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MMWA-SICW Photo Recap from Hillsdale Missouri September 25

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 7, 2010

By Brian Kelley

On September 25th I had the opportunity for a double shot of wrestling action. First off I made my way to Hillsdale Missouri for a FREE MMWA-SICW show sponsored by the Hillsdale Police department.

A beautiful day that saw the community along with the Mayor of Hillsdale come out to check out wrestling action, during the day I spoke to many of the fans who told me this was the very first time they had a chance to see pro wrestling live.

Also in attendance was our friend Patrick Brandmeyer who got the chance to join Herb Simmons at the commentator table. Recently we advertised the MMWA-SICW open door tryout and I was able to meet for the very first time Ben Simon who impressed the management so much that he earned the Announcing job for a company that he grew up watching.

The fans also had the chance to see a true wrestling legend in person as Cowboy Bob Orton was in attendance.

The day saw some great wrestling action, plus MMWA-SICW and the Hillsdale Police Department gave away free concessions, plus gift bags, soccer balls and bicycles throughout the day.

I am going to share with you a few pictures of the days events and after the last one click onto my photobucket for a complete look at all them. MMWA-SICW returned to Fairmont Illinois later that night for a great show that my good friend Mike Van Hoogstraat was able to capture so please check back for MWR in the future for this and all your MMWA-SICW news.

Click here to see all the great pictures from MMWA-SICW in Hillsdale Missouri.

Brandon Espinosa was not happy with being put in a Pinata –on –a-pole match and made Super Castaldi

Brandon Espinosa uses the Pinata on Castaldi and the candy went flying. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

The children of Hillsdale took advantage of Castaldi’s misfortune and was treated to FREE candy. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Brandon Espinosa d. Super Castaldi I in a pinata-on-a-pole match

Ron Powers is one of the most powerful men in the Midwest as young Chase King found out. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Chase King finds himself on the wrong side of RON POWERS in Hillsdale MO(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Herb Simmons and Bob Orton take in the destruction of Powers on up and comer Chase King. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Ron Powers fought Chase King to a double countout

. MMWA-SICW newcomer The Mauler looked strong against the smaller Hawkins from the start. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

The Mauler wisely kept the pressure on one of the Midwest hottest young stars. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Ace Hawkins used his speed to get the win in front of an approving crowd. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Espinosa challenged Hawkins to a match later on in the night to show him that he is the top dog at MMWA-SICW. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Ace Hawkins d. The Mauler

Ace Hawkins, Tim Miller and the Hillsdale police force pass out FREE soccer balls, gifts and bicycles to the people of Hillsdale. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Max Archer levels Draco (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

A show of respect by both men after Archer takes home a a big win. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Max Archer d. Draco

Tony Raze showed his true colors early on when he jumped fan favorite Gary Jackson prior to the bell. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Raze had the fans ire when he went to the top to finish off Jackson. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

The gorgeous one Gary Jackson can take over a match like no one else. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Gary Jackson d. Tony Raze

Jaysin Static or is it Jayson Cross?? Whoever he thinks he is, demanded to Tim Miller and Keith Smith to be a part of the main event with Espinosa and Hawkins. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Cross/Static makes his presence known. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Down goes Hawkins and Espinosa, maybe Cross/Static was right and deserved to be in the match. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Hawkins goes on the air attack. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Where did he go?? Hawkins soars over Espinosa. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Espinosa finally got his hands on Hawkins. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Espinosa can catch you with a plethora of moves, like this crushing blow. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Chops on the outside. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

The fans was not happy with Espinosa taunting them. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Hawkins looked to have Espinosa number in this match up between two of the most recent wrestlers in the Midwest to debut at ROH in STL.(Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

In a back and forth match every move counts. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Referee Jim Harris raises the hand of the Battle Royal champion Espinosa. (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Brandon Espinosa d. Jaysin Static & Ace Hawkins (triple)

MMWA-SICW Returns this Saturday at the South Broadway Athletic Club.

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IWAU, MMWA-SICW and MECW fans catch MWR T-shirts from Midwest Stars.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 1, 2010

By Brian Kelley

Last week was a busy week at MWR as we supported three great wrestling promotions in our coverage area.

First on Wednesday September 22 we traveled for the very first time to Olney Illinois to check out IWA Unlimited. IWAU provides the fans of Olney a FREE weekly show  each Wednesday at the Knights of Columbus filled with some of the top young talent in Illinois.

IWAU fan favorite The Intimidator came to the ring with the MWR shirt letting their fans know that we were in the house. He stated that he would give the shirt to the loudest fan but when it was hard to determine the loudest fan he closed his eyes and tuned around and threw the shirt to. IWAU Fan Jennifer I asked Jennifer who was her favorite wrestler and was not shy at all when she stated “Homicidal” Steven Davis. The Intimidator and Davis were kind enough to pose with Jennifer and her family in the ring.

Front Jennifer , Paul, Dalton, David, Back of the photo The Intimidator Dad, Mom and “Homicidal”Steven Davis (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Three days later on Saturday September 25th we returned to the reigning MWR Promotion of the year MMWA-SICW as they continued their fine tradition of working with the community as they teamed up with the Hillsdale Police department to provide a free outdoor show.

When I arrived I found my good friend Herb Simmons, Tim Miller and Keith Miller preparing for an exciting day of wrestling.

Front Row Brian Kelley, Promoters Tony Casta and Herb Simmons with Back Jaylon Shannon, Robert Ming Barry Cooper and Frank Campbell (Photo Credit ST Louis legend Keith Smith)

Not only was the fans able to watch a great wrestling show the MMWA-SICW, the Police department and the Mayor of Hillsdale offered free hotdogs, soda, and backpacks for the children.

One of the Midwest hottest young stars Ace Hawkins had a great day giving away free bicycles, backpacks, Wrestling at the Chase t-shirts and was kind enough to wear a MWR T-shirt to the ring before his match with The Mauler. Bernard Shaw JR was the lucky fan who caught the shirt from the man who debuted in ROH earlier this year.

Bernard SR, Bernard JR and Ace Hawkins (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

In the house were WWE Hall of Famer and father of current WWE Champion Randy Orton, Cowboy Bob Orton.

Ben Simon interviews Wrestling legend Bob Orton (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

Orton stated that was thrilled that he was happy that the community had came out, and in action were two of the greats The Gorgeous One” Gary Jackson and Ron Powers in St Louis were in action today.

Later that night, we made our way back to MECW in Wood River Illinois for a fun filled night of wrestling. MR K was absent for the night so fan favorite Shawn Santel had the honors or the stress of trying to keep Eric Allen, Chris L.O.G.A.N and Lovely Leon in check as they were up to no good all night long.

A week prior to Bailey Mannix big tag team match with partner Christopher Daniels at Windy City Pro Wrestling at Toyota Park in Chicago we were fortunate to have Mannix wear out MWR shirt to the ring and throw it out to Jesse Guffey who had came with a couple of his friends for a fun filled night.

Brendan Bower, Bailey Mannix, Jesse Guffey and Troy Guffey (Photo Credit Brian Kelley)

I would like to thank each of the three promotions for their hospitality and the wrestlers that took the time to spread the word of MWR to the fans of the Midwest.

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MMWA-SICW Open Door tryouts rundown from Patrick Brandmeyer with photos from Mike Van Hoogstraat.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 29, 2010

Editors Note: Last week MMWA-SICW open their doors literly to all aspiring wrestlers to have the chance to work with the 2009 MWR Promotion of the Year.

MMWA-SICW has five shows in the works for September and in 2010 fans have had the pleasure to see Donovan Ruddick, Brandon Espinosa, Ace Hawkins, Mark Sterling and most recently Mephisto make their way to the promotion.

I am sad to say that I was unable to attend due to prior commitments but I knew that MWR fans would have a great look into the happenings of this historic event thanks to Pro Wrestling expert Patrick Brandmeyer being able to attend as well as MWR Photographer Mike Van Hoogstraat.

I now give you Patrick and Mike with the rundown on the Open door tryouts.

Which one of these aspiring wrestlers and personalities will make a mark in the future at MMWA-SICW?(Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

I’ve been fortunate to get fairly close to the local wrestling scene…case in point, being invited by Tim Miller to the MMWA-SICW tryout in East Carondelet this past Thursday. Saw several familiar faces in attendance as well as some Broadway trainees and some out-of-towners.

Some of the familiar faces for MWR fans and new one lined up to speak to Keith Smith, Tim Miller and Jim Harris (Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The main Broadway representatives were Tim himself, Keith Smith, and referee Jim Harris. They laid out what Broadway has to offer: Exposure in a great wrestling market in front of good audiences, as well as T.V. time(via their local-access program) and a decent payday. Broadway is stepping up their schedule in a major way in September, so the roster will be expanding in the near future…September has the usual shows at South Broadway and East Carondelet as well as their debut in Hillsdale, MO and a return to Fairmont City. The injured A.J. Williams was also in attendance as well as Ace Hawkins.

They had one interviewer/commentator tryout named Ben Simon who did a fine job and will apparently be at their East Carondelet show this weekend.

Blake Steel is one of the best promo men in the sport today, it was no surprise that he was dead on in showing his skills.(Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Ben Simon was impressive in his effort to win a spot as a professional announcer, here he gets words from Ian Storm (Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Kurt Styles lets the MMWA-SICW know who is. (Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Rick Stone and Ben Simon looks to have a heated conversation.(Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

New faces try their hands on the mic.(Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Tim Miller assist the new comers with their promos, with advice and pointers.(Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Keith asked why I didn’t try out for that spot…and I didn’t really have a good answer for him. Haven’t gotten behind that particular microphone since the GCW days and wouldn’t mind doing it again sometime!

Those in attendance got a chance to prove themselves behind a microphone and also in the ring. The trainees practiced in the ring with Johnny Courageous while those with more experience under their belt had full-fledged matches with the likes of Courageous, Brandon Espinosa, and Sean Vincent.

Former MMWA-SICW manager The Magic Man is always entertaining and I have him hoping for his return to the promotion for some time now. (Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

The Magic Man was in the house and did a classic promo to kick things off…

Was good to see former GCW competitor Ian Storm in the house as well as Springfield IL’s Blake Steel.

Former GCW wrestler Ian Storm gets the upperhand on one of the Midwest top Wrestlers Brandon Espinosa while Ref Eric Davis looks on. (Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Not so fast Storm, what you dish out the talented Espinosa will give you that and more. (Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Is Eric Allen the best wrestler in Illinois? That is what he will tell you.(Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Sean Vincent catches Allen and lets him know about it. (Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Could moments like this lead to a big feud at MMWA-SICW in the future? My money is on the fact that Steel will not forget Espinosa actions during the tryout.(Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

Also saw a couple of guys who have flown under the local radar to some extent, Kurt Styles and Rick Stone. One of the more decorated local grapplers was in the house as Eric Allen sought to add another notch to his resume.

A group from Jefferson City arrived later in the tryout…some did better than others.
Espinosa was quick to let one of them know about an early mistake in their practice matchup.

New faces try their hand at the very difficult skill of wrestling.(Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)


Critiques followed each matchup in the hopes that each wrestler would learn and work to improve. Vincent had a good short sprint with one of the Jeff City upstarts who went by “Bill Murray”(no relation).

Keith Smith and Herb Simmons have seen it all in their many years in the business, they watch the proceedings with a close eye for future talent. (Photo credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

I’m always open to a learning experience and I feel like I’ve learned more in the past few years of wrestling viewing than at any other time in my nineteen(!) years of following the industry. I have all the respect in the world for anyone who steps in a wrestling ring because I couldn’t do what they do. I don’t think lack of in-ring experience disqualifies a person completely from having an opinion about wrestling…though I suppose I would respect the opinion of a wrestler over a non-wrestler.

Look for recaps from both of the shows that MMWA-SICW had in August in the near future at MWR.

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MMWA-SICW on Tour, A Free show and WWE Hall of Famer “CowBoy Bob Orton

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 18, 2010

MMWA-SICW Champion Dave Vaughn and “The Future” Donovan Ruddick have been at war all year long…These two and much more will be showcased this fall when MMWA-SICW goes on tour. (Photo Credit Mike Van Hoogstraat )

MMWA-SICW has promised to be out tour and fans and wrestlers alike are sure to reap the awards. They will be at the South Broadway Athletic Club on September 11th and yes again on the 18TH in East Carondelet.

BUT as our good friend Herb Simmons has told us

That is not all ….

The MMWA-SICW will be in Hillsdale Missouri on September 25th for a “FREE” wrestling event sponsored by the Hillsdale Police department and the city officials for a back to school event for the children. This is an outside event so bring your lawn chair and enjoy the Free Wrestling show. Show starts at 1:00pm located on Jesse Jackson Blvd. Also on the same day, September 25th at 8:00pm the MMWA- SICW will be returning too Fairmont City Illinois at the Holy Rosary Gym. We were there last year and had a great turn out and they have been wanting us back, so we are on the way. This event is sponsored by the Fairmont City Police Athletic League.

Herb Simmons

Herb Simmons interviews wrestling legend “Cowboy” Bob Orton…See Herb and Orton again September 25th in Hillsdale, Missouri and Fairmont City Ilinois. (Photo Credit Mike Van Hoogstraat)

News flash, this just in, for both of these shows, a special guest has just been confirmed, WWE Hall of Famer “CowBoy Bob Orton” will be on hand. And everyone knows that when the Cowboy is in attendance anything can happen.

Editors note: I have been on the phone and e-mails trying to talk many of you to take the opportunity to be a part of tomorrow’s MMWA-SICW Open door policy. This is a golden opportunity to work with the MWR 2009 MWR Promotion of the Year and present yourself to a new crowd. I have been swamped so if I have not got in touch with you, Don’t pout :), all you have to is look right below this post for all the information from our good friend Tim Miller.

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MMWA-SICW Tryout camp this Thursday plus this Saturday wrestling returns to East Carondelet, IL

Posted by flairwhoooooo on August 17, 2010

MMWA-SICW Open-Door Try-Outs
Thursday, August 19th, 2010, 5pm-???
The East Carondelet Community Center
East Carondelet, IL

We are just a little over twenty four hours away from what could be a historic day for professional wrestling in the St. Louis Area and independent wrestling in general. The Open-Door Try-Outs are open to anyone 18yrs of age, working professional a plus but not required, wrestlers, officials, technical hands, etc. should bring a picture ID, State Issued License* (if current) not required to try-out and any promotional materials you may have (pics, videos and resume items) and gear (be prepared as if you were wrestling in a match on a live event). Technical workers should bring examples of what they do, as well. Most of all, bring an OPEN-MIND and positive attitude and be READY! The doors will open at 5pm SHARP with sign-in and registration.

Tony Casta, Herb Simmons, Commissioner Keith Smith and I will have a short question and answer session before the Open-Door Try-Outs to address the Open-Door Policy and answer any question(s) presented before things really get rolling…

THERE ARE NO FEES INVOLVED TO TRY-OUT… PERIOD.

Tony, Herb, Keith and myself have spent countless hours in meetings, negotiations, watching footage, attending “wrestling” events all over the place, watching YouTube clips, e-mails, phone calls, visits to our locations and have put real effort and energy into giving a FAIR, REAL shot to you with these try-outs. Most of the response is very positive. Some of the Legends such as “Maniac” Mark Lewin have told us that we are nuts, Greg Gagne and “Cowboy” Bob Orton say that this has never been done in this fashion before, and to say that we are proud of this concept and effort is an understatement despite what side of the coin you are on!

We are simply giving you a chance to be a part of THE OLDEST, MOST ESTABLISHED and MOST SUCCESSFUL wrestling group in this area! One of the biggest complaints we’ve heard over the years is that “you can’t get in with South Broadway” or “they only use Broadway guys” and we are going to address that and much more this Thursday!

The final thing that we are asking is that those of you that are planning to attend, go to http://www.myspace.com/mmwa-sicw/and send us an e-mail confirming so that we can make our final preparations for this anticipated event!

MMWA-SICW Wrestling On Tour returns THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at 8pm to the East Carondelet Community Center in East Carondelet, IL with another great evening of LIVE wrestling action that you will not want to miss!!! Tony Casta and Herb Simmons are putting the final touches on what could be one of our VERY BEST shows ever PLUS another major announcement from MMWA-SICW Wrestling On Tour

MMWA-SICW Wrestling On Tour, you ask? YES – ON TOUR…

5 BIG shows on BOTH sides of the river are already signed just for the month of September and MMWA-SICW Wrestling is gearing up for an exceptional Fall/Winter Season featuring big action and big surprises!

Several TV Specials are in the works for the weeks and months ahead and MORE big-name talent to appear! As a matter of fact, Double-Helix TV viewers will be treated to a blockbuster tv main event this Friday night with the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on the line! You don’t want to miss it, St. Louis Wrestling fans!

THANK YOU and we look forward to meeting all of you this week.

Tim Miller

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News Item – The NBS Podcast – MMWA-SICW Tryouts in St. Louis 8/19

Posted by flairwhoooooo on July 26, 2010

 

From the Nose Bleed Seats
 
This week on the Nose Bleed Seats Podcast we interview two administrators of Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance-Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling – Tim Miller and Keith Smith. We touch on how the organization came into being after the Wrestling at the Chase era, details the upcoming tryouts in East Carondelet, IL on Thursday Aug. 19th, how the fed got such a long acronym, the STL Hall of Fame, the Missouri Athletic Commission, what many locker rooms lack and more! Hosted by Chris Lee and Crimefighter.

Download to your PC or MP3 player to listen – http://thenbs.podomatic.com/enclosure/2010-07-21T18_32_44-07_00.mp3

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MWR presents MMWA-SICW with the 2009 MWR Promotion of the Year plaque.

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 12, 2010

Tim Miller, Brian Kelley,Tony Costa, Kari Williams and Dubray Tallman. (Photo Credit Michael R Van Hoogstraat)

On April 3r at a packed house at the South Broadway Athletic Club myself , Head write Kari Williams and fan relations Dubray Tallman was in the middle of the ring with Promoter Tony Costa and Tim Miller with the 2009 MWR Promotion of the Year.

The Promotion of the Year is always the most debated among the MWR Awards committee due to the fact there are so many good promotions running today.

In 2009 MMWA-SICW continued to be one of the top drawing shows in the Midwest. They ran over 30 shows while celebrating their 50 Years at Chase that received a full spread in the St Louis Dispatch did a complete and separate spread on 50 years at the Chase with the old stars such Harley Race, Johnny Valentine, Jack Brisco and new stars in Gary Jackson, the Lumberjacks, Dave Vaughn and more.

The MMWA-SICW was also active in work with the community. Announcer and Executive Director Tim Miller had been instrumental with giving back. MMWA-SICW lent a helping hand in the benefit the family of fallen police officer Julius Moore who was killed due to the result of injuries sustained during an on-duty vehicle accident on Tuesday, October 6, 2009. He was 23 years old. The event raised more than $2200 through food sales alone to benefit Police Officer Julius Moore’s family including his three young children, two sons and a daughter all under the age of 5. The event was covered by the press and over 2,000 people showed up to support the cause.

In 2009 MMWA-SICW have given the fans a chance to meet the stars of wrestling by having Harley race, Dave Hebner, Bob Hardcore Holly, Larry Matysik ,Mickey Garagioloa and most recently the wild popular Baron Von Raschke.

These were just a few of the reason why they were chosen as the MWR Promotion of the year.

Once again we would like to thank MMWA-SICW for their hospitality and I highly recommend that you check out them in 2010.

On a personal note I was very excited to be invited up the commentating booth by Herb Simmons during the title match between Champion Dave Vaughn and Phil E Blunt. I was nervous up till I left the booth so I can’t be honest on how well i did but it was truly a great time .

Look for MWR at a local show near you in 2010.

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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 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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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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