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Posts Tagged ‘Ring of Honor’

Ace Steel Comes Back to His Roots

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 29, 2017

By Brian Hoops

Photos Brian Kelley

 

Many wrestlers retire from wrestling, but almost all return to the ring at
some point. Ric Flair had an incredible send off at Wrestlemania XXIV,
wrestling his final match on the biggest and grandest stage of them all,
but Flair returned to wrestling less than 2 years later. Nick Bockwinkel
retired in 1987 but wrestled in 1992 and 1993 for special return matches.
The great Verne Gagne retired and came out of retirement numerous
times.

Chris Guy, who wrestles as “Sexy” Ace Steel, never actually retired, but
the pull of wrestling for one of the top independent promotions in the
country, was too much for Ace Steel to ignore. Steel has once again
returned to active wrestling as part of the “Foundation” in the National
Wrasslin League. Steel was happy, living a comfortable life in
Springfield, Missouri with his wife working a regular job.

Steel plans to continue with his full time life outside the ring, but as the
NWL has increased the number of their monthly wrestling events, the
call to the veteran Steel was made and his interest piqued. “They wanted
me to come in as a trainer, but I didn’t want to leave my life and pick up
and move again. I am not going to wrestle on every event, but I
definitely will be more active in the ring than I have been.”

Steel worked for Chris Gough, former owner of Metro Pro and current
director of wrestling operations for NWL at Metro Pro Wrestling before
Gough closed Metro Pro Wrestling to work for Major Baisden and the
NWL.

Steel attended a NWL show in Kansas City on July 8 and was so
impressed with the talent, the shows and NWL owner, Major Baisden;
he wrestled on the NWL show in Joplin, Missouri on August 4,
defeating Stevie Richards.

“Ace steel has such a tremendous reputation, both as a worker and as a
trainer. The years we worked together at Metro Pro hatched some of the
best moments we ever had. I was asking him for months to come back to
NWL, and when he told me he was ready, I knew it was going to lead to
great things again. He has joined Jeremy Wyatt and Michael Strider in
The Foundation, and they will be a trio that will be hard to overcome”,
Gough explained.

Steel grew up in Chicago and fell in love with professional wrestling. “I
grew up watching the AWA and as soon as I graduated high school, I
started training with Windy City Wrestling.”

Steel debuted for Windy City Wrestling in 1991 and wrestled in
independent promotions for most of the hey day of the wrestling wars in
the 90’s. In 1998, Steel became a wrestler and trainer for St. Paul
Championship Wrestling, which later became Steel Domain Wrestling.
Steel became friends with two other Chicago natives who were making a
name for themselves on the independent circuit; Colt Cabana and CM
Punk. Steel trained both Cabana and Punk.

“Ace Steel has worked for Steel Domain Wrestling and has incredible
respect in our locker room”, says Steel Domain owner Ed Hellior. “The
last time he was here, I watched him do a coaching session with a couple
of Ken and Shawn’s students. (Ken Anderson and Shawn Diavari). What
I noticed is it’s once thing to be a world class wrestler, but he his an
outstanding coach and teacher. There are a number of great wrestlers,
but it does not mean they can teach. Even Steven Regal (William Regal)
got wind of the session and commented on Ace. “

In 2003, Steel made his first appearance in Japan wrestling for NOAH.
“I couldn’t wait to be in a place where at times wrestling, the pure mat
wrestling techniques and training, were common and the norm,” Steel
told Slam Wrestling. “The Japanese have such a level of dedication and
to workout and train everyday, and get on a bus to the next town was the
best. I’ve been in the ring many times with (Mitsuharu) Misawa,
(Yoshinari) Ogawa, (Akira) Taue, KENTA (Kenta Kobayashi),
(Naomichi) Marafuji, (Yoshinobu) Kanemaru –– you name it. And each
time learning so much and to gain their respect is awesome. NOAH is
the top Japanese company.”

Steel briefly worked for TNA after its inception, forming a tag team with
Punk and also wrestling in the X Division. After his TNA contract
expired, Steel signed with Ring of Honor, forming a tag team with
Cabana and Punk called the Second City Saints. Steel also has wrestled
for WWE in the past. During a September 27, 2004 edition of Raw,
Steel wrestled as Scott Colton (real name of Colt Cabana), losing a
match to Eugene. As a repayment of the inside rib, Cabana wrestled as
Chris Guy, (Steel’s real name) on an April 10, 2006 episode of Raw.
Maybe Steel’s most memorable performance on Raw occurred on
January 8, 2007, when Steel portrayed Donald Trump in an inter gender
match against “Rosie O’Donnell“.

Steel later was signed to a
developmental contract with WWE and wrestled in both of the WWE
developmental territories at the time, Deep South Wrestling and Ohio
Valley Wrestling.

On December 5, 2008, Steel returned to ROH at the “Wrestling at the
Gateway” event, teaming with Necro Butcher against Jimmy Jacobs and
Delirious. Steel also appeared in the 10-man cage match at the “Caged
Collision” event on January 31, 2009.

Ace Steel once held onto Harley Race’s WLW Championship.

Steel recently turned 44 years old, making him a veteran presence and a
natural locker room leader. “I am really impressed by the guys in the
locker room. They are all really excited to be wrestling for the NWL.”
Jeremy Wyatt cryptically told NWL fans “Foundation” members
Michael Styder and Wyatt had an “Ace” up their sleeve weeks ago.

Steel debuted in Kansas City as a surprise opponent for Gil Rogers on
August 5 and affirmed his affiliation with the Foundation during an
interview later that evening.

Despite being a former Steel Domain Champion and Metro Pro
Champion, some of Steel’s greatest accomplishments have come from
the words of other wrestlers. “Having Regal (William) choose me to
work with him (on Harley Race events) is such an honor. Regal said he
chose me because he trusted me to do what needed to be done” Steel
explained. “Having Ricky Steamboat tell me ‘you made that match worth
watching’ is really special to me.”

For now, Steel is content to wrestle part time for NWL and also loves
training younger wrestlers.

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2017 Harley Race Wrestling Camp Aug 28 – Sept 1st in Troy, Missouri

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 8, 2017

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On the Ropes Network & MWR Present Alpha Class (Danny Adams & Paco Gonzales) with the 2016 MWR Tag Team of the Year Plaques at Glory Pro

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 8, 2017

Photos courtesy of Sarah Souders

Missouri Wrestling Revival was proud to team up with On the Ropes Network to present two of the top young stars in the country (Danny Adams & Paco Gonzales) with their 2016 MWR Tag team of the Year plaques at Glory Pro’s  Long May We Reign event.

Together they are known as Alpha Class and in 2016 defeated a who’s who of tag teams to earn the honor of being named the 2016 including winning the Proving Ground Pro Tag Team titles. It is hard to believe that the two have become so good, so fast but under the wise tutelage of former Michael Elgin the results do not lie.

In and out of the ring Adams and Gonzales carry themselves as professions and that is why they fans are clamoring to see them in action and promoters are lining up to book them.

We were thrilled that Ray Dunmire and Oscar Rendon of On the Ropes Network quickly became a sponsor of their 2016 MWR Tag team of the Year Plaque’s and it was announced that we would present them at the standing room only show of Glory Pro in May.

On the night the two wrestled in singles action with both picking up wins as Paco Gonzalez defeated Jason Cade

and Danny Adams defeated Louis Lyndon.

Now the two will face each other at Glory Pro on July 9th.

 

Be sure to watch out for these two young superstars at an event near you as the best is yet to come.

Thank you goes out to the promotion Glory Pro for inviting us to honor Adams and Gonzales at their promotion. Glory Pro  Returns on July 9th with a Supercard.

 

 

Be sure to support our sponsors of this award On the Ropes Network  as they have  a great interview that you will sure to enjoy with Ring of Honor stars Dalton Castle and Jay Lethal that will be dropping soon.

Till then check out their website here and their podcast on ITUNES.

The OTR Network started as a small podcast in its humble beginnings. Over the year, the podcast grew, garnering attention from all across the world in countries like the UK, Japan, and India.

Ray Dunmire (CEO) invested everything to make sure OTR was a recognizable name in the wrestling business!
Now, the OTR Crew are taking the OTR name, brand, show, you name it, to the West Coast in the hopes of growing it even bigger than it is!

Be a part of the journey and see where we end up!

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Wrestle Talk Podcast with Pete Madden and ROH’s Play-by-Play Man Ian Riccaboni

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 2, 2017

Wrestle Talk Family here is what we have in store on this week’s show (Episode #145):

*High Spots Segment special guest Brandis Outlaw: We talk about all the hot topics in wrestling today including Raw, Smackdown, Lucha Underground, ROH, NJPW, and recent/relevant news.

*Shoot and Shout Segment: Joe, Rene and one of our guests get 60sec to go off on anything that might be ticking them off at the moment!

*Wrestle Talk Podcast Game Show Challenge: Our guest this week takes on The Knight Owl in the always fun Game Show Challenge every week a new topic where the best outta three is the winner.

*Fantasy Wrestling Segment: Members of the Fantasy Wrestling Worldwide Chapter join us for a few minutes to give us the low down in what’s happening in “The Chapter.”

*Snippets of Truth Segment: Our resident Chaplin Big Daddy P joins us to read your prayer requests and share some truth and positivity. Visit the contacts tab on our website to do so openly or confidentiality.

*Special Guest Segments:

– 1st hour: Midwest Indie Legend Pete Madden

– 2nd hour: ROH play-by-play man Ian Riccaboni

*We go live Wednesday’s at 8 pm ET and would love to have you be a part of the show! Call us during the show by dialing (657) 383-1521 or sending us a message:

FB/Twitter/IG – @WrestleTalkCast

Email: WrestleTalkPodcast@gmail.com

* For past shows, blogs, and all things Wrestle Talk Podcast 24/7 visit: http://www.WrestleTalkPodcast.com

Click here to listen.

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The Letterman Era Is Upon Us – Todd Letterman is the First NWL STL Champion

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 10, 2017

By Brian Kelley

Just in case you are one of the few that did not hear Todd Letterman proclaim loudly to NWL correspondent Marti Belle that the Letterman era has begun, this is an bonus warning to all NWL wrestlers from MWR .

Letterman showed off his athleticism, power and perseverance in classic matches during the NWL STL tournament against Skyler Beckett, Marcellus Gaines,  Mathew Grundy and then a brutal war with Maverick in the finales that sealed his name in the history books.

When the year started MWR announced that he was one of the 2016 MWR Future Stars of the Year, Todd Letterman would be a star. Little did we know that Letterman would be the man to make history as the first ever NWL STL Championship.

We have a lot of respect for  Letterman who has been trained under former ROH WORLD Champion Michael Elgin, took advantage of the Harley Race WLW, WWE, Noah camp and last year wrestled in Europe . No one else looks like him and I can’t say enough about how much upside he has in years to come. .

With that said, we have not been impressed with his attitude and actions as of late in interviews and in the ring, but there is no denying that he is well deserving of being the NWL STL Champion.

Look for updates at MWR on who the new champ will face in his first defense. Will it be Maverick (who had just won a huge match earlier last night against Cornell Douglass, prior to the clash with Letterman for the title) get a rematch and end the era before it gets rolling,  or is 2017 the year of the “5 star Phenom” Todd Letterman and we will just have to deal with it?

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On the Ropes Network Sponsor’s the 2016 MWR Tag Team of the Year Award at Glory Pro on May 7th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 20, 2017

The 2016 MWR Tag Team of the Year Alpha Class (Danny Adams and Paco)

Crown of Glory Championship Match

Jason Kincaid (c) v. Myron Reed

Michael Elgin v. Pentagon Jr.

 

Curt Stallion v. Sami Callahan

 

Everett Connors v. David Starr

Jason Cade v. Danny Adams

 

Plus

6-Way Chaos Match: Paco Gonzalez v. Hakim Zane v. Louis Lyndon v. Brandon Espinosa v. Tyler Matrix v. Jonathon Wolf

Fatal 4 Way: Space Monkey v. Jake Something v. Gary Jay v. Ethan Page

(Note: Card subject to change)

Alton Knights of Columbus
405 E 4th St, Alton, Illinois 62002

Check out Glory Pro’s Facebook page here

Check out On the Ropes Network here.

 

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Miss Monica Presented with the 2016 MWR Female of the Year Plaque with Kurt Angle: Sponsored by Herb Simmons

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 12, 2017

Missouri Wrestling Revival was very excited to present Italy’s very own Miss Monica with the 2016 MWR Female of the Year plaque at World League Wrestling’s Night of Champions 2. Miss Monica and her partner in crime the current WLW Heavyweight Champion Karim Brigante has had six tours of the USA to come to train under the tutelage of Harley Race at his World League Wrestling promotion.

During each of the tours they have soaked up the knowledge of many of the greatest talents that have traveled through WLW including the annual WWE/WLW/NOAH and New Japan Pro Wrestling camps. In 2016, Miss Monica made a quick impact by capturing the WLW Ladies Championship at the Night of Champions by pinning Stacey O’Brien in St. Peters, Missouri after working with the 2016 Harley Race Wrestling Camp trainers Mark Henry, “The Hurricane” Shane Helms, New Japan Star Hiroshi Tanahashi, and WWE/NXT talent scout Dave Taylor.

SICW promote Herb Simmons would also respect the drive and talents of Miss Monica and Karim by bringing him into his promotion. While there the SICW trouble makers Curtis Wylde and his “Number One Ginger” Wyldefyre set their sights on the two and they had a memorable feud that escalated in a loser leaves town match.

Due to her impact in the Midwest that included exciting matches and feuds in Miss Monica was named the 2016 MWR Female Wrestler of the Year.

Miss Monica has returned in 2017 to the USA and is hotter than ever. Promoters have been scrambling to get them onto their roster as the fans have demanded more Roman Dynasty. Karim won the WLW Heavyweight Championship earlier this year and Miss Monica is on fire. .

Prior to the night of Champions MWR received a message from a friend that respected the two so much for their years of sacrificing their money, time and efforts to be the best that they could be, they wanted to sponsor two trading cards of Miss Monica and the Roman Dynasty.So for the biggest show to date in 2017 for WLW, MWR offered the hated, but respected duo, 2 free cards of them for the first 200 fans in the building to honor them for their accomplishments.

The day and night was filled with a Meet and Greet with Kurt Angle, and a packed night of wrestling so time restraints kept us from doing a presentation. In front of the SOLD OUT crowd.

Yet, thanks to WLW we were humbled to have the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame recipient Kurt Angle take part in the 2016 MWR presentation of Miss Monica’s plaque sponsored by Herb Simmons in the very office of the “Greatest Wrestler in God’s Green Earth”, Harley Race.

Congrats Miss Monica for earning the title as the 2016 MWR Female of the Year.

2016 MWR Award
Female: Miss Monica Passeri

2015 MWR Award
Female: Lucy Mendez

2014 MWR Award
Female: Lucy Mendez

2013 MWR Award
Female: Heather Patera (Miss Natural)

2012 MWR Award
Female: Heather Patera (Miss Natural)

2011 MWR Award
Female: Stacey O’Brien

2010 MWR Award
Female: Amy Hennig

2009 MWR Award
Female: MsChif

2008 MWR Award
Female: Stacey O’Brien

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Michael Elgin Wins the Dynamo Pro Wrestling D-1 Title

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 26, 2017

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Here at MWR we work with several of the top promotions in the area and due to the amount of time, we often just give breaking news for title changes of the main titles for each promotion individually with a MWR headline. Yet, when the man that captures a secondary title is one of the TOP wrestlers in the WORLD today, let us say that it is a HUGE deal.

That is what happened last night when MWR was on hand to cover the exciting double main event in Alton, Illinois for Dynamo Pro Wrestling as Michael Elgin challenged D-1 Champion Outtkast and DPW Champion Brandon Aarrons battled Elvis Aliaga at the Mineral Springs Mall in Alton, Illinois.

The Mineral Springs Mall is famous for being known as haunted. We are sure that Outtkast will forever be scarred with the memory of the brutal lariat that was delivered from Elgin that ended his title reign of D-1 Champion.

Look for a full recap of Dynamo Pro as well as when Michael Elgin’s first D-1 title defense will be in the future  at MWR.

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With the Pedigree of a Champion, Curt ‘The Lone Star’ Stallion is Determined to Come Out on Top of the 2017 TPT

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 28, 2017

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From the office of Ring of Honor

Curt “The Lone Star” Stallion enters the 2017 Top Prospect Tournament on a mission to extend his best year as a pro into a contract with Ring of Honor. Trained by former ROH World ChampionUnbreakable” Michael Elgin, Stallion is cut from the West Texas cloth of so many of the all-time greats. With the pedigree of a champion, Stallion enters the 2017 TPT with three years’ experience. One of the tournament’s youngest competitors, the Texan will have to use his wingspan, speed, and agility to make up for any experience gaps in this year’s tournament.

Stallion earned this opportunity through impressive showings in several non-televised Ring of Honor bouts. On the independents, Stallion has battled ROH stars such as Shane Taylor and Ray Rowe. Never one to back away from a fight, Stallion enters the 2017 TPT as one of its youngest competitors but one with the tournament’s highest upside. But will Stallion step up to the challenge, win the TPT, and see his promise realized? Join us at Steel City Excellence to find out!

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Former MWR Future Star Raphael ‘Big Brother’ King is Ready for the ROH Top Prospect Tournament

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 27, 2017

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From the official ROH Website

What earns someone the nickname “Big Brother”? Is it size? Personality? Charisma? Looking out for someone in a brotherly way?

In the case of Raphael “Big Brother” King, the charismatic leader of the Omega Nu Anax Fraternity, it doesn’t have to be just one attribute. At 6’5”, King is one of this year’s tallest, most imposing competitors in the Top Prospect Tournament. Coupled with a confidence that commands attention, King has used his physical attributes and gift of gab to fight his way to a better life.

Subscribing to his fraternity’s core values of perseverance and prosperity, Big Brother King was born and raised in a neighborhood of St. Louis where opportunities were thin; a place where there existed a constant struggle to achieve the American dream. King has achieved in a way many he grew up with did not, serving as a Big Brother in the ONA fraternity while moving quickly through the world of professional wrestling.

The 24-year old rising star is married to Devyn Nicole and the two have made marks in the worlds of business, acting, modeling. and even reality television. While there is no doubt that the two are extremely talented, some have wondered if both have been poisoned by success and vanity, perhaps disconnected from their roots as they live in luxury in the wealthy suburbs of Atlanta.

Whatever Big Brother King’s intentions are, one thing is clear: he will not take this opportunity lightly. A win in the 2017 TPT would enhance both King and Nicole’s profile across all of their business ventures and the two have been preparing while in their first-class accommodations as they travel across the country to premieres and release parties. The verdict is still out on whether or not King will stay true to his roots – will we see the benevolent young man that helped others as a Big Brother at ONA or we will see a more sinister Big Brother driven by fame and fortune? We will find out at Steel City Showdown if this blue-chip prospect has what it takes to earn a ROH contract!

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