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Posts Tagged ‘Takeshi Morishima’

Pro Wrestling NOAH’S Ryu Nakata passes away- A man that touched lives from around the world.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on February 18, 2014

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Ryu Nakata and Harley Race were a winning combination and you could tell by their actions when they were together that they respected and cared for one another.

By Brian “Flair” Kelley

It is so hard to find the right words or say enough about someone when we lose them in our lives. With that said, please know that with this article we hope show a small tribute to Ryu Nakata

Pro Wrestling in the Midwest lost a true friend today when Japans’ Pro Wrestling NOAH Executive Ryu Nakata, passed away. Mr. Nakata, along with Ken Hirayama represented the NOAH promotion to further training for the students around the world every year at his close friend Harley Race’s World League Wrestling promotions’ annual WLW/WWE/NOAH week long camps.

Young wrestling students around the world would travel to the Missouri to the camp, with the hopes that they would be able to improve themselves enough to impress either the staff at WLW or make the trip overseas to work in front of the great Japanese fans.

Throughout the years Nakata was instrumental in bringing the likes of Takashi Suguira, Go Shiozaki, Takeshi Morishima, KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, and Kenta Kobashi to the Midwest, while giving the opportunities to the students of the camps to go overseas such as Leland Race and the 2013 MWR Wrestler of the Year Jake Dirden.

There is no doubt that he was an important person in the world of pro wrestling in Japan, but on a personal level I would like to honor Ryu Nakata as well as his family and friends for the times that he gave his approval to allow myself the rare opportunity to cover the camps.

During the night of the shows I will always remember the times that he came before the WLW fans to thank them for their support and acknowledge how much he enjoyed coming to the United States. I remember laughing at the Eldon, Show when Mr. Hirayama stated to the crowd that Mr. Nakata was a huge fan of shopping at Wal-Mart.

Today the world lost a great man in Ryu Nakata.

Our hearts and thoughts goes out to the family and friends of Ryu Nakata in this very sad time.

We are thankful to say that we got to know you Mr. Nakata.

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Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Takeshi MORISHIMA and Harley Race delivers wrestling knowledge at the annual WLW/WWE/ NOAH camp.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 11, 2012

By Brian Kelley

What a great honor it was to be invited once again to the annual Harley Race World League Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH, WWE camp.

I was able to come on the third day of the week long camp in Eldon, Missouri where the students had just gathered to stretch for the high demanding training that the camp would prepare them for.

While they were busy preparing for the day I was happy to see Pro Wrestling NOAH’S Ryu NAKADA, Ken Hirayama and wrestling superstar Takeshi MORISHIMA out watching over the events , while the 8-TIME NWA Worlds Champion had just came out of his office to get to work.

A great group of students took part in the camp, as well as the young and hungry WLW students. MWR fans will recognize the WLW Head Trainer Jason Jones and students Jack Gamble, Ryan Drago, Britton Tucker, Stacey O’Brien, the Cancun Kid, Chris Harris, Jon Webb and Elvis Algeria. Also in the mix were MWR wrestlers Dirty Jake Dirden, Mizfitt Mannerz and Justin Reno all in the camp.

Several wrestlers traveled from all around the country and overseas to gain valuable experience that will help them for years to come.

Throughout the day the students listened intently as they were shown proper techniques and in working wrestling moves to make them look more crisp and safer for the one delivering the move and the one that was taken them.

With two rings set up one for beginners and the other for the more experience, the younger wrestlers took part in how to take a proper landing and positioning. Before long the students were each chosen a partner for a tag team match or was set for singles and given time with their opponents to come up with a game plan.

Then the fun really began as each of them wrestled their singles or tag match. After each match the students respectfully shook hands as they headed towards Race and the Pro Wrestling NOAH instructors to receive feedback on their matches. MORISHIMA who spoke little English would relay his thoughts to NOAH’s Hirayama who would then let the wrestlers know what he liked and what they could improve on, as both NAKADA and Race would also provide more insight into the two of the great minds around the world today in the sport.

After lunch, I had came in a little bit late and the students were around the ring with MORISHIMA, NAKADA, and Hirayama speaking to them. They asked the students if there were any questions or anything that they wanted to work on. When Jake Dirden wanted to work on a move, MORISHIMA was quickly in the ring working with him on the move as Hirayama translated the important information. I could tell that MORISHIMA was enjoying giving his insight but was very focused and cared about what information he was giving to them.

Before long many of the students had taken the turn to work on various wrestling moves and techniques with the superstar.

As the day was heading to over three fourths done, the students each took turns in another match for Race and the instructors to watch. At times after the review was done for the students from all the men I would see Race pull them aside to give them even more further training. How many people can say that they had an 8-time Worlds Champion pull them aside for a one on one?

I was told that the camp would be done at four but neither Race nor the NOAH family were in any hurry to call it a day as time would slip by and it was 5:30 before I knew it.

MORISHIMA was set to call it a week as he was heading out, while WWE Superstar Steve Regal was set to come in the next day for a fresh set of eyes and views for these young students.

I was able to ask MORISHIMA his thoughts on this year’s camp and he stated that “He was thrilled to be back here in Eldon with Harley Race again, and that he had been a Champion at WLW a few years ago. Though he enjoyed assisting in the students this week, he looked at the week as a chance for him to learn as well.” He went on to say that he thanked Race, WLW and the students for this year’s camp”

I had caught up with a few of the students who were kind enough to give me their take on the experience of a WLW/NOAH/WWE camp and here were just a few testimonies from the students themselves.

This year’s camp has been very productive. With this being the second camp that I’ve participated in there’s no doubt its well worth the time and money. As far as I know there’s nowhere else that you can go to have the opportunity to be seen by and learn from two major promotions like WWE and Pro-Wrestling NOAH.”—- Elvis Aliaga

What a great week in Eldon, MO at the Harley Race Wrestling Academy. It was a true honor and privilege to learn from Jason Jones, Takeshi Morishima, Ken Hirayama, Ryu Nakata, Ace Steel, William Regal and of course the man himself Mr. Harley Race. The knowledge I have walked away with from this experience you honestly cannot put a price on. Absolutely the greatest learning experience of my life.—- Mizfitt Manners

Now let me share with you some awesome photos of the day of training as well as the 2012 WLW/NOAH/WWE graduates receiving their certificates at the camp show at the end of the week.

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Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Ken Hirayama makes sure everyone is prepared to start the day off right.- Photo by Brian Kelley

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Midwest Star Justin Reno takes a bump and listens in to advice from the instructors- Photo Credit Brian Kelley

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Harley Race has wrestled around the world. His experience is masterful- Photo by Brian Kelley

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Takeshi MORISHIMA shows the students proper technique -Photo by Brian Kelley

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The Cancun Kid goes for a ride. –Photo by Brian Kelley

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The excitingfFormer 2-time WLW Tag champ Darin Waid helps a younger student during the camp as he continues to learn himself- Photo by Brian Kelley

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The ultra talented Jason Jones takes a break to catch his breath Photo by Brian Kelley

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A main event anywhere is Jason Jones and Takeshi MORISHIMA , during the camp the students took part in an exhibition match as these two did at the end of the camp. Was this foreshadowing what is to come in Japan in 2013 ?- Photo by Brian Kelley

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Ryu Nakata and Harley Race presents the WLW/WWE/NOAH Camp certificates Photo by Brian Kelley

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Takeshi MORISHIMA , MWR owner Brian Kelley anf former 8-time Worlds Champion Harley Race pose for a photo.

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WLW/WWE/Pro Wrestling Noah presented a magical week for wrestlers and fans in the Midwest in October.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 25, 2011

By Brian Kelley

For the past 10 plus years the must attend wrestling weekend in the Midwest has been held in Eldon Missouri at Harley Race’s World League Wrestling Academy. Race is considered by many to be the very best wrestler in the history of the sport. During his time as the 8-time NWA World Champion he would travel across the globe defending the title including the very best in Japan. When his career was done those trips and relationships would help build a relationship with Pro Wrestling Noah, one of the top wrestling companies not only in Japan but around the world.

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-Wrestling NOAH Ken Hirayama and Ryu Nakata with Harley Race. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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Trevor Murdock has been a star around the world but there is nothing like being home with the ones he loves. Here he is joined with his daughter and Wife before meeting his fans. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

WLW and NOAH would team up to trade talent to allow the best to compete against each other in matches that would prepare one Trevor Murdock to not only be ready to make a run in WWE but flourish with tag team partner Lance Cade to become a 3-time WWE Tag Team Champions.

The WLW school would introduce fans to stars like Matt “the Missile” Murphy, Griz, Derek Stone, Trevor Murdock, Wade Chism, the Drill Instructor, Warcloud and Johnny Jett as they mixed it up with many of the top names in the sport like Meng, Butch Reed, Bobby Eaton, The Harris Brothers, Rick Stiener and Japan’s Takeshi Morishima, Takao Ōmori and Go Shiozaki as they toured towns for fundraisers around the Midwest.

While the school runs year round to season the young talent, the annual WLW/NOAH camp works with WWE as past trainers have been John Laurinaitis, Ricky Steamboat, Tom Pritchard, Takashi Suguira, Go Shiozaki, Takeshi Morishima, KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, Kenta Kobashi, Ty Bailey, and many more.

This year’s camp featured Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, William Regal, Kevin Von Erich, and Harley Race along with representatives from Pro-Wrestling NOAH Ken Hirayama and Ryu Nakata as students around the country came to hone their wrestling skills in the ring.

I was honored to be a guest to sit in during the weeks camp as the 40 plus students took part in the camp. During the days that I was there I was impressed with the patience and dedication that each of the trainers gave each of the students.

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Superstar Steve and Pro Wrestling Noah teaches to the students. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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Jason Jones and Noah show young Joe Reiling some pointers (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Due to the size of the groups there were two locations for the students, one for the beginners and one for the more seasoned wrestlers. While each group would be able to get great hints on how to work a match, logic, moves and where to be in the ring with hands on from the trainers.

As the camp went on during the week, the Pro Wrestling Noah and WWE representatives wanted to see the wrestlers come up with a match, then perform it in the ring. After the match was done advise was given to each of the wrestlers on what they did right, what they could have done different and how to improve it for the fans.

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Dustin Bozworth (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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During the Saturday wrestling show I sat down with a few of the students to get their take on the weeklong camp and what they got out of it. One Jonas Albert Robinson from Oregon had already been to Lance Storms camp and been wrestling since 2008 stated honestly “What I learned this week was that I don’t know anything about wrestling. When I walked through the door I thought I knew about 60% of how to have a great match but in reality it was more close to 5%. The trainers at the camp really opened my eyes on how to improve my game and give the fans their money’s worth when I get in the ring. Then I was amazed at the positivity and information that Kevin (Von Erich) provided. In the end he was such an added bonus with Steamboat and Regal.

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The Freebird -Von Erich feud did not get started again at the camp but Freebird Buddy Roberts son Buddy Roberts JR poses with his dads arch enemies sons Marshal and Ross Von Erich. All three took part in the camp. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )(Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

While Jonas have been able to be in the ring prior to the week, Joe Reiling has yet to have a match but knew the importance of getting the proper training and the luxury of having Race’s camp so close to his home in Warrensburg Missouri. Reiling stepped up the plate when Regal asked for two young men to get in the ring to work the arms. Though his experience was limited he gave a 100 percent and tried to soak in all the information that his trainers were given him. During my conversations with his fellow peers in the camp they relayed to me that he had earned their respect that week and had improved a ton from day one to the final day. Reiling stated to me that he did not know when his first match would come but the camp added to the fire to learn more to live his dream to be a pro wrestler.

I watched another Oregon native Dillon Divine as he worked under the watchful eyes of Steamboat and Regal. I was impressed with his facial expressions and Divine said it best to be when said “You get what you put out of it. So go for it.

While many of the Harley students took part in the camp one young wrestler fans at MWR are aware of is the 2010 MWR Future Star recipient Sir Bradley Charles.

The award is given not only to the wrestler MWR feels has the talent but the dedication and work ethic to become better, to be the best that they can be. SBC had been to Lance Storms camp, wrestled outside the country and is a rising star at Metro Pro Wrestling, 3xwRESTLING , NWA Dynamo and SICW but he once again proved that he is deserving of the award by seeking out more training to be the best that he can be.

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Ryan Drago looks to slow down Lee Walker. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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SBC receives a punishing blow from Dustin Bozworth. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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Jeff Strong stretches SBC. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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Jeff Strong, Ryan Drago and Dustin Bozoworth with the win. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

At the end of the week SBC debuted for WLW as he teamed up on the Saturday show with Lee Walker. & Ethan H.D in a tough loss against the team of Ryan Drago, Jeff Strong, & Dustin Bozworth. Even though SBC did not get the “W” the skills that he learned this week will give him that much more a chance to become a star around the world.

In what was one of the most surprising moments for me during the week the students were all smiles as they told me that Regal had invited them to his hotel room on the final night to discuss wrestling in a special Q and A on the week’s events, his opinions and stories from one of the most traveled wrestlers from the past twenty years. What an invitation from a man who could of easily of stayed to himself during a time that he was not required to but instead respects the sport so much that he wanted to give back to the students who took the opportunity to take part in the camp. To say that with that bit of information from the students didn’t move Regal up on my favorites of all time would be a lie.

The week would not be complete as WLW would bring the action and love to the fans. A great night of wrestling as always added with a request from Regal to actually wrestle on the card. His opponent former WLW wrestler who has worked at WWE and ROH as well as a two time WLW Tag team champion with Matt Murphy and Superstar Steve Fender respectably.

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Steve Fender meets the fans. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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Ms Natural and her fans. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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This lovely grandmother brought her granddaughter to the matches. They were so adorable that a picture had to be taken. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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MWR Dubray Tallman poses with friends from ST Louis Kyle Valle and Joe Bates. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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Everyone wants to talk to the WLW Champ Brian Breaker. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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For 5 hours Kevin Von Erich signed autograph after autograph then took photo after photo. One of the nicest guys MWR has ever met.

The night started off with the fans having a chance to meet the stars of WLW as well as Ricky Steamboat and Kevin Von Erich.

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Is Kevin Von Erich Teaching the WLW Women's champ Lucy Mendez how to do the claw? (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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Ricky Steamboat was in high demand. Bringing smiles to fans young and old alike. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

I had the honor of meeting a true Superstar on the night when I spoke to the Cauliflower Alley Club’s Karl Lauer.

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Master Sgt Ira Scott, 87 yrs young and served in WW11, Korea and VietNam total over 30 yrs

He introduced me his “hero” Master Sgt Ira Scott, 87 yrs young and served in WW11, Korea and VietNam total over 30 yrs. was in the US Air Force and done everything from crew chief on fighters, to copters to bombers to medical attention in emergency and sewed up guys so would not bleed before the medics go to um. A very remarkable man and what a real hero is really all about. 5″6″ about 145 lbs and sharp as a teen ager. Later in the night WLW announcer Dan Gier would introduce him to the fans. Out of respect everyone in attendance gave the man a well-deserved standing ovation.

As fans took the time to get their autographs and pictures taken with the stars, The personal highlight of the night for me was to have a few fans come up to introduce themselves stating that they visited the site and enjoyed it.

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Here I pose with a fan of MWR, a great guy who we hope to see in the matches soon.

I have many friends that I know visit the site but it truly makes it worth it when I meet new friends that check MWR out so that they may know when WLW will be back in action or an interview with an up and comer.

One of my very childhood best friends Billy Howser came up for the show on the night with his friend Steve. Billy showed great taste in women once again when the love bug hit him for the “Catholic Schoolgirl” Stacey O’Brien.

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Every schoolboys dream is now every wrestling fans as Stacey O has the boys hearts in the palm of her hands. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

Billy bought him an 8×10 of her and wanted to know when I thought she would be at in the future as I stated that she is a star as well for Metro Pro Wrestling.

As we gear up for the first ever MWR Yearbook, I have called on friends to help me add some special features for the book. One of them is famed artist ICON who work includes the world renowned painting The Gods of Thunder painting, as seen at WWE Magazine January 2011.

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Kevin Von Erich with my friend Icon. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

When he told me of his newest project called “Fantasy Warfare” where he will be drawing two wrestlers from different eras going to war. The first one he did was former WWE Champion the Ultimate Warrior taking on current WWE Star and former WWE Champ Sheamus. I quickly asked to have a special one drawn for the 2011 yearbook and when he asked me who I would like to see go to battle I chose two of my very favorites of all-time, Harley Race vs. Kurt Angle. A match that I think could have won multiple awards throughout the years. Fans be sure to look for this great feature in the book to see who got the edge in this exclusive feature from ICON.

We had posted the importance of Kevin Von Erich coming to the Midwest prior to the show at MWR but little did we know how friendly the man was. All night long he posed for photos giving the fans the famed Von Erich Claw and signing autographs.

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Young Jalen Ray will never forget having the claw put on him by a true master of the move Kevin Von Erich. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

One friend came up to me and was impressed on how respectful his sons Marshall and Ross were to them when they asked for a photo. Their comment, Kevin raised them kid’s right. Marshall and Ross by the way took part in the camp as they look to make a name for themselves. Their dad Kevin, proudly told me how talented they were in their high school sports during a special interview with MWR.

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Corey Dunken leans on Jason Jones. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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The Prince Jason Jones wins once again in 2011. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

An exciting night of action started off with one of the hottest wrestlers in the country as “The Prince” Jason Jones continued his momentum with a win against young Corey Dunken. Jones would have been a real threat for the NWA JR title if he would have been able to get in the tournament for the vacated title left by former champion Craig Classic.

The WLW women’s title has not been as red hot since Malia Hosaka and Brandi Alexander went to war for the championship.

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Ms Natural delivers a punishing move on O'Brien. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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Payback from Stacey. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

With Ms Natural, the most decorated champion in the company’s history back in the game the fans got to see a classic as Champion Lucy Mendez showed her heart to win a match that also featured former MWR Female of the year Stacey O’Brien.

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Lucy keeps the WLW title much to the delight of the fans in Eldon. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

In a WLW Classic match it would be ALL THAT Matt Murphy teaming up with Steve Fender to meet Trevor Murdock and Bull Schmitt in tag action. Each of these men have been able to take the skills taught to them by Race to make multiple trips to Japan and WWE in years past and their battles have always had a special place in the WLW faithful’s hearts.

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Welcome back to wrestling Matt Murphy says Trevor Murdock. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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During the match Murphy looked to have a leg injury and would not be able to continue. It looked so bad that Ricky Steamboat who was watching in the bleachers with Ms. Natural came to ringside to assist Murphy.

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Murphy was proud of himself as he taunts the former NWA World Champion Steamboat. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

When out of the blue, Murphy showed his true colors and attacked Murdock and Schmitt to the shock of Steamboat and the fans.

Murdock and Schmitt would be able to recover to get the win in what many fans said was one of the most special moments in WLW History. Out of respect each men hugged one another to end the match.

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RESPECT. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

This past spring WLW Stars Trevor Murdock and Brian Breaker toured Japan for Pro Wrestling Noah. While the two stars were on the plane tragedy struck when Hurricane Katrina exploded on Japan. The country was left in shambles and many lost loved ones during one of the saddest moments of 2011. During intermission Harley thanked his friends at Pro Wrestling Noah for their support throughout the years. In response Pro-Wrestling NOAH Ken Hirayama and Ryu Nakata spoke to the fans. They spoke about the promises of many countries to stay and help the country during the aftermath but when it came time for action many was no where to be seen, while Switzerland and the USA were front and center with support for Japan. They then thanked the fans and the country while starting a USA Chant out of respect for the men and women of the USA for their help.

Back to action the man who is the current WLW Champion Brian Breaker would defend his title against fan favorite Jack Gamble. In what I thought was the match of the night, Gamble took a beating but refused to lay down to the champion Breaker. It looked as if the speed of Gamble may pay off but Breaker was just to good as his moves of crushing power was too much for Gamble.

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Jack Gamble took a beating throughout the match but never once backed down. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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Jack Gamble can exploded at any time during a match. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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DROP!! (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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WWE'S William Regal.

In the main event it would be a wrestling clinic as Steven Regal and Ace Steel would go old school as they traded moves and punishing blows that could have been a headlined anywhere in the country.

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Sit back and watch a classic wrestling match in front of your eyes as Regal goes against Ace Steel. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley )

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Regal would be able to capture a hard earned win on Ace Steel to finish the nights.

Once again World League Wrestling proved that they provide the fans with moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. For the aspiring wrestler , they gave them a chance to become better and be seen by WWE and Pro Wrestling Noah Scouts and for the fans a chance to meet their favorites and watch wrestling the way it was meant to be.

If you missed this years event be sure to keep an eye out at MWR for info on all WLW shows and as soon as we know more about the 2012 WLW/WWE/NOAH camp we will post it here.

Editor’s Note: We would like to thank Harley Race, Pro Wrestling Noah for their hospitably to bring allow us to bring you the fans this awesome look at one of the most important weeks of the year. WLW for over the past 10 years have been dedicated to giving back to communities through fundraisers of their exciting family friendly wrestling shows.

Thank you to the wrestlers of WLW and the students that attended the camp for working with MWR for photos and comments for this story.

Last and most importantly thank you to the fans for their support of MWR and your local wrestling promotion.

Hope you enjoyed this feature and we hope to see you at the matches real soon.

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Breaking news- William Regal WILL BE ACTIVELY COMPETING at WLW Night of Superstars on Oct 22nd!!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 11, 2011

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For Immediate Release

October 22nd, 2011 will be another exciting night of wrestling put on by World League Wrestling! Harley Race, founder and CEO, has arranged for another professional wrestling show to return to Eldon, Missouri and this show will be unlike any other!

Each year, World League Wrestling and the Harley Race Wrestling Academy conducts an annual wrestling camp that hundreds of wrestlers have attended over the years. This camp is the only one of its kind due to the amount of media that it receives as well as the instructors who attend the camp itself.

In years past, instructors have included John Laurinaitis, Ricky Steamboat, Tom Pritchard, Takashi Suguira, Go Shiozaki, Takeshi Morishima, KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, Kenta Kobashi, Ty Bailey, and many more.

This year’s camp will feature Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, William Regal, Kevin Von Erich, and Harley Race along with representatives from Pro-Wrestling NOAH Ken Hirayama and Ryu Nakata.

After the week long instructional camp put on by these 4 legends in professional wrestling, World League Wrestling will be running a show on Saturday October 22nd. The show will take place at the Eldon High School gymnasium located at 101 South Pine Street in Eldon, MO.

The entire card has yet to be determined; however one match has been announced. Former WWE superstar Trevor Murdock and “Wild” Wade Chism will square off against “All That” Matt Murphy and “Superstar” Steve. These four competitors have been with WLW for years and have had spectacular matches against one another. This tag team feud will return one more time on October 22nd.

If the matches itself aren’t enough reason to attend the show, fans have the opportunity to meet the legends themselves. William Regal, Ricky Steamboat, Kevin Von Erich, and Harley Race will all be in attendance for the event at the Eldon High School gymnasium. Kevin Von Erich RARELY makes independent wrestling appearances due to his retirement. He has guaranteed that he will at the event in Eldon on Oct. 22nd and is looking forward to meeting the fans. With Regal and Steamboat both under W.W.E. contracts, they cannot make appearances like they will be doing on Oct. 22nd. But due to Harley’s outstanding working relationship with W.W.E., they are coming to Eldon to attend the “Night of the Superstars”. Along with the two legends attending, the 2008 King of the Ring and multi-time W.W.E champion William Regal WILL BE ACTIVELY COMPETING that night. This is unheard of, but again, due to Race’s exceptional relationship with W.W.E., Regal is able to compete that night.

To buy tickets for the event, please contact one of the following ticket outlets:
Eldon Family Fitness – 573-392-9997
Whittles Pub & Grub – 573-392-5900
J.J. Twigs Pizza & Pub/Risky’s Sports Bar – 573-392-9911
World League Wrestling offices – 573-392-4100 or email wlwtickets@earthlink.net

October 22nd doors open at 6:00pm, with show starting at 7:00pm.
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Harley Race 2010 Wrestling Camp Press Release

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 21, 2010

Harley Race, World League Wrestling, and the Harley Race Wrestling Academy proudly announces its 10th annual wrestling camp. The dates of the camp are set starting on October 4th through October 9th, with a show set on the night of the 9th located at the home of the wrestling academy in Eldon, MO.

Harley established the camp in 2000, giving many opportunities to young wrestlers to be critiqued and tutored by not only the 8-Time World Heavyweight Champion, but also by trainers at the Harley Race Wrestling academy. We expect to have representatives at the camp from not only World Wrestling Entertainment  , but also Pro-Wrestling NOAH.

Past participants have included, but not limited to, former WWE superstar Trevor Murdoch , current WWE superstar Ted Dibiase Jr., current WWE referee John Cone, NXT Season 2 superstar Michael McGuillicutty  , FCW Referee Ryan Tran, Ritchie Steamboat, one half of the current WLW tag team champions Superstar Steve Fender (awarded the Cauliflower Alley Club Future Legend award), WLW star Jason Jones (just returning from a 3-month stay at the Pro Wrestling NOAH dojo),and one half of the current Pro-Wrestling NOAH Tag Team Champions Keith Walker.

Past guest instructors have included Ricky Steamboat, Japanese wrestling legend Kenta Kobashi, KENTA, Naomichi Marufuji, Pro-Wrestling NOAH Heavyweight Champion Takashi Suguira, Former Pro-Wrestling NOAH and WLW heavyweight champion Go Shiozaki, and Takeshi Morishima, Ted Dibiase Sr, and John Laurinaitis.

With the camp concluding on Friday, there will be a show on Saturday, October 9th. Participants wanting to be included on the show need to be LICENSED in the State of Missouri. To be licensed in Missouri, you need to fill out the appropriate form found on the Missouri Athletic Commission’s website at http://pr.mo.gov/boards/athletics/375-0236.pdf, along with having a current physical (to be filled out by M.D. or D.O.). Physical forms can be found at http://pr.mo.gov/boards/athletics/375-0299.pdfComplete blood work showing HIV and ALL hepatitis tests from a licensed clinic is also required.

The cost of the camp is $500.00. There is a $250.00 non-refundable deposit that is REQUIRED to reserve a spot in this year’s camp along with the registration form. This year’s camp has a limited amount of spots available, so early registration is suggested. Registration forms are available at harleyrace.com.

This year’s camp has corporate rates at the Heritage Inn and Suites within a short distance of the camp. For rates and reservations, please call the manager 573-392-2100 and mention that you are part of the camp. Other hotels include the Eldon Inn (573-392-5664) and Randle’s Motor Court (573-392-5661). Lunches are available for purchase at T. Murdoch’s Bar & Grille (573-392-7122). Eldon Family Fitness is the premier exercise facility that all WLW stars train at, and will be allowing camp participants to work out at a discounted rate.

For more information about this camp, feel free to contact World League Wrestling at 573-392-4100, email wlwmom@earthlink.net or visit Harleyrace.com

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MWR Spotlight: “Vietnam Phenom” Bao Nguyen

Posted by Admin on October 14, 2008

Bao Nguyen
“I want to make wrestling my career.”

By Josh Ray
Owner-Editor
inadvertent.nerd@gmail.com

A young Bao Nguyen.

A young Bao Nguyen.

On April 25, 2008 in the hometown of Missouri Wrestling Revival, a match between Brian Breaker and “Vietnam Phenom” Bao Nguyen turned a few heads.  The apparent underdog, Bao managed to secure a victory over his larger and more experienced opponent.  I approached him after the match to tell him how impressed I was and was shocked to learn that this was only his fourth match as out of training.  The fact that he was that good in such a short time out of wrestling school resonated in my mind.

“This guy is somebody to watch, for sure,” I thought to myself.

At the time, I wasn’t the only person to take notice.  While the crowd definitely enjoyed him and the match as a whole, my wife and sister took immediate notice of the “Vietnam Phenom” as their favorite wrestler.  Out of all of the wrestlers who appeared that night, my sister wanted a picture with only one: Bao Nguyen.

My sister Becky, Vietnam Phenom Bao Nguyen, and my beautiful wife Sara.

My sister Becky, "Vietnam Phenom" Bao Nguyen, and my beautiful wife Sara.

I’ve had the opportunity to see him twice since then, and he hasn’t disappointed.  When I heard his story, it was easy to understand why he’s as good as he is at this stage in the game.  He’s not afraid of listening to others, and he’s not afraid of hard work.  His first break into the business happened due to his hard work and competitive drive.

“I started out in 2004 as a referee in Sacramento, CA for a promotion called Supreme Pro Wrestling.  After going to a few practices, I wanted to become a wrestler due to my competitive nature,” Bao said.

At the time, Bao was in college.  This didn’t stop him from pursuing a career as a professional wrestler, but it also didn’t keep him from studying hard and finishing college.  Where most young men might leave one for the other, Bao Nguyen chose to tackle and succeed at both.  He trained for a year for Supreme Pro Wrestling, before moving back home to the San Francisco Bay Area.  It was there he had his first exposure to Japan’s Pro Wrestling NOAH when he resumed his wrestling training, this time for Pro Wrestling Iron.

During this time, Bao stayed active with the Cauliflower Alley Club (CAC), a nonprofit professional wrestling organization that emphasizes friendship through pro wrestling.  The CAC puts a well-deserved focus on the wrestling legends, and that fact says even more about Bao’s character.  It was at a CAC function that he learned about Harley Race’s pro wrestling training camps that are held each year.

“I’ve known about Harley Race’s wrestling camps because I stay active with the Cauliflower Alley Club.  In 2006 I went to the camp and really enjoyed how Superstar Steve taught.  I had no doubt that I would be able to hone my skills in that atmosphere,” Bao said.

Going to that camp was fate, it seems.  Pro Wrestling Iron closed downshortly later and left the “Vietnam Phenom” without a place to train.  Once again, Bao’s desire to get better and his willingness to work shined through.  Where some might stick around the area and find just any place to train, he looked for the best place to train.

“I wanted to go somewhere where I would have more opportunities to work in Japan and for WWE.  Since Pro Wrestling Iron already had a relationship with Pro Wrestling NOAH through Donovan Morgan and Michael Modest, I wanted to go somewhere that could keep me exposed to them (NOAH).  I chose the Harley Race Wrestling Academy,” said Bao.

After choosing where he would train, he concentrated on getting there.

“I saved everything I could for seven months and took the long trip to Eldon, MO to start training,” said Bao. “I’m always trying to get better and I’m willing to learn from people who are willing to teach, so I think that has helped me develop as a wrestler.”

The Vietnam Phenom in action.

The "Vietnam Phenom" in action.

This hard work paid off recently at World League Wrestling (WLW) show.  At the end of the annual training camp that Harley Race’s conducts with Pro Wrestling NOAH, there is a big joint show that features some of the best from Pro Wrestling NOAH, WLW, and the trainees who attended the camp.  On September 19, 2008 in Eldon, MO as part of the show, Bao was rewarded by being featured in the main event tag team match.  The main event featured two reknown wrestlers from Japan, as well as the son of a pro wrestling legend.

“To tell you the truth, I was pretty surprised when they picked me to be in the main event with Takeshi Morishima against Marufuji and Steamboat Jr. (for the WLW-NOAH show on September 19, 2008).  It was definitely the highlight of my career at this point, and I worked as hard as I’ve ever worked.  I hope that I did well enough for them to offer me something,” Bao said.

While he recognizes that he doesn’t hold the magic card that can get him closer to his goal of wrestling in Japan or for WWE, he’s not afraid to put in the work needed to get there.  No get rich quick schemes for the “Vietnam Phenom”.  He’s more than happy to pay his dues and diligently work toward his goals, saying, “It’s up to NOAH as to whether or not I ever tour with them, but I’ll continue to work hard and become a total wrestler to improve those chances.”

He summed it up by adding, “Basically, I want to make wrestling my career.  That would be my ultimate goal whether it be NOAH or WWE.  I’ve just got to work hard and maintain my focus.  It will happen when I am ready.”

Tyler Cook, me, my beautiful wife Sara, and Vietnam Phenom Bao Nguyen.

Tyler Cook, me, my beautiful wife Sara, and "Vietnam Phenom" Bao Nguyen.

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