
Photos Brian Kelley
In the National Wrasslin League, one man stands taller than the rest. At 6’5”, Dakota “Dak”
Draper is not only the tallest wrestler on the roster, he is the first ever NWL Kansas City
Draper was crowned champion by defeating Blaine Meeks in the finals of a tournament held
over three months on April 1 at the Scottish Rites Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. The National
Wrestling League was formed in 2016 by and started promoting in Kansas City
and St. Louis in January, 2017. Shows are run every other Saturday in Kansas City and every
other Sunday in St. Louis.
Draper, real name Sam Udell, was recruited to the NWL KC roster by NWL Director of
Operations Chris Gough. Gough was a former writer for WWE and had always wanted to book
Draper 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.”
Draper, better known as “The Mile High Magnum” hails from Colorado. “I grew up a wrestling
fan and was huge fan of”, Draper told me in a phone interview. Draper ended up
wrestling collegiality at Chadron State University in Chadron, Nebraska, a Division 2 program. It
was at the NCAA finals that he caught the eye of WWE talent scout Jerry Brisco. “Late in the
summer of 2007 they brought me to FCW for a tryout. I was in FCW for a week. The only thing I
did well was my promo.”
Draper didn’t get signed but Brisco told him to work on his body and to move to Denver and find
a wrestling school. “I 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.”
Draper signed a two year developmental contract, the first year he spent in Tampa before the
current WWE Performance Center was built in Orlando. Draper worked in developmental as
Travis Tyler and worked mostly in an enhancement role. Draper was released from the
developmental contract in August of 2016 and moved back to Denver to work on the
“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 growing up, Magnum TA. Draper says being a heel is natural for him. “Dr.
Tom (Prichard) told us the first day of 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 is the complete athlete that can cause fits for his opponents on the ground and surprisingly in the air as well. Here he catches Blaine Meeks off guard in the finals for the NWL KC Championship.
Draper is one of the eight wrestlers who are employed by the National Wrasslin League. He is
signed through the end of 2018 and appreciates being involved in the 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.”
Draper is the first and only NWL Kansas City Champion. The NWL Kansas City Title will only be
defended in Kansas City and likewise the NWL St. Louis Title will only be defended in St. Louis.
Gough says by the end of the year a champion of the NWL will be crowned and the title will be
defended anywhere. At the end of the year in December, the NWL Kansas City Champion will
meet the NWL St. Louis Champion to determine the NWL Champion.
Gil Rogers put up a fight for the NWL KC title at the Scottish Rite Temple, but Dak Draper would show off his championship skills to retain the belt.
“The NWL championship match will take place in the city that has the best record in the series
between Kansas City and St. Louis at the time. We have a running total record of matches
between a guy from the Kansas City roster versus a guy from the St. Louis roster.” Gough
explained, “Tag Team Champions will be crowned down the road, but probably not this year.”
Gough, the primary recruiter of talent for the NWL is always looking for new talent and bringing in
fresh faces. Former Ring of Honor Champion Kyle O’Reilly has recently worked for the
promotion and “Hardcore” Bob Holly is signed for April 29 in Kansas City.
Fans of the promotion can watch NWL on its you tube channel. Fans in Kansas City can watch
NWL KC on broadcast television at 11 pm Saturday nights on channel 38, The Spot. Gough said
it is the first time professional wrestling has been on broadcast television in Kansas City 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
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Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 15, 2017
Davey Vega has been one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest for some time. One of those reasons is because of his limited exposure in the area due to seeking out challengers outside of the area, but if you were to ask any of the fans of St. Louis Anarchy, they would tell you that he has been a star for years.
MWR agrees with them, but there is no doubt that he has only touched the surface of what he is able to accomplish. Recently at NWL (as Davey Gibson) we watched a wrestling clinic when he went toe to toe with the former Ring of Honor World Champion Kyle O’Reilly in a match at the Casa Loma Ballroom that is an early candidate for match of the year.
Speaking of matches of the year candidates, Vega recently had not one, but two battles that would have to be considered when he teamed with Blood Brother teammate Mathew Grundy ( and fellow 2016 MWR Future Star of the Year Mat Fitchett) against the Royal Blood (Jet and Jax Royal). The two matches left fans wanting more and as my friend Patrick Brandmeyer stated had a feel of the Rock and Roll Express and Midnight Express clashes that set a standard in tag team competition in the 80’s.
Regardless if he is to find success as a singles star or in tag team action, it is our belief that Davey Vega is one of the premier stars in the sport for many years to come. We welcome you to come out next Saturday at Cape Championship Wrestling as we present him with the 2016 MWR Future Star Plaque in the epic card in Cape Girardeau , Missouri when he will take on former TNA star Joey Ryan.
This MWR plaque is sponsored by our good friend Mike Wilson’ Shooter Spotlight, and will feature this very own artwork in the frame.
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Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 11, 2017
The Scottish Rite Temple
1330 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64109
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Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 10, 2017
From the NWL Office
Have you always dreamed of stepping inside the squared circle? Come by Saturday, April 15th for our womens tryout at our new NWL Training & Performance Center. Our very own Marti Belle Fan Page, Mia Yim / Jade , and head trainer Derek Stone will be leading the tryout.
The seminar runs from noon until 3pm. Cost is just $50. There has never been an event like this for women in the mid west, Don’t miss your chance to learn and perhaps be a part of the NWL!
To reserve your spot email us at email@example.com
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Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 2, 2017
The Mile High Magnum Dak Draper and Blain Meeks went to war at the Scottish Rite Temple in the finals of the NWL KC Championship last night that had fans clamoring for more.
Early on it looked as if Meeks speed would be the deciding factor on his way to the title, but Draper was able find an opening to force his will at key moments of the match. Meek chants from the fans shook the building as their favorite looked to have the match won with his daring and fearless aerial attack he was able to hit, in and out of the ring with expertise timing and perfect location on Draper’s body and head.
After a roller coaster chain of events that saw Marco and Leonel Howlett enter the ring in hopes of helping out Draper, the Royal Blood, Jax and Jet came out to run them out of building. It was still anyone’s match to win. When the smoke cleared it was Draper that was able to get the 1-2-3 and make history as the first ever NWL KC Champion.
Now Draper has his million dollar looks, the perfect tan and the NWL KC Championship belt around his waist with the finest drinks in hand. Meeks can hold his head up high and learn from this classic match to prepare him for his rematch that we can’t wait to witness ourselves.
Keep an eye out at MWR to find out who will be the first to face the new champion for the title.
We hope to see you this Sunday as the huge NWL STL Tournament is set to happen at the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis.
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Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 24, 2017
Wrestle Talk Podcast with Joe & René
Hey yo.. Got some news! Not only will Dez Wellston/Mike Outlaw be at #UniverseMania3 but he will be presented with his Missouri Wrestling Revival Wrestler of the Year award at the event! Just another reason to make sure you don’t miss the biggest party this side of Orlando, FL!
I have reached out to our good friends at Wrestle Talk Podcast to see if they would be so kind to present our 2016 MWR Wrestler of the Year Dez Wellston, formally known as Mike Outlaw with his plaque at the biggest WrestleMania Party in KC this year. That is right, watch Wrestlemania and see local history being made at the same time as our friend Brandis Outlaw will be in the house to represent MWR in the presentation.
Mike Outlaw had an awesome year in 2016, but with the training that he has had with NWL his game is only getting better as the year goes on.
So please come out and show your support by being their at Rockstar Burgers.
#Universemania3 watch party is the best of it’s kind! Hosted by the Wrestle Talk Podcast with Joe and Rene, it’s an event that brings together the world’s best wrestlers, fans, podcasters and fantasy wrestling group all in one place. This the 3rd year that this event is taking place and it’s guaranteed to be the best one to date. It will take place at Rockstar Burgers in Kansas City, MO starting on April 2nd starting at 4pm CT. Here is just some of what you can expect at this incredible event:
– DJ Theorie at the DJ booth all night playing all your favorite wrestling theme songs, rock hits and hip-hop bangers
– Two live performances (DBD and Deucifier)
– WrestleMania33 on the big screen
– Awesome pricing on food and drinks
– Appearances by three different wrestling promotions including:
– NWL (Todd Letterman, Dez Wellston & Blaine Meeks) 8:30pm-10:30pm
– GWF (Ric Maverick, Curt Gannon & Black Jesus) 6:30pm-8:30pm
– KCXW (J.Savage, Hollis Giroux and The Marksman) 4:30pm-6:30pm
– Also, all the wrestlers appearing at #UniverseMania3 will be signing autographs for fans free-of-change and will even have some fresh swag to give away!)
**For more info including how to pre-purchase tickets please visit http://www.WrestleTalkPodcast.com/events**
1116 Genessee St. Kansas City, MO 64102
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