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Dartallion Allen JR MWR Top Draw: 2016 MWR Future Star of the Year Davey Vega

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 15, 2017

Davey Vega has been one of the best kept secrets in the Midwest for some time. One of those reasons is because of his limited exposure in the area due to seeking out challengers outside of the area, but if you were to ask any of the fans of St. Louis Anarchy, they would tell you that he has been a star for years.

MWR agrees with them, but there is no doubt that he has only touched the surface of what he is able to accomplish. Recently at NWL (as Davey Gibson) we watched a wrestling clinic when he went toe to toe with the former Ring of Honor World Champion Kyle O’Reilly in a match at the Casa Loma Ballroom that is an early candidate for match of the year.

Speaking of matches of the year candidates, Vega recently had not one, but two battles that would have to be considered when he teamed with Blood Brother teammate Mathew Grundy ( and fellow 2016 MWR Future Star of the Year Mat Fitchett) against the Royal Blood (Jet and Jax Royal). The two matches left fans wanting more and as my friend Patrick Brandmeyer stated had a feel of the Rock and Roll Express and Midnight Express clashes that set a standard in tag team competition in the 80’s.

Regardless if  he is to find success as a singles star or in tag team action, it is our belief that Davey Vega is one of the premier stars in the sport for many years to come. We welcome you to come out next Saturday at Cape Championship Wrestling as we present him with the 2016 MWR Future Star Plaque in the epic card in Cape Girardeau , Missouri when he will take on former TNA star Joey Ryan.

This MWR plaque is sponsored by our good friend Mike Wilson’ Shooter Spotlight, and will feature this very own artwork in the frame.

 

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Metro Pro Wrestling Ricky Morton Meet and Greet By Debbie Chmidling

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 22, 2016

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Ricky Morton, famously one half of the Rock ‘N Roll Express (with Robert Gibson) was on hand to add stories and answer questions about his time in wrestling. He opened by stating, “I am not a Saturday Night Special, this business is what I love.” He is 59 years old, has seven kids, seven grandkids and still wrestles. He said he still doesn’t know he’s old until he sees a recent photo of himself. He wrestles and teaches wrestling because it is all he knows. He said he quit smoking and started using a vaporizer about 2 years ago and now completely stopped and gained 35 pounds. Morton has chosen his last match and it will be Ric Flair in February 2016 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The last time he wrestled in Kansas City was 1989 at Memorial Hall and it snowed like hell. The dressing rooms weren’t heated and they had to trudge through deep snow to get to the building. It was Rock N Roll Express vs British Bulldogs. He said he never did get warm that night. He was surprised it wasn’t snowing when he got to Kansas City this time.

On the origin of Rock N Roll express, he was in South West Championship Wrestling with his partner Ken Lucan. He had wrestled in Memphis when Jeff Jarrett and Jerry Lawler were working together. Lawler and Jarrett had a falling out, so Lawler invited him back to Memphis and paired him with Robert Gibson. Lawler bought their wrestling gear at a flea market. The first ring gear bought by Gibson was from Frederick’s of Hollywood. (Now we know how spandex got into wrestling.) Rock N Roll Express were the first to come to the ring to music. Morton and Gibson were partners for 33 years.

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Talking of gimmick matches and high-risk moves, Morton contends “It’s just part of the job.” When asked about the chloroform match, Morton stated the Bill Dundee and Bill Watts came up with the idea. He said territories, bookers and other wrestlers depended on each other and the same gimmicks and ideas were used from one territory to the next. 1994 saw one of the best angles in Memphis when Macho Man Randy Savage put him through a table. Morton “…laid there like I couldn’t move, but did not get hurt.” He is still kayfabe. He says he “tries to teach the magic, to make the fans believe.” When asked how many drinks to agree to a scaffold match, Morton said the first time was in Shreveport, Louisiana. He said “There were no drinks involved, we just did it because it was something different. We liked to be innovators.”

When Vince bought out all the territories and bought up all their videos, he started uploading them to the WWE network. No wrestlers in these matches were paid royalties for the matches Vince uploaded. They have uploaded videos of some of the bloodiest matches Morton ever participated in. There is no contract and there are no royalties. Doug Summers sued the WWE for royalties, lost the suit and now has to pay WWEs legal fees.

When Rock N Roll Express were members of the York Foundation at WCW they were scheduled to wrestle in Knoxville, Tennessee. There were no contracts and they were facing Doom. Gibson had been injured at home prior to the match. Morton told him to just get to the ring and stay on the apron. When Gibson tagged in, he fell to the ground and Time Warner paid for everything for a year.

Smokey Mountain Wrestling was owned by Ricky Rubin of Black Crows. It closed because Jim Cornette was leaving to go to WWE. Nash and Bischoff were at WCW and put the company $600 million in the red. Goldberg, Kevin Nash and Bret Hart still had three years on their contracts. They sat and collected the money without ever working.

Upon being asked if he envisioned ever going into the Hall of Fame, he spoke of Rock ‘N Roll Express being brought to WWE by Jim Cornette where they made a mark, especially with Midnight Express but they didn’t stay for long because people weren’t taking care of each other and were getting hurt. He doesn’t think he, or Rock ‘N Roll Express will ever go into the WWE Hall of Fame, but that doesn’t bother him. Morton said “The real hall of fame, The Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame is in Waterloo, Iowa and I was voted in in 2014.”

When asked about Michaels and Janetty stealing their gimmick, Morton said it was a compliment. Michaels patterned himself after Morton. During the time Gibson was injured, Morton and Flair were tearing it up around the country and they wanted to put the belt on Morton. Morton declined because he didn’t want Gibson left behind in the shuffle.

He doesn’t watch wrestling, but as soon as class starts, they catch him up pretty quick.
He was well acquainted for the Von Erichs. He said he knew them all and has a great deal of sadness for Kevin as his mother recently passed away. He said “…they were all into crazy stuff as kids and it just caught up with them.”

Morton told a story about Lawler and his artwork. They were doing a show in a Catholic School when they saw a nun coming toward them. She asked if they knew any artists and he started raving about the talents of Jerry Lawler. The nun took them to the bathroom where they saw artwork on the door. Mickey had Minnie bent over…

When he was in ECW he was wrestling Bam Bam Bigelow and there was a fan calling for spots. Morton turned to the guy and said, “The heel calls the match. Sit down and shut up!”Morton owns the School of Morton in Chuckey, Tennessee. He said, “I gave my life to this business and I’m still out here!”

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MWR was thrilled to have Debbie Chmidling share with us this great recap of the meet and greet with Ricky Morton from Metro Pro Wrestling. Be sure to check out Debbie’s great recaps in the upcoming MWR Yearbook that will also feature this one as well as ECW Legend Tommy Dreamer and Jim Cornette.

Metro Pro Wrestling returns to Turner Rec Center in Kansas City, KS, on Saturday, January 30, for our first event of 2016! Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!

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– Metro Pro Championship Match: Jeremy Wyatt (c) vs. The Beer City Bruiser. As always, if Wyatt loses, he’s fired.
– ECW/SMW/NWA/WWF star Tracy Smothers vs. The Math Magician
– Brass Ring Challenge – The Winner gets a Metro Pro Championship title shot whenever they wish! Jake Dirden vs. Mark Sterling vs. Devin Thomas vs. Kraig Keesaman
– Women’s Tag Team Match: Angelus Layne/D’Arcy Dixon vs. Lucy Mendez/Miss Natural
– Metro Pro Tag Team Title Match: Kobra Kai Dojo vs. The Riegel Twins
– “Yoga Monster” Mike Sydal vs. Jon Webb
– Also in action: Central States Champion Ace Steel, Kansas Champion Redwing, The Commission, The King Brothers, the KC Wolves, Kiyoshi Shizuka and more!

Front Row: SOLD OUT
General Admission: $15
Kids 5-12 (Does not count front row): $10
Under 5: Free

Tickets on sale now!

Metro Pro Wrestling on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KCMetroPro

Check out Metro Pro Photos on Facebook: Metro Pro Wrestling Photos

Metro Pro Wrestling airs every Saturday night on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel at 11 p.m. The show replays several times during the week! Check local listings for details.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is a regional 24-hour sports network, and it is the ONLY place you can see Metro Pro Wrestling! Catch us on:

• Time Warner Cable SportsChannel – Channel 30 & 323
• Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 2 – Channel 324
• Time Warner Cable Nebraska
• Comcast Cable Channel 44 & 258
• WOW! Cable – Lawrence 37

Turner Rec Center is located at 831 S. 55th St, Kansas City, KS.
For more information, call Metro Pro at (816) 974-7160.

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BREAKING NEWS: MMWA-SICW CREATES OPEN-DOOR POLICY, ANNOUNCES PRO WRESTLING EXPO

Posted by reimaginejournalism on January 17, 2010

Herb Simmons, Tony Casta, Tim Miller and Keith Smith (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

By Kari Williams

Tonight, at MMWA-SICW’s show in East Carondelet, IL Herb Simmons, Tony Casta and Keith Smith made the executive decision to change the company’s policy on joining their roster.

An open-door policy is being put into effect, allowing wrestlers from any promotion across the Midwest to work with MMWA-SICW. A tryout will be held in the near future. Miller said that anyone from the Hooligans to “The Rebel” Jeremy Wyatt could grace an MMWA-SICW ring.

The trio also announced a pro wrestling exhibition that will take place at the St. Charles Convention Center May 7-9. Already confirmed for the event are “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Ted Dibiase, Bob Orton Sr., Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, the Rock N’ Roll Express and Jake “The Snake” Roberts, among many others. Former Wrestling at the Chase Announcer Larry Matysik will emcee the event.

For more information, stay tuned to both Missouri Wrestling Revival and MMWA-SICW.

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