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Posts Tagged ‘World League Wrestling’

The Best Kept Secret in the MWR Coverage Area Heading into 2018

Posted by flairwhoooooo on December 10, 2017

By Brian Kelley

As we head into 2018 I have made my way to over my 50th show of the year. Throughout the years I have witness Jeremy Wyatt go from a wrestler in Kansas to a man that many consider to be the best in the Midwest for the past decade. We have covered and supported homegrown talents that have wrestled literally around the world.

Yes, it has been a honor and pleasure to work with past legends of wrestling and the superstars of today, one of first MWR goals has been to shed some light on the young talent in the area to wrestling fans around the country.

MWR has an award at the beginning of the year to honor the wrestler we feel has the work ethic, talent and drive to become one of the best in the sport. That award is named the MWR Future Star and last year the bar was set high with the likes of Kevin Lee Davidson, Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett, three men who has earned the respect of fans and promoters alike for great matches each and every night.

As we go head into the end of the year it is easy to point out to any fans in the area that Dak Draper, Jake Parnell, the Riegel Twins, and Stephen Wolf are men that deliver night in and night out when called upon.

Recently during a conversation with some wrestling fans who I though was the one wrestler who fans have not heard of who could become the future. I told them that I had not thought about it but if they gave me a moment to sleep on it then I would share my choice on the MWR site.

So though it is not an official award, this is my personal choice of who I would add to my roster that is not known that I could build into a huge superstar if I had a promotion.

That man is Jaden Roller. I have only seen him in action less than a handful of times, but the skill set is obvious and you add on the fact that he has charisma. With the right opportunity I could see Roller become a Champion that could headline cards for years to come.

So I ask you. Who do you feel is a wrestler that we will be talking about that is currently relative unknown?

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WLW 2017 November Photo Recap From the Harley Race Wrestling Arena

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 19, 2017

Mike Sydal pinned Air Raid

WLW Jr. Heavyweight Champion Jon Webb d. Orion Creed

Jayden Fenix d. Sean Orleans

Ron Simmons takes the time to visit with Harley Race andf the WLW Fans.

Leland Race d. Rex Fults

Superstar Steve Fender & Brandon Espinosa d. Kyle Roberts & Warwick Stephans to win the vacant WLW Tag titles.

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Arn Anderson is on His way to WLW in 2018 on March 10th

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 6, 2017

It was announced that during World League Wrestling this past weekend that during the Night of Champions 3 on March 10th, the Enforcer Arn Anderson is on his way to the Harley Race Wrestling Arena. Anderson is an WWE Hall of Famer and an original Four Horseman. He makes very few appearances in the Midwest so we urge you to reserve that day to join WLW that night.

Keep up with MWR for more details on Tickets and location as they come in.

 

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New WLW Tag Team Champions – Steve Fender and Brandon Espinosa

Posted by flairwhoooooo on November 5, 2017

This past weekend at the Harley Race Wrestling Arena, Superstar Steve Fender and Brandon Espinosa defeated Kyle Roberts and Warwick Stephans to win the vacated WLW Tag-Team Championships. The new tag team Champions Fender and Espinosa were able to win the belts despite miscommunication between the two at that saw them come to near blows during several key moments of the contact .

If these two can get on the same page, they could very well hold onto these belts for a long time as both of them are two of the top wrestlers during the MWR years. Fender was one half of the first ever WLW Tag Team Champions back in 2001 with Matt Murphy. Since then he has held onto the belt with several partners throughout the years including Ace Steel, Mason Hunter, Mark Sterling, Bao Nguyen and Dangerous Derek just to name a few. Espinosa is no stranger to tag team success with partners Brandon Aarrons, Mike Sydal and Ace Hawkins.

WLW returns to Richmond, Missouri this coming Saturday. Be sure to keep up with MWR updates on the new Champions and WLW Stars.

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Ron Simmons Comes to the Race Wrestling Arena This Saturday Night in Troy, MO

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 29, 2017

Harley Race’s World League Wrestlng brings it again! Live Professional Wrestling that the entire family can enjoy!

WWE Hall of Fame member, Former WCW Heavyweight Champion, and former WWE Tag-Team Champion RON “FAROOQ” SIMMONS will be attending the event to meet the fans and see the hype of what is happening at the Race Wrestling Arena! Fans can purchase autographs and photos with Mr. Simmons before and during the event.

The main event is set as Kyle Roberts and Warwick Stephans team up to take on Superstar Steve and Brandon Espinosa! More matches to be announced!

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Kris Wyatt Gone But Not Forgotten –New Breed Wrestling Honored a Friend in Eldon, Missouri

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 25, 2017

Though he never held a World title or wrestled in Japan, Kris Wyatt touched many people in his life. From a loving son and husband, he took time to support local wrestling for many years in Missouri as a group of Harley Race’s World League Wrestling fans called the Fulton Animals. They came to many wrestling events to cheer the good guys and to give the bad ones a hard time. When it was said and done Kris and his group of friends created memories for not only themselves but the wrestlers they supported.

Many years later Kris would team up with former World League Wrestling referee Scott Zei when he decided to start the Missouri base New Breed Wrestling. Kris would be helpful with the sound system, before taking over the booking.

Kris would have been proud of the huge turnout for the sport that he loved. The night started off with a ten bell salute in the honor of Kris and former Central States Wrestling ring announcer Bill Kersten. Former WLW and WWE Superstar Trevor Murdoch made a surprise appearance for a special speech to the fans on what Kris meant to him and his career.

In attendance was his mother Daisy and wife Cindy as well as many extended family ringside. The night would feature many high flying, hard hitting battles and a steel chain match that had the crowd popping all night long worthy of our friend Kris Wyatt.

Prior to the New Breed Wrestling event the fans could sign a memorial book of Kris Wyatt as they checked out the joy that he brought many in his life.

Many of the New Breed Wrestling family gathered for a photo at the memorial table. These were just a few of the hard working men and women that were proud to be a part of the Kris Wyatt Memorial event.

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October 2017 World League Wrestling Recap Harley Race Invitational Tournament Finals

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 21, 2017

 

Brandon Espinosa def. Danny Adams

Rex Fults def. Jaden Roller

Superstar Steve Fender def. Warwick Stephens

WLW Jr. Heavyweight Champion Jon Webb def. Orion Creed

MWR Missouri Champion Ace Hawkins def. Jack Gamble

Jayden Fenix def. Kyle Roberts to win the Harley Race Invitational Tournament

Harley Race’s World League Wrestlng brings it again! Live Professional Wrestling that the entire family can enjoy!

WWE Hall of Fame member, Former WCW Heavyweight Champion, and former WWE Tag-Team Champion RON “FAROOQ” SIMMONS will be attending the event to meet the fans and see the hype of what is happening at the Race Wrestling Arena! Fans can purchase autographs and photos with Mr. Simmons before and during the event.

The main event is set as Kyle Roberts and Warwick Stephans team up to take on Superstar Steve and Brandon Espinosa! More matches to be announced!

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Dak Draper – The Mile High Magnum By Brian Hoops

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 18, 2017

By Brian Hoops
Photos Brian Kelley

July 31, 2014 was a career defining moment of young Sam Udell, having just been cut from his
WWE developmental contract, Udell faced an uncertain future. “It was weird, I didn’t know what I
was going to do, but I knew that I would be alright. I was excited for the new adventure. I love
stories. I love telling stories, I love listening to stories. I knew I’d get a lot of cool stories out of
the next few years,” Udell explained.

Udell was born in Denver, Colorado on March 20, 1988 to Chris and Janet Udell. Udell’s father
was a huge influence on him growing up. “My dad always knew that there was something
different about me. He would tell me that other people can grow up to work 9-5 jobs, I’m
supposed to do something else, I’m supposed to be in front of people.He was big on goal
setting, and being conscious of whether or not what you’re doing will bring you closer or further
from achieving your goals.”

Growing up in Denver, Udell was an avid sports fan, following the Denver Broncos NFL team
and the WWE (WWF at the time).

Udell played football and wrestled at St. Mary’s Prep high school in Colorado Springs, a suburb
of Denver and lead the state of Colorado in quarterback sacks his senior year from his
defensive end spot. Udell would win male athlete of the year and player of the year honors in
football and city and league wrestling champion and Tri-Peaks league wrestler of the year.

Even though he has the work ethic of a Champion Dak Draper always has time to enjoy the view in the mirror.

Udell was recruited by Chadron State, a Division II wrestling power house in Chadron, Nebraska
to join the University’s wrestling program. Udell wrestled and lettered three years and placed in
the top 12 in the nation his senior year in the NCAA national tournament. It was at the NCAA
finals that he caught the eye of WWE talent scout Gerry Brisco. “Late in the summer of 2011
they brought me to FCW for a tryout. I was in FCW for a week. The only thing I did well was my
promo.”

Udell didn’t get signed, but Brisco told him to work on his body and to find a wrestling school. “I
moved back to Denver and ended up meeting Pat Tanaka and trained with Pat for about nine
months. Gerry Brisco called me again and offered me another tryout. I did well in the ring and in
the promo again and after the promo, they pulled me aside and told me they were gonna sign
me.”

Udell signed a two year WWE developmental contract in August, 2012. The first year he spent
in Tampa before the current WWE Performance Center was built in Orlando. Udell worked in
developmental as Travis Tyler, mostly in an enhancement role.

Udell was released from the developmental contract on July 31, 2014 and moved back to
Denver to work on the independent scene. Udell made ends meet by becoming a personal
trainer and wrestled weekends on the independents.

Unbeknownst to Udell, the wheels were in motion in Kansas City, Missouri for the biggest
opportunity of his wrestling career.

A lifelong wrestling fan by the name of Major Baisden sold his tech company, Iris Data Services,
for $134 million and was looking for his next business opportunity. Born in Sacramento,
California, Baisden graduated from the University of California-Davis at only 19 years old.
Basiden worked as a manager for the legal tech support unit of the California Department of
Justice and helped to move the company into the digital age. In 2007, Baisden moved to
Kansas City and formed his own company, Iris Data Services.

After selling his company in January, 2015 and staying on through the year as a consultant,
Baisden contacted Chris Gough. Gough had experience working for the WWE (1999-2003) and
founded Metro Pro Wrestling in Kansas City in 2010. Gough also produced the documentary on
wrestling in the Central States territory called “KC On the Mat.” Baisden offered to buy Metro
Pro Wrestling and hired Gough to run his new organization, the “National Wrasslin League” in
August, 2016.

Gough was named directer of operations of the new company and his duties include,
announcing, booking and hiring of talent. One of the first calls Gough made when recruiting
wrestlers was to Udell. Gough had always wanted to book Udell for his Metro Pro Wrestling
promotion. “He was appealing to me because he had been to the WWE like me. I knew he
would appreciate this opportunity because of that.”

Udell met with Gough and Baisden in Kansas City, liked what he heard and signed a two year
contract. Udell became Dakota (Dak) Draper from Denver, Colorado.

“I gained a lot of confidence wrestling in the independents. That was the thing that held me back
in WWE, I was always trying to be a character instead of being myself. Now I can be Dak
Draper who thinks he is above everyone else.”

Draper refers to himself as the “Mile High Magnum” as a tribute to his home city and one of his
favorite wrestlers, Magnum TA. Draper says being a heel is natural for him. “Dr. Tom (Prichard)
told us the first day of (WWE) developmental that the best wrestling characters are extensions
of ourselves with the volume turned up. I didn’t really understand it at the time, but I am starting
to now.”

Draper exploded on the NWL scene and quickly became the most polarizing figure on the NWL
roster. Boasting to be 6’5”, tan and handsome; Draper’s arrogance attracted the ire of some
fans, but also the adulation of many more. Draper’s t-shirt is the best selling merchandise item
for the NWL.

Draper won a tournament to crown the first NWL Kansas City champion, defeating rival Blaine
Meeks in the final. Draper has since cleared out all challengers in the division and remains the
only undefeated member of the NWL roster.

While speaking into a microphone has always been Draper’s strength, his verbal skills and in
ring presence have improved during his time in the NWL. “I created a weekly YouTube show
called ‘The Magnum Minute’ which has helped me so much on the microphone. Editing videos
of myself over and over makes it easy to improve.

Draper appreciates being involved in the NWL promotion. “I really want to make the NWL a
successful company. Its really cool to be involved in the process of creating wrestling instead of
people telling you what to do.”

No one wrestler is more giving of his time in promoting wrestling for the NWL than Draper.
Draper’s verbal skills and outgoing personality make him the go to man on the NWL roster when
it comes to radio and television appearances for promoting upcoming events. Draper routinely
spends his free time making personal appearances trying to promote the NWL brand.

“I got the right basics in NXT and then went out and got a chance to apply what I learned on my
own. I got to think and grow with no safety nets,” Draper explained when talking about his in ring
performance. “I’m not playing a role when I’m out there anymore, I’m being who I’ve wanted to
be for my entire life. I’m comfortable when all eyes are on me, and I’m at my best when I’m
comfortable.”

Through aggressive marketing efforts, NWL has secured television time in Kansas City for the
first time since the mid to late 1980’s when Central States was a TV staple. I asked Draper if
being on local television has brought him any recognition when he is out in downtown Kansas
City. “Actually, I was out in the Power & Light District and someone recognized me. That didn’t
happen, even in Orlando. I had some tickets to our next show with me and gave the guy a
couple of tickets to watch the Mile High Magnum.”

NWL television is also available in St. Joseph, Joplin and Springfield, Missouri as well as
Wichita, Kansas. The NWL you tube channel also shows the television program after they have
aired on TV.

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Harley Race’s WLW 2-Day Beginners Training Camp Nov 3-4 Only $150.00

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 16, 2017

Many of you have been asking – when is the next beginners camp? Well – we have answers! November 3rd and 4th! Coming up in just a few weeks is your opportunity to dive head first into finding out what training is like at one of the most prestigious wrestling schools around.

You will get hands-on training for 2 days straight, and this camp will be different from the others we have hosted as this 2-day beginners training camp will be held in conjunction with the November 4th supershow with WWE Hall of Fame member Ron Simmons comes to the Race Wrestling Arena!

You will find out what goes into training at a 5-star wrestling school, but also what it is like at a professional wrestling event.

Information on this camp can be found at http://www.harleyrace.com/2017beginnerscamp.html. Cost for this camp is $150 total.

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Congratulations to Jayden Fenix for Winning the 2017 Harley Race Invitational Tournament

Posted by flairwhoooooo on October 14, 2017

Brandon Espinosa def. Danny Adams
Rex Fults def. Jaden Roller
Superstar Steve Fender def. Warwick Stephens
WLW Jr. Heavyweight Champion Jon Webb def. Orion Creed (W/ Cando Curtis)
MWR Missouri Champion Ace Hawkins def. Jack Gamble
Jayden Fenix d. Kyle Roberts to win the Harley Race Invitational Tournament

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