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Posts Tagged ‘Santana Garrett’

My Once-in-a-Lifetime Friendship with “TNT” Keny G (1967-2018)

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 13, 2018

‘Cause I’m TNT! I’m dynamite
TNT! and I’ll win the fight
TNT! I’m a power load
TNT! watch me explode

I am taking this time to honor former wrestler, promoter and my good friend TNT Keny Garrett. I am still reeling from his loss at age 51 on December 10th. Though there is sadness in my heart that we will no longer be able to talk to each other, I would like to focus on our wild and crazy friendship.

I remember meeting TNT Keny G for the very first time in Granite City, Illinois at a High Voltage Wrestling event (his company). He had reached out on the St. Louis Wrestling message board, and asked Missouri Wrestling Revival to cover his show. He realized that if you were to have a show that it would only make sense to have as much attention on his product as possible. We walked in the building and noticed right away that it looked like the place to be.

His family and friends helped with the concession stand and were all decked out with branded tees, and the night’s action delivered shocking surprises with stars from around the Midwest and his home state of Florida. His special guest was former Wrestling at the Chase announcer Larry Matysik. Keny respected and loved wrestling so much that he knew that having Matysik in the house brought legitimacy to HVW. Keny himself was dressed to the nines, and thanked everyone for coming. I was impressed, to say the least.

One of my personal favorite photos of all time.

Wrestling started our friendship, but we eventually became like brothers. He invited my girlfriend Dubray and me over to talk wrestling, and so much more. His quick wit and sharp tongue made him a true character.

We didn’t always get along. There were times that I bothered the hell out of him and vice versa. Yet, I can swear on the Bible that Dubray and I loved Keny as much as anyone that we met at wrestling. There were so many good times with him. It saddens me more as I try to think of them all.

In fact, there is no way that I could remember them all but I would like to share a few of them on here:

Here’s 2 a better day even if only slightly better ill take it as progress here’s a snapshot from the story of my life old road dog of mine —- Keny posted these words for this photo on his Facebook

If you ever get a chance ask the former NWA World Champion Kahagas what he thought of this promo!

How Keny got the nickname “TNT,” I can’t honestly tell you, but if I was to have a gallon of gas for every time I heard it I would be driving for free to shows for life. Every time I hear it, I always think of him and I remember being on the road with Kahagas in Illinois and his ringtone on his phone played that AC/DC song. If someone told me on that three-day weekend that we heard it a thousand times, I would believe them. I can still hear Kahagas telling him to change his damn ringtone.

My friend Kari Williams (the best pro wrestling writer in this generation) stated in her post about Keny giving her advice of the who, what, where, and when over and over. Keny had these words of advice that he made his own, even though they had been around forever. He delivered them in a memorable way, just like his hero Dusty Rhodes.

He was creative and tried to give everyone a chance. He took a chance on my friend (and MWR founder) Josh Ray and me behind the scenes of HVW, making us “co-bookers.” I use that term loosely because I had no business being a booker of any wrestling company. Still, I have no regrets even though there were crazy arguments about what should be done but talk about some good times.

One argument was that I wanted to bring in the Mississippi Madman for an event. He knew I loved the Madman and thought that he was over like a million bucks and said that he didn’t want him on the show. I truly believed that he liked him as well from the get-go, but because I was such a huge fan of him, he razzed me about him not being worth a spot. I told him that if he would not book Madman, then I would pay his booking fee and show him that he would be one of the most over wrestlers on the card.

Keny quickly said that if I paid for Madman that he would let the Madman carry him to the ring like a baby. Why? I do not know why he thought that was funny. Maybe it was just to get me to pay Madman, but I held him to his promise when I did. The moment was priceless.

One of Keny’s closest friends was “Tokyo Monster” Kahagas. They ran up and down the roads long before I knew Keny. Kahagas was the premier talent of High Voltage Wrestling. There was no doubt that Kahagas was and is one of the best wrestlers in the country, but I believed that Jeremy Wyatt was the best. We would have these huge arguments about who was better night after night early on in our relationship. He would harp that I should “get my Jeremy Wyatt pajamas” on when I stayed at his house before we called it a night. It did not take TNT Keny G very long to come around to Wyatt and then I was kidding Keny G on his own pajamas.

Years later TNT Keny G became a proud owner of the Jeremy Wyatt pajamas.

Keny would be quick to tell me and anyone who would listen that it was he who made me a “wrestling journalist.” He told this story a million times about how we drove many miles to Illinois for a big wrestling show with plenty of legends. I wanted an interview with the Honky Tonk Man and Jake Roberts but I ran out of time. I was happy to get a promo from “Bloody” Harker Dirge (an underrated talker and wrestler in the Midwest).

Keny called me out that day (and years after) for giving up on Honky Tonk and Roberts, and and took me to the back.

He said, “You deserve to be back here. You work as hard as anyone to make these guys look good. You get this done.”

I conducted interviews with all the stars on this huge card.

Keny often said he was responsible for some of my success, and it’s true. He vouched for me, called me out when I did wrong, and gave advice when it was needed.

Every time Dubray and I came to St. Louis for a wrestling event, we stayed at his house. Dubray loves pugs, and Keny had a pug named Gracie. Gracie always slept with Dubray. One evening when we were to return back home for the two hour drive, Dubray told me that Keny had given her Gracie as a gift.

I thought that Dubi had begged to have the dog, and I said “No way.” That was Keny’s dog and we were not taking it from their home. Gracie had to stay there.

But then Keny explained that he was tired of the dog wanting food from the table and he was done with her. I just think he knew Dubi loved that dog and wanted to make her happy. Gracie ended up as a part of our family until she passed away on our anniversary: December 10th, 2015.

On the mic and in the spur of the moment, Keny was at his best. We did a wrestling feud with a big build with Donovan Ruddick and Mark Bland that, I swear if it had money behind it, would had packed huge houses. Bland had a popular UFC and pro wrestling radio show, Absolute Wrestling Radio, on the Fox Sports radio affiliate in St. Louis, Team 1380 AM. Josh Ray and I spoke to Keny about putting together an angle for a diabetes charity show. A little known secret is both Keny and Bland were both diagnosed with diabetes and the pair had always been active in fundraising.

The feud started when Bland, a former wrestler, bragged that he could take on any local wrestler week after week on the show. Who would answer the call? Wrestling promoter TNT Keny G and the 6’9″ Donovan Ruddick, a big star in Saint Louis.

Mark Bland has a conversation with Kenny G of HVW regarding his recent infiltration of Absolute Wrestling Radio. Contains EXPLICIT WORDS!

We went on a publicity tour to hype the match at Mark Bland’s radio station and the show even broadcasted live from Six Flags St. Louis. We taped a video at the Pro Wrestling Shirt Shop that featured an attack from Bland on Keny, forever one of my favorites. We did our best to bring attention to the wrestling scene in the area through Absolute Wrestling Radio, and had fun doing it.

It was common to dine with legends at the Garrett dinner table. I remember Larry Zbyszko and Mike Sydal sharing stories in Keny’s living room after a HVW event. I wish I would have gotten our photo with each other! Still, I experienced it, thanks to TNT Keny G.

After one visit at TNT Keny G’s Dubray made the mistake of leaving her sweatpants that had the words Flirt printed on the back of them. This would not be a big deal at most homes, but Keny saw this as a way to rib Dubray in a way only he could. One day I received a call from Dubray telling me that Keny was in Florida visiting his family and had tagged some photos to her. Awesome, he wanted to share with us what a good time he was having.

Nope, they were photos of Keny holding up her Flirt pants in different States. He was entertaining himself with joking with her, and it did not stop there. He somehow talked WWE Legend Larry Zbyszko to hold them up in a photo. He got his daughter Santana G and another female wrestler to pose with them for a photo. Keny was proud to say that he went on tour with those flirt pants.

This year I have lost a lot of love for pro wrestling. That does not mean that I will ever quit but I have slowed down making trips. This summer, I took a job as an assistant manager at a convenience store that had me working a ton of hours.

Keny told me that if I came to St. Louis and took him to the premiere of the movie “350 Days,” he would pay for it. I was not interested in the movie, but because Keny wanted to go, I said yes. I am glad, not because I enjoyed the movie, but because in the past few years it was hard to get him out of the house. On that night we did, just like old times.

Keny could be so funny. A natural storyteller that often would have you wonder if you were being told the truth. He could be overbearing and political incorrect even during the days of that not even being a thing. His friends referred that to “Keny just being Keny”.

 

Photo taken for the Stroke Aint No Joke Fundraiser with Fox 2 News TV.

TNT Keny G proudly teamed up with Dynamo Pro for a MS Fundraising effort.

 

 

 

Though in the crazy world of pro wrestling were everyone is a taker, Keny was a giver. Even after I covered his promotions High Voltage Wrestling, and sent him photos he was always there for us. We were so different in so many ways. I remember going to a St. Louis Cardinal game and he loved to leave shows early, the Cards game being no different. He knew that if I went somewhere then we were staying to the end. He razzed me about leaving but we did stay to the last pitch.

 

Dubray and I were never without a place to stay when we came to town or a bite to eat with Keny living in South County. He was a big part of our relationship and would have been one of my best mans if we would of gotten married in Vega during the CAC reunion this year. He often bragged about keeping us together (even though he stirred the pot sometimes lol) so in what seems like a rib (A practical joke played by or on a wrestler) Keny, like the pug (Gracie) that he gave us passed away on our anniversary. I would like to think that it was his way of making sure that we would never forget him. Like there was ever a chance that that could happen.

Thanks to Keny, I have made countless friendships and experiences over the past decade. I could write a book about them.

TNT Keny G loved his family.

Photo Thomas Rude

Most MWR fans know of his daughter, Santana G. She has become one of the top women wrestlers in the world. I was blessed to see her first match and watch her debut at Harley Race’s World League Wrestling. Her dad supported her at all times and was so proud to see her in Japan and on the WWE Network.

He was just as proud of his other children too, and I was able to see his boys Dusty, Sam, and lil’ Keny grow up. He loved them with all his heart, and as he grew sick they were there for him. Keny had a daughter Savannah and a granddaughter in Florida that he thought of often as well. He loved his wife Luanne who was just as quick-witted as he was.

TNT Keny G, we love you and we will always remember you.

Keny Garrett

1967-2018

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Congrats to Santana Garrett Who Will Receive a 2018 CAC Women’s Wrestling Award

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 10, 2017

 

 

Santana Garrett will receive a 2018 CAC Women’s Wrestling Award in recognition of her great career up to this point! This is her 2nd CAC award, having previously been recognized with the 2014 CAC Future Legend Award (now the Rising Star Award). Read more about Ms. Garrett here!

http://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org/santana-garrett-honored-for-the-second-time/

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MWR Trading Card Series Two #23 Santana Garrett

Posted by flairwhoooooo on July 4, 2016

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Missouri Wrestling Revival is so excited to present to you the fans Santana Garrett’s third MWR Trading Card. She Is one of the hottest wrestlers in the world as she has been featured at WWE NXT, TNA, Japan, and ranked by the PWI Magazine as one of the best today. We at MWR feel as if the best is still yet to come for Garrett who was honored by the Cauliflower Alley Club as a Future Legend in the sport.

She was featured in the first set twice and this third MWR Trading card is her first in the second series promises to be must have collectable for all wrestling fans. The trading card features the talented photography of Modern Myth Photography and a bio from wrestling writer  Kari Williams, so be sure to purchase one for you to own today.

MWR Trading Card Series: Set #2

#1 Kyle O’Reilly

#2 TJ Perkins

#3 “The Alternative” Brandon Gallagher

#4 Nikki St John

5 “The Big Hurt” Abu Colossus

#6 Darin Corbin

#7 The Iceman

#8 Shooter Spotlight presents ‘American Fury’ Jonathan West

#9 Shooter Spotlight presents Jake Dirden

#10 Shooter Spotlight presents Jimmy Rockwell

#11 Pete Sanctions

#12 Gary Jackson

#13 Ryan Drago

#14 Jack Gamble

#15 Claudia Del Solis

#16 “Crazy” Mary Dobsin

#17 Mephisto

# 18 Jordynne Grace

#19 Leva Bates

#20 Referee Scott Lentz

#21 The Viking War Party (Voracious Viking Frank Wyatt, The Littlest Viking and the American Viking)

#22 Mike Sydal

Check out Set #1

To purchase MWR Trading cards:

1) Catch the star at a show to have them autograph the cards personally

2) Contact them via facebook or myspace

3) Send $2.00 in money order or check for each card at *

Brian Kelley

305 West 3rd Salisbury Missouri 65281

or Paypal at flairmwr@yahoo.com

*Checks will take longer to clear than money orders so expect time for that to happen. Make sure you list exactly what card you are wanting to have.

Please note that when purchasing MWR Trading cards from the wrestlers, that they decide the prices for their cards. We highly recommend that you get them from the stars themselves and let them know that you enjoy MWR.

These cards are limited and are not mass produced making them highly collectable.

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2015 Missouri Wrestling Revival Lifetime Achievement Recipients Jim and Crystal Yount

Posted by flairwhoooooo on January 5, 2016

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Dynamo Pro Wrestling promoters Jim and Crystal with former Missouri Office of Athletics Ed Moynahan during an event in Fenton, Missouri.

Special thanks for the write up from Patrick Brandmeyer

In professional wrestling, the ones who usually get the hype are the people in the ring. Wrestlers, managers, even referees and announcers get the camera time and are recognized by the fans. However, it’s often the ones behind the scenes who put in the most work and make the wrestling product what it is.

For the better part of the past two decades, “Evil” Jim Yount and Crystal Yount have played a huge role in the St. Louis wrestling scene. Starting with Midwest Renegade Wrestling in the late ’90s and continuing to Gateway Championship Wrestling, they put in the time and effort to make their promotion of choice into the best product it could be.

In the mid-2000s, they became co-promoters of a branch of NWA Central States which evolved into its current form-Dynamo Pro Wrestling , including an affordable school that has been open for beginner and experience wrestlers alike. During this short time a who’s who of stars have made their way through the doors of the Dynamo Pro Wrestling Dojo include Davey Vega, Brandon Aarons, Alex Rudolph, Mat Fitchett, Santana Garrett, Ozzie Gallagher, Jake Parnell, Jake Dirden, Mike Outlaw, Justin D’Air, and The Snitch

Over the past several years, Dynamo has drawn fans all over the Midwest to their unique brand of wrestling. Many long-time spectators recognize the ties to the GCW days, especially at the epic reunion show in December of 2012 which drew close to five hundred fans!

Dynamo has made an effort to expand its presence, running in several new venues in the past few years. DPW has established a strong audience at the Stratford Inn in Fenton and has also run shows in Wood River as well as Off Broadway and The Ready Room in St. Louis. Dynamo’s media team has gotten the word out about the promotion through several outlets, including radio stations and podcasts around the St. Louis area.

Many Midwest wrestlers have known Jim and Crystal over the years and owe them a lot in helping them with their careers. For that reason, Missouri Wrestling Revival is proud to present them with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award!

Past  MWR Lifetime Achievement Recipients

2014 Tony Casta
2013 Karl. K. Lauer
2012 Herb Simmons
2011 Bob Geigel
2010 Mike Chapman
2009 Larry Matysik
2008 Harley Race

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Santana Garrett, Davey Vega, MPW,DPW,GWF,WIA and More in the New PWI

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 22, 2015

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Click here for the PWI Website.

Be sure to pick up the brand new Pro Wrestling Illustrated as they cover the PWI Top 50 Females in the world. On the cover is none other than Santana Garrett. We had the honor to cover her first match at TNT Keny G’s High Voltage Wrestling in Granite City, and since then she has skyrocketed to become one of the very best in the sport today. In such a short time she has become a TNA Knockout, a star for SHIMMER and Shine, won the CAC Future Legend award and has captured the NWA Women’s Championship on route to touring Japan defending the belt against many of the top stars across the sea.

You will also see familiar faces in the magazine that you have seen in action at a MWR Promotion in the past or highlighted with the MWR Trading card series that includes Jessicka Havok, Candice LeRae, Saraya Knight, Heidi Lovelace, Mary Dobson, , La Rosa Negra and Malia Hosaka.

Throughout this great collectors issue you will also get to read some great write ups on Jay Lethal, NXT with Apollo Crews. Check out Independent Roundup with Mike Bessler with news on Davey Vega and Arena Reports with results from the promotion MWR will cover for the first time next weekend in Swansea, Illinois Wrestling Invades America, action from Kansas including Metro Pro Wrestling and Global Wrestling Federation and Missouri with MMWA and Dynamo Pro Wrestling.

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Purchase Any MWR Hat; Receive a FREE Ladies of MWR Print by Michael Liao

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 18, 2014

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Missouri Wrestling Revival has been a proud supporter of pro wrestling for the past six years. During that time we have also been very supportive of female wrestling in the area. We have done our best to help spread the word on the talented ladies in the area such as Stacey O’Brien, Lucy Mendez, Santana Garrett, Angelus Layne, Miss Natural, MsChif, the Great Cheyenne, and many others through the MWR site. We have continued to do our best to work with the premier wrestling media outlets in the sport such as Pro Wrestling Illustrated, PWTorch, Ring Sirens, and others to support the women in their dream to become household names.

In the 2013 MWR Yearbook, we teamed-up with wrestling artist Michael Liao to have a full page spread of his artwork of the ladies that worked in the MWR coverage area during that year. Also on the design. is none other than MWR’s own fan relations Dubray Tallman.

We are now offering for the first time, a color photo print of this commemorative artwork for the fans for free to add to their collection when they purchase a MWR Hat for only $15.00. So the next time you see us at a show be sure to ask to purchase a hat and receive a Free MWR Ladies of MWR print for free.

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Santana Garrett (Brittany in TNA) Named as the Cauliflower Alley Club 2014 Future Legend

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 4, 2014

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Interview: Meet Brittany (Santana Garrett)– TNA Wrestling’s Newest Knockout

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 12, 2014

Congrats to one of the hardest working women in pro wrestling today Brittany….You know her as the lovely Santana Garrett, the daughter of former wrestler and promoter TNT Keny G. Fans around the Midwest has seen her start her career here in the Midwest under Dynamo Pro Wrestling before making an impact at Shimmer, SHINE, World League Wrestling, Metro Pro Wrestling and many of the notable promotions around the country.

Many of the top websites and magazines have already been excited about the young star as she has appeared in the pages of PWI Magazines, the cover of Ring Sirens magazine and has had two MWR Trading Cards to date.

We are excited about seeing here debut on TNA and will be watching each and every Thursday Night as Impact has just gotten red hot with the announcement of her as Brittany.

Click here to read TNA’S Meet Brittany

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Brand New Ring Siren Magazine on Sale Now with Heidi Lovelace , Santana Garrett and more

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 11, 2014

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Exclusive articles on Trina Michaels, Tatevik The Gamer, Heidi Lovelace & Riea Von Slasher. Siren Of The Month: Skyler Rose, Special Feature: Ivelisse Velez, Barbi Hayden, Santana Garrett, Emma, AJ Lee, News from Australia, New Zealand, & Japan, AIW: Girl’s Night Out 11 &12 Preview, Wsu Womens-Wrestling: Mutiny Review & more!

Click here to purchase today!!!

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Santana Garrett Has Her Eyes Set on Barbi Hayden NWA Women’s World Championship

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 11, 2014

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By Brian Kelley

Santana Garrett continues to be RED hot in the world of pro wrestling. In her young career she has been featured in many of the top wrestling promotions in the country including WWE: NXT, TNA PPV’S, SHIMMER and SHINE. Fans have been thrilled to see Santana G grace the pages of Pro Wrestling Illustrated and with her being featured as the cover girl for the Ring Sirens December issue the magazine has been selling like crazy.

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With the popularity and beauty of Santana Garrett, it can be easily forgotten that she is a women that is very focused on being the top female wrestler in the world today. She possess all three qualities that every wrestler would like to have, talent, charisma and the looks. That has led to success in single victories and tag team championships at WOW with partner Amber O’Neal.

Yet, her biggest test is set to come as she is seeking to capture a title that she has yearned to have for years, the NWA Women’s World Championship currently held by the talented Barbi Hayden. If Santana G is to accomplish her goal to be the NWA Women’s Champion, she will have earned it as Hayden is as good as they come. Hayden has been a fighting champion ever since defeating Kacee Carlisle at NWA Houston and has a victory against Santana Garrett early on, but Santana Garrett has shown that she is able to recover from a loss and return even better.

The NWA is on the upswing with a NWA President Bruce Tharpe regaining a presence in Japan and classic matches that include the likes of SATOSHI KOJIMA defeating the “IRONMAN” Rob Conway for the NWA World title, and quite possibly the most talented group of wrestlers in the NWA top 10 in years.

Many believe that Santana Garrett is the future of the sport, but she can only be as good as her opponents and the feuds that she has. Flair had Steamboat, Hogan had Andre and Stone Cold had Vince…….Is it only fitting that Garrett has Hayden…. .

Could 2014 be the year for Women’s wrestling in the NWA? If Santana Garrett has anything to say about it, it will.

Look for NWA World Champion Barbi Hayden vs. Santana Garrett to heat up this spring near a ring near you.

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