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Posts Tagged ‘Shaft’

History Made: Brandon Espinosa Defends MWR MO Championship at SBAC

Posted by flairwhoooooo on June 22, 2016

By Patrick Brandmeyer
Photo Credit Brian Kelley

The show started with a ten-bell salute for Muhammad Ali.

Brandon Aarons vs. “Infamous” Tyler Copeland for the MMWA Jr. Heavyweight Title:

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These guys have been around the horn a few times and had a good solid opener; Aarons won with the close-range superkick in 9:47. Copeland complained that he wasn’t adequately prepared since the match was the opener(suuuuure) and wanted a rematch, even offering to put his hair on the line. Copeland doesn’t have a whole lot to sacrifice in that regard, but Aarons accepted the challenge and the match was set for July 9th. If that stipulation went both ways, the female fans would have heart attacks over the prospect of Aarons’ luxurious locks being in jeopardy…in all heterosexuality, the man has a tremendous head of hair.

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Tag Team Champion Brandon Espinosa vs. “The Millenial” Danny Adams for the Missouri Wrestling Revival Missouri Title: This was the first appearance of the MWR MO belt at South Broadway. Espy & Ace Hawkins’ Tag Title feud with The Family (Prince Moses & Damion Cortess) seems to be on the back burner as Moses is out of action with an injury. Espy referenced the fact that he and Adams both train with Michael Elgin, so he has a bit more respect for Adams than for a lot of the guys in the locker room.

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They had a really good matchup that got a lot of time; Adams is progressing nicely and has been getting his name on people’s radars in recent months. The cross-armbreaker is a tough hold to transition into professional wrestling as people are expected to fight through the pain of submission holds…however, this particular maneuver can legitimately break an arm if fully applied for enough time.

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In that regard, a wrestler/fighter is likely to surrender quickly rather than risk a major injury. (I say this as someone who is not well-versed in the mixed martial arts world, so bear with my relative ignorance.) Espinosa won with the aforementioned hold in 16:19(!), but not without a strong effort on Adams’ part…they shook hands afterwards, though Espy was still a bit dismissive of his opponent’s efforts.

Damion Cortess vs. Barackus: The big man turned on The Family in May to cost Moses & Cortess the Tag Titles to Espinosa & Ace Hawkins.

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This one didn’t even get started as the combatants brawled at ringside until Hawkins blindsided Cortess, leading to a two-on-one attack. With Moses on the disabled list, it seemed like no one was available to help Cortess…but he got assistance from a surprise source in the form of J-Mal Swagg. Commissioner Jim Harris ordered an impromptu tag match as a result…playa.

J-Mal Swagg & Damion Cortess vs. Tag Team Champion “The” Ace Hawkins & Barackus: Swagg has his own fanbase at South Broadway, so this change of attitude seemed like a natural progression. he rulebreaking duo took a walk for the countout in 11:49; by that, I mean Barackus walked out with Hawkins slung over his shoulder. Heh.

Moondog Rover vs. “The Incredible” Matt Kenway (Look At Him): When I don’t make it to an MMWA event, I watch the archived webcast. The commentary is provided by The Dirty Heinous Show and “Dirty” is the main guy on the mic…his insistent reference to THE INCREDIBLE MATT KENWAY LOOK AT HIM created my above designation. (To be fair, being the only pale white guy in the building with cornrows probably prompted a few awkward glances at the May show.) At this show, the commentary was primarily provided by Evan Gelistico and Mike Outlaw, creating the unusual setup of a St. Louis Anarchy guy and a Dynamo Pro guy (respectively) calling an MMWA show. Moondog OVAH~! tends to be the fan favorite by default…whoever he’s facing rarely gets cheered against him, so opponents just have to go with that flow.

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The Incredible Matt Kenway Look At Him tried to take out the leg, but Moondog simply overpowered him and won with a World’s Strongest Slam in 5:33. After the match, Gelistico left the webcast position and entered the ring with a chair…Rover turned his attention to Evan, setting up The Incredible Matt Kenway Look At Him to deliver a low blow from behind. Gelistico beat down Moondog with a chair until Big Hoffarth hit the ring to run him off; Evan and The Incredible Matt Kenway Look At Him left together.

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“Da Bomb” Brian James vs. Big Jim Hoffarth for the T.V. Title: All things considered, Big Jim probably didn’t need to go back to the dressing room as he was in the next matchup; that left the door open for James to attack him from behind as he made his re-entrance. Jimmy D came out to ringside but didn’t actively get involved; his presence was probably a distraction to the challenger as they’ve had issues in recent months. James won with the sitout gourdbuster (not an easy task given Hoffarth’s size) in 6:56; Jimmy D made fun of Hoffarth’s losing effort afterwards, but D had his own matters to attend to.

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Shaft vs. “The Enforcer” Jimmy D, loser-wears-a-dress match: The stipulation said that the loser would be forced to wear a dress for all of his subsequent wrestling appearances in the MMWA. Shaft has been a consistent presence at local wrestling shows but hasn’t competed regularly in several years. Jim Hoffarth took a seat at ringside, looking for some payback for Jimmy D’s earlier actions.

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Jimmy D appeared to be the more ring-ready of the two, but Hoffarth’s distraction allowed Shaft to get the rollup pin in 7:14. Unfortunately Jim Harris didn’t have a full-fledged dress for D to wear, instead opting for a black skirt that didn’t look all that notable against D’s dark-colored attire. Harris promised that D would have a brighter-colored ensemble when he faces Hoffarth in July.

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“Night Train/Great One/Gorgeous” Gary Jackson vs. “2.0” Da’Marius Jones(w/ B.T.) vs. A.J. Williams: B.T. is the former Jackson Whitechapel/Clownman Jacko and he brought a stop sign to the ring. Since this match format is no-DQ anyway, B.T. blatantly whacked Jackson with the sign in the early going, prompting a fight at ringside between the champion and Jones’ security man. Since Jones and Williams are tag team partners, the main question was whether a split would occur over who would get the title-winning victory. We got an answer, but probably not the one we wanted…Williams locked Jackson in a Sharpshooter while Jones hooked a Crippler Crossface at the same time. Jackson tapped out in a surprisingly short 6:40…but who was the champion?
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MMWA went through a similar situation last year when then-champion Williams fought Jones to a double-fall draw, leading to a title vacancy…and we got the same result here as Harris declared the title to be held up. The championship would be decided in July in a four-corner match involving Jackson, Williams, Jones, and another former champion: Kevin Lee Davidson.

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“Elitism Triumphant in Best of 7 Series at South Broadway!”

Posted by flairwhoooooo on July 13, 2014

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By A.K. Edwards

It may have been Christmas in July at the South Broadway Athletic Club, but the action inside the ring on Saturday night was far from cold.

In what was perhaps the most important event in SBAC history, Team Elitism took on Team Harris, the group representing respected commissioner Jim Harris, in a Best-of-Seven series that would determine control of the company.

The theme of the night may have conjured up images of a icy winter, but from this writers point of view, tempers were flaring red hot from the opening bell. Whether it was commissioner Harris bickering with the very despicable Sean Orleans ringside during matches, or Brandon “Espy” Espinosa addressing the crowd, trying to convert the masses to The Elitism–you could feel the intensity in the building from match to match.

Orleans and Espinosa, in particular, had plenty of reason to spew their propaganda. If the Elitism won the night, Orleans would take over as commissioner. While he would get the prestigious title and with it the power, Espinosa would undoubtedly benefit as the top dog of team Elitism. Orleans may be rising his way up the latter in MMWA, but if you follow the strings attached to his back you’ll find the real puppet master behind The Elitism movement: Espy

Espinosa and his band of thugs started the night off quick winning three of the nights first seven matches, thus taking a commanding lead in the race for the control.

Newcomer Kevin Lee Davidson cast a shadow over the ring in his South Broadway Athletic Club debut, as he picked up the pin for Team Elitism in a tag match to start the night off. Chase King and Lamarcus Clinton then cheated their way to a cheap victory over Gary Jackson and Zulu, to extend the Elitism’s lead to 2-0. The crowd jeered and boo’d their disapproval of King and Clinton’s devious ways, but it only seemed to make the dangerous tag team that much more focused, and even more anxious to quiet the obviously pro-Harris fans.

In perhaps one of the more memorable matches of the night, and certainly most historic, MMWA Junior Heavyweight Champion Ace Hawkins successfully defended his title against Andrew “The Wolf” Wilder.

The action was intense, to say the least, as both men risked both life and limb to position a ladder in the center of the ring and climb up to reach gold. Wilder was inches away multiple times, and he certainly made Hawkins earn the strap. But in the end it was Hawkins, with the help of a low blow and other dastardly tactics, who found himself alone at the top of the latter, as he reclaimed his Junior Heavyweight Championship Gold.

To be honest, it was tough to determine who was in worse shape following the hellacious match, and that’s not even taking into consideration the state of the ladders–which were wrecked.

At that point, it was 3-0 Elitism, and Jim Harris and his crew were in trouble.

Whatever Harris said in the locker room during intermission certainly fired up the troops though, as Team Harris raced back to tie the series at three with a flurry of exciting wins.

First, Da’Marius Jones and A.J. Williams defended their tag titles against big  and Orleans. Then, it was Moondog Rover who got the best of Mephisto, who was obviously not as comfortable with the concept of a Dog Collar match as fan favorite Moondog was. Despite Mephisto bringing out a rolled up newspaper in an attempt to shame and beat the beast into defeat, it was Moondog who walked away as the TV Champion.

Finally, despite Barackus‘ best attempts to wake up his claw and put Dave Osborne to sleep, Big Dave captured the Survivor Championship in a grueling 2-Out-of-3 falls match that literally shook the building to its very core.

Tied up 3-3, everything rode on the gauntlet match to end the night. The winner of the gauntlet, which featured competitors from each team competing in 1-on-1 action, would determine who walked away from South Broadway with control of the MMWA.

J-Mal Swagg was the first entrant for The Elitism, but he was pinned after a huge leg-drop from Everett Connors of Team Harris off the top rope. Ace Hawkins then appeared in the ring for The Elitism, but he befell the same fate as Swagg, as Connor’s leg drop found him for the 1-2-3 in the center of the ring.

Down two competitors, The Elitisim was obviously desperate as Sean Orleans made his way to the squared circle. 

Rather than fight, though, Orleans–true to his loud-mouth nature–grabbed the mic to berate Connors, who was red-hot at the moment. The crafty Hawkins, who was still sulking at ring-side, saw the opportunity for yet another Elitism cheap-shot and took it, as he bashed Connors in the back of the head with his Junior Heavyweight Championship title.

Orleans then took advantage, despite the disapproval of the crowd, and went in for the easy pin.

The next member to enter the match for Team Harris was Webmaster Stevie K. The fall saw Orleans trying to run away and plead his way out, as Stevie’s power was too much for him. Outside of the ring, Stevie charged in with a high knee but Orleans moved out of the way, causing Stevie’s knee to collide with the ring post. Orleans took the opportunity to roll in the ring and Stevie was counted out.

The Elitism was now tied 2 to 2 with Team Harris.  The Elitism had regained momentum.

Just as the crowd realized the impending doom of the Jim Harris era, though, it erupted upon realizing who had just returned to the ring to fight for the commish.

It was none other than Shaft, who was given a heroes welcome into the ring by the crowd; as he stalked and pushed the cowardly Orleans around before making the wannabe commish tap-out to his ankle lock.

Not a person was in their seat as Shaft stood over Orleans victoriously, but that moment was short-lived and ruined by Espinosa, who surprised Shaft from behind and then drove his head to the mat with a nasty thud that was heard throughout the building.

Perhaps realizing that the tide had turned in his favor, Espinosa took to the mic to preemptively announce the end of the Harris era, as well as predict a win over Harris’ last chance, Brian James.

Despite Espinosa’s strong words, James entered the ring fully backing up Harris, and it looked like he had a shot until a move from Espinosa found James staring at the ceiling with Espy above him ready to strike. Once again though, Espinosa’s confidence, if not hubris, got he best of him as he grabbed the mic from ringside and berated Harris, while pumping up The Elitism, as well as his own ego.

Before the crowd could catch its breath, the rest of the Elitism came running out of the locker room like a plague, and both James and Team Harris found themselves in very got water. Growing more confident by the moment, Espinosa told Harris that his time was up and that he had nobody left to have his back.

At that moment the doors busted open and Team Harris came out to equalize the situation, though. Both groups stared daggers at each other from across the ring as Espinosa and James continued their bout. Espy landed a big punch, the Elitism erupted. James mounted a comeback, and team Harris cheered, firmly behind him.

Perhaps it was the spirit of competition that suddenly filled the room or sadly, perhaps it was just my own naivety. Either way, though, this writer believed, if just for one moment, that the night would end in the ring with a winner that clearly earned his stripes, while the loser could walk away with his head held high.

Ignorance surely is bliss.

Espinosa would tell you it was a coincidence–truth or not–,but somehow James was sent flying into the referee, which sent the official tumbling across the ring, surely knocked out.

Espy, true to his Elistism nature, saw the opportunity to pounce and barked orders for his crew to attack James. Team Harris wouldn’t allow the injustice to go on for long though, as they were eventually able to clear the ring and restore order back to a one-on-one scenario.

What looked to once again be a fair fight quickly disintegrated back into mischief though, as Orleans, possibly realizing his opportunity was slipping away, attacked James from behind, which gave Espinosa all the time he needed to finish both James and Team Harris off with a wicked chair shot. Metal collided with cranium and James went down, unable to kick out of the 3-count.

It was a truly cold-hearted way for Christmas in July to end at the South Broadway Athletic Club.

Because of the stipulations that led to the Best-of-Seven event, commissioner Harris is now contractually required to resign from his position. Control of MMWA now rest solely in the hands of Orleans, Espinosa and Timmy Miller.

One can only fathom what that means for the state of the MMWA, but it certainly can’t be good.

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MMWA-SICW Photo recap from East Carondelet, IL on 9/19/2009

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 11, 2009

MWR fans its time to enjoy another MMWA-SICW Photo recap from our good friend Michael R Van Hoogstraat

Ziggy goes hard to get a victory from the man whom beat him the week before. (Photo Credit:Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Ziggy goes hard to get a victory from the man whom beat him the week before. (Photo Credit:Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Core continues his winning ways on new comer Ziggy Bones.(Photo CreditMichael R Van Hoogstraat)

Core continues his winning ways on new comer Ziggy Bones.(Photo CreditMichael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Core d. Ziggy Bones

Fan Favorite Moondog Rover. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Fan Favorite Moondog Rover. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco lands a splash but would lose by DQ.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco lands a splash but would lose by DQ.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Moondog Rover d. Waco by DQ

 Blade looks to move up the ladder at MMWA-SICW.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade looks to move up the ladder at MMWA-SICW.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

  Young but a lot of fight, Jaysin Static is in a lot of trouble early.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Young but a lot of fight, Jaysin Static is in a lot of trouble early.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After a drop kick Static had Blade feeling a little bit of his own medicine. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After a drop kick Static had Blade feeling a little bit of his own medicine. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade continues his winning ways.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade continues his winning ways.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Johnny Blade d. Jaysin Static

Bobby D tries to keep The Big Texan from returning to the ring. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D tries to keep The Big Texan from returning to the ring. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Big Texan powers his way to a win. (Photo Credit:Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Big Texan powers his way to a win. (Photo Credit:Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*The Big Texan d. Bobby D

Purple Passion demands that Canada’s favorite son Sean Vincent to get in the ring. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Purple Passion demands that Canada’s favorite son Sean Vincent to get in the ring. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Poor Sean Vincent, the fans just don’t like him. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Poor Sean Vincent, the fans just don’t like him. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Purple Passion was no match for Sean Vincent. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Purple Passion was no match for Sean Vincent. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Sean Vincent d. Purple Passion

In a battle of strength Shaft gets the edge this time on Gary Jackson. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

In a battle of strength Shaft gets the edge this time on Gary Jackson. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft hits Gary Jackson with a head butt. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft hits Gary Jackson with a head butt. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

A good game plan had Shaft going strong but when things got rough Phil E Blunt interfered to give Jackson the DQ win.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

A good game plan had Shaft going strong but when things got rough Phil E Blunt interfered to give Jackson the DQ win.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*Gary Jackson d. Shaft by DQ

One of the hottest young wrestlers in the Midwest- David Vaughn(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

One of the hottest young wrestlers in the Midwest- David Vaughn(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former partners in The Connection David Vaughn and MMWA-SICW Champ Phil E Blunt are now at odds.  (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Former partners in The Connection David Vaughn and MMWA-SICW Champ Phil E Blunt are now at odds. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

 The Champ reminds Vaughn why he is the man. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Champ reminds Vaughn why he is the man. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn nails the spear on the Champ.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn nails the spear on the Champ.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After Blunts manager interfered to save him , Vaughn looked to make him pay.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

After Blunts manager interfered to save him , Vaughn looked to make him pay.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft and newest Connection member Sean Vincent puts the boots to Vaughn who won by DQ(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft and newest Connection member Sean Vincent puts the boots to Vaughn who won by DQ(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

*David Vaughn d. MMWA-SICW Heavyweight Champ Phil E. Blunt by DQ

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MMWA-SICW August 22,2009

Posted by flairwhoooooo on September 9, 2009

Recap by MMWA-SICW Management
Photo Credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat.
Photo commentary Brian “Flair “ Kelley

Sean Vincent (w/ Travis Cook) defeated ‘The Exciting’ Jaysin Static by pin fall at 11:27 following ‘The Sexy Shoulderslam’

Jaysin Static goes all out to earn a big victory from Sean Vincent (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Jaysin Static goes all out to earn a big victory from Sean Vincent (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Sean Vincent sets up Static for “The Sexy Shoulderslam(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Sean Vincent sets up Static for “The Sexy Shoulderslam(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook taunts Static as his protégé Vincent adds another win for the connection. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook taunts Static as his protégé Vincent adds another win for the connection. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Moondog Rover (w/ Travis cook) defeated Purple Passion by pinfall at 15:40 after an Olympic suplex

Moondog Rover powers his way to victory over Purple Passion. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Moondog Rover powers his way to victory over Purple Passion. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Big Texan (w/ Travis Cook) defeated Lumberjack Abe at 10:34 by pinfall after the big splash.

 The 14 times MMWA-SICW Tag team Champions The Lumberjacks (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The 14 times MMWA-SICW Tag team Champions The Lumberjacks (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe delivers a powerful kick to The Big Texan.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe delivers a powerful kick to The Big Texan.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade defeated Waco by pinfall at 12:26 following the faceplant.

Waco and The Big Texan double teamed Blade throughout the match. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco and The Big Texan double teamed Blade throughout the match. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco goes airborne but it would not be enough as Blade overcame the odds to get a big win.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Waco goes airborne but it would not be enough as Blade overcame the odds to get a big win.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

AJ Williams defeated Bobby D by pinfall at 7:44 following the superkick to retain the M0/IL Jr.Heavyweight title.

AJ Williams leapfrogs Bobby D.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

AJ Williams leapfrogs Bobby D.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

 Bobby D slows down the speed of AJ with a very painful move.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D slows down the speed of AJ with a very painful move.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D was one step ahead of AJ throughout the match.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D was one step ahead of AJ throughout the match.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Standing on top of  AJ, Bobby D had the perfect strategy against but AJ would prevail. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Standing on top of AJ, Bobby D had the perfect strategy against but AJ would prevail. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith, Danny Boy & ‘Gorgeous’ Gary Jackson defeated Shaft, Dave Vaughn & MMWA-SICW Heavyweight Champion Phil E. Blunt (special referees Tony Casta & ‘Big’ Jim Brown) in a 6-Man Tag Team Elimination Match at 32:50 when Smith finished off Shaft with a UFC-style leglock. After the match, the entire Connection attacked Smith ruthlessly (Jackson was eliminated early on in the match and was in the shower preparing to leave) in the ring. Danny Boy had his hands full but the former Champion did overcome the bad guys and save Keith.

 Travis Cook lets his former protégé  Dave Vaughn know that he is still under contract for the main event(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Travis Cook lets his former protégé Dave Vaughn know that he is still under contract for the main event(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith bodyslams Dave Vaughn. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Keith Smith bodyslams Dave Vaughn. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft is punished in the corner.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft is punished in the corner.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Tony Costa slams Shaft to the delight of the fans. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Tony Costa slams Shaft to the delight of the fans. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The MMWA-SICW Kingpin Phil E Blunt works over his arch enemy Gary Jackson (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The MMWA-SICW Kingpin Phil E Blunt works over his arch enemy Gary Jackson (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Smith would go on to finish Shaft with a submission.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Smith would go on to finish Shaft with a submission.(Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

It was also announced by new Commissioner Tim Miller that, as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of MMWA-SICW on television, an event of start-to-finish cage matches is being planned for this fall… stay tuned!

Do not miss MMWA-SICW when they return to South Broadway this Saturday.

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MMWA-SICW July 11 recap, part two

Posted by reimaginejournalism on August 2, 2009

By Kari Williams

As the second show of the night for the MMWA wrestlers, some of them pulled double duty to please the fans at South Broadway Athletic Club. Depsite the show starting late due to the earlier show in Dupo, the wrestlers delivered exactly what the fans wanted to see, with a few surprise returns mixed in.

Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson and his arch-rival Shaft, with Travis Cook, clashed in the main event. Shaft took the coward’s way out on this exchange, attacking Jackson from behind to start the match. His dastardly antics continued, as Cook interfered, giving Shaft the distinct advantage.

Shaft send the Champ flying.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Shaft send the Champ flying.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The war made its way to the outside for the second time, and Jackson got his revenge and took over.

Gary Jackson can brawl with the best of them. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Gary Jackson can brawl with the best of them. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The Champ sets himself up for a victory.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The Champ sets himself up for a victory.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The champion looked poised for victory, and the Connection must have sensed this, because Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn ran into the ring and attacked Jackson while Cook distracted the referee. All hell broke loose, as Phil E. Blunt, Cook and Shaft assaulted Jackson.

Dave Vaughn and Phil E Blunt assist fellow Connection member on the beat down on the Champ. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn and Phil E Blunt assist fellow Connection member on the beat down on the Champ. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Just when it looked like nobody would come to Jackson’s aid, Commissioner Keith Smith ran from the announcer’s table to do some damage. Even MMWA Promoter Tony Casta got in the mix, as he delivered an old school flying headscissors to Shaft.

MMWA Promoter Tony Casta thrilled the fans when he excuted a perfect flying head scissors on Shaft. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

MMWA Promoter Tony Casta thrilled the fans when he excuted a perfect flying head scissors on Shaft. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Smith revealed that he has become a licensed wrestler in the state of Missouri, and showed The Connection, the papers to prove it.
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Fan favorites Johnny Courageous and A.J. Williams put on, arguably, the best match of the night prior to the main event. Courageous tried to eliminate Williams’ key moves by viciously attacking both the arm and the leg.

Johnny Courageous tries to slow down the fast and furious AJ Williams.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Johnny Courageous tries to slow down the fast and furious AJ Williams.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Not one to be deterred, Williams fought with everything he had, even going so far as to attempt a moonsault within the first five minutes.

OOPPS Nobody home AJ !!(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

OOPPS Nobody home AJ !!(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

These two men took each other to the limit. Despite Courageous trying to remove the possibility of the superkick from Willilams’ arsenal, Williams continued to put Courageous to the test. The match ended in controversy, as both men had the other’s pinned to the mat.

You make the call. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

You make the call. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Blade wrestled Vaughn, accompanied Travis Cook, in a non-title match. Blade controlled the better part of the bout, but that is not to say that Vaughn was overmatched. After Blade connected with an elbow drop from the top rope, Cook began to look worried.

Blade looked strong early in this non title match when he hit a elbow drop from the top rope.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Blade looked strong early in this non title match when he hit a elbow drop from the top rope.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Vaughn may have felt that his title could be in jeopardy in the future, if Blade were to win the match—and that lit a fire under Vaughn, who maintained the lead from the momet he connected with a belly to belly suplex.

You can tell on Blades face that he was in trouble after a powerful belly to belly suplex. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

You can tell on Blades face that he was in trouble after a powerful belly to belly suplex. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

However, the fans distracted Vaughn, if only for a moment, which almost caused Blade to get the quick win. Vaughn rapidly regained focus and defeated Blade with the spear in just under 10 minutes.

Blade was not happy about his loss and lmade it clear to the connection.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Blade was not happy about his loss and lmade it clear to the connection.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

During intermission, wrestlers came to ringside to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

MMWA wrestlers took time to meet the fans during intermission. Blade takes time to autograph a poster for a young fan. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

MMWA wrestlers took time to meet the fans during intermission. Blade takes time to autograph a poster for a young fan. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Destiny Diamond had the chance to make up for her shortcomings against Alexis in Dupo, as the two went at it again, with the belt on the line. Alexis started the match off with the early advantage, but Diamond quickly took over, using nearly every illegal tactic possible. From this point on, both women worked hard to either maintain or regain control. Alexis refused to let her belt slip away, and Diamond wanted nothing more than to finally earn the belt. Diamond pulled out a win in 7:21 with a tornado DDT. After the match, Alexis appeared to have injured her neck. She was helped to the locker room.

Destiny Diamond controls Alexis early in the match. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Destiny Diamond controls Alexis early in the match. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

A battle royal took place, featuring Vaughn, Shaft, Williams, Blade, Courageous, Jaysin Static and Core. Bodies flew in every direction, and eliminations occurred at a rapid pace, with Core and Static simultaneously taking each other out, as was the same for Courageous and Williams. Shaft and Blade were eliminated next, respectively, leaving Vaughn as the sole winner.

Dave Vaughn wins a Battle Royal much to Travis cooks approval. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn wins a Battle Royal much to Travis cooks approval. (Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Static and Core wrestled for the second time this night in the opening contest. Fans distracted Core from the get go, causing Static to try and steal a quick victory. In this back and forth battle, the two went in and out of the ring. In one of the pivotal moments, Static prepared to launch onto Core, who stood on the outside of the ring, but Core saw Static coming and got him caught up in the ropes. That one misstep by Static allowed Core to take the advantage. But Static’s resiliency forced him to continue, and he pinned Core, gaining retribution for his earlier loss.

Core gives Jaysin Static a hand in the opening contest.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Core gives Jaysin Static a hand in the opening contest.(Photo credit: Mike Van Hoogstraat)

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MMWA-SICW July 11 recap, part one

Posted by reimaginejournalism on July 31, 2009

By Kari Williams

MMWA-SICW put on a free show for its fans at the Dupo Fairgrounds in Dupo, IL prior to the event at South Broadway Athletic Club later that evening. The show began later than expected due to a rain delay and had only five matches because of time restrictions, but still gave fans the entertainment they desired.

Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson battled a formidable opponent in A.J. Williams, who appears to be looking for a Heavyweight Title reign in the near future. As two fan favorites, Williams and Jackson put on one of the best, most competitive matches of the night. Neither man appeared to gain a clear advantage, depsite their efforts. However, Williams did have Jackson on edge throughout the bout, which allowed Williams to gain mulitple near falls. Each time Williams tried to take control, Jackson used his pure athletic skill to put a stop to Williams. The champion soundly defeated Williams with the Texas Cloverleaf to retain his title after Williams delivered two consecutive elbow drops but could not capitalize.

Bobby D took on the Big Texan in a physical contest. Texan attacked D from the get go, and barely gave him a chance to get out of the box, so to speak. Nonetheless, the one miniscule opportunity D had, he took full advantage of, using any tactics he could. Nothing D did could stop the bigger man, and when Texan caught D with a double-underhook suplex, the end became clear. In nearly 10 and a half minutes, Texan caught D in on the second rope and chokeslammed him to the mat for the win.

Blade had his hands full against Connection Member Shaft, who, conspicuously, was not accompanied by Travis Cook. Using his dastardly ways, Shaft attacked Blade from behind to gain the unfair advantage. However, neither man controlled the match for an extended period. Shaft’s evil ways kept Blade at bay and gave the Connection’s newest member a distinct disadvantage. Just over 10 minutes into the one-sided affair, Shaft stole the victory with a roll up where he had the tights.

Women’s Champion Alexis defended her title against her archnemesis Destiny Diamond, who has tried for the last few months to win the title. Diamond’s skill increases each time she steps in the ring, and this bout was no exception, as she easily dominated the champion. Not using any flashy moves, Diamond controlled the match, but one false move sent Diamond to the wayside and allowed Alexis to take over. Alexis wore down Diamond in a short amount of time, then pinned her after a TKO to retain the belt.

In the opening contest, The Exciting Jaysin Static and Core went at it. With the crowd firmly behind Static, he had a pyschological lead going in. It seemed as though that also worked in Core’s favor, as it gave him more motivation to defeat Static. The two battled in and out of the ring, and Core did everything he could—legally and illegally—to ensure the outcome of the bout. At 8:47, Core had wounded the exciting one enough to get the pin.

Keep checking Missouri Wrestling Revival for the details of the show at South Broadway Athletic Club, which immediately followed this show.

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MMWA-SICW June 13 Recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on July 7, 2009

By Kari Williams
Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Fans noticed white tape around nearly every wrestler’s arm at South Broadway Athletic Club on June 13 as they made their way to the ring. The name “Faith” appeared on that tape. Whether loved or hated by the crowd, virtually the entire locker room paid homage to MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller’s two-year-old niece who died in a car fire on June 1. The night was dedicated to Faith Miller.

AJ Williams honors the memory of two year old Faith Miller, the niece of MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller (MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller)

AJ Williams honors the memory of two year old Faith Miller, the niece of MMWA-SICW Ring Announcer Tim Miller (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

The returning Johnny Courageous took on A.J. Williams in a number one contender’s match for the Junior Heavyweight Championship. Williams came to the ring wearing a shirt commemorating the life of Faith Miller, much to the delight of the fans and Tim.

Johnny Courageous delivers a flying body press on the exciting young AJ Williams  (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Johnny Courageous delivers a flying body press on the exciting young AJ Williams (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

These two fan favorites wrestled a fast-paced, highly competitive bout worthy of main event status. Courageous gained a slight lead from the bell and never quite let go of it. Williams’ willpower was evident, as he did not give in easily. In fact, he went to the top turnbuckle on more than one occasion in hopes of delivering the final blow of defeat to Courageous. Multiple near falls and closecalls emerged as the athletes began running out of time. The bout ended in a time limit draw, with a number one contender for Vaughn’s belt still undecided.

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Phil E. Blunt and Dave Vaughn prepares to go to war with Gary Jackson and Jerome Cody (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Alexis Lightfoot defended her Women’s Championship against Destiny Diamond in the only championship match of the evening. The hatred between these two has grown tremendously since Diamond’s debut in the company. Diamond controlled the early portion of the bout, but choking Alexis on the ropes fueled the champion’s desire to retain her belt. Alexis came at Diamond with a flurry of forearms and punches, bringing victory closer. In spite of Diamond’s attempts to deter Alexis, nothing worked and Alexis retained her title in just over four minutes.

Phil E. Blunt and Vaughn had their hands full against World Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson and Jerome Cody. Both teams worked well together, using frequent tags and double teams as much as possible. In typical Connection fashion, Blunt and Vaughn resorted to illegal tactics to control the battle.

Arguably the two best at MMWA-SICW, Jackson looks to submit Vaughn (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Arguably the two best at MMWA-SICW, Jackson looks to submit Vaughn (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Vaughn returns the favor and brings the pain to the World Champion (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Vaughn returns the favor and brings the pain to the World Champion (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gary Jackson delivers an elbow to an old “friend” (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gary Jackson delivers an elbow to an old “friend” (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Just before the 10-minute-mark, Blunt connected with a piledriver on Jackson, but the champion kicked out. Neither team could gain a clear advantage, which lead to frustration and anger for both teams. Cody launched from the top rope with a flying crossbody onto Vaughn, and chaos erupted shortly thereafter. Both teams were disqualified for the use of a chain, which came into the scuffle.

When the match ended, Blunt tried convincing Jackson that Cody only wanted to be his partner to get closer to the Heavyweight Championship, which caused some tension between the two men.

The previous contest showcased the return of the former MMWA-SICW Junior Heavyweight Champion Kahyman as he took on Lumberjack Gabe (with Abe) in his first match in over a year. Gabe proved his power by shoving Kahyman to the mat. Looking more determined than ever, Kahyman simply smirked to the crowd and bolted toward Gabe, who quickly ran to the outside toward safety. The referee threw out Abe due to interference, and Gabe used the distraction to take control and dictate the pace of the match.

Kahyman is back, better than ever! (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Kahyman is back, better than ever! (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Kahyman slowly worked his way from defeat, began targeting Gabe’s leg, and followed suit with a standing drop kick that knocked Gabe to his feet. Kahyman controlled the match from this moment on, hitting a swanton bomb and covering Gabe for the pin. Kahyman would have won the match at this point, but Abe emerged from the back and broke up the pin in plain view of the referee. However, the referee did not disqualify Gabe, and the match continued. Kahyman won via roll up when Abe attempted to interfere again and nearly collided with his brother. Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn charged the ring to attack Kahyman after the bout. He was restrained and forced to the back.

Dave Vaughn is restrained from attacking Kahyman. The match that the fans have been clamoring for, Vaughn vs. Kahyman is just around the corner. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Dave Vaughn is restrained from attacking Kahyman. The match that the fans have been clamoring for, Vaughn vs. Kahyman is just around the corner. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt

Shaft, accompanied by Travis Cook, wrestled the Big Texan. They started off with a shoving contest, of which Texan easily got the upper hand.

The Big Texan shows his power to shaft early in the match. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

The Big Texan shows his power to shaft early in the match. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

After the big slam, Travis Cook gives Shaft some encouraging words. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

After the big slam, Travis Cook gives Shaft some encouraging words. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Cook then called for a time out to help Shaft regroup, but Texan still dominated. At one point, Texan choked Shaft, who retaliated in the same manner. Moments later, Cook interfered and proceeded to jump up and down, run around the ring and prance toward Phil E. Blunt—recently arrived at ringside—and the two high fived as Cook proclaimed, “I’m a bad man!” Having gotten the advantage, Shaft began to target Texan’s ankle. Inbetween punishing his opponent, Shaft stopped to argue with a fan, giving Texan a chance to take the advantage, but to no avail. Shaft walked away with a roll up victory as he grabbed the tights for added leverage.

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Where did he go? (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Where did he go? (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

lade chops Jaysin Static on the way to a big win. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

lade chops Jaysin Static on the way to a big win. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

“The Exciting” Jaysin Static and Blade went at it in the second match of the evening. Static started off on the right foot, but after a mid-ring collision, it looked as if he injured his knee. Blade targeted the injury and almost pinned Static, but the exciting one’s determination never faltered. In fact, Static had control of the match from the five minute mark almost to the end. The exciting one nailed Blade with an impressive superkick, but it was not enough to put the larger man down for the count. Blade pulled out the win only moments later at 6:41.

In the opening contest, Moondog Rover tried to best Lumberjack Abe, despite Lumberjack Gabe’s presence at ringside. Rover weakened Abe’s left arm early on but could not put a stop to his opponent, who quickly changed the direction of the match. In spite of Abe’s determination, the moment that Rover resorted to his dog-like tactics, Abe lost his focus and never regained it.

Bombs away from Lumberjack Abe (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Bombs away from Lumberjack Abe (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Gabe appeared to sense his brother’s pending defeat, causing him to take Rover’s bone and taunt him. This act allowed Abe to sneak up on Rover and get a quick roll up victory.

Lumberjack Abe steals a win to start the night. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Lumberjack Abe steals a win to start the night. (Photo Credit by Mike Van Hoogstratt)

Continue to check mmwa-sicw.com and myspace.com/sbacstl for upcoming news on the Christmas in July shows.

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Jaysin Static hopes to electrify the Midwest

Posted by reimaginejournalism on June 14, 2009

By Kari Williams

Jaysin Static’s wrestling career began two years ago at the urging of one of Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling (MMWA-SICW) mainstays—Shaft. In a relatively short time, Static has traveled across three states with hopes of learning from everyone he encounters.

“[Shaft] told me to come down to a show when I started working [with him], and it was all she wrote from there. I started coming down and watching as a fan and finally decided to get into it,” Static said.

Jaysin Static wrestles predominantly with MMWA-SICW, however, his career has taken him to CCW (Indiana) and JCW. Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat

Jaysin Static wrestles predominantly with MMWA-SICW, however, his career has taken him to CCW (Indiana) and JCW. Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat

During his time in wrestling, Static has already discovered what he considers one of the most important aspects.

“Respect. We all go out and do the same thing to put a show on for the fans. My main thing is, I’m going to respect you if you respect me. Wrestling’s been around many, many, many years, and I respect everybody and everyone that’s ever been in it because if it wasn’t for them, there wouldn’t be me. There wouldn’t be anyone else,” Static said.

Although Static works predominantly with MMWA-SICW, his journey has taken him to Heartland Championship Wrestling, Juggalo Championship Wrestling and Colisuem Championship Wrestling (CCW) based out of Indiana. While with JCW, Static had the opportunity to step in the ring with one of his childhood idols on April 25, 2008.

“I grew up watching Tracy Smothers and some of the other guys that were on the [JCW] show. Raven was on the show. He was one of the main people that inspired me to [start wrestling].

“[Tracy Smothers and I] still talk every once in a while, and he just inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing… I don’t know. I can’t put it into words. It’s really hard to explain because he just [makes me want] to push harder to get to the level of where they’ve all been,” Static said.

MMWA-SICW Mainstay Shaft (pictured with Static) helped Statics appreciation for wrestling become more than interest as a casual fan. Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat

MMWA-SICW Mainstay Shaft (pictured with Static) helped Static's appreciation for wrestling become more than interest as a casual fan. Photo by Mike VanHoogStraat

Static looks up to every person in the business because they put their bodies on the line every time they step in the ring. Although Phil E. Blunt has been Static’s most consistent opponent, Static could not pinpoint one wrestler he would like to step in the ring with due to the vast array of talent in the area.

“There [are] so many great, talented guys in the industry, especially here in the Midwest. I really couldn’t put it into words because there [are] great guys everywhere. LWA. High Voltage [Wrestling]. Everybody’s got great wrestlers. I don’t complain about anybody. Everybody’s great in my eyes. Anybody that wants to wrestle me, come on. I’m down for anybody,” Static said.

Static does his best to make The Main Attraction Tommy Knight submit in their battle from Sept. 2008. Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat

Static does his best to make "The Main Attraction" Tommy Knight submit in their battle from Sept. 2008. Photo by Mike VanHoogstraat

In addition to his eagerness to wrestle whenever the opportunity presents itself, he also has a sincere appreciation for the art.

“I never stop learning. That’s the good thing about this, you never stop learning. You learn from anybody and everybody that you step in the ring with. If it’s just a regular indy guy from down here [South Broadway] or a big name veteran like Tracy Smothers, you never stop learning. You learn from everybody,” Static said.

With that, Static leaves an open challenge to anyone willing to face him—“Midwest, watch out. Jaysin Static is back, and I’ll face anyone, anywhere, any time.”

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MMWA-SICW Feb 21 Photo recap by Michael R Van Hoogstraat

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 11, 2009

MWR is proud to have Michael R Van Hoogstraat a part of the MWR family. Michael is a photographer for MMWA-SICW. Michael has agreed to share with us his wonderful pictures in a recap form from time to time. This time we are going to look back at the show from MMWA-SICW on February 21st in East Carondelet, IL at the Community Center.

The results of the matches were as followed.
Blade defeated Bobby D.
Waco beat Lumberjack Abe.
Eric Brewer defeated Purple Passion.
Lumberjack Gabe beat The Big Texan.
Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn defeated CHUCHO.
Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson beat Shaft.

Now sit back and enjoy some of the action from MMWA-SICW.

Bobby D enters the ring to take on Blade (Photo Credit : Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D enters the ring to take on Blade (Photo Credit : Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D feels the power of Blade (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Bobby D feels the power of Blade (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

It’s a bird it’s a plane it’s….You know where I am going …it’s Bobby D  (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

It’s a bird it’s a plane it’s….You know where I am going …it’s Bobby D (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade did his best not to submit, though he survived and got the victory  he had to feel it the next day (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Blade did his best not to submit, though he survived and got the victory he had to feel it the next day (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe and Waco set to battle (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Lumberjack Abe and Waco set to battle (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Eric Brewer is ready for a fight. (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Eric Brewer is ready for a fight. (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn and Chucho have a test of strength. (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Junior Heavyweight Champion Dave Vaughn and Chucho have a test of strength. (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn slows down CHUCHO (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn slows down CHUCHO (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn slows down CHUCHO (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn slows down CHUCHO (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Champion is in trouble!!! (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The Champion is in trouble!!! (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn Retains the Championship (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

Dave Vaughn Retains the Championship (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The evil Saladin (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

The evil Saladin (Photo Credit: Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

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Unfortunately Mike was unable to photograph the Heavyweight title match between Gary Jackson and Shaft.

You can check out MMWA-SICW this Saturday in St. Louis, MO at the South Broadway Athletic Club. For more information please go to the MMWA-SICW website.

Special thanks go out to Tim Miller.

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MMWA-SICW February 14 recap

Posted by reimaginejournalism on February 27, 2009

Editors Note: MWR would like to thank MMWA-SICW for allowing us to be ringside to take pictures for this wonderful event. We got to see one of the most entertaining matches this year between Dave Vaughn and AJ Williams for the Junior Heavyweight Championship that highlighted a fun filled evening of matches.

A special thank you goes out to MMWA-SICW photographer Michael Van Hoogstraat for his advice and hospitality that evening. Michael has been willing to allow MWR to use his photographs in the future to allow fans to see what they may have missed or relive the excitement. To check out more of Michael Van Hoogstraat work please go to Vans Digital Photo Service. Don’t hesitate to contact Michael to phoograph your next wrestling event.

Now without further ado please take time to check out the great recap by Kari Williams.
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By Kari Williams

Relentless attacks and fire-hot ferocity personified the Valentine’s Day MMWA-SICW show at South Broadway Athletic Club. From the opening match to the main event, tempers flared and emotions raged with blazing desire—all for the chance to prove their own worth as a competitor or to show the naysayers that they truly do have what it takes to succeed as a champion. Themed as a ‘luck of the draw’ night, each match was determined at the beginning of the show.

Bobby D attempted to establish his dominance in the company when he fought “Wild Child” Billy Diamond in the main event. D’s reluctance to start the match did not sit well with either Diamond or the fans. Neither man gained a clear advantage throughout the bout, but D did everything in his power to do so, including using illegal maneuvers. At one point when D seemed to be on the verge of dominating, he let his ego get the best of him and covered Diamond for the pin with only one foot resting on Diamond’s chest, allowing the wounded man to easily escape the pin. Those tactics must have gotten into Diamond’s head because he never fully regained his composure. D scored a spoiled victory after distracting the ref, hitting Diamond with a low blow and surprising Diamond with a roll-up while holding the tights.

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Jeremy Lightfoot thrills the crowd on the way to victory- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Jeremy Lightfoot, Diamond’s tag team partner, took to the ring prior, against one of MMWA-SICW’s newer competitors, Blade. Both men failed to gain the advantage early on, but minutes into the match, Blade connected with a suplex and began to take over. Blade then targeted Lightfoot’s knee and ankle, possibly in an attempt to eliminate the Lightfoot Driver from his opponent’s arsenal. Slowly, but surely, Lightfoot regained his compsure, and did not allow Blade to get the upper hand again—despite multiple attempts. The former champion decided Blade’s fate with a Lightfoot Driver and pin. After the match, the two men showed no hard feelings and shook hands as a symbol of respect.

The Connecton sent its prodigy, Dave Vaughn, out to ruin Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams’ day as the two battled for Williams’ title. In the best match of the night, the two young men fought with all their might for the gold.

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Dave Vaughn masterfully grounds Junior Heavyweight Champion A.J. Williams- -Photo Credit – Dubray Tallman

Vaughn controlled the match from the get-go and solidified his dominance after a brutal shoulder tackle that sent Williams down to the mat. Not one to be deterred, Williams attempted to gain momentum with a drop kick and stinger splash, among other things, but nothing could stop Vaughn’s determination.

A.J. Williams  pulls out all stops to keep his championship-Photo Credit Michael VanHoogstraat

A.J. Williams pulls out all stops to keep his championship-Photo Credit Michael Van Hoogstraat

As the match progressed, Williams did get in some formidable offense, as he flew over the top rope to a stunned Vaughn on the outside, which he followed up with running the number one contender head first into the ring post. Nothing Williams did slowed Vaughn down. With Travis Cook acting as a cheerleader at ringside, Vaughn had all the support he needed. Vaughn proved to be too much on this exchange as he walked away with the Junior Heavyweight Championship.

In a match of the year canadaite, Dave Vaughn is the new Champ and his Manager Travis Cook could not be any happier- Photo Credit – Dubray Tallman

In a match of the year candidate, Dave Vaughn is the new Champ and his Manager Travis Cook could not be any happier- Photo Credit – Dubray Tallman

Travis Cook accompanies Phil E Blunt- Photo Credit Michael Van Hoogstraat

Travis Cook accompanies Phil E Blunt- Photo Credit Michael Van Hoogstraat

Shaft’s issues with The Connection continued on this night, as he faced Phil E. Blunt. Shaft seemed hellbent on destroying Blunt and had the means with which to do so.

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Shaft sends Phil E. Blunt on a ride – Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

He relentlessly attacked Blunt’s ankle in preparation for the ankle lock. Then, Cook, sensing defeat, interjected himself in the matchup, causing Shaft to chase him around ringside. Cook’s neck injury notwithstanding, he ran fairly fast without complaint. Seeing that he could not conquer Shaft, Blunt finished the match by forcing a disqualification victory as he stood on the outside next to Cook while the referee counted to 10. After the verdict was announced, Blunt questioned Shaft on whether or not he would join The Connection—an option which they presented to Shaft last month—and Shaft said nothing.

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Heavyweight Champion Gary Jackson lets Lumberjack Gabe know where he stands. – Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Heavyweight Champion “Night Train” Gary Jackson put his title on the line against the Battle Royal Champion Lumberjack Gabe. Jackson announced that he would leave their friendship up in the dressing room, and the bout got underway. Both competitors had the fans cheering for them, but it apeared as though Jackson had more fans on his side. Jackson fought with all his might to deter Gabe. Jackson connected with two elbow drops, but only received a two count for his actions. He then trapped Gabe in a submission hold, but Lumberjack Abe, who had been at ringside, distracted the ref, causing Gabe to try and steal the win with a roll-up. However, Gabe was disqualified for Abe’s interference and Jackson walked away with the belt. He then got on the mic and stated that he does not back down from anyone in any federation.

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Womens Champion Alexis Lightfoot works over Stacey O’Brien’s leg-Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

The first title match of the evening took place previously, when Stacey O’ Brien challenged Alexis Lightfoot for the Women’s title. Not willing to let her hard-earned title just slip away, Alexis fought with all of her might.

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The MWR 2008 Female Wrestler of the Year Stacey O'Brien was on top of her game as she uses the ropes to punish Lightfoot- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

From the get go, O’ Brien used underhanded tactics in an attempt to sway the advantage. On a couple of exchanges, O’ Brien’s plan worked, and she could have won the match and regained the belt, but Alexis had the wherewithall to grab the bottom rope and break up the pin attempt. Just when it looked like Alexis would reign supreme yet again, O’ Brien trapped the champion in an excruciatingly painful double-leg Boston crab. Just moments before Alexis was sure to tap out, Destiny Diamond came running out of the crowd, broke up the hold and attacked O’ Brien. Alexis retained the belt due to Diamond’s interference, but O’ Brien emerged victorious.

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Big Texan slams Saladin to the mat- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Big Texan and Saladin put on a show in the second match of the night. Saladin had a difficult time overpowering his larger opponent, which caused Texan to dominate the bulk of the bout. However, at the five minute mark, Saladin delivered a swift kick to Texan’s head, sending him flying out of the ring. Without the support of the fans on his side, Saladin could not get enough momentum going to keep Texan on the ropes. Texan caught Saladin off guard, slammed him hard to the mat and got the three count.

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Lumberjack Abe chops Waco and gets a big win to start the night- Photo Credit Dubray Tallman

Waco took on Lumberjack Abe in the opening match in what can only be described as a brawl. They came to blows immediately, especially with Lumberjack Gabe’s pending interference on the outside. After the five-minute mark, Waco began to gain control and connected with a flying drop kick, followed by 10 consecutive punches. However, Abe began to sense victory slipping from his grasp, and he quickly pulled out a win.

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