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A Perfect Night for MWR at SICW – Dubray Tallman Says Yes

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 25, 2015

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Brian on his knees proposing with the “good guys” from SICW ,Brent Meyers, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Cowboy Bob Orton, and “Old School” Chaz Wesson showing their approval with a thumbs up for the proposal as Dubray Tallman accepts the ring while the “bad guys” “The Tokyo Monster” Kahagas, Wyldefyre, Curtis Wylde and SICW Champion Flash Flanagan shows their disapproval. Special edit to Derek Sharpe who unfortunately had to take out Ron Powers on the good side because the room was not big enough….

Missouri Wrestling Revival has had the pleasure to support pro wrestling in the Midwest for the past 8 years by covering the biggest events, awesome matches and moments in hundreds of events. During that time we have provided a home for fans to come to so that they are aware of where to be and why, with over 4,000 posts and thousands upon thousands of photos of the young wrestlers in action looking to live their dream as a wrestling superstar.

While MWR has been blessed to have the support of promoters and wrestlers around the country, and have our very own Yearbooks on Amazon.com and MWR T-shirts sold around the world on ProwrestlingTees, our biggest achievement most definitely has been the positive relationship with the wrestling community and the fans around the country.

They say that behind every good man is a good woman. For myself that has been Dubray Tallman. I had met her over 11 years ago and during that time I wish that I could say that it has been easy, but alas we have had highs and lows that have been self-inflicted at times. Yet, there is no doubt that there has been no women that I have loved as much as I have loved her.

As we were dating early on, I took her to see Harley Race’s World League Wrestling and Kansas’s Central States Wrestling. At the events we would build a foundation of friends in and out of the ring that we still share to this day. Our life would change forever on a day that my friend Josh Ray, called to ask me if I wanted to contribute to a website called Missouri Wrestling Revival. Early on it was Josh, myself and a talented young writer still in High School from St. Louis named Kari Williams who hoped to present a professional positive view of the local wrestling scene in the Midwest.

Years would pass and both Josh and Kari would go on to bigger and better things in life, but Dubray and I would travel to over 40 events a year in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa. The amount of miles, money and time to do this site has taken up a huge amount of the past decade for the two of us. Dubray has never been a wrestling fan, but has always been there to support my love for pro wrestling.

So when I decided that I should ask my true love to marry me, I wanted to do something special that she would remember for the rest of her life like the best anniversary gifts. One of my most vivid memories growing up was Macho Man Randy Savage proposing marrying Miss Elizabeth, and I wanted to provide Dubray a moment where she was the main attraction for our biggest moment to date.

The decision was where to have the big moment. First and foremost, Kansas City has always been like my first home as that is where we went for over a year to start to check out the stars of CSW. Today, wrestling is even bigger and better there as Metro Pro Wrestling is the place to be in Kansas City every other month. The Turner Rec Center is always packed with close to 400-to 500 fans that we are very close to. The promotionis also the  home to my close friend and the Artist of Champions Rob Schamberger while having  a great mixture of talent that we have supported in several promotions. So Kansas City would have been a great choice.

During the past couple of years our finances have been depleting as disappointments with jobs and our four kids going to college that our visits to Iowa has dwindled considerable. Still every time that we have made our way to the beautiful state of Iowa, it has been a true pleasure as the wrestling has been fun and the people are so awesome. We have seen that during the 2013 3XW Iowa Latino festival and this years Jeff Thompson Memorial event. I have long considered Iowa fan favorite Mark McDowell to be one of my best friends and it would be a pleasure to have done it at either PWP or 3XW.

Yet, St. Louis was the one place that I felt that it would be the perfect place to propose to Dubray  due to the fact that it was the home of the majority of the promotions that we cover. It would allow a chance for all of our friends and fans of SICW, PWCS, WLW, Dynamo Pro Wrestling, New Breed Wrestling,  MMWA,PWE, St. Louis Anarchy, Proving Ground Pro  and High Risk Wrestling to make the trip to see put my heart on the line.

I decided that the SICW’s home of East Carondelet, Illinois would be the perfect place to do so as the the Community Center is always packed with fans that have become friends for years, and is the home of  St. Louis’s only TV tapping SICW Wrestling Explosion. Add on the fact that promoter Herb Simmons and his wife Mickey have been very close friends and the ring announcer/commentator Dr. Drew was a friend of ours long before he earned a career in the sport, I had faith that they would do what they could to make it go as smooth as possible.

On the way home from the historic WLW Ric Flair/WWE/NOAH/NEW JAPAN camp event in Troy, Missouri in August I made the call to ask Herb if it was possible that I would be allowed to propose to Dubray in the ring in the near future. My idea was to have Herb announce that he was going to present us with an “award” to thank us for our support of pro wrestling in the Midwest. Beings that she was included in the announcement from Herb she would be required to be in attendance that night. A quick note, Dr. Drew would cement that thought in her head in a positive light when he announced during their TV show that the “Queen of MWR” Dubray and I would be there to accept the award.

Herb asked me if I would like to do it at the October event as it was going to be a huge night with the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame. I was concerned that we would be trying to take away the focus of the Hall of Fame induction, to which Herb stated that he believed that it would only add to the occasion. So with his blessing and help the day was set for the big announcement.

I have never been good on the mic, so it has always been a good that I have been working behind the scenes through the website and photos. When it was time to put my heart on the line, Herb was a 100 percent right, the time could not have been any better. Thanks to the huge night of honoring Bill Apter and Eddie Smith into the Hall of Fame, there was many friends in the building that may not have been there otherwise as friends came from Minnesota , Iowa and beyond.

During the week I had watched some proposals online to help me find the right words and actions to make her moment as special as possible. With time on my hands I also watched some proposal fails that were funny, but a possibility for us to be included if I was to total mess It up.

Before I knew it, we were in the ring accepting our award, and as we had planned Herb and Drew encouraged Dubray to show off our new plaque to the fans as I prepared to get on my knees to ask the biggest question of our life. The moment was a blur, but I will forever remember the huge pop from the crowd as she said yes. Throughout the night, friends and people I did not know were all smiles as they congratulated us on the big moment. Looking back I know in my heart that it was a huge success as among those that were happy for us, there were many young kids around the age of 7-15 that stopped me to congratulate me on doing it in the ring, they thought it was so cool. Kids are as honest as they come and anytime you can impress them (and not bore them lol) on a night filled with hard hitting wrestling action then you know it was a huge success.

Thank you to Promoter Herb Simmons and SICW for allowing us to have our moment in the ring and for all the boys and girls in the locker room who were more than happy to take a proposal photo for fun.

As always thank you to all of the fans and our friends for their sincere support and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.

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The Immortal Showcase: Paintings by Rob Schamberger on Sale now at WWE Shop.com

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 3, 2015

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$29.99

A must-have for any WWE collection, this new book contains over 30 paintings by prolific WWE artist, Rob Schamberger.

About the Artist

Rob Schamberger has been a professional artist since 1997, working in illustration, comic books, and fine art. His focus in recent years on sports entertainment has brought his work to a worldwide stage through his association with WWE.

Schamberger’s paintings are now collected by people around the world thanks to their availability through WWE Shop and WWE Auction, and is on display at WWE’s global headquarters. He paints live at various events for the company and produces weekly videos showing how he creates his art. His portraits were prominently featured in the WWE True Giants DVD.

Rob had the distinct pleasure of painting the duster worn by Ultimate Warrior in his final appearance and worked closely with Warrior in its design. This book is dedicated to the memory of Ultimate Warrior.

 

To purchase this book click here.

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MWR Fan Spotlight: Debbie and Tim Chmidling

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 8, 2015

MWR Owner and Editor Brian Kelley: It is with great pleasure that I am with two of the many great fans that support pro wrestling in the Midwest today, Debbie and her younger brother Tim. Thank you Debbie and Tim for taking the time to talk to us here at MWR.

Debbie: Thanks for thinking of us for a spotlight, Brian. I tend to think of Metro Pro as another family and it is nice to be treated that way.

Brian: Let me ask you first, where did the two of you grow up and what were your first memories of the sport that we all love, pro wrestling?

Debbie: We grew up in Leavenworth KS and I loved what seemed to be “very late at night” Saturday night with the local wrestling show, the name of which I have long since forgotten, but the color commentary was done by Bill Kersten, Bob Geigel was the promoter and a wrestler and they had this nefarious bad guy named Handsome Harley Race.

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Tim having a blast at Metro Pro Wrestling. Photo courtesy of Tim and Debbie

 

Tim: I remember the show was Big 2 Wrestling out of St Joseph MO on channel 2. But Debbie is incorrect about Bob Geigel, the promoter was Gust Karras. My favorites were Bulldog Bob Brown, Maddog Harley Race and Black Angus.

 

Brian: Before making your way to discovering Metro Pro Wrestling in Kansas, City for the first time, who were your favorite wrestlers and why?

Debbie: I really liked AJ Styles because he was a wrestler, not a sports entertainer. And Shawn Michaels for the same reason. Stone Cold and the Rock really amused me. And I still enjoy Chris Jericho.

Tim: I was always a fan of Stone Cold Steve Austin, but not so much Stunning Steve Austin. And, of course, Debra for two very good reasons.

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This photo is for Tim :)

 

Brian: As I mentioned in the last question, I met the two of you at Metro Pro Wrestling . How did you find out about the event? Do you remember the date and what do you recall from that night?

Debbie: I went kicking and screaming because Tim wanted to go and I decided to humor him. I even took a book, expecting to be bored. I don’t think I ever did finish that book. But I did get to meet you and Dubray and the wildly talented Rob Schamberger and his equally awesome mom, Dee and her husband Roger.

Tim: I had been watching Metro Pro on Metro Sports and when I found out when it was taping I said I wanted to go. I discovered it late one night while watching Metro Sports and watched it every time it was on after that. Our first trip was November 2010, but don’t ask Debbie because she never gets this stuff right. By fall of 2011 we were regulars, we didn’t miss a show. At least, I didn’t. She decided to go to San Antonio to watch our nephew graduate basic training and I stayed home and got someone else to take me to Metro Pro. I keep my priorities straight.

Brian: The two of you have even taken some road trips to other MWR promotions to support local independent wrestling as well as your favorite wrestlers? This is a two part question, who is your favorite wrestler on the local scene and why?

Debbie: I am captivated by Leland Race. He is so intense and so talented. And I would be remiss not to mention my favorite duo at Metro Pro, Jeremy Wyatt and Mark Sterling. But I have to admit to taking several trips to see Miss Natural because her athletic abilities are so well-honed.

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Leland Race

 

Tim: I favor Leland Race because of his wrestling ability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian: What has been your favorite match or moment at a wrestling show on the Independent level that you have been at?

Debbie: The last Jeremy Wyatt/Adam Pearce match. It was just before Metro Pro went on hiatus and it was brutal, technical, funny and smart all at the same time.

Tim: Bruiser Brody vs Kamala in Kansas City in 1984 but as for recently. it had to be Adam Pearce vs Colt Cabana in their fourth match in the Seven Levels of Hate Series.

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Debbie with the NWA Hall of Fame Wrestler and former MWR Wrestler of the Year Adam Pearce. Photo courtesy of Tim and Debbie

 

 

Brian: Another two part question Debbie and Tim, if I was to start a promotion and I came to you and asked you what I should do to improve on what you have seen, what would it be? Also, I am going to have you help me plan a match on my wrestling card, who are you going to have face each other and yes, it can be singles or tag team?

Debbie: Wow, you’d have to go a long way to improve on Metro Pro or WLW, but how about some more athletic, talented women like Stacey O’Brien and Miss Natural. They have had some women pass through, but none have the technical ability or the charisma to grab a crowd like those ladies. We need more ladies that are wrestlers, not divas. I think a mixed tag team of Trevor Murdoch & Miss Natural vs Leland Race & Stacey O’Brien.

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Stacey O’Brien and Miss Natural call a truce long enough to take a picture with one of the biggest fans. – Photo courtesy of Tim and Debbie.

 

Tim: I would mix the talent up more. Book matches where people aren’t always wrestling the same 3 or 4 people. I would like to see a three-way match with A J Styles, Jeremy Wyatt and Mark Sterling with the King brothers banned from the building and my good friend Michael Crase as the special enforcer for the match.

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Tim celebrates with Referee Michael Crase-Photo courtesy of Tim and Debbie

 

Brian: Pro Wrestling is RED HOT in the MWR coverage area with Metro Pro Wrestling packing the Turner Rec Center as well as new promotions popping up in Missouri. I know you have plans to go on the road as well to check out other promotions, what are your upcoming events you hope to attend and if someone was to ask you why they should purchase a ticket to a local wrestling event, what would you say?

Debbie: We are going to see New Breed Wrestling a little farther south in Missouri and I would like to make it to St. Louis for one of the Anarchy shows this spring. From there, it’s not that far to Illinois or Iowa. It’s so little money for such a good time. This isn’t WWE. These people have worked hard to hone their technical skills, they actually come out to meet the fans and, seriously, where else can you get front row seat to three or four hours of entertainment where you can completely lose control and go crazy for only $20.00 And a chance to get your picture taken with Jeremy Wyatt! (It only took me a little over 2 years and was worth the wait.)

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Debbie and the Metro Pro and 3XW Wrestling Champion Jeremy Wyatt – Photo courtesy of Tim and Debbie

 

Brian: Once again, thank you to the two of you for taking part in this edition of the MWR Fan spotlight. It is always a pleasure to see you two at an event as it is people like you that keeps the promotions to not only survive, but thrive in 2015.

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Bruiser Brody – Way Outta Line Caricatures by Jaime Baker

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 4, 2015

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Missouri Wrestling Revival is excited to work with another great artist to honor the wrestlers of the past, today and future. For the very first time here on the MWR site we have artwork by Way Outta Line Caricatures from Jaime Baker. It is hard pressed to find a true wrestling fan that does not love Bruiser Brody and Bakers’ Brody promises to be a favorite for years to come.

It has been no secret that Brody is a personal favorite of ours, as well as many around the world. In the past we have had the privilege of having the blessings of his wife, Barbara Goodish to produce our very own MWR Trading card of Brody. That card had it all. It featured the bio of Brody, thanks to his good friend and HOF himself Larry Matysik. Matysik was the Co-author of Brodys’ book, Brody, along with Goodish, so it was perfect to have the bio come from a man who were truly friends with one of the wrestlings true rebels. We were thrilled to also have Brody artwork front and back on the card from our very good friend Rob Schamberger.

We continued to honor him in the 2013 MWR Yearbook, as Ron McCaffery III, done an awesome full page spread of Brody.

2015 continues to prove that though the years pass, wrestling fans will never forget the one and only Bruiser Brody. This April at the Cauliflower Alley Club 50TH Year Anniversary Brody’s wife Barbara will be accepting the CAC Posthumous award in Las Vegas.

For fans in the MWR Coverage area SICW Promoter Herb Simmons is working hard for a must attend event Saturday May 16th “The Bruiser Brody Memorial” which will be held in conjunction with the 56 Anniversary of the Wrestling at the Chase. Barbara will return to the St. Louis Area along with Brody’s former partner Stan Hansen.

With all that great news in 2015, I was excited to see a special caricature of Bruiser Brody thanks to the talented Jamie Baker.

Way Outta Line Caricatures by Jaime Baker

Please send any photo reference by email for a custom caricature.

11×14 Color Caricature $40 plus Shipping & Handling
11×14 Black & White Caricature $20 plus Shipping & Handling

For more information please contact me at:
Email: tygertailzz2@aol.com

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The Spanish Announce Table Podcast with Rob Schamberger

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 27, 2015

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Click here to listen

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The Lunatic Fringe captured on Canvas 2 Canvas – Canvas 2 Canvas

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 18, 2014

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Rob Schamberger leaves an impression on the art canvas with this rendition of Dean Ambrose.

Want to own a piece of WWE art? Visit http://auction.wwe.com/ or http://shop.wwe.com/. Also check out Rob on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/robscham…

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Rob Schamberger- Sting Contrast – Canvas 2 Canvas

Posted by flairwhoooooo on July 28, 2014

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Sting Champions Collection Portrait – Schamberger Labs 046

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 12, 2014

Straight from “The Artist of Champions” Rob Schamberger

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This week I take you through how I did my Champions Collection portrait of Sting! Plus! New paintings of The Ultimate Warrior, Kofi Kingston, Damien Sandow, Kane, Rusev, and Lana! Dude, it’s art! Of wrestlers!

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Schamberger Labs 036: Andre the Giant

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 3, 2014


From Rob Schamberger

This week I show you how I did my new portrait of Andre the Giant! And! New paintings of Brad Maddox, Cody Rhodes, Austin Aries, Jerry Lawler, Jim Ross, and Fandango! Then I give you the scoop on my new paintings up at WWE Auctions! Plus! The return of El Chuparobra!

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Purchase the Brand New 2013 MWR Yearbook T-Shirt Today Plus a Contest

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 27, 2014

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Purchase it here.

MWR is proud to announce that you can purchase the 2013 MWR Yearbook t-shirt exclusively at Pro Wrestling Tees. The cover features art from “The Artist of Champions” Rob Schamberger as he honors the 2013 MWR Wrestling Award recipients.

Wrestler of the Year: Jake Dirden

Tag Team of the Year: The Hooligans (Devin and Mason Cutter)

Female of the Year : Heather Patera (Miss Natural)

Future Star of the Year: Raphael King

Future Star of the Year-: Alexander Rudolph

MWR is always looking for fun ways to encourage you to support Independent Pro Wrestling. In 2013 we are setting up a contest for the FIRST fan that purchases the 2013 MWR Yearbook T-shirt from Pro Wrestling Tees and then is able to get their picture taken with all of the stars that are on the cover wearing the shirt will receive the first 50 MWR Trading cards that include the sold out MsChif, Jeremy Wyatt and Tyler Black card. Also the fan will have each of his/her photos that were taken with the stars a full page feature in the 2014 MWR Yearbook.

So I wish you luck, and thank you for the support.

Purchase it here.

Extra bonus if you can catch up with Rob Schamberger while wearing the shirt as well as the the rest of the stars we will give you the first 5 cards of Series two.

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