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Posts Tagged ‘Retro Rick’

Missing Retro Rick – A Reminder that Friendships Are Made Everyday

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 4, 2018

Retro Rick, Logan. Peter, Kenneth and Daniel

Less than a week ago we heard the news that we lost our friend Larry Matysik. Larry set the standard for being a man that treated others right. Not only was he a Hall of Fame announcer but his greatest accomplishment was his ability to bring people together just by being himself.

So it was with great sadness when I heard the news that the wrestling world lost Retro Rick (Rick Grossman) in the middle of the week. Most likely, you are asking yourself just who is Retro Rick?

On a personal level, Rick was my friend. Before MWR, I took my new girlfriend (Dubray) on a date to Lawrence ,Kansas for a wrestling promotion called Central States Wrestling (CSW). The date was a huge success as the wrestling delivered a night of action that would be good enough to entice us to return for the 6 hour round trip month after month. Yet, as big of a fan as I would become of Michael Strider and Jeremy Wyatt, it would be the atmosphere that the fans at CSW generated during the show that was the clincher. Imagine ECW in Kansas.

As a Denver Bronco fan I love to give the fans of the Chiefs a hard time for fun but the truth of the matter is that the people in Kansas are as instrumental in having us return each month as did the wrestling. The fans were like a family and embraced a crazy couple from out of town as their own. They told us stories of past feuds, where to go to eat in town and what time to be there. People like Jeff, Logan, Peter, Kenneth , Jeff, Ray and a guy that wore his Kansas City Chiefs Jersey named Retro Rick who all became close friends for many years.

Because I always loved my hometown of Salisbury and never really wanted to move to the city. it always kept us from just being able to get into a car and drive to see our friends just for the hell of it. Thankfully we had the message boards of CSW and the Facebook of its day, Myspace. So when CSW went under and Metro Pro began we were able to all be on board to support upstart promotion.

A mutual friend’s post this week that mirrored our experience 13 years ago at CSW. I have asked them if I could share it here.

John Murray – “My sister and I started going to Metro Pro and we got front row. It was then we sat by him. Rick was very cool, welcomed us and gave us tips on who was heels and faces. Rick’s signs were always hilarious and were on point. Along with Tom and others, we were welcomed to the rasslin’ family. I found out Rick lived up north and I would visit him at Hayes and Dickey’s. Always talked sports and wrestling. Rest in peace Retro Rick, we won’t forget you.”

Once Metro continued, you could find Rick at all the shows hanging with the fans before and during   just as John described. He added too the experience of being at the show with just being himself.  Rick took the time at the end of the night to do a question and answers with the wrestlers that  would be later put up on the website for all to enjoy. They were called Post Show Quickies and featured some great moments with a who’s who of stars in the Midwest. His love and respect for wrestling were contagious to anyone that was around him.

Though Rick would never become a Hall of Famer in the world of wrestling, his presence in the Midwest as a positive supporter of wrestling should not be understated. He really did set the standard of excellence for a fan.

With the news of my friend Rick passing, I found myself sad that he is no longer with us but a reminder that each person we meet in this world can become a friend forever.

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Pete Sakaris and Brandon Brown win the “Who’s the Superstar in the picture contest”

Posted by flairwhoooooo on July 7, 2010

We would like to congratulate MWR readers Pete Sakaris from Nebraska and Brandon Brown from Missouri for answering the “Who’s the Superstar in the picture contest”.

The First question was who in the picture is the son of a former WWE Hall of Famer?

That none other was the son of WWE Hall of Famer Ted Dibiase, Mike Dibiase. Mike’s Brother Ted  is currently a WWE Superstar.

Brandon will receive an autograph 8×10 of Mike’s dad Ted Dibiase.

Ted Dibiase

Before Ted became a household name he put himself up against some of the best in the world right here in the Midwest. Dibiase would capture the NWA Missouri Championship twice in ST Louis, Mo.

Dibiase defeated Dick Slater on August 12, 1977 and would earn his second reign on November 21, 1981 against Ken Patera.

Dibiase would go onto to be one of the most hated/loved wrestlers in this generation as the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase. Pro Wrestling Illustrated would name Ted Dibiase #32 in 2003 in the PWI Years.

The current NWA Missouri Champion is Davey Vega who defeated Dingo in Glen Carbon Illinois last year on October 16th.

The second question was who was the former NWA Central States Champion in this photo?

Pete answered correctly when he named Derek Stone who was on the top nailing Mike Dibiase with the ten punch. Derek Stone became the NWA Central States Champion by defeating Michael Barry, Griz and Gary Jackson in Coffeyville, KS on November 16. 2002

Fun fact: both Mike Dibiase SR and his son Ted would also rein as two time NWA Central States Champion. Mike Sr defeated the Spoiler and The Viking while the future Million Dollar Man pinned Bob Slaughter and “Bulldog “Bob Brown.

The current NWA Central States Champion is the 2009 Missouri Wrestling Revival Wrestler of the Year Mark Sterling. Sterling defeated Michael Strider to become the NWA Central States Champion in 2009.

Pete will be receiving the must have collectable the Mark Sterling MWR Trading Card , which is number two in the set that celebrates the hard working men and women in the Midwest wrestling today.

This picture was taken at CSW in Lawrence Kansas in a three way match between Derek Stone, Mike Dibiase and Mason Hunter. Special thanks goes out to my friend Retro Rick for having information up about this show so I could find some information about it.

I would like to thank everyone for partaking in this contest. Look for exciting information coming from Missouri Wrestling Revival. In the future we have several superstars that will be announced into the MWR Trading Card set, we have some exciting fun promotions in works with our friends at High Voltage Wrestling, Independent Hardcore Wrestling and one with MECW in December that I am thrilled about. Keep checking MWR for all these great announcements

We will also be having more contest, plus we hope to be at these shows to allow you to catch a shirt from a Midwest Superstar at these showsNew Midwest Wrestling on July 9th in Springfield Illinois, World League Wrestling on the17th in Park Hills Missouri, NWA Dynamo on July 24th in Glen Carbon Illinois, MECW in Woodriver Illinois on July 31st and High Voltage Wrestling on August 7TH IN Granite City Illinois.

If you are a promotion or wrestler that would like to include yourself in one of our contest by donating DVD’S, T-shirts, Autographs and other fan collectables please contact me at flairwhoooooo@yahoo.com to discuss how we can work together to give back to the fans while having a little fun.

Coming up in the next couple of days join us for a MWR Awards presentation from 3xwrestling with info for their exciting show coming up this Friday in Des Moines Iowa with the return of the Northstar Express and Arik Cannon  and a main event rematch between 3XW Champion Jeremy Wyatt and Rory Fox in a ladder match, a Dubi meets the fans from Pro Wrestling Epic and the announcement of the MWR Trading card #12.

Last but not least do not forget to join us in Springfield Illinois to catch a shirt from a NMW Superstar and join Dubray in the first ever Dubi meets the NMW Fans. Last night MWR received information on some new exciting matches added to this Saturdays show.

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