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Posts Tagged ‘Phil E. Blunt’

Brandon Espinosa – Missouri Wrestling Revival 2011 Wrestler of the Year.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 1, 2012

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During the MWR years, there have been no doubts on the skills of Brandon Espinosa.

Yet, in 2011, Brandon Espinosa experienced a breakout year. He sought out better training at OVW in Louisville and is now featured regularly on OVW TV with other future WWE stars. He arguably wrestled more matches for more companies than anybody in the area- at least 100 per year. Espinosa was a key player not only in his hometown of St. Louis but around the country

In what may have been his biggest win to date , Espinosa won the Pro Wrestling Epic 8 tournament by defeating Ace Hawkins in round one, Evan Money in round two, then in an exciting final matchup shocked the Midwest when he defeated one of the very best in ROH Superstar Jimmy Jacobs.

Throughout the year he wrestled for All American Pro Wrestling, High Voltage Wrestling, Independent Hardcore Wrestling, IWA Unlimited, IWA Productions, NWA Supreme, Pro Wrestling Epic, Metro East Championship Wrestling, & MMWA-SICW in the MWR covering area for 2011, has also wrestled for New Midwest Wrestling & NWA Dynamo in the past. In 2011, held the MMWA Jr. Heavyweight Championship, MMWA Wild World of Wrestling TV Championship (current holder), Pro Wrestling Epic Heavyweight Championship (current holder), and IWAU Club Championship but also held the Pro Wrestling Prestige US & Heavyweight Championship and TIWF Cruiserweight Championship in Tennessee, plus at one point held 4 Championships at once.

He competed in the following tournaments in 2011 – NWA Midwest X-Division Championship, AIWF Krazy 8 in North Carolina, IHW St. Louis Invitational, and OVW #1 Contender Gauntlet, reached the Finals in the SICW Classic Championship and TIWF Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet, and won the PWE Epic 8 and the first ever St. Louis Cable TV trophy by defeating David Osborne, Phil E. Blunt and Gary Jackson.

He would contend for the WLW title held by “The Prince” Jason Jones in his very first match with the company coming up just short when Jone’s manager threw salt in the eyes of Espinosa.

Espinosa had victories over nationally known talents such as Jimmy Jacobs, El Generico, Jay Lethal, and Mike Sydal.

In 2011, Espinosa wrestled in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, as well as in the past in Arkansas, and Kansas.

Espinosa also made an appearance on All Worked Up (Season 3 Episode 12) when taped at a ROH event in Ohio. Also is the trainer of MWR talent  and the 2011 PWI Rookie of the Year Ace Hawkins, as well as many others.

We are proud to announce that Brandon Espinosa as the 2011 MWR Wrestler of the Year.

1st Runner Up- Mark Sterling
2nd Runner Up – Jeremy Wyatt
3rd Runner Up – Ron Powers

Other wrestlers receiving votes : Derek Stone, Brian Ash, Trevor Murdock, Bailey Mannix, Ryan Phoenix, Jason Jones, Brian Breaker, Edmund McGuire, Mike Sydal and Gary Jackson.

Past Winners

2010 Mike Sydal
2009 Mark Sterling
2008 Jeremy Wyatt

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MWR Trading Card #13 “The Wrestling Machine” Dave Vaughn

Posted by flairwhoooooo on July 18, 2010

"The Wrestling Machine" Dave Vaughn (Photo Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Some say that old school wrestling has long past us by but the truth of the matter is that there is one guy that is keeping that fire burning. That mans name is Dave Vaughn.

Dave Vaughn wrestles a no nonsense style of wrestling that is Reminisce of Lou Thesz and Arn Anderson .

Once the prize jewel of Travis Cook’s The Connection Vaughn quickly rose to prominence winning the MMWA-SICW Junior titles as well as one half of the MMWA-SICW tag team Championship.

Dave Vaughn has earned the nickname “The Wrestling Machine” by taking his opponents through a clinic of wrestling moves, suplex’s and submissions. No one in the Midwest hits the Spear as hard as Dave Vaughn.

Since earning the MMWA-SICW Championship from former connection partner Phil E Blunt, Vaughn has been unstoppable taking on the very best that ST Louis has to offer.

Earlier this summer, Vaughn debuted at World League Wrestling as he looks to have his eye on the WLW title in the near future.

Midwest wrestlers and fans will find out soon why they call
Dave Vaughn “The Wrestling Machine”

#1 The Northstar Express Darin Corbin and Ryan Cruz- 2008 MWR Tag team of the Year.
#2 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 – 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 – Seen on TNA
#8 Kahagas – The Tokyo Monster
#9 Mephisto- Hardcore favorite
#10 Tyler Black –Ring of Honor Champion
#11 Sir Bradley Charles- Trained by Lance Storm
#12 Brandon Espinosa – Multi talented superstar

 

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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MWR presents MMWA-SICW with the 2009 MWR Promotion of the Year plaque.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 12, 2010

Tim Miller, Brian Kelley,Tony Costa, Kari Williams and Dubray Tallman. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

On April 3r at a packed house at the South Broadway Athletic Club myself , Head write Kari Williams and fan relations Dubray Tallman was in the middle of the ring with Promoter Tony Costa and Tim Miller with the 2009 MWR Promotion of the Year.

The Promotion of the Year is always the most debated among the MWR Awards committee due to the fact there are so many good promotions running today.

In 2009 MMWA-SICW continued to be one of the top drawing shows in the Midwest. They ran over 30 shows while celebrating their 50 Years at Chase that received a full spread in the St Louis Dispatch did a complete and separate spread on 50 years at the Chase with the old stars such Harley Race, Johnny Valentine, Jack Brisco and new stars in Gary Jackson, the Lumberjacks, Dave Vaughn and more.

The MMWA-SICW was also active in work with the community. Announcer and Executive Director Tim Miller had been instrumental with giving back. MMWA-SICW lent a helping hand in the benefit the family of fallen police officer Julius Moore who was killed due to the result of injuries sustained during an on-duty vehicle accident on Tuesday, October 6, 2009. He was 23 years old. The event raised more than $2200 through food sales alone to benefit Police Officer Julius Moore’s family including his three young children, two sons and a daughter all under the age of 5. The event was covered by the press and over 2,000 people showed up to support the cause.

In 2009 MMWA-SICW have given the fans a chance to meet the stars of wrestling by having Harley race, Dave Hebner, Bob Hardcore Holly, Larry Matysik ,Mickey Garagioloa and most recently the wild popular Baron Von Raschke.

These were just a few of the reason why they were chosen as the MWR Promotion of the year.

Once again we would like to thank MMWA-SICW for their hospitality and I highly recommend that you check out them in 2010.

On a personal note I was very excited to be invited up the commentating booth by Herb Simmons during the title match between Champion Dave Vaughn and Phil E Blunt. I was nervous up till I left the booth so I can’t be honest on how well i did but it was truly a great time .

Look for MWR at a local show near you in 2010.

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“The Manager of Champions” Travis Cook looks to lead Donovan Ruddick to WWE or TNA!!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 4, 2010

Could Donovan Ruddick and Travis Cook be the new face of Pro Wrestling? (Photo Credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Could Donovan Ruddick and Travis Cook be the new face of Pro Wrestling? (Photo Credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Last night Missouri Wrestling Revival was on hand at MMWA-SICW to honor them with the 2009 MWR Promotion of the Year Plaque. As big of a story as that was it would be the ramifications in the MMWA-SICW title match between the Champion Dave Vaughn and the former Champion Phil E Blunt that would steal the headlines.

Blunt was DQ’d and his manager Travis Cook jumped into the ring to double team Vaughn. Thankfully Donovan Ruddick would enter the ring to make the save….or so it would seem. After holding back Travis Cook and Blunt , Ruddick took the belt from them then laid out Vaughn!!!

On the night that was to be a celebration for MMWA-SICW it would Travis Cook who would be having the most fun. Cook now has one of the most respected and feared wrestlers in the Midwest today “The Future” Donovan Ruddick in his stable “The Connection”.

TNA and WWE in 2010 will have showcased to the world PPV’s in St Louis with WWE’S Elimination Chamber and this month’s TNA Lockdown, the show me state is now a hotbed for Pro Wrestling. Add on the fact that ST Louis Talent Randy Orton and Evan Bourne have became major players it is without a doubt that the both companies will be wanting to catch the next big star in the Midwest.

One can not take away the power and reputation that “The Manager of Champions” Travis Cook will not have a say in who will be given the opportunity to be the next superstar in Pro Wrestling Today.

In an interesting twist Cook did not make any friends on this evening when he showed his clout in Ron Powers match as he was set to take on Billy Diamond and Bobby D in a handicap match. Before the match could begin Cook demanded that Powers show Ed Monihan (from the state Athletic Commission) a current Missouri Wrestling license. Powers licenses were infact not up to date therefore Powers was unable to compete. Words were exchanged between the two with Powers chasing Cook to the back. Powers returned to the ring to let Cook and the fans to know that Illinois isn’t a commission state so he WILL be at MMWA-SICW when they return in East Carondolet, IL next Saturday for the battle royal.

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MMWA-SICW Photo recap from East Carondelet, IL on 9/19/2009

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 11, 2009

MWR fans its time to enjoy another MMWA-SICW Photo recap from our good friend Michael R Van Hoogstraat

Ziggy goes hard to get a victory from the man whom beat him the week before. (Photo Credit:Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Ziggy goes hard to get a victory from the man whom beat him the week before. (Photo Credit:Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Core continues his winning ways on new comer Ziggy Bones.(Photo CreditMichael R Van Hoogstraat)

Core continues his winning ways on new comer Ziggy Bones.(Photo CreditMichael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Core d. Ziggy Bones

Fan Favorite Moondog Rover. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Fan Favorite Moondog Rover. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco lands a splash but would lose by DQ.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco lands a splash but would lose by DQ.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Moondog Rover d. Waco by DQ

 Blade looks to move up the ladder at MMWA-SICW.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade looks to move up the ladder at MMWA-SICW.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

  Young but a lot of fight, Jaysin Static is in a lot of trouble early.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Young but a lot of fight, Jaysin Static is in a lot of trouble early.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After a drop kick Static had Blade feeling a little bit of his own medicine. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After a drop kick Static had Blade feeling a little bit of his own medicine. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade continues his winning ways.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade continues his winning ways.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Johnny Blade d. Jaysin Static

Bobby D tries to keep The Big Texan from returning to the ring. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D tries to keep The Big Texan from returning to the ring. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Big Texan powers his way to a win. (Photo Credit:Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Big Texan powers his way to a win. (Photo Credit:Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*The Big Texan d. Bobby D

Purple Passion demands that Canada’s favorite son Sean Vincent to get in the ring. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Purple Passion demands that Canada’s favorite son Sean Vincent to get in the ring. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Poor Sean Vincent, the fans just don’t like him. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Poor Sean Vincent, the fans just don’t like him. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Purple Passion was no match for Sean Vincent. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Purple Passion was no match for Sean Vincent. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Sean Vincent d. Purple Passion

In a battle of strength Shaft gets the edge this time on Gary Jackson. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

In a battle of strength Shaft gets the edge this time on Gary Jackson. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft hits Gary Jackson with a head butt. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft hits Gary Jackson with a head butt. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

A good game plan had Shaft going strong but when things got rough Phil E Blunt interfered to give Jackson the DQ win.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

A good game plan had Shaft going strong but when things got rough Phil E Blunt interfered to give Jackson the DQ win.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Gary Jackson d. Shaft by DQ

One of the hottest young wrestlers in the Midwest- David Vaughn(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

One of the hottest young wrestlers in the Midwest- David Vaughn(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former partners in The Connection David Vaughn and MMWA-SICW Champ Phil E Blunt are now at odds.  (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former partners in The Connection David Vaughn and MMWA-SICW Champ Phil E Blunt are now at odds. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

 The Champ reminds Vaughn why he is the man. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Champ reminds Vaughn why he is the man. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn nails the spear on the Champ.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn nails the spear on the Champ.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After Blunts manager interfered to save him , Vaughn looked to make him pay.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After Blunts manager interfered to save him , Vaughn looked to make him pay.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft and newest Connection member Sean Vincent puts the boots to Vaughn who won by DQ(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft and newest Connection member Sean Vincent puts the boots to Vaughn who won by DQ(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*David Vaughn d. MMWA-SICW Heavyweight Champ Phil E. Blunt by DQ

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9-12-2009 MMWA-SICW Photo Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 1, 2009

Thanks to MWR Photographer  Michael R Van Hoogstraat we are able to bring you a photo recap of action in South Broadway in ST Louis on September 12.

So wrestling fans sit back and enjoy.

Core goes after newcomer Ziggy Bones with a vengeance.(Photo credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Core goes after newcomer Ziggy Bones with a vengeance.(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Core is cocky  going in victory.  (Photo credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Core is cocky going in victory. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Core d. Ziggy Bones

Moondog Rover was a little wild and allowed Purple Passion to get the DQ win.(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Moondog Rover was a little wild and allowed Purple Passion to get the DQ win.(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Purple Passion d. Moondog Rover by DQ

MMWA-SICW  star Blade (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

MMWA-SICW star Blade (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe feels the wrath of Blade(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe feels the wrath of Blade(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade finds himself in a place that he does not want to be in.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade finds himself in a place that he does not want to be in.(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*MMWA-SICW Tag Champ Lumberjack Abe fought Blade to a time-limit draw

Dave Vaughn sends Waco on a trip to twist ville. (Photo credit  Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn sends Waco on a trip to twist ville. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco goes flying after a drop kick by Vaughn. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco goes flying after a drop kick by Vaughn. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Working non the arm of Vaughn  kept this contest close. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Working on the arm of Vaughn kept this contest close. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco was relentless in his effort to make Vaughn on dimensional as he worked on the left arm of Vaughn. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco was relentless in his effort to make Vaughn on dimensional as he worked on the left arm of Vaughn. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn finds himself getting close to submit.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn finds himself getting close to submit.(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After a powerful spear Vaughn gets the big win(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After a powerful spear Vaughn gets the big win(Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook and his former protégé have words. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook and his former protégé have words. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Dave Vaughn d. Waco(w/ Big Texan)

The Champ Phil E Blunt and Travis Cook has MMWA-SICW where they want them.  (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Champ Phil E Blunt and Travis Cook has MMWA-SICW where they want them. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Fan favorites Gary Jackson & Keith Smith come to the ring.  (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Fan favorites Gary Jackson & Keith Smith come to the ring. (Recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Gary Jackson sends his old rival Shaft up and over.( Photo credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Gary Jackson sends his old rival Shaft up and over.( Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former champ Jackson sends Blunt flyer.  (Photo credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former champ Jackson sends Blunt flyer. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blunt needed to get away from the red hot Jackson.(Photo credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blunt needed to get away from the red hot Jackson.(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft turned things around for his team. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft turned things around for his team. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith shows that he still has some power to his game. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith shows that he still has some power to his game. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former Connection member Dave Vaughn hits a awesome spear on  former team mate and Champion Phil E Blunt (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former Connection member Dave Vaughn hits a awesome spear on former team mate and Champion Phil E Blunt (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith gets the pinfall on Shaft.(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith gets the pinfall on Shaft.(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn, Gary Jackson and Keith Smith unit for the good cause. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn, Gary Jackson and Keith Smith unit for the good cause. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Gary Jackson & Keith Smith d. Heavyweight Champion Phil E. Blunt & Shaft

Johnny Courageous  challenges MMWA-SICW Jr. Heavyweight Champ AJ Williams (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Johnny Courageous challenges MMWA-SICW Jr. Heavyweight Champ AJ Williams (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

 AJ throws caution to the wind. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

AJ goes for a sharp shooter. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

 AJ goes for a sharp shooter. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

AJ goes for a sharp shooter. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Johnny Courageous  suffers a leg injury that cost him the match but AJ Williams shows the heart of a Champion by helping him out of the ring. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Johnny Courageous suffers a leg injury that cost him the match but AJ Williams shows the heart of a Champion by helping him out of the ring. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*MMWA-SICW Jr. Heavyweight Champ AJ Williams d. Johnny Courageous by TKO

The Big Texan brings all his weight down on Bobby D(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Big Texan brings all his weight down on Bobby D(Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D and The Big Texan went tooth and nail. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D and The Big Texan went tooth and nail. (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

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The Big Texan gets disqualified after using a chair on Bobby D (Photo by Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Bobby D d. The Big Texan by DQ

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MMWA-SICW August 22,2009

Posted by flairwhoooooo on September 9, 2009

Recap by MMWA-SICW Management
Photo Credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat.
Photo commentary Brian “Flair “ Kelley

Sean Vincent (w/ Travis Cook) defeated ‘The Exciting’ Jaysin Static by pin fall at 11:27 following ‘The Sexy Shoulderslam’

Jaysin Static goes all out to earn a big victory from Sean Vincent (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Jaysin Static goes all out to earn a big victory from Sean Vincent (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Sean Vincent sets up Static for “The Sexy Shoulderslam(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Sean Vincent sets up Static for “The Sexy Shoulderslam(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook taunts Static as his protégé Vincent adds another win for the connection. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook taunts Static as his protégé Vincent adds another win for the connection. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Moondog Rover (w/ Travis cook) defeated Purple Passion by pinfall at 15:40 after an Olympic suplex

Moondog Rover powers his way to victory over Purple Passion. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Moondog Rover powers his way to victory over Purple Passion. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Big Texan (w/ Travis Cook) defeated Lumberjack Abe at 10:34 by pinfall after the big splash.

 The 14 times MMWA-SICW Tag team Champions The Lumberjacks (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The 14 times MMWA-SICW Tag team Champions The Lumberjacks (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe delivers a powerful kick to The Big Texan.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe delivers a powerful kick to The Big Texan.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade defeated Waco by pinfall at 12:26 following the faceplant.

Waco and The Big Texan double teamed Blade throughout the match. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco and The Big Texan double teamed Blade throughout the match. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco goes airborne but it would not be enough as Blade overcame the odds to get a big win.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco goes airborne but it would not be enough as Blade overcame the odds to get a big win.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

AJ Williams defeated Bobby D by pinfall at 7:44 following the superkick to retain the M0/IL Jr.Heavyweight title.

AJ Williams leapfrogs Bobby D.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

AJ Williams leapfrogs Bobby D.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

 Bobby D slows down the speed of AJ with a very painful move.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D slows down the speed of AJ with a very painful move.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D was one step ahead of AJ throughout the match.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D was one step ahead of AJ throughout the match.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Standing on top of  AJ, Bobby D had the perfect strategy against but AJ would prevail. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Standing on top of AJ, Bobby D had the perfect strategy against but AJ would prevail. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith, Danny Boy & ‘Gorgeous’ Gary Jackson defeated Shaft, Dave Vaughn & MMWA-SICW Heavyweight Champion Phil E. Blunt (special referees Tony Casta & ‘Big’ Jim Brown) in a 6-Man Tag Team Elimination Match at 32:50 when Smith finished off Shaft with a UFC-style leglock. After the match, the entire Connection attacked Smith ruthlessly (Jackson was eliminated early on in the match and was in the shower preparing to leave) in the ring. Danny Boy had his hands full but the former Champion did overcome the bad guys and save Keith.

 Travis Cook lets his former protégé  Dave Vaughn know that he is still under contract for the main event(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook lets his former protégé Dave Vaughn know that he is still under contract for the main event(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith bodyslams Dave Vaughn. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith bodyslams Dave Vaughn. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft is punished in the corner.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft is punished in the corner.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Tony Costa slams Shaft to the delight of the fans. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Tony Costa slams Shaft to the delight of the fans. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The MMWA-SICW Kingpin Phil E Blunt works over his arch enemy Gary Jackson (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The MMWA-SICW Kingpin Phil E Blunt works over his arch enemy Gary Jackson (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Smith would go on to finish Shaft with a submission.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Smith would go on to finish Shaft with a submission.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

It was also announced by new Commissioner Tim Miller that, as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of MMWA-SICW on television, an event of start-to-finish cage matches is being planned for this fall… stay tuned!

Do not miss MMWA-SICW when they return to South Broadway this Saturday.

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MMWA-SICW June 13 Recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on July 7, 2009

By Kari Williams
Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Fans noticed white tape around nearly every wrestler’s arm at South Broadway Athletic Club on June 13 as they made their way to the ring. The name “Faith” appeared on that tape. Whether loved or hated by the crowd, virtually the entire locker room paid homage to MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller’s two-year-old niece who died in a car fire on June 1. The night was dedicated to Faith Miller.

AJ Williams honors the memory of two year old Faith Miller, the niece of MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller (MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller)

AJ Williams honors the memory of two year old Faith Miller, the niece of MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

The returning Johnny Courageous took on A.J. Williams in a number one contender’s match for the Junior Heavyweight Championship. Williams came to the ring wearing a shirt commemorating the life of Faith Miller, much to the delight of the fans and Tim.

Johnny Courageous delivers a flying body press on the exciting young AJ Williams  (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Johnny Courageous delivers a flying body press on the exciting young AJ Williams (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

These two fan favorites wrestled a fast-paced, highly competitive bout worthy of main event status. Courageous gained a slight lead from the bell and never quite let go of it. Williams’ willpower was evident, as he did not give in easily. In fact, he went to the top turnbuckle on more than one occasion in hopes of delivering the final blow of defeat to Courageous. Multiple near falls and closecalls emerged as the athletes began running out of time. The bout ended in a time limit draw, with a number one contender for Vaughn’s belt still undecided.

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Phil E. Blunt and Dave Vaughn prepares to go to war with Gary Jackson and Jerome Cody (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Alexis Lightfoot defended her Women’s Championship against Destiny Diamond in the only championship match of the evening. The hatred between these two has grown tremendously since Diamond’s debut in the company. Diamond controlled the early portion of the bout, but choking Alexis on the ropes fueled the champion’s desire to retain her belt. Alexis came at Diamond with a flurry of forearms and punches, bringing victory closer. In spite of Diamond’s attempts to deter Alexis, nothing worked and Alexis retained her title in just over four minutes.

Phil E. Blunt and Vaughn had their hands full against World Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson and Jerome Cody. Both teams worked well together, using frequent tags and double teams as much as possible. In typical Connection fashion, Blunt and Vaughn resorted to illegal tactics to control the battle.

Arguably the two best at MMWA-SICW, Jackson looks to submit Vaughn (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Arguably the two best at MMWA-SICW, Jackson looks to submit Vaughn (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Vaughn returns the favor and brings the pain to the World Champion (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Vaughn returns the favor and brings the pain to the World Champion (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gary Jackson delivers an elbow to an old “friend” (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gary Jackson delivers an elbow to an old “friend” (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Just before the 10-minute-mark, Blunt connected with a piledriver on Jackson, but the champion kicked out. Neither team could gain a clear advantage, which lead to frustration and anger for both teams. Cody launched from the top rope with a flying crossbody onto Vaughn, and chaos erupted shortly thereafter. Both teams were disqualified for the use of a chain, which came into the scuffle.

When the match ended, Blunt tried convincing Jackson that Cody only wanted to be his partner to get closer to the Heavyweight Championship, which caused some tension between the two men.

The previous contest showcased the return of the former MMWA-SICW Junior Heavyweight Champion Kahyman as he took on Lumberjack Gabe (with Abe) in his first match in over a year. Gabe proved his power by shoving Kahyman to the mat. Looking more determined than ever, Kahyman simply smirked to the crowd and bolted toward Gabe, who quickly ran to the outside toward safety. The referee threw out Abe due to interference, and Gabe used the distraction to take control and dictate the pace of the match.

Kahyman is back, better than ever! (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Kahyman is back, better than ever! (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Kahyman slowly worked his way from defeat, began targeting Gabe’s leg, and followed suit with a standing drop kick that knocked Gabe to his feet. Kahyman controlled the match from this moment on, hitting a swanton bomb and covering Gabe for the pin. Kahyman would have won the match at this point, but Abe emerged from the back and broke up the pin in plain view of the referee. However, the referee did not disqualify Gabe, and the match continued. Kahyman won via roll up when Abe attempted to interfere again and nearly collided with his brother. Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn charged the ring to attack Kahyman after the bout. He was restrained and forced to the back.

Dave Vaughn is restrained from attacking Kahyman. The match that the fans have been clamoring for, Vaughn vs. Kahyman is just around the corner. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Dave Vaughn is restrained from attacking Kahyman. The match that the fans have been clamoring for, Vaughn vs. Kahyman is just around the corner. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Shaft, accompanied by Travis Cook, wrestled the Big Texan. They started off with a shoving contest, of which Texan easily got the upper hand.

The Big Texan shows his power to shaft early in the match. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

The Big Texan shows his power to shaft early in the match. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

After the big slam, Travis Cook gives Shaft some encouraging words. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

After the big slam, Travis Cook gives Shaft some encouraging words. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Cook then called for a time out to help Shaft regroup, but Texan still dominated. At one point, Texan choked Shaft, who retaliated in the same manner. Moments later, Cook interfered and proceeded to jump up and down, run around the ring and prance toward Phil E. Blunt—recently arrived at ringside—and the two high fived as Cook proclaimed, “I’m a bad man!” Having gotten the advantage, Shaft began to target Texan’s ankle. Inbetween punishing his opponent, Shaft stopped to argue with a fan, giving Texan a chance to take the advantage, but to no avail. Shaft walked away with a roll up victory as he grabbed the tights for added leverage.

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Where did he go? (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Where did he go? (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

lade chops Jaysin Static on the way to a big win. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

lade chops Jaysin Static on the way to a big win. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static and Blade went at it in the second match of the evening. Static started off on the right foot, but after a mid-ring collision, it looked as if he injured his knee. Blade targeted the injury and almost pinned Static, but the exciting one’s determination never faltered. In fact, Static had control of the match from the five minute mark almost to the end. The exciting one nailed Blade with an impressive superkick, but it was not enough to put the larger man down for the count. Blade pulled out the win only moments later at 6:41.

In the opening contest, Moondog Rover tried to best Lumberjack Abe, despite Lumberjack Gabe’s presence at ringside. Rover weakened Abe’s left arm early on but could not put a stop to his opponent, who quickly changed the direction of the match. In spite of Abe’s determination, the moment that Rover resorted to his dog-like tactics, Abe lost his focus and never regained it.

Bombs away from Lumberjack Abe (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Bombs away from Lumberjack Abe (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gabe appeared to sense his brother’s pending defeat, causing him to take Rover’s bone and taunt him. This act allowed Abe to sneak up on Rover and get a quick roll up victory.

Lumberjack Abe steals a win to start the night. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Lumberjack Abe steals a win to start the night. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Continue to check mmwa-sicw.com and myspace.com/sbacstl for upcoming news on the Christmas in July shows.

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Jaysin Static hopes to electrify the Midwest

Posted by reimaginejournalism on June 14, 2009

By Kari Williams

Jaysin Static’s wrestling career began two years ago at the urging of one of Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling (MMWA-SICW) mainstays—Shaft. In a relatively short time, Static has traveled across three states with hopes of learning from everyone he encounters.

“[Shaft] told me to come down to a show when I started working [with him], and it was all she wrote from there. I started coming down and watching as a fan and finally decided to get into it,” Static said.

Jaysin Static wrestles predominantly with MMWA-SICW, however, his career has taken him to CCW (Indiana) and JCW. Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat

Jaysin Static wrestles predominantly with MMWA-SICW, however, his career has taken him to CCW (Indiana) and JCW. Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat

During his time in wrestling, Static has already discovered what he considers one of the most important aspects.

“Respect. We all go out and do the same thing to put a show on for the fans. My main thing is, I’m going to respect you if you respect me. Wrestling’s been around many, many, many years, and I respect everybody and everyone that’s ever been in it because if it wasn’t for them, there wouldn’t be me. There wouldn’t be anyone else,” Static said.

Although Static works predominantly with MMWA-SICW, his journey has taken him to Heartland Championship Wrestling, Juggalo Championship Wrestling and Colisuem Championship Wrestling (CCW) based out of Indiana. While with JCW, Static had the opportunity to step in the ring with one of his childhood idols on April 25, 2008.

“I grew up watching Tracy Smothers and some of the other guys that were on the [JCW] show. Raven was on the show. He was one of the main people that inspired me to [start wrestling].

“[Tracy Smothers and I] still talk every once in a while, and he just inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing… I don’t know. I can’t put it into words. It’s really hard to explain because he just [makes me want] to push harder to get to the level of where they’ve all been,” Static said.

MMWA-SICW Mainstay Shaft (pictured with Static) helped Statics appreciation for wrestling become more than interest as a casual fan. Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat

MMWA-SICW Mainstay Shaft (pictured with Static) helped Static's appreciation for wrestling become more than interest as a casual fan. Photo by Mike VanHoogStraat

Static looks up to every person in the business because they put their bodies on the line every time they step in the ring. Although Phil E. Blunt has been Static’s most consistent opponent, Static could not pinpoint one wrestler he would like to step in the ring with due to the vast array of talent in the area.

“There [are] so many great, talented guys in the industry, especially here in the Midwest. I really couldn’t put it into words because there [are] great guys everywhere. LWA. High Voltage [Wrestling]. Everybody’s got great wrestlers. I don’t complain about anybody. Everybody’s great in my eyes. Anybody that wants to wrestle me, come on. I’m down for anybody,” Static said.

Static does his best to make The Main Attraction Tommy Knight submit in their battle from Sept. 2008. Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat

Static does his best to make "The Main Attraction" Tommy Knight submit in their battle from Sept. 2008. Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat

In addition to his eagerness to wrestle whenever the opportunity presents itself, he also has a sincere appreciation for the art.

“I never stop learning. That’s the good thing about this, you never stop learning. You learn from anybody and everybody that you step in the ring with. If it’s just a regular indy guy from down here [South Broadway] or a big name veteran like Tracy Smothers, you never stop learning. You learn from everybody,” Static said.

With that, Static leaves an open challenge to anyone willing to face him—“Midwest, watch out. Jaysin Static is back, and I’ll face anyone, anywhere, any time.”

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MWR April Awards

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 9, 2009

MWR’s April 2009 Awards!

The pro wrestling season typically heats up in the Spring and into early Summer.  May is a time to look at what has happened thus far in the year, and make educated predictions as to what is yet to come.  On that note, the April 2009 Awards should serve as a measuring stick when playing fortune teller.  Here are the winners, as voted by the MWR Awards Committee:

April 2009 Wrestler of the Month

Mark Sterling
(3XW, LWA, SCW, PWP, DPW, PWE, IWA, MECW, AAPW HVW)

(Photo Credit Mike Van Hoogstraat )

Mark Sterling (Photo Credit Mike Van Hoogstraat )

Simply put, a Midwest wrestling show isn’t a show without Sterling, who wrestled in eleven matches for nine companies (MWA, PWE, SCW, PWP, 3XW, AAPW, LWA, MECW, NWA Dynamo) in April. Sterling is also one half of the tag team champions at 3XW with Gage Octane (Gentelmans Club). A student of the game Sterling rarely gets outwrestled.

1st Runner Up – Jeremy Wyatt (LWA, PWP. 3XW, AAPW, PWE, DPW)
2nd Runner Up –Tyler Cook (3XW,LWA,DPW)
3rd Runner Up – Jimmy Rockwell (3XW, MECW)

Others receiving votes:
Jerry Lynn, Shane Rich, Zach Thompson

 

 

April 2009 Tag Team of the Month

 

 

Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya and CJ Esparza )
( PWE, HVW, NGW)
 

 

Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya and CJ Esparza ) Photo Credit: Brian Kelley

Zero Gravity (Brett Gakiya and CJ Esparza ) Photo Credit: Brian Kelley

Zero Gravity became the first ever PWE Tag Team Champion by defeating The Northstar Express in exciting fashion. At NGW defeated Feature Presentation proving that they are one of the top teams in the Midwest.

1st Runner up – The Gentleman’s Club ( Mark Sterling and Gage Octane) 3XW
2nd runner – The NorthStar Express (Darin Corbin and Ryan Cruz)(3XW,PWP,SCW,PWE,LWA,PWE)
3RD Runner up – (tie) Ax Stevens and ”Thunderbolt” Brandon Walker (AAPW), Money Makin Jam Boyz ( Mississippi Madman and K.C. Jackson) (AAPW, MPW)

Others who received voted:
Knights of Fire (Jaysin Strife and Vic Victory), Sexy and Smooth (”The Canadian Sex Icon” Ryan Slade and A.J. Smooth), Dustin Lane and Darin Waid

 

April 2009 Female Wrestler of the Month

MsChif
(LWA)

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On April 4th MsChif defeated one of the most talented female wrestlers today Sara Del Rey at LWA. MsChif is widely considered one of the top wrestlers not the Midwest but around the World.

1st Runner Up – Rain
2ND Runner Up- Mia Martinez (3xw)
One Vote: Mike Sydal?? The crazy MWR Awards commiteee.

 

April 2009 Promotion of the Month

All American Pro Wrestling
(AAPW)

 

 

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The quality of the AAPW show in Nashville on April 25th was possibly their best since last year. Our first time in this town, they had a paid attendance of 155. Not too shabby. The crowd was HOT. Yes, it was a bit warm in the Community Center, but not that kind of hot. The card was solid top to bottom. The crowd was so happy that The Nashville Moose Lodge, who raised $1,000 from the event, asked AAPW to set aside 4 more dates for fall and winter of 2009/2010!

1st Runner Up – MMWA-SICW
2nd Runner Up – IWA Productions
3rd Runner Up – All American Wrestling

Others receiving votes –Rampage Championship Wrestling

 

April 2009 Personality of the Month

Josh Ray and Brian Kelley
(Missouri Wrestling Revival)

The MWR Family

The MWR Family

One of our awards committee members wrote, “The two main men behind MWR. They do a lot of work, research & writing to help promote independent wrestling across the Midwest. They also log tons of hours in driving time to personally attend shows and support various companies around the Midwest”

(On a personal note, although we appreciate the gesture from the MWR Awards committee, both Josh and I abstained from voting in this category out of respect to the rest of the hard working men and women in the Midwest pro wrestling scene. We would also like to include Kari Williams who is a wonderful writer and the true talent of the three of us.)

1st Runner Up- JJ Merrick
2nd Runner Up – The Mad Conservative Crimefighter
3rd Runner Up – Travis Cook

Others receiving votes: Mark Storm

 

April 2009 Match of the Month

Lethal Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Title vs Career Match:
“The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt vs Jordan Lacey
April 18, 2009 in House Springs, MO

Bodies hit the floor when Wyatt and Lacey hooks up. This picture is from the fans bring the weapons match in March but the LWA Faithful was not please to see the The Belt Collector Jeremy Wyatt retain the LWA Championship and retire fan favorite Jordan Lacey in his hometown.

Bodies hit the floor when Wyatt and Lacey hooks up. This picture is from the fans bring the weapons match last month in March but the LWA Faithful was not please to see the "The Belt Collector" Jeremy Wyatt retain the LWA Championship and retire fan favorite Jordan Lacey in his hometown of House Springs on April 18. (Photo Credit Mike Van Hoogstraat )

No match could match the emotion that flowed through the building as the fans wanted the hated Wyatt to lose the belt and didn’t want the loveable Lacey to lose his career. The controversial finish had fans throwing beer into the ring, with Wyatt retaining his title and officially retiring Jordan Lacey.

1st Runner Up:

3XWrestling Cruiserweight Title Match
 Part of the MWR Midwest Best Series
Jimmy Rockwell (c) vs. Mike Sydal

April 17, 2009 in Des Moines, IA

2nd Runner Up:

All American Pro Wrestling

All American Pro Wrestling Tag Team Title Match
The Money Makin’ Jam Boys (c) vs. Ax Stevens and “Thunderbolt” Brandon Walker
April 25, 2009 in Nashville, IL

3rd Runner Up:

All American Pro Wrestling
Mike Sydal and Rebel Lucha vs. Mark Sterling and Eric Fantabulous
April 25, 2009 in Nashville, IL

Others receiving votes:

Gary Jackson vs. Phil E Blunt (MMWA-SICW ,April 11, St Louis, MO) The Prestige Rumble, (SCW/PWN Davenport Iowa) (Mississippi Madman vs. Issan Hadeev (PWE April 4, Springfield Illinois ) Jaysin Strife and Vic VictoryArik Cannon and Ryan Cruz (PWP April 11, Council Bluffs Iowa)

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