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Draper Becomes the First NWL Champion

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 26, 2017

By Brian Hoops
Photos Brian Kelley

In the National Wrasslin League, one man stands taller than the rest. At 6’5”, Dakota “Dak”
Draper is not only the tallest wrestler on the roster, he is the first ever NWL Kansas City
Heavyweight Champion.

Draper was crowned champion by defeating Blaine Meeks in the finals of a tournament held
over three months on April 1 at the Scottish Rites Temple in Kansas City, Missouri. The National
Wrestling League was formed in 2016 by  and started promoting in Kansas City
and St. Louis in January, 2017. Shows are run every other Saturday in Kansas City and every
other Sunday in St. Louis.

Draper, real name Sam Udell, was recruited to the NWL KC roster by NWL Director of
Operations Chris Gough. Gough was a former writer for WWE and had always wanted to book
Draper 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.”

Draper, better known as “The Mile High Magnum” hails from Colorado. “I grew up a wrestling
fan and was huge fan of”, Draper told me in a phone interview. Draper ended up
wrestling collegiality at Chadron State University in Chadron, Nebraska, a Division 2 program. It
was at the NCAA finals that he caught the eye of WWE talent scout Jerry Brisco. “Late in the
summer of 2007 they brought me to FCW for a tryout. I was in FCW for a week. The only thing I
did well was my promo.”

Draper didn’t get signed but Brisco told him to work on his body and to move to Denver and find
a wrestling school. “I 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.”
Draper signed a two year developmental contract, the first year he spent in Tampa before the
current WWE Performance Center was built in Orlando. Draper worked in developmental as
Travis Tyler and worked mostly in an enhancement role. Draper was released from the
developmental contract in August of 2016 and moved back to Denver to work on the
independent scene.

“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 growing up, Magnum TA. Draper says being a heel is natural for him. “Dr.
Tom (Prichard) told us the first day of 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 is the complete athlete that can cause fits for his opponents on the ground and surprisingly in the air as well. Here he catches Blaine Meeks off guard in the finals for the NWL KC Championship.

Draper is one of the eight wrestlers who are employed by the National Wrasslin League. He is
signed through the end of 2018 and appreciates being involved in the 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.”

Draper is the first and only NWL Kansas City Champion. The NWL Kansas City Title will only be
defended in Kansas City and likewise the NWL St. Louis Title will only be defended in St. Louis.
Gough says by the end of the year a champion of the NWL will be crowned and the title will be
defended anywhere. At the end of the year in December, the NWL Kansas City Champion will
meet the NWL St. Louis Champion to determine the NWL Champion.

Gil Rogers put up a fight for the NWL KC title at the Scottish Rite Temple, but Dak Draper would show off his championship skills to retain the belt.

“The NWL championship match will take place in the city that has the best record in the series
between Kansas City and St. Louis at the time. We have a running total record of matches
between a guy from the Kansas City roster versus a guy from the St. Louis roster.” Gough
explained, “Tag Team Champions will be crowned down the road, but probably not this year.”
Gough, the primary recruiter of talent for the NWL is always looking for new talent and bringing in
fresh faces. Former Ring of Honor Champion Kyle O’Reilly has recently worked for the
promotion and “Hardcore” Bob Holly is signed for April 29 in Kansas City.

Fans of the promotion can watch NWL on its you tube channel. Fans in Kansas City can watch
NWL KC on broadcast television at 11 pm Saturday nights on channel 38, The Spot. Gough said
it is the first time professional wrestling has been on broadcast television in Kansas City 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

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Please Sign this Petition For WWE to Hire Dartallion Allen Jr. at Change.org

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 12, 2017

Click here to sign

Trying this avenue to be granted the opportunity to work for the WWE. I’m a comic book/concept artist out of Saint Louis Missouri who has had a dream of working for the WWE my whole life . I have been involved in pro wrestling for over 10 years and creating art professionally for 13 years now . I’ve designed belts for companies such as Glory Pro, Chikara Pro , Dynamo Pro and done countless design work for many wrestlers in the business. All I would like is an opportunity to do what I love .

Dartallion Allen Jr.

This petition will be delivered to:

World Wrestling Entertainmment
Vince McMahon
Triple H
Stephanie McMahon
Shane McMahon

Click here to sign

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The Letterman Era Is Upon Us – Todd Letterman is the First NWL STL Champion

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 10, 2017

By Brian Kelley

Just in case you are one of the few that did not hear Todd Letterman proclaim loudly to NWL correspondent Marti Belle that the Letterman era has begun, this is an bonus warning to all NWL wrestlers from MWR .

Letterman showed off his athleticism, power and perseverance in classic matches during the NWL STL tournament against Skyler Beckett, Marcellus Gaines,  Mathew Grundy and then a brutal war with Maverick in the finales that sealed his name in the history books.

When the year started MWR announced that he was one of the 2016 MWR Future Stars of the Year, Todd Letterman would be a star. Little did we know that Letterman would be the man to make history as the first ever NWL STL Championship.

We have a lot of respect for  Letterman who has been trained under former ROH WORLD Champion Michael Elgin, took advantage of the Harley Race WLW, WWE, Noah camp and last year wrestled in Europe . No one else looks like him and I can’t say enough about how much upside he has in years to come. .

With that said, we have not been impressed with his attitude and actions as of late in interviews and in the ring, but there is no denying that he is well deserving of being the NWL STL Champion.

Look for updates at MWR on who the new champ will face in his first defense. Will it be Maverick (who had just won a huge match earlier last night against Cornell Douglass, prior to the clash with Letterman for the title) get a rematch and end the era before it gets rolling,  or is 2017 the year of the “5 star Phenom” Todd Letterman and we will just have to deal with it?

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MWR Trading Card #32 Miss Monica

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 8, 2017

When you first see Miss Monica, you are mesmerized over the stunning beauty of Italy’s hottest import into the United States, but the longer you look the more you see that she is to be respected for her desire to be the best that she can be in the ring. Trained by Harley Race along with her partner Karim Brigante, the two have made multiple tours of the USA to take on all challengers.

In 2016, she had a record year when she won the WLW Women’s Championship at the Night of Champions. She would feud with a who’s who of top stars in the Midwest as well as making an appearance on WWE’s Monday night RAW. Miss Monica’s year of great matches and feuds took her to the top of MWR as the 2016 MWR Female Wrestler of the Year.

If 2016, was a very good year then 2017 has been AWESOME as Miss Monica has led Karim Brigante to the WLW Championship and she is currently one of the most sought out performers in the Midwest today.

We have no doubt that the best is yet to come for her and Karim, so it is a great honor to deliver to you the fans Miss Monica her very own MWR Trading card at number 32.

Be sure to catch her at a show to purchase your very own card to get autographed before she goes back to Italy to

 

MWR Trading Card Series: Set #2

#1 Kyle O’Reilly

#2 TJ Perkins

#3 “The Alternative” Brandon Gallagher

#4 Nikki St John

5 “The Big Hurt” Abu Colossus

#6 Darin Corbin

#7 The Iceman

#8 Shooter Spotlight presents ‘American Fury’ Jonathan West

#9 Shooter Spotlight presents Jake Dirden

#10 Shooter Spotlight presents Jimmy Rockwell

#11 Pete Sanctions

#12 Gary Jackson

#13 Ryan Drago

#14 Jack Gamble

#15 Claudia Del Solis

#16 “Crazy” Mary Dobsin

#17 Mephisto

# 18 Jordynne Grace

#19 Leva Bates

#20 Referee Scott Lentz

#21 The Viking War Party (Voracious Viking Frank Wyatt, The Littlest Viking and the American Viking)

#22 Mike Sydal

#23 Santana Garrett

#24 Redwing Presented by Wrestle Radio Podcast

#25 Leland Race Presented by Cold Meal Productions.

#26 Ring Announcer Don Diablo

#27 Shooter Spotlight Presents Jon Webb

#28 Shooter Spotlight Presents The Math Magician

#29 Referee Jay King

#30 Referee Gentleman Jason Pemberton

#31 The Roman Dynasty (Karim Brigante and Miss Monica)

Check out Set #1

To purchase MWR Trading cards:

1) Catch the star at a show to have them autograph the cards personally

2) Contact them via facebook or myspace

3) Send $2.00 in money order or check for each card at *

Brian Kelley

815 East Love Street , Mexico, Missouri 65265

or Paypal at flairmwr@yahoo.com

*Checks will take longer to clear than money orders so expect time for that to happen. Make sure you list exactly what card you are wanting to have.

Please note that when purchasing MWR Trading cards from the wrestlers, that they decide the prices for their cards. We highly recommend that you get them from the stars themselves and let them know that you enjoy MWR.

These cards are limited and are not mass produced making them highly collectable.

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World League Wrestling Action Returns to Richmond, Missouri on April 22

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 8, 2017

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Miss Monica, Kurt Angle, Larry Matysik and MWR on the New SICW Wrestling Explosion as Seen on FITE TV

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 3, 2017

Missouri Wrestling Revival is so excited to have the video presentation of the 2016 MWR Female Wrestler of the Year, Miss Monica with special guest Kurt Angle seen around the world in the brand new SICW Wrestling Explosion as seen on FITE TV and Youtube. Fans in St. Louis , Missouri can watch in on Charter Cable 198.

Hall of Fame announcer Larry Matysik has returned to the announce booth with Dr. Drew Abbenhaus. That and so much more in this exciting show that is jammed packed with exciting action with top stars including former SICW Champion Flash Flanagan, Marc Houston, Curtis Wylde, Johnny Blade, Jimmy D and Big Daddy all involved.

Please enjoy this episode of SICW Wrestling Explosion.

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Katie Masson’s Day with the Heart of Gold, Kurt Angle

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 29, 2017

By Brian Kelley

Kurt Angle should have an ego. He is an Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medalist, a multi-time World Heavyweight Champion, a George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Famer, and a WWE Hall of Famer as of this weekend. Yet, when he visited World League Wrestling for a meet-and-greet prior to an event in Troy, Missouri, he was so humble and polite you could tell that he cared for his fans.

Prior to the event, Missouri Wrestling Revival worked with Harley Race, Leland Race, and WLW to welcome Katie Masson to the Race Arena as a special guest to meet Kurt Angle prior to the event. She is diagnosed with cri du chat, also known as 5p- syndrome.  It’s a chromosomal deletion disorder resulting in a wide spectrum of intellectual and developmental abilities.

I took photos for the fans with Kurt Angle.  When Katie and her father Billy Jack Masson came up to meet Angle, I wished I would have video-recorded the encounter. It was a moment that will forever be remembered in the Masson household.

It was a pleasure to meet the Massons that day, and MWR Artist Dartallion Allen Jr. surprised Katie with several exclusive Top Draws of current WWE Superstars for her as a birthday gift.  During the matches, the Massons sat in the front row.  They even got a welcome to the Race Wrestling Arena in front of the crowd by ring announcer Brian Thompson.

The day and night was highlighted for me by great moments that included watching Angle and Harley Race enjoy some one-on-one time, many great matches, and even one of the biggest roar of the crowd I have heard when Angle (as a special guest referee) leveled Jayden Fenix during the Leland Race–Fenix match.

Still, my lasting impression is the sincere moment that Kurt Angle shared with Katie Masson.

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Wrestle Talk Podcast to Present Mike Outlaw/ Dez Wellston with the 2016 MWR Wrestler of the Year Plaque

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 24, 2017

Wrestle Talk Podcast with Joe & René

Hey yo.. Got some news! Not only will Dez Wellston/Mike Outlaw be at #UniverseMania3 but he will be presented with his Missouri Wrestling Revival Wrestler of the Year award at the event! Just another reason to make sure you don’t miss the biggest party this side of Orlando, FL!

I have reached out to our good friends at Wrestle Talk Podcast to see if they would be so kind to present our 2016 MWR Wrestler of the Year Dez Wellston, formally known as Mike Outlaw with his plaque at the biggest WrestleMania Party in KC this year. That is right, watch Wrestlemania and see local history being made at the same time as our friend Brandis Outlaw will be in the house to represent MWR in the presentation.

Mike Outlaw had an awesome year in 2016, but with the training that he has had with NWL his game is only getting better as the year goes on.

So please come out and show your support by being their at Rockstar Burgers.

 

#Universemania3 watch party is the best of it’s kind! Hosted by the Wrestle Talk Podcast with Joe and Rene, it’s an event that brings together the world’s best wrestlers, fans, podcasters and fantasy wrestling group all in one place. This the 3rd year that this event is taking place and it’s guaranteed to be the best one to date. It will take place at Rockstar Burgers in Kansas City, MO starting on April 2nd starting at 4pm CT. Here is just some of what you can expect at this incredible event:

 

DJ Theorie at the DJ booth all night playing all your favorite wrestling theme songs, rock hits and hip-hop bangers

– Two live performances (DBD and Deucifier)

– WrestleMania33 on the big screen

– Awesome pricing on food and drinks

– Appearances by three different wrestling promotions including:

 

– NWL (Todd Letterman, Dez Wellston & Blaine Meeks) 8:30pm-10:30pm

 

– GWF (Ric Maverick, Curt Gannon & Black Jesus) 6:30pm-8:30pm

 

– KCXW (J.Savage, Hollis Giroux and The Marksman) 4:30pm-6:30pm

– Also, all the wrestlers appearing at #UniverseMania3 will be signing autographs for fans free-of-change and will even have some fresh swag to give away!)

**For more info including how to pre-purchase tickets please visit http://www.WrestleTalkPodcast.com/events**

1116 Genessee St. Kansas City, MO 64102

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MWR Trading Card #31 The Roman Dynasty (Karim Brigante and Miss Monica)

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 17, 2017

Karim Brigante and Miss Monica, known as the Roman Dynasty are the hottest wrestling import from Italy today and they have set the Midwest on fire. Karim currently reigns supreme as the World League Wrestling Heavyweight Champion and Miss Monica earned the 2016 MWR Female Wrestler of the Year.

So it is fitting that the two of them would be forever immortalized in the MWR Trading card set.

Trained by Harley Race, both Brigante and Miss Monica are owning 2017 by taking on all challengers and delivering explosive matches that have the fans wanting more.

It is with great pleasure that Roman Dynasty is number 31 in the second set.

 

MWR Trading Card Series: Set #2

#1 Kyle O’Reilly

#2 TJ Perkins

#3 “The Alternative” Brandon Gallagher

#4 Nikki St John

5 “The Big Hurt” Abu Colossus

#6 Darin Corbin

#7 The Iceman

#8 Shooter Spotlight presents ‘American Fury’ Jonathan West

#9 Shooter Spotlight presents Jake Dirden

#10 Shooter Spotlight presents Jimmy Rockwell

#11 Pete Sanctions

#12 Gary Jackson

#13 Ryan Drago

#14 Jack Gamble

#15 Claudia Del Solis

#16 “Crazy” Mary Dobsin

#17 Mephisto

# 18 Jordynne Grace

#19 Leva Bates

#20 Referee Scott Lentz

#21 The Viking War Party (Voracious Viking Frank Wyatt, The Littlest Viking and the American Viking)

#22 Mike Sydal

#23 Santana Garrett

#24 Redwing Presented by Wrestle Radio Podcast

#25 Leland Race Presented by Cold Meal Productions.

#26 Ring Announcer Don Diablo

#27 Shooter Spotlight Presents Jon Webb

#28 Shooter Spotlight Presents The Math Magician

#29 Referee Jay King

#30 Referee Gentleman Jason Pemberton

Check out Set #1

To purchase MWR Trading cards:

1) Catch the star at a show to have them autograph the cards personally

2) Contact them via facebook or myspace

3) Send $2.00 in money order or check for each card at *

Brian Kelley

815 East Love Street , Mexico, Missouri 65265

or Paypal at flairmwr@yahoo.com

*Checks will take longer to clear than money orders so expect time for that to happen. Make sure you list exactly what card you are wanting to have.

Please note that when purchasing MWR Trading cards from the wrestlers, that they decide the prices for their cards. We highly recommend that you get them from the stars themselves and let them know that you enjoy MWR.

These cards are limited and are not mass produced making them highly collectable.

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Miss Monica Presented with the 2016 MWR Female of the Year Plaque with Kurt Angle: Sponsored by Herb Simmons

Posted by flairwhoooooo on March 12, 2017

Missouri Wrestling Revival was very excited to present Italy’s very own Miss Monica with the 2016 MWR Female of the Year plaque at World League Wrestling’s Night of Champions 2. Miss Monica and her partner in crime the current WLW Heavyweight Champion Karim Brigante has had six tours of the USA to come to train under the tutelage of Harley Race at his World League Wrestling promotion.

During each of the tours they have soaked up the knowledge of many of the greatest talents that have traveled through WLW including the annual WWE/WLW/NOAH and New Japan Pro Wrestling camps. In 2016, Miss Monica made a quick impact by capturing the WLW Ladies Championship at the Night of Champions by pinning Stacey O’Brien in St. Peters, Missouri after working with the 2016 Harley Race Wrestling Camp trainers Mark Henry, “The Hurricane” Shane Helms, New Japan Star Hiroshi Tanahashi, and WWE/NXT talent scout Dave Taylor.

SICW promote Herb Simmons would also respect the drive and talents of Miss Monica and Karim by bringing him into his promotion. While there the SICW trouble makers Curtis Wylde and his “Number One Ginger” Wyldefyre set their sights on the two and they had a memorable feud that escalated in a loser leaves town match.

Due to her impact in the Midwest that included exciting matches and feuds in Miss Monica was named the 2016 MWR Female Wrestler of the Year.

Miss Monica has returned in 2017 to the USA and is hotter than ever. Promoters have been scrambling to get them onto their roster as the fans have demanded more Roman Dynasty. Karim won the WLW Heavyweight Championship earlier this year and Miss Monica is on fire. .

Prior to the night of Champions MWR received a message from a friend that respected the two so much for their years of sacrificing their money, time and efforts to be the best that they could be, they wanted to sponsor two trading cards of Miss Monica and the Roman Dynasty.So for the biggest show to date in 2017 for WLW, MWR offered the hated, but respected duo, 2 free cards of them for the first 200 fans in the building to honor them for their accomplishments.

The day and night was filled with a Meet and Greet with Kurt Angle, and a packed night of wrestling so time restraints kept us from doing a presentation. In front of the SOLD OUT crowd.

Yet, thanks to WLW we were humbled to have the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame recipient Kurt Angle take part in the 2016 MWR presentation of Miss Monica’s plaque sponsored by Herb Simmons in the very office of the “Greatest Wrestler in God’s Green Earth”, Harley Race.

Congrats Miss Monica for earning the title as the 2016 MWR Female of the Year.

2016 MWR Award
Female: Miss Monica Passeri

2015 MWR Award
Female: Lucy Mendez

2014 MWR Award
Female: Lucy Mendez

2013 MWR Award
Female: Heather Patera (Miss Natural)

2012 MWR Award
Female: Heather Patera (Miss Natural)

2011 MWR Award
Female: Stacey O’Brien

2010 MWR Award
Female: Amy Hennig

2009 MWR Award
Female: MsChif

2008 MWR Award
Female: Stacey O’Brien

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