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Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat Keeps Order at World League Wrestling

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 27, 2016

By Patrick Brandmeyer
Photos Brian Kelley

Of course, the special guest at WLW was a factor in my decision: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. I got started as a regular wrestling viewer after his most famous feuds with “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Ric Flair, but he was in the opener of the first pay-per-view that I saw via home video(SummerSlam 1991). I heard about the Savage and Flair feuds after the fact and got to see some of his classic bouts through home videos and WCW’s “All-Nighter” marathons. His career essentially ended in 1994 after being injured in his U.S. Title win over some nobody named Stunning Steve Austin, but he had a brief WWE comeback in a feud with Chris Jericho.

His son Richie briefly wrestled for WWE’s developmental system in Florida Championship Wrestling and then NXT, but injuries cut his wrestling career short. Steamboat was an eternal fan favorite for his entire career, despite a handful of temptations to stray to the Dark Side of The Force.

As set up at the April show, Steamboat had already been announced as the special guest but became the special guest referee for the night’s main event bout between Leland Race and Steve Fender. Also, WLW’s first Junior Heavyweight Champion was scheduled to be crowned on this night in a tournament final between Jon Webb and Jayden Fenix. The show had a strong turnout due to Steamboat’s presence…not competing with playoff hockey may have also been a factor. (Go Blues!) I looked after the Missouri Wrestling Revival merchandise table as Brian Kelley took photos at ringside…woo.

Your ring announcer was Brian Thompson; your referee was Richard White.

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Roy Lewis vs. Cody Jones: This was my first time seeing Jones in action; I had seen him at previous independent shows but not in the ring. My initial thought was speculation on who Lewis would be losing to, then I immediately noted that he could have been facing Air Raid or something. However, this one was honestly a pick-’em with a rookie fan favorite against a relatively unknown rulebreaker. Lewis is one-third of the Troy Athletic Club with “The Freestyle Phenom” Jay Howard and “The Natural” J.A. Fair, but he usually flies solo when competing in this area. It was a fine underdog effort for Lewis who survived a lot of heavy artillery from Jones; Jones went to the top rope but missed a frog splash. Lewis capitalized with a La Majistral cradle for the flash pin in 8:12…ROY WINS~! He celebrated his first WLW win in grand fashion with Brian Thompson acknowledging it.

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Justin D’Air vs. “The King Of Crossfit” Mark Sterling: D’Air has recently been sporting light-up wrestling boots, a la Naomi Night’s footwear in WWE; Sterling was emphatically unamused, so D’Air decided to poke fun at Sterling’s toe shoes. Hey, a feud over footwear would be far from the weirdest reason for an issue between professional wrestlers. At any rate, these guys had a solid competitive matchup; Sterling avoided a 450 Splash and D’Air rolled through for a relatively safe landing, but Sterling got the rollup pin with a handful of tights in 11:50(HEEL~!).

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Stacey O’Brien & Lucy Mendez vs. Women’s Champion “Miss Natural” Heather Patera & Paloma Starr: Hey, a women’s division! While the “Divas’ Revolution” has seemingly cooled off to some degree, it’s been good to see women’s wrestling get a higher profile on the national stage. Despite their recent issues, Stacey and Lucy worked well together as a tag team. On the other side, the newer duo of Miss Natural and Paloma Starr had a few glitches in their teamwork, leading to a few shifts in momentum. Stacey had defeated Miss Monica at the April show to re-establish herself as the top contender to Miss Natural’s title. Stacey went old-school with her ring attire, going back to the plaid skirt ensemble. Things broke down near the finish and I felt like more than one person lost track of who was legal, particularly the referee. I could have sworn that Lucy and Natural were legal, but Stacey hit the backcracker on Paloma and got the three-count in 12:16…all righty then. It was a fine match, at any rate.

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“Kickin'” Kyle Roberts vs. Karim Brigante(w/ Miss Monica Passeri): This stemmed from Karim physically abusing his valet at the April show, leading to Kyle making the save. In a pre-recorded video, Kyle told Karim that men don’t put their hands on women in America. The video promo prompted a sneak attack by Brigante in the locker room area, as well as a counter-promo. Brigante has struggled to pick up wins in the Midwest, though I think he won a battle royal at a WLW show elsewhere in Missouri. At any rate, Monica interfered on a few occasions and finally slipped a chain into the ring for her man to use; this brought out Stacey O’Brien for a brief Catfiiiiight(tm Joey Styles). The referee turned his attention to the action on the floor and missed Karim KOing Roberts with the chain, getting the tainted pinfall in 11:43. BUT WAIT~! The referee discovered the international object after the fact and ordered a restart to the match…Roberts immediately capitalized with an enzuigiri and rollup for the real victory in 0:12 of the restart (11:55 total).

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“The Hybrid Ace” Jon Webb vs. Jayden Fenix, Jr. Heavyweight Title Tournament Final: General Manager Matt Murphy brought out the title belt under a cover; his intention was to unveil the championship before presenting it to the winner. Fenix came out to the usual Black Hand Warriors theme, but loudly proclaimed that he was NO LONGER associated with that group; since the BHWs are fan favorites in WLW, that established him as the heel in this bout. Given the eternal series of bouts between High Level Enterprise(Webb & Jack Gamble) and the Black Hand Warriors, these two know each other very well and had one of my favorite matches of the night. Unfortunately, it was marred by an indecisive finish as Fenix brought a chair into the ring…when the referee tried to stop Fenix from using the weapon, Fenix shoved him to the mat. That triggered a disqualification in 18:23 and Fenix whacked Webb with the chair anyway. Fenix continued his dispute with the referee, so Webb got a hold of the chair and nailed Fenix with it. So Webb is the first WLW Jr. Heavyweight Champion, right?…

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…not so fast. Murphy voiced his disapproval of both men’s actions and said that the lineage of the new championship shouldn’t start that way. As a result, he declared that a no-DQ rematch would take place at the show on August 27th and the winner of THAT match would be the first Jr. Heavyweight Champion.

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“The Legacy” Leland Race vs. “Superstar” Steve Fender, special guest referee Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat: In April, Heavyweight Champion Trevor Murdoch & Fender defeated Race and The Math Magician(one of these names is not like the others…) when Fender pinned Race; this match was set up to determine a top contender to Murdoch’s title. (Of note, neither Murdoch nor Tag Team Champions Michael Magnuson & Dave DeLorean were in the house on this night.) The match was good but the crowd response was a bit down; they were probably waiting until Steamboat had his “moment” before they got invested.

Several spots were obvious odes to Steamboat: Backflip out of an armwringer, armdrags, inside cradle counter to a bodyslam, etc. All it was missing was a cross-bodyblock off the top rope. Steamboat was bumped down and Fender hit the brainbuster(which was how he won the tag match in April), but Steamboat wasn’t available to make the count. When he did recover to count, Race kicked out at two-and-a-half…leading to the anticipated confrontation between Steamboat and Fender. Fender repeatedly shoved Steamboat until The Dragon finally retaliated with a shove of his own to assert his authority…at that point, the match continued and Fender’s loss of focus may have contributed to his downfall. The two traded near-falls until Race finally finished with the Go 2 Sleep in 19:36…woo-hoo.

I imagine Murdoch vs. Race will be the main event of the show in August…we’ll see how the rest of the card shapes up.

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WWE Superstar Mark Henry Comes to the 2016 Harley Race Wrestling Camp!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 23, 2016

From the office’s of World League Wrestling

So for those who missed the event Saturday – this is what you missed out on! Night Of Champions 2 is now official! August 27th, 2016 will be the date so set it in your calendars! Last year, we brought hundreds of fans to the Troy Buchanan High School Gymnasium in Troy, and this year we aim to do the same! In an added bonus, fans that attended this past Saturday saw the special announcement of who will be attending – and that is the current WWE Superstar, Former WWE World’s Heavyweight Champion, and World’s Strongest Man – Mark Henry!

I’s are still being dotted and T’s being crossed, but once everything is official, we will have tickets for sale! Stay tuned folks! Night Of Champions 2 will be HUGE!

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To sign up – visit http://www.harleyrace.com/2016trainingcamp.html!

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World League Wrestling Beginners Camp May 27th and 28th, Richmond this Saturday Night

Posted by flairwhoooooo on May 18, 2016

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May 27th and May 28th is the time,  if you have the drive and passion to make it in the world of professional wrestling, don’t waste another moment and try out at the Harvard of Professional Wrestling Academies! This 2 day beginners camp takes place at the Harley Race Wrestling Academy and you will get a glimpse at what it takes to become a professional wrestler! Cost for this is $150 and you will get every penny’s worth!

Call now at 573-392-4100 for information and to sign up!

Plus see WLW in Action in Richmond, Missouri this Saturday Night.

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For all of our fans that are in the greater Richmond, MO area, get ready! May 21st we are coming to town! WLW will be hosting another awesome live event at the Richmond Community Center as a fundraiser not only for the Miss Ray County Pageant Scholarship fund, but also for the Richmond High School band! Tickets will go on sale at the outlets this week, but are already on sale online at http://www.harleyrace.com/event2.html! Be sure to get them now!

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Harley Race Presents World League Wrestling-TV! Episode 9!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 24, 2016

8-Time NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion and WLW Owner – Harley Race – presents to you Episode 9 of WLW-TV! This weeks episode features a wrestler that you haven’t seen on this YouTube Series before – that being Karim Brigante – along-side of his manager – Miss Monica. He goes head-to-head with fan favorite Jon Webb! In the main event of this week’s episode, the Black Hand Warriors challenges for the WLW Tag-Team Championships in a feud that has been brewing for months!

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get notifications on all video content that is uploaded at http://www.youtube.com/theWLWchannel

Tickets are on sale right now for WLW’s Night Of The Dragon featuring Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat at http://www.harleyrace.com/event1.html

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Visit the official website of Harley Race and World League Wrestling at http://www.harleyrace.com

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Ricky Steamboat Comes to Troy May 14th !!!! Plus WLW Returns this Saturday Night

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 12, 2016

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Harley Race’s World League Wrestling presents WLW-TV! Episode 7!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 29, 2016

8-Time NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion and the Greatest Wrestler on God’s Green Earth – Harley Race – and his professional wrestling promotion (World League Wrestling) bring to you Episode 7 of WLW-TV! This week’s action-packed episode features matches from WLW’s first event of 2016 – PAYBACK! With special guest WWE Hall-Of-Famer Ted DiBiase! Both matches are tag-team matches and include Elite Aggression 2.0 (Superstar Steve and Mark Sterling) vs. newcomer Roy Lewis and Air-Raid, as well as Jayden Fenix and Leland Race vs. Trevor Murdoch tagging with Air-Raid! Be sure to watch and listen for the stipulations taking place in this episode and be sure to watch the outcome!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for all WLW-TV Episodes as well as video announcements, interviews, and much more!

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Subscribe to WLW-TV on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/theWLWchannel

For information on Harley Race, the Harley Race Wrestling Academy, and World League Wrestling – visit http://www.harleyrace.com

April 2nd, 2016 event in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri – http://www.harleyrace.com/event2.html

April 16th, 2016 event in Troy, Missouri at the Race Wrestling Arena – http://www.harleyrace.com/event1.html

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Black Hand Warriors Back on Top at WLW

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 25, 2016

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By Patrick Brandmeyer
Photos Brian Kelley

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WLW Ring Announcer Dan Gier

Justin D’Air vs. Mike Outlaw, Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament: WLW hadn’t created a new championship since 2001(!) when the Tag Team Titles were started. At the previous show, Jon Webb defeated Danny Adams and Ace Hawkins pinned Kyle Roberts to advance in the tournament; Webb vs. Hawkins will be one semifinal and this night’s matches would determine the other semifinal. This was the first meeting between these two in the St. Louis area, though they had faced each other in other parts of the country.

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Outlaw was oddly reserved in his entrance and then went into full rulebreaker mode once the bell rang…it was the first time I had seen him in that role in person. Notably, Outlaw turned on D’Air after they lost the High Risk Wrestling Tag Team Titles to Logan & Sterling Riegel, so there was some backstory even if it was on the other side of Missouri. D’Air looked really good with several impressive aerial moves, including a ropewalk into a plancha off the top rope. D’Air rallied and went for the 450 Splash, but Outlaw raised his knees to block the move and rolled up D’Air with his feet on the ropes for the cheap pin in 11:51. Afterwards, Outlaw told the ringside fans that it was just what “outlaws” do.

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Jon Webb vs. Karim Brigante (w/ Miss Monica Passeri): Good to see Brigante and Monica again…they had gone back to Italy for a little while, but recently returned to the Harley Race Dojo. Webb is an odds-on favorite in the Jr. Heavyweight Title tournament and has been expanding his arsenal in recent months; he pulled out an impressive rana counter to a vertical suplex in the match with Leland Race that just aired on their YouTube show. These guys have a really solid matchup; Monica did a fine job of jawing with the fans and interfering when the referee’s back was turned. She has wrestled in Italy (saw a few clips on YouTube) but I don’t think she’s competed in the States yet; I can only imagine the Missouri licensing headaches. Monica’s interference prevented a few chances for Webb to close things out, but it finally backfired as Webb knocked Karim into his valet, knocking her off the apron.

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A few exchanges later, Webb finished with a superkick and Sliced Bread #2 in 8:39…woo.

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Trevor Murdoch (w/ Tag Team Champions Steve Fender & Mark Sterling) vs. Roy Lewis for the Heavyweight Title: Per General Manager Matt Murphy, Murdoch has contractual freedom to hand-pick his challengers…notably, former champion Leland Race did not wrestle on this show (though I’m pretty sure I saw him in attendance).

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Murdoch gave a big verbal buildup for his challenger (he’s WLW’s first Eagle Scout!), but it was obvious that he had picked the inexperienced Lewis with the expectation of an easy night. Lewis was psyched just to get the opportunity to be in the ring with the former WWE Tag Team Champion, but the enthusiasm went away in a hurry as he took a serious beating. The “welcome to wrestling, kid” initiation is continuing for Lewis, obviously. The fans chanted “We Want Leland”, prompting Murdoch to ask “What about Roy?”…heh. Lewis got a late rally, but Murdoch rolled through a cross-bodyblock for the win in 5:36…I think he was in the ropes and may have had a handful of tights as well, but I had trouble seeing from my vantage point.
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The post-match beatdown ensued…all three Black Hand Warriors ran in to brawl with Murdoch and company, but they got the worst of the exchange and were a bit dinged up heading into their matches later in the night.

Heather Patera vs. Stacey O’Brien vs. Lucy Mendez for the Women’s Title: There was an altercation at the previous show that set up this match. Miss Natural and Stacey had battled for the past year or so, but Lucy is also a former WLW Women’s Champion and started her wrestling career with this promotion. In contrast to Dynamo Pro’s alignments, Miss Natural was the rulebreaker in this match while both challengers were fan favorites.

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I was honestly disappointed that this match didn’t get more time; the match was good for what it was, but I think they’re capable of doing even better. Lucy and Stacey started fighting before Miss Natural was even introduced, kick-starting the bout as the champion bide her time and let the challengers fight it out.
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There were some really good triple threat exchanges, including the obligatory Tower Of Doom spot with Miss Natural powerbombing Stacey as she superplexed Lucy. The finish saw Stacey hit the backcracker on Lucy, only for Miss Natural to toss Stacey out of the ring and steal the pin on Lucy in 6:15.

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Jayden Fenix vs. “The Yoga Monster” Mike Sydal, Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament: The winner would move on to face Mike Outlaw in the semifinals. With Sydal in rulebreaking mode for the night, the winner seemed obvious; the Black Hand Warriors have built a pretty strong fanbase in Troy since even before their official turn to fan favoritism. There were a few scattered “Derek Jeter” chants for Fenix but they didn’t last. I haven’t seen Sydal in the heel role as often in recent years, but he’s very effective at it as he focused his attack on the arm. Sydal never had an opportunity to go for the Yogasault; Fenix won with a flying knee strike(a la Mr. Brie Bella) in 10:41.

They played a video on the TV monitors in the building to announce the special guest for the May 14th show: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat! Very cool…will need to check the schedule and see if I’m free for that.

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Elite Aggression (Superstar Steve Fender & “The Fittest Wrestler On Earth” Mark Sterling)(w/ Trevor Murdoch) vs. The Black Hand Warriors (Michael Magnuson & Dave DeLorean) for the Tag Team Titles: This feud stemmed from Fender and Dangerous Derek McQuinn cashing in Fender’s Harley Race Invitational Tournament opportunity after DeLorean and Jayden Fenix had won a four-team tournament for the vacant tag titles; Fender & McQuinn defeated the worn-down champions for the belts immediately after the tourney final. McQuinn suffered a recent injury and Sterling was allowed to substitute as Fender’s tag partner; I had honestly forgotten that Fender & Sterling had been Tag Champs in their own right in the past. Magnuson only recently returned to action, reuniting the original Black Hand Warriors tandem for this grudge match.

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The match was clearly going long as they did the slow build, starting with a lot of quick tags on the Warriors’ side. While Fender & Sterling would seem to be the less-experienced duo, they had teamed in the past so their own continuity was on point as well. The champs were able to isolate DeLorean(disposing of his ever-present T-shirt) and then Magnuson, but the challengers finally regained control and cleaned house. They were able to get Sterling out of the game long enough for Magnuson to hit a Codebreaker on Fender, followed by DeLorean dropping Fender with a superkick and getting the pin in 25:12! We have NEWWWWW Tag Team Champions…Jayden Fenix came out to celebrate with his partners.

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Mixed Tag Chaos, The Yoga Monster Mike Sydal and the return of Karim Brigante Highlights WLW’s Return to Excelsior Springs, MO

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 18, 2016

Results courtesy of Brian Thompson

Missouri Wrestling Revival was on hand for the return on WLW in Excelsior Springs, MO as they continued their long tradition of supporting those in need.. This time it was help out the FBLA, as well as a young gentleman Greg’s medical bills.
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The night started off with the return of one of Italy’s hottest young stars Karim Brigante who was escorted with Miss Monica. Though it has been a little over a half of a year since they returned back to the states, their arrogance and demeanor has not changed in the slightest.

Once the American national anthem ended Karim Brigante and Miss Monica entered the ring and issued an open challenge.

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Never one to step down the challenged was accepted by Leland Race who shocked the young star in the first match for the victory.

In the second match Mike Sydal continued his winning ways by defeating the high flyer Kyle Roberts by masterfully working on his legs, thus slowing him down for the win.

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Speaking of high flying, Justin D’Air has earned the reputation of being fearless and once again he showed that when he took the fight to the Black Hand Warriors, Dave DeLorean before being pinned.

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Miss Natural Heather Patera has a stranglehold on the WLW Ladies Championship and with the rules on her side she was able to retain the title against Stacey O’Brien via countout. Yet adding insult to injury, Patera and Steve Fender taunted O’Brien and Leland Race to a rare WLW mix tag team match.

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Patera and Fender used every trick in the book to get under the skin of O’Brien and Race, but it would not be enough as the fan favorites got the last laugh when Race pinned Fender with the GTS to end the night on a high note.

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WLW Returns this Saturday Night in Troy, Missouri

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WLW Weekly Update – March 7, 2016!

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 7, 2016

Leland Race gives the first weekly update of Harley Race’s World League Wrestling! Tune in to find out what’s going on in WLW!

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WLW will be in Excelsior Springs, Missouri This Saturday Night

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 1, 2016

WLW will be in Excelsior Springs, Missouri on March 5, 2016! Tickets are on sale at http://www.harleyrace.com/event2.html or at Triple-E Tires, The Excelsior Springs Standard Newspaper Office, and any student representative of the Excelsior Springs High School FBLA!

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