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Posts Tagged ‘Ricky Cruz’

MMWA Returns to the SBAC on Jan 12 Barackus, Curtis Wylde, Moondog, Big Texan

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 5, 2019

 

MMWA Broken
Jan 12

$9.00 for adults and $ 4. 00 for kids.

South Broadway Athletic Club
2301 S. 7th Street, St. Louis 63104

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SICW Champion Steve Fender vs Ricky Cruz Jan 26th Cahokia, Illinois

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 2, 2019

 

The SICW title will be on the line when Superstar Steve Fender defends it against The King of Chaos Ricky Cruz. Make plans to support this fundraiser at the Holy Family Gymnasium. Doors open 6pm bell time 7pm.

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Wrestling at the Chase Great and Friend to the Wrestling Fan Larry Matysik Passes Away

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 25, 2018

 From Promoter Herb Simmons

It’s with heavy heart this morning that I come to each of you and give you the news that my good friend Larry Matysik has lost the battle. As many know his health has been declining over the past several year. I ask that you keep his wife Pat and Daughter Kelly in your thoughts and prayers as the next few days will be hard for them. I will continue to update you on the arrangements when they are available.

 

It is so hard to find the words to express my gratitude and respect for the man known as Larry Matysik. I will not lie, I did not have the privilege to grow up listening to Matysik call the Wrestling at the Chase matches as the part in Missouri I grew up I never got any of the Chase programing, I remember the first time that I met him like it was yesterday, he was a special guest of TNT Keny G’s High Risk Wrestling in Granite City. He was only there to meet the fans and during that evening he smiled, shook hands, signed autographs and took pictures with every fan and wrestler that asked. I would be around him for over 100 times in the past 10 years and let me tell you, I never once seen him be disrespectful to anybody.

There is no doubt that Larry Matysik is highly underrated in the wrestling world as one of the All –Time Greats . He worked with NWA President and Wrestling at the Chase Promoter Sam Muchnick as well as WWE Promoter Vince McMahon. He is the author of four books every wrestling fan should own, Wrestling at the Chase: The inside Story of Sam Muchnick, 50 Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All-time, Drawing Heat the Hard Way and Brody The Triumph and Tragedy with his widow, Barbara Goodish. The past several years he has been very instrumental in Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling (SICW) , one of the most successful independent promotions in the country.

I could go on and on but I would like to hammer home the type of person he was. Thanks to my friendship with Promoter Herb Simmons I would become personal friends with the man I will now refer as Larry. My fiancée Dubray Tallman always looked forward to getting a hug, a kiss and photo with him when she attended an event. He was always supportive of Missouri Wrestling Revival, offering up his advice on writing and sharing his views and history on wrestling. When I asked him to please write in my yearbook, he did not hesitate to do so. Back in the day he would send me booking sheets for SICW to help us keep up with the shows and often gave reasons of why the matches were happening. The conversations were so educational each and every time. I remember receiving a call from Larry when my father died with him sending his condolences as well as him asking several times afterwards how I was doing.

We presented Larry with the 2010 Missouri Wrestling Revival Lifetime Award, an obvious choice.

We were so thankful to have Larry in our first series of the MWR Trading card set and with Herb’s blessing we had Larry Matysik day at SICW on July 16th in 2013. Personally, I only have a few regrets in my short time working in wrestling but I wished I would have done commentary with Larry on a match, an honor one of my best friends and the voice of SICW wrestling Drew Abbenhaus enjoyed many times. It was a relief to be around a legend that was not bitter towards the sport of wrestling or the fans. Was he a fan of today’s wrestling? I can’t say that, but I can say that he always appreciated every wrestling fan young and old. He took time to work with aspiring wrestlers looking to become better. He gave to all that he came in contact with.

Today the wrestling world lost one of the good guys. He was a legendary Announcer, a great writer and so much more.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Larry’s family and friends.

Thank you Larry for the memories, we loved you.

I will leave you on a positive note of a short video we did at SICW years ago with Larry, my fiancée Dubray and Herb Simmons wishing the fans a Merry Christmas.

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The New King of Missouri: Jack Gamble

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 21, 2018

This past weekend saw one of the biggest matches of the year as it was “Title vs. Title in Green Ridge, Missouri at Harley Race’s World League Wrestling. Italian Wrestling Association (IWA) Champion Jack Gamble took on the MWR Missouri Champion Karim Brigante on a frigid November evening in a match that lived up to expectations.

On one side, you had the MWR Missouri Champion Brigante. He has wrestled around the world with a desire to be the best in the sport. That respect for the sport brought him to the United States to train with the eight-time World Champion Harley Race. During his time with Race he has made multiple trips to the United States to work with WLW and promotions around the country. In 2017, he reached the mountaintop at WLW by defeating Leland Race and “Superstar” Steve Fender for the title. He has also participated in four of the annual camps that have involved WWE, NOAH, ROH and others. Brigante’s pop-up elbow-smash to the face of his opponent is beautiful.  In March, at WLW Night of Champions 3, Brigante captured the MWR Title by defeating the former PWI Rookie of the Year and two-time MWR MO Champion Ace Hawkins.

The other side of the ring was Jack Gamble. Midwest fans know him better as one half of the tag team High Level Enterprise with partner Jon Webb. They are former three-time WLW Tag Team and two-time Dynamo Pro Tag Team Champions that were honored with the MWR Tag Team of the Year in 2015. The hometown fan favorite also wisely graduated under the watchful eye of Race while participating in the WLW/NOAH/ROH camps during his early career. His talent earned him an invite to train at the Pro Wrestling NOAH Dojo in Japan two different years.

Gamble showed his heart and dedication when he was able to return from a horrific car accident that threaten his career in 2013.  Though it is true that he has found huge success in tag team action in 2018 Gamble has set his sights on singles gold. In the past calendar year prior to this weekend he had challenged for the MWR MO belt on two different occasions, the first against Hawkins at WLW and the last time at Dynamo Pro against Brigante, just coming up short each time.  In September, Gamble defeated former 2-time MWR MO Champion Brandon Espinosa in a match that proved that he was much more than a tag team specialist then picked up a DQ win against the WLW and IWA Champion Webb in October. His biggest single win to date came on November 3rd when he captured the IWA belt from Webb in a three-way that also included Brigante who was also wanting to recapture the IWA title a belt he held earlier this year before losing it to Webb.  Gamble’s superkick into a spin-out powerbomb is a deadly combination that is delivered with quick speed and precision.

Brigante with a victory already against Gamble in singles competition and 8 title defenses of the MWR title entered the bout with what many would believe may have had the edge.  Gamble’s confidence though seemed to have been at an all-time high as the two had a classic battle with the fans clearly on Gambles side throughout the match. In the final moments of the match it looked as if Brigante was going to lock a submission leg lock but Gamble quickly pushed Brigante away and like lighting hit his patented superkick into the spin-out powerbomb to retain his IWA Championship and become the sixth man to hold the MWR Missouri Championship.

Jack Gamble celebrated via Twitter at @JackGambleHLE

The KING of Italy!
The King of Missouri!
I am now the @IWAItaly1 heavyweight champion and the MWR Missouri Heavyweight champion!!!

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Ricky Cruz vs Atillah Khan SICW Sept 15th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on September 9, 2018

 

 

Make your plans to attend the big SICW pro -wrestling event Saturday September 15th in East Carondelet Illinois. Doors open 6pm bell time 7pm.

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Dynamo Pro Wrestling Aug 2018 Recap Champions Makaze vs Cj Shine, Rahne Victoria vs. Sophie King,+ Ricky Cruz

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 30, 2018

By Patrick Brandmeyer
Photos Brian Kelley

-The Snitch won a six-way dance with “The Mercenary” Graham Bell, “The Best In The Midwest” Nathen Edwards, Billy McNeil, “The American Bully” Kyle Hammer, and Ezra Zealous. Eliminations: Hammer pinned Zealous after the Kyledriver(stuff piledriver) (10:57). Bell pinned Hammer after a gourdbuster onto the knees (11:21). Edwards pinned McNeil after a modified Death Valley Driver (17:42). Bell pinned Edwards after a kneedrive curbstomp (20:04). Snitch rolled up Bell with a handful of tights for the final win (20:07).

-Tag Team Champions The Agents Of Chaos(Viktor Von Stein & Xavier Shadowz) d. “Lights Out” Adrian Surge & Jackal in a non-title match; Von Stein pinned Surge after he and Shadowz hit the fireman’s-carry Flapjack/Diamond Cutter combo (7:45).

Outtkast d. Reilly MaGuire with the Case Study (6:33).

-”The Valedictorian” Keon Option d. Tony Esteem when Jimmi LaFleur‘s interference backfired, leading to Option winning with a modified crucifix on the mat (5:12).

-Jimmi LaFleur(w/ Tony Esteem) d. Camaro Jackson by blocking a re-entry sunset flip and hanging onto Esteem for illegal leverage (7:48).

-”The King Of Chaos” Ricky Cruz d. Brady James after the superkick (5:18). Cruz helped James to his feet afterwards, only to drop him with the Cruz Control(swinging fisherman buster).

”The Empress Of Evil” Rahne Victoria d. Sophie King(w/ The Snitch) after a spinebuster to retain the Women’s Title (8:45).

”The Caramel Bear” C.J. Shine d. Heavyweight Champion “The Wind Of Destruction” Makaze by DQ when Makaze choked Shine with a leather strap (9:09). Adrian Surge hit the ring with a strap of his own to run off the champion. Makaze brought out all of the roster’s rulebreakers as backup to surround the ring, but Surge had plenty of his own backup…and the entire roster had to separate the two as they brawled! This led to Surge challenging Makaze to a lumberjack strap match at the September 21st show in St. Louis…Makaze didn’t want to accept, but co-promoter Crystal Yount said the match would happen or she’d strip Makaze of the title!

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SICW Presents – Curtis Wylde vs Ricky Cruz: First Time Ever This Saturday

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 14, 2018

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Flash Flanagan Regains the SICW Championship for the 4th Time.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 30, 2018

 

By Patrick Brandmeyer

 

-”The Legacy” Leland Race(w/ Travis Cook) d. “The Wrestler For The People” Rex Fults after a belly-to-back suplex (6:52).

-The Big Texan & The Professionals(Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby) d. “Your Canadian Hero” Sean Vincent, Keith Smith Jr., & Bobby D when Texan pinned D after the double-underhook powerbomb (6:08).

-”Volatile” Curtis Wylde(w/ Wyldefyre) d. Billy McNeil(w/ D’Mon G) after the Wylde Ride(Flatliner) (6:18).

-”Superstar” Steve Fender(w/ Travis Cook) d. “The Wrestling Machine” Dave Vaughn via small package reversal (7:04).

-”Night Train/Gorgeous/Great One” Gary Jackson & “Ironman” Ken Kasa d. Kowalski & Jake Prater; Prater splashed Gary, Gary reversed the pin attempt into a crucifix on the mat (9:29).

-Savanna Stone d. Wyldefyre(w/ Curtis Wylde) via Sliced Bread #2 (5:31).

-”Volatile” Curtis Wylde won the Bruiser Brody Memorial Battle Royal, last eliminating Gary Jackson (7:42). Other participants: Shawn Santel, Mauler McDarby, Ken Kasa, Steve Fender, D’Mon G, Billy McNeil, Rex Fults, Leland Race, Moondog Rover, Sean Vincent, Bobby D, Jake Prater, Keith Smith Sr., Big Texan, Keith Smith Jr., and Kowalski.

-”The King Of Chaos” Ricky Cruz d. King Christopher Hargas(w/ Travis Cook) in a cage match after knocking him out with his own chain (10:03). Race & Fender hit the ring to attack Cruz; fan favorites tried to help but The Professionals held them off until they finally broke through.

-Flash Flanagan d. Axeman Marc Houston(w/ Big Daddy) to win the Classic Title for the fourth time. Big Daddy tried to interfere by hitting Flash with the cage door, leading to promoter Herb Simmons ejecting the manager from ringside. As Herb stopped Houston from bringing in his axhandle, he slid Flash’s kendo stick into the cage…a bloody Flash blasted Houston repeatedly with the weapon, ending with a shot to the head before scoring the title-winning pinfall (14:51)!

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2017 MWR Wrestler of the Year: “Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper

Posted by Ben Simon on January 7, 2018

Write up by Ben Simon

Missouri Wrestling Revival is proud to present our most prestigious year-end award to the “Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper.

The 2017 Wrestler of the Year award recipient is a unique one for two reasons.

First, this was the first year anyone had ever heard of Dakota Draper under any ring name in the Midwest.  Formerly known as Sammy Six Guns, Draper had wrestled in WWE NXT, but he was unknown in the MWR states.

Second, the MWR board voted unanimously for Draper.  This never happens!  The decision wasn’t tough though; the six-foot five-inch tall Draper has had one of the best years of any independent wrestler we have ever seen.

It is rare to see such a blend of size, strength, athleticism, and charisma as Dak Draper possesses.

The 250 lb. heavyweight was one of the first signings of the National Wrasslin’ League, which launched in January 7, 2017 and is already the most active promotion in Missouri.

Dak Draper proved unbeatable the entire year.  He won the tournament to crown the first NWL Champion on April 1 and held the title until December 8, when he lost it in a 30-man Rumble match (which he entered voluntarily).

Our mathematical Missouri Rankings system has had him at #1 in the State since the end of April (26-0-1 record; the blemish was a double countout in St. Joseph against Maverick).  He even surpassed Ricky Cruz‘s record high rating, which means he is the most dominant wrestler in Missouri (at least!) since 2013 (at least!).

Draper’s relationship with the fans has matured this year.  He has always been charismatic yet brash.  Most NWL viewers thought he was downright annoying at first.  However, the man who likes to point and proclaim, “Shame on you!” eventually had a popular catchphrase on his hands.

The fans joined Draper’s favor after he was accused of throwing an elimination match for control of the NWL’s matchmaking.  Dak denied the accusation by company owner Major Baisden and sought to prove his word by putting his title on the line in the NWL Rumble, which he lost.  This has redeemed his abrasive personality to many fans.

The Denver, Colo. native is a master of self-promotion.  He even has his own YouTube series, The Magnum Minute.  He has produced about 50 short episodes this year.

Congratulations to “The Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper for earning the 2017 MWR Wrestler of the Year award.

Past MWR Wrestlers of the Year

2016 Mike Outlaw

2015 Jeremy Wyatt

2014 Ricky Cruz

2013 Jake Dirden

2012 Adam Pearce

2011 Brandon Espinosa

2010 Mike Sydal

2009 Mark Sterling

2008“The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt

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The Icon Takes Home the Gold – Chris Hargas Wins the SICW Classic Championship

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 24, 2017

MWR would like to congratulate Chris Hargas for capturing the SICW Classic Wrestling Championship this past weekend at the 58th Anniversary of the Wrestling at the Chase Super show at SICW. Though we do not approve of Hargas’s tactics and that of his manager Travis Cook, there is no denying that in the past year Chris Hargas has upped his game and is deserving of holding this prestigious title.

Brian Kelley – Owner & Editor of Missouri Wrestling Revival

Recap by Patrick Brandmeyer

Flash Flanagan vs. “The Icon” Chris Hargas(w/ Travis Cook), Classic Title Tournament Final, Best-Of-3-Falls Match, Special Guest Referee “The King Of Chaos” Ricky Cruz:

Hargas defeated The Big Texan, Gary Jackson, and Ken Kasa to reach the finals; he was the fresh competitor compared to Flash who had already competed and was favoring his arm. Cruz had plenty of history with both Flanagan and Travis Cook, but he had promised to be unbiased. Cook couldn’t resist getting involved and that led to Hargas winning the first fall; Flanagan attempted to suplex Hargas back into the ring, but Cook grabbed Flash’s foot and held it as Hargas fell on top for the pin in 8:12. Travis kept sticking his nose into the matchup until Ricky finally hauled off and belted him off the ring apron. Flanagan fought back to even the score in 11:05 after a Tree Of Woe double-stomp off the top rope.

As Flash hoped to maintain his momentum, Cowboy Marc Houston made his presence known; Flash left the ring to confront Houston during the rest period between falls. That didn’t end well as Houston ran Flanagan shoulder-first into the ring post…Big Daddy seemed to be encouraging Houston’s actions from the sidelines, so perhaps he’s found a new protégé. Cook demanded that Flanagan be counted out to give Hargas the final fall, but Cruz allowed Flanagan a longer rest period for the sake of fairness. Unfortunately the damage had already been done; Flash did his best to stay in the fight, but Hargas locked on the Crippler Crossface…Flash never surrendered, but he passed out in the hold and the referee called for the bell in 17:23 after three arm drops!

“The Icon” Chris Hargas had become the new SICW Classic Wrestling Champion, much to the delight of his manager who finally had “his” championship back!

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